Kirkup, Bisons snap Cougars’ streak with 4-2 win

Kirkup, Bisons snap Cougars’ streak with 4-2 win

University of Regina Sports Information

REGINA - The Manitoba Bisons snapped the five-game win streak of the University of Regina women's hockey team on Saturday night, taking a 4-2 decision over the Cougars at The Co-operators Centre.

Karissa Kirkup had two goals for the Bisons, who earn the split and maintain their second-place positioning with the win. Jordyn Zacharias and Nicole Carswell also scored for Manitoba (9-4-3-2). Emma Waldenberger had a goal and an assist and Lilla Carpenter-Boesch also scored for the Cougars (9-7-2-0).

Manitoba opened the scoring just over 90 seconds into the contest, as the Bisons moved into the Cougar zone with numbers and Jenai Buchanan fed a pass to the trailing Kirkup. The fourth-year forward had all day in front and picked her spot perfectly, beating Jane Kish with a low shot to the glove side.

Regina replied right near the midway point of the first period thanks to Waldenberger's fourth of the Canada West campaign. Nikki Watters-Matthes pinched up from the point and was able to win the puck off the stick of a Bison forward for Waldenberger who swooped in to collect it. Her low shot beat Rachel Dyck between the pads and evened the score at a goal apiece.

After a scoreless second period the Bisons came storming out of the second intermission, starting with a beautiful move by Kirkup to split the Cougar defenders and go in alone. Her high shot beat Kish over the glove side to put the visitors on top just 36 seconds into the final frame. Manitoba didn't let up there, as Zacharias finished off a tic-tac-toe passing play to extend the lead just 16 seconds later. Alanna Sharman and Lauryn Keen assisted on Zacharias' fifth of the season.

Carswell's goal came less than three minutes later after Erin Kucheravy poked the puck away from a Cougar defender and sent it in front for Carswell. The Winnipeg product sent a perfectly-placed wrist shot high to the blocker side of Kish to extend the lead to 4-1.

The Cougars would get one back thanks to Carpenter-Boesch after a wild scramble in front of Dyck. Waldenberger and Kylie Gavelin collected assists on the goal, but it was as close as the Cougars would get.

Morgan Baker came on in relief of Kish following the Carswell goal to make five saves. Kish stopped 13 shots and Dyck made 23 saves for Manitoba.

The Cougars are at home again next weekend to host the third-place Alberta Pandas in a critical series.