Wesmen pull off overtime comeback over Huskies

Pulling off a comeback, the University of Winnipeg Wesmen salvaged a weekend series split with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies after 96-92 overtime win Saturday night at the PAC in Saskatoon.


After Saskatchewan led 28-21 in the first quarter and 54-44 at halftime, Winnipeg began to chip away in the second half.  Entering the final quarter, the Wesmen were down by seven at 72-65.


Winnipeg pulled within one of the Huskies with seven minutes left in the game.  After a Saskatchewan timeout, Winnipeg took the lead on a Jamar Farley three-pointer. But the Huskies answered at the other end of the court with a three of their own. Denzel Lynch-Blair hit a layup to return the lead to Winnipeg with just over three minutes left. The Wesmen went on to take a three-point lead but Trevor Severinski hit a three-point shot and got the foul call with one-minute left for a four-point play at 85-84. Trading points, the teams were tied at 87 with 1.9 seconds left. The Huskies couldn’t convert for the win sending the game to overtime.


Winnipeg scored the first basket in the extra five minutes and added five more points by Ryan Oirbans. With 30 seconds left, the Wesmen made it a five-point game on a William Sesay layup. Unruh and Severenski tallied the five points for Saskatchewan in the overtime period.


With the win, the Wesmen are 3-1 in the young Canada West men’s basketball season. The Huskies are 2-2. A night earlier, the Huskies won 76-68.


Sean Tarver led the Wesmen with 21 points from the bench, while Sesay recorded a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Marcello Kambola and Lynch-Blair also scored double-digits with 17 and 11 points respectively.


Shane Osayande led the Huskies with his fourth straight double-double recording 23 points and 16 rebounds. Alex Unruh added another 20 points for Saskatchewan and Severinski 14.


Saskatchewan shot 45.8% in the game, while Winnipeg shot at 48.6%. The Huskies dominated the boards outrebounding the Wesmen 43-28.


The Huskies remain at home to host the Brandon Bobcats next weekend, while the Wesmen return home to host the Lethbridge Pronghorns.


Wesmen sweep Huskies at PAC

With a 72-63 win over the University of Saskatchewan Saturday night at the PAC in Saskatoon, the University of Winnipeg Wesmen completed a weekend sweep of the Huskies.


The win keeps the Wesmen perfect in the young Canada West women’s basketball season at 4-0. Saskatchewan drops to 1-3 on the season. A night earlier, the Wesmen won 66-63.


Saskatchewan had an early 5-2 lead, but the Wesmen quickly took over the first quarter and went on a 14-0 run to break open the game. Winnipeg led 18-13 after the first quarter.


The Huskies opened the second quarter with a Libby Epoch jump shot, but Winnipeg continued to answer Saskatchewan’s offence.  Winnipeg led 37-31 at halftime.


The Huskies opened the second half on a 6-1 run before Winnipeg hit a three point shot. Saskatchewan pulled within one after two Summer Masikewich free throws at 38-37. Megan Noonan hit a three-pointer for the Wesmen on the next trip up the court and Winnipeg continued to lead 51-47 at the end of the frame.


With just under eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, Megan Ahlstrom completed a three-point play to put the Huskies within three at 53-50. But after a stop at Winnipeg’s end, the Huskies couldn’t covert on two chances at the other end of the court.  The Wesmen continued to build on their lead.


Noonan led the Wesmen with 21 points and four rebounds on the night. Antoinette Miller added another 13 points and five rebounds, while Faith Hezekiah scored 14 for the Wesmen off the bench.


Ahlstrom led the Huskies with 16 points off the bench. Sabine Dukate added another 14 points and five rebounds.


Saskatchewan finished the game shooting at 34.9%, while the Wesmen shot at 43.3%. The Huskies outrebounded Winnipeg 45-22.


The Huskies remain at home to host the Brandon Bobcats next weekend, while the Wesmen return home to host the Lethbridge Pronghorns.


Uhryn & Mentanko named Canada West All-Stars at championship; Uhryn named rookie of the year

University of Saskatchewan cross country athletes Shayna Uhryn and Brooke Mentanko finished as conference second team all-stars at the Canada West and national championship Saturday in Quebec City.

Uhryn, who was also named the Canada West Female Rookie of the Year, clocked in 10th in the Canada West at 23:00.8. The finish placed her 33rd in U Sports. Fifth-year Mentanko finished 13th in the Canada West race in a time of 23:27.3. It placed her 47th in the national individual standings.

As a team, the women’s squad finished sixth in the Canada West and 17th in U Sports. The Huskies did not enter a team on the men’s side.

Also racing for the Huskie women was: Katie farmer (120th, 25:15.1), Kyra Ives (121, 25:16.3), Courtney Hufsmith (127th, 25:28.1) and Jaedyn Matsalla (132nd, 26:22.8).
The Canada West does not hold a cross country championships. Top finishers among Canada West runners at the CIS meet are crowned conference champions.


Trinity Western University Spartans won the men’s and women’s titles in the Canada West, while the host-Laval Rouge et Or won the national men’s title and the Guelph Gryphons on the women’s side. It was Guelph’s 12th consecutive national title.

Robert Bigsby had the top finish for the Huskie men clocking in at 33:18.8 to finish 82nd in the national standings. Jared Welsh (102nd, 33:57.4) and Reid Balezantis (139th, 35:32.8) also raced for the Huskies.

Men’s champions: On the men’s side the P.S. Warren trophy represents the Canada West men’s cross country title and is awarded every season to the top Canada West men’s team at the U Sports championship. The 2016 winner of the P.S. Warren Trophy as conference champions are the Trinity Western Spartans, who secured 86 points to claim the Canada West title.


Canada West Men’s Cross Country Team Results

CW Finish / Points / U Sports Overall Finish

  1. Trinity Western / 86 / 2nd
  2. Victoria / 141 / 6th
  3. Calgary / 156 / 7th
  4. Manitoba / 299 / 12th
  5. MacEwan / 598 / 21st

Women’s Champions: The Harold Wright Trophy represents the Canada West women’s cross country title and is awarded annually to the top Canada West women’s team at the CIS championship. The winner of the 2016 Harold Wright Trophy is the Trinity Western Spartans, who secured 102 points to claim the conference title and finish second overall behind the Guelph Gryphons.

Canada West Women’s Cross Country Team Results

CW Finish / Points / U Sports Overall Finish

  1. Trinity Western / 102 / 3rd
  2. Alberta / 222 / 6th
  3. Victoria / 246 / 9th
  4. Calgary / 263 / 11th
  5. Manitoba / 352 / 12th
  6. Saskatchewan / 440 / 17th
  7. MacEwan / 472 / 19th

Conference all-stars: Each season the top seven finalists in the men and women’s events at the U Sports Championship are named First Team Canada West All-Stars, while the athletes finishing 8 to 14 in the men’s and women’s events will make up the Second Team Conference All-Stars.

Canada West Men’s Individual Results – All-Stars

CW Finish / University / Time / U Sports Overall Finish

  1. Declan White / Trinity Western University / 30:56.0 / 2nd
  2. Joel De Schiffart / Trinity Western University / 31:15.9 / 8th
  3. Adam Strueby / University of Regina / 31:22.0 / 13th
  4. Roman Justinen / University of Calgary / 31:23.5 / 14th
  5. Shoayb Bascal / University of Victoria / 31:26.8 / 15th
  6. Forrest Simpson / University of Victoria / 31:28.0 / 16th
  7. Caleb DeJong / Trinity Western University / 31:34.4        / 19th
  1. Nick Colyn / Trinity Western University / 31:36.4 / 21st
  2. Kieran McDonald / University of Alberta / 31:36.9 / 22nd
  3. Ryan Grieco / University of Calgary / 31:42.3 / 25th
  4. Ben Weir / University of Victoria / 31:55.0 / 33rd
  5. Cole Peterson / University of Victoria      / 32:02.0 / 35th
  6. Samuël Poher / University of Calgary / 32:05.8 / 38th
  7. Daniel Heschuk / University of Manitoba / 32:08.9 / 39th

Canada West Women’s Individual Results – All-Stars

CW Finish / University / Time / U Sports Overall Finish

  1. Emma Cook-Clarke / University of Calgary / 21:15.0 / 2nd
  2. Lisa Brooking / Trinity Western University / 21:22.8 / 4th
  3. Regan Yee / Trinity Western University / 21:29.2 / 5th
  4. Melissa Jones / University of Calgary / 22:25.8 / 14th
  5. Morgan Lawley / University of Alberta      / 22:31.1 / 15th
  6. Hannah Leggatt / MacEwan University / 22:44.9 / 24th
  7. Chloe Hegland / University of Victoria       / 22:55.2 / 28th
  1. Meg Harradine / Trinity Western University / 22:58.4 / 29th
  2. Mirelle Martens / Trinity Western University / 22:59.2 / 30th
  3. Shayna Uhryn / University of Saskatchewan / 23:00.8 / 33rd
  4. Rachel Francois / University of Victoria / 23:11.7 / 39th
  5. Joanna Williams / Trinity Western University / 23:12.2 / 41st
  6. Brooke Mentanko / University of Saskatchewan / 23:27.3 / 47th
  7. Nicole Soderberg / University of Alberta / 23:32.7 / 50th


Host Axewomen proud with fifth-place finish


Senior defender Madison Kelly (Dartmouth, N.S.) scored the penalty kick winner as the No. 8-seeded and host Acadia Axewomen captured the title of U Sports women’s soccer consolation champions in a 1-0 win over the Saskatchewan Huskies in penalty kicks.

In the consolation round, all tied games resort to penalty kicks immediately, instead of two overtime halves of 15 minutes each.

The opening half saw considerable offensive pressure by the Huskies, outshooting Acadia 6-1. A turn-around was imminent as the hometown Axewomen played the sidelines to elevate their offensive opportunities.

Team captain and senior midfielder Michelle Pryde (Calgary, Alta.) noted the changes made in the second half to become more effective.

“We just said, ‘Let’s play the ball on the ground and stop the long balls, since we don’t have the legs for that right now and switch the field,’ because we were attacking their left side over and over again. ‘Play the feet, movement off the ball and switch the field of play,” noted Pryde.

The strategy worked as the Axewomen added five shots-on-goal opportunities to turn the tables on a first half that was dominated by the Huskies.

With less than a minute remaining, a shot by Erica Hindmarsh (Saskatoon, Sask.) deflected off the cross bar, allowing the game to head into penalty kicks.

The Huskies will head home with heads held high with a 1-2 record in their first visit to the CIS national championship tournament.

For some, a consolation championship may fall short of the ultimate goal, but Pryde was proud of her team and her own accomplishments while at Acadia.

“To come to Acadia and be in my first year dead last in the AUS and then finished fifth in the country means so much and I can’t put it into words. It’s such a special thing to be a part of and to know I was one piece of the puzzle as well as every other girl that was here and even before us who began to build the program since Amit (Batra) started coaching is really special,” concluded Pryde.

With the consolation round completed, all eyes will be on tomorrow’s bronze medal game between the UOIT Ridgebacks and Queen’s Gaels scheduled at Noon (AT), followed by the championship game as the No. 1 seeded UBC Thunderbirds defend their U Sports title against the No. 2 Laval Rouge et Or at 2:30 p.m. (AT).


Thursday, Nov. 10

12:00 Quarter-final 1: Laval (5) vs Saskatchewan (0)

14:30 Quarter-final 2: UOIT (1) vs. Trinity Western (0)

17:00 Quarter-final 3: StFX (0) vs. Queen’s (1)

19:30 Quarter-final 4: UBC (1) vs. Acadia (0) 

Friday, Nov. 11

12:00 Consolation 1: Saskatchewan (1) vs. Trinity Western (0)

14:30 Consolation 2: StFX (1) vs. Acadia (2)

17:00 Semifinal 1: Laval (2) vs. UOIT (1)

19:30 Semifinal 2: Queen’s (0) vs. UBC (1)

Saturday, Nov. 12

12:00 5th-place game Saskatchewan (0) vs. Acadia (1)


Women’s wrestling finishes first at Wesmen Invitational

The University of Saskatchewan women’s wrestling team finished on top of the team standings at the Wesmen Invitational on Saturday in Winnipeg, while the men finished second.


The Huskie women had five podium finishes including gold medals from Alex Schell (48-kg) and Devyn Manderscheid (59-kg). Ali McPhee (67-kg) and Kiera Prior (82-kg) each brought home silver medal finishes, while Carly Baker (59-kg) won bronze.


Nathan Galan (65-kg) and Andrew Johnson (82-kg) each captured gold on the men’s side,

Micah Heide (68-kg) finished with silver, while Tyler Bentley (76-kg) and Ayobami Peluola (65-kg) finished with bronze.


Also wrestling for the Huskies was: Taylor Derdall (5th, 48-kg), Presly Williams (4th, 55-kg), Alyx Paulson (7th, 55-kg), Faye Tuck (5th, 63-kg), Rebecca Ells (5th, 82-kg), Elly Boy Modon (5th, 54-kg), Zachary Bieber (4th, 57-kg) and Joseph Munoz (4th, 76-kg).


The Huskies will travel to Regina next weekend for the Cougar Open.