REGINA, Sask. - A night after a high-scoring affair in Saskatoon, the University of Regina women's hockey team fell 2-1 in double overtime to the Saskatchewan Huskies at The Co-operators Centre.
The two teams seemed to have figured out each other's attacks, as Saturday's rematch was a defensive battle from the start. Emma Waldenberger scored for the Cougars, while Emma Nutter and Rachel Johnson replied for the Huskies.
The Huskies controlled possession of the puck for the opening ten minutes of regulation, but Toni Ross stood tall in net to keep the Huskie attack off the board.
Momentum seemed to shift after the Cougars successfully killed off a Michela Esposito bodychecking penalty, and it was the home team getting on the board at the 11:25 mark of the first period. The line of Waldenberger, Jaycee Magwood and Bailey Braden produced the goal, as a Magwood shot sailed wide but Waldenberger gathered it behind the net. The second-year forward used her long reach to beat Jerrica Waltz to the second post and tuck it away past the pad of the goaltender. Waldenberger's Canada West-leading eighth of the season was assisted by both Magwood and Braden.
Esposito took another body contact penalty near the end of the first period, but the Cougars penalty kill was stout and didn't surrender any quality chances for the Huskies.
The Cougars penalty kill was kept busy in the second period as well, and it was on the fourth Huskie powerplay that the visitors finally capitalized. The goal came at the 9:13 mark of the second, as a shot from the point by Nutter beat a screened Ross. The defenceman's first-career Canada West goal tied the score at 1-1.
Regina's first powerplay of the game came three minutes after the Huskies goal, and although the Cougars managed to keep the puck in the Huskie zone for the majority of the two minutes, they couldn't beat Waltz.
The teams exchanged chances in the third period but neither group could gain enough traction to put any quality chances towards the net.
The Huskies seemed to be showing some fatigue in the first extra frame, and Magwood nearly found the winner halfway into the fifth period. Magwood took a feed from Caitlin Dempsey right on the doorstep, but couldn't slide it past the pad of Waltz. Saskatchewan had a chance to end it right at the end of overtime, but Ross made a nice toe save to send the game to a second overtime.
Saskatchewan would eventually find the winner in double overtime as they found themselves on a 2-on-1 break. Julia Flinton sent a pass across to Johnson who got a stick on it, tipping it past Ross for the winner.
With the loss, the Cougars move to 3-3-1-1 on the season. The Huskies move to 5-1-1-1 with the win.
The Cougars are back at The Co-operators Centre next weekend, as they host the UBC Thunderbirds for a pair of games.