Cougars comeback pays off in OT

Cougars comeback pays off in OT

CALGARY- The No.10 University of Calgary Dinos fell 6-5 in overtime against the University of Regina Cougars, on Friday night at the Father David Bauer Arena. 

 The Cougars looked to spoil the Dinos two-game winning streak, controlling majority of the play early in the first period. 

 It would be the Dinos that would prevail in scoring first though. Kelsie Lang received a pass from Janelle Parent along the blue line that she one timed on net, Toni Ross made the initial save but Jenna Smith was on her doorstop to put home the rebound on the power play.

 "This week we worked on details a lot. Personally I focused on rebounds in front and just going the extra mile," said fifth year forward Smith. "It really paid off for me, getting three goals tonight on rebounds."

 Both teams began to run into some penalty trouble in the middle stanza. Calgary would capitalize on the power play mid-way through the period when Iya Gavrilova came out of the corner and fired her 20th of the season bar down and in, glove side from the hash marks.  

 Regina found the back of the net 15 minutes into the second on the power play. Carleen Meszaros made a D-to-D pass on the point that Nikki Watters-Matthes put past a screened Hayley Dowling to pull Regina within one goal. Emma Waldenberger picked up a helper on the play.

 The Dinos responded just two minutes later again on the power play. Stephanie Zvonkovic feed Jayme Clark who was streaking down the wall. Clark put the puck on net for Smith to tuck in her second of the night. 

 Special teams continued to be advantageous for the Dinos in the third period. Five minutes into the third on the power play, Gavrilova made a pass cross-crease to an awaiting Smith who redirected her third of the night past Ross. 

 The Cougars continued to push looking to get back in the game despite being down 4-1. The Cougars persistence paid off, scoring three back-to-back goals to tie the game 4-4. The Cougars second goal of the evening occurred just thirty seconds after the Dinos when Meghan Sherven feed Alison Larson in front who shot it five-hole on Dowling and in. 

 Shooting at all opportunities, Regina found the back of the net again when Kylie Gavlin fired a blind shot from the high slot on net, Stephanie Sawchuk found the rebound and pulled Regina within one goal.

 The Cougars got their tying goal 13 minutes into the third when Meszaros saw Dowling was down and out of position and fired the puck from the half wall and in, tying the game 4-4.

 "We let off a little and sure enough they took advantage, we gave them one opportunity and that's all they need to get their momentum going," explained Smith.

 Gavrilova responded for the Dinos two minutes later on a partial breakaway, going back hand and upstairs, glove side and in to take a one goal lead with under five minutes remaining in the game. 

 Regina found momentum with a sixth attacker after pulling Ross with 1:30 left on the clock.  Larson passed the puck out from behind the net to Natasha Kostenko who was alone in front to put away the game tying goal, sending the game to overtime.

 It only took thirty seconds of overtime to decide the game. With Calgary about to get a penalty called on them, Ross made it off the ice to give the Cougars an extra attacker. Sawchuk went end-to-end putting her shot of the post. Gavelin found the lose puck in front and buried it to win the game 6-5. 

 "It's always tough when you give up a game like that. We really need to capitalize on these games with playoffs coming up," said Smith.

 The Dinos will face off against the Cougars again tomorrow after noon at 3 p.m. at the Father David Bauer Arena. 

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