Thunderbirds earn weekend split with Cougars

Thunderbirds earn weekend split with Cougars

By Jacqueline MacDiarmid (UBC Sports Information Assistant)

VANCOUVER – The No. 5 UBC Thunderbirds defeated the University of Regina Cougars 2-0 in Canada West women's hockey action on Saturday evening at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre in Vancouver.

Samantha Langford, making her seventh straight start, stopped all 30 shots she faced for her third shutout of the season, while the Thunderbirds scored two power play goals, from Haneet Parhar and Melissa Goodwin, in the second period for the team's fifth victory of the year.

Regina goaltender Toni Ross was also excellent on Saturday night, turning aside 37 of UBC's 39 shots.

It was another penalty-filled game as the two teams combined for 50 minutes in infractions. UBC finished 2-for-11 on the power play, while Regina went 0-for-5. Over the weekend UBC had an astonishing 25 power play opportunities, scoring three times.

The Cougars thought they had sniffed out the first goal of the game at 6:37 of the second period when the goal light went after scramble in front of Langford. Both Jordan Doram and Kelly Regnier were in the crease trying to score, however, the referee ruled the puck had gone in after the whistle. UBC managed to turn the momentum around with a power play goal from Parhar, her first goal of the season.

Another special teams effort would put the Thunderbirds in front 2-0. With Regina's Tori Head in the penalty box with a double minor due to a blow to the head, UBC had yet another chance to show off their power play. After sustained pressure in the offensive zone, Goodwin flipped the puck in from right in front of the net with just 50 seconds remaining in the period. It was third goal of the season for Goodwin and it gave her team a 2-0 advantage going into the second-period intermission.

Regina would put on the pressure in the third period, but Langford was the difference stopping two Cougars breakaways, both of which were shorthanded, to perserve the 2-0 victory.

Both Emma Waldenberger and Kristin Boan came in on Langford and deked to their backhand side but were turned aside.

With less than a minute left and the Cougars on a 5-on-3 power play, Alexis Larson had a good opportunity but her shot from the top of the left circle was stopped by Langford.

Regina outshot UBC 14-5 in the final period. But overall, the shots on goal favoured the Thunderbirds 39-30.

With the win, UBC's record is now 4-1-1-2, and they move into second place in the conference with 16 points, two points back of first place Alberta. Regina (1-3-3-1) sits in sixth place with 10 points and will host the University of Lethbridge two weeks from now.

IMAGE CREDIT: Wilson Wong/UBC Thunderbirds