Huskies Host Rival Pandas

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

Game Date: February 5 & 6, 2016

Game Location: Rutherford Rink, 7pm

Webcast: canadawest.tv

THE GAMES

With only four games remaining in the 2015-16 Canada West regular season, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies and the University of Alberta Pandas meet at Rutherford Rink this weekend with post-season seeding on the line.

THE HEADLINES

  • With just four games left in the Canada West schedule, the Huskies sit fourth in the standings with 36 points. UBC leads the conference with 43 points, followed by Regina and Alberta with 42 points each. Manitoba and Lethbridge trail Saskatchewan with 35 and 33 points respectively.
  • After a stretch of 10 straight weeks in the CIS Top 10, Saskatchewan fell out of the rankings in this week's poll. UBC (No. 9) and Regina (No. 10) are the only two Canada West schools ranked in the current poll.
  • Fifth-year Huskie Julia Flinton continues to lead all CIS defenceman with 23 points this season. Flinton is fourth in conference scoring and leads all CIS blue liners by 10 points.
  • Alberta goaltender Lindsey Post enters the weekend with the best goals against average in the conference at 1.47.


THE SERIES

Since 2009-10, the Huskies are 10-14-2 against the Pandas in regular season action. Earlier this season the teams split a pair of games in Edmonton. The Huskies took Friday's meeting on October 30, 3-2 before falling 5-1 on Saturday.

UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA PANDAS (13-8-0-3)
The Alberta Pandas have clinched a playoff spot and now have their eyes set on first place in the Canada West.

The Pandas are currently tied for second with the Regina Cougars with 42 points, just one point behind the conference leading UBC Thunderbirds. Alberta will look to end their road woes when they visit Saskatoon. The Pandas have dropped four of their last five away from home.

First-year Alex Poznikoff leads the Pandas in scoring with 16 points on the season. Poznikoff has scored 11 goals, three on the power-play, and has notched five assists on the season.

Lindsey Post has seen the majority of time between the pipes for Alberta. Post leads the Canada West with a 1.47 goals against average and has a .922 save percentage in 2015-16.

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (9-9-3-3)
The Saskatchewan Huskies can secure their spot in the post-season with a strong weekend.

Currently fourth in the Canada West standings with 36 points, Saskatchewan can lock up a spot in the playoffs with five points this weekend. The Huskies are still within striking distance of the conference leaders and still have a shot to finish in the top two spots and earn a first round bye.

Fifth-year defenceman Julia Flinton is having a standout season for the Huskies on the blue line. Flinton is tied for fourth in scoring in the Canada West with 23 points on three goals and 20 assists. Her 23 points leads all CIS defenceman by a 10 point margin.

Cassidy Hendricks has posted a 10-7-3 record in goal for Saskatchewan. Hendricks has allowed just 2.23 goals per contest to go along with a .908 save percentage.