Huskies 7 Bisons 1
Saskatoon — It was a five point night for Derek Hulak and captain Brennan Bosch scored a hat-trick as the Huskies cruised to a 7-1 win over the Manitoba Bisons in game one of the best-of-three Canada West semi-final playoff series.
Matt Spafford opened the scoring at the 7:20 mark and just 1:22 later we had the game winning goal when Brandon Herrod scored on a delayed penalty.
Before the period was up the Huskies had a 4-0 lead as Derek Hulak scored a pair of goals including one on a breakaway that he created with a blocked shot in the defensive end.
The second period was fairly quiet until Brennen Bosch scored his first of three goals, this one on the power play at 14:09 on a nice individual effort to walk out of the corner and put the puck past Jesse Deckert to make the score 5-0 Huskies. The Bisons would answer at the 18:14 mark when defenceman Brodie Melnychuk was sent in all alone on a breakaway coming out of the penalty box and buried to cut into the lead.
The third period saw Brennan Bosch pot his second and third of the game at 9:11 (pp) and 10:46 respectively and Huskies goaltender Ryan Holfeld shut the door the rest of the way to preserve the 7-1 win.
There was quite the parade to the penalty box as the Huskies finished unofficially 2-13 on the power play while the Bisons were 0-5.
NOTES: Manitoba star forward Blair Macaulay left the game after taking a big check and being down for several minutes. His return to the series is unknown at this time.
Three stars: 1)Hulak 2)Bosch 3) Michael Kaye.
The Huskies line of Cody Smuck, Jordan Peddle, and Matt Spafford were very good in this game as was Chris Durand shutting down Ian Duval.