WHKY: 2018-19 season preview

Bisons defender Erica Rieder.
Bisons defender Erica Rieder.

Canada West Communcations

EDMONTON – The puck drops on the 2018-19 Canada West women's hockey season this weekend, as eight teams start the chase to the CW Final in March.

Following their first national title and third Canada West title in program history, the Manitoba Bisons enter the new season as the slight favourites to repeat as conference champs. Manitoba topped the annual CW pre-season coaches poll by a narrow margin, as a strong chase pack is expected behind the Bisons this season. 

You can watch the entire CW women's hockey season on Canada West TV – the official streaming home of the conference. You can purchase a pass by clicking here.

To get you set for the season, here's a look at all eight teams.

Click here for the complete 2018-19 regular season schedule.


2018-19 CW pre-season coaches poll: 2nd

2017-18 CW regular season record: 13-5-6-4, 4th

2017-18 CW post-season record: 3-2, lost CW semi to Manitoba

Head coach: Howie Draper (22nd season) / 349-86-7 (Career CW reg. season record)

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2015 / 12

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 2017 / 8

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 67 goals for, 1st
  • Defence: 43 goals against, 4th
  • Power play: 15.2%, 2nd
  • Penalty kill: 83.7%, 8th

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Goals: 12 – Autumn MacDougall & Alex Poznikoff, F
  • Assists: 18 – Autumn MacDougall, F
  • Points: 30 – Autumn MacDougall, F
  • Wins: 10 – Kirsten Chamberlin, G
  • Shutouts: 4 – Kirsten Chamberlin & Dayna Owen, G

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):  

  • Alex Gowie / Forward / 4 / Vernon, BC / Hungarian National Team
  • Danielle Hardy / Forward / 4 / Nanaimo, BC / Providence College Friars (NCAA)
  • Halle Oswald / Goalie / 1 / Sanford, MB / Pembina Valley Hawks
  • Kalaina Kozak / Forward / 1 / Calgary, AB / Calgary Fire

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):  

  • Morgan Kelly / Defence / Dunnville, ON / 5
  • Ashley Morin / Forward / Fort Saskatchewan, AB / 5
  • Deanna Morin / Forward / Fort Saskatchewan, AB / 5
  • Jacky Normandeau / Defence / Uxbridge, ON / 1

Key performer:

Kirsten Chamberlin

Goalie

3rd-year

Calgary, AB

Despite starting the season as the backup goalie, Kirsten Chamberlin's strong play last season slowly saw her become the Pandas go-to netminder. In 13 conference games, the Calgary, AB product posted a sparkling 1.12 GAA and .936 save percentage, before a stellar post-season run which saw her improve on those numbers (0.94 GAA/ .940 SVP). The Alberta Pandas have typically relied on all-star goalies en route to championships, and they are hoping another solid season from Chamberlin can lift them to a 13th conference title.

 


2018-19 CW pre-season coaches poll: 3rd

2017-18 CW regular season record: 14-5-5-4, third

2017-18 CW post-season record: 2-2, lost CW semi to Saskatchewan

Head coach: Graham Thomas (7th season) / 113-37-18 (Career CW reg. season record) 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2016-17 / 3

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: none 

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 60 goals for, 3rd
  • Defence: 41 goals against, 3rd
  • Power play: 12.5%, 3rd
  • Penalty kill: 88.9%, 5th 

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Goals: 12 – Hannah Clayton-Carroll, F
  • Assists: 14 – Mathea Fischer, F
  • Points: 17 – Mathea Fischer, F
  • Wins: 12 – Tory Micklash, G
  • Shutouts: 3 – Tory Micklash & Amelia Boughn, G

 

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

  • Emma Hall / F / 1 / Maple Ridge, BC / Greater Vancouver Comets
  • Hannah Koroll / D / 1 / Saskatoon, SK / Prince Albert Bears
  • Rylan MacKinnon / D / 1 / Cranbrook, BC / Northern Alberta X-Treme
  • Ashley McFadden / F / 1 / Winnipeg, MB / St. Mary's Academy Prep
  • Sarah Thon / D / 3 / Quesnel, BC / Neumann University

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

  • Kathleen Cahoon / F / Calgary, AB / 5
  • Alexa Ranahan / D / Salmon Arm, BC / 2
  • Cassandra Vilgrain / F / Calgary, AB / 2

Key performer:

Hannah Clayton-Carroll

Forward

4th-year

Vancouver, BC

Now in her fourth season with the 'Birds, Clayton-Carroll is coming off a breakout season that saw her put up 12 goals, tied for top spot in the Canada West, as well as a career-high 16 points to finish second in UBC scoring. A walk-on as a freshman, Clayton-Carroll has worked her way up to be one of the premiere scoring threats in the league.

 


2018-19 CW pre-season coaches poll: 7th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 7-18-1-2, 7th

2017-18 CW post-season record: missed playoffs

Head coach: Danielle Goyette (11th season) / 104-88-16 (Career CW reg. season record)

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2012 / 1

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 2012 / 1

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 22 goals for, 8th
  • Defence: 51 goals against, 6th
  • Power play: 7.6%, 7th
  • Penalty kill: 89.8%, 4th 

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Goals: 4 – Delaney Frey, F; Sage Desjardins, F
  • Assists: 5 – Rachel Paul, F
  • Points: 7 – Rachel Paul, F
  • Wins: 8 – Kelsey Roberts, G
  • Shutouts: 6 – Kelsey Roberts, G

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

  • Dana Wood / D / 1st / Saskatoon, Sask. / Saskatoon Stars
  • Danielle Bonot-Schmidt / G / 1st / Winnipeg, Man. / Winnipeg Avros
  • Elizabeth Lang / F / 1st / Devon, Alta. / Northern Xtreme

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

  • Kate Lumley / F / St. Albert, Alta. / 5

Key performer:

Kelsey Roberts

Goaltender

3rd-year

Kitimat, B.C. 

Kelsey Roberts was a key component of all Calgary's victories in 2017-18, with a sparkling .948 save percentage and a 1.73 goals-against average. Roberts also picked up six shutouts on the campaign, often making highlight-reel saves to keep her team in the game. Look for the third-year netminder to continue to improve as she backstops the Dinos into the 2018-19 campaign.

 


2018-19 CW pre-season coaches poll: 8th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 3-18-2-5, 8th

2017-18 CW post-season record: missed playoffs

Head coach: Michelle Janus (4th season) / 20-56-8 (Career CW reg. season record)

Last CW championship / total CW championships: none

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: none 

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 32 goals, 7th
  • Defence: 56 goals against, 7th
  • Power play: 8.9%, 5th
  • Penalty kill: 89.9%, 3rd

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Goals: 7 – Tricia Van Vaerenbergh, F
  • Assists: 7 – Katelyn Breitkreuz, F
  • Points: 11 – Tricia Van Vaerenbergh, F
  • Wins: 4 – Alicia Anderson, G
  • Shutouts: 2 – Alicia Anderson, G 

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

  • Ashlee Hirschfield/ Defence/ 1 / Winnipeg, MB/ Boston Shamrocks
  • Meg Dyer/ Defence/ 1 / Calgary, AB/ Rocky Mountain Raiders

 

Key performer:

Alli Borrow

Forward

2nd-year

Clearwater, BC.

As a freshman, Alli Borrow finished tied for second in Canada West rookie scoring with six goals and three assists. The expectation is for Borrow to take another step forward as she takes on an even bigger role with the Pronghorns this season.

 


2018-19 CW pre-season coaches poll: 1st

2017-18 CW regular season record: 19-5-3-1, 1st

2017-18 CW post-season record: 4-1, CW champions (U SPORTS champions - 3-0 at nationals)

Head coach: Sean Fisher (interim – 1st season) / 0-0-0 (Career CW reg. season record) 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2018 / 3

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 2018 / 1

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 66 goals, 2nd
  • Defence: 39 goals against, 2nd
  • Power play: 18.1%, 1st
  • Penalty kill: 87.2%, 6th

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Goals: 12 – Jordyn Zacharias, F
  • Assists: 17 – Alanna Sharman, F
  • Points: 21 – Jordyn Zacharias, F
  • Wins: 12 – Rachel Dyck, G
  • Shutouts: 5 – Rachel Dyck & Lauren Taraschuk, G

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

  • Chloe Snaith / Defence / 1 / MacGregor, MB / Central Plains Capitals
  • Kaitlyn Chatyrbok / Forward / 1 / Winnipeg, MB / St. Mary's Academy Prep
  • Erin Fargey / Goalie / 1 / Langdon, AB / Northern Alberta Extreme 

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

  • Venla Hovi / Forward / Tampere, Finland / 4
  • Caitlin Fyten / Defence / Cremona, AB / 5
  • Rachel Dyck / Goalie / Winnipeg Beach, MB / 5
  • Alana Serhan / Forward / Porcupine Plain, SK / 5
  • Nicole Carswell / Forward / Winnipeg, MB / 4
  • Charity Price / Forward / Slave Lake, AB / 5 

Key performer:

Erica Rieder

Defence

5th-year

Regina, SK 

The key player on Manitoba's blue line in 2018-19 is fifth-year Erica Rieder, entering her last year of eligibility already with a list of awards to her name.

Last season, Rieder was named a 2017-18 Canada West Women's Hockey First Team All-Star and U SPORTS Second Team All-Canadian. She was also a Canada West Second Team All-Star in 2016-17, as well as a conference All-Rookie in 2014-15.

The stats back up her accolades. Last season, the Regina native was tied for fourth in conference defencemen scoring with 11 points (seven goals, four assists) while playing in all 28 regular season games and seven Canada West and U SPORTS playoff games. The 5'9" Rieder also registered a plus-minus rating of +13, which tied for third-best in Canada West. 

"Erica is a huge presence for us both on and off the ice," said Bison head coach Sean Fisher. "She is a terrific leader and terrific person in our dressing room. Her hockey accomplishments speak for themselves… she's been one of the best defenders in our conference since she joined the Bisons back in 2014. As a fifth-year player she brings valuable experience and sets a great example every day with her work ethic for our younger players." 

At the international level, Rieder finished with a silver medal as a member of Team Canada women's hockey team at the 2017 Winter Universiade in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Rieder had two points (1 goal, 1 assist) in five games during the Universiade.

 


2018-19 CW pre-season coaches poll: 5th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 7-17-3-1, 6th

2017-18 CW post-season record: 0-2, lost CW QF to UBC

Head coach: Scott Rivett (10th Season) / 48-99-21 (Career CW reg. season record)

Last CW championship / total CW championships: None

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS cha­mpionships: None 

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 35 goals for, 6th
  • Defence: 50 goals against, 5th
  • Power play: 8.7%, 6th
  • Penalty kill: 92.7%, 1st

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Goals: 5 – Nicolette Seper, F
  • Assists: 7 – Rachel Piitz, F
  • Points: 11 – Rachel Piitz, F
  • Wins: 8 – Zoe DeBeauville, G
  • Shutouts: 6 – Zoe DeBeauville, G

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

  • Breanne Trotter / F / 1 / Okotoks, AB / Rocky Mountain Raiders & Team Alberta
  • Jayden Thorpe /F / 1/ Lloydminster, AB / Lloydminster Steelers & Team Alberta
  • Morgan Ramsay /F / 1 / Rivers, MB / Yellowhead Chiefs & Team Manitoba
  • Mackenzie Butz / D / 1 / Sherwood Park, AB / St. Albert Slash/Team Alberta
  • Laura Cook / D / 1 / Nepean, ON / Ottawa Lady Sens
  • Tori Williams / D / 1 / Souris, MB / Westman Wildcats & Team Manitoba

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

  • Devonie Deschamps / D / Patricia, AB / 5
  • Rachel Piitz / F / Calgary, AB / 5
  • Mairi Sorensen / D / Kyle, SK / 4
  • Jordan Finnie / F / Kamloops, BC / 5
  • Reanna Arnold / F / Lacombe, AB / 5

 

Key performer:

Tatum Amy

Forward

2nd-year

Birtle, MB 

After making major contributions (3G/4A) in her rookie year, Amy looks to fill the void left by graduate Rachel Piitz, who lead the team in points and goals last season, and lead the offensive charge in the new look Cougars team.

 


2018-19 CW pre-season coaches poll: 6th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 8-14-2-4, 5th

2017-18 CW post-season record: 0-2, lost CW QF to Alberta

Head coach: Sarah Hodges (21st season) / 226-203-9 (Career CW reg. season record)

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2001 / 1

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: none

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 44 goals for, 5th
  • Defence: 64 goals against, 8th
  • Power play: 10.5%, 4th
  • Penalty kill: 84.9%, 7th

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Goals: 8 – Emma Waldenberger, F
  • Assists: 10 – Emma Waldenberger, F
  • Points: 18 – Emma Waldenberger, F
  • Wins: 7 – Jane Kish, G
  • Shutouts: 4 – Jane Kish, G

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

  • Adela Juzkova / F / 1 / Dobrichovice, Czech Republic / HC Hvezda Praha
  • Emily Middagh / D / 2 / Winnipeg, Man. / St. Lawrence University
  • Sidney Shyiak / F / 1 / Headingly, Man. / Balmoral Hall Blazers 

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

  • Kylee Kupper / F / Coronach, Sask. / 5
  • Bailey Braden / F / Ituna, Sask. / 5 

Key performer:

Jaycee Magwood

Forward

4th-year

Killarney, Man.

After winning Canada West Rookie of the Year in 2015-16 and being named a second team all-star in 2016-17, Magwood had a quiet season in 2017-18 but still finished second on the team in scoring. The fourth-year product from Killarney, Man. tallied seven goals and six assists, and will look to get back to her point-per-game pace from 2016-17. Magwood will team up with fifth-year forward Emma Waldenberger, and up-and-coming offensive threats Lilla Carpenter-Boesch and Jordan Kulbida to lead the Cougar offence.

 


2018-19 CW pre-season coaches poll: 4th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 18-7-1-2, 2nd

2017-18 CW post-season record: 2-2, lost CW Final to Manitoba (4th at nationals)

Head coach: Steve Kook (13th season) / 147-139-8 Career CW reg. season record 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2014 / 1

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: none

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 49 goals, 4th
  • Defence: 31 goals against, 1st
  • Power play: 7.1%, 8th
  • Penalty kill: 92.6%, 2nd

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Goals: 9 – Kaitlin Willoughby, F
  • Assists: 10 – Kaitlin Willoughby, F
  • Points: 19 – Kaitlin Willoughby, F
  • Wins: 14 – Jessica Vance, G
  • Shutouts: 9 – Jessica Vance, G 

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

  • Nicole Fry / Forward / 1 / Calgary, AB / Rocky Mountain Raiders
  • Isabella Pozzi / Defence / 1 /Calgary, AB / Rocky Mountain Raiders
  • Chelsea Debusschere / Defence / Lloydminster, SK / Lloydminster Steelers

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

  • Kori Herner / Forward / Kindersley, SK / 5
  • Kaitlin Willoughby / Forward / Prince Albert, SK / 5
  • Kira Bannatyne / Defence / Winnipeg, MB / 5
  • Kennedy Harris / Forward / Kindersley, SK / 5 

Key performer:

Jessica Vance

Goalie

3rd-year

Prince Albert, SK 

Jessica Vance took over the starting goalie role for the Huskies last season and was immediately impressive. The native of Prince Albert, SK was named a Canada West First Team All-Star, U SPORTS All-Canadian and Canada West Player of the Year in 2017-18.

Vance finished the season with a record of 14-3-0-1, a goals against average of 0.77 while compiling nine shutouts.