EDMONTON - Three goals in 3:22 late in the second period was enough to send the No. 2 ranked Alberta Golden Bears to a 5-3 win over the UBC Thunderbirds, Friday night at Clare Drake Arena.
The Bears three late goals in the second gave them a 4-1 lead after 40, which they were able to hold on to. The win is the Bears eighth in their last nine games, as they improve on their conference best record (13-2-0).
The loss is UBC's third-straight, as they fall further down the conference standings, sitting sixth with a 4-8-3 mark.
Grayson Pawlenchuk, Steven Owre, Cole Sanford, Trevor Cox and Josh Patterson all scored for Alberta. Brendan Burke stopped 13 of the 16 shots he faced, improving his record to a perfect 8-0-0.
Rylan Toth was the goalie of record for UBC, allowing four goals on 31 shots. Patrick Dea allowed the lone third period goal, stopping eight of the nine shots he faced in relief. Jerret Smith, Austin Vetterl and Jonathan Smart each scored in a losing effort for the 'Birds.
Despite outshooting UBC 15-3 in the opening frame, Alberta mustered just one goal, as Pawlenchuk beat Toth through a screen for his 11th of the season. UBC was also gifted an own-goal, as Bears captain Ryan Rehill accidentally beat Burke to tie the game, with Smith getting credit for his first of the season.
The Bears pulled away late in the second, with Owre, Sanford and Cox all scoring in the final five minutes of the second.
Trailing by three entering the third, UBC chipped into the Alberta lead midway through the frame. Vetterl beat Burke off a great feed from Matt Revel for his fourth of the season, 10 minutes in.
The Bears, however, answered right back, as Patterson finished off a two-on-one with Noah Philp for his fifth.
Smart scored UBC's third goal with four minutes left, but it wasn't enough, with Alberta hanging on to the 5-3 win.
The two teams will each conclude their first half tomorrow night, with the rematch scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in Edmonton.