No. 8 Huskies Come Up Short Against No. 10 T-Birds

Josh Schaefer Photography
Josh Schaefer Photography

SASKATOON – A pair of second period goals helped the No. 10 ranked UBC Thunderbirds knock off the No. 8 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies 2-1 in a battle of CIS Top 10 teams Friday night at Rutherford Rink.

Katie Zinn and Haneet Parhar were the UBC goal scorers, tallying at 4:53 and 9:54 respectively.

The win improves UBC's record to 10-6-3-2 on the season and keeps the T-Birds tied atop the Canada West standings with the Alberta Pandas at 38 points. Saskatchewan drops to 8-7-3-3 with the loss.

Zinn broke a scoreless contest just minutes into the second period with her third goal of the season. The fourth-year forward took a pass at the hash marks from Mathea Fischer and sent a shot blocker side to the top corner of the net on Huskie goaltender Cassidy Hendricks.

The T-Birds made it back-to-back goals just over five minutes later. After a scramble in front of the Huskie net, Parhar found the puck and jammed it past Hendricks for her fifth goal of the season.

After UBC took a 2-0 lead into the locker room after 40 minutes, the Huskies looked to respond quickly. One of the Canada West's best power-play units went to work and came through just 46 seconds into the third period. Lauren Zary finished off a passing play set up at the point by defence pairing Leah Bohlken and Julia Flinton.

Both goalies were solid in net on Friday night. Danielle Dube made 25 saves to earn the win, while Cassidy Hendricks kept the Huskies in the game while facing a 2-0 deficit with 16 saves for Saskatchewan.

The two teams meet again Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Rutherford Rink.