January 25, 2013, Saskatoon, SK (ISN) – For the second time this season the University of Saskatchewan hockey teams and provincial rival the University of Regina Cougars will meet in a home-and-home weekend affair.
The women’s team plays at Rutherford Rink Friday and travels to Regina Saturday, while the men play in Regina Friday and return to Saskatoon to the Credit Union Centre Saturday.
Saskatoon game times are 7 p.m. For tickets to the women’s hockey game at Rutherford Rink, call 306-966-1111 or visit huskietickets.ca. Tickets for Saturday’s men’s hockey game can be found at www.ticketmaster.ca or by calling 1-800-970-7328 or 306-938-7800. The game will be webcast at www.canadawest.tv or can be heard live on The Bull 92.9.
With an eye toward securing a playoff spot, the Huskies will look for success against the Cougars.
Splitting their first home-and-home series in November, the Huskies are much improved posting a 7-4-2 record since the meetings. Saskatchewan (8-10-4) will look to lock down one of three playoff spots remaining in the conference. The Cougars (14-7-1) have secured a postseason date and sit just two points behind the Alberta Pandas for second seed.
Since 2004-05, the Huskies are 23-14-3 against the Cougars.
Rianne Wight has led the Cougars on offence scoring 10 goals and 13 assists in 22 games. Paige Wheeler and Stephanie Sawchuk have also made strides for Regina with a combined 15 goals and 19 helpers.
Fifth-year veterans Cara Wooster and Danny Stone have been the offensive sparks for the Huskies, sitting third and fifth in scoring in the Canada West. Captain Wooster has tallied 11 goals and 13 assists, while Stone has 10 goals and 11 assists. Cami Wooster has also helped with the Huskies’ offence with five goals and 14 assists.
Rookie goalie Cassidy Hendricks has played in 19 games for the Huskies posting a .918 save percentage and a 2.33 goals against average. Toni Ross and Jennifer Schmidt have split time in net for the Cougars. Schmidt enters with an 8-5 record, while Ross sits at 6-3.
The No. 5 ranked Huskies will look to return to form seen earlier in the season in the weekend series against the Cougars.
With six games left in the regular season, Saskatchewan (15-7-0) have dropped four of their six games to start 2013. Although already clinching a spot in the playoffs, the Huskies will look to finish in one of the top two spots in the conference to earn a first-round bye. Regina (11-9-2), currently in sixth, has also secured a playoff spot.
Since 2006-07, the Huskies are 28-8 against the Cougars including a split in their first home-and-home series earlier this season.
Fourth-year Kyle Bortis continues to lead the Huskies and sit third in conference scoring tallying nine goals and 20 assists. Captain Brennan Bosch has also been strong offensively for the Huskies with a team-high 11 goals and 10 assists. Rookie Jimmy Bubnick has added another eight goals and 12 helpers.
Regina is led by Tyler Henry and Troy Hunter. Henry has 10 goals and six assists in 19 games in 2012-13, while Hunter has tallied six goals and nine assists in 17 games.
Ryan Holfeld has appeared in all 22 games for the Huskies this season recording a .905 save percentage and 2.87 goals against average. Lucas Gore and Andrew Hayes have each played 11 games in net for the Cougars.
Support The Hockey Teams
Women’s Hockey Play For A Cure
On Friday night, each women’s hockey player will wear a special Play For A Cure Huskie jersey during the game against the Cougars. These game worn jerseys are available for purchase. The money will be donated to Leukemia. Check out the display near the Rutherford Rink concession to learn more.
Men’s Hockey Grow The Flow
Huskies Zak Stebner, Cody Smuk, Craig McCallum, Kyle Aschim and Matthew Delahey have paired with the Canadian Cancer Society and Andrew Bell, a young cancer survivor, to raise money and awareness for cancer in support services in Saskatchewan.
Motivated by Andrew’s courage, the five Huskies are growing their hair to donate at the end of the season at Relay For Life on March 23. Andrew will become part of the team and be with the Huskies every step of the way in the run to the 2013 CIS PotashCorp University Cup Presented by Co-op hosted in Saskatoon March 14-17.
Already smashing their goal of $5,000, the Huskies are looking for your help to make it to $12,000. Help us achieve the goal with special events. Fans can have their haircut courtesy of Fresca Bella on the concourse level, as well as purchase pucks to participate in Chuck-A-Puck in the second intermission. Don’t miss the display table on the concourse.
Watch the Grow The Flow video here: http://huskies.usask.ca/media/video/GrowTheFlow.m4v