REGINA - The University of Regina men's hockey team was defeated 3-1 by the Saskatchewan Huskies in front of a raucous crowd at The Co–operators Centre on Friday night.
The game, which was a fundraiser for the Shine On Foundation, saw the Cougars strike first before surrendering three straight goals to the visiting Huskies.
Trent Lofthouse scored his first goal as a Cougar in the first period, on an impressive individual effort from behind the Huskie net. Lofthouse worked the puck out of a scrum before circling in front of the net and out-waiting goalie Blake Voth before sliding the puck past the pad.
The Huskies replied seven minutes later, as Sean Aschim scored off assists from Daylan Gatzke and Cameron Blair. The game remained tied for the rest of the opening frame and the majority of the second, but the Huskies took the lead for good with less than a minute left in the middle period. It was Zak Stebner who found the net, after a nice play from Jesse Ross. Ross controlled the puck for close to 10 seconds in the Cougars end before heading back to the point and dropping it off for Stebner. Stebner had space and fired a slap shot that beat Dawson MacAuley high. John Lawrence also assisted on the goal.
The Cougars had a number of chances to draw even in the second period but Voth stood his ground.Dylen McKinlay had a great chance streaking down the left wing, but his shot sailed over the crossbar.
Logan McVeigh put the game away in the third period with a nice goal assisted by Michael Sofillas and Josh Roach. McVeigh looped back and forth along the boards in the Cougars end and eventually found some free space, beating MacAuley for his first as a Huskie.
MacAuley stopped 27 of the 30 shots that he faced, while Voth made 36 saves for the win.
The Cougars and Huskies will travel up to Saskatoon for Saturday's rematch.