T-Birds look to extend winning streak

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Nate Fleming

VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds men’s hockey team (4-2-2) is back in action this weekend as the team goes on the road to face-off against the University of Regina Cougars (0-8-0). UBC is currently in the midst of a two-game winning streak, but has an 0-2 road records.
 
The Thunderbirds have 10 points in the Canada West regular season standings and are just two points back of Mount Royal University and and the University of Calgary, who are currently tied for second place overall. The University of Alberta leads the league with 14 points.

UBC is coming off a pair of wins, 5-1 and 7-3, against the University of Lethbridge last weekend at home.
 
The Cougars have yet to win a game and have scored just eight goals in their eight games, while giving up 31.  
 
“It’s a big weekend for our team, we need to win these games to get to where we want to be in the standings,” said fifth-year forward Nate Fleming, who currently leads UBC with two goals and seven assists so far this season.  Last season, Fleming registered a team-best 19 assists to go along with two goals for 21 points in 28 regular season games.  
 
“Regina is always a very hard working team and they are better than their record suggests. We need to play a full 60 minutes of our fast up tempo hockey in order to be successful.” said Fleming.
 
Going into this weekend, forward Tyler Penny leads Regina with two goals this season, while teammates John Sonntag and Cody Fowlie each have a goal and an assist.  
 
As for UBC, both Nick Buonassisi and Adam Rossignol lead in goals, and are also tied for third in Canada West, with five.
 
UBC’s goaltenders, Matt Hewitt and rookie Eric Williams, have been splitting time between the pipes, both posting save percentages over .900. Hewitt has a 3-1-1 record while Williams has posted a 1-1-1 mark so far.
 
Over the next month, the Thunderbirds will play eight games, all against teams above them in the Canada West standings. This weekend’s matchup against the Cougars is good opportunity for UBC to make some noise.
 
Both Friday’s and Saturday’s games are scheduled for 6 p.m. PT starts at The Co-operators Centre in Regina, Sask.

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