UPEI Panthers and UNB Reds leave all to play for after two games

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI – The UPEI Panthers had one goal going to UNB for Games 1 and 2 of the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) semi-finals. 

Come away with at least one win. 

“It was a big goal these past two days to come home ice from Fredericton with a win and we’re very happy to have accomplished that,” said Panthers sophomore goaltender Sarah Forsythe.

After a dominating performance in Game 1 by the Reds that saw recently named AUS MVP Kendra Woodland recording a shutout in a 3-0 win, Game 2 felt like a must win for the Panthers.

On a quick turn around the Panthers did just that winning 3-1. 

Forsythe, who’s been a revelation in her second season, continued deliver in the playoffs and did so again in Game 2 stopping 32 of 33 shots.

Forsythe said going toe-to-toe with the AUS’s best in Woodland is motivating for her. 

“I understand how talented she is, and I have the utmost respect for her, so it’s very motivating to play my best and know I can help my team against this defensively sound goalie.”

Now that UPEI has home ice advantage, Forsythe and the Panthers hope they can capitalize on the opportunity.

“Showing up ready to play the way we can, continuing to block shots in our end, and capitalizing on opportunities in the offensive zone are some of the keys in taking this series.”

The Panthers will host to the Reds in Games 3 and 4 this Saturday and Sunday at the AMP Centre in Cornwall, P.E.I.

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