The No. 7 University of Saskatchewan Huskies exploded for five goals in the opening period en route to a 10-3 win over the Lethbridge Pronghorns in Game 2 of a Canada West Quarter-Final at Rutherford Rink in Saskatoon.
With the win, the Huskies sweep the series 2-0 and advance to the Canada West Semifinal against the University of Alberta Golden Bears in Edmonton.
Saskatchewan opened the scoring just 36 seconds into the opening frame when captain Kyle Ross scored his first goal of the playoffs. Rookie Matthew Spafford scored on a Huskies power-play at 9:01. Brett Ward continued the scoring with a slapshot from the point. Kyle Bortis would get his second point of the period when he banged a Scott Bowles rebound into the open cage. The Huskies would add their fifth on the power play at the 20-minute mark when Ross buried a loose puck in the back of the net.
Leading the way for the Huskies was their top line of Ross, Bortis, and Hulak, who combined for eight points in the first period and 15 points in the game.
Lethbridge found offence from Dominic Moore and Taylor Gal, who were in on all three of the Pronghorn goals. Moore scored two goals and added an assist, while Gal had one goal and two assists. The Pronghorns struggled with the man advantage going just 1-for-7 on the night, while failing to score on nearly a minute of a 5-on-3 advantage.
Huskie netminder Ryan Holfeld made 18 saves for the victory, while Bowles made 20 saves in the losing effort.