Dinos home opener on tap against T-Birds

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October 10, 2013, CALGARY (ISN) – With two wins in their back pocket already, the No. 4- ranked University of Calgary Dinos host the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds in a two-game set this weekend at the Father David Bauer Arena.

HOME EVENTS:

Men’s Hockey (Canada West)

  • Friday: Dinos vs. UBC, 7 p.m., Father David Bauer
  • Saturday: Dinos vs. UBC, 6 p.m., Father David Bauer

Women’s Basketball (Calgary Cup)

  • Thursday: Dinos vs. MRU, 6 p.m., Jack Simpson Gym
  • Friday: Dinos vs. Alberta, 6 p.m., Jack Simpson Gym
  • Saturday: Dinos vs. York, 5 p.m., Jack Simpson Gym

Men’s Basketball (Calgary Cup)

  • Thursday: Dinos vs. McMaster, 8 p.m., Jack Simpson Gym
  • Friday: Dinos vs. Cape Breton, 8 p.m., Jack Simpson Gym
  • Saturday: Dinos vs. Westminister, 7 p.m., Jack Simpson Gym

Women’s Soccer (Canada West)

  • Saturday: Dinos vs. Trinity Western, 12 p.m., West Varsity Pitch
  • Sunday: Dinos vs. UBC, 12 p.m., West Varsity Pitch

Men’s Soccer (Canada West)

  • Sunday: Dinos vs. UNBC, 2:15 p.m., West Varsity Pitch

AWAY EVENTS:

Women’s Hockey (Canada West)

  • Friday: Dinos at UBC, 8 p.m., Thunderbird Arena
  • Saturday: Dinos at UBC, 3 p.m., Thunderbird Arena

Field Hockey (Canada West)

  • Saturday: Dinos at Victoria, 2 p.m., Victoria, B.C.
  • Sunday: Dinos at Victoria, 2 p.m., Victoria, B.C.

Men’s hockey: Puck Dinos open home schedule vs. T-Birds

Action will get under way on Friday, Oct. 11 with a 7 p.m. puck drop. The set will wrap up the following night with the game getting started an hour earlier at 6 p.m.

Last weekend the Dinos opened their season with back-to-back games versus the Regina Cougars. In convincing fashion, Calary took both games by scores of 5-2 and 4-1. Seven different Dinos scored their first goals of the season, while both Kris Lazaruk and Jacob DeSerres notched victories. First-year forward Chris Collins (2g, 1a) and defenceman Giffen Nyren (2g, 1a) led the way offensively with three points each.

“I was happy we got the chance to play 10 exhibition games because it gave our new guys some time to get what it takes to be good at this level,” said Dinos bench boss Mark Howell. “They are starting to grasp how intense it is and how focused you have to be.”

“This year we are all really grasping the right mentality and that should make for a very positive season,” added forward Taylor Stefishen.

Also worth noting was the Dinos ability to stay out of the penalty box in Regina. Calgary spent just 22 minutes in the penalty box, the lowest of the six teams to play last week. In recent years, the Calgary has been one of the more penalized teams in the conference, a trend Howell will be eager to change in 2013-14.

Expect nothing to be held back this weekend between two teams that hold a shared history from recent playoffs. For the past two years, Calgary has beaten UBC in Game 3 of Canada West Quarterfinals to end their hockey season. This weekend is also the first two matches of UBC’s conference schedule and they will be eager to get off to a strong start.

“They are a really hard working group, they’ve turned it around in the past couple of years and you know every night they are going to come out and work as hard as they can,” said fifth-year Dino Mark Stojan. “They will push you to the limits.”

Similar to their counterparts, the Thunderbirds are will skate a number of players who will make their CIS debuts here in Calgary. UBC recruited seven new members to their club this offseason, all of which spent time in the Western Hockey League. Two bodies who could stand out are Brandon Underwood out of the Red Deer Rebels and Wes Vannieuwenhuizen out of the Vancouver Giants, who combined for 450 lbs. of mass on the UBC blue line. First-year goaltender Matt Hewitt could also see time this weekend, teaming up with Steven Stanford to take over for former No. 1 Jordan White.

“They are going to be a really good team,” said Howell of his opposition. “I think they are going to contend for a top-4 spot, everyone better be ready for them.”

Next weekend, Calgary will play a home-and-home set against the Lethbridge Pronghorns on Oct. 18-19. Game 1 will take place in Lethbridge before shifting to the Father David Bauer Arena on Saturday evening.

On Oct. 18-19, the Thunderbirds will return to the west coast for their home opener against Regina.

Basketball: 2013 Calgary Cup hits the Jack

CALGARY – The University of Calgary Dinos along with the Mount Royal Cougars will play host to six teams over the weekend in the second annual Calgary Cup.

The Alberta Golden Bears will travel south to attend the pre-season tournament, as well as the McMaster Marauders from the OUA, the Cape Breton Capers from the AUS and the Westminister College Griffins who compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division I in the USA.

On the women’s side, the Dinos will play against some familiar teams including the Cougars, the Alberta Pandas and the York Lions, heading into town from Ontario.

The last time the Calgary Dinos men’s team hit the court to compete was back in August when they hosted Arkansas State and Arkansas Little Rock in the Battle of the Border. They won their first game of the season on the opening night of the tournament and Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson led the way each game for the Dinos, entering his fourth year of eligibility. Team veterans Matt Letkeman and Josh Owen-Thomas will be looked to for leadership and Anaclet Mulumba Mbayi returns from last year’s season ending injury.

The Dinos 2013-14 squad will see action on the court on Thursday for the first time as a team this season. The Canada West Defensive Player of the Year in 2012-13 was Tamara Jarrett and she will return for her fifth and final season of her career. Point guard Kristie Shiels will take the reigns with the graduation of Megan Schaufele and guard Ashley Hirons heads into her third year for the Dinos.

For many teams, this will be their first tests of the season with new squads. A traditionally strong Alberta Bears team heads into the weekend with five fifth-years as well as CIS All-Rookie Team member Youssef Ouahrig. Alberta’s women’s team will look to improve on their respectable 14-8 record from last season this year.

The Mount Royal Cougars enter just their second seasons as a school competing in the CIS. Both men’s and women’s teams were unable to qualify for playoffs with both teams ending the season with a 5-17 record.

The Capers have lost AUS MVP and All-Canadian Jimmy Dorsey, but head coach Matt Skinn earned the Coach of the Year honours in his first season with CBU.

For the Marauders, OUA All-Stars Taylor Black and Joe Rocca returns as well as CIS All-Rookie team member Rohan Boney.

The York Lions women’s team also comes to visit the Jack this weekend from the OUA. First-Team All-Star and All-Rookie team member Cyrielle Recoura unfortunately does not return this season.

Women’s soccer: Dinos return home to host Trinity Western, UBC

CALGARY – After two weekends on the road, the University of Calgary Dinos return home Oct. 12-13 to host some traditionally strong teams from British Columbia including the Trinity Western Spartans and the UBC Thunderbirds.

Both games will go down at noon at West Varsity Pitch on the University of Calgary campus.

With a playoff position locked up for the first time since 2008, the Dinos finish out their season jockeying to host a home playoff game. Their 5-2-2 record currently places them in fifth in Canada West with three games left in the regular season.

The Dinos had a tough weekend out west when they faced the Fraser Valley Cascades and the following day took on the Victoria Vikes. On Friday, despite a 1-0 lead after the first half, the Cascades fought back scoring a goal of their own to end the game in a draw. Saturday’s result was less fruitful as the Dinos suffered just their second loss of the season in a 2-1 battle with Victoria. Nikki Furukawa was the lone goal scorer in both matches for Calgary.

After a tough start to some B.C. rivals, the Spartans found their groove, having not lost a match in six games. They haven’t allowed a goal in the last four games and last weekend romped the Winnipeg Wesman 5-0 following that up with a 3-0 win over Manitoba.

Besides Alberta, UBC is the only other undefeated school left in the conference. Besides some tie games versus Trinity Western, Fraser Valley and Saskatchewan, it has been smooth sailing for the Thunderbirds. Last weekend they defeated Manitoba 2-0 and the next day took down the Wesman 8-0.

The Dinos will take on the Lethbridge Pronghorns Oct. 19 at West Varsity Pitch at 12 p.m. in their final game of the regular season. Playoffs begin the following weekend on Oct. 26.

Men’s soccer: Dinos to take on Timberwolves

CALGARY – The University of Calgary Dinos will play their one game this weekend on Oct. 13 against the University of British Columbia Timberwolves at 2:15 p.m. at West Varsity Pitch.

The Dinos currently sit in second place in the Prairie Division in the conference with 5 wins, 4 losses and a tie for 16 points. With just five games left in the regular season, Calgary will hope to solidify a playoff position by finishing in the top three in their division.

The Dinos got back on track last weekend with some important wins over the Mount Royal Cougars. Heading down the road, Calgary defeated Mount Royal 2-1 in the second installment of the Crowchild Classic and followed that up with a 1-0 win the next day. Goalkeeper Jordan Unreiner earned his second shut out of the season.

For UNBC, their season has been less than stellar, recording just one win over the course of eight games thus far. Their win came over Winnipeg in a 1-0 battle. Last weekend, they faced a dominant UBC squad who defeated with 4-1 and 3-0.

The Dinos will head west next weekend to take on the Fraser Valley Cascades and the Victoria Vikes Oct. 18-19 before returning home for their final games of the regular season, hosting the Trinity Western Spartans and the UBC Thunderbirds, Oct. 26-27.

 

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