REGINA, Sask. - The University of Regina women's hockey team fell 2-1 in overtime to the Saskatchewan Huskies at The Co-operators Centre in the first game of a home-and-home set on Friday.
Emily Upgang scored in regulation and Lauren Zary notched her fifth of the season for the overtime winner. Meghan Sherven replied for the Cougars, who lose their first overtime decision of the season in four attempts.
It took the Huskies just 24 seconds to open the scoring on Friday night, as the puck bounced out from a scramble along the boards in the Cougar zone. Upgang picked it up and wasted no time ripping a slapshot on net that beat Morgan Baker to the blocker side. Kayla Kirwan and Kori Herner earned assists on the goal following their hard work along the side boards.
The Cougars replied late in the second after a Huskie defender couldn't handle a return pass to the blue line. Sam Geekie scooped up the puck in the neutral zone and went in on a partial breakaway. Her low shot was handled by Cassidy Hendricks but the rebound sat free on her pad. With Chelsea Hallson and multiple Saskatchewan defenders crashing the net, Hendricks was unable to cover up and Sherven collected the puck and slid it home for her first goal of the season.
The third period passed without any scoring but both teams had plenty of chances down the stretch. Bailee Bourassa had a clean shot towards the Cougar goal from inside the circle but Baker made a key save and didn't allow a rebound. With just under two minutes to play Kylee Kupper had a chance to put the Cougars ahead on a two-on-one, but Hendricks was able to stop the fourth-year forward's wrist shot.
The decisive goal came over two hours after the Huskies had opened the scoring, as the Huskie captain took a feed from Bourassa and made a nifty move to slip a backhand past Baker. Kirwan scooped up her second assist of the night as the Huskies (9-7-4-3) add to their cushion in the Canada West standings.
Baker made 25 saves in her third-consecutive start between the pipes. Hendricks stopped 18 shots at the other end.
The Cougars drop to 9-10-3-1 and sit four points back of Saskatchewan with five regular season games to play. Saturday's rematch between the Cougars and Huskies is slated for a 7 p.m. puck drop at the Rutherford Rink in Saskatoon.