Four was the magic number for the University of Manitoba women’s hockey team, as they put away four goals in both games this weekend.
The Bisons beat the Lethbridge Pronghorns 4-1 on Friday night and 4-0 Saturday night, as Rachel Dyck continued to stand out, with 52 saves over the weekend. Dyck leads Canada West with a stellar .955 save percentage and a league-low 14 goals against.
Jessica Rosenbaum led the Bisons Friday night with two goals. Also scoring were Kayleigh Wiens, with her first goal of the season, and Alana Serhan, with her fifth goal of the season.
Serhan and Alanna Sharman led the Bisons Saturday night. Serhan notched a power play goal and picked up an assist in the win. Sharman opened scoring in the first and assisted on Serhan’s power play goal.
Sharman’s goal was her11th of the season, which puts her one spot above Canadian legend Hayley Wickenheiser forsecond in points in the Canada West conference.
The Bisons continue their push for playoffs next weekend at home against the Regina Cougars.
The women’s volleyball team started the New Year off strong, picking up valuable points with back-to-back wins over last place Mount Royal. The Bisons won a close match Friday night in five sets, winning 3-2 (21-25, 25-15, 21-25, 26-24, 15-8) and finished the Cougars off on Saturday winning 3-1 (29-27, 25-17, 16-25, 25-16).
The usual suspects led the way for the Bisons on Friday night, with Rachel Cockrell unloading 24 kills with 10 digs, and Brittany Habing setting up 41 assists with 13 digs. Libero Caleigh Dobie picked up 20 digs in the win, first-year Kalena Schulz had six kills and 11 digs, and Sarah Klassen added seven kills and five digs.
Saturday night saw Cockrell throw down 19 more kills and pick up 13 digs, Jordana Milne put up 14 kills and six digs, Habing set up 42 assists and add 11 digs, and Schulz tally eight kills and 10 digs.
Cockrell now has 318 kills , officially compiling more kills on the court this season than Arnold Schwarzenegger has had on screen in his career prior to being governor of California.
The Bisons are also high on the Canada West leader boards in digs, as Dobie is third for digs per set with 3.83 and fourth for total digs on the season, with 226.
Schulz is second in Canada West in service aces per set with .47, and Habing is fifth in Canada West for total assists with 577.
The Bisons continue their hunt for a playoff berth at home next weekend versus a tough Alberta squad that is ranked second in the conference.
The ‘Zoons took down the Mount Royal Cougars in back-to-back games this weekend, winning Friday night 3-1 (25-23, 25-23, 21-25, 25-14) and battling Saturday night for a 3-2 win (28-26, 13-25, 27-25, 19-25, 15-12).
Leading the way for the Bisons Friday were Devren Dear with 21 kills and 10 digs, Adam DeJonckheere with 15 kill and five digs, and Luke Herr with 49 assists and six digs.
Saturday night saw Herr pick up an impressive 54 assists, Dear notch 20 kills, and DeJonckheere add 14 kills and 10 digs. Ken Rooney had a consistent weekend, putting up 19 kills over two games.
Dear ranks fifth in Canada West in total kills with 223, and Herr ranks third for assists per set with 10.56, and second for total assists with 655 on the season.
The Bisons will look to crack the top five in the conference against the top-ranked University of Alberta at home this coming weekend.