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To get you set for another weekend of Canada West women's hockey action, here are some storylines from around the conference in the latest edition of Ice Chips.
'Horns return home looking to snap two-game skid
Mike Smith, Pronghorns Athletics
LETHBRIDGE - After a tough road trip to Saskatchewan that saw the Pronghorn women's hockey team drop two close contests by scores of 4-2 and 4-3 to the U of S Huskies, they are back home this weekend, playing host to the University of Regina Cougars. The games go Friday at 7:00pm and Saturday at 1:00pm at Nicholas Sheran Arena.
Both games will be streamed live on www.canadawest.tv.
Starting the season 8-2-0, the Pronghorns seem to have fallen back down to earth, with only one win in their last ten. The Pronghorns will have to find their game on home ice (3-5-0 record) to capitalize on a two-game set against a Cougars team that struggles on the road. Fourth in Canada West, the Cougars are stellar at home (6-2-1), but hold a record below .500 on the road (4-5-0).
Dinos look to claw a win over Huskies
Kelly-Anne Roberts, Dinos Athletics
CALGARY - The University of Calgary Dinos are going to try and maintain the momentum of Saturday's, Jan. 9th's win going against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies this weekend, Jan. 15-16th.
"We just have to recognize what we did right last weekend, and try to continue those good habits," explains third year forward Kate Lumely.
With the Crowchild Classic just around the corner and with only 10 regular season games remaining on the season Calgary will be looking to their offense to help keep them in the win column.
T-Birds and Pandas set for entertaining Canada West matchup in Vancouver
Jeremy Laurie, UBC Athletics
VANCOUVER – Two of the best teams in the Canada West women's hockey league will battle in Vancouver this weekend.
Following last Saturday's impressive 6-2 victory over the Mt. Royal Cougars (7-8-2-1), the UBC Thunderbirds (8-6-2-2) hope to generate the same offensive pressure when they host the first-place Alberta Pandas (11-6-0-1) this weekend.
UBC comes into the weekend sitting in third place in the league standings with 30 points, four behind Alberta. The Pandas are ranked 10th in the national
The teams will first face-off on Friday, January 15 at 7 p.m. (PT), then again on Saturday, January 16 at 3 p.m. (PT). Both games will be hosted at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre. Two UBC players, Rebecca Unrau(Humboldt, Sask.) and Cailey Hay (Oakbank, Man.) will be presented with gold helmets for surpassing the 100-regular season game mark with the Thunderbirds program.
MRU looking to build on already historic season
Mount Royal Athletics
CALGARY - Fresh off setting a program record for regular season wins after defeating the UBC Thunderbirds 2-0 on Friday night, MRU welcomes Manitoba to town this weekend looking to keep the momentum going.
Mount Royal is in solid position sitting in the sixth playoff spot with 12 games to go. They are only two points out of a home playoff position in the extremely tight Canada West conference.
The Cougars are 4-8-2 lifetime against Manitoba. The Cougars did however win both games in Winnipeg to start the season.
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (7-8-2-1)
Mount Royal is enjoying their best season to date in the Canada West conference. They set a new record for wins in a season with 9 and control their own destiny in the playoff race. Sarah Weninger leads the team with 10 points (6G, 4A) and fifth year defender Jocelyn Froehlich leads all Cougars with 8 assists. Emma Pincott and Jess Ross continue to be the story for Mount Royal, comprising the best goaltending tandem in the conference.
MANITOBA BISONS (9-8-0-1)
The Bisons sit just two point ahead of the Cougars in the Canada West standings. The Bisons were unable to score a goal this past weekend after being shutout in back-to-back games by the first place Alberta Pandas. The Bisons have spread the scoring around this season as three players, Alanna Sherman, Karissa Krikup and Alana Serhan, are tied for the team lead in points with 11.
Women's hockey weekend schedule:
|Fri. 15||Saskatchewan||Calgary||7:00 PM MST|
|Regina||Lethbridge||7:00 PM MST|
|Manitoba||Mount Royal||7:00 PM MST|
|Alberta||UBC||7:00 PM PST|
|Sat. 16||Regina||Lethbridge||1:00 PM MST|
|Manitoba||Mount Royal||3:00 PM MST|
|Alberta||UBC||3:00 PM PST|
|Saskatchewan||Calgary||6:00 PM MST
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