Huskies Eliminate Dinos With 5-3 Win

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

SASKATOON – On the strength of four straight goals, the No. 3 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies came from behind to knock off the University of Calgary Dinos 5-3 Saturday night at Rutherford Rink in Game 2 of the Canada West semifinals.

The Huskies trailed 2-0 six minutes into the contest before stringing together four straight goals. Saturday's victory gives Saskatchewan the 2-0 series sweep after taking Friday night's matchup 4-3 in double overtime.

After a two year hiatus, the Huskies now advance to the Canada West Finals starting next Friday against the Alberta Golden Bears. As the top seed in the conference the Huskies will host the series Friday, Saturday and Sunday (if necessary) at 7 p.m. in Rutherford Rink.

For a second straight game the Dinos got on the board first with a goal. After a scramble in front, Ryan Suchorab found the loose puck with Huskie goalie Jordon Cooke lying on the ice and bulged the twine at 2:30.

Just over two minutes later, Danny Gayle kept the momentum rolling for the Dinos taking the puck to the front of the net from behind the goal line and snuck a shot past Cooke to put the Dinos up a pair at 5:44.

The top seed in the Canada West would wake up midway through the first period, getting on the board at 11:50. Jaimen Yakubowski collected a rebound at the side of the net after Steven Stanford made the initial save on Cam Blair's shot from the slot. Yakubowski put home the rebound home to cut the deficit to one.

In the second period, Tyler Borstmayer tied things up at two with his first ever CIS goal. The second year defenceman sent a drive into a crowd in front of Stanford that made its way to the top corner at 13:49.

The Huskies took their first lead of the night at 16:17 of the second when captain Kendall McFaull beat Stanford short side from the top of the face off circle to go up 3-2.

In the third Connor Cox made it four straight goals walking in from the blue line and beating Stanford short side again at 4:18.

Elgin Pearce would final stop the Huskies scoring streak with their net empty at 18:43, cutting the Saskatchewan lead to just one.

With the Calgary net still empty and the Dinos pressing for the equalizer to stay alive, Levi Cable corralled the puck at centre ice and buried it for the 5-3 win.