Calgary, AB – The UBC Thunderbirds were unable to overcome the Calgary Dinos in a neck-and-neck battle at the Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary, falling 4-3 in overtime. This is the ‘Birds fifth straight loss.
The Thunderbirds thought they had won in overtime when Anthony Bardaro scored on a 2-on-0 breakaway in overtime, but after much debate from the officials it was determined goaltender Jacob DeSerres had knocked the net off prior to the puck crossing the line, so Bardaro was instead awarded a penalty shot. DeSerres would stop him and just 48 seconds later Chris Collins scored the game winning goal.
“It is a frustrating result in a game we dominated,” said UBC head coach Tyler Kuntz.
The Dinos were quick to take the lead, Colton Grant scoring 30 seconds into the game. Calgary played a rough brand of hockey, serving three penalties in the first 20 minutes of play, however, the Thunderbirds were unable to capitalize on any of these opportunities. Spencer Edwards collected his second point of the night after assisting on the first goal, netting his own halfway through the period, taking advantage of UBC’s only penalty to give the home side a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes of play.
The Thunderbirds were not rattled, and fought back hard in the second, thanks in part to an impenetrable Matt Hewitt in net. UBC’s Manraj Hayer and Cole Wilson combined twice to even the score 2-2. Five minutes in, Hayer found Wilson to get UBC on the board, and the team rode the momentum until Wilson was able to return the favour to Hayer with five minutes remaining.
The teams continued to battle through the final period, each persevering through another penalty kill. The Dinos regained control of the game as Collins found the back of the net with just over five minutes left, however the ‘Birds weren’t going to go down that easy. Two minutes later Nate Fleming took matters into his own hands, tying the game 3-3 and sending it into overtime.
UBC went 0-for-4 on the power play, while Calgary finished 1-for-2 on the night.
Hewitt stopped 19 of 23 shots he faced, while DeSerres made 21 saves for the win.
The Thunderbirds and Dinos will meet again tomorrow night, UBC hoping to split the series much like they did at home and snap their losing streak. Tomorrow’s game will be the fourth time the two teams have met in three weeks. UBC is now 6-8-3 and Calgary is 13-4-0.