University of Calgary Dino Cory Pritz scored 1:20 into overtime to give his team a 3-2 victory over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Friday night in Saskatoon’s Rutherford Rink.
Pritz’s backhand shot bounced off a Huskie defenceman’s skates and the goalies pads before sliding into the net for the overtime win.
Calgary’s victory combined with a Manitoba Bisons shootout win over the UBC Thunderbirds forced movement in the standings. With the win the Dinos improved to 13-11-1 and took sole possession of fourth place, while the Huskies fall to 15-5-3 and drop to third. The top two teams in the standings earn a first round playoff bye, with three and four earn hosting duties in the quarter-finals.
The Dinos took the 2-0 lead scoring goals in the second period just 17 seconds apart. Kevin King notched Calgary’s first at 9:53, while Walker Wintoneak tallied the second at 10:10.
Saskatchewan crawled back into the game on a Derek Hulak power play goal 3:03 into the third period after Teigan Zahn had taken a checking to the head penalty and game misconduct. Huskie captain Kyle Ross tied the game at 12:45.
Dustin Butler made 35 saves in the Dinos’ victory, while David Reekie made 25 at the other end of the ice. Calgary failed to capitalize on three power play opportunities, while the Huskies converted on 1-of-6 chances.
The two teams will meet again Saturday night in Rutherford Rink. Puck drop is 7 p.m.