Bisons get swept by Lethbridge in women’s hockey

Manitoba downed by dominating Pronghorns goaltender

Bison forward Venla Hovi says paying women's hockey is a step in the right direction.Bison forward Venla Hovi says paying women's hockey is a step in the right direction.

The University of Manitoba Bisons women’s hockey team had their offensive gears running right from the start of Saturday’s meeting against the Lethbridge Pronghorns, but it was Alicia Anderson who stole the show for the second straight game. Delivering 24 saves, the rookie goalie held strong for her side to preserve a 2-1 win.

Lethbridge had Anderson to thank for keeping the first period scoreless. She stretched out the left pad for the desperation save after being outmaneuvered by Alanna Sharman early on in the game.The Pronghorns nearly took the lead on the powerplay midway through the first, but a shot from the slot struck Dyck’s left post and miraculously ended up trapped between her pads.

Anderson continued to hone her fantastic form in the second period, denying Lauren Keen on a delayed penalty. Sharman dispossessed a defender inside the offensive zone and set up Keen outside the crease, only to see Anderson go post-to-post for a formidable save.

Moments after, Erica Rieder’s point shot was blocked right in front of Anderson who was out of position on the play. Nicole Carswell turned and fired on goal, only to see Anderson dive across to smother the goal-bound shot.

Shorthanded, the Bisons were finally able to solve Anderson. Breaking out from a two-on-one, Venla Hovi picked out Sharman who ripped a shot off the crossbar glove side. Seconds later on that same powerplay, the Pronghorns would recover and scored through Jenae Culp, shoveling in a loose puck inside the crease.

Ultimately, Lethbridge completed the sweep when Amber Yuha stepped out of the box, received the go-ahead pass from Brett Campbell and picked out Dyck’s blocker side for the 2-1 lead.

Being swept didn’t sit well with Jon Rempel, but there were positive notes from the Bisons head coach.

“Lethbridge grabbed the momentum back from us heading back to the third period,” said Rempel postgame. “I thought that was turning point and the letdown but I don’t have too many arguments about the way we played today.”