Women’s hockey splits series with Cougars

After a tough weekend series against the University of Regina Cougars, the Huskies returned home with one win and one loss. The Dogs fell to the Cougars 3-4 on Jan. 24 but came back to win 1-0 on Jan. 25 in Regina, Sask. The Dogs are now 14-4-6 and sit in third place in the Canada West division.

The Huskies held an early lead on Friday night’s game but the Cougars fought back to win during a shootout.

After a scoreless first period, the Huskies had a good chance to score during a powerplay in the second. The Cougar defence was able to fend off the threat and later that period Alexis Larson scored a goal for the Cougars during their own powerplay.

The Huskies immediately struck back with a goal from Marley Ervine to tie the game and two minutes later Kaitlin Willoughby gave the Dogs a 2-1 lead. Keeping the momentum going, Sara Greschner scored the Huskies’ third goal within ten minutes to give the team a 3-1 edge.

The Cougars began their comeback push in the third period with a goal from Bailey Braden 18 seconds in. The Huskies continued to hold a one goal lead until Tori Head was able to push the puck into the Dogs’ net with 1:29 left to play.

Neither team was able to find the back of the net during overtime and so the game headed into a shootout. Cougar Brooklyn Moskowy scored the only goal to give her team the victory.

Cassidy Hendricks made 24 saves on the night for the Huskies.

The Huskies snuck out the win on Saturday night, edging the Cougars 1-0.

Huskie Paige Anakaer scored the lone goal of the night less than five minutes in. Anakaer corralled a loose puck at the side of the net and shot it past Cougar goalie Toni Ross to give the Dogs the lead.

In the second period the Cougars pushed for the equalizer but Huskie goalie Karen Lefsrud was too tough in net. The Huskies had chances to extend their lead during a powerplay in the third period but Ross was also up to the challenge and denied all shots.

In the final minute of the game, the Cougars pulled Ross to send an extra attacker onto the ice but they still couldn’t break through — the Huskies held on for the win.

Lefsrud made 23 saves while Ross made 29.

The Huskies face the University of Calgary Dinos on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 in Calgary, Alta.