No. 1 Ranked Huskies Ready for Top 10 Battle at Rutherford

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

Game Date: November 27-28

Game Location: Rutherford Rink, 7pm

Webcast: canadawest.tv

THE GAMES

After moving up to the No. 1 ranking for the first time in over three years, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies are set for a top 10 battle as they host the No. 10 ranked Mount Royal University Cougars at Rutherford Rink in the final weekend of action before the semester break.

THE HEADLINES

• Saskatchewan (No. 1) is one of three Canada West teams in the first CIS rankings of the season. The Huskies are joined by Alberta (No. 3) and Mount Royal (No. 10) in the Top 10.

• The Huskies hold the top spot in the rankings for the first time since November 6, 2012.

• Saskatchewan sits first in the conference with one week to go before the break. The Huskies lead Alberta by three points and Mount Royal by six.

• A trio of first-year's lead the Huskies in goal scoring. Andrew Johnson and Levi Cable have each scored eight times and Logan McVeigh has added another five goals.

• Huskie goalie Jordon Cooke is tied for first in the conference with a .924 save percentage.

• This weekend is the final games of the 2015 portion of the schedule as the Canada West breaks for exams. Saskatchewan returns to action January 8-9 in Lethbridge.

THE SERIES

Saskatchewan is 11-6 all-time against Mount Royal in conference play. The Huskies have already topped the Cougars twice this season posting 4-3 and 4-1 wins in Calgary in early November. The Cougars won three out of four games in the 2014-15 regular season and bested the Huskies 2-1 in a Canada West quarter-final series.

NO. 10 MOUNT ROYAL UNIVERSITY COUGARS (8-4-2)

The Mount Royal Cougars, newly ranked in the CIS top 10, bring their four-game winning streak into Saskatoon this weekend.

The Cougars last loss was to the Huskies on November 7 in Calgary. Since that loss Mount Royal has outscored its two opponents 23-9.

Tyler Fiddler is tied for the conference scoring lead with 20 points through 14 games. Fiddler has tallied seven goals and 13 assists on the campaign. Matthew Brown leads the Canada West with 11 goals on the season.

Colin Cooper has been solid in 11 games in net for the Cougars. Cooper's goals against average of 2.47 is third in the conference.

NO. 1 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (12-2-0)

The Saskatchewan Huskies moved up to the top spot in the country for the first time since 2012 when the CIS announced it's weekly top 10 on Tuesday.

The Huskies received six first place votes in the poll and edged out the McGill Redmen for the top seed.

First-year Andrew Johnson leads the Huskies offensive attack with 14 points on eight goals and six assists this season. Saskatchewan has benefited from some solid play from its freshman players. Johnson and fellow first year's Levi Cable and Logan McVeigh are the top three goal scorers for the Huskies. Cable has netted eight goals this season while McVeigh has notched another five.

Goaltender Jordan Cooke's .924 save percentage ties him with Lethbridge's Dylan Tait for best in the conference. Cooke has faced more shots than any other goalie in the Canada West.