Cougars take double overtime thriller over Dinos

Cougars take double overtime thriller over Dinos

The University of Regina women's hockey team came out with a win after a 4-3 double overtime thriller against the Calgary Dinos at The Co-operators Centre on Friday night.

Emma Waldenberger notched two goals and an assist in the win, while rookie Jaycee Magwood (pictured) had a goal and a helper of her own. Chelsea Perepeluk, another first-year Cougar, netted the double overtime winner for Regina.

Chelsea Court, Heather Berzins and Sasha Vafina scored for the Dinos.

It took the Dinos less than a minute to score their first goal of their Canada West season, as Court tucked in a rebound past Toni Ross. The play developed as reigning Canada West most valuable player Iya Gavrilova put a shot from the point on net. Vafina had a chance at the rebound, but Ross kept it out. Ross couldn't get over quick enough to the third Dinos shot, and Court potted it to put the visitors up 1-0.

Magwood nearly evened it up with 13:05 left in the first, as Waldenberger sent her in between two Dinos defenders. Magwood put a backhand shot on net, beating Hayley Dowling but the puck was cleared away by a back-checking Dino forward.

The Cougars dominated possession in the opening frame, outshooting the Dinos 19-7 and controlling the puck in the Dinos end for the majority of the first period, but the Dinos held on to their 1-0 lead.

Regina evened the score just over five minutes into the second period, as Waldenberger notched her first of the Canada West campaign. Magwood poked the puck behind the net, where Waldenberger went to fetch it. Waldenberger circled the net while Magwood and two Dino defenders got tangled up right in front of Dowling. The second-year forward out of Moose Jaw, Sask. displayed patience while coming out front, and eventually roofed a shot past the completely screened Dinos goaltender.

The Cougars nearly took the lead before the end of the second but Dowling made a great save, robbing Kylie Gavelin on the doorstep. Brooklyn Moskowy flipped in a pass from the left wing and Gavelin batted it out of the air, but Dowling managed to kick her pad out to make the save.

The third period was an offensive explosion for both teams, starting with the Dinos. Once again, the visitors got down to business early in the period, scoring one minute and 26 seconds in. This goal was courtesy of Berzins, with assists from Sydney Mullin and Kate Lumley. The pass from the point came through traffic, and was tipped towards the net by Berzins. The change of pace on the puck fooled Ross and slid under her pad, giving the Dinos a 3-2 lead.

The Cougars bounced back in a hurry, scoring 62 seconds later. The line of Waldenberger, Maywood and Bailey Braden continued to produce, with Braden dumping the puck deep in the Dinos zone. Waldenberger got there first and tipped it behind the net to Magwood. The rookie collected the puck and tried a wrap around. The initial shot was stopped, but Magwood banged in the rebound for her first career Canada West goal.

"Obviously there were some nerves going in to my first game, but having great teammates and linemates gave me a sense of calm, and it made it a lot easier," Magwood said after the game. "I feel very comfortable playing with Bailey and Emma, they make it easy on me by being in the right spots and communicating well."

The flood of goals continued just 1:26 after Magwood's goal, with Waldenberger getting in the scoring column again. Magwood fed her the puck out of the corner and a quick wrist shot beat Dowling high blocker side. The play continued but the goal light was lit, and the Cougars took a 3-2 lead on Waldenberger's second of the night.

The Dinos would claw back and even it up before the end of regulation, on an impressive long pass from Paige Michalenko that sent Vafina in alone. Her low wrist shot would beat Ross and tie things up with 6:27 remaining.

The first overtime didn't solve anything, so the teams went to a five minute three-on-three period. Right at the three minute mark, defenceman Tamara McVannel made a nice move bringing the puck out of her own zone, faking out a Dino attacker and heading in on a three-on-one advantage for the Cougars. She fed the puck up to Moskowy, who waited out a defender before finding Perepeluk, who put away the game winner.

All three Cougar rookies registered points in their first Canada West games, and Magwood credits the team for their early success.

"The team has made everyone feel comfortable, we're looking forward to keep doing what has been working and hopefully we keep rolling."

Ross stopped 25 of the 28 shots she faced, while Dowling was peppered with 46 shots, making 42 saves.

The two teams will battle again on Saturday, with puck drop at 3 p.m.