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.
CALGARY-Mount Royal Cougars hosted round two of the Crowchild Classic against bitter rivals University of Calgary Dinos. The visiting Dinos got revenge and picked up a 3-0 victory against the Cougars Sunday afternoon.These two crosstown rivals started the game with immense game speed and intensity, entertaining the capacity crowd at Cougar Stadium Field.
MRU started the game on the front foot, forcing Calgary to play with their backs against the wall during the first half.
CALGARY- Mount Royal Cougars hosted a second half of a home-and-home against the first place Alberta Panda at Cougar Stadium Field on a frosty Sunday morning, dropping the match 6-0. Alberta had five different goal scorers and completely took the game over in the second half. The first half was filled with chances for both sides to capitalise. Emily Sands got the ball in a favourable area at the 31st-minute mark.
Her shot made its way on net and slipped through the hands of Panda keeper Rebecca Reif but the startled goalie collected the ball before any damage could’ve been done.
This was the Cougars best chance and the save ended up being the turning point of the game.
Alberta pressed and had a dangerous moment of their own.
CALGARY - Mount Royal Cougars hosted the second half of opening weekend of the young Canada West season against prestigious Alberta Golden Bears, dropping the rubber match 5-1. The Golden Bears offence picked up directly from where they left, playing relentlessly all game and like the formidable squad they are, never letting the foot off the gas.
Seconds inside puck-drop, the visiting Edmonton side snuck a goal in as the fans were still taking seats.
Tanner Clarkson got in between the Cougar defence in the slot and danced his way around Wyatt Hoflin, tucking the puck on the sprawling goalie whilst falling on the ground himself.
The second year Hoflin got peppered early on in the game, stopping sure opportunity at every turn.
Cougar net minder stood his ground throughout the game, keeping the game from getting out of hand, stopping 33 sure goals from going in as a well-oiled Alberta team had chances better than the ones previous.
The offensive onslaught kept coming from the visiting team as the period progressed.
Graeme Craig slid a slapshot between the wickets of Hoflin five minutes later to double the Golden Bears lead.
Cole Sanford then later capitalized on a powerplay, wiring a shot past Hoflin after receiving a cross-crease pass from Luke Philp.
Philp now has five assists in two games.
Golden Bears took a 3-0 lead heading into the first break.
Later on in the second, Nick Charif killed any signs of MRU momentum.
Charif hopped on a loose puck, turned on the jets and pulled a nifty move on Hoflin who caught the puck while sprawling on the ice on the goal line but the referee awarded the goal.
Less than two minutes have gone by, Jaime Crooks got in on the action netting his own powerplay goal, the Bears took a 5-0 lead into the second break.
MRU found the back of the net for the first time this season when Hunter Zandee snuck a one-timed effort past rookie Zach Sawchenko.
The first-year rookie coming out of Moose Jaw only faced twelve shots in the contest in his first career CIS start.
Rought and dirty played carried into the final period with a total of 38 minutes being racked up from both teams.
A frustrated Cougar side now drop to 0-0-2 to start the season while the Bears rack up 12 goals in two nights and improve to 2-0-0 in their first contest.
Golden Bears bench boss Serge Lajoie was pleased with his team performance stating “It was curious to see how our guys would respond this early in the season, we know playing MRU with Bert Gilling they're always well coached. It was a good test but I was very happy with how our guys played tonight,”
MRU host a doubleheader against the Regina Cougars on October 13th scheduled for 6 pm and 3 pm on the 14th.
Alberta travels to Manitoba and plays a two-game visit against the Bisons on October 13th and 14th as well, puck drops ready for 7 pm and 5 pm.
EDMONTON - For just the second time in program history, the Mount Royal Cougars defeated the Alberta Pandas hockey team, as they upset the Pandas in their home-opener 2-1 in a shootout, Saturday night at Clare Drake Arena.
This is also the second-straight season the Cougars have beat the Pandas at Clare Drake Arena. The Cougars entered Saturday's game with a 1-25 all-time record against their provincial foe, and a 1-16 conference record against Alberta, including a 4-0 loss the previous night in Calgary.
Megan Carver scored the Cougars only goal in the third period, while Reanna Arnold and Tianna Ko scored for MRU in the shoootout. Starting goalie Zoe De Beauville was impressive in her second start of the season, stopping 22 of 23 shots she faced, as well as three of the four Alberta shooters in the shootout. Fifth-year Deanna Morin scored for the second time in as many nights, with Alexandra Poznikoff scoring the only Pandas goal in the shootout.
The Pandas were hoping for a better result on Saturday, as they raised their 2017 U SPORTS banner to the rafters of Clare Drake Arena before puck drop. The ceremony seemed to spark the Pandas, as they were able to control play in the opening 20 minutes, outshooting the Cougars 7-3, scoring 11 minutes in. Morin was able to tap in a fantastic feed from Amy Boucher in tight, giving the Pandas an early 1-0 lead.
That momentum abandoned the Pandas in between periods, with the game coming to a glacial stop in the second. Neither team was able to generate any sort offensive opportunities, with the teams combining for just nine shots.
The game picked up again in the third period, however the Pandas were unable to add to their lead thanks to some timely saves from De Beauville. Similar to the only other MRU win over Alberta, the Cougars were able to score a need tally in the third, this time off an nice individual effort from Carver. The fourth-year Cougar forward created a turnover deep in Pandas territory, picking the pocket of the Panda defender, before slipping a shot on the ice past Panda starter Dayna Owen.
Neither team could score the game-winner in regulation, sending the game into overtime. The Pandas easily had the best chances to end the game in both the first and second OT frame, but De Beauville was once again solid for Mount Royal. The veteran keeper stopped five Alberta shots in overtime, including a pair of stellar stops against Boucher and Poznikoff.
The two teams exchanged goals over the first three shooters per side in the shootout, before Ko was able to win the game for MRU with a fantastic move to beat Owens in tight.
The 1-0-1 Pandas will embark on their first road series next weekend, as they travel to Winnipeg to take on the Manitoba Bisons. MRU (1-1-0), meanwhile, will travel to Regina for a weekend series against the Cougars.