Nicole Betker, Huskie Athletics
SASKATOON – With two second period goals three minutes apart, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies sealed a Canada West semifinal series win with a 2-1 victory over the UBC Thunderbirds Saturday afternoon in Rutherford Rink.
Down by a goal from the halfway mark of the first period, the Huskies scored at 11:20 and 14:46 in the second frame for the win.
With the win, the Huskies take the best-of-three semifinal series 2-0 and advance to the Canada West final next weekend for the third time in team history. The win also books a trip to the national championship hosted by the Western Mustangs in London, Ont.
The Huskies won game 1 on Friday 2-0.
UBC opened the scoring at 10:38 of the first period. Alexa Ranahan's shot from the point snuck through traffic in front of Huskies' goaltender Jessica Vance into the bottom left corner.
Huskies' captain Kiatlin Willoughby evened the score with a power play goal at 11:20 in the second period. Willoughby's slap shot beat Amelia Boughn through the wickets. Chloe Smith broke the tie just three minutes later. The Huskies' forward picked up the puck at the blue line and chipped it over Boughn's pad at 14:46.
UBC did their best to tie the game in the final 20 minutes and outshot the Huskies 10-4 in the frame. The T-Birds had an extra advantage in the final 35 seconds when Willoughby was called for roughing but only registered one shot that Vance saved.
Boughn made 25 saves for the T-Birds, while Vance stopped 27 at the other end of the ice.
The Huskies will face the winner of the Alberta Pandas-Manitoba Bisons semifinal series next weekend.