October 9, 2013, SASKATCHEWAN (ISN) – The Universities of Saskatchewan and Manitoba faceoff this weekend at Rutherford Rink looking to gain an early edge in the Canada West standings. Saskatchewan (1-1) and Manitoba (1-1) sit tied with five other teams for third in the young Canada West season. Regina (2-0) was the only team to finish the opening weekend undefeated.
The teams split their games in Saskatoon last season with Manitoba taking the first game 3-2 and Saskatchewan winning the second 5-2.
Fifth-year Saskatchewan forward Cami Wooster will look to get back on the score sheet after having her 10-game point streak, extending back to the 2012-13 season, snapped on Saturday against Mount Royal.
Cassidy Hendricks made 51 saves in two games against Manitoba in 2012-13 including a 29 save performance in a 1-0 loss.
Saskatchewan is 7-1 against Manitoba in their last eight meetings in Rutherford Rink.
Since 2008-09, the two teams have split their 22 regular season meetings. Manitoba won three of four games between the two programs in 2012-13. The Huskies’ lone win came in Saskatoon in October. During that stretch, Saskatchewan is 8-2 at home against the Bisons.
UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA BISONS (1-1-0)
After dropping their opening game of the season 5-1 against the University of Alberta Pandas, the Bisons rebounded on Saturday shutting out the Pandas 1-0 to earn the weekend split.
Cassandra Taylor and Brenley Anderson have been the goal scorers for the Bisons two games into the Canada West season.
Third-year goalie Dée-Ana Marion posted the shutout on Saturday making 24 saves in her first start of the season.
UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (1-1-0)
After a weekend split with the Mount Royal Cougars, the Huskies hope for a pair of wins over the visiting Bisons to stay with the conference front-runners early in the Canada West season.
Saskatchewan opened the season with a 3-1 win on Friday over Mount Royal with goals coming from Cami Wooster, Cassandra Jorgenson and Sara Greschner.
A late breakdown in their defensive zone cost the Huskies on Saturday night. With the score tied at one late in the third period, Saskatchewan failed to clear the puck outside the blue line leading to a scramble in front of the net resulting in a Cougar 2-1 win. Chelsey Sundby scored the lone goal for the green and white.
Cassidy Hendricks made 25 saves to record the win on Friday night, while Karen Lefsrud stopped 25 shots in her CIS debut on Saturday.