Canada West Semifinal
Date February 23, 24, 25 (if needed)
Time 1:30 p.m.
Location Saskatoon, SK
Venue Rutherford Rink
Series ('99) SSK leads 43-25-2
Home SSK leads 25-12
PLAYOFFS Tied 3-3
Current Streak SSK W 4
Last Meeting Jan. 27, 2018
UBC 1 @ SSK 2 SO
The Huskies and T-Birds meet in the semifinal for the second straight season and third time in history. Each have won a series including the T-Birds in three games in 2016-17.
UBC swept MRU last weekend to advance to the semifinal. The first game was a 115 minute marathon that saw Kathleen Cahoon score the winner in the third overtime. Celine Tardif scored the OT winner in Game 2.
This season, the Huskies swept UBC both on the road and at Rutherford Rink; limiting the Thunderbirds to just two goals over four games.
The winner of the series advances to the CW Final and the U SPORTS national championship.
Four of captain Kaitlin Willoughby's 9 goals in 2017-18 were game winners.
By The Numbers
3 - Kori Herner points vs. UBC this season, most among skaters for both teams.
6 - The Huskies and T-Birds have played 6 postseason games and are 3-3.
9 - Shutouts by Jessica Vance, a new single-season Huskie record.
13 - UBC is 13-0 when they lead after the first period.
Scouting The Thunderbirds
The UBC Thunderbirds advanced to the semifinal with a sweep of the Mount Royal Cougars in the quarter-final at home.
Goalies Tory Micklash and Amelia Boughn both earned hard-fought wins in the series. Micklash stopped 24 of 25 shots in 115 minutes of action in Game 1, while Game 2 saw Boughn stop 15 of 17 in 75 minutes. Micklash finished the regular season with a 1.36 GAA, Boughn finished with a 1.46 GAA – both marks inside the conference' top five.
During the regular season, forwards Mathea Fischer & Hannah Clayton-Carroll led the Thunderbirds with 17 & 16 points respectively. 14 of Fischers 17 points were assists, while 12 of Clayton-Carroll's 16 points were goals.
Three Thunderbird forwards and two defenceman recorded two points each in the quarter-final round.