By Woodard, Dale on November 12, 2019.
Home ice advantage ageed with both the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns men’s and women’s hockey teams last weekend.
The Horns hockey squads each earned a split with the Mount Royal University Cougars in Canada West play Friday and Saturday.
The Pronghorns women kicked off the weekend with a 3-1 win over the Cougars Friday night at Nicholas Sheran Arena, but were unable to make a 2-0 weekend of it with a 2-0 loss to the Cougars Saturday in Calgary.
The 1-1 weekend still keeps the Pronghorns (6-3-0-1) in a tie for first in the Canada West with the UBC Thunderbirds (6-2-1-0).
The weekend had an historical footnote as veteran goaltender Alicia Anderson put up 42 saves in Friday’s win to move into first all-time in the Canada West in career saves with 3,328. She passes former Pronghorns goaltender Crystal Patterson, who had 3,314 saves from 2010 to 2015.
On the men’s side, the Horns started the weekend with a 6-2 loss Friday night in Calgary, but returned home Saturday night and rallied from a 3-1 third-period deficit to post a 4-3 shootout win that improves Lethbridge to 4-6-0-1 and into sixth place in the Canada West.
In the women’s game Saturday in Calgary, the teams skated through two scoreless periods before Mount Royal’s Kate Hufnagel and Andrea Sanderson scored in the third for the win.
The Horns capped off their weekend with a little comeback drama Saturday night.
Clarke opened the scoring on the power play 6:41 into the first before the Cougars scored three unanswered goals to take a 3-1 lead into the third.
Clarke added his second of the game, third of the weekend and fourth of the season with 7:24 remaining before Gross forced overtime with the equalizer with 35 seconds left in regulation.
In the shootout, Luke Coleman and Clarke scored, while Horns goaltender Jack Burgart stopped two of three Cougars shooters and made 42 saves on the night.
The Pronghorns women are home this weekend in a showdown for first as the Thunderbirds come to town Friday and Saturday at Nicholas Sheran Arena.
Game time Friday is 7 p.m. Saturday’s game goes at 1 p.m.
The Horns men head to the coast to take on the Thunderbirds, who sit one point behind Lethbridge at 2-5-0-3.
NOTES: With four goals and four assists, Kyra Greig leads the Pronghorns women with eight points in 10 games and sits in sixth in league scoring. Ali Borrow’s eight points has her in eighth in scoring in the Canda West. Van Vaerenbergh, Porter and Greig’s four goals also puts them in a log-jam for second in goal scoring. Four players lead the Canada West with five goals.
Anderson’s 1.79 goals-against average is good for ninth in the Canada West and her .945 save percentage has her in fourth place.
Gross’ eight points leads the Horns men and places him 20th in league scoring.
Goaltender Taz Burman boasts a .888 save percentage in eight games, good for seventh place in the Canada West.