Men's and Women's Dinos take on Cougars

Men's and Women's Dinos take on Cougars

Dinos look to continue win streak against Cougars

By: Kelly-Anne Roberts, Dinos Communications


WOMEN'S HOCKEY (Canada West)
Friday: Dinos vs. Regina, 7pm, Father David Bauer Arena
Saturday: Dinos vs. Regina, 3pm, Father David Bauer Arena

CALGARY - The No.10 University of Calgary Dinos are looking to keep their two game winning streak alive against the University of Regina Cougars, action will get underway Friday evening in Calgary at the Father David Bauer Arena at 7 p.m.
 
The Dinos swept the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns this past weekend, Jan. 23-24 in a home-and-home series. The Dinos came out with a vengeance on Friday evening downing the pronghorns 5-0. Nine different Dinos had points in Friday evenings game, both Heather Berzins and Janelle Parent picked up a goal and an assist in the game and Iya Gavrilova added another goal to put her total goals to 18 thus far this season. Gavrilova continues to lead the conference with 34 points.
 
Saturday's game was similar to that of Friday's, Calgary downed Lethbridge 4-0 and again nine different Dinos had points, Gavrilova added another goal to her tally.
 
Calgary will attempt to keep their winning momentum going against Regina this weekend (Jan. 30-31st). Regina has a current record of 11-9-2 and sit in sixth place in the Conference, currently holding the last playoff spot. Calgary has a record of 13-5-4 after last weekend's wins and sit in third place just five points out of first place.
 
The Cougars split last weekend against the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds, winning Friday and losing Saturday. The Cougars will be looking to get back into the win column and pull into fifth place, which eludes them by only four points. 
 
Regina's goaltenders Toni Ross and Jennifer Schmidt have been splitting the season for the most part; Ross has 15 games in hand while Schmidt has 10. Both tenders have proven there is a reason they should split the season, both have two registered shutouts this season and are both in their fourth year of eligibility. Ross holds a goals against average of 1.97 while Schmidt has an average of 2.35.
 
Calgary will have to watch for third year forward Kylie Gavelin as she leads the Cougars with ten goals and three assists giving her 13 points as well as Cougars' fifth year defenseman Triston Riemer, who is seventh in the conference for defenseman with 10 points (10 assists).
 
The Dinos will host the Cougars Friday evening, Jan. 30th at the Father David Bauer Arena; puck is set to drop at 7 p.m. Both teams will face off for a final time in regular season action on Saturday Jan. 31st again at the Father David Bauer Arena; action will get underway at 3 p.m.
 
Regina will head home next weekend to host the Mount Royal University Cougars on Feb. 6-7th.
 
The Dinos will play the University of Alberta Pandas next weekend in a home-and-home series. The Dinos will head to Edmonton on Friday, Feb. 6th to play the Pandas at 7 p.m. before heading home to host the Pandas on Saturday, Feb. 7th, at the Father David Bauer Arena; puck is set to drop at 6 p.m.


Dinos travel to Regina for final regular season finales
By: Lance Doucet, Dinos Communications


MEN'S HOCKEY (Canada West)
Thursday: Dinos @ Regina, 6pm
Friday: Dinos @ Regina, 6pm
 
CALGARY – With just two games left in the conference schedule, the University of Calgary Dinos head east to take on the University of Regina Cougars as they try to clinch a second place finish in the conference.
 
The Dinos leave on Wednesday and hit the ice on Thursday, January 29, for a 7:00pm puck drop. The following day, January 30, Calgary (18-8-0) and Regina (8-16-2) will play at 6:00pm and will head home that night in anticipation of the Canadian Universiade team meeting on Saturday.
 
"[Regina] didn't have the kind of start they might have hoped for at the beginning of the year," noted first-year rearguard Dylan Busenius. "They are a hard working team though with players that can score and a strong defence core."
 
With three points sitting between Calgary and the Mount Royal Cougars, tension is high as the season hits its final weekend. A come from behind win last weekend by Mount Royal against the Alberta Golden Bears put the Dinos on notice while they were battling the Lethbridge Pronghorns. While Calgary managed to win both their games, Mount Royal fell short of a sweep, being defeated 7-1 last Saturday night.
 
A win in either Friday or Saturday night would guarantee the Dinos their second-straight first round bye and an extra week off when the playoffs get underway on February 20. Mount Royal will host the Manitoba Bisons in their final two games.
 
"Home ice advantage in the playoffs is a big deal and that first round bye wouldn't hurt either," said Busenius. "This will be a big weekend since it is the last two games of the season. We all want to go into the playoffs with our confidence high."
 
Forward Elgin Pearce enters the final weekend leading the Dinos in scoring with 31 points and a share of the conference-lead with 17 goals. Calgary senior Kodie Curran sits tied for tenth in Canada West scoring with 23 points after picking up five versus Lethbridge. This past weekend also saw the season-debut of Walker Wintoneak – giving the Dinos some extra firepower heading into the playoffs.
 
"Anytime you can add a top level player it helps your team. Walker hasn't played in four months so he has some rust on his game and has a ways to go. Every day is a little bit better for him," said Dinos head coach Mark Howell.
 
Howell, athletic therapist Chris Linder and the five Dinos hockey players heading to the Winter Universiade will be joined by Regina bench boss Todd Johnson and forward Cody Fowlie. The second-year Cougar has five goals and 10 assists for 15 points and is second in team scoring behind Dylen McKinlay, who has 16 points (5g, 11a). 

Canada West men's hockey will take a three-week bye as the 2015 Winter Universiade takes place in Granada, Spain. Stay tuned to goDinos.com and to both Facebook and Twitter for playoff schedule and more information.