Written by: Kellen Taniguchi
Winnipeg, MB – On January 20 night, the #6 University of Manitoba Bisons women's hockey team defeated the Lethbridge Pronghorns 5-1, at the Wayne Fleming Arena on #BellLetsTalk night. Manitoba swept the earlier 2-game series in Lethbridge, and look to complete the home sweep tomorrow afternoon.
With the win, the Herd improves to 11-5-3-2, and the visitors drop to 3-13-1-3 in conference play.
Manitoba looked dominant for the most part of the game, and the victory was powered by Erica Rieder's four points, and Sheridan Oswald's three. The home side got goals from Alexandra Anderson, Sheridan Oswald (2), Venla Hovi, and Rieder. Tricia Van Vaerenbergh got the lone goal for the visiting Pronghorns, as Rachel Dyck did not let anything else by her.
"She likes playing forward, she secretly I think is a forward" Bisons head coach Jon Rempel said of defensemen Erica Rieder. "She's someone that's a nice luxury for a coach to have to be able to move up when you're short up front."
The home side set the pace early on, getting a couple of opportunities early, and outshooting the visitors 12-5 in the opening frame. Bisons forward Lauryn Keen took a 2-minute minor for body checking at 6:34, but the Herd was able to kill the penalty off, and continue to control the pace. Manitoba finally broke through at 17:33, as Alexandra Anderson made a great effort and pushed through traffic to burry a rebound for her fourth goal of the season; Sheridan Oswald, and Rieder also got on the scoresheet with the assists on the goal. The Pronghorns would start the second period on the power-play, as Nicole McGlenen took a tripping penalty late in the frame.
Lethbridge came out strong on the power-play, as Tricia Van Vaerenbergh beat Rachel Dyck high glove-side on a wrist shot, with Katelyn Breitkreuz assisting on the visitors' game tying goal. The Bisons would take control right back, as Karissa Kirkup found Sheridan Oswald from behind the net, and she would make no mistake on the wrist shot; Jenai Buchanan also drew an assist on the goal at 4:13. Sheridan Oswald found the back of the net again, this time on a slap shot from the top of the circle at 14:46, with Rieder drawing another assist. Manitoba would score a third unanswered goal at 16:05 on the power-play, as Lauryn Keen dropped the puck back to Venla Hovi, who undressed Pronghorns goaltender Alicia Anderson for the goal, and Rieder once again picked up an assist on the play. The Herd took a commanding 4-1 lead into the second intermission.
The final period began with some back and forth play, before Lethbridge defender Kirana Stocker took a tripping penalty at 5:11. The Herd would take advantage of the power-play, as Reider roofed a shot past Anderson at 6:37, giving them a commanding 5-1 lead. The visitors tried to get something going late, as Anderson took a high-sticking minor with just over five minutes to play. Manitoba would kill the penalty off, and not give much up for the remainder of the game, leading to their victory.
The two teams will face-off again, tomorrow afternoon (Sat., Jan. 21) as the puck drops at 1 p.m. CT, at the Wayne Fleming Arena.