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Huskies Release Season Schedule: Kick-off Season In Manitoba

Huskie Football Schedule Announced

The University of Saskatchewan Huskie football team will kick off the 2017 season on the road before returning home to Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park in Week 2.

New head coach Scott Flory and the Huskies travel to Winnipeg to meet the Manitoba Bisons on September 1 in the first of eight games in their 2017 schedule announced by the conference on Tuesday.

The Huskies return home in the first of four games under the lights on September 8 against the Alberta Golden Bears. Saskatchewan is also at home on September 29 against provincial rival the Regina Rams. The remaining home games are on Saturday’s beginning with October 14against the UBC Thunderbirds. The Huskies close out the regular season schedule at home on October 28against the Bisons.

Saskatchewan will also test its skills in a non-conference road game against the McMaster Marauders on August 25th at 7 p.m. at Ron Joyce Stadium in Hamilton.

“Myself and the members of the Huskie football team are excited to get the season going,” said Flory, who was announced as head coach in March. “We have a talented group of athletes and we expect to be competitive in this tough Canada West conference.”

Kickoff for all four home games is slated for 7 p.m. at Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park, with the Wyant Group Rally Alley returning for its third season starting at 5 p.m. The presenting sponsor of Huskie football is Concorde Group of Companies.

Road trips for the Huskies include dates with the T-Birds on September 16, Calgary Dinos on September 23 and the Golden Bears on October 21.

Once again in 2017, CJWW (600 AM) will be the radio broadcast partner for the Huskies. All Huskie games, including any playoff games, will be broadcast live on CJWW. The broadcast will also include a 60-minute pregame show and a 30-minute postgame show.

Season ticket renewals for the 2017 Huskie football season begin on May 1st and will be available at the Dogs’ Breakfast. Call 306-966-1111 for any questions regarding season tickets.

Black Wolves Howl In Saskatoon

The New England Black Wolves may have only lead Saturday night’s game at Sasktel Centre once but it was when they got the lead that mattered! The Black Wolves, making their first visit in franchise history to Saskatoon, found themselves down 4-nothing to the hometown Rush in the early stages of the contest. However, the Wolves continued to chip away at the lead to eventually tie the contest with a pair of goals in the final minutes to send the game to overtime.

In the extra session both teams found themselves in the penalty box but in the end a Rush penalty lead to Shawn Evans scoring the game winner and securing the 13-12 victory for the visitors.

Next for the Rush is a date with the Toronto Rock next Saturday night at Sasktel Centre, their final regular season home-game. New England will continue their quest for a play-off spot with they take on Rochester who sit in the basement of the East Division.

Here is the full recap from last night’s contest:

The New England Black Wolves rallied late in the fourth quarter and then scored on the power play in overtime to hand the Saskatchewan Rush their first home-turf loss of the season with a 13-12 verdict on Saturday night in Saskatoon.

Saskatchewan Rush To Home Play-off Date

The Saskatchewan Rush remained the National Lacrosse League’s only undefeated team at home and in the process clinched a home playoff date with a 16-12 victory over the Vancouver Stealth on Saturday night in Saskatoon.
Mark Matthews led the Rush attack with seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) while Adam Jones notched four goals, including a pair during Saskatchewan’s six-goal outburst in the third quarter. The Rush (10-4) now lead Colorado by 2½ games in the West Division and hold a game in-hand on the Mammoth, while the Stealth (6-9) fall one-half game behind Calgary for the third and final playoff spot.
“It was a really good win for us,” said Rush GM/head coach Derek Keenan, who tied the mark for the all-time lead in NLL coaching wins with his 121st victory behind the bench.
“Defensively, we were outstanding. We executed in the defensive end exactly the way we had planned, and offensively, we really got going.”

Broncos Look To Claim Good Deeds Cup

The Humboldt Broncos’ Peewee team is representing Saskatchewan in the Good Deeds Cup and they need our help.

The award is for the team that has the best season off the ice. For the second year in a row, the Broncos gave back to their community. This year, they undertook a bottle drive to raise funds to buy personal hygiene products for less fortunate families who are less fortunate. $800 worth of items were donated.

You can vote

Saskatchewan Rushes Into The Play-offs

The two-time defending Champion’s Cup winners have secured their spot in the 2017 NLL playoffs as the Saskatchewan Rush topped the Buffalo Bandits 17-14 on Saturday night.
In a rematch between the teams that clashed in last season’s NLL Final, the Rush racked up their highest first-half offensive output of the season and then quelled a comeback bid by the Bandits in the fourth quarter. The victory also pushed Saskatchewan (9-4) ahead of Colorado by 2½ games for top spot in the West Division.
Rush leading scorer Mark Matthews, playing with severe pink eye in both eyes, torched the Bandits for nine points (2 goals, 7 assists), while the Rush also got hat tricks from both Adam Jones and first overall pick Ryan Keenan. The Matthews-Jones-Keenan left-side trio combined for 19 points.
“It’s good to clinch and now we can start focusing on getting home-floor advantage,” said Jones. “It was a good team win and we took some steps in the right direction on the offensive end.”
The Bandits (5-8) jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the opening quarter, but the Rush responded with four straight goals in a span of 1:57 including a terrific individual effort by rookie Mike Messenger as he busted his way past a Buffalo defender and then outmaneuvered goalie Anthony Cosmo. Before the first quarter wrapped, Keenan’s first of the night gave the Rush a 5-3 lead and chased Cosmo to the bench in favor of backup Davide DiRuscio.
Saskatchewan kept their offence fired up in the second. Jones fired a shot through the legs of DiRuscio to make it 6-3, and Adrian Sorichetti followed 59 seconds later with a slick play as he faked a pass to a trailing teammate and instead cut towards the net and slipped a shot through. Mitch Jones’ high shot eluded Aaron Bold to get a goal back for Buffalo, but the Rush went right back to work when Jones whipped a long shot home to make it 8-4. The fast-break opportunities kept coming for the Rush and Sorichetti made it 10-5 when he finished off a feed from captain Chris Corbeil.
Buffalo got a late power-play tally from Ryan Benesch to cut the Rush lead to 10-6 at halftime, and the Bandits put away two quick goals early in the third. But once again, the Rush responded to a Bandits threat. Jones registered his hat-trick tally as he unleashed a rocket through a screen to make it 11-8. Matthews was the integral part of the next two goals which came 30 seconds apart. His long-range bullet hit the back of the net and he then took on the role playmaker setting up Curtis Knight for the quick-stick strike and his first of two second-half markers.
Trailing 13-9 after three, the Bandits cued up a comeback attempt, kicking off with Nick Weiss’ shorthanded tally on a breakaway and followed by Kedoh Hill who was able to take advantage of a miscue pass from Bold. Buffalo closed the gap to 14-13 when Weiss lunged from behind the net to score, but Saskatchewan’s final response was enough to kill the Bandits’ rally.
Matthews quick-sticked a feed from Church to make it 15-13 – a play set up by Jones outworking two Buffalo defencemen to a rebound in the slot. Only 36 seconds later, Keenan’s on-the-run shot trickled over the line after getting away from DiRuscio, and the Rush rookie collected his hat trick two minutes later as he stepped into open space and gunned a shot past the Buffalo netminder.