The UBC Thunderbirds were the top-ranked team in the conference heading into the season, and they proved why with a convincing 5-0 victory over a young but game UNBC Timberwolves side on Sunday in Prince George.
It was the Thunderbirds striking first in the tenth minute, when freshman Luke Norman got loose at the top of the box and slipped it to Asvin Chauhan who beat a diving Danizel Zadravec to make it 1-0.
UNBC pushed back, earning chances around UBC keeper Bennett McKay, but Michael Henman, Connor Lewis, and the TWolves came up empty. As often happens in sport, the T-Birds capitalized. Off a TWolves turnover deep in their own third, it was Sebastian Dzikowski taking a Norman pass and depositing it to double the advantage.
The goal was the third of the season for Dzikowski, who sent the T-Birds into half with a. two goal lead.
The big striker struck again early in the second half, mirroring his Friday night performance with a goal in the 50th minute.
The teams traded moderate opportunities for the next 20 minutes, with UNBC’s Gregor Smith having the best chance; an in-tight look that was heeled away by McKay.
The Thunderbirds would continue to pressure, and it resulted in a memorable half for Connor Mrazek, who subbed into the match in the 73rd minute and scored on each of his first two touches of the game.
When the official blew the final whistle, the Thunderbirds had earned a convincing 5-nil victory over the TWolves.
Ten freshman hit the pitch for the home Timberwolves, as coach Steve Simonson continues to build a nucleus moving forward.
The Timberwolves hit the road next week for a road doubleheader in Langley against the Trinity Western Spartans, while UBC will take on the UBC Okanagan Heat.