Poznikoff, Pandas take 3-1 decision over Cougars

Poznikoff, Pandas take 3-1 decision over Cougars

University of Regina Sports Information 

REGINA - The University of Regina women's hockey team was defeated 3-1 by the visiting Alberta Pandas at The Co-operators Centre on Friday night.

Autumn MacDougall and Alex Poznikoff each had a goal and an assist for the No. 9-ranked Pandas, who remain in third place in Canada West but take a five-point lead over the Cougars. Regan Wright also had a goal and Taylor Kezama collected two assists in the win.

Emma Waldenberger (pictured) netted her fifth goal of the season, a powerplay marker which was assisted by Alexis Larson and Jaycee Magwood. 

The Pandas (9-4-3-3) scored all three of their goals in the second period, started off by Wright's first of the season that beat Morgan Baker at the 8:45 mark.

MacDougall slipped in a rebound about seven minutes after Wright's goal off assists from Poznikoff and Sasha Lutz, before Poznikoff scored her eighth on a beauty just two minutes later. The second-year forward came swooping into the Cougar zone on a nice move and her initial shot was kicked aside by Baker. Poznikoff stuck with the play and batted in the rebound, putting Alberta up three after 40 minutes.

Waldenberger would get the Cougars (9-8-2-0) on the board at the 12:52 mark of the second period, as she was parked in the slot on the powerplay. Magwood sailed a pass about head-high into the slot where Waldenberger gloved it down, wheeled and beat Lindsey Post with a high shot.

The Pandas locked down for the remaining seven minutes, hardly letting the Cougars into the offensive zone. Led by fifth-year defender Megan Eady and a strong neutral zone backcheck, the Pandas limited the Cougars to 21 shots, nine of which came in the final frame.

Baker made 24 saves for the Cougars in just her fifth start of the season. Post was impressive at the other end, stopping 20 shots including strong chances from Bailey Braden and Magwood in the third period.

The Cougars and Pandas will square off again on Saturday afternoon, with game time set for 3 p.m. at The Co-operators Centre.