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WOMEN’S HOCKEY: MRU Cougars drop first of home-and-home to University of Alberta

EDMONTON – The Alberta Pandas won their fourth-straight with a 7-0 victory over the Mount Royal Cougars, Friday night at Clare Drake Arena.

The win improves Alberta’s record to 4-1-0-0 in 2018/19, as they also earn a third-straight shutout. The Cougars drop to 1-3-0-1, and into seventh in the conference standings.

The Pandas scored three in the opening frame, including two in the first nine minutes, chasing Cougar starter Zoe De Beauville, who allowed three goals on 13 shots.

Backup Emily Severson faired well in replacement, making a pair of key saves early in the second period. However, the Pandas skating was too much for MRU to handle, as Ganser extended their lead midway through the second.

Alberta continued to pour it on early in the third, as Poznikoff scored her second of the night just 16 seconds into the frame, before Benning notched her first of the season 24 seconds later. Boucher added her first of the season in the final minute, sealing a dominating performance for Alberta.

MRU managed just four shots combined in the second and third periods, all of which were saved by the Panda goalie.

The two sides will finish up their weekend series tomorrow night in Calgary, as the Pandas visit the Cougars at the Flames Community Arena at 6:00 p.m. MST.