EDMONTON - Second-year sniper Kohl Bauml scored his first three goals of the Canada West season, including the game winner in the third period, to power the CIS No. 3 Saskatchewan Huskies to a 4-2 win over the Alberta Golden Bears, Saturday night at Clare Drake Arena.
Kendall McFaull scored the insurance marker for Saskatchewan on Saturday, while net-minder Jordon Cooke stopped 32 of 34 shots for his third win of the season. Jayden Hart and Cole Linaker scored for the home Bears in a losing effort.
The win gives the Huskies the series split, following a 3-2 double OT loss to Alberta the previous night, and improves their record to 3-0-1 in 2016. Alberta, meanwhile, drops their first game of the Canada West season, slipping to 1-1-0.
Unlike the previous night, Saskatchewan would open the scoring late in the opening frame. Bauml would finish off the play from Levi Cable and Andrew Johnson past third-year goalie Kenny Cameron.
Both sides played with substantially more animosity than the previous night, combining for 39 penalty minutes as well as 62 shots.
Alberta would even the game early in the second, as Hart would wire a shot past Cooke less than a minute in, on the man advantage.
The Golden Bears looked to add to their lead throughout the second, but were continually turned aside by Cooke, including a great save on Stephane Legault. The Bears resiliency finally paid off halfway through the second, as Linaker evened the game off a great feed from Brennan Yadlowski for his first CIS goal.
That lead would be short lived, however, as Bauml evened the game and 2-2, 30 seconds later.
Bauml would complete the hat-trick less than a minute into the third, roofing his breakaway chance past Cameron. McFaull would add the insurance tally 11:58 in, finishing off the errant pass from Cameron 30 feet outside his own net.
The Golden Bears and Huskies will be back in action next weekend, as the Bears travel to UBC to battle the Thunderbirds, while the Huskies return home for a series against the Lethbridge Pronghorns.