Game On Magazine September 2015 - Page 82

It’s always more fun when you’re winning and we did a lot of that last year the bat to have a chance to play and travel with the team, which was really important to me,” said Dyck, who told the Selkirk Journal back in 2011 that she planned to play university hockey on one side of the border or other. “At first, my dream was to play NCAA Division 1 but thinking back I’m glad I stayed at home because the caliber is just as intense and the opportunity for me was greater.” Dyck is tall at 5-foot-9 and skates well. She moves quickly from post to post and can challenge shooters. She has been a good goaltender for a long time and you can see, by her play, that she’s received some exceptional coaching throughout her career. After a year in the Bisons system, Dyck earned the starting goaltender’s spot in 2014-15, and was nothing less than stellar. She helped backstop Manitoba to an appearance in the Canada West final and was in the Top 3 in every single statistical category. She had a particularly impressive 1.70 GAA. She also played on a very good team. Head coach Jon Rempel, the 2014-15 Canada West coach of the year, led the Bisons to a 14-5-7-2 conference record, good enough for third in a tight Canada West race. And he did it despite having 15 rookies or sophomores on the roster. 82 GAME ON SEPTEMBER 2015 Indeed, Manitoba surprised most of the experts, staying in the battle for first place throughout the season. With Dyck playing superbly in goal, the Bisons were ranked in the CIS Top 10 for the final five weeks of the season and were ranked as high as eighth in the nation. It didn’t hurt that freshman Alanna Sharman was the Canada West leading scorer while Dyck, the team’s gifted second-year goaltender, was second in Canada West goals against average. This year, the Bisons are expected to be