It’s another empty-handed trip home from Fredericton, N.B. for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.
The Huskies were knocked out of the hunt for the David Johnston University Cup by the Alberta Golden Bears in a 3-2 nail-biter that saw the Golden Bears come back in overtime for the semifinal win.
Saskatchewan got the best of its Canada-West rivals early on Saturday, getting out to a 1-0 lead 12 minutes into the game after Parker Thomas batted home a rebound as Zach Sawchenko flopped around in his crease following a small scrum in front of the Golden Bears net.
The Huskies doubled their lead with a power-play goal in the second period as Alex Forsberg settled a bouncing puck in the top of the slot and fired it home.
Penalty problems would be the Huskies undoing. The team took four penalties in the third period as the Golden Bears ramped up play and made the tenacious Huskies tentative and cautious in the game’s final minutes.
The Golden Bears capitalized on the powerplay with a Luke Philip goal less than seven minutes into the final period and then evened up the game with a dramatic goal with less than five minutes to play.
The comeback would be complete thanks to a Trevor Cox goal three minutes into overtime as he sped down the wing and fired a wrist shot over Taran Kozun’s pad.
Huskies drop bronze-medal game in overtime
Saturday’s loss put the Huskies in the bronze medal matchup against the hometown University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds. The heartbreak continued for the Huskies with a 5-4 loss in overtime.
Saskatchewan finished fourth at the tournament for the second time in three years and continued its overtime obsession. Sunday’s bronze-medal game was the Huskies’ fifth overtime game at the University Cup in the last three years.
The Huskies were trying to reach the final for a second consecutive year. The program hasn’t won a University Cup since 1983.
Alberta went on to defeat the St. Francis Xavier X-men 4-2 in the championship game. The win saw the U of A pick up its 16th national title.