LETHBRIDGE - The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns men's hockey team opened the first weekend of the second semester in Canada West with a split on home ice against the Saskatchewan Huskies.
Things didn't start off great for the Pronghorns, with the second place Huskies jumping out to a two-goal lead in the first period of Friday night's game (Jan. 5).
After Russ Maxwell scored his first of the season to get Lethbridge on the board, the Pronghorns managed to cut the deficit down to a single goal late in the second period.
Connor Sanvido scored an incredible goal off the rush, but the Huskies managed to hold on in the third period for a 3-2 victory.
Saturday night (Jan. 6) was a much different game, as the Pronghorn built a 3-0 lead through two periods and held on for a 4-2 win over Huskies.
With the win the Pronghorns improved to 8-9-1 on the season. Head Coach Spiros Anastas says after the game on Friday night, the message was simple, just be on time.
"Our process was great from the first puck drop and everyone got involved early," he continued. "We need to get a little better at playing with the lead and we'll work on those scenarios this week for sure."
Dalton Sward, Ryon Moser, Ryan Chynoweth and Connor Sanvido had the goals for the Pronghorns, while Michael Sofillas and Logan McVeigh replied for the Huskies.
Garret Hughson made 34 saves in the win, but it was during the game's first power play that it looked as if the Huskies had opened the scoring for the second consecutive night.
Huskies forward Josh Roach snuck down the back side and fed a cross-ice pass that looked like a sure goal, but Hughson reached across with his stick and robbed Roach to keep things scoreless.
"Hughson's two stops on the early PK probably set the course for the game, he was outstanding tonight," Anastas said.
Anastas added there's lots to be happy about this weekend, but that Lethbridge is on to the next one.
"This upcoming weekend will be telling for us. Mount Royal are a hard-working team that wants those points just as badly as we do."
That showdown with the Mount Royal Cougars will be a home-and-home series. Friday night (Jan. 12) will be in Calgary at the Flames Community Arena, and then Saturday's game (Jan. 13) will be back at Nicholas Sheran in Lethbridge.
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