Alyssa Etsell, Bison Athletics
WINNIPEG – The #8 University of Manitoba Bisons beat the #1 and defending U SPORTS champion University of Alberta Pandas by a 4-2 score on Saturday, October 14 in women's hockey at the Wayne Fleming Arena.
"I thought we did a good job, I thought we controlled the play. I thought we were very disciplined today, we skated well and checked pretty well for most of the game," said Bison head coach Jon Rempel.
With the win, Manitoba improves to 2-2-0-0 record while Alberta falls to 2-1-0-1 after four conference regular season games.
Fresh off a loss, the Bisons looked to break their two-game losing streak. They lost to Alberta Pandas on Friday night after a game-winning goal was scored with eight seconds left to play in the game.
The game was intense as two of the top teams in the country battled it out over 40 minutes and the game remained tied at two. In the third, the home side found a way to score the eventual game-winner hen forward Alana Serhan scored her second of the night, sliding it right into the top shelf – three seconds after a power play opportunity expired.
Allison Sexton deked out Pandas netminder Dayna Owen on a partially breakaway with 2:27 left in the game to solidify the Bisons lead and clinch the win for Manitoba.
Earlier in the game, the first period saw only one successful scoring opportunity with Serhan capitalizing off a power play for the Herd with 4:32 left.
There was ample opportunity for the hosts to head into the second with a two-goal lead. Pandas defensive play held strong with pucks bouncing off defencemen and Owen, stonewalling all attempts.
After a slow start to scoring in the first, both teams came into the second period flying. Panda forward Hannah Olenyk scored just over one minute in with an assist coming from Morgan Kelly. Caitlin Fyten, last year's conference leader in points, answered for the Bisons only 30 seconds later with a rebound goal from Venla Hovi and Charity Price.
Alberta tied it up with 13 seconds left in the second. Amy Boucher scored an amazing wraparound goal before Bisons rookie goalie Lauren Taraschuk could get to it.
Both teams tried throughout the rest of the second to get ahead leading into the third but to no avail.
The Bisons will now play University of Saskatchewan Huskies in a double header next weekend, Oct. 20 and 21. The Pandas will take on Calgary at home on Oct. 20 and then play at Calgary on Oct. 21.