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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.
Crowchild Classic resumes on Thursday night at Flames Community Arenas
CALGARY - This will be the first meeting between the two Calgary-based schools this season. Dating back to last year, Mount Royal has won three in a row against Calgary including, for the first time, at the Scotiabank Saddledome in the Crowchild Classic.
THE SERIES: The Dinos own the regular season series with the Cougars, going 9-3 over the past three seasons.
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (5-6-0-1)
The Cougars had an explosive weekend against Regina, playing some of their best hockey of the season. They scored in bunches on Saturday afternoon, led by fifth year defenceman Jocelyn Froehlich. Froehlich added four assists to take over the team scoring lead. The Cougars have had a balanced attack this season as six players are within three points of the scoring lead.
CALGARY DINOS (2-8-0-2)
The Dinos have been struggling this season, just one year removed from a trip to nationals. They have lost a number of their star players including four-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Hayley Wickenheiser. They do still have Canada West Player of the Year Iya Gavrilova. Despite sitting in last place in the Canada West conference, Gavrilova is leading the conference in scoring. Through 12 games she has 14 including 5 goals and 9 assists.
Cougars to host final home games of 2015 against Lethbridge
REGINA - The University of Regina women's hockey team returns home this weekend for two Canada West games against the Lethbridge Pronghorns. The two-game set will be the Cougars' final home games before the December break.
Regina (4-5-2-1) is coming off a split against Mount Royal University, as they downed MRU 5-2 on Friday before dropping a 6-2 decision on Saturday.
Kylie Gavelin led the charge on Friday scoring her fifth goal of the season and adding three assists.Jaycee Magwood, who is tied for tops in Canada West with 14 points, had two goals. Stephanie Sawchukhad a goal and an assist, while Alexis Larson also found the back of the net.
No. 8 Huskies host rising Manitoba Bisons
SASKATOON - Two teams tied for second place in the Canada West standings clash in a weekend series at Rutherford Rink as the No. 8 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies host the red-hot University of Manitoba Bisons.
- Manitoba comes into Saskatoon riding a five-game winning streak during which they have outscored opponents 17-3.
- Manitoba is the only team the Huskies have yet to face in 2015-16.
- Saskatchewan is ranked No. 8 in the CIS Top 10. The UBC Thunderbirds are the only other Canada West team joining the Huskies in the rankings, coming in at No. 9.
- Saskatchewan returns home after a long road stretch, playing just one home game since October 10. The Huskies went 1-2-2-2 away from Rutherford.
- Manitoba goaltender Rachel Dyck leads the conference in goals against average at 1.52.
Pandas set for high-flying Thunderbirds
Connor Hood, Bears and Pandas Athletics
EDMONTON – Following a weekend split against their provincial rivals, the University of Alberta Pandas hockey team (6-5-0-1) will now set their sights on the Canada West leading UBC Thunderbirds (6-3-2-1) this weekend at Clare Drake Arena.
The weekend series will kick-off Friday night at 7:00 p.m., before a Saturday matinee at 2:00 p.m.
Even after splitting last weekend’s matchup with the last place Dinos, the Alberta Pandas have still won five of their last seven conference games, and sit in a tie with Lethbridge for fourth overall in the conference.
Women's hockey weekend schedule:
|Thu. 19||Calgary||Mount Royal||7:00 PM MST|
|Fri. 20||Lethbridge||Regina||7:00 PM CST|
|Manitoba||Saskatchewan||7:00 PM CST|
|UBC||Alberta||7:00 PM MST|
|Mount Royal||Calgary||7:00 PM MST|
|Sat. 21||Lethbridge||Regina||3:00 PM CST|
|UBC||Alberta||2:00 PM MST|
|Manitoba||Saskatchewan||5:00 PM CST|
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