The University of Regina women's hockey team outlasted the Calgary Dinos in a marathon of a game on Saturday afternoon, as the Cougars won 1-0 in a shootout at The Co-operators Centre.
Emma Waldenberger was the only player to score in the shootout, as she went backhand and beat Hayley Dowling top shelf for a smooth looking goal by the rookie. Jennifer Schmidt (pictured) was spectacular in net for the Coguars, stopping all 31 shots she faced and making three saves in the shootout.
The Cougars began the first period dominating the time of possession, but momentum shifted when Jolene Kirkpatrick was called for hooking.
The Dinos had numerous chances on the powerplay but Schmidt stood tall in net and kept Calgary off the board. Kylie Gavelin also took a penalty later in the frame, but the Cougars killed it off without difficulty.
The second half of the middle frame brought some glorious opportunities for both teams, but was highlighted by some dazzling saves by Schmidt and Dowling.
Schmidt made two big saves on Iya Gavrilova in the period, one with the glove and one with the blocker. But it was Dowling that stole the show in the period with an incredible sprawling glove save on Kristin Boan. Boan took a pass across the crease and had a wide-open cage from the doorstep, but Dowling managed to get over and snag the puck with her open glove.
Another spectacular chance came five minutes into the third, when the puck sat loose in the Calgary crease after Dowling failed to cover it. The Cougars jammed away at the front of the net but the puck somehow stayed out.
The Dinos countered that chance with an opportunity of their own less than 90 seconds later, with a similar looking play. Again, the goaltender stayed strong and managed to keep the puck out and the score knotted.
The furious action continued late in the third, with plays on both ends that looked like they would end with sure goals. Schmidt made a pair of saves on an odd-man rush by Calgary with just over a minute left, and overtime was needed to break the scoreless tie.
The Cougars killed a penalty in the first overtime period after Stephanie Sawchuk was whistled for hooking. The flawless goaltending continued through both overtime periods and the teams would goto a shootout.
Emma Waldenberger took the first shootout attempt for the Cougars and went top shelf with the backhand after a nice fake on Dowling.
Schmidt stayed perfect on the night, making saves on all three Calgary shooters.
Dowling also made 31 saves on the night for the Dinos.
The Cougars improve to 1-2-2-1 on the season with the win. Calgary falls to 4-0-1-1 with the overtime loss.
Regina is back in action on Oct. 24, when they hit the road and travel to Vancouver to take on the UBC Thunderbirds.