Three Stars of the Week: Saskatchewan’s Cooke, TWU’s Wendel named first stars

Three Stars of the Week: Saskatchewan’s Cooke, TWU’s Wendel named first stars

Canada West Communications

NEW WESTMINSTER - University of Saskatchewan goaltender Jordon Cooke and Trinity Western University opposite Elizabeth Wendel are the Canada West Male and Female First Stars of the Week respectively for the period ending Sunday, March 6.

Cooke backstopped the Huskies over the weekend to their first conference men’s hockey title since 2011-12, as Saskatchewan downed the Alberta Golden Bears in the Canada West Final.

The second-year netminder stopped 54 of the 56 shots he faced during Saskatchewan two-game sweep of Alberta, including a 28-save shutout in Game 1 of the series.

The weekend marked the first time in more than five years the Bears were held to two goals combined over a two-game weekend series.

On the women’s side, Elizabeth Wendel from TWU also lifted her team to a conference banner, as the Spartans bested the Alberta Pandas and UBCO Heat en route to the Canada West women’s volleyball title in Kelowna.

Wendel led the charge for TWU over the weekend, including Friday against Alberta when she earned 26.5 points, which is among the most in conference single playoff game history. 

Also earning star honours this week were: MacEwan University’s Megan Wood (female second star), Thompson Rivers’ Reese Pribilsky (male second star), UBC’s Danielle Dube (female third star), and TWU’s Ryan Sclater (male third star).

 

Male First Star – Jordon Cooke

Saskatchewan Huskies hockey

Goaltender

2nd-year

Leduc, AB

Arts & Science

Game log: Friday, March 4 – 28-save shutout in 4-0 W vs. Alberta / Saturday, March 5 – stopped 26 of 28 shots in 3-2 W vs. Alberta.

Second-year University of Saskatchewan goaltender Jordon Cooke was terrific between the pipes over the course of the Canada West Men’s Hockey Final, helping the Huskies to their first conference title since 2011-12.

Cooke was perfect in Game 1 of the series against the Alberta Golden Bears. Cooke made 28 saves in the contest to record the shutout. With the Bears pressing in the third period, the Leduc, Alta. native turned aside 12 shots to preserve the shutout. 

In Game 2, Cooke was at it again. After winning the Canada West’s Most Outstanding Player Award and Top Goalie Award earlier in the week, the Arts & Science student showed the conference why he was deemed top dog. Cooke stopped 26 of 28 shots in the game to help Saskatchewan lift the trophy for the first time in four years.

The weekend performance by Cooke allowed Saskatchewan to hold Alberta to just two goals over the weekend – an offensive outage the likes of which the Bears hadn’t suffered through in more than five years.

The Huskies now head to the University Cup in Halifax March 17-20 looking for a national title.

 

Female First Star – Elizabeth Wendel

Trinity Western Spartans volleyball

Opposite

4th-year

Caronport, SK

Biblical Studies

Game log: Friday, March 4 – 22 kills, 17 digs, seven blocks and 26.5 points in 3-2 W vs. Alberta / Saturday, March 5 – 20 kills, nine digs, three blocks and 21.5 points in 3-2 W vs. UBCO.

TWU fourth-year outside hitter Elizabeth Wendel led the Spartans to their second straight Canada West championship over the weekend with two 3-2 upset wins over Alberta and UBC Okanagan. Wendel finished the Final Four at UBCO in Kelowna with 42 kills, 26 digs, 10 blocks and 48 points, to earn tournament MVP honours.

In Friday’s dramatic come from behind 3-2 win, the Canada West first team all-star helped the Spartans beat the Alberta Pandas 22-25, 26-28, 25-19, 25-18, and 15-13 to earn a spot in the Canada West final and a return trip to the CIS championships. Wendel finished the evening with 22 kills, 17 digs, seven blocks and 26.5 points.

Then on Saturday against the home No. 1 UBCO Heat Wendel led the Spartans to a 3-2 win and their second straight Canada West title. In the 25-19, 18-25, 25-18, 23-25, 15-10 win the Biblical Studies major led the Spartans with 20 kills, nine digs, three blocks and 21.5 points.

In Friday’s win the native of Caronport, Saskatchewan finished with 22-10-66 attack line. Her 66 attempts is the second most in TWU history and her 26.5 points is among the highest point totals in a Canada West conference playoff match.

The Trinity Western Spartans will now defend their CIS women’s volleyball title as the No. 1 seed heading into this week’s CIS championship in Brandon.

 

Male Second Star – Reese Pribilsky

Thompson Rivers WolfPack basketball

5th-year

Forward

Victoria, BC

Business

Game log: Thursday, March 3 – 25 points, 10 assists, two steals and four rebounds in 102-94 L vs. Regina / Friday, March 4 – 16 points, nine assists, four steals and five rebounds in 90-85 W vs. Regina / Saturday, March 5 – 27 points, five assists, one steal and three rebounds in 86-73 W vs. Regina.

Reese Pribilsky is a big part of the TRU WolfPack’s first appearance in the Canada West Final Four this weekend, after a three-game quarter-final win over Regina this past weekend.

The Victoria product was a major contributor in the three-game quarterfinal win over the Cougars after TRU rallied from a 1-0 series deficit.

Pribilsky—a third team Canada West all-star – was the leading scorer twice in the series (Game 1 and Game 3).

The WolfPack now prepare to take on UBC in a Final Four semifinal Friday in Calgary. A win would punch TRU’s ticket to the CIS Final 8 tournament March 17-20 in Vancouver.

 

Female Second Star – Megan Wood

MacEwan Griffins basketball

Forward

5th-year

Edmonton, AB

Arts

Game log: Friday, March 4 – 23 points, five assists, two rebounds and two steals in 78-69 W vs. Victoria / Saturday, March 5 – 34 points, six rebounds, one assist, two steals in 77-62 W vs. Victoria.

MacEwan University fifth-year forward Megan Wood was tremendous offensively this past weekend, as the Griffins earned their first-ever playoff victories and series sweep over the University of Victoria Vikes at home in Edmonton.

In Friday night’s 78-69 win, Wood recorded 23 points, five assists, two rebounds, five assists, and two steals. The Arts major led all scorers in Saturday night’s 77-62 victory with 34 points, six rebounds, one assist and two steals. Wood averaged 37 minutes of playing time for the weekend.

Griffins head coach David Oldham was proud of the hard work his veteran forward contributed.

“Megan had a wonderful weekend for us in our playoff series versus the University of Victoria.  She was a dominant scorer and defended a couple of very good players from Victoria,” stated Coach Oldham. “Megan had a perfect ending to her five-year career by leading her team to our first playoff victory in her last game on her home floor.”

 

Male Third Star – Ryan Sclater

Trinity Western volleyball

Outside hitter

4th-year

Port Coquitlam, BC

English

Game log: Friday, March 4 – 13 kills, 38.5 hitting percentage, six digs, 14.5 points in 3-0 W vs. Alberta / Saturday, March 5 – 21 kills, 36.2 hitting percentage, seven blocks, seven digs, 25.5 points in 3-1 W vs. Saskatchewan.

TWU fourth-year outside hitter Ryan Sclater led the Spartans to the third Canada West championship in program history over the weekend with a 3-0 upset win over Alberta and 3-1 upset win over Saskatchewan. Sclater combined for 34 kills, eight blocks, 13 digs, two service aces and 40 points.

In Friday’s stunning 3-0 win (25-21, 25-17, 25-18) over the top-ranked Alberta Golden Bears the Port Coquitlam, B.C. English major finished the evening with 13 kills, (13-3-26) 38.5 percent hitting, six digs, one ace, one block and 14.5 points in the one hour and 15 minute match.

Then on Saturday against the Saskatchewan Huskies, Sclater led the Spartans to a 3-1 (25-22, 25-19, 35-37, 25-23) win and the Canada West championship. Sclater finished the evening with 21 kills, hitting 36.2 percent (21-4-47), seven blocks, seven digs, one ace and 25.5 points.

The third set 35-37 between the Spartans and the Huskies tied the Canada West record for most points in a set by both teams. Previously set Feb. 19, 2012 in Brandon’s 37-35 win over Calgary in Calgary.

The Trinity Western Spartans will now head to the CIS men’s volleyball championship at McMaster University in Hamilton as the No. 2 seed, looking to improve on last season’s CIS silver medal.

 

Female Third Star – Danielle Dube

UBC Thunderbirds hockey

5th-year

Goaltender

New Westminster, BC

Arts

Game log: Friday, March 4 – stopped 27 of 28 shots in 2-1 W vs. Manitoba / Saturday, March 5 – stopped 23 of 27 shots in 4-1 L vs. Manitoba / Sunday, March 6 – stopped 21 of 22 shots in 2-1 W vs. Manitoba.

Danielle Dube posted a sparkling .934 combined save percentage in the Canada West Women’s Hockey Final over the weekend, backstopping UBC to a three-game series win to give the program its second conference championship in the past four years.

Dube kicked off the series by turning in a 27-save performance in a 2-1 win, with Manitoba’s lone goal coming midway through the first period. After the ‘Birds took the 2-1 lead later in the same frame, Dube shut the door completely, making 22 saves over the final two periods, including 14 in the third, to seal the win.

UBC’s 4-1 Game 2 loss meant a third and deciding game, where Dube made 21 saves – several of the spectacular variety – to ensure that the ‘Birds earned a 2-1 win and punched their ticket to the CIS nationals.

Dube and the ‘Birds will now face the best teams the country March 17-20 in Calgary at the CIS national tournament.