No. 1 Huskies Look To Stay On Top

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

Game Date: January 29 & 30, 2016

Game Location: Rutherford Rink, 7pm

Webcast: canadawest.tv

THE GAMES

The No. 1 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies can lock up one of the top two seeds in the Canada West standings when they host the University of Manitoba Bisons this weekend at Rutherford Rink.

THE HEADLINES

• Saskatchewan (No. 1) is one of two other Canada West teams in the CIS rankings. The Huskies are joined by Alberta (No. 5) and Calgary (No. 10) in the Top 10.

• Saskatchewan is just three points away from earning one of the top two seeds in the conference and a bye to the semifinal series.

• Huskie forward Levi Cable leads the Canada West in goal scoring with 14 goals.

• Manitoba forward Jordan DePape leads the conference scoring race with 33 points.

• Huskie forward Kohl Bauml was named Canada West First Star of the Week for his three goals and three assists at UBC.

• Saskatchewan goaltender Jordon Cooke leads the conference with a .928 save percentage and is closing in on the Huskies record for wins in a season.

THE SERIES

Since 2009-10, the Huskies are 15-11 against the Bisons in regular season action. The Huskies took the first two meetings of the season, 6-3 and 4-3, in Winnipeg. Saskatchewan is 9-3 on home ice during that stretch.

UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA BISONS (10-10-2)
The Manitoba Bisons are locked in a battle for fourth spot in the conference standings.

After a weekend split with the Lethbridge Pronghorns on the road last weekend, the Bisons find themselves tied with the Calgary Dinos at 22 points in fourth place. The third and fourth seeds host the conference quarter-final series'.

Manitoba forward Jordan DePape comes into the weekend series leading the Canada West scoring race. DePape has registered 13 goals and 20 assists in 22 games this season.

Justin Paulic and Byron Spriggs have split time in goal for the Bisons. Paulic has registered a .914 save percentage and a 5-4-1 record, while Spriggs has posted a .901 save percentage to go along with a 5-6-1 record.

NO. 1 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (19-3-0)
The Saskatchewan Huskies moved into the top spot in the CIS for the second time this season with a sweep of the UBC Thunderbirds last weekend in Vancouver.

The Huskies can lock up one of the top two seeds in the Canada West with three points this weekend. Saskatchewan leads the third place Mount Royal Cougars by nine points and the second place Alberta Golden Bears by six points with six games to play. The top two seeds host the winner of the quarter-final series' in the semifinals.

First-year forward Kohl Bauml was named the Canada West First Star of the Week for his three goals and three assists on the weekend. Bauml now leads the Huskies with 27 points this season. Fellow first-year Levi Cable leads Saskatchewan in goal scoring, finding the back of the net 14 times in 22 games.

Second-year netminder Jordon Cooke leads the Canada West and is third in the CIS with a .928 save percentage. His 16 wins this season is just two behind the Huskie record for wins in a season held by Ryan Holfeld (2012-13) and Jeff Calvert (1998-99).