Jesse Couture; Sports Information Assistant
November 23, 2012, Lethbridge (ISN) – The University of Saskatchewan Huskies earned a 2-1 win, Friday night, against the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns. The Pronghorns came out strong in the first half of the opening period, making great plays and getting pucks on net.
Cara Wooster and Marley Ervine notched markers for the Huskies while Megan Bailey scored the lone goal for the Pronghorns.
Crystal Patterson got the start for the ‘Horns, turning aside 23 of 25 shots. Cassidy Hendricks turned aside all but one of the 32 shots she faced.
The Huskies seemed to find their stride around the midway point of the frame and pushed back hard offensively. Though neither team would notch the game’s first marker, the shots through one were very close, 12-11. The home team managed to get the one extra shot off as the final seconds ticked away. A turnover at the blue line saw Megan Bailey break out all alone but her effort was swiftly turned aside by Hendricks.
The Huskies would strike first, at 5:26. After having skillfully kicked aside their first attempt, Patterson struggled to regain position in the crease. Quickly corralling a loose rebound, Wooster earned her third of the season, from Frohaug and Johnson, sneaking the puck through the five hole to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead.
The Horns would answer back before the end of the second. Glenda Edie carried the puck into the Huskies end and sent a cross ice pass to Bailey but it would hit the back of a Huskie skate and make an unexpected bounce; too quick for Hendricks to react. This allowed Bailey to knot things up at ones, earning her sixth of the season, at 14:40.
Capitalizing a power play opportunity, Huskies’ second year forward Ervine earned her first goal of the season, unassisted, unloading a rocket from just inside the blue line that would soar through traffic and find the back of the net.
The ‘Horns would have chance to answer back with a power play of their own moments later, as Wooster was called for interference, but would fail to convert.
With this win, the Huskies improve to 4-6-3 while the ‘Horns fall to 4-6-3 (CW). Game two of the back-to- back series goes tomorrow night at Nicholas Sheran Arena. The puck drops at 7pm (MT) and will be broadcast live on www.canadawest.tv