SASKATOON – A pair of goal scoring spurts led the undefeated No. 4 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies to a 6-2 win over the University of Regina Cougars Saturday night in Rutherford Rink.
With the game tied at one in the second period, Saskatchewan scored three goals in 3:17 to take a 4-1 lead. In the third, two Huskie goals in 13 seconds put the game out of reach.
The Huskies remain perfect at the top of the Canada West standings at 6-0, while Regina falls to 1-5 with the loss.
Saskatchewan opened the scoring just 10 seconds into the contest. Michael Sofillas took the puck off the faceoff and gave the Huskies an early lead with his wrist shot past Mitch Kilgore.
Regina controlled the play for most of the first, outshooting the Huskies 15-10. With less than two minutes to go, the Cougars would get on the board. Cody Fowlie got the puck at the hash marks and sent a shot that deflected off a defenders stick and under the glove of Jordon Cooke to knot the game up at one at 18:32.
The Cougars had a great shot to take the lead early in the second, but Cooke was able to shut the door on Trent Lofthouse's penalty shot attempt.
With less than five minutes to go in the frame, the first of two Huskie scoring spurts began. Sofillas got his second of the game on a cross ice pass from Josh Roach at 16:33 on the power play. Following that up at 17:45 was Sean Aschim with a great individual effort to get through three Cougar defenders before chipping the puck over Kilgore for the goal. Capping it off was Canada West scoring leader Andrew Johnson tipping in his sixth of the season with just 10 seconds to go in the period.
Regina would get a late goal from Troy Hunter's slap shot from the point to cut the lead to four at 9:15.
Saskatchewan will host bitter rival the Alberta Golden Bears in Rutherford Rink next Friday and Saturday. The Cougars will make the trek to Vancouver for a weekend series with the UBC Thunderbirds.