Unable to generate much offensively, Griffins blanked by Dinos in rematch

Sydney Hughson battles Calgary's Brooke Dennett on Saturday (Chris Lindsey photo).
Sydney Hughson battles Calgary's Brooke Dennett on Saturday (Chris Lindsey photo).

Jefferson Hagen
MacEwan Athletics

CALGARY – In a contrast to a night earlier, the MacEwan Griffins women's hockey team was too easy to play against, generated few chances and suffered a 4-0 loss to the Calgary Dinos on Saturday night.

Gabriella Durante posted a 22-save shutout for the Dinos, but the Griffins didn't exactly make it tough on her.

"I just think we started flat," said MacEwan head coach Chris Leeming. "The first 40 minutes weren't the game we wanted to play. We showed up in the third and put a little bit of a push on, but we were down three or four goals at that point, so it was a little bit too late. 

"We had a couple Grade A scoring chances, but most of the shots were kind of from the perimeter without any traffic. We had those easy shots for the goalie to save."

With the result, MacEwan falls to 3-16-1, while Calgary improves to 8-11-1.

On Friday in Edmonton, the Griffins had one of their better efforts of the season, blocking a ton of shots, capitalizing on their chances and netting a point in a 4-3 overtime loss. But they weren't able to repeat that a day later.

"(Our blocked shots game) was present, but it wasn't quite as (effective) as it was last night," said Leeming. "They made some adjustments. They were moving a little bit more and had a little more dynamic offensive play in our D zone. We still blocked some shots, but it wasn't as high as yesterday."

Brianna Sank made 31 saves for the Griffins in a losing effort. 

MacEwan will try to rebound next weekend when they host UBC Jan. 12-13.

"When we compete, we're putting ourselves in position," said Leeming. "It doesn't always guarantee success, but it sets us up for an opportunity to be successful and that's what we need to work towards."