Defensive breakdown hurts Huskies


October 5, 2013, SASKATCHEWAN – Capitalizing on a University of Saskatchewan defensive breakdown in the third period, the Mount Royal University Cougars walked away with a 2-1 win over the Huskies Saturday night in Saskatoon’s Rutherford Rink.

Tied 1-1 with just over five minutes to play in the final frame, Saskatchewan couldn’t get the puck out of their zone. Cougars forward Kacy Smith jumped on a loose puck in a scramble in front of the net to give Mount Royal the 2-1 lead and eventual win.

With the win, the teams split the Canada West season opening series to sit at 1-1. Saskatchewan won 3-1 a night earlier.

Mount Royal opened the scoring at 16:12 in the first period when Reanna Arnold scooped up a Karen Lefsrud rebound and potted the puck five-hole. Saskatchewan finally found the equalizer at 8:56 in the third on a two-on-one when Chelsey Sundby snapped the puck just past Cougars goalie Jesse Ross.

Ross finished the game with 24 saves, while Lefsrud stopped 25 in her CIS debut.

The Huskies remain home to host the Manitoba Bisons next weekend, while Mount Royal returns home to host the Alberta Pandas.