The Canada West Women’s Hockey Championship will come down to one game.
The Manitoba Bisons knocked off eighth-ranked UBC 4-1 in game 2 of the best-of-three series Saturday night to send the final to a third and deciding game Sunday afternoon in Vancouver.
With a chance to clinch a conference title, the Thunderbirds came storming out of the gate, scoring just two minutes into the opening frame.
It looked like UBC would ride that single goal into the third period but with just seven seconds left in the second Venla Hovi evened the score for the Bisons heading into the final frame.
The tight and intense game would swing just over halfway through the period, with Erica Reider and Erin Kucheravy scoring 75 seconds apart. Hovi added an empty-netter with just over three minutes left.
Amanda Schubert made 17 saves for the win. The winner-take-all game 3 starts at 5 p.m.
Bisons Men’s Volleyball Comes Up Empty At Final Four
It was a season filled with so much promise for the Bisons men’s volleyball team. They were ranked in the top-5 nationally for the bulk of the season, but when push came to shove the squad did not win a set in two losses at the Canada West Final Four.
The third-ranked Bisons lost in straight sets to top-ranked Alberta in the bronze medal game in Edmonton, meaning the Golden Bears advance to nationals while the Bisons’ season is over.
Both teams were upset in their semifinal match but the Golden Bears will still get a crack at redemption at nationals. #6 Trinity Western, which beat Alberta in straight sets in the semifinals, knocked off #8 Saskatchewan 3-1 to clinch the Canada West title.