T-Birds Leap Frog Huskies for First

Photo Credit: Josh Schaefer Photography
Photo Credit: Josh Schaefer Photography

By Thomas Guenther

VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds moved into first place in the Canada West women's hockey standings with a 4-3 victory Saturday night over the visiting Saskatchewan Huskies at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.

Haneet Parhar, Stephanie Schaupmeyer, Madison Patrick and Kelly Murray found the net for UBC. Lauren Zary scored her first two goals of the season on Saturday, while Marley Ervine added the other goal for Saskatchewan, which led 2-1 in the second period before three straight UBC goals allowed the home side to complete the weekend sweep.

Huskies forward Zary beat UBC goaltender Samantha Langford on a 2-on-1 attack to give Saskatchewan the lead for the only time during Saturday's contest. Ervine passed to Zary who walked in and fired from Langford's glove side just below the hash marks. Her shot found the top corner to put the Huskies up 2-1 at 12:06 into the second.

UBC answered back in 32 seconds. At 12:38, Shaupmeyer caught a pass in the high slot from Nicole Saxvik. Shaupmeyer's shot caught the inside of the post to tie the game 2-2.

The Thunderbirds' third goal came with just over a minute left in the period. Defenceman Patrick's point shot went through traffic and past Saskatchewan goalie Cassidy Hendricks to give the 'Birds the lead again. Shaupmeyer got the assist, her second point of the night.

UBC extended its lead early in the third frame during a power play. Fifty-eight seconds into the third, Murray fired from the point to get the eventual game-winning goal, after UBC had been peppering Hendricks and pressuring the Huskies in their own zone.

Late in the final period, Zary added her second goal of the night, but the Huskies couldn't complete the comeback, falling by a goal.

The teams ended the opening period tied 1-1.

UBC's Parhar found herself alone in the slot after a pass from second-year forward Logan Boyd. Parhar hit the top left corner over Hendricks to begin the scoring for UBC. It was Parhar's first goal of the season.

Later in the first, Huskies co-points leader, Ervine, scored a shorthanded, unassisted goal for the Huskies at 14:54. She stole a UBC pass and fired high from the slot. The shot caught the top right corner over the shoulder of UBC's Langford and tied the game 1-1.

Langford stopped 20 of 23 shots to earn the victory while Saskatchewan's Hendricks also made 20 saves on the night, on 24 shots against.

The Thunderbirds earned 10 power plays on the night, scoring on one. The Huskies didn't convert either of their two opportunities.

UBC (6-2-3-1) plays next weekend in Edmonton against the Alberta Pandas while Saskatchewan (5-2-3-2) hosts Manitoba.