Cougars fall 5-3 to Calgary in opening game of weekend set

Cougars fall 5-3 to Calgary in opening game of weekend set

The University of Regina's women's hockey team never quite recovered from Calgary goals 79 seconds apart in the second period, as the Dinos took a 5-3 victory on Friday night at The Co-operators Centre.

After Emma Waldenberger's first Canada West goal for the Cougars tied up the game at 1-1 early in the second, Jessyka Holt scored at 5:39 and Hayley Wickenheiser struck again just over a minute later to give Calgary a two-goal lead.

The Cougars drew to within one goal on two occasions thanks to goals from Carleen Meszaros and Kylee Kupper, but both times Calgary was able to restore the two-goal lead. Erika Mitschke scored twice for the Dinos, while Janelle Parent notched the other and goalie Hayley Dowling made 19 saves to help Calgary improve to 4-0-1-0 on the year.

Toni Ross made 28 saves for the Cougars, who slip to 1-1-2-1 with the loss.

Mitschke opened the scoring for Calgary with less than a minute to go in the first after taking a pass from Stephanie Zvonkovic in the neutral zone, cutting in on the right wing, and lifting a shot over Ross from in tight to put the Dinos up 1-0 heading into the first intermission.

Waldenberger's goal - a mirror image of Mitschke's - came just 47 seconds into the second. She took a cross-ice pass from Kristin Boan, barreled down the left wing, and went shelf on Dowling to notch her first Canada West goal and tie the game at 1-1.

But Holt and Wickenheiser struck just five minutes later to give Calgary a lead that the Dinos never relinquished. Meszaros scored on the power play to cut the deficit to 3-2 after 40, but Parent scored on a shorthanded breakaway from her own blue line early in the third to put Calgary back up by two.

Gavelin's power play goal again got the Cougars to within one, but Mitschke's second of the game - also on the power play - proved to be the final goal of the game.

Both teams had plenty of chances on the power play, as Calgary was 2-for-7 and Regina finished 2-for-6 with the man advantage. Calgary outshot the Cougars by a 33-22 margin in the win.

The two teams will meet again on Saturday afternoon. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m. at The Co-operators Centre.