Huskies salvage weekend split with Bobcats

With a 3-1 (26-24, 21-25, 26-24, 25-21) win over the Brandon University Bobcats Saturday night at the PAC in Saskatoon, the No. 8 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies salvaged a weekend split.


Saskatchewan now sits at 6-2 in the Canada West men’s volleyball standings, while Brandon is 5-3 after the weekend series. A night earlier, the Bobcats won 3-1 (25-22, 25-17, 18-25, 25-19).


Fifth-year outside hitter Andrew Nelson powered the Huskies to the win with 21 kills, while Colin Fraser added another 12. Fraser also recorded 14 digs, while libero Etienne Hagenbuch had 13 for Saskatchewan.


Roy Ching led the Bobcats with 17 kills. Daven Pascal, Matt Powell, James Weir and Elliott Viles each recorded seven kills. Libero Jeremy Davies tallied a match-high 15 digs.


In the first and third sets, the teams matched each other point-for-point. After a Weir attack tied the set at 24 in the first, Tyler Epp’s quick attack from the middle gave Saskatchewan the lead. A block by Tyler and Derek Epp sealed the 26-24 win. In the third tied at 24, Nelson landed an attack the bobcats couldn’t dig. On the next play, a Viles attempt sailed wide to give Saskatchewan the 26-24 win.


The Bobcats had control in their set win building a six-point lead at 19-13. Saskatchewan pulled within three at 24-21 after a Brandon ball-handling error, but a Pascal kill from the middle finished the set 25-21.


Brandon kept the fourth set close until a Nelson kill started a Fraser service run to give the Huskies a 19-13 lead. A back row attack by Nelson sealed the 25-21.


The Huskies remain at home to host the Manitoba Bisons next weekend, while the Bobcats will play a home-and-home series with the Winnipeg Wesmen.

Bisons steal game from Huskies

The University of Manitoba Bisons salvaged a weekend split with the No. 2 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies after a 5-2 win Saturday night at the Wayne Fleming Arena in Winnipeg.

With the win, the Bisons improve to 6-7-1, while the Huskies drop to 9-3-2 in Canada West conference action.

Byron Spriggs, making his second start in as many nights for the Bisons was tested early in the first period, making a couple key stops. Spriggs made 41 saves on the night in the win for Manitoba. The physicality was on full display, as the provincial rivals lost no love from the night prior.

The home side struck first late in the opening frame through Quinton Lisoway when he came barreling down the right wing and fired over the shoulder of Jordon Cooke. The Bisons held their first lead of the weekend after 20 minutes.

Jordon Cooke was called into action for the Huskies early in the second with the Bisons on the penalty kill. A Lisoway shot came off the pad of Cooke and straight to a streaking Brett Stovin, but Cooke was quick to slide across and stone the second year forward.

The Bisons made it 2-0 at the halfway mark of the second. Nick Zajac scored his second of the weekend after Remi Laurencelle sent a pass cross ice and Zajac finished short side shelf on Cooke. Channing Bresciani got the second assist, he finished with three on the night.

Saskatchewan cut the lead to 2-1 the very next shift after Parker Thomas jumped on a loose puck at the top of the slot finished high on Spriggs.

With Josh Roach off for goalie interference, the Bisons capitalized on the powerplay to restore their two goal lead. Brett Dudar managed to get a puck through at the side of the net during a scramble in the crease.

The Bisons led 3-1 after 40 minutes of play, despite the Huskies outshooting the home side 26-23.

Manitoba made it 4-1 when Zajac through a nifty backhand pass from the corner to Laurencelle who one timed it far side on Cooke. Brett Stovin drew the other assist on the play. Saskatchewan would draw back within two after a Jordan Tkatch buried a rebound on the powerplay.

Rene Hunter slid a puck five hole on Cooke with two and a half minutes remaining in the third to put the home side up 5-2. Stovin and Laurencelle assisted on the play. The Bisons took this game 5-2 and earned three points out of a possible four on the weekend.

The Bisons head off to Mount Royal to play the Cougars on Dec.2-3, and the Saskatchewan Huskies play host to the Alberta Golden Bears the same weekend.

Huskies hold off Bobcats bid for comeback

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies held off a Brandon University Bobcats comeback with a 3-2 (25-14, 25-13, 18-25, 17-25, 15-12) win Saturday night at the PAC in Saskatoon.


After Saskatchewan looked like they would sail to a straight sets victory with quick 25-14, 25-13 wins in the first two sets, the Bobcats found their stride.


Tied at seven in the third set, Brandon began to break away. The Bobcats built a seven-point lead and Saskatchewan couldn’t recover losing 25-18. Once again tied at seven, the Bobcats pulled away. Saskatchewan was able to keep within two points until a Nikala Majewski service run built a five-point lead. A Jodie Baker ace ended the fourth set 25-17.


The teams tied nine times in the deciding set before an Emmalyn Copping attack and Sabrina Balisky and Marguerite Ferguson block gave the Huskies a two-point lead at 12-10. Brandon pulled within one with a block by Baker and Majewski, but Balisky and Taylor Annala ended the match at 15-12 with two straight kills.


With the weekend split Saskatchewan sits at 5-3 in the Canada West women’s volleyball standings. Brandon is 1-7. A night earlier, the Bobcats won 3-2 (29-27, 18-25, 13-25, 25-20, 19-17).


Majewski led the Bobcats with 16 kills on the night, while Carmen Ross tallied another 14. Gillian Leech recorded 12 digs.


Annala led the Huskies with 11 kills, while Copping had nine and Ferguson another eight. Definsively, the Huskies were strong with libero Jennifer Hueser and Copping each recorded 11 digs. Annala added another 10 for Saskatchewan.


The Huskies remain at home to host the Manitoba Bisons next weekend, while Brandon plays in a home-and-home series with the Winnipeg Wesmen.

Bisons nip Huskies in OT, once again

The No. 7 University of Manitoba Bisons had overtime magic for the second straight night winning 3-2 over the No. 9 University of Saskatchewan Huskies Saturday in Saskatoon’s Rutherford Rink.


Karissa Kirkup, who was stopped earlier on a penalty shot, tallied from the slot at 2:34 in overtime on the power play to give the Bisons’ the win.


With the weekend sweep, the Bisons take sole possession of second place in the Canada West women’s hockey standings at 10-3-1. Saskatchewan is one point behind at 9-3-2. A night earlier, the Bisons won 2-1 in double overtime.


The Bisons opened the scoring early in the second period. Jayden Skoleski’s shot from the slot just 50 seconds into the frame beat Cassidy Hendricks stick side.


Emily Upgang tied the game after the Huskies were able to keep the puck in the Bisons’ zone. Her quick shot from the blue line found its way through traffic and by Rachel Dyck at 7:23 in the second.


The Huskies took the lead at 3:40 in the final period when the Bisons couldn’t keep the puck in the offensive zone. Saskatchewan’s Bailee Bourassa was able to get to the puck first and Elizabeth Salyn was able to push in a rebound by an outstretched Dyck.


Manitoba tied the game with a hard shot from the point by Skoleski. It trickled through Hendricks’ five-hole at 14:05.


Hendricks made 25 saves for Saskatchewan, while Dyck stopped 20 at the other end of the ice for the Bisons.


The Huskies travel to Edmonton to meet the Alberta Pandas next weekend, while the Bisons returns home to host the Mount Royal Cougars.

Jamestown and Alberta take team titles at Huskie Open


The University of Jamestown Jimmies claimed the women’s title, while the University of Alberta Golden Bears took the men’s title at the annual University of Saskatchewan-hosted Huskie Open Saturday in Saskatoon’s Education Gym.  

Jamestown, from the NAIA, was crowned the top team with 37 points on the women’s side, while theGolden Bears accumulated 54 points to win the men’s crown.
The Huskie women finished second, while the men finished third. The Calgary Dinos finished third on the women’s side, followed by the Winnipeg Wesmen and Alberta Pandas. Regina finished second on the men’s side. The Wesmen were fourth.


Saskatchewan wrestlers combined for six medals at the tournament – four gold, one silver and one bronze.

Reigning Canada West Most Outstanding Male Wrestler Josh Bodnarchuk captured one of the gold medals in the 61-kg weight class for the Huskies, while reigning Canada West champion Andrew Johnson added a gold for the Huskies in the 82-kg class. Katie Dutchak struck gold for the Huskies in the 48-kg, while Kiera Prior added the final gold in the women’s 82-kg.

Annie Monteith (51-kg) secured the silver medal and Zachary Bieber (57-kg) won bronze.

Also competing for the Huskies were: Devyn Manderscheid (4th, 59-kg), Carly Baker (6th, 63-kg), Alison Mcphee (6th, 67-kg), Rebecca Ells (6th, 82-kg), Alex Schell (5th, 48-kg), Taylor Derdall (6th, 48-kg), Nathan Galan (5th, 65-kg), Ayobami Peluola (6th, 65-kg), Micah Heide (6th, 68-kg), Tyler Bentley (5th, 76-kg), Noah Bertholet (5th, 90-kg), and Thomas Johnston (5th, 72-kg).

Jamestown’s Amy Fearnside was named the female most outstanding wrestler at the tournament, while the Huskies’ Bodnarchuk was named the most outstanding male wrestler.

The weekend also featured a high school wrestling tournament – the Hound Open – on Friday.

The Huskies will hit the mat next in Edmonton at the Golden Bear Open January 7. Saskatchewan hosts the Canada West Wrestling Championship February 10-11.