On February 1 at the Broncos Make Some Noise for Mental Health Night, the NAIT Ooks (15-3-1) took down the Olds College Broncos (6-14-1) 5-1.
It was Kendra Hansen's night to shine in Olds, lighting the lamp three times for the hat-trick, and tying the ACAC lead in goals with her ninth of the season. Hanson's three point night also extended her ACAC point lead to five.
The Ooks struck first early in the second period. Dana Hauck found herself stuck behind her own net as the Ooks attempted a wrap around forcing Jaydlin Spooner onto her right post. In a scramble, the puck came to Hanson who lifted her seventh goal of the year over the shoulder of Spooner.
The Ooks would strike again just over three minutes later. Verca Kuzelova made her way past a defender, dangled Spooner and found a hole to quickly take a 2-0 lead.
The Ooks weren't done just yet. 29 seconds later Jenn Gaeckle took a slap shot, attempting to get it through Hunter Joseph and towards the Broncos net. Joseph blocked the shot but Gaeckle collected the ricochet and put the puck past Spooner to take her team into the dressing room up 3-0.
The game didn't come without some rough stuff; with Ooks captain Carlin Boey at the centre of it. Boey managed to get into the faces of both Faith Volk and Jordan Pettman, managing to draw a call on Pettman in the third frame.
The Broncos managed to get within two eight minutes into the third period. Molly Sharp sent a shot through a screen from the top of the circle that deflected off an Ooks' body and squeaked past Tara Bouvette.
The Broncos were unable to score on a powerplay moments later, and instead Hanson made a beautiful shorthanded rush to score her second of the game.
Hanson would complete her hat-trick with just 12 seconds left in the game on another lone-man rush. Moving around a defensemen, Hanson deked Spooner and put it five-hole for the fifth Ooks goal of the game.
Bouvette made 11 saves on 12 shots in the win while Spooner stopped 31 of 36 in a losing effort for the Broncos.
The teams have a quick turnaround, playing again tomorrow evening in Edmonton at 7 P.M.