VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds men’s hockey team scored three power play goals and a shorthanded marker on Saturday evening to ensure a 7-3 victory over the Lethbridge Pronghorns, completing a weekend sweep of the Canada West men’s hockey series.
The Thunderbirds had scored two power play goals heading into Saturday’s game, and converted on all three opportunities against the Pronghorns.
UBC’s scoring came in spurts, with three goals within a three-minute span early in the second period and three more through the games final 15 minutes. Goal scorers for the Thunderbirds were Adam Rossignol, Brad Hoban, Dillon Wagner, Nate Fleming, and Jessi Hilton.
Brandon Clowes, Brock Hirsche, and Brent Henke replied for the Pronghorns.
Matt Hewitt played in net for the Thunderbirds posting 28 saves on the evening. On the Pronghorns side of the ice, Damien Ketlo came in as relief for starting goaltender Dylan Tait following a 4-0 UBC lead early in the second period.
Lethbridge carried the momentum through the majority of the game’s latter stages, outscoring UBC 3-1 through the end of the second and the majority of the third period, until UBC added two quick goals in the dying minutes. Defenceman Tim Campbell had three shots in the game.
“It’s heartbreaking,” said Campbell following the game. “We can’t take three or four minutes off here and there, we have to play a full sixty minutes.”
UBC’s Rossignol opened the scoring 1:50 into the first period, giving him five goals through his first eight games at the CIS level.
“We knew that Lethbridge was going to play hard, and that’s what they did,” said Rossignol. “We’re happy to come out with two points.”
Forward Dillon Wagner scored two goals on the evening, his first of the season.
“I’ve been getting chances all year, and today things kind of lined up,” he said. “It’s nice to get a couple bounces.”
UBC improves to 4-2-2 on the season, securing a two-way tie for fourth place in the conference standings, still just two points back of second place, while Lethbridge drops to 0-8-0.
The Thunderbirds will head into a bye week, and then will head to Regina before kicking off a difficult November schedule. Wagner notes a continued focus of adapting to the new systems implemented by head coach Tyler Kuntz.
“There’s been a lot of changes this year, a lot of new systems,” he said. “We have a week off to regroup and reflect on what we can do better.”
All in all, Wagner feels confident in the team’s ability.
“As long as we stick to what we want to do and what we want to accomplish, we’ll be fine,” he said. “The goals will come, the wins will come.”
Lethbridge will begin a string of five straight home dates when the Manitoba Bisons visit Nicholas Sheran Arena for two games next weekend.