Second half surge pushes Golden Bears over Bisons

Second half surge pushes Golden Bears over Bisons

EDMONTON – The No. 5 ranked University of Alberta Golden Bears scored four unanswered goals through the second and third periods, beating the visiting Manitoba Bisons 6-3 Friday night at Clare Drake Arena.

Trevor Cox scored twice, while Cole Linaker, Tyson Baillie, Jayden Hart and Todd Fiddler also scored for the Bears. Jordan DePape, Warren Callis, and Jonah Wasylak scored for Manitoba in the loss.

NEED to know:  The Golden Bears came back from early 2-1, and 3-2 deficits to earn the convincing 6-3 win. The line of Trevor Cox, Luke Philp and Tyson Baillie combined for three goals and two assists, giving the Bears seven wins in their past eight games.

Three Stars: 

  1. Alberta: Trevor Cox – Two goals (including the GWG), one assist and four shots
  2. Alberta: Jayden Hart -  One goal, one assist and three shots
  3. Alberta: Riley Kieser – One assist, one shot and a plus one rating

Stat Line: 

 

Bears

Bisons

Shots

36

22

Saves

19

30

Powerplay

1/6

0/6

PIM

12

22

Goals

6

3

Assists

8

4

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

With the win, the Golden Bears improve to 8-3-0 this season, keeping pace with the top ranked Saskatchewan Huskies atop the Canada West standings. Manitoba, meanwhile, slips to 5-6-0, falling just below 0.500 and into sixth in the conference.

Although they came in as a heavy underdog, the visiting Bisons opened the scoring very early on Friday night. DePape opened the scoring just one minute into the first, banging a loose puck past Luke Siemens and into the Alberta net. Linaker scored his second goal of the season ten minutes later, bouncing the puck off Byron Spriggs' pads and into his own net to even the game.

Callis' third tally of the season late in the first gave Manitoba the 2-1 lead heading into the break, as he caught Siemens playing too aggressively in his own net, getting the puck behind the fourth-year goalie.

Alberta evened the score midway through the second, as Cox scored his first of the night, blowing an absolute bullet past Spriggs on a Bears three-on-one rush. Wasylak needed only two minutes to restore the Bison one goal lead, ripping a shot over Siemens glove from distance.

Despite trailing 3-2, the Bears were clearly the better team in the second and third periods, outshooting the Bisons 28-8 in the final 40 minutes.

The massive advantage in shot and possession numbers paid off, as Fiddler, a first year Canada West forward scored his first career goal to even the game at three.

Cox scored his second of the night before the period was up, while Hart scored the insurance marker early in the third. Baillie put the nail in the coffin late in the final period, scoring his sixth of the season on a Bears five-on-three man advantage in the dying minutes.

The two teams will square off once again tomorrow, with a 6:00 p.m. puck drop scheduled for Clare Drake Arena. 

 

Connor Hood - Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics