January 22nd, 2021

Huskies hustle past Horns

By Nick Kuhl on January 11, 2020.

Dale Woodard
Lethbridge Herald

Now is not the time for introductions for the University of 
Lethbridge Pronghorns men’s hockey team.
The Pronghorns were downed 5-2 by Saskatchewan Huskies in Canada West 
play Friday night at Nicholas Sheran Arena.
The Huskies jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the first period and though 
the Horns  — backed by goaltender Jack Burgart — were able to 
hold the visitors off the board in the third period, the fourth-ranked 
USPORTS squad still pumped 62 shots on goal compared to 24 by the Horns.
The Pronghorns drop to 5-13-1 to sit in last place in the Canada West, 
while the Huskies are 13-4-2 and in third in the conference.
The plentiful pucks on Burgart aside, another slow start proved to be 
the Pronghorns Achilles heel.
“That’s been our Achilles heel in a lot of games this year,” said 
Pronghorns head coach Murray Nystrom. “We’re taking the first 30 
minutes, it seems, to feel out our opponent and this isn’t the time 
of year for that. We should be beyond that and that’s something 
we’re trying to adjust as a staff and as a team.”
It was 3-1 Saskatchewan by the 11:41 mark of the first as Carson 
Stadnyk, former Lethbridge Hurricane Carter Folk and Andrew Johnson 
scored for the Huskies.
Torrin White, with his fourth of the season, pulled the Horns to 
within two after the first period.
Sam Ruopp paced the Huskies to a 4-1 lead 6:09 into the second, but 
Horns first-year Luke Coleman scored shorthanded for his eighth of the 
season midway through the second, grabbing a neutral ice turnover and 
sliding a backhand past Saskatchewan goaltender Taran Kozun.
“I was kind of lucky, the D-man went to block it and it bounced right 
to me,” said Coleman. “The goalie came out to play it, so it was 
easy to look up and go around him.”
Evan Fiala completed the scoring with 4:34 left in the second period.
The teams skated through a scoreless third, but Huskies provided 
plenty of insurance in the opening 40 minutes to earn the weekend-
opening win.
“If you give them a chance they’re to score,” said Coleman. “We 
didn’t start as hot as them and they came out flying and scored a 
couple of goals. It’s up to us to be ready to play their level.”
Burgart made 57 saves on the night.
“The positive is we always seem to rebound from those strange starts 
and finish off the weekend on a positive note,” said Nystrom. 
“But again, we’re at the time of the year where every game, all 120 
minutes, mean a lot. But Saskatchewan earned every inch of ice out 
there. I thought they were outstanding. They’re hard on pucks, 
they’re quick and you have to be just about perfect against them 
regardless of who you are in this league. You have to be on your game 
from start to finish and it took us too long to get going.”
Coleman leads the Horns with 13 points in 19 games this season.
“Luke has been a real horse for us in that area,” said Nystrom. 
“He’s had a couple other opportunities aside from the shorthanded 
one. It seems he’s a threat every night and he’s been a pleasant 
bonus for us coming in and stepping right now. Sometimes it takes guys 
time to adjust to the level and the whole university lifestyle and 
he’s done a great job of that.”
After spending the last three seasons with the Calgary Hitmen of the 
Western Hockey League, the product of Red Deer has enjoyed the jump to 
the Canada West.
“It’s good, it’s definitely a change,” said Coleman. “It’s 
nice to have more of a schedule you’re used to and play every 
Tonight’s game is at 7 p.m. at Nicholas Sheran Arena.
On the women’s side, the Pronghorns lost 3-1 to the Huskies Friday 
night in Saskatoon and are now 7-9-0-1 to side tied for sixth with the 
5-10-4-0 Regina Cougars. The Huskies improve to 9-6-1-3 and remain in 
Mila Verbicky scored on the power play midway through the third for 
her second of the year to make it 3-1, but the Horns were unable to 
get any closer.
Alicia Anderson stopped 23 of 26 shots in the loss.
The teams complete the weekend tonight at 6 p.m.
The Pronghorns basketball teams return to action tonight as the 
Calgary Dinos pay a visit to the 1st Choice Savings Centre.
Both Dinos teams won the weekend-opener of the home-and-home series 
Thursday night in Calgary.
The Pronghorns men are 4-9, while the women’s team is 6-7.
The women’s game is at 5 p.m. with the men to follow at 7 p.m.
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