University of Regina Sports Information
REGINA - The University of Regina women's hockey team skated to a convincing 4-1 victory at home against Mount Royal University on Friday night at The Co-operators Centre.
Emma Waldenberger, Elise Endicott, Kylie Gavelin and Lilla Carpenter-Boesch scored for the Cougars, while Gabrielle Seper replied for Mount Royal.
Both teams opened the game looking a bit hesitant, but became more comfortable as the first frame went on. The Cougars were able to get on the board first, as Waldenberger knocked an MRU defender off the puck in the neutral zone. Carpenter-Boesch scooped up the puck and was right in stride with Waldenberger, as the two went in uncontested on MRU goalie Emma Pincott. Carpenter-Boesch fed it to Waldenberger who gave it back, and the rookie put it back on the stick of Waldenberger right in front of the crease for the easy tap-in goal.
"Emma and I were both kind of shocked that we were by ourselves in the open ice," Carpenter-Boesch said after the game. "I knew if we didn't score it would be an issue, so we were just trying to make the goalie move and then pass it to the other side."
The Cougars had a great chance to add to their lead midway through the second as Bailey Braden won the puck in the corner and turned out towards the blue line. Braden looked like she was going to send it to the point but turned and fired a shot at the short side of the net. Pincott was a little out of position but was able to recover and make a nice blocker save to keep the MRU deficit at one goal.
Mount Royal's best chance in the second came at the 9:46 mark of the period, as an MRU pass skipped over the stick of Jane Kish and bounced across the crease. MRU's Reanna Arnold was there but was unable to get a stick on the puck in front of the empty cage before Endicott cleared it away.
Just over three minutes later, the Cougars added to their lead thanks to the rookie Endicott. The Regina product swooped in down the left wing, putting pressure on a Mount Royal defender who tried to clear the zone with a pass up the boards. The pass clipped the skate of Meghan Sherven and ended up back on the stick of Endicott as she looped towards the middle of the ice. Her shot from between the circles caught the stick of an MRU player on the way towards the net and slipped through the pads of Pincott to double the Cougar lead.
Mount Royal would cut the Cougar lead to a goal following a Jolene Kirkpatrick bodychecking penalty early in the third, as Seper scored MRU's first goal of the season. Shawni Rodeback put a low shot towards the net from the right point but it was blocked in front by Alexis Larson. Anna Purschke was able to get a stick on it before Larson could clear, knocking it to Seper who slid it past the pad of Kish for the powerplay marker.
Regina added an insurance goal with nine minutes remaining in the third, as Gavelin (pictured) and Jaycee Magwood worked a nifty two-man game in the MRU zone. The play peaked with Gavelin feeding a backhanded pass to Magwood before looping around the back of the net. Magwood walked in front and put a low shot on Pincott who made the pad save, but Gavelin was all alone for the rebound and able to poke it in. Merissa Zerr collected an assist on the goal, her first point with the Cougars.
Carpenter-Boesch added an empty netter with 14 seconds to play, taking a feed behind Mount Royal attackers from Larson and netting her first career goal.
"It felt pretty good, us rookies got a taste of the action in our pre-season tournament," Carpenter-Boesch said about her first Canada West contest. "I just tried to go at it the same as any other game, not think too much and play with confidence.
The Cougar offence was relentless for the majority of the third, not allowing Mount Royal to sustain any sort of offensive effort. When MRU was able to get the puck into the Cougar zone, Kish and the Cougar defence were ready for the task.
Regina outshot MRU 30-29 on the night, with Kish making 28 saves for her first Canada West win and Pincott making 26 at the other end of the rink.
The two teams will battle again on Saturday afternoon, with puck drop scheduled for 3 p.m. at The Co-operators Centre.