Jess Korol, Bisons Athletics
WINNIPEG - On Saturday, Nov. 5, the #7 University of Manitoba Bisons women's hockey team shut out the University of Calgary Dinos with a 5-0 win earning five of a possible six points this weekend.
With the home win the Bisons are now (7-2-1-0) and the Dinos fall to (0-6-1-3) in conference play.
Post-game Bisons head coach Jon Rempel talked about how they did a good job bouncing back after two losses last weekend.
"We came to play the right way," said Rempel. "Defensively we did a pretty good job of focusing on defence first and creating offence off of that."
The action in the first period favoured the Bisons as they outshot the Dinos by a wide margin of 17-2. Manitoba opened the score at 7:51 with her first of the year by Taryn Kokesch assisted by Courtlyn Oswald. At 10:04 in the first period, the home side made it 2-0 with a slapshot from the top of the circles by Sheridan Oswald on a 3-on-1 drive with the assist from Erica Rieder and Karissa Kirkup. At 14:19, Calgary's Heather Berzins took a body checking penalty which lead to a Bisons' power play goal at 15:25 scored by Caitlin Fyten. The goal was assisted by S. Oswald and Kirkup.
Bisons goaltender, Amanda Schubert, got some more action in the second period with the shots favouring the Dinos 6-5 but they still had trouble getting the puck in the back of the net. This was Schubert's first start since week two of the season. Merissa Dawson of the Dinos took a penalty at 17:42 of the second. The Bisons took advantage of a power play opportunity at the 18:01 mark to make it 4-0 with a goal by Jordyn Zacharias, assisted by Lauryn Keen and Alanna Sharman.
In the third, the hosts got into some penalty trouble at 8:07 with a slashing minor from Nicole Carswell and Erin Kucheravy with a hooking minor at 10:04. The Herd managed to kill off both penalties making the Dinos 0-3 on the power play. At 19:15 of the third, Sharman scored her fourth of the year and the Bisons third power play goal of the day making it 5-0. Fyten and Alana Serhan each tacked on an assist on the goal. The visitors had a couple of solid chances but were unable to capitalize on their opportunities making the final score 5-0 for the Bisons.
Schubert finished off the day with a 15 save shutout win, while Dino goalie Kelsey had a busier night making 24 saves on 29 shots.
Kirkup was named first star with two assists, with Kokesch as second star and Schubert as third star.
It was also Hockey Fights Cancer Night here at Wayne Fleming Arena. The Manitoba Bisons presented the organization with over $5,000.
Next week is the conference bye. Calgary will be in Saskatchewan taking on the Huskies on Nov. 18 and 19 while Manitoba will host the Alberta Pandas on the same weekend.