Two hockey heroes have been selected as the Under Armour & Players Bench Athletes of the Week for the week of January 1-7, 2019.
Both hockey teams took on the UBC Thunderbirds this past weekend. While the men got to begin 2019 at home, Mount Royal's women's team travelled to Vancouver. This low scoring weekend displayed great hockey from both teams. From MRU, forward Tatum Amy was a stand out with one goal and one assist over the weekend. She was a major contributor in every goal MRU scored.
Friday night was a hard fought game, and UBC came out on top 2-1. Amy was able to form a small comeback, scoring the Cougar's only goal.
On Saturday, it was a defensive battle, as the game remained tied well into the second period. Amy took matters into her own hands by making a great play to set up her teammate with a wide open net. This goal was the game winner and gave MRU much needed points in the standings.
Amy continues to be a leading force on the Cougars, and looks to make a playoff push in the second half of the season. She is in her second year and hails from Birtle, MB. She is taking her Bachelor of Health & Physical Education.
Back in Calgary, it was a crucial match up in men's hockey. MRU stand out, Jamal Watson, played a big offensive role in the Cougars big sweep of UBC. He finished with two goals and two assists on the weekend.
Friday night, Mount Royal came out to a 3-0 lead in the first period thanks to two assists from Watson on Mount Royal's explosive first line. In the second period, he continued this dominance on Saturday afternoon with two power play goals in six minutes.
Watson is leading his team towards a playoff push, as they vault to fourth place in the league. This bumps them one spot ahead UBC. MRU looks to continue their strong play as they make a strong push to finish the regular season.
Watson is an emotional leader on the team, and one of the fastest straightaway skaters in the league. He is a local Calgary product, and played five years in the Western Hockey League. Watson is currently taking his Bachelor of Business.
Both teams will be back in action this weekend against the Manitoba Bisons but reversed, the men will be on the road while the women's host the defending National champions.