UBC SWEEPS HUSKIES TO GAIN MOMENTUM IN STANDINGS RACE

UBC SWEEPS HUSKIES TO GAIN MOMENTUM IN STANDINGS RACE

Three third period goals led the No. 8 ranked UBC Thunderbirds to a 5-1 win and a weekend sweep over the No. 10 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies Saturday night in Saskatoon's Rutherford Rink.

In the win, UBC's Rebecca Unraw and Tatiana Rafter each scored twice, while Sarah Casorso tallied three assists.

With the game tied 1-1 after a quick Saskatchewan goal to start the second period, a Huskie turnover in the neutral zone allowed Unrau in on a breakaway. She beat goalie Cassidy Hendricks stick side at 5:57 for her second goal of the game. Just 1:36 later, 2013-14 Canada West MVP Rafter scored her first of the game on a quick play in front of the net. She added her second of the night at 17:23 in the second on the power play.

With the win, UBC improves to 12-4-4 on the season and clinches a spot in the Canada West women's hockey postseason. Saskatchewan drops to 11-7-2 and sits on a four game losing streak. A night earlier, UBC won 1-0. 

UBC had wasted no time scoring just 1:20 into the game when an Unrau shot beat Hendricks for her first of the game.

Huskie Kandace Cook tied the game just 2:20 into the second period on a scramble in front of the net. UBC netminder Danielle Dube let out a rebound that kicked around in front of the net before it finally landed on Cook's stick.

Nicole Saxvik scored the UBC insurance goal at 8:45 on the power play in the third period.

Danielle Dube made 27 saves in the win for the T-Birds, while Hendricks stopped 25 at the other end of the ice for the Huskies. 

The Huskies remain at home to host the Manitoba Bisons, while the T-Birds travel to Regina to meet the Cougars.