Three stars of the week: Female stars shine bright with stellar weekends

Three stars of the week: Female stars shine bright with stellar weekends

Canada West Communications

NEW WESTMINSTER – It was a record-setting weekend for two Canada West female athletes, as Lethbridge Pronghorn Alicia Anderson and Calgary Dino Elysa Sandron etched their names into conference history.

Anderson is the female first star of the week after the second-year hockey netminder posted jaw-dropping save totals back-to-back nights for the Pronghorns. Anderson tied the conference single-game record of 53 saves Friday night in a 3-2 win over Regina, before breaking the mark Saturday with 64 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss, nearly singlehandedly helping the ‘Horns to a four-point road weekend. 

Sandron was also a record breaker on the weekend, as she scored 22 points in the Dinos 52-12 win over Alberta in rugby action. With her 22-point performance, Sandron set the single-season scoring record with 64 points and extended her career point record to 134. Thanks to her big game, Sandron is the female third star of the week. 

Slotting in ahead of Sandron as the female second star of the week is Alberta’s Sydney Daines, who erupted for five goals and an assist combined during a pair of soccer contests for the Pandas, who downed UBCO 5-2 and then Thompson Rivers 6-0 at Foote Field in Edmonton. 

Earning the male first star award is Calgary’s Steven Stanford, who backstopped the Dinos to a sweep of UBC in the first men’s hockey games of the season for both sides. Stanford registered a pair of shutouts to help Calgary to a pair of 1-0 victories.

Also earning star honours this week were: MRU’s Connor Rankin (male second star), and UNBC’s Francesco Bartolillo (male third star).


Female first star – Alicia Anderson

Lethbridge Pronghorns hockey



Calgary, Alta.


Game log: Friday, October 14 – 53 saves in 3-2 W @ Regina / Saturday, October 15 – Canada West record 64 saves in 3-2 OTL @ Regina.

After missing the opening weekend due to injury, 2015-16 Canada West All-Rookie goalie Alicia Anderson made 117 saves to lead the Lethbridge Pronghorns to a four-point road weekend.

Friday night in the series opener against the Regina Cougars, Anderson tied the Canada West single game record with 53 saves to lead the ‘Horns to their first win of the season, 3-2.

In the series finale, the science student was even better than the previous night, making 28 saves in the third period alone, en route to setting a new Canada West single-game record for saves, turning aside an astonishing 64 Cougar shots. The Cougars scored with less than a second remaining in the third and then found the winning goal halfway through overtime.

Through two appearances early this season, Anderson sports a 2.45 goals-against average and a 0.959 save percentage.

The Pronghorns will return home this coming weekend to host the 3-1 Saskatchewan Huskies


Male first star – Steven Stanford

Calgary Dinos hockey



Calgary, Alta.


Game log: Friday, October 14 – 20-save shutout in 1-0 W vs. UBC / 34-save shutout in 1-0 W vs. UBC.

The University of Calgary men’s hockey team started off their 2016-17 campaign 2-0 with two big wins over the UBC Thunderbirds over the weekend.

Steven Stanford started in net both games and provided the Dinos with some great goaltending. On Friday in the Dinos’ home opener, Stanford faced 20 shots including a high of 11 in the first period and shut the door on UBC to capture their first win of the season. The following night, the visiting T-Birds threw even more at the fifth-year Business student. Stanford made a game-high 34 saves in the second straight shutout win for the Dinos, including 14 in the third period. 

The Dinos will play a home-and-home series with the Mount Royal Cougars this upcoming weekend in the latest instalment of the Crowchild Classic.


Female second star – Sydney Daines

Alberta Pandas soccer



Red Deer, Alta.

Native Studies

Game log: Friday, October 14 – four goals in 5-2 W vs. UBCO / Sunday, October 16 – goal and an assist in 6-0 W vs. TRU. 

Daines, a transfer from Red Deer College, went off over the October 14-16 weekend at Foote Field, scoring five goals and one assist to help the playoff bound Pandas to 5-2 and 6-0 wins. The consecutive victories clinched a home playoff date for Alberta as well.

The Red Deer product victimized the UBCO Heat first, scoring four times during Alberta’s 5-2 win on Friday, getting her first career CIS hat-trick in the process. She netted three times in the opening half to help Alberta recover from a 2-0 deficit, before cementing the career night in the second half with her fourth goal of the game. 

On Sunday, against the visiting WolfPack, Daines found her seventh of the season, making it a 4-0 game, before setting up the Pandas fifth goal en route to a 6-0 finish.

She now leads Alberta in goals (7) and points (12), and is tied for fifth in Canada West in both categories as well.

The Pandas will conclude their 2016-17 Canada West conference season this weekend when they travel to take on Mount Royal and MacEwan. Alberta will host a Canada West quarter-final on Saturday, October 29 against an opponent to be determined.


Male second star – Connor Rankin

Mount Royal Cougars hockey



North Vancouver, B.C.

Open Studies

Game log: Friday, October 14 – a goal and an assist in 3-1W @ Manitoba / Saturday, October 15 – two goals in 5-1 W @ Manitoba.

Rankin carried his strong pre-season play into the first weekend of the 2016-17 season. In two games against the Bisons, the former Calgary Hitmen racked up four points including three goals, playing on the top line with Cam Maclise and Jamie King.

In Friday night’s contest, Rankin scored Mount Royal’s first goal to level the match at one. He assisted on the insurance marker, leading Mount Royal to their first victory of the season. 

In a matinee contest the next day, the second-year forward was exceptional, scoring the game winner on a beautiful end-to-end rush. He added another goal late in the second to cap off a brilliant four-point weekend.

Rankin and the Cougars will have little time to revel in their victories, as they will be in tough this week against the Calgary Dinos. The Dinos will come into Flames Community Arena on Friday (7 p.m.) evening for Mount Royal’s home opener, before a Saturday night contest across town at Father David Bauer Arena (6 p.m.).


Female third star – Elysa Sandron

Calgary Dinos rugby

Back row / Wing


Winnipeg, Man.


Game log: Saturday, October 15 – 22 points to set the conference single-season scoring record (64) in a 52-12 W vs. Alberta.

Elysa Sandron made history over the weekend, claiming the Canada West rugby single-season scoring record, as her 22-point outburst against the Alberta Pandas gave her 64 on the season.

The CIS No. 5 Dinos capped off a second straight undefeated season when they traveled to Edmonton to take on the Alberta Pandas.

The third-year was once again the star of the show. The back row specialist scored a try in each half of the match over the Pandas and added six converts to help the Dinos defeat their rivals 52-12.

The Dinos will now play Lethbridge in the Canada West Championship semifinals on Friday. Victoria and Alberta play in the other semifinal, with the winners meeting Sunday for conference gold.


Male third star – Francesco Bartolillo

UNBC Timberwolves soccer



Calgary, Alta.

Business Administration 

Game log: Sunday, October 16 – three goals in a 5-2 W vs. Victoria / 90 minutes played in 2-1 L vs. Victoria. 

After inclement weather forced the relocation of a weekend doubleheader between the Timberwolves and Vikes to Victoria, Francesco Bartolillo proved to be a force in his own right.

In UNBC’s biggest game of the season to date, Bartolillo answered the call with the best game of his CIS career, registering a hat trick in a 5-2 victory over Victoria. He started the scoring off with a strong through ball from Tofa Fakunle, then gave the Timberwolves the lead once again four minutes after the Vikes tied the match at 1-1.

After the Vikes closed the gap to 4-2 midway through the second half, Bartolillo was there to complete his hat trick and ice an important three points for UNBC.

Despite a defeat in the backend of the doubleheader, Bartolillo established himself as a credible threat in the midfield, playing a strong game and helping establish UNBC’s offence.

The Timberwolves will wrap up their regular season in Abbotsford with a doubleheader against the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades on Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m.