Oct 07, 2016
By Max Sturley; Dinos Communications
CALGARY - he University of Calgary Dinos fell in their season opener to the University of Alberta Panads, 3-2 in overtime, Friday evening, Oct. 7 at the Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary.
A hot start that had the Dinos up by two goals was washed away as the Pandas scored three unanswered goals, stealing the victory in the extra frame. "We had a good start, but after that I think, when we have a young team, they think it's going to be an easy game" noted Dinos head coach, Danielle Goyette. "In Canada West you never have an easy game, nobody is going to quit until you hear the buzzer."
The Dinos offense cashed in just under three minutes into the game. First year forward Kira Makuk scored her first as a goal in a Dinos uniform as she spun and swept the puck past the right pad of Pandas goaltender, Lindsey Post.
Exactly two minutes later, Sasha Vafina showed off her skillset, beating one defender, then picking the top corner to beat Post, giving the Dinos a two goal lead less than five minutes into the game.
After the early flurry by the Dinos, the Pandas started to take control. After the first period, Alberta outshot Calgary, 13-5, highlighted by a near miss on the doorstep of Dinos goaltender Hayley Dowling.
The Alberta pressure carried over into the second period. Alberta controlled possession of the middle frame, drawing a couple penalties, but were still unable to capitalize.
Shifting to the third period, the continuous pressure finally paid off for the Pandas. Second year forward, Alex Poznikoff buried a pass from Amy Boucher, getting the Pandas on the board. Within a goal, Pandas head coach Howie Draper pulled Post with under a minute to go in the final period.
The extra attacker proved effective as Alex Poznikoff scored her second of the period, tying the game with 36 seconds left, sending it to overtime.
The overtime frame was short lived, as a body checking penalty to the Dinos Vafina put the Pandas on their fourth power play of the game. Amy Boucher snapped a quick shot from the high slot that beat Dowling on the blocker side.
"This is a long season, we have 28 games so we can't be disappointed for losing a game. As long as we keep learning, game after game, we just have to turn around and think about what each player has to bring tomorrow and move forward," explained Goyette.
The two teams will face off again tomorrow evening up highway two in Edmonton.
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