Saskatoon, Sask. – Two third period goals lifted the No. 7 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies to a 4-3 win over the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns Saturday night at Rutherford Rink.
Lauren Zary and Kori Herner both notched goals in the final frame to help improve the Huskies record to 8-5-3-2 while the Pronghorns dropped to 6-9-2-1.
With the teams tied up at two after forty minutes Zary broke the deadlock on the power-play at 8:33. Marley Ervine started the play attacking from the blue line before firing a centering pass that Zary was able to redirect past Lethbridge goaltender Jessica Lohues.
Herner would tally less than a minute later for what would be the game-winning goal. Herner banged in a rebound at 9:03 to give the Huskies a 4-2 advantage.
Lethbridge would make things interesting late with a conversion on the power-play at 15:58. Brett Campbell's cross ice pass found Chelsea Kasprick waiting on the far post for her first marker of the season.
Despite being outshot 34-20 in the game the 'Horns provided plenty of pressure late in the period. Cassidy Hendricks, who entered the game for starter Jerrica Waltz in the third period, made a handful of big saves down the stretch to preserve the one-goal victory.
The Pronghorns took the first lead of the game silencing the crowd at Rutherford Rink with a goal from Jocelyn Sabourin at 7:02 of the first period. Sabourin pinched in from the point to collect a loose puck and send it to the top corner of the net.
The Huskies would get even before the first period was out. Kaitlin Willoughby took the puck from the sideboards and walked out to the slot where she would unleash a shot blocker side for her sixth goal of the season at 18:25.
Saskatchewan would convert on the power-play at 5:16 of the second period to take its first lead of the game. Rachel Johnson would follow the bouncing puck to score her fifth of the season. Julia Flinton's point shot redirected to the left of Lohues where Johnson was first to get a stick on it.
The Pronghorns sent the game to the third period all squared up at two thanks to a Tricia Van Vaerenbergh goal. A Huskie turnover behind their own net led to Kirsten Reeves centering pass finding the stick of Van Vaerenbergh who beat Jerrica Waltz at 16:42.
Waltz made 11 saves in the game for Saskatchewan before Hendricks came in to make the final six. Lohues stopped 30 of 34 shots faced between the pipes for the Pronghorns.
Saskatchewan travels to Calgary for a series with the Dinos (3-10-1-4) next weekend, while Lethbridge returns home to host the Regina Cougars (7-7-3-1).