Huskies Put First Place On The Line

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Nicole Betker 

Putting their first place Canada West record on the line, the University of Saskatchewan Huskie men’s hockey team will host the University of Manitoba Bisons in a weekend series.

The Huskies and Bisons will battle Friday and Saturday at Rutherford Rink.

Saskatchewan enters the weekend with a 5-1-1 record and sits one point ahead of the Calgary Dinos (5-3-0) and the Alberta Golden Bears (4-2-2) in the conference standings. Manitoba is close on the heels at 4-1-1.

As a team, the Huskies have scored conference high-28 goals in 23 periods of action. But Manitoba’s netminders Joe Caligiuri and Jesse Deckert have been tough allowing a conference-low 13 goals.

Since 2005-06, the Huskies are 23-11-1 against the Bisons in regular season action. The teams split their six meetings in 2010-11.

Huskies Kyle Bortis and Derek Hulak lead the conference in scoring. Bortis has tallied five goals and seven assists, while his linemate Hulak has three goals and eight assists. Also chipping in to the high-powered offence is Brennan Bosch with four goals and four assists and Kyle Ross with four goals and one assist.

Blair Macaulay and Jared Walker have been the goal scorers early for the Bisons. Macaulay’s scored four goals and two assists, while Walker has netted three goals and two helpers. Jeremy Schappert has found his linemates with six assists.

Huskie netminders David Reekie and Ryan Holfeld have equaled time in net for the Huskies allowing 19 goals. Caligiuri has played in five of the six Bisons’ games this season posting two shutouts. Deckert won his the lone start of the season.

Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. each night at Rutherford Rink. For tickets call 306-966-1111 or visit huskies.usask.ca. Friday’s game will be webcast on http://www.canadawest.tv

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