By: Daniel Herrick, U of S Sports Information Student Assistant
November 16, 2013, Saskatoon (ISN) – University of Saskatchewan goalie Ryan Holfeld made 24 saves in a 3-0 shutout over the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds 3-0 Saturday night in Saskatoon’s Rutherford Rink.
The Leroy, SK native made a diving glove save and recovered to make another sprawling pad save in the final 30 seconds to preserve his Canada West leading third shutout of the season.
Saskatchewan (6-6) gets back to .500 on the season with the weekend sweep. A night earlier, the Huskies won 6-3. With their third straight loss, the T-Birds drop to 3-8-1.
Josh Roach opened the scoring for the Huskies at 15:08 of the first period. Brennan Bosch carried the puck into the offensive zone along the left boards before sending a pass into the slot for Roach who made no mistake beating Steven Stanford for his third goal of the season.
The T-Birds had a great chance to even the score while on the man advantage with under three minutes to play in the first. Three UBC players jammed away for a rebound at the pads of Holfeld, but the 5-11 goalie would not be beaten giving the Huskies a 1-0 lead after twenty minutes.
Saskatchewan went to the power play in the second period applying relentless pressure while on a 5-on-3 advantage. Andrew Bailey set up with the puck along the goal line to the right of Stanford and found a pinching Connor Cox with a tape-to-tape pass that Cox hammered in for his first CIS goal at 7:25.
At 15:20, seconds after a T-Bird penalty had expired, Chad Suer corralled the puck in the neutral zone, skated across the blue line and fired a knuckling slap shot over the arm of Stanford to give the Huskies a 3-0 lead after two periods.
UBC’s Brendon Wall managed to beat Holfeld late in the second but his shot rang off the cross bar.
The Saskatchewan defense stood its ground in the third period as UBC kept coming on offense. Bailey laid down to block back-to-back shots on the penalty kill and Holfeld needed a new mask after taking a shot directly to the cage.
Stanford made 31 saves in the loss.
Saskatchewan outshot the T-Birds 34-27 in the contest.
The Huskies finished the night 1-for-8 on the power play. UBC was held scoreless on its seven chances.
Saskatchewan will play a home-and-home with provincial rivals the Regina Cougars. The Huskies travel to Regina for a Wednesday night matchup before hosting the Cougars at Rutherford Rink on Thursday. UBC will host the Manitoba Bisons in Vancouver next weekend.