Cara Wooster scored 3:28 into overtime to give the University of Saskatchewan Huskies a 3-2 victory over the visiting University of Manitoba Bisons Friday night in Saskatoon’s Rutherford Rink.
Wooster tallied the game winner on a wrist shot after a Julia Flinton from the top of the face off circle beating Manitoba Bisons’ goaltender Leiette Klassen’s glove. It was Wooster’s second overtime winner this season.
With the win the Huskies keep a hold of first place in the Canada West moving to 14-4-1 on the season. Manitoba drops to 9-5-3.
Saskatchewan opened the scoring at 6:01 in the first period when rookie Lindsay Karst scored her third of the season. Canada West leading scorer Julie Paetsch added to the Huskies’ lead just 38 seconds into the second frame.
The Bisons’ have strong special teams play to thank for their comeback. Both Manitoba goals were scored with the man advantage. Nellie Minshull tallied at 19:18 in the second period with Danny Stone in the box. Caitlin MacDonald notched the game at two at 7:26 in the third period with Flinton in the box.
Vanessa Frederick made 30 saves in the win for the Huskies, while Klassen stopped 33 shots at the other end of the ice. Manitoba finished the game 2-for-5 on the power play, while Saskatchewan failed to capitalize on four opportunities.
The two teams meet again Saturday in Rutherford Rink. Puck drop is 7 p.m.