EDMONTON – There were no lengthy closed-door meetings for the MacEwan Griffins men’s basketball team this time. Responding to Friday’s epic post-game chat with a purpose, the Griffins came out with an intensity on Saturday that the visiting Mount Royal University Cougars failed to match and split the weekend series with an 80-70 triumph in Canada West men’s basketball action.
CALGARY- The Mount Royal Cougars are flaming hot to start off 2018 and have made program history Saturday night at the Flames Community Arenas. The Cougars completed a back-to-back sweep for the first time since the 2013/2014 season, sweeping a home-and-home against the Lethbridge Pronghorns with the score of 2-1, while also picking up their fifth consecutive win for the first time since joining U-SPORTS. Second-year Nicolette Seper carried her team to a 2-0 lead heading into the first break thanks to a double 2:10 apart.
CALGARY - The Mount Royal Cougars came into Saturday's game looking to take 2 straight and sweep the weekend versus the University of Alberta Pandas at Kenyon Court. A hard fought battle between these two evenly matched teams would end with the Pandas winning in 5 sets 21-25, 25-12, 22-25, 25-21, 16-14. Julia Zonneveld for the Pandas and Allisa Danndenault for the Cougars were the Booster Juice Players of the Game
CALGARY - The 3-12 Mount Royal Cougars took on the 12-3 Alberta Golden Bears Saturday afternoon at Kenyon Court looking to split their home series after falling to the Golden Bears in a close match last night in 5 games. The Golden Bears were too much to handle for the Cougars on this evening, winning in straight sets 25-20, 25-20, 25-20. The Booster Juice Players of the Game were Riley Friesen for the Cougars and Alex McMullin for the Golden Bears, who both lead their team in kills.
LETHBRIDGE – Propelled by two goals in a two-minute span in the second period, the Mount Royal Cougars extended their win streak and edged the Lethbridge Pronghorns 3-2 in the first game of a home-and-home series.
The win is the Cougars third in a row after sweeping the Regina Cougars to open the 2018 portion of the schedule last weekend and improves the Cougars' record to 5-11-3-0 on the season. The regulation win also vaults the Cougars ahead of the Calgary Dinos for the final playoff spot in Canada West.
The loss is the Pronghorns fourth in a row and really damages hopes of a playoff appearance, falling six points behind Mount Royal with only nine games remaining. The Pronghorns record is now 4-11-2-2.
Kyra Greig and Brett Campbell scored for the Pronghorns, while Rachle Piitz scored twice for Mount Royal, including the eventual game winning goal, and Anna Purschke picked up the other marker.
First-year forward Kyra Greig opened the scoring just over eight minutes into the game, slipping by a Cougar defender near centre ice and after her initial shot was stopped, she potted the rebound behind Cougar goaltender Zoe De Beauville for her fourth of the season.
Piitz got into the action seven minutes later to tie the score, walking out of the corner and while her first shot was stopped, she too capitalized on her own rebound.
However, before the period expired the Pronghorns regained their lead. Brett Campbell took a pass in the slot of Greig and made no mistake with a backhand from the slot to give the Pronghorns a 2-1 lead heading into the second period.
In a period that the Cougars outshot the Pronghorns 14-8, all the damage the Cougars would end up needing happened in a 2:01 span just past the halfway mark of the period.
Purschke brought the game level at 10:57 on a two-on-one and Piitz deflected one past Pronghorn goaltender Alicia Anderson on the power play for her second of the night.
While the Pronghorns weren't able to find the equalizer in the third period, it wasn't due to a lack of effort, outshooting the Cougars 14-6 but De Beauville wouldn't allow a third goal against.
Greig had a great chance early off a Campbell rebound but De Beauville made a big glove save and she was equal to the task on two late chances from Kaitlyn Breitkreuz and Tricia Van Vaernebergh.
De Beauville finished the night with 24 saves to secure her sixth win of the season, while Anderson turned aside 23 shots in the loss.
The back half of the home-and-home series will go tomorrow night at the Flames Community Arena in Calgary, puck drops at 6:00pm
CALGARY - Coming off a split weekend the Mount Royal Cougars were hopeful for a win as they took on the University of Alberta Pandas. The two teams met on Kenyon court on Jan. 12, 2018 for the first match of the weekend. After four hard-fought sets, the Cougars came out on top. The final scores were 25-14, 21-25, 25-21 and 25-21.
CALGARY- Mount Royal took the lead four times in a back-and-forth affair Friday night and pick up their third win in a row to start the 2018 year against the Lethbridge Pronghorns 5-3 at the Flames Community Arenas.
EDMONTON – Amid a scrappy, rugged, uncut diamond in the rough kind of basketball game, Mackenzie Farmer found a way to deliver a silky-smooth strike from behind the arc with mere seconds left on Friday.
The kind you would want to frame.
CALGARY - Off to a strong start, things were looking good for the Mount Royal Cougars on home court. But a tenacious effort from the University of Alberta Golden Bears earned them the win on night one of a two night match up in five sets. The final scores were 23-25, 22-25, 25-15, 25-15 and 15-7. The Booster Juice Players of the game were Cougars Lightfoot and Golden Bears Sani. Both players were the leading attacker for their team. Sani with a total of 20 and Lightfoot with a total of 12. The Cougars had a total side out percentage of 56, and the Golden Bears 67. The Golden Bears team block total was 13, with the Cougars trailing close behind at 12.5
Making his first start in a Canada West game, Shaquille Harris responded in a big way with career highs in both points and rebounds to lift the University of Regina's men's basketball team to a 107-91 victory over Mount Royal on Saturday at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.
CALGARY - After winning their first match of the New Year the Cougars were unable to secure a second win. The Cougars took on the WolfPack for their second meeting of the weekend at Keynon Court. The WolfPack took the match in four sets. The final scores were, 19-25, 29-27, 25-16 and 25-20.
CALGARY - The Cougars turned their weekend around in the second match against the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack securing a win for a weekend split. After the first match on Friday night didn’t end in favour of the Cougars they came out hungry for their first win of the year. The Cougars took the match in four sets. The final scores were, 25-13, 19-25, 25-20 and 25-14.
Mount Royal University swept their home series versus Regina 3-0 in the battle of the Cougars Saturday afternoon at Flames Community Arenas. MRU came into the second game of their home series poised to sweep Regina and start the New Year with 2 straight wins.
Mount Royal University used separate 12-2 and 8-0 runs in the second half to pull away from the University of Regina for an 87-77 road win on Friday night at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.
All five starters broke into double figures for Mount Royal, led by 20-point performances by both Josh Ross and Glen Yang. Ross finished with 22 points and eight rebounds while leading all players with 38 minutes on the floor, while Yang scored 20 and dished out a game-high six assists.
Mount Royal (6-5) also had 12-point nights from Noah Lewis and Nick Tancon and a 10-point effort from John Hegwood. Hegwood added 10 rebounds for a double-double, while Tancon fell just short of that mark with nine boards. MRU turned the ball over only 13 times compared to Regina's 24, and ultimately the visitors' 28-14 advantage in points scored off turnovers was the difference.
The game started out as a back-and-forth affair with Mount Royal jumping out to an early 15-8 lead before Regina closed out the first quarter on a 9-0 run to go ahead 20-17 after the opening 10 minutes. But Mount Royal pulled ahead for good in the second, scoring 10 consecutive points to take a lead the visiting Cougars would hang on to for the rest of the way.
MRU's two big second-half runs both came at pivotal times. Regina had made it a one-possession game in the third before Mount Royal's 12-2 run – punctuated by three-pointers by both Ross and Charn Gill – gave the visitors a 13-point advantage. Regina scored nine of the next 11 points to get back to within six, but that's when MRU scored eight straight points to go up by 14 with only six minutes to go.
Brandon Tull led Regina with 16 points as the Cougars fall to 7-4 on the season. Benjamin Hillis and Alex Igual both had 11, while Shawn Lathan scored 10.
The two teams will close out the weekend set on Saturday night (8:00) at the CKHS.
CALGARY – Jan. 5, 2018 marked the first game of the New Year and second semester for The Mount Royal Cougars. Playing their first game back on home court versus the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack. After a refreshing holiday break the Cougars were able to secure a wine. The final scores were 25-18, 25-21 16-21 and 25-17.
CALGARY - Mount Royal University Cougars earned its first victory of 2018 in a defensive battle versus The University of Regina Cougars 1-0 in the shootout Friday night at Flames Community Arenas. The Cougars came into their first game of the New Year motivated to turn around their season, as they currently sit last in the standings. That motivation didn't translate into success for MRU in the first period, as they failed to register their first shot on net until only 4 minutes remained in the opening frame. The University of Regina also got off to a slow start but was able to create some pressure late in the period. Regina went to the power play 3 times in the period, testing MRU's netminder Zoe De Beauville on multiple occasions, but De Beauville was up for the task, turning away all 7 Regina shots in the period. The best chance in the period for MRU came at 18:94 when third-year forward Talia Terry tried to go five-hole on Regina's goalie Jane Kish but was turned aside, taking the game into the first intermission tied a zero.
REGINA, Sask. - The University of Regina men’s hockey team fell victim to a massive first period as Mount Royal scored five goals in the opening frame on the way to an 8-2 victory at The Co-operators Centre on Friday night.
Jesse Lees led the charge for MRU, as the blueliner picked up an impressive four goals in Mount Royal’s seventh win of the season. Brad Kennedy chipped in with a goal and three assists while Luke Simpson, Tanner Olstad and Connor Rankin also had goals.
Zach McPhee and Cody Fowlie replied for Regina, as the Cougars fall to 3-12-2 on the season.
Michael Herringer made the start in goal but was chased after allowing four goals on eight shots. Dawson MacAuley came on in relief and stopped 33 MRU efforts. Cam Lanigan was solid at the other end, making 25 saves on 27 shots.
Lees opened the scoring just 1:13 into Friday’s contest, scoring on a point shot where Herringer was heavily screened in front. Olstad made a nice move to add to the lead before Kennedy, Lees and Rankin netted markers to stretch the lead to 5-0 after the first period.
Simpson and McPhee exchanged goals near the start of the second period before Lees added his third at the 15:02 mark. Fowlie notched his seventh of the season as Zak Zborosky picked up his second assist of the night at 18:42.
Lees added the finishing touches at 6:21 of the third on a goal that was almost identical to his first of the night.
The Cougars and Mount Royal will renew hostilities on Saturday afternoon with a 3 p.m. puck drop at The Co-operators Centre.
REGINA, Sask. – Ranked No. 3 in the nation, the University of Regina’s women’s basketball team returned from a long layoff and hit the century mark in a big 101-31 win over Mount Royal on Friday night at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.
CALGARY – After refuelling over the holiday break, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack travelled to Calgary to take on the Mount Royal University Cougars. The two teams were pretty evenly matched up when looking at stats. In the end, it was the WolfPack that took the match on night one, winning three sets to one. The final scores were 25-19, 21-25, 25-17 and 29-27.
CALGARY – The Cougars women’s volleyball team battled injuries nearing the end of the first half and walked away with a 5-7 record, a couple of Top Ten rankings, and a whole lot of volleyball to play in 2018.