By Yoos, Cam on January 31, 2020.
The math is simple for the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns men’s hockey team -sweep four points from the visiting University of British Columbia Thunderbirds this weekend, or be eliminated from the Canada West playoff chase.
The Pronghorns host the Thunderbirds Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m., both games at Nicholas Sheran arena and streamed live on http://www.canadawest.tv, presented by Co-op.
UBC won both meetings earlier this season.
The Pronghorns (5-16-2) have lost eight straight, though picked up points last weekend in overtime/shootout losses to the fourth-place Mount Royal Cougars. The two points leave Lethbridge six points back of the Regina Cougars for the final playoff spot.
Regina closes out the season facing the conference’s top two teams in the Alberta Golden Bears and Saskatchewan Huskies.
A pair of freshmen have been bright spots for the Pronghorns. Michael Clarke is tied for the team lead in points with second-year forward Landon Gross with seven goals and nine assists, while fellow first-year forward Luke Coleman is tied for the lead in goals for freshmen with nine.
The Thunderbirds (6-13-5) are also in a fight for their playoff lives, sitting one spot ahead of the Pronghorns and only two points behind Regina.
After snapping an eight-game losing streak two weeks ago with a pair of wins over Manitoba, the T-Birds were swept by Saskatchewan last weekend in Saskatoon.
The Pronghorns will close out the regular season with a home-and-home series with the Calgary Dinos, starting next Friday night in Calgary.