By Daniel Herrick
January 9, 2014, Saskatchewan (ISN) – In a jostle for a top two position in the Canada West standings, the No. 9 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies hosts the No. 8 ranked University of Alberta Pandas in a pivotal second half matchup.
Five points separate first through fourth in the Canada West women’s hockey standings including both Alberta (11-4-3) and Saskatchewan (11-4-3) in a tie with the for second place at 25. The UBC Thunderbirds (14-3-1), reigning Canada West champions, are in first with 29 points. Manitoba (11-5-2) rounds out the teams jostling in the standings with 24 points.
Saskatchewan (No. 9) is one of three Canada West teams ranked in the CIS Top 10. UBC (5) and Alberta (8) join the Huskies in the weekly rankings.
Saskatchewan’s Cami Wooster (10 goals, 10 assists) and Kaitlin Willoughby (8 goals, 7 assists) and Alberta’s Jayden Skoye (9 goals, 5 assists) sit in the top 10 in conference scoring.
Alberta netminder Lindsey Post leads the Canada West in shutouts (6), goals against average (0.70) and a save percentage (0.958).
Saskatchewan is 7-1 at Rutherford Rink this season, the only loss coming 2-1 to Mount Royal on opening weekend.
Since 2007-08, the Huskies have a 7-17-2 record against Alberta in the regular season including a split in Alberta earlier in the season. Saskatchewan is 2-1-1 at home against the Pandas in the last two seasons.
No. 8 UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA PANDAS (11-4-3)
Fresh off a sweep over the Mount Royal Cougars, the Alberta Pandas aim to pull ahead of Saskatchewan for second in the standings.
Jayden Skoye and Alison Campbell are the leading scorers for the Pandas sitting seventh overall in Canada West scoring with 14 points. Skoye has scored a league leading six goals on the power play.
Lindsey Post has been impressive in her 11 starts in goal for Alberta recording six shutouts while leading the conference in goals against average (0.70) and save percentage (0.958).
No. 9 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (11-4-3)
Saskatchewan returned to action last weekend in Winnipeg with a pair of one-goal losses to the Manitoba Bisons, but managed to grab one point with an overtime loss on Friday.
The Huskies hope to take advantage of home ice, where they are 7-1 in 2013-14, to jump ahead of the Pandas in the final two meetings between the rivals this season.
Fifth-year forward and captain Cami Wooster has 10 goals and 10 assists to sit second in the Canada West scoring race. Forward Kaitlin Willoughby leads all Canada West rookies by an eight-point margin with her eight goals and seven assists.
Cassidy Hendricks has started 12 of the Huskies’ 19 games posting a 7-3-2 record. The second-year goaltender has recorded a 1.78 goals against average and a 0.928 save percentage to go along with two shutouts.