EDMONTON – Tyler Soy recorded three points, while Taylor Cooper scored twice, as the No. 1 ranked Alberta Golden Bears cruised to a 5-1 win over the Saskatchewan Huskies, Friday night at Clare Drake Arena.
Sawyer Lange and Grayson Pawlenchuk also scored for the Bears on Friday, with Brendan Burke stopping 27 of the 28 shots he faced, as the Bears improve to 3-0-0 in conference play this season.
The win is the fifth-straight for Alberta over Saskatchewan overall, which includes Games 2 and 3 of the 2019 Canada West Final, the 2019 University Cup Semifinal, and one non-conference game this September.
Carter Folk scored the lone Huskies goal in the third period for a Saskatchewan team that falls to 0-3-0 to start their Canada West season. Huskies starter Travis Child allowed all five Bears goals on 40 shots in his first start of the season.
Lange and Cooper opened the scoring for Alberta in the first, with Lange’s marker coming just 1:37 into the opening frame. Cooper doubled the Bears lead just six minutes later, ripping in a huge rebound kicked out by Child.
Trailing by two in the second, the Huskies showed flashes of life for spurts in the middle frame. Their chances were one-offs, however, with Burke making seven saves in the second.
Soy added to Alberta’s late in the third period, as his shot from a poor angle snuck through the Huskies goalie with just 11 seconds left in the frame.
Folk notched his first of the season just 1:14 into the third period, taking advantage of a huge turnover committed by Alberta.
The Huskies, however, were unable to build momentum off their goal. Cooper scored his second of the game seven minutes later, beating Child short-side with a shot from the circle.
Pawlenchuk scored his third of the season in dying seconds on the powerplay, sealing the Bears third win of the season.
The two rivals will square off once more this weekend, with puck drop of the series finale scheduled for 7:00 p.m. tomorrow night at Clare Drake Arena.