The Mount Royal University Cougars men’s and women’s hockey teams have found themselves in a familiar spot in the standings with the mid-season point fast approaching.
The men have a record of 4-5-3 and are currently sitting in fifth place in the eight team division. Three points behind the UBC Thunderbirds and two points up on the Lethbridge Pronghorns. It has been a season of ups and downs for the guys as they have strung together consecutive wins on two separate occasions but are in the middle of afour game losing streak including two this weekend against the top seeded Saskatchewan Huskies.
There are some positives for the men though coming in the form of rookies. 1st year forward Colton Kroeker leads the team in goals (5) and points (11) and seems to have fit in nicely on the right wing of the top line alongside Ryley Lindgren and Connor Rankin. The other rookie performing well is goaltender Riley Morris. Last years CJHL goalie of the year recipient has played well when called upon by head coach Bert Gilling. Morris has a 2-1-0 record and come into two of the last four games in a relief effort. After an early season injury put him out for a month he has come back and battled for the number one position.
Looking at the ladies now. The girls stunned the #8 nationally ranked Huskies in
Saskatoon this past Friday night 3-2 before losing a night later 1-0 in the rematch. With a record of 4-7-0-1, the girls are starting to find their game a bit after a rough start to the season. They have shown they can compete with the league’s elite knocking off a win against league best Alberta and snagging a point in games against UBC. Sitting 6th in the Canada West standings the girls are in the playoff picture but holding on by a thread.
Again, high notes come from the teams younger players none more important then Breanne Trotter. She leads the team in points (4-6-10) and sits 5th overall in the division. Veteran goalie Zoe De Beauville has started every game for head coach Scott Rivett’s team and amid the Cougars offensive struggles, she has kept her team in games night in and night out.
Next weekend marks the mid-way point of the season and both teams will be in action with a home and home against the University of Lethbridge. Friday night will be the women’s game with puck drop scheduled for 7 pm MTN. Saturday is the men’s turn and that game starts at 6 pm MTN. You can catch both games live at Flames Community Arenas or on CanadaWest.tv with myself on the call.