#7 Manitoba shuts out Mount Royal 4-0

Written by: Kellen Taniguchi

Winnipeg, MB- On Friday, December 2, the #7 University of Manitoba Bisons women's hockey team defeated the Mount Royal Cougars by a score of 4-0, at the Wayne Fleming Arena.

With the win, the Bisons improve to 8-3-3-1, and the Cougars drop to 4-9-0-2 in Canada West division play.

The power-play was a huge factor in the Bisons win, as they found the net on three of their five chances.

"It's been good all year" Bisons head coach Jon Rempel said of his team's power-play. "They're doing the things that we practice, you can see that in games, they don't deviate from the plan too much."

Manitoba took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission, and never looked back. Jordyn Zacharias opened the scoring for the home side, and the team would add three power-play goals, scored by Erica Rieder and two by Karissa Kirkup. Bisons goaltender Rachel Dyck was also a big contributor, stopping everything for a 12 save shutout, for her conference leading fourth of the year. 

The teams were feeling each other out for the first half of the opening frame, with a lot of back and forth play. But the Herd dominated the rest of the frame, with Zacharias opening the scoring at 14:14 in the period, from a behind the net pass from Nicole McGlenen; Megan Neduzak also drawing an assist on the play. With just 1:22 left in the period, Mount Royal forward Gabrielle Seper took a two-minute minor for high-sticking. The home side will have a short power-play to begin the second frame, as Emma Pincott was able to shut the door, stopping 13 of the 14 shots she faced in the period.

Manitoba was unable to score on their short power-play to begin the second period, but were given another chance, as the visitors took a holding penalty at 4:30 in the period. This time the Herd would capitalize, on a laser of a point shot by Rieder, with assists from Venla Hovi, and Courtlyn Oswald; giving the home side a 2-0 lead at the 4:54 mark. There wasn't a lot of action during the rest of the period, until Manitoba defender Alexandra Anderson crushed a Mount Royal player along the boards, giving the visitors a power-play with just three minutes left in the period. The Bisons would kill off their second penalty of the game, as they headed into the second intermission with a two goal lead.

Kirkup added two power-play markers in the final frame; the first one coming at 1:33 with the assist coming from Jayden Skoleski. Kirkup would strike again at 13:38 in the third period, as she shot a rocket by Cougars goaltender Pincott; captain Caitlin Fyten set up the shot, for her first point of the night and Zacharias with her second point on the second assist. The Bisons would kill off a late penalty, largely due to Dyck making some timely saves for the Herd; as they rolled to a 4-0 win.

The two teams will be back in action tomorrow, December 3, at the Wayne Fleming Arena, as Puck drop is at 1 p.m. CT.