Huskies Play For The Cure against the Pronghorns

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By Daniel Herrick, Sports Information Assistant

January 15, 2014, Saskatchewan (ISN) – The No. 9 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies will put their 8-1-1 home record on the line to lock up a playoff spot against the visiting University of Lethbridge Pronghorns on the weekend.

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies, Saskatoon AAA Stars, and Saskatoon Comets minor hockey will be teaming up for the Huskies Play For The Cure weekend.

The Huskies will be participating in their sixth annual Play For The Cure night. This year, the Huskies have chosen to support pancreatic cancer and melanoma (skin cancer). The Huskies will wear specially designed jerseys for the game on Friday night incorporating the colours of these two cancers – purple (pancreatic cancer) and black (melanoma). These jerseys will be auctioned off through a silent auction during the game. The starting bid for jerseys will be $75.

During the game there will be a number of raffle items. As well, there will be purple and black cancer awareness ribbons provided in exchange for donations. All donations from the evening will go toward the Canadian Cancer Society in support of pancreatic cancer and melanoma.

The Saskatoon Stars will host an event on Saturday night at the AgriTwins Arena at 7:45 p.m. at their game against the Notre Dame Hounds. The Stars jerseys will feature yellow additions and the players will use yellow tape. Silent auctions and in-game promotions will be held with all proceeds going to the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency.

THE HEADLINES

  • Six points separate first through fourth in the Canada West women’s hockey standings including Saskatchewan (12-4-4) in second with 28 points, both Alberta (12-5-3) and Manitoba (12-5-3) in a tie for third place with 27 points. The UBC Thunderbirds (16-3-1), reigning Canada West champions, are in first with 33 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 (14 goals, 10 assists) and rookie Kaitlin Willoughby (7 goals, 9 assists) sit in the top 10 in conference scoring.
  • Saskatchewan is 8-1-1 at Rutherford Rink this season, the only regulation loss coming 2-1 to Mount Royal on opening weekend.

THE SERIES

Since 2007-08, the Huskies have an 18-3-5 record against Lethbridge in the regular season including a win and an overtime loss in Lethbridge earlier this season. Saskatchewan is 9-1-2 at home against the Pronghorns during that stretch.

UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (6-10-4)

After being swept and overtaken for the sixth and final playoff spot in the standings by the Calgary Dinos, the Pronghorns hope to get back in the win column on the road this weekend.

Lethbridge has dropped three straight, and five of six overall. The ‘Horns managed to pick up points in two of the five losses, but have struggled to find the back of the net and have been outscored 20-5 during the skid.

Kristen Reeves is the leading Pronghorn scorer with six goals and four assists. Crystal Patterson has started the bulk of the games posting a 0.924 save percentage and 2.39 goals against average.

No. 9 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (12-4-4)

After gaining sole possession of second place in the conference with an overtime loss and a win over the Alberta Pandas last weekend, the Huskies look to chase down the first place UBC T-Birds with wins against Lethbridge this weekend.

Fifth-year forward and captain Cami Wooster’s three goal weekend against Alberta keeps her in second in the Canada West scoring race with 14 goals and 10 assists. Forward Kaitlin Willoughby leads all Canada West rookies by a seven-point margin with her seven goals and nine assists.

Cassidy Hendricks has started 13 of the Huskies’ 20 games posting a 7-3-3 record. The second-year goaltender has posted two shutouts on the season. Freshman Karen Lefsrud continues her strong play in the crease, and sits third in the CIS with a 0.947 save percentage after a 2-1 win over Alberta on Saturday.

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