CALGARY- The University of Calgary Dinos returned home after a seven game road trip, but failed to win as the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds claimed their 13th consecutive win, defeating Calgary, 5-2, Friday evening, Dec. 2nd at the Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary.
"They have some great players on their team, and if we don't go to the body for the puck, they are going to beat us," explained Dinos head coach Danielle Goyette. "We did a lot of fishing and swinging today, and we can't do that against a team like this."
Seeking their first regulation win of the season, the Dinos came out flying, as the Thunderbirds were unable to grab a shot on net through the first five minutes. Shortly after however, Thunderbirds forward Haneet Parhar stole the puck in close and roofed it over the glove hand of Dinos goaltender Kelsey Roberts.
The Dinos managed to draw the first two penalties of the game, but failed to capitalize as the Thunderbirds prevented any scoring chances for the Dinos.
UBC added to their first period lead on the power play, as UBC leading scorer Cassandra Vilgrain set up shop on the left circle before sniping the puck high blocker side past Roberts, giving them a two goal lead heading into the second frame.
"We had a great start, we did what we were supposed to do, and as soon as they scored that goal, that's when the girls broke down and started to do what they shouldn't do," said Goyette. "Our team, we have to play together to be successful, and that's where we struggle a lot in the first period after they scored."
Just 14 seconds into the second stanza, Mathea Fischer, in stride, rifled a wrist shot past the low blocker of Roberts, putting UBC up by three. Later on the power play, Thunderbirds captain Stephanie Schaupmeyer deflected a Mairead Bast wrist shot through Roberts, making it 4-0 after two periods.
Sarah Murray started the third period for the Dinos, in place of Kelsey Roberts. This change sparked Calgary, as Alexandra Vafina buried a slap shot past Thunderbirds goaltender, Amelia Boughn, opening the scoring for the Dinos, near the halfway mark of the third. Shortly after. Shiayli Toni, scored her first goal of the season for UBC, restoring a four goal cushion.
The Dinos cut the lead to three, as forward Heather Berzins slipped a backhander over the glove of Boughn, giving them a rare power play marker. That was as close as they would get, as the Thunderbirds cruised the rest of the way for 5-2 decision.
The two teams will face off again in a matinee game. Puck is set to drop at three o'clock at the Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary.
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