By Thomas Becker
After coming up just short in Thursday night's Game 1 loss, the UPEI Panthers are backed against a wall and need a win to extend the series.
Through two periods, the UNB Reds deposited three goals and had firm control. But UPEI's special teams went to work in the third and capitalized on a pair of power plays, with goals by Jolena Gillard and Sophie Vandale, to give themselves a chance at a comeback.
Now the Panthers return home looking to even the series 1-1.
"In a short series you need to put the game behind you and focus on the next one," said head coach Bruce Donaldson. "I strongly believe the girls will be ready to go. We're up for the challenge."
Donaldson said the biggest adjustment his team needs to make is the push back should the Reds score, or take a lead.
"I felt we had a good start in Fredericton but stepped back once they scored their first goal. We need to be ready for this."
Despite the loss, Donaldson was encouraged by his team's spirited effort in the third period, and is hoping to build off that in Game 2.
"It was a great sign that we can have success against UNB, but it takes everyone buying into the game plan."
Game 2 is set for 2 p.m. at MacLauchlan Arena.