Thunderbirds earn big road win over No. 9 Mount Royal


Calgary, AB – Dillon Wagner broke a 2-2 tie with 9:22 left in the third period to help the UBC Thunderbirds men’s hockey team to a 5-2 victory over No. 9 Mount Royal University. With the victory, UBC improves to .500 on the season with a record of 9-9-3. The Cougars fall to 14-7-0 and had its four game winning streak snapped.

Wagner potted his fourth goal of the season, unassisted, midway through the final frame to put UBC in front for good. Wes Vannieuwenhuizen and Nate Fleming added empty netters in the final minute to secure the 5-2 win.

“Tonight’s game was a real strong effort by everyone,” said UBC head coach Tyler Kuntz. “I thought we settled down pretty good in the second and third and limited the Cougars opportunities. They had just 12 or 13 shots in the final period, which was a big reason for us being able to come away with a victory tonight.”

Manraj Hayer continued his hot play as he opened up the scoring just 1:49 into the first period beating Cam Lanigan for his fifth goal of the season. With the goal, Hayer extended his point streak to five games (four goals, five assists). 

Mount Royal responded just over two minutes later. Tanner Olstad scored his first goal of the season on the power play to make it a 1-1 game. 1:13 later, the Cougars took a 2-1 lead. Tyler Jewitt beat Eric Williams for his sixth goal of the season.

UBC had an answer just after the midway point of the period. Nick Buonassisi scored his seventh goal of the season to tie the game at 2-2. Vannieuwenhuizen and Luke Lockhart picked up helpers. 2-2 is how things stood through 20 minutes of play.

Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the second period as UBC outshot the Cougars 10-8 for a two period total of 22-18.

Williams earned his fifth win of the season making 21 saves on the night. Lanigan suffered the loss, stopping 29 of the 32 shots he faced.

The Thunderbirds finished 0-for-4 on the power play, while the Cougars went 1-for-3.

“Mount Royal is a real good team and they certainly will be hungry tomorrow so we will need to bring our best game,” said Kuntz.

Puck drop is 6:00 pm tomorrow night at Flames Community Arena in Calgary.