EDMONTON – The University of Alberta Pandas hockey team scored twice in the final six minutes of the third, to edge the University of Calgary Dinos 3-1 on Mental Health Awareness night at Clare Drake Arena.
Decked in their new mental health awareness jerseys, Janelle Froehler, Alex Poznikoff and Lindsey Cunningham scored for the Pandas, while Lindsey Post stopped 21 of 22 shots in the win. Iya Gavrilova was the lone goal scorer for Calgary.
Despite being outshot 6-2 in the opening frame, Alberta would find themselves up by a goal after the first period. Poznikoff showed her tremendous hustle in the neutral zone, beating a Dino defender to the puck, and sending Froehler in alone on a breakaway. Froehler out-waited Hayley Dowling, and roofed the games first goal over her glove.
Down by a goal, the Dinos came out firing in the second period, once again outshooting the Pandas, this time by a 13-6 margin. The CIS' top scorer would make the shot-advantage count, grabbing the puck off a Panda turnover, and slipping a wrist-shot past Post to even the score.
Post, however, finished the period off tremendously, stopping all six powerplay shots on three straight powerplay opportunities the Dinos had to close out the frame.
Post continued to be the best player on the ice in the third period, stopping multiple odd-player rushes, including a great save off a Sasha Vafina shot from the slot. The Pandas would capitalize on the hot goaltending, as Poznikoff was able to pot the game-winner through Dowling's five-hole with just six minutes remaining.
Alberta finished off the final few minutes by holding the Dinos to just three third period shots, none of which came in the last three minutes. Cunningham would cement the Alberta victory with a phenomenal bar-down rocket from the slot, sending the biggest Pandas crowd of the season home happy.
The loss ends Calgary's six game win streak, and drops them to 9-11-4 on the season. As for Alberta, the three points puts them into a tie with UBC for second place in the Canada West standings with a 13-8-3 record, and just one point behind Regina for the No.1 seed.
The Pandas will head back on the road next weekend, with a tough inter-provincial clash against the fourth-place Saskatchewan Huskies in Saskatoon.