EDMONTON – lt's hard to start the engine when you can't find the keys. The passing game broke down in an epic manner for the MacEwan's men's volleyball team and their entire game fell apart as a result in a 3-0 straight-sets loss (25-17, 25-10, 25-22) to the visiting Mount Royal University Cougars on Saturday night.
The Mount Royal University Cougars drop their first game of 2018 and have their season-high five game win streak snapped at the hands of the Manitoba Bison who returned the favour Saturday afternoon and held on to a 1-0 win. The man of the night was Bison net-minder Byron Spriggs who got a 36 save shutout.
EDMONTON – A waterfall of untimely errors struck the MacEwan Griffins down late in third set and early in the fourth as the visiting Mount Royal University Cougars found victory in a battle of teams on the outside of the Canada West men's volleyball picture on Friday night.
CALGARY - Friday night marked the annual U Sports Shoot For The Cure game at Mount Royal University, where the University of Alberta Pandas visited the Cougars at Kenyon Court to kick off their weekend series.
WINNIPEG— No. 2 University of Manitoba Bisons ended a five-game winning streak for the Mount Royal University Cougars with a shutout win, 1-0, Friday night (Jan. 19) at Wayne Fleming Arena in Winnipeg.
EDMONTON – The recipe for a victory can sometimes be so difficult. Ask the MacEwan Griffins who suffered through a 12-game losing streak in the first semester of the Canada West women’s volleyball season.
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.