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T-Birds outlast dinos in return for action in western Canada

CALGARY – Fending off Calgary’s comebacks on two occasions, Hannah Koroll scored the winner in the third period as the UBC Thunderbirds defeated host Dinos 3-2 in their first outing in Canada West in eight weeks.

“We just found a way to pull this off and score big goals when it was needed,” said UBC head coach Graham Thomas. “Believe them, they came out so hard, it was a back and forth, pretty even and we found a way to get it out with a good penalty shootout at the end.”

Rylind MacKinnon She picked up right where she left off after a great first half of the season for the T-Birds defender, scoring just 6-13 with her eighth first-half strike on Friday.

Chanreet Bassi vs Calgary, October 11, 2019

But host Dinos (6-9) responded with Holly Reuther’s eighth goal six minutes later as the two Canada West rivals went into the break with a goal apiece.

Chanreet Bassi put the ‘Birds (10-3) back in front late in the second period. Mackenzie Kordic took the puck from the corner and passed it to Bassi, who buried the top shelf behind Gabriella Durante.

But UBC’s lead lasted a full 28 seconds before Rachel Paul equalized the Dinos again and blasted a rebound home past the T-Birds goaltender Elise Hugens.

Their lead was short-lived, however, as Paul put the Dinos ahead with a fat rebound just 28 seconds later Elise Hugens.

Elise Hugens vs. Manitoba, October 22, 2021

Koroll broke the tie with a power play goal for the Thunderbirds just 4:54 in the closing stages, giving UBC a 3-2 lead with the eventual game winner.

Durante made 18 saves at the net while Hugens made 21 saves for their eighth win of the season.

“Elise played great,” added Thomas. “MacKinnon, Koroll, (Kenzie) Robinson, (Shay Lee McConnell) back in their first game, it was just good to get out and play again. There were some good things and some things we need to work on, some moments of oversight where we need to sharpen and some awareness, but overall we played well enough to pull it off.

The win put the T-Birds back in a tie for second place in Western Canada, along with Manitoba, four points behind Mount Royal and a game in hand against the Cougars.

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

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

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