Doing all they could in a bid for home playoffs, the No. 8 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies routed the visiting UBC Thunderbirds 9-2 in Canada West Women’s hockey action Saturday night in Saskatoon’s Rutherford Rink.
With the win, the Huskies close out the regular season 16-6-2, while UBC finishes the season 1-21-2.
Saskatchewan will now await the outcome of Sunday’s Alberta Pandas-Regina Cougars matchup to see if they will finish second or third in the standings. If Regina can take a point from the Pandas, the Huskies would host Alberta in the first-ever women’s hockey playoff series played in Rutherford Rink. If Alberta earns a win, the Huskies will travel to Edmonton to face the Pandas in the first round for the second straight season.
Six different Huskies found the net in the 9-2 win including Shelby Davey recording a hat trick and Breanne George scoring twice. Julie Paetsch, Chelsey Sundby, Cara Wooster and George each had three points in the game.
Sundby scored the first of seven goals in the opening period to tie a conference record. Davey tallied her hat trick with goals at 5:59, 8:48 and 15:16 in the first. Before the period was done, Paetsch tallied at 14:40 and George at 16:50 each on the power play. Stone closed out the Huskies’ scoring in the first at 18:17.
Saskatchewan scored two more power play goals in the second period – the first from George at 5:08 and the second by Sara Greschner at 5:50.
UBC’s Rebecca Unrau tallied at 16:58 in the first and Sarah Casorso scored at 8:57 on a five-on-three advantage in the second.
Vanessa Frederick made 20 saves in the win for the Huskies, while Samatha Langford made three saves before Carly Butcher entered the game. Butcher made 21 saves.
The Huskies finished the game 4-for-8 on the power play, while UBC capitalized on 1-of-8 chances.
The Canada West semfiinal series will be played February 17, 18 and 19, if necessary. If Saskatchewan hosts, game times would be 7 p.m. each night. The regular season men’s hockey game scheduled for February 17 would move to February 16 at 7 p.m. in Rutherford Rink.
Game Notes: The 16 regular season wins matched a program-best for the Huskies… Breanne George moved into third all-time in Canada West goals… Sara White matched a Canada West-high 120 games played in her career… The Huskies honoured seven fifth-year players – Breanne George, Sara White, Kristen Bews, Kelsey Tulloch, Kesley Fenton, Julie Paetsch and Vanessa Frederick – in a pregame ceremony.