Lethbridge – An unexpected delay meant a late start to the game but the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns faced the visiting University of Manitoba Bisons, Friday night, in the front half of a two game weekend series at Nicholas Sheran Arena. Lethbridge was unable to capitalize on a number of power play chances and the Bisons scored once in the first and third periods and twice in the second period on their way to a 4-0 win.
With this win, the Bisons improve to 6-5-0-0, while the 'Horns have lost three in a row, being shutout in all three losses and sit at 5-4-2-0
Kayleigh Wiens and Courtlyn Oswald each scored individual markers for the Bisons, while Charity Price net two of her own on the night.
Alicia Anderson got the start in net for Lethbridge and faced a total of 32 shots on the night. At the other end of the ice, Manitoba's Rachel Dyck stopped all 26 shots she faced to secure a road shut-out.
Manitoba cracked the score sheet just past the four minute mark in the opening period. Kayleigh Wiens went hard to the net from the left side and the fifth-year forward's shot managed to sneak underneath the down-and-out Lethbridge keeper and over the line for an early lead. Moments later, Alanna Sharman's effort came close to doubling up her team's lead but Anderson stayed with her and shut down the scoring chance.
Kirsten Reeves and Aislinn Kooistra responded for the 'Horns, putting a number of good shots on Dyck but the Manitoba keeper confidently kept the puck out as time expired in the first.
The Bisons added two goals in the second period. Price struck first, at 6:17, with the help of Erin Kucheravy and Lauryn Keen, and Oswald added her second of the season a few minutes later, widening her team's lead to three with a great unassisted goal that soared past Anderson, top shelf, blocker-side.
With Caitlyn Fyten and Alexandra Anderson each called for body-checking thirty seconds apart, the 'Horns would get an extended 5-on-3 opportunity late in the second period. Jocelyn Sabourin, Jodi Gentile, and Aislinn Kooistra each put pressure on Dyck but the Manitoba keeper shut the door.
Midway through the third period, Fyten tried to widen the Bisons' lead but came up short. Price net a fourth unanswered goal, at 15:29, and the Horns were unable to respond.
Game two of the weekend series goes tomorrow afternoon at 1pm and will be streamed live at www.canadawest.org.