CALGARY – Facing a tough test, the University of Calgary Dinos folded against the University of Alberta Pandas, as they were out-shot 31-8 in a 2-0 loss, Friday evening at the Father David Bauer Arena.
Lisa Lloyd and Autumn MacDougall scored for Alberta, while Dayna Owen stopped all eight shots she faced to earn the win. The Pandas, who have now earned back-to-back wins, improve to 8-4-4-3 this season. The Dinos, who have lost three straight, took a hit to their playoff hopes as their record falls to 6-11-0-2, and now sit one point behind Mount Royal for the final post-season spot.
The Dinos had a golden opportunity to strike against on the power play, as they were gifted 82 seconds of 5-on-3 play, but failed to grab a shot on goal.
Calgary netminder Kelsey Roberts continued to show her worth, as she made twelve first period stops, including a beautiful cross-crease blocker save on Panda forward Autumn MacDougall.
Despite being outshot 12-1 after one, the game remained deadlocked.
The second period proved to be a better one for the Dinos in the shot department, but it was missed opportunities that characterized the Dinos play. On two separate 2-on-1 rushes, Calgary opted for a tough pass rather than a shot on goal.
These missed chances allowed the opening for Alberta. Off a neutral zone faceoff, MacDougall entered the attacking zone in style before dishing the puck to linemate Lisa Lloyd, who knuckled the puck past Roberts, opening the scoring.
Four minutes later, MacDougall added a goal of her own. On the tail end of a Cheyann Newman penalty, a turnover led to Alex Poznikoff fed MacDougall who out waited Roberts before beating her high, doubling the lead.
A late push back shift for the Dinos at the end of the second gave them an ample chance to cut into the lead, but the score stayed 2-0 after 40.
The third period did not offer many openings for the Dinos, as Alberta cruised to a 2-0 victory, holding the Dinos to their lowest shot total of the season.
Both teams will travel north to play at the Clare Drake Arena, tomorrow evening for a 6 p.m. puck drop. The game can be streamed live on Canadawest.tv