REGINA DOWNS MOUNT ROYAL IN BATTLE OF THE COUGARS

REGINA DOWNS MOUNT ROYAL IN BATTLE OF THE COUGARS

 

Calgary, AB- On Friday evening at the Flames Community Arenas the University of Regina Cougars (4-4-2-1) ended the Mount Royal Cougars (4-6-0-1) two game winning streak with a 5-2 win. Jaycee Magwood scored two for the visitors in the victory.  

 

Jess Ross, who came into the game sporting a 1.14 GAA (good for first in the Canada West Conference), starting in the net for Mount Royal. On the other end, workhorse Toni Ross started her 11th consecutive game for the visiting Cougars. 

 

Jess Ross and her Mount Royal teammates may have been asking for a mulligan after the first period.  

 

Two minutes into the contest Regina's top scoring defenseman Nikki Watters-Matthes made a nifty side cage pass to teammate Jaycee Magwood. Ross had skated to the top of the crease to contest what she thought was an incoming shot. Instead, Magwood directed the pass into the open cage for her second goal of the year.

 

Mount Royal answered on a power play just over a minute later. After a Regina penalty, Sarah Weninger found a loose puck at the side of the Regina cage. Weninger quickly sent a shot over the pad of Ross for her third of the year. 

 

With nine minutes remaining in the period Regina's Stephanie Sawchuk added her name to the score sheet. Coming in on the right wing, Sawchuk sent a harmless looking shot towards Ross. The Cougars' goaltender was late to react with her blocker, gifting Sawchuk her first goal of the year. 

 

Regina ended Ross' night shortly after. On a power play Regina forward Brooklyn Moskowy won a face-off back to Kylie Gavelin. From the top of the circle Gavelin scored her fifth goal of the year as she sent a wrist shot through a screen into the top corner.

 

Mount Royal coach Scott Rivett sent goalie Emma Pincott, who has been splitting time with Ross this season, into the net in an attempt to stop the bleeding. 

 

With 11 minutes left in the second period Bailey Braden hit Mount Royal forward Sarah Weninger dangerously into the boards. Thankfully Weninger wasn't shaken up and her team had a chance to pull within one on a power play. 

 

Toni Ross was rock solid in goal for the visiting Cougars, making three nice saves from in tight while shorthanded. 

 

With less than a minute left in the period Regina struck again.  Krista Metz sent a shot through a screen that Pincott didn't pick up until the last second. The Cougars' goaltender managed to get her pad in the way, but the rebound found the stick of Alexis Larson in the slot. From the hash marks Larson was able to put her second of the year past Pincott. 

 

Despite leading in the shot department by a total of 21-13, Mount Royal went into the locker room down 4-1 after two frames.  

 

Stifling any hopes of a Mount Royal comeback, Regina struck again with 13 minutes left in the game. Jaycee Magwood continued her strong performance by sending a wrist shot from the top of the circle over Pincott's glove. The goal was Magwood's second of the contest, and her team leading 12th point of the season. 

 

The home Cougars attempted to claw their way back into the game with six minutes remaining. Mairi Sorensen's point shot hit teammate Jordan Finnie's stick along the way, changing the pucks trajectory. The tip fooled Ross for Finnie's team leading fourth goal of the year. However, it was too little too late for Mount Royal as Regina held on for a 5-2 win. 

 

Toni Ross was solid in Regina's win making 37 stops on 39 shots, improving to 6-2-1 on the year. Meanwhile Mount Royal's goaltenders both struggled. Jessica Ross made 6 stops on 9 shots (falling to 2-4 on the year) while Emma Pincott turned aside 7 of the 9 shots faced in her relief effort. 

 

The teams will be back at it Saturday afternoon, once again at the Flames Community Arenas. Puck drop is slated for 3 P.M.