Strueby, Dech score as Cougars edge Saskatchewan 2-1

REGINA, Sask. – The University of Regina’s men’s hockey team had goals from Matt Strueby and Ryan Dech and a solid 19-save performance from goalie Lucas Gore in a 2-1 win over Saskatchewan on Saturday night at The Co-operators Centre.

The win gives the Cougars three out of a possible four points against the No. 1-ranked Huskies during the two-game home-and-home series, as Saskatchewan won 2-1 in overtime on Friday night in Saskatoon. The Cougars (6-3-1) remain in a tie for third place in the Canada West standings, while Saskatchewan (8-2-0) suffers just its second loss of the conference schedule and drops to second place behind Alberta.
Zak Stebner scored Saskatchewan’s lone goal.
Strueby opened the scoring for the Cougars late in the first period after going to the backhand to beat Saskatchewan goalie Ryan Holfeld on a partial breakaway. Strueby’s goal, an unassisted effort, was his fifth of the Canada West schedule.
Stebner tied the game midway through the second period on a shot from the point that went top shelf. Cody Smuk drew the lone assist on Stebner’s first of the season.
The Cougars regained the lead four minutes later when rookie defenceman Ryan Dech notched the first of his career. He took a pass from behind the goal line from Troy Hunter and beat Holfeld, scoring what would turn out to be the game-winning goal. Hunter and Tyler Murray both assisted on Dech’s goal.
The Cougars outshot Saskatchewan in all three periods. They held an 11-7 advantage in the first, a 13-6 edge in the second, and a 9-7 advantage in the third and ended up with 33 shots to the Huskies’ 20.
Holfeld ended up with 31 saves for Saskatchewan, which will travel to Calgary next weekend for a pair of road games against the Dinos. The Cougars return home next Friday and Saturday for a pair of games against the Alberta Golden Bears.

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