Ice Chips: Pandas ready to play their part in mental health awareness

Ice Chips: Pandas ready to play their part in mental health awareness

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.

 

Pandas hockey joins the mental health battle

Matt Gutsch, Bears and Pandas Athletics

EDMONTON - This Saturday, Jan. 30, at Clare Drake Arena, the Pandas hockey team will be fighting a fierce battle both on and off the ice. When the puck drops at 6 p.m., the Pandas will not only clash with their provincial rivals, the Calgary Dinos, but at the same time the University of Alberta student-athletes will join the front lines of raising support, money and awareness towards mental health.

The “mental health match-up” will feature the Pandas wearing specially designed jerseys on the ice, while a number of activities will be happening in the stands and on the concourse to help raise money and awareness for mental health initiatives. Everyone at The Drake on Saturday will be encouraged to participate in the 50/50 raffle, and “chuck-a-puck” and “loonie stick” contests, with proceeds going directly towards mental health support, including the U of A’s campaign, and opening a Student Athlete Mental Health Initiative (SAMHI) chapter at the U of A.

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Cougars at home against Mount Royal

Regina Athletics

REGINA - The University of Regina women's hockey team looks to continue its rise up the Canada West standings this weekend as the Cougars play host to Mount Royal University.

Regina is coming off a split against the Alberta Pandas, falling 2-1 on Friday but bouncing back for a 4-3 win at The Co-operators Centre on Saturday. The split means that the Pandas remain a single point ahead of the Cougars in Canada West, sporting 38 points and a 12-8-0-2 record. Regina, with 37 points, has a 10-8-3-1 record. Both teams trail the UBC Thunderbirds, who have 41 points after two wins over the fourth-place Saskatchewan Huskies on the weekend.

 "We'll approach this weekend the same as every other one - every point matters to us and it certainly matters to MRU as well," head coach Sarah Hodges said. "We'd like to have a home playoff game but we're still looking ahead one game at a time."

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'Horns try to extend winning streak versus CIS No. 9 Thunderbirds

A.J. Mike Smith, Pronghorns Athletics

LETHBRIDGE - The Pronghorns women's hockey team is back from a very successful road trip to Manitoba. They beat the Bisons 3-2 and 2-1, snagging 6 points from the two games.
 
This weekend, they will look to carry that momentum from Manitoba and play host to Canada West's top team, and #9 CIS ranked UBC Thunderbirds. The T-Birds also earned two wins on the road last weekend in Saskatchewan against the Huskies, winning by scores of 2-1 and 3-1.
 
The 'Horns come into the weekend sporting an 8-11-2-1 record. The T-Birds rock a solid 11-6-3-2 record.
 
The puck drops on the first game of the series on Friday at 7:00pm and then on Saturday at 1:00pm for the weekend closing contest. Both games can be viewed on www.canadawest.tv.

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Women's hockey weekend schedule:

Fri. 29 Mount Royal   Regina   7:00 PM CST
  Saskatchewan   Manitoba   7:00 PM CST
  UBC   Lethbridge   7:00 PM MST
  Alberta   Calgary   7:00 PM MST
Sat. 30 UBC   Lethbridge   1:00 PM MST
  Mount Royal   Regina   3:00 PM CST
  Saskatchewan   Manitoba   4:00 PM CST
  Calgary   Alberta   6:00 PM MST
 

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