Huskie Friday Night Game By Game


Huskies lose in straight sets to UBC O

The UBC Okanagan Heat women’s volleyball team took down the University of Saskatchewan Huskies in straight sets on Friday night in the UBC Okanagan Gym. Set scores were 25-10, 25-21, and 25-17.

The service lined proved to be pivotal as the Heat dominated with 13 service aces compared to just four for the visiting Huskies. Emily Oxland and Kaitlynn Given had four aces a piece.

The closest set of the match was the second, with the Huskies eventually falling by four. Saskatchewan held a lead through the body of the set, from going up 4-3 to when the Heat re-took the lead at 15-14. After the technical time-out the Heat took over, pulling ahead to set point at 24-20 before an attack error apiece closed out the set. The Heat had their lowest hitting percentage of the match in the second, hitting only .030 while holding the Huskies to -.032.

UBC Okanagan out-hit Saskatchewan in all areas in the match. The Heat had 26 kills to the Huskies’ 21, hit .219 and held the visitors to .023, and had 10 attack errors to the Huskies’ 19. UBCO also finished ahead in blocks, earning seven and holding Saskatchewan to none.

Kaitlynn Given finished with a match-high nine kills for the Heat on a .600 hitting percentage. Megan Festival finished behind her, adding six for the home side. Emily Oxland led the Heat in both assists and digs, with 18 and eight respectively.

For the Huskies it was Emily Koshinksky with the most kills, at six. Taylor Annal and Emmalyn Copping each added four kills of their own. Jennifer Hueser finished with a match-high nine digs.

The first set was the most dominant for the Heat. They hit .381 and put away nine kills, holding the Huskies to eight kills on .097 hitting. UBCO took the lead at 1-0 and held it all the way through. In the middle of the set the Heat dominated play, stringing together six- and nine-point runs to score 15 of 16 points, taking a hefty lead at 20-7. The Heat closed out the set on another run, this time of three points, the final two points coming on service aces from Kaitlynn Given.

The third set saw the Heat dominate early, jumping ahead 10-2 to start it. The Huskies were able to fight back and bring the gap to 16-11 at the technical time-out. A pair of service aces from Megan Festival, another Given kill, and a Saskatchewan error put UBCO up 20-13. A pair of kills and more errors by the Huskies closed out the set at 25-17, and the match 3-0.

The UBC Okanagan Heat (11-6) and the Saskatchewan Huskies (6-11) will play again Saturday night. First serve is set for 5 p.m. PST in the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium.


Turnovers hurt Huskies against Golden Bears

With an 80-67 victory over the No. 9 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies Friday night at the PAC in Saskatoon, the visiting No. 7 ranked University of Alberta Golden Bears won the battle of U SPORTS Top 10 teams.

Alberta opened the game with an eight-point lead, at 20-12, in the first quarter and didn’t relinquish it.  The Golden Bears led 35-26 at halftime and 53-47 entering the final 10 minutes.

In the third quarter, Saskatchewan had its best chance to take the lead pulling within three points of the Bears. Mack Burns hit a three-point shot at 50-47. But Alberta scored the next three points for the six-point lead at the end of the third. The Huskies kept the game within six points to start the fourth quarter, but five straight points from the Golden Bears helped extend the margin out of the Huskies’ reach.

Turnovers were a problem in the game for Saskatchewan. Alberta capitalized on the mistakes scoring 21 points from the Huskies 14 errors.

With the win, Alberta improves to 13-4. Saskatchewan drops to 11-6. Both the Huskies and Golden Bears have secured one of 12 spots granted in the Canada West men’s basketball playoffs. The playoff teams are then seeded based on RPI to determine playoff matchups.

Austin Waddoups led the Golden Bears with 22 points, while Mamadou Gueye added another 21. Lyndon Annetts also scored 10. Gueye and Dwan Williams each recorded five rebounds.

Shane Osayande recorded a double-double for Saskatchewan with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Matt Forbes led the Huskies in scoring with 16 points, while Jaylan Morgan added another 14 points and Lawrence Moore 10.

Alberta shot at 41.3% in the game, while the Huskies shot at 37.9%. Saskatchewan won the battle on the boards outrebounding the Golden Bears 41-23.

The two teams will battle again Saturday night on Ron & Jane Graham Court at the PAC. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. in the final regular season home game in 2016-17.

Huskies hold on for win over Manitoba

The No. 2 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies held on for a 5-3 win over the University of Manitoba Bisons Friday night in Saskatoon’s Rutherford Rink.


Saskatchewan jumped on the board early in the game scoring two goals in the first minutes and just 53 seconds apart. Jordan Tkatch tallied the first at 4:07 on a tight play in front of the Bisons’ net. Josh Roach added the second at 5:00 after the Bisons’ failed to clear the puck. Roach picked up the loose puck after a blocked initial shot and found the back of the net.


The Bisons’ Remi Laurencelle cut the lead in half at 16:11 after he raced into the Huskies’ zone from a turnover in the neutral zone. His shot beat Jordon Cooke’s glove. Levi Cable restored Saskatchewan’s two goal lead before the end of the frame on a quick rush up the ice at 18:23.


Logan McVeigh tallied his sixth goal in three games at 3:56 in the second period after he received a pass from Jordan Fransoo from behind the Manitoba net. His shot slipped just inside the top of the net.


Blake Heinrich scored the Bisons’ second goal from the left faceoff dot at 14:17 on the power play in the second. He beat Cooke high to the blocker side. Brett Brookes pulled Manitoba within one at 9:07 in the third beating Cooke five-hole.


Roach added the empty net insurance goal at 19:50.


With the win, the Huskies improve to 19-4-2. Manitoba drops to 12-11-2. Saskatchewan has clinched a spot in the Canada West men’s hockey postseason, while Manitoba is looking to secure one of two spots left.


Byron Spriggs made 28 saves for the Bisons, while Cooke stopped 27 for Saskatchewan at the other end of the ice.


The two teams will battle again Saturday night at Rutherford Rink. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m. in the final regular season home game in 2016-17.

Bisons shutout Huskies in Winnipeg

The #5 University of Manitoba Bisons women’s hockey team, cruised to a 3-0 victory over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies on Friday, February 3, at the Wayne Fleming Arena.

With the win, Manitoba improves to 15-5-3-2, while Saskatchewan drops to 9-9-4-3 in conference play.

The Bisons victory was fueled on goals by Jordyn Zacharias (2), Megan Neduzak’s first goal as a Bison, and by Rachel Dyck’s fifth shutout of the season.

“She has had a rock solid year” said Bisons head coach Jon Rempel of Rachel Dyck. “If you’re going to beat her right now, you better make a pretty good shot for the most part. It’s nice, and the girls know they don’t have to play perfect hockey out back there, because she’s got their backs.”

The opening frame was very fast paced, with the Bisons getting on the board quickly on a Jordyn Zacharias goal. The goal came at 3:21, when Lauryn Keen fed Zacharias, who was alone in front of Huskies goalie, Cassidy Hendricks, and she made no mistake. Saskatchewan tried coming right back at Manitoba, as Brooklyn Haubrich used her speed to break free of defenders, and fired a shot right off the post. The home side got the first power-play of the game, with Huskies defender Kayla Kirwan taking a two-minute minor for tripping at 6:26. The visitors were able to kill off the penalty, and were rewarded one of their own, when Caitlin Fyten was called for interference at 15:16. It was actually Manitoba who got the better chances, as they had two short-handed breakaway chances, one of which was saved by Hendricks glove, and the other was sniped too high. Rachel Dyck made eight big saves in the frame, including a huge stop on a Saskatchewan deflection, keeping the game at 1-0 after the first period.

The home team controlled the second period, and again got off to a fast start on a goal by Megan Neduzak. Keen found Neduzak out front, who slapped the one-time shot past Hendricks at 0:49; Venla Hovi also drew an assist on the play. The visitors responded with a golden opportunity, but Dyck made the athletic post-to-post save, to keep the score at 2-0. Manitoba would get on the board for the third time at 10:35, this time, Hovi dropped the puck back to Zacharias at centre, who made a fantastic individual effort to push through the defenders, and got enough on the shot, to get the puck over the line for her second goal of the game. The Bisons controlled the second period, and it showed on the scoreboard, taking a 3-0 lead into the second intermission.

Both goaltenders played a clean final period, with Dyck completing the shutout. The home team got the majority of the chances in the frame, making Hendricks work for the Huskies. The Bisons got another power-play chance at 13:41, with Lauren Zary hooking Lauryn Keen on what could have been a breakaway opportunity. Manitoba was unable to convert on the power-play, going zero-for-three on the night. Sheridan Oswald got called for a penalty with less than two minutes to play, which put the visitors on the power-play for the remainder of the game. The power-play didn’t last long, with the Huskies taking one of their own, and the herd was able to shut Saskatchewan down for the remainder of the game and roll to the 3-0 victory.

The same teams play again tomorrow, with the Bisons looking to complete the weekend series sweep. Puck drop is at 4 p.m. CT, at the Wayne Fleming Arena.

Pandas halt Huskies win streak

With a 72-50 victory Friday night at the PAC in Saskatoon, the University of Alberta Pandas were able to halt the No. 9 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies’ nine game winning streak.


Entering the final home basketball weekend in Saskatoon, the Huskies hadn’t lost since December 2 against the Regina Cougars.


It was the middle frames that helped secure Alberta the win.


The Pandas led by one at 16-15 after the first and the teams traded points to start the second. Tied at 22, Alberta went on an eight point run to close the first half for the 30-22 lead. Alberta continued to find the basket after halftime holding the Huskies to four points in the first five minutes of the third quarter. Alberta had a 58-36 lead by the end of the third and the Huskies couldn’t recover in the fourth. Each team tallied 14 in the final 10 minutes.


With the win, Alberta improves to 15-2. Saskatchewan drops to 12-5.


Both the Pandas and Huskies have secured one of 12 spots granted in the Canada West women’s basketball playoffs. The playoff teams are then seeded based on RPI to determine playoff matchups. The Huskies currently lead the conference in RPI, while Alberta sits third.


Fifth-year Maddie Rogers led the Pandas with 17 points on the night, while Emma Kary added another 12. Kary and Shay Crisp added four rebounds each.


Megan Ahlstrom led the Huskies with 16 points, while Vera Crooks tallied another 10. Ahlstrom also led the team in rebounds with five.


Alberta finished the game shooting 58.7%, while the Huskies shot at just 34%. Saskatchewan won the battle on the boards outrounding the Pandas 28-17.


The two teams will battle again Saturday night on Ron & Jane Graham Court at the PAC. Tipoff is slated for 6:15 p.m. in the final regular season home game in 2016-17.