Max Sturley, Dinos Communications Assistant
CALGARY – Rachel Paul with the help of Kelsey Roberts carried the mail for the University of Calgary Dinos, winning 2-0 over the Mount Royal University Cougars, earning the weekend split, Friday evening, at the Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary.
"Really proud of them, because I feel like we played 60 minutes tonight," said head coach Danielle Goyette. "It's something we've had problems to do all year and we have to give credit to the girls, they bounced back tonight."
Following last night at the Scotiabank Saddledome, both teams came out flying in the first. For the Dinos, Delaney Frey and Tori Stebnitsky were denied quality scoring chances as Cougars goaltender Zoe DeBeauville was sharp early.
On the other side of the puck, the Cougars best chance of the period came from leading scorer Sarah Weninger. Right after deking into the Dinos, she had a quick breakaway, but Roberts stood tall making her best save of the period with the left pad. After the first, the Dinos outshot the Cougars 13-9.
The second frame was highlighted by a penalty shot for rookie forward Rachel Paul. After escaping to a breakaway with a Cougar on her back, she managed a shot right as she was tripped up. Paul was promptly awarded a penalty shot, in which she faked backhand before going upstairs on DeBeauville.
Right before the penalty shot goal, Paul and Goyette had an extended chat drawing up with some strategy: "She told me to take the angle and shoot the puck since the ice was pretty bad, and I was tired coming off of the shift. And so that's what I did and it worked," Paul added. Goyette confirmed it, while cracking a smile: "I said you have to keep it simple, take an angle and go and shoot high glove and she exactly did it. I think that's why we were so happy cause when you talk about it and it happens, it makes it more fun."
The score remained 1-0 heading into the third. DeBeauville appeared unfazed in the early stages of the third, as she robbed forward Chelsea Court right atop the crease, as she deflected a Sage Desjardins pass, where DeBeauville countered with the leg save.
Paul with the hot hand added her second marker of the game. Forward Delaney Frey unloaded a slap shot from the blue line, and Paul streaking through the middle, deflected the puck down past the glove of DeBeauville. Paul, scoring her third of the season, wasn't sure if she high-sticked it or not: ""Can't say I was a hundred percent sure, I think my stick was pretty close to the crossbar, but the refs called it a goal so that's all that matters," Paul said laughing.
From there, Roberts stood tall earning her first career USports shutout. As well, the Dinos who have struggled with special teams, killed all four penalties they took. For Paul, her penalty shot stood up as the game winning goal.
Next weekend, the Cougars will travel to Vancouver to take on the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds, while the Dinos will close out their season at home, as they will play the University of Regina Cougars in a two game series, February 10-11, at the Father David Bauer Arena