October 7, 2012, Saskatoon, SK – With a fluke goal with 28 seconds remaining on the clock the Mount Royal University Cougars stole a 3-2 victory over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies in CIS Women’s hockey action Saturday night in Saskatoon’s Rutherford Rink.
The rare play on a delayed penalty saw the Huskie defenceman’s shot bounce off Tanika Dawson’s shin pad and trickle down the ice into the Huskies’ open net for the win. Dawson was credited with the goal and then served her interference penalty for the remainder of the game.
Mount Royal, in their first weekend of competition in Canada West women’s hockey, completed the sweep with the win to start the season 2-0-0. The Huskies open 2012-13 at 0-1-1.
Mount Royal opened the scoring on a goal in front of the net by Sydney Laurin at 5:20 in the first period. Huskie captain Cara Wooster notched the game with just over a minute left in the first frame after a scramble in front of the net left the puck on her stick. She was able to lift it over Cougar netminder Jess Ross’ glove.
After a scoreless second period, Mount Royal jumped out to the lead quickly at the beginning of the third scoring when Chrisy Hodgson scored 26 seconds into the frame. But the Huskies’ Shelby Davey answered back on the ensuing faceoff just 41 seconds in the period to tie the game. The goals marked the fastest in Canada West women’s hockey history by two teams to start a period.
Huskie rookie goaltender Cassidy Hendricks made 23 saves in the loss, while Ross made 29 saves in the Cougars’ win. Saskatchewan outshot Mount Royal 31-26 in the game.
The Huskies remain at home to host the University of Manitoba Bisons next weekend, while Mount Royal returns home to host the University of Alberta Pandas.