Regina, SK – The women’s hockey team fell 4-0 to the University of Regina Cougars Friday night in the Saskatchewan capital. UBC have locked down a playoff spot thanks to their win last Saturday, but they now have a record of 12-5-4. Regina improved their record to 11-8-2. The Cougars snapped their five game losing streak with this win, meanwhile the Thunderbirds suffered their first lost of 2015 ending a four game win streak.
The first period told the story Friday night. The Cougars came out hot right out of the gates, scoring three of their four goals in the opening 20 minutes. First to light the lamp just under five minutes into the proceedings was Natasha Koshenko, fed by teammates Caitlin Dempsey and Emma Waldenberger. Next to chip in for Regina was Carleen Meszaros at 7:12 on the power play. This time the assists came from Nikki Watter-Matthes and Brooklyn Moskowy. The chemistry between Kostenko, Dempsey and Waldenberger struck again as this time it was Waldenburger who scored on the power play for the Cougars just 42 seconds later to give the home side a commanding 3-0 lead.
UBC was unable to surmount this big lead after this big start. The second period saw more scoring from Bailey Braden, assisted by Carleen Meszaros and the Cougars were in front 4-0 through 40 minutes of play.
The third period saw no scoring.
Tori Ross earned the shutout making 37 saves including 17 in the final period. Samantha Langford suffered the loss, allowing four goals on 25 shots.
The big difference on the night was the power play. Regina finished 3-for-5, while UBC went 0-for-8.
The Thunderbirds and the Cougars will clash again tomorrow at 5 pm PST. You can catch the action via live stream at canadawest.tv.