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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.
'Horns return to action versus the Manitoba Bisons
LETHBRIDGE – Following a conference-wide bye week, the Lethbridge Pronghorn women's hockey team (5-3-2-0) return to action this weekend looking to rebound after being swept in their last action, as they host the Manitoba Bisons (5-5-0-0) for a pair of games.
Puck drops Friday night at 7:00pm and Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm. Both games will be webcast on www.canadawest.tv.
For the 'Horns, who are ranked sixth in the country, the break could not have come at a better time. The 'Horns took the conference by storm to start the season, winning seven of their first eight games, but then were swept by the Mount Royal Cougars in a home-and-home series to end the first month of the conference schedule.
Pandas return to action with Battle of Alberta
Connor Hood, Bears and Pandas Athletics
After the conference’s first “bye” week, the University of Alberta Pandas hockey team is back in action this weekend as they host the University of Calgary Dinos Friday night at 7:00p.m. at Clare Drake Arena.
After starting the season 1-4, the Pandas have been on a roll as of late, winning four of their last five conference games, vaulting them over the .500 mark. The Dinos, on the other hand, have won only one of their 10 regular season matches and are currently riding a six-game losing streak.
The 5-0-4-1 Pandas currently sit in fourth place in the conference with 16 points through 10 games, four points back of the first place Saskatchewan Huskies. It was those same Saskatchewan Huskies who visited the Pandas in their last conference matchup two weeks ago. After a tough fought 3-2 shootout loss in game one, the Pandas roared back for a dominating 5-1 win in game two for their fifth win of the season.
Battle of the Cougars at Flames Community Arenas this weekend
CALGARY - Just one point separates Regina and Mount Royal for the final playoff spot in the conference. There are still 18 games left to play but these points might mean a lot to each team come February.
THE SERIES: Mount Royal owns a slight advantage in the all-time series going 6-5-1.
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (4-5-0-1)
Mount Royal has the allowed the fewest goals (14) in the entire conference. That is due, in large part, to the dynamic duo in goal. Jess Ross andEmma Pincott have split each weekend series of the season thus far and have been phenomenal over that stretch. The pair rank second and third in the conference in save percentage and have been a catalyst for the Cougars' success. Mount Royal has also starting filling the net, as ten players have multiple points this season.
REGINA COUGARS (3-4-2-1)
Despite their less than stellar record, the Regina Cougars have been a powerful force at times throughout the Canada West season. They had strong showings against UBC and Manitoba and lead the league in goals for. Emma Waldenberger is lighting up the league with 8 goals and is tied for the conference scoring lead with 11 points. Keeping the puck out of their net has proven to be a struggle this season. Regina is second last in goals against, surrendering 26.
Women's hockey weekend schedule:
|Fri. 13||Regina||Mount Royal||7:00 PM MST|
|Manitoba||Lethbridge||7:00 PM MST|
|Calgary||Alberta||7:00 PM MST|
|Saskatchewan||UBC||7:00 PM PST|
|Sat. 14||Manitoba||Lethbridge||1:00 PM MST|
|Regina||Mount Royal||3:00 PM MST|
|Alberta||Calgary||6:00 PM MST|
|Saskatchewan||UBC||7:00 PM PST|
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