Cougars forward Meghan Shervan lights the lamp
Article: Brady Lang – Sports Writer
With eight points in the team’s 16 games this season, sophomore forward Meghan Shervan is leading the Regina women’s hockey team in points and she isn’t done yet.
Shervan, a product of the College of Notre Dame, leads the team in goals, points and power play goals. But, she isn’t taking all the credit, as she is quick to attribute much of her success to her team and the style of hockey the team plays.
“Leading the team in points is a pretty good feeling,” she said. “For me, I didn’t have many points last year and it is something I want to keep up. It’s not just me that’s leading the team in scoring; we’re doing great as a team.”
And team play is something the Cougars ladies have been preaching since the team started back in September and it has lead them to a 9-6-1 record into December.
After a very solid 8-3 start, the team had a rough end to November, but during the Christmas break will be an added challenge for the team, as they will have a significant drop in competition. This can be a time when players lose their momentum and touch, but Shervan hopes to keep herself and the team sharp.
“Keeping focus and keeping the team in mind,” she said. “Keeping up with practices and nutrition have been important things we’ve been doing for our team’s success.”
The team just sits two points back of third spot and one point behind Manitoba for fifth in the Canada West standings. The Cougars still have a lot of fighting to do down the stretch and into January and February.
With the season growing long, many players will look at family members for support and help as the season goes down the line. This is not a problem in the Shervan household.
Meghan, along with her older sister Kaitlin have a good thing going in the Cougars dressing room.
“It’s awesome [being on a team with my sister],” said the younger Shervan, “It’s nice to have that person to always confide in and it’s a reassuring feeling having her here with me.”
After going goalless in 2012-13, it may be a shock to many fans that Shervan is leading her team in statistical categories such as goals and points, but she seems to be a changed player compared to last year.
As long as the Cougar’s No. 18 can keep up the hard work no one will be complaining as it’s obviously working for her heading into the second half of the season.
The Cougar women’s hockey team went into this last weekend’s set with the Calgary Dinos on a three-game slide after dropping past contests to Alberta and Saskatchewan respectively – their longest skid of the season to this point.
On Friday night, the ladies defeated the Dinos 3-2 in a hard fought game in which sophomore forward Kylie Gavelin scored the game winner late in the third period.
Backstopped by third-year goaltender Toni Ross, the Cougar’s edged the Dinos and snapped the three-game losing streak.
Saturday was a different story for the club, as this time the ladies were beaten 3-2 against those very same Calgary Dinos. Sophomore forward Tori Head scored a late goal to get the Cougars back into striking distance, but the game still ultimately ended in a 3-2 win for the Dinos. Third-year goaltender Jennifer Schmidt made 18 saves in the loss, while forward Gavelin scored for the second straight night for the Cougars.
This game marked the final game for both teams headed into the Christmas break, which will span out into the first week in January as the Cougars will play host to the Lethbridge Pronghorns on January 3rd and 7:00p.m. in the Co-operators Centre.