SASKATOON – Back-to-back third period goals by first-year forward Logan McVeigh lifted the No. 2 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies to a 3-2 win over the No. 3 ranked University of Alberta Golden Bears Friday night at Rutherford Rink.
McVeigh finished off a one-time pass from John Lawrence over the glove of Golden Bears goaltender Luke Siemens at 10:18 of the third to tie the game up at two. The freshman forward would make it two goals in less than four minutes shovelling home the game winner over the pad of Siemens at 13:32.
Huskie goaltender Jordon Cooke was named the game's second star, after McVeigh, for his 44 save effort that helped the Huskies improve to 7-0 on the season. Alberta drops to 4-2-1 with the loss.
The Huskies got out to an early lead with a goal in the first minute from Canada West scoring leader Andrew Johnson. Johnson corralled the puck down low on a pass from Kohl Bauml and got it past goaltender Luke Siemens through a crowd at 0:58.
Alberta didn't answer until the final minute of the period with 0:58 left on the clock. After the Golden Bears pressured in the Huskie end Jordan Hickmott found the puck on his stick at the hash marks. With a quick shot glove side, the game was all squared up.
The Golden Bears outshot the Huskies 23-8 in the opening 20 minutes.
In the second, Alberta jumped ahead with Dylan Bredo's first of the season. The defenceman crept into the slot as the play was tied up in the corner. Lucas Nickles sent the centering pass to Bredo whose shot went over the pad of Cooke at 5:25.
Alberta had a couple of chances with under four minutes to go, but could not solve Cooke. The Huskie netminder slammed the door shut on a couple of scrambles in front of the Saskatchewan net and was sure to control the rebounds with the Golden Bears waiting on the doorstep.
The two rivals will square off again Saturday night at Rutherford Rink at Free Youth Night. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.