'Horns shoot down fourth ranked Thunderbirds

'Horns shoot down fourth ranked Thunderbirds

Lethbridge – A night after suffering a tough 2-1 loss to the fourth ranked UBC Thunderbirds, the Lethbridge Pronghorns scored three unanswered goals to earn their first win of the season and a weekend split with a 3-1 victory.

Jenae Culp scored twice, while captain Sadie Lenstra picked up an empty netter to cement the 'Horns victory. Meanwhile, Rebecca Unrau tallied the lone Thunderbird marker.

With the win the 'Horns improve to 1-5-0 on the season while the Thunderbirds suffered their first regulation loss and fall to 4-1-1.

UBC hit the scoreboard late in the first period when moments after the 'Horns cleared the puck off the goal line, the Thunderbirds stayed with it, centered the puck again and Rebecca Unrau got three whacks at the puck, finally poking the puck past a down and out Crystal Patterson.

The Thunderbirds held a slight 12-8 shot advantage after the first frame, but the play was quite even for the majority of the period.

With no power plays during the first period, the teams traded opportunities in the second but neither was able to capitalize.

Following a solid penalty kill, the T-Birds amped up the pressure, creating numerous quality scoring chances but Patterson had an answer for all of the Thunderbird attacks.

The 'Horns were able to weather the T-Birds storm and with the aid of their second power play of the period, turn the momentum in their favor. While they were unable to score during the power play, a short time later, they would find the much needed equalizer.

Sarah Spence broke in on a one-and-one and after beating her defender, T-Birds keeper Samantha Langford poke checked Spence but the puck found its way to the slot where Culp pounced and beat Langford stick side.

Just shy of the midway point of the third period, fourth-year forward Kirsten Reeves had a great chance to give the 'Horns the lead on the a two-on-one but Langford was equal to the task.

The next rush up the ice for the 'Horns would produce the much needed go-ahead goal. Sadie Lenstra chipped the puck in front for Culp, who made no mistake to give the 'Horns their first lead of the weekend.

Off the ensuing face-off Tatiana Rafter nearly brought the T-Birds back even, toe-dragging a 'Horns defender to get a clean shot but her shot went high and wide.

With a power play of their own and down a goal, the Thunderbirds swarmed the Pronghorns end but solid defensive play and goaltending kept the T-Birds at bay.

While on the power play and with the Thunderbirds goalie pulled, Lenstra picked up a bouncing puck at centre ice and skated in all alone for the empty netter and sealed the 'Horns win.

The 'Horns will travel to Manitoba next weekend to face the Bisons, while the Thunderbirds will return home to host the Regina Cougars for a pair of games.