Saskatchewan leads best-of-three series 1-0

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February 23, 2013, Saskatoon, SK (ISN) – University of Saskatchewan Huskies’ captain Brennan Bosch tallied a hat trick in 7-1 victory over the visiting University of Manitoba Bisons in Game 1 of a Canada West men’s hockey semifinal Friday night in Saskatoon’s Rutherford Rink.

With the win, the Huskies take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. The winner will move on to the Canada West Final against either the Calgary Dinos or Alberta Golden Bears.

Bosch, who scored twice on the power play, tallied at 14:09 in the second period, at 9:11 and 10:16 in the third period. He also added an assist in his four-point night. Derek Hulak added another five points for the Huskies with two goals and three assists, while 2012-13 scoring leader Kyle Bortis recorded four helpers in the win. Matthew Spafford and Brandon Herrod also scored for the Huskies.

Manitoba’s story was penalty trouble. The Bisons took nine penalties in the first two periods, giving the Huskies three five-on-three opportunities in the first 40 minutes. Saskatchewan went 2-for-14 with the man advantage, while the Bisons were 0-for-five.

The Huskies jumped out of the gates early scoring four goals in the first period.

Bortis sent a pass across the ice to a streaking Spafford who beat Manitoba netminder Jesse Deckert glove side to open the scoring at 7:20. Just 1:22 later Herrod slid the puck passed a diving Deckert. Hulak scored at 14:08 and 18:22 for the 4-0 lead.

The teams traded goals in the second period. Bosch tallied his first on a lose puck in front of Deckert, while the Bisons scored short handed when Brodie Melnychuk found the loose puck scoring on a partial breakaway at 18:14 to make the game 5-1.

Full stats: http://www.leaguestat.com/canadawest/mens/en/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1415

Manitoba goals: B. Melnychuk (18:14 2nd)

Saskatchewan goals: M. Spafford (07:20 1st), B. Herrod (08:42 1st), D. Hulak (14:08 1st), D. Hulak (18:33 1st), B. Bosch (14:09 2nd), B. Bosch (09:11 3rd),B. Bosch (10:16 3rd) 

Bosch added his two goals in the third period.

Deckert made 28 saves in the loss for Manitoba, while Ryan Holfeld made 26 saves in the win for the Huskies.

Puck drop in Game 2 of the best-of-three series is 7 p.m. Saturday at Rutherford Rink. Game 3, if necessary is set for 7 p.m. Sunday.

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