Spriggs, Bisons Shut Out Huskies
Byron Spriggs stopped 36 shots in the University of Manitoba Bisons’ 4-0 win over the No. 2 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies Saturday night at Rutherford Rink.
The shutout is Spriggs’ third of the season for Manitoba. Spriggs faced 12 shots in each period to earn his 11th win of the campaign.
On the offensive end of the ice it was Liam Bilton, Adam Henry (2), and Warren Callis scoring for the visiting squad from Manitoba.
Manitoba improves to 13-11-2 on the season, inching closer to locking up a spot in the post season. The Huskies drop to 19-5-2 with the loss, but received some good news regarding their playoff future. With Alberta’s loss to Lethbridge on Saturday night, the Huskies secure first place in the Canada West and hosting duties throughout the playoffs.
Bilton opened the scoring at 9:54 of the second period. Taking advantage of a turnover by the Huskies in the neutral zone. Bilton broke in alone on Saskatchewan goaltender Jordon Cooke and made no mistake scoring high and glove side.
The Huskies had three power play opportunities in the first and another chance early in the second to get on the board with the man advantage, but the home squad could not find the back of the net.
The Bisons would double the lead before the period was out. Taking advantage of another Saskatchewan turnover, Nick Zajac dropped a no look backhand pass to Adam Henry who beat Cooke top shelf at 16:25.
The Bisons would tally twice more in the third period with goals coming just 34 seconds apart.
First it was Adam Henry with his second marker of the night. With the Bisons on the man advantage Henry calmly waited at the blue line for the power play unit to set up in front of the net where his seeing-eye shot got past Cooke at 12:28. .
At 12:52 Warren Callis notched his sixth of the year from the slot over the blocker of Cooke. Henry, who centered the puck from the end boards, picked up his third point of the night with the assist.
Henry’s third period power play goal was the loan special teams goal on the night in the Bisons three chances. The Huskies finished scoreless in their six attempts.
Huskie goaltender Jordon Cooke finished the night with 24 saves on 28 shots.
The Huskies will close out the regular season in Lethbridge against the Pronghorns next weekend, while the Bisons return home to host the Alberta Golden Bears.
Huskies Win to Split Weekend With Alberta
The University of Saskatchewan Huskies got back in the win column with a 72-62 win over the University of Alberta Pandas Saturday night on Ron and Jane Graham Court at the PAC in Saskatoon.
The No. 9 ranked team in the country improved to 13-5 Saturday night with the win over the Pandas, who now drop to 15-3. The win comes with great importance as the two teams are neck and neck in the RPI standings used to determine the seeding for the Canada West playoffs.
The Huskies came into the night second in the RPI standings after leading the pack for the previous two weekends. Regina held a slim lead over Saskatchewan with Alberta close behind in third as the teams jockey for top seed down the stretch.
Sabine Dukate led all Huskie scorers with 20 points on Saturday night. Megan Lindquist added another 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting to go along with her team-high six rebounds before fouling out late in the fourth quarter. Madeline Humbert came off the bench and knocked down all three of her attempts from beyond the arc, scoring 11 points in 17 minutes.
Just as she did on Friday, Maddie Rogers was the night’s leading scorer with 23 points. Rogers finished 10-of-18 from the floor for the Pandas. Shay Crisp grabbed a team-high seven rebounds in addition to her seven points.
The Pandas held a slight shooting advantage over Saskatchewan in the game finishing at 45.3 percent to the Huskies’ 42.6 percent, but Alberta could not overcome its 27 turnovers committed in the game. Saskatchewan did a much better job protecting the ball, committing only 14 turnovers.
The Huskies were able to get out to a quick start on Saturday night, up 8-2 in the early minutes and held a 20-16 advantage after 10 minutes. Alberta was able to tie it up at 21 before the Huskies put together a strong finish to the half to lead 37-26.
The Huskies maintained that double digit advantage in the third quarter growing the lead to 17 three minutes into the fourth. The Pandas weren’t ready to roll over, going on a 19-6 over the next six minutes. The run cut the deficit to four points before Saskatchewan was able to ice the game down the stretch securing the 10-point win.
Next up for the Huskies is a trip to Prince George, B.C. to take on the UNBC Timberwolves next weekend closing out the Canada West regular season. Alberta will host the Lethbridge Pronghorns next Saturday and Sunday to finish its schedule.
Heat Knock Off Huskies in Straight Sets
The UBC Okanagan Heat women’s volleyball team took down the University of Saskatchewan Huskies in straight sets, earning their second consecutive 3-0 victory. Set scores were 25-20, 25-18, and 25-15.
The story of the Saturday night match can be seen in the difference in consistency between the two teams. The Heat put away two more kills than the Huskies (30-28), but Saskatchewan made 22 attacking errors while UBCO made just nine. The resulting attacking percentages were .226 for the Heat and .056 for the Huskies.
The opening set was the strongest for the Huskies. Despite losing the first-set loss, Saskatchewan finished with 13 kills to the Heat’s 10. As with the match as a whole, though, the errors were the difference. UBCO made three attacking errors, and hit .184, while Saskatchewan made eight, and hit .122.
Individually, Kaitlynn Given for the Heat and Emily Koshinsky finished tied for a match-high in kills with 10 apiece. Behind Given for the Heat were Megan Festival, Aidan Lea, and Michelle Jakszuk, who each finished with five. Erin Drew finished with a match-high three total blocks.
Behind Koshinsky in kills for the Huskies was Emily Humbert, who finished with eight. Mackenzie Pek finished with a match-high in assists with 23.
Again in the second set the Huskies finished with more kills, 11-9. Again they made eight errors and would hit .081 though, while the Heat made just two and hit .269. UBCO were able to jump out to a five-point lead around the technical time-out as a Kaitlynn Given kill was followed by three consecutive Huskies errors to put the home side up 18-13. Saskatchewan was able to string together three straight points on a kill and consecutive service aces to pull within five points at 23-18, but back-to-back kills from Megan Festival cemented the set win for the Heat.
The third set was the most dominant for the Heat, as they finished with 11 kills and hit .241 while the Huskies had four and hit -.067. Saskatchewan was able to keep it close early in the final frame, tying it up at 7-7 with a three-point run. In respone the Heat then put together two five-point runs, separated by a single point for the Huskies on a Koshinsky kill. Those two Heat runs put them up 17-8, and they cruised to the 25-15 set win from that point on.
The UBC Okanagan Heat (12-6) will play their next matches on the road, travelling to Edmonton to take on the undefeated University of Alberta Pandas (18-0) on Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11. The University of Saskatchewan Huskies (6-12) will be at home those same days, taking on the University of Calgary Dinos (14-4).
The University of Manitoba Bisons took down the visiting University of Saskatchewan Huskies 3-1 Saturday afternoon on home ice.
Saturday afternoon began with a celebration at the Wayne Fleming Arena. The Manitoba Bisons were honouring their women’s hockey graduating players as Nicole McGlenen, Jayden Skoleski, Cassandra Taylor and Amanda Schubert were all playing their last regular season home game.
After a 3-0 win on Friday night for the Bisons, they managed to sweep the weekend series with Huskies with a 3-1 win Saturday afternoon.
With the Manitoba win, they improve to 16-5-3-2 and Saskatchewan falls to 9-10-4-3 in Canada West.
“We executed the game plan we wanted to, and defended home ice like we needed to.” said Bison Head Coach Jon Rempel
The Herd came out flying in the first period. The Huskies were forced to play much of the period in their own zone, as Manitoba was relentless on the puck. Sheridan Oswald and Jordyn Zacharias (second star) each put one past the Saskatchewan goaltender, Cassidy Hendricks (third star). Giving Manitoba a 2-0 heading into the first intermission.
Rachel Dyck was big in keeping the home team up two. When called upon, she made several key stops at important times for her team.
In the second, Kori Herner got her visiting side on the board early beating Dyck high on the glove side on a breakaway. Herner’s goal ended Dycks 82:50 shutout streak during the weekend. The teams continued to trade chances through out the remainder of the second frame but no more offence would come from either team.
Firs star Lauryn Keen would score early in the third to put her team back up by two and the Bisons would never look back.
The University of Manitoba will travel to Edmonton next weekend to finish off the regular season again the University of Alberta (Feb. 10-11) in a crucial series to determine second place in the conference while Saskatchewan will close out their regular season on the road against Lethbridge on the same weekend.