2017-18 MRU Cougars Men's Ice Hockey News

  • Men's Hockey Mid-Season Report
    December 06, 2017
    CALGARY - After half a season of action, Mount Royal Cougars sits in fifth place with a record of 6-9-0-1 for a total of 13 points. MRU had the unenviable task of facing off against conference leaders Alberta and Saskatchewan over back-to-back weekends to wrap up the first half, and while the Cougars proved competitive against the Bears and Huskies, they came away without a point from the four games as they dipped to fifth place in the standings after posting a better-than-average record (6-5-0-1) through their first dozen outings.
  • Cougars student-athletes honoured as Academic All-Canadians
    December 05, 2017
    CALGARY – At the Academic All-Canadians breakfast on Dec. 5, presented by Enterprise, forty-one of the Mount Royal University Cougars' student-athletes in four faculties have been named U SPORTS Academic All-Canadians for the 2016-17 season. 
  • Under Armour & Players Bench Athletes of the Week: November 27 - December 3, 2017
    December 04, 2017
    CALGARY - Two hockey players were named the final Under Armour and Players Bench Athletes of the Week for the first half of the varsity season, for the week of November 27 - December 3, 2017.
  • The Cougars end 2017 with a loss as they are swept by the Golden Bears
    December 02, 2017
    EDMONTON - Completing one of the best first halves in Canada West men's hockey history, the University of Alberta Golden Bears earned their 15th win of the season before the Winter Break for the first time since 2004/2005. The Bears scored twice late in the third period to defeat the visiting Mount Royal Cougars 4-2, Saturday night at Clare Drake Arena.
  • Crooks’ double and Burke’s 37 saves help Alberta overcome MRU
    December 01, 2017
    CALGARY- The Mount Royal Cougars played in their final home game of the 2017 calendar year on Student Night, hosting the first half of a home-and-home against the national leaders, University of Alberta Golden Bears.The last time these two schools played, MRU had a rude awakening with a 7-1 and 5-0 humbling loss against Alberta on the opening weekend of the Canada West season. The 13-1-0 Golden Bears came into the contest as the first placed national school in U-SPORTS and fresh off a sweep in Vancouver against the Thunderbirds. MRU was looking to bounce back from a gritty weekend against the Saskatchewan Huskies, being swept by them on home ice.
  • Forsberg, Huskies hold off a third-period push from MRU
    November 25, 2017
    CALGARY - “Tonight we play for them” was the theme of the Nov. 24 matchup between host Mount Royal Cougars and the visiting Saskatchewan Huskies. Cougars captain Jamie King stated, “It was really special for us, it’s nice to give back to the military whenever we can. It was a good game for everyone.” The Cougars played in their sixth annual MRU Remembers game inside the Flames Community Arenas in Calgary Friday night, dropping the contest 3-2. The last time these two schools clashed heads was in last years Canada West playoffs where the Huskies swept MRU on home-ice. The first period was a tightly fought affair between the streaking schools, with the Huskies snapping the Alberta Golden Bears’ win streak of 11 games, while MRU Cougars are coming off a sweep against the UBC Thunderbirds.
  • Four second-period goals help Huskies sweep the Cougars in Calgary
    November 25, 2017
    CALGARY- The Mount Royal University Cougars fell 4-1 in round two versus the Saskatchewan Huskies Saturday night at the Flames Community Arenas. The Cougars couldn’t stay out of the sin-bin as the Huskies capitalized on three of 12 power plays over the weekend, going two for seven tonight. Both teams were penalized for a combined 10 minutes in the opening frame and a total of 68 for the game.
  • Cougars come home with big sweep over UBC
    November 18, 2017
    Vancouver, BC – It was a much better effort but the result was the same for the UBC Thunderbirds (5-6-1) who fell 3-1 to the Mount Royal Cougars (6-5-1) suffering a weekend sweep at home for the second time this season.
  • Cougars earn road victory over T-Birds
    November 17, 2017
    Vancouver, BC – Riding the strength of their power play, the visiting Mount Royal Cougars (5-5-1) handed the UBC Thunderbirds (5-5-1) a 4-1 loss to open up a weekend doubleheader at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre Friday night.
  • Dinos return the favour in second match-up of Crowchild Classic
    November 11, 2017
    CALGARY- The University of Calgary Dinos returned the favour in round two of the Crowchild Classic, picking up a 5-1 win against the Mount Royal Cougars in front of a capacity crowd in the Flames Community Arenas Saturday night.
  • Cougars draw first blood in Crowchild Classic
    November 10, 2017
    CALGARY - In the first hockey installment of the Crowchild Classic series between the University of Calgary Dinos and the Mount Royal University Cougars, an early third period goal by Jamal Watson sealed the win for the Cougars. With the game tied 2-2 after 40 minutes of play in a stalemate between the cross-town rivals, second year forward Jamal Watson played hero for the Cougars to help his team draw first blood against the Dinos. "It always feels good to score against these guys no matter what," explained Watson. "Especially on a nice play from Kord [Pankewicz] like that, just putting the puck away and having a game-winner is good. It is nice to get a win against these guys." Watson's remarks only prove how important this rivalry is to both teams. After the Dinos won last year's Crowchild Classic matchup at the Scotiabank Saddledome in double overtime, the Cougars were looking for redemption. "We wanted to come out with a chip on our shoulder and take it to these guys," said Watson.
  • Muscle Milk Athletes of the Month: October
    November 01, 2017
    CALGARY - Jamal Watson and Haley Nicholson were named the Muscle Milk Athletes of the Month for the month of October.
  • Manitoba sweeps weekend series with a 3-2 over Mount Royal
    October 28, 2017
    Winnipeg, MB- The evening of Oct.28th brought the Mount Royal Cougars to the Wayne Fleming Arena to take on the Manitoba Bisons in Canada West men's hockey action. A slashing penalty taken late in 3rd period by Cougar forward Bradley Kennedy, would be costly.  Manitoba's Zach Franko would blast a shot over the shoulder of Mount Royal goaltender Colin Cooper to help give the Bisons the 3-2 victory. Franko led his team with two goals and was dangerous through out the night for the brown and gold.  "He has an amazing shot, you can see it on the goals he scored. He is a real offensive threat that can make a difference in a game," said Bison Head Coach, Mike Sirant, commenting on the game of Zach Franko. A power play goal off the stick of Franko with 4:08 left in the 1st period would open the scoring for the Bisons. Despite carrying the play for the majority of the opening period, the Cougars would head to the locker room down 1-0.  The second period was far more even for Bisons and Cougars. It was a bad angle shot from Brett Brooks that would beat Cooper, extending Manitoba's lead to 2-0.  With just 2:02 left, the Cougars would get on the board with a goal from Maddison Smiley, sending his team into the intermission down 2-1.  MRU forward, Zack Henry, would get an early break away to start the 3rd period but Manitoba goalie, Byron Spriggs, would come up with a big save to keep his team by one. Just a few minutes later however, Tanner Olstad would wire a shot over the blocker of Spriggs to tie up the game at two.  Spriggs finished the game with 28 saves, Cooper with 25. Both teams will be in action again on Nov.10th.  Manitoba will head west to Regina to take on the Cougars and Mount Royal will be away to Calgary when they take on the Dinos.
  • Bisons defeat Cougars 4-1 in Winnipeg
    October 27, 2017
    WINNIPEG- The University of Manitoba Bisons men's hockey team proved victorious in an entertaining affair over the visiting University of Mount Royal Cougars by a score of 4-1 on Friday, Oct 27 at Wayne Fleming Arena in Winnipeg.
  • Cougars sweep home-and-home with ‘Horns and pick up third win in a row.
    October 21, 2017
    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.  
  • Cougars win big in Lethbridge
    October 20, 2017
    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.
  • Kennedy Named Canada West Second Star of the Week
    October 17, 2017
    EDMONTON – A pair of scoring outbursts have landed Kelsie MacDonald and Josh Roach Canada West first star honours for the week ending October. 15.
  • Under Armour & Players Bench Athletes of the Week: October 9-15, 2017
    October 16, 2017
    CALGARY - A pair of rookies have been named the Under Armour & Players Bench Athletes of the Week for the week of Oct. 9-15, 2017.
  • MRU earns first victory of the season in thrilling shootout marathon
    October 14, 2017
    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
  • Regina edge MRU, go the distance to pick up first win of the season in shootout.
    October 13, 2017
    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.
  • Maclise signs contract with AHL's Manitoba Moose
    October 12, 2017
    CALGARY – Cougars men’s hockey graduate and standout Cam Maclise signed his first AHL contract with the Manitoba Moose last week in Winnipeg.
  • Bears sweep home-and-home against Cougars, pick up 5-1 win in rubber match
    October 07, 2017
    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.
  • Cougars conference play opens with tilt versus Bears
    October 04, 2017
    EDMONTON – The Mount Royal Cougars will play a home-and-home series against defending conference champion Alberta Golden Bears, as the conference gets set for puck drop Friday night.
  • We Are The Cougars
    August 25, 2017
    Our new look embodies the pride, determination and focus that is a hallmark of not only our student athletes but of all our students, faculty and staff. #WeAreTheCougars To learn more about the new Cougars visual identity visit http://mru.ca/WeAreTheCougars