Horns and Huskies light it up
It was a good, old-fashioned shootout as the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns and Saskatchewan Huskies squared off in Canada West men’s hockey action Saturday night at Nicholas Sheran Arena.
Unfortunately for the hosts, it was the Huskies that fired the last salvo en route to an 8-5 win and a 2-0 weekend sweep following a 5-2 win Friday night.
The losses drop the Pronghorns to 5-14-1 and into eighth in the Canada West, while the Huskies — ranked fourth in the USPORTS standings heading into the weekend — move to 14-4-2. That not only ties them for second in the Canada West with the Calgary Dinos it also clinches the Huskies a playoff berth.
In women’s action in Saskatoon, the Pronghorns also found themselves with an 0-2 weekend after the Huskies blanked them 2-0 Saturday night.
The losses put the Horns at 6-10-1-3 and into seventh place in the Canada West, three points behind the UBC Thunderbirds and the Regina Cougars.
In the men’s game Saturday night, the Huskies jumped out to a 3-0 lead just as they did Friday night as Levi Cable, Collin Shirley and Shane Collins scored in the opening 7:56 of the first.
The Pronghorns closed that deficit to one by the first intermission on goals from Brooks Maxwell — a shorthanded marker — and Michael Clarke.
Saskatchewan restored its two-goal lead with Shirley’s second of the game 6:34 into the second, but Lethbridge pulled even after 40 minutes when Owen Guenter and Joshua Patrician made it 4-4.
But three more unanswered Huskies goals from Donovan Neuls, Shirley — completing his hat trick — and Jared Dmytriw gave the visitors a 7-4 lead midway through the third.
The Pronghorns pulled within two when Landon Gross scored his fifth of the season, but Cable added his second of the game into an empty net with 1:27 to go to complete the high-scoring night.
Patrician added an assist for a two-point night and Taylor Fisher had two assists.
Horns goaltender Taz Burman stopped 32 of 38 shots in 44:48 of play before Jack Burgart came on in the final 13:16, turning aside 11 of 12 shots as the Huskies outshot the Pronghorns 51-40.
In the women’s game in Saskatoon, the Huskies got goals from Abby Shirley in the second period and Bailee Bourassa in the third into an empty net to post the win as goaltender Camryn Drever stopped all 16 shots she faced.
Pronghorns goaltender Alicia Anderson had a 27-save performance in the loss.
The Pronghorns men head to Edmonton this weekend to face the Canada West-leading Alberta Golden Bears (17-3-0) Friday and Saturday, while the women’s team return home to Nicholas Sheran Arena to take on the Alberta Pandas (13-6-1-0) Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m