Vancouver, BC – Nearing the midway point of the Canada West regular season the first place UBC Thunderbirds (8-2-2) are in Winnipeg this weekend for a pair of games against third place Manitoba (7-4-1).
The ‘Birds head into the weekend one point up on second place Alberta (8-4-0) who they split with last weekend.
Boasting the second best offence in the conference, this season it has been scoring by committee for UBC. The Thunderbirds boast four players in the top 10 in scoring, Sarah Casorso 12 points, Tatiana Rafter and Rebecca Unrau 11 points, and Nicole Saxvik nine points. As well, UBC has capitalized on the power play. The Thunderbirds have the top ranked power play in the conference, operating at 23.7%. However, this weekend they will be in tough against the Bisons, especially if they expect to capitalize on the man advantage.
Manitoba is the least penalized team in the conference (81 total penalty minutes in 12 games) and have allowed just three power play goals against all season, which to know one’s surprise, gives them the best penalty kill in the league.
The Bisons have had their struggles as of last losing three of their last four games, including back-to-back games last weekend in Calgary. Manitoba will be happy to be back home after playing four straight games away from Wayne Fleming Arena.
Rookie Alanna Sharman leads the Bisons offensively. She sits third in the conference in scoring with 13 points (9 goals, 4 assists).
UBC was 3-1-0 versus Manitoba last season.
Puck drop on Friday night is set for 4:30 pm PST and 4:00 pm PST on Saturday evening in Winnipeg.