Four University of Saskatchewan Huskie goals in the first 10 minutes of the opening period proved to be the difference in a 6-2 victory over the visiting University of Regina Cougars Saturday night in Saskatoon's Rutherford Rink.
Jason Wagar, Chris Durand, Derek Hulak and Kyle Bortis all notched goals for the Huskies before the 10:56 mark of the first period. With the win the Huskies sweep the weekend home-and-home series with the Cougars. A night earlier in Regina, the Huskies won 3-1.
The Huskies now move into sole possession of second place with a 10-6 record, two points ahead of the Universities of Manitoba and Calgary, who both didn't play Saturday night. Regina drops to 6-12 after the loss.
Fifth-year Wagar opened the scoring at 3:35, and just over two minutes later Durand netted the Huskies second goal at 5:54. Huskie newcomer Derek Hulak potted his first CIS goal at 8:24 on the power play when he sent the puck top shelf over Cougar netminder Adam Ward's stick. Kyle Bortis made the game 4-0 at 10:56.
Cougar Carter Selinger got the Cougars on the board with just 17 seconds left in the first to make the game 4-1 when he beat David Reekie five-hole.
Saskatchewan added two power play goals in the second period. Bortis netted his second of the game at 12:48, followed by Matthew Delahey's first CIS goal at 19:57.
Neil Kodman scored Regina's second goal just eight seconds into the third period.
Ward stopped 36 shots for the Cougars, while Reekie made 24 saves for the Huskies at the other end of the ice. Regina was 0-2 with the man advantage, while the Huskies were 3 for 9 on the power play.
The Huskies remain at home to host the University of Manitoba Bisons next weekend, while the Cougars get a week of rest with a bye.
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