MacDonald will remain with the Thunderbirds, though not in the head coaching capacity.
Heroes of the Dorm, Blizzard’s yearly Heroes of the Storm tournament, features collegiate teams from across North America.
A game-high 20 kills from Kiera Van Ryk and UBC’s ability to take advantage of Calgary service errors allowed the Thunderbirds to maintain any leads they had throughout the four sets.
Though UBC moves on to face first-ranked Trinity Western, with the way the T-Birds have been playing, anything is possible.
“Everyone was waking up this morning just ready to go. We’ve been looking forward to this moment for so long, so when it really came down to it, nothing could hold us back."
"The class and character of our players and their motivations and how dedicated they are is just exceptional to be a coach of a team like that.”
"Hats off to them, they played a really complete match and they made us have to be our best today — and we weren't our best."
This was Butenschon’s second season guiding the T-Birds.
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The Thunderbird’s hockey program was seeing double this year as both teams ended their seasons early after two tough weekends of playoff games.
This year’s playoff exit was the second in a row to come by Calgary’s hand.
“Their season was on the line and they played like it. It’s playoff hockey. It happens."
“It’s playoff hockey, we’ve weathered it all season and are ready for it."
This was the first game of a possible three-game series featuring UBC as the fourth-seed hosting the fifth-seed Dinos — and it was a physical one.
“It feels good right now but we’re proof that anyone can beat anybody and if it’s Calgary ... they're not going to be scared we beat Alberta or Saskatchewan.”