Cougars lose heartbreaker in overtime

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December 1, 2013, Calgary (ISN) – The Mount Royal Cougars lost to the Saskatchewan Huskies 5-4 in overtime tonight at the Flames Community Arenas. Taralynn Suzuki, Danielle Klein, Jade Osadchuk and Emily Harrison tallied for the Cougars. Rachel Johnson, Cami Wooster, Alexee Klassen and Sarah Greshner scored in regulation for the Huskies. Marley Ervine scored the overtime winner for Saskatchewan.

The Cougars and Huskies battled for the second time this weekend after last night’s tight checking, one goal affair. Both teams took the cautious route as the game began. Chances were minimal and most shots came from the outside. After one period of play the Huskies had six shots on goal to the Cougars five. Neither team managed to score in the first so both clubs went into the intermission tied at zero.

The play opened up significantly in the second period as the shot totals nearly doubled. Saskatchewan struck first on a goal from Rachel Johnson, just 14 seconds into the period. Their lead was short-lived as Taralynn Suzuki of the Cougars scored just two minutes later on a feed from Tanika Dawson. Cami Wooster added another to give the Huskies the lead going into the third.

In a wild third period the Huskies scored at 3:45 to take the lead. MRU answered right back as Danielle Klein scored only fifteen seconds later. Jade Osadchuk completed the comeback at 9:37 tying the game at three. The Cougars took the lead with under two minutes to go as Emily Harrison scored an unassisted marker to put the Cougars up 4-3. Cami Wooster then went coast to coast and set up Sarah Greshner with only 26 seconds to play to send the game to overtime.

Overtime saw both teams trade quality scoring chances and use the open ice to their advantage. The cougars actually put the puck in the net but the referee deemed it to be no goal and the game continued. Halfway through the overtime period neither team had found the back of the net. With just over three minutes to play Melanie Ervine picked up a loose puck after a scramble in the Cougar crease and scored to win the game for the Huskies.

Mount Royal now holds a record of 2-12-2 while the Huskies improve to 10-3-2.

On January 3rd and 4th the Huskies will head east to Manitoba for two against the Bisons.

The Cougars will return to action in the New Year when they will play a home and home series starting in Edmonton against Alberta on January 3rd and 4th.

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