Three Stars of the Week: Waldenberger opens season in style, Rushworth provides offensive punch

Three Stars of the Week: Waldenberger opens season in style, Rushworth provides offensive punch

Canada West Communications

The puck dropped on the 2015-16 Canada West women’s hockey season over the weekend and Regina Cougars forward Emma Waldenberger provided a weekend performance she won’t soon forget.

The Moose Jaw, SK product scored five goals and added a pair of assists to race out to an early season scoring lead and earn this week’s Canada West Female First Star honour.

Taking home the Canada West Male First Star award this week is Lethbridge Pronghorns midfielder Chris Rushworth, who provided all the ‘Horns offence over the weekend.

Rushworth netted a single goal Thursday in a 3-1 loss to Mount Royal, before a hat-trick performance Sunday in a 3-2 win over Calgary.

Also earning stars this week are: MacEwan’s Meagan Lemoine (female second star), Alberta’s Mohamed Teliani (male second star), Lethbridge’s Alicia Anderson (female third star), and UBC’s Chad Bush (male third star).


Female First Star - Emma Waldenberger

Regina Cougars Hockey



Moose Jaw, SK

Game log: Friday, Oct. 2 vs. Calgary - 2 G, 1 A and +2 rating in 4-3 W / Saturday, Oct. 3 vs. Calgary - 3 G, 1 A and +3 rating in 7-0 W

Emma Waldenberger was a nightmare for the Calgary Dinos on the weekend, exploding for five goals and two assists in the two-game set.

Waldenberger, who hails from Moose Jaw, SK, was involved in the first three Cougar goals in Friday’s 4-3 double overtime win. She scored her first of the Canada West campaign on an unassisted marker in the second period before assisting on Jaycee Magwood’s first-career Canada West goal and then scoring her second of the night just 1:26 after that.

Saturday’s game saw the second-year forward get off to a quick start, scoring two goals within 35 seconds at the 12 minute mark to propel the Cougars to an early lead. The home team never looked back, and Waldenberger potted another goal and assisted on an Alexis Larson marker en route to a 7-0 victory over the Dinos.

Waldenberger and the Cougars will look to continue their success at home this weekend as they take on the Manitoba Bisons at The Co-operators Centre Friday and Saturday night.


Male First Star - Chris Rushworth 

Lethbridge Pronghorns Soccer



Cranbrook, BC

Game log: Thursday, Oct. 1 vs. MRU - 1G in 3-1 L / Sunday, Oct. 4 vs. Calgary - 3G in 3-2 W

Fourth-year midfielder Chris Rushworth tallied all four Pronghorn goals in a two game weekend spilt with the Mount Royal Cougars and Calgary Dinos. 

Thursday night, Rushworth scored the Pronghorn lone goal from the penalty spot in the Pronghorns’ 3-1 loss to the Mount Royal Cougars, who are tied for the top spot in the Prairie Division. 

Sunday afternoon, versus southern Alberta rival Calgary, Rushworth was nothing short of spectacular, scoring a hat-trick to lead the Pronghorns to a 3-2 win and snapping Lethbridge’s three-game losing streak.

The Bachelor of Management student now sits tied for second in Canada West goal scoring with five goals and is tied for third in the conference in shots on goal with 14.

Lethbridge returns to the pitch for home games against the Saskatchewan Huskies Saturday and Sunday.


Female Second Star - Meagan Lemoine

MacEwan Griffins Soccer



Edmonton, AB

Game log: Saturday, Oct. 3 vs. No. 5 UFV - 1G, 1A in 2-1 W / Sunday, Oct. 4 vs. No. 9 TWU - 1G in 1-1 D 

First-year forward Meagan Lemoine was the key to the MacEwan University Griffins’ success over the weekend, as the Griffins upset the CIS No. 5-ranked UFV Cascades, 2-1 Saturday, before tying the No. 9 TWU Spartans 1-1 on Sunday. 

Originally recruited as a fullback, Lemoine has taken to her new role as a forward. Against UFV
Lemoine had a goal on three shots, and one assist in 76 minutes played. Against TWU Lemoine had a goal on four shots in 80 minutes played.

“We saw so much in her talents going forward and up the pitch, we put her in a more advanced role, and now she is scoring vital goals for us,” stated Griffins head coach Dean Cordeiro, “She’s stepping up and being an integral part in where this team is going, and what we’ve been able to accomplish recently.”

MacEwan returns to action this weekend with a home-and-home series against the Mount Royal Cougars, starting in Edmonton Saturday afternoon before the rematch a day later in Calgary.


Male Second Star - Mohamed Teliani

Alberta Golden Bears Soccer



Edmonton, AB

Game log: Wednesday, Sept. 30 vs MacEwan: 2 G in 4-1 W / Friday, Oct. 2 vs WPG: 1 A in 5-1 W / October 3 vs. WPG: 2 A in 3-1 W

University of Alberta Golden Bears soccer midfielder Mo Teliani is the Canada West Second Star of the Week following his five-point week.

Teliani, a fourth-year from Edmonton, notched two goals, including the game winner, as well as three assists to lead the Bears to three wins in four days.

Alberta opened up competition last week with a rare Wednesday night game when they hosted the MacEwan Griffins. Teliani scored a pair of goals against the inter-city rivals to pace the Bears to a 4-1 win.

Two days later in Winnipeg, he set up one goal as Alberta romped to a 5-1 win over the Wesmen and then he collected two more assists as the Bears swept the Wesmen with a 3-0 win.

With the wins, Alberta improves to 6-1 on the season and sits in first place in the Prairie Division. Teliani, meanwhile, leads Canada West in goals, with six, and sits second in points with 10 and third in conference assists with four.

The Golden Bears return to action on the Thanksgiving weekend when they travel across town to face MacEwan in a rematch on October 10.


Female Third Star - Alicia Anderson

Lethbridge Pronghorns Hockey



Calgary, AB

Game log: Friday, Oct. 2 vs. UBC - 30 saves on 32 shots, .938 SV% in 4-2 W / Saturday, Oct. 3 vs. UBC - 31 saves on 31 shots, 1st career shutout in 1-0 W

First-year goaltender Alicia Anderson made quite a debut for the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns in the opening weekend of women’s hockey conference action, stopping 61 of 63 shots she faced to lead Pronghorns to a road sweep of UBC. 

Friday night in the opening game of the weekend series, Anderson turned aside 30 of 32 UBC shots to secure a 4-2 ‘Horns victory. The next night she was even better stopping all 31 shots to record her first CIS shutout and lead the Pronghorns to a weekend sweep with a 1-0 win.

The Calgary, AB native finished the weekend with an impressive 0.968 save percentage and a 1.00 goals-against average in her first two career Canada West games.

Lethbridge is on the ice once again this weekend, travelling to Edmonton for a pair of games against the Alberta Pandas.


Male Third Star - Chad Bush

UBC Thunderbirds Soccer



Ottawa, ON

Game log: Saturday, Oct. 3 vs. UNBC - 5 SV in 2-0 W / Sunday, Oct. 4 vs. UNBC - 1 SV in 2-0 W

Goalkeeper Chad Bush continued his strong play in his rookie season with the UBC Thunderbirds, recording back-to-back shutouts over the UNBC Timberwolves in Prince George, B.C., on the weekend.

The Ottawa native made five saves on Saturday afternoon and then turned aside one shot on Sunday, as UBC won 2-0 in both matches.

Bush now owns a Canada West-leading four clean sheets in seven outings.

UBC hosts Victoria Friday at Thunderbird Stadium in a battle of the top two teams in the Pacific Division.