EDMONTON — Trevor Cox has a knack for scoring big overtime goals against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.
Cox will always be remembered for scoring the overtime winner against Saskatchewan in the 2018 University Cup semifinal and on Saturday night at Clare Drake Arena, he played the role of OT hero again in a 3-2 double overtime win over Saskatchewan at Clare Drake Arena.
Cox took advantage of bad turnover at the Huskies blueline and broke in alone and beat Huskies goaltender Taran Kozun five-hole for the game winner.
Alberta improves to 4-0 this season, while Saskatchewan drops to 0-4.
“I actually fanned on it. I was trying to chip it over his glove, but for whatever reason, it found a way to sneak in. It was a lucky one,” said Cox.
“Kozun’s such a great goaltender, it almost takes a greasy goal like that to beat him. He’s so sound and quick laterally. He was very good tonight, and it took a real big effort for us to get the two points.”
Third-year forward Steven Owre and second-year forward Grayson Pawlenchuk also scored for Alberta, while Jordan Tkatch and Layne Young scored the markers for the Huskies.
Rookie goaltender Matt Berlin made 24 saves in the victory for Alberta, while Kozun made 34 in the loss.
Special teams can make or break teams and while the Bears scored the game-winner on the power play, it struggled most of the night going just 1-for-6, but their penalty kill came up large, especially late in the third, killing off a two-man advantage.
“We’ve had way too many five-on-threes against this year, and we have to find a way to eliminate that, but we have to have that ability to kill it, and we found a way tonight,” said Golden Bears head coach Ian Herbers.
“I thought our penalty killers were outstanding tonight and they really gave us the chance to win tonight.”
Alberta took a 1-0 lead on their first shot of the game, just four minutes into the contest when Owre tipped in a point from from Ben Carroll, but just 1:26 later the Huskies responded when Tkatch converted a centering feed from Carson Stadnyk to tie the game at 1-1.
The Huskies were looking for more as Carter Folk took a clearing pass as he came out of the penalty box and sprung loose on a breakaway, but Berlin made the nice stick save.
Pawlenchuk gave Alberta a 2-1 late in the second after capitalizing on a bad turnover to beat Kozun over the shoulder, but after Saskatchewan killed off a power play early in the third period, they used the momentum to tie it just 3:01 into the third period as Young tipped in a Shane Collins point shot.
“I didn’t like our first period. I thought a few of our guys were still sleeping. We had 17 turnovers, and you can’t give Saskatchewan those kinds of opportunities. They work hard, they battle and compete,” said Herbers.
“In the second and third we managed the puck a lot better. We competed much harder on the puck. It would’ve been nice to score a few more, but Kozun plays well, and you have to find ways to get the two points, and our guys did that.”