EDMONTON – Seven different goal scorers found the back of the net for the University of Alberta Pandas, as they crushed the visiting University of Calgary Dinos 8-2 Friday night at Clare Drake Arena.
Regan Wright, Amy Helfrich (scored a pair), Sasha Lutz, Ashley Morin, Natasha Steblin, Janelle Froehler, and Autumn MacDougall found the scoresheet for Alberta, while Chelsea Court and Iya Gavrilova were the scorers for Calgary.
The win was the sixth overall for Alberta, and fifth in their last six games, vaulting them to 6-0-4-1 on the season. The Dinos, meanwhile, are stuck at only one win, and occupy the lowest spot in the Canada West standings.
Despite only firing three opening period shots on goal, the Pandas would be the first to light the lamp on Friday. After a giveaway behind the Dino net, Wright would scoop up the loose puck, and slide her first career goal through rookie Sarah Murray's pads to make it 1-0.
The Pandas continued to pressure the Dino defence, as they scored three times in the second period to blow the game wide open. Helfrich started the onslaught halfway through the frame, banging in a loose puck in the Dino slot. Steblin's point shot at the ten minute mark found its way through a maze in front, before Froehler capped off the great Alberta period finishing off a beautifully executed tic-tac-toe play on the powerplay to open the lead to 4-0.
Murray, who was starting her fifth career game, was given the hook after the fourth Alberta goal. Unfortunately the Calgary, the goaltender switch did not pay off, as they gave up another four goals in the third period.
Helfrich notched her second of the night in the opening two minutes of the final period, before Morin found the scoresheet with a sweet tip from the Dino crease just three minutes later. However, the Dinos would find a glimmer of hope mid-way through the third. Canada West points leader Iya Gavrilova would add to her total, as she set up the first Calgary goal, before recording her fifth of the season on the powerplay to cut the Alberta lead to 6-2.
However, the Pandas would add another two goals late, courtesy of Lutz and MacDougall, to cement the dominating six goal victory. Fourth-year goalie Lindsey Post stopped 11 of 13 shots to record her fourth win of the season.
The two teams will continue the Battle of Alberta Saturday, as the series shifts to Calgary for game two of their weekend clash. Game time is set for 6:00 p.m. at Father David Bauer Arena.