Huskies 0, Griffins 1
Huskies 1, Cougars 0
The Huskies started their weekend on the road with a stop at MacEwan University to take on the Griffins on Sept. 24.
In a game that saw both teams continually trying to outmaneuver the other, the Griffins were finally able to get the edge over the Huskies in the final minutes of the match. Griffins’ Suekiana Choucair sent a 45-yard free kick at Huskies’ keeper Jadyn Steinhauer, forcing her to make a difficult leaping save that was tipped off the crossbar. Griffins’ Kristyn Smart picked up the ball in front of the open net and tapped it in to secure a 1-0 win for MacEwan.
The weekend ended on a high note for the Huskies. On Sept. 25, the Dogs took on the Mount Royal Cougars, this time with a final score of 1-0 in their favour.
Huskies fifth-year Erica Hindmarsh put the Huskies on the board in the 23rd minute. With the ball well outside of the box, Hindmarsh delivered a perfect strike to the right side of the net, cleanly beating Cougars goalkeeper Caitlyn Leeson to take the 1-0 lead.
The Huskies refused to give up their lead for the remainder of the first half and dominated the field in the second to clinch the 1-0 win.
The win and loss brings the Huskies to a 3-3-0 record before they travel back to Alberta this weekend to take on the University of Calgary Dinos and University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.
Oct. 1 at Calgary Dinos @ 12 p.m.
Oct. 2 at Lethbridge Pronghorns @ 12 p.m.
Canada West Standings
Mount Royal 2-4
Huskies 3, Spartans 1
Huskies 1, Cascades 0
Three goals in the first half led the University of Saskatchewan Huskies to a 3-1 victory over the Trinity Western University Spartans on Field 7 in PotashCorp Park on Sept. 23.
The Huskies were the first to score. Fifteen minutes into the game, third-year Bryce Marinus sent a cross-ball in front of the net to Gabriel Bautois who tapped the ball into an open net for an easy goal.
Twelve minutes later Marinus assisted on the second goal, dribbling around three Spartan defenders to get the play to Marcello Gonzalez, who found the back of the net. The Huskies added the third goal in the 43rd minute, when Jacob Powell was left alone in front of the net.
Reigning Canada West Third Star Greg Buckley made six saves for the Huskies, while Andrew Hicks stopped two for Trinity Western. The Spartans outshot the Huskies 17-11 in the match.
On Sept. 25, the University of Fraser Valley Cascades stopped by PotashCorp Park to take on the Huskies.
The Dogs scored near the end of the first half to secure the lead. A cross play in by Tyler Redl found Jacob Powell’s foot, the ball sliding past Cascades goalkeeper Alex Skrzeta.
The Huskies held on to the one-goal lead for the rest of the first half, and despite their best efforts and a few scoring attempts later in game, they were unable to further their lead, taking the game with a final score of 1-0.
Huskies’ keeper Greg Buckley finished the match with two saves, while Skrzeta stopped 10 for Fraser Valley at the other end of the pitch. Saskatchewan outshot Fraser Valley 16-10 in the match.
Oct. 1 and 2 at Winnipeg Wesman @ 2:15 p.m.
Canada West Standings
Mount Royal 6-2-2
Huskies 17, Bisons 38
After a loss to the University of Manitoba Bisons on the road, the Huskies now find themselves tied for third place in the CanWest Division at the midway point in the season.
The Bisons were the first to put points on the board, scoring on a five-play, 89-yard drive that was capped by a Macho Bockru one-yard touchdown reception. The Huskies scored 17 of the next 20 points. Huskies’ Tyler Chow dove in for a one-yard plunge, followed by a 20-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kyle Siemens to Ben Getzlaf, plus a 19-yard field goal by Sean Stenger. But the Bisons gained some momentum into the dressing room with a quick drive capped by a 30-yard field goal by Brady Mikoluff with 30 seconds left, cutting the Huskies’ lead to 17-13.
The Bisons came out strong in the second half, scoring a total of 25 uncontested points to bring the final score to 38-17.
Setting aside their loss, the Huskies travel to Regina to take on the University of Regina Rams on Oct. 1 at the new Mosaic Stadium. This will be the first game held at the new field, and will break the CanWest single-game attendance record of 12,859 set by the University of Calgary Dinos and the Mount Royal University Cougars when they faced off in men’s hockey at the ScotiaBank Sattle Dome in Calgary in January, 2015.
The game can be seen live on Shaw TV, Shaw Direct 299, Shaw HD and Access Communications’ 7/10.
Oct. 1 at Regina Rams @ 2 p.m.
Canada West Standings
Oct. 1 – Sled Dog Open
Brenden Palmer / Sports & Health Editor
Photos: Jeremy Britz / Photo Editor