By Jensen, Randy on January 3, 2020.
The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns women’s hockey team kicks off the second half of the Canada West season in the playoff hunt.
They’ll look to climb the close standings starting tonight when the Regina Cougars visit Nicholas Sheran Arena at 7 p.m. The rematch goes Saturday at 1 p.m.
As the puck drops on the second half of the season, the Pronghorns sit at 6-7-1-2 and in the sixth-and-final playoff spot in the Canada West.
But it’s some tight standings in the Canada West with only seven points separating the Horns from the second-place Saskatchewan Huskies (8-4-1-3) with 12 games to play.
The 3-10-3-0 Cougars are seven points back of the Pronghorns, but are on a two-game winning streak. The Manitoba Bisons (4-10-1-1) are also seven points back.
The Horns look to return to the strong start they had at the beginning of the season, having won only one of their last seven games.
Kyra Greig (four goals, six assists) and Alli Borrow (two goals, eight assists) are the Pronghorns double-digit scorers with 10 points each.
Senior goaltender Alicia Anderson has shouldered the workload in the crease, playing 14 of 16 games in the first semester, putting up a 2.27 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage.
Horns are third in the Canada West in goals scored with 31 and are eighth in goals against, giving up 40 goals in 16 games.
Fifth-year forward Jaycee Magwood leads the Cougars and sits seventh in Canada West scoring with eight goals and four assists.
In the first semester the Pronghorns and Cougars split a weekend series in Regina with the Pronghorns winning the first game 5-2 before losing the next day 2-1.
On the men’s side, the Pronghorns open the second semester on the road in Regina.
Like the women’s team, the Horns men head into the final half of the season locked in the sixth spot at 5-10-1, tied with the UBC Thunderbirds at 4-9-3.
The Pronghorns also trail the Manitoba Bisons (7-8-1) for fifth place in the Canada West.
Landon Gross and Brooks Maxwell each scored four goals and added seven assists in 16 games to lead the Horns with 11 points.
Luke Coleman (six goals, four assists) and Michael Grant (four goals, six assists) are second in team scoring with 10 points.
Defenceman Dallas Valentine leads the Pronghorns in assists with eight in the first half. His nine points also has him in the top-10 among Canada West defencemen in ninth.
Pronghorns goaltender Taz Burman is seventh in save percentage at .903.
The Cougars are led by Tristan Frei, who has five goals and eight assists.
The games will be streamed live on http://www.canadawest.tv.