author: konstantin kharitonov | sports editor
Split screen this time/ nathan mccarville
Cougars and Rams receive U SPORTS honors
Two teams heading in different directions both have honoured players certified by U SPORTS itself. The Cougars were happy to announce that Jordan Kulbida was named a Canada West Second Star of the Week after a five-point performance in two games against Lethbridge, where the Cougars won both games by the score of 2-0 and 4-3. In turn, Rams safety Cord Delinte was named the U SPORTS Defensive Player of the week after his performance in their victory over the University of Alberta Golden Bears.
Kulbida was fantastic for the Cougars against Lethbridge, particularly when their second game against the Pronghorns. Scoring in the Friday game, Kulbida exploded with a four-point performance, setting up three powerplay goals following her game-opening goal in the first period. She took over the scoring lead because of her performance and vaulted the Cougars into first place in the Canada West standings. All things are seemingly going well for the team, even after dropping their next two games against the Bisons by scores of 4-2 and 4-3. The Cougars currently sit at 3-3-0 on the season and will face the U of S Huskies this weekend.
On the complete other side, the Rams are going through one of their most painful seasons in recent memory after the announcement of their forfeited games. One of the few bright spots are the individual performances in the games that have gone their way. One such performance is by Rams safety Cord Delinte who recorded two interceptions and a large game-saving block on the six-yard line in the final moments of their game against the U of A Golden Bears. Being in the right position at the right time, Delinte secured the Rams’ first official victory of the season, post forfeiture. Its been a lost season for the team as a whole, as cemented by their 58-6 loss to the U of C Dinos this week, but it is nice to see the players still give it their all and get star performances on the field.
With the Cougars hopefully trending up, and the Rams season all but finished off, the two U of R students receiving honours are in much different situations as their team’s head into the week. With the Rams having one more game left in the season, they hope to have an uplifting finish to a difficult season. As for the Cougars, they hope to rebound in a huge way when as they head into a home and home series against the Huskies.