Cougars edge Thunderbirds in double overtime

Cougars edge Thunderbirds in double overtime

REGINA, Sask. - The University of Regina women's hockey team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 double overtime win over the UBC Thunderbirds at The Co-operators Centre on Friday night.


Kylie Gavelin was a force in her first game back from injury, notching two goals and an assist in the win. Gavelin scored just 17 seconds into the second period to tie the game at 1-1, assisted on Brooklyn Moskowy's goal just under five minutes later, and then notched the game-winner less than a minute into the second overtime period.


Bailey Braden and Alexis Larson also recorded assists for the Cougars. Rebecca Unrau and Logan Boyd scored for the Thunderbirds.


The visitors struck first, with Unrau potting a rebound after Toni Ross stopped a shot by Janet Parhar. Boyd also assisted on Unrau's seventh of the Canada West campaign.


The Cougars dug themselves into an even deeper hole at the start of the second period, after Jaycee Magwood was sent to the box for hooking. The Thunderbirds made a mistake at the point, as a UBC turnover led Gavelin and Larson in on a two-on-one. The give-and-go ended with Gavelin scoring her third of the season and knotting the game at 1-1.


Regina's special teams struck again a few minutes later, this time on the power play. Braden whistled a pass across to Moskowy who fired a laser past Samantha Langford to put the Cougars up 2-1.


Boyd tied things up once again in the third period, stealing the puck and heading down the board before unleashing a slapshot on net that got past Ross.


The first overtime was an intense one, and the Cougars managed to hold the Thunderbirds powerplay at bay after Tamara McVannel (pictured) was called for slashing. UBC captain Stephanie Schaupmeyer made a fatal mistake in the second overtime, turning the puck over right in front of her own net. Javelin made no mistake, netting the unassisted marker for her second of the night and the game winner.


Ross stopped 43 shots in net for the Cougars, while Langford made 31 saves for UBC.


The Cougars improve to 3-3-2-1 with their second overtime win of the season. The two teams will square off again on Saturday, with puck drop at 7 p.m. at The Co-operators Centre.