Huskies Begin Post-Season With Semifinal Series Against Calgary

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

(Click for Full Game Notes)

Game Date: February 26, 27 & 28 (if necessary)

Game Location: Rutherford Rink, 7pm

Webcast: canadawest.tv

The Headlines

• Saskatchewan (No. 3) remains one of three teams ranked in the CIS Top 10. Alberta (No. 5) and Mount Royal (No. 7) face-off in the other Canada West semifinal series.

• Calgary comes to Saskatchewan fresh off a 2-1 series win in Manitoba. The fifth seeded Dinos won Games 2 and 3 after dropping the opener to the fourth seeded Bisons.

• The Huskies matched a program record for wins (22) after splitting the final weekend of the regular season with the Regina Cougars.

• The Huskies swept the season series 4-0 with the Dinos.

• The last time the two schools met in the post-season the Huskies won the Canada West title in triple overtime of Game 3.

The No. 3 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies will begin their quest for the 2016 Canada West Championship with a semifinal series against the University of Calgary Dinos this weekend at Rutherford Rink.

The Huskies earned a first round bye thanks to their first place finish in the Canada West regular season after a 22-6-0 record. Saskatchewan matched a school record in wins with 22 this season.

Calgary earned their trip to Saskatoon by taking down the Manitoba Bisons 2-1 in a best-of-three quarter-final series last weekend in Winnipeg. The Dinos found themselves in a hole after dropping the series opener 3-1. On Saturday night, Calgary fought to get ahead 2-0 and held on for the 2-1 victory to force a decisive Game 3. Calgary broke out for six goals in a 6-1 rout of the Bisons on Sunday to take the series 2-1.

The Huskies won all four meetings between the two sides in 2015-16. A pair of one goal wins in Calgary on the opening weekend of the season got the Huskies off to a hot start during which they won their first seven games. The series rematch in Saskatoon came in mid January. The Huskies took the first game 4-3 and the second 8-3. The wins came right in the middle of the Saskatchewan's nine-game wining streak, its longest of the season.

The last time the two programs met in the post-season came in the 2011-12 Canada West Championship series in Saskatoon. After splitting the first two games of the series, the Huskies took the title in dramatic fashion with a 2-1 triple overtime win in front of a packed house in Rutherford Rink.

The puck drops for Game 1 Friday night at 7 p.m. Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) will also begin at 7 p.m.