Waldenberger powers Cougars past Dinos

Waldenberger powers Cougars past Dinos

REGINA, Sask. - The University of Regina women's hockey team pounded the Calgary Dinos 7-0 at The Co-operators Centre on Saturday afternoon. 

Leading the way for the Cougars for the second-straight night was Emma Waldenberger. The second-year forward was red hot on Saturday, scoring three goals and adding an assist, bumping her point total to seven for the weekend. Caitlin Dempsey, Brooklyn Moskowy, Alexis Larson and Meghan Sherven also found the net for the Cougars.

The Cougars erupted for three goals in the opening frame, including two goals in 39 seconds from Waldenberger. Waldenberger's first goal came with five seconds left on a Dinos powerplay. Defenceman Nikki Watters-Matthes cycled the puck around to Tamara McVannel, who sent a long pass up to Waldenberger. Catching the Dinos on a change, Waldenberger went in and snapped a high shot past the glove of Hayley Dowling, putting the Cougars up 1-0.

The second of Waldenberger's first period goals came on the next shift, as Stephanie Sawchuk chipped a Dinos clearing attempt back into the zone. Jaycee Magwood knocked the puck towards the slot where Waldenberger picked it up, made a slick move to the backhand and roofed a high shot, stretching the lead to 2-0.

The Cougars would add one more before the end of the first, as Dempsey fired a shot from the slot. Dowling got a piece of it, but the puck snuck through and trickled over the line for Dempsey's first of the season. Chelsea Perepeluk and Jolene Kirkpatrick assisted on the marker.

The offensive attack for the Cougars did not slow down after the intermission break, with Moskowy striking just two minutes and two seconds into the period. Moskowy won a faceoff in the Dinos end and Kylie Gavelin scooped up the loose puck. Gavelin cut to the net and tried to get a shot on backup goaltender Carissa Fischer, but the puck was knocked off her stick. Moskowy picked it up in the slot and fired through traffic, beating Fischer and pushing the lead to 4-0.

Waldenberger's huge night continued just 52 seconds after Moskowy's goal, as she completed the hat trick. The goal came following a roughing penalty issued to Calgary's Iya Gavrilova. Carleen Meszaros sent a pass to the wing where Magwood sent it in front. Waldenberger deflected the shot towards the net, but Fischer got a chunk of it. The puck went straight up in the air and took a favourable bounce for the Cougars, rolling past the goal line before the Dino goaltender could dive back to keep it out. 

The flood of goals continued later in the second, as Larson scored her first of the season at the 8:48 mark of the middle frame. She took a feed from Krista Metz and fired a wrist shot from the point that beat Fischer high glove side. Waldenberger also assisted on the goal, registering her fourth point of the night.

The home team showed no sign of slowing down when the first period started, as Sherven notched her first of the Canada West campaign. Kupper sent a pass back to the point where Larson put a shot towards the net. The puck was batted down but Sherven was right on the doorstep and put it home for the powerplay marker.

Toni Ross was on point, stopping all 28 shots that she faced. The goaltending duo of Dowling and Fischer made 27 saves on 34 Cougar shots.

Regina is back at home next weekend, playing host to the Manitoba Bisons for a pair of games.