CALGARY- In the first of a best of three playoff series the University of Calgary Dinos earned a 5-1 victory against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Friday evening at the Father David Bauer Arena.
The Dinos looked to start the playoffs in the win column and take the first game in this best of three series against the Huskies.
"We played three consistent periods," explained head coach Danielle Goyette. "I couldn't of asked for a better game from our team."
It didn't take Calgary long to find the back of Saskatchewan's net. Just a minute into the first period Janelle Parent picked up a lose puck in front of Cassidy Hendricks and slide it past her to put Calgary up 1-0.
"My Grandma was one of my biggest fans and so I used that as motivation, She was defiantly here with me tonight and it showed," stated Parent. "The first one was for her; I wanted to get one for her so bad tonight. It was the first game back for me since losing her so the win meant a lot to me."
The Dinos continued to control the first period holding the Huskies to only eight shots on the period and would add another goal before the end of the first. Parent circled the net to find Kate Lumley entering the zone off a change. Lumley fired the puck on net for Erika Mitschke to tip in and beat Hendricks blocker side.
"The way the team was playing in front of me made my job a lot easier," explained Carissa Fischer. "I just focused on taking one shot at a time, I really zoned into today."
Mid-way through the middle stanza Dinos' Parent claimed her second of the evening, receiving a stretch pass from Alexandra Vafina, Parent beat Hendricks backhand, forehand and in all alone on the breakaway.
Calgary continued their momentum into the third period. Just one minute into the frame Bronwyn Stevens snipped one home high blocker side.
The Dinos didn't stop there, three minutes after Steven's goal Iya Gavrilova backhanded one in on a pass from Jenna smith. Vafina picked up a helper on the play.
Saskatchewan looked to battle back midway through the final stanza with a goal from Kira Bannatyne. Bannatyne received Kaitlin Willoughby's pass on the blue line and fired a slap shot past Fischer, to cut the Dinos lead to four.
The Dinos remained the dominant team throughout the rest of the period, holding onto their four-goal lead to earn the win.
"We have to play shift by shift tomorrow and do the little things to come out on top again," said Goyette.
Both teams will faceoff once again tomorrow evening at the Father David Bauer Arena where the Dinos will have a chance to seal their fate in moving onto the Canada West Semi-Finals. The Huskies will look to play spoiler, puck is set to drop at 6 p.m.
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