Brett Ward doesn’t always score goals, but when he does he makes sure they are game winners in triple overtime. Ward’s shot from the point in the sixth period of the third and deciding game of the Canada West final March 11 at Rutherford Rink found its way through screened University of Calgary Dinos netminder Dustin Butler’s pads and pushed the University of Saskatchewan Huskies to a 2-1 win and their first conference title since 2007.
The University of Saskatchewan Huskies have slayed Goliath. Brennan Bosch’s overtime heroics March 4 in the third game of a best-of-three semifinal series helped Saskatchewan knock the four-time defending Canada West champion University of Alberta Golden Bears out of playoffs.
The University of British Columbia has taken the reins in an initiative amongst Canada West universities to reconsider how the conference divides its 16 teams. Last April, UBC announced it would no longer seek membership into the National Collegiate Athletic Association and would remain a member of Canadian Interuniversity Sport. The school felt it could be at the forefront of changing Canada’s university athletics.
Ryan Myrfield is three-for-three at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport wrestling championships. The fourth-year Huskies captain won his third national gold medal Feb. 24 and 25 at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ont. after defeating Concordia University’s Scott Schiller in the men’s 72-kilogram final.
Sharai Siemens led the way as the Huskies women’s track and field team topped the Canada West podium last weekend at the Saskatoon Field House. It was the third time in the last four years that the University of Saskatchewan women’s squad has won the championship — they took the title in 2009 and 2010 but finished third last season.
“Mission accomplished,” said Huskies head coach Dave Adolph. “That’s all it was.” His squad’s 10-3 stomping of the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns Feb. 25 at Rutherford Rink in Saskatoon not only swept the ’Horns out of the best-of-three Canada West quarter-final series, but also silenced a team that had caused the Dogs trouble all season long.
With only one game remaining, the Huskies women’s basketball regular season is far from over. The Dogs take on provincial rival and undefeated powerhouse University of Regina Cougars in their last match of the regular season Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Physical Activity Complex in Saskatoon. While the match means nothing on paper, the game will be the Huskies’ most difficult test of the year.
The Huskies started off the 2011-12 season with those losses in mind, sweeping Alberta in a late-October weekend series. Those games, however, came down to both overtime and a shootout. By no means did Saskatchewan dominate the Pandas and, as evidenced by the teams splitting their following weekend series, the Huskies had not had the last laugh. The Dogs will look for vengeance Feb. 17, 18 and, if needed, 19 in the same arena where they lost last year as they kick off their 2011-12 playoff campaign.
The Huskies men’s volleyball team were officially eliminated from Canada West playoff contention Saturday, Feb. 4 as they fell to the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat.
Art Unsworth visited 11 grocery stores before the University of Saskatchewan Huskies’ basketball games on Jan. 28. He was searching for white cheddar popcorn flavouring. The specific flavouring combined with a few perfected topping techniques — grape seed oil — are part of Unsworth’s fight to bring popcorn back into the University of Saskatchewan’s Physical Activity Complex. Of course, handing out popcorn isn’t the only reason why the Dogs alumnus — he played for the university in 1972-73 — and reigning Huskies fan of the year has attended nearly every Huskies basketball game for the last seven years. His youngest son, Chris, is a fifth-year forward with the Dogs and his eldest, Clint, graduated from the team two years ago.