SASKATOON – The No. 3 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies matched the program's all-time record for wins in a season on Friday night at Rutherford Rink, recording their 22nd victory thanks to a 5-3 decision over the University of Regina Cougars.
Saskatchewan has won 22 games in a season just twice in its storied history. The Huskies also reached that mark in 1999-2000 and 1987-88. Saskatchewan's record improves to 22-5 with the win. The Cougars fall to 6-21 with the loss.
Jordon Cooke made 28 saves to record his 19th win for the Huskies. That total sets a new program record for wins in a single season. Dawson MacAuley made 38 saves for Regina in the loss.
Saskatchewan got scoring from five different players on Saturday night. Sean Aschim, John Lawrence, Andrew Johnson, Kendall McFaull and Connor Cox all tallied for Saskatchewan. John Sonntag, Ian McNulty and Zach McPhee were the Cougar goal scorers.
Aschim got the Huskies on the board early in the first period. Aschim took a feed from Connor Cox at 8:21 on the power-play and netted his fifth goal of the season.
John Lawrence's unassisted goal from the slot less than two minutes later at 10:08 doubled the Saskatchewan lead.
Regina would answer back with a pair of goals before the first period was out. John Sonntag scored his first goal of the season with a wrist shot from just inside the blue line that fooled Cooke at 13:30.
The Cougars squared it up at two with a goal from their scoring leader. Ian McNulty finished off a 2-on-1 power-play rush at 17:51.
Midway through the second period, Zach McPhee gave the Cougars a surprising lead over the Huskies. McPhee intercepted a Huskie breakout pass and beating Cooke at 9:21.
Andrew Johnson's 13th goal of the season at 14:33 sent the two provincial rivals to the locker room tied after 40 minutes.
Kendall McFaull scored what would be the game winning goal with a low blast from the point past MacAuley at 13:07.
Connor Cox would add an insuarance goal at 15:42, his third of the season.
The two teams meet again Saturday night in Regina for the regular season finale.