|1st – 3:40||PP – Liam Heelis (Saskatchewan)|
|1st – 5:29||Cody Smuk (Acadia)|
|1st – 9:50||PP – Brennan Bosch (Acadia)|
|2nd – 15:58||Leo Jenner (Saskatchewan)|
|3rd – 17:58||Derek Hulak (Acadia)|
| G: 3 Players (#10, #19, #24 – 1)
A: 3 Players (#10, #19, #21 – 1)
Sh: Chris Owens – 5
Sv: Ryan Holfeld – 26
| G: 2 Players (#7, #17 – 1)
A: Brett Thompson – 2
Sh: Brennan Bosch – 6
Sv: Evan Mosher – 27
|Power Plays||1 for 9||1 for 5|
|Penalties (min)||5 (10)||10 (28)|
|Shots on Goal||30||28|
|Face Offs Won||0||0|
Courtesy of host organizing committee / Photo creditJosh Schaefer
SASKATOON (CIS) – Derek Hulak scored on a breakaway withtwo minutes and two seconds remaining in regulation to lift thefifth-seeded and tournament host University of Saskatchewan Huskiespast the No. 2 Acadia Axemen 3-2 in the second game of Pool B atthe CIS men’s hockey championship in front of 8,104 delightedfans at Credit Union Centre, Friday night.
With the win, Saskatchewan (1-0) ties Windsor (1-0) atop the Pool Bstandings. The Huskies and the Lancers, who beat Acadia (0-2) 4-2on Thursday, will square off on Saturday at 7 p.m. SaskatchewanTime, live on Sportsnet 360, with the winner advancing to thechampionship final on Sunday.
The Huskies were skating in their first game in 26 days afterbeing eliminated in the first round of the Canada West playoffs byUBC on Feb. 23.
Hulak, the reigning Canada West player of the year and scoringchampion with 48 points in 28 league games, corralled team captainBrennan Bosch’s pass in the neutral zone and came in down theleft wing, cut hard to the middle, evaded the poke of goaltenderEvan Mosher and slide the puck into the open cage sending thepro-Huskie crowd into euphoria.
“This one definitely ranks up there,” said Hulak, whenasked to rate how this goal compares to others he has scored in hiscareer.
The Axemen, who came into the tourney as Atlantic conferencechamps, pulled their goalie with 1:50 remaining in the game butwere unable to get the equalizer. A late hooking penalty againstBrett Thompson with 1:08 left sealed Acadia’s fate.
It was a back and forth affair with both teams losing one goalleads through the first 40 minutes of play.
Acadia opened the scoring on a power play goal at 3:40 of thefirst period when Liam Heelis, the CIS player of the year, scoredhis second marker of the tournament. Heelis received the puck atthe top of the left face-off circle and stick handled his way tothe slot before beating Huskie netminder Ryan Holfeld on the gloveside.
Saskatchewan answered less than two minutes later when Cody Smukfinished off a great play from Bosch. Bosch stole the puck behindthe Axemen’s net and brought it out to the top of the creaseand laid a drop pass for Smuk, who fired the puck past Mosher.
The Huskies took their first lead of the contest midway through thefirst period on a power play goal from Bosch. Hulak circled theAxemen’s zone and found Bosch in the high slot, whose wristshow found its way through a screen and into the back of thenet.
With four minutes to go in the second frame, Leo Jenner made it 2-2after finishing off a great individual play from Heelis. Heelisdangled his way through the Huskie defensive corps to create a 2-1rush before making a perfect saucer pass to Jenner, who buried theone-timer.
The Huskies win sets up a semi-final scenario for their gameagainst Windsor Saturday night.
The loss officially eliminated the Axemen, who finish thetournament 0-2.
“The outcome wasn’t what we wanted,” said Heelis.“The guys battled hard and we have unbelievable group of guysin our change room. It was definitely a learning experience for allof us here.”
“I couldn’t be more proud of our guys… it’sarguably the best group of guys I’ve ever coached,”said Darren Burns, head coach of Acadia.
Both goalies made key saves to keep the game close. Holfeldfinished the contest with 26 saves in the winning effort, whileMosher made 27.
Hulak was named player of the game for the Huskies, whileThompson earned the honour for the Axemen.
The PotashCorp University Cup presented by Co-op resumes Saturdayat 2 p.m. Saskatchewan Time with the final game of Pool A betweenthe top-ranked Alberta Golden Bears and the No. 4 McGill Redmen.The winner will play Saskatchewan or Windsor for the CIS banner onSunday.
1. ACA Liam Heelis (2) (Brett Thompson, Chris Owens), 3:40PP
2. SSK Cody Smuk (1) (Andrew Bailey), 5:29
3. SSK Brennan Bosch (1) (Derek Hulak), 9:50 PP
Hobbs (SSK) interference, 2:32;
Hulak (SSK) roughing, 6:00;
Gibbons (ACA) interference, 7:50;
Jenner (ACA) high sticking, 9:13;
Heelis (ACA) holding, 11:19;
Gibbons (ACA) boarding, 12:24;
McCallum (SSK) hooking, 13:35.
4. ACA Leo Jenner (1) (Liam Heelis, Brett Thompson), 15:58
Dulle (SSK) high sticking, 1:03;
Cazzola (ACA) slashing, 7:36;
Thompson (ACA) tripping, 13:41;
Cazzola (ACA) high sticking, 19:52.
5. SSK Derek Hulak (1) (Brennan Bosch), 17:58
Heelis (ACA) checking from behind, 10-minute misconduct,2:17;
McDonald (SSK) tripping, 14:23;
Thompson ACA) hooking, 18:52.
GOALS (by period)
SSK 2-0-1: 3
ACA 1-1-0: 2
SHOTS ON GOAL (by period)
SSK 6-11-11: 28
ACA 9-11-10: 30
SSK – Ryan Holfeld (W, 1-0, 30 shots, 28 saves, 2 GA,60:00)
ACA – Evan Mosher (L, 0-2, 28 shots, 25 saves, 3 GA,59:21)
ACA – Empty net (0 GA, 0:39)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME:
SSK: Derek Hulak
ACA: Brett Thompson
REFEREES: Nathan Wieler, Scott Ferguson
LINESMEN: Mike Roberts, Sean Dufour
POOLSTANDINGS, SCHEDULE & RESULTS (LOCAL TIME)
Pool A standings (after 2 of 3 games)
Pool B standings (after 2 of 3 games)
Thursday, March 20
13:00 Pool A #1: Alberta 3, Carleton 2
19:00 Pool B #1: Windsor 4, Acadia 2
Friday, March 21
13:00 Pool A #2: McGill 3, Carleton 2
19:00 Pool B #2: Saskatchewan 3, Acadia 2
Sunday, March 23
13:30 Final (Sportsnet & www.CIS-SIC.tv)
* The webcasts of the 3 televised games will be on pay-per-viewbasis.
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