Two University of Manitoba Bison power play goals proved to be the difference in a 2-0 shutout of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Saturday night in Saskatoon's Rutherford Rink.
Both power play goals came in the third period scored first by Blair Macaulay and then by Jeremy Schappert.
With the win the No. 9 ranked Bisons improve to 2-1 on the season, while the No. 6 ranked Huskies drop to 2-3. Since 2005-06, the Huskies are 22-13-1 against Manitoba.
Bisons' netminder Steve Christie was spectacular in the win making 30 saves in the shutout including 14 in the final frame. Huskie goaltender David Reekie made 21 stops at the other end of the ice.
Macaulay found the net after 42 scoreless minutes. His goal came 28 seconds into a Chris Durand hooking penalty at 2:03 in the third period. Schappert added the Bisons' insurance goal at 8:24 when Matt Swaby was caught for interference.
Manitoba went 2-for-6 with man advantage. The Huskies power play woes continue not capitalizing on the nine chances in the game. Saskatchewan is 5-for-40 when on the power play.
The two teams will battle again Sunday night in Rutherford Rink. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.
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