EDMONTON — It was Tews Time for the University of Alberta Pandas.
Alberta was looking for a spark against the University of Regina Cougars and they got one in a big way from freshman defenceman Brooklyn Tews.
Tews scored her first two Canada West conference goals in a 3-1 win over Regina, Friday night at Clare Drake Arena.
Tews scored the game-winner and insurance marker, while forward Kennedy Ganser scored the other goal for Alberta, while senior forward Jaycee Magwood tallied the only goal for the Cougars in the loss.
Senior goaltender Kirsten Chamberlin made 12 saves in the win for Alberta, while senior goaltender Jane Kish made 31 saves in the loss.
“My first goal, I was shocked it went in. I’m not much of a goal-scoring defenceman. I don’t shoot very often, but I’ve been working on it,” said Tews.
“The second one, I was just trying to get the puck on net to get our players off for a change and it went off a couple of their skates. It was an interesting night for me, for sure.”
Regina got out to a quick 1-0 lead, scoring just on just their third shot of the game early in the first period.
Magwood scored her 11th goal of the season, jumping all over a turnover in the slot and beating Chamberlin, upstairs for the game’s opening goal.
Despite the slow start, Alberta was in control of the game and remained patient. They were rewarded.
Ganser, who was inserted on the Pandas top line due to the injury to forward Alex Poznikoff made no mistake burying her 10th goal of the season to tie the game with 7:22 left in the second period.
Then, just 4:22 later, Tews scored the game-winner.
The product of Beaverlodge, Alta kept the puck in at the blueline and snapped a shot on net that beat Kish through traffic to give Alberta a 2-1 lead.
She added a late third period marker to help Alberta maintain top spot in the ultra tight conference with a 17-7-1 record.
“The (top) line we need to score got us going and then to get a couple goals from an unlikely source, you need results like that at this time of year,” said Pandas head coach Howie Draper.
“I don’t think we came out playing our best hockey. There were a lot of things we could’ve been doing better, but we got stronger as the game went on and that’s all you can ask for.”
Draper was all smiles, post-game after seeing his freshman defenceman come up with the clutch performance this late in the season.
“She’s been working on that with her coach last year. We think she has an offensive upside that you’ll see blossom over the next couple years,” said Draper.
“She got the puck on net and got it through and sometimes that’s all you need. We’re really happy for her.”
Alberta will look to sweep Regina on Saturday, when they wrap up their weekend series at 2 p.m. MT at Clare Drake Arena.