UBC October 14- The Calgary Dinos visited the Thunderbirds this weekend and collected four points and thirteen goals throughout the two game weekend series in in UBC. The Dinos scored four power play goals through ten attempts in Saturday’s game, on their way to a 7-0 victory.
UBC looked to be in the driver’s seat through the first ten minutes of the first period, until an open ice hit by UBC defenseman Kyle Becker on Calgary’s Tim Vanstone lit the fire for the Dinos. After the hit, the Dinos spent more time with the puck and played a faster, more attractive style of hockey. Calgary forced UBC into penalties mid-way through the first period with their dominant possession. Kyle Becker would take the first of the Thunderbirds twelve penalties on the night, with a high sticking minor at 10:14 into the first. The Dinos power play which had punished the home side the night before. would continue their dominance; opening the scoring on their first man advantage with a goal from Dryden Dow who’s point shot found the back of the net. UBC would pick up another penalty before the end of the frame but were able to kill it off thanks to multiple blocked shots from Adam Rossignol. The first period would end 1-0 in favour of the visitors.
The second period was where it all went downhill for the Thunderbirds, allowing three goals within a four minute span, two of which on the power play. UBC picked up six penalties throughout the period, as well as falling down to three men mid-way through the frame. Calgary’s potent power play put the game out of reach for the Thunderbirds after the second period.
Things did not get any better for the home team in the final 20 minutes. Calgary’s Dryden Dow notched his second goal of the game 47 seconds into the period to extend the visitors lead to five. The Dinos did not let up after the fifth goal, collecting their sixth mere minutes after Dow’s tally. The hosts would allow the seventh and final goal of the night, while Carter Popoff served yet another penalty. The game slowly grinded to a halt, with the Dinos prevailing 7-0.
“We got into penalty trouble tonight and we needed a kill and we couldn’t get it,” said a frustrated UBC head coach Sven Butenschon in regards to the twelve penalties and poor penalty killing by his team. Butchenson also agreed that if the thunderbirds are unable to sort out their disciplinary problems, it will be a long and unsuccessful year for the blue and gold. “We’ll go through a lot of video and there’s going to be a lot of meetings and tough conversations but it’s part of the process,” said Butenschon. “Every great team goes through this, you just have to learn.”
UBC played with just ten forwards on Saturday, as preseason standout Manraj Hayer was out after picking up an injury in Friday’s home opener. Hayer joins a long list of injured thunderbirds to start the season. If UBC are not able to get healthy soon, the season could slip out of reach far too early.
The Thunderbirds will hope to get some injured players back in the coming week before welcoming the Regina Cougars to town for another two game series next weekend.
With files from Jeff Sargeant gothunderbirds.ca
UPDATE January 1st 2018: Calgary forfeits both games due to an ineligible player participating. UBC has been awarded a 1-0 victory in both games.