Dinos atop conference after sweeping Huskies

Dinos atop conference after sweeping Huskies

 CALGARY- The No. 10 University of Calgary Dinos finished the first weekend of the second half, sweeping the No. 8 University of Saskatchewan Huskies in a decisive 5-2 win on Saturday Jan. 10th at the Father David Bauer Arena.

 "Tonight was a fun game to play in. Coming off of the win last night, we knew tonight wasn't going to be an easy game but we knew what we had to bring from yesterdays game," said fifth year forward Erika Mitschke. 

 The Dinos wasted no time getting on the scoreboard on Saturday night.

Meagan Grenon scored her second of the season midway through the period on a corner pass from Iya Gavrilova that she beat Cassidy Hendricks with glove side.

 Just three minutes later Mitschke one-timed a pass in the high slot to find the back of the net and put Calgary up 2-0.

 Calgary would strike once more before the end of the period, to end the first with a 3-0 lead. Gavrilova walked in off the blue line, read the play, saw four Huskies in the zone and fired a shot on net. Hendricks fumbled with the puck on the line as it went in.

 "This week during practice we really worked on putting pressure on the puck and being the first man on the puck, reducing their control of the puck and game. This is something we did really well today," explained Mitschke.

 Saskatchewan eventually found themselves on the scoreboard six minutes into the second period when Chelsey Sundby made a pass to the front of the net that Paige Anakaer redirected past Carissa Fischer.

 The Dinos didn't lose any momentum after the Huskies goal. Two minutes later Mitschke claimed her second of the evening, on a Huskies turnover. Mitschke picked up the lose puck at the top of the circle and put a wrist shot just below Hendricks blocker and in. The Dinos fifth goal would be the last shot Hendricks faced in the game as her night was over, with rookie goaltender Jerrica Waltze taking over.

 Waltze kept all 14 shots in front of her for the remained of the game.

 The Huskies looked to close the scoring gap in the third period. Just two minutes into the final stanza, Chelsea Wilson made a pass out from the corner that connected onto Hailey Tyndall's stick, as she used a Calgary defender as a screen to beat Fischer glove side. That would be as close as the Huskies would get though as the Dinos' defence was solid the rest of the way.

 Saturday evenings win now puts the Dinos in first, with a record of 11-3-4 and just one point ahead of the University of Alberta Pandas. Saskatchewan now has a record of 11-5-2, falling to fifth in the conference with 32 points.

 Saskatchewan will return home next weekend Jan. 16-17 to host the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.

 "This weekend was a huge confidence booster for us, especially heading into the Crowchild Classic. It's always a great game playing at the Scotiabank Saddledome," said Mitschke. 

 The Dinos will take on the Mount Royal Cougars at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday, January 15th for some Crowchild Classic Action. Tickets are free for the event. Puck is set to drop at 5 p.m.

 

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