BASKETBALL (Calgary Cup: Non-Conference)
Thursday: Dinos vs. Alberta, 6/8pm, Jack Simpson Gymnasium
Friday: Dinos vs. Lethbridge, 6/8pm, Jack Simpson Gymnasium
MEN'S HOCKEY (Canada West)
Friday: Dinos vs. Lethbridge, 7pm, Father David Bauer Arena
WOMEN'S HOCKEY (Canada West)
Saturday: Dinos vs. Lethbridge, 6pm, Father David Bauer Arena
MEN'S SOCCER (Canada West)
Saturday: Dinos vs. Mount Royal, 2:15pm, West Varsity Pitch
VOLLEYBALL (Canada West)
Thursday: Dinos @ Manitoba, 5/7pm
Friday: Dinos @ Manitoba, 5/7pm
WOMEN'S SOCCER (Canada West)
Friday: Dinos @ Manitoba, 6pm
Saturday: Dinos @ Manitoba, 6pm
WOMEN'S HOCKEY (Canada West)
Friday: Dinos @ Lethbridge, 7pm
MEN'S HOCKEY (Canada West)
Saturday: Dinos @ Lethbridge, 7pm
Dinos seek to rebound in matchup with 'Horns
By: Lance Doucet, Dinos Communications
CALGARY – After a pair of disappointing losses, the No. 7 University of Calgary Dinos will try to get back in the win column as they play a home-and-home set against the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.
"We have to respect what you have to do to be good in this league. There are too many good teams, we have to understand that this weekends' performance was not acceptable."
That is the message from Dinos head coach Mark Howell as they head into the third week of the regular season. Calgary, now 2-2-0, is coming off their first defeats of the year, both to the Mount Royal Cougars. The Dinos controlled the play and outshot the Cougars through most of last weekend, but were only able to score twice on netminder Dalyn Flette, while Mount Royal capitalized on the opportunities handed to them.
Eager to move on, team captain Kevin King and the rest of the team knows there are lessons to be learned from adversity this early in the season.
"We have a target on our backs, it doesn't matter who we play, teams are out to get us and prove they can play with us. If we don't play the right way, we are going to be exposed," said King. "It isn't necessarily a terrible thing to face adversity. It is going to force us to play the right way and to play Dinos' hockey."
The Dinos will face the challenge this weekend of trying 'up' their game against the winless Pronghorns. Lethbridge, who has won just six games over the past two seasons, is now lead by first-year head coach Spiros Anastas. The Pronghorns have already shown strides under their new bench boss, who joins the programs after two years as an assistant coach with the American Hockey League's Grand Rapid Griffins.
"We have to treat every weekend like it's the same because we have that target on our back. It doesn't matter if its Alberta or Lethbridge, they are all going to come after us the same way," commented King. "It is going to be a good chance to get things figured out and see what we need to correct. If we play the right way we should be successful, if not, anybody can beat anybody in this league."
Through two games, the Pronghorns top scorers are Mark Hall and Dan Iwanski with two points each. While the offensive production hasn't been strong, the team has shown a resilience in both of their conference matchups so far. In their first game of the year, Lethbridge fell just short in a 2-0 defeat to Mount Royal. Maybe more impressive – in their last game – the Horns' led the Golden Bears 3-2 through 40 minutes before dropping a hard fought 7-3 decision at the Clare Drake Arena in Edmonton.
Kodie Curran continues to the lead the Dinos in scoring with two goals and five assists in four games. Even with last week's results, Calgary's defence and goaltending numbers stand as some of the best in the conference. Kris Lazaruk and Jacob DeSerres share a team save-percentage of 0.918, with only six goals allowed combined.
This week's games get started on Friday, Oct. 10 when the Dinos host the Pronghorns at the Father David Bauer Arena with a 7:00pm puck drop. The teams will then head south the following night for the second-half of the home-and-home set, playing at 7:00pm from the Nicholas Sheran Arena in Lethbridge.
Next weekend, the Dinos host the Regina Cougars for a pair of contests at the Father David Bauer Arena from Oct. 17-18, while the Pronghorns travel to Vancouver for two games versus the UBC Thunderbirds.
Dinos regroup to face 'Horns
By: Kelly-Anne Roberts, Dinos Communications
CALGARY- The University of Calgary Dinos split their first weekend of regular season action against the Mount Royal University Cougar, Oct 3-4. The Dinos will look to host the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns in a home-and-home series this weekend in Airdrie.
Action will begin in Lethbridge on Friday, October 10th before heading to Airdrie on Saturday for puck drop at 6pm.
Friday's game (Oct. 3rd) saw the Dinos start their season on a winning note. Downing Mount Royal 3-2 on home ice. Five different Dinos collected points in Friday's game; Janelle Parent lead the team with a goal and an assist.
Calgary got on the scoreboard early in the first and maintained their lead throughout the entire game. Increasing their lead to two before the end of the first period. Mount Royal wasn't ready to hand the game over to Calgary that easily, battling back to cut the deficit to one just 43 seconds into the second period. Calgary once again broadened the scoring gap late in the second. The Dinos third goal would be the game winner as the Cougars netted one more in the third but Dinos' goalie Hayley Dowling held strong to claim the Dinos first win of the season.
The Dinos headed down Crowchild Saturday evening, where the Cougars would prove to be the victors ruining the Dinos opportunity to sweep the weekend. Saturday's game was much tighter as both teams only scored one goal in regulation before ending the game in a shootout that saw five shooters on both ends.
"We need to come together this week and figure out what went wrong for us Saturday night," stated third year forward Heather Berzins. "We obviously didn't come out the way we wanted to in the end. We have to regroup."
Calgary currently holds a record of 1-0-1 and will look to improve on this against the Pronghorns who have a record of 0-2-0.
Lethbridge had a large recruiting class, which included eight first years and one University transfer Chelsea Kasprick from Robert Morris University Illinois.
Crystal Patterson will return between the pipes for the Pronghorns in her final season. The Pronghorns also have their top three scorers returning from the previous 2013-14 season: Kirsten Reeves, Sadie Lenstra and Sarah Spence.
Lethbridge finished last season just outside of playoff contention in seventh place thanks to the Dinos who claimed the sixth and final spot. The Dinos will use this weekend as an opportunity to further themselves in the standings, currently sitting third in the Canada West Conference with three points just behind the University of British Columbia and the University of Alberta who both have four points.
"I know we're going to get better and progress through the year. We just need to keep working on the things we've been working on and everything will fall into place," said Berzins. "We're looking to improve on the previous weekend."
Next weekend, Oct. 17-18th the Dinos will be on the road as the face the University of Regina Cougars in a two game set in Regina.
The Pronghorns will return home to host the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds in a two game set.
Dinos ready for new season and high expectations
By: Lindsay Franco, Dinos Communications
CALGARY – The University of Calgary Dinos men's volleyball team will hope to return to the playoffs this season and make an impact.
Head coach Rod Durrant enters his ninth season with the Dinos and realizes the expectations playing in this conference.
"This team has high expectations for themselves on and off the court. They understand what it will take to play in a tough Canada West league. The goal is to train hard, prepare the same for each opponent and compete every weekend."
Last year, the Dinos finished the regular season with a .500 record with 11 wins and 11 loses, but we unable to get past the first round of playoffs when they lost 2-0 to the eventual CIS Champions, the Alberta Golden Bears.
A number of key athletes returning to the team include outside hitters Connor Frehlich and Keith West. West enters just his second season with Calgary, while Frehlich is among a group of talented veterans. Other fourth- and fifth-years ready to help the Dinos succeed include setter Jackson Maris and middle Sean Tuff. Alex Cook, the team's alternate setter, split time with Maris last season.
"We have a great leadership group with a good mix of youth this year. The team is excited to get the regular season started."
Speaking of a good mix of youth, this group includes a number of players that have won championships at other levels. Braden O'Toole and Parker Maris are both 2014 CCAA National Champions who transferred from Red Deer College. During their time there, O'Toole was voted MVP while Maris was the starting libero.
Derek Meeuwisse, Reed Carter and Mitch Higgin join the ranks as members of the Dinos U18 national championship team.
Calgary hosted the 2013 CIS Men's Volleyball Championship and will hope to return this year. This season, the Saskatchewan Huskies will host at the end of February.
The Dinos begin their season against the Manitoba Bisons on the road before heading home to host the Thompson Rivers WolfPack in their home opener, Oct. 17-18 at Jack Simpson Gym.
Familiar faces and experienced newcomers make up Dinos squad
By: Lindsay Franco, Dinos Communications
CALGARY – The University of Calgary Dinos will be looking to bring back their winning ways to the Jack Simpson Gym as the 2014-15 season begins.
In her third season as head coach, Natalie Gurnsey hopes to turn the tides for a team that had a tough 2013-14 campaign.
"I expect this Dinos team to be competitive in every match we play. We've missed the playoffs the last two seasons, but I think this group has the depth and skill to go on a playoff run."
The depth in the roster this season is a mix of experienced players, familiar faces, and some new ones.
The experience on this team will come from fifth-years Jordhynn Guy and Amber Brown. Guy returns for her fifth and final season with the Dinos as the starting setter, but Brown's story is a little different. The libero comes off of four seasons with the Trinity Western Spartans, a team that has always been a contender for the Canada West title in recent history. The Three Hills native transferred to the University of Calgary to complete a graduate degree.
"Amber is a fantastic addition to the Dinos. As a veteran, she adds a wealth of experience and maturity to the floor. Her poise and aggression as a libero have made the Dinos a stronger back row team and she is a captain in the backcourt for our young squad. Amber and Jordhynn will naturally lead the team as this is their final season of CIS competition and they are both eager to end on a high note."
As for some familiar faces, some key outside hitters return. Ali Woolley led the Dinos in kills last season and was one of the most consistent players on the floor. In her third year is expected to be stronger and more confident. Southpaw Janna Ogle also returns. She earned a starting spot in the lineup last year as a rookie.
Along with Brown, another new face is Kate Pexman. The first year left side, who was a part of Team Alberta, has already seen a lot of court time in the preseason. Also expected to make an impact is Amber Adolf, who transferred to the University of Calgary after a very successful year at Red Deer College.
"She is aggressive, has fantastic jump and also adds some experience to the floor."
Calgary begins their season on the road, Oct. 9-10, against the CIS Defending national champions, the Manitoba Bisons. The following weekend, the Dinos host the Thompson Rivers WolfPack in their home opener in the Jack Simpson Gymnasium.
Dinos basketball teams face preseason test in Calgary Cup
By: Lucas Meyer, Dinos Communications
CALGARY – Both Dinos basketball programs say they are using this preseason tournament as a gauge for the 2014-15 season, with some tough competition heading into the Jack this Thursday and Friday.
Lethbridge and Alberta are visiting for the 2014 Calgary Cup and on the women's side, they'll be the latest in the Dinos busy preseason, which has included play against UFV, MRU, TRU and Regina.
"This is without doubt the most comprehensive preparation we have had," Dinos women's coach Damian Jennings said. "The opponents we have linked with for preparation have been an excellent fit and the training sessions are beginning to reach a level of competitiveness that could lead to a season start that we aspire for."
The Pronghorns went 6-16 last season, while the Pandas went 20-2 on their way to a Canada West bronze medal.
"Lethbridge comes in with some real experience inside and always have perimeter threats from the arc so you can never just focus on stopping one aspect of their play," Jennings said. "Everyone knows Alberta are to be very physical in defensive play and have an assortment of court sets that demand your players to know the scout well and disrupt a lot of action."
Despite losing fifth-year senior Tamara Jarrett, the Dinos come into the season with key returnees Kristie Sheils, Ashley Hirons and Jessica Thielen, as well as recruits Shinelle Handzuik and Kelsey Lund. Two new palyers who had their seasons derailed by injury last year, Anmol Mattu and Emily Morales, will also start off their Dinos careers.
On the men's side, the Calgary Cup will be their first preseason action against the Pronghorns and the Golden Bears. They're looking to bounce back this year after missing the playoffs last season.
"Both Alberta and Lethbridge are strong teams and we will have to be prepared to compete," Dinos head coach Dan Vanhooren said. "It's a great starting point for the season and will give us some guidance for the weeks following."
Lethbridge went 15-9 last year, while Alberta went 22-3 on their way to Canada West gold and a CIS bronze.
"As a coach, we have a lot that we can continue to work on, but it will be nice to play someone else to see where we are at and evaluate the next steps to the team's development," said Vanhooren. "We are really looking forward to seeing our young players compete and find out more about our team's mental toughness."
The Dinos will be led by all-star point guard Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson, entering his fifth and final year. He will be jioned by key returnees Josh Owen-Thomas, Phil Barndt, Dallas Karch and Matt Letkeman. Newcomers include Adonis Montford-Palomino and Lars Schlueter. After losing a season to injury last year, LJ Hegwood will also finally touch the floor.
The women's games are set for 6pm, while the men will play after at 8pm on both nights. The Dinos face Alberta on Oct. 9 and the Pronghorns the following day.
Dinos finish regular season play against crosstown rivals
By: Lindsay Franco, Dinos Communications
CALGARY – With a 6-3 record, the Dinos will look to finish the season at 7-3 with a final game against the Mount Royal Cougars.
Game time is set for 2:15pm at West Varsity Pitch on Oct. 11.
On Tuesday, the Dinos hosted the Cougars at McMahon Stadium in a game originally scheduled for Oct. 12. The Dinos prevailed at their second home, taking down the Cougars 3-1. Andrew Hood got his fifth goal of the season to lead the Dinos off a penalty kick, while current Dinos Athlete of the Week Dominic Russo scored his fourth. The game winning goal was scored by midfielder Kieran Lane-Oppenheim in the 55th minute. Trevor McPhee was the lone goal scorer for the Cougars from a penalty kick.
Calgary's goalkeeper Colin Hasick tallied his sixth win of the season and has allowed just two goals total since his first start against the Alberta Golden Bears on Sept. 14.
After Saturday, the Dinos will have to wait to see results across the league before playoffs standings can be determined.