Cougars men’s hockey team sweeps key Canada West series

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The U of R Cougars men’s hockey team swept the visiting MacEwan University Griffins on the weekend to move into sixth spot in Canada West.

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A weekend sweep of the MacEwan University Griffins has put the University of Regina Cougars men’s hockey team in the driver’s seat as it strives to secure a Canada West playoff position.

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The host Cougars won 3-2 on Friday and 5-1 on Saturday to improve their record to 7-11-1 and move into sixth place in the conference. The top six teams advance to the post-season.

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Regina trailed 2-1 on Friday before getting third-period goals from Eric Houk (at 7:23) and Brady Pouteau (16:41). Jayden Davis assisted on both goals at the Co-operators Centre.

Houk, Tyler Heidt, Scott Mickoski, Bryce Platt and Eric Pearce scored Saturday for the Cougars, who got 37 saves from Adam Evanoff. Houk is on a four-game goal-scoring streak.

The Cougars carry a four-game winning streak into this week’s set with the University of Calgary Dinos. Games are scheduled for Thursday and Friday at the Co-operators Centre. Faceoff is at 7 o’clock, both nights.

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This past weekend, the Cougars women’s hockey team fell to 3-16-1 after losing 3-1 and 3-0 to MacEwan in Edmonton.

COUGARS ARE 10-2

The U of R women’s basketball team remains in first place in Canada West after a weekend split with the host University of Winnipeg Wesmen.

Winnipeg won 76-52 on Friday, but the Cougars rebounded with a 79-76 victory on Saturday.

The Cougars and University of Saskatchewan Huskies are both 10-2, but the U of R holds down first place by virtue of its sweep of the U of S on Nov. 11 and 12 at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport.

Zoe Hartmann led the Cougars with 14 points on Friday. Eden Wells added 10 points in 15 minutes of court time.

On Saturday, Dayna Pearce paced the Cougars with 21 points (on the strength of four three-pointers), seven rebounds and seven assists.

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Julia Vydrova added 14 points and 13 rebounds. Hartmann (10 points) and Jade Belmore (14) also scored in double digits for the Cougars.

The Cougars are to meet the UBC Thunderbirds on Friday and Saturday in Vancouver.

In men’s basketball, the Cougars dropped to 5-7 after losing a pair of games in Winnipeg.

The Wesmen won 79-59 on Friday and 95-90 on Saturday. Majok Madol had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Cougars in the finale.

VOLLEYBALL VICTORIES

The Cougars women’s volleyball team is coming off its first two victories of the season — home triumphs against the winless Brandon University Bobcats.

The Cougars (2-14) won 25-11, 20-25, 28-24, 24-28, 15-13 on Friday and 25-17, 23-25, 25-14, 25-21 on Saturday.

In the opener, the Cougars were led by Jordy McEachern (17 kills), McKenzie Keibel (20 digs), Bailey Balaberda (10 kills, 18 digs), Annika Hufnagel (37 assists, 11 digs) and Kaylyn Brown (nine blocks).

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McEachern had 15 kills and 15 digs on Saturday. Hufnagel added 35 assists and 13 digs.

The Cougars are to play host to Winnipeg on Friday and Saturday. Both matches are set for 6 p.m., at the CKHS.

STREAK SNAPPED

The Estevan Bruins handed the Battlefords North Stars their first regulation-time loss of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League season — a 5-0 setback at Affinity Place on Saturday.

Estevan-born Jackson Miller made 30 saves for the shutout while getting offensive support for Keagon Little, who had two goals. Gabriel Filion, Kade Runke and Evan Forrest were the other goal scorers.

Estevan improved to 23-16-1-1. Battlefords is 33-1-2-1.

Also on Saturday, Jakob Kalin scored the shootout winner as the Weyburn Red Wings defeated the Yorkton Terriers 3-2 at Westland Arena.

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Kalin, the game’s first star, forced overtime by scoring at 15:58 of the third period. Terriers goalie Caleb Allen made 31 saves en route to being named the second star.

REBELS BLANK WEYBURN

Hannah Tresek made 14 saves for her fourth shutout of the season as the Regina Avana Rebels downed the host Weyburn Richardson Pioneer Gold Wings 5-0 in Sunday’s Saskatchewan Female Under-18 AAA Hockey League game at Crescent Point Place.

Greta Henderson and Ashley Grice each had one goal and two assists. Brooklyn Nimegeers, Kadence Dansereau and Stryker Zablocki were the other goal scorers.

Henderson has a league-high 47 points. Tresek sports a 1.54 goals-against average, a .923 save percentage and a 10-1-0-0 record for the first-place Rebels (16-5-1-0).

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MOORE IS MONEY

Zach Moore scored the shootout winner for the Saskatoon Contacts as they defeated the Regina Pat Canadians 4-3 in Saskatchewan Male AAA Hockey League action Saturday at the Co-operators Centre.

Moore also had two regulation-time goals as Saskatoon improved to 18-11-0-2. Luke Moroz scored twice for Regina (21-6-0-2), which was to play host to the Moose Jaw Winmar Warriors on Monday night.

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