The University of Saskatchewan's men's hockey team is heading back to the University Cup.
A pass on a two-on-one from Michael Sofillas found Logan McVeigh's stick, and he would have no trouble finding the back of the net, scoring what would stand up to be the game winner as the Huskies beat Mount Royal University 3-2, sweeping the Canada West semi-final. Levi Cable and Andrew Johnson also scored for the Dogs, while Jordon Cooke made 29 saves in the win. With the victory, the Huskies claim a spot in the U Sports University Cup, but still have some unfinished business. The U of S host the University of Alberta in the Canada West finals next weekend.
On the women's side, the Huskies eked out a nailbiter to force a third and deciding game in their semifinal series. Rachel Johnson scored 3 minutes into the first period for the U of S, and it would stand up as the only goal of the game as Saskatchewan blanked the UBC Thunderbirds 1-0. Cassidy Hendricks made 23 saves for the shutout. The win evens up the best of 3 series, with game 3 set for Sunday in BC, at 5 p.m. Saskatchewan time, with a spot in the Canada West final, and the U Sports national championship tournament, on the line.
Switching over to the other Huskies team in the playoffs Saturday night, the defending national champion women's basketball team will be hosting the Canada West Final Four. Saskatchewan surged to 10 point leads in the third and fourth quarters to sink the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades 78-69 in game 3 of their quarter-final series. Sabine Dukate and Summer Masikewich each scored 19 points in the win. As the top seed in Canada West, for the second straight year, the Ron and Jane Graham Court at the PAC will be the venue for the Final Four. Saskatchewan will face fourth seed Alberta next week.
Two teams that weren't able to make the postseason for the U of S wrapped up their seasons last night on a positive note. The men's volleyball team finished their year at 13-11 after a straight-sets win over the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack. However, a weekend split between Mount Royal and Winnipeg was the worst case scenario for the Huskies. That left all 3 teams tied for the final 2 playoff spots, but due to the tiebreaker, the U of S would be the lone team out. As for the women, they also swept Thompson Rivers in straight sets to finish off a rough season. They finished at 8-16.
Finally, three Saskatchewan Huskies took gold medals at the U Sports Wrestling Championship in Winnipeg. Josh Bodnarchuk (57-kg), Katie Dutchak (48-kg) and Kiera Prior (82-kg) all stood on top of the podium after winning in their respective divisions. It's the first time that Huskies athletes have been Canada's best in the women's 48-kg and 82-kg weight class. Alison McPhee also grabbed a bronze medal in the 67-kg class.