Cody Cartier (Mount Royal) & Danielle Brisebois (UBC) named 1st Stars of the Week

Cody Cartier (Mount Royal) & Danielle Brisebois (UBC) named 1st Stars of the Week

Canada West Universities Athletic Association 

2014-15 Media Release

FOR IMMEDIATE USE: November 18, 2014


Cody Cartier (Mount Royal) & Danielle Brisebois (UBC) Named 1st Stars of the Week

The fourth-year Cougars forward registered five goals in two victories against Lethbridge.


NEW WESTMINSTER, BC – The Mount Royal University Cougars’ Cody Cartier and UBC Thunderbirds’ Danielle Brisebois were named the Canada West 1st Stars of the Week for their outstanding performances over the weekend. 

Cody Cartier had a huge weekend with five goals over the course of two games, including the game-winner for each, helping his team to an undefeated weekend.

Meanwhile, Brisebois’ 19 kills in her first game of the weekend helped her team come back against the No. 1 Alberta Pandas.  Danielle also had a career-high of kills at 21 in the following evening.

Also honoured for the men are basketball players Joel Friesen (Alberta) and Jonathan Tull (Regina). Friesen made it rain with seven three-pointers, and Tull got to the line 20 times in a single game. For the ladies, Iuliia Pakhomenko (Thompson Rivers) is honoured for the third week in a row for her dominance on the volleyball court. Michelle Bos (Thompson Rivers) is also on the list for her strong rebounding games this weekend.


1st Star: #27 Cody Cartier, Mount Royal (Hockey)

Cody Cartier’s hot streak does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon. His five-goal performance this past weekend helped the Cougars seal up four points against the Lethbridge Pronghorns. Cody also scored the game-winning goal both nights and is now only three points behind Jordan Hickmott for the Canada West scoring lead.

On Friday night the Cougars looked to be in danger of falling to the league’s last place team. After being down 1-0 after the intermission, Cartier took the reins and scored the tying goal for Mount Royal. Tied at two early in the third, Cartier scored his second of the game which proved to be the game-winner that lifted the Cougars to a 3-2 victory.

On Saturday night Cartier recorded his second hat trick in three games. Cody scored the second, third and fourth goals for the Cougars. The fourth turned out to be the game-winner, his second of the weekend.

The Sylvan Lake, Alberta native is currently third in Canada West scoring behind Jordan Hickmott and T.J. Foster of the Alberta Golden Bears with 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists, 22 points). 

2nd Star: #9 Joel Friesen, Alberta (Basketball)

Fifth-year University of Alberta Golden Bears basketball guard Joel Friesen is the Canada West 2nd Star of the Week following his performance over the November 14-15 weekend. In a two-game series against the UBC Thunderbirds, Friesen threw down a combined 56 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block. He was the leading scorer on the floor for both teams on both nights.

The native of Abbottsford, B.C. now leads CIS in points (129) and three-pointers (24), and he leads Canada West in points per game with an average of 21.5, which also ranks him sixth in the nation. The 33 points were a personal best in his time as a Golden Bear. In game one against the T-Birds, Friesen poured in 33 points, including seven three-pointers, and he also picked up six rebounds, two assists and a steal in just 21 minutes of action. 

He then banked 23 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in game two. The Golden Bears are on a bye this weekend, but return to action on November 28-29 when they travel to Victoria to take on the Vikes.

3rd Star: #6 Jonathan Tull, Regina (Basketball)

Jonathan Tull powered the University of Regina’s men’s basketball team to a weekend split with No. 10-ranked and previously undefeated Calgary, as the Cougars won 85-76 on Friday night to deal the Dinos their first loss of the season before suffering a close 70-62 loss on Saturday.

Tull’s performance was critical in Friday’s win for the Cougars, as the Acadia University transfer ended up with a game-high 28 points while also pulling down eight rebounds and leading all players with 38 minutes played. 

Tull got to the free throw line 20 times, equalling the school record for most attempts in a Canada West game. Tull again came close to a double-double on Saturday, ending up with 21 points and nine rebounds in 33 minutes on the floor.

Pursuing a master’s degree in sociology, Tull now ranks fourth in Canada West with an average of 20.8 points per game.


1st Star: #12 Danielle Brisebois, UBC (Volleyball)

Danielle Brisebois had a career weekend, recording 40 kills, against the No. 1 Alberta Pandas as she led her UBC Thunderbirds to a two-game split in Vancouver.

The third-year player from Bolton, Ont., knocked down a career-high 19 kills on Friday in UBC’s five-set victory. Brisebois’ three kills that came after UBC was down 23-20 in the first set were instrumental in UBC’s comeback win. Two of the Thunderbirds’ last three points in the fifth set came off Brisebois kills.

She set a career high in kills again on Saturday as she recorded 21 in UBC’s 3-2 loss to Alberta. Brisebois was the only T-Bird in double digits in kills as the T-Birds took the Pandas to five sets for the second straight night.

UBC (7-5) hosts Winnipeg this weekend in Vancouver.

2nd Star: #12 Iuliia Pakhomenko, Thompson Rivers (Volleyball)

Ukrainian​ import Iullia Pakhomenko continues to make a name for herself every week in the Canada West women’s volleyball league after a split with Winnipeg at the Tournament Capital Centre where she had 24 kills and over 10 digs per night scoring over 25 points. 

She finds herself second in the Canada West in kills per set (4.58), second in kills (220) and fifth in hitting per cent (.276). She will meet fellow kills per set leader Robin Cockrell of the Manitoba Bisons this week as the teams go head to head in Winnipeg.

3rd Star: #14 Michelle Bos, Thompson Rivers (Basketball)

Michelle Bos continues to look like a veteran although she has played only four Canada West conference games. The native of Surrey, BC had another double-double in a split with the MacEwan University Griffins this weekend. 

In Friday’s 58-53 loss to the Griffins, Bos tallied eight points and 11 rebounds in 33 minutes.  She followed this up the next evening with a strong 14-point, 14-rebound performance while leading the WolfPack to a 75-64 victory in the rematch with MacEwan.

She has three double-doubles in four CIS matches and leads the CW in rebounding. The WolfPack host the UFV  Casccades for two games this weekend (November 21-22)

Image Credit: Mount Royal University Cougars/UBC Thunderbirds

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