Cougars snap losing skid with shootout win over Huskies

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by Daniel Herrick

January 24, 2014, REGINA, Sask. (ISN) – Tori Head tied the game with 1:29 to play in the third, and Brooklyn Moskowy scored the lone goal in the shootout to give the University of Regina Cougars women’s hockey team a 4-3 win over the Saskatchewan Huskies on Friday night.

Alexis Larson and Bailey Braden also scored for the Cougars, while Jennifer Schmidt made 28 saves for the victory. Marley Ervine, Kaitlin Willoughby and Sara Greschner found the back of the net for the Huskies. Cassidy Hendricks made 24 saves in a losing effort for Saskatchewan.

The Cougars came out strong in the opening period, keeping the play in the Huskies’ end for most of the first five minutes of play. Saskatchewan found their feet quickly though and came back with a few scoring chances of their own. The Huskies got the first power play of the game midway through the first when Kylee Kupper was sent off for bodychecking. But the Cougars managed to kill it off, and got their own chance with the man advantage just a few seconds later. Despite some great pressure the Cougars couldn’t beat Hendricks and the first period ended in a scoreless tie.

The Huskies got an early power play to start the second, but that didn’t stop the Cougars from getting a great scoring chance. Moskowy went in alone on a shorthanded breakaway and rang a shot off the underside of the crossbar, but it was waved off by the referee. However just minutes later the Cougars drew first blood on their second power play of the game. Off a faceoff in the Huskies’ end, the puck came back to the point and Larson blasted a shot through traffic and past Hendricks to put the Cougars up 1-0.

Just over a minute later the Huskies came right back as Ervine managed to get the puck past Schmidt, tying the game 1-1. Two minutes later with the Huskies on the power play, Willoughby picked up a loose puck in the slot and slipped it into the net to give Saskatchewan a 2-1 lead. The Huskies went up by three less than three minutes after that on yet another power-play goal, this time off the stick of Greschner through a screen in front of the net. The Cougars called a timeout and were able to hold the Huskies off the board for the remainder of the frame.

The Cougars struck early in the third. Just 18 seconds in, Braden barrelled in and fired a backhand shot past Hendricks to pull the Cougars within one. The Huskies and Cougars battled hard for the remainder of the period, with both teams creating good scoring chances. However with just 1:29 left on the clock, Head swatted a rolling puck past Hendricks to tie it at three, sending the game to overtime.

While both the Cougars and Huskies had opportunities to end the game in extra time, Schmidt and Hendricks stood tall in their respective nets, and the teams went to a shootout.

Moskowy scored the only goal in the shootout, beating Hendricks glove side, and Schmidt turned aside all three Saskatchewan shooters to give the Cougars the 4-3 victory.

The Cougars snap a four game losing streak with the win, and improve to 11-9-3. The Huskies see their record drop to 13-4-6.

The two teams will meet again tomorrow night to wrap up the weekend series. The puck drops at The Co-operators Centre at 7 p.m.

Stats at: http://www.leaguestat.com/canadawest/women/en/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1757

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