Huskies close regular season against Regina

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by Daniel Herrick, Sports Information Assistant

February 12, 2014 (ISN) – Having already clinched a postseason berth, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies can put a damper on provincial rivals the University of Regina Cougars’ playoff hopes with a home-and-home sweep this weekend.

THE HEADLINES

  • With 43 points, Saskatchewan’s Derek Hulak holds an eight-point lead in the Canada West scoring race heading into the final weekend of action. Hulak won the scoring title in 2011-12 and was named a CIS First Team All-Canadian.
  • Saskatchewan enters the weekend ranked ninth in the CIS. Alberta (1) and Calgary (3) are the only other teams from the Canada West in the Top 10.
  • Both teams wrap up conference play Saturday night in Regina.
  • Regina won the first two meetings of the season in a home-and-home series in November. Saskatchewan managed to force overtime in Saskatoon.
  • Regina is tied for fifth in the conference with 24 points. UBC, in seventh, trails Regina and Manitoba by just two points for the final spot.
  • Huskie goalie Ryan Holfeld has started 25-of-26 games in 2013-14 and has recorded three shutouts and a .918 save percentage. Holfeld leads the CIS in minutes played.

THE SERIES

The Cougars won the first meeting of the season in Regina and knocked off the Huskies in overtime in Saskatoon a night later. Since 2005-06 the Huskies are 28-11-2 against Regina. Saskatchewan is 16-4-2 at home during that stretch including a pair of overtime wins in 2012-13.

UNIVERSITY OF REGINA COUGARS (11-13-2)

The Regina Cougars enter the final weekend of Canada West play in jeopardy of dropping out of the final playoff spot.

Regina has lost 7-of-9 and is tied for fifth in the conference with 24 points, just two ahead of seventh place UBC. The Cougars do not hold the tiebreaker with UBC.

Cody Fowlie leads the Cougars with 19 points (6 goals, 13 assists) on the season. Rookie defenceman Brody Luhning leads all Regina blue liners with 13 points.

Andrew Hayes and Lucas Gore have split 26 games in net. Hayes has posted three shutouts and a .913 save percentage.

NO. 10 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (15-10-1)

Having already locked up third place in the Canada West standings, the Huskies look to finish the season on a high note against their provincial rivals.

Saskatchewan could knock the Cougars out of the playoff hunt with a sweep and a UBC win.

Derek Hulak’s conference scoring lead is now up to eight points. Hulak has tallied 11 goals and 32 assists on the year.

Ryan Holfeld has started 25-of-26 games for the Huskies posting a 2.43 goals against average and .918 save percentage. Holfeld leads the conference in wins with 14 and is tied for the most shutouts with three while leading the CIS in minutes played.

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