Donna Cumming, Dinos Communications Assistant
CALGARY – The University of Calgary Dinos defeated the No. 6 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies by a score of 4-2 on Friday, January 15 at Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary.
Iya Gavrilova scored the game-winner just 47 seconds after the Huskies tied the game at 2 in the 3rd period. With the victory, the Dinos improve to 4-10-5 on the season while the Huskies fall to 8-6-5.
"We're happy with the result for sure, we have a win. We have a lot to do if we want to have a chance at the playoffs and we still have some little things to correct for tomorrow, but we saw a lot of character tonight," said Dinos head coach, Danielle Goyette.
Despite being outplayed early on, the Dinos drew first blood when Iya Gavrilova's centering pass found captain Stephanie Zvonkovic whose slapshot beat Huskies' goaltender, Jerrica Waltz. Saskatchewan evened the score late in the first on the power play as Marley Ervine roofed a backhand shot to make it 1-1 after 20 minutes.
The Dinos regained the lead midway through the second period. After Calgary defenseman Kelsie Lang stripped the puck from the Huskies forward, Sasha Vafina picked it up and took it end to end. Using the Saskatchewan defender as a screen, Vafina slid the puck through the legs of the Huskies goaltender, giving the Dinos a 2-1 lead through the middle frame.
The Huskies tied the game again in the third when Lauren Zary deflected Julia Flinton's point shot past Dinos netminder, Hayley Dowling. Less than a minute later, Gavrilova circled through the slot and fired a shot past Waltz to put the Dinos back on top. Vafina sealed the victory with a power play goal from the side of the net to give the Dinos a 4-2 win.
After a difficult first half, the Dinos have now won 2 straight games and are 2-1 since the Christmas break.
"We haven't given up on the playoffs, I know we're far behind but as long as we have hope we're going to continue to work hard," said Goyette. "We're going one game at a time and this team has been working hard all year and right now it's starting to pay off."
The Dinos hope to build on their win streak as they face the Huskies again tomorrow night at Father David Bauer Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 6 p.m. MT.