Top-ranked Thunderbirds earn sweep of Cougars with 3-1 victory

Top-ranked Thunderbirds earn sweep of Cougars with 3-1 victory

University of Regina Sports Information

REGINA - The University of Regina women's hockey team fell 3-1 to the No. 1-ranked UBC Thunderbirds in Canada West action at The Co-operators Centre on Saturday night.

Cassandra Vilgrain and Stephanie Schaupmeyer each scored for the second-straight night, and Haneet Parhar added an empty-netter with just a second on the clock to seal the win for UBC.

Emma Waldenberger notched her second goal of the weekend for the Cougars (10-12-3-1).

Vilgrain opened the scoring on the powerplay at the 3:07 mark of the first period with her third of the weekend. A point shot from Alexa Ranahan was stopped by Jane Kish but Vilgrain showed off her quick hands to knock home the rebound before the puck bounced away from the net.

The Cougars answered just 3:43 into the second period, on a beauty from Waldenberger. The third-year forward took a pass from Kaitlyn Crowe and made her way up the left wing. A slick move to the inside got Waldenberger some space and she wired a wrist shot to the top corner past Tory Micklash.

The remainder of the second and the majority of the third period were a back-and-forth struggle, with neither team able to put forward many solid chances, even on powerplay opportunities.

It was the UBC captain who scored the decisive goal as the Thunderbirds went to the powerplay with just over five minutes left. The T-Birds set up their powerplay and Vilgrain worked the puck back to Ranahan. The defenceman sent a low shot right to the front of the net where Schaupmeyer was waiting and deflected it off the post and in past Kish.

The Cougars couldn't gain any traction in the remaining five minutes, as UBC kept the Cougars hemmed in their own end. Regina finally got some zone control in the final minute but a Krista Metz point shot was blocked and UBC went the other way where Parhar iced the game.

Kish made 23 saves in the loss and Micklash stopped 20 shots at the other end of the rink.

The Cougars remain a point back of Saskatchewan for fourth place and will close the regular season portion of their Canada West schedule next weekend, with a pair of road games against Calgary. UBC (19-3-3-1) will close its season at home against Mount Royal.