SASKATOON – A back and forth affair between the University of Saskatchewan Huskies and the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns ended in a 3-3 drawn Sunday afternoon in PotashCorp Park.
Saskatchewan had the lead all three times in the match, but the Pronghorns were quick to tie the game up. The ‘Horns answered each of the Huskies three goals in seven minutes or less.
Saskatchewan’s record moves to 4-3-3, while Lethbridge is now 2-5-1 with today’s result.
The Huskies opened the game strong with a pair of early chances. Bryce Marinus found Marcello Gonzalez in the box in the seventh minute and with a quick shot to the far right post, Gonzalez gave the Huskies the lead.
Quick to respond, Chris Rushworth took the ball at the Huskies defensive line and sent a quick pass for a sprinting Allan Siwela. Siwela finished off the pass with ease to tie the match at one in the ninth minute.
The Huskies had the majority of the scoring opportunities in the first half. Tyler Redl sent a hard header on net that Pronghorn keeper Nolan French made a spectacular save to keep the match all square in the 20th minute. Just five minutes later, fifth-year Bobbi Nicholat headed the ball past a defender before chasing it down and sending a shot that French deflected off the cross bar.
After a couple of early chances in the second half, the Huskies broke through again in the 63rd. Mitch Bauche sent a ball into the box for Tyler Redl who headed it past a challenging French.
Again the Pronghorns were quick to answer. In the 70th minute, Siwela got his second goal of the match. This time Siwela sent a shot from inside the box on the left across to the far right post.
Late in the game Nicholat sent a cross in for David Brown. A quick move to beat a defender for the ball and patience to outwait the challenging French on the play, led to Brown’s goal to put the Huskies back in front at 3-2.
In added time, Lethbridge would ruin any celebration for the host Huskies with a late goal. After a Greg Buckley save and a shot off the cross bar, Chris Rushworth was able to control the ball and with the keeper just getting back to challenge, send a shot into the back of the net.
Saskatchewan will enjoy a bye next weekend, while Lethrbidge hosts the Winnipeg Wesmen.