Regina salvages a split with the shootout victory over Mount Royal

Regina salvages a split with the shootout victory over Mount Royal

 

Justin McCaffrey, Mount Royal Sports Information

CALGARY – Emma Waldenberger scored the shootout winner as Regina managed to earn a weekend split with Mount Royal. Lilla Carpenter-Bosch and Kylie Gavelin scored in regulation for Regina, while Gabrielle Seper and Reanna Arnold got on the board for Mount Royal.

Mount Royal wasted no time picking up right where they left off last night. Third-year forward Gabrielle Seper stole the puck off a Regina player in the neutral zone. Seper curled back across the Regina blue line and let go a wicked wrister that beat Morgan Baker over the right shoulder.

Sarah Weninger nearly extended the Cougars' lead on a breakaway. Weninger made a great move and had the goaltender at her mercy. Just as Weninger was about to slide the puck home, Baker threw out the paddle and made a miraculous save.

Regina had two quality scoring chances in the final two minutes of the period but Emma Pincott was  sharp, making two great pads saves. After the first period of play, the Mount Royal Cougars led 1-0.

Mount Royal opened the period on a power play that carried over from a late call in the first. MRU couldn't get anything going and the momentum began to tilt in favour of Regina.

Shortly after the penalty expired, Mount Royal got sloppy in their own end. Lilla Carpenter-Boesch stole the puck in the slot, made Pincott move and slid it into the goal.

Mount Royal got it right back just minutes later. Already down a player, Regina was about to take another penalty on a delayed call. Pincott scrambled to the bench and Mount Royal worked the 6-on-4  to perfection. After a shot hit a Regina defender in front of the net, Reanna Arnold calmly grabbed the puck and knocked it by Baker.

Sarah Weninger took a five minute major for a kicking, leaving Mount Royal shorthanded for a full five minutes. Regina had their chances in the first two minutes of the power play but Pincott was exceptional once again.

Mount Royal surrendered their lead for the second time just as their power play expired. Tianna Ko was tripped up in the Regina zone resulting in a 2-on-1 the other way. The league's leading scorer, Jaycee Magwood, flipped a beautiful saucer pass over to linemate Kylie Gavelin who buried the one-timer to tie the game at two.

The third period was largely uneventful until the final two minutes. Mount Royal's Megan Carver took a tripping penalty with just 1:57 left in the game, setting up a potential game-winning  power play for Regina. Mount Royal did well to slow down the pace and ultimately sent the game to overtime.

The first overtime solved nothing so the teams moved to 3-on-3. Emma Pincott kept the Cougars alive with a sprawling save just a 1:10 into the second overtime period. Gabrielle Seper had the game on her stick with just seconds left on the clock. Seper went in alone on a breakaway but Baker shut the door with the pad.

The matinee affair would have to be settled in a shootout. After a Reanna Arnold miss, Emma Waldenberger scored to give Regina a 1-0 lead. Gabrielle Seper then missed giving Carpenter-Boesch a chance to win it. The puck rolled off her stick and gave Mount Royal new life. Rachel Piitz had to score to extend it but Baker made the blocker save, winning it for Regina.

Mount Royal falls to 8-10-1-3 after the loss. Regina improves their record to 9-10-3-0 with the victory.

Mount Royal will travel to Alberta next Friday night to play the Pandas. Puck drop at Clare Drake Arena is set for 7:00pm MST. The series will then shift back to home ice on Saturday for a 6:00pm MST start at Flames Community Arenas.

Regina will play a home and series with the Saskatchewan Huskies next weekend. The first game will be in Saskatoon at Rutherford Rink on Friday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00pm CST.