Lethbridge – Four unanswered goals, including two on the powerplay, led the University of Calgary Dinos to a 4-0 decision over the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns, Saturday night, completing the sweep of the two game home-and-home weekend series.
Calgary goals were scored by Jessyka Holt, Jenna Smith, Bronwyn Stevens and Iya Gavrilova.
Hayley Dowling got the start for the Dinos and faced a total of 27 shots on the night, while securing a road shut-out.
In net for the Pronghorns was Crystal Patterson who, despite allowing four goals on the night, played a strong sixty minutes between the pipes, facing a total of 52 shots.
As an early indication of things to come, it was a penalty-packed first period and each team traded chances with an extra attacker. Five minutes into the action, Calgary's Chelsea Peterson was called for body checking and Kaitlyn Bauer and Kirsten Reeves each got shots on net for the 'Horns but neither would manage to convert. Aislinn Koositra also had a great chance on the doorstep, desperately trying to get a piece of it, but Dowling managed to close the gap and make the stop.
With just under a minute remaining in the first, Calgary's Stephanie Zvonkovic went hard to the net with speed but her attack was neutralized by a Lethbridge defender who forced the streaking forward out of position. Both teams were unsuccessful with the extra attacker in the opening period.
Early in the second period, Calgary's Alexandra Vafina came flying into the 'Horns zone with speed, skillfully out-deking the defender, to put a good shot on target. Patterson stayed with her and shut the door not once, but twice, as the first-year forward managed to secure her own rebound and, again, unloaded a shot on net that was turned aside by the Lethbridge keeper.
The 'Horns showed great patience with the extra attacker and maintained pressure on Dowling. Kirsten Reeves sent a couple hard angle shots on net and Jenae Culp's shot also came close.
After a succession of unsuccessful attempts on the power play, Calgary's Gavrilova managed to make the most of it. With Kirsten Reeves in the box, the fourth-year captain took a great feed from Janelle Parent and snuck a high hard wrister top-shelf past Patterson, earning the Dinos the elusive first goal of the game, at 17:32.
Calgary's Jenna Smith had a great chance in the crease a short time later, but an outstretched Patterson managed to reach wide and get her stick out to make the stop.
Stevens scored seven minutes into the third period. Her low blocker-side shot went off the post and in and, after a number of great scoring chances earlier in the game, Smith added another goal almost immediately afterward, widening the lead to three as the third frame approached the midway mark.
Outshooting the 'Horns 23-5 in the third period, the Dinos added their fourth goal late in the frame. Holt added her fifth of the season, from Jayme Clark, at 12:38.
With this win, the Dinos improve to 13-5-4 on the season, while the Pronghorns fall to 4-18-0. The Dinos return to Calgary next week where they play host to the University of Regina Cougars. Meanwhile, the Pronghorns travel to Vancouver where they face off against the UBC T-Birds.