CALGARY – After falling behind 4-1 in the second period, the University of Calgary Dinos stormed back to a 5-4 double-overtime victory over the UBC Thunderbirds on Saturday afternoon at the Father David Bauer Arena.
Graham Black led the way for the Dinos with two tallies, while Alaska-Anchorage transfer Jordan Xavier showed up in a big way with the game-winning goal and a pair of assists, leading the Dinos to a 4-0 start. UBC is still looking for their first win of the season despite picking up a point in the overtime loss.
Like Friday night’s matchup, special teams played a massive role in the second game of the weekend. With the Dinos making an early trip to the sin bin, UBC defenceman Jonathan Smart ripped home a shot from the blue line a mere 11 seconds into their first man advantage to open the scoring 12 minutes in.
The Dinos responded when they got a power play opportunity of their own. Xavier's shot from the point hit Matt Alfaro and fell to the stick of Black to even the score.
Discipline continued to be an issue for the Dinos in the second period as the Thunderbirds connected for three consecutive power play goals with Jake Kryski setting up all of them, including two goals by Austin Glover.
With the Dinos trailing by three, the tone of the period switched late when two quick goals from Mitch Cook and Dane Gibson brought the deficit to one and gave the home team some life going into the final period of regulation.
Black wasted little time tying the game in the third as he found the back of the net 64 seconds into the period with another power play goal.
Tighter defensive play sent the game into overtime, which eventually needed a fifth period to decide a winner. Just over three minutes into the second overtime, Jordan Xavier streaked down the right wing and potted a short side attempt to end it.
“I was looking to pass and saw him cheating,” said Xavier on his game winner. “I aimed short side on him and was glad I was able to help get a win.”
The Dinos are back in action next weekend as they make the trip east to face the Manitoba Bisons, while UBC returns home to host the Regina Cougars. Both two-game sets get underway on Oct. 18.