Thunderbirds Shutout Cougars In Afternoon Affair

Thunderbirds Shutout Cougars In Afternoon Affair

Vancouver, BC - The UBC Thunderbirds completed the weekend sweep, dominating the Mount Royal Cougars from the opening face-off to win 4-0 Saturday afternoon at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.

With the victory UBC improve to 10-4-4 on the season, while the Cougars fall to 2-13-3.

The Thunderbirds got goals from four different scorers and played stingy defence allowing just 12 shots on net as Danielle Dube earned the shutout.

"We've had that scoring depth here all year, but at times you wonder who is going to step up and play the hero," said UBC head coach Graham Thomas. "It will be crucial that we get secondary scoring down the stretch if we hope to have success."

Nikola Brown-John opened the scoring 9:28 into the opening period on a play started in the Thunderbirds own zone by Rebecca Unrau. Cougars goaltender Emma Pincott got a piece of Brown-John's shot, but not enough as it crossed the line for the fifth-year winger's fourth goal of the season.

UBC made it 2-0 just 1:02 later. Emily O'Neill provided the second tip off a Kaylin Snodgrass point shot beating Pincott. Kathleen Cahoon also touched it on its way from the blue line. That would spell the end of the afternoon for Pincott who was pulled in favour of Jess Ross after allowing two goals on seven shots.

Ross would not allow a goal the rest of the period, as the Cougars managed just three shots of their own in the opening frame. 2-0 is how things stood through 20 minutes.

The Thunderbirds didn't waste anytime adding to its lead in the second period. With Jocelyn Froehlich in the penalty box serving a double-minor for a hit to the head, Rebecca Unrau took a feed from Devon Morrison from behind the net and made no mistake scoring her sixth goal of the season on the power play.

Mount Royal had their best opportunities of the game to get on the board late in ther period. Deanna Arnold sped down the wing and cut around a Thunderbirds defender before being denied by Dube five minutes into the second period. Then late in the frame, off a draw, Delaney Edwards found herself alone in front, but Dube again was up to the task, keeping it a 3-0 game through two periods of play.

Katie Zinn would round out the scoring in the final frame, tipping a great feed from Morrison to make it a 4-0 final.

Morrison had a great weekend chipping in offensively with four points, two assists each game.

"This weekend was a good confidence booster for us, we needed that," said Thomas. "What we take away from this weekend is consistency, intensity, effort, plus we implemented some new systems that we were able to work on and have some success with in preparation for a tougher opponent next weekend."

UBC finished the afternoon 1-for-8 on the power play, while the Cougars were 0-for-4.

Ross stopped 21 of 23 shots she faced in relief, while Dube earned her first shutout of the season making 12 saves.

Next weekend the Thunderbirds head to Saskatoon to take on the University of Saskatchewan, while the Cougars will play a home and home series with the Calgary Dinos.

IMAGE CREDIT: Rich Lam/UBC Thunderbirds