Lethbridge – Powered by specialty teams, the CIS fourth ranked Saskatchewan Huskies completed the weekend sweep of the Lethbridge Pronghorns with a convincing 7-2 victory.
The Huskies scored twice shorthanded, twice with the man advantage and finished the night 2 for 5 on the power play, and going perfect while shorthanded, killing off all five Pronghorn power plays.
Zak Stebner and John Lawrence paced the Huskies with two goals apiece, while Saskatchewan got singles from Kohl Baum, Jesse Forsberg and Logan McVeigh. Zane Jones and Tim Campbell replied for the Pronghorns.
Dylan Tait started in the 'Horns crease for the second consecutive night but didn't make it out of the first period, giving up three goals on 16 shots. In relief, Warren Shymko stopped 23 of the 27 shots he faced. Jordon Cooke put forth another strong effort in the Huskie goal making 24 saves.
The loss extends the 'Horns losing streak to six games and drops their record to 6-11-1, while the Huskies take a strangle hold of top spot in the conference, moving five points clear of the Alberta Golden Bears with a record of 15-3-0.
Picking up where they left off last night, the 'Horns and Huskies both burst out the gates trading chances early. Tait made the first spectacular save, flashing the leather to rob Levi Cable with the glove.
Seven minutes in the 'Horns had a glorious opportunity to open the score with a two-man advantage for a full two minutes. Cooke made great saves on both Artsiom Kalashnikov and Tim Campbell to keep the 'Horns off the scoreboard and it would be the Huskies that broke the deadlock as the penalties wound down for a rare 5-on-3 shorthanded goal.
Lawrence broke in on the left wing and beat Tait short-side shelf, in a near carbon copy of the goal he scored last night.
With a two man advantage of their own a short time later, the Huskies went to work, scoring twice. First, Bauyml was the beneficiary of a nice back door pass and made no mistake putting the shot under the bar past an outstretched Tait.
Stebner's blast from the point eluded Tait for the Huskies third goal of the period and spelled the end of Tait's night.
Before the second was even a minute old, the Huskies upped the lead to four with another shorthanded goal. Stebner's clearing hit the end boards and caromed off Shymko and over the goal-line.
The 'Horns finally got some life late in the second frame and cut the lead to three with just over two minutes remaining in the frame. Jones redirected Spencer Jensen's point shot past Cooke and off the post and in.
In the second period, the Huskies outshot the 'Horns 12-9 and led in the shot department 30-16 through forty minutes.
Early in the third, 'Horns freshman Sam McKechnie had a great chance to cut the Huskie lead to two off a turnover deep in the Huskie end but he missed high.
Jesse Forsberg regained the Huskie three-goal lead a short time later, redirecting a centering pass through the legs of Shymko and set off a wild stretch of four goals in just over two and a half minutes.
Logan McVeigh beat Shymko glove-side for the Huskies sixth goal 42-seconds after Forsberg's goal and Campbell picked up his team leading ninth of the season, redirecting Robert Lindores cross crease pass just over a minute later.
Huskies' Lawrence picked up his second of the game and third of the weekend 47-seconds later to round out the scoring.
The Pronghorns head out on the road next weekend, traveling to Regina to face the Cougars, while the Huskies play host to the Calgary Dinos.