Cougars suffer first loss of the season

Cougars suffer first loss of the season

VANCOUVER – A quick start and a frenzied finish led to a third straight win for the UBC Thunderbirds to start the 2018-19 Canada West season as they dispatched the visiting Mount Royal Cougars 3-1 in the 'Birds' home opener Friday night in front of more than 1,000 fans at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.

It took fourth-year forward Austin Vetterl all of 40 seconds to open scoring in front of the raucous crowd and later the veteran put the game on ice hitting the empty net with a minute remaining in the third.

The loss is the first on the season for the Cougars who will aim for the weekend split Saturday. The 'Birds will try for their first 4-0 start to the season in the Sven Butenschon era.

Puck drop at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre is set for 2:00 p.m. PT.