Ice Chips: Crowchild Classic kicks off key men's hockey weekend

Ice Chips: Crowchild Classic kicks off key men's hockey weekend

Canada West Communications

To get you set for another weekend of Canada West men's hockey action, here are some storylines from around the conference in the latest edition of Ice Chips.

Cougars and Dinos face off at the Saddledome

MRU Athletics

CALGARY - The Cougars are undefeated on Saddledome ice including last season's 2-0 shutout of the Dinos. This season, the Cougars have already handed the Dinos two losses. In the second game of their previous series, Mount Royal rallied from a 3-1 third period deficit to win 5-3 and earn the sweep.

THE SERIES:

Mount Royal leads the all-time regular season series with Dinos going 7-6-1 over the past four years. The Dinos do own a 2-1 playoff advantage, having knocked Mount Royal out in the conference semifinals last season.

MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (13-5-2)

After a three-game losing streak, the Cougars have been unstoppable going 9-1 in their last 10 games with their only loss coming at the hands of the first place Saskatchewan Huskies. Mount Royal has climbed all the way to second place and have one of the lightest conference schedules on the way in. Tyler Fiddler is second in the conference in scoring with 30 points (10G, 20A) and is only two back of Jordan DePape of the Manitoba Bisons.

CALGARY DINOS (7-9-4)

The Dinos have bounced back a bit since a shaky November. On Friday night, they pushed the Huskies all the way to double overtime before ultimately falling 4-3. Chris Collins leads the Dinos attack. The third year forward has 22 points in 20 games for Coach Mark Howell. After splitting time early with Myles Hovdebo, Steven Stanford has taken over the majority of the goaltending duties. Stanford is 4-5-4 with a 3.02 GAA and a 0.881 save percentage. 

 

UBC to host league leaders at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre this weekend

Jeremy Laurie, UBC Athletics

VANCOUVER - The UBC Thunderbirds men's hockey team (9-8-3) will take on the No. 2-ranked Saskatchewan Huskies (17-3-0) in back-to-back games this weekend. The teams will face off on Friday, January 20 and Saturday, January 21 at 7 p.m. (PT). Both games will take place at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.
 
The Thunderbirds, who haven't played at home since November, have dropped four of their last six contests. With a 5-2-1 season record at home, UBC will hope to take advantage of playing on home ice when they host the conference-leading Huskies.
 
Last Saturday's win over Alberta (13-5-2) marked the first shootout of the season in Canada West men's hockey, with UBC logging their first points since returning from winter break. Scott Macdonald (Surrey, B.C.) netted the lone goal of the shootout.

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Bears looking to keep muzzling Cougars

Connor Hood, Bears and Pandas Athletics

EDMONTON - Following a series split against the visiting UBC Thunderbirds, the 13-5-2 University of Alberta Golden Bears hockey team will look to get back on track this weekend against the 5-15-0 Regina Cougars, Friday and Saturday night at Clare Arena. 

The Bears and Cougars will clash at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, with the rematch set for 6:00p.m. the following night.

Riding a six-game winning streak into the New Year, and within striking distance of the top spot in the conference, the Bears opened 2016 flat, winning only once in four games. 

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'Horns aim to get back in playoff pciture this weekend with series against Bisons

A.J. Mike Smith, Pronghorns Athletics

LETHBRIDGE - Lethbridge – After splitting last weekend's two game set with the University of Regina Cougars, the Pronghorns Men's hockey team is back in the Nicolas Sheran arena to take on the University of Manitoba Bisons.
 
The 'Horns opened up last weekend with a 6-4 W over the Cougars, but fell to the same Cougars team 6-3 24 hours later. The Bisons lost both games in Calgary to the Mount Royal Cougars by scores of 3-2 and 3-1.
 
The 'Horns and Bisons will face off on Friday at 7:00pm and Saturday at 1:00pm at the Nicholas Sheran arena. If you can't make it out to the rink, the games will be available on www.canadawest.tv.

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Men's hockey weekend schedule:

Thu. 21 Calgary   Mount Royal   8:00 PM MST
Fri. 22 Mount Royal   Calgary   7:00 PM MST
  Regina   Alberta   7:00 PM MST
  Manitoba   Lethbridge   7:00 PM MST
  Saskatchewan   UBC   7:00 PM PST
Sat. 23 Manitoba   Lethbridge   1:00 PM MST
  Regina   Alberta   6:00 PM MST
  Saskatchewan   UBC   7:00 PM PST

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