Huskies and T-Birds Clash For Top Spot

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

Game Date: January 22 & 23

Game Location: Rutherford Rink, 7pm

Webcast: canadawest.tv

THE GAMES

Two of the top women's hockey teams in the Canada West meet this weekend when the No. 8 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies host the No. 10 ranked University of British Columbia Thunderbirds at Rutherford Rink.

THE HEADLINES

  • With just eight games left in the Canada West regular season, UBC sits tied for first with the Alberta at 35 points. Regina trails closely behind in third with 34 points while Saskatchewan and Manitoba follow with 33 and 32 points respectively.
  • Saskatchewan and UBC are currently the only two Canada West teams ranked in the CIS Top 10.
  • Huskie defenceman Julia Flinton leads all CIS defencemen in scoring by a seven point margin with 20 points this season.
  • UBC goaltender Danielle Dube leads the Canada West in goals against average at 1.32.


THE SERIES

Since 2009-10, the Huskies are 14-9-3 against the T-Birds in regular season play. UBC took the first two meetings with a pair of one-goal wins in November in Vancouver. The last time UBC won both meetings at home was in 2013-14. That season Saskatchewan took both games on home ice to split the season series.

NO.10 UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA THUNDERBIRDS (9-6-3-2)

The UBC Thunderbirds are back in the CIS Top 10 for the second time this season.

The T-Birds had a brief stint at No. 9 in the poll after defeating the Huskies in November.

UBC knocked of the Alberta Pandas 4-0 and 2-1 at home last weekend to move into a tie for first place in the Canada West standings.

Fifth-year forward Rebecca Unrau has been the offensive catalyst for the T-Birds this season. Unrau leads the team in points with 19 and goals with 10. She is also tied for the lead in assists for UBC with nine on the season.

The T-Birds are backed by one of the conference's top goaltenders in Danielle Dube. Dube has allowed a league low 1.32 goals against per game while posting a solid .937 save percentage in nine games.

No. 8 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (8-6-3-3)

After dropping a pair of games to the Calgary Dinos last weekend, the Saskatchewan Huskies know that every point is crucial as they get set to host UBC.

The Huskies dropped a 4-2 decision on Friday night before another tough loss, 2-1 in overtime, on Saturday. With the overtime loss the Huskies earned a point to stay in fourth in the conference standings.

Fifth-year defenceman Julia Flinton is having an impressive season. Flinton has already notched 20 points on three goals and 17 assists while recording a +17 rating. Marley Ervine continues to lead the Huskies in goal scoring with eight in the campaign.

Cassidy Hendricks has played in 16 of Saskatchewan's 20 games this season posting a .913 save percentage and a 2.22 goals against average.