WHKY: Duncan's first career goal donuts Dinos into playoff spot

WHKY: Duncan's first career goal donuts Dinos into playoff spot

Arron Lai; Dinos Communications

CALGARY - In their final home game before the Christmas break, the University of Calgary Dinos defeated the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns 1-0 on Friday night at Father David Bauer arena.
 
The victory was fueled by milestones, as Katie Duncan scored her first career goal as a Dino, while Kelsey Roberts recorded her league leading fifth shutout of the season.
 
Duncan sure made her first goal memorable, scoring on a highlight-reel play. After an initial Dinos shot was blocked by Pronghorns defenders, a crafty pass by Kate Lumley put the puck on Duncan's stick. She would juke a Pronghorns defender with a slick backhand to forehand play, before firing a perfect wrist shot at the top right corner of the net.

Despite the fantastic play, Duncan credit her teammates for her achievement.
 
"A lot of it came from the forwards," remarked Duncan. "Kate [Lumley] did a good job protecting the puck and she gave me a little drop. I didn't really do much but it went in so I am pretty happy about it."
 
The tally would stand as the game's only goal, as the Dinos secured their fifth victory of the season. With the win, The Dinos surpassed Lethbridge in the standings for the sixth and final playoff spot in Canada West.
 
Despite the victory, Dinos head coach Danielle Goyette observed that her team did not play up to their capabilities.
 
"I was not happy with the way we played tonight. I thought this was one of the games that we were pretty flat offensively and defensively. Our work ethic was not really good tonight."
However, Goyette explains that as a whole, she is pleased with a victory.
 
"In the big picture, we have to be happy with the win. This is what we wanted - we came out on top. At the end of the day, we have to take it and enjoy it for a while, and make sure we prepare for tomorrow."
 
"The good thing is we know we can perform better."
 
The opening period of this game saw Kelsey Roberts display the form that had previously led her to four shutouts and a goals against average of 1.58. Facing 13 shots, Roberts turned them all aside, while anchoring her team in killing off two penalties. Her best save of the period came late, as Jodi Gentile of the Pronghorns fired a point shot which was deflected at the last minute by Brett Campbell.
 
The second period did not see a shot until roughly five minutes into the frame, coming on a Dinos powerplay. Less than a minute after the period's first shot, the Dinos scored the game's first goal thanks to the phenomenal play by Katie Duncan. Kelsey Roberts continued to be stellar for the remainder of the period, recording two phenomenal saves late in the second frame to maintain the Dinos lead heading into the second intermission. The Dinos also outshot the Pronghorns 10-7 in the second frame.
 
The third period saw back-and-forth action, with both teams pressuring one another in their respective offensive zones. With 90 seconds remaining, the Pronghorns would pull their goalie and mount relentless pressure on the Dinos, in search of the tying goal. However, led by Kelsey Roberts and a focused defense, they would not allow the Pronghorns to find the equalizer.

"I felt pretty good," noted Roberts on her Canada West leading fifth shutout of the season. "There were a few tough saves at the end there. My [defense] played a strong game."
 
With regards to preparing for tomorrow's matchup, Roberts echoed the sentiments of her coach.
 
"We got to mentally refocus. I think we could have maybe come out a little harder tonight, but we managed to get the win and we just got to come out a step up tomorrow."
 
The teams will travel south for tomorrow's rematch in Lethbridge, marking both team's final game before the Christmas break. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.
 
Photo by David Moll