WINNIPEG – The University of Alberta Golden Bears (11-2-0) put on another defensive clinic Friday evening, defeating the University of Manitoba Bisons (6-6-1) at Wayne Fleming Arena by a score of 2-0.
Manitoba's Tyler Brown made 45 saves in a losing effort, while the Bisons went 0-for-5 with the man advantage.
Curtis Miske got the Golden Bears on the board 9:06 into the game, firing a wrister from the slot past Brown's blocker. The tally was Miske's third goal of the season.
Manitoba got a prime opportunity to even things up later in the frame with over a minute-long five-on-three advantage, but only got as close as a Devon Skoleski shot off the crossbar.
"We did get enough quality chances but we didn't put the pucks in the net when we had them," said Manitoba head coach Mike Sirant. "Anytime you get a five-on-three, it's a great opportunity."
Midway through the second, Alberta got their own extended five-on-three but couldn't penetrate Manitoba's triangle penalty kill, keeping the score 1-0. Brown turned away all 18 Alberta shots he faced in the second, keeping Manitoba within one after 40.
"He made a lot of good saves for us, he was very solid in net," said Sirant.
Manitoba came out in the third with a strong five-on-five effort, but couldn't solve Alberta goalie Brendan Burke. The Golden Bears goalie earned his second shutout of the season, saving 20 shots.
"We were chasing it the whole way and couldn't find a way at the end," said Manitoba captain Adam Henry postgame. "They're (Alberta) confident with the puck, make good plays and possess it well."
Steven Owre connected on an empty-net goal from his own end with 1:02 remaining, sealing the Golden Bears' win.
"We're having a little troubles scoring and whenever that happens you got to get back to the clichés of getting to the net and finding the ugly ones, if the nice ones aren't coming," said Henry.
The Bisons and Golden Bears will be back at it tomorrow evening, closing out their two-game weekend series at Wayne Fleming Arena with puck drop at 7 p.m.