Saskatchewan 75 @ Western 70 (non-conference)
Graham Shootout Day 2 Results
Lethbridge – Coming off a four point weekend a week ago, the Lethbridge Pronghorn women’s hockey team couldn’t keep the momentum going, dropping a 4-2 decision to the Saskatchewan Huskies.
The loss drops the ‘Horns record to 1-3-1 on the season, while the Huskies improve to 4-1-0.
Aislinn Kooistra and Jodi Gentile scored for the Pronghorns, while the Huskies got goals from Courtney Cormack, Kaitlin Willoughby, Kori Herner and Shyan Elias.
Just past the five minute mark, the ‘Horns opened the scoring. Jenae Culp found Aislinn Kooistra in the left faceoff circle and she beat Huskie netminder Jasey Rae Book short side.
Looking to even the score, the Huskies had an extended five-on-three power play but were not able to capitalize with the two player advantage.
Before the period was out however, the Huskies would tie the game at one. Bailee Bourassa intercepted an errant Pronghorn pass and raced away on the breakaway. CIS female athlete of the week Alicia Anderson was able to stonewall her but Cormack jumped on a juicy rebound to score her first of the season.
The Huskies held a distinct advantage on the shot clock at the end of the first period, outshooting the ‘Horns 19-4 thanks to three power plays.
Huskie Kaitlin Willoughby walked off the half wall and beat Anderson short side off the post and in to give her team their first lead of the game, one they would not relinquish.
Only three minutes later, the Huskies doubled their lead. Kori Herner intercepted a pass at the Huskie blueline and was off to the races on a breakaway and made no mistake beating Anderson high glove.
Following their first power play of the night, the ‘Horns cut the lead back to one before the second period was out. Jodi Gentile’s seeing eye shot from the point eluded a screened Book.
Shots again heavily favored the Huskies through two periods, outshooting the ‘Horns 17-8 in the second for a 36-11 advantage after two.
The Huskie forecheck was relentless all night, causing turnovers and creating power plays and were finally rewarded with a power play marker on their fifth advantage of the night. Shyan Elias batted a puck out of mid-air to regain the two goal lead.
Despite holding the Huskies shot total down in the third, the ‘Horns were unable to generate enough offense to get themselves back in the game.
A week after making an astonishing 117 saves in two games last weekend, Anderson finished the night with 43 saves, while Book turned aside 14 shots in the win.
The ‘Huskies finished the night 1-for-7 on the power play, while the ‘Horns went scoreless on two chances.
The ‘Horns and Huskies will conclude their weekend set tomorrow night, puck drops at 7:00pm at Nicholas Sheran Arena. The game will also be streamed live on www.canadawest.tv.
Forsberg nets OT winner for Huskies
SASKATOON – Jesse Forsberg tallied two goals included the overtime winner to lead the No. 3 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies 3-2 over the visiting University of Lethbridge Pronghorns Friday night in Saskatoon’s Rutherford Rink.
Forsberg netted the winner 3:31 into the five-minute overtime frame after keeping the puck in at the blue line. His quick shot slipped through the glove side of Pronghorns’ goalie Garret Hughson.
With the win, Saskatchewan improves to 4-0-1 on the season. Lethbridge drops to 1-2.
Lethbridge’s Justin Valentino opened the scoring on a power play at 9:41 in the first period. A quick pass across the crease shot into the net before Huskie netminder Jordon Cooke could slide over.
Michael Sofillas tied the game for the Huskies on a tic-tac-toe play at 17:10 of the first.
Valentino tallied his second of the night to give the Pronghorns a 2-1 lead at 13:53 when he was left alone at the side of the net once again. Forsberg notched the game at two at 11:55 in the third period on a quick shot from the slot.
Cooke finished the night making 33 saves including 16 in the first period, while Hughson stopped 30 at the other end of the ice.
The two teams will meet again Saturday night in Rutherford Rink. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.
Mount Royal seals playoff fates with win over Huskies
SASKATOON – With a 3-2 victory over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Friday afternoon on Field 7 in Saskatoon’s PotashCorp Park, the Mount Royal University Cougars booked a date in the Canada West men’s soccer postseason.
Entering the match, both teams needed wins to secure their playoff fates. A University of Lethbridge Pronghorns 3-2 win over the University of Calgary Dinos Thursday night, meant the Huskies’ needed to win both matches on the final weekend of play, while Mount Royal needed at least one win.
Cougars’ captain Cody Cook sealed the fate in extra time when Mount Royal was able to breakaway from a Huskie offensive push.
The win moves Mount Royal to 8-4-3 on the season and could still host a playoff match depending on Sunday’s outcomes. Saskatchewan drops to 6-7-2.
Jakub Rogowski opened the scoring for Saskatchewan in the 12th minute when his ball slid into the corner of the Mount Roy net by an outstretched Kamil Zielinski
The lead didn’t last long. The Cougars tallied on a Darius Ramsay shot in the 15th minute that was punched in between Huskie keeper Greg Buckley and the post. Cook added another Mount Royal goal in the 21st minute on a cross-play.
Rookie Mohamed Omar was able to tie the match in the 63rd minute on a ball sent across the box by Shedrek Samuel.
Saskatchewan thought they had the go-ahead goal in the 75th minute but the goal was disallowed on a foul call in the box.
Zielinski finished the match making four saves with the Cougars, while Buckley stopped three at the other end of the pitch for Saskatchewan. Each team tallied 11 shots and six on net.
The Huskies meet the Calgary Dinos Sunday in the final match of the Canada West regular season, while Mount Royal meets the Lethbridge Pronghorns.