Jeremy Laurie/UBC Thunderbirds
The UBC Thunderbirds women's hockey team added a ninth consecutive win to their impressive start to the 2016-17 CIS season. Friday night's 4-1 win over the visiting Regina Cougars helps the T-Birds maintain their first place standing in Canada West.
Goals from Haneet Parhar, Nicole Saxvik, Celine Tardif and Kathleen Cahoon helped lift the 'Birds to victory, while nine individual UBC players logged points. Regina held UBC scoreless for over half the game, and managed to outshoot them 26-22. Their biggest challenge was the sturdy goaltending of UBC's Amelia Boughn, who was particularly dominant in the final 10 minutes of action.
"[Amelia] was great. She helped calm us down. [She showed] great decision making, [and] was on her game tonight," said UBC Assistant Coach Mike Sommer.
Both of UBC's second period goals came during the power play, something Sommer says the team has been working on in practice.
"Our power play has been working really hard. We're really happy with the amount of special-teams production. [It was] a group effort, and our power play really helped us [tonight]," he said.
Veteran Thunderbird Jenna Carpenter-Boesch appreciated the rare opportunity to face off against her younger sister Lilla, a rookie forward for the Cougars, on Friday night.
"It was a really neat experience. I've never had that opportunity to play her before, and it's nice to see how she has developed as a player," she said.
Despite being awarded over five minutes on the power play in the opening frame, UBC was not able to find the net through twenty. Sturdy defence at both ends of is the rink kept things knotted at zero apiece heading into the second.
The 'Birds eventually capitalized on the power play during five-on-three midway through the second. Madison Patrick fed the puck to Kelly Murray, who delivered the puck through traffic to Parhar. Parhar ripped the puck glove side, giving the Thunderbirds the game's opening goal.
Just over three minutes later, while Regina served their fifth penalty of the second frame, Alexa Ranahan dished the puck to Saxvik who netted her fourth of the season.
Tardif potted her first goal of the season early in the third period to give the Thunderbirds a 3-0 lead. Just over two minutes later veteran forward Kylie Gavelin tucked in the Cougars' lone goal following a pile up in front of UBC's net.
Cahoon managed to break free and net the empty-netter in the dying seconds of the game. Alexa Ranahan picked up her second helper of the game on the play. The Thunderbirds will face the Cougars once more tomorrow afternoon at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre. Puck drops at 4 p.m. (PT).
IMAGE CREDIT: Rich Lam