Pronghorns stay undefeated with OT win over Huskies

Pronghorns stay undefeated with OT win over Huskies

Lethbridge –After three freshman accounted for all of the scoring through regulation, fourth-year defender Jocelyn Sabourin was the hero for the Lethbridge Pronghorns, scoring the overtime winner to lift the 'Horns to a 4-3 win over the Saskatchewan Huskies.

 

The win keeps the 'Horns perfect on the season and improves their record to 5-0, while the Huskies pick up a point and their record stands at 3-1-1.

 

Brett Campbell, Mackenzie Gal, and Katelyn Breitkreuz scored the other Pronghorn goals, while Kennedy Harris, Courtney Cormack and Kaitlin Willoughby replied for the Huskies.

 

Before the game was a minute old, the Huskies opened the scoring. After making the initial save, 'Horns goalie Alicia Anderson couldn't find the rebound and on the ensuing goalmouth scramble Kennedy Harris banged home the rebound.

 

The early goal seemed to put the 'Horns on their heels and the Huskies were able to control the early pace but as the 'Horns seemed to find their legs, play evened out with the 'Horns having an unsuccessful power play.

 

Just as a 'Horns penalty was expiring, the 'Horns brought the game even on a great individual effort. Brett Campbell picked the top glove corner to score her first CIS goal.

 

After looking tight in the early going the 'Horns began to push the pace and were rewarded with their first lead of the game. Mackenzie Gal picked up a loose puck and went post and in for her first career goal.

 

Even though the 'Horns had a slow and tentative start, they finished the period holding a 13-9 shot advantage.

 

Eerily similar to the start of the first, the Huskies stormed out of the gates, nearly tying the score just over a minute into the second but Anderson stood her ground and kept the Huskies at bay.

 

The Huskies kept up with the pressure and were rewarded less than four minutes later. Courtney Cormack redirected a point shot past a surprised Anderson to tie the game at two.

 

Anderson made a spectacular pad save to keep the game tied at two. Marley Ervine's shot from high in the slot hit something in front and changed directions, but at the last moment Anderson kicked out her leg to deny Ervine.

 

With an extended five-on-three power play the 'Horns looked to regain their lead and despite hemming the Huskies in their own end and peppering Huskie goalie Cassidy Hendricks with shots, they could not capitalize.

 

However, the 'Horns did regain their lead and for the third time in the game, a freshman would pick up her first career goal. Katelyn Breitkreuz picked up a rebound inside the hash-marks and beat Hendricks to the blocker side.

 

In the dying seconds of the second, Huskie Kori Herner broke in alone on a breakaway but Anderson stared her down and made a solid pad save to secure the 'Horns lead into the second intermission.

 

Pushing for the equalizer, the Huskies pressured the 'Horns for a good portion of the third period but the 'Horns would hold them at bay for the first 14 minutes.  Then Kaitlin Willoughby jumped all over a juicy rebound and tied the game for the third time with just over five minutes remaining.

 

With a power play in overtime, Jocelyn Sabourin forced a neutral zone turnover and caught the Huskies on a change and broke in on a partial breakaway.  While Hendricks got a piece of Sabourin's shot, it slipped under her arm and trickled across the line for the game winner.

 

The 'Horns and Huskies will square off again tomorrow night, puck drops at 7:00pm.