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October 16, 2012, EDMONTON – Alberta rugby scrum-half Chelsea Guthrie and UBC hockey forward Scott Wasden are Canada West Athletes of the Week.

FEMALE: Chelsea Guthrie, Alberta (rugby)

Alberta Pandas rugby player Chelsea Guthrie, a third-year scrum-half and former Canada West all-star, has been a dynamo all season for the Pandas.

Over the Oct 12-14 weekend, Guthrie led Alberta in tries, scoring four, and 20 points in total, as she paced the CIS #7 Pandas rugby team to victories over the #5 Calgary Dinos and the six-time Canada West defending champion, #6 Lethbridge Pronghorns. Both wins were on the road in southern Alberta, and with those victories, Alberta clinched first place overall in the conference standings, as well as the No.1 seed for the Canada West championship tournament.

On Friday, Guthrie, who played for Canada at the most recent world university rugby sevens championship, scored three tries as the Pandas scored a big 46-24 victory over the previously unbeaten Calgary Dinos.

Against Lethbridge, Guthrie was key again as she recorded Alberta’s second try to put the Pandas up 14-0 on Lethbridge, a team the Pandas had last beaten in 2008.

Guthrie now has six tries this season, which ties her for the Canada West lead, as well as 30 points, which ties her for second in the conference.

The Pandas host the Canada West championship tournament Oct 19 & 21 at Ellerslie Rugby Park in Edmonton. On Friday, Alberta faces UBC and Calgary plays Lethbridge.

MALE: #19 Scott Wasden, UBC (hockey)

UBC forward Scott Wasden scored three times and added a helper to help the Thunderbirds to a split on the road at the #7-ranked Calgary Dinos.

On Friday, Oct. 12, Wasden scored at 5:12 of the third period to tie the game at 2-2. Then at 18:22, he got the game-winning 3-2 goal as UBC tallied four straight to win 4-2. Both Wasden markers were on the power play. Those were two of his eight shots on net in the game.

The next night, Wasden found the net again on the power play, at 15:15 of the second period, to put UBC 3-1. After Calgary stormed back to take the lead in the third period, Wasden assisted on Jessi Hilton’s goal that cut the UBC deficit to 6-4.

Wasden has five points in four games for the Thunderbirds, which ply their first two home games of the regular season against Lethbridge, Oct. 19-20.

Next Athletes of the Week: Tuesday, October 23

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Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.

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