Canada West 3 Stars: Bailey (Sask), Rafter (UBC) lead respective hockey teams to victory

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January 7, 2014, EDMONTON (ISN) – Hockey student-athletes Andrew Bailey of the Saskatchewan Huskies and Tatiana Rafter from the UBC Thunderbirds are the initial Canada West 1st Stars of the Week for 2014.

Bailey led the Huskies men’s team to a pair of wins over Manitoba, while Rafter paced the first-place T-Birds to a perfect weekend.

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1st STAR: #21 Andrew Bailey, Saskatchewan (hockey)

  • Home: Hazlet, SK
  • Height: 5-9
  • Year: 5th
  • Academic: Business

Fifth-year University of Saskatchewan forward Andrew Bailey willed the Huskies to a weekend sweep with a pair of second period goals in Saturday’s 3-2 win over the visiting Manitoba Bisons, tallying four points over the weekend.

On Saturday the Business student found the back of the net while short-handed to tie the contest at two before scoring the game winner four minutes later. A night earlier Bailey recorded two assists in the Huskies 5-4 shootout victory.

The Hazlet, Sask. native moves into a tie for 12th in Canada West scoring with 16 points.

Saskatchewan (10-7-1) jumped to third in the Canada West standings with the sweep. The Huskies travel to Alberta for a pair of games against the Golden Bears this weekend.

2nd STAR: #19 Ian Duval, Manitoba (hockey)

The Manitoba Bisons men’s hockey team (7-9-2) gained one point on the road against the Saskatchewan Huskies (10-7-1) during the Jan. 3-4 weekend series. Despite the tough weekend, Bison fifth-year forward Ian Duval was a force throughout the two games as he had four assists on the six goals scored by Manitoba and also added a +3 plus/minus rating, ten shots and was named a star in one of the games.

The Winnipeg native was the playmaker on the three goals scored by the visitors as the mounted a comeback to tie the game and then lose 5-4 in a shootout on Friday. Duval was named second star while also firing eight shots and a +3. On Saturday, the fifth-year forward notched another assist with two shots in a 3-2 loss.

Duval now has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) and has a +8 rating.

Manitoba now hosts the Mount Royal Cougars on Friday, January 10 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, January 11 at 1:00 p.m. at the Wayne Fleming Arena and the Max Bell Centre.

3rd STAR: #30 Andrew Hayes, Regina (hockey)

Third-year goalie Andrew Hayes set a University of Regina single-season record with his third shutout of the year on Friday as the Cougars blanked Lethbridge on the road by a 3-0 margin.

Hayes, who stopped all 20 shots he faced, also pulls into a tie with Brant Hilton for the school’s all-time lead with five career shutouts. Hayes has a 2.65 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage this season and is tied with Calgary’s Jacob DeSerres and Saskatchewan’s Ryan Holfeld for the Canada West lead in shutouts.

The fourth-place Cougars (9-9-0) play at home for the first time of the second half of the conference schedule this weekend, as they’ll entertain UBC (5-10-1) on Friday and Saturday at The Co-operators Centre. Game time is 7:00 on both nights.

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1st STAR: #13 Tatiana Rafter, UBC (hockey)

  • Home: Winnipeg, MB
  • Height: 5-9
  • Year: 4th
  • Academic: Arts

Tatiana Rafter continued to rack up the points as she helped the UBC Thunderbirds women’s hockey team to a pair of wins over the Calgary Dinos this past weekend.

On Friday, Rafter had three assists as UBC defeated Calgary 4-2 and then on Saturday she scored the game’s lone goal in a 1-0 win.

With the victory the defending Canada West Champions improved to 14-3-1 on the season and remain in first place in the conference four points clear of both Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Rafter leads the Canada West in goals (12), points (24), and game winning goals (4). She is currently in second place in the entire CIS in both goals and points.

The product of Winnipeg is also coming off a busy December in which she helped Canada win a gold medal at the 2013 Winter Universiade in Italy.

UBC will play host to the Regina Cougars this weekend for a pair of games at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.

2nd STAR: #8 Kyleigh Palmer, Manitoba (hockey)

The Manitoba Bisons women’s hockey team (11-5-2) started the New Year with a crucial homestand weekend sweep of the #8 ranked Saskatchewan Huskies. (11-4-3) on Jan. 3-4. The Bisons received numerous contributions from several players and fifth-year forward Kyleigh Palmer was a standout with three goals (including an overtime game-winner), +2 plus/minus rating and 16 shots during the weekend series.

Palmer started the weekend with a multi-goal performance as she scored the first goal of the game on the power play and then added the overtime game-winner in a 2-1 (OT) win on Friday. The Winnipeg native added nine shots and a +1 rating in the first game.

The next game, the versatile fifth year forward/defenceman continued her scoring with another goal and was creating numerous scoring chances with seven shots and another +1 game during a 3-2 victory on Saturday.

Palmer is now tied for fifth in Canada West scoring with 15 points (10 goals, five assists) in 18 conference games. Her 10 goals are tied for second best in the conference and tied for third with three game-winning goals.

Manitoba now travels to play the Mount Royal Cougars on the January 10-11 weekend.

3rd STAR: #22 Alison Campbell, Alberta (hockey)

Third-year Alberta Pandas hockey forward Alison Campbell of Edmonton tallied two goals and two assists to help the Pandas sweep the Mount Royal Cougars during a home-and-home series. The two wins bumped Alberta into a tie for second place in the Canada West standings, and the Pandas have now won seven of their last 10 conference games.

During Alberta’s 4-0 win on Friday night in Edmonton, Campbell picked up an assist on the game’s first goal, and eventual game winner, and then scored herself when she made the 3-0 in the second period. On Saturday, in Calgary, Campbell scored Alberta’s third goal of the game, and then set up her team’s final tally in a 5-1 finish.

Her four point weekend increased her season total to 14, which ties her for the team lead and leaves her tied for seventh in the Canada West points race.

Alberta, now 11-4-3 on the season, travels to Saskatoon this weekend for a crucial match-up with the Huskies, the team they are tied with for second place in the standings.

Next 3 Stars of the Week: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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