Huskies Lock Up Playoff Spot

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

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan goaltender Jordon Cooke matched a Huskie record with his 18th win of the season as the No. 1 ranked Huskies defeated the University of Manitoba Bisons 5-2 Saturday night at Rutherford Rink.

Cooke made 25 saves in the win to improve his record to 18-3 on the season.

Saskatchewan improves to 21-3-0 with the win, while Manitoba drops to 10-12-3 with the loss.

With their ninth straight win, the Huskies locked up first place in the Canada West after the Alberta Golden Bears lost on Saturday night. The Huskies sit nine points clear of the Mount Royal Cougars at the top of the standings with four games remaining on the schedule.

Andrew Johnson, Kendall McFaull, Kohl Bauml, Levi Cable and Parker Thomas found the score sheet for the Huskies. Canada West scoring leader Jordan DePape and Jonah Wasylak scored for the Bisons.

Johnson opened the scoring with his third goal of the weekend at 14:10 of the first period. The first-year forward finished off a Bauml pass with a backhander over the pads of Manitoba goaltender Byron Spriggs.

Early in the second period Huskie captain Kendall McFaull doubled the Saskatchewan lead. McFaull capitalized on a Manitoba turnover at the Bison blue line and sent a shot that deflected off of a defender and into the back of the net at 3:34.

Bauml got in on the scoring at 12:46 of the second with his 11th goal of the season. Bauml corralled the puck off the end boards before outwaiting Spriggs and a Bison defender to flip the puck into the net.

With a solid 3-0 lead heading to the third, Saskatchewan would add insurance early. Cable notched his team leading 15th goal of the year with a rocket to the top corner, blocker side on Spriggs at 7:53.

The Bisons would finally solve Cooke in the third. Canada West scoring leader DePape hit a Huskie defender in front after sending the puck out to the front of the net from behind the goal line. The puck would find its way under Cooke at 8:50 to get Manitoba on the board.

Parker Thomas quickly answered for the Huskies with a goal over the shoulder of Spriggs at 9:48.

The Bisons would get a late goal to make the final 5-2 when Jonah Wasylak snuck a shut in under the cross bar at 19:04.

Nether team registered a goal on the power-play in a combined six attempts.

The Huskies travel to Alberta to take on the Golden Bears next weekend. The Bisons will host the Calgary Dinos next weekend.