Lethbridge –The Lethbridge Pronghorn women's hockey team cut a two goal deficit to 3-2 early in the third period but that would be as close as they would get, dropping a 5-2 decision to the Regina Cougars.
The loss is the Pronghorns seventh in a row and drops their record to 2-10-1-2 on the season with one game to play before the semester break. The Cougars improve to 8-6-1-0.
Kylee Kupper scored twice to lead the Cougars, while Jaycee Magwood, Bailey Braden and Tamara McVannel picked up singles. Tricia Van Vaerenbergh scored both goals in the loss.
While it was a scoreless opening period, if not for stellar play of 'Horns goaltender Alicia Anderson it could have been a different story as the Cougars outshot the 'Horns 20-5.
Both teams had two power play opportunities each but neither specialty units could capitalize on their chances.
Canada West leading scorer Jaycee Magwood had the best chance of the period for the Cougars, moving to her backhand in front, but Anderson was able to move across with her, stopping the initial shot and Magwood's own rebound chance in close.
Early in the second it looked like the Cougar had broken the scoreless game but Merissa Zerr's shot from the slot eluded Anderson but not the far post.
After nearly 35 minutes of scoreless hockey, the game would open up with four goals in just over four minutes. The Cougars scored twice less than a minute, with Magwood opening the scoring as her slap shot deflected off a Pronghorn defender and fluttered over Anderson's shoulder. Kylee Kupper picked up her fifth of the season 49-seconds later, picking up a rebound in front and lifting a shot over Anderson.
The 'Horns finally answered back to cut the Cougar lead to one 51-second later as Tricia Van Vaerenbergh beat a Cougar defender wide and cut to the net, pulling the puck across the crease and around Cougar goaltender Jane Kish for her second of the season.
With just over a minute remaining the period, the Cougars regained the two goal margin as Tamara McVannel picked up her first of the season.
Shots in the second heavily favoured the Cougars again, outshooting the Pronghorns 16-8.
With the power play six minutes into the third, the 'Horns cut the Cougar lead back to only one. Van Vaerenbergh picked up her second of the night with a one-timer from the top of the right circle beating Kish far side.
While the 'Horns carried much of the play in the third period, the Cougars salted the victory away with a power play goal with just under four minutes to play. Bailey Braden walked out of the corner, right to the net and beat Anderson high to the glove.
Looking for a spark in the final three minutes, the 'Horns pulled the goalie with three minutes to play but that backfired as Kupper picked up her second of the night into the empty net.
Anderson finished the night with a 36 save performance, while Kish was solid in the third to keep the 'Horns at bay and finished with 25 saves.
The Pronghorns and Cougars will conclude their season series tomorrow afternoon at Nicholas Sheran Arena. Puck drop is slated for 3:00pm and the game will also be streamed live on www.canadawest.tv.