Calgary, AB – The Mount Royal Cougars lost their opener on home ice Friday night by a score of 2-0 to the UBC Thunderbirds. Cailey Hay and Shiayli Toni each added their first of the season to lead the Thunderbirds to victory.


The Cougars came out flying in front of a raucous home crowd. MRU pushed the pace throughout the first five minutes, clearly thriving off the atmosphere at Flames Community Arenas.


Despite the jump in their step it was UBC who struck first. Off a Cougars turnover, Logan Boyd slid the puck over to Cailey Hay who ripped it top corner. After the first period of play UBC led 1-0.


Mount Royal kept up the pace but Samantha Langford stood tall in the Thunderbirds' goal.


Late in the second period Shiayli Toni buried a feed from Hay and Unrau to add insurance and seal the victory for UBC.


Samantha Langford made 22 saves for her first win of the season. Jess Ross made 16 of 18 saves on the night for Mount Royal.


The two sides will do it all over again tomorrow afternoon at 3:00pm at Flames Community Arenas.