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The rodeo booted Cougars athletes out of Regina

Autumn McDowell
Sports Editor

Men’s hockey

The men’s hockey team didn’t fair well against the Manitoba Bisons last weekend.

The Cougars fell to Manitoba by rather significant margins on both nights, ending up on the wrong side of a 6-0 battle on Friday night, and 7-2 score the next night.

The lone goal scorers for the Cougars were third-year forward, Carter Selinger, and second-year defenceman, Mark Schneider. Second-year goaltenders, Lucas Gore and Andrew Hayes, stopped 37 and 32 shots respectively, but it wasn’t enough to keep either game within reach.

The Cougars (6-6-2) have a death grip on the final playoff spot and will hit the road again this weekend against the UBC Thunderbirds (8-5-1) for their final games before 2013. I wonder how many players will be suspended after this year’s Vancouver trip.

Women’s hockey

The women’s hockey team pushed their win-streak to four last weekend against the Manitoba Bisons, as they continue to tear through Canada West.

It was a nail biter on Friday night; with both teams deadlocked at three goals a piece after three periods of play, the game was headed to overtime.

But, with just a minute left in extra time, second-year Cougars defenceman, Carleen Meszaros, put a trickler past the Bisons net minder, securing the 4-3 victory for Regina.

Saturday night’s game was not nearly as thrilling as Friday night’s.

Regina scored three unanswered goals before Manitoba was able to get the goose egg off the board, but they would never be able to catch the Cougars, who held on to a 4-2 win.

The Cougars (10-4) will host UBC (7-4-3) in their final game before Christmas break this Friday and Saturday at The Cooperators. Puck drops at 7 p.m. both nights.

Men’s basketball

The Cougars picked up their second win of the season on Nov. 17, after splitting their weekend series against a couple of west coast opponents.

On Friday night, the Cougars battled the Thompson Rivers WolfPack, but came up just short. The WolfPack were able to gain a lead on the Cougars from the start, and despite a valiant fourth-quarter push from Regina, it wasn’t enough.

The WolfPack sent the Cougars packing with a 78-64 loss.

Thankfully, the weekend wasn’t a total loss for Regina, who had another chance to pick up two points the next night against the UBC Okanagan.

Regina went on a 16-2 run out of the opening gates and never looked back. Despite a few scares from the Okanagan to attempt to crawl their way back into the game, the Cougars cruised to a 74-68 victory.

The Cougars (2-6) will host Trinity Western (2-6) and Fraser Valley (5-3) next Friday and Saturday at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport. Game times are slated for 8 p.m.

Women’s basketball

After losing their first game of the season, the Cougars haven’t looked back as they are currently riding a seven-game win streak.

The two most recent wins came on Nov. 16-17 against Thomspson Rivers WolfPack and UBC Okanagan.

Michelle Clarke led all players with 23 points on night number one, propelling the Cougars to an 84-64 victory.

Night number two was more of the same, although the Cougars and Okanagan were all tied up at the half. But, thanks to a push from fifth-year post, Brittany Read, the Cougars went on to score another victory, this time by a score of 74-64.

The Cougars (1-7) return home next weekend to host Trinity Western (1-7) on Friday night and number two-ranked Fraser Valley (8-0) on Saturday. After that, the Cougars will play three exhibition games in Las Vegas at the end of December – must be nice.

Photo by Emily Wright

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