Thunderbirds look to rebound against Regina

UBC Thunderbirds

By Tim Huebsch (Sports Information Assistant)

October 16, 2013, VANCOUVER (ISN) – After dropping the team’s first two games of the season on the road against Calgary, the UBC men’s hockey team returns home to host the Regina Cougars for a pair of home games at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m.

This weekend marks the beginning of a favorable stretch for the Thunderbirds to get back into the win column as the team plays on home ice for eight of their next 12 games.

The Thunderbirds are coming off a pair of road losses against the Calgary Dinos being outscored 12-6 in the process. The Thunderbirds fell to the Dinos 3-1 on Friday and edged out 9-5 on Saturday in a high scoring affair that saw UBC hold an early first period lead. UBC currently sits at the bottom of the Canada West conference but have two games in hand after having a bye week to start the season.

Regina sits at .500 for the season with a record of 2-2 after taking a pair of home games against the University of Lethbridge last weekend. The Cougars bounced back well after stumbling out of the gate losing its first two games of the season to the Calgary Dinos.

The Thunderbirds will look to third-year goaltender Steven Sanford to backstop the Thunderbirds against a Regina squad that has put up 10 goals over their previous two games. The team features Carter Sellinger, the Canada West Third Star of the Week, who put up four points over the weekend and will look to continue his hot start to the season against the ‘Birds.

UBC’s leading scorer after the opening weekend is rookie forward Greg Fraser, who tallied two goals against the Calgary Dinos. The Thunderbirds will look to test the Regina goaltenders early and often as both are coming off strong performances this past weekend. Andrew Hayes is coming off a 20-save performance collecting the shutout on Friday while Lucas Gore backstopped the Cougars to a victory in a one-goal, 26-save performance that wrapped up the weekend series.

The Thunderbirds won last year’s Canada West regular season series against the Regina Cougars compiling a record of 2-1-1. Both teams are in hot pursuit of the Alberta Golden Bears and Calgary Dinos, each of whom got off to blazing starts to the season currently sitting atop the Canada West conference with eight points.