Huskies jostle with Cougars for a top spot in standings

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November 20, 2013 Saskatchewan (ISN) – With a logjam at the top of the standings, the No. 8 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies will look to get the better of provincial foe the No. 9 University of Regina Cougars in a weekend series at Rutherford Rink.

Four points separate first through fifth in the Canada West women’s hockey standings including Regina (8-4-0) and Saskatchewan (7-3-2) in a three-way tie with the Alberta Pandas (7-3-2) for second place at 16. The UBC Thunderbirds (9-2-1), reigning Canada West champions, are in first with 19 points. Manitoba (7-4-1) rounds out the teams jostling in the standings.

Saskatchewan (No. 8) is one of four Canada West teams ranked in the CIS Top 10. Regina (9), UBC (6) and Alberta (10) join the Huskies in the weekly rankings.

Cami Wooster (8 goals, 5 assists), Kaitlin Willoughby (6 goals, 4 assists) and Sara Greschner (6 goals, 3 assists) sit in the top 10 in conference scoring.

Regina netminder Jennifer Schmidt has posted a 6-1 record and a .966 save percentage and averages one goal against per game. Since 2004-05, the Huskies have a 24-15-3 record against Regina including a split in the four games last season. In the last 26 meetings between the teams, the Huskies have outscored the Cougars 102-54. 

No. 9 UNIVERSITY OF REGINA COUGARS (8-4-0)

After getting off to a fast start in 2013-14 winning their first five games, the Cougars have dropped two of their last three games. In the mini-skid, Regina has been outscored 11-5.

Regina has spread their 27 goals around the roster with Meghan Shervan leading the team with five and Stephanie Sawchuk adding another four. Six different Cougars have scored twice on the season.

The key to Regina’s success has been goaltender Jennifer Schmidt. Playing in seven games, she has allowed just seven goals and posted three shutouts. Toni Ross has played in five games for the Cougars tallying a .913 save percentage and a 2.73 goals against average.

No. 8 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (7-3-2)

After dropping two games on the road to the UBC Thunderbirds last weekend, the Huskies hope to find success against the Cougars to keep pace in the standings.

Fifth-year forward and captain Cami Wooster has eight goals and five assists to sit third in the Canada West. Forward Kaitlin Willoughby sits seventh in the conference with six goals and four assists in her first CIS season.

Cassidy Hendricks and rookie goalie Karen Lefsrud have split time in net for the Huskies. Hendricks has played in seven games tallying a 1.95 goals against average, while Lefsrud has played in five with a 1.51 GAA.

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