Manitoba Bisons became the first team To Beat Huskies


(ISN) – The visiting University of Manitoba Bisons became the first team in the 2014-15 men’s hockey season to defeat the No. 3 ranked University of Saskatchewan with a 4-1 win Friday nigh in Saskatoon’s Rutherford Rink.

With the win, Manitoba improves to 3-2-0, while the Huskies drop to 4-1-0 after winning its first four games of the season.

In the game for Manitoba, Aaron Lewadniuk tallied one goal and two assists, while Luke Paulsen had two goals and Shaquille Merasty added one goal and one assist.

Saskatchewan’s Matthew Spafford opened the scoring at 7:12 in the first period. His quick shot from the slot beat Bisons’ netminder Deven Dubyk.

Lewadniuk tied the game at one with just 28 seconds left in the first frame. A quick pass from Darren Bestland from behind the net landed on Lewadniuk’s stick. His shot beat netminder Ryan Holfeld top shelf glove side.

Paulsen gave the Bisons’ a 2-1 lead just 34 seconds into the second period on a power play. Merasty added the third goal at 10:08 in the same frame.

The Bisons scored the insurance goal on a three-on-one at 9:16 in the third period. Huskie defenceman Jordan Fransoo was able to get his stick on the cross-ice pass from Lewadniuk but it landed straight on the stick of Paulsen and the shot went into the net before Holfeld could get back across.

Dubyk made 28 saves in the win, while Holfeld made 24 saves in the loss at the other end of the ice for the Huskies.

The two teams will battle again Saturday night. Puck drop is 7 p.m. at Rutherford Rink.

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