REGINA, Sask. - The University of Regina women's hockey team was downed 3-1 by the visiting UBC Thunderbirds in Canada West action on Saturday night.
Mikayla Ogrodniczuk, Jenna Carpenter-Boesch and Kathleen Cahoon scored for the Thunderbirds. Brooklyn Moskowy replied for the Cougars.
The Thunderbirds opened the action just over seven minutes in, but Toni Ross stood her ground to keep the visitors off the scoreboard. Rebecca Unrau and Logan Boyd, goal scorers from Friday's game, worked a nice two-on-one but Ross stopped the initial shot and the rebound with her pad.
The Cougars made the Thunderbirds pay for that missed opportunity just 30 seconds later, after a UBC turnover in their own end. Kylie Gavelin (pictured) poked the puck back to Moskowy who put a low shot towards the net. Gavelin was swooping in front of the net and UBC goaltender Danielle Dube was fooled, perhaps thinking that Gavelin would redirect the puck. The shot beat Dube through the five-hole and the Cougars took a 1-0 lead on Moskowy's third of the season. Bailey Braden also assisted on the marker.
Both teams had a powerplay opportunity following Moskowy's goal, but neither could capitalize and the first intermission came with the Cougars leading 1-0.
The Thunderbirds got on the board early in the second period, as Ogrodniczuk ripped a slapshot past a screened Ross. Cahoon, a six-foot-one forward out of Calgary planted herself in front of the net and used her big frame to screen Ross while Ogrodniczuk scored her second of the Canada West campaign. Shiayli Toni assisted on the marker that drew the T-Birds even.
The rest of the second period passed without many opportunities for either team, until the Cougars had a chance to take the lead with less than a minute left. Jaycee Magwood and Caitlin Dempsey went in on a two-on-one and Dempsey fed the puck across to Magwood. The pass was behind the rookie, but she made an impressive play to spin around, gather the puck and fire it back to Dempsey. Dempsey had a shot from the doorstep, but Dube made the save and knocked the puck out of danger.
UBC took the lead in the third period off a beautiful goal from Carpenter-Boesch. The fourth-year forward took a feed down the left wing from Unrau, put a slick move on a Cougar defender and went to the backhand, beating Ross high for her first of the season.
UBC had a full minute of five-on-three advantage, but it was the Cougars who had the best scoring opportunity. Kylee Kupper got a steal and made a nifty move on a defender, going in alone. Dube got just enough of Kupper wrist shot to deflect it wide and hold the Thunderbird lead at 2-1.
The Cougars continued to press a couple of minutes later, as Magwood again had a great chance. The MacGregor, Manitoba product went in one-on-one and spun away from the defender, getting a solid chance on net. Dube turned it aside but Magwood gathered it again behind the net and sent it in front. Emma Waldenberger picked it up and had a wide open cage but couldn't manage to get a clean shot off thanks to a nice play from a Thunderbird defender.
That was the best chance the Cougars would get in the third, and Cahoon added an empty netter with 10 seconds to play to seal it.
Ross made 31 saves while her counterpart Dube stopped 19.
The Cougars have a bye next weekend, but will be back in action on Nov. 13-14 at Mount Royal.