No. 10 Cougars Knock Off No. 1 Huskies

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

SASKATOON - The No. 10 ranked Mount Royal University Cougars fought off a persistent No. 1 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies squad to take a 5–3 decision Friday night at Rutherford Rink.

Mount Royal got out to a 2-0 lead that was erased in the third by the Huskies. The Cougars found themselves ahead 3-2, only to have Saskatchewan knot things up again. Zack Henry's unassisted goal at 16:24 would put the Cougars ahead for good as they improved to 9-4-2 on the season. The Huskies, who suffered just their third loss of the season, still lead the Canada West standings at 12-3.

Billy Marshall opened the game's scoring at 5:40 of the first period finishing off a rebound after Huskie goalie Jordon Cooke made an initial save on Cam Maclise. Mount Royal scored its second in less than two minutes when Tyler Fiddler scored his eighth of the season at 6:51. Fiddler tipped in a point shot from Shaun MacPherson to give the Cougars a 2-0 lead.

Saskatchewan hit the post three times in the opening 20 minutes, but had nothing to show for it as they headed to the locker room down two.

In the second the Huskies would get on the board with the man advantage. From the hashmarks, Levi Cable finished off a one-time pass from Jordan Fransoo for his team leading ninth goal of the season at 11:10. The Huskies could not find the equalizer in the second and headed to the closing 20 minutes down a goal.

Just before the midway point of the third, the Huskies would strike again, sparking an offensive struggle to close the game.

While on the power-play, Jesse Forsberg sent a point shot through a crowd that beat a screened Colin Cooper to square the game up at two at 9:01.

It took the Cougars less than two minutes to retake the lead. Maclise took a pass in the slot and outwaited Cooke, sending a backhand over the sprawling Huskie goaltender at 10:36 on the power-play.

Josh Roach would answer at 14:28 with the Huskies again on the power-play. Roach's point shot found the top corner of the net to even things up at three.

Henry's first goal of the season would silence the crowd at Rutherford Rink as his shot from the bottom of the face-off circle snuck just under the bar to put the Cougars ahead for good at 16:24. Maclise added his second of the night with the Huskie net empty.