#10 Huskies, #8 T-Birds battle in Saskatoon

#10 Huskies, #8 T-Birds battle in Saskatoon

Game Date: January 16 & 17

Game Location: Rutherford Rink, 7pm
Webcast: canadawest.tv

 

THE GAMES

After falling from first place to fifth in one weekend in the tight Canada West standings, the No. 10 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies will look to climb back up the ladder in a weekend series against the No. 8 ranked UBC Thunderbirds Friday and Saturday at Rutherford Rink.

 

THE HEADLINES

? With 10 games left in the Canada West women’s hockey season, just four points separate first through fifth place. Calgary leads the five teams battling with 36 points, followed by an Alberta-Manitoba tie at 35, UBC at 33 and Saskatchewan at 32.

? The Huskies are in control of their own fate in the standings, with meetings against UBC, Manitoba and Alberta before the season ends.

? Saskatchewan (No. 10) is one of four Canada West teams ranked in the CIS Top 10. Alberta (No. 5), UBC (8) and Calgary (9) join the Huskies in the weekly rankings.

 

THE SERIES

Since 2009-10, Saskatchewan is 14-6-2 against UBC, including a 10-2-1 record at home (conference and playoffs). The teams split the first weekend series in Vancouver – the Huskies won 5-4 in a shootout before UBC won 2-0 a night later.

 

NO.8 UBC THUNDERBIRDS (10-4-4)
UBC opened the 2015 portion of the schedule with a sweep over the Mount Royal Cougars at home. The wins snapped a five game losing streak for the T-Birds.

 

2013-14 Canada West MVP Tatiana Rafter leads the T-Birds with seven goals and eight assists, while Sara Casorso and Rebecca Unrau each have tallied six goals and eight assists.

 

Samantha Langford has started 14 games for UBC posting a 1.83 goals against average and a .931 save percentage. She also has three shutouts on the season including one against the Huskies.

 

No. 10 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (11-5-2)

After dropping from first place to fifth with two losses, the Huskies will look to regain a tight top spot in the standings in the weekend series. The weekend series loss to Calgary snapped a four game winning streak for the Huskies.

 

Kaitlin Willoughby, reigning CIS Rookie of the Year, leads the Huskies with eight goals and seven assists, while Kandace Cook has pitched in on offence with seven goals and four assists. Alternate captain Julia Flinton is second in the Canada West among defenceman with five goals and eight assists.

 

Cassidy Hendricks has started all 18 games between the pipes for the Huskies. The third-year goaltender has played the most minutes of any goaltender in the conference posting a 1.99 goals against average, a .931 save percentage and four shutouts.