Nicole Betker

After suffering their first sweep of the season, the No. 7 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies will aim to get back on track in a series against the UBC Thunderbirds on the weekend.

The T-Birds hit Rutherford Rink Friday and Saturday.

Saskatchewan entered last weekend’s series in Calgary against the Calgary Dinos with just two losses on the season and in first place in the conference. But a 3-2 loss and a 4-3 overtime loss dropped the Huskies to 7-2-2 and to third place in the conference standings. UBC enters the weekend at 5-5-2 and fifth in the standings.

Since 2005-06, the Huskies are 17-8-1 against the T-Birds including a playoff series sweep in 2008-09. In 2010-11, UBC and the Huskies split their four meetings.

As a team, Saskatchewan has combined for 40 goals this season. The Huskies’ offence is led by forwards Derek Hulak and Kyle Bortis. Second-year Hulak leads the Canada West with four goals and 14 assists, while Bortis sits No. 2 with six goals and 11 assists. Captain Kyle Ross and 2010-11 conference all-star Andrew Bailey have also chipped in with 10 points each.

Max Grassi and Scott Wasden have provided the bulk of the offence for the T-Birds with Grassi leading the way at five goals and eight assists. Wasden’s chipped in five goals and six assists. Four CIS rookies Michael Wilgosh, Cole Wilson, Jason Yee and Justin McCrae have all produced offence for the T-Birds all with six points.

Huskie netminders David Reekie and Ryan Holfeld have equaled time in net each playing in six games. Reekie’s tallied a 2.91 goals against average, while Holfeld enters with a 2.21 GAA.

Jordan White has played in 10 games this season for the T-Birds posting a 2.65 GAA to go along with a .917 save percentage. Rookie goalie and former Saskatoon Blade Steven Stanford has played in four games for the T-Birds allowing 12 goals.

Puck drop is 7 p.m. each night. For tickets call 306-966-1111 or visit

Game Notes: Former Huskie Ilan Cumberbirch will make his return to Rutherford Rink as a member of the UBC Thunderbirds.