Lethbridge – Despite being outshot 32-18, the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns posted a big 2-1 win, Saturday afternoon, to split the weekend series against the visiting University of Alberta Pandas and put an end to a seven-game losing streak.
Alicia Anderson started in net for Lethbridge and had a stellar performance, stopping all but one of the 32 shots she faced. Lindsay Post got the start for Alberta and faced a total of 18 shots.
Kirsten Reeves and Lauren Friedrich scored for Lethbridge, while Autumn MacDougall net the lone goal for the Pandas.
Alberta opened scoring at 7:42. With Sarah Spence serving time in the box for a hook, MacDougall netted an early power-play goal, from Alison Campbell and Morgan Kelly.
The Pandas maintained near-constant pressure on Anderson throughout the opening period. Alex Poznikoff, Natasha Steblin, and Ashley Morin each had great scoring chances but were denied by the Lethbridge keeper.
The Pandas kept putting pucks on target in the second. Lindsay Cunningham and Sasha Lutz each had good chances early in the frame but Anderson squared-off to shut them down.
Reeves tied the game for Lethbridge, at 7:14, after a mix-up in the neutral zone saw the Pandas turn the puck over. Reeves put the puck on net from well outside the blue line and it managed to sneak through traffic and right past the Alberta keeper, low-blocker side, which put the 'Horns on the board.
With each team looking for a go-ahead goal, the second period saw plenty of penalties. With Amy Helfrich called for a trip at 11:22, Amber Yuha and Jocelyn Sabourin each put pressure on Post but nothing could get through the Panda defenders. The 'Horns were called for a trip almost as soon as Helfrich stepped back onto the ice but the Pandas wouldn't fare any better as the Lethbridge defenders blocked shots from all angles and continued to cut off shooting lanes to keep the game knotted at ones.
Play continued at a frantic pace for the remainder of the frame. Ashley Morin and Amy Helfrich continued to pepper Anderson with shots and Lindsay Cunningham's hard wrister was confidently redirected by Anderson, who stood tall to make the stop.
Despite a lot of back-and-forth action at each end, both teams struggled to sustain any serious momentum, and after two periods of play, the Pandas led the 'Horns in shots 22-10.
Lethbridge net the elusive go-ahead goal with little more than three minutes remaining. Chelsea Kasprick found Friedrich alone in front of the net and the fourth-year forward buried the puck, five-hole, to give the 'Horns their first lead of the game, at 16:57.
With Post on the bench, the Pandas put pressure on Anderson but despite great efforts by Cunningham Tess Houston, MacDougall, and Ashley Morin, the 'Horns would hold on to win it, 2-1.
With this win, the 'Horns split the weekend series and improve to 6-7-2-1, while the Pandas loss puts them at 9-6-0-1, as both teams head into the holiday break.