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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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