DINOS BATTLE FOR SPLIT IN SERIES2013-02-02
CALGARY – The Dinos split the weekend series with the Saskatchewan Huskies as they went on to win the second game of the set 5-2 on Feb. 2 at Father David Bauer Arena.
Captain Tanya Morgan led all scorers with three points on the night with a goal and two assists. Haley Wickenheiser added two assists in the win.
Saskatchewan went on the power play just three minutes in with Hayley Wickenheiser in the penalty box, but goaltender Jennifer Mallard kept the puck out of the net, having saved the first three shots of the game.
The best chance of the game so far came from the Huskies on their second power play. A shot from the point trickled past Mallard to find the puck all alone in the crease, but a diving effort from defenceman Stephanie Zvonkovic kept the game scoreless.
The Dinos were the first to get on the board this game though. A shot from Stephanie Ramsay from the point found its way through traffic and it got past Saskatchewan goaltender Cassidy Hendricks for her tenth goal of the season. Assists on the goal came from Wickenheiser and Morgan.
With less than four minutes left in the first period, the Dinos scored again, giving them a cushion of a two-goal lead. Second-year Bronwyn Stevens was wide open in front of the net and received a pass from veteran Elana Lovell from behind the net. She made no mistake, scoring Calgary’s second goal of the night. Calaine Inglis picked up the other assist on the play.
In the second period, Calgary expanded their lead to 3-0 on their 16th shot of the game. Morgan recorded her sixth goal of the season for the Dinos, assisted by Wickenheiser, her league-leading 23rd assist of the season, and Zvonkovic.
Saskatchewan’s next big chance came in the second to close the gap when they found themselves on a 5-on-3 power play for over a minute. Despite Calgary’s effort to stave off the offensive pressure from the Huskies, they scored to make the score 3-1. Third-year Huskie Kandace Cook scored the goal for the visitors with assists coming from Julia Flinton and Megan Frohaug.
Following Saskatchewan’s goal, the Dinos went on the power play, but were unable to capitalize. The Huskies responded quickly to the controversial penalty as twins Cami and Cara Wooster would help get the puck out to defenceman Brooke Mutch on the point. Her slapshot beat Mallard, who was without a stick, to get the Huskies within one.
The scoring in the second didn’t stop there. The Dinos made the Huskies pay on the power play, scoring their first of the game with the man advantage. On a scramble in front of the net, Iya Gavrilova scored her tenth goal of the season by putting it top shelf right in front of Huskie Hendricks. Morgan picked up her third point of the night and Smith recorded her first to give the Dinos the 4-2 lead heading into the third and final period.
Scoring in the third period only came in the final two minutes of the game with an empty netter goal from assistant captain Melissa Zubick.
Next up for the 21-4-1 Dinos is the Crowchild Classic where they take on the Mount Royal Cougars at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Feb. 7. They host the Cougars the following night at Father David Bauer Arena in their final game of the regular season.
Saskatchewan, now 10-12-4, will host the Lethbridge Pronghorns on Feb. 8-9 to finish off the regular season at home.