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T-Birds win weekend sweep against Bisons

VANCOUVER — Less than 24 hours after “banner night,” the T-Birds had even more to celebrate, completing the weekend series sweep against the Manitoba Bisons with a 6-2 victory on Saturday afternoon. at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Center. The T-Birds combined to beat Manitoba 12-3 in the two-game series and are now enjoying a 3-1 record to start the Canada West campaign.

The start was less than ideal for the home team as a giveaway in their own end, led to Aimee Patrick’s gift of a goal to make it 1-0 Bisons early in the first period. However, Mackenzie Kordic reacted quickly to tie the score with a solid forecheck effort and finished first ahead of Bisons goaltender Emily Shippam.

The Bisons would respond by restoring their lead as Julia Bird “flew” off the wing, firing a low shot past the UBC goaltender, Kate Stuart. The frantic pace would continue as it was the T-Birds’ turn to respond immediately with Joelle Fiala and Ashton Thorpe set up Grace Elliot, who showed her hand eye on an edge goal past Shippam to level things at 2-2.

 

Although the game was tied, the UBC coaches were unimpressed with the first period effort and told the Birds to resume. “It’s not our standard, it’s not our game, and we just have to get back to playing our game, playing our identity.” T-Birds head coach says Graham Thomas in reference to his post between periods.

October 08, 2022: Action during a women's ice hockey game between the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds and the University of Manitoba Bison at Doug Mitchell Arena, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  ****(Photo by Bob Frid/UBC Athletics 2022 All Rights Reserved)****

Unfortunately for the visiting Bisons, UBC opened the floodgates in the second period. Led by the first line of Grace Elliot, Chanreet Bassiand Joelle Fiala, the attack was simply relentless. Fiala sent home a shooting point from Sierra LaPlante to make 3-2. Then rookie Jacqueline Fleming scored his first career U SPORTS goal to extend his lead.

 

Shortly after it was Mackenzie Kordic watch a defender on a 3-on-1 before shooting a low blocker beauty. Kordic’s second goal of the game was also his first two points of the season.

“She was gripping her stick, gripping her stick, and she was just able to go out and play a little more freely and find a way to get the puck in the net today. It was a big game for her, and we needed this.” Added Coach Thomas on Kordic’s effort.

Manitoba did what they could to tip the ice in a favorable direction, but UBC just didn’t let go. Sierra LaPlante fired a point shot on the top shelf for a 6-2 advantage and the eventual final score. Victory has added significance as it’s the T-Birds’ keeper by Kate Stuart first U SPORTS victory, the fifth-year support is a transfer from Boston University.

October 08, 2022: Action during a women's ice hockey game between the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds and the University of Manitoba Bison at Doug Mitchell Arena, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  ****(Photo by Bob Frid/UBC Athletics 2022 All Rights Reserved)****

The Bisons return home next weekend when they host the University of Regina. Meanwhile, UBC hits the road to take on the University of Saskatchewan.

“Happy to be back there, we always have great road trips there, great battles with the U of S, so it will be fun.” commented Coach Thomas as the T-Birds’ title defense season continues in Saskatoon. Watch the game at 6 p.m. PT, on Canada West TV.