Thunderbirds earn weekend split with Regina

Haneet Parhar

Vancouver, BC – The UBC women’s hockey team defeated the Regina Cougars 2-0 in their rematch on Saturday evening at the Doug MItchell Thunderbird Sports Centre. 
Samantha Langford, making her seventh straight start, stopped all 30 shots she faced for her third shutout of the season, while offensively the Thunderbirds scored two second period power play goals for the team’s fifth victory of the year.

Originally it was the Cougars who thought they had sniffed out the first goal of the game at 13:23, however the referee ruled no-goal as the puck had gone in after the whistle. UBC managed to turn the momentum around with a power play goal from Haneet Parhar, her first goal of the season. UBC led 1-0 just past the midway point of the second period. 

Another special teams effort would put the Thunderbirds in front 2-0. With Regina’s Tori Head in the penalty box with a double minor due to a blow to the head, UBC had yet another chance to show off their power play. After sustained pressure in the offensive zone, Melissa Goodwin flipped the puck in from right in front of the net with just 50 seconds remaining in the period. The third goal of the season for Goodwin in her second year with the Thunderbirds. 2-0 was the score through 40 minutes.

Regina would put on the pressure in the third period, but Langford was the difference stopping two Cougars breakaways to perserve the 2-0 victory. Regina outshot UBC 14-5 in the final period. 
Shots on goal favoured the Thunderbirds 39-30 overall. Toni Ross made 37 saves for the Cougars.

UBC finished 2-for-11 on the power play, while Regina went 0-for-5. Over the weekend UBC had an astonishing 25 power play opportunities, scoring three times.
With the win, UBC’s record is now 5-1-2, and they move into second place in the conference with 16 points, two points back of first place Alberta. Regina (4-3-1) sits in sixth place with 10 points.
After a week off the Thunderbirds will be back in action on Friday, November 7 as they head to Calgary for a double header against the Calgary Dinos (4-1-3). Friday’s game will start at 5 p.m. P.S.T, and a live stream of the action will be available to watch on