Game Date: January 23 & 24
Game Location: Rutherford Rink, 7pm
Opening the second half of the Canada West women’s hockey season on a four game losing streak, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies will look to get back on track in a weekend series against the No. 9 ranked University of Manitoba Bisons Friday and Saturday at Rutherford Rink.
? With eight games left in the Canada West women’s hockey season, just five points separate first through fourth place and eight points separate first through fifth. Alberta leads the standings with 41 points, followed by Manitoba at 40, UBC at 39, Calgary at 36 and Saskatchewan at 32 in fifth.
? The Huskies are in control of their own fate in the standings, with meetings against Manitoba and Alberta before the season ends.
? Saskatchewan fell out of the CIS Top 10. The Top 10 rankings features four Canada West teams including Alberta (No. 5), UBC (No. 8), Manitoba (No.9) and Calgary (No. 10).
? Friday night, the women’s hockey team will be participating in their seventh annual Play For The Cure Friday night. This year, the Huskies have chosen to support Choc’laCure in honour of men’s hockey alum Cody Smuk. Smuk was diagnosed with cancer just weeks after helping the Huskies to a CIS University Cup silver medal in the 2013-14 season. During Friday’s game, the Huskies will wear special Play For A Cure jerseys donated by the Harris Family in memory of Kennedy Harris’ grandmother – Yvette Marie Hyatt. The jerseys have a black ribbon in honour of Cody Smuk and the other ribbon is a combination of yellow, blue and white in honour of Yvett Marie Hyatt. These jerseys will be auctioned off through a silent auction during the game. The starting bid for jerseys will be $50. Increases will be accepted by $10. During the game there will be a number of raffle items up for grabs. As well, there will be yellow, blue, white and black cancer awareness ribbons provided in exchange for donations.
Since 2008-09, the two teams have split their 28 regular season meetings. During that stretch, Saskatchewan is 10-2 at home against the Bisons. Earlier this season, Manitoba defeated the Huskies 3-1 before the Huskies won 1-0 a night later in Winnipeg.
UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA BISONS (14-5-1)
Manitoba opened the 2015 portion of the schedule with sweeps over the Lethbridge Pronghorns and Regina Cougars. The Bisons have won seven of their last eight games.
Rookie Alanna Sharman leads the Bisons with 14 goals and 10 assists to sit second in conference scoring. Alana Serhan adds another nine goals and five assists for the Bisons, while Lauryn Keen has tallied four goals and eight assists.
Rachel Dyck leads the Canada West in goaltending posting a league-best 1.06 goals against average and .956 save percentage in 14 games. She boasts a 12-2 record and three shutouts on the season.
UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (11-7-2)
If Saskatchewan’s four game losing streak hasn’t hurt the team enough, a scoring drought has also been a problem. The Huskies have been outscored by opponents 15-5 in the four games.
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 eight 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 20 games between the pipes for the Huskies. The third-year goaltender has played the most minutes of any goaltender in the conference posting a 2.09 goals against average, a .927 save percentage and four shutouts.