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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.
No. 1 Huskies look to stay on top
SASKATOON - The No. 1-ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies can lock up one of the top two seeds in the Canada West standings when they host the University of Manitoba Bisons this weekend at Rutherford Rink.
• Saskatchewan (No. 1) is one of two other Canada West teams in the CIS rankings. The Huskies are joined by Alberta (No. 5) and MRU (No. 10) in the Top 10.
• Saskatchewan is just three points away from earning one of the top two seeds in the conference and a bye to the semifinal series.
• Huskie forward Levi Cable leads the Canada West in goal scoring with 14 goals.
• Manitoba forward Jordan DePape leads the conference scoring race with 33 points.
• Huskie forward Kohl Bauml was named Canada West First Star of the Week for his three goals and three assists at UBC.
• Saskatchewan goaltender Jordon Cooke leads the conference with a .928 save percentage and is closing in on the Huskies record for wins in a season.
Men's hockey to host Winter Classic and to honour seniors this weekend
Aaron Martin, UBC Athletics
VANCOUVER - The UBC Thunderbirds men's hockey team (9-10-3) will be looking to get back in the win column this weekend, as they host the Lethbridge Pronghorns (8-13-1) in a back-to-back set.
The first of this weekend's two-game set has been dubbed the second annual UBC Winter Classic, and is set for a 7 p.m. start time on Friday, January 29. The rematch between the two sides will be set for another 7 p.m. puck drop on Saturday, January 30. Four graduating seniors will be honoured before the opening faceoff: Neil Manning (Nanaimo, B.C.), Scott MacDonald (Surrey, B.C.), Dillon Wagner (Duffield, Alta.) and Jessi Hilton(Sherwood Park, Alta.)
Both games will take place at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.
Rivalry continues for Dinos as they face Golden Bears
Kelly-Anne Roberts, Dinos Athletics
CALGARY - Rivalry match-ups continue to be the trend for the University of Calgary Dinos as they take on their provincial rivals the University of Alberta Golden Bears this weekend, Jan. 28-29th. The Dinos will travel to Edmonton Friday night before returning home to take on the Bears, puck is set to drop at the Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary at 6 p.m.
"These games are very important for the standings and match-ups going into the playoffs," explains third year forward Danny Gayle. "There's only a chance for 12 points left in the season, we're getting to the end and we would have liked to have had a few more wins at this point in the year but I believe we are peaking at the right time."
With only three weekends remaining in regular season action the Dinos are chasing third place, sitting just seven points back of the Mount Royal University Cougars who currently hold third. Having swept the Cougars last weekend the Dinos moved out of sixth and into a more definitive playoff spot, but the season isn't over yet.
Battle of the Cougars this weekend at Flames Community Arenas
CALGARY - Mount Royal dismantled Regina in their first meeting of the season. MRU feasted on their fellow Cougars, scoring nine times. The rest of the season hasn't gone much better for Regina, winning only five times in 22 games. After winning nine of ten, Mount Royal is currently slumping, having lost two in a row.
Mount Royal is 8-6 all-time against Regina. In the two meetings earlier this season, Mount Royal claimed both games by a combined score of 15-5.
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (13-6-3)
Mount Royal lost their last two meetings with the Calgary Dinos but have still won 9 of their last 12 games. The Cougars currently sit third in the conference, trailing Alberta by three points for a shot at a first round bye. Tyler Fiddler was held off the score sheet this weekend but the fifth year all-star remains only three points back of Jordan DePape for the conference scoring lead.
REGINA COUGARS (5-17-0)
2015-16 is a season Regina would like to forget. They are dead last in every single statistical category and have all but been eliminated from the playoffs. Perhaps the brightest spot for the team is rookie JJ Coleshaw. The Clavet, Saskatchewan native is tied for the team lead in points (12) with veterans Cody Fowlie and Ian McNulty. Mitch Kilgore and Dawson MacAuley have split the goaltending duties, with Kilgore playing one more game than MacAuley this season.
Men's hockey weekend schedule:
|Fri. 29||Manitoba||Saskatchewan||7:00 PM CST|
|Regina||Mount Royal||7:00 PM MST|
|Calgary||Alberta||7:00 PM MST|
|Lethbridge||UBC||7:00 PM PST|
|Sat. 30||Regina||Mount Royal||3:00 PM MST|
|Manitoba||Saskatchewan||7:00 PM CST|
|Alberta||Calgary||6:00 PM MST|
|Lethbridge||UBC||7:00 PM PST
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