February 2, 2013, Saskatoon, SK (ISN) – Two first period goals held as the difference in a 2-1 University of Calgary victory over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Friday night in Saskatoon’s Rutherford Rink.
The Dinos jumped out to a quick lead scoring just 16 seconds into the game on a goal by Giffen Nyren. Calgary went ahead 2-0 in the frame after a rebound slammed off of Saskatchewan goaltender Ryan Holfeld’s mask and onto Kevin King’s stick at 12:16.
Calgary improves to 16-9-0 with win, while the Huskies drop to 16-8-1. The Dinos’ win combined with a UBC Thunderbirds victory over the Manitoba Bisons creates a logjam for a bye in the first round of playoffs. Just three points separate second through fifth in the standings.
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.
Andrew Bailey scored Saskatchewan’s lone goal with 52 seconds remaining when the Huskies opted for the extra attacker by pulling Holfeld. But Calgary held off the Huskies’ surge for the game-tying goal.
Calgary’s goaltender Dustin Butler made 34 saves in the victory, while Holfeld stopped 15 in the loss.
The two teams will meet again Saturday night at Rutherford Rink. Puck drop is 7 p.m.