Columbia athletics

Dinos clear T-Birds for the weekend

CALGARY — The Calgary Dinos scored three times on the power play, handing the UBC Thunderbirds a 5-0 loss Saturday afternoon at Father David Bauer Arena as the two Canada West rivals settled for the weekend series.

Playing with a shortened bench for a second straight day, the Dinos (7-9) offense broke for four goals in 6:05 of the second period. Elizabeth Lang, Rachel Paul and Holly Reuther each finished with multi-point efforts.

At the other end of the rink, Gabriella Durante recorded her second shutout of the season with 25 UBC shot saves.

Elise Hugens started for the Thunderbirds (10-4) and finished with 20 saves on 23 attempts. Reese Hiddleston deflected one of three shots in 11:42 of relief.

Taylor Beck opened the scoring with a top shot immediately after a faceoff at 5:32 of the first period. Beck’s goal was the game winner, but not without a lot of confidence in the middle frame.

Emily Hill doubled the Dinos’ power play lead at 7:03 of the second period as she fired a wrist shot through the crowd and found the back of the net.

The floodgates opened from there. Reuther added the Dinos lead a minute later at 8:18, followed soon after by Ashley Sutherland’s first goal of the season.

Hannah Koroll in Calgary, January 29, 2022

Alli Borrow completed the scoring with a power play goal to make it 5-0 at 13:08 of the second period.

With the victory, the Dinos took sole possession of sixth place in the conference standings – as well as the final playoff position. UBC leaves the weekend tied with Saskatchewan for third place, but just four points behind the Canada West-leading Mount Royal Cougars.

The ‘Birds next face MRU in a home ice battle next Friday and Saturday at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.