Saturday, October 9, 2010

Huskie women open season with a win

The No. 8 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskie women’s hockey team started the 2010-11 Canada West season on the right note earning a 3-2 victory over the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns Friday night in Saskatoon’s Rutherford Rink.

With the win, the Huskies joined the University of Manitoba Bisons and University of Calgary Dinos as winners on Week 1 of hockey action.

Saskatchewan’s 2009-10 Canada West All-Star Julie Paetsch opened the scoring just 29 seconds into the game beating Lethbridge netminder Crystal Patterson just shortly after the Huskies took possession off the opening faceoff.

Before the period was over, Lethbridge would add two power play scores to take a 2-1 lead heading into the second frame. Amy Van Buskirk scored the ‘Horns first at 14:13 and Shelby Ballendine added the second just over two minutes later at 16:45.

The Huskies answered Lethbridge back in the second period scoring two of their own. Reigning Canada West MVP Breanne George started the scoring for the Huskies in the frame when goal was scored on a rush from the neutral zone. The 2009-10 CIS First Team All-Canadian beat two ‘Horns defenders on the way to net and deked Patterson to score the goal on the right side of the net at 4:30. Danny Stone kept the puck in the ‘Horns zone and slid the puck to Sara White who tipped the goal in the net to regain the 3-2 lead at 10:16.

Although both teams looked for goals in the third, the Huskies came the closes when rookie Chelsey Sundby rang the puck off the top of the goal post.

Huskie netminder McKenzie Rizos made ­­­­22 saves, while Patterson made 29 for Lethbridge.

The two teams will meet again Saturday night in Rutherford Rink. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.

Game Notes: It is the second straight season the Huskies have opened the Canada West year against the Pronghorns… Huskie netminder McKenzie played in her first CIS game in a year after sitting out 365 days due to CIS eligibility rules after transferring from Lethbridge to the UofS for educational reasons…

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