Top Ranked Teams Clash At Rutherford Rink

Photo Credit: Josh Schaefer Photography
Photo Credit: Josh Schaefer Photography

Game Date: October 30 & 31

Game Location: Rutherford Rink, 7pm

Webcast: canadawest.tv

THE GAMES

A pair of top five teams will clash this weekend at Rutherford Rink when the No. 3 ranked University of Alberta Golden Bears roll into town to take on the No. 2 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies.

THE HEADLINES

• Saskatchewan (No. 2) is one of three Canada West teams in the first CIS rankings of the season. The Huskies are joined by Alberta (No. 3) and UBC (No. 10) in the Top 10.

• It is the highest ranking for the Huskies since they were slotted No. 1 November 6, 2012.

• Alberta falls out of the top spot in the rankings for the first time since February 4, 2014.

• The last time the two teams met while ranked in the top five (Alberta No. 1, Saskatchewan No. 4) the Golden Bears won both games in Edmonton 3-2 January 11-12, 2013.

• First-year forward Andrew Johnson leads the Canada West in goals with six and is tied for the points lead with nine.

• Saskatchewan and Alberta are tied for the top scoring totals in the conference with 23 goals on the season.

THE SERIES

The weekend series will be the 477th and 478th games between the Alberta Golden Bears and Huskies since the historic rivalry began during the 1910-11 season with a 16-0 Alberta victory in Saskatoon on February 27, 1911. Lifetime the Golden Bears are 312-140-24 (including non-conference, conference and playoff meetings) against the Huskies. In Canada West hockey play, the teams have met 336 times with Alberta leading the series 235-103-20. The Golden Bears swept all four meetings last season.

NO. 3 UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (4-1-1)

A split with the Mount Royal Cougars last weekend dropped the Golden Bears from the No. 1 ranking in the country. Alberta quickly recovered after Friday's loss to salvage a 2-1 overtime win on Saturday.

Jordan Hickmott leads the Golden Bears in scoring with eight points. Hickmott scored Saturday night's overtime winner for his fourth goal of the season. Kruise Reddick and Levko Coper are right behind Hickmott with seven points each on the campaign.

Luke Siemens has started all six games in net for Alberta posting a 1.63 goals against average and a .937 save percentage.

NO. 2 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (6-0-0)

A home-and-home sweep of the Regina Cougars extended the Huskies winning streak to six to open the season.

After a tight 3-1 battle in Regina on Friday night, the Huskie offence exploded for six goals in a 6-2 win on Saturday.

Sean Aschim and Michael Sofillas eached scored a pair of goals over the weekend, while Andrew Johnson, the Canada West scoring leader, notched his sixth of the season.

Blake Voth got his first start of the season on Friday giving up just one goal on 37 shots in Regina. Jordon Cooke has started five games for the Huskies posting a 2.33 goals against average and .923 save percentage along the way.