Huskies clinch home playoff date

Huskies clinch home playoff date

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan Huskies secured a home playoff date with a 6-2 win over the University of Regina Cougars Saturday night in the regular season finale at Rutherford Rink.

The Huskies finish the regular season in fourth place with 44 points and will host the Manitoba Bisons in a Canada West quarter-final series beginning Friday night at 7 p.m. at Rutherford Rink. The best-of-three series will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday if necessary. Regina falls to third spot with the loss and will host the Calgary Dinos next weekend in the other quarter-final series.

Marley Ervine, Kaitlin Willoughby, Rachel Johnson and Kennedy Harris all scored for the Huskies in the win. Willougby and Johnson each tallied twice. Bailey Braden and Kylie Gavelin scored for the Cougars.

The Huskies opened the game with a strong effort in the first period. Ervine scored at 8:31, redirecting a Julia Flinton point shot into the net with the Huskies on the power-play.

Willoughby followed up at 13:55 finishing off a great play by Lauren Zary to find her all alone in the slot.

It didn't take long for Regina to catch up in the second period. Gavelin scored at 4:32 of the second with a shot to the top corner of the net through a screen. Not quite five minutes later, at 9:27, Braden pounced on a blocked shot and sent it pass Cassidy Hendricks to square the game up at two.

Saskatchewan would get on a roll in the third, scoring four unanswered goals.

Willoughby sparked the Huskie scoring with a goal just 2:26 into the final period, taking the puck hard down the right side and sending a shot to the top shelf to put the Huskies back in front.

Johnson scored just over a minute later at 3:38. While falling to her knees, Johnson was able to lift the puck over the shoulder of Toni Ross.

Johnson did it again at 16:34 of the period with a near identical goal. While going to the ice, Johnson managed to send another shot to the top of the net to put the home side up comfortably. Harris added the empty netter at 19:09.

Hendricks made 29 saves for Saskatchewan in the win, while Ross stopped 15 for the Cougars.