by Nicole Betker
January 3, 2014, Saskatoon (ISN) – University of Saskatchewan alternate captain Derek Hulak scored the lone goal in a shootout to lift the Huskies 5-4 over the visiting University of Manitoba Bisons Friday night at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon.
The Canada West leading scorer’s goal beat Manitoba’s goalie Joe Caligiuri stick side on a quick shot. Ryan MacDonald and Jesse Ross were stopped, while Saskatchewan netminder Ryan Holfeld stopped Bisons Aaron Lewadniuk, Jesse Paradis and Ian Duval.
Saskatchewan led 3-1 halfway through the third period, but Manitoba scored three goals in a 3:27 span to take a 4-3 lead. Huskie Matthew Spafford tied the game at four just four seconds after a Manitoba penalty expired at 17:44 to send the game to overtime.
With the win, the Huskies improve to 9-7-1, while the Bisons drop to 7-8-2.
Returning to the Saskatchewan lineup for the second half of the season, Craig McCallum opened the scoring on a quick tic-tac-toe play just 1:42 into the game.
Ross extended the Huskies lead at 11:23 in the first period on a scramble in front of the net. When Caligiuri was unable to freeze the puck in the crease, Ross was able to bang the puck into the net. Zak Stebner increased the Huskies lead to 3-0 at 8:42 with a hard shot from the point on a power play in the second period.
Jory Coates got Manitoba on the board at 14:32 of the second period. Coates slick move crossed up Holfeld and he shot it into the empty net to cut the lead to 3-1.
Lewadniuk tallied Manitoba’s second goal deking Holfeld to the left. Holfeld was able to get his glove on the puck, but it still slid through to pull within one at 11:05 in the third. Just 1:52 later, Paradis notched the game at three beating Holfeld on a quick shot on a 3-on-1 advantage. Manitoba took the lead on Lewadniuk’s second goal that floated by Holfeld’s glove 1:35 later.
Holfeld made 35 saves for the Huskies, while Caligiuri stopped 24 at the other end of the ice for Manitoba.
The two teams will meet again Saturday at 2 p.m. at Credit Union Centre. For tickets visit ticketmaster.ca