CALGARY –Starting the double-header on the road, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies had five different goal scorers, as they defeated the University of Calgary Dinos, 5-1, Friday night, January 13th at Father David Bauer in Calgary.
“The effort tonight wasn’t there. I thought we had a good first period, we were doing exactly what we needed to do as a team. But the second and third, the outworked us” as Dinos head coach Danielle Goyette explained. “When you say that a team had a bad game, that what this was, tonight was a bad game for us. Everybody has to bring something better to the team tomorrow, because it was painful, at one point to watch, the effort wasn’t there, not the right way. As a team, we have to work hard to win and to be successful, if we want to be successful, but if we don’t play together, were not going to win.”
The only goal of the first period was scored by Saskatchewan. Forward Bailee Bourassa, following a neutral zone turnover, pushed up the ice, carried the puck in on an odd man rush and wristed a shot far post and in, beating Dinos goaltender Sarah Murray on the blocker side. That shot was one of 14 that the Huskies launched on Murray, as they outshot the Dinos, 14-9 in the opening frame.
The Huskies started on the power play in the second period as Heather Berzins sat in the box for tripping. Saskatchewan took advantage, as Hannah Heisler, in just her third game of the season, deflected a Lauren Zary wrist shot past Murray, making it 2-0. The Huskies bolstered their lead as Morgan Willoughby walked the blue line before sneaking a wrister past the glove hand of Murray. The score would remain the same, despite a couple of prime scoring chances, highlighted by an end-to-end effort by Dinos defender Morgan Loroff.
“As a team, when you don’t have a lot of confidence, it’s really hard to cut into the slot and try to put the puck into the net, so you stay to the outside and you try to protect the puck” Goyette explaining why her team lacked in chances. “And that’s what we need to get away from. We need to be able to pay the price. But tonight, not enough people went to that area and when we went there, we didn’t have any traffic and didn’t pay the price.”
After an icing 8 seconds into the period, the Huskies wasted no time adding to their lead. Kori Herner snipe a wrist shot short side shelf, just 15 seconds into the final frame.
Dinos forward Heather Berzins gave her team some life, as just over two minutes after the Herner goal, Berzins took a wrist shot that was deflected overhead of Cassidy Hendricks, before dropping over the line, breaking the shutout bid, making it 4-1. The Huskies restored their four goal lead halfway through the period as Rachel Johnson potted her own rebound, putting away the victory for the Huskies
The Dinos and Huskies will renew acquaintances tomorrow evening Jan 14th, 6PM at Father David Bauer Arena.