Cougars squeeze by Pronghorns in double overtime

Cougars squeeze by Pronghorns in double overtime

REGINA, Sask. - The University of Regina women's hockey team completed the sweep over the Lethbridge Pronghorns on Saturday, coming away with a 3-2 win in double overtime at The Co-operators Centre.

Kylie Gavelin and Jaycee Magwood each had a goal and an assist while Emma Waldenberger netted the game winner. Carleen Meszaros had two assists in the win and Chelsea Perepeluk also notched an assist. Aislinn Kooistra and Kirsten Reeves replied for Lethbridge.

Lethbridge broke an offensive drought in the first period, scoring their first goal in the last six games. Kirana Stocker got the puck on the point after a scrum along the boards and sent a shot towards Toni Ross (pictured). The fifth-year goaltender couldn't handle the initial shot and Kooistra was right there on the doorstep to bang in the rebound and give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

Regina would find the equalizer early in the second period on the powerplay. After one failed powerplay opportunity, the Cougars found themselves with another man advantage just a few minutes later. Gavelin scooped up a loose puck and walked into the slot, where she ripped a wrist shot towards the net. The shot beat Alicia Anderson and hit the post, but as Anderson retreated into her net the puck bounced off the back of her pad and trickled in. Meszaros and Magwood assisted on Gavelin's seventh of the season, which extended her point streak to a career-best seven games.

Regina spent the last two and a half minutes of the second period killing a penalty after Perepeluk was sent to the box for head contact, but it was the Cougars who would take the lead. A Lethbridge defender pinched down to the corner but Gavelin was able to poke the puck around her before chipping it past the last Pronghorn defender. The pass sent Magwood in alone, where Anderson would come way out of her net to challenge. Magwood deked around the goaltender and slipped the puck in with the backhand, giving the Cougars a 2-1 lead with less than a second left in the period.

Lethbridge clawed back and would tie it up midway through the third period, off a nice passing play. Chelsea Kasprick poked the puck out of some skates along the left boards to Sarah Spence, who fed a beauty of a pass right onto the tape of Reeves. Reeves was all alone in front of Ross and tucked it away to tie the game 2-2.

The Cougars had multiple looks at the go-ahead goal, but Anderson was incredible in the latter half of the third period. Brooklyn Moskowy looked like she had the sure game winner on two separate occasions, but Anderson shut the door both times to send the game to overtime.

The Cougars would be whistled for a penalty in the first overtime period, as Meszaros got tangled up with Spence and was sent to the box for holding. Ross and the Cougars managed to kill off the penalty, and the first overtime would end with no resolution.

The second overtime period started to wear on both teams, with the three-on-three producing a hectic pace. The game-winning goal came after Meszaros took to the offensive, sending a long stretch pass to Waldenberger and racing up for for the give-and-go. Her initial shot was deflected wide by a Pronghorn defender, but she chased it down in the corner and put it on net. Anderson made the save but the rebound popped right in front to Waldenberger, who found the back of the net to give the Cougars the win.

Ross made 23 saves to collect her eighth win of the season. Anderson stopped 43 shots for the visitors.

The Cougars will close out their 2015 schedule on the road next weekend, as they travel to Winnipeg to take on the Manitoba Bisons. The Cougars and Bisons met earlier this season in Regina, and split a pair of games.