Calgary, AB- On Saturday night at the Flames Community Arenas, the Mount Royal Cougars (4-4-2) dropped their second straight game at the hands of the Canada West leading University of Saskatchewan Huskies (9-1), by a score of 4-1.
Kohl Bauml, Josh Roach, Zak Stebner, and Levi Cable tallied for the Huskies. Matthew Brown scored the lone marker for the Cougars.
Mount Royal gave the nod to goaltender Cam Lanigan for his third start of the year, while the Huskies’ workhorse Jordan Cooke, who has only dropped one game all year, started his ninth game of the season.
Just over a minute into the game Huskies rookie Kohl Bauml came rushing into the Cougars’ zone and sent a shot at Lanigan from the blue line. Bauml used his speed to get past two Mount Royal defenders and chased down the poorly placed rebound in the slot. From the hash marks he sniped a wrist shot through Lanigan’s five-hole.
The Cougars had an opportunity to answer with a power play early in the second. Cam Maclise managed to fit a pass through a wave of Huskies’ sticks to Matt Brown in the slot. Brown sent a quick one-timer past Cooke for his eighth of the season.
The teams went back and fourth for the remainder of the period as good chances were few and far between. The Cougars managed to hold the Huskies to only three shots on goal in the second period. With time ticking down in the frame, Cody Cartier took a tripping penalty after a productive Huskies’ shift, sending Saskatchewan to the power play to start the third.
It looked as if Mount Royal had escaped the Huskies’ man advantage unscathed, however just seconds after the power play expired Saskatchewan forward Josh Roach blasted a shot that ricocheted off the post and in restoring the Huskies’ lead.
The Huskies increased their lead on a power play with 12 minutes left in the game. Roach sent a pass to defenceman Zak Stebner who, from the point, sent a perfectly placed slap shot through a screen over the glove of Lanigan.
Levi Cable added an empty net goal for Saskatchewan in the final minutes, sealing the weekend sweep for the second ranked team in the nation.
Jordan Cooke improved to an impressive 8-1 on the year; making 32 saves on 33 shots. Cam Lanigan turned aside 20 of the 23 shots he faced dropping to 0-2-1 on the season.
Mount Royal will travel to Regina next weekend for a set against the Canada West’s other Cougars squad. Saskatchewan will head home for a two games against the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.