Lethbridge – A late third period goal by first-year forward, Cora Place, lifted the University of Lethbridge to a big 2-1 victory over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, Saturday night.
Sadie Lenstra scored the other Pronghorn goal, while Chelsey Sundby counted for the lone Huskies marker.
Crystal Patterson got the start for Lethbridge and delivered a stellar performance, turning aside all but one of the 46 shots she faced. At the other end of the ice, Cassidy Hendricks faced a total of 38 on the night for the Huskies.
With the post-season firmly out of reach, the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns looked to bounce back after a tough loss 3-2 loss, Friday night, and give the University of Saskatchewan Huskies a challenge as they look to secure a playoff positioning.
Huskies' captain, Paige Anakaer, was called for a tripping penalty at 7:00, which meant the 'Horns would have their first chance on the power play. A slick drop pass by Chelsea Minor to Kirsten Reeves allowed the fourth-year forward to skate wide, past the defender, and get a shot on target but Hendricks squared off to make the stop.
Kaitlin Willoughby and Marley Ervine responded for the Huskies with a heads-up play at the other end of the ice. Ervine took a great feed from Willoughby in the slot but her shot missed the net.
The Huskies got another late chance on the power play and Lauren Zary managed to get two good shots on target and Kennedy Harris also had a strong chance, but neither would manage to convert. Brooke Mutch tried to crack Patterson with a hard shot from beyond the circle and Chelsey Sundby and Carlee Hrenkiw each had good chances on the doorstep, but were all denied by Patterson.
Despite being outshot 21-12 in the opening frame, a misplayed puck gave the Pronghorns the first goal of the game, at 1:31 of the second period. Out in front of Hendricks, Huskies' Hanna McGillivray put a little too much into what was supposed to be a backhanded clearing effort and the puck somehow deflected in off the goalie. Lenstra would be credited with the goal.
With Sadie Lenstra and Chelsea Minor each called for penalties, less than a minute apart, the Huskies had an extended chance with a 5-on-3. Patterson stood tall, turning aside great shots by Brooke Mutch and Kennedy Harris.
Much like last night, both teams traded penalties in the third period. Unable to make the most of an extra attacker with Jodi Gentile in the box for hooking, the Huskies were called for cross-checking infraction shortly thereafter and faced a shorthanded situation of their own. A smart play deep in the 'Horns zone allowed Kaitlyn Willoughby to come out with the puck and hit Sundry with a quick pass that was buried into the open corner, past Patterson.
With 2:07 remaining on the clock, and after a number of great chances earlier in the game, Place unloaded a rocket from the left side that soared into the top right corner, past Hendricks, and brought the home town crowd to its feet.
With this win, the Pronghorns split the weekend series against the Huskies and improve to 5-21-0, while the Huskies sit 13-10-3. Next weekend the Pronghorns face the Mount Royal University Cougars in a home-and-home series while the Huskies return to Saskatchewan to face-off against the U of R Cougars.