Thursday, November 8, 2018

This Week In Cougar Athletics

Friday (all times CST)
Women’s Basketball – at Brandon, 6:00 PM (Brandon, Man.)
Women’s Hockey – vs. Alberta, 7:00 PM (The Co-operators Centre)
Women’s Volleyball – vs. Thompson Rivers, 7:00 PM (CKHS)
Men’s Basketball – at Brandon, 8:00 PM (Brandon, Man.)
Men’s Hockey – at Alberta, 8:00 PM (Edmonton, Alta.)

Saturday (all times CST)
Cross Country – at U SPORTS Championships, 12:00 PM (Kingston, Ont.)
Women’s Hockey – vs. Alberta, 3:00 PM (The Co-operators Centre)
Women’s Basketball – at Brandon, 5:00 PM (Brandon, Man.)
Men’s Basketball – at Brandon, 7:00 PM (Brandon, Man.)
Women’s Volleyball – vs. Thompson Rivers, 7:00 PM (CKHS)
Men’s Hockey – at Alberta, 8:00 PM (Edmonton, Alta.)

Cross Country – The Cougars close out their 2018 season on Saturday with the U SPORTS Championships hosted by Queen’s University at Fort Henry Hill in Kingston, Ont. The men’s team will be represented by Greg Hetterley, Matthew Johnson, Quinn Legare, T.J. McBride, Brayden Mytopher, and Marc Turmel while Adriana Davis, Tianna Dodds, Darbi Edwards, Kaila Neigum, and Kaylee Tymo will comprise the women’s squad.

Women’s Hockey – After a weekend off, the Cougars (4-3-0-1) return to the Canada West schedule this weekend at The Co-operators Centre. They’ll take on a University of Alberta Pandas team this Friday and Saturday that enters the weekend ranked No. 4 in the nation and tied for first place in the conference standings. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 on Friday night and 3:00 on Saturday afternoon.

Women’s Volleyball – The Cougars (2-4) took the opening set over top-ranked Calgary on Friday but lost the next three sets to fall in four to the Dinos, then lost in straight sets on Saturday. The U of R returns to the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport this weekend for the first two of what will be four consecutive home matches for the Cougars. They’ll host Thompson Rivers (1-3) on Friday night and Saturday night, with both of those matches scheduled to start at 7:00.

Women’s Basketball (U SPORTS Ranking: No. 10) – The Cougars suffered two home losses last weekend at the CKHS. Now 2-2 on the season, the U of R lost 74-63 to Trinity Western on Friday and then fell 56-47 to the Spartans on Saturday in their first two home conference games of the season. The Cougars continue the Canada West schedule with road games on Friday and Saturday against a Brandon team that’s also 2-2 on the season.

Men’s Basketball – With huge support all weekend from the many alumni celebrating 50 years of men’s basketball at the U of R, the Cougars (2-2) were dominant in a weekend sweep over Trinity Western at the CKHS. They defeated TWU on Friday by a score of 111-65 in what was the largest win in program history, then followed that up with an 82-69 victory on Saturday night. The Cougars travel to Brandon this weekend for two road games against the Bobcats (1-3).

Men’s Hockey – In the midst of six consecutive games against ranked opposition, the Cougars (2-5-1) had last weekend off and will travel to Edmonton this weekend for a pair of games against Alberta. The Cougars enter the two-game series in sixth place in the Canada West standings, while the Golden Bears are ranked No. 3 in U SPORTS and in a three-way tie for third in the conference. The games will face off at 7:00 PM (MST) on both Friday and Saturday.

Swimming – Bree Crookshanks led the Cougars at the Odlum Brown Colleges Cup Pacific, the team’s first major meet of the 2018-19 season. Crookshanks piled up top-ten finishes in all three breaststroke distances as well as the 200-metre individual medley, while Lexy King and Etienne Paquin-Foisy both qualified for a pair of A finals – King in the 400 IM and the 800 free, and Paquin-Foisy in the 200 fly and 400 free. The Cougars will compete next at the Canada West Championships, which the University of Calgary will host on Nov. 23 and Nov. 24.

(Braden Konschuh/U of R Athletics) 

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