#6 Alberta defeat Manitoba 4-2 on the road

Written by: Jesse Blackman

WINNIPEG – The University of Manitoba Bisons lost at home in men's hockey against the #6 University of Alberta Golden Bears, Friday, January 27 at Wayne Fleming Arena.

With the win, Alberta improves 18-7-2 and Manitoba slides to 13-12-2 conference record in the Canada West standings.

 "We played a pretty good game," said Bison head coach Mike Sirant, "we know we have got to be a little more consistent in our game, and we'll do that. It was a tough loss for us, the effort was there, we competed hard, and we'll bounce back tomorrow."

Almost three minutes into the contest, the Bisons' Channing was hit in the head by Golden Bears' Brennan Yadlowski. After Riley Kieser finished serving Channing's minor he scored on a low shot from the slot 5:03 in the first. Assists went to Jayden Hart and Rhett Rachinski and Alberta led 1-0.

Nick Zajac was called for a high-stick from a sloppy hit on Ryan Rehill with 11:06 to go in the first. On the penalty kill the home side managed a shorthanded tally 9:17 remaining. Remi Laurencelle was sent on a partial break-away by Bresciani. Laurencelle fired a slap shot past Brendan Burke in the visitor's goal.

Alberta's Stephane Legault hit Shawn Bowles in the head hard behind the visitors net. On the advantage, Justin Augert netted a power-play goal with 5:23 remaining the first with Brescani and Laurencelle drawing the assists.

The game finished with 101 minutes in penalties. The high number was in part thanks to a scrum started with a the Bisons' Brooks leading to five players receiving misconducts and the home side playing shorthanded after 14:52 gone in the first.

With 14:49 to go in the second Manitoba's Zajac receive a major penalty and game misconduct for a hit to the head on Jamie Crooks. Alberta's Luke Philp received a minor for roughing after punching Zajac in retaliation for the hit. Crooks left the game with an apparent injury. Jason Fram scored for Alberta on the powerplay making the game even at two apiece with 0:34 remaining major. Assists went to Hart and Rachinski at 9:37 into the second.

The visitors took a 3-2 lead at 10:02 of the third. Lucas Nickles gave a quick breakout pass to Tyson Baillie who put a backhander past Byron Spriggs' glove, just under the crossbar. Coach Sirant described the eventual game winning goal as a "game breaking play."

Legault gave the Bears a two goal cushion with 5:45 to go in the third. Baillie sent Linaker on a scoring break, and the rebound from his shot went straight to a wide-open Legault.

The visitors put 12 shots on goal in the third putting two past Spriggs to earn the victory. Final shots were Alberta 32-28 with Brendan Burke gaining the win in the nets.

First star was awarded to Alberta's Baillie for offensive output including the game winner. Hart took the second star as a factor on two of the Golden Bears' goals. The Herds' Laurencelle was third star in part for his shorthanded tally.

The rematch takes place Saturday, February 11 at 7 p.m. CT at Wayne Fleming Arena.