Dinos shut out Cougars in first Crowchild Classic matchup

Photo: David Moll
Photo: David Moll
CALGARY – In the first matchup this season between the crosstown rivals, the University of Calgary Dinos routed the Mount Royal University Cougars, 4-0, Thursday Nov. 9 at the Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary.
 
Before the Dinos opened the scoring, goaltender Kelsey Roberts kept the game scoreless on multiple scoring chances. Cougars forward Nicolette Seper was denied on a breakaway, and forward Reanna Arnold was denied twice on a wraparound try, in which Roberts went full splits to keep the puck out.
 
First year defender Laine Grace notched the opening goal of the game on the powerplay, with Cougars forward Jordan Finnie in the box for body checking. Grace, after receiving a pass, walked in from the right point before picking her spot, sliding the puck along the ice through a maze, beating Cougars goaltender Zoe De Beauville blocker side. Paige Michalenko and Delaney Frey drew the assists.
 
For Grace, the goal was her first career goal as a Dino, who credits her linemates for making it happen: "They wouldn't have happened without a net front presence. I was just trying to get the puck through and the screen was there so they went in. Pretty exciting."
Despite being outshout 14-3, the Dinos took the one goal lead into the second.
 
Late in the second period, Dinos leading goal scorer Sage Desjardins netted her third of the season. Linemate Rachel Paul chipped the puck up to Desjardins who outskated a Cougar before depositing the puck blocker side. For Desjardins, she decided to go blocker side, which has been a go-to for herself: "I shoot low blocker often, so it usually goes in for me. I've shot on Kelsey [Roberts] my whole life so that's where I can score, so I can owe her for that one" Desjardins added with a laugh.
 
Entering the third up by a deuce, Rachel Paul joined the fun, making it 3-0, twelve minutes into the third. From her own end, Paul carried the puck up the near side, chipped it past a defender before cutting hard to the net before slipping a backhand five-hole. Paul's first goal of the season, all but iced the game for Calgary.
 
Grace added her second of the game, blasting a bomb from the point to make it 4-0, which ended up being the final. Despite being outshot 28-12, the Dinos managed to shoot 33 percent on the night, coming away with the victory. For Roberts, she stopped all 28 shots she faced, grabbing her second win and shutout of the season.
 
For a team that's been struggling to score, Desjardins believes a breakout was bound to happen: "We worked on it a lot in practice, just burying every chance we could. I think it was just a matter of time before they started going in for us, and tonight it happened, so hopefully it keeps up."
 
The Dinos and Cougars face off again tomorrow, where the series shifts to Mount Royal for a 7 p.m. puckdrop at the Flames Community Arenas.