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“Phil [Jalalpoor] put on a special performance, Conor [Morgan] did his thing and so did Luka [Zaharijevic], and to do it in front of the home crowd, in front of friends and family is very special.”
Overall, the T-Birds put up 121 points in the three-game inaugural tournament, conceding only 18. The team is currently on a nine game winning streak as it turns its attention back to the BC Premier League.
Throughout the first month of their competitions, the Thunderbirds have produced impressive all-around results. With a group of extraordinary talent, they have become accustomed to beating their Canada West rivals.
The T-Birds exploded right out of the gate, racking up three goals in the first 17 minutes and completely undressing TRU’s leaky defence.
The Thunderbirds will now advance to the Canada West final four.
Although this was a crushing defeat for the Thunderbirds, they never gave up — even when the opponent showed no mercy.
The silver-lining of the match was that — although considered a ‘must win’ game for UBC — the T-Birds still qualify for the Canada West Final Four with a bonus point (awarded to teams for losing by less than seven points).
Recapping the match, head coach Jesse Symons commented, “Defensively, [Victoria] do well and they look to attack quickly in transition and were able to get one back today. Overall, I’m pleased with where we’re at as a team.”