SASKATOON – Kaitlin Willoughby scored the shootout winner to lead the University of Saskatchewan Huskies to a 2-1 win over the visiting University of Alberta Pandas Saturday night in Saskatoon’s Rutherford Rink.
With the win, the Huskies completed the weekend sweep over the Pandas and improve to 3-1, while the Pandas are 2-2. A night earlier, the Huskies won 2-1 in double overtime.
Willoughby, a member of the 2017 Canadian women’s hockey Universiade team, crossed-up Alberta goaltender Dayna Owen deking her to the left.
Saskatchewan netminder Cassidy Hendricks made 29 stops in the 70 minutes of play – including 16 in the first period. She stopped all three Alberta shooters in the shootout.
Owen finished the game making 22 saves at the other end of the ice.
Saskatchewan’s Rachel Lundberg opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal at 4:34 into the second period. Lundberg stole the puck at the blue line and took off on a breakaway. Her initial shot was stop by Owen, but Lundberg slid the rebound stick side into the bottom of the net.
Alberta tied the game on a two-man advantage at 6:51 in the third period. Lindsay Weech poked the puck by Hendricks on a scramble in front of the net.
The Huskies travel to meet the Lethbridge Pronghorns next weekend, while Alberta returns home to host the UBC Thunderbirds.
Bauml nets hat trick in win over Golden Bears
Second-year sniper Kohl Bauml scored his first three goals of the Canada West season, including the game winner in the third period, to power the CIS No. 3 Saskatchewan Huskies to a 4-2 win over the Alberta Golden Bears, Saturday night at Clare Drake Arena.
Kendall McFaull scored the insurance marker for Saskatchewan on Saturday, while net-minder Jordon Cooke stopped 32 of 34 shots for his third win of the season. Jayden Hart and Cole Linaker scored for the home Bears in a losing effort.
The win gives the Huskies the series split, following a 3-2 double OT loss to Alberta the previous night, and improves their record to 3-0-1 in 2016. Alberta, meanwhile, drops their first game of the Canada West season, slipping to 1-1-0.
Unlike the previous night, Saskatchewan would open the scoring late in the opening frame. Bauml would finish off the play from Levi Cable and Andrew Johnson past third-year goalie Kenny Cameron.
Both sides played with substantially more animosity than the previous night, combining for 39 penalty minutes as well as 62 shots.
Alberta would even the game early in the second, as Hart would wire a shot past Cooke less than a minute in, on the man advantage.
The Golden Bears looked to add to their lead throughout the second, but were continually turned aside by Cooke, including a great save on Stephane Legault. The Bears resiliency finally paid off halfway through the second, as Linaker evened the game off a great feed from Brennan Yadlowski for his first CIS goal.
That lead would be short lived, however, as Bauml evened the game and 2-2, 30 seconds later.
Bauml would complete the hat-trick less than a minute into the third, roofing his breakaway chance past Cameron. McFaull would add the insurance tally 11:58 in, finishing off the errant pass from Cameron 30 feet outside his own net.
The Golden Bears and Huskies will be back in action next weekend, as the Bears travel to UBC to battle the Thunderbirds, while the Huskies return home for a series against the Lethbridge Pronghorns.
University of Saskatchewan Volleyball Invitational – RESULTS
Set pieces continued to be the Achilles’ Heel for the MacEwan University Griffins men’s soccer team on Saturday.
The Saskatchewan Huskies scored three of their four goals off free kicks or corner kicks and romped to a 4-2 victory that keeps them in a playoff position in the Canada West standings.
“When you’re sitting one point up on Lethbridge and you’ve got four games left, every point counts,” said Saskatchewan head coach Bryce Chapman. “In Canada West, it doesn’t matter if you’re playing a team in last spot or not, they’re all tight games.
“We definitely respect MacEwan, they’re well coached and got a good group, so we knew it was going to be tough today.”
Saskatchewan opened the scoring in the 29th minute when Marcello Gonzalez beat keeper Dylon Powley from 20 yards out.
But the rest of the Huskies’ offence came off set pieces, an area that has dogged the Griffins all season long.
“If I knew why then we wouldn’t be conceding them, to be completely honest,” Griffins head coach Adam Loga said when asked about their struggles. “That’s something the boys need to answer.
“I know as a staff, as a unit as a team, we work on them a ton in sessions. It’s nothing that we shouldn’t be able to handle.”
MacEwan tied the game in the 33rd minute when Christian Hernandez converted a Samuel Foster cross by heading it past Huskies goalkeeper Greg Buckley and inside the left post.
But the Huskies went back on top just three minutes later when Griffins defender Jared Day, camped out at the far post, watched helplessly as Bryce Marinus’ corner kick ticked off his shin and in.
Saskatchewan stretched its lead to 3-1 just three minutes into the second half when Gabriel Buatois’ free kick from 25 yards out brushed off the head of Carson MacDonald and past Powley.
MacEwan pulled within one when Hernandez scored his second of the contest on an inspired strike from 25 yards out past Buckley into the left side of the net. Hernandez, who joined the Griffins midway through the season was the big bright spot on another tough day for MacEwan, now 1-9-3 on the season.
“I think this is his third game and he has two goals,” said Loga of the freshman, who was initially too busy with classes to play soccer early in the season. “He’s a special player that we were able to get our hands on. It’s better late than never and he’ll be a great player for us in the future.”
MacEwan began looking for the tying goal after that and came close, particularly in the 74th minute when Andrew (Toba) Adeniji’s header from the middle of the box went wide.
But another set piece put the game away late. In the 87th minute, Marinus scored his second of the game, spinning a header from the short side inside the left post off a Buatois’ corner kick.
For Chapman, the four-goal effort was the type of response he was looking for from his squad.
“Conditions aren’t ideal,” he said of the zero-degree temperature with snow lining the field. “Everyone’s a little cold out here today, but to get four goals, that’s positive. We were disappointed in our last road trip where we only generated one goal over two games, so it was a good response by the guys today.”
Saskatchewan improved to 6-5-2, moving four points ahead of Lethbridge for the final playoff spot in the Prairie Division. The Pronghorns were set to play at Alberta later in the afternoon before visiting MacEwan on Sunday (12 p.m., Jasper Place Bowl). The Huskies will be at the Golden Bears on Sunday (2:15 p.m.).
Huskies clinch playoff spot with win over Wesmen
SASKATOON – With a 3-0 win over the visiting University of Winnipeg Wesmen Saturday afternoon in Saskatoon’s Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies clinched a Canada West postseason spot.
The win moves the Huskies to 6-3-2 in the women’s soccer standings, while Winnipeg drops to 2-6-3. Three matches remain in the season.
It’s the fifth-straight season the Huskie women’s soccer team has appeared in the post season. Saskatchewan needs just one more win to clinch a home playoff spot, while Winnipeg is still battling with the Regina Cougars and Lethbridge Pronghorns for one of the six spots in the conference’s prairie division.
The Huskies scored two quick goals in the first half to take a 2-0 lead.
Jessica Bradford opened the scoring in the 31st minute on a broken play. She was able to get the foot on the ball sending it by Winnipeg keeper Taylor Thorkelsson into the bottom left side of the net. Rebecca Weckworth tallied just four minutes later. Her header popped into the net in the 35th minute on ball by Erica Hindmarsh.
Kalli Cowles added the insurance goal for the Huskies. She bent the ball into the Winnipeg net on a corner kick in the 82nd minute for her first CIS goal.
Huskie keeper Kyleigh Vause made two saves in the match, while Thorkelsson stopped seven at the other end of the pitch for Winnipeg.
The Huskies will meet the Manitoba Bisons Saturday afternoon, while Winnipeg will travel to face the Regina Cougars.
Match Notes: The Huskies announced five recruits for the 2017 season on Saturday afternoon at halftime. The new members of the Huskie family include: Heidi Zwack (Prince Albert, Sask., Whitecaps Football Club/Saskatchewan Celtics), Emma Manson (Prince Albert, Sask., Saskatchewan Celtics), Megan Ripplinger (Regina, Sask., Saskatchewan Celtics), McKenna Olson (Saskatoon, Whitecaps Football Club) and Jocelyn Hudson (Saskatoon, Whitecaps Football Club/Saskatchewan Celtics).