HUSKIES FACE PROVINCIAL RIVAL IN HOME-AND-HOME

HUSKIES FACE PROVINCIAL RIVAL IN HOME-AND-HOME

 

Game Date: November 14 (WOMEN); November 15 (MEN)

Game Location: Rutherford Rink, 7pm

Webcast: canadawest.tv

 

THE GAMES

The University of Saskatchewan hockey teams will host provincial rivals the University of Regina Cougars in a home-and-home series at Rutherford on the weekend.

 

THE HEADLINES

·       The women’s teams open the home-and-home in Rutherford Rink on Friday, while the men play in Regina. Saturday, the men’s game will be in Saskatoon with the women’s game in Regina.

·       The Saskatchewan women (No. 8) is one of three Canada West teams in the CIS rankings of the season. The Huskies are joined by Alberta (No. 3) and UBC (No. 4) in the Top 10.

·       The Huskie women enter the weekend on a five game winning streak.

·       The Huskie men snapped a seven game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Mount Royal Cougars last weekend.

·       Huskie head coach Dave Adolph is four wins away from tying the CIS record for most conference wins set by Alberta legendary coach Clare Drake. Adolph enters the weekend series with 373 wins. The record is 377. He already holds the record for most games coached in the CIS.

 

THE SERIES

WOMEN: Since 2004-05, the Huskies have a 27-16-3 record against Regina including a 3-1 record in the four meetings in 2013-14.  In the last 30 meetings between the teams, the Huskies have outscored the Cougars 111-58. The Huskies also defeated the Regina Cougars in three games in the Canada West final in 2013-14.

 

MEN: Since 2005-06 the Huskies are 32-11-2 against Regina. Saskatchewan is 18-4-2 at home during that stretch including a 2-0 win to open the Canada West season on September 26th.

 

WOMEN’s MATCHUP

UNIVERSITY OF REGINA COUGARS (6-3-1)

Regina sits on the Huskies heels in the Canada West women’s hockey standings with a 6-3-1 record.

 

The Cougars enter the weekend series after a sweep of the Lethbridge Pronghorns at home winning 4-1 and 2-0.

 

Kylie Gavelin has led the Cougars’ offence scoring seven goals and two assists in 10 games. Natasha Kostenko and Carleen Meszaros have each added two goals, while seven different Cougar skaters have each tallied once.

 

Goaltenders Jennifer Schmidt and Toni Ross have split time in net for the Cougars each playing in five games and each winning three games. Both netminders have recorded a shutout.

 

NO. 8 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (7-3-0)

After splitting the first three weekends of the Canada West season, the Huskies have swept their last two weekend series.

 

Saskatchewan swept the Calgary Dinos at home before defeating the Mount Royal Cougars on the road.

 

After having difficulty scoring the first few games of the season, the Huskies have found their stride with three skaters among the Top 20 in the Canada West. Reigning conference and CIS Rookie of the Year Kaitlin Willoughby leads the trio with four goals and three assists, followed by Lauren Zary’s two goals and five assists and fifth-year Kandace Cook at five goals and one assist.

 

Third-year goaltender Cassidy Hendricks has started all 10 games for the Huskies posting a 2.03 goals against average and .935 save percentage.

 

MEN’s MATCHUP

UNIVERSITY OF REGINA COUGARS (2-10-0)

The Regina Cougars enter the weekend series after winning their second game of the season 4-1 over the Lethbridge Pronghorns.

 

Regina started the season 0-9 before winning 2-0 at home over the UBC Thunderbirds on October 31.

 

Tyler Henry and Cody Fowlie lead the Cougars each with two goals and three assists, while rookie Dylen McKinlay adds one goal and four assists.

 

Lucas Gore and Mitch Kilgore have split time in net for the Cougars and each recording one of the Cougars two wins on the season.

 

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (5-7-0)

Snapping a seven game losing streak, the Huskies found offence last Saturday with a 6-3 win over the Mount Royal Cougars.

 

Six different Huskie skaters scored in the win and 12 different skaters have scored in the 12 games this season.

 

Jesse Ross leads the group with five goals and two assists, while Matthew Spafford, Michael Sofillas and Jordan Fransoo each have three goals. John Lawrence leads the Huskies in points with two goals and seven assists.

 

Goaltenders Ryan Holfeld and Jordon Cooke have split time in net for the Huskies each playing six games. Holfeld has posted a 1.99 goals against average and .932 save percentage, while rookie Cooke sits with a 2.69 GAA and a .915 save percentage.