October 10, 2012, Saskatoon, SK – After two tough losses to open the Canada West women’s hockey season, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies will look to get on track in a series at home against the University of Manitoba Bisons.
The Bisons hit Rutherford Rink Friday and Saturday.
Saskatchewan started the season with two losses to the new Mount Royal Cougars. Both were heartbreaking to the Huskies. After coming from behind in the first game of the series to lead 3-2, the Cougars scored the game tying goal with nine seconds left on the clock and went on to win 4-3 in overtime. A night later, a rare goal with 28 seconds left on the clock gave Mount Royal a 3-2 win.
Manitoba also opened the season with two losses to bitter rival the Alberta Pandas at home last weekend. Alberta clipped the Bisons 2-1 and 3-1 in the weekend series in Winnipeg.
Since 1997-98, the Huskies have a 21-44 record againstManitoba including a split in their four meetings in 2011-12.
Despite the losses, Huskies’ captain and two-time Canada West all-star Cara Wooster started the season on the right foot tallying two goals and two assists in the weekend series. Twin sister Cami Wooster, as well as Shelby Davey and Kandace Cook also scored for the Huskies in the openingweekend.
Manitoba, who lost all-time team leading scorer Addie Miles, looks to Nellie Minshull and Maggie Litchfield-Medd to create offence for the Bisons. Minshull finished 2011-12ninth in conference scoring with 21 points, followed by Litchfield-Medd in 11th with 20 points.
Cassidy Hendricks and Justine DeNure split time in net for the Huskies on the weekend each starting a game. DeNure was strong in the overtime loss making 43 saves, while Hendricks was also solid in her first CIS game making 23 saves.
Third-year goaltender Leiette Klassen will play the bulk of the time in net for the Bisons. She made 39 saves in her two starts in the opening weekend.
Puck drop is 7 p.m. both Friday and Saturday at Rutherford Rink. For tickets, call 306-966-1111 or visit huskies.usask.ca.