Huskies face defending champion Spartans in quarter-finals

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October 24, 2013, Saskatchewan (ISN) – The University of Saskatchewan Huskies will look for their first ever playoff victory against the defending CIS champions and two-time defending Canada West champions the Trinity Western University Spartans.

Saskatchewan will play in the postseason for the third in program history. Their first appearance came in 1999 when they received an automatic berth as hosts. The Huskies first earned a playoff spot in 2012. 

Game Date: October 26, 2013, 6pm (B.C. Time)

Game Location: Langley, B.C.

The Huskies finished the season with 26 points, just one point behind the Spartans for fourth place in the Canada West. The 26 points is a program best.

The Huskies’ eight wins ties the program record which was set last season.

Trinity Western has never lost to Saskatchewan, and is a perfect 9-0 against the Huskies in B.C.

The fourth place seeding is the lowest for the Spartans since 2007-08.

Huskies forward Jenelle Zapski finished the season tied for the league lead in game winning goals with four.

Spartans forward Krista Gommeringer co-led the conference in goals this season with 10. This weekend’s meeting is the third of the season between the two programs. Trinity won a non-conference match 2-0 in B.C. before earning a 1-1 draw with the Huskies in Saskatoon during regular season play. Saskatchewan’s all-time record against the Spartans is 0-16-2. The two squads have never met in the postseason. 

TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY SPARTANS (8-1-3)

After getting off to a slow 1-1-1 start in 2013, the Spartans roll into the playoffs having won seven straight games.

During the seven game stretch, Trinity Western has outscored opponents a combined 23-2.

The Spartans will look to Krista Gommeringer to lead them back to the Canada West Final Four. Gommeringer tied for the conference lead in goals with 10.

In net, Rachel Bedek has posted six shutouts in 12 games and has a 0.52 goals against average.

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (8-2-2)

Despite posting a program best record of 8-2-2, the Saskatchewan Huskies came just one point shy of hosting their first playoff game in team history and will hit the road for a Canada West quarter-final for the second straight season.

Jenelle Zapski has led the scoring attack for the Huskies recording six goals on the season. Erica Parenteau has assisted on three goals and added three scores of her own.

Goalkeeper Cara Santaga has been instrumental in the Huskies success on their way to their second straight playoff berth. Santaga posted a 0.38 goals against average and recorded .903 save percentage to finish second in the conference in both categories. The Trinity Western transfer will play her former second time this season after making six saves and earning a draw in the team’s regular season meeting.

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