UBC’s offence dries up in Manitoba

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Winnipeg, MB – Manitoba isn’t quite as friendly as it is made out to be, especially if you are the UBC Thunderbirds women’s hockey team. The Manitoba Bisons defeated the Thunderbirds 3-1 Saturday to earn the weekend sweep.

With the loss, the Thunderbirds have now lost three straight games and its record falls to 8-3-3 on the year. Manitoba is now tied in points with UBC with 26, but has more wins with a record of 9-4-1.

The Bisons kept one of the conference’s top offences in check all weekend, allowing just two goals against in two games, while capitalizing on their own opportunities.

Two goals 1:05 apart in the second period was the difference Saturday night. Jessica Rosenbaum and Courtly Oswald scored back to back goals 65 seconds apart with under five minutes remaining in the second frame to give the Bisons a 2-0 lead.

Nicole Saxvik scored her fifth goal of the season with 1:39 left in the second period to cut the lead to 2-1 through 40 minutes.

The Thunderbirds did all they could to score the equalizer in the third period, but Rachel Dyck stopped all seven shots she faced and Oswald added an empty netter to make it a 3-1 final. 

“Unfortunately we ran into a hot goalie and just couldn’t score,” said UBC head coach Graham Thomas. “Give them credit, they did the little things right, blocked a lot of shots, kept it simple and worked hard. A frustrating weekend for sure, but we need to learn how to come from behind and battle back as a team. Great lessons to learn at this point in the season. “
 

Manitoba, boasting the top ranked penalty kill, kept UBC’s top ranked power play in check, not allowing a goal on six opportunities for the Thunderbirds. The Bisons themselves also finished the night 0-for-6.

Dyck made 28 saves for the victory. Danielle Lemon, making her first start since the opening game of the season, stopped 32 of 34 shots she faced but would suffer the loss.

The offence has gone dry for UBC during its three game losing streak, managing just four goals in those three games.

UBC will return home to take on the Calgary Dinos for a pair of games next weekend in the final action prior to the Christmas break.

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