Written by: Alyssa Etsell, Bison Sports
WINNIPEG — The #2 UBC Thunderbirds employed a strong defensive strategy to clinch a 3-0 women's hockey win against the #4 University of Manitoba Bisons, Friday Dec. 1 night.
A close game, the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds broke a nine-game winning streak for the University of Manitoba Bisons at the Wayne Fleming Arena in Winnipeg.
"Chasing the game is tough because of the way that they play and I thought getting down early took a bit of momentum away from us," said Jon Rempel. "They took away things in our power play that we've been able to do all year and we didn't make enough adjustments."
UBC got two empty-net goals in the last minutes of the third period to bring the close game's score to 3-0.
With the loss, Manitoba's record sits at 10-4-1-0 and UBC moves to 9-4-1-1 and close the gap in the CW standings to only two points separate first place Bisons with the second place T-Birds.
The first and only other goal of the evening came from a power play by Thunderbirds Brielle Bellerive. Assists on the goal went to Kathleen Cahoon and Shay-Lee McConnell.
The Bisons couldn't capitalize on a penalty-filled second period and remained 0-for-5 on the power play.
There were opportunities in the second but neither goalie let anything past, the score remaining 1-0.
Coming into the third, Manitoba was all over UBC and had some good chances but the Thunderbirds picked up the pace again after an early timeout was called.
Thunderbirds Emily Costales and Celine Tardif got the two unassisted empty-net goals. The home side finished 0-7 on the power play in the loss.
UBC managed to outshoot the Herd all game, with a final of 18-16. Tory Micklash had 18 saves for the shutout while Bison 'tender Lauren Taraschuk took the loss with 15 saves.
"The power play was far too deliberate today, we sort of took our time with the puck instead of moving with speed and efficiency like we have been all year," Rempel added. "So, we have to fix that for tomorrow if we want to play a little bit better. Overall, close game, tight checking, physical."
Both teams will meet again at the Wayne Fleming Arena tomorrow, Sat. Dec. 2 at 1:00 p.m. CT. If you're not in Winnipeg, you can catch a live broadcast of the game online at Canadawest.tv website.
1. Tory Micklash - UBC (18 saves and shutout)
2. Brielle Bellerive - UBC (game-winning goal)
3. Lauren Taraschuk - Manitoba (15 saves)