Lethbridge – Coming off a disappointing start to the conference schedule, the task doesn’t get any easier this weekend for the Lethbridge Pronghorn men’s hockey team (0-2-0) as they travel to Edmonton to face the defending University Cup Champion Alberta Golden Bears (1-1-0).
The ‘Horns opened the season with a hard fought loss at home Thursday night versus the Mount Royal Cougars 2-0 and after entering the third period tied at two in Saturday night’s return affair, the ‘Horns ended up losing 7-2.
Third-year goaltender Damien Ketlo started both games last weekend and despite giving up nine goals on the weekend, he finished the two-game series with a 0.900 save percentage and gave the ‘Horns a chance to win Friday night with a 35 save performance.
One area the ‘Horns can look to for improvement is the powerplay. On the weekend the ‘Horns went 0 for 11 with the man advantage, which included opportunities when they had the Cougars down 2-0 last Saturday night.
For the Bears, who were ranked #1 in the CIS in the first CIS top 10 list of the season, the opening weekend delivered mix results. The Bears opened the season with a 3-2 win over the UBC Thunderbirds in Vancouver, before dropping a 5-2 decision the next night.
The Bears return 22 players from the University Cup Championship team and will boast one of the most potent attacks in the country with Jonny Lazo, Kruise Reddick, Jordan Hickmont and Levko Koper up front.
They also return 2013-14 Canada West Defenceman of the Year, Jordan Rowley and both goaltenders from last season in Kurtis Mucha and Luke Siemens.
Friday and Saturday night’s games go at 7:00pm and 6:00pm respectively at Clare Drake Arena. The game will also be webcast on http://canadawest.tv. This season, University of Alberta and Canada West have partnered in a pilot project to gauge the viability of future subscription-based viewing purchases.
Fans interested in viewing Alberta home games will have the choice between the $1.99 single-game access or the $6.99 full-season subscription. All other Canada West games will be available for viewing without subscription. Proceeds from the pilot will be reinvested into CanadaWest.TV.