Pandas shutout T-Birds for second straight night

Pandas shutout T-Birds for second straight night

EDMONTON – The University of Alberta Pandas hockey team shutout the visiting UBC Thunderbirds for the second consecutive game, earning the weekend sweep with a 2-0 victory Saturday afternoon at Clare Drake Arena. 

Fourth-year forward Sasha Lutz and rookie Alex Poznikoff were the goal scorers for Alberta, while fourth-year goalie Lindsey Post stopped all 14 shots to earn her second straight shutout. Fifth-year net-minder Samantha Langford stopped 20 of 22 shots in defeat. 

Alberta dominated from start to finish on Saturday, controlling the puck for the majority of the contest. The first period was all home team, as the Pandas outshot UBC 11-1, but were unable to beat Langford. Ashley Morin had the best chance to score in the opening 20, but was denied on the doorstep. 

The second period was when the game finally opened up for Alberta. After a horrendous turnover behind their own net, Lutz found herself wide open in the slot, and beat a slow reacting Langford over the glove to open the scoring. The Pandas would continue to pressure UBC, and would finally find the insurance marker on their second powerplay of the night. Hannah Olenyk's point shot was tipped in front my Poznikoff, and her team leading eighth of the season put Alberta up 2-0.

UBC wouldn't fire their first shot of the third period until the ten minute mark, and were only able to muster five third period shots in total, all of which were easily handled by Post. The 'Birds would take two costly penalties in the latter half of the final period, all but cementing the win for Alberta.
With the win, Alberta (8-5-0-1) momentarily moves past UBC into top spot in the Canada West standings with 24 points. UBC, meanwhile, falls to 6-5-2-1 on the season, and into a tie for second place. The win was also the seventh in the past ten games for Alberta, after dropping four of their first five to start the season. 

UBC will look to rebound from the sweep next weekend, as they head home for a weekend showdown with the University of Calgary Dinos.

Alberta, meanwhile, will hit the road for their final series of 2015, as they visit the 5-6-2-1 University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.