Friday, September 15, 2000
Sainte-Julie Pantheres 2000 Preview
The one that slipped away
The Sainte-Julie Pantheres were so close to glory at the NWHL Cup championship last March. One goal was all the difference.
After maintaining second place in the Eastern Division throughout last seaon, the Pantheres slipped past the Montreal Wingstar at the end of the season to finish first by one point. They swept through Laval and Montreal in the playoffs, on their way to facing the Beatrice Aeros in the finals in Brampton, Ont.
In the first game, the Pantheres came back and tied the game 2-2. That set the stage for the second game. And heartbreak.
Cherie Piper scored in the first period, and that was all the Aeros would need as they won the tight-checking contest 1-0.
The Pantheres season can be summed up with one word: goaltending. Marie-Claude Roy was brilliant in net as the season progressed, compiling a 11-6-4 record and a 2.02 GAA. She was the reason why the team was in most of their games against tougher opponents. But that is not to take anything away from Isabelle Leclaire, who was equally great between the pipes with a 9-2-2 record and a 1.95 GAA.
Team leader and national team member Nancy Drolet was a force on the ice. She put up great offensive numbers, scoring 29 goals and adding 17 assists. Mai-Lan Le also chipped in with 31 points in 31 games. Other offensive threats last season were Nancy Deschamps, Stephanie Grenon and Jacinthe Gendron.