Thursday, November 30, 2017

This Week In Cougar Athletics

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Home Events – Friday
Women's Hockey – vs. Saskatchewan, 7:00 PM (The Co-operators Centre)
Women's Wrestling – dual vs. Jamestown, 9:00 PM (CKHS – Gym 1)

Home Events – Saturday
Track & Field – at Larmer Friendship Games, 2:00 to 9:30 PM (Regina Fieldhouse)
Men's Hockey – vs. Saskatchewan, 7:00 PM (The Co-operators Centre)

Away Events – Friday
Men's Hockey – at Saskatchewan, 7:00 PM (Saskatoon, Sask.)
Women's Basketball – at UBC, 6:00 PM PST (Vancouver, B.C.)
Men's Basketball – at UBC, 8:00 PM PST (Vancouver, B.C.)

Away Events – Saturday
Men's Wrestling – at Dragon Open (Moorhead, Minn.)
Women's Hockey – at Saskatchewan, 7:00 PM (Saskatoon, Sask.)
Women's Basketball – at UBC, 5:00 PM PST (Vancouver, B.C.)
Men's Basketball – at UBC, 7:00 PM PST (Vancouver, B.C.)

Men's Hockey – The Cougars will host the annual ShineOn game on Saturday night against the Saskatchewan Huskies as a part of a home-and-home series. Regina (3-9-2) is coming off a split against Lethbridge that saw Regina fall 6-1 before bouncing back for a 5-2 win as Zak Zborosky netted two goals and added two assists. The Cougars will face off against Saskatchewan in Saskatoon on Friday night before returning to The Co-operators Centre on Saturday evening. 22Fresh toques and Hillberg & Berk items will be on sale at Saturday's game with proceeds benefitting the ShineOn Foundation.

Women's Hockey – The Cougars will wrap up their 2017 action against the Saskatchewan Huskies in a home-and-home set this weekend, with Friday's game to take place at The Co-operators Centre before heading up the highway to Saskatoon for Saturday's contest. Regina sits a spot back of Saskatchewan in the standings with a 5-7-1-1 record after splitting two games at Lethbridge last weekend. Emma Waldenberger picked up the game winner and Jane Kish had a shutout on Friday, but the Cougars fell 3-2 on Saturday. First-year skater Martina Maskova was recently named to the Czech Republic women's national team and will have a short stint away from the Cougars in December as she competes overseas.

Track & Field – The Cougars have their first meaningful competition of the season this Saturday as they'll be competing in the Larmer Friendship Games, which will stretch from 2:00 to 9:30 PM at the Regina Fieldhouse. The Larmer meet will be the team's only competition of the first semester – the next time they'll be in action will be at the Downtown Lions Sled Dog Meet on Jan. 12.

Women's Basketball (U SPORTS Ranking: No. 3) – The Cougars returned to their winning ways with a couple of big wins over a Lethbridge team that came into last weekend with a perfect 8-0 conference record. The U of R won 97-76 on Friday, then took an 84-57 win on Saturday to run their Canada West record to 7-1 on the season. The Cougars hit the road this weekend for a weekend series against UBC, which is off to a 4-6 start this year.

Men's Basketball – The Cougars are now 7-1 in Canada West play and have tied a program record for consecutive wins after defeating previously unbeaten Lethbridge twice last weekend. Alex Igual's layup with under three seconds to go gave them a 79-77 win on Friday, and the Cougars cruised to a 92-79 win to complete the weekend sweep on Saturday. The U of R will close out the first half of the Canada West schedule with a pair of tough road games this weekend against a UBC team that's 8-2 and ranked No. 5 in the nation.

Wrestling (Women's U SPORTS Ranking: No. 4 / Men's U SPORTS Ranking: No. 9) – The Cougars competed at the Huskie Invitational last weekend, with the women's team placing second and the men's team finishing fourth on the strength of individual titles by both Waylon Decoteau and Jordan Tholl. Both teams are back in action this weekend as the women's squad hosts Jamestown in a Friday-night dual at the CKHS and the men's team heads to Moorhead, Minn. to compete in the Dragon Open hosted by MSU Moorhead.

Swimming (Women's U SPORTS Ranking: No. 6 / Men's U SPORTS Ranking: No. 8) – The Cougars enjoyed a historic performance over the weekend at the Canada West Championships in Victoria, including the women's team which had the highest finish in history after placing third in the overall standings despite having only five competing swimmers. The women's team also scored the most points in program history, secured its first ever gold medal after Eva Madar tied for first in the 50 free, and won its first relay medal in history with a silver in the 400 medley. The men's team also set a school record for most points scored at the conference meet, tied for its highest finish ever, and collected four bronze medals over the course of the weekend.

Women's Volleyball – The Cougars were defeated twice by a strong UBC Okanagan side in Kelowna, falling in three sets on Friday and in four sets on Saturday to the No. 4-ranked Heat. While the two losses drop Regina's record to 5-7 on the season, the Cougars remain right in the thick of the Canada West postseason race and will now break from the schedule until the non-conference New Year's Classic in Edmonton in late December.

Men's Volleyball – The Cougars fell to 1-11 on the season after losing on both Friday and Saturday to UBC Okanagan. The Heat won in four sets both nights despite a great weekend by Regina's Brennan Goski, who put down 28 kills and hit .279 over the two matches. The Cougars have the next four weekends off before returning to action at the non-conference Wesmen Classic tournament from Dec. 27 to Dec. 30.

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