SASKATOON, SASK. – The University of Saskatchewan Huskies scored three straight goals to earn a 3-2 win Friday night over the Mount Royal Cougars Friday night at Rutherford Rink.
The Huskies held a 3-0 advantage in the second period, before the Cougars would make things interesting late in the contest.
The win improves the Huskies record to 4-3-2-0, while the Cougars drop to 2-5-0-2 on the season.
Leah Bohlken got the Huskies scoring started midway through the opening 20 minutes. After Kennedy Harris won the faceoff back the blue line, Bohlken sent a shot through a crowd that beat Zoe DeBeauville under the blocker at 9:55.
Mount Royal pressed for the equalizer in the closing minute of the period. With under 10 seconds to go in the first, a scramble ensued in front of the Huskie crease. A few Cougars chopped away at the puck, but Jasey Rae Book would keep the door closed.
The Huskies doubled their lead 2:10 into the second period. DeBeauville made the initial save on a shot from the point only to have Harris waiting on the doorstep to put home the puck that came bouncing away from a crowd gathered at the front of the net.
Saskatchewan would increase the lead to 3-0 less than two minutes later. Kaitlin Willoughby took the puck hard to the net after creating a turnover only to have her shot stopped by DeBeauville. Brooke Patron followed up the play and chipped the rebound into the back of the net at 4:07.
Book would continue to hold on to the shutout with a couple of big saves on the penalty kill as the game neared the midpoint.
On a second straight power play attempt, the Cougars would find a way to beat Book. After the rookie goaltender made a save on a redirected point shot, Sarah Weninger found the rebound and deposited it into the net to make it 3-1 at 15:38.
The Cougars would make the Huskie home crowd tense up in the late stages of the game.
An attempted pass from Gabrielle Seper found its way through a number of skates and sticks in front of the Saskatchewan net and through the five-hole of Book to make it a one-goal game with 3:24 to play. The Huskies would hold on from there, despite having to kill a late penalty with the Mount Royal net empty.
Book finished the game with 24 saves. DeBeauville left the game with an injury in the second period after making 11 saves. Emma Pincott came in to make 7 saves.
The two teams meet again Saturday night at Rutherford Rink with puck drop scheduled for 5 p.m.