Mike Smith, Pronghorn Athletics
Lethbridge – The Regina Cougars completed the weekend sweep of the Lethbridge Pronghorns, beating them by a score of 4-2 in Saturday's contest. It will be a happy bus ride home as they are headed home with 6 points.
Emma Waldenberger, Kylee Kupper (2), and Nikki Watters-Matthes all scored for the Cougars, while Kirsten Reeves and Lauren Fredrich added tallies for the 'Horns.
As opposed to their tilt on Friday evening, Saturday's matinee affair started with a bang. Just 40 seconds into the game, Cougars' sophomore Emma Waldenberger put away a rebound in tight, beating a helpless Alicia Anderson. Through the rest of the period, the teams swapped chances, but both 'tenders stood tall. Finally, with only 1:44 remaining in the opening frame, the 'Horns found a way to beat Cougars' 5th year goalie Toni Ross for the first time of the weekend, as 5th year Kirsten Reeves buried a rebound to knot things up at 1. The period was played penalty free. The 'Horns would head to the dressing room with an 11-8 edge in shots.
In the middle stanza, the story was much the same. The 'Horns and Cougars both traded scoring chances, but were unable to find a way to beat the goalies. 9:04 into second period action, Anderson was down and out, but found a way to flash some leather and rob the Cougars of a sure-goal. Under two minutes later, though, Kylee Kupper of the Cougars rifled a beauty of a shot over the shoulder of a screened Anderson to put her Cougars up 2-1. 2:05 after that, Kupper struck again, releasing an unbelievable shot to the top corner, widening her team's lead to 3-1. With just over four minutes left in the period, Lauren Fredrich fired a shot on net that took a funny bounce to fool Ross, bringing the 'Horns within one. The Cougars dominated offensively, powering 19 shots on goal in the period alone, while the 'Horns were only able to get 7 through.
It didn't take long for the Cougars to regain their two goal lead in the third period, as Nikki Watters-Matthes put one home 2:13 into the final frame. The Cougars kept their foot on the gas, peppering Anderson with 18 more shots in the period. Anderson would stop 41 in the game, while her counterpart would stonewall her way to a win, stopping 24. Final shots tally was 45-26 in favor of the Cougars.
The 'Horns will be in Winnipeg next weekend to take on the Bisons, while the Cougars will return home to host the Alberta Pandas.