September 30, 2012, Calgary, AB – A string of five straight unanswered goals by the University of Saskatchewan would be all the offence they’d need as the Huskies downed the Mount Royal University Cougars 5-3 in Canadian Interuniversity Sport men’s hockey on Saturday night in Calgary.
Markers by Jimmy Bubnick, Andrew Bailey, Brandon Herrod and pair by Derek Hulak helped the Huskies improve to 2-0-0-0 on the season, while the Cougars fell for the second consecutive night, dropping to 0-2-0-0. Ryan Holfeld earn his second ‘W’ of the campaign in goal, making 26 saves, while Cougars netminder Dalyn Flette, making his first start of the season, took the loss in goal with 28 saves.
Fifth-year Cougars head coach Jean Laforest said despite the pair of losses, he was impressed with the way his team came together against the Huskies. “Depsite the results, it was a great weekend,” said Laforest. “We showed that we can compete, and are able to hang with some great teams at this level. Once again, it’s playing the full 60 minutes. We had some defensive lapses that led to their goals that we need to address, and those are things that can be addressed, worked and improved upon, but overall we’re pretty happy.”
The Cougars started the night finding the scoresheet early, as third-year winger Eric Galbraith roofed a wrist shot home nine minutes into the opening frame. The Cougars looked like they’d head to the dressing room with a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of play, but it was once again the ‘late goal’ that would plague the Cougs’ as Jimmy Bubnick would convert a Derek Hulak pass with just seven seconds remaining in the period to tie the score at 1-1.
The second period would see the Huskies continue to press, as former Calgary Hitmen Kyle Bortis was simply outstanding in the period, setting up a pair of goals 10 minutes apart, just two of his game-high five assists on the night to help the Huskies to the 3-1 lead.
Bortis would continue the role of playmaker early in the third, setting up Hulak’s second of the night, before tallying his fifth assist on a power-play marker scored by Brandon Herrod.
With the game seemingly out of reach, the Cougars powerplay came to life in the game’s final 10 minutes, as last year’s leading scorer Tyler Jewitt added his first of the Canada West season. Devin Gannon would cut the lead to two on a power-play goal of his own, his second of the season, but it would be too little, too late for the Cougars, who would drop the final 5-3.
The Cougars will get their first road test of the season in two weeks time, as they head to the University of Alberta to play the Golden Bears on Friday, Oct. 12. before playing host to the Bears one night later at Flames Community Arena. For the Saskatchewan Huskies, they too will get a weekend’s reprieve before heading out to Manitoba to play the Bison’s for a pair of road contests, also starting Oct.12.