Three Stars of the Week: Hockey snipers Gavrilova, Bauml earn top honours

Three Stars of the Week: Hockey snipers Gavrilova, Bauml earn top honours

Canada West Communications

NEW WESTMINSTER - University of Calgary Dinos forward Iya Gavrilova and University of Saskatchewan Huskies rookie sniper Kohl Bauml are the Canada West Female and Male First Stars of the Week respectively for the period ending Sunday, January 24.

Gavrilova sparked the Dinos to a sweep of crosstown rival Mount Royal this past week, recording an assist in a 3-2 win over the Cougars in front of a CIS record crowd of nearly 13,000 at the Scotiabank Saddledome Thursday, before recording a hat trick Friday in Calgary’s 6-1 victory. 

Bauml, who leads all Canada West rookie scorers, posted a tremendous six points in Saskatchewan’s two-game sweep of the UBC Thunderbirds. A former 30-goal scorer in the Western Hockey League, Bauml posted three goals and three assists combined over the weekend for the Huskies, who moved back into the top spot in the CIS top 10 with the wins.

Also earning star honours this week were: Thompson River’s Iuliia Pakhomenko (female second star), UBC’s Conor Morgan (male second star), MacEwan’s Kelly O’Hallahan (female third star), and Calgary’s Steven Stanford (male third star).


Female First Star – Iya Gavrilova

Calgary Dinos hockey



Krasnoyarsk, Russia


Game log: Thursday, January 21 – assist in 3-2 W vs. Mount Royal / Friday, January 22 – three goals in 6-1 W vs. Mount Royal.

The University of Calgary Dinos women’s hockey team has proven themselves to be one of the hottest teams in the CIS, going on a five-game winning streak with their latest victims being the Mount Royal Cougars. 

On Thursday in front of a CIS record 12,859 fans at the Scotiabank Saddledome, Iya Gavrilova added a helper on the opening goal of the game, as the Dinos went on to win 3-2. The following night, the Russian forward scored a natural hat trick to give her team a 4-0 lead. The Dinos finished off the Cougars 6-1 and completed the sweep.

Calgary will host a home-and-away series against the Alberta Pandas this weekend, hosting on Friday and heading up to Edmonton on Saturday. 


Male First Star – Kohl Bauml

Saskatchewan Huskies hockey



Saskatoon, SK


Game log: Friday, January 22 – one goal and one assist in 2-0 W vs. UBC / Saturday, January 23 – two goals and two assists in 6-2 W vs. UBC.

A six-point weekend by first-year forward Kohl Bauml helped the Saskatchewan Huskies move back into the No. 1 spot in the CIS. 

Bauml scored three goals and tallied three assists in a weekend sweep over the UBC T-Birds in Vancouver last weekend. The Saskatoon product recorded the game winner in both Huskie victories.

Bauml scored the first goal of the game midway through the first period on the power-play and assisted on the second goal in Friday night’s 2-0 win. On Saturday the Business student put the Huskies ahead 2-1 early in the third period picking up his second point of the night. After UBC tied things up at 2, Bauml scored his ninth of the season to put Saskatchewan up for good.

Bauml now leads the Huskies with 27 points on the season and is first in Canada West rookie scoring.

The Canada West-leading Huskies host the Manitoba Bisons this Friday and Saturday (Jan. 29-30) in Saskatoon.


Female Second Star – Iuliia Pakhomenko

Thompson Rivers WolfPack volleyball

Outside hitter


Donetsk, Ukraine

Masters of Business

Game log: Game log: Friday, January 22 – 10 kills, eight digs, four aces and four block assists in 3-0 W vs. Regina / Saturday, January 23 – 21 kills, seven digs, three aces and one block assist in 3-0 W vs. Regina.

Iuliia Pakhomenko continued her dominance of Canada West in the kills department this past weekend. 

The Ukraine native helped the WollfPack move to the .500 mark with a sweep over Regina, recording 31 kills in 53 chances with seven service aces and 15 digs combined in the two-game set. She now leads CIS in kills (337) and kills per set (4.88) and is now the league leader in service aces per set (0.52)

TRU entertains Manitoba this coming weekend (Jan 29-30) on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops.


Male Second Star – Conor Morgan

UBC Thunderbirds basketball



Victoria, BC


Game log: Friday, January 22 – 22 points, 10 rebounds and one block in 78-57 W vs. Regina / Saturday, January 23 – 29 points, six rebounds and three blocks in 83-79 L vs. Regina.

UBC Thunderbirds forward Conor Morgan scored a combined 51 points and grabbed 16 rebounds over two games against the Regina Cougars on the weekend.

The Victoria, B.C. native recorded a double-double in UBC's 78-57 victory on Friday, notching 22 points and 10 rebounds, as the T-Birds rallied from an early 9-2 deficit.

On Saturday, Morgan posted 29 points, six rebounds and three blocks in an 83-79 loss.

For the weekend, Morgan was a perfect 13-for-13 in free throw shooting.

UBC is currently second in the Canada West Pioneer Division. This weekend, Morgan returns to his hometown to face the Victoria Vikes.


Female Third Star – Kelly O’Hallahan

MacEwan Griffins basketball



Ngatea, New Zealand


Game log: Game log: Friday, January 22 –15 points, five rebounds and two assists in 76-61 W vs. UFV / Saturday, January 23 – 12 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in 80-69 W vs. UFV.

MacEwan University Griffins guard Kelly O’Hallahan played an instrumental role in the Griffins two-game sweep of the UFV Cascades last weekend. The weekend results pushed MacEwan University back into the top spot in the Canada West Explorer Division. 

The fifth-year Arts student contributed 17 points, 17 total rebounds, six assists, and three steals in the two home court victories.

“Kelly had a spectacular weekend on both ends of the court,” Griffins head coach David Oldham said of O’Hallahan. “She was a consistent scoring threat, was tough on the boards, and spent a lot of time defending Fraser Valley’s best player.”

The Griffins are on a bye this week before taking to the road the weekend of February 5th for a two-game series in Calgary versus the Mount Royal University Cougars.


Male Third Star – Steven Stanford

Calgary Dinos hockey



Calgary, AB


Game log: Thursday, January 21 – 30 saves in 2-1 2OT W vs. Mount Royal / Friday, January 22 – 29 saves in 3-1 W vs. Mount Royal.

The University of Calgary Dinos men’s hockey team swept the Mount Royal Cougars over the weekend to improve to 9-9-4 and jump up to fourth place in the conference.

Goaltender Steven Stanford had two of his best games of the season over the weekend. On Thursday at the Crowchild Classic in front of nearly 13,000 fans, the fourth-year made an incredible 30 saves to keep his team in the game and ultimately win in double-overtime. The following night, the Calgary native added another 29 saves in the Dinos’ 3-1 win over the CIS top 10-ranked Cougars for a total of 59 saves in two games.

The Dinos now face a tough test against the Alberta Golden Bears this weekend in a home-and-home series. Calgary heads up to Edmonton on Friday and host the Bears the following night at Father David Bauer Arena.


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