Calgary – The Mount Royal University Cougars couldn't managed to solve the first place Alberta Pandas, as the Pandas top the Cougars 4-0 at Flames Community Arenas. Alberta's Hannah Mousek and Sasha Olenyk led the City of Champions to victory with two points a piece.
Both the Cougars and Pandas came out strong to start the beginning of the first period. A back and forth affair, neither team had the upper hand in a period of clean hockey. Despite Alberta outshooting Mount Royal 6-3 in the opening frame, the game was scoreless after one.
To open the second period, the Cougars found themselves in a bit of penalty trouble, with fifth year Taralynn Suzuki and second year Jordan Finnie heading to the box both for bodychecking. The Pandas were able to kick start their offense as defenseman Hannah Mousek sniped a wrist shot top shelf from the face off dot past rookie goaltender Emma Pincott to put Alberta up 1-0.
Pincott kept the Cougars in the period though, stopping a partial breakaway only minutes later on Alberta's Ashley Morin. Mount Royal rallied back and almost put one past Lindsey Post with a scramble in front of the net midway through the period.
With nine minutes to go, Alberta managed to slip two players past the MRU defense for a two-on-one. Despite Pincott making the first save on the odd man rush, Pandas' forward Sasha Lutz managed to slide the puck into the back of the net to put Alberta up 2-0.
The Cougars came out buzzing to start the third, led by assistant captain and fifth year forward Janessa Jenkins. Yet, the Pandas responded with an energy of their own, as a fumble on the Cougars blueline allowed Hannah Olenyk a breakaway, where she put a backhand shot past Pincott to put Alberta ahead 3-0.
Halfway through the period, a scramble ensued in front of the Cougars net with the Pandas managing to gain control of the loose puck. Veteran forward Lindsey Cunningham found the back of the net for her sixth goal of the year.
Mount Royal played well in the final ten minutes of the frame, dominating the play, but couldn't solve Alberta goaltender Lindsey Post.
The Pandas improve to 6-2 on the year, while MRU drops to 1-6-1 heading into their bye weekend. Mount Royal will look to get back in the win column on Friday, November 7th at home against the Saskatchewan Huskies.