Power play goal in overtime sinks Thunderbirds

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Winnipeg, MB – Manitoba rookie Alanna Sharman scored a power play goal 1:41 into overtime to give the Bisons a 2-1 victory over UBC Friday night at the Wayne Fleming Arena in the Manitoba capital.

After taking just two minor penalties through regulation, the Thunderbirds managed two penalties in the first 1:28 of overtime, giving Manitoba a 5-on-3 power play in the extra frame and they made no mistake. With Celine Tardif and Kathleen Cahoon watching from the peanlty box, Alanna Sharman scored her team leading 10th goal of the season, beating Samantha Langford to give the Bisons a 2-1 win.

“We played well tonight, put in a great effort, battled hard, but didn’t get the outcome,” said UBC head coach Graham Thomas. “We had a disallowed goal and some tough calls in overtime to go down five-on-three, but that is hockey sometimes.”

With the win Manitoba improves 8-4-1 on the season, while the Thunderbirds fall to 8-2-3.

The game was scoreless through 40 minutes and then just a minute into the third period Manitoba captain Maggie Litchfield-Medd opened the scoring with her second goal of the season. However, UBC would respond under six minutes later. Kelly Murray potted her second goal of the year to tie the game at 1-1. Rebecca Unrau and Tardif picked up the helpers. That would be all the scoring through 60 minutes of play.

Manitoba is the least penalized team in the league and they proved it on Friday night taking just one minor penalty, giving the league’s best power play only the one opportunity. The Bisons finished 1-for-4 on the night on the man advantage.

Langford did all she could to keep the Thunderbirds in the game stopping 27 of the 29 shots she faced. Manitoba goaltender Rachel Dyck made 31 saves for the victory.

These teams will return to the ice tomorrow evening in Winnipeg. Puck drop is at 4:00 pm PST.

“We need to come out prepared and hungry tomorrow just the way we did tonight,” said Thomas. “Focus on the process and the results will come.”

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