CALGARY – The No.10 University of Calgary Dinos are looking to refocus and regroup after against the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns in a home-and-home series this weekend, action will get underway Friday evening in Calgary at the Father David Bauer Arena at 7 p.m.
The Dinos are coming off of a two game losing streak after having faced the Mount Royal University Cougars this past weekend (Jan. 9-10) in a home-and-home series. The Dinos have continued to struggle with the Cougars since they have joined the CIS. Despite the Dinos and Cougars records they are cross-town rivals, a rivalry that has continued to grow every year, as the Scotiabank Saddledome record-breaking attendance of 8,882 for the Crowchild Classic can attest to.
Calgary lost Thursday evenings game in a tight battle, 3-2. Mount Royal always held a lead in the game. Calgary looked to come back in the third period but couldn’t find the back of the net. Calgary was the first to strike in Friday’s game just one minute into the game, it wouldn’t be enough as Mount Royal turned the momentum in their favor and won the game 5-2.
The Pronghorns are currently on a four game losing streak and sit eighth in the Conference with a record of 4-16-0.
The Dinos are now in fourth with a record of 11-5-4, last weekend’s loses pushed the Dinos out of first place.
Eight games remain in the season and each game becomes more crucial than the last in such a tight conference, only five points separate first place from fourth, one weekend of hockey.
Lethbridge’s fifth year goaltender will be Calgary’s biggest challenge. Crystal Patterson has a goals against average of 3.12 and a save percentage of 0.913%. Of Lethbridges four wins Patterson has one shutout in the four wins. Patterson has made 700 saves thus far this season this is the most in the conference.
The Pronghorns are currently out of playoff positioning while Calgary is. This weekend can move Calgary into a position that allows them to have a bye for the first weekend of playoffs giving them a greater opportunity to go to Nationals through the front door. Calgary gets an automatic entrance to Nationals because they are hosting them March 12-15 at the Markin MacPhail Center at the Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.
The Dinos will host the Pronghorns Friday evening at the Father David Bauer Arena; puck will drop at 7 p.m. before heading to Lethbridge to faceoff Saturday evening (Jan. 24th) at 7 p.m.
The Pronghorns will travel to British Columbia next weekend, Jan. 30-31 to face the No.8 University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.
The Dinos will host the University of Regina Cougars next weekend in a two game series. Puck is set to drop at seven p.m. Friday evening at the Father David Bauer Arena. Both teams will return to the Father David Bauer Arena Saturday Jan. 31st to faceoff again at 3 p.m.