Trio of third-period goals propel Cougars past Huskies

Trio of third-period goals propel Cougars past Huskies

University of Regina Sports Information

REGINA - The University of Regina women's hockey team netted three goals in the third period on Saturday night to come from behind and complete the weekend sweep of the Saskatchewan Huskies in a Canada West home-and-home set.

Merissa Zerr scored to even things up early in the third before Jaycee Magwood scored the game winner and added an empty netter to seal the deal. Courtney Cormack opened the scoring in the second period for the Huskies.

Morgan Baker was the winning goaltender for the Cougars, stopping 16 shots for her first career Canada West victory. Baker (pictured) also collected an assist on Zerr's goal.

"I'm so excited to get the first one out of the way," Baker said following the game. "Since this was my second start the nerves were different coming in, it was a good nervous.

"The adjustment to Canada West has been a definite step up," the Kincardine, Ont. product added. "The shots are harder and the girls are bigger. It's awesome to be here because it pushes me to be better."

Cassidy Hendricks was busy in net for the Huskies, making 35 saves as Saskatchewan falls to 3-3-2-0.

The lone Huskies goal came on a tough break for the Cougars, as Kayla Kirwan put a point shot towards the net following a scramble in the Regina end. Kylie Gavelin blocked the shot but the puck bounced right to Lauren Zary who teed it up. Gavelin got her stick on Zary's shot as well, but the deflection ended up right on the tape of Cormack who was all alone in front and able to beat Baker.

"I've learned as a goalie that you can't let those goals get to you, you've got to move on and get back on your routine," Baker added. "I knew my team was there to support me and I had full confidence that they'd be able to put the puck in the net."

Zerr evened things up just 1:58 into the third, after Baker made a kick save on a Huskie shot and Lilla Carpenter-Boesch fed it onto Zerr's stick. The first-year forward demonstrated some blistering speed and caught the Huskie defenders off guard, as Zerr split the pair and went right down the centre of the ice before beating Hendricks with a high wrist shot to the short side.

Magwood's first goal came on the powerplay after Zary was whistled for tripping up Bailey Braden on a rush. Magwood took a pass from Gavelin and walked into the slot, showcasing her patience before flipping a backhand shot over the glove of Hendricks.

The reigning Canada West Rookie of the Year would put the game out of reach a few minutes later after Hendricks came out for the extra attacker. Magwood read a long stretch pass from a Huskie defender and was able to get in the passing lane, intercepting the pass and potting her third goal of the weekend.

The Cougars move to 4-3-1-0 with the win, leapfrogging Saskatchewan and moving into third in the Canada West standings.

Regina is on the road again next weekend, heading to Edmonton to take on the 1-2-2-3 Alberta Pandas.