Baker, Cougars take 3-2 win against visiting Dinos

Baker, Cougars take 3-2 win against visiting Dinos

University of Regina Sports Information 

REGINA - The University of Regina women's hockey team skated to a 3-2 win over the Calgary Dinos in Canada West action at The-Co-operators Centre on Friday night.

Jaycee Magwood, Bailey Braden and Kylie Gavelin found the net for the Cougars. Cheyann Newman and Sasha Vafina scored for the Dinos, who drop to 0-9-1-2 with the loss.

First-year goaltender Morgan Baker earned her second win of the season, making 18 saves in goal for the Cougars. Fellow rookie Kelsey Roberts was also impressive in net, stopping 39 of the 42 shots she faced for Calgary.

Despite Regina dominating possession for the opening minutes, it was Calgary who struck first as Newman came down the right wing and put a low shot on Baker. Baker made the initial save but the rebound popped up in the air and Kate Lumley was able to knock it up in the air again before Baker could grab it with her glove. Another swing from Newman ended up being the one the Dinos needed as the third-year forward batted it in.

The Cougars answered less than 30 seconds later, as Magwood put the moves a Dino defender and was able to free herself before ripping a shot up high to tie things up with a beauty of a goal.

The second period passed with no score but Braden put Regina on top at the 2:24 mark of the third. Braden went on a long rush from her own end and was able to beat Roberts with a high shot from a seemingly impossible angle with a rocket of a wrist shot.

Gavelin scored at the midway mark of the third on a similar looking shot from near the top of the circle. Tamara McVannel assisted on Gavelin's fifth of the season.

"We had talked about moving our passes from D-to-D better, and moving our feet and playing with some urgency," McVannel said. "If we can come out with the same urgency tomorrow and maintain that level of play we'll put ourselves in a good spot."

Vafina replied with a wrist shot at the 12:57 mark to cut the lead to one, but the Cougar defence and a pair of nice glove saves from Baker held Dinos in check to seal the win.

"We had a tough weekend at UBC and this is our last home weekend before the break so we wanted to get the momentum going and get back on track," Gavelin said following Friday's win. "We're hoping to carry this over into tomorrow and continue to get lots of pucks on net, whether it's shooting to score or shooting for rebounds."

The Cougars (6-6-1-0) and Dinos will square off again on Saturday night, with puck drop set for 7 p.m. at The Co-operators Centre.