Mount Royal downs Cougars 3-1

Mount Royal downs Cougars 3-1

The University of Regina women's hockey team fell 3-1 to Mount Royal University in Canada West action at The Co-operators Centre on Friday night.


Shawni Rodeback scored twice for Mount Royal, and Janessa Jenkins also found the back of the net. Mallory Roy replied for the Cougars, scoring her first Canada West goal in the losing effort.


The Cougars outshot Mount Royal 19-4 in the first period, but it wasn't until late in the frame that the home team would strike. Roy (pictured) intercepted a pass deep in the Mount Royal zone and beat Jess Ross with a high wrist shot for her first point in a Cougar uniform.


MRU would tie things up on the powerplay in the second period off some nice passing. Tanika Dawson cycled the puck down to Reanna Arnold in the corner. Arnold centred the pass across the crease to Rodeback, who one-timed it past Toni Ross to tie the game 1-1.


The visitors would add to their lead five minutes later, as a long pass by Mairi Sorensen was tipped into the Regina zone by Jade Osadchuk. Jenkins collected the puck behind the Cougars defence and beat Toni Ross five hole for her fourth of the season.


Rodeback collected her second of the game with 7:28 left in the third period. There was a scramble in front of the Cougars net and Dawson put the puck on net. Toni Ross made a pad save but the rebound bounced right to Rodeback who back-handed it in to give MRU a 3-1 lead.


The Mount Royal penalty kill was impressive on Friday, as they successfully killed off all three of Regina's powerplays. MRU got in shooting lanes all night, blocking a number of the Cougar shots. When shots did get through the Mount Royal defence, Jess Ross was solid, making 40 saves.


Toni Ross made 15 saves in the loss as the Cougars drop to 6-7-10-2. 


The rematch of the two teams is slated for Saturday afternoon at The Co-operators Centre at 3 p.m.