A.J. Mike Smith, Sports Information Intern
Lethbridge – The University of Calgary Dinos rolled into Lethbridge to take on the U of L Pronghorns in some Canada West women's hockey action on Friday night, and downed the hometown 'Horns, 5-2.
Delaney Frey scored twice for the Dinos, while Kelsie Lang, Cheyann Newman, and Iya Gavrilova added their own tallies. Sarah Spence scored both goals on the board for the 'Horns.
Things got going pretty quick in the opening stanza, as the 'Horns Jodi Gentile took a tripping minor just 54-seconds in. The Dinos took advantage of the early call, as Kelsie Lang fired a shot that took a bounce off 'Horns defenseman Kirana Stocker's stick and found it's way passed Alicia Anderson to open the scoring.
5:25 later, the Dinos struck again as a loose puck was just sitting there for the wide open Delaney Frey to swat in. 2-0 Dinos with 13:46 left in the first period.
The Dinos would give the 'Horns an opportunity to get back into the game, when Cheyann Newman took a crosschecking minor. The 'Horns came up short with the extra man, as the Dinos were able to kill it off.
Before the horn, the Dinos padded their lead when Newman flew in on her off-wing and let go a shot that would beat Anderson short side. They took a 3-0 lead, and a 9-8 edge in shots to the first intermission.
The 'Horns took the momentum from the Dinos in the second period, about eight minutes into the frame, when Anderson stopped two shots that were almost guaranteed to go in. From then on, the 'Horns were buzzing all period, but could only find the back of the net once.
The penalties started to pile up as well. Amber Yuha led the way with an interference call 11:01 into the period. She was joined by Dino player Stephanie Zvonkovic, who took a body contact penalty just 47 seconds later. While playing 4-on-4 due to the penalties, the 'Horns got on the scoreboard, when a seeing-eye-shot unleashed by Sarah Spence found it's way passed Dino keeper Hayley Dowling.
That is where the scoring would stop for the middle frame. The penalties, however, did not. Delaney Frey of the Dinos went to the box for body contact at 15:44. The 'Horns wrapped up the period's parade to the penalty box with a slashing call taken by Delaney Duchek.
Nothing came of the penalties, and the teams would skate to a 3-1 Dino lead heading to the third period. The Dinos kept the lead in shots, 18-16.
The Dinos came out looking to shut it down and leave Lethbridge with a win, and they did a good job of it, limiting the 'Horns chances and creating many of their own.
2:25 into the final period, though, their leading scorer, Iya Gavrilova took a ten-minute misconduct. At 5:54, the Dinos took another minor, this time for hooking. Bronwyn Stevens took that penalty.
The 'Horns would break some rules too, as Jenae Culp got the gate for a check to the head, and tacked on a 10 minute misconduct of her own.
All of the above penalties were killed off.
The Dinos would put the final nail in the coffin for the contest, when Gavrilova tossed one into the 'Horns empty net at 17:34.
The 'Horns would respond 28 seconds later, as Spence notched her second of the game, to make it 4-2. But it was all for not on this night, as the Dinos would tally another empty netter at 19:17, and take the game, winning by a score of 5-2.
The 'Horns Alicia Anderson finished the night with 20 saves. On the other end of the ice, Dinos' Dowling made 27 saves. The final shot total was 29-25 in favour of the 'Horns.
The two teams travel north to Calgary on Saturday to finish off the home-and-home. A must-win for both teams, as the 'Horns still hold the final playoff spot in the conference, but a Dinos win and a Mount Royal loss gives them the spot.
Puck drop will go down at 6:00pm. Canadawest.tv has the stream available.