Cougars travel to Saskatoon to play the Huskies in the Canada West Semifinals

Cougars travel to Saskatoon to play the Huskies in the Canada West Semifinals

GAME DATE: Feb. 24 at Saskatchewan
LOCATION: Saskatoon, SK – 6:00pm MST

GAME DATE: Feb. 25 at Saskatchewan
LOCATION: Saskatoon, SK – 6:00pm MST

GAME DATE: Feb. 26 at Saskatchewan
LOCATION: Saskatoon, SK – 6:00pm MST *if necessary

HEADLINES:

Mount Royal will head to Rutherford Rink for the Canada West Semifinals against Saskatchewan. The series will also feature the two front runners for the Canada West MVP award. Connor Rankin led the conference in scoring this season and was simply spectacular for the Cougars in 2016-17. Huskies' goaltender Jordan Cooke, last season's MVP, made a strong case to repeat as the winner again this year. Rankin scored four times in three games against Manitoba and will undoubtedly put Cooke to the test this weekend.

THE SERIES:

The Huskies are 6-13-1 against the Cougars in regulation play. This season, the Huskies won three of four games including a double overtime winner in January. These two sides last met in the playoffs in 2014-15 when Mount Royal won the quarterfinal series 2-1.

MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (2-1)

Mount Royal found their offence in their quarterfinal series against the Bisons. After limping into the playoffs at the end of the regular season, Mount Royal outscored Manitoba 15-5 in three games to advance to the second round for the third straight season. Canada West's leading scorer also awoke in the first round of the playoffs. Connor Rankin, who had 35 points (17G, 18A) in the regular season, torched the Bisons for six points (4G, 2A) in three games. The Cougars also had a resurgence in goal with the stellar play of Cam Lanigan. Lanigan appeared in only six regular season games for the Cougars but has taken the goaltending duties and ran with them since being given the nod in game one.

SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (0-0)

The Huskies earned a bye into this semifinal matchup after finishing the regular season with a league-best 21-5-2 record. The Huskies have been the class of the Canada West conference for the past two seasons and heading into the playoffs they are once again the team to beat. It is no coincidence that the Huskies' recent dominance has aligned with the recruiting of star goaltender Jordan Cooke. Cooke was the Canada West MVP last season and is having another stellar year for the Huskies in 2016-17. Cooke went 19-4-2 with a 1.94 goals against average and a 0.929 save percentage in 25 games this season. Logan McVeigh finished second in the scoring race this season, putting up 31 points (13G, 18A) in 28 games.