Hockey seasons open with Battle of the Cougars

Hockey seasons open with Battle of the Cougars

CALGARY - The Mount Royal Cougars men's and women's hockey teams will open up their seasons against the Regina Cougars. Canada West released the full men's and women's hockey schedules on Tuesday.

The Canada West men's season will open on Sept. 28, while the women's season opens up the following week on Oct. 5.

For the Cougars men's team, Mount Royal will host Regina on Sept. 28-29 for their home opener before a bye week over Thanksgiving. They'll resume their season the following weekend in Vancouver against UBC. The rest of the first half will see home-eand-home series against Alberta, Calgary and Lethbridge, two home series against Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and it'll close with a road trip to Regina to face the Cougars a second time. Mount Royal opens the second half hosting UBC , Jan. 4-5 and finishes their regular season with a home-and-home series against Lethbridge on Feb. 8-9. They'll play every Canada West team four total times in 2018-19.

On the women's side, they'll start their 2018-19 campaign on the road against the Cougars on Oct. 5-6. Their home opener will commence the following weekend against the UBC Thunderbirds, Oct. 12-14, and they'll take on Alberta and Manitoba before a bye week, Nov. 2-3. Four more series will go down to finish off the first half of the season including games against Calgary, Saskatchewa, Lethbridge and another one against Regina. In the second half of the season, the Cougars find themselves with just one full road trip - Jan. 3-4 in Vancouver to take on the Thunderbirds - before hosting a slew of home-and-homes and series' against Manitoba and Saskatchewan. They'll conclude the regular season with a home-and-home against Lethbridge, Feb. 8-9.

Saturday, February 9 marks the conclusion of men's and women's regular season play, with the conference quarters set for the following weekend (Feb. 15-17). The CW semifinals are slated for Feb. 22-24, with the CW Finals scheduled for March 1-3.

The 2018-19 women's season concludes March 14-17 in Charlottetown, PEI, as the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers host the U SPORTS national tournament. Meanwhile, a men's national champion is set to be crowned in Western Canada, as the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns host the University Cup March 14-17.

Lethbridge will host the U Cup for the first time in school history, and will be the first CW team to welcome the nation's best since Saskatchewan hosted the tournament in 2013 and 2014.