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Former Prince Albert A&W Bear Kaitlin Willoughby gives the trophy a kiss after her overtime goal lifted the University of Saskatchewan Huskies to a thrilling victory over the University of Regina Cougars on Sunday. Willoughby's goal ended a marathon weekend where a total of eight periods of overtime were needed in the best-of-three final.
It has been quite a week for former Prince Albert A&W Bear Kaitlin Willoughby. The 18-year-old forward was named the Canada West rookie of the year and also gained a spot on the all-rookie team last week, but that was just a prelude of what was to come as she scored the championship-winning goal in double overtime on Sunday to lead the Huskies to their first ever Canada West championship with a thrilling victory over the Regina Cougars. The best-of-three final was all played at Rutherford Arena in Saskatoon with the first game needing double overtime, the second game requiring four extra periods and then the double overtime finale on Sunday. Willoughby set up the game-winner in the first match and then capped off the incredible week with her heroics on Sunday. The Huskies, who also featured Bears’ graduates Chelsey Sundby and Carlee Hrenkiw, will now head to the national championship later this month. Regina also had a trio of former Bears with Tristan Reimer, Kelly Regnier and Carleen Mezaros suiting up for the Cougars.