BAILEY NOTCHES WINNER IN DOUBLE OT2013-01-26
By Zach Rogers
University of Saskatchewan’s Andrew Bailey scored with 44 seconds left in the second overtime to give the Huskies a 5-4 win over the visiting University of Regina Cougars at Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon on Saturday night.
With under three minutes left to play in the second overtime the Huskies went on the man advantage after Regina's Carter Selinger was called for holding. The Huskies moved the puck from high to low before Zak Stebner centered the puck for Bailey who tipped it just inside the post.
The Huskies used a strong third period to get back into the game. Trailing 3-1 after two periods the Huskies used goals from Derek Hulak, Brandon Herrod, and Kyle Bortis to take a 4-3 lead. Regina tied the game with 1:04 remaining on a shot from the point by Brock Appleyard. It was Appleyard’s second of the game.
With the win the Huskies improve to 16-7-1, while the Cougars drop to 12-9-3. A night earlier, Regina won 5-4 in a shootout in Regina.
Regina opened the scoring in the first period on a power play at 4:58. The Cougars cycled the puck in the Huskies zone before Troy Hunter found a cutting Tyler Penny who beat Huskies’ netminder Ryan Holfeld through the legs. Saskatchewan answered back when Chad Suer found Matthew Spafford with a breakout pass at 7:36 in the same frame. Spafford used speed to beat the defenceman wide before beating the Cougars goalie over the blocker. The Cougars regained the lead off a Huskies offensive zone turnover. James Friedel jumped in on an odd man rush and popped in a Holfeld rebound at 17:32 in the first.
Regina controlled the play for majority of the second period as the Huskies committed a number of defensive zone turnovers in the opening 10 minutes. The Cougars scored the lone goal of the period. Matthew Delahey delivered a crushing hit at the Regina blue line, but the Cougars picked up the lose puck and entered the Huskies zone on a three-on-one. Sanford King threw a puck across the Huskies crease enabling Appleyard to chip in a rebound over Holfeld's outstretched pad at 16:40.
After Regina controlled play for much of the second period, Saskatchewan took over in the third. Hulak restored life into the Huskies squad after he beat Andrew Hayes shortside from just inside the left face-off circle at 12:06. The Huskies tied it up when Herrod received a cross crease pass from Jimmy Bubnick and slotted the puck into the open net at 13:50. Moments later, Bortis gave the Huskies their first lead of the game, driving tight to the goal line before flipping the puck up and over the shoulder of Hayes at 15:10.
Holfeld made 40 saves in the winning effort, while Hayes stopped 39 of 44 shots at the other end of the ice.
The Huskies will take on the Calgary Dinos at Rutherford Rink next weekend, while the Cougars head on the road to take on the Alberta Golden Bears in Edmonton.