The University of Saskatchewan men’s hockey team kept an even record after posting one loss and one win in a weekend series against the University of Manitoba Bisons in Winnipeg.
The Dogs move to 2-2 on the season and sit in a tie for second place in the Canada West standings with the University of Regina Cougars.
Although the Huskies scored the opening point of the game, the Bisons struck back with four unanswered goals to hand the visiting team their second loss in as many games.
Neither team was able to break through in the first period, despite each having solid scoring opportunities. The netminders for both teams came up big as the Bisons took 14 shots while the Dogs fired six.
Jesse Ross put the Huskies on the board first after he snuck the puck past Bison goalie Joe Caligiuri during a scramble in front of the net. From here the Bison offence would be on display as the home team controlled scoring for the remainder of the game.
Ian Duval scored the first goal for the Bisons when he fired a shot past Huskies goalie Ryan Holfeld during a two-on-one. Travis Bobbee gave Manitoba a 2-1 lead when he netted a rebound during a power play in the closing minutes of the second period.
Duval beat Holfeld at 8:01 in the third period to score his second goal of the night off a shot to the top corner. He added yet another goal in the closing minutes of the game, landing a shot in an empty net. This was Duval’s first-ever hat trick during a five-year stint with the Bisons.
Manitoba outshot the Huskies 34-29 on the night. Caligiuri made 28 saves while Holfeld made 30.
The Huskies levelled the series against the Bisons with a convincing 5-0 triumph the next night.
Forward Cody Smuk started the impressive scoring night for the Huskies with a goal at 8:04 in the first period. Defenceman Kenton Dulle maneuvered the puck away from the Bisons and passed it to Smuk, who raced down the ice and sent a backhand around Caligiuri for the 1-0 lead.
Eight minutes into the second period Derek Hulak fired a cross-ice pass into the net to add to the Dogs’ lead. Andrew Bailey cushioned the Huskies’ lead when he scooped up Zak Stebner’s deflected shot and put it into the net.
John Lawrence scored the Huskies’ fourth goal of the night on a powerplay at 1:39 in the third period to push the Dogs’ lead to 4-0. One minute later Josh Roach scored the fifth and final point. Manitoba pulled Caligiuri from net and sent in Deven Dubyk but the deficit was too much for the Bisons to recover from, ending the game 5-0.
Holfeld recorded his first shutout on the season, making 30 saves during the night. Caligiuri recorded 32 and Dubyk added four.
The Huskies host the University of Alberta Golden Bears on Friday Oct. 18 and Saturday Oct. 19 at Rutherford Rink.
Photo: Chris Zuk/Bisons Sports