After dropping the first contest in overtime, the Huskies women’s hockey team pressed on to defeat the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns in the second game despite a late scoring surge. The Dogs are now 5-2-1 on the season and tied for second place in the Canada West rankings with the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.
The Pronghorns downed the Huskies in overtime to win Friday’s game 2-1 in Lethbridge. The winning goal came early in added time off the stick of Pronghorn captain Jenna-Marie Durnin.
The Huskies were quick off the mark, scoring the first goal a little over a minute into the opening frame. Marley Ervine brought the puck out of the corner and darted toward the net. She was able to push the puck past Pronghorns goalie Shauntelle Williams to give the Huskies an early 1-0 lead.
Despite many solid chances on net, the Dogs were not be able to increase their lead. Julia Flinton took a hard shot from the point only to see it fly wide while Alicia Van Alstyne and Cami Wooster each found the post. The first period ended with the home team trailing by one.
The two teams traded penalties and scoring opportunities in the second period. Huskies goalie Cassidy Hendricks turned away cracking shots from three Pronghorns players to preserve the Huskies’ lead. With seconds left to go in the frame the Pronghorns finally beat Hendricks as Sarah Spence sent a hard wrister into the top shelf to level the score at one apiece.
Both teams pushed to gain the advantage in the third period, bringing aggression to the ice and driving towards the net. Kaitlin Willoughby had a look at a goal for the Huskies but was stopped short by Williams. Pronghorns Sadie Lenstra and Amber Yuha challenged Hendricks but she was up to the task and, at the end of regulation time, the score stood at 1-1 as the teams headed into overtime.
The Pronghorns would not be denied as Durnin corralled a pass from teammate Jasmine Teske and fired a bullet to beat Hendricks and secure the win for the home team.
Hendricks made 24 saves on the night while Spence turned away 23. The Pronghorns outshot the Huskies 26-24.
The Huskies pulled out a 3-2 win over the Pronghorns on Saturday to ensure the Dogs didn’t come away empty handed.
The Dogs jumped on the board early — scoring a goal before the two minute mark for the second night in a row. Sarah Greschner beat Pronghorns goalie Crystal Patterson with a quick wraparound 1:02 into the first. Kandace Cook had a chance to extend the Huskies’ lead with a minute left in the period but quality goaltending from Patterson turned her away.
Six minutes into the second frame Huskie Kaitlin Willoughby scored to give the Dogs a 2-0 edge when she lifted a pass from captain Cami Wooster over a sprawled Patterson.
With a win in sight, the Huskies concentrated their efforts on a strong defence in the third period to protect their lead. The Dogs added extra cushion when Greschner fired a shot from the slot by Patterson’s shoulder. The goal turned out to be essential as the Pronghorns began to claw their way back into the game.
Lauren Fredrich finally got a shot past Huskie goalie Karen Lefsrud to cut the lead to 3-1. The Pronghorns benched Patterson and sent out an extra attacker in the closing minutes. With 1:17 left to play, Sadie Lenstra netted a rebound to bring the home team within one. The comeback went no further as the Pronghorns couldn’t beat the buzzer.
Lefsrud made 29 saves while Patterson made 23. The Huskies outshot the Pronghorns 31-26.
The Huskies host the University of Calgary Dinos on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2.