WOMEN'S HOCKEY (Canada West)
Friday: Dinos vs. Manitoba, 7pm, Father David Bauer Arena
Saturday: Dinos vs. Manitoba, 3pm, Father David Bauer Arena
CALGARY - The University of Calgary Dinos are set to face the University of Manitoba Bisons this weekend, Nov. 14-15. Action will begin Friday evening; puck is set to drop at 7 p.m. at the Father David Bauer Arena.
The Dinos are looking to get back into the win column after losing back-to-back games against the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds on Nov. 7-8. The Dinos battled against the Thunderbirds losing both games by only one goal. The Dinos have a current 3 game regulation-losing streak and are looking to break that against the Bisons.
Calgary controlled majority of the play in Friday night’s game, despite trailing UBC 3-1 in the middle stanza. Calgary fought back and closed the scoring gap 4-3 and outshoot UBC 27-11 but it just wasn’t enough to claim the victory.
In Saturday’s game the Dinos lost 3-2, they were the first to strike but couldn’t hold the Thunderbirds power play, which contributed to two of their three goals. All five goals in the game occurred in the first period. Calgary ran into some penalty trouble at the end of the second and midway through the third period that hindered their chances at tying the game.
Calgary will now face the Bisons with a record of 4-3-3 and have fallen to 5th place in the Canada West Conference while the Bisons have a record of 7-2-1 and currently sit 3rd in the conference.
Manitoba faced the No. 3 University of Alberta Pandas on Nov. 7-8 and split the weekend losing Friday night’s game, 1-0 late in the third period. Manitoba defeated Alberta with two goals in the third period in a come from behind styled win with a final score of 4-3.
Manitoba has already improved on their standings from last season where they finished 5th in the conference, and were ousted in the first round of playoffs when they faced the University of Regina Cougars. Much of the success of Manitoba’s offence can be attributed to first year rookie Alanna Sharman who leads the team with 12 points and is 4th in the conference for points. Alana Serhan has also contributed 8 points thus far in her second year. Rachel Dyck has returned between the pipes for her second year as a Bisons and has a save percentage of 0.944.
To break this losing streak everyone will have to show up and bring their “A” game for the Dinos, Captain Iya Gavrilova will look to continue to lead the team and conference in points (16) to help the Dinos win. The Bisons are a tenacious team and continue to battle to the end, a style of play that is very similar to that of the Dinos.
Friday Nov. 14th game will begin at 7 p.m. while the two teams will face-off again on Saturday Nov. 15th for a matinee game of 3 p.m. at the Father David Bauer Arena.
Next weekend, Nov. 21-22 the Dinos will host a home-and-home series against Alberta. Action will begin in Calgary on the 21st at 7 p.m before heading up Hwy 2 to play in Edmonton on the 22nd.
The Bisons will return home to host the Thunderbirds.