Thursday, January 16, 2020

This Week In Cougar Athletics


Home Events – Friday
Women's Hockey vs. Mount Royal, 7:00 PM (The Co-operators Centre)

Home Events – SaturdayWomen's Hockey vs. Mount Royal, 3:00 PM (The Co-operators Centre)

Away Events – FridayTrack & Field - at Golden Bear Open (Edmonton, Alta.)
Men's Hockey - at Mount Royal, 7:00 PM MST (Calgary, Alta.)

Away Events – Saturday
Swimming - at University of Toronto Winter Invitational (Toronto, Ont.)
Track & Field - at Golden Bear Open (Edmonton, Alta.)
Men's Hockey - at Mount Royal, 3:00 PM MST (Calgary, Alta.)

Away Events – Sunday
Swimming - at University of Toronto Winter Invitational (Toronto, Ont.)

Women's Hockey – Jane Kish was named the Canada West First Star of the Week on Tuesday after backstopping the Cougars to 1-0 and 3-0 road wins over UBC. The fifth-year goalie stopped all 52 shots she faced in the two games, with Saturday's shutout giving her a school-record total of five for the season. Jordan Kulbida scored the only goal of Friday's game, while Chelsea Hallson's first goal of the year was the game-winning tally on Saturday. Riding a four-game winning streak, the Cougars will host Mount Royal on Friday night (7:00) and Saturday afternoon (3:00) at The Co-operators Centre.

Men's Hockey – The Cougars continued their winning streak with their third and fourth wins to start the calendar year, defeating UBC by scores of 4-2 and 2-1 at The Co-operators Centre. Scott Mickoski scored a pair of goals in Friday's win, and Landon Peel scored just 12 seconds into the second extra session in Saturday's double-overtime victory. Brandon Holtby was again stellar between the pipes for the Cougars, saving 55 of UBC's 58 shots in the two wins. The Cougars will take their four-game winning streak into Calgary this weekend with games against Mount Royal on Friday and Saturday.

Track & Field (Women's U SPORTS Ranking: No. 10) – The Cougars scored four individual titles over the weekend at the Sanderson Classic in Saskatoon, the teams' first meet of the year against U SPORTS competition. Ron MacLean had two of those wins with victories in both the 1000-metre run and 1500-metre run, while Joely Welburn placed first in the long jump and Thomas Haidl won the 60-metre hurdles. The Cougars are back to action this weekend with the Golden Bear Open in Edmonton on Friday and Saturday.

Swimming (Men's U SPORTS Ranking: No. 9) – After a month-plus of training following the Canada West Championships in late November, the Cougars return to competition this weekend at the University of Toronto Winter Invitational on Saturday and Sunday. This will be the first of two tune-up meets for the U SPORTS Championships in February, with the other being the Colleges Cup Prairies that the team will host at the Lawson Aquatic Centre on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.

Men's Basketball – The Cougars collected a home sweep over Brandon last weekend, dumping the Bobcats 94-82 on Friday before escaping with a 79-78 win on Saturday. Carter Millar had a pair of 20-point efforts for the Cougars, scoring 20 on Friday and adding 21 points and 11 rebounds on Saturday for his eight double-double of the year. The squad will have this weekend off before returning to the court on Jan. 24 and Jan. 25 at Manitoba.

Women's Basketball – Back at home for the first time in 2020, the Cougars took two convincing wins over Brandon as they defeated the Bobcats 91-48 on Friday and 84-52 on Saturday. Now 6-8 on the season, the Cougars have their bye weekend upcoming before closing out the Canada West schedule with two games at Manitoba, a pair of contests at home against UNBC, and two road games at Fraser Valley.

Women's Volleyball – The Cougars were topped twice last weekend in Brandon, losing in straight sets to the Bobcats on both Friday and Saturday. Like the basketball teams, the Cougars have a bye weekend coming up. Next up is a two-match weekend series against provincial rival Saskatchewan, which the Cougars will host at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport on Jan. 24 and Jan. 25.

(Braden Konschuh/U of R Athletics) 

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