Calgary, AB- On Friday evening, the Mount Royal Cougars took down the Saskatchewan Huskies by a score of 2-1 at the Flames Community Arenas. Helping avenge the two losses from earlier this season against the Huskies, Kate Hufnagel and Sarah Weninger lit the lamp for the Cougars. Meanwhile, Brooklyn Haubrich scored the lone marker for Saskatchewan.
The Huskies were forced to play a Mount Royal team who've quickly become one of the hottest teams in the Canada West conference. After last weekend's overtime sweep of the University of Calgary Dinos, the Cougars came into the game 7-3 in their previous 10 games.
The game also featured two of the hottest net-minders in the Canada West conference. Saskatchewan's Cassidy Hendricks looked to add another win to her 6-3-2 record while Emma Pincott, coming in at 5-2-1, looked to improve on her sparkling 1.69 G.A.A.
Mount Royal's first line struck with seven minutes remaining in the first period. Hendricks initially turned aside a point shot from Channia Alexander, but a poorly placed rebound found the stick of Kate Hufnagel in the slot. With Hendricks out of position, Hufnagel managed to slide her second of the year into the unguarded cage.
Besides the Cougars goal, most of the period was spent in the neutral zone. Both teams tried and tried again to gain offensive zone pressure through dumping and chasing the puck, but to no avail.
While the Huskies had pressure in the Cougars end for most of the second period, Pincott was solid in goal for Mount Royal, sustaining the team's one goal advantage.
With five minutes remaining in the frame, Cougars' leading goal scorer Sarah Wenninger came blazing into the Huskies zone. Making a move past a defenseman, Weninger sent a wrist shot towards the top corner. Alexander was late to react with her shoulder, giving Weninger her sixth of the year.
With just under 10 minutes remaining, the Huskies managed to cut the lead in half. In the offensive zone, Marley Ervine shuffled the puck over a Cougars' stick and to teammate Brooklyn Haubrich at the hash marks. Haubrich didn't waste any time from there, sending a hard wrist shot over the glove of Pincott for her second of the year.
Unable to register any offense down the stretch, the Huskies were forced to pull their goalie with a minute left in hopes of sending the contest to overtime. The Huskies sent a plethora of shots from every direction at the Cougars net. Pincott scrambled left and right with each passing shot, stopping a few while her defense did a good job blocking the lanes in front of her. Seconds later, the horn sounded- keeping the Cougars hot streak alive.
Emma Pincott stopped 23 shots in her sixth win of the year. Meanwhile, Hendricks turned aside 21 of the 23 Mount Royal attempts, falling to 6-4-2 on the season.
With the win the Cougars move to 6-6-2-1 and are now within one point of the Huskies in the standings. The Huskies, on the other hand, fall to 5-5-3-2 and need a win tomorrow to stay ahead of Mount Royal with just one game remaining before the league wide December break.
The two teams will be back in action tomorrow evening at 6 P.M. at the Flames Community Arenas.