Written by: John Gaudes
January 6, 2013, Winnipeg, (ISN) – The Manitoba Bisons women’s hockey team came into Max Bell Centre on Saturday night to play Saskatchewan, try to sweep their first weekend series of the season and take their winning streak to three games.
Thanks to another late game-winner, Manitoba (7-8-3) were able to top the Huskies (6-8-4) in a nail-biter, winning 1-0.
With the win, they jumped past Saskatchewan in the Canada West standings, ending up with 19 points, good for fifth place and a playoff spot for the time being.
After Caitlin MacDonald put in a game-winner with five minutes left on Friday night, Bisons forward Nellie Minshull did the same. With five minutes left, she took a beautiful Amy Lee pass in the slot and one-timed it into the net.
For the Huskies, goalie Cassidy Hendricks was the team’s shining star. Able to stone the Bisons time after time in the first 55 minutes, she came out with a remarkable 29 saves.
Both teams spent significant time in the penalty box, with the Huskies committing seven minors and Manitoba committing six.
After a messy Friday night coming out of the holiday break, both teams took the ice Saturday looking much sharper. The first period went mostly unstopped, as the Bisons were able to earn a pair of walk-in chances that were stopped cold by Hendricks. Meanwhile, Manitoba goalie Dée-Ana Marion was able to flash the glove a few times to keep the game scoreless after one. A strong outing overall, she recorded 17 saves on the night.
The second period took the pace to new highs, as a competitive weekend series turned quick and chippy. Seven penalties were called in the period, though both team’s penalty kills were strong enough to hold up.
In the third, the best penalty kill went to Manitoba. Down two players for a minute in the middle of the period, they played the passing lanes well enough to keep the Huskies scoreless. Minutes later, the defense turned to offense as Minshull scored the winner.
The Bisons women’s hockey team will now head to Mount Royal for a weekend back-to-back series against the Cougars on January 11th and 12th. Both games start at 7:00 p.m. MST. The Saskatchewan Huskies, meanwhile, will host Alberta in a weekend back-to-back on January 11th and 12th. Both games also start at 7:00 p.m. MST.