No. 8 Huskies Host Rising Manitoba Bisons

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

Game Dates:
November 20, 2015 – 7 p.m.
November 21, 2015 – 5 p.m.
Game Location: Rutherford Rink
Webcast: canadawest.tv

THE GAMES

Two teams tied for second place in the Canada West standings clash in a weekend series at Rutherford Rink as the No. 8 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies host the red-hot University of Manitoba Bisons.

THE HEADLINES

  • Manitoba comes into Saskatoon riding a five-game winning streak during which they have outscored opponents 17-3.
  • Manitoba is the only team the Huskies have yet to face in 2015-16.
  • Saskatchewan is ranked No. 8 in the CIS Top 10. The UBC Thunderbirds are the only other Canada West team joining the Huskies in the rankings, coming in at No. 9.
  • Saskatchewan returns home after a long road stretch, playing just one home game since October 10. The Huskies went 1-2-2-2 away from Rutherford.
  • Manitoba goaltender Rachel Dyck leads the conference in goals against average at 1.52.


THE SERIES

Since 2010-11 the Huskies and Bisons have split their 10 meetings, with each team posting 7-3 records at home. Last season, Manitoba won three of the four contests with Saskatchewan's lone win coming in Winnipeg.

UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA BISONS (7-5-0-0)

The Manitoba Bisons come into Rutherford Rink riding a five-game winning streak and have not allowed a goal in their last three.

Manitoba has won three straight road games and outscored opponents 17-3 during their current five-game streak. The Bisons have defeated the No. 9 UBC T-Birds and the formerly ranked Lethbridge Pronghorns during that stretch.

Alanna Sharman leads the Bisons in scoring with 10 points on an even five goals and five assists. The Bisons have not needed a ton of scoring this season as they have managed to hold teams to a conference best 17 goals against.

Rachel Dyck has had a lot to do with the Bisons low goals against total. The third-year goaltender leads the conference in goals against average at 1.52.

NO. 8 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (5-3-2-2)

The eighth ranked Saskatchewan Huskies hope the comforts of home can help end a three-game losing skid.

The Huskies lost a pair of one-goal games on the road to the No. 9 UBC Thunderbirds last weekend. Friday's double overtime affair saw the lone goal scored late on a UBC power-play. Three straight UBC goals on Saturday led to a 4-3 decision.

Marley Ervine leads the way offensively for Saskatchewan. The fifth-year forward has 11 points on four goals and seven assists to sit tied for fifth in the conference scoring race. Defenceman Julia Flinton leads all Canada West blue-liners with 10 points on the campaign.

Cassidy Hendricks has started nine games for the Huskies this season posting a 2.48 goals against average and a .910 save percentage.