‘Horns upset Huskies with four third period goals
With four third period goals, the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns upset the No. 3 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies 5-3 Saturday night in Saskatoon’s Rutherford Rink.
Saskatchewan entered the second period of play with a 3-1 lead, before Tim Campbell scored twice just eight seconds apart and Sam McKechnie scored the game winner at 16:05 in the final frame for the upset. Torrin White added the empty net goal at 19:36.
The loss is the first for the Huskies in regulation. Saskatchewan moves to 4-1-1, while Lethbridge improves to 2-1-1. A night earlier, Saskatchewan won 3-2 in overtime.
Wyatt Johnson opened the scoring with just 15 seconds left in the first frame. His quick wrist shot from the slot beat Lethbridge netminder Garret Hughson five-hole.
Michael Sofillas gave the Huskies a 2-0 lead on a shot that snuck through from the point at 7:09 in the second period on the power play. Artisom Kalashnikov cut the lead in half scoring a shorthanded goal after a Huskies’ turnover behind the net at 16:38 in the second period. The Huskies regained a two-goal lead with a Josh Roach goal from the slot at 19:13 in the second after his team kept the puck in the ‘Horns zone.
Once again the ‘Horns were able to cut the lead to one at 11:41 when a rebound landed on Campbell’s stick. Just eight seconds later on an odd man rush down the ice, Campbell notched his second of the game to tie it at three.
On a delayed penalty, Lethbridge took the lead. Skating with the extra attacker, the Pronghorns created traffic in front of the Huskies net allowing Sam McKechnie to slide the puck by Huskie netminder Jordon Cooke at 16:05.
Hughson finished the game making 32 saves for the ‘Horns, while Cooke stopped 28 for Saskatchewan.
The Huskies will meet provincial rival the Regina Cougars in a home-and-home next weekend, while Lethbridge does the same with the Calgary Dinos.
Huskies shutout ‘Horns; Win 5th Straight
For the second night in a row, the Lethbridge Pronghorn women’s hockey team was stymied by the visiting Saskatchewan Huskies, dropping a 2-0 decision.
The loss drops the ‘Horns record to 1-4-1 on the season, while the Huskies still only have one blemish on the season and improve to 5-1-0.
In a carbon copy of last night’s game, the ‘Horns found themselves in penalty trouble in the first period, taking three first period penalties and while the ‘Horns killed the first one off, the Huskies opened the scoring on the second.
Rachel Johnson pulled the puck out of deadlocked face-off, walked to the net untouched and pulled the puck around a sprawled Alicia Anderson, sliding the puck into the open side for second of the season.
After making 43 saves Friday night, Anderson kept the ‘Horns within one, making 15 first period saves. The ‘Horns managed eight first period shots.
In the second, the ‘Horns found a bit of their legs and had two glorious chances to tie the game. Jenae Culp had the first chance, taking a centering feed from Sara Spence and pulled the puck across the net and past Huskie netminder Cassidy Hendricks but slid the puck wide.
Spence had the other quality chance, beating Hendricks’ high but her shot rang off the crossbar.
Anderson stopped all 12 shots she faced in the second period, while Hendricks made seven saves.
Just past the halfway mark of the third, the ‘Horns went on the power play looking to tie the score, but it was the Huskies that would double their lead. Kaitlin Willoughby intercepted a ‘Horns pass near centre ice and went in on a two-on-one with Lauren Zary. Willoughby faked the shot and slid the puck across to Zary, who pulled the puck around Anderson for the shorthanded marker.
Offensive woes for the Pronghorn continued for the remainder of the game and despite outshooting the Huskies 7-5 in the period the ‘Horns could not beat Hendricks.
The Huskies finished the night 1 for 5 on the power play, while the ‘Horns went scoreless in three opportunities.
Next weekend, the ‘Horns will face the Calgary Dinos in a home-and-home series, starting Friday night in Calgary, while the Huskies will take on the Regina Cougars, also in a home-and-home series.