Eoin Colquhoun, Pronghorn Athletics
Lethbridge – For the second night in a row, the Lethbridge Pronghorn women's hockey team was stymied by the visiting Saskatchewan Huskies, dropping a 2-0 decision.
The loss drops the 'Horns record to 1-4-1 on the season, while the Huskies still only have one blemish on the season and improve to 5-1-0.
In a carbon copy of last night's game, the 'Horns found themselves in penalty trouble in the first period, taking three first period penalties and while the 'Horns killed the first one off, the Huskies opened the scoring on the second.
Rachel Johnson pulled the puck out of deadlocked face-off, walked to the net untouched and pulled the puck around a sprawled Alicia Anderson, sliding the puck into the open side for second of the season.
After making 43 saves Friday night, Anderson kept the 'Horns within one, making 15 first period saves. The 'Horns managed eight first period shots.
In the second, the 'Horns found a bit of their legs and had two glorious chances to tie the game. Jenae Culp had the first chance, taking a centering feed from Sara Spence and pulled the puck across the net and past Huskie netminder Cassidy Hendricks but slid the puck wide.
Spence had the other quality chance, beating Hendricks' high but her shot rang off the crossbar.
Anderson stopped all 12 shots she faced in the second period, while Hendricks made seven saves.
Just past the halfway mark of the third, the 'Horns went on the power play looking to tie the score, but it was the Huskies that would double their lead. Kaitlin Willoughby intercepted a 'Horns pass near centre ice and went in on a two-on-one with Lauren Zary. Willoughby faked the shot and slid the puck across to Zary, who pulled the puck around Anderson for the shorthanded marker.
Offensive woes for the Pronghorn continued for the remainder of the game and despite outshooting the Huskies 7-5 in the period the 'Horns could not beat Hendricks.
The Huskies finished the night 1 for 5 on the power play, while the 'Horns went scoreless in three opportunities.
Next weekend, the 'Horns will face the Calgary Dinos in a home-and-home series, starting Friday night in Calgary, while the Huskies will take on the Regina Cougars, also in a home-and-home series.