CALGARY- In the first game of the new year the University of Calgary Dinos fell to the University of Regina Cougars, 4-3 Friday evening, Jan. 8th at the Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary.
"Our power play did well tonight," explained Dinos head coach Danielle Goyette. "We had many opportunities on the power play and capitalized on a couple of them. That's the good part about the game tonight."
Regina looked to get on the board early in the first period. Just one minute into the first Tessa Wilson beat Dinos goaltender Sarah Murray low blocker side.
The Cougars increased their lead to two late in the period when Kylie Gavelin picked up the rebound from Stephanie Sawchuk's shot, stepped around Murray and put the puck into the empty net.
Calgary responded in the second period on the power play. Iya Gavrilova passed the puck to Kelsie Lang on the point who fired a slap shot past a screened Toni Ross to cut the Cougars lead to one.
With just over four minutes remaining in the middle stanza Gavrilova tied the game with a low blocker side wrist shot. Sasha Vafina and Lang picked up helpers on the play.
Midway through the third period the Dinos pulled ahead once again on the power play. Kate Lumley tucked in Megan Grenon's shot from the point for her first of the season.
Taking the Dinos momentum and using it to their advantage the Cougars tied the game up just four minutes later. Sawchuk put a low wrist shot from the point on net through traffic and past an unseen Murray.
"We gave them to much room in front of our net tonight," said Goyette. "We weren't tough enough in front, when players come in there they need to pay the price and I don't think it was to tough for them to be there tonight."
Keeping the game in regulation time Regina scored once more just before the end of the game to win it. First-year forward Jaycee Magwood stepped out from the corner and beat Murray on the ice to take the game.
"We can compete with anyone in this league, we showed that tonight coming back from being down two nothing," stated Goyette. "Our lesson to learn tonight is when you have a lead you need to keep playing the same way and not sit back on our heels."
Both Calgary and Regina will face-off against each other tomorrow afternoon, Jan. 9th at three p.m. at the Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary.
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