Written by Braedan Willis
WINNIPEG- An intense, physical game in Canada West men's hockey took place at Wayne Fleming Arena between the Manitoba Bisons and the #2 Saskatchewan Huskies on Fri., Nov. 25. The Huskies took the first of two games between the teams this weekend 2-1 in first overtime despite an incredible performance by Bison goaltender Byron Spriggs who stopped 33 of the 35 shots that he faced.
"He was outstanding tonight, certainly gave us a chance to win the game", said Bison head coach, Mike Sirant when asked to comment on the play of his goaltender.
With the road win, Saskatchewan improves to 9-2-2 on the season and Manitoba falls to a record of 5-7-1.
Levi Cable assisted on the game winning goal by first star Colby Harmsworth, who wired a one timer past Spriggs to give the Huskies the 2-1 win in overtime.
Manitoba goalie Spriggs (third star) had Kohl Bauml looking skyward late in the third after the Bison goalie robbed the Huskie forward point blank with his glove to eventually force extra time.
It took Bison forward, Nick Zajac, just 13 seconds into the game to put one past Saskatchewan goaltender Daniel Wapple. The Huskie netminder however, redeemed himself by making a big glove save when Shaq Merasty was left alone in front during a Bison power play shortly after the opening goal.
The Huskies answered with a power play goal from defender, Jesse Forsberg, as he managed to beat Manitoba goalie Spriggs, high over his glove to tie the game 1-1. Despite being out shot 7-1 to start the game, the visitors took over the rest of the first period, out shooting the home side in the end 14-11. Spriggs was forced to make multiple key saves through the frame to help keep the game tied at one a piece.
A scoreless second period saw the Herd continue their steady march to the penalty box in the second period but Spriggs maintained his strong play, steering away several shots during back-to-back Saskatchewan power plays. The Huskies kept up their dominance, outshooting Manitoba 25-15 at the second intermission.
Wapple, named second star, turned in a solid effort for the visitors stopping 25 of the 26 shots sent his way by the Bisons.
The same two teams will face-off again tomorrow night (Sat., Nov. 26) at the Wayne Fleming Arena. The puck will be dropped at 7 p.m. CT.