(ISN) – NEW WESTMINSTER, BC – The 2014-15 Canada West men’s hockey season was back in full swing last weekend and Alberta Golden Bears forward TJ Foster was named the conference First Star of the Week.
Foster led top-ranked Alberta to a series sweep against their rivals and No. 3-ranked Calgary Dinos, as the second-year Business major totalled two goals and two assists.
Also honoured this week are Lethbridge’s Brandon Clowes and Mount Royal’s Tyler Jewitt.
Basketball, volleyball and women’s hockey all resume this weekend, January 9, with much of the action available on live webcast on CanadaWest.TV.
First Star: #17 TJ Foster, Alberta (Hockey)
University of Alberta Golden Bears second-year forward TJ Foster is the Canada West First Star of the Week after picking up four points to help the No.1-ranked Golden Bears sweep the No.4-ranked Calgary Dinos in a home-and-home series.
Foster, who hails from Slave Lake, AB, and previously played for the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL, scored two goals and two assists as Alberta defeated Calgary by 6-1 and 5-3 score lines.
The sophomore winger also scored the game-winning goal on Sunday night, breaking a 3-3 deadlock in the third period to send Alberta to its 17th win of the season.
The win pushes Alberta six points clear of Mount Royal for first place in the Canada West standings, and leaves the season series between the Bears and Dinos split at two games apiece.
Foster, meanwhile, now sits second in CIS goal scoring, with 14, and tied for third in the nation in points, with 31.
The Golden Bears return to home action on the January 9-10 weekend when they host the Regina Cougars.
Second Star: #18 Brandon Clowes, Lethbridge (Hockey)
Opening the New Year on the road, NCAA transfer Brandon Clowes led the way as the Lethbridge Pronghorns earned a weekend split in Saskatoon versus the Saskatchewan Huskies.
While the Huskies earned a 5-3 come-from-behind victory Saturday night, Clowes recorded an assist in the loss.
The Calgary, AB native scored once in each period on the next night to record his first CIS hat trick and lift the ‘Horns to their first road win of the season and a series spilt with the Huskies.
Through 20 games, the former University of Alabama-Huntsville Charger leads the ‘Horns in goals with eight and is second in points with 12.
Third Star: #25 Tyler Jewitt, Mount Royal (Hockey)
Fourth-year forward Tyler Jewitt had an exemplary weekend helping the Cougars win both games against Regina and leapfrog the Calgary Dinos for second place in the conference. The wins will undoubtedly move the Cougars up in the CIS national rankings from their current 10th place position.
In two games this weekend Jewitt had three points including a goal of the year candidate on Sunday afternoon. Trailing 1-0 in the first period, Jewitt picked up a rebound, head-faked the defender, out-waited the goaltender then wrapped the puck around the net all in one fluid motion.
While killing a penalty later in the game, Tyler found the score sheet again. After blocking a shot in his own end, he hustled down the ice, corralled a loose puck and fed it to teammate Zack Henry who buried it into the back of the net.