It was a weekend the Dinos hockey teams will want to forget as both the men and women were shutout by the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. Both squads are now fighting for a top spot in their respective standings as playoffs near.
Men: Two losses vs Saskatchewan Huskies
The Dinos men’s hockey team faced off against the Huskies at Father David Bauer Arena for the first game on Friday night. The Huskies Levi Cable kicked things off a few minutes into the contest with his eighth of the season and by the second minute of the second period, it was all Huskies. First year forward Jared Dmytriw scored two back-to-back goals with Carson Standyk getting his eleventh of the season to take Game 1. Taran Kozun made 35 saves for the shut out while Dinos goaltender Matthew Greenfield made 25.
Saturday’s game was almost the same with Kohl Bauml sneaking one past Brodan Salmond before the two-minute mark. At one point in the second, it looked like the Dinos could have answered and made a comeback midway through the second when a shot near the right faceoff circle pinged the inside of the crossbar, but the referee signaled no goal. To make matters worse, Huskies goaltender Taran Kozun took a page out of Pekka Rinne’s playbook with this, earning himself a spot in 49 Sports Plays of the Week.
The Dinos would go on to lose and extend their goalless streak. The Huskies sit second while the Dinos remain third, but the good news is that they have clinched a playoff spot. Bad news, they’ll face the top ranked Alberta Golden Bears in a home and home matchup this Friday.
Women: 1 Loss, 1 OT Loss @ Saskathewan Huskies
Meanwhile, the women’s team was in Saskatoon to re-claim the top spot in the division. Fans at Merlis Belsher Place were treated to duelling goaltenders as Dinos Kelsey Roberts and Huskies Jessica Vance put on an incredible show with saves like this:
The first game of the weekend would need a shootout with Leah Bohlken getting the game winner.
Game two was nearly the same as there was not much scoring, with the lone goal coming from Huskies Kennedy Brown before the end of the first. Jessica Vance would make 40 saves and pick up two shutouts while the Dinos would remain second, but four points back from Alberta.
UP NEXT FOR THE DINOS:
Both squads will split the weekend in Edmonton and Calgary against the Golden Bears/Pandas with playoffs on their minds. Players to watch this weekend include Coda Gordon on the men’s side and Kelsey Roberts for the women. Both games can be streamed on CanadaWest.tv, with coverage to follow right here on 49-sport.com.
49 Sports’ coverage of the Calgary Dinos is done by Andrew Walker, who lives in Calgary and has covered the Dinos teams for a number of years. You can find Andrew on Twitter at @DJAndrewWalker