REGINA - Kylee Kupper had a goal and an assist as the University of Regina women's hockey team completed the sweep of Mount Royal University on Saturday afternoon, scoring a 3-2 comeback win at The Co-operators Centre. Kupper, Jaycee Magwood and Elise Endicott scored for the Cougars. Kate Scidmore and Rachel Piitz replied for the visitors, as MRU drops to 0-3-1-0 on the season.
MRU scored first as Scidmore netted her first career U SPORTS goal following a mad scramble in front of the Cougar net.
REGINA, Sask. - The University of Regina women’s hockey team took a 4-2 victory over Mount Royal University for their first home win of the 2017-18 Canada West season on Friday night. Jaycee Magwood scored twice for Regina while Sarah Hornoi and Bailey Braden also found the net in the win. Tatum Amy and Anna Purschke replied for visiting Mount Royal.
The Cougars, who improve to 2-1-0-0, opened the scoring at the 13:25 mark of the first period on Magwood’s second of the season. The puck was cycled deep into the MRU zone as the Cougars went for a change but Merissa Zerr was the first one there. Her pass in front found Mackenzie Hutchinson who fed Magwood and her slap shot beat a screened Zoe De Beauville up high.
Regina jumped out to a 3-0 lead with second period goals from Hornoi and Braden. Hornoi’s first goal at the U SPORTS level was a nice deflection in front, and Braden’s marker came off a shot from the side of the net while De Beauville was occupied with a Regina player in her crease.
Momentum took a turn later in the second as MRU saw rookie forward Amy stuff home a
CALGARY – University of Alberta's high-powered offensive attack lead the Panda's to a convincing 4-0 win over Mount Royal in the season opener. The top-ranked University of Alberta Pandas put on an impressive performance Friday night against the sixth-ranked Mount Royal Cougars at Flames Community Arenas.
Both teams came out of the gate with great energy, however, the Pandas controlled the game flow in the first period, outshooting the Cougars 9-4. MRU saw an early opportunity to take the lead on the power play but failed to register a shot on net.
The Cougars second year goaltender Zoe DeBeauville turned away multiple quality scoring opportunities from the Pandas, starting right where she left off a year ago, after posting a league-best .938 save percentage last season. University of Alberta was able to break through the wall late in the first, when number 19 Regan Wright snipped home her first goal of the season from the slot past DeBeauville, taking the Pandas into the first intermission with a 1-0 lead.
EDMONTON - For just the second time in program history, the Mount Royal Cougars defeated the Alberta Pandas hockey team, as they upset the Pandas in their home-opener 2-1 in a shootout, Saturday night at Clare Drake Arena.
This is also the second-straight season the Cougars have beat the Pandas at Clare Drake Arena. The Cougars entered Saturday's game with a 1-25 all-time record against their provincial foe, and a 1-16 conference record against Alberta, including a 4-0 loss the previous night in Calgary.
Megan Carver scored the Cougars only goal in the third period, while Reanna Arnold and Tianna Ko scored for MRU in the shoootout. Starting goalie Zoe De Beauville was impressive in her second start of the season, stopping 22 of 23 shots she faced, as well as three of the four Alberta shooters in the shootout. Fifth-year Deanna Morin scored for the second time in as many nights, with Alexandra Poznikoff scoring the only Pandas goal in the shootout.
The Pandas were hoping for a better result on Saturday, as they raised their 2017 U SPORTS banner to the rafters of Clare Drake Arena before puck drop. The ceremony seemed to spark the Pandas, as they were able to control play in the opening 20 minutes, outshooting the Cougars 7-3, scoring 11 minutes in. Morin was able to tap in a fantastic feed from Amy Boucher in tight, giving the Pandas an early 1-0 lead.
That momentum abandoned the Pandas in between periods, with the game coming to a glacial stop in the second. Neither team was able to generate any sort offensive opportunities, with the teams combining for just nine shots.
The game picked up again in the third period, however the Pandas were unable to add to their lead thanks to some timely saves from De Beauville. Similar to the only other MRU win over Alberta, the Cougars were able to score a need tally in the third, this time off an nice individual effort from Carver. The fourth-year Cougar forward created a turnover deep in Pandas territory, picking the pocket of the Panda defender, before slipping a shot on the ice past Panda starter Dayna Owen.
Neither team could score the game-winner in regulation, sending the game into overtime. The Pandas easily had the best chances to end the game in both the first and second OT frame, but De Beauville was once again solid for Mount Royal. The veteran keeper stopped five Alberta shots in overtime, including a pair of stellar stops against Boucher and Poznikoff.
The two teams exchanged goals over the first three shooters per side in the shootout, before Ko was able to win the game for MRU with a fantastic move to beat Owens in tight.
The 1-0-1 Pandas will embark on their first road series next weekend, as they travel to Winnipeg to take on the Manitoba Bisons. MRU (1-1-0), meanwhile, will travel to Regina for a weekend series against the Cougars.
EDMONTON – The Mount Royal women's hockey team is poised to open their season with matchups against the top-ranked Alberta Pandas. Puck drop for Friday night is set for 7 p.m. at Flames Community Arenas.
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