Manitoba Bisons Extend Lifeline

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February 24, 2013, Saskatoon, SK (ISN) – The University of Manitoba Bisons extended their playoff lifeline with a 4-1 Game 2 victory over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies in a Canada West men’s hockey best-of-three semifinal Saturday night in Saskatoon’s Rutherford Rink.

Needing a win to stay alive after a lopsided 7-1 loss in Game 1, the Bisons took the victory with four different Manitoba skaters scoring in the game. Ian Duval, Dane Crowley, Matthew Lowry and James Henry each tallied for the Bisons.

The winner of the series will face the University of Alberta Golden Bears in Edmonton in the Canada West Final. Alberta swept their semifinal series against the Calgary Dinos.

After a scoreless first period, Manitoba opened the scoring at 11:26 in the second when Duval flipped the puck into an open net after a Ryan Holfeld rebound. Manitoba jumped to a 2-0 lead on an early third period power play. Crowley was able to beat Holfeld five-hole at 3:35.

Second-year defenceman Zak Stebner cut the Bisons’ lead in half with a hard shot from the point at 11:37 in the third period on the power play. But the momentum from the goal was cut quickly when Lowry came streaking down the ice just 54 seconds later to restore the Bisons’ two goal lead.

James Henry added an empty net goal at 19:09.

Twice in the second period, Saskatchewan thought they had found the scoreboard. A hard shot from the point, bounced off the crossbar on a power play and Manitoba netminder Jesse Deckert stopped a sliding puck just before it crossed the goal line just seconds after the Bisons’ second period goal.

Deckert made 33 saves in the win for the Bisons, while Holfeld stopped 21 in the loss for Saskatchewan.

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