By: Kelly-Anne Roberts, Dinos Communications
CALGARY- In a battle for first place this weekend the No. 10 University of Calgary Dinos are set to face the No. 8 University of Saskatchewan Huskies Jan. 9-10. Action will begin Friday evening; puck is set to drop at 7 p.m. at the Father David Bauer Arena.
The Dinos ended the first half of the season sweeping the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds on the road and moving themselves from fifth in the conference to second, just two points behind the Huskies. The Dinos are coming off of a three game winning streak while the Huskies are coming off of a five game winning streak.
Saskatchewan maintains an impressive record of 11-3-2 and is 4-3 while on the road, something Calgary hopes to change. Saskatchewan’s record can be attributed to second year forward Kaitlin Willoughby who leads the team with 15 points sitting fifth in the conference. Saskatchewan wouldn’t be able to hold such a strong record without the likes of goalie Cassidy Hendricks who has a 0.940 save percentage, 4 shutouts and a 1.64 goals against average.
Calgary has been climbing the standings all season as they set their sights on the national championship tournament that they will be hosting on March 12-15. Calgary isn’t looking to take the easy way in though; this is evident in every game.
Dinos’ Iya Gavrilova has been at the top of the leader board since the beginning of the season and remains there with 25 points, nine points ahead of the next closest competitor. Second year goaltender Hayley Dowling has done her best between the pipes with a 0.928 save percentage and 1.73 goals against average. Dowling has played in 14 games thus far this season surpassing her total games played last year (10).
With only 12 games remaining in the regular season, this weekends match up for first place will help separate the top four teams in the conference as only three points separate fourth place from first place. First place is up for grabs and Calgary has their sights set on it.
The remaining half of this season will hold a copious amount of home ice advantages for the Dinos as they are set to host seven of the remaining 12 regular season games before heading into playoffs.
Friday January 9th game is set for a puck drop of 7 p.m., both teams will face off for the final time this season on Saturday Jan. 10th, action will get under way at 6 p.m. at the Father David Bauer Arena.
Next weekend the Dinos will be hosting a home-and-home set against the Mount Royal University Cougars in the famous Crowchild Classic match-up at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday Jan. 15th, tickets are free for the event. Action will return to the Father David Bauer Arena on Friday Jan. 16th against the Cougars game time is 7 p.m.
Saskatchewan will return home to host the Thunderbirds.