Game Date: October 2 & 3 – 7pm & 5pm
Game Location: Rutherford Rink
The University of Saskatchewan Huskies and the Mount Royal Cougars meet in Saskatoon in a Canada West opening weekend matchup.
- Saskatchewan has started six of the last seven seasons with a win. Their only season opening loss during that stretch came to Mount Royal, a 4-3 overtime loss in Saskatoon in 2012.
- The Huskies have won six straight meetings in the series.
- Both teams return their leading goal scorers from 2014-15. Reanna Arnold (3rd year) for the Cougars and Kaitlin Willoughby (3rd year) for the Huskies.
Since 2012-13 when Mount Royal joined the league, the Huskies have a 9-3 record against the Cougars. Saskatchewan swept the Cougars in their four meetings last season.
MOUNT ROYAL UNIVERSTY COUGARS (0-0-0)
The Mount Royal University Cougars start their fourth season in the Canada West with sights set on getting into the post season for the first time.
Much like the Huskies, Mount Royal brings a youthful lineup mixed with a solid group of veterans. Returning goaltenders Emma Pincott and Jess Ross will be leaned on early as the new rookies look to find their legs at the CIS level.
The Cougars leading goal scorer, Reanna Arnold, returns to the lineup for her third season of eligibility. Last year Arnold notched four goals and 11 assists.
After winning just two games before the semester break last season, Mount Royal is poised to start the season strong and push for a spot in the Canada West playoffs.
UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (0-0-0)
With a mix of new young talent and strong experienced veterans, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies are ready to hit the ice for the 2015-16 season.
Saskatchewan returns its leading scorer from last year, third-year forward Kaitlin Willoughby. The 2013-14 CIS Rookie of the Year scored 10 goals and added 16 assists to finish sixth in the conference scoring race last season.
A pair of two-way forwards will help lead the Huskies through the tough Canada West schedule. Fourth-year Lauren Zary and Fifth-year Marley Ervine finished the 2014-15 campaign with 14 and 11 points respectively. On the blue line, veteran fifth-year Julia Flinton will provide leadership for a host of new recruits. Flinton was a Canada West First Team All-Star last season and played for Team Canada at the World Universiade Games.
No fewer than nine recruits will don the green and white for the first time. The youthful group will lean on a group of steady veterans with CIS National Championships experience.
In goal, fourth-year netminder Cassidy Hendricks returns. Hendricks posted a 13-11-2 record in 26 games between the pipes for the Huskies.