Pandas cruise past Dinos in home opener

Pandas cruise past Dinos in home opener

EDMONTON - The University of Alberta Pandas scored two goals each period, as they were able to complete the series sweep with a dominant 6-0 win over the Calgary Dinos, Saturday night at Clare Drake Arena.

Kennedy Ganser scored twice, while Hannah Olenyk, Autumn MacDougall, Amy Boucher, and Sasha Lutz also found the net for Alberta on Saturday. Sophomore goalie Dayna Owen stopped all ten shots she faced in her first start of the season, earning the shutout.

Game two of the home-and-home series was the polar opposite of the 3-2 OT game the previous night, as the Pandas would score early and often, with Lutz getting on the board just 50 seconds into the first period. After setting up Olenyk for the early breakaway, Lutz followed the play, sliding in the rebound past a helpless Hayley Dowling.

Alberta added to their lead late in the first period, as Ganser tipped in the Cayle Dillon powerplay point shot for her first of the night. Not only did the home-side hold the 2-0 lead, but they also conquered the shot clock, owning a 17-3 lead after one.

The Pandas would make the lead three halfway through the third, continuing to take advantage of their massive shot advantage. Boucher scored her first CIS goal of another Dowling rebound, sliding her wrist shot past the keeper's outstretched leg.

Calgary's best offensive pressure came on a five minute powerplay after the Deanna Morin major, but the Dinos were still unable to crack the Alberta defence. The Pandas regained momentum following the kill, with Ganser scoring her second of the game off a sweet feed into the crease from Boucher.

Once again Alberta would score in the opening minute of a period, as MacDougall potted the loose puck in the Calgary crease 29 seconds into the third.  The Pandas coasted throughout the remainder of the third, with Olenyk adding the sixth Alberta goal tens minutes into the third.  

With the win, Alberta captures five of a possible six points from Calgary, improving to 1-1-0-0. Calgary, meanwhile, will search for their first win of the season next weekend in Vancouver. The Pandas will also head on the road, paying a visit to the Saskatchewan Huskies next weekend.


Connor Hood - Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics