Written by: Braeden Willis
WINNIPEG, MB - Saturday afternoon began with a celebration at the Wayne Fleming Arena. The Manitoba Bisons were honouring their women's hockey graduating players as Nicole McGlenen, Jayden Skoleski, Cassandra Taylor and Amanda Schubert were all playing their last regular season home game.
After a 3-0 win on Friday night for the Bisons, they managed to sweep the weekend series with the Huskies with a 3-1 win Saturday, Feb. 4 afternoon.
With the Manitoba win, they improve to 16-5-3-2 and Saskatchewan falls to 9-10-4-3 in Canada West.
"We executed the game plan we wanted to, and defended home ice like we needed to." said Bison Head Coach Jon Rempel.
The Herd came out flying in the first period. The Huskies were forced to play much of the period in their own zone, as Manitoba was relentless on the puck. Sheridan Oswald and Jordyn Zacharias (second star) each put one past the Saskatchewan goaltender, Cassidy Hendricks (third star), giving Manitoba a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
Rachel Dyck was big in keeping the home team up two. When called upon, she made several key stops at important times for her team.
In the second, Kori Herner got her visiting side on the board early beating Dyck high on the glove side on a breakaway. Herner's goal ended Dycks 82:50 shutout streak during the weekend. The teams continued to trade chances through out the remainder of the second frame but no more offence would come from either team.
First star Lauryn Keen would score early in the third to put her team back up by two and the Bisons would never look back.
The University of Manitoba will travel to Edmonton next weekend to finish off the regular season again the University of Alberta (Feb. 10-11) in a crucial series to determine second place in the conference while Saskatchewan will close out their regular season on the road against Lethbridge on the same weekend.