January 31, 2013, Saskatoon, SK (ISN) – Hoping to slide into a top two position in the Canada West men’s hockey standings, the No. 7 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies will have a tough test against the visiting No. 10 ranked university of Calgary Dinos.
The Dinos visit Rutherford Rink Friday and Saturday.
In Canada West men’s hockey, six teams are granted life in the playoffs. The top two teams receive byes through a quarter-final series and home ice in semifinals against the winners of the quarter-finals.
Saskatchewan, who has won just three of their eight games in 2013, enters the weekend in third place in the conference standings with a 16-7-1 record. The Huskies sit just one point behind the second place Manitoba Bisons (15-5-4), and just three points ahead of the Dinos (15-9-0).
To secure a bye in the first round of playoffs, the Huskies need to gain at least one point on the Manitoba Bisons in the four games remaining in the regular season.
The Huskies trouble in 2013 has been an inability to keep leads. In five of the eight games in 2013, Saskatchewan has given up the lead. In just two of those games, they managed to win in overtime.
Calgary and Saskatchewan split their first meeting between the teams in Calgary in 2012-13. Since 2005-06, the Huskies are 23-15 against the Dinos including four playoff series.
Kyle Bortis continues to lead the Huskies in scoring, sitting second in the conference with 10 goals and 21 assists in 24 games. Captain Brennan Bosch, who sits 10th in scoring, has also had a strong season with 12 goals and 11 assists.
Brock Nixon and Walker Wintoneak have led the Dinos throughout 2012-13. Nixon has tallied nine goals and 16 assists, while Wintoneak has 12 goals and 12 helpers.
Ryan Holfeld has played in all 24 games for the Huskies this season and enters the weekend with a 2.92 goals against average and a .904 save percentage. Calgary’s Dustin Butler and Jacob DeSerres have split time in net for the Dinos. Butler has a 2.55 GAA and .897 save percentage entering the weekend, while DeSerres sits with a 2.04 GAA and a .918 save percentage.