Canada West Communications
To get you set for this weekend's Canada West men's hockey action, here are some storylines from around the conference in the latest edition of Ice Chips.
Crowchild Classic set to takeover Saddledome
MRU Cougars Communications
CALGARY - The Cougars and Dinos will clash in the fifth annual Crowchild Classic Saddledome game on Thursday night. The game will also have serious playoff implications as the Dinos sit just two points back of MRU for third spot in the division. Mount Royal is also chasing Alberta (two points back) for home ice in the first round of the playoffs.
Bears host Horns on ATB Military Appreciation Night
Matt Gutsch, Bears and Pandas Athletics
EDMONTON - With 24 games in the books and 33 points earned, the No.6 ranked University of Alberta Golden Bears hockey team will look to cement their playoff positioning over their final four conference games, beginning this Friday with a two-game series against the Lethbridge Pronghorns.
The Golden Bears, fresh off a sweep over the No.9 ranked Mount Royal Cougars, currently occupy second place in the Canada West standings, five back of the conference leading Saskatchewan Huskies. The top teams after the conference season receive a first round 'bye', as well as home ice in the conference semi-final series.
T-Birds host Regina for a pair of must-win games in final home weekend
Jeff Sargeant, UBC Sports Media
VANCOUVER - The UBC Thunderbirds (8-13-3) host the Regina Cougars (3-19-2) for the final home games of the regular season Friday and Saturday, February 3rd and 4th needing a pair of wins.
The T-Birds continue to chase down the Pronghorns for the final Canada West playoff spot. But sitting four points back of Lethbridge and with just four games remaining on the schedule, UBC needs to secure every point they can get.
Men's hockey weekend schedule:
|Thu. 2||Mount Royal||Calgary||7:45 PM MST||Live stats|
|Fri. 3||Manitoba||Saskatchewan||7:00 PM CST||Live stats|
|Calgary||Mount Royal||7:00 PM MST||Live stats|
|Lethbridge||Alberta||7:00 PM MST||Live stats|
|Regina||UBC||7:00 PM PST||Live stats|
|Sat. 4||Regina||UBC||4:00 PM PST||Live stats|
|Manitoba||Saskatchewan||7:00 PM CST||Live stats|
|Lethbridge||Alberta||6:00 PM MST||Live stats|
Watch every game on Canada West TV.