By: Daniel Herrick, Huskie Athletics
SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan Huskies picked up an important three points with a 2-1 win over the University of Alberta Pandas Friday night at Rutherford Rink.
Kaitlin Willoughby and Lauren Zary scored back-to-back second period goals after the Pandas took a lead earlier in the frame on a goal from Deanna Morin.
Saskatchewan goaltender Cassidy Hendricks made 35 saves in the win, while Lindsey Post stopped 29 shots in goal for the Pandas.
The win improves the Huskies record to 10-9-3-3 on the season, while Alberta drops to 13-9-0-3. With the victory Saskatchewan moves three points closer to the Pandas who hold a three-point lead on the Huskies for third place in the conference standings.
Alberta opened the scoring on Friday night at 13:23 of the second period. Morin finished off her seventh goal of the season after both teams generated chances, but couldn't find the back of the net.
Morin's goal seemed to spark the Huskies as exactly three minutes later Kaitlin Willougby knotted things up at one with her eighth goal of the season. Willougby beat Post with a quick shot blocker side after a quick rush down the right side at 16:23.
Lauren Zary put home the game winner with just 42 seconds to go in the period. After Marley Ervine directed Leah Bohlken's point shot on net, Zary was able to pounce on the rebound and slide it in before Post could recover. The game winner was Zary's eighth marker of the season.
Both teams had chances to score in the third, none more dangerous than a pair of Pandas opportunities in the closing minute. Hendricks came up with a save when most needed when Alex Poznikoff was alone on the doorstep. Hendricks slid over just in time, squeezing the shot under her right arm to hold on for the whistle with just four seconds to play.
The teams went a combined 0-for-3 on the power-play in the contest. Hendricks was named the game's first star.
The two schools battle again Saturday night at 7p.m. at Rutherford Rink.