Huskies Aim to Start Strong in 2016

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

Game Date: January 8 & 9

Game Location: Rutherford Rink, 7pm

Webcast: canadawest.tv

THE GAMES

As they open the second half of the Canada West women's hockey season, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies look to keep pace in a tightly contested playoff race when the host the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns at Rutherford Rink this weekend.

THE HEADLINES

  • Saskatchewan was ranked No. 7 in the final CIS poll before the semester break. The Huskies were the lone team from the Canada West to crack the Top 10.
  • As teams enter the back end of the season five points separate first from seventh place in the conference standings. Alberta and Manitoba lead the standings with 28 points, followed by UBC with 27 points, Saskatchewan with 26 points, Regina with 25 points and Mount Royal and Lethbridge with 23 points each.
  • The Huskies have excelled on the power-play this season, leading the CIS having converted on 29 percent of their opportunities.
  • Friday night, the women's hockey team will be participating in their eighth annual Play For The Cure night. This year, the Huskies have chosen to support Andrea Dipple's "Dollars For Dipples" fundraising campaign as she battles cancer and KidSport in honour of men's hockey alum Cody Smuk. During Friday's game, the Huskies will wear special Play For The Cure jerseys donated by the Herner Family. The black on the jerseys honours Smuk, while the orange brings awareness for Acute Myeloid Leukemia in support of Dipple. The jerseys will also feature a box with Dipple's initials and a second box with 'Smuk 24'. The game worn jerseys can be purchased at a silent auction during Friday's game.
  • Friday night is Free Youth Night.


THE SERIES

Since 2009-10, the Huskies are 17-9 against the Pronghorns. Saskatchewan has enjoyed success at home over Lethbridge posting a 10-2 record over that time with both losses coming in overtime. The two teams split the first two meetings this season in Lethbridge. Lethbridge took the opener on October 16 with a 4-3 final, while Saskatchewan rebounded to win 3-1 on Saturday.

UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (6-7-2-1)

The Lethbridge Pronghorns look to keep moving in the right direction as they open play in 2016.

The 'Horns got a much needed 2-1 win over Alberta in the final game of 2015, ending a seven game losing skid. Lethbridge was outscored 21-2 over that stretch. The losing streak dropped the 'Horns significantly in the standings after they started the season strong with a 7-1 spurt.

Fourth-year forward Lauren Fredrich leads the 'Horns in scoring with five goals and four assists on the season. Fellow fourth-year Jocelyn Sabourin has been steady on the blue line chipping in with six assists and a pair of goals.

First-year goaltender Alicia Anderson has gained plenty of experience playing in 14 games during her rookie campaign. Anderson has posted a 2.30 goals against average and a .929 save percentage to go along with an 8-5-1 record.

NO. 7 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (6-5-3-2)

The No. 7 ranked Saskatchewan Huskies look to shake off a tough November as they open 2016 at home in Rutherford Rink.

Saskatchewan went 2-4 in November including three one-goal losses on the road. The Huskies bounced back for a 2-1 win on the road against Mount Royal to close out 2015 and sit fourth in the tightly contested conference standings.

Forward Marley Ervine is having the best season of her CIS career in her fifth and final year of eligibility. The business student has already surpassed her previous career high for points in a season with 15 on the campaign. Ervine's six goals and nine assists both match career highs and place her fifth in the Canada West scoring race.

Fifth-year defenceman Julia Flinton is having another standout season for the green and white. Flinton's 12 points is tops among all CIS blue-liners. The Agriculture and Bio student has been pivotal in leading the number one power-play unit in the CIS to an impressive 29 percent conversion rate.

Cassidy Hendricks has handled the bulk of the workload in goal for Saskatchewan. Hendricks has posted a 2.24 goals against average and .914 save percentage to go along with her 7-4-2 record in 13 games.