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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.
Cougars and Pronghorns clash in annual ALS game
CALGARY - Mount Royal sits four points behind Lethbridge for the sixth and final playoff spot. With six points up for grabs this weekend, both sides recognize the importance of this game. Only four games remain on the schedule and the Cougars will need to pick up ground on the Pronghorns this weekend to stay alive.
The Cougars have a stellar record against the Pronghorns going 8-5-1. They also took two games from them earlier this season, outscoring the Pronghorns 7-0.
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (7-12-3-2)
The Cougars were sitting in a playoff spot for most of the season but a four game losing streak now has them on the outside looking in. They do however control their own destiny as wins over Lethbridge this weekend and Alberta next weekend will solidify a playoff spot. Goaltending will be a big part of whether the Cougars move on. Jess Ross has the hot hand of late. Ross is sixth amongst goaltenders with a 2.09 goals against average.
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (9-11-2-2)
Lethbridge's next two weekends are against the two teams chasing them in the standings. With Mount Royal four back and Calgary five back, the Pronghorns can control their own fate with wins on both weekends. Kristen Reeves and Lauren Fredrich lead the way in scoring for the Pronghorns. Each player has 14 points in 24 games this season. Alicia Anderson has played the lion's share of the games in goal this season. Anderson has the third best save percentage in the conference (0.930).
Huskies host rival Pandas
SASKATOON - With only four games remaining in the 2015-16 Canada West regular season, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies and the University of Alberta Pandas meet at Rutherford Rink this weekend with post-season seeding on the line.
- With just four games left in the Canada West schedule, the Huskies sit fourth in the standings with 36 points. UBC leads the conference with 43 points, followed by Regina and Alberta with 42 points each. Manitoba and Lethbridge trail Saskatchewan with 35 and 33 points respectively.
- After a stretch of 10 straight weeks in the CIS Top 10, Saskatchewan fell out of the rankings in this week's poll. UBC (No. 9) and Regina (No. 10) are the only two Canada West schools ranked in the current poll.
- Fifth-year Huskie Julia Flinton continues to lead all CIS defenceman with 23 points this season. Flinton is fourth in conference scoring and leads all CIS blue liners by 10 points.
- Alberta goaltender Lindsey Post enters the weekend with the best goals against average in the conference at 1.47.
Bisons in the way of Dinos' playoff hopes
Kelly-Anne Roberts, Dinos Athletics
CALGARY- With only two weekends of regular season play remaining, the University of Calgary Dinos will take on the University of Manitoba Bisons this weekend, Feb. 5-6th as they continue to try and gain a playoff berth.
"We're just looking and taking it one game at a time, we're keeping everything positive. Playoffs are a possibility for us now," explained Dinos captain Stephanie Zvonkovic.
Calgary split last weekend against their provincial rivals the University of Alberta Pandas, taking the first game in double overtime 1-0 before falling in the second game 2-1. The Dinos were on a six game win streak prior to Saturdays loss.
The Dinos will need to find a way to win both games this weekend to give themselves the greatest chances of making it into playoffs. Calgary currently sits five points out of sixth in the conference which is the final playoff spot in the Canada West conference.
UBC hosts first-place battle in Canada West women's hockey
Jeremy Laurie, UBC Athletics
VANCOUVER – After spending two weeks on the road, the No. 9-ranked UBC Thunderbirds women's hockey team (11-7-4-2) will return to the Doug Mitchell Thunderbirds Sports Centre this weekend to face the No. 10-ranked Regina Cougars (11-8-4-1) in the 'Birds final regular season home games.
The teams will first face off on Friday, February 5 and again on Saturday, February 6. Both games commence at 7 p.m. (PT).
Graduating UBC players will be honoured this weekend for both their athletic and academic accomplishments. ForwardRebecca Unrau (Humboldt, Sask.), defender Cailey Hay (Oakbank, Man.) and all three of UBC's goaltenders, Samantha Langford (Pense. Sask), Laura Taylor (Kelowna, B.C) and Danielle Dube (New Westminster, B.C.), will be part of the pre-game ceremony on Saturday.
Women's hockey weekend schedule:
|Fri. 5||Alberta||Saskatchewan||7:00 PM CST|
|Lethbridge||Mount Royal||7:00 PM MST|
|Manitoba||Calgary||7:00 PM MST|
|Regina||UBC||7:00 PM PST|
|Sat. 6||Manitoba||Calgary||2:00 PM MST|
|Alberta||Saskatchewan||7:00 PM CST|
|Mount Royal||Lethbridge||7:00 PM MST|
|Regina||UBC||7:00 PM PST|
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