University of Regina Sports Information
REGINA - The University of Regina women's hockey team held a 3-2 lead with less than a minute to play but goals by Logan Boyd and Cassandra Vilgrain pushed the No. 1-ranked UBC Thunderbirds to a 4-3 win at The Co-operators Centre on Friday night.
Vilgrain had two markers and an assist, while Stephanie Schaupmeyer and Boyd added singles for UBC. Emma Waldenberger, Merissa Zerr and Sam Geekie replied for the Cougars (10-11-3-1).
After Bailey Braden was whistled for a double minor for a hit to the head at the 17:30 mark of the third period, Geekie broke what was a 2-2 tie with a breakaway goal on a quick wrist shot past Amelia Boughn. With just over 90 seconds on the clock, the Thunderbirds pulled Boughn for a six-on-four advantage. Boyd was the beneficiary, taking a feed from Mathea Fischer from behind the net and beating Jane Kish to even the score.
With Braden still in the box, Vilgrain directed a pass to the front of the goal for a streaking UBC attacker. The puck deflected off the skate of a Cougar defender and slipped past Kish with just 10 seconds on the game clock, completing the unlikely comeback for UBC.
The Cougars played a terrific first period, with Waldenberger and Zerr both potting rebounds on powerplay opportunities to give the home team a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes. UBC got one back in the second, thanks to Schaupmeyer's powerplay marker at the 4:35 mark. The first of Vilgrain's goals came late in the third on another tough break for Kish, as the high shot deflected off a body and skipped through the Cougar netminder's legs.
Boughn made 22 saves for her 13th win as UBC moves to 18-3-3-1. Kish stopped 14 shots in the loss.
The Cougars and Thunderbirds will face off again on Saturday night, with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m. at The Co-operators Centre.