Anthony Simone, Cougar Athletics
CALGARY - Mount Royal University swept their home series versus Regina 3-0 in the battle of the Cougars Saturday afternoon at Flames Community Arenas.
MRU came into the second game of their home series poised to sweep Regina and start the New Year with 2 straight wins. Playing with high energy Mount Royal looked as impressive as they have all season creating multiple scoring chances in the first period. MRU's best chance early on came on the 2 man advantage after Regina's Tamara McVannel and Shaelyn Vallotton went to the box for body checking. However, Regina defence and goaltender Jane Kish did an exceptional job of killing the 2 man advantage keeping the game at 0-0. Zoe De Beauville, who was coming off an outstanding performance in MRU's shutout victory last night, looked solid in the first turning away what little pressure she faced from the Regina offence. MRU would finally crack Kish 19:10 into the period, when Nicolette Seper scored her 4th goal of the season backhanding it past Kish during a mad scramble in front of the net, igniting the home crowd and taking Mount Royal into the first intermission up 1-0.
The second period saw even more great hockey between these two evenly matched teams. Regina came out aggressive looking to tie the score, crashing the net on multiple occasions but were unable to put one past De Beauville. MRU picked up where they left off in the first, firing multiple attempts towards the net and keeping it in Regina's zone for the majority of the period. The play of the game came 15:21 into the period on a clearing attempt by Regina when MRU's first year forward Andrea Sanderson gloved the puck down at the blue line, streaked in on goal and roofed one past Kish. The team erupted as they celebrated Sanderson's 2nd goal of her Canada West career, and a two-goal lead late in the second. Regina relentlessly tried to get within one goal before the period ended on the power play after MRU's Devonie Deschamps went to the box for holding. Regina sent multiple quality scoring chances towards the net but De Beauville stood on her head and kept the lead at 2 going into the final period.
Early in the third Regina controlled the puck, keeping it in MRU's end for the majority of the first half of the period. De Beauville was just too sharp, shutting down any chance at a comeback. The game was then put away mid-way through the period on the power play when Tianna Ko tapped in her second goal of the season from the side of the net after receiving a beautiful feed from assistant captain Rachel Pitz. The goal capped off an impressive performance and a second straight victory for the MRU Cougars. Zoe De Beauville was once again outstanding for MRU turning away all 26 shots she faced and picking up her second straight shutout. De Beauville now has 4 shutouts on the season tying her for the most shutouts in the Canada West.
"It feels great. A lot of the credit goes to my teammates, they played great in front of me today." De Beauville says.
"We just need to continue to work hard. I have a lot of confidence in this team going forward."
Mount Royal looks to continue their win streak as they take on the Pronghorns next Friday, January 12th in Lethbridge at 7 P.M.