October 5, 2013, Calgary – The Mount Royal Cougars (0-1-0) avenged their loss last night to the Saskatchewan Huskies (1-0-0) beating the Huskies 5-1 in game two of the weekend double header.
Kevin Knopp, Eric Galbraith (2), Mike Brown and Cody Cartierl scored for Mount Royal and John Lawrence notched the only goal for Huskies.
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Moments into the game Cougar’s Captain Kevin Knopp hopped all over a rebound and slid it in between the legs of the Huskies net minder. Unlike last night’s game the Cougars were finally able to capitalize on some early pressure.
Before the fans could even sit back down, last year’s leading scorer Eric Galbraith grabbed a slick pass from Cody Cartier and buried his first of the year. Limited stoppages of play provided an extremely quick period that saw the Cougars up 2-0.
An early powerplay gave the Cougars some early pressure. While they didn’t score they kept the Saskatchewan penalty killers penned in their zone for the full two minutes.
The Cougars were once again plagued by penalties. After Beech took an elbowing penalty, ten second later, Bill Marshall grabbed his opponent’s stick and threw it giving Saskatchewan a 1:50 minute 5 on 3. However some solid goaltending by Flette and some fearless shot blocking by the Cougar’s forwards got them out of a troubling shorthanded situation.
The Cougars momentum was proving to be just to strong. Once again they found themselves a man short but a quick bounce changed gave Scott McKay and Mike Brown a two on one. McKay got wide and dished the puck to Brown who ripped the puck high glove side on Ryan Holfeld.
Mount Royal opened the period on a power play that carried over from the second but could not convert. The Huskies did end up converting on their next opportunity as John Lawrence converted a beautiful cross ice feed from Dulle.
Eric Galbraith added a late goal for the goal to give the Cougars a four goal cushion and that would be the final. The Cougars earn a much deserved win and split the series with the Huskies.
This evens the Cougars record to 1-1-0 and the Huskies slide to 1-1-0.
The Cougars will be on the road next Friday as they visit Alberta while the Huskies will head east to play the Manitoba Bisons.