Bisons nip Huskies in OT, once again

Bisons nip Huskies in OT, once again

Nicole Betker, University of Saskatchewan

SASKATOON – The No. 7 University of Manitoba Bisons had overtime magic for the second straight night winning 3-2 over the No. 9 University of Saskatchewan Huskies Saturday in Saskatoon's Rutherford Rink.

Karissa Kirkup, who was stopped earlier on a penalty shot, tallied from the slot at 2:34 in overtime on the power play to give the Bisons' the win.

With the weekend sweep, the Bisons take sole possession of second place in the Canada West women's hockey standings at 10-3-1. Saskatchewan is one point behind at 9-3-2. A night earlier, the Bisons won 2-1 in double overtime.

The Bisons opened the scoring early in the second period. Jayden Skoleski's shot from the slot just 50 seconds into the frame beat Cassidy Hendricks stick side.

Emily Upgang tied the game after the Huskies were able to keep the puck in the Bisons' zone. Her quick shot from the blue line found its way through traffic and by Rachel Dyck at 7:23 in the second.

The Huskies took the lead at 3:40 in the final period when the Bisons couldn't keep the puck in the offensive zone. Saskatchewan's Bailee Bourassa was able to get to the puck first and Elizabeth Salyn was able to push in a rebound by an outstretched Dyck. 

Manitoba tied the game with a hard shot from the point by Skoleski. It trickled through Hendricks' five-hole at 14:05. 

Hendricks made 25 saves for Saskatchewan, while Dyck stopped 20 at the other end of the ice for the Bisons. 

The Huskies travel to Edmonton to meet the Alberta Pandas next weekend, while the Bisons returns home to host the Mount Royal Cougars.