Alberta Hands Huskies First Loss of 2015

Photo Credit: Josh Schaefer Photography
Photo Credit: Josh Schaefer Photography

SASKATOON - University of Alberta defenceman Jordan Rowley scored two power play goals to lead the third ranked Golden Bears to a 4-2 win over the No. 2 ranked University of Saskatchewan Saturday night at Rutherford Rink handing the Huskies their first loss of the season.

Rowley second and third goals of the season bookended the Golden Bears four goals on the night helping Alberta improve its record to 5-2-1. The Huskies previously unblemished record now sits at 7-1.

The Golden Bears looking to avenge Friday night's loss came out and controlled play in the first period. The Bears outshot the Huskies 20-4 in the opening 20 minutes. Just past the midway point, Alberta would get on the board first.

With the Golden Bears on the power play defenceman Jordan Rowley scored his second goal of the season. Alberta kept the puck in the Huskie end for over a minute to open the advantage before finding Rowley at the point. His slap shot along the ice went through a crowd and through the five-hole of a screened Jordon Cooke at 12:19.

Cooke made a couple of huge saves to keep the deficit at one after the opening period.

It didn't take Alberta long to increase the lead in the second. Stephane Legault scored his first of the season less than a minute into the period. Legault picked up a loose puck in the slot and fired it past Cooke at 0:56.

The Huskies would take some momentum back with a goal just over five minutes later. A nice passing play ended with an even better finish from Jesse Ross. Ross took a cross ice pass from Connor Cox and, while gliding backwards away from the net towards the corner, let go of a backhand shot over the shoulder of Luke Siemens. The goal at 6:27 was as close as the Huskies would get on the night.

Alberta answered with back-to-back goals less than two minutes apart. Off of an Alberta face-off win Kruise Reddick got the puck to Jayden Hart who's shot over the blocker of Cooke made it 3-1 Bears. Rowley scored his second of the night on the power play finishing off a slick passing play at the side of the net with assists from Levko Koper and Jordan Hickmott.

Alberta took a 4-1 lead to the dressing room after 40 minutes. The Huskies were outshot again in the period, but narrowly this time, 15-14.

The Huskies would start to answer back in the third. Kohl Bauml broke in alone short-handed, but was turned aside by Siemens. The Huskies would get on the board again at 5:46 with a Jesse Ross goal. Ross' third of the year from Tyler Borstmayer and John Lawrence cut it to 4-2.

Saskatchewan would get a couple of late chances, but couldn't beat Siemens.

Siemnes made 20 saves in the game, while Cooke was spectacular in goal for the Huskies again on Saturday night making 51 saves.

The Huskies travel to Calgary to take on the Mount Royal Cougars next weekend, while the Golden Bears return home to host the Manitoba Bisons.