By: Daniel Herrick, Huskie Athletics
SASKATOON, SASK. - Byron Spriggs stopped 36 shots in the University of Manitoba Bisons' 4-0 win over the No. 2 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies Saturday night at Rutherford Rink.
The shutout is Spriggs' third of the season for Manitoba. Spriggs faced 12 shots in each period to earn his 11th win of the campaign.
On the offensive end of the ice it was Liam Bilton, Adam Henry (2), and Warren Callis scoring for the visiting squad from Manitoba.
Manitoba improves to 13-11-2 on the season, inching closer to locking up a spot in the post season. The Huskies drop to 19-5-2 with the loss, but received some good news regarding their playoff future. With Alberta's loss to Lethbridge on Saturday night, the Huskies secure first place in the Canada West and hosting duties throughout the playoffs.
Bilton opened the scoring at 9:54 of the second period. Taking advantage of a turnover by the Huskies in the neutral zone. Bilton broke in alone on Saskatchewan goaltender Jordon Cooke and made no mistake scoring high and glove side.
The Huskies had three power play opportunities in the first and another chance early in the second to get on the board with the man advantage, but the home squad could not find the back of the net.
The Bisons would double the lead before the period was out. Taking advantage of another Saskatchewan turnover, Nick Zajac dropped a no look backhand pass to Adam Henry who beat Cooke top shelf at 16:25.
The Bisons would tally twice more in the third period with goals coming just 34 seconds apart.
First it was Adam Henry with his second marker of the night. With the Bisons on the man advantage Henry calmly waited at the blue line for the power play unit to set up in front of the net where his seeing-eye shot got past Cooke at 12:28. .
At 12:52 Warren Callis notched his sixth of the year from the slot over the blocker of Cooke. Henry, who centered the puck from the end boards, picked up his third point of the night with the assist.
Henry's third period power play goal was the loan special teams goal on the night in the Bisons three chances. The Huskies finished scoreless in their six attempts.
Huskie goaltender Jordon Cooke finished the night with 24 saves on 28 shots.
The Huskies will close out the regular season in Lethbridge against the Pronghorns next weekend, while the Bisons return home to host the Alberta Golden Bears.