Dinos Sweep first round Playoffs over Huskies

Dinos Sweep first round Playoffs over Huskies

CALGARY- Two goals from fifth year Jenna Smith helped lead the University of Calgary Dinos to a 3-2 win and Canada West quarterfinal sweep over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, Saturday evening at the Father David Bauer Arena. 

The Dinos looked to close out the series Saturday evening and end the Huskies chances at moving onto the Canada West semi-finals next weekend. Calgary is coming off of last nights dominating win, downing Saskatchewan 5-1. 

"It was a tough game today it was a battle," explained head coach Danielle Goyette. "We gave them more room to work today."

The Dinos would be the first on the scoreboard similar to Friday evening's game. Alexandra Vafina cut across the Huskies zone to find Jenna Smith waiting with the one-timer to put past Cassidy Hendricks.

Saskatchewan found the back of net early in the middle stanza. Carlee Hrenkiw looked to have a breakaway but lost her stick only to have Kaitlin Willoughby pick up the puck and beat Carissa Fischer along the ice to tie the game at one-a-piece. 

The Dinos Russian duo were quick to respond on a highlight real goal. Smith gave Vafina a stretch pass who entered the Huskies zone 2-on-1 with Iya Gavrilova. A tic-tac-toe play ensued; Vafina fed Gavrilova a pass to redirected backdoor and past Hendricks to take the lead back 2-1. 

"I like this line, when they share the puck together its pretty hard to stop them," stated Goyette. "They're fun to watch. Iya and Sasha had a really nice goal."

Calgary reaffirmed their lead five minutes into the third period. Gavrilova fired a shot on net for Smith to tap in for her second of the evening. 

The Huskies, desperate to tie the game up and push a game three pulled Hendricks with two and half minutes left for an extra attacker. The Dinos were down a man due to penalty that the Huskies capitalized on. Julia Flinton fired a slap shot from the point on the ice that went past an unseen Fischer to pull within one goal.

It wouldn't be enough for the Huskies though as Megan Grenon made a major block in the final seconds for the Dinos to win.

"When its a 6-on-5 anything could happen, we knew with 38 seconds left we'd have to sacrifice our body and Grenon did just that," said Goyette.

The Dinos will advance to play either Alberta or UBC next weekend on the road in the conference semi-final, depending on the result of the other quarterfinal series between Manitoba and Regina. That series will go to Game 3 on Sunday.

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