The University of Saskatchewan Huskies dropped the opening game of the University Cup, the CIS men’s hockey championships, on Thursday.
The Huskies lost 3-1 to the University of New Brunswick to open the tournament in Saskatoon.
The Huskies — who feature Moose Jaw’s Matt Delahey on defence, plus former Moose Jaw Warriors defencemen Chad Suer, Brett Ward and winger Cody Smuk — will look to get back into contention with a big win over the University of Quebec Trois-Rivieres (UQTR) Patriotes Friday night at 7 p.m.
Jimmy Bubnick got the Huskies off to a 1-0 lead before the UNB scored three straight power play goals.
UNB features recent Warriors graduate Cam Braes.
In the opening game, the Waterloo Warriors stunned the top-ranked Alberta Golden Bears 2-1.
Waterloo feature former Moose Jaw AAA Warrior Andy Smith and former Warrior defenceman Paul Bonar is freshman. Smith was third in scoring for Waterloo during the season.
Justin Larson and Blake Chartier scored for Waterloo, while Torrie Dyck replied with a late goal for Alberta. All three goals were scored on the power play.
The Bears out-shot Waterloo 43-13, but Keaton Hartigan was sensational in goal for Waterloo.