MHKY: ‘Birds dominated by Calgary in second straight loss

MHKY: ‘Birds dominated by Calgary in second straight loss

Jeff Sargeant/UBC Thunderbirds

VANCOUVER - Things went from bad to worse for the UBC Thunderbirds (1-3-0) Saturday afternoon at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre as the Calgary Dinos (3-0-1) scored four power play goals en route to a 7-0 win, sweeping the weekend series.

The T-Birds played the Dinos to a tight first period while Calgary had a one-goal lead heading into the break thanks to Drydn Dow's first of two on the game.

Things really broke down for UBC in the second when the Dinos scored three times within a four-minute span including two on the power play.

Calgary added three more goals in the third while handing UBC a third straight loss.

"We got into penalty trouble tonight and we needed a kill and we couldn't get it," said a frustrated UBC head coach Sven Butenschon.

"Tape to tape passes we couldn't handle, missing guys by ten feet. It's tough to win hockey games when the other team is where they're supposed to be and the only way to break that down is by getting to the open areas and putting pucks into tough spots. But if your puck management is that poor you have zero chance."

The Dinos took full advantage of undisciplined play by the 'Birds finishing 4-for-10 on the man advantage. UBC went 0-for-5, failing to score on the power play for the second straight game.

Calgary outshot UBC 35-25 with Matthew Greenfield picking up his third win and first shutout of the season.

Dow finished with two goals and two assists earning the game's first star while Riley Sheen and Garrett Forster each had three points.

The 'Birds played with just 10 forwards Saturday as Manraj Hayer joined an already long list of Thunderbird injuries.

UBC will hope to get healthier over the next week ahead of another home double-header next Friday and Saturday when the Regina Cougars come to town.

"We'll go through a lot of video and there's going to be a lot of meetings and tough conversations but it's part of the process," said Butenschon.

"Every great team goes through this, you just have to learn."

The Dinos will play a home-and-home series against provincial rivals Alberta next weekend.

PHOTO BY: Wilson Wong/UBC Thunderbirds