Gavelin scores twice, helps Cougars past Pronghorns

Gavelin scores twice, helps Cougars past Pronghorns

 

Kylie Gavelin led the University of Regina women's hockey team past Lethbridge on Friday night, as the Cougars topped the Pronghorns 4-1 in Canada West action.

 

Gavelin (pictured) scored twice for the Cougars, who also got goals from Kelly Regnier and Tori Head.

Lauren Fredrich replied for the visitors.

 

Gavelin opened the scoring for the Cougars with her fifth goal of the season. The marker came on an incredible individual effort, as she weaved through multiple Pronghorn defenders and beat Crystal Patterson glove side. Stephanie Sawchuk and Triston Riemer collected assists on the goal.

 

The Cougars dominated possession in the opening frame, outshooting Lethbridge 23-5 but coming up empty on two powerplay opportunities.

 

Regina continued the pressure early in the second period, as an odd-man rush led to a big rebound which Head batted in for her first of the season. Bailey Braden was the one who put a shot on net, and the rebound bounced right to Head who scored easily. Natasha Kostenko also earned an assist on the play.

 

Regina added another less than five minutes later, as multiple Cougars players crashed the net hard. Patterson was knocked out of position and it was Regnier who tucked it in. Despite pleading from the Pronghorns, the goal stood as called and the Cougars took a 3-0 lead.

 

Lethbridge was quick to reply, after the puck bounced around in front and Lauren Fredrich was able to convert. Katie Mucha and Aislinn Kooistra assisted on Fredrich's first marker of the season.

 

Gavelin answered again with her second of the night, as she raced down the right wing and walked in front before roofing a backhand over Patterson's shoulder to put the Cougars back up 4-1.

 

Jennifer Schmidt made 26 saves to collect her third win of the season. Crystal Patterson stopped 40 shots between the pipes for the Pronghorns.

 

The Cougars improve to 2-3-3-1 on the season with the result while Lethbridge falls to 1-0-8-0.

 

The two teams will square off again on Saturday night, with face-off set for 7 p.m. at The Co-operators Centre.