Tanner Michalenko, Mount Royal Sports Information
CALGARY - The Mount Royal Cougars won their fourth in a row on Friday night at Flames Community Arenas, defeating the University of Regina Cougars by a score of 2-1.
This weekend's pivotal clash of the Cougars got off to a slower start than expected in the first period. Regina came out of the gate with more intensity, but an early holding penalty gave Mount Royal a chance to strike first. On the power play, Mount Royal failed to capitalize as Regina looked like they were a step ahead of the hometown Cougars, even registering a couple of quality scoring while shorthanded.
Regina defencemen Jaycee Magwood nearly scored a highlight reel goal when she split the Mount Royal defence, only to ring the puck off the crossbar.
Regina continued to earn the majority of the scoring chances in the first, but goaltender Emma Pincott looked extremely sharp in the Mount Royal crease.
The pace picked up in the second period as Anna Purschke cut over the blue line and laid a beautiful drop pass for teammate Mairi Sorensen. Sorensen hit the one-timer beautifully but yet another puck rang off the iron.
With almost five minutes left in the second period, Mount Royal committed a bad turnover in their own zone that led the game's first goal. Regina forward Kylee Kupper picked up the puck and let a wrist shot go that deflected off of a Cougar defencemen and into the back of the net.
However, Regina couldn't hold the lead for long. On a power play near the end of the frame, Mount Royal tied the game at one. Tianna Ko tapped in a bouncing puck past Regina goalie Morgan Baker, to even the score.
Baker was put to the test for the remaining few minutes of the period, as Mount Royal kept the pressure on the Regina goaltender. She made key saves to keep the score tied heading into the final period of play.
Mount Royal kept up the pressure in the third. 7:33 into the period, Shawni Rodeback's wrist shot snuck its way past heavy traffic in front, to give Mount Royal their first lead of the game.
Morgan Baker kept her team in it but the Regina offence just couldn't notch the equalizer. The Mount Royal Cougars held on for a 2-1 win, moving to within three points of the Regina Cougars in the Canada West standings.
Mount Royal improves to 8-10-1-2 with their third straight victory, while Regina loses their fourth in a row, dropping their record to 9-10-2-0.
The battle of the Cougars concludes tomorrow afternoon at Flames Community Arenas. Puck drop is at 3:00PM MST.