Baker and the Cougars shutout Pronghorns

Baker and the Cougars shutout Pronghorns

Eoin Colquhoun, Pronghorn Athletics.

 

Lethbridge – In the final conference game of the first semester, the Lethbridge Pronghorns couldn't crack the Regina Cougars defence or first-year goaltender Baker, dropping a 3-0 decision to the Cougars.

 

The win for the Cougars completes a weekend sweep and improves their record to 9-6-1-0 on the season. For the 'Horns the loss drops their record to 2-11-1-2 and are now seven points out of the final playoff spot with 12 games to play in the second half.

 

Jaycee Magwood scored the eventual game winner just shy of the six minute mark of the second period and Emma Waldenberger scored twice into the empty net to seal the victory.

 

Pronghorn goaltender Alicia Anderson had another strong game, keeping the 'Horns in the game throughout and finished with a 38 save performance. Her counterpart Morgan Baker was solid the entire game and earned her first career Canada West shutout, making 24 saves.

 

In a near carbon copy of the opening period from the previous night, the Pronghorns and Cougars skated to a scoreless opening period and the Cougars heavily outshot the Pronghorns 15-5.

 

Both teams had chances on the power play, with the 'Horns missing on three first period chances and the Cougars failing to score on two opportunities.

 

While shorthanded, Jaycee Magwood had a great chance to get the Cougars on the board first, stripping a 'Horns defender and racing in on a breakaway. Magwood attempted to pull the puck around Anderson but the puck slid just wide.

 

Mackenzie Gal had the 'Horns best chance of the period as her shot on the power play beat Morgan Baker but rang off the post.

 

On a 5-on-3 power play just over five minutes into the second, the Cougars finally capitalized and opened the scoring as Jaycee Magwood's point shot went off the post and in for her 11th of the season.

 

Shots in the second were much closer, but still favoured the Cougars 12-11.

 

As it was throughout the first 40 minutes, the Pronghorns had a tough time breaking through the Cougar defence in the third period and despite eight third period shots, the 'Horns did not generate enough offensive chances to get the elusive tying goal.

 

With the goaltender pulled, the Pronghorns turned the puck over twice to Waldenberger in the middle of the ice and she scored her second and third goals of the season to seal the victory.

 

Both teams are off now until the New Year, where the Pronghorns will return with a home-and-home series with the Calgary Dinos to kick off the second semester of Canada West action, while the Regina Cougars will open 2017 hosting the Manitoba Bisons.