By Woodard, Dale on November 26, 2019.
The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns men’s and women’s swim teams each placed sixth as the team hosted the Canada West Championship last weekend at the Max Bell Pool.
The men’s team racked up 259 points during a weekend when the program earned its first silver medal in the medley relay. Meanwhile, the women’s team posted 181 points.
The UBC Thunderbirds men’s and women’s team topped the standings with the men’s team counting for 785 points, while the women earned 905.
The men’s Thunderbirds team edged out the Calgary Dinos by five points. The Victoria Vikes took third place with 451 points.
The Dinos women also took second place with 812 points. Victoria was third with 529 points.
Alexander Pratt of UBC and Danielle Hanus of Victoria were named the Men’s and Women’s Swimmers of the Meet.
Raben Dommann of UBC was selected as the Men’s Rookie of the Meet, while Anna Dumont-Belanger, also of UBC, earned the women’s rookie honour.
Mike Blondal of the Dinos won the Men’s Coach of the Year. Derrik Schoof of UBC was named as the Women’s Coach of the Year.
Olivia Ellard of UBC won the Student-Athlete Community Service award.
On the ice, the Pronghorns women’s hockey team earned a 1-1 split in a home-and-home series with the Dinos, losing 5-1 Friday night in Calgary, but prevailing 4-3 in a shootout in the weekend closer Saturday night at Nicholas Sheran Arena. The results put the Horns at 7-6-0-1 and in sixth place in the Canada West.
The Pronghorns men took a point off the league-leading Dinos. Lethbridge dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to Calgary Friday night at Nicholas Sheran Arena and were defeated 5-2 Saturday in Calgary. They are now 4-9-0-1 and in seventh in the conference.
In the women’s game Friday night, Alli Borrow was the lone Lethbridge goal scorer. Goaltender Alicia Anderson made 30 saves in the loss.
On Saturday, Sage Sansregret scored 2:06 into the third to tie the game at three to force overtime and the eventual shootout.
Tricia Van Vaerenbergh scored on the power play in the second for Lethbridge and Kianna Dietz added the other Horns goal.
Anderson turned aside 40 shots.
In the men’s game Friday, the Pronghorns held a 2-1 lead late in the third on goals from Luke Coleman, but Jordan Xavier tied the game with 1:29 to go.
Former Lethbridge Hurricane Matt Alfaro completed the comeback for Calgary 2:24 into overtime as Pronghorns goaltender Taz Burman stopped 54 of 57 shots.
On Saturday in Calgary, Michael Grant scored in the second period for the Horns before Coleman added his third of the weekend with a man advantage goal midway through the second.
Pronghorns goaltender Jack Burgart made 39 saves in the loss.
The Horns men’s team wraps up the first semester this weekend at home when the Manitoba Bisons come to town Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and 1 p.m. respectively.
The women’s team is in Winnipeg to take on the Bisons Friday and Saturday.
In basketball, the Pronghorns men’s team won their second in a row Friday with a 73-72 win over the Fraser Valley Cascades in Abbotsford, but were unable to score the west coast sweep, losing 102-81 Saturday. The Horns are now 3-5 on the season and in 12th in the conference.
Meanwhile, the Pronghorns women had their five-game winning streak snapped in an 0-2 weekend against the Cascades that drops them to 5-3. The Horns lost 69-58 Friday and 59-52 Saturday. That puts them in an three-way tie for fifth in the Canada West.
In the men’s game Friday, Brett Warren provided the dying-second dramatics with a four-point play.
With Lethbridge down 72-69, Warren stepped up and drained three and a foul as well. He then sunk the free throw with 16 seconds to go for the 73-72 lead the Horns were able to hold on to.
Warren had a 13-point night, while Keanu Funa had 19 and Kyle Peterson added 11.
Funa and Peterson also hauled in seven rebounds.
On Saturday, four Horns hit double digits, but it wasn’t enough to slow the Cascades.
Scott Mazutinec led the Pronghorns with 16 points. Colton Gibb, Chad Oviatt and Peterson had 15, 14 and 12 points, respectively. Peterson also had six assists.
Kacie Bosch had 14 points for the Pronghorns in Friday’s loss and Jessica Haenni added 10.
Amy Mazutinec and Katie Keith each had 10 rebounds. Mazutinec also had six assists.
Haenni led Lethbridge on Saturday with 18 points. Jessica Zarowny chipped in with 12. Keith had another 11 boards.
The Pronghorns complete the first semester Friday and Saturday in Vancouver against the UBC Thunderbirds.