Nicole Betker

University of Saskatchewan Huskies captain Kyle Ross recorded a hat trick in a 5-4 victory over the visiting University of Alberta Golden Bears Saturday afternoon at Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon.

Ross’ trio of goals came at 7:27 in the first period, 26 seconds into the second period and at 13:46 in the second period. The second and third tallies were on the power play. Ross’ linemates Derek Hulak and Kyle Bortis each had two assists in the game. The three players lead the Canada West in scoring.

With the win the No. 5 Huskies complete the sweep over the No. 4 Golden Bears and continue to hold sole possession of first place with a 15-3-2 record. Alberta falls to 13-5-2. The sweep was the first by Saskatchewan over the Golden Bears since a series in 2006-07 in Saskatoon.

Ross’ first goal opened the scoring at 7:27 when his shot from behind the net hit Golden Bear goalie Kurtis Mucha in the back and fell into the goal. But the Huskies lead didn’t last long, Alberta tallied the next three goals. James Dobrowolski scored at 9:22 after he came streaking down the ice beating Ryan Holfeld’s glove to tie the game.

A Huskie giveaway in the neutral zone allowed Johnny Lazo to give the Golden Bears a 2-1 lead at 11:54 once again beating Holfeld’s glove. Zack Dailey scored the final Bears’ goal of the first period at 17:13 on a scramble in front of the net that trickled under a sprawling Holfeld.

Saskatchewan’s offence came to life in the second period scoring four unanswered goals – three on the power play.

Ross brought the game within one on the power play just 26 seconds into the first period when he fired home a Shaun Vey rebound. Matthew Delahey and Ross each added goals for the Huskies on the power play at 12:16 and 13:46. Craig McCallum scored the Huskies’ fourth of the frame at 17:42 after streaking down the left side and beating Mucha glove side for the 5-3 lead.

Alberta made the bid for a comeback late in the third period when Thomas Carr scored on a scramble in front of the net at 18:22 but it was all the Golden Bears could muster.

Holfeld made 33 saves in net for the Huskies, while Mucha stopped 19 before being pulled in favour of Real Cyr to begin the third period. Cyr stopped all three shots he faced.

Special teams were the difference for the Huskies capitalizing on 4-of-9 nine chances with the man advantage. Alberta was 0-for-5 on the power play.

The Huskies hit the road to face the Manitoba Bisons next weekend, while the Golden Bears return home to host the Lethbridge Pronghorns.