Despite a solid effort, the Huskies couldn’t come away with a win against the Mount Royal University Cougars on Oct. 19 and 20 in Calgary, Alta.
The results stopped the Cougars bid for the post-season, as the team is now eliminated from playoff contention, while the Huskies moved closer to finishing the year in the top spot of the Prairie Division with a 8-4-2 record.
Mount Royal came out of the gates strong to start Saturday’s match, pressuring the Huskies defence and generating scoring opportunities in the opening minutes of play. However, it was the Dogs who struck first with a goal in the 18th minute. Third-year striker Garrett Peters sent a rocket past Cougars keeper David Thelheimer to give the Huskies an early 1-0 lead.
The Cougars levelled the score 20 minutes later when Trevor McPhee netted a penalty kick. The Huskies would pull ahead before the end of the first half, with midfielder Luigi Bekwayo scoring his sixth goal of the season off an assist from Brett Levis to put the Dogs in the lead 2-1 to end the first.
Ten minutes into the second half the home team levelled the score once again. Cody Cook blasted the ball past Huskies keeper Michal Bandula to bring the tally to 2-2. The two teams raised the intensity for the remainder of the match, as both sides received warnings for hard tackles.
Neither team was able to break the deadlock and the match finished at 2-2.
Bandula recorded two saves, while Thelheimer blocked three. The Cougars outshot the Huskies 8-6.
The bad blood from the end of Saturday’s match spilled over as Sunday’s game began with both teams bringing plenty of aggression to the pitch. The bout was littered with hard tackles and six yellow cards were handed out to players.
There was no love lost between the two sides, as heated words were exchanged between players and coaches.
The Huskies had a chance to score in the opening frame when Garrett Peters took a shot on net, but the ball sailed just outside the post. The half ended in a 0-0 draw.
For the second match in a row the Cougars capitalized off a penalty kick, which was awarded after a Cougar player was brought down by Jordan Farahani in the box. Tyrin Hutchings put the ball past Bandula for a 1-0 lead.
The Dogs pressured the Cougars in their own zone but couldn’t find the net despite seeing an additional seven minutes of play added to the scoreboard. The Huskies succumed to the Cougars 0-1.
Bandula turned away a single shot while Thelheimer stopped four. The Huskies outshot the Cougars 8-4.
The Huskies play their final game of the season against the University of Winnipeg Wesmen on Saturday Oct. 26 in Winnipeg.
Photo: Brett Smith