Hailey Dirk, Cougar Athletics
CALGARY – On Friday the Mount Royal Cougars Women's Hockey team took on the Lethbridge Pronghorns at the Flames Community Arenas for the first part of a home-and-home. Both Albertan teams were coming in from a loss, after the Cougars took the lead, the Pronghorns were left behind unable to catch up. The game came out to a final score of 2-1 for the Cougars.
Cougars Head Coach Scott Rivett was happy with his team's defensive performance. "We did a good job keeping the Lethbridge's shots to the perimeter," Rivett stated, "That allowed our goalie Zoe to do her job, but when it came down to it she made some excellent saves as well."
The game truly kicked off with 13 minutes left in the first period, when Cougars forward Kate Scidmore scored the first goal of the game. Scidmore's goal ended up being the only goal of the first period.
The Pronghorns came into the second period down just one and had to fight hard to keep the Cougars from furthering their lead, as the Cougars dominated the shot category.
Halfway through the second period Cougars forward Morgan Ramsay was body-checked into the boards by Pronghorns forward Alli Borrow. Ramsay was helped off the ice and Borrow was handed a game misconduct, though the Cougars were unable to score on the power-play.
As the clock ticked down, Scidmore's goal remained the only point on the scoreboard.
After a slight lull in the game, the third period brought an action-packed 20 minutes. The commentators mentioned it was some of the quickest they've seen the women's teams thus far in the season.
Pronghorns goalie Alicia Anderson protected her net from three close calls in a row, maintaining the tension on the ice. However, Anderson's streak was broken by Cougars defenseman Mackenzie Butz, bringing the score to 2-0.
After a scramble in front of Cougars goalie Zoe De Beauville, Pronghorn Ashley McCabe netted Lethbridge's first and only goal.
With barely two minutes on the clock, the Cougars were given a penalty, and the Pronghorns had their shot to tie the score. The Cougars turned it up a notch and secured the 2-1 win.
The Booster Juice Players of the Game were Mackenzie Butz from the Cougars and Alicia Anderson from the Pronghorns. Tomorrow, the Cougars and Pronghorns travel to Lethbridge for the second half of their home-and-home.