Thunderbirds sweep Cougars in exciting matinee

Thunderbirds sweep Cougars in exciting matinee

Brendan Stasiewich, Mount Royal Sports Information

CALGARY- The University of British Columbia Thunderbirds (13-1) managed to take down the Mount Royal Cougars (4-10) by the score of 2-1 in an exciting Saturday matinee at the Flames Community Arenas.


Hannah Clayton-Carroll and Logan Boyd scored the Thunderbird markers while Sarah Wenninger increased her team lead in points as she scored the lone Cougars' goal.


The Thunderbirds opened the scoring just a minute and a half into the contest. Cougars' goalie Zoe DeBeauville stopped a Thunderbirds' shot only to see the rebound come to the opposite circle where Hannah Clayton-Carroll beat DeBeaville for her fifth of the year.


The Cougars managed to tie the game with thirteen minutes remaining in the first period. On a goal that looked much like the Thunderbirds opener, Tory Micklash let out a deep rebound on the Cougars first shot of the game. The puck found the stick of Sarah Wenninger who shot the puck into the open cage for her seventh goal of the year.


The Cougars were given a chance to take the lead when Jaedon Cook got her stick in the feet of a Cougars' player seven minutes into the second period. However, as they did for the past two games, the Thunderbirds penalty kill fought tenaciously for pucks and left the Cougars empty handed.


Following the Cougars' powerplay, it was the Thunderbirds' special teams that went to work after a slashing penalty by Nicollette Seper.  The Thunderbirds spent most of the two minutes in the offensive zone, shortly followed by two great scoring chances from Kathleen Cahoon and Cassandra Vilgrain, both turned away by DeBeaville and cleared out by the Cougars' defense.


The momentum was halted late in the second when the goal scorer, Clayton-Carroll, got her stick tied up in the mid section of a Cougars' player, shortly before time expired in the period.


The Thunderbirds managed to kill the penalty to start the third, regaining the momentum as they began their offensive pursuit yet again.


Eight minutes into the period the Thunderbirds broke the deadlock. On a nifty play Celine Tardif sent a slap-pass from the blue line down beside the net to Cahoon who slid a terrific pass to Logan Boyd in front of the net. All alone, Boyd beat DeBeaville with a wrist shot, giving her team a one-goal lead.


That was all the insurance the Thunderbirds would need as Tory Micklash turned aside 25 of 26 shots for her second win in as many days. Zoe DeBeauville stopped 22 of 24 shots in a losing effort for the Cougars.


The Cougars will be back in action next weekend as they travel to Manitoba for a set against the Bisons. Meanwhile the Thunderbirds will return to Calgary for two games against the University of Calgary Dinos.