Golden Bears hockey
WINNIPEG – The University of Manitoba Bisons made their chances count on Saturday, breaking out for five goals on 13 shots in a 5-3 win over the University of Alberta Golden Bears at Wayne Fleming Arena.
Manitoba improved to 6-7-1 with the win, while Alberta dropped to 12-2-0.
"It's a huge boost to our confidence, and we get momentum, too," said Bisons head coach Mike Sirant. "It reinforces our system and tactics as well; our guys executed the gameplan really well tonight."
The Bisons got the scoring going on the game's first power-play. At 6:50 into the first period, Alberta's Ryan Rehill took an interference penalty on a net-driving Jeremey Leipsic, and Leipsic made the Golden Bears pay 21 seconds later, beating Matt Berlin on a wristshot from in close.
Manitoba doubled their lead 5:26 into the second when Tony Apetagon slid in an Adam Henry dish on a nifty Bisons' passing sequence.
Alberta quickly got one back, with Nolan Volcan ripping a puck past Tyler Brown's blocker.
The Golden Bears then got a prime opportunity to tie it up after a Lucas Skrumeda charging penalty, and Alberta did just that with Tyler Soy jamming in his seventh goal of the season.
Skrumeda made up for his minor a few minutes later, roofing Geordie Keane's pass during an odd-man rush.
"I definitely wanted to get it back for the guys, I felt like I let them down there," said Skrumeda. "I was just following the play, Geordie made a nice play and I kind of blacked out after I popped the bottle."
Ryan Carlson continued Manitoba's scoring frenzy, swiping in a loose puck over Berlin's right shoulder. Carlson's third of the year chased Berlin after he surrendered four goals on just eight shots.
Jonah Wasylak increased Manitoba's lead to three midway through the final frame when he finished off a long-distance shot thrown toward the net.
Alberta's Cole Sanford notched his first of the season 84 seconds later, sniping the puck short-side on Brown. From there, Manitoba locked Alberta down, clinching a win for a weekend split.
"That's one of the best teams in the country since the last decade pretty much and beating them showed we can play with anybody," said Skrumeda.
The Bisons will travel to Lethbridge next weekend for a two-game series with the Pronghorns (4-9-1).