The Pioneer girls’ hockey team opened up strong with three first-period goals and then broke a 5-5 tie in the third period against Cranbrook on Tuesday for an impressive 6-5 win on the road at Wallace Ice Arena in a non-league game.
Pioneer led 3-1 after the first period and took a 5-3 lead into the final period. Cranbrook outscored the visitors 2-1 in the third period but couldn’t get the tying goal before the final buzzer.
Senior Katie Pascoe scored at 1:45 to put the Pioneers on the board. After Cranbrook tied the game at 1-1, senior Sara Negrin scored off an assist from Pascoe at 7:33 to put Pioneer back in front. Pascoe scored again at 12:22 to put Pioneer ahead 3-1.
At 1:49 of the second period, Pioneer Ellis Dixon scored with assists from Leslie Reid and Pascoe to make it 4-1. Cranbrook scored on the power play at 3:16 to cut the deficit to 4-2. But Reid scored at 8:01 to push the lead back to three goals at 5-2.
Cranbrook scored at 11:48 to cut the Pioneer lead to 5-3 after two periods.
Cranbrook scored at 1:52 and again at 4:28 to tie the game at 5-5.
At the 8:56 mark of the third period, Dixon scored the eventual game winner with an unassisted goal.