Conference Leading Huskies Return To Rutherford Rink

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

Game Date: January 15 & 16

Game Location: Rutherford Rink, 7pm

Webcast: canadawest.tv

THE GAMES

In their first home games of 2016, the No. 3 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies hope to grow their five point lead atop the Canada West standings this weekend when they welcome the University of Calgary Dinos to Rutherford Rink.

THE HEADLINES

• Saskatchewan (No. 3) is one of three Canada West teams in the first CIS rankings of 2016. The Huskies are joined by Alberta (No. 6) and Mount Royal (No. 8) in the Top 10.

• Huskie forward Levi Cable had his six game goal scoring streak snapped on Saturday in Lethbridge, but recorded a pair of assists to make it 10 straight games with at least a point.

• Huskie goaltender Jordon Cooke leads the Canada West with a .926 save percentage.

• Four first-year Huskies are in the top six in Canada West rookie scoring. Kohl Bauml (18 points), Levi Cable (16 points), Andrew Johnson (15 points) and Logan McVeigh (11 points) are all near the top of the rookie scoring race.

• The teams played to a pair of one-goal games to open the season in Calgary. Saskatchewan won both, 6-5 in overtime and 1-0.

• Both teams opened 2016 with a sweep on the road. The Huskies took two in Lethbridge, while Calgary won a pair in Regina.

THE SERIES

Since 2010-11, the Huskies are 9-12-1 against the Dinos in the regular season. The Huskies took the first two meetings on the road to start the season. Last year Calgary swept the season series. The Huskies are 5-4-1 at home and 4-8 on the road during that stretch. The two schools met in the post-season in back-to-back seasons starting in 2010-11 in Calgary. The Dinos won the series 2-1 before coming to Saskatoon for the Canada West Final in 2011-12. The Huskies took the title with a triple overtime win in game three.

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY DINOS (7-8-3)

The Calgary Dinos have turned things around to start 2016 after struggling down the stretch in the first half of the season.

The Dinos knocked off the Regina Cougars 6-2 and 3-1 on the road last weekend. Calgary lost six of it last seven games heading into the break.

Chris Collins has led the way for the Dinos with 21 points. His total places him fourth in the conference scoring race. Collins picked up five points in last weekend's sweep.

Both Steven Stanford and Myles Hovdebo have seen significant action in goal for Calgary. Stanford has posted a 4-4-3 record with a 2.68 goals against average and .894 save percentage. Hovdebo has played in seven games with a 3-4 record to go along with a 2.74 goals against average and a .890 save percentage.

NO. 3 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (15-3-0)

A six week break wasn't enough to cool off the Canada West's top ranked team.

Saskatchewan returned to the ice last weekend in Lethbridge, sweeping the Pronghorns and steering five points clear of the Alberta Golden Bears for first place in the conference.

Huskie forward Levi Cable extended his scoring streak to six games in Friday night's 3-1 win. On Saturday, the first-year Huskie was held without a goal, but extended his point streak to 10 games with a pair of assists.

The Huskies youth has provided a big boost through 18 games this season. The top three Huskie scorers, Kohl Bauml (18 points), Levi Cable (16 points) and Andrew Johnson (15 points), are all in their first season of CIS eligibility. Add in fellow rookie Logan McVeigh's 11 points and the Huskies roster features four of the top six rookie scorers in the conference.

Jordon Cooke's .926 save percentage leads the conference. Cooke has posted a 13-3 record to go along with a 2.43 goals against average.