Second-year University of Saskatchewan goaltender Jerrica Waltz recorded 25 saves to post a shutout in a 2-0 win over the Mount Royal University Cougars Saturday in Saskatoon’s Rutherford Rink.
With her first career CIS shutout Waltz helped Saskatchewan improve to 2-0 on the season. Mount Royal drops to 0-2 to start the 2015-16 campaign.
Rachel Johnson opened the scoring in the first period at 13:58 on the power-play. Kaitlin Willoughby created the scoring chance with a hard rush into the Cougar zone after receiving a pass from Marley Ervine. Willoughby made a defender miss and headed toward the net before sending a pass to her left to Johnson. Johnson quickly corralled the puck and made no mistake, putting it into the back of the net.
The Huskie goal made it three straight goals while on the advantage spanning over the two opening games of the season.
Saskatchewan would get a little insurance in the second period. At 14:53, Ervine got her first goal of the season with quick wrist shot to the top corner, glove side on Emma Pincott. Ervine took a pass down low from Hanna McGillivray before walking out into the slot and sending the shot at the net. The goal made it two points on the night for Ervine. Willoughby also had two points, assisting on both Huskie goals.
Mount Royal nearly broke the shutout in the second period when a Reanna Arnold wrist shot beat Waltz, but rang off the cross bar. The Cougars pressured in the closing minutes of the game, but couldn’t seem to find an answer for Waltz and the Huskies defense.
The Huskies will host the Calgary Dinos at Rutherford Rink next weekend, while Mount Royal hosts UBC.