Nicole Betker, University of Saskatchewan
SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan defenceman Jesse Forsberg tallied a hat trick to lead the No. 2 ranked Huskies to a convincing 8-2 win over the No. 7 ranked University of Calgary Dinos Saturday night in Saskatoon's Rutherford Rink.
Forsberg, who is the first defenceman since Dave Dunn in 1969-70 to lead the Huskies' in scoring, tallied at 8:17 and 19:47 in the first and at 8:54 in the third. He also added an assist on the Huskies' sixth goal of the game.
With the weekend sweep, the Huskies remain on top of the Canada West men's hockey standings at 15-3-2 and own the season series with Calgary, Mount Royal and Alberta. The Dinos drop to 12-7-1. A night earlier, the Huskies won 4-0.
Forsberg opened the scoring at 8:17 on the power play. Second in conference scoring, his quick shot from the point found its way through traffic by Matthew Greenfield. Kohl Bauml put the Huskies ahead 2-0 at 15:19 in the first. Carson Stadnyk was able to keep the puck in on a Dinos' clearing attempting giving Andrew Johnson a clear pas to Bauml in front of the net.
Forsberg added his second of the night with just 13 seconds left in the first frame. His shot from the blue line bent into the top right corner of the net on the power play.
Sofillas added the Huskies' fourth goal of the game just 49 seconds into the second period on a rush into the Dinos' zone. Jordon Tkatch tallied just 1:03 later on a turnover in the neutral zone.
Logan McVeigh scored at 5:20 on the power play when his shot from the side of the net bounced by Vollrath. John Lawrence added the seventh at 18:13 in the second. Forsberg tallied his third at 8:54 in the third.
Calgary's Cain Franson finally got the Dinos on the board at 10:15 on a two-on-one in the third. Brayden Sherbinin added Calgary's second at 13:57 in the same frame.
Cooke, who is one shut out away from breaking the Canada West single season record, made 23 saves in the win for the Huskies. Greenfield stopped 11 for the Dinos in his period of action, before being replaced by Coleman Vollrath. He made 15 saves in his 40 minutes of play.
The Huskies travel to Vancouver to meet the UBC Thunderbirds next weekend, while the Dinos battle the Alberta Golden Bears in a home-and-home series.