EDMONTON - Both teams scored from the penalty spot in the second half, as the Alberta Golden Bears and Mount Royal Cougars finished the Canada West conference season with a 1-1 draw, Sunday afternoon at Foote Field.
Lethbridge - With playoff positioning on the line the Lethbridge Pronghorns closed out the Canada West conference schedule with a 2-0 win over the Mount Royal Cougars. Entering the final game of the conference schedule, the Mount Royal Cougars sat two points ahead of the Pronghorns for fourth place in the Prairie Division, while the Pronghorns also had the Manitoba Bisons nipping at their heels for fifth. With the win, the Pronghorns finish the regular season with a 5-7-2 record and in fourth place. The Pronghorns will travel to Langley to face the Fraser Valley Cascades in the Canada West women's soccer play-in game. The winner of that game will face the Trinity Western Spartans in the quarter-final Saturday.
Lethbridge – A night after suffering a 4-1 loss at home, the Mount Royal Cougars rebounded with a 3-0 win over the Lethbridge Pronghorns to earn their first regulation win of the season and a weekend split in the first of two home-and-home series between the two teams.
Megan Carver scored twice to pace the Cougars and Tianna Ko scored the other Cougar goal. Zoe Debeauville made 18 saves to earn her first shutout of the season.
Pronghorn goaltender Alicia Anderson once again gave her team a chance to win, stopping 39 of the 42 shots she faced.
Entering the game still in search of their first regulation win of the season, the Cougars took the early play to the Pronghorns, peppering Anderson with 15 first period shots, but as she has done throughout her career, Anderson was outstanding in the Pronghorns crease. She made solid saves off of the sticks of Devonie Deschamps, Shawni Rodeback and Kate Scidmore.
After weathering the Cougars storm early in the period, the Pronghorns did muster some late pressure, finishing with nine first period shots, but Debeauville turned aside a trio of chances in the final minute from Alli Borrow, Mackenzie Gal and Jodi Gentile.
After a scoreless opening 20 minutes, the second frame was all Mount Royal, outshooting the Pronghorns 18-2 and striking twice. Megan Carver opened the scoring just past the five minute mark, after her shot from the circle redirected off a Pronghorn defender and past Anderson.
With the team's play to four-on-four, Tianna Ko beat a pair of Pronghorns off the half wall and tucked one in past Anderson short side.
Before the third period hit the five minute mark, Carver picked up her second of the night while shorthanded to give the Cougars a 3-0 lead. Blocking a shot just inside the Cougars end, Carver raced away on a breakaway, deking to her backhand and it looked like Anderson had made another spectacular save with the glove, but the puck trickled in for Carver's third of the season.
While the Pronghorns did generate a few chances following the Cougar's third goal, they could not beat Debeauville on this night. Debeauville made a solid shoulder save off of Brett Campbell on a Pronghorn two-on-one and flashed the glove to turn aside Gentile off a nice individual rush.
The Pronghorns head out on the road next weekend, traveling to Vancouver to face the two-time defending Canada West Champion UBC Thunderbirds. The Cougars will return home to host the Manitoba Bisons for a pair of games at the Flames Community Arena.
CALGARY – Cougars women volleyball team start the season with a win. It was the home opener for the Cougars as they took on the Winnipeg Wesmen this weekend. After a clean sweep during the first matchup, the Cougars were looking for similar results. The Cougars were able to defeat the Wesmen in four sets, giving them the match win both Friday and Saturday. Wesmen took the first set 25-20 but were unable to stop the Cougars in the next three. The Cougars took the following sets, 25-16, 25-15 and 27-15.
CALGARY - Coming off a 6-2 victory the night prior, Mount Royal Cougars hosted the second half of a home-and-home with the Lethbridge Pronghorns, picking up their third straight victory with a 4-1 victory Saturday night in Calgary. In the first period, MRU (3-2-1) found themselves shorthanded three times inside the opening ten minutes but killing them all successfully.
Lethbridge (1-5-1) mustered out a mere two shots in all three man-advantages.
Moments after the third penalty expired, Brad Kennedy sprung out of the box and got into the ‘Horns zone, waiting on his linemates to come in of the fly.
He slid a pass to Jamal Watson in the slot who walked around goaltender Garret Hughson and guided the puck into the back of the net to put the Cougars up 1-0.
CALGARY – The latest installment of the Crowchild Classic was a successful one for the University of Calgary Dinos as they defeated the Mount Royal University Cougars 3-0 on Saturday at the West Varsity Soccer Pitch.
EDMONTON – MacEwan defender Sheldon Prasad saved one off the line in the first half, a play which ultimately secured a point for the Griffins in a scoreless draw with visiting Mount Royal University in Canada West men’s soccer action on Saturday.
Lethbridge - Doing the bulk of their damage in a nine minute span in the second period, the Mount Royal Cougars took game one of a home-and-home series with the Lethbridge Pronghorns, dropping the Pronghorns 6-2 Friday night in Lethbridge. After a scoreless opening period, the Cougars exploded for four second period goals in a span of just over a nine minutes, and then scored twice into the empty net after the Pronghorns had cut the Cougar lead to 4-2 late in the third.
Brad Kennedy, Jesse Lees, David Stephens, Josh Bly, Tanner Olstad and Mitch Lipon each scored for the Cougars, while Justin Valentino and Brandon Clowes replied for the Pronghorns.
Colin Cooper made 12 saves to earn the victory for the Cougars, while freshman Ty Edmonds made 27 saves in the loss.
While the first period was scoreless, the Cougars carried the play and outshot the Pronghorns 14-5. Cougar Jesse Lees was the closest to opening the scoring in the first, faking a dump-in and then firing toward the net as Pronghorn goaltender Ty Emdonds left the crease to stop what he thought was a puck coming around the boards, but Lees' shot clanked off the post.
CALGARY – Its go time for women’s volleyball. The Mount Royal Cougars take on the Winnipeg Wesmen on home court for the first game of the season. As the first set begins the Cougars take an early lead. With kills from #15, Alex Donaghy, #14 Chantel Park and #2 Cassidy Kitchen the Winnipeg Wesmen call a timeout at 12-7 to regroup. Unfortunately for the Wesmen, the timeout wasn’t enough to stop #15 Danaghy who continued to get kill after kill for a total of 14 in the first set. Wesmens’ #2 Kalena Shulz put up the most counter attacks with 5 kills in the set. The Cougars won on a kill from #15 Donaghy from the right side with a score of 25-12.
CALGARY – The weekend was kick-started by an inspired matchup between the 0-3-1-0 Mount Royal Cougars and the 0-2-2-0 Lethbridge Pronghorns Friday night at Flames Community Arenas. The Pronghorns were able to come away with an impressive 4-1 road victory over the Cougars, despite being outshot 33-14. Both teams came out aggressively, looking to record their first regulation win of the season.
MRU took to the power play in the opening minute, peppering Pronghorn netminder Alicia Anderson from every angle. Anderson, who posts a Canada West best .963 save percent average, stood strong turning away all 5 power play shots.
The Pronghorns got on the board quickly after as third-year forward Tricia Van Vaerenbergh tapped in the juicy rebound off Jodi Gentile’s blue line slap shot.
Mid-way through the period, Lethbridge’s bench erupted after it seemed the Pronghorn had scored a second goal, but the referee quickly waved off Jodi Gentile’s shot, as the puck didn’t cross the line, keeping the score at 1-0.
The rest of the period was controlled by the Cougars, who outshot Lethbridge 14-4 and went on the power 3 times but were unable to put one past Anderson, going into the first intermission down by 1.
Emily Severson replaced Zoe DeBeauville in net for MRU to start the second period and was tested early and often.
Lethbridge came out on fire in the second, scoring within the first minute of the period as Katelyn Breitkreuz slid the puck past Severson in a mad scramble in front of the net.
While the Cougars continued to apply pressure throughout the first half of the period, they were unable to find the back of the net.
Anderson was once again impressive turning away all 11 shots she faced.
MRU started to unravel late, as Alli Borrow tipped in her second goal of the season off Jodi Gentile’s blast from the blue line at 15:48.
Moments later the Pronghorns tipped another goal past Severson when Delaney Duchek deflected Eryn Johanson’s red line slap shot to give Lethbridge a commanding 4-0 lead going into the final frame.
Jodi Gentile added to her productive night by picking up her third assist of the game on the play.
The third period saw chippy play from both sides as the majority of the period was spent on the power play.
MRU finally got on the board midway through the period on the power play, as third-year forward Kate Hufnagel scored her first goal of the season off the rebound from Tatum Amy’s hard wrist shot.
The Cougars battled hard all period but the 4-goal deficit proved to be insurmountable.
The Pronghorns grinded out the rest of the period picking up their first regulation victory of the season 4-1.
Alicia Anderson was impressive for the Pronghorns turning away 32 of 33 shots, while Jodi Gentile earned first star honours contributing on 3 of the teams 4 goals.
“It feels good to finally get a win in regulation.” Said Gentile.
“We did a really good job of putting pucks on net and our forwards did a good job of tipping them in. Now it’s important for us to go into tomorrow and come out of the weekend with 6 points.”
The Cougars and Pronghorns play the second game of their home and home series in Lethbridge tomorrow at 7 p.m. MT and can be streamed live at Canadawest.tv.
CALGARY – The volleyball season has officially kicked off with the home opener for the Mount Royal Cougars versus the Winnipeg Wesmen. The first set started with Mikael Clegg serving for the Wesmen. After two successful serves, Cougars #1 Riley Friesen had a kill from the outside, giving the Cougars their first opportunity to serve. The points went back and forth between the two teams, when Cougars #8 Tyler Schmidt, had two huge kills from right side giving Mount Royal a two-point lead. The teams stayed consistent, alternating kills and blocks, however, the Wesmen took the lead 16-14 at the technical timeout. Winnipeg Wesmens’ #14 Taylor Howe extended the lead with two kills from the outside, the first down the line, and second a hard crosscourt shot. The Cougars were unable to close the gap, and the Winnipeg Wesmen won the first set when #11 Clegg served an ace. The final score of the first set was Wesmen 25, Cougars 18.
The Cougars had first attack entering the second set as #4 Tanner Greves began serving. Winnipeg Wesmens’ #9 David Bommersbach came out swinging with a kill down the line from the right side, followed by a short roll shot into centre court which the Cougars were unable to pick up. The Cougars called a timeout at 11-7 for the Wesmen in order to regroup. Mount Royal Cougars #8 Schmidt took back the serve for the Cougars with a kill from the back row. Despite a few good blocks and attacks from the Cougars, Wesmen were able to keep the lead 16-12 at the technical timeout. The Cougars fought back, but yet again were unsuccessful closing in on the lead, as Wesmen took the second set 25-21.
With the Wesmen up two sets to none, the Cougars knew it was now or never gong into the third. The Cougars came out strong with a crosscourt kill from #13 Matt Saly. The score remained within two points as the teams both put up strong attacks. At the technical timeout, the score was tied at 16. The Cougars slowly took the lead, which was extended when #1 Friesen was up to serve scoring two aces making the score 22-17 for the Cougars. Mount Royal’s #8 Schmidt closed the deal with two kills from the right side, for a final score of 25-21 for the Cougars.
Entering the fourth set it was still do or die for the Cougars as the Wesmen led two sets to one. The Cougars once again started strong with a huge save from #8 Schmidt chasing a ball to the back of the gym bringing it back into play. This save set the tone for the Cougars for the rest of the set. They quickly took the lead as #8 Schmidt had a back row kill, followed by an ace from #1 Friesen. The two continued to dominate on the Cougars side, #1 Friesen with two back row kills, and #8 Schmidt with a kill from right side extending the lead to 12-7. Winnipeg put up a tough fight as #15 Adrian Dyck put an outside attack off the block. At the technical timeout, the Cougars lead 16-10. After the technical timeout #8, Schmidt continued to dominate the right side with repeated kills leading the Cougars to a 25-17 victory.
EDMONTON – The nation's top volleyball conference returns to action this Friday, as the 2017-18 Canada West men's volleyball schedule begins. The Mount Royal Cougars will host the Winnipeg Wesmen Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m.
EDMONTON - The Mount Royal Cougars women's volleyball team opens their season Oct. 20-21 with weekend play scheduled against the Winnipeg Wesmen. On Friday, first serve is set for 7:30 p.m. and the following day, the Cougars will take Kenyon Court at 5:30 p.m.
It was the last home weekend for soccer and both teams clinched a playoff spot on an emotional seniors celebration night. Meanwhile, the hockey season entered week two. Our women's team struggled in Regina while the men's team played in back to back shootouts.
CALGARY- Second place Saskatchewan travelled to Cougar Stadium Field for a face-off against Mount Royal Sunday afternoon in a 1-1 game. Last time these two saw each other it was the Cougars who pulled away with three points on the road. MRU was placed fourth in the league standings heading into the contest, trying to make up for the points dropped the day prior against Lethbridge.
University of Calgary Dinos did their part and beat the Huskies on Saturday, MRU was looking to close the gap on their cross-town rivals.
The first half saw both teams holding to the ball in an attempt to draw the other out and penetrate using open space. However, neither team found any real chances driving down the middle.
As a result, both teams resorted to driving down the touchline and send in balls to the middle of the box.
Cougar keeper Kyran Valley had the moment of the half, recovering from punching away a cross from his net and parrying the ball volleyed by Huskies’ Aiden Taylor on the one time.
Valley forced himself to spring off the ground and leap up to punch the ball on the second shot on target and tipping the ball over the net.
Both teams took a 0-0 score into the break.
CALGARY- Mount Royal Cougars hosted Univerisity of British Columbia Thunderbirds in their final home game of the season at Cougar Stadium field. The Thunderbirds got on the board twice early in the first half and unexpectedly conceded three in a row to close the first half. A third goal in the latter portion of the second half salvaged UBC a point against the Cougars, drawing the match 3-3.
The first half was filled with action and the visiting T-Birds started the fun right from kickoff.
UBC broke through MRU’s defence line and managed to solve second-year Cougar goalkeeper Miah Godek.
REGINA - Kylee Kupper had a goal and an assist as the University of Regina women's hockey team completed the sweep of Mount Royal University on Saturday afternoon, scoring a 3-2 comeback win at The Co-operators Centre. Kupper, Jaycee Magwood and Elise Endicott scored for the Cougars. Kate Scidmore and Rachel Piitz replied for the visitors, as MRU drops to 0-3-1-0 on the season.
MRU scored first as Scidmore netted her first career U SPORTS goal following a mad scramble in front of the Cougar net.
CALGARY – The Mount Royal Cougars grinded out a thrilling first victory of the season against The Regina Cougars in a 5-4 shootout victory. In the battle of the Cougars, Mount Royal looked to pick up their first win of the season as they took on the University of Regina in the rubber match of their home series Saturday afternoon at Flames Community Arenas.
In the first, MRU came right out of the gate energized and determined to put up a W in front of their home crowd.
Mount Royal controlled the puck early and often spending the majority of the period in the opposition’s zone, outshooting Regina 15-7.
University of Regina’s first-year goaltender Michael Herringer hung in tough against MRU’s attack, until number 9, forward Hunter Zandee, potted the first goal of his young CIS career from the side of the net midway through the period.
Regina went to work on the power play late in the first, with their best scoring chance coming from defenceman Kirk Bear’s quick wrist shot from the blue line.
MRU’s third-year goalie Colin Cooper got the nod in net over the injured Wyatt Hoflin and looked composed as he held off Regina’s late pressure, leading MRU into the first intermission up 1-0.
A nifty reflection off defenceman Isaac Schacher blue line shot from Regina’s captain Cody Fowlie tied the game up 3:51 into the second period.
Momentum stayed on MRU’S side, however, as first-year forward Bradley Kennedy ripped home a gorgeous power-play wrist shot from the slot past Herringer, restoring Mount Royals 1 goal lead.
The game turned into a scrappy affair mid-way through the period after Cooper turned down a streaking Steph
CALGARY- Mount Royal Cougars played hosts to the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns on the annual Seniors Day held on Oct. 14 at Cougar Stadium Field, getting a 3-1 victory in a remarkable second-half comeback. Coming into the contest, the Cougars had a chance to separate themselves from their bitter rival, the University of Calgary Dinos.
Last weekend both Calgary sides stole points from one another on the road, cancelling any chances of separation.
With both teams having 12 points in the league table, the Dinos were sitting in third-place due to an extra win to their name.
MRU had a favourable matchup against a Lethbridge team that has only picked up one win in eight attempts.
Inside the first half, both teams were testing each other out with the keepers only making the saves they had to.
Horns’ keeper Nolan French had a game-long duel with Cougars forward Jake Vicke
CALGARY- Mount Royal Cougars hosted the University of Victoria Vikes on the annual Seniors Day for fifth-year students on Saturday afternoon at Cougar Stadium Field, drawing a hard-fought 0-0 game. The Oct. 14 match-day was special enough as is but also had huge playoff stipulations for the Cougars who needed a win to secure their spot in the Canada West quarter-finals. Victoria was sitting in second place coming into the match and already had a playoff berth to their name. In the first 45, it was the visiting Vikes who kept the pressure on the home Cougars playing possession and sending balls in from the wide, but a resilient Cougar defence held their own. Victoria had a chance that could’ve changed the outcome of the game late in the half.
REGINA, Sask. - The University of Regina women’s hockey team took a 4-2 victory over Mount Royal University for their first home win of the 2017-18 Canada West season on Friday night. Jaycee Magwood scored twice for Regina while Sarah Hornoi and Bailey Braden also found the net in the win. Tatum Amy and Anna Purschke replied for visiting Mount Royal.
The Cougars, who improve to 2-1-0-0, opened the scoring at the 13:25 mark of the first period on Magwood’s second of the season. The puck was cycled deep into the MRU zone as the Cougars went for a change but Merissa Zerr was the first one there. Her pass in front found Mackenzie Hutchinson who fed Magwood and her slap shot beat a screened Zoe De Beauville up high.
Regina jumped out to a 3-0 lead with second period goals from Hornoi and Braden. Hornoi’s first goal at the U SPORTS level was a nice deflection in front, and Braden’s marker came off a shot from the side of the net while De Beauville was occupied with a Regina player in her crease.
Momentum took a turn later in the second as MRU saw rookie forward Amy stuff home a
CALGARY- A crazy back-and-forth affair in an all-Cougars game between Regina and MRU ended in a 7-6 shootout victory for Regina, picking their first win of the season.Regina scored early to take the first of six lead changes in the game.
MRU forward Connor Rankin received a boarding penalty after knocking down Regina defenceman Kirk Bear right after getting away with a slashing calling.
Colton Sparrow desperately dove and poked the puck in the net, capitalizing on the ensuing power-play just 64 seconds into the contest and gave his team a 1-0 advantage.
After MRU put themselves shorthanded minutes after the goal, Rankin redeemed himself by scoring shorthanded.
The former Calgary Hitmen stripped the puck from a Regina defender in their end and got in one on one, beating rookie Michael Herringer sliding the puck on the far side and tied the game up at ones.
Regina took the lead back halfway through the first frame.