WOMEN'S HOCKEY (Canada West)
Friday: Dinos vs. UBC, 7pm, Father David Bauer Arena
Saturday: Dinos vs. UBC, 6pm, Father David Bauer Arena
he University of Calgary Dinos will face the No. 5 University of British Columbia Thunderbirds this upcoming weekend, Nov. 7-8. Both teams had the opportunity to regroup and rest after having a bye this past weekend Oct. 31 and Nov. 1
The two game series will begin Friday evening, November 7th at the Father David Bauer Arena, puck drop is set for 7 p.m. The Dinos will retake to the ice Saturday evening to close out the series, action will get underway at 6 p.m.
After having a weekend off, Calgary had an opportunity to regroup, refocus and rest. Calgary spent the majority of October’s games on the road, spending back-to-back weekends in Saskatchewan. November 7th will be Calgary’s first game on home ice (Father David Bauer Arena) since October 4th.
The Dinos are coming off a three game losing streak, two of the three losses came outside of regulation time giving the Dinos a record of 4-1-3 and currently sitting in 4th place in the Canada West Conference with 15 points.
UBC will face Calgary with a record of 5-1-2 and are sitting just one point ahead of the Calgary in the Canada West Conference holding third place. UBC faced the University of Regina Cougars just before heading into the by weekend. UBC split the weekend against the Cougars losing in overtime.
This weekend will prove pivotal for the Dinos. The Thunderbirds have always proven to be a tough competitor for the Dinos, having been knocked out of the 2013-2014 playoffs by the ‘Birds. Nov 7-8 will be the perfect opportunity for the Dinos to avenge their previous playoff run on home ice and push themselves into third place in the Conference.
Calgary will look to their Captain and Conference point leader Iya Gavrilova to help them to victory. Gavrilova leads the conference with seven goals and six assists (13 points), three of Gavrilova’s seven goals came against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies just before heading into the bye weekend.
Samantha Langford will return between the pipes for the Thunderbirds for her fourth season, Langford currently has a save percentage of 0.956 through seven games. The Thunderbirds also have two top scorers returning from the previous 2013-14 season: Tatiana Rafter and Sarah Casorso, both lead the Thunderbirds with nine points.
UBC defeated Calgary in the quarterfinals of last year’s playoffs before being ousted by the Huskies in the semifinals. With the return of Gavrilova and Hayley Wickenheiser the Dinos have an opportunity to pass UBC in the Canada West conference standings.
Next weekend, Nov. 14-15th the Dinos will host the University of Manitoba Bisons in a two game set.
The Thunderbirds will head home to host the University of Alberta Pandas.