by Zach Rogers, Sports Information Assistant
February 21, 2014 (ISN) – Geordie Wudrick scored twice and added an assist as the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds skated to a 5-0 win over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Friday night in Game 1 of a Canada West quarter-final series at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon.
Wudrick got UBC on the scoreboard at 19:11 of the second period. After forcing a turnover at the Huskies blue line he went in all alone beating Huskies netminder Ryan Holfeld over the glove. Wudrick struck again for UBC on another breakaway just 45 seconds into the third period beating Holfeld over the blocker. He capped off his three-point night drawing an assist on Anthony Bardaro’s power play goal.
UBC also received goals from fourth-year forward Nate Fleming and first-year forward Nick Buonassisi, both unassisted. Fleming’s shorthanded tally came with Joe Antilla serving a minor penalty for interference. Fleming used a burst of speed to beat the Huskies’ defence down the right wing before firing a wrist shot blocker side. The Thunderbirds fourth goal was scored from a scrum in front of the net when Buonassisi found the loose puck and chipped it past Holfeld.
Third-year UBC netminder Steven Stanford had a strong night in goal stopping all 22 shots he faced. The best scoring chance for the Huskies came midway through the opening frame. Fourth-year forward Ryan McDonald received a cross-ice pass streaking down the right wing. He fired a shot high to the glove side, but Stanford was up to the task.
Holfeld made 23 saves in the losing effort.
The contest got heated as the Thunderbirds built their lead in the third period. Saskatchewan was whistled for eight minor penalties in the final 20 minutes, while UBC committed seven infractions in the third period.
With the win, the Thunderbirds take a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-three contest.
The two teams will square off Saturday at 2 p.m. In Game 2 at Credit Union Centre. Game 3, if needed, is at 7 p.m. On Sunday.