VANCOUVER – The Calgary Dinos earned the weekend sweep over UBC thanks to four-time Olympic gold medalist Hayley Wickenheiser, who potted the game winning goal in a 2-1 victory over the Thunderbirds Saturday afternoon at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.
Down 1-0 late in the third period, UBC would score the equalizer on the power play. Stephanie Schaupmeyer banged in a loose puck for her first goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1 with 5:48 remaining in regulation. Schaupmeyer was able to grab the rebound off Calgary goalie Hayley Dowling, who had made the original save after a backhander from Tatiana Rafter. However, Calgary wasted little time responding. Just 20 seconds later Wickenheiser took a drop pass in the UBC zone and snapped a wrister top shelf on Samantha Langford to restore the Dinos one goal lead, 2-1.
The Thunderbirds had their chances down the stretch including another power play, but Dowling would shut the door and Calgary held on to win 2-1.
With the loss UBC heads into the break having lost five straight, 0-3-2.
With the victory Calgary vaulted into first place in the ultra competitve Canada West with 30 points. Alberta and Manitoba have 29 points, as does Saskatchewan who will play later tonight. UBC sits in fifth with 27 points, but Regina is just two points back with 25 points with a game later this evening as well.
UBC dominated the opening period, outshooting Calgary 11-4, but were unable to convert on five power play opportunities. The game remained scoreless after 20 minutes.
Calgary opened the scoring midway through the second period as Jessyka Holt was credited with the goal. Langford stopped the original shot and it may have gone off a skate and in as the Dinos took a 1-0 lead. Langford did all she could to make the original save with a big crowd in front, unfortunatley she was able to find the rebound. The Dinos outshot UBC 15-4 in the second period.
UBC finished the game 1-for-8 on the power play, while Calgary went 0-for-4.
Langford stopped 24 of the 26 shots she faced, while Dowling made 25 saves on the night.
The Thunderbirds will take a break for the holidays, but will return to action on January 9 to face-off against Mount Royal for a weekend series at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.