Huskies host pair of B.C. rivals on final home weekend

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October 10, 2013, SASKATCHEWAN (ISN) – The University of Saskatchewan Huskies will look to extend their lead in the Canada West prairie division against a pair of B.C. rivals in the final weekend on home turf.

Game Date October 12 vs Victoria Vikes

Game Date: October 13 vs Fraser Valley Cascades

Game Locations: 2:15 p.m., Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park

THE HEADLINES

The Huskies jumped into the CIS Top 10 at No. 8 after a sweep over the then-ranked Alberta Golden Bears. Victoria also joined the CIS rankings this week at No. 10.

Saskatchewan’s sweep over the Alberta Golden Bears was the first since 2000 over their division rivals.

Saskatchewan sits first in the prairie division with a 7-3-0 record. It is the second most wins in the entire conference.

Huskie keeper Michal Bandula was named the Canada West First Star after posting his fourth shutout of the season last weekend.

Victoria swept the Fraser Valley Cascades last weekend to sit five points ahead in the pacific division race.

Victoria’s Cameron Stokes and Saskatchewan’s Brett Levis sit tied for second in the conference with six goals each.

This weekend the Huskies will celebrate fifth year athletes Ryan Contenti, Eoin McFadden and Scott Myrah.

THE MATCHUPS

Vs. Victoria Vikes: Since 2007, the Huskies are 1-7-2 against the Vikes. The lone win came 2-0 in the 2012 Canada West quarter-final. The Vikes won the lone regular season meeting 2-0 in Victoria.

Vs. UFV Cascades: Since Fraser Valley entered the Canada West in 2006, the Huskies are 7-2-2 against the Cascades. UFV and Saskatchewan tied the lone meeting between the two clubs 2-2 in Abbotsford, B.C.

No. 10 University of Victoria Vikes (6-2-0)

Entering the weekend on a two-match winning streak, the Vikes will continue the push toward securing a playoff spot. Victoria enters the weekend with a five-point advantage and two matches in hand over the third-place Fraser Valley Cascades.

Victoria’s sweep over the Cascades put the Vikes back into the CIS Top 10. The Vikes tallied in the 38th minute to win 1-0, while keeper Elliot Mitrou earned his third shutout of the season. The next day, Victoria tallied four goals in 30 minutes including two by striker Cameron Stokes to win 5-1.

The Vikes have scored less than three goals this season just three times and have outscored opponents 23-11.

Victoria will travel to Edmonton to face the Golden Bears on Sunday.

UFV CASCADES (4-5-1)

Not winning in their last three matches, the Cascades hope to find momentum down the stretch.

Prior to the two losses to the Victoria Vikes, Fraser Valley tied the UNBC Timberwolves 1-1.

Connor MacMillan and Justin Sekhon have been the offensive sparks for the Cascades recording four and three goals each respectively. Each have also added an assist to their point tally.

Mark Village has played in net for all 10 matches in 2013 making 40 saves and recording two shutouts.

Fraser Valley will face the Alberta Golden Bears on Saturday before the date with the Huskies on Sunday.

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (7-3-0)

Jumping into the CIS Top 10 after a sweep last weekend, Saskatchewan hopes to continue to keep a strangle-hold on first place in the Canada West prairie division.

With the six points last weekend, Saskatchewan sits five points in front of the second-place Calgary Dinos in the standings. Five games remain on the conference schedule, making every match count.

In the pair of wins, the Huskies had help from third-year keeper Michal Bandula, who was named the Canada West First Star for recording his fourth shutout of the season. The four goals in the two wins were scored by four different Huskies.

The weekend series is the final at home for the Huskies in 2013.

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