by Daniel Herrick, Sports Information Assistant
January 18, 2014, Saskatoon (ISN) – Kandace Cook’s first period goal powered the No. 9 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies to a 1-0 victory over the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns Saturday night at Saskatoon’s Rutherford Rink.
While on the power play, Cook made a strong move to get around a Pronghorn defender at the top of the face off circle to get to the front of the net. The forward quickly switched to her backhand and sent a shot to the top corner of the net over the glove of Crystal Patterson at 13:35.
With the win Saskatchewan improves to 13-4-5 on the season, while Lethbridge drops to 7-11-4.
Cassidy Hendricks made 22 save in the Huskies’ goal for her fourth shutout of the season. Patterson made 27 saves in net for Lethbridge.
Saskatchewan held on to the lead in the final minutes with the Pronghorns on the power play. Aislinn Kooistra nearly corralled a loose puck in the crease as Lethbridge pushed for the equalizer. Earlier in the third, Kirsten Reeves broke in alone behind the Huskie defence. Hendricks made the save and held on to negate any chance at a rebound.
The Huskies had their chances to double their lead in the second. Marley Ervine skated in from the blue line and beat Patterson glove side, but the shot rang off the post. Minutes later, Sara Greschner nearly tapped in a back door pass from Cassandra Jorgenson.
Saskatchewan travels to take on the Regina Cougars next weekend. The Pronghorns meet the Mount Royal Cougars in a home-and-home series.