The University of Regina women’s hockey team sailed to a 3-0 win against the UBC Thunderbirds on Friday night to take a 1-0 series lead in the Canada West semifinal series.
Brooklyn Moskowy, Carleen Meszaros and Jaycee Magwood all lit the lamp for the Cougars, while Toni Ross stopped every one of the 28 shots that were directed her way for her second consecutive playoff shutout.
The Cougars will look to complete the sweep of the Thunderbirds as Game 2 of the best-of-three series faces off at 7 p.m. local time on Saturday night.
The University of Winnipeg trailed by 17 at one point in the third quarter, but the Wesmen came all the way back to take an 80-73 victory over the host Regina Cougars on Friday night in Game 1 of a best-of-three Canada West play-in series at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.
Winnipeg used a 10-0 run early in the fourth quarter that included three consecutive Jelane Pryce buckets to take its first lead since midway through the second. A corner three by Regina’s Jonathan Tull tied the game at 69-69 with three minutes to go, but it was all Wesmen from there. The Cougars didn’t score again until less than 20 seconds remained, and by then Winnipeg had scored eight straight to take a stranglehold on the contest.
Ryan Oirbans had one of two double-doubles for Winnipeg, finishing with 21 points, 15 rebounds, and four assists to lead the Wesmen in all three categories. William Sesay also had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Pryce finished with 15 points, Marcello Kambola scored 12, and Denzel Lynch-Blair came off the bench to score 11 while grabbing seven rebounds.
Jonathan Tull led the Cougars with a game-high 22 points, while Will Tallman finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds to collect a double-double before fouling out late in the contest. Alex Igual had 10 first-quarter points and finished with 14, and also had nine rebounds to fall just short of a double-double.
The two teams meet again Saturday night at the CKHS in a 7 pm tip. If the Cougars win to set up a 3rd and deciding game, it would go Sunday night at the CKHS in a 7 pm tip.