Host Huskies extend season, advance to U Sports consolation final

Host Huskies extend season, advance to U Sports consolation final

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies got their wish and will now get to play Sunday in the U Sports national championship consolation final.

Published Mar 17, 2024  •  2 minute read

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University of Saskatchewan Huskies forward Sara Kendall (15) during quarter final action against Concordia Stingers in the U Sports women’s national hockey team tournament at Merlis Belsher Place. Photo taken in Saskatoon, Sask. on Thursday, March 14, 2024. Photo by Michelle Berg /Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Huskies 3, X-Women 1

One more game.

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The University of Saskatchewan Huskies got their wish and will now get to play Sunday.

Thanks to a 3-1 win over the St. Francis Xavier X-women on Saturday, the host Huskies will play in the U Sports women’s hockey championship consolation final Sunday morning against the British Columbia Thunderbirds.

Game-time is 10 a.m. at Merlis Belsher Place.

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“That’s kind of our focus now, just to draw out our season just a little more, especially us as sixth-years — us super-vets,” Huskies captain Kennedy Brown said prior to Saturday’s game. “We don’t want to be done by any means. If we can play one more on Sunday, that would be a dream come true. We didn’t want to be on the consolation side of things, but that’s the reality of a tournament like this. It’s win or die. When you’re ranked 8 and you’re coming up against No. 1 (Concordia Stingers in the quarter-final), those are some stiff odds to fight against, but our focus is to come out Saturday fresh and, again, leave a mark, leave it all on the ice and hope to play again on Sunday.”

Concordia will play the Toronto Varsity Blues in the U Sports national champiojnship final Sunday night at 6 p.m.

Waterloo Warriors and Montreal Carabins will meet in the bronze-medal game at 2 p.m.

Blueliner Brooklyn Stevely, who made her season debut Thursday following a bout with ovarian cancer that kept her out of the entire regular season, scored in what was only her second game back.

Stevely’s goal was the Huskies’ third of the game and third in the second period. Her shot from the point found a hole through X-Women netminder and Saskatchewan product Amaya Giraudier.

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St. FX found themselves in penalty trouble, allowing the Huskies to capitalize on two power play opportunities with goals by Kelsey Hall and Sophie Lalor early in the second frame.

Stevely, who finished with a goal and an assist, was named player of the game for Saskatchewan. She had undergone surgery twice this season with the latest one coming in December.

St. FX cut Saskatchewan’s lead late in the second when X-Women player of the game Ashlyn Garnett pounced on an errant puck and went on one-on-one with Huskies’ netminder Camryn Drever, flipping a shot over Drever’s shoulder with 45 seconds left on the clock.

The X-Women poured it on in the final frame with 19 shots on net but Drever, the Canada West player of the year, was able to shut the door.

Drever finished the game with 37 saves for the win. Giraudier stopped 18 shots for the X-Women.

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