VANCOUVER – The No. 9 UBC Thunderbirds rebounded from Friday night’s loss to beat the University of Regina Cougars by a score of 3-2 on Saturday evening in Canada West women’s hockey action in the Saskatchewan capital.
Third-year defenceman Kelly Murray (Calgary) scored the game-winning goal for the Thunderbirds, breaking a 2-2 tie 3:39 into the third period.
UBC goaltender Danielle Lemon (Madison, Wis.) was credited with the win, as she stopped 34 of 36 shots, while Toni Ross also stopped 34 shots for the Cougars.
After a fairly dominant 17 minutes of play in the second period by UBC, in which forwards Nicole Saxvik (North Vancouver) tallied a power-play goal and Katie Zinn (Coquitlam) scored on an even-strength breakaway, Regina scored two goals within a 61-second span to tie the game at 2-2 at the end of the period.
Lemon performed well in goal for the Thunderbirds. Lemon, who’s game was playfully described as “sour” by the Regina broadcaster, was at her best during a five-on-three short-handed situation in the second period, stopping a flurry of shots that came her way and keeping UBC in the lead. Only two shots passed her through the game, one of which was against the Regina power play unit, and another was a deflection off a skate.
Saxvik earned two points for the Thunderbirds on the evening by opening the scoring 4:32 into the second period and assisting Murray for the game winner. Fifth-year Tatiana Rafter (Winnipeg) also recorded two points – providing helpers on the Saxvik and Murray goals.
Zinn put the Thunderbirds up 2-0 at 14:44 of the second period, scoring her fifth goal on the season. Zinn was sprung into the open with an on-target pass by Devon Morrison (Ancaster, Ont.) and buried the puck five-hole behind Regina goaltender
With the victory the Thunderbirds improve to 13-5-4, taking sole possession of third place in Canada West standings for the time being. Regina holds the sixth position in the conference with a record of 11-9-1.
UBC will return home to host Lethbridge in their third to last weekend series of the Canada West regular season.