November 22, 2012, OTTAWA (CIS) – Kendall Kilgour, a hockey player from Mount Royal University, and Benny Iko, a basketball player from the University of Winnipeg, are the CIS female and male athletes of the week for the period ending Nov. 18, 2012.

Kilgour, a fourth-year criminal justice student from High River, Alta., stopped 53 of 54 shots (.981) last weekend to help the Cougars (6-4-2) to a home-and-away sweep against Lethbridge. In the opener last Friday, the 5-foot-9 goaltender made 26 saves, including a pair of game-savers in overtime, as CIS newcomer Mount Royal prevailed 2-1 in a shootout to earn its first Canada West victory on home ice. The senior netminder was even better the next night as she blocked all 27 pucks fired at her in a 2-0 road win.

StFX basketball player Kolbi Roper, Sherbrooke volleyball player Roxane Hasseni and Laurentian basketball player Sasha Polischuk were also nominated for the women’s award.

Iko, a fifth-year student from Laurel, Maryland, registered back-to-back double-doubles as the Wesmen improved to 4-2 in conference play thanks to a two-game sweep over Brandon. Last Thursday in Winnipeg, the 6-foot-7 forward tallied 27 points, including 15 on five three-pointers, 14 rebounds and two blocks in a 103-72 win. He once again led the way on Saturday night in Brandon with a 13-point, 11-board effort in a 72-60 victory.

UNB hockey player Chris Culligan and Laval volleyball player Frédéric Mondou were the other male nominees.

Female nominees:

  • AUS: Kolbi Roper, basketball, St. Francis Xavier
  • RSEQ: Roxane Hasseni, volleyball, Sherbrooke
  • OUA: Sasha Polischuk, basketball, Laurentian
  • CWUAA: Kendall Kilgour, hockey, Mount Royal (recipient)

Male nominees:

  • AUS: Chris Culligan, hockey, UNB
  • RSEQ: Frédéric Mondou, volleyball, Laval
  • OUA: No nominee
  • CWUAA: Benny Iko, basketball, Winnipeg (recipient)

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