T-Birds shut out Pronghorns in gritty goaltending duel

T-Birds shut out Pronghorns in gritty goaltending duel

Jeff Sargeant/UBC Thunderbirds

VANCOUVER – Katie Zinn scored her first of the season while Amelia Boughn was perfect in goal for the UBC Thunderbirds (16-3-3-1) who earned a 1-0 win over the Lethbridge Pronghorns (3-16-1-3) Friday night at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.

It was a gritty affair with spectacular goaltending at both ends of the ice. Boughn made 13 saves for her third shut out of the season while Lethbridge's Alicia Anderson stopped 33 pucks earning the game's third star.

"I think a lot of us stepped up tonight and shows the depth that we have," said Zinn, whose second period tally stood up as the game winner.

"It was definitely a grind. The puck definitely wasn't bouncing our way but we stuck to what we knew and kept working hard which is all you can really do in those kinds of games."

If not for Anderson, the T-Birds could have had a two- or three-goal lead after the first 20 minutes alone as the Lethbridge goaltender made eight first-period saves, including a couple spectacular ones while Boughn faced just three shots.

The Thunderbirds finally got on the board at the 14:51 mark of the second period when Zinn jammed home a loose puck at the side of the net. Logan Boyd fired a shot off the post while the puck bounced just wide of the far side of the net before Zinn found it underneath a heap of skates converging by the crease.

It wasn't for a lack of opportunities for UBC to increase their lead, especially on the power play as the 'Birds failed to convert on 11 opportunities. The Pronghorns failed to score on their lone power play chance which came midway through the first period.

IMAGE CREDIT: Rich Lam/UBC Thunderbirds