Game Date: November 21 & 22
Game Location: Rutherford Rink, 7pm
Sitting five points out of first place the No. 10 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies look to climb back up the Canada West women’s hockey standings this weekend as they host the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns in a pivotal clash.
· Five points separate first through sixth in the Canada West women’s hockey standings including Saskatchewan (7-3-2) in sixth with 20 points tied with the Regina (8-3-1), both Manitoba (7-4-1) and Calgary (6-3-3) are tied with 21points. The UBC Thunderbirds (8-2-2) are in first with 25 points, followed closely by Alberta (8-4-0) who sit in second.
· Saskatchewan (No. 10) is one of three Canada West teams ranked in the CIS Top 10. UBC (4) and Alberta (3) join the Huskies in the weekly rankings.
· Showdown between the pipes, goaltenders Crystal Patterson (Pronghorns) and Cassidy Hendricks (Huskies) lead the conference in minutes played, shots faced, and shots saved. Both goalies have played in all 12 contests.
· Saskatchewan’s Julia Flinton (4 goals, 3 assists) sits third in the conference scoring for all defencemen.
Since 2007-08, the Huskies have a 20-3-5 record against Lethbridge in the regular season. Saskatchewan is 11-1-2 at home against the Pronghorns during that stretch.
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (3-9-0)
Sitting 11 points behind Saskatchewan in conference standings the seventh placed Lethbridge Pronghorns hope to make up some ground as they enter Rutherford Rink this weekend.
After defeating the first place UBC Thunderbirds early in October before losing four straight games to Manitoba and Regina, the Pronghorns have struggled to find consistency. The ‘Horns will enter this weekend with a bit of confidence after back-to-back wins over Mount Royal.
Jenae Culp is the leading Pronghorn scorer with five goals and three assists followed by Sadie Lenstra who’s bagged four goals and four assists. Kirsten Reeves, who was Pronghorn’s 2013-2014 leading scorer, has three goals and leads the team with 43 shots.
No. 10 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (7-3-2)
The reigning Canada West champion Huskies look to find their 2013-2014 form going into the weekend.
After two disappointing losses to provincial rival Regina this past weekend and a snapped five game win streak, the Huskies will look for a boost from 2013-2014 Canada West and CIS Rookie of the Year Kaitlin Willoughby. The sophomore leads the team with five goals and three assists amassing 50 shots.
Perhaps a bit unlucky last weekend losing both contests in overtime. The Huskies look to change their luck and increase the 11-point spread between Lethbridge and solidify their bid as a top team in 2014-15.
Led by an experienced veteran core including fourth-year d-man Julia Flinton, who sits third among all defencemen in conference scoring with four goals and three assists. Fifth-year Agriculture and Bioresources student Kandace Cook sits tied for second on the team in scoring with four goals and three assists. Also, leading the team in assists is third-year forward Lauren Zary, pitching in on offence with two goals and five assists.
Cassidy Hendricks has started all 12 games between the pipes for the Huskies. The third-year goaltender has played the most minutes of any goaltender in the conference facing the second most shots with a 2.01 goals against average and posting second most saves in the conference.