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CALGARY- Coming into the weekend on a two-game losing streak, the University of Calgary Dinos looked to get back in the win column. Instead, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies would extend the Dinos losing streak to three games, downing the Dinos 5-1 on Friday night at the Father David Bauer Arena.
What started out as a tight game through the first period didn’t remain that way. Saskatchewan netted four goals through the second period with half of those markers coming on the power play. Sara Greschner had a game-high two goals to add to her previous total of 10 points. It wasn’t until midway through the third that Alex Gowie put the Dinos on the scoreboard, only to have Kandace Cook of the Huskies pull her team ahead by another goal with just over a minute left in the third.
Through 20 minutes of play neither team had registered a goal. The Huskies out shot the Dinos 9-3 and fended off the home team on their lone power play of the period, before going on their own with seconds left in the first.
Heading into the second period on the power play it didn’t take the Huskies long to find the back of the net. Just a mere 42 seconds into the period, Julia Flinton got her stick on a bouncing puck to deflect it past Dinos’ goaltender Amanda Tapp on the power play.
That was just the beginning for Saskatchewan. On their third power play of the night midway through the middle stanza, Greschner received a pass from Kaitlin Willoughby on the wall to beat Tapp through traffic blocker side.
Greschner wasn’t done there, with much of the play being held in the Dinos’ end. Cook threw a pass out front for Greschner to redirect into the net for her second of the night and 12th on the season.
Having scored two goals on the power play Saskatchewan found a way to put two in even strength. Kira Bannatyne redirected a shot past Tapp with just over a minute of play left in the middle stanza to put the Huskies up 4-0.
Looking to change momentum in any way they could the Dinos started goaltender Hayley Dowling for the third period. Momentum was with the Dinos midway through the final period as Gowie put a rebound shot in blocker side; on the ice to cut the Huskies lead to three.
With just over a minute left in the third Huskies’ Cook would get her second point of the night and reaffirm the Huskies lead to four, making the final score 5-1.
Tonight’s loss puts the Dinos at a record of 10-13-2, while the Huskies improve to 15-4-6.
The two teams will face off once more tomorrow night for the Enterprise Senior Recognition night. Action is set to get underway at 6 p.m. at the Father David Bauer Arena.