Magwood's overtime winner gives Cougars 2-1 win over Saskatchewan

Photo Credit: Josh Schaefer Photography
Photo Credit: Josh Schaefer Photography

REGINA, Sask. - Jaycee Magwood jammed in her own rebound 30 seconds into double overtime to give the University of Regina's women's hockey team a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Saskatchewan on Friday night in Canada West action at The Co-operators Centre.

Emma Waldenberger scored the other goal for the Cougars, while Kori Herner replied for Saskatchewan.

The win gives the Cougars two out of a possible three points, but there was no help on the out-of-town scoreboard on Friday as both UBC and Alberta won in regulation on Friday night. With only one day left on the Canada West schedule, first-place UBC has 48 points - just one more than the Cougars and Alberta, who both have 47.

"I thought we played okay tonight, but we're going to have to be better, compete harder, and work more tomorrow," Cougars head coach Sarah Hodges said. "Toni (Ross) had a big game for us and made a big save on the penalty kill in the third, and Bailey Braden had one of her better games of the year tonight as well."

After a scoreless first period, it took Saskatchewan just 67 seconds to score the game's opening goal in the second. Rachel Johnson was the recipient of a Cougar turnover on the left half wall, and found Herner in the slot. Herner's shot was deflected on its way to the net, but beat Ross stick side to put the visitors up one.

Waldenberger tied up the game with her 13th of the Canada West schedule just past the midway mark of the second. She took a feed from Brooklyn Moskowy in the neutral zone, barrelled wide down the right wing, cut in and went bar down to score one of the prettier goals that The Co-operators Centre has seen this season.

And that was it for scoring in regulation, though the Cougars had to kill three penalties in the third period including two in the final six minutes alone. Ross made what was likely her best save of the night on Herner, sliding to her right to deny the Saskatchewan goal scorer with a pad save.

After the first overtime solved nothing, Magwood struck just 30 seconds into the second extra session. The rookie forward danced around a Saskatchewan player and had her initial shot saved by Huskies goalie Cassidy Hendricks, but Magwood shoved in the rebound to give the Cougars the win.

Ross ended up with 36 saves to notch her 17th win of the season, while Hendricks finished with 31 saves. The Cougars won the battle of the special teams, killing off all four Saskatchewan power play opportunities while going 1-for-2 with the man advantage themselves.

The two teams will finish off the weekend set - and the Canada West schedule - on Saturday night in Saskatoon. Game time is set for 7 p.m.