SASKATOON – Three first period goals were enough for the No. 1 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies to get past the No. 10 ranked Mount Royal University Cougars 4-2 Saturday night at Rutherford Rink.
McVeigh got the Huskies on the board just over five minutes into the contest. Zak Stebner hammered a shot from the point with McVeigh posted in front of Cam Lanigan in the Cougar net. McVeigh got just enough on the deflection to redirect the puck up and over Lanigan's shoulder at 5:22 to spot the Huskies an early 1-0 lead.
Andrew Johnson picked off a Mount Royal pass just over two minutes later to start a Huskie scoring chance. Johnson took the puck at the centre line and darted dwon the left wing before finding line mate Kohl Bauml in the slot. Bauml dragged the puck to his backhand, around a diving Lanigan, and deposited it to the back of the net at 7:36 to put the Huskies up two.
Saskatchewan got its third goal of the first period at 13:12. After a shot by the Cougars ran all the way round the boards back down the ice, Josh Roach was the first one on the puck. Roach corralled it deepin the Mount Royal end and dropped a pass for a trailing Cameron Blair. Blair made no mistake firing home a shot over the glove of Lanigan to put the Huskies comfortably ahead 3-0.
Mount Royal would find its legs in the second period, getting on the scoreboard with man advantage. The Cougars worked behind the Huskie net until Tyler Fiddler found Cam Maclise from behind the goal line with a cross-ice pass. Maclise hammered home his third of the weekend to cut the deficit to two.
With less than five minutes to go Mount Royal cut the lead to one. The Cougars second goal of the night was again with the man advantage. Maclise's point shot went off the end boards and right to the stick of Jamie King to Cooke's left. The goal came at 15:52.
Jordon Cooke was huge in net for the Huskies stopping 40 of 42 shots on the night.
Levi Cable added a late empty net goal at 18:32, his tenth of the season.
Saskatchewan returns to the ice January 8-9 on the road against the Lethbridge Pronghorns. Mount Royal hosts the UBC Thunderbirds to open up the 2016 portion of its schedule.