by Daniel Herrick, Huskies Sports Information Assistant
February 14, 2014, Saskatoon (ISN) – The No. 9 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies closed out their regular season home schedule with a dominating 7-2 win over the University of Regina Cougars Friday night at Saskatoon’s Rutherford Rink.
The win bumps Saskatchewan’s record to 16-10-1, while the loss puts a damper on Regina’s playoff hopes as they drop to 11-14-2. The Cougars move to the bottom of a three-way tie for the final two playoff spots with Mount Royal and UBC.
Ryan Holfeld made 27 saves in the win for Saskatchewan. Andrew Hayes did his best to keep the Cougars in the game with 35 saves.
Canada West scoring race leader Derek Hulak got the scoring underway just 1:19 into the contest with his first of three points on the night. Hulak skated along the boards from behind the net, cutting hard to the middle at the hash marks. From there, the Saskatoon, Sask., native made no mistake with a low wrist shot just inside the post.
After the Huskies hit the post on three consecutive shots on the power play, John Lawrence found the back of the net as the squads returned to even strength. Lawrence buried a Matthew Delahey pass to make it 2-0 at 15:24.
Jesse Ross scored his first of two goals on the night with a backhand shot at 18:01 of the first period when he was left all alone just feet in front of Hayes. Ross opened the second period scoring with a goal at 6:54. Craig McCallum set the play up with a hard drive behind the Cougar net, finding Ross open in the slot.
Just 13 seconds later Lawrence tallied his second of the night on another play set up from behind the net by McCallum. Lawrence one timed the pass over the pad of Hayes for his seventh of the season.
The Huskie power play came alive late in the second period, scoring twice in as many chances. Hulak set up a Brennan Bosch goal at 13:16 by streaking in from the blue line looking to shoot before sending a quick pass to the Huskie captain who wired it past the glove of Hayes.
On their next opportunity with the man advantage it was Hulak setting up another goal, making two defenders miss as he walked in with the puck from the blue line, sending a one-time pass to Kenton Dulle in the slot. Dulle sent the puck to the top corner of the net at 15:21 to give the Huskies a commanding 7-0 lead after 40 minutes.
Regina managed to get on the board at 4:08 of the third period with Ian McNulty’s second goal of the season. Ryan Dech scored his third of the year with a slap shot from the blue line that glanced off the left post and past a stretched Holfeld.
The two teams meet Saturday night in Regina in the final night of Canada West men’s hockey action.