Pandas shutout Bisons for second straight game

Pandas shutout Bisons for second straight game

EDMONTON – Lindsey Post stopped all 23 shots she faced, as the University of Alberta Pandas hockey team shutout the visiting University of Manitoba Bisons 3-0 Saturday afternoon at Clare Drake Arena. The shutout was the second straight for the Pandas over the Bisons, following last night's 2-0 victory.

Sasha Lutz, Cayle Dilon and Megan Eady found the twine for Alberta on Saturday, while Rachel Dyck stopped 18 of 20 shots she faced in defeat.

Similar to the game the previous night, Saturday's game was a battle in the trenches, with a physical style taking over, and shots being held to a minimum; six each for Alberta and Manitoba through the opening period. Despite the tight opening frame, the Pandas would strike first, thanks to a lucky bounce in front of the Manitoba net. Eady's point shot from distance was tipped in by a defenders stick, and floated over Dyck's shoulder, giving Alberta the early lead.

Manitoba started to up the pressure in the second frame, looking for their first goal of the weekend series. Erica Rieder had two of the more notable chances in the second frame, but her shots from the slot both sailed wide of the Alberta net. Post stopped eight shots she faced in the second, most from outside 25 feet, to maintain the Panda lead.

Alberta, however, took control of the third period, erasing any hope of a Bison comeback. Dilon riffled in her second goal of the season from the left point just three minutes into the third, as Dyck had no absolutely chance on stopping the bullet shot through a screen. Despite having three powerplay opportunities in Saturday's contest, the Bisons were unable to maintain any offensive pressure into the final minutes. Lutz buried the Bisons with an empty net goal with under two minutes to play, sealing the three goal victory.

With the win, the Pandas take a firm grasp of top spot in the Canada West standings with an 11-0-6-1 record, and 34 points through 18 games. The Bisons, meanwhile, drop from a tie with Alberta in first, and fall into a current tie for fourth with a 9-0-8-1 record, and 28 points.

Following the sweep, the Pandas will now start a five game road trip, commencing with a two game tilt in Vancouver against the UBC Thunderbirds next weekend. As for Manitoba, they will finish their four game road trip next week with a matchup against the MRU Cougars in Calgary.