Huskies/Cougars CW WHKY Final Preview

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Saskatoon — Rutherford Rink will be home to the Canada West women’s hockey championship this weekend as the Saskatchewan Huskies play host to the Regina Cougars in the best-of-three series.

The Huskies owned the season series going 3-0-1 and should have the edge on paper in the final although it will be by a slim margin.  Three of the four games were decided by just a single goal and each team had a win via the shoot-out.  The only non-one-goal game was a 4-0 Saskatchewan victory back on November 22nd.

The Huskies went 11-1-2 on home ice through the regular season and won 2 of 3 against UBC in the Canada West semi-final series at Rutherford.  The Cougars went 5-7-2 on the road and will have to be better this weekend.

Looking at special teams it appears a small advantage, if any, should go the way of the Huskies.

The Huskies clicked at 16.9% on the power play while Regina was just 10.1% with the extra skater.  The Cougars do have the advantage on the penalty kill (albeit by a small margin) being successful 89.1% of the time while the Huskies were 88.3.  Saskatchewan is the only team in Canada West without a short-handed goal through the regular season.

Players to watch:

Cami Wooster has been terrific scoring 16 goals and 31 points in the regular season to go along with four points in the series against UBC while Tori Head will be a player to watch for Regina, she had a pair of goals in the Cougars 2-1, series-clinching, victory over Alberta.

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