November 16, 2012, CALGARY (ISN) – It was a night of firsts for the University of Calgary Dinos as they pounced for an 8-0 victory over the defending Canada West champion and No. 3-ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies on Friday night at the Father David Bauer Arena.
Five different players scored their first goals of the season for Calgary as they improved their record to 6-5-0. The win comes after they suffered their first sweep of the season last weekend against the Alberta Golden Bears.
With the loss, the Huskies now sit at 8-3-0. The visitors were playing without key forwards Jimmy Bubnick and Derek Hulak. Last weekend Saskatchewan split against their provincial rival Regina Cougars, which bumped them out of first place in the national rankings and behind Alberta in the conference standings.
“Based on how we had been playing, this was a big win,” explained head coach Mark Howell. “I thought our work ethic in the first period and afterwards allowed us to get some of the bounces we got. We had some lucky ones, but I thought we worked hard and earned those bounces.”
The two-game set between Calgary and Saskatchewan marked the first time these two teams had faced-off since the 2012 Canada West Finals. After going up 1-0 in the series against the Huskies, the Dinos were eventually knocked off as Saskatchewan came from behind to grab the conference title in Game 3 with a series winning goal by Brett Ward in triple overtime.
Dinos, who have struggled in the opening game of series this year, got out to a great start on Friday night. The team played with more speed and intensity then they had in recent series which allowed them to strike early and often. The Huskies took a number of penalties in the first, which allowed the Dinos to get their offence jumpstarted.
Calgary opened the scoring at the 8:50 mark of the first period during a two-on-one odd-man rush. Coming in from the left side, Walker Wintoneak looked off his teammate as he fired a shot past Ryan Holfeld for his fifth of the campaign.
Just over a minute later, the Dinos extended their lead to 2-0. Holfeld attempted to play the puck rimmed around the boards, but the rubber took an odd bounce. With the Huskies’ goaltender out of position, Blake Clement tapped a shot in from the side of the net for his first of the year.
The great play by Calgary continued into the second period where at the 5:44 mark they made it 3-0. A scramble around the Saskatchewan goal ended with Rylan Wiest posting his first CIS goal from the left side of the cage.
Three minutes after that, the Dinos struck again when a blast from the blue line by Kodie Curran stretched the twine behind Holfeld. The goal was Curran’s first of the season.
The third period saw the game get out of hand as Calgary added four more goals. Giffen Nyren scored his first CIS goal at the 4:48 mark and was followed up by Max Ross with his second of the season to end Holfeld’s night. With Blake Voth between the pipes for the Huskies, Tyler Fiddler would score his eighth with Brooks Myers netting his first goal as a Dino in the final minute.
“It is always nice to break the goose egg on the season, it was kind of a lucky bounce as it popped off the wall,” said Myers of his first CIS goal. “It was nice to get some secondary scoring, I’m sure the first line appreciated it.”
Making a second consecutive start for the first time in his Dinos career, Jacob DeSerres was stellar in goal as he stopped all 19 shots for his first collegiate shutout.
“It is pretty exciting, it is just like any other win, but the shutout is a perk,” mentioned DeSerres. “I don’t think anybody expected a game like this, they barely ever happen in this conference.”
“We had a few moments in the first were we weren’t very good and DeSerres made some big saves and was very good controlling his rebounds and not getting pushed around in his crease,” added Howell.
These two teams return to action tomorrow night in the finale of this two-game set at the Father David Bauer Arena with puck drop at 6 p.m. The Crowchild Classic hits the ice for the first time this season next weekend as Calgary and Mount Royal play a home-and-home set from Nov. 22-23. The Huskies return home next weekend for games against the Lethbridge Pronghorns on Nov. 23-24.