Huskies-Bears renew rivalry in Saskatoon

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October 17, 2013, Saskatoon (ISN) – The classic bitter rivalry built over decades of University men’s hockey between the Saskatchewan Huskies and Alberta Golden Bears continues in an early season matchup in Saskatoon.

Game Date: October 18 & 19

Game Location: Rutherford Rink, 7pm

THE HEADLINES

  • The weekend series will be the 467th and 468th games between the Golden Bears and the Huskies since the historic rivalry began during the 1910-11 season with a 16-0 Alberta victory in Saskatoon on February 27, 1911.
  • This is the first time in the 2013-14 season the Huskies have played at home in Rutherford Rink.
  • Alberta has been perfect in 2013-14 with a 4-0-0 record and allowed just three goals.
  • In the last 14 meetings between the teams, Saskatchewan has won eight.
  • Thursday is the annual Off The Leash Luncheon in support of Huskie Hockey Scholarships. Mike Bossey and Brian Trottier will speak.
  • Saskatchewan (7) is one of three Canada West teams in the CIS Men’s Hockey Top 10. The Huskies are joined by Alberta (1) and Calgary (4).
  • In the 2012-13 regular season and playoffs the two teams meet seven times with the Huskies winning three of those meetings including a sweep in the weekend series in Saskatoon last year. All but two of the seven meetings in 2012-13 were one goal affairs.

THE SERIES

Lifetime the Golden Bears are 305-140-24 (including non-conference, conference and playoff meetings) against the Huskies. In Canada West hockey play, the teams have met 332 times with Alberta leading the series 229-103-20.

No. 1 UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (4-0-0)

Perfect through the first four games of the season, the Golden Bears have proved to be the perennial contender they were expected to be.

Alberta has tallied 21 goals in their first four wins, allowing just three goals against. The Golden Bears swept the Manitoba Bisons 5-0 and 4-0, followed by a sweep over the Mount Royal Cougars 6-2 and 6-1.

The Golden Bears’ offence has come from all over the board with 14 different players scoring. Jordan Rowley leads the goal scoring barrage with four, followed by Jamie Crooks with three. Levko Koper and Kruise Reddick each have tallied two.

Kurtis Mucha and Luke Siemens have split the games in the 2013-14 season.

No. 7 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (2-2-0)

Splitting the first two weekends of the season with the Mount Royal Cougars and Manitoba Bisons, the Huskies hope for a pair of wins over the Golden Bears to stay with the conference front-runners early in the Canada West season.

Saskatchewan has had trouble with consistency early. In the series splits, the Huskies lost by more than three goals or won by more than three goals in the four games. The Huskies have scored 12 goals, but have allowed 11.

Seven different Huskies have scored in the four games. Kenton Dulle leads the offence with two goals and five assists, followed by Jesse Ross with three goals and two assists and 2011-12 scoring champion Derek Hulak at two goals and three helpers.

Ryan Holfeld has been in net for all four games making 126 saves and recording one shutout.

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