Hounds take advantage of three second-period goals to beat Bears 3-1

Paige Fischer made a second-period save against the Notre Dame Hounds on Saturday afternoon at the Art Hauser Center. –Kyle Kosowan/Daily Herald

The Prince Albert Northern Bears held a 1-0 lead after the first period over the Notre Dame Hounds but saw it slip away, allowing three unanswered goals in the second period as they lost a score of 3-1 on Saturday afternoon.

“I think we’re off to a good start,” Bears head coach Steve Young said. “Notre Dame is a good measuring stick. It’s a good consistent hockey club. I sometimes thought our game had its ups and downs, and when it was down, (Notre Dame) took advantage of it. I thought we had the competition we needed.

The Bears started the game on the right foot, opening the scoring with just over five minutes left in the first period. It was Sasha Malenfant who managed to fire a shot from the slot that beat Eva Filipova on the blocker side. The rookie scored his ninth goal of the season as Prince Albert took a 1-0 lead after the first quarter.

Notre Dame reacted in a big way in the second period, scoring three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes. Keara Merriman started the comeback on a power-play goal with 13:54 left in the second. A shot from Amy Dvernichuk was saved by Paige Fischer, but the rebound came just ahead for Merriman, who managed to score the tying goal.

Dvernichuk added his own power-play goal with 5:26 left in the middle of the period, on a rebound chance in front of the net. Alyssa Rasmuson fired a shot from the point that hit the crossbar and bounced straight down, and Dvernichuk was on the doorstep to hit the loose puck. Capitalizing on a pair of male advantages, the Hounds advanced by a score of 2-1.

Spring Mosset made it 3-1 with 2:48 left in the second, unleashing a quick shot that Fischer had no time to react to. After Kyra Anderson sent a nice pass to Mosset in the slot, she managed to take a low corner from the blocker’s side, and Notre Dame took a two-goal lead in the third.

Prince Albert dumped 11 shots in the regulation final stanza but Filipova held her own, dismissing them all, as the Hounds were able to hold on for the 3-1 win, moving to 19-1-2-2 on the season.

Fischer stopped 27 of 30 shots thrown on her, as the Bears fell to 8-14-1-3. Prince Albert has just four games left in the regular season.

“There are going to be these types of teams that we’re going to face at the (Esso) Cup, so we have to learn how to face them and do the right things,” Young said.

Saturday’s contest was only the second game behind the bench for Young. He feels like the girls are starting to come back and are adjusting well to the style of play he is bringing in.

“Everyone has different personalities and everyone coaches differently,” he said. “They’re starting to understand what we want to do here, and it’s not much different from what was done in the past. I think they accept the changes we make. We’re an up and down team right now, but I think in the games we play against teams like Notre Dame, we just have to be consistent.

The Bears and Hounds will face off again on Sunday afternoon at the Art Hauser Center. The puck drop is at 1:30 p.m.

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