Prince George, B.C. – The UBC Thunderbirds used a relentless attack to defeat the UNBC Timberwolves 3-1, sweeping the weekend doubleheader at Thunderbird Stadium on Sunday.
Tyler Mertens, Liam McManaman, and Zach Verhoven scored for the Thunderbirds (3-0-1), while Owen Stewart scored his first career CIS goal for the Timberwolves who are now 0-4-0 on their season.
Mitch MacFarlane had a solid game in the UNBC goal with six stops, while UBC’s Jason Roberts made two saves for the victory.
UBC opened with a flurry of solid chances, but MacFarlane was up to the task, keeping the Thunderbirds off the board in the early going.
The Timberwolves opened the scoring in the 19th minute, as Stewart broke through the Thunderbirds back line and tucked the ball past Roberts in the bottom right corner to give UNBC the early 1-0 advantage.
UBC continued to press hard after going down a goal, and they were rewarded in the 26th minute as Mertens pounced on a rebound following a shot from Titouan Chopin to level the match at 1-1, which stood through to halftime.
The Thunderbirds went up 2-1 in the 60th minute as Verhoven made a strong run through the UNBC defence, then found McManaman in front of the net for a tap-in goal.
UNBC had a great chance to tie it up in the 75th minute, though Tofa Fakunle’s attempt from about 10 yards out was stopped by Roberts.
Verhoven sealed the match for the Thunderbirds in the 81st minute, cutting through a pair of UNBC defenders in the 18-yard box before beating MacFarlane to give UBC the two-goal cushion.
The Timberwolves head to Kamloops next weekend for a doubleheader with the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack on Saturday, Sept. 10 and Sunday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m.