2017-18 MRU Cougars Men's Ice Hockey News

  • 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