Cougars come back for 3-2 overtime win

Cougars come back for 3-2 overtime win

The University of Regina women's hockey team rebounded to take a 3-2 overtime decision over Mount Royal University on Saturday afternoon.


Kelly Regnier (pictured) had a goal and an assist in the win and Triston Riemer and Stephanie Sawchuk also scored for the Cougars. Shawni Rodeback and Janessa Jenkins each scored for the second-straight game for MRU.


It was a rebound that sealed the game for the Cougars, as the overtime winner was scored on a 4-on-3 powerplay by Riemer with help from an MRU defender. Riemer took a pass from Alexis Larson and put a shot on net. Jess Ross made a pad save but the rebound bounced off the leg of MRU defenceman and into the open cage.


Regina dominated the early minutes of the game but the momentum was shifted following a Michaela Esposito cross-checking penalty. MRU set up their powerplay and it was Rodeback benefitting, scoring her third goal of the weekend off assists from Carley Bertram and Tanika Dawson. Dawson sent a pass backdoor to Rodeback, who put a backhand shot on net. Jennifer Schmidt got a piece of it but the shot had enough on it to bounce in.


MRU added to its lead with 13:46 left in the second period, on another powerplay. Devonie Deschamps put a shot on net from the point, and it was deflected in front by Jenkins under the pad of Schmidt. Mairi Sorensen also assisted on Jenkins' second goal in as many days.


Regina would reply before the end of the second, on a powerplay of its own. Nikki Watters-Matthes put a shot on net and there was a scramble on the rebound, but Regnier collected it and went five hole on Ross to bring the Cougars within a goal. Tori Head earned an assist on the play, her first point since returning from a concussion on Friday.


Sawchuk tied it up with 9:03 remaining in the third period, coming off a turnover by MRU. Sawchuk collected a loose puck in the neutral zone and moved into the Mount Royal zone. She had Kylie Gavelin to her left but elected to shoot, beating Ross with a low wrist shot to the glove side.


Schmidt stopped 16 shots in net for the Cougars and Ross made 33 saves for the visitors.


The Cougars will close their Canada West regular season next weekend with a home-and-home against the Saskatchewan Huskies. Friday's game is set for 7 p.m. at The Co-operators Centre and Saturday's rematch will be played in Saskatoon.