Pandas edge out Dinos in Game 1

Pandas edge out Dinos in Game 1

EDMONTON - In the opening game of the semi-final round of the Canada west playoffs, the University of Alberta Pandas edged out the University of Calgary Dinos by a 4-2 score, Friday afternoon at Clare Drake Arena.

Alberta team captain Tess Houston netted a goal and two helpers while fourth-year forward Alison Campbell notched the game-winner and added an assist. Rearguards Kayla Lavallee and Morgan Kelly tallied singles to round out the scoring for the home team.

Senior forward Janelle Parent scored both goals for the Dinos, making it three two-goal games for the Ponoka, Alta. native in four post-season matches so far this season.

The afternoon's game opened slowly, the two teams combining for nine shots in the first period, but Alberta got ahead on the scoreboard, Lavallee finding twine on a man-advantage rush play, walking over the blue line and shooting low to the glove side at the 14:30 mark.

Calgary evened things up 6:30 into the second, getting a fortuitous bounce off a faceoff after a Pandas icing call. Houston's win went back to netminder Lindsey Post, the puck managing to squirt through her pads for the equalizer credited to Parent.

Houston made up for the mistake just over three minutes later on the power-play, however, banging home a loose puck off a scramble in the crease before helping Alberta double the lead at the 18:37 mark of the second period, feeding Campbell in the slot, the former Edmonton Thunder's quick release finding the back of the net for a 3-1 lead.

The Dinos applied pressure in the third to get back into the game, succeeding off Parent's second of the night, a tap-in off a backboard point-shot ricochet, to cut the deficit in half with 11:48 left to go.

Rookie defender Georgina Williams then put a shot along the ice that hit the post, before Post stoned sophomore forward Kate Lumley on a point-blank chance right in front.

Unfortunately for Calgary, that was as close as they would get, Kelly finding the empty Dino net from behind her own blue line with 1:22 left.

Game two of the best-of-three semi-final series goes Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. MT.