(ISN) – With three goals in the first period, the No. 7 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies took a 4-2 victory over the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns in Game 1 of a best-of-three Canada West quarter-final series.
The win gives the Huskies a 1-0 lead in the series. It is the first time in history the Huskies and Pronghorns have met in the playoffs.
Andrew Bailey opened the scoring with a one-timer off the post past Pronghorns netminder Scott Bowles at 9:43 in the first period on the power play. Just over a minute later, Kyle Bortis gave the Huskies’ the 2-0 lead at 10:49. Craig McCallum tallied the final goal in the period for the Huskies on a breakaway at 11:56.
Lethbridge got on the board just 2:24 into the first period with a power play goal from the point by DJ McDougall. Taylor Gal pulled the Pronghorns within one ona short handed goal at 11:11 in second period.
Brett Ward gave the Huskies’ the insurance goal at 18:05 in the second period beating Bowles from the point.
Huskie netminder David Reekie made 29 saves in the victory for the Huskies, while Bowles stopped 27 at the other end of the ice for the ‘Horns. Both teams went 1-for-5 with the man advantage on the night.
The winner of the series will advance to the Canada West semifinal against either the Alberta Golden Bears or Manitoba Bisons. In Canada West men’s hockey playoffs, the first and second place teams receive a bye to the semifinal. The third and fourth place teams host a quarter-final series against the fifth and sixth place teams.
Game 2 is set for Saturday at 7 p.m. at Rutherford Rink. Game 3, if necessary, is Sunday at 7 p.m.