VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds (8-3-3-3) were victorious in their first game of the 2019 calendar year, utilizing two second period goals and a defensively strong third period to get past the Mount Royal University Cougars (6-9-1-1) 2-1 on Friday night at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.
Mount Royal had a golden opportunity to start the second frame as their leading scorer Breanne Trotter brought the puck down the left wing on a partial break. UBC netminder Tory Micklash sprung out of her net and had to make a brisk blocker save, keeping the game scoreless.
Following an important penalty kill for the hosts, the T-Birds were awarded an advantage of their own. The offensive zone faceoff was won by UBC, and the puck came to the point for Celine Tardif. UBC's captain released a shot that was beautifully redirected in front by leading scorer Hannah Clayton-Carroll. Tardif and Costales got the assists at 7:43 of the second period for the 1-0 Thunderbird lead.
Three minutes later, UBC doubled their advantage on a rush into Cougar territory. Logan Boyd brought it into the MRU zone, dropping it off to Emma Hall who was skating in behind her who then went cross seam to Rylind MacKinnon who wristed home her third goal of her rookie campaign.
The Cougars were not going to be denied in this one though, as their pressure on the UBC zone paid off with a goal. Tianna Ko carried the puck across the UBC blue line and found a streaking Tatum Amy who skated towards the UBC net and took a shot that fluttered over the shoulder of Micklash for Amy's fifth of the year at 15:56 of the second period.
Micklash stopped 12 of 13 for her eighth win of the season, meanwhile, Zoe DeBeauville stopped 29 of 31 in the losing cause.
These two teams go at it again Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. PT at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre for their final meeting of the regular season.