October 17, 2012, Saskatoon, SK – Familiarity breeds rivalry. And a classic rivalry is exactly what has been built over decades of University men’s hockey between the Saskatchewan Huskies and Alberta Golden Bears. The two perennial Canada West favourites will battle in an early season meeting Friday and Saturday in Saskatoon’s Credit Union Centre.
The games will feature the arena the Huskies will host the 2013 & 2014 CIS PotashCorp University Cup in.
The weekend series will be 460th and 461st games between the Golden Bears and the Huskies since the historic rivalry began during the 1910-11 season with a 16-0 Alberta victory in Saskatoon on February 27, 1911.
Lifetime the Golden Bears are 301-137-24 (including non-conference, conference and playoff meetings) against the Huskies. In Canada West hockey play, the teams have met 328 times with Alberta leading the series 227-101-20. In 2011-12 regular season and playoffs, the two teams meet seven times with the Huskies winning five of those meetings including the Canada West semifinal series in Edmonton.
Tied at the top of the early standings with a slew of Canada West teams, the No. 1 ranked Golden Bears and the No. 4 ranked Huskies eachenter with a 3-1-0 record. Saskatchewan’s blip on the map came last weekend in a 3-1 loss to the Manitoba Bisons in Winnipeg, while Alberta lost 2-1 to Mount Royal.
Last season’s conference leading scorer Derek Hulak and linemateKyle Bortis picked up where they left off the 2011-12 season – each collecting eight points already. New Huskie Jimmy Bubnick has chipped in with the offence tallying two goals and five three assists.
Alberta’s offence has tallied 15 goals in their four games led by Jordan Hickmott with six points and Johnny Lazo, Levko Koper and Sean Ringrose with five apiece.
Ryan Holfeld has started all four games for the Huskies in 2012-13 tallying a 2.75 goals against average and a .900 save percentage. Goaltending partner DavidReekie is injured.
Kurtis Mucha and Real Cyr have equaled time in net for the Golden Bears each starting two games. Mucha has a 1.50 GAA and a .921 save percentage after two games,while Cyr’s save percentage is .927 and GAA is 2.02.
Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday. Both games will be webcast on canadawest.tv, while Saturday’s game can be heard live on the929bullrocks.com. For tickets visit, www.ticketmaster.ca or call 306-938-7800.