CALGARY- In a game that remained scoreless through 38 minutes, the University of Alberta Pandas silenced the University of Calgary Dinos' offence and earned a 2-0 victory on Enterprise Seniors' Night at the Father David Bauer Arena.
"We played well and at the end of the day we have to stay positive and not give up. We know we have a lot coming in the next couple of weeks," said head coach Danielle Goyette.
After falling 4-1 against the Pandas Friday evening, the Dinos were looking to get back in the win column against their provincial rival. Prior to puck drop, the team recognized their five graduating players; Sarah Astle, Janelle Parent, Erika Mitschke, Jenna Smith and Chelsea Peterson on Saturday evening.
Playing their last regular season game on home ice for the 2014-2015 season gave Calgary the momentum and drive they'd been seeking, controlling the play and puck throughout the first period. Alberta was held without a shot for the first eight minutes of the first period.
"We started the second period properly, the ref changed the game. It was a good game but sometimes you wonder what the ref is calling," explained Goyette. "Our goal was to play a good game and work on the things we'd talked about after yesterdays loss, but four to six penalties in a period is going to change the momentum of the game."
Following some strong penalty killing by the Dinos, the Pandas would bury the game's first goal on a man advantage. With less than two minutes to play in the middle frame, Natasha Steblin fired a slap pass to the blocker side of Hayley Dowling. Hannah Olenyk was in the right position and redirected it for Janelle Froehler to beat Dowling five hole.
Alberta would find the back of the net once again midway through the third period. Allison Campbell set up Tess Houston in the slot who beat Dowling with an accurate shot.
"Tonight for us we lost on paper but we played sixty minutes the way we talked about playing the game," said Goyette. "We've been struggling lately but as long as we continue to form an identity and build character that's all we can ask. These girls aren't giving up."
The Pandas will head home to host the No. 9 University of British Columbia Thunderbirds to close out their seasons.
The Dinos will head to Winnipeg next weekend to take on the No. 8 University of Manitoba Bisons, in the last weekend of regular season action.
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