Game log: Thursday, Oct. 4 – two goals, including game-winner, in 5-0 home win over Victoria / Saturday, Oct. 6 – game-winning goal in 3-2 road win over Victoria.
Picking up where he left off the week before, Kristian Yli-Hietanen put up a combined three goals, including both game-winners in a pair of UBC victories over the Victoria Vikes.
In addition to his three goals, the fourth-year from North Vancouver led all players in shots on goal in both games and has now managed seven goals in his last three games.
Yli-Hietanen is tied with fellow Thunderbird Caleb Clarke for the team lead with eight goals on the campaign. The pair are tied for third most in the Canada West.
Still undefeated on the season, the 10-0-2 Thunderbirds are the first team in the Pacific division to clinch a post-season berth. UBC leads the Canada West with 36 goals scored, an average of three per game, while also boasting the best goal differential at plus-29.
Riding a three-game win streak, Yli-Hietanen and the ‘Birds face a pair of fellow Pacific Division rivals this weekend, as they host the Fraser Valley Cascades Friday, followed by a visit to Langley to play the Trinity Western Spartans on Saturday.
October 2, 2018
Game log: Sunday, Sept. 30 – four goals, five shots in goal in 7-0 home win over UNBC.
Kristian Yli-Hietanen exploded for an incredible four-goal effort Sunday, as the fourth-year forward was the main driving force in the Thunderbirds’ dominant 7-0 win over the UNBC Timberwolves at Thunderbird Stadium.
The Arts student from North Vancouver scored his second goal of the season in the 16th minute to give the ‘Birds an early 3-0 lead. Yli-Hietanen then scored twice within 77 seconds for his first career Canada West hat trick and a 6-0 UBC lead at the half.
His fourth goal of the match in the 76th minute put yet another exclamation mark on UBC’s biggest margin of victory in five years.
The four-goal game marked just the third time in conference history a men’s player has scored four in a game, joining fellow T-Bird Niall Cousens (2013), and Thompson Rivers’ Oriol Torres (2015) in the CW record book.
Still undefeated on the season at 10-0-2, the ‘Birds sit atop the Pacific Division. With 28 goals scored, UBC leads the conference in offence while tied with Alberta for the fewest goals allowed (5).
The T-Birds face the Victoria Vikes for a home-and-home series starting Thursday, October 4th at Thunderbird Stadium with the rematch on Vancouver Island Saturday.