Written by: Jess Korol
Winnipeg, MB - On Friday, Nov. 18, coming off the bye week, the #6 University of Manitoba Bisons women's hockey team lost in shootout on a goal by Alberta's Regan Wright in a 4-3 loss.
With the home loss, the Bisons are now 7-2-1-1 record and the Alberta Pandas improve to 2-3-3-3 mark in conference play.
Post-game, Bisons head coach, Jon Rempel, talked about how the bye week affected them and how it took them a while to get their legs back.
"Salvaging a point out of that when really it looked like it might be nothing is a positive," said Rempel. "From a maturity standpoint, I thought it was pretty big to comeback."
Following the end of regulation time, the score was dead-locked 3-3 at the end of the first and second overtime periods.
Bisons Karissa Kirkup was first up in the shootout, but was denied by Lindsey Post. Regan Wright scored to give the Pandas a 1-0 lead in the shootout. Lauryn Keen of the Herd was denied. Pandas' Hannah Olyenyk was denied. Alanna Sharman needed to score to keep the Bisons alive but was unsuccessful.
Alberta took a three goal lead at 4:33 into the third period on a goal by Olenyk as she drove down the right wing and put it in high glove side on Rachel Dyck. Manitoba showed some life as they scored at 5:04 on a goal from Sharman assisted by Sheridan Oswald. Shortly after, the Bisons took advantage of a power play and scored at 7:04 on a turnover by the visitors. Kirkup got credit for the goal, assisted by Courtlyn Oswald and Alana Serhan. Manitoba kept the momentum their side as they scored at 9:57 of the third making it 3-3. Venla Hovi took a one-timer off a feed from Serhan.
The pace slowed down as both teams came out for the second period. The Herd had multiple chances to get on the board but were unable to put the puck in the net. The visitors were able to take a two-goal lead at 16:20 of the second period. Amy Boucher fed a cross-ice pass to Ashley Morin who put it off the post and in making it 2-0 Pandas.
Action in the first period was fast-paced and favoured the Alberta Pandas. The Pandas opened the score at 7:02 on a shot from Alex Poznikoff assisted by Lindsay Weech giving them a 1-0 lead.
Wright was the first star while Sharman was second star and Alberta's Kennedy Ganser was named third.
The second game of the two game series for the Bisons and the Pandas will be played at Wayne Fleming Arena tomorrow at 1 p.m. CT.