MOUNT ROYAL EARNS FIRST REGULATION WIN

MOUNT ROYAL EARNS FIRST REGULATION WIN

Calgary — Emma Pincott was unbeatable, as she stopped all 30 shots faced and the Mount Royal University Cougars picked up their first regulation win of the year, a 2-0 victory over the visiting University of Regina Cougars.

The first period featured a flurry of chances, especially for Regina. There were numerous scrums in front of the Mount Royal net, but with the combination of saves from Emma Pincott and blocks from her teammates, the period was stayed scoreless. Sarah Weniger had the best chance for Mount Royal, as she deflected a shot from Taralynn Suzuki that went through the legs of Regina goaltender Toni Ross, but stayed out.

Despite four powerplays for Mount Royal in the second period, they could not break the deadlock. Regina's penalty kill worked on all cylinders and Ross turned aside 12 shots in the frame. Pincott also saved all 10 shots she faced.

Mount Royal was final able to find the back of the net on the powerplay on Sarah Weninger's third period goal, her third of the year, which beat Ross through a screen. Weninger's chances continued through the third, but she couldn't get another past Ross, who even made a save with the shaft of her goalie stick.

Regina's timeout with just under two minutes left gave the team the chance to draw up a play, but Mount Royal continued to block shots in front of their keeper. After about 25 seconds of pressure in the Regina zone, Reanna Arnold found Janessa Jenkins in front of the Regina for a tap-in goal into the empty cage.

Ross was terrific in net for Regina in the loss, as she saved 34 of 35 shots against. Arnold finished with a game-high seven shots and Mount Royal ended up going 1-6 on the powerplay.

With the win, Mount Royal is now 2-9-3 and one point behind the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns. Regina falls to 9-4-1, but are still in the thick of the playoff race.

Next week, Mount Royal travels to Saskatchewan to face the Huskies before the winter break, while Regina will come back to Alberta to play Lethbridge.