2017-18 MRU Cougars Women's Ice Hockey News

  • Seper’s double and De Beauville’s 30 saves secure Cougars’ historic fifth consecutive win
    January 13, 2018
    CALGARY- The Mount Royal Cougars are flaming hot to start off 2018 and have made program history Saturday night at the Flames Community Arenas. The Cougars completed a back-to-back sweep for the first time since the 2013/2014 season, sweeping a home-and-home against the Lethbridge Pronghorns with the score of 2-1, while also picking up their fifth consecutive win for the first time since joining U-SPORTS. Second-year Nicolette Seper carried her team to a 2-0 lead heading into the first break thanks to a double 2:10 apart.
  • Two Quick Goals Lifts MRU Over Lethbridge
    January 12, 2018
    LETHBRIDGE – Propelled by two goals in a two-minute span in the second period, the Mount Royal Cougars extended their win streak and edged the Lethbridge Pronghorns 3-2 in the first game of a home-and-home series. The win is the Cougars third in a row after sweeping the Regina Cougars to open the 2018 portion of the schedule last weekend and improves the Cougars' record to 5-11-3-0 on the season. The regulation win also vaults the Cougars ahead of the Calgary Dinos for the final playoff spot in Canada West. The loss is the Pronghorns fourth in a row and really damages hopes of a playoff appearance, falling six points behind Mount Royal with only nine games remaining. The Pronghorns record is now 4-11-2-2. Kyra Greig and Brett Campbell scored for the Pronghorns, while Rachle Piitz scored twice for Mount Royal, including the eventual game winning goal, and Anna Purschke picked up the other marker. First-year forward Kyra Greig opened the scoring just over eight minutes into the game, slipping by a Cougar defender near centre ice and after her initial shot was stopped, she potted the rebound behind Cougar goaltender Zoe De Beauville for her fourth of the season. Piitz got into the action seven minutes later to tie the score, walking out of the corner and while her first shot was stopped, she too capitalized on her own rebound. However, before the period expired the Pronghorns regained their lead. Brett Campbell took a pass in the slot of Greig and made no mistake with a backhand from the slot to give the Pronghorns a 2-1 lead heading into the second period. In a period that the Cougars outshot the Pronghorns 14-8, all the damage the Cougars would end up needing happened in a 2:01 span just past the halfway mark of the period. Purschke brought the game level at 10:57 on a two-on-one and Piitz deflected one past Pronghorn goaltender Alicia Anderson on the power play for her second of the night. While the Pronghorns weren't able to find the equalizer in the third period, it wasn't due to a lack of effort, outshooting the Cougars 14-6 but De Beauville wouldn't allow a third goal against. Greig had a great chance early off a Campbell rebound but De Beauville made a big glove save and she was equal to the task on two late chances from Kaitlyn Breitkreuz and Tricia Van Vaernebergh. De Beauville finished the night with 24 saves to secure her sixth win of the season, while Anderson turned aside 23 shots in the loss. The back half of the home-and-home series will go tomorrow night at the Flames Community Arena in Calgary, puck drops at 6:00pm
  • Under Armour & Players Bench Athletes of the Week: January 2-8, 2018
    January 08, 2018
    CALGARY - Two hockey players helped their teams earn sweeps this weekend, and they've been named the Under Armour & Players Bench Athletes of the Week for our first week back from the break.
  • MRU takes down Regina in defensive battle
    January 06, 2018
    CALGARY - Mount Royal University Cougars earned its first victory of 2018 in a defensive battle versus The University of Regina Cougars 1-0 in the shootout Friday night at Flames Community Arenas. The Cougars came into their first game of the New Year motivated to turn around their season, as they currently sit last in the standings. That motivation didn't translate into success for MRU in the first period, as they failed to register their first shot on net until only 4 minutes remained in the opening frame. The University of Regina also got off to a slow start but was able to create some pressure late in the period. Regina went to the power play 3 times in the period, testing MRU's netminder Zoe De Beauville on multiple occasions, but De Beauville was up for the task, turning away all 7 Regina shots in the period. The best chance in the period for MRU came at 18:94 when third-year forward Talia Terry tried to go five-hole on Regina's goalie Jane Kish but was turned aside, taking the game into the first intermission tied a zero.
  • Three shutouts in a row for De Beauville and MRU
    January 06, 2018
    Mount Royal University swept their home series versus Regina 3-0 in the battle of the Cougars Saturday afternoon at Flames Community Arenas. MRU came into the second game of their home series poised to sweep Regina and start the New Year with 2 straight wins.
  • Women's Hockey Mid-Season Report
    December 08, 2017
    The Cougars gave themselves a reason to feel good this holiday season when they concluded a trying first half of their schedule with a stirring 4-0 defeat of Alberta on Dec. 2, giving Mount Royal two wins in four tries against the Pandas – the best any team has fared against the 2017 U SPORTS champs this season. MRU also posted an impressive 2-0 win at Saskatchewan on Nov. 24, though the Cougars have been unable to string wins together, and have endured four multi-game losing streaks to this point.
  • Cougars student-athletes honoured as Academic All-Canadians
    December 05, 2017
    CALGARY – At the Academic All-Canadians breakfast on Dec. 5, presented by Enterprise, forty-one of the Mount Royal University Cougars' student-athletes in four faculties have been named U SPORTS Academic All-Canadians for the 2016-17 season. 
  • Under Armour & Players Bench Athletes of the Week: November 27 - December 3, 2017
    December 04, 2017
    CALGARY - Two hockey players were named the final Under Armour and Players Bench Athletes of the Week for the first half of the varsity season, for the week of November 27 - December 3, 2017.
  • MacDougall's pair powers Pandas past Cougars
    December 02, 2017
    EDMONTON - Third-year Pandas hockey forward Autumn MacDougall added to her team lead in goals with her sixth and seventh of the season, leading the Pandas to a 3-1 win over the visiting Mount Royal Cougars, Friday night at Clare Drake Arena. 
  • Cougars dominate Pandas in final game of 2017
    December 02, 2017
    CALGARY - The Mount Royal Cougars put together their most dominant performance of the season, as they beat the University of Alberta Pandas Saturday night at Flames Community Arenas in the final game of 2017.The Cougars came out of the gate inspired to avenge their 3-1 loss last night in Edmonton. Each team went to the power play in the first half of the period but were unable to capitalize on the early opportunity.
  • Under Armour & Players Bench Athletes of the Week: November 20-26, 2017
    November 27, 2017
    CALGARY - Two rookies have been named the Under Armour and Players Bench Athletes of the Week for the week of November 20-26, 2017.
  • Huskies return the favour; shutout Cougars to even weekend series
    November 25, 2017
    SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan Huskies evened the weekend series with the visiting Mount Royal University Cougars with a 2-0 shutout victory Saturday night at Rutherford Rink.
  • Mount Royal shuts out Huskies in Rutherford
    November 24, 2017
    SASKATOON – Mount Royal University goaltender Emily Severson made 29 saves in a 2-0 Cougars shutout over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Friday night in Rutherford Rink.
  • T-Birds special teams help sweep Cougars
    November 18, 2017
    CALGARY - The UBC Thunderbirds’ special teams was again the answer to another victory against Mount Royal, sweeping the Cougars with a 3-1 win Saturday afternoon at Flames Community Arena.
  • Cougars claw back in third, drop 2-1 contest to T-Birds
    November 17, 2017
    The Mount Royal Cougars began their weekend home  stand Friday night against Canada West powerhouse, UBC Thunderbirds with a hard-fought 2-1 loss at Flames Community Arenas.
  • Cougars win shootout thriller over rival Dinos
    November 10, 2017
    CALGARY - The Mount Royal Cougars beat their cross-town rival the University of Calgary Dinos in a 2-1 shootout thriller Friday night at Flames Community Arenas. MRU came out of the gate flying, as they looked to come back strong after a 4-0 thumping by the Dinos in yesterdays matchup. The Cougars created multiple scoring opportunities but were unable to put the puck in the back of the net.
  • Dinos shut out Cougars in first Crowchild Classic matchup
    November 09, 2017
    CALGARY – In the first matchup this season between the crosstown rivals, the University of Calgary Dinos routed the Mount Royal University Cougars, 4-0, Thursday Nov. 9 at the Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary.
  • Bisons win back and forth affair against Cougars
    October 28, 2017
    CALGARY - The Manitoba Bisons were able to grind out a back and forth affair against the Mount Royal Cougars earning the 4-3 victory Friday night at Flames Community Arenas. The Mount Royal Cougars took on the Manitoba Bisons in game 1 of the weekend series, looking to pick up their first home victory of the season. The game got off to a slow start, with neither team creating any real scoring opportunities in the first half of the period. Manitoba was able to generate some offensive flow mid-way through the period on the power play.
  • Cougars fall to Bisons in defensive battle
    October 28, 2017
    CALGARY - The Mount Royal Cougars and the Manitoba Bisons battled each other in game 2 of their weekend series Saturday afternoon at Flames Community Arenas. 
  • Cougars shutdown Pronghorns to earn split
    October 21, 2017
    Lethbridge – A night after suffering a 4-1 loss at home, the Mount Royal Cougars rebounded with a 3-0 win over the Lethbridge Pronghorns to earn their first regulation win of the season and a weekend split in the first of two home-and-home series between the two teams. Megan Carver scored twice to pace the Cougars and Tianna Ko scored the other Cougar goal. Zoe Debeauville made 18 saves to earn her first shutout of the season. Pronghorn goaltender Alicia Anderson once again gave her team a chance to win, stopping 39 of the 42 shots she faced. Entering the game still in search of their first regulation win of the season, the Cougars took the early play to the Pronghorns, peppering Anderson with 15 first period shots, but as she has done throughout her career, Anderson was outstanding in the Pronghorns crease. She made solid saves off of the sticks of Devonie Deschamps, Shawni Rodeback and Kate Scidmore. After weathering the Cougars storm early in the period, the Pronghorns did muster some late pressure, finishing with nine first period shots, but Debeauville turned aside a trio of chances in the final minute from Alli Borrow, Mackenzie Gal and Jodi Gentile. After a scoreless opening 20 minutes, the second frame was all Mount Royal, outshooting the Pronghorns 18-2 and striking twice. Megan Carver opened the scoring just past the five minute mark, after her shot from the circle redirected off a Pronghorn defender and past Anderson. With the team's play to four-on-four, Tianna Ko beat a pair of Pronghorns off the half wall and tucked one in past Anderson short side. Before the third period hit the five minute mark, Carver picked up her second of the night while shorthanded to give the Cougars a 3-0 lead. Blocking a shot just inside the Cougars end, Carver raced away on a breakaway, deking to her backhand and it looked like Anderson had made another spectacular save with the glove, but the puck trickled in for Carver's third of the season. While the Pronghorns did generate a few chances following the Cougar's third goal, they could not beat Debeauville on this night. Debeauville made a solid shoulder save off of Brett Campbell on a Pronghorn two-on-one and flashed the glove to turn aside Gentile off a nice individual rush. The Pronghorns head out on the road next weekend, traveling to Vancouver to face the two-time defending Canada West Champion UBC Thunderbirds. The Cougars will return home to host the Manitoba Bisons for a pair of games at the Flames Community Arena.
  • Pronghorns earn impressive win over Cougars
    October 20, 2017
    CALGARY – The weekend was kick-started by an inspired matchup between the 0-3-1-0 Mount Royal Cougars and the 0-2-2-0 Lethbridge Pronghorns Friday night at Flames Community Arenas. The Pronghorns were able to come away with an impressive 4-1 road victory over the Cougars, despite being outshot 33-14. Both teams came out aggressively, looking to record their first regulation win of the season. MRU took to the power play in the opening minute, peppering Pronghorn netminder Alicia Anderson from every angle. Anderson, who posts a Canada West best .963 save percent average, stood strong turning away all 5 power play shots. The Pronghorns got on the board quickly after as third-year forward Tricia Van Vaerenbergh tapped in the juicy rebound off Jodi Gentile’s blue line slap shot. Mid-way through the period, Lethbridge’s bench erupted after it seemed the Pronghorn had scored a second goal, but the referee quickly waved off Jodi Gentile’s shot, as the puck didn’t cross the line, keeping the score at 1-0. The rest of the period was controlled by the Cougars, who outshot Lethbridge 14-4 and went on the power 3 times but were unable to put one past Anderson, going into the first intermission down by 1. Emily Severson replaced Zoe DeBeauville in net for MRU to start the second period and was tested early and often. Lethbridge came out on fire in the second, scoring within the first minute of the period as Katelyn Breitkreuz slid the puck past Severson in a mad scramble in front of the net. While the Cougars continued to apply pressure throughout the first half of the period, they were unable to find the back of the net. Anderson was once again impressive turning away all 11 shots she faced. MRU started to unravel late, as Alli Borrow tipped in her second goal of the season off Jodi Gentile’s blast from the blue line at 15:48. Moments later the Pronghorns tipped another goal past Severson when Delaney Duchek deflected Eryn Johanson’s red line slap shot to give Lethbridge a commanding 4-0 lead going into the final frame. Jodi Gentile added to her productive night by picking up her third assist of the game on the play. The third period saw chippy play from both sides as the majority of the period was spent on the power play. MRU finally got on the board midway through the period on the power play, as third-year forward Kate Hufnagel scored her first goal of the season off the rebound from Tatum Amy’s hard wrist shot. The Cougars battled hard all period but the 4-goal deficit proved to be insurmountable. The Pronghorns grinded out the rest of the period picking up their first regulation victory of the season 4-1. Alicia Anderson was impressive for the Pronghorns turning away 32 of 33 shots, while Jodi Gentile earned first star honours contributing on 3 of the teams 4 goals. “It feels good to finally get a win in regulation.” Said Gentile. “We did a really good job of putting pucks on net and our forwards did a good job of tipping them in. Now it’s important for us to go into tomorrow and come out of the weekend with 6 points.” The Cougars and Pronghorns play the second game of their home and home series in Lethbridge tomorrow at 7 p.m. MT and can be streamed live at Canadawest.tv.
  • Mount Royal swept in Regina
    October 14, 2017
    REGINA - Kylee Kupper had a goal and an assist as the University of Regina women's hockey team completed the sweep of Mount Royal University on Saturday afternoon, scoring a 3-2 comeback win at The Co-operators Centre. Kupper, Jaycee Magwood and Elise Endicott scored for the Cougars. Kate Scidmore and Rachel Piitz replied for the visitors, as MRU drops to 0-3-1-0 on the season. MRU scored first as Scidmore netted her first career U SPORTS goal following a mad scramble in front of the Cougar net.
  • Cougars fall short in Regina
    October 13, 2017
    REGINA, Sask. - The University of Regina women’s hockey team took a 4-2 victory over Mount Royal University for their first home win of the 2017-18 Canada West season on Friday night. Jaycee Magwood scored twice for Regina while Sarah Hornoi and Bailey Braden also found the net in the win. Tatum Amy and Anna Purschke replied for visiting Mount Royal. The Cougars, who improve to 2-1-0-0, opened the scoring at the 13:25 mark of the first period on Magwood’s second of the season. The puck was cycled deep into the MRU zone as the Cougars went for a change but Merissa Zerr was the first one there. Her pass in front found Mackenzie Hutchinson who fed Magwood and her slap shot beat a screened Zoe De Beauville up high. Regina jumped out to a 3-0 lead with second period goals from Hornoi and Braden. Hornoi’s first goal at the U SPORTS level was a nice deflection in front, and Braden’s marker came off a shot from the side of the net while De Beauville was occupied with a Regina player in her crease. Momentum took a turn later in the second as MRU saw rookie forward Amy stuff home a
  • Under Armour & Players Bench Athletes of the Week: October 2-8, 2017
    October 10, 2017
    CALGARY – Orest Ndabaneze of men's soccer and Zoe De Beauville of women's hockey have been named the Under Armour & Players Bench Athletes of the Week for the week of October 2-8, 2017.
  • Pandas power past MRU in season opener
    October 07, 2017
    CALGARY – University of Alberta's high-powered offensive attack lead the Panda's to a convincing 4-0 win over Mount Royal in the season opener. The top-ranked University of Alberta Pandas put on an impressive performance Friday night against the sixth-ranked Mount Royal Cougars at Flames Community Arenas. Both teams came out of the gate with great energy, however, the Pandas controlled the game flow in the first period, outshooting the Cougars 9-4. MRU saw an early opportunity to take the lead on the power play but failed to register a shot on net. The Cougars second year goaltender Zoe DeBeauville turned away multiple quality scoring opportunities from the Pandas, starting right where she left off a year ago, after posting a league-best .938 save percentage last season. University of Alberta was able to break through the wall late in the first, when number 19 Regan Wright snipped home her first goal of the season from the slot past DeBeauville, taking the Pandas into the first intermission with a 1-0 lead.
  • Pandas upset by Cougars in home-opener
    October 07, 2017
    EDMONTON - For just the second time in program history, the Mount Royal Cougars defeated the Alberta Pandas hockey team, as they upset the Pandas in their home-opener 2-1 in a shootout, Saturday night at Clare Drake Arena. This is also the second-straight season the Cougars have beat the Pandas at Clare Drake Arena. The Cougars entered Saturday's game with a 1-25 all-time record against their provincial foe, and a 1-16 conference record against Alberta, including a 4-0 loss the previous night in Calgary. Megan Carver scored the Cougars only goal in the third period, while Reanna Arnold and Tianna Ko scored for MRU in the shoootout. Starting goalie Zoe De Beauville was impressive in her second start of the season, stopping 22 of 23 shots she faced, as well as three of the four Alberta shooters in the shootout. Fifth-year Deanna Morin scored for the second time in as many nights, with Alexandra Poznikoff scoring the only Pandas goal in the shootout. The Pandas were hoping for a better result on Saturday, as they raised their 2017 U SPORTS banner to the rafters of Clare Drake Arena before puck drop. The ceremony seemed to spark the Pandas, as they were able to control play in the opening 20 minutes, outshooting the Cougars 7-3, scoring 11 minutes in. Morin was able to tap in a fantastic feed from Amy Boucher in tight, giving the Pandas an early 1-0 lead. That momentum abandoned the Pandas in between periods, with the game coming to a glacial stop in the second. Neither team was able to generate any sort offensive opportunities, with the teams combining for just nine shots. The game picked up again in the third period, however the Pandas were unable to add to their lead thanks to some timely saves from De Beauville. Similar to the only other MRU win over Alberta, the Cougars were able to score a need tally in the third, this time off an nice individual effort from Carver. The fourth-year Cougar forward created a turnover deep in Pandas territory, picking the pocket of the Panda defender, before slipping a shot on the ice past Panda starter Dayna Owen. Neither team could score the game-winner in regulation, sending the game into overtime. The Pandas easily had the best chances to end the game in both the first and second OT frame, but De Beauville was once again solid for Mount Royal. The veteran keeper stopped five Alberta shots in overtime, including a pair of stellar stops against Boucher and Poznikoff. The two teams exchanged goals over the first three shooters per side in the shootout, before Ko was able to win the game for MRU with a fantastic move to beat Owens in tight. The 1-0-1 Pandas will embark on their first road series next weekend, as they travel to Winnipeg to take on the Manitoba Bisons. MRU (1-1-0), meanwhile, will travel to Regina for a weekend series against the Cougars.
  • Cougars take on Pandas in home-and-home openers
    October 05, 2017
    EDMONTON – The Mount Royal women's hockey team is poised to open their season with matchups against the top-ranked Alberta Pandas. Puck drop for Friday night is set for 7 p.m. at Flames Community Arenas.
  • We Are The Cougars
    August 25, 2017
    Our new look embodies the pride, determination and focus that is a hallmark of not only our student athletes but of all our students, faculty and staff. #WeAreTheCougars To learn more about the new Cougars visual identity visit http://mru.ca/WeAreTheCougars