Weninger ends it in dramatic shootout fashion
Justin McCaffrey, Mount Royal Cougars Sports Information
The Bisons came to play in the matinee conclusion of their weekend set with Mount Royal Cougars. Manitoba's pressure was relentless as star sophomore Alanna Sharman pushed the pace and had the Cougars collapsing in front of goaltender Jess Ross.
Manitoba broke the scoreless tie at 8:39 of the first period. After a mini scramble in front of the Cougars' goal, the puck found its way onto the stick of Courtlyn Oswald in the high slot. Oswald spun and fired the puck toward the goal. The puck nicked the bottom of the bar, just over the shoulder of Ross.
Mount Royal rebounded from the Bisons' early pressure and sustained some solid play in the offensive zone to close out the period. After the first, the Cougars trailed the Bisons 1-0.
Early in the second the Cougars got the equalizer. In the dying seconds of the power play, there was a scramble in front of the Bisons' goal and from her backside; Sarah Weninger swiped at the puck. The puck rattled around off skates and into the net to tie the game at one.
With just over six minutes left in the period, Mount Royal went in on a 2-on-1 but a blocked shot and a strange bounce put Manitoba on a 2-on-1 the other way. Lauryn Keen took a beautiful saucer pass from Erica Rieder and put it low blocker on Ross to restore the Bisons' lead.
The Cougars answered right back when Mairi Sorensen picked up the puck on the blue line. She teed up Jocelyn Froehlich who hammered the puck through a maze of bodies and into the top corner for her first of the season.
Mount Royal took a delay of game penalty coming out of the dressing room late to negate the early power play they had in third period.
Manitoba took the lead again when Alanna Sharman drew three defenders to her behind the net then circled out in front. She slid the puck across to Oswald who potted her second of the game.
For the third time Mount Royal was able to equalize. Rachel Piitz did some excellent work along the boards to grab the loose puck. She peeled out of the corner and hit Megan Carver in the slot. Carver outwaited the defender and went far side on to tie the game.
A four-on-four and a three-on-three overtime solved nothing so it was off to a shootout.
Janessa Jenkins shot first for the Cougars. Jenkins went low forehand to give Mount Royal the lead.
After two consecutive Manitoba misses, Sarah Weninger had the game on her stick. Weninger walked in and ripped a shot high blocker to seal the Cougars' victory.
Mount Royal improves to 7-9-3-1 just four points back of the Bisons for fifth place in the conference.
Manitoba falls to 10-8-0-2 but are now within two points of the conference lead.
Manitoba will head home to host the Lethbridge Pronghorns next weekend beginning on Friday night at Wayne Fleming Arena.
The Cougars will have a quick turnaround, as they will face the Calgary Dinos in the Crowchild Classic at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday night.