The University of Regina and the Mount Royal Cougars battled it out this weekend in women’s hockey action. On Friday Regina had the upper hand coming out with a 4-2 victory at home. On Saturday it was a much closer game. MRU had the momentum for most of the game and played maybe their most complete game of the season. Regina managed to take advantage of a few opportunities and squeaked out a 3-2 win to sweep the weekend series. U of R now sits tied for first in Canada West with a 3-1 record and nine points. Mount Royal is last in Canada West with a 1-3 record and two points. Regina plays the other first place team in UBC next weekend which will be a tough match up. MRU plays Lethbridge in a home and home. Lethbridge came out the of the weekend with a surprising split against the University of Saskatchewan. MRU could have easily come out of Saturday’s game with a win but just couldn’t capitalize down the stretch, here is how the game went down.
In the first period U of R controlled the pace for the first five or so minutes but a few hard working shifts from MRU changed the momentum and the Cougars from Calgary started dominating possession. It paid off for MRU. Just over half way through the first Mount Royal opened the scoring with a goal off of a mad scramble in front of Regina’s net. First year player Kate Scidmore from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan jammed home the puck for her first Canada West goal. That was all the scoring in the first period.
Early in the second period Mount Royal had trouble controlling the puck. U of R walked in and Jaycee Magwood scored on a beautiful shot after finding the loose puck in the slot to tie the game at one. It was Magwood’s Canada West leading fourth goal of the season. The lead wouldn’t last long. Just over a minute after Magwood’s goal Tatum Amy stole a puck in U of R’s end and fed Rachel Piitz with a pass in the slot. Piitz made a beautiful move to the backhand and made no mistake putting MRU back in the lead 2-1. It was Piitz first of the season. She had a great game offensively and could have had a few more finishing the game with four shots. Tatum Amy, a first year for MRU. leads the team with three points in four games. It looked as if Mount Royal was going to take the lead into the third period but Regina captain Kylee Kupper had other ideas. After a perfect stretch pass from Kaitlyn Crowe, Kylee Kupper blew past the MRU defencemen and fired one past Zoe De Beauville on the blocker side to send the game into the third tied at two.
The third period saw a big momentum push from U of R. They came out strong and pushed the pace of play for the early part of the third. Just over half way through the period,on a broken three on two, U of R put the game away. Jenna Grube was open in the slot and fired one at the net. De Beauville made the first save but Elise Endicott was there to put home the rebound and put U of R up 3-2. Mount Royal pushed hard at the end and had two power play opportunities to try and tie it up. They battled hard but couldn’t get the equalizing goal. U of R hung on for the 3-2 win and swept the weekend series.
This was a great battle between two teams who could be top four teams in the Canada West. The women’s hockey division is so tight this season and any team could finish in any spot. It will come down to each team’s compete level every single weekend. U of R has great speed and their passing was on point all game long. For MRU their offence is improving every game. If they can get some chemistry on a couple of lines this team could be a force to be reckoned with. Especially with having one of the best goalies in the country in Zoe De Beauville. It will be interesting to see the direction both of these teams go as the season goes on.