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Thursday, November 23, 2017

THIS WEEK IN COUGAR ATHLETICS

Swimming (Women’s U SPORTS Ranking: No. 9) – The Cougars will head to Vancouver Island this weekend to compete in the Canada West Championships, which will be hosted by the University of Victoria from Friday through Sunday. Both the men’s and the women’s teams will head into the meet after being recognized in the latest national poll, with the women’s team checked in at No. 9 and the men’s team receiving votes but just outside of the top 10. Live results and video will be available all weekend long at www.reginacougars.com.

Men’s Hockey – The Cougars picked up a weekend split against the No. 9-ranked Calgary Dinos last weekend, winning 3-2 on Friday night before falling 3-2 on Saturday. Zach McPhee netted the winning goal in Friday’s contest while Tristan Frei had a goal in each game. Regina is back at home this weekend as the Lethbridge Pronghorns visit The Co-operators Centre for two evening matchups.

Women’s Basketball (U SPORTS Ranking: No. 3) – The Cougars picked up a Friday win but lost their first game of the season on Saturday at the hands of the UNBC Timberwolves, falling 81-79. Friday’s contest saw the Cougars roll to an 88-53 win but a late Timberwolves run on Saturday dropped the Cougars to 5-1. The Cougars will return to the CKHS this weekend for a battle against the 8-0 Lethbridge Pronghorns.

Men’s Basketball – The Cougars (5-1) bumped their win streak to five games with 80-76 and 96-88 wins over the hometown UNBC Timberwolves on the weekend. Regina is back at the CKHS for the final home games of the calendar year this weekend, as the undefeated Lethbridge Pronghorns are in town for a two-game series.

Women’s Volleyball – The Cougars earned a sweep of the Brandon Bobcats at the CKHS last weekend, fighting back for a thrilling five-set victory thanks to kills on the final four plays by Canada West Second Star of the Week Ashlee Sandiford on Friday night before a three-set sweep on Saturday. Regina (5-5) will head to Kelowna this weekend for a matchup against the 6-2 UBC Okanagan Heat.

Men’s Volleyball – The Cougars dropped a pair of home matches against the Brandon Bobcats on the weekend, losing 3-0 on Saturday before a tough five-set defeat on Saturday night. The Cougars will refocus this weekend as they take on the UBC Okanagan Heat (3-5) in Kelowna.

Women’s Hockey – The Cougars suffered a pair of defeats at The Co-operators Centre on the weekend, as the Calgary Dinos picked up two 1-0 wins. Regina (4-6-1-1) will look to rebound this weekend on the road against the seventh-place Lethbridge Pronghorns.

Wrestling (Women’s U SPORTS Ranking: No. 4 / Men’s U SPORTS Ranking: No. 10) – The Cougars hosted the Cougar Invitational at the CKHS on the weekend, with the women’s team finishing first in the overall standings. The men’s team placed second, as six Cougar wrestlers earned top spot in their weight class. Both teams will be in action in Saskatoon this weekend for the Huskie Invitational.

Track & Field – The Cougars opened the 2017-18 season on Saturday with their annual Intrasquad Meet split between the CKHS and the Regina Fieldhouse. The team’s first official meet will be on Dec. 2, when the Cougars will compete in the Larmer Friendship Games in Regina.

(Courtesy Braden Konshuh/Cougar Athletics)

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