Justin McCaffrey, Mount Royal Cougars Sports Information
CALGARY - The Calgary Dinos completed the weekend sweep of the Mount Royal Cougars, defeating them 6-1 Friday night at Flames Community Arenas. Newman, Gavrilova (3), Berzins and Frey hit the score sheet for the Dinos. Carley Bertram broke Hayley Dowling's shutout bid late in the third period.
The Cougars had a lot more jump in their step on Friday night at home after suffering a tough loss at the Saddledome to the very same Calgary Dinos. The Dinos looked shaky early on after one of their best performances of the 2015-16 season on Thursday night.
After eight good minutes of solid pressure, the Cougars were perhaps a little too overzealous, drawing the game's first penalty. Cheyann Newman was left all alone in front of the net on the power play and tipped in the Megan Grenon shot to give the Dinos a 1-0 lead.
The Cougars nearly equalized but Sarah Weninger was robbed point blank with a beautiful glove save by Hayley Dowling in the Dinos' goal.
Just seconds later, the conference's top scorer, Iya Gavrilova took over. Gavrilova grabbed a loose puck at the side of the net and put the Dinos ahead by two.
Gavrilova then scored on one of the finest individual efforts you will ever see in women's hockey. She went end to end, undressing the Cougars' defender before sliding in a backhand behind an outstretched Emma Pincott.
After spotting the Dinos a 3-0 lead to start the second period, the Cougars came out with some more jump in their step. Their inspired play caused the Dinos to take back-to-back penalties at the end of the period.
Mount Royal peppered Dowling with shots during the 5-on-3 but the Dinos' netminder stood tall, preserving their 3-0 lead heading into the third.
Gavrilova completed the natural hat trick early in the third period to put the game out of reach.
Heather Berzins and Delaney Frey added late goals to put the exclamation point on the victory.
The loss drops Mount Royal to 7-11-3-1. They are now on the outside looking in at the Canada West playoff picture. They hold only a slim two-point lead over the Calgary Dinos for eighth place in the conference.
Calgary is rolling at the right time and improve to 6-10-2-4. They are now three points out of the playoffs.
The Dinos will begin a home and home series with the Alberta Pandas next weekend. On Friday night they will host the Pandas at Father David Bauer Arena before heading north to play in Edmonton on Saturday evening.
Mount Royal will travel east to Regina for a two-game series against the Regina Cougars. Puck drop for Friday night's contest is scheduled for 7:00pm CST.
Photo Credit: Adrian Shellard