Harmsworth nets OT winner for Huskies; Wapple wins first Canada West game

University of Saskatchewan rookie defenceman Colby Harmsworth tallied in overtime to lift the No. 2 ranked Huskies to a 2-1 win over the University of Manitoba Bisons Friday night at Wayne Fleming Arena in Winnipeg.

Harmsworth wired a one-timer by Bisons’ net minder Byron Spriggs for the win.

With the road win, Saskatchewan improves to 9-2-2 on the season and Manitoba falls to a record of 5-7-1.

Nick Zajac scored just 13 seconds into the game to give the Bisons an early lead. The Huskies answered with a power play goal from defender, Jesse Forsberg, as he managed to beat Manitoba goalie Spriggs, high over his glove to tie the game 1-1.

Springs made 33 saves in the game for Manitoba, while Daniel Wapple stopped 25 shots to earn his first Canada West win.

The two teams will meet again Saturday night. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.

Late double-OT goal lifts Bisons over Huskies

The No. 7 ranked University of Manitoba Bisons scored with just two seconds left in double overtime to seal a 2-1 win over the No. 9 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies Friday night in Saskatoon’s Rutherford Rink.


After the first five minutes of overtime solved nothing, it looked like the two Top 10 teams were headed to a shootout. But Lauryn Keen was able to jam in a rebound on a scramble in front of the Huskies’ net at 4:58.


Both teams now sit tied for second place in the Canada West women’s hockey standings with 9-3-1 records and 26 points.


Kaitlin Willoughby opened the scoring on a breakaway at 8:56 in the first period. Sailing in down the left side of the ice, she slid the puck by Manitoba netminder Rachel Dyck stick side.


Manitoba tied the game with just minutes left in the third period. Venia Hovi’s shot from the point off of a faceoff in the Huskies zone tucked into the net under the crossbar at 15:48.


Dyck finished the game making 27 saves for the Bisons, while Huskie netminder Cassidy Hendricks stopped 21 at the other end of the ice for Saskatchewan.


The two teams will battle again Saturday night. Puck drop is 7 p.m. at Rutherford Rink.


Bobcats finally find win column with five set win over Huskies

With a comeback 3-2 (29-27, 18-25, 13-25, 25-20, 19-17) win over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies in Saskatoon at the PAC, the Brandon University Bobcats women’s volleyball team finally found the win column.


Entering the weekend losing all six matches to start the Canada West season, Brandon is now 1-6. Saskatchewan, who was riding a four match win streak, drops to 4-3.


After Brandon won the first set in extra points at 29-27, the Huskies took command in the second and third games winning 25-18 and 25-13 respectively. The Bobcats regrouped for a 25-20 win in the fourth set to force a fifth.


Both teams saw leads evaporate in the deciding set. The Bobcats opened the fifth on a 6-1 run, before the Huskies tied the set at seven on the strength of two Emmalyn Copping aces. The Huskies then held a two point lead for most of the rest of the set. The teams traded points until a Taylor Annala attack sailed long and a block by Jodie Baker and Carmen Ross sealed the Brandon 19-17 win.


Nikala Majewski powered the Bobcats to the win with a match-high 21 kills. Courtney Roberts added another six, while Gillian Leech was strong defensively with 16 digs.


Copping led the Huskies with 17 kills and 11 digs on the night. Three more Huskies recorded double digits. Annala tallied 11 kills and 13 digs, while Marguerite Ferguson and Emily Humbert each recorded 10 kills.


The two teams will battle again Saturday night at the PAC. Match time is 6 p.m.