EDMONTON – The University of Alberta Pandas hockey team scored early and often on Saturday night, as they hammered the visiting University of Saskatchewan Huskies 5-1 at Clare Drake Arena. The Alberta win splits the weekend series after Friday night's 3-2 Huskies win, and also snaps Saskatchewan's four game winning streak.
Rookie Alex Poznikoff scored a pair, while freshman Erinn Baddock, fourth-year Sasha Lutz, and fifth-year forward Amy Helfrich also scored for the victorious Pandas. Rookie Leah Bohlken scored the lone tally for Saskatchewan.
After the previous night's tough shootout loss, the Pandas came out firing in the first period Saturday night. Despite the Pandas controlling the play for the majority of the period, but it was actually the Huskies who struck first. Paige Anakaer found Bohlken alone at the point, and her seeing-eye shot from the blue line found a hole through traffic, and beat a screened Dayna Owen to give the Huskies the 1-0 edge.
However, that was the only goal the Huskies could muster, as the Pandas began to take control of the game. Lutz would start the onslaught near the end of the first, as her wrist shot from the slot handcuffed Cassidy Hendricks, bouncing off her glove and in. Poznikoff scored her first of the game just over a minute later, sneaking a shot on the ice past the outstretched pad of Hendricks. But the Pandas weren't done there, as Helfrich's goal in the final minute of the first period capped off a ferocious five minutes for Alberta, as they scored three goals in a little over three minutes to take a 3-1 lead.
The second period was much of the same for Alberta, as they outshot the Huskies 12-5, but were unable to beat Hendricks.
The Pandas finally found the insurance marker early in the third, as Poznikoff was once again was in the right place at the right time, as she found herself alone in the slot, ripping a shot far side for her seventh of the season. Baddock would add another tally late in the third, to cement the Pandas four goal victory.
Both teams will now enter a "bye" week, as neither have conference games next weekend. However, the Alberta Pandas will be hosting the Japanese Women's National Hockey team, as the two squads will play three exhibition matches at Clare Drake Arena. Game times are set for Thursday at 5:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m., and Sunday and 3:00 p.m.