Cougars roll past MRU on home ice

Cougars roll past MRU on home ice

Regina Athletics

REGINA, Sask. - The University of Regina women's hockey team cruised to a 4-1 victory over Mount Royal University at The Co-operators Centre on Saturday afternoon.


Each member of the Cougars' top offensive line had a multi-point night in the win, as Jaycee Magwood had two goals and Kylie Gavelin and Stephanie Sawchuk each notched a goal and two assists.  Sarah Weninger replied with the lone goal for the visitors.


The first period featured fast-paced action on both ends of the ice, with Regina outshooting MRU 12-8. Toni and Jess Ross were flawless in their respective nets, bringing the opening 20 minutes to a close without any score.


Regina was first to strike after a mishap from Mount Royal's Ross. Sawchuk won a faceoff in the MRU zone, putting the puck right on net and Ross tried to cover it. The puck slipped under her glove and to the side of the net, where Gavelin picked it up and converted the wrap around before the unsuspecting goaltender could react.


Gavelin's 10th of the season at the 3:39 mark gave Regina some momentum, as the next chunk of the period was spent solely in the MRU zone. Nikki Watters-Matthes had two great chances to add to the Cougar lead, ripping a pair of slap shots from the point but neither could find its way past Jess Ross.


The Regina pressure continued all the way through the end of the second period, as the Cougars maintained control of the puck and kept the MRU defence on its toes. Magwood had a great chance, deflecting a Watters-Matthes point shot past Ross but drawing iron. Regina outshot Mount Royal 10-5 in the period, but Ross's stellar play kept the score at 1-0.


Mount Royal bounced back with some pressure of their own in the third, but it was Magwood who bumped the Cougar lead to 2-0. The goal was a beauty, starting with Watters-Matthes stepping into the slot to take a feed from Gavelin. She dumped the puck into the corner where Stephanie Sawchuk picked it up and sent a backhand pass in front. The pass went right through Gavelin's skates to Magwood who was all alone in front and the rookie made no mistake, netting her ninth of the season.


Magwood would net another one less than three minutes later, taking a feed from Tessa Wilson and heading in down the left wing. Her high wrist shot fooled Jess Ross and sailed under the cross bar to put the lead at 3-0.


Mount Royal got on the board with just over nine minutes to play, after a Cougar turnover. Toni Ross was able to make the first save but the rebound kicked right to Weninger, who scored her second goal in as many days. Rachel Piitz and Cylenna Alexander earned assists on the goal.


The Cougars defence was steady for the rest of the contest, and after Ross was pulled from the MRU net Sawchuk sealed the deal with a long backhand into the empty cage. Gavelin was credited with her third point of the night on Sawchuk's sixth, and Jolene Kirkpatrick also had a helper.


Toni Ross stopped 22 shots in the win, while the opposing Ross made 26 saves.


The Cougars (11-8-4-1) will head to Vancouver next weekend for a pair of critical games against the first-place UBC Thunderbirds.