HUSKIES SHUT OUT COUGARS2014-01-25
REGINA, Sask. - Paige Anakaer scored the only goal of the game less than five minutes into the first period and Karen Lefsrud made 23 saves as the University of Saskatchewan Huskies beat the Regina Cougars 1-0 on Saturday night in Canada West women’s hockey action.
Toni Ross took the loss in goal, making 29 saves for the Cougars.
The first period opened with plenty of back-and-forth action. Just over four minutes in, Anakaer took a loose puck at the side of the net and fired it past Ross off the far post and into the net for what would prove to be the lone goal of the contest. Both teams received chances on the power play in the opening frame, but neither the Huskies or the Cougars could capitalize.
The Cougars dominated the second period, controlling the play for several minutes at a time in the Huskies’ end. But despite several great plays they couldn’t beat Lefsrud and went into the third still trailing Saskatchewan 1-0.
Early in the third the Huskies had a couple of chances to go up by two, but Ross stopped everything that came her way. The Cougars continued to pressure and had a great power play opportunity midway through the period. Once again though, Lefsrud continued to turn the Cougars’ offence aside and despite pulling Ross in the final minute of play the Cougars couldn’t score the equalizer as the Huskies held on for the 1-0 victory.
With the win the Huskies improve to 14-4-6. They’ll travel to Calgary next weekend for a date with the Dinos.
The Cougars see their record drop to 11-10-3 on the season. Next weekend they’ll wrap up their final homestand of the regular season with a crucial series against the University of Manitoba Bisons, who they trail by five points in the standings. Puck drop at The Co-operators Centre is at 7 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon.