McVeigh nets two to give Huskies win in first game of season


SASKATOON – Logan McVeigh recorded two goals to lead the University of Saskatchewan Huskies to a 4-1 win over the visiting UBC Thunderbirds to open the Canada West men’s hockey season Friday night in Saskatoon’s Rutherford Rink.


The second-year forward from Kenaston, Sask., tallied twice in the third period just four minutes apart at 2:03 and 6:40.


It was the first Canada West regular season game for both squads. Saskatchewan is the reigning conference champions.


Defenceman Jordan Fransoo got the Huskies on the board at 15:59 in the second period when a Matt Hewitt rebound landed on his stick.


Saskatchewan jumped out to a two goal lead just 2:03 into the final frame, when McVeigh deflected the puck into the net on a Connor Cox shot from the corner. He gave the Huskies a 3-0 lead on the power play at 6:40 in the same frame.


UBC’s Luke Lockhart cut the Huskies’ lead in half at 15:03 but the bid for the comeback was too late.


Michael Sofillas added the empty net Saskatchewan goal at 18:23.


Hewitt finished the game with 33 saves for the T-Birds, while reigning CIS Goaltender of the Year Jordon Cooke stopped 18 shots.  The Huskies outshot UBC 37-19 in the game.


The two teams will meet again Saturday night in Rutherford Rink. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m.