Huskies Sweep Pandas For First Time

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Nicole Betker

For the first time in history the University of Saskatchewan Huskies have swept the University of Alberta Pandas in women’s hockey.

The Huskies earned the sweep after a 2-1 overtime victory over Alberta with a goal by rookie defenceman Julia Flinton Saturday night in Saskatoon’s Rutherford Rink. A night earlier, the Huskies won 2-1 in a shootout.

With the win the Huskies move to 4-2 on the season, while the Pandas drop to 2-1-3. Since 2005-06, the Huskies have only beat the Pandas twice.

Flinton’s game winner came on a shot from the point at 4:05 in the overtime period.

Huskie Breanne George opened the scoring in the game with a power play goal at 6:38. Her shot off the face off beat Panda goalie Kaitlyn Chapman blocker side. Alberta notched the game at one when Monika Moskalski slipped the puck past Vanessa Frederick on a scramble in front of the net.

Frederick made 32 saves in the win for the Huskies, while Chapman stopped 22 for the Pandas at the other end of the ice.

Alberta had trouble on special teams failing to capitalize on nine opportunities with the man advantage. The Huskies went 1-for-6 on the power play.

The Huskies travel to Winnipeg to face the University of Manitoba Bisons next weekend, while Alberta returns home to host the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.

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