February 4, 2014, EDMONTON (ISN) – Canada West First Stars of the Week, Andrew Bailey and Harleen Sidhu, led their respective teams to a pair of key weekend victories as the conference season winds down.
Bailey shone for the Saskatchewan Huskies men’s hockey team during a sweep of previous No. 1 Calgary and, for the UBC women’s basketball team, it was Sidhu pacing the Thunderbirds to road victories that leave them tied atop the Pacific Division standings.
1st STAR: #21 Andrew Bailey, Saskatchewan (hockey)
Home: Hazlet, SK
Fifth-year University of Saskatchewan forward Andrew Bailey played a pivotal role in the Huskies weekend sweep over the No. 1 ranked Calgary Dinos, notching a hat trick on Friday and tallying five more points on Saturday.
Bailey scored the Huskies’ first goal of Friday night’s matchup with the top ranked Dinos to tie the game at one. With the Huskies trailing 3-1 in the third, the Hazlet, Sask. native scored back-to-back goals to complete the hat trick and tie the game at three. Saskatchewan would go on to win 4-3 in a thriller handing Calgary their first regulation loss of the season.
On Saturday afternoon Bailey got the Huskies rolling with their first goal of the game as the Huskies routed the Dinos 10-2. Bailey moved in to sixth in goal scoring with his 12th goal of the season in the third period and picked up three assists in the win.
Saskatchewan (14-9-1) clinched a playoff spot and sit third in the Canada West standings with the sweep. The Huskies travel to Vancouver for a pair of games against the UBC Thunderbirds this weekend.
2nd STAR: #8 Adam DeJonckheere, Manitoba (volleyball)
During the Jan. 31-Feb. 1 weekend, the Manitoba Bisons men’s volleyball continued their push for a playoff spot with a crucial home sweep of the UNC Okanagan Heat and rookie Adam DeJonckheere was very consistent with an overall performance as he slammed 32 kills with nine digs, six service aces, six total blocks and 41.0 points in only seven sets.
DeJonckheere, 18, began the weekend with a game-high 13 kills (.440 hitting percentage) with four digs, three service aces, two blocks plus a game-high 17.0 points in the first three set sweep of this season for the Bisons.
The Winnipeg native continued his impressive weekend with another game-high 19 kills along with five digs, four blocks, three service aces and a game-high 24.0 points in a four set victory at home.
With the two wins, Manitoba is still in the thick of a crowded race for a playoff spot with a 9-11 record.
The rookie is having an amazing campaign as he has played in all 81 sets so far this season. The outside hitter is second on the team with 260 kills, third with 14 service aces, fourth in digs at 129 and fifth in blocks at 30 while adding second most on the squad with 290.5 points.
The Bison complete the regular season at Thompson Rivers (12-8) with major playoff implications on the line during the February 7-8 weekend.
3rd STAR: #8 Brett Ferguson, Alberta (hockey)
Third-year Alberta Golden Bears hockey forward and Business student, Brett Ferguson, had a stellar weekend as the now No. 1 Golden Bears swept the Lethbridge Pronghorns in a two-game conference series at Clare Drake Arena. Ferguson scored two goals and seven points as Alberta’s two wins vaulted them into first place in the conference standings.
On Friday, the Vibank, Sask. native scored two unassisted efforts in the first period, the first with a burst of speed down the wing to give the Bears a 2-0 lead midway through the opening frame and the second on a short-handed breakaway to cap off Alberta’s eight-goal barrage in the first 20 minutes that led to a 13-0 win.
In Saturday’s rematch, Ferguson had a career-best five-point night, earning five assists throughout the game as Alberta claimed an 11-1 victory that, combined with a Calgary loss, gave the Bears first place in Canada West.
He now has 24 points in 12 games against Lethbridge in his career and has 28 points through 24 games so far this season, tying him for second on the team with team captain Sean Ringrose.
1st STAR: #15 Harleen Sidhu, UBC (basketball)
Home: Surrey, B.C.
UBC Thunderbirds forward Harleen Sidhu led her team in scoring and rebounding in two weekend wins in southern Alberta.
On Friday night in Lethbridge, the fourth-year player from Surrey, B.C. recorded 20 points, eight rebounds and three steals on 9-of-12 shooting as UBC defeated the host Pronghorns 68-55. Sidhu also led the team with four assists.
She delivered another big performance for the Thunderbirds the next night in Calgary against the Dinos. Sidhu again scored 20 points and added 14 rebounds. Her layup with 35 seconds left in the game put UBC up 55-51 and proved to be the difference in a 56-53 victory.
Sidhu’s weekend moved her into ninth in Canada West scoring at 15.1 points a game. The forward is also fourth in rebounding at 8.7 boards per appearance.
2nd STAR: #11 Nicole Clarke, Regina (basketball)
Regina guard Nicole Clarke, scored a total of 35 points in the Cougars’ road wins over Fraser Valley and Trinity Western on Friday and Saturday.
Clarke started out the weekend with a 19-point, eight-assist performance in the team’s 64-62 road victory over No. 7 Fraser Valley. Clarke was 4-for-6 from three-point range, 7-for-8 from the free throw line, and added three steals in the win while leading all players with 37 minutes played.
Clarke tied for the team high with 16 points in Saturday’s game against Trinity Western, though she only played 22 minutes as the Cougars pulled away from the Spartans in a big way after halftime en route to a 97-57 victory. Clarke also had four rebounds and three steals in Saturday’s win.
Over the two games, Clarke totaled 35 points, eight assists, six steals, and five rebounds and was 6-for-10 from three-point land and 11-for-12 from the free throw line. The two wins were huge for the Cougars, who keep pace with Alberta and Saskatchewan for first place in the Prairie Division as all three teams are at 16-2 with four games left on the conference schedule.
The Cougars host Calgary (11-7) this weekend at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.
3rd STAR: #14 Kim Veldman, Lethbridge (basketball)
After setting a new school record for career rebounds two weeks ago, post Kim Veldman continued her exceptional season recording a pair of double-doubles in two losses to top teams in the Pacific Division.
Friday night in the ‘Horns 68-55 loss to the UBC Thunderbirds, the Immanuel Christian grad scored a game high 21 points on an efficient 10 of 15 from the floor and completed the double-double with a 12 rebound night.
Versus the Victoria Vikes Saturday night, Veldman recorded her eighth double-double of the season with a 19 point, 12 rebound performance in a 65-58 loss.
With four games remaining in the Canada West season, Veldman sits third in the conference in scoring with 19.3 points per game and second in rebounding, averaging 10.2 rebounds per night.
Next 3 Stars of the Week: Tuesday, February 11, 2014