EDMONTON – The No.3 ranked University of Alberta Pandas hockey team missed out on an opportunity to sweep the Manitoba Bisons as the Winnipeg-based team scored late in the third period to skate out of Clare Drake Arena with a 4-3 win on Saturday afternoon.
One night earlier the Pandas slipped by the Bisons 1-0, thanks to a late third period goal of their own, courtesy Canada West goal scoring leader Jessica Kampjes, but despite earning a 3-2 lead heading into the third period, the Pandas couldn't protect the win.
Kampjes scored again on Saturday, part of Alberta's three-goal third period, her ninth of the season, and she added an assist, while rookie Hannah Olenyk scored twice for the Pandas. Goaltender Lindsey Post stopped 16 pucks in the loss.
Manitoba's goals came off the sticks of Nicole McGlenen, Charity Price, rookie Alanna Sharman and Caitlin Fyten. Price finished the game with two points, while goaltender Rachel Dyck made 20 saves for the win.
The Bisons, looking to avenge Friday night's loss, came out hard on Saturday, scoring just 1:23 into the first period when McGlenen picked up her first of the season. They doubled their advantage at 6:49 of the second period when Price scored her first of the season, and itlooked like the Bisons were going to cruise to a win.
But, just over a minute after the second Manitoba goal, Olenyk scored her first of the game, followed by Kampjes at 10:14, which tied the game at two. Before the middle period would close out, Olenyk tipped Hannah Mousek's point shot for her fifth of the season, which gave Alberta a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes.
Sharman, who is right on Olenyk's heels in the rookie scoring race, tied the game at three when she flipped a puck over Post's shoulder at 9:08 of the third period, her eighth goal of the season and 10th point. The Bisons then scored the game winner at 14:12 when Fyten's wrist-shot from the top of the face-off circle sailed past Post's glove.
The loss drops Alberta to 7-3-0 on the season, and also into second place in the conference standings. They now trail UBC, which swept Calgary this weekend, by one point. Manitoba meanwhile, is now tied with Alberta at 21 points for second in Canada West.
The Pandas return to action next weekend when they travel to UBC to take on the Thunderbirds, while Manitoba travels to Calgary to take on the Dinos.