Eoin Colquhoun, Pronghorn Athletics
LETHBRIDGE - Two quick goals in the third period broke open a tight game and propelled the nation's top ranked team, the UBC Thunderbirds to a 5-1 victory over host Lethbridge Pronghorns.
The defending Canada West Champion Thunderbirds improve to 7-1-1-0 on the season and remain at the top of the conference standings. The loss drops the 'Horns to 2-5-1-1.
Eight minutes into the contest, the 'Horns would hit the scoreboard first. Chelsea Kasprick walked off the half wall and her high shot from just inside the faceoff circle went off the crossbar and in.
It look like the 'Horns would have a great chance to increase their lead a short time later after UBC put themselves down two players but the 'Horns would return the favor taking a penalty of their own. Despite some good pressure with a four-on-three power play the 'Horns could not capitalize with the extra attacker.
Before the period was out, UBC would get even, Nicole Saxvik forced the 'Horns defense into a turnover deep in the 'Horns end and Logan Boyd jumped on the loose puck, beating Alicia Anderson high short side.
At the end of 20 minutes, shots favored the home side 14-12, while both teams went scoreless in two power play chances.
UBC scored the lone goal of the second period, Hannah Clayton-Carroll corralled her own rebound and buried a shot from in tight for her third goal of the season.
The Thunderbirds outshot the 'Horns 15-6 in the period and despite a parade to the penalty box by both teams the score remained 2-1. Both teams had four power plays apiece and extended five-on-three advantages.
With 13 minutes remaining, Katie Zinn almost doubled the lead but her hard wrister hit the crossbar. The T-Birds stayed with the play and were rewarded only seconds later. Jenna Carpenter-Boesch found herself all alone in front and lifted the puck over a sprawled Anderson.
Smelling the victory was within their grasps, the T-Birds scored again only 37-seconds later. Melissa Goodwin found Emily O'Neill back door for a tap in for her first of the season.
Melissa Goodwin rounded out the scoring, beating Anderson five-hole with just three minutes remaining
The 'Horns will look to rebound tomorrow afternoon in game two of the weekend set with the Thunderbirds, puck drop is scheduled for 1:00pm. Tomorrow's game will also be streamed live on www.canadawest.tv, home of all Canada West webcasts.