Dowling denies Pandas in shutout victory

Dowling denies Pandas in shutout victory
Donna Cumming, Dinos Communications Assistant
CALGARY – In a tight defensive battle, Dinos goaltender Hayley Dowling led her team to victory as the University of Calgary Dinos defeated the University of Alberta Pandas 1-0 in double overtime at Father David Bauer Arena on Friday, January 29.
Sasha Vafina's rebound goal broke the scoreless deadlock at 2:35 of the second overtime period. The Dinos increased their win streak to six games tonight, improving their overall record to 9-14. The Pandas dropped to 12-11 with the overtime loss.
"It felt pretty great, I just kept telling myself to stay focused and did what I needed to do to help the girls along, so it was nice to finish off strong," explained Dowling.
Neither team was able to find the back of the net in a fast-paced back and forth first period. With 7:03 remaining in the opening frame, a controversial call saw CanadaWest leading scorer, Iya Gavrilova, tossed from the game for a hit from behind on Pandas' forward Alison Campbell.
The Pandas dominated the play in the middle frame, but Dowling came up with several big saves and got some help from the post. Less than two minutes into the second, Poznikoff came out from behind the Dinos net and rung a backhand shot off the iron to keep the game in a scoreless tie. 
Shortly after, Dowling made a huge toe save off Lutz who deflected a centering pass from Campbell right on net. Dowling's diving save in the final minute of the period allowed the Dinos to hold on to the 0-0 tie heading into the third.
The third period was much of the same, with the Dinos struggling offensively and Dowling keeping them in the game, including a highlight reel glove save off of a wrist shot in tight from Ashley Morin. After three scoreless periods, Calgary and Alberta headed to overtime, with the Pandas outshooting the Dinos 27-15 in regulation.
"I'm all about positive self-talk, so I just kept talking myself through it," said Dowling. 
The Pandas kept pressing in the first overtime period, but once again failed to solve Dowling. A point shot off the post with 1:14 remaining was as close as they would get as the game continued to double overtime.
    
The Dinos finally broke the tie in 3-on-3 double overtime. Kate Lumley rushed the puck down the left wing and her shot deflected right onto Vafina's stick who buried it behind rookie goaltender, Dayna Owen. The two teams will face off again tomorrow night at the Pandas' home rink. 
"We're going to have to take care of ourselves tonight," said Dowling. "We're going to be tired and we have to adjust to their rink, but I think we can do it again."
Puck drop will be at 6 p.m. MT tomorrow at Clarke Drake Arena in Edmonton.
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