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To get you set for this weekend’s Canada West women's hockey action, here are some storylines from around the conference in the latest edition of Ice Chips.
Dinos set to face No. 4 Pronghorns
Kelly-Anne Roberts, Dinos Athletics
CALGARY- The University of Calgary Dinos are looking to get back into the win column as they take on the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns Friday evening at the Markin MacPhail Center in Calgary. The Dinos host a home-and-home series with the Pronghorns.
The Dinos lost both games last weekend at home where they took on the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds; their record now sits at 1-3. The Dinos will have to prepare to take on a Pronghorn team that is producing offensively; the Pronghorns have a 5-1 record.
Huskies open series with provincial foes from Regina
Daniel Herrick, Huskie Athletics
SASKATOON - The No. 10-ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskie women's hockey team hosts provincial rival the University of Regina Cougars Friday night at Rutherford Rink for the first game of a home-and-home series.
- Three of the Canada West's top five scoring leaders will hit the ice on Friday. Emma Waldenberger and Jaycee Magwood who are first and third among the points leaders will suit up for the Cougars, while Saskatchewan's Katilin Willoughby is currently fourth.
- Friday's game opens a home-and-home weekend series between the two rivals with Saturday's game to be played in Regina at 7 p.m.
Cougars look for first-ever win against Pandas
Justin McCaffrey, MRU Athletics
CALGARY - The MRU women's program currently sits in a playoff spot due to a pair of wins against Manitoba, one of the strongest teams in the conference. The Cougars showed they could compete with any team in the league this weekend and are looking to make their first ever playoff appearance in their four year Canada West history.
THE SERIES: The Pandas have dominated the Cougars in their twelve all-time meetings, going 11-0-1.
'Birds host playoff rematch with Bisons this weekend
Rachel Villari, Thunderbirds Athletics
VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds women's hockey team returns home for a weekend series matchup against the Manitoba Bisons. Hoping to continue their strong start to the season, the 'Birds look to add to their current four-game winning streak with a pair of victories at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.
Last time the Bisons were in town, UBC fell 2-1 in Game 3 of the Canada West semifinals and was eliminated from the postseason. Head coach Graham Thomas views the end of last season as part of the motivation to win this weekend, but knows it cannot be the team's main focus.
Women's hockey weekend schedule:
|Fri. 23||Lethbridge||Calgary||7:00 PM MDT|
|Regina||Saskatchewan||7:00 PM CST|
|Alberta||Mount Royal||7:00 PM MDT|
|Manitoba||UBC||7:00 PM PDT|
|Sat. 24||Manitoba||UBC||2:00 PM PDT|
|Mount Royal||Alberta||6:00 PM MDT|
|Calgary||Lethbridge||7:00 PM MDT|
|Saskatchewan||Regina||7:00 PM CST|
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