by Nicole Betker

January 8, 2014, OTTAWA (ISN) – Hockey players Tatiana Rafter from the University of British Columbia and Andrew Baily from the University of Saskatchewan are the Canadian Interuniversity Sport female and male athletes of the week for the period ending January 5, 2014.

Rafter, a fourth-year arts student from Winnipeg, tallied four points in two contests to lead the nationally fifth-ranked Thunderbirds (14-3-1) to a road sweep against reigning CIS silver medallist Calgary. The 5-foot-9 forward had three assists in a 4-2 win on Friday and scored the game’s lone goal in a 1-0 victory the following night. Rafter, who currently leads the Canada West conference in goals (12), points (24) and game-winning markers (4), helped Canada win gold at the Winter Universiade in Italy over the December break.

Moncton hockey player Marika Lacroix, McGill hockey player Katia Clément-Heydra and Toronto basketball player Rachael Sider were also nominated for the women’s award.

Bailey, a fifth-year business student from Hazlet, Sask., also racked up four points in two games last weekend as the Huskies (10-7-1) resumed league play with a pair of one-goal wins over Manitoba, 5-4 and 3-2. After collecting two helpers in Friday’s series opener, the senior forward was the undisputed star of Saturday’s rematch, scoring the game-tying goal and the winner four minutes apart in the second period. Bailey is currently tied for second in team scoring with 16 points in 18 outings.

St. Francis Xavier hockey player Jason Bast and basketball players Alexandre Bernard of UQAM and Alex Hill of Toronto were the other male nominees.

Female nominees:

  • AUS: Marika Lacroix, hockey, Moncton
  • RSEQ: Katia Clément-Heydra, hockey, McGill
  • OUA: Rachael Sider, basketball, Toronto
  • CWUAA: Tatiana Rafter, hockey, UBC (recipient)

Male nominees:

  • AUS: Jason Bast, hockey, StFX
  • RSEQ: Alexandre Bernard, basketball, UQAM
  • OUA: Alex Hill, basketball, Toronto
  • CWUAA: Andrew Bailey, hockey, Saskatchewan (recipient)

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