Donna Cumming, Dinos Communications
CALGARY – The University of Calgary Dinos fell to the University of Manitoba Bisons by a score of 2-1 on Friday, February 5 at Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary.
Despite taking an early lead, the Bisons worked their way back and shut down the Dinos offense to hold on to the 2-1 victory. The Dinos suffered their second straight loss, dropping to 9-16 on the season. With the win, the Bisons improved their record to 12-13.
"We didn't show up tonight," said Dinos head coach, Danielle Goyette. "The girls were not ready to play, we didn't pay attention to details and we didn't follow the system."
The Dinos took the lead early, scoring just 30 seconds into the game. Vafina intercepted a clearing attempt from a Manitoba defender and made a cross-ice pass that gave Gavrilova an easy tap-in to make it 1-0.
The Bisons answered back quickly however, as a pass from Bisons' forward Erica Rieder from below the goal line found Nicole McGlenen in front, who beat Dowling five-hole to tie the game. Manitoba took the lead late in the first when Wiens found Price wide open in the slot. Price made no mistake, burying a wrist shot off the cross-bar and in to give the visiting team a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.
The Dinos struggled offensively in the middle frame, managing only two shots on Bisons goaltender Amanda Schubert, but they made it out of the period unscathed with the score remaining 2-1 after two.
Calgary came out harder in the third, but failed to capitalize on their opportunities. Despite four power play opportunities for the Dinos and a slapshot off the cross-bar from Dinos captain Stephanie Zvonkovic, the Bisons managed to come out of it with a 2-1 victory.
The Dinos will have the opportunity to make up for their loss as they take on the Bisons again tomorrow afternoon. Puck drop is scheduled for 2 p.m. MT at Father David Bauer Arena.
"We need to come back ready to play tomorrow," said Goyette. "We need to make it simple, take the shot when we have the opportunity instead of making the fancy plays. No team can win when they try to do it all themselves, so we need to follow the system tomorrow."