Lethbridge – Looking to bounce back after a tough 1-0 loss, last night, the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns were unable to respond to the early and steady offensive pressure of the University of Alberta Pandas, who would manage to post seven unanswered goals en route to a 7-0 decision, Saturday night.
Leading the charge, offensively, for the Pandas were Jessica Kampjes, Lindsay Cunningham, and Alison Campbell who, together, combined for an impressive nine points on the night. Kampjes added to her impressive Canada West record, carving out an early-season hat-trick with a total of four goals on the night, while Campbell added a goal and two assists and Cunningham earned a goal and an assist. Tess Houston rounded out the Pandas' score-sheet, adding an individual marker.
Lindsay Post stood tall between the pipes for Alberta and secured her second shu-out in as many games, stopping all 16 of the shots she faced.
Crystal Patterson got the start for the Pronghorns and faced 25 shots prior to being relieved in the third period by Jessica Lohues, who went on to make six stops.
Less than thirty seconds was all it took for the Pandas to net their first goal of the game. In the right spot at the right time, Kampjes managed to get a quick shot off past an unsuspecting Patterson, from Hannah Olenyk and Deanna Morin.
Cunningham doubled-up her team's lead soon thereafter, giving Alberta an early 2-0 edge less than five minutes into the game.
Despite some strong scoring chances by first-year recruits, Cora Place and Delaney Duchek, Lethbridge seemed to struggle defensively and the visiting team made the most of every opportunity afforded to them.
Poor communication in the 'Horns end allowed Kampjes to sneak through traffic and cut off a soft pass intended for a Lethbridge defender. Quickly corralling the puck, Alberta's leading goal scorer for the 2013-14 season added her second marker of the night at 14:30, going bar-down with a top-shelf, blocker side, rocket.
Alberta added their fourth of the night nearing the mid-point of the second, this time courtesy of Campbell, whose hard wrist shot managed to slip under and through the arm of the Pronghorn's keeper for her second of the night.
With less than two minutes remaining, Kampjes netted her third of the night and despite a late hustle by the 'Horns, the home team still couldn't crack Post.
Kampjes notched her fourth of the night, late in the third period, shortly before Sawyer added her name to the score-sheet.
The Pandas return to home ice next weekend where they will face off against the University of Regina Cougars for a two-game series at Claire Drake Arena.
The Pronghorns play host to the University of Calgary Dinos, next Friday, in the front half of a home-and-home series. Game time is set for 7pm at Nicholas Sheran Arena.