Cougars shutout Thunderbirds for first win of the season

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Regina, SK – The University of Regina Cougars won its first game of the season defeating the UBC Thunderbirds 2-0 Saturday night in Regina to split the weekend series. Cougars goaltender Lucas Gore earned the shutout making 28 saves while Tyler Henry scored both goals in the victoryt. With the loss UBC falls to 5-3-2 on the year and remains in third place in the conference standings. Regina improves to 1-9-0 and sit in last place in the conference. 

Henry hurt the Thunderbirds late in the second period and early in the third. After a scoreless first period Henry scored his first of the night with just 10 seconds remaining in the second period to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead through 40 minutes. He didn’t waste anytime in the third period adding to the lead, potting his second of the night 65 seconds into the frame. More than enough for the Cougars on this night. Offense has been tough to come by for Regina as they have managed to score just 12 goals in 10 games this season. 

The first period produced some chippy play from both teams, resulting in a total of 40 minutes in the frame. Both goalies stood tall in the period, with Matt Hewitt and the UBC defence killing off four powerplays and Gore and the Cougars killing two.

Both teams adapted to a more disciplined style of play later in the game, as only four minors were assessed in the final two periods after the combined 40 minutes in the first period.

Gore was rarely challenged in the contest but stopped everything that was sent his way and limited any rebounds, totalling 28 saves for his second-career shutout and first win of the season.
Hewitt made 23 shots in the loss.

The Thunderbirds will be back in action next weekend when they play host to the University of Calgary for a pair of games, Friday night at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre and Saturday Night at Father Bauer Arena. 

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