October 14, 2012, Saskatoon, SK – On the strength of three goals in the first period, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies defeated the visiting University of Manitoba Bisons 5-2 Saturday night in Saskatoon’s Rutherford Rink.

The Huskies tallied the three markers within seven minutes of each other scoring at 11:19, 15:02 and 18:02 in the frame.

It was Huskies’ (1-2-1) first win of the young Canada West women’s hockey season. Manitoba falls to 1-3. A night earlier, the Bisons won 3-2 over the Huskies at Rutherford.

Manitoba’s Caitlin MacDonald opened the scoring on the power play at 8:30 in the first period when she was able to tip Nellie Minshull’s shot from the point past Huskie goaltender Justine DeNure.

The Huskies answered back with three goals of their own in the first frame. On a rush up the ice, Saskatchewan’s Danny Stone notched the game at one with a shot that went top shelf at 11:19. Paige Anakaer added the Huskies’ second goal at 15:02 on a breakaway. Hanna McGillivray tallied the final goal of the frame at18:02 on the power play with a shot from the point.

Manitoba answered quickly in the second period with Amy Lee netting the Bisons’ second goal just 1:05 into the frame on a scramble in front of the net.

The Huskies’ Cami Wooster added the fourth goal at 8:51 in the third period and rookie Rachel Johnson scored her first CIS goal at 12:37 on the power play.

DeNure made 24 saves in the win for the Huskies. Leiette Klassen allowed three goals on five shots before being replaced by Dee-Ana Marion who finished the game with 11 saves.

The Huskies travel to Edmonton to face the Alberta Pandas next weekend, while Manitoba returns home to host the Mount Royal Cougars.