October 5, 2012, Saskatoon, SK – Emily Harrison completed the Mount Royal University Cougars comeback scoring in overtime to lift her team 4-3 over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies in the opening night of Canada West women’s hockey.
Harrison stole the puck from a Huskie forward inside the neutral zone and sniped the puck past goaltender Justine DeNure for the win with 1:28 left in the 10 minute overtime. It completed the Cougars’ comeback after finding a lifeline with the extra man on the ice at the end of the third period. Tanika Dawson tied the game with nine seconds left to force the extra time.
This was the first win for Mount Royal in Canada West history. They joined the league for the 2012-13 season. Saskatchewan opens the season 0-0-1.
Saskatchewan opened the scoring 9:53 in the first period on a goal in front of the net by Cami Wooster.
Mount Royal tied the game after Shelby Davey took a body contact penalty just seconds into the second frame. Rayna Cruickshank shot the puck from the top of the left faceoff circle to beat Justine DeNure on the short side at the 50 second mark. They quickly made the game 2-1 on a quicktransition up the ice. Carley Bertram went streaking up the left side and beat DeNure stick side at 3:17.
Kandace Cook notched the game at 2:32 into the third period on a one-timer from the slot. Captain Cara Wooster gave the Huskies the lead just four minutes later with a wrist shot over Cougars’ netminder Kendall Kilgour at 6:51 on the power play. The Huskies had the man advantage after Emily Harrison was called for tripping.
Kilgour made 42 saves in the win, while DeNure made 43 in the loss at the other end of the ice. Mount Royal outshot Saskatchewan 47-45 in the game.
The two teams will battle again Saturday night at Rutherford Rink. Puck drop is 7 p.m.