Eoin Colquhoun, Pronghorn Athletics
Lethbridge – The Lethbridge Pronghorns scored once in each of the first two periods and held on for a 2-1 win and completed the weekend sweep of the Calgary Dinos.
The 'Horns improve to 2-4-1-1, while the Dinos fall to 0-5-1-2.
A night after going to a shootout, game two of the weekend home-and-home got off to a slow start with neither team wanting to make an early mistake, but the play picked up as the teams traded power play opportunities. Neither team looked dangerous in their first power play opportunity.
One second shy of the half way mark of the opening period, the Pronghorns opened the scoring. Katelyn Breitkreuz collected a rebound in front and while Dino goaltender Hayley Dowling was able to get a piece of the shot, she was not able to keep it out.
Shots after the first favored the Pronghorns 11-10, while the 'Horns went scoreless in two power play chances and the Dinos failed to score on their only chance.
Trips to the sin bin continued in the second period with the Dinos taking three second period penalties and the 'Horns went to the box twice but with the team's playing four-on-four, the 'Horns doubled their lead. Mackenzie Gal walked off the half wall and beat Dowling short side for her third of the season.
Aided by three power play chances, the shot clock favored the 'Horns again in the second period, outshooting the Dinos 10-7.
Only a minute into the third, as a 'Horns penalty had just expired, the Dinos cut the 'Horns lead in half. Paige Michalenko's low shot from the point slid through feet in front and past a screened Anderson.
Pronghorn forward Aislinn Kooistra had a glorious chance to push the 'Horns lead back to two goals, breaking in on a partial breakaway, beating Dowling high but her wrist shot rang off the crossbar.
Shorthanded for the sixth time of the game, the Dinos looked more dangerous than the 'Horns power play. Heather Berzins broke into the 'Horns end but her shot found the post and Dinos forecheck kept the 'Horns off balance for the remainder of the power play.
The Dinos hard work on the penalty kill paid off and they were rewarded with a power play of their own and while they peppered Anderson with multiple shots they were unable to find the back of the net.
With the goalie pulled, the Dinos amped up the pressure on the Pronghorns and created a pair of scrambles in front of the 'Horns net but Anderson was able to turn the final shots away.
Anderson finished the night with 30 saves, while her counterpart, Dowling turned aside 25 of 27 shots on the night.
The 'Horns remain at home next weekend, but the task won't be easy, hosting the defending Canada West Champion UBC Thunderbirds. Calgary heads out on the road next weekend, traveling to Winnipeg to take on the second place Manitoba Bisons.