Calgary – The Cougar's fell victim to the top scorer in Canada West on Saturday afternoon losing 8-0. Tatiana Rafter had 4 points vaulting her to the top of the conference's scoring list. Samantha Langford recorded18 saves to earn the shutout.
As good as the Thunderbirds were, their luck was even better. At the 5:43 mark the puck careened off several Cougars and landed on the stick of Rafter who put away her sixth goal of the season.
At 8:48, Rafter had another fortunate break when Cougar's goalie Jess Ross came out to play the puck. The puck rolled off the end of Ross' stick and right on the tape of Rafter. She buried the puck into the yawning cage for her second of the afternoon.
The Cougar's caught a break toward the end of the second period when they were awarded a 5-on-3 power play. A blocked shot and yet another unlucky bounce ended up right on the stick of Rafter who went in on the breakaway. She slapped a quick shot under the blocker of Ross to complete the hat trick.
Heading into the second period, Head Coach Scott Rivett made a goaltending change, swapping out his the veteran Ross for second year Megan Parkyn. The change in net was not the solution as UBC added two more early in the frame.
Logan Boyd scored at 4:19 to make it 4-0 early in period two. Boyd was at it again when she set up captain Sarah Casorso on the power play to give UBC a five-goal advantage.
Melissa Goodwin, Logan Boyd and Hannah Heisler each added a goal in the third to put an exclamation point on the victory.
"They had some lucky bounces but overall they outplayed us," said Cougar's Head Coach Scott Rivett. "We know where we need to improve and will get back to work this week in practice."
UBC will continue their tour of Alberta next weekend when they will travel to Lethbridge to take on the Pronghorns.
Mount Royal will remain at home when the Bisons come into Flames Community Arenas at 7:00pm on Friday night.