Second half comeback leads Huskies to win
SASKATOON – The No. 9 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies held off the Mount Royal University Cougars 90-87 Saturday night on Ron and Jane Graham Centre Court at the PAC to improve to 11-5.
Matt Forbes blocked a Mount Royal three point attempt off of a Cougars inbound under the Saskatchewan basket with 1.5 seconds to play to seal the win and drop Mount Royal’s record to 7-8.
The Huskies were able to jump out to a six point lead to start the fourth quarter and held on down the stretch as the teams traded long range shots in the final three minutes. The Cougars got to within a point twice in the closing minute, but Saskatchewan was able to convert on offence when it counted to keep the lead at three.
The Huskies outscored the Cougars 26-20 in the fourth quarter and 26-23 in the third.
Mount Royal got out to a quick start on Saturday night, taking a five-point lead early in the game. The Cougars would lead the entire first quarter to hold a 25-20 edge heading to the second. The Cougars extended the halftime lead to 44-38 after outscoring Huskies 19-18 in second.
Shane Osayande and Forbes both recorded double-doubles in the game for the Huskies. Osayande scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, while Forbes racked up 20 points and hauled in 12 rebounds, including nine on the offensive end. It was the second time this season that the two teammates have recorded a double-double in the same game.
Josh Ross was the leading scorer for Mount Royal with 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Brett Layton and Derek Wolf added another 19 and 17 points respectively. The duo also collected seven rebounds a piece for the Cougars.
The Huskies will host the University of Alberta Golden Bears in Saskatoon, while the Cougars return to action in Calgary when they welcome in the Trinity Western University Spartans.
McVeigh powers Huskies to sweep of Cougars
REGINA, Sask. – Logan McVeigh had a hat trick as the Saskatchewan Huskies defeated the University of Regina men’s hockey team 5-2 at The Co-operators Centre on Saturday night.
Jordan Fransoo and Carson Stadnyk also scored for the No. 2-ranked Huskies. Jesse Forsberg, Levi Cable and Connor Gay each had two assists in the win. Colton Sparrow and Tyler King replied with goals for the Cougars (3-19-2)
The Huskies struck first, scoring at the 11:07 mark of the first period with a powerplay goal. Forsberg jumped up from the point and circled behind Mitch Kilgore before sending it in front for Michael Sofillas. Kilgore got a pad on the shot from Sofillas but McVeigh was in the right spot to pot the rebound and put Saskatchewan on top.
The Cougars answered with a powerplay goal of their own in the second period, just after a previous powerplay had produced no shots on goal. The Regina special teams were much more active the second time around, and Sparrow ended up banging in a rebound after a King one-timer was stopped by Jordon Cooke. Brody Luhning also picked up an assist on Sparrow’s fourth of the season.
McVeigh put the Huskies back up on top about three minutes later with a wrist shot from the slot that beat a screened Kilgore. It was McVeigh scoring again for the Huskies in the third period, completing the hat trick on a gift of a goal after a point shot slipped under the arm of Kilgore and sat all alone in the crease behind the Cougar netminder. Gay and Kendall McFaull picked up assists on the goal that put the Huskies up 3-1.
King had a chance to get the Cougars within a goal in the third, as the Cougars were on the penalty kill. Cody Fowlie stripped the puck from a Huskie blueliner and poked it ahead for the defenceman who ripped a shot that beat Cooke but hit the crossbar and deflected out of play.
King got a second chance on the powerplay a few minutes later and made no mistake, scoring his third of the season with a slapshot that beat Cooke blocker side. King’s marker was assisted by Luhning and Sparrow, as all three skaters picked up their second point of the night on the play.
Regina’s chances to find the late equalizer were squashed when Austin Bourhis and Tyler Bell were sent off for minor penalties just 20 seconds apart. The Huskies went to the five-on-three and scored on a point shot from Fransoo. Minutes later after a Kirk Bear high-sticking penalty, Stadnyk deflected a point shot from Forsberg to seal the win for Saskatchewan.
Cooke stopped 14 shots as he collected his Canada West-leading 17th win in net. Kilgore was busy, stopping 41 shots for the Cougars.
The Cougars are on the road next weekend to take on UBC, while the Huskies return home to host Manitoba.
Cougars shutout Huskies at Rutherford
SASKATOON – University of Regina goaltender Jane Kish made 29 saves to the lead the Cougars to a 1-0 shutout win over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Saturday night in Saskatoon’s Rutherford Rink.
Kish made six stops in the first, another 15 in the second and eight in the third for the victory. It marks her third shutout of the 2016-17 Canada West women’s hockey season.
Cassidy Hendricks made 20 saves in the loss at the other end of the ice for Saskatchewan.
The lone goal in the game was scored late in the first period on a five-on-three power play. Lilla Carpenter-Boesch picked up a rebound at 18:37 and slipped it through Hendricks’ five-hole.
With the win Regina improves to 13-10-1 in the standings and salvages a weekend split in the home-and-home series between the provincial rivals. A night earlier, the Huskies won 2-1 in overtime in Regina. Saskatchewan drops to 13-8-3.
The Huskies travel to meet the Manitoba Bisons next weekend, while the Cougars return home to host the UBC Thunderbirds.
Huskies split series after straight set victory over Wesmen
WINNIPEG – The University of Saskatchewan Huskies defeated the University of Winnipeg Wesmen 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-22) Saturday evening in the final match of a weekend series in Winnipeg.
The Huskies (6-10) leave Winnipeg with a split in their weekend action against the Wesmen (2-16). Winnipeg won the series opener in a five set thriller Friday night.
The trio of Emmalyn Copping, Emily Humbert and Emily Koshinsky led the way for the Huskies finishing the match with a combined 38 kills on the night. Copping led the way with 16 kills and added 10 digs. Humbert finished with 12 kills while Koshinsky added 10 kills. Taylor Annala finished the match with 17 digs.
Danika Picklyk led the Wesmen with eight kills and 14 digs. Alex Rose added seven kills and libero Madison Fyvie finished with 10 kills.
Winnipeg opened the match on a positive note racing out to a 16-13 lead at the technical timeout of the first set. Winnipeg was able to spread the offense around with Karissa Kuhr and Alex Rose each coming up with a pair of kills in the early stages. The Huskies found their groove soon after, scoring six straight points, three on kills by Copping to take a 19-17 lead late in the set. Winnipeg closed the gap to 22-21 but the Huskies closed out the set scoring three of the final four points to win the set 25-22.
The Huskies fell behind early in the second set (7-4) but another 6-0 run lifted them to a 10-7 lead. Saskatchewan went into t the technical leading 16-10 and eventually closed out the set by a margin of 25-16.
In set number three, the Huskies once again had the lead at the technical break by a score of 16-13. Winnipeg closed the gap to two points on three occasions late in the set but the visitors were able to hang on to win the third set 25-22 to close out the match.
“Well we certainly could have been better. After our gallant victory last night we would have hoped for more of a confident effort tonight”, added Wesmen head coach Diane Scott.
The Huskies will be on the road next weekend at UBC Okanagan. Winnipeg will have the bye and return to action on Feb 10-11 with a visit to Thompson Rivers.
Huskies salvage weekend split with Wesmen in Winnipeg
WINNIPEG – The No. 7 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies picked up a weekend split against the University of Winnipeg Wesmen with a 3-1 (25-22, 25-22, 21-25, 25-18) victory Saturday night in Winnipeg.
Winnipeg (9-9) defeated the Huskies (8-8) in straight sets in the series opener Friday night.
Zak Rempel led the Huskies with a match high 15 kills. Colin Fraser had 12 kills and three blocks. Tyler Epp finished with 10 kills and three blocks. Setter Derek Epp had 43 assists and eight digs.
Casey Schouten led the Wesmen with 13 kills and two service aces. David Bommersbach finished with 11 kills and a team leading 10 defensive digs. Setter Mikael Clegg had 34 assists and a pair of blocks. Ethan Duncan led the team in blocks with three solo.
In the opening set Saskatchewan gained the early advantage thanks in a part to a 4-0 run to lead at the technical timeout 16-9. The Huskies built a 24-19 lead when Winnipeg fought off three set points to cut the Huskies lead to 24-22. A Winnipeg service error on the next play gave the Huskies the opening set 25-22.
Winnipeg regrouped in the early stages of the second set leading 12-5. Winnipeg continued to lead later in the set by a 20-17 margin but the tide turned soon after. A 6-0 run by the Huskies put the visitors ahead 23-20. Saskatchewan scored three of the next four points, with two coming off kills by Andrew Nelson and Tyler Epp to win the set by an identical 25-22 score and a 2-0 lead in the match.
The hometown Wesmen needing to win the third set to extend the match got off on the right foot. Winnipeg built a 16-9 lead at the technical break but once again the Huskies made it interesting. A late run aided by four Wesmen attacking errors cut the Winnipeg lead to 21-18. Winnipeg regrouped and soon after a kill by Garrett Jones followed by a Huskie attacking error gave the Wesmen the set by a score of 25-21.
Both sides exchanged points in the early stages of the fourth set all the way to 9-9. The Huskies went on a 7-2 run to take a 16-11 lead at the technical break and eventually closed out the match winning the set 25-18. The Huskies finished the set with only three hitting errors and a hitting percentage of .433.
Saskatchewan will be on the road next weekend visiting the UBC Okanagan Heat. Winnipeg will have the bye in their schedule and will next see action on Feb 10-11 at Thompson Rivers.
Huskies complete weekend sweep, extend win streak to nine
SASKATOON – With a 78-50 win over the visiting Mount Royal University Cougars Saturday night on Ron & Jane Graham Court at the PAC, the No. 9 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies completed the weekend sweep and extended its win streak to nine games.
With the win, the Huskies are 12-4 in the Canada West women’s basketball season and haven’t lost since December 2 in Regina. Mount Royal falls to 3-13. A night earlier, the Huskies won 84-44.
With a similar story to Friday night’s game, the Huskies jumped out to a large lead in the opening quarter and never looked back. Saskatchewan led 26-7 after the first quarter, 43-23 at halftime and 64-33 entering the final 10 minutes.
Second-year point guard Sabine Dukate led the Huskies with a game-high 23 points. Megan Lindquist added another 16 points, while Megan Ahlstrom scored 15. Lindquist led the Huskies on the boards, just missing the double-double by one with nine rebounds.
Angela Driscoll led the Cougars on the night scoring 13 points, while Erin Kehrig tallied another 10. Becky Nash led Mount Royal with seven rebounds.
The Cougars finished the night shooting at 38%, while Saskatchewan shot at 40%. The Huskies also won the battle on the boards outrebounding the Cougars 38-28.
The Huskies remain at home to host the Alberta Pandas next weekend, while Mount Royal returns home to host the Trinity Western Spartans.