DaSILVA, BORTIS COMBINE FOR NINE POINTS IN WIN
Led by a Steven DaSilva hat trick and another two goals by Kyle Bortis, the No. 6 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies thumped the visiting University of Lethbridge Pronghorns 10-1 Saturday night in Saskatoon's Rutherford Rink.
DaSilva, the 2008-09 CIS Rookie of the Year, finished the night with four points adding a helper to his three goals. Bortis notched five points in the game adding three assists to his two goals. Huskie captain Kyle Ross added three points for his team with a goal and two assists.
The win was redemption for the Huskies after losing a 4-2 contest a night earlier to the 'Horns.
With the victory, the Huskies close out the first half with an 8-6 record, while the Pronghorns fall to 4-5-3 in the standings. The Huskies now sit tied for third place in the Canada West standings with the University of Calgary Dinos at 16 points.
Saskatchewan jumped out to an early 2-0 lead scoring two goals in the first six minutes. The first from Huskie leading scorer DaSilva's stick just 2:08 into the game. Travis Brisebois added the second goal at 6:03. DaSilva scored his second of the game at 15:57 in the same frame.
The Huskies would score four more goals in the second period including both of Bortis'. The second year notched his first at 6:19, before DaSilva scored his third on the power play exactly two minutes later. Chris Durand slid one over the shoulder of Scott Bowles at 10:40 to make the game 6-0. Bortis then notched his second with the man-advantage at 12:36.
Ross scored at 8:32 in the third period, followed by Steven Gillen at 14:25 and Shaun Vey tallied the final goal at 17:10.
Taylor Gal was able to beat Huskie netminder Ryan Holfeld at 19:03 in the second period for the Pronghorns' lone goal on a scramble in front of the net. Lethbridge had another chance to score in the third period when a shot from the point rang off the crossbar.
Holfeld made 25 saves in the victory for the Huskies, while Bowles made 27 in the loss.
It is the last game before the December break for the Huskies. Lethbridge returns home to host the UBC Thunderbirds December 3-4. The Huskies return to action January 7-8 in a home-and-home weekend series with provincial rival the University of Regina Cougars.
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