Thursday, March 14, 2019

Huskies Open UCup With Convincing Win

The #5 seeded University of Saskatchewan Huskies showed why they had the best record in the country this season in the opening game of the 2019 University Cup, cruising to a 6-1 victory over the #4 seed Guelph Gryphons. The Huskies will now move on to play in the national semi-final for a 4th straight year while the Gryphons see their season come to an end.

- The Huskies jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period thanks to goals from Logan McVeigh, on the power play, at 3:37 and Evan Fiala at 12:39.

- Saskatchewan added to their advantage on a Carson Stadnyk power play marker 1:46 into the second period before Scott Simmonds got the Gryphons on the board at 7:53, cutting the deficit back to two. Guelph pushed to get closer, but the Huskies power play was too much in this one as Wyatt Johnson scored their third goal with the man advantage at 13:41 made it 4-1.

- Stadnyk (12:49) and Levi Cable (16:42) capped the scoring in the third period.

- The Gryphons actually out-shot Saskatchewan 36-28, but U Sports goaltender of the year Taran Kozun was sharp all afternoon.

- The Huskies went 3 for 6 on the power play. Guelph was 0 for 2.

- Saskatchewan now await the winner of tonight's second quarter-final mach-up, which pits the hometown and #8 seeded Lethbridge Pronghorns going against the top seeded and overwhelming favourite Alberta Golden Bears. Game time is scheduled for 10PM AST.

- The Huskies and tonight's victor will play in Saturday's 4PM semi-final with a trip to the title game on the line.