Calgary, AB - The Saskatchewan Huskies handed the Mount Royal Cougars their first loss of the season Saturday afternoon as they defeated the Cougars by a score of 2-1. Both Mount Royal and Saskatchewan sit tied in the tied Prairie Division with a record of 2-1-0. The Huskies now boast a 4-2-1 lifetime record against Mount Royal.
Saskatchewan opened the scoring just four minutes into the game when rookie midfielder Marcello Gonzalez scored his first of the year. Off a cross he managed to nudge the ball past MRU keeper Kamil Zielinski after a scramble in front.
Saskatchewan played a defensively sound first half, keeping Cougar chances to the outside and not allowing a single shot on net the entire first half.
Saskatchewan Huskie goalkeeper Greg Buckley wasn't forced to make a save until the 50th minute when he turned away Cougar forward Cody Cook from point blank range.
Just two minutes after the Cougars' chance the Huskies flipped momentum back around when first year Husky Avery Michael sent a howitzer into the back of the Cougars' goal from just inside the box. Gonzalez drew his second point of the night on Michael's first goal of the year, with an assist.
However, the Cougars weren't going down without a fight. After a number of good chances following the Huskies' goal Mount Royal managed to cut the deficit in half in the 68th minute when fourth year defender Tyrin Hutchings headed Cody Cook's corner-kick home.
Cook, who produced most of the Cougars' goal scoring chances on the night, had the team's best chance to equalize in the 77th minute when his shot from the left side ricocheted off the left post and rolled all the way across the goal crease, breathtakingly close to the goal line, and out. The Huskies managed to hold on for 2-1 win.
Both goalkeepers finished the game with a four save performance, but it was keeper Buckley who made a more timely saves down the stretch, helping Saskatchewan get the win.
The Cougars will look for their third win on the season tomorrow afternoon at home against the Lethbridge Pronghorns. The Huskies will look to complete the Calgary sweep tomorrow when they take of the Calgary Dinos.