Wriiten by: Devon Shewchuk
WINNIPEG - On Friday January 29, the University of Manitoba women's hockey team played host to the first of a two-game series against the Saskatchewan Huskies. The Huskies outscored the Bisons by a score of 3-1.
With only one point separating the teams in Canada West standings, it was an important game for both teams. The Bisons and Huskies each hoped to snap losing streaks, three and four games respectively. A late third period push proved to help the home team's score, but was not enough to earn them the win.
During the starting minutes of the game, the first penalty was taken by Saskatchewan defence Hanna McGillivray, for holding. With 15 seconds left in the Bison power play, Alexandra Anderson impressively wound her way through three Huskies, but was stopped by a fourth before she was able to take advantage of a first scoring opportunity.
Following an in-front-of-the-net scramble in the home team's end, Saskatchewan forward Shyan Elias was rewarded by taking a shot and scoring the first goal of the game. She was assisted by teammate Rachel Lundberg.
The Huskies continued to dominate offensively throughout the rest of the first, as forward Lauren Zary, assisted by Marley Ervine and Morgan Willoughby, scored less than two minutes later.
Entering the second period at a score of 2-0 for the Huskies, it was a close call for Bison assistant captain Lindsay Blight at 16:48. Though the puck slid in front of her at the Huskies net, she narrowly missed a scoring opportunity.
The Huskies thereafter exploded from the home team's end, as Huskies forward Brooklyn Haubrich waltzed through the sticks of Bison players, and nested the puck in the back of Bison goaltender Rachel Dyck's net. Heading into the third period, the score remained 3-0 in favour of the Huskies.
With nine minutes left in the third, Bison forward Courtlyn Oswald tried slipping the puck behind Saskatchewan goalie Cassidy Hendricks, but was stopped at the last moment.
Off the ensuing faceoff, the Bisons were able to take control of the puck. After a quick pass from Velna Hovi, Bison forward Alanna Sharman made the score 3-1 after shooting the puck past Hendricks. Bison teammate Celine Carron also assisted in the goal.
As the clock ticked down to zero, then final score sat at 3-1 for the Huskies.
Bison head coach Jon Rempel was unpleased with the results of the game. "When you hold a team to ten shots against you, you should probably win the game, and we didn't."
The teams face off at the Wayne Flemming Arena tomorrow, January 30 at 4 p.m. CT for the second game of the weekend series.
SCORING BY PERIOD:
MAN: Alanna Sharman (1G)
SASK: Shyan Elias (1G), Lauren Zary (1G) Brooklyn Haubrich (1G)