by Nicole Betker
February 28, 2014, Saskatoon (ISN) – University of Saskatchewan’s Marley Ervine scored the game’s lone goal with 22 seconds left in double overtime to lift the Huskies 1-0 over the University of Regina Cougars in Game 1 of the Canada West Women’s Hockey Final Friday night in Saskatoon’s Rutherford Rink.
Looking like the teams were content to send the game to a third overtime period, Ervine received a break when the puck landed on her stick at the blue line. Using speed to skate in her quick shot beat Cougars netminder Jennifer Schmidt ‘s glove into the top left corner for the win at 19:38.
With the 1-0 series lead, Saskatchewan will look to capture their first-ever Canada West Championship on Saturday night in Game 2. The winner of the series will also earn the lone conference berth to the CIS Championship March 12-14.
Strong goaltending by both Schmidt and Huskie netminder Cassidy Hendricks was the difference in the evenly matched battle.
Hendricks earned her second shutout of the Canada West playoffs stopping all 46 shots faced. Schmidt was equally as impressive at the other end of the ice making 39 saves for Regina.
Puck drop on Game 2 is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday. Game 3, if needed, is slated for 7 p.m. Sunday. The games can be viewed on canadawest.tv