SASKATOON – Second-year University of Saskatchewan forward Andrew Johnson scored late in the third period to lift the Huskies to a 4-3 win over provincial rival the University of Regina Cougars Friday night in Saskatoon’s Rutherford Rink.


Johnson’s game-winner was tallied at 17:15 after he walked the puck out from behind the net. His shot from the side of the net slipped by Cougars’ netminder Andy Desauteis and the post stick side.


With the win, the No. 3 ranked Huskies improve to 6-1-1. The Cougars drop to 1-5 after the pair of losses to Saskatchewan in the home-and-home series.


After neither team scored in the first period, the Huskies found the net quickly in the second frame. Josh Roach opened the scoring for the Huskies at 1:12. Michael Sofillas added to the Huskies lead with a power play goal on a rebound at 5:57.


The Cougars’ Tyler King cut the Saskatchewan lead in half at 12:47 on a scramble in front of the net.


Cameron Blair restored the Huskies’ two-goal lead just 3:34 in the third period but the Cougars answered with two goals in 55 seconds. Tristan Frei scored the first on the power play at 6:05. Tyson Predinchuk added the third Regina goal at 7:00.


Jordon Cooke made 18 saves for the Huskies in the game, while Desauteis stopped an impressive 47 at the other end of the ice for the Cougars.


The Huskies travel to Calgary to meet the Mount Royal Cougars next weekend, while Regina returns home to host the Alberta Golden Bears.