University of Lethbridge's Brandon Clowes tallied a hat trick to lead the visiting Pronghorns 5-1 over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Sunday night in Saskatoon's Rutherford Rink.
Clowes scored at 16:20 in the first, at 4:18 in the second and 2:32 in the third in the three-goal performance.
With the weekend split, Lethbridge improves to 4-16-0 on the season. Saskatchewan drops to 9-10-1. A night earlier, the Huskies won 5-3. It was the first series of the second half of the Canada West men's hockey season for both teams.
A turnover in the Huskie zone put Artsiom Kalashnikov alone in front of the net. His quick shot beat Saskatchewan netminder Jordon Cooke five-hole at 5:32 to give the 'Horns a 1-0 lead. Clowes scored his first of the game five-hole at 16:20.
Lethbridge added a third goal on a power play at 4:18 in the second period when Clowes' second goal of the game beat Cooke glove slide on the cross-ice pass on the power play.
Jesse Ross cut the 'Horns lead to two on a quick rush into the Lethbridge zone in the second frame. The cross-ice pass from Josh Roach on the power play landed in the back of the net past Warren Shymko at 6:58.
Clowes restored the three-goal lead at 2:33 into the third period on a partial breakaway. Cass Mappin scored just 58 seconds later when he snatched his own rebound at 3:31.
Saskatchewan's Craig McCallum started a bid for a comeback with a power play goal at 12:54 but the Huskies couldn't find the net again.
Shymko made 39 saves in the win for Lethbridge, while Cooke stopped 25 at the other end of the ice for the Huskies.
The Huskies remain at home to host the No. 4 ranked University of Calgary Dinos next weekend, while Lethbridge travels to Winnipeg to meet the University of Manitoba Bisons.