TALE OF TOP TEN TEAMS - No.8 HUSKIES BATTLE No.5 PANDAS

TALE OF TOP TEN TEAMS - No.8 HUSKIES BATTLE No.5 PANDAS

Game Date: October 17 & 18

Game Location: Rutherford Rink, 7pm

Webcast: canadawest.tv

 

THE GAMES

The No. 8 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies hosts the No. 5 ranked University of Alberta Pandas potent offence in a weekend series at Rutherford Rink on the weekend.

 

THE HEADLINES

?         Saskatchewan (No. 8) is one of four Canada West teams in the first CIS rankings of the season. The Huskies are joined by UBC (No. 4), Alberta (No. 5), and Calgary (No. 10) in the Top 10.

?         Five different Huskies have scored the 6 goals in the first four games. Kaitlin Willoughby leads the team with two.

?         Huskie goalie Cassidy Hendricks has made second most saves in the conference with 115 while posting a 1.93 goals against average and .935 save percentage.

?         All youth (anyone under the age of 18) will be admitted for free youth to either game this weekend.

?         Former Huskies 2013-2014 captain Cami Wooster, Sara Greschner, and former assistant coach and alumni Robin Ulrich will be on hand to unveil the 2013-14 Canada West championship banner in a pregame ceremony.

 

THE SERIES

Since 2007-08, the Huskies have an 8-18-2 record against Alberta in the regular season including a split of the series in 2013-14.  Saskatchewan is 3-1-1 at home against the Pandas in the last three seasons.

 

NO.5 UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA PANDAS (3-0-1)

Alberta's offence has inconsistent in the first four games of the season. Collecting 14 of their 17 goals in two lopsided affairs against the Regina Cougars and Lethbridge Pronghorns, the Pandas scored just two goals in the other two games. The Pandas only loss was 2-1 in overtime to the Cougars.

 

The bulk of the Pandas potent offence has is at the hands of rookie Hannah Olenyk, Jessica Kamjes, and Alison Campbell, who have eight, seven and six points respectively. Olenyk leads the Canada West with six assists and Kampjes leads with 5 goals.

 

Lindsey Post has made 86 saves for the Pandas posting a 0.75 goals against average and .966 save percentage.

 

NO. 8 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (2-2-0)

The Huskies will look forward to two consistent performances this weekend.

 

With just six goals scored in 2014-15 campaign, reigning CIS Coach of the Year, Steve Kook will look for his team to find a jump on offence. Kaitlin Willoughby, 2013-14 CIS Rookie of the Year, leads the team with two goals, while fourth-year Marley Ervine leads the team in points with one goal and three assists. Julia Flinton, Kandace Cook and Rachel Johnson have also tallied for Saskatchewan.

 

Third-year goaltender Cassidy Hendricks has faced the second most shots in the conference making 115 saves in four games.