Rain Rounds The Wyant Group Raceway Oval

An absolutely fantastic night of racing at Wyant Group Raceway Friday. It didn’t matter whether it was the Street Stocks or Mini Stocks, Pro Trucks or Bandoleros, all the drivers came to More »

Riders Make Final Cuts After Blow-out Loss

The Pre-Season didn’t end the way the Saskatchewan Roughriders envisioned. The Green and White were blown out 42-10 in B.C. in their final tune-up on Friday night. Following the game the Riders More »

Swarm Top Rush To Win First NLL Championship

The Georgia Swarm captured their first Champion’s Cup title, winning the National Lacrosse League title by beating the two-time defending champion Saskatchewan Rush 2-0 in the best-of-three final. Game 2 ended in More »

Racers Beat The Rain At WGR

Saturday evening felt more like a fall evening than one coming into summer.  It’s a good thing we scheduled racing Saturday at Wyant Group Raceway for the afternoon.  A warm sunny afternoon More »

Georgia Swarms Saskatchewan In NLL Final Game 1:

An outburst of seven straight goals in the second half proved to be too much for the Saskatchewan Rush to overcome as the Georgia Swarm captured Game 1 of the Champion’s Cup More »

 

Huskies Round Out Coaching Staff Naming D Coaches

University of Saskatchewan football head coach Scott Flory announced his defensive coaching staff for the 2017 season Wednesday highlighted by coordinator and former teammate Warren Muzika.

A graduate of the College of Education, Muzika played for the Huskies from 1994-98 before spending five seasons in the CFL with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Winnipeg Blue Bombers, winning the 1999 Grey Cup with the Tiger-Cats. He won the Vanier Cup with the Huskies in both 1996 and 1998.

“Warren is an amazing addition to our staff,” said Flory.  “His competitive desire coupled with his high energy demeanour and passion will transcend our defence.  Warren is as tough as they come and will bring a hard-nosed and aggressive edge to our defence.”

As a Huskie, Muzika was named an All-Canadian three times and was a conference all-star four times. Leading the Canada West in tackles in both 1997 and 1998, Muzika was named the conference’s defensive player of the year in both seasons and won the national award in 1998. He also won the Bruce Coulter Award as the Most Outstanding Defensive Player in the 1996 Vanier Cup.

Muzika also played junior football with the Saskatoon Hilltops winning the Canadian Bowl in 1991 and was named the CJFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1993.

Rounding out the defensive coaching staff is Paul Woldu (defensive backs), Cody Halseth (defensive backs), Tye Mountney (linebackers) and Tony Michalchuk (defensive line).

“This is an energetic group who collectively bring experiences from all levels of football,” said Flory.  “They have won and know what it takes to win championships.  No matter the level, champions know how to win.  I can’t wait to watch our defence compete on the field in 2017!”

Huskies’ 2017 Spring Camp kicks off Thursday with the 17th annual Dogs’ Breakfast featuring guest speaker Henry Burris.

 

Defensive Staff

Warren Muzika – defensive coordinator

Paul Woldu – defensive backs

Cody Halseth – defensive backs

Tye Mountney – linebackers

Tony Michalchuk – defensive line

 

Full Defensive Coach Biographies

Warren Muzika – Defensive Coordinator
Two-time Vanier Cup champion and 1998 President’s Trophy winner Warren Muzika returns to the Huskies as defensive coordinator.

Huskies Introduce New-Old Special Teams Face

University of Saskatchewan football head coach Scott Flory announced his special teams staff for the 2017 season Tuesday morning highlighted by veteran coach Jerry Friesen.

A member of the University of Saskatchewan Athletic Wall of Fame and the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame, Friesen joins the Huskies with 25 years coaching experience in both U SPORTS and the Canadian Football League.
“Jerry coming back to Saskatoon is a huge win for the city, our program and our athletes,” said Flory.  “His experience and knowledge is second to none.  With Jerry having been a head coach, he will be a great resource for me as a new head coach.  I am thrilled he’s decided to rejoin the Huskie family!”

Friesen joined the Huskies’ coaching staff in 1986, staying for 10 seasons and winning the 1990 Vanier Cup. After a year with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the CFL as linebacker coach, Friesen joined the Calgary Dinos as defensive coordinator. He spent the next 10 seasons as head coach of the Alberta Golden Bears and was named national coach of the year in 2004.

As a player, Friesen spent five seasons with the Huskies before being drafted by the Montreal Alouettes in 1978. He played nine seasons in the CFL with the Alouettes and Roughriders.  As a Huskie, the linebacker was a conference all-star for three straight seasons and an All-Canadian twice.

Friesen will also serve as a senior advisor to Flory.

Joining Friesen on the special teams’ staff is former Huskies’ kicker and 2016 staff member Braden Suchan.

“Braden will work exclusively with our kickers,” said Flory.  “What he did last year was nothing short of remarkable.  Sean Stenger had an All-Canadian season in large part to Braden.  He is a trusted ear for our kickers who is also technically as good as it gets when it comes to kicking the football.”

Flory also announced Joel Lipinski as the team’s Strength and Condition Coordinator, as well as Attila Nadori as the recruiting coordinator.

Lipinski played university football for the Saint Mary’s Huskies and Regina Rams, as well as in the CJFL with the Vancouver Island Raiders. He spent time in the CFL with the Edmonton Eskimos and Saskatchewan Roughriders.  As an athlete, Lipinski was named an All-Canadian cornerback with the Rams and an All-Canadian at halfback with the Huskies. He also played for Team Canada in the IFAF World Championship in Austria.

Huskies Set To Go Camping

Huskie football returns to the turf in Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park as the University of Saskatchewan squad hits the field for its 2017 spring camp.

Spring camp kicks off early Thursday morning with the 17th annual Dogs Breakfast at Prairieland Park and wraps up Sunday with the Green and White scrimmage.

The Dogs Breakfast helps raise scholarship funds for the team. The guest speaker is former CFL quarterback Henry Burris. At the event, Huskie head coach Scott Flory will make an official announcement of new recruits to the team.

The players will then hit the field that night at 5 p.m. in the first practice of the weekend. They suit up again Friday at 5 p.m., 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Saturday and finally 10:30 a.m. Sunday for the green and white scrimmage. All fans, supporters, alumni, family and friends are invited to attend any of the practices during the camp. The camp will feature more than 100 returning Huskies, new recruits and walk-on players.
2017 SPRING CAMP SCHEDULE

 Thursday, May 4

Flory Names Offensive Coaches

University of Saskatchewan football head coach Scott Flory announced his offensive coaching staff for the 2017 season Monday afternoon highlighted by coordinator Marcus Crandell.

Crandell joins the Huskies as offensive coordinator after a 11-year career as a quarterback in professional football and a five year coaching career. Crandell played in the Canadian Football League for the Edmonton Eskimos, Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders from 1997 to 2008, he also spent time in NFL Europe and the XFL. He was named the 2001 Grey Cup Most Valuable Player in 2001 with the Stampeders, and also added another championship in 2007 with the Roughriders.

“Marcus Crandell’s experience as an elite quarterback and coach in the CFL will help our team grow immensely,” said Flory of his new offensive coordinator. “His knowledge and skill set will develop our quarterbacks and advance our offence as a whole.  Marcus is a kind, caring and patient man who knows how to develop players and teach the game.  We are honoured to have him on board.”

Calgary Tops Saskatchewan: Rush Ready For The Play-Offs

Four unanswered goals in the third quarter paced the Calgary Roughnecks to a 14-7 win over the Saskatchewan Rush on Saturday night, ending the Rush’s eight-game regular-season winning streak over their Prairie rivals.
The Rush end the campaign with a 12-6 record and will now begin the chase for their third consecutive Champion’s Cup title. Saskatchewan will get a bye for the opening round and watch the Vancouver Stealth take on the Colorado Mammoth in the one-game division semifinal. The winner of that game will meet the Rush in the West Division Final.
Calgary (8-10) missed the playoffs for the first time in 14 seasons, but find some solace in finally bringing an end to their run of futility against the Rush. The eight-game slump was further enhanced by the Rush’s also beating the Roughnecks in four straight playoff games as well.
The Roughnecks took a 5-4 lead just before halftime and then blew the game open in the third with four goals in a row. Jeff Shattler welcomed Rush backup goalie Tyler Carlson to the net and beat him with a shot from close-in to put the Roughnecks up 6-4. Tyler Digby tipped a shot home to put Calgary up three, and former Rush Riley Loewen burned his old teammates with a hot shot coming down the wing.

 

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.

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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.