By Daniel Herrick, Sports Information Assistant
November 14, 2013, Saskatchewan (ISN) – The University of Saskatchewan Huskies have enjoyed success in recent years over the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds, but the T-Birds look to win in Saskatoon as they did a year ago.
With 16 points, Saskatchewan’s Derek Hulak trails Calgary’s Chris Collins by just one point for the conference scoring lead. Hulak won the scoring title in 2011-12.
- Saskatchewan is 2-2 on home ice this season, UBC is 0-4 on the road.
- Neither team enters the weekend ranked in the top 10. Alberta (1) and Calgary (3) are the only Canada West teams in the poll.
- Huskie goalie Ryan Holfeld has started all 10 games in 2013-14 and has recorded a conference best 275 saves.
- On January 18, 2013 UBC broke a 14 game winless streak against the Huskies at Rutherford Rink. The Huskies started a new streak the next night with a double overtime win.
Saskatchewan is 121-68-4 all-time against the T-Birds. Since 2010-11 the Huskies are 15-1 in the series with UBC’s lone win coming in January of 2013.
UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA THUNDERBIRDS (3-6-1)
Through 10 games UBC has shown that they can score, but nearing the midway point of the season, the Thunderbirds will need tighten up defensively this weekend in Saskatoon.
UBC has scored just as many goals on the season as the Huskies with 25, but have struggled defensively surrendering 40 goals, the second most in the conference. The T-Birds have outscored their opponents by just five goals combined in their three wins.
Cole Wilson and Anthony Bardaro are the top scorers for the T-Birds 10 games into the season with 11 points each.
Matt Hewitt has started eight games for the T-Birds posting a 3-5 record with a .887 save percentage.
UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (4-6-0)
After dropping a pair of close games to the No. 3 ranked Calgary Dinos, the Huskies hope to use home ice advantage to return to .500 this weekend against UBC.
The Huskies had an early jump on the Dinos, but gave up back-to-back goals late in the first period in a 3-1 loss on Friday. On Saturday, the Huskies struggled to find the back of the net and were shutout 2-0. Both games were one-goal affairs until Calgary added an empty net goal.
Derek Hulak and Kenton Dulle have led the Huskies offensive attack in 2013-14 with 16 and 11 points respectively. Both forwards have scored five goals in 10 games. Rookie Josh Roach has solidified the blue line with a team high +6 rating to go along with four points.
Ryan Holfeld has been in net for all ten games making 275 saves and recording two shutouts.