Men's Hockey Sweeps Golden Bears; Sits On Top Of Standings

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SASKATOON – Reigning Canada West Men's Hockey Player of the Year Jordon Cooke made 45 saves to lead the University of Saskatchewan Huskies to a 4-0 shutout over bitter rival the University of Alberta Golden Bears Saturday night in Saskatoon's Rutherford Rink. 

The third-year goaltender from Leduc, Alta., stopped 16 Golden Bear shots in the first, 15 in the second and 14 in the third for the shut out win.

With the win Saskatchewan completes the weekend sweep of the national ranked top 10 teams.  The No. 3 ranked Huskies sit at 10-3-2 and in first place in the Canada West standings, the No.2 ranked Golden Bears are 10-5-1.  A night earlier, the Huskies won 4-1.

Michael Sofillas opened the scoring just 5:34 into the game on a rebound in front of the net.

After being hit from behind in the corner, Andrew Johnson gave Saskatchewan 2-0 lead. Jumping back into the play, Johnson tapped in a rebound on a shot from the point just 53 seconds into the second frame. Parker Thomas extended the Huskies' lead to 3-0 deflecting a Jesse Forsberg shot from at 13:37 in the frame. 

Levi Cable added the insurance goal at 14:30 in the third period on the power play. 

Alberta's best chance in the game came on a hit cross bar shorthanded with eight minutes left in the first period.

Luke Siemens made 24 saves in his 33:37 minutes of play for the Golden Bears. Brendan Burke stopped 10 after replacing Siemens. 

Both teams return to the ice on January 6. The Huskies host the Mount Royal Cougars, while the Golden Bears host the UBC Thunderbirds.