Canada West Communications
NEW WESTMINSTER – Cassandra Vilgrain’s hot start to the 2016-17 Canada West women’s hockey season and Chris Rushworth’s clutch weekend on the pitch have propelled both to conference first star honours for the week ending October 9.
Vilgrain, a fourth-year Arts student from Calgary, posted a trio of goals and two assists over the weekend for the UBC Thunderbirds to earn female first star honours.
Of the seven goals UBC scored over the weekend against the Saskatchewan Huskies, Vilgrain was in on five of them, including three of the T-Birds’ four goals in a 4-0 win Friday night.
On the pitch, Lethbridge’s Chris Rushworth scored a trio of goals combined in a pair of wins over the Saskatchewan Huskies to claim the male first star.
Rushworth had a goal on six shots in Lethbridge’s 2-0 win Saturday, before netting both Pronghorns goals Sunday in a crucial 2-1 win.
Also earning star honours this week were: Manitoba’s Alanna Sharman (female second star), Saskatchewan’s Logan McVeigh (male second star), TWU’s Isabella Di Trocchio (female third star), and Thompson River’s Justin Donaldson (male third star).
Female first star – Cassandra Vilgrain
UBC Thunderbirds hockey
Game log: Friday, Oct. 7 – goal and two assists in 4-0 W vs. Saskatchewan / Saturday, Oct. 8 – two goals in 5-3 L vs. Saskatchewan.
It was an outstanding Canada West debut for UBC Thunderbirds women’s hockey player Cassandra Vilgrain.
The transfer from the University of New Hampshire scored a goal and two assists in UBC’s 4-0 win on Friday, Oct. 7. On her goal, Vilgrain kept the puck on a 2-on-1 and fired a shot from inside the right faceoff circle.
She then notched two more goals against the Huskies the next day on a team-high six shots. Vilgrain scored UBC’s first goal on a breakaway to cut her team’s deficit to 2-1. Down 3-1, Vilgrain stole the puck inside the Saskatchewan zone and backhanded a shot past Cassidy Hendricks.
Vilgrain now leads the Canada West with five points, along with teammate Nicole Saxvik.
UBC hosts Calgary this weekend at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.
Male first star – Chris Rushworth
Lethbridge Pronghorns soccer
Game log: Saturday, Oct. 8 – goal on six shots in 2-0 W vs. Saskatchewan / Sunday, Oct. 9 – two goals on four shots in 2-1 W vs. Saskatchewan.
Facing two virtually must-win games this past weekend, fifth-year midfielder Chris Rushworth stepped up his play, scoring three of his teams four goals in two games to lead the Lethbridge Pronghorns to a crucial sweep of the Saskatchewan Huskies.
The six-point weekend for the Pronghorns kept their playoff aspirations alive and now only trail the Huskies by one point for the final playoff spot in the Prairie Division with four games remaining.
Saturday, Rushworth scored the insurance marker in the Pronghorns’ 2-0 win over the Huskies and then scored both goals in Sunday’s rematch to lift the ‘Horns to a 2-1 win.
Following the three-goal weekend, Rushworth leads the Pronghorns in scoring with five goals on the season. He also leads the ‘Horns in shot attempts (41) and shots on goal (25).
The Pronghorn men’s soccer team heads out on the road this weekend in another important pair of games, traveling to Edmonton to face the Alberta Golden Bears and MacEwan Griffins.
Female second star – Alanna Sharman
Manitoba Bisons hockey
Game log: Friday, Oct. 7 – goal in 2-0 W @ Lethbridge / Saturday, Oct. 8 – two goals and an assist in 6-1 W @ Lethbridge.
Bison forward Alanna Sharman started the 2016-17 Canada West conference women’s hockey regular an offensive force, Manitoba swept the Lethbridge Pronghorns on the road.
Sharman was the catalyst with a four-point weekend, earning first star honours in the two game series.
In the season opener on Fri., Oct. 7, Sharman added the insurance goal on the power play in the third period of a 2-0 road win and added four shots. The next day in the afternoon matinee, Sharman shone with a multi-point game. She scored two goals (one on the power play) and added an assist with four shots while being selected as first star in a 6-1 victory.
Sharman is now tied for first in conference goals with three and tied for third in Canada West scoring with four points in two games.
The Bisons (2-0-0-0) stay on the road this weekend, as they play at the Mount Royal Cougars (0-2-0-0) October 14-15.
Male second star – Logan McVeigh
Saskatchewan Huskies hockey
Arts & Science
Game log: Friday, Oct. 7 – Two goals in 4-1 W vs. UBC / Saturday, Oct. 8 – two assists in 7-0 W vs. UBC.
Second-year University of Saskatchewan forward Logan McVeigh recorded four points in a weekend sweep over the UBC Thunderbirds to open the Canada West men’s hockey season.
The Kenaston, Sask. product scored twice in a 4-1 win on Friday night. He tallied at 2:15 in the third period and again four minutes later at 6:40 on the power play. The goals were the second and third of the night by the Huskies. In Saturday’s 7-0 win, McVeigh recorded two assists – the first on the Huskies’ third goal and the second on the fifth goal.
The Huskies travel to meet the Alberta Golden Bears next weekend in a rematch of the 2015-16 Canada West final.
Female third star – Isabella Di Trocchio
Trinity Western Spartans soccer
Game log: Friday, Oct. 7 – game-winning goal in 3-2 W vs. UFV.
TWU forward Isabella Di Trocchio had the game winning goal, to help lead the No. 5 Trinity Western Spartans to a 3-2 victory over the No. 9 Fraser Valley Cascades.
The game winner gives the Biology student four straight game winning goals in four games to keep TWU undefeated at 8-0-2 and in top spot in the Pacific Division of Canada West. Her four game winners put her in top spot in Canada West and give her six goals on the season.
TWU will put their five match winning streak on the line this weekend when they travel to Vancouver Friday to face the UBC Thunderbirds and Saturday to Victoria to face the Victoria Vikes.
Male third star – Justin Donaldson
Thompson Rivers soccer
Early Childhood Education
Game log: Thursday, Oct. 6 – goal in 1-0 W vs. UBCO / Saturday, Oct. 8 – goal and assist in 2-0 W @ UBCO.
Justin Donaldson of the TRU WolfPack is making a strong pitch for all-star consideration in his first year with the program. The former Victoria Vike and grad of St. Ann’s Academy in Kamloops had a stellar week, as the WolfPack swept arch rival University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat. As a result, the WolfPack’s playoff aspirations are still intact.
In the first game of the weekend, a rare Thursday night affair, Donaldson scored off a free kick in the 70th minute with a blast which curved into the right side of the net for the lone goal in a 1-0 victory.
On Saturday in Kelowna, Donaldson got the WolfPack off to a great start with a back heel goal from 10 yards out in the 10th minute for his eighth goal of the year—moving him into third spot in Canada West scoring. He then assisted on Ryan Glanville’s winning marker in the 32nd minute.
Donaldson, who is only the third male in the history of TRU’s Early Childhood Education program, and his teammates play their final two home league matches this coming weekend (Oct. 15-16) vs Trinity Western and the University of Fraser Valley.