CALGARY – After suffering an 8-2 loss in Edmonton last night, the University of Calgary Dinos bounced back to edge the University of Alberta Pandas 2-1 on Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary.
Chelsea Court's second period goal was the difference maker in tonight's contest, as the Dinos picked up their second victory of the season to split the weekend series and improve to a 2-10 record. With the loss, the Pandas drop to 6-6 on the season. Calgary was outshot 31-17, with rookie goaltender Sarah Murray making 30 saves for her first win as a Dino.
"This win was really important for us because we had lost many games in a row," explained Dinos forward, Sasha Vafina. "It's a good step forward to start winning again and we were playing our first game at FDB so it's really nice to feel at home again."
The Dinos got on the board first 10:21 into the opening frame when Chelsea Court's pass from behind the net found Sasha Vafina in the slot. Vafina's one-timer beat Pandas' goaltender, Dayna Owen, low stick side to give Calgary a 1-0 lead after one.
"It was a great set-up by Iya and Chelsea behind the net," said Vafina. "Chelsea saw me in the slot so she passed it to me and I just fired it in."
The Dinos struck again early in the second, as rookie forward Chelsea Court's deflection through traffic on Stephanie Zvonkovic's point shot found the back of the net to put Calgary up by two. Despite some penalty trouble in the middle frame including a 59 second two man advantage for the Pandas, the Dinos made it out unscathed, taking a 2-0 lead into the final 20 minutes.
Alberta pulled within one on the power play midway through the third period when Regan Wright deflected Tess Houston's point shot past Murray. Despite having to kill a late penalty in the final five minutes, the Dinos were able to hold on to take the 2-1 victory.
The Pandas will head home next weekend to face the UBC Thunderbirds, Nov. 20-21.
The Dinos look to build off of this victory next weekend as they take on the Mount Royal Cougars in a home-and-home series.
"We're going to be working on our power play and PK, working on a fast break-out. We just need to keep going and getting the puck to the net, that's the most important thing for us right now."
They will play at the Flames Community Arena Thursday, Nov. 19 and then will return to their home rink, Father David Bauer on Friday, Nov. 20. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m. MT.