By Jon Roe
In the only other Dinos home games this weekend, the men’s hockey team will be looking to leap up the standings. They sit only one point away from the first place University of Alberta Golden Bears, who travel to B.C. to face the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds this weekend. The Dinos face the University of Saskatchewan Huskies in games Friday and Saturday night at the Father David Bauer arena.
The Huskies currently sit sixth in the conference after a surprising 0-4 start to the season. They’ve rebounded to win three of their last four games and were widely expected to be higher in the conference standings this season.
Dinos goaltender Dustin Butler has all five of the team’s wins this season and currently has a 2.79 GAA and a 0.917 save percentage. So far this season the Dinos have only lost one game in regulation, a 9-2 demolition by the Bears in Edmonton on Oct. 10.
The Dinos started the season with a split at home to the University of Winnipeg Wesmen. Fourth-year forward Ashley Hill, one of the few veterans on this young squad, put up 27 points in an 87-81 victory Saturday to salvage a split from the weekend series.
The team travels east to take on the University of Manitoba Bisons this weekend. The Bisons started the season with a 2-0 record after taking both games in Brandon from the Brandon University Bobcats.
The men’s team began the defence of their conference title with two dominating wins over the overmatched Wesmen. In the two victories, the Dinos outscored the Wesmen 190-111. Robbie Sihota had 40 points on the weekend, Tyler Fidler 38. Ross Bekkering snagged 27 rebounds.
They also travel east to take on the Bisons, who split a weekend series against the Bobcats.
There was no miracle finish for the women’s soccer team, which finished two points out of the playoffs this weekend. With an overall record of 7-7-0, they placed sixth for the second year in a row. However, the number of playoff spots in Canada West shrunk from six to four in the off-season, so they won’t be making the post-season like they did last year.
Morena Ianniello led all Dinos in points with 10 this year, Katie Blundell notched 10 goals to lead the Dinos in that category.
The team says goodbye to defender Andrea Hayes, who used up her final year of eligibility.
It was a similar story for the men’s team heading into the final weekend of the season, as they needed a lot of help they didn’t get to make the playoffs. They ended up 10 points out of the final playoff spot when it was all said and done, finishing in fifth a year after finishing second-to-last in the conference. The team finished with a 4-7-3 record.
David Bird led all Dinos in points with four, four players had two goals for the Dinos, tying for the lead in that category.
Midfielder Bird leaves the Dinos after using up his final year of eligibility.