Lethbridge - Facing off against the Mount Royal University Cougars for the back half of a two game home-and-home series, the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns completed the weekend sweep with a 2-1 win, Saturday night, at Nicholas Sheran Arena.
Crystal Patterson made her twelfth start in as many games, for the Pronghorns, and went on to stop all but one of the 29 shots she faced, while Emma Pincott faced a total of 23 on the night for the Cougars.
Jenae Culp and Sadie Lenstra each scored for Lethbridge, while Sarah Weninger netted the lone goal for Mount Royal.
The opening period saw lots of penalties and lots of back-and-forth action as each team struggled to set up solid scoring chances.
Mount Royal's Sarah Weninger and Tanika Dawson found themselves alone on a 2-on-1, early in the frame but, instead of passing, Weninger chose to hold back and fire a quick wrister on target that was confidently steered aside by Patterson.
Culp struck first for Lethbridge, less than a minute into the second period. Making the most of a power play opportunity. Sadie Lenstra's effort couldn't find its way through but Sarah Spence managed to find Culp in prime position, on the doorstep, who squared off to put the puck past Pincott low-blocker side, for her team-leading fifth goal of the season.
Still looking for their first goal of the game, the Cougars turned up the offensive pressure midway through the second and Weninger managed to score the elusive equalizing goal, from Tanika Dawson and Shawni Rodeback, with just more than six minutes left to play.
Lenstra put the Pronghorns back on top at 12:40 in the third. Culp's shot was blocked by the Cougars defense but captain Lenstra grabbed the loose puck and buried it top shelf, over Pincott's glove-side shoulder.
The Cougars tried to respond, immediately, when Minor was called for interference, and they once again found themselves on the power play. Great efforts by Taralynn Suzuki, Megan Carver, and Tanika Dawson each came close but couldn't convert, including a very close call that was quickly waved-off by the official.
With this win, the Pronghorns improve to 3-9-0 (CW) while the Cougars fall to 1-9-2 on the season. The 'Horns head out the road next weekend, traveling to Saskatchewan to face the Huskies, while the Cougars will host the University of Regina in a battle of the Cougars.