Cougar women’s hockey team opens 0-2 in Calgary

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Team faces first 0-2 opening since 2011

The Cougar women’s hockey team opened their season this weekend in Calgary against the hometown University of Calgary Dinos. Coming off of an 11-14 season that resulted in a playoff berth and quarterfinal finish, the women were looking to open strong and get the ball rolling. It is a new look roster this year. The team graduates leading scorer Emma Waldenberger and reloads with seven first year skaters.

The Cougars did not get off on the foot they wanted, getting swept 2-0 by the Dinos. In the first game the Cougars lost 0-2, failing to score on the Dinos’ Kelsey Roberts. The two goals for the opposing team both came in third frame, after peppering Cougars goaltender Morgan Baker with 36 shots on the night. Jaycee Magwood led the team with three shots on goal but couldn’t find the back of the net for Regina.

The second game was both closer and more offensive. On Saturday afternoon, the Dinos only outshot the Cougars 25-21 as opposed to the 17-36 bloodbath on Friday. The Cougars struck first with a goal from Jaycee Magwood, but the Dinos equalized and never looked back, scoring all four of their goals in the second period and holding on to win it 4-2. The Cougars’ other goal came from third-year Lilla Carpenter-Boesch. These games mark historic feats for both teams. This is the first 2-0 start for the Dinos since 2012, and the first 0-2 for the Cougars since 2011. For head coach Sarah Hodges, the effort was there even though the results were not.

“We have had a pretty grueling few weeks of travel and I was proud of how hard our girls worked this weekend in Calgary, especially in the second game.  There were lots of positives for the weekend, and we are all looking forward to our home-opener this weekend.”

The home-opener will be against Lethbridge on Oct. 11, where the Cougars will look to get back on track against the visiting Pronghorns.

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