By Lethbridge Herald on January 29, 2020.
A pair of Pronghorn hockey players have earned recognition as the Two Guys and a Pizza Place Pronghorn Athletes of the Week for last week.
Mikaela Reay is the Pronghorn female athlete of the week, while Michael Clarke took the men’s honour.
Entering crunch time of the Canada West season and in need of points, fourth-year forward Reay helped the Pronghorn women’s hockey team to a weekend split with the Mount Royal Cougars and move within four points of the final playoff spot.
A player relied on to play a 200-foot game, Reay led the team in face-off percentage, winning 67 per cent of her draws over the two games. She also leads the Pronghorns in shot blocks, and as a member of the team’s first penalty killing unit was essential to the Horns killing off eight of nine Mount Royal power plays.
She also played in her 100th career game as a Pronghorn on Friday, a game the Pronghorns won 3-2 to snap an eight-game losing streak.
Saturday, Reay recorded an assist in the Pronghorns’ 4-3 loss at home.
On the season, Reay has recorded two goals and an assist but she is relied on to shut down the opponent’s top offensive producers.
The Pronghorn women play at UBC this weekend in a battle for the final playoff spot in Canada West.
On the men’s side, needing points to keep his team’s playoff hopes alive, first-year Pronghorn Michael Clarke recorded a pair of two-point games to help lead the Pronghorns to two points on the weekend in a pair of extra-time losses to the fourth-place Mount Royal Cougars.
In the weekend opener Friday at home, Clarke scored once and assisted on the other goal in the Pronghorns 3-2 overtime loss.
Saturday in Calgary, he recorded two assists in the Pronghorns 4-3 shootout loss.
On the season, Clarke is tied for the team lead in scoring with seven goals and nine assists in 24 games, which also places him sixth in Canada West freshman scoring.
The Pronghorns host UBC this weekend with their playoff aspirations on the line.