Bisons blank Trinity Western in back-to-back games

Edwards, goaltenders impress

Photo by Matthew Merkel, staff

The University of Manitoba Bisons women’s hockey team jumped into second place overall in the Canada West standings after a big weekend for the herd.

The squad dominated in both games, defeating the Trinity Western Spartans 7-0 in the first game and 3-0 in the second. The first game in the back-to-back series was led by Halle Edwards and goaltender Kimberley Davidson.

Edwards came to play on Friday night — she put up a solid stat line of two goals and one assist to help her team earn the win. Currently she is tied with Sarah Dennehy for most points on the team this season.

“I don’t think I have done anything different this season,” Edwards said.

“I think the team is just clicking, which is helping me get points. I’m very happy with how the season is going and am excited to chase a championship with the team.”

Although quality goaltending performances can often go unnoticed, Davidson’s game Friday night was impressive.

She went out and put up a 28-save shutout to seal the victory for the Bisons.

Following up one stellar performance with another, the herd pulled off another sweep on Saturday.

The team stormed out of the gate, putting up three goals in the first period and eventually came away with the 3-0 victory in the end.

Erin Fargey started in net for the Bisons and handed another shutout to the herd in back-to-back games.

With these wins, the team now sits only two points behind Mount Royal University for the top spot in the overall standings.

The Bisons definitely came to play this past weekend, which left Edwards impressed with the squad.

“We are very happy with how we have played all year round, especially this weekend,” Edwards said.

“Our confidence is extremely high, which is a great thing when playoffs come around. I think it is high because of our strong goaltending also. Both girls had a great weekend.”

The Bisons will look to continue its winning ways when it travels to Regina, Sask. on Feb. 4 and 5 to face the University of Regina Cougars, where two wins against the struggling Cougars would be huge in the standings for the Bisons to help keep pace for second or even push the herd into first place as they battle for a spot in the Canada West playoffs.