Christiansen’s bank shot on the money for Huskies
Huskies 4, Thunderbirds 2
A pair of early power-play goals got the University of Saskatchewan Huskies off to a strong start Friday against the British Columbia Thunderbirds, but in the end it took a fluke goal to preserve a 4-2 victory in their Canada West conference hockey season opener at Rutherford Rink.
Second-year veteran Shaye Christiansen, who scored the Huskies’ opening goal five minutes into the game, preserved the victory after the Huskies let a 3-0 lead almost disappear.
Christiansen, from Canwood, grabbed a loose puck behind the UBC net and her pass in front deflected in off goalie Lisa Lafreniere’s pad to give the Huskies a two-goal lead.
“Anything on the net is good,” Christiansen said. “They count whether they’re pretty or not.”
Kelly Graw had made it 2-0 at 7:39 of the first period with the T-birds two players short. Thirteen minutes into the second period, rookie Carmen Ready of Winnipeg took a perfect centring pass from Cali Hopkins seems to my team
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But three minutes later Amy de Bree scored short-handed on a 1-on-1, rifling a 20-foot riser inside the post past Erin McKay. Then 48 seconds later, the Huskies turned the puck over at the B.C. blue-line and Alisha Chow blasted a 20-foot shot to the far side on a 2-on-1 break, cutting Saskatchewan’s lead to 3-2.
McKay, in her fifth season as a Huskie, got a couple of breaks when the T-birds banged two shots off the post, but she also made two huge saves on breakaways by Emily McGrath-Agg.
“She made some good saves,” McGrath-Agg said. “I felt we didn’t penetrate the net (on our power-play chances).”
The Huskies killed every one of their minors. B.C. was assessed 16 penalties.
“Last year we struggled at the end of get points (to get into the playoffs) . . . we wanted two points out of our home-opener,” McKay said.
“Everybody penalties, but tonight.”
The teams meet again tonight at 7 p.m.
Cali Hopkins of the Huskies sets up Carmen Ready for a goal against Lisa Lafreniere of theThunderbirds