By: Mike Still
WINNIPEG – A back-and-forth affair at Wayne Fleming Arena on Friday, Oct. 30 saw the Manitoba Bisons top the Calgary Dinos 3-2 in women's hockey.
The Herd never trailed in the game, taking leads of 1-0, 2-1, and ultimately 3-2. Forward Tasmine Hemmingway was the difference maker for Manitoba, scoring two goals and making a major contribution on Nicole McGlenen's game winner with 2:58 left in the third.
Hemmingway would use her reach to weave through the Dinos defence, before dropping the puck for Megan Tully. Tully didn't get everything on her shot, however McGlenen was able to pick up the loose puck at the side of the Calgary net and slid it past Calgary goalie Sarah Murray for the game winner.
Bison head coach Jon Rempel commented on Hemminway's play postgame.
"She made the most of her opportunites," Rempel said. "Smart player, really good to see her pot a couple there, it gave us a good boost early in the game."
With the win, the Bisons advance to 4-5-0-0, while the Dinos drop to 1-6-0-2.
Manitoba controlled the pace for the majority of the opening 20 minutes, utilizing their highly effective "dump and chase" style of play. They would get on the board at 5:17, as Hemmingway was able to get a stick on Celine Caron's shot from the point.
The Dinos would tie the game up at 6:49 though, with defenceman Megan Grenon's shot from the slot getting through everyone, including Bison goalie Rachel Dyck. Calgary would be shut down for the remainder of the period however, getting just four more shots through a stingy Bison defence.
The herd would re-take the lead less than two minutes later, as Hemmingway sped into the Calgary zone to challenge Dino goalie Carissa Fischer as she went to clear the puck. Hemmingway was able to steal the biscuit away, roofing it top shelf into a wide open net.
The second goal for the home squad signified the end of the night for Fischer, with Sarah Murray entering in relief.
The pace was quick yet again in the second period but this time it was the visitors who seized momentum, primarily keeping the action in the Bisons end of the rink.
Both squads had only five shots on net but the Dinos capitalized, scoring the only goal of the frame shorthanded.
After a Kate Lumley bodychecking penalty at 1:12 sent Manitoba to the powerplay, Calgary forward Iya Gavrilova would steal a loose puck in the Dinos end, speed through the neutral zone, and deke out forward Alana Serhan before sliding the puck behind Dyck to tie the game at two.
Manitoba's best chance in the second occurred on that same man-advantage, as Nicole Carswell was left open in front, however Murray would shut the door.
The final frame saw numerous blocked shots from both sides, as neither team was able to get many pucks to the net. Calgary's best chance occurred on their lone third period powerplay with just over eight minutes left, but nothing came of it.
Finally, with just under three minutes left to go, Manitoba was able to get a solid rush thanks to Hemmingway, and McGlenan would pot the final goal of the contest.
The two squads meet up again tomorrow (Sat., Oct. 31), with a 1 p.m. CT start time at Wayne Fleming Arena.