CALGARY- It was a deja vu night for the University of Calgary Dinos as they fell to the Mount Royal University Cougars in double overtime 3-2 Friday evening, Nov. 20th at the Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary.
"We're playing hard and the way we should be playing," explained Dinos head coach Danielle Goyette. "We need to put the puck on net and not try to make fancy goals. We're missing the net and opportunities when we try to get to fancy. Shots create rebounds and traffic and that's what we need to be doing."
Looking for vengeance after losing in double overtime the previous night (Nov. 19th) the Dinos would be the first onto the scoreboard in their second game of the week against their crosstown rivals the Cougars.
Kelsie Lang fed Iya Gavrilova a breakaway pass from the Dinos blueline, that she drove to the net with and beat second-year Cougars' goaltender Emma Pincott to put Calgary up 1-0.
The Dinos began to run into penalty trouble in the second period that would follow them throughout the rest of the game.
Mount Royal would answer back three minutes into the second period on the power play. Jocelyn Frochlich passed the puck across the blueline to Channia Alexander who fired a low slap shot on net. Sarah Weninger was in front to tip the puck in past Dinos' goaltender Sarah Murray.
The Dinos continued to apply pressure and cycle the puck low in the Cougars zone so as to not give them momentum. Shortly after the Cougars tied the game up the Dinos found a way to pull ahead.
Stephanie Zvonkovic took a slap shot from the point that Pincott thought she had. Gavrilova looked to squeeze the puck past the post but it would be Sasha Vafina who snuck it in for the Dinos.
Mount Royal rallied quickly after the Dinos second goal. On the face-off following the Dinos goal, Reanna Arnold won the puck forward for teammate Hali Reardon who headed into the Dinos zone two-on-one. Murray made the initial save on Reardon's shot but Maggie Shykul-Ross was there to put the puck into the empty net.
"We had players that have been on the team for a long time who made mistakes that they should not be making in November especially as a veteran," said Goyette. "At the end of the day you have to do your job and not do too much, that's what happened on their second goal."
With the game tied up 2-2, both teams played an aggressive third period in hopes of avoiding another overtime game but neither team could find the back of the net.
Despite several opportunities for both teams, first period, four-on-four overtime solved nothing.
After Calgary took a penalty 30 seconds into second period overtime, Mairi Sorensen dragged the puck to the center of the Dinos zone and put a wrist shot just under a screened Murray's blocker to claim her first of the season, ending the game two minutes into the second overtime. Elisha Cunningham and Shawni Rodeback picked up helpers on the goal.
"Murray played a good game tonight. She's young and having two double overtime games in two-days is a learning curve for her and for us it's good to see her confidence grow," stated Goyette. "At the end of the day I don't think we could have done more, we were penalty killing for majority of the game."
Mount Royal will host the University of Saskatchewan Huskies next weekend, Nov. 27-28th.
Calgary will head to Vancouver to close out the first half of the season against the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds, Nov. 27-28th.
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