Cougars on the prowl

Cougars on the prowl

CALGARY- The No.9 University of Calgary Dinos lost 5-2 to the Mount Royal University Cougars, on Friday night at the Father David Bauer Arena. 

 The Dinos came out hungry in Saturday evening's game after having lost the previous night 3-2 to the Cougars. 

 "Their goalie kept them in most of the game, I have to give credit to Mount Royal they came out hard, at the end of the day we just have to find a way to put the puck in the net," explained Head Coach Danielle Goyette.

 Iya Gavrilova found her league leading point rhythm early in the first period, putting the Dinos up 1-0 just one minute into the opening period, picking up a lose puck up from the side of the net and sneaking it past cougar goaltender Jess Ross.

 The Cougars responded just three minutes later on a 2-on-1, Reanna Arnold made a cross crease pass to Gabrielle Seper who redirected the puck over Carissa Fischer's glove. 

 Mount Royal would find the back of the net once more before the end of the first period. Shawni Rodeback feed Arnold who was coming off the half wall, skated in front and beat Fischer on the ice, blocker side. 

 Mid-way through the middle stanza the Cougars increased their lead to two. Megan Carver took the puck into the Dinos' zone circled behind the net and passed the puck out front to Edwards who redirected the puck blocker side and in. Kenzie Menzak picked up an assist on the play.

 Calgary continued to look for their second goal of the game, seven minutes into the third period Stephanie Zvonkovic almost had one on the power play but hit the post.

 Mount Royal continued their scoring momentum on the power play mid-way through the final period. Arnold found Sydney Laurin alone in front who moved cross-crease and put home Mount Royals fourth goal of the evening.

 The Cougars weren't done there with just over six minutes to go in the game on the power play, Mairi Sorensen touched passed the puck to Tanika Dawson who beat three Dinos to put the puck through Fischers five-hole and in.

 The Dinos pulled Fischer with three and a half minutes left in the third to put an extra attacker on the ice. The extra attacker paid off for the Dinos as Gavrilova put her second of the evening in and her 17th of the season. The Dinos would only get within three however.   

 Calgary now has a record of 11-5-4 while Mount Royal improves to 4-13-3. Calgary outshoot Mount Royal 28-13 in Saturday evening's game.

 "We know we have things to work on for next weekend," said Goyette. "At the end of the day we have to find a way to win games. We learnt a lesson this weekend, and we're not going to forget that lesson in the next week."

 Mount Royal will host a home-and-home series against the University of Alberta Pandas next weekend, January 23-24.

 The Dinos will be back at the Father David Bauer Arena next Friday evening January 23rd, as they will also host a home-and-home series with the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns. Puck will drop Friday evening in Calgary at 7 p.m. before the girls head south to Lethbridge for Saturdays faceoff. 

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