October 4, 2013, Calgary – On opening night at the Flames Community Arenas the Saskatchewan Huskies silenced the crowd early and never let up on the Cougars, winning 5-2.
Goals by Ross (2), Dulle (2) and Hulak proved to be the difference. Cody Cartier and Mike Brown registered the only tallies for the home side.
Fueled by a raucous crowd on opening night the Cougars came out flying hitting everything in their path. The Cougars sustained a lot of pressure early but were unable to create any real scoring chances. As the Huskies weathered the storm they drew momentum and began to frustrate the Cougars.
Saskatchewan’s early pressure led to some careless Cougar penalties that ended up costing them. Nearing the end of one man advantage the Huskies finally put one away as Jesse Ross wrapped one in and around an outstretched Dalyn Flette.
Minutes later his first, after another Cougars penalty, Ross chipped in another goal as the Cougar player was leaving the box. Ross’ goals gave the Huskies a 2-0 lead heading into the intermission.
3:12 into the second period the Cougars, a man short once again, were caught with too many men high and Derek Hulak was left standing all alone in the crease. Hulak out waited Flette and chucked a quick backhand into the top corner.
Just minutes later, Cougars forward Cody Cartier led a three on two rush down the ice. Cartier gave the puck up went to the net and got it back, sliding in a nifty little goal to cut the score to 3-1.
Just when the Cougars had showed some life, an atrocious giveaway in their own end left the puck right on the stick of Kenton Dulle in the high slot. Dulle snapped a quick wrister that sent the water bottle flying, 4-1 Huskies.
Dulle added his second goal of the game on a wrap around to put Saskatchewan up 5-1. The goal all but sealed the game with less than five minutes to go.
With just less than three minutes to go Mike Brown tipped in a point shot to get the Cougars to just three back. However it was too little too late, the Huskies took the game 5-2.
Both teams will be back at it with each other tomorrow night as they will face off again at 7:00pm at the Flames Community Arenas.