January 6, 2013, Winnipeg (ISN) Three early University of Saskatchewan Huskies goals led to a 3-2 victory over the visiting University of Manitoba Bisons Saturday night in Saskatoon’s Rutherford Rink.
The No. 3 ranked Huskies tallied at 8:39 and 18:01 in the first and 48 seconds into the second period enroute to the victory.
With the win, Saskatchewan moves to 14-4-0 on the season and sits tied atop the Canada West standings with the Alberta Golden Bears for first place. Manitoba drops to 10-5-3 and remains in the third place.
Huskie Andrew Bailey struck first beating Manitoba goaltender Jesse Deckert on a rebound at 8:39 in the first period. Derek Hulak extended the lead for the Huskies to two beating Deckert on a wrap-around goal at 18:01 in the frame. Brennan Bosch gave the Huskies’ the three goal lead just 48 seconds into the second when a Hulak shot from the point was deflected in.
Manitoba finally got on the scoreboard when Ian Duval struck at 9:54 in the second period on the power play. Pulling within one after killing of a five-on-three, Manitoba’s Matthew Lowry tallied at 17:16.
The Bisons were strong on the penalty kill in the game stopping all seven Huskie opportunities including two five-on-three chances.
Holfeld was strong in the win making 38 saves. Deckert stopped 24 in the loss for Manitoba.
The weekend games completed the season series between the two teams. Saskatchewan and Manitoba each one two of the four meetings in 2012-13. A night earlier, the Bisons won 4-2.
The Huskies travel to face bitter rival the University of Alberta Golden Bears next weekends, while the Bisons return home to host the Mount Royal Cougars.