Pandas close off first half with seventh-straight win

Pandas close off first half with seventh-straight win

Connor Hood - Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics

EDMONTON – The University of Alberta Pandas hockey team (7-3-3-3) won their seventh consecutive game to close out the first term, taking down the visiting Saskatchewan Huskies 2-1 (7-5-2-2), Saturday night at Clare Drake Arena.  

Megan Eady and Alex Poznikoff scored for Alberta, while Kaitlin Willoughby scored the lone goal for Saskatchewan on Saturday.

NEED to know:  By virtue of their seven game win streak, the Pandas have now vaulted into third place in the Canada West standings with 30 points in 16 games.

Three Stars:

  1. Megan Eady (AB) –Goal, three shots on goal, plus two rating
  2. Alex Poznikoff – (AB) – Game winning goal, three shots
  3. Kaitlin Willoughby (SSK) – Goal, five shots on goal

Following a slow and methodical series opener the previous night, the two teams played a much faster paced game in the rubber match. The teams combined for two penalties, 18 shots on goal, and one goal in the first period. Eady opened the scoring with her first of the year seven minutes into the first, beating Cassidy Hendricks with a point shot through a screen.

The Pandas, who were terrific on the cycle and forecheck throughout the first two periods, capitalized on the offensive strength once again midway through the second. After Autumn MacDougall generated a turnover at the Huskie blueline, the sophomore forward fed Poznikoff with a perfectly placed backhand into her tape, who calmly chipped the puck past Hendricks for her seventh of the season.

Trailing by two entering the third period, the Huskies came out as aggressive as they had all weekend, turning the tables on the Pandas. Willoughby finally buried one of her numerous offensive chances  seven minutes into the third, beating Post short-side over the glove.

That, however, was as close as the Huskies would come, as Post was able to shut the door with five third period saves.

The Huskies and Pandas will be back in action following the winter semester break, as the Pandas pay a visit to the No. 1 UBC Thunderbirds, while the Huskies visit the Mount Royal Cougars in Calgary on January 6th.