EDMONTON - Curtis Miske scored twice, while Matt Berlin made 22 saves, as the No. 2 ranked Alberta Golden Bears cruised to a 5-1 win over the visiting UBC Thunderbirds at Clare Drake Arena on Saturday night.
Cole Sanford, Chad Butcher and Nolan Volcan also scored for the Bears, who completed both the weekend and season sweep over UBC, winning all four conference meetings. Thanks to the sweep, Alberta heads into the winter semester break sporting a conference-best 14-2-0 record.
The loss is the fourth-straight for the T-Birds, who sit in a tie with Lethbridge for sixth in Canada West with a 4-8-3 mark and 11 points.
Austin Glover scored the lone UBC goal in the third period, with Rylan Toth making 36 saves in a strong performance from the UBC starting goalie.
Like they did the previous night, Alberta heavily outshot UBC in the opening frame, while also limiting the Thunderbirds offensive chances. Even with a 9-3 shot lead after one, however, Toth was excellent, stopping every shot he faced in the opening frame.
Sanford broke the deadlock just 25 seconds into the second period, beating Toth on a breakaway off a horrendous UBC turnover at their blueline. Miske doubled the lead late in the second, beating Toth on a rebound created off a Volcan breakaway.
Glover trimmed Alberta's lead down to one early in the third, beating Berlin for his fifth of the season. However the Bears answered back quickly, as Miske scored his second of the game, and fifth of the season, on the powerplay.
Butcher sealed the win with an empty net goal in the final two minutes, before Volcan added his fourth just 30 seconds later.
Alberta will host Mount Royal (Dec. 28) and NAIT (Dec. 29) in non-conference play this month, returning to Canada West action on January 3rd when they visit the Saskatchewan Huskies. UBC, meanwhile, will host the Calgary Dinos in Vancouver to open the New Year.