You’re likely aware that there are many U SPORTS athletes competing abroad, but there are only a few Manitoba Bisons who have jumped at that opportunity. That’s not to say there couldn’t be more based on the athletic abilities of a lot of these people, but there are very few playing right now simply due to the pandemic situation around the world. Today, I want to bring about a highlight that involves two former Bisons women’s hockey players as they both had a hand in the goal scored shown below!
First, here’s the highlight of the goal scored in question.
The game shown above is from November 14, 2020 and features a pile of U SPORTS players such as Kelty Apperson, Lindsey Post, Jaycee Magwood, Marion Allemoz, and Lore Baudrit. The two players in this game that I’ll focus on will be former Bisons defenders Erica Rieder and Alexandra Anderson.
The highlight is Erica Reider scoring her second goal of the season for MODO while on the power-play. Rieder, seen wearing the alternate captain’s “A” in the hihglight, tees one up from the point and hammers it past former Pandas netminder Lindsey Post to put MODO up 2-0 in the first period. Sofia Engström and Lina Ljungblom picked up helpers on Rieder’s goal as well.
So where’s Anderson, you’re asking? Well, Erica scored on the power-play and Anderson wasn’t out on the ice. That’s because she was sitting in the penalty box after being caught by the referee slashing a MODO player. Anderson currently has 22 minutes in penalties this season, tied with Canadian Olympian Jennifer Wakefield of Linkopings for the seventh-most penalty minutes in the SDHL.
I’m not here to rain on Anderson’s parade, though, as she has always been an outstanding defender, but having your former teammate and current opponent score on your team while you watch from the sin bin can’t feel good. If there’s a silver lining to this story, though, Anderson got the last laugh as SDE earned the victory over MODO by a 5-3 score when the final horn sounded!
A Bison helping a Bison? Not exactly, but Rieder’s power-play goal was scored on the penalty Anderson was serving, so it’s an unwanted “assist” for Anderson whose team overcame the mistake to pick up the three-point victory. All’s well that ends well between these two former teammates.
Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!