Max Sturley, Dinos Communications
CALGARY – The University of Calgary Dinos pushed the Saskatchewan Huskies into double overtime but were unable to secure the win in a 2-1 setback on Saturday night at the Father David Bauer Arena.
The Dinos pick up a point, but see their record slip to 0-3-1, while the Huskies grab a share of first place at 3-1-0.
The first period looked very similar to last night, with the Dinos getting heavily outshot and the game remaining scoreless. Through 20 minutes, the Huskies outshot the Dinos 13-2. The best chance for either side came off the stick of Huskies leading-scorer Leah Bohlken, but her chance on the rush was stymied by Dinos goaltender Kelsey Roberts.
Despite a Huskies power play chance halfway through the second, it was the Dinos who kicked off the scoring. Assistant captain Sara Craven hammered home a perfect backdoor feed from linemate Holly Reuther, making it 1-0, on her first tally of the season. Breakout first-year forward Elizabeth Lang picked up the second assist, extending her point streak to four games.
After 40 minutes, the Dinos held the one-goal lead, despite being outshot 21-5.
The Huskies' patience would pay off less than two minutes into the third period as they evened the score. Kayla Kirwan picked up her second goal in as many nights, with assists going to Nicole Fry and Bailee Bourassa on the power play.
The highlight of the third period came on a dazzling save from Huskies netminder Jessica Vance, who robbed Dinos forward Chelsea Court blind, sprawling back to get her glove on a goal-line chance. Despite the game opening, the stalemate continued into overtime.
The Dinos controlled the majority of the four-on-four portion of overtime, with Lang offering up the best scoring opportunities.
With nothing solved through 65 minutes, the Huskies ended the game, recovering from a scramble in their own end. Bourassa took off from her own blue line on a two-man rush, pushed past her teammate and beat Roberts over her glove to complete the weekend sweep.
"I'm happy with the effort, but at the same time, today we were a little up and down," said Dinos head coach Danielle Goyette. "We could have won the game three or four times, open nets, hitting the post. We need to learn how to finish."
The Dinos will travel to Vancouver next weekend to take on UBC, while the Huskies will jump back on the road to take on Lethbridge.
Photo by Jim Corry