Bisons complete sweep of UBC, win 3-1 in women's hockey

Bisons complete sweep of UBC, win 3-1 in women's hockey

By Marc Lagace

WINNIPEG - The Manitoba Bisons completed the sweep against UBC in women's hockey with a 3-1 win at Wayne Fleming arena on Nov. 22. The win came on the heels of Friday's 2-1 overtime win, launching the Bisons into a tight battle for the top of the Canada West standings.
 
"After playing pretty well in calgary last weekend and not getting any points, I thought they really showed a lot of maturity this week in practice to prepare," said Bison's head coach Jon Rempel.

"They were excited to play at home because we've been on the road so much. I think that really helped us this weekend too."
 
Manitoba received goals from Jessica Rosenhaum and two fromn Courtlyn Oswald, while Nicole Saxvik notched UBC's lone goal. With the win, Manitoba joins UBC in a tie for first place with Alberta with 26 points (7-2-4-1 record).
 
Rachel Dyck got the call for the Bison for the second straight night. UBC made a change in net after Friday's overtime loss, with Danielle Lemon replacing Samantha Langford.
 
Defence dominated the first period, and the teams spend most of the period battling in the neutral zones. Manitoba had the edge for power play opportunities in the first period, which included about a minute of 5-on-3, but could not muster a goal.
 
Manitoba got the scoring started second, as Maggie Litchfield-Medd banked a pass off the boards to a streaking Rosenbaum who beat her defender, cut right in front of the net and slipped the puck past Lemon at 15:34. The Bisons struck again just over a minute later, as Oswald scored her first of the game top shelf from the point with Lemon playing low.
 
UBC got one back before the period ended, as Nicole Saxvik scored unassisted to cut Manitoba's to just one as the teams headed into the second intermission.
 
The Bisons did a fantastic job defending their lead in the third, killing two UBC power plays. Oswald picked up her second goal of the game with the Thunderbirds' net empty, and earned good praise from Bisons' head coach Jon Rempel.

"That's probably the best game she's played this year," said Rempel of Oswald.

"She's super consistent, but I just really love the way she competed today and scored two big goals."
 
Dyck finished with 28 saves in the win, while Lemon faced 36 shots at the other end. Rempel was very pleased with Dyck, who dealt with constant traffic in front of her crease all game.

"When a goaltender is playing that way, it gives your team more confidence to play because they're not afraid to make mistakes," said Rempel, "She's on the puck, she's big, physical and aggressive. She's in the zone."
 
The Thunderbirds fly back home to host the Calgary Dinos for a pair of games next weekend. The Bisons host the Alberta Pandas next weekend for a pair of huge games on Nov. 28 and 29 before they head into the winter break.