CALGARY- The University of Calgary Dinos dropped a second game to the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds, taking a 4-1 loss Saturday, Oct. 17th at the Markin MacPhail Center in Calgary.
After taking the lead early, the Dinos gave up three unanswered goals, falling to 1-5 on the season. The T-Birds enjoy a 4 game win streak, improving their record to 4-2. Despite the loss, the Dinos had a much better performance than last night's loss.
"Last night I told the players that we need to bring something more today and in the next games," said Dinos' head coach, Danielle Goyette. "We played a good game, at the end of the day we were happy with the way we played, but we still need to shoot more pucks on the net and we have to make sure we can score goals. We had a lot of opportunities today that we didn't take advantage of, and that's what we need to work on."
The Dinos drew first blood 6:17 into the first period on a rush by Iya Gavrilova. Shortly after killing off a UBC powerplay, Gavrilova cut to the slot and ripped a shot stick side that deflected off the T-Birds goaltender and into the net.
With five minutes remaining in the first, the T-Birds evened the score when Melissa Goodwin found Kathleen Cahoon wide open in front. Cahoon made no mistake, beating Dinos' rookie goaltender, Sarah Murray, to tie the game 1-1 going into the second period.
With the Dinos' struggling through some penalty trouble in the second, Nicole Saxvik gave the T-Birds the lead at 13:36 of the second period as she beat Murray stick side after making a nice move to cut past the Dinos' defenseman. On a scramble play in front of the net, UBC's Katie Zinn extended the T-Birds lead to 3-1 with one period to play.
"A lot of penalties went to their side more often than our side but at the end of the day we have to be disciplined and we got a chance to work on our PK and we did pretty well today," explained Goyette. "If you want to finish higher in the standings in this league you have to win on specialty teams and today we didn't have a lot of power plays, but we did well on the PK."
T-Birds leading scorer, Rebecca Unrau capitalized on a penalty shot in the final minute of the third period to give them the 4-1 victory. The Dinos look to continue building on their team's performance as they move forward in the season.
"The effort today during the game was amazing, the pace of the game was way faster than yesterday. We have to stay positive, we have a young team. We have nine new players this year, it's not something that's going to happen right away, they have to learn the systems but they're learning pretty fast, I'm really happy with the way they work."
The Dinos look to bounce back next weekend as they take on the Lethbridge Pronghorns in a home-and-home series starting Friday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. MT at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary. UBC will head home to face Manitoba Oct. 23 and 24.