Canada West: 1st Stars Gommeringer, Koper lead their teams to victory

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October 15, 2013, EDMONTON – With some exciting team and individual performances across Canada West, Trinity Western soccer forward Krista Gommeringer and Alberta hockey forward Levko Koper have been selected above all others as 1st Stars on the week.

Gommeringer and Koper each led their team to a perfect 2-0-0 weekend.

WOMEN

1st STAR: #14 Krista Gommeringer, Trinity Western (soccer)

Home: Calgary, AB

Height: 5-6

Year: 2nd

Academic: General Studies

With two goals and three assists on the weekend, second-year Spartan and last year’s CIS Rookie of the Year Krista Gommeringer helped TWU to back-to-back wins over Calgary and Lethbridge.

Gommeringer was the Spartans lone goal-scorer on Saturday, guiding TWU to a 1-0 win over Calgary. The following afternoon, she opened the scoring in the eighth minute of play and then went on to add three assists.

The wins helped TWU extend its unbeaten streak to eight games and with her five-point effort, Gommeringer remained atop the Spartans scoring race, with now seven goals and four assists in 10 games.

2nd STAR: #7 Emma Greig, Victoria (soccer)

The UVic Vikes women’s soccer had an important six-point gain this weekend after sweeping the Regina Cougars and the No. 7 Saskatchewan Huskies at Centennial Stadium Oct. 11 and 12. The Vikes are now 8-2-0 and undefeated at home after a 4-1 win over the visiting Cougars and a 1-0 edge over the CIS-ranked Huskies. Third-year striker Emma Greig tallied once in each match to extend her season total to four goals, while she is currently second on the team in points.

Greig has started all 10 games for the Vikes so far and has scored in each of the past four matches. On Friday, the Tofino, B.C. native tallied the Vikes’ second goal of the game, while on Saturday she was the lone player to get on the board. Greig’s Saturday goal came in the fourth minute of play to edge the unranked Vikes over the Huskies.

3rd STAR: #10 Sarah Casorso, UBC (hockey)

UBC defenceman Sarah Casorso was an offensive catalyst for the Thunderbirds women’s hockey team this past weekend, recording five points in two games against the Calgary Dinos in Vancouver.

She collected three assists in UBC’s 4-0 win on Friday, including two on the first goals of the game 27 seconds apart late in the first period.

On Saturday, the Thunderbirds fell behind 3-1 entering the third period but mounted a comeback to tie the game at 3-3 and send it to overtime. Eventually, Calgary won in a shootout 4-3.

Casorso was a big part of the comeback, recording an assist on the power play goal that made it 3-2. Then with just over four minutes left in regulation, she tied the game with an even strength goal.

The fourth-year player from Kelowna, B.C. now has eight points in four regular season games, putting her at the top of the Canada West scoring race.

UBC will travel east to face Regina in a two-game set, starting Friday.

MEN

1st STAR: #40 Levko Koper, Alberta (hockey)

Home: Edmonton, AB

Height: 6-0

Year: 3rd

Academic: Phys.Ed. & Recreation

Third-year, Edmonton-born Alberta Golden Bears forward Levko Koper banked seven points (1 goal, 6 assists) during a two game home-and home series against the Mount Royal Cougars, which Alberta swept by scores of 6-2 and 6-1.

Koper, a 2009 NHL draft choice (185th overall) of the Atlanta Thrashers, had three helpers during Friday’s 6-2 win in Edmonton, including on the first two Alberta goals, and then followed that performance up with the game’s opening goal and then assists on the next three Golden Bears’ goals as they defeated MRU 6-1 in Calgary. He was directly responsible for Alberta’s strong start in both games as he recorded six of his seven points on Alberta’s six first period goals in the two games combined.

He is now tied for the Canada West lead in points with eight.

The Golden Bears return to action this weekend when they hit the road to Saskatoon for a two game series against the Saskatchewan Huskies.

2nd STAR: #30 Richard Meister, UBC (soccer)

UBC goalkeeper recorded two shutouts this past weekend as his Thunderbirds defeated Winnipeg and Mt. Royal at home in Vancouver.

On Friday night, Meister turned aside three Wesmen shots in a 2-0 win, while on Saturday, he recorded his third straight clean sheet in a 3-0 UBC victory.

The fourth-year Arts student from Port Moody, B.C. now sports a record of 3-0 and has not yet given up a goal.

The No. 1-ranked team in Canada, UBC will have a bye week, having already clinched first place in the Canada West Pacific Division and the right to host the conference championship tournament.

3rd STAR: #17 Carter Selinger, Regina (hockey)

Fourth-year forward Carter Selinger led the University of Regina’s men’s hockey team offensively in the Cougars’ two-game home sweep over Lethbridge on Friday and Saturday.

In the series opener on Friday, Selinger scored his first of the season and assisted on Craig Cuthbert’s goal as the Cougars cruised to a 6-0 win over the Pronghorns. Selinger did the same on Saturday, setting up John Sonntag’s goal which opened the scoring in the first and adding an insurance goal with a rocket of a slap shot from the right faceoff dot in the team’s 4-1 victory.

Selinger is now tied with rookie forward Christian Magnus for the team lead with four points on the season. The Cougars hit the road for the first time during Canada West play this weekend with a pair of road games at UBC.

Next 3 Stars of the Week: Tuesday, Oct. 22

Canada West Online Publication: www.azbycx1928.com/cw78hjfdbje/ 

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