Hockey players on top as Schmidt, Collins claim 1st Star honours

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October 22, 2013, EDMONTON (ISN) – Jennifer Schmidt of the Regina Cougars and Chris Collins from the Calgary Dinos have been selected Canada West 1st Stars of the Week. Schmidt posted a 41-save shutout in her only women’s hockey appearance this past weekend for the Regina Cougars and Chris Collins continued his torrid goal-scoring pace with four more for the Calgary Dinos.

For their efforts, each has been selected Canada West 1st Star of the Week.

WOMEN

1st STAR: #33 Jennifer Schmidt, Regina (hockey)

Home: High River, AB

Height:5-7

Year: 3rd

Academic: Education

Third-year goalie Jennifer Schmidt was spectacular in the University of Regina’s women’s hockey team’s 2-0 victory over No. 8-ranked UBC on Friday night at The Co-operators Centre.

Schmidt turned aside all 41 shots she faced, including 24 in the third period alone as UBC pressed to get on the board. Her shutout helped the Cougars improve to 5-0-0 on the season at that point, though they finally suffered their first loss of the season the following night after being edged 3-2 by the Thunderbirds.

The shutout is the fourth of Schmidt’s CIS career. She now ranks second in Canada West with a miniscule 0.64 goals-against average and is the conference’s outright leader with a .980 save percentage.

The Cougars (5-1-0) are back at home this weekend against Mount Royal.

2nd STAR: #14 Krista Gommeringer, Trinity Western (soccer)

With three goals and one assist, second-year Spartan Krista Gommeringer helped TWU to wins over #2 Alberta and Mount Royal.

Playing the Pandas Friday, Gommeringer scored both goals in helping the Spartans to a 2-0 win over previously unbeaten Alberta. The following day, Gommeringer earned a goal and an assist to guide TWU to a 3-1 win over the Cougars and its seventh win in a row.

With her four-point weekend, Gommeringer finished the regular season with a team-high 10 goals and five assists. Her goal total also tied her for top spot in Canada West.

3rd STAR: Miranda Monty, Alberta (rugby)

Fifth-year women’s rugby back row Alberta Panda Miranda Monty was named the Canada West MVP for the 2013 season, after she scored four tries in conference play and another three tries in two Canada West playoff games as the Pandas racked up a 4-0 regular season record, a 2-0 playoff record, as well as the No.1 ranking in CIS and the program’s second consecutive Canada West championship, and ninth in program history.

In the semifinal match against UBC, the Edmonton-born Monty led Alberta with three tries as the Pandas dispatched the Thunderbirds and advanced to the Canada West championship final.

Having beaten Calgary for the conference crown, the Pandas will now advance as the lone Canada West team to the CIS championship tournament, which takes place October 31 to November 3 in Quebec City.

MEN

1st STAR: #13 Chris Collins, Calgary (hockey)

Home: Calgary, AB

Height:6-1

Year: 1st

Academic: Arts

Chris Collins continues to put pucks in the net for the University of Calgary Dinos in his rookie campaign.

Over the weekend, Collins helped the Dinos improve their record to 6-0 when they captured two wins over the Lethbridge Pronghorns. The forward from Calgary scored two goals against Lethbridge on Oct. 18 when they won 4-1 and scored two more in Calgary’s 5-2 win the following night.

With his four-goal weekend, Collins overtook the nation in scoring with 12 points in six games. He also leads CIS in goals with nine, two more than Guelph’s Nicklas Huard and five more than the next closest player in Canada West.

The Dinos head to Manitoba to take on the Bisons, Oct. 25-26.

2nd STAR: #13 Jordan Hickmott, Alberta (hockey)

Third-year Alberta Golden Bears forward Jordan Hickmott, the CIS R.W. Pugh Award winner in 2012-13, picked up a team high three points during Alberta’s two game sweep of the then-CIS #7 Saskatchewan Huksies in Saskatoon. The Mission, B.C. born winger scored a pair of goals, including one on the power-play, and had an assist as the Golden Bears recorded 3-2 and 4-2 wins over Saskatchewan.

In the first game of the series, Alberta’s 3-2 win, Hickmott set up the Bears’ second goal of the game, which made it 2-1 for the Bears. In Saturday’s rematch, Hickmott scored the opening goal of the game, and then notched Alberta’s second goal of the game, this time on the power-play.

He is now third in team scoring and eighth in Canada West scoring with three goals and four assists in six games.

The Golden Bears return to action this weekend when they host the UBC Thunderbirds for a two-game series at Clare Drake Arena.

3rd STAR: #23 Cam Hundal, Victoria (soccer)

The Vikes men’s soccer team wrapped up their final home games of the Canada West season with a pair of wins over Lethbridge and Calgary.

The Vikes, now 8-3-1, have secured a place in the Canada West Final Six. On Friday, the Vikes hosted the Pronghorns and defeated them 4-0 easily on a night that had heavy fog play a big factor.

Hundal started his 11th straight game and earned rest time in the second half to prepare for the crossover match with Calgary. On Saturday, the Dinos took a first half lead 1-0 and the Vikes bounced back thanks to Hundal. He notched three goals including the game-tying and game-winning goal to lift the Vikes up 4-1 over the Dinos. The win sends the Vikes to an 8-3-1 record, while Hundal is now in third in conference scoring with eight goals.

Next 3 Stars of the Week: Tuesday, Oct. 29

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

David Bandla, Communications

Canada West Universities Athletic Association

780-266-9378 (WEST)

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