Ice Chips: Four-way race for top spot heating up

Ice Chips: Four-way race for top spot heating up

Canada West Communications

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.

 

Huskies and T-Birds clash for top spot

Huskie Athletics

SASKATOON - Two of the top women's hockey teams in the Canada West meet this weekend when the No. 8 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies host the No. 10 ranked University of British Columbia Thunderbirds at Rutherford Rink.

THE HEADLINES

  • With just eight games left in the Canada West regular season, UBC sits tied for first with the Alberta at 35 points. Regina trails closely behind in third with 34 points while Saskatchewan and Manitoba follow with 33 and 32 points respectively.
  • Saskatchewan and UBC are currently the only two Canada West teams ranked in the CIS Top 10.
  • Huskie defenceman Julia Flinton leads all CIS defencemen in scoring by a seven point margin with 20 points this season.
  • UBC goaltender Danielle Dube leads the Canada West in goals against average at 1.32.

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Cougars ready to battle first-place Pandas

Regina Athletics

REGINA - The University of Regina women's hockey team is at home this weekend for the first time in 2016, playing host to the first-place Alberta Pandas. Alberta is tied with UBC for the top spot in Canada West, leading the Cougars by just a point heading into a crucial weekend tilt.

Regina is 3-1 since the December break, after a split with Calgary and two wins over Lethbridge last weekend. Toni Ross was impressive in net against the Pronghorns, making 30 saves for the shutout in Friday's 1-0 win before stopping 24 shots as the Cougars triumphed 4-2 on Saturday. Emma Waldenberger had a goal in each game, while Kylee Kupper had two goals and Nikki Watters-Matthes(pictured) sealed the deal with a late marker on Saturday.

"It was good to see Kylee get rewarded for all her hard work," coach Sarah Hodges said of the third-year forward. "She's played really well all season but you can tell she's more relaxed recently, and she scored two really nice goals by putting the puck in the right spot."

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Cougars and Dinos face off at the Saddledome

MRU Athletics

CALGARY - The biggest CIS game of the year is back and the Cougars and Dinos are both in the chase for a playoff spot this season. Last season, the Cougars won on Saddledome ice for the first time. This season, Mount Royal took the first two matchups, both in double overtime.

THE SERIES: The Dinos have an edge in the all-time series leading 9-5 in 14 career meetings.

MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (7-9-3-1)

The Cougars earned a big overtime win on Saturday afternoon, coming back on three separate occasions before defeating the Manitoba Bisons in a shootout. It was the team's leading scorer, Sarah Weninger, who had the shootout winner. Weninger has 11 points (7G, 4A) to lead all Cougars this season. Not far behind are Rachel Piitz (3G, 7A) and Jocelyn Froehlich (1G, 9A) with 10 points each.

CALGARY DINOS (4-10-2-4)

Despite being in last place, the Dinos boast the top two scorers in the conference. Iya Gavrilova is far and away the top scorer with 30 points (12G, 18A) in 20 games. Gavrilova was last year's MVP and if she can propel Calgary into the playoffs, she may make a case to go back-to-back. Sash Vafina, Gavrilova's linemate, is second in league scoring with 22 points (11G, 11A). 


Women's hockey weekend schedule:

Thu. 21 Mount Royal   Calgary   5:00 PM MST
Fri. 22 UBC   Saskatchewan   7:00 PM CST
  Alberta   Regina   7:00 PM CST
  Lethbridge   Manitoba   7:00 PM CST
  Calgary   Mount Royal   7:00 PM MST
Sat. 23 Lethbridge   Manitoba   1:00 PM CST
  Alberta   Regina   3:00 PM CST
  UBC   Saskatchewan   7:00 PM CST

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