CALGARY- The University of Calgary Dinos took a 3-0 loss to the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns at the Markin MacPhail Centre on Friday, October 23.
Despite outshooting the Pronghorns by a wide margin, the Dinos fell behind early and were unable to recover as they lost their third straight game to fall to 1-6 on the season. The Pronghorns are off to their best start in the team's history with tonight's win, improving to a 6-1 record.
Lethbridge took the lead just 2:02 into the first period when Jenae Culp capitalized on her own rebound after receiving a nice pass from behind the net from linemate Chelsea Kasprick. The Dinos came close on a shot from Gavrilova that came loose in the crease, but Vafina was unable to put the rebound past Pronghorns goaltender, Alicia Anderson, leaving the Dinos down a goal after the first period of play.
"I think it's a pattern right now, we need to figure out how to have a better first period, we didn't pay attention to the details," said Dinos head coach, Danielle Goyette. "In the second period we came back and we dominated, so you can see that we can play hockey the right way, we just need to find a way to do it from the first period. We can't afford not to play the full 60 minutes and tonight it hurt us again."
The Pronghorns added to their lead in the second period when forward Sarah Spence hit Aislinn Kooistra with a cross-crease pass off the rush and Kooistra found the back of the net to give Lethbridge a 2-0 advantage going into the final frame.
The third period was dominated by the Dinos as they outshot the Pronghorns 17-8, but they were unable to beat Anderson who made 32 saves for the shutout win. With Lethbridge shorthanded and an extra attacker out for the Dinos, Tricia Van Vaerenbergh added a short-handed empty net goal the give the Pronghorns a 3-0 victory.
"Right now in hockey goalies are too good to try just to score on the first shot, we have to shoot to create a scoring chance. I thought we had some opportunities in the third period, but we were waiting too long. If we shoot earlier we'll have more chances for rebounds. It's something we need to work on and we'll keep working on it, because we know in the end that's going to be the biggest difference in our game."
The Dinos will have the opportunity to improve on tonight's result as the two teams travel to Lethbridge to complete the second game of a home-and-home series tomorrow night, October 24. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT at the Nicholas Sheran Arena.