University of Regina Sports Information
REGINA - Two powerplay goals powered the University of Regina women's hockey team to a 3-1 win over Mount Royal University at The Co-operators Centre on Saturday afternoon.
Merissa Zerr, Jaycee Magwood and Alexis Larson were the goal scorers for the Cougars, while Gabrielle Seper notched a powerplay goal in the second period for her second in as many contests.
Jane Kish picked up her second-career win in net, stopping 20 shots between the pipes.
"I was a little nervous coming into the weekend but felt fairly good, I was just focused on coming out and having fun," Kish said Saturday. "I was a bit rusty at the start but confident in my save selection throughout the weekend."
Zerr opened the scoring in the first period, collecting her first Canada West goal following a great effort from Bailey Braden. Braden worked the puck out of the corner and swooped around the back of the net to try a wrap-around on Emma Pincott but the puck slid through the centre of the crease. Zerr was in the right spot and was able to get a stick on it, sliding it through the pads of Pincott to put the Cougars on top.
Momentum swung to the Mount Royal side midway through the first period after Zerr was whistled for boarding. The visitors went to the man advantage and put multiple shots on Kish, but the second-year netminder was able to keep MRU off the board.
MRU would draw even early in the second period on the man-advantage, as Seper showed off some quick hands to slide a low shot under Kish's pad. Shawni Rodeback's shot from the point hit the skate of Seper, who managed to get the puck on her stick and wheel around for a quick shot to even the score. Tianna Ko also earned an assist on the goal.
Regina would take back the lead for good with just over three minutes remaining in the second frame, after Rachel Piitz was flagged for tripping up Magwood along the boards. The Regina powerplay hadn't gained much traction but Krista Metz took a feed from Tamara McVannel and put a shot towards the goal from the point. Magwood was in traffic and got a stick on the shot, deflecting it high over the shoulder of Pincott for her first of the season.
Regina got an insurance goal at the 5:46 mark of the third period thanks to their captain. The Cougars found themselves on a five-on-three advantage and Larson took a pass from Nikki Watters-Matthes right as the first MRU penalty expired. Larson unleashed a high wrist shot from the top of the right circle, beating a screened Pincott glove side to extend the Cougar lead to 3-1. Kylie Gavelin collected an assist on the play, her second point of the season.
Regina's defence was strong for the remainder of the period, not allowing MRU to sustain any significant attack. Mount Royal did have a six-on-four opportunity after a Jolene Kirkpatrick penalty and pulling Pincott, but Kish and the Cougar defence were up to the task.
"The past two years have been a great learning experience for me," Kish said about her approach to this season. "I've been practicing a lot, incorporating more puck play and getting used to the girls, and I'm gaining confidence every day."
Pincott made 25 saves as MRU drops to 0-2-0-0 on the season. Regina will be at home again next weekend, playing host to the winless Lethbridge Pronghorns for a weekend set at The Co-operators Centre.