EDMONTON – After standout performances at CIS Nationals, Calgary Dinos goaltender Amanda Tapp and Golden Bears basketball star Daniel Ferguson are Canada West Athletes of the Week.
FEMALE: #1 Amanda Tapp, Calgary (hockey)
Calgary native Amanda Tapp gave up just three goals in three games and was named CIS championship Tournament MVP as the University of Calgary Dinos captured their first-ever CIS women’s hockey title last weekend at Clare Drake Arena in Edmonton.
After out-dueling legendary netminder Charline Labonté in Calgary’s 1-0 shutout of defending champion McGill Thursday night, Tapp was solid in a 4-2 win over Alberta to close pool play. In Sunday’s final against sixth-seeded Montreal, she made 27 saves – including a couple of the spectacular variety – as the Dinos cruised to a 5-1 win and raised the Golden Path trophy in just their third year back in CIS following a seven-year hiatus.
Through a magical playoff run for the Dinos, Tapp was sensational, allowing just five goals in seven games and going nearly 180 minutes without surrendering a goal. She finished the CIS tournament with a 1.00 GAA, a .953 save percentage, and a shutout to earn all-star and MVP honours at the event.
MALE: #12 Daniel Ferguson, Alberta (basketball)
Alberta Bears fifth-year basketball guard Daniel Ferguson from Malton, Ont. was named to the CIS men’s basketball Final 8 Tournament All-Star team after collecting 79 points in three games, an average of 26.3 points per game, helping the #2 seed Alberta Golden Bears to the CIS silver medal.
In his final CIS event, Ferguson was electric in Halifax as he put away 19 of 22 free throws and hit on 40% of his three-point attempts (14 of 35) at Nationals.
He scored 23 points in Alberta’s opening win over the #7 seed Ryerson Rams and he drained 31 points in the national semifinal as Alberta defeated the St. Francis Xavier X-Men in front of 7,500 fans in the Metro Cewntre to advance to the team’s first gold medal game since winning in 2002.
Against the undefeated, defending champion and #1-seeded Carleton Ravens, Ferguson drew plenty of extra attention, but still managed to bank 25 points and five of his 13 long-range shots in the Golden Bears; loss to Carleton.