By Woodard, Dale on January 24, 2020.
As they battle for their playoffs lives, the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns men’s and women’s hockey teams also look to snap losing skids this weekend.
The Horns will look to shrug off those losing streaks and get back in the win column in a home-and-home Canada West series with the Mount Royal Cougars starting tonight.
The Pronghorns men kick off the home side of things tonight as they host the Cougars at Nicholas Sheran Arena at 7 p.m. while the women’s team treks to Calgary to take on the Cougars, also at 7 p.m.
Mired in a six-game losing streak, the 5-16-1 Horns men are six points out of the final playoff spot with six games to play, trailing the UBC Thunderbirds, who the Pronghorns host next weekend.
The trio of Luke Coleman, Landon Gross and Brooks Maxwell lead the Pronghorns in scoring with 13 points each. Coleman, a first-year Pronghorn, leads the team with eight goals and is seventh in Canada West rookie scoring.
The Cougars (13-7-2) are playoff bound after sweeping the Regina Cougars last weekend and sit in fourth place in the conference.
In the first semester, the Pronghorns and Cougars split the first series with each team winning on their home ice. Mount Royal won 6-2 in Calgary, while the Pronghorns edged the Cougars 4-3 in a shootout the next night.
The rematch Saturday in Calgary goes at 6 p.m.
The two game weekend set kicks off Friday night at Nicholas Sheran Arena at 7:00pm, with the rematch going Saturday night in Calgary at the Flames Community Arena at 6:00 pm.
The Pronghorns women also head into the weekend seeking the ‘W’, having lost eight in a row.
Lethbridge (6-12-1-3) trails the Cougars by six points for the final playoff spot in Canada West. The two teams split their series earlier in the season with both teams winning on home ice.
Kyra Greig leads the Pronghorns in scoring with five goals and 14 points. Alli Borrow is two points behind Greig for the team lead.
Senior goaltender Alicia Andersons continues to close in on the Canada West record for career appearances, sitting only three starts behind former Pronghorn Crystal Patterson.
The rematch in Lethbridge Saturday night is at 7 p.m. at Nicholas Sheran Arena.
Saturday night’s game is also in conjunction with Female Hockey Day in Alberta and will be free admission. In addition two lucky female hockey players will win the opportunity to warm up with the Pronghorns and Cougars and two female youth teams will scrimmage between periods one and two.
The games will be streamed live on http://www.canadawest.tv.