Eoin Colquhoun, Pronghorn Athletics
Lethbridge – A night after suffering a 4-1 loss at home, the Mount Royal Cougars rebounded with a 3-0 win over the Lethbridge Pronghorns to earn their first regulation win of the season and a weekend split in the first of two home-and-home series between the two teams.
Megan Carver scored twice to pace the Cougars and Tianna Ko scored the other Cougar goal. Zoe Debeauville made 18 saves to earn her first shutout of the season.
Pronghorn goaltender Alicia Anderson once again gave her team a chance to win, stopping 39 of the 42 shots she faced.
Entering the game still in search of their first regulation win of the season, the Cougars took the early play to the Pronghorns, peppering Anderson with 15 first period shots, but as she has done throughout her career, Anderson was outstanding in the Pronghorns crease. She made solid saves off of the sticks of Devonie Deschamps, Shawni Rodeback and Kate Scidmore.
After weathering the Cougars storm early in the period, the Pronghorns did muster some late pressure, finishing with nine first period shots, but Debeauville turned aside a trio of chances in the final minute from Alli Borrow, Mackenzie Gal and Jodi Gentile.
After a scoreless opening 20 minutes, the second frame was all Mount Royal, outshooting the Pronghorns 18-2 and striking twice. Megan Carver opened the scoring just past the five minute mark, after her shot from the circle redirected off a Pronghorn defender and past Anderson.
With the team's play to four-on-four, Tianna Ko beat a pair of Pronghorns off the half wall and tucked one in past Anderson short side.
Before the third period hit the five minute mark, Carver picked up her second of the night while shorthanded to give the Cougars a 3-0 lead. Blocking a shot just inside the Cougars end, Carver raced away on a breakaway, deking to her backhand and it looked like Anderson had made another spectacular save with the glove, but the puck trickled in for Carver's third of the season.
While the Pronghorns did generate a few chances following the Cougar's third goal, they could not beat Debeauville on this night. Debeauville made a solid shoulder save off of Brett Campbell on a Pronghorn two-on-one and flashed the glove to turn aside Gentile off a nice individual rush.
The Pronghorns head out on the road next weekend, traveling to Vancouver to face the two-time defending Canada West Champion UBC Thunderbirds. The Cougars will return home to host the Manitoba Bisons for a pair of games at the Flames Community Arena.