T-Birds outlast Dinos in return to Canada West action

CALGARY – Deflecting Calgary returns twice, Hannah Koroll scored the game-winner in the third period as the UBC Thunderbirds cruised to a 3-2 victory over the hosts Dinos in their first Canada West action in eight weeks.

“We just found a way to pull through and score big goals when we needed to,” the UBC head coach said. Graham Thomas. “Give them credit, they came out so strong, it was back and forth, pretty even and we found a way to pull it off in the end with a good penalty kill.”

Rylind MacKinnon picked up where it left off after a great first half for the T-Birds defender, opening the scoring Friday just 6:13 from the start of the first period with her eighth of the season.

Chanreet Bassi vs. Calgary, October 11, 2019

But host Dinos (6-9) fought back six minutes later on Holly Reuther’s eighth as the two Canada West rivals headed into the break tied with one goal apiece.

Chanreet Bassi restored the ‘Birds’ lead (10-3) late in the second period. Mackenzie Kordic pulled the puck out of the corner and passed it to Bassi who buried the top shelf behind Gabriella Durante.

But UBC’s lead lasted 28 seconds before Rachel Paul once again tied the Dinos, earning a rebound past the T-Birds goaltender. Elise Hugens.

Their lead was short-lived, however, as Paul drew the Dinos just 28 seconds later on a big rebound in front Elise Hugens.

Elise Hugens vs. Manitoba, Oct. 22, 2021

Koroll broke the tie with a power-play goal for the Thunderbirds just 4:54 into the final period, giving UBC a 3-2 lead with the eventual winner.

Durante made 18 saves in net, while Hugens made 21 saves for his eighth win of the season.

“Elise played well,” added Thomas. “MacKinnon, Koroll, (Kenzie) Robinson, (Shay Lee McConnell) in his first game back, it was just good to come back and compete again. There was some good and some other things we need to work on, some loose moments where we need to be sharpened up and a wake up call again, but overall we played well enough to pull it off.”

The win tied the T-Birds for second place in Canada West with Manitoba, four points behind Mount Royal with a game in hand over the Cougars.

UBC will look to extend their winning streak to five games on Saturday afternoon as they face the Dinos again for the final time this regular season.

Puck Drop at Father David Bauer Arena is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. PT.

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