CALGARY- The University of Calgary Dinos downed the University of Manitoba Bisons 3-2, Friday evening at the Father David Bauer Arena.
The Dinos were a different team then last weekend, snapping their five-game losing streak.
"It was nice to win, we were getting down in the room. That five game losing streak was taking a toll on us," said fifth-year forward Jenna Smith. "It was good to come together and get two points and hopefully we can take that and go strong into the winter break."
The Dinos controlled majority of the first period, outshooting the Bisons 15-10. Iya Gavrilova claimed her ninth goal on the season beating Rachel Dyck low blocker side on a drop pass from Hayley Wickenheiser just five minutes into the period.
The Bisons tied it up near the end of the first stanza. Charity Price put home the rebound that was in front of a scrum, eluding Dinos netminder Hayley Dowling. Lauryn Keen picked up an assist on the goal.
Calgary reclaimed their lead in the middle stanza when Smith was alone in front and was fed a pass from Brownyn Stevens to take a 2-1 lead mid-way through the period. Calgary would increase their lead once more at the very end of the second period, Wickenheiser went end-to-end with the puck to put it cross crease for Gavrilova to tap in for her second on the evening.
"Wick brings the speed of the game up, makes it faster and pushes everyone to play at the next level. We have a full team again and that makes it easier to play at a higher level," explained head coach Danielle Goyette.
Manitoba fought to close the scoring gap in the third period. Price pulled away on a partial breakaway and beat Dowling with a backhand shot to the glove side. Courtlyn Oswald and Jessica Dyck picked up helpers on Price's second goal.
That would be as close as the Bisons would get to a comeback though.
Calgary now has a record of 5-3-3, while Manitoba falls to 6-1-3.
"After two to three weeks without a victory we're going to take that one and enjoy it," said Goyette. "Tomorrow at three o'clock we have another game and we have to make sure we are better than the second and third period today.
The Dinos will have another opportunity to improve their record once more against the Bisons tomorrow afternoon, Nov. 15th at 3 p.m. at the Father David Bauer Arena.