EDMONTON – This past weekend was a good one for the Calgary Dinos, as the Stampede City school has swept the Canada West first stars thanks to Maddison Fritze and Bradley Schoonbaert.
- Maddison Fritze helped the Dinos finish the women's soccer season with a pair of wins, registering four goals and an assist, while Bradley Schoonbaert registered three goals and three assists, as Calgary swept previously undefeated UBC in men's hockey
- UNBC's Brooke Molby, and Saskatchewan's Emily Koshinsky were the other women's stars
- Also earning men's stars this week were Thompson Rivers' Mitchell Popadynetz, and Mount Royal's Tyler Schmidt
Fritze propelled the Dinos to a pair of wins over the weekend, scoring two goals in both games, while adding an assist in the second. The Edmonton, Alta. product sparked the Dinos to victories over Mount Royal, and Alberta. With the wins, Calgary completed the season with a 13-1-0 record, including 11 shutout victories. The 13 wins and 11 shutouts are both CW women's soccer single-season records.
Meanwhile, Schoonbaert combined for three goals and three assists in the Dinos sweep of the UBC Thunderbirds in men's hockey. The games were the rookie forward's first in Canada West, as Calgary improved to 3-2-1 on the season.
Fritze and Schoonbaert now move forward as the conference nominees for the U SPORTS athletes of the week.
GAME LOG: Friday, Oct. 19 – two goals, three shots on goal in 4-2 win at Mount Royal / Sunday, Oct. 21 – two goals, one assist, two shots on goal in 3-0 win at Alberta.
The University of Calgary Dinos women’s soccer team wrapped up their most impressive regular season in program history with a pair of road wins.
Having the biggest impact in those wins was Maddison Fritze, who scored two goals in both games, finishing the regular season tied for second in conference goal scoring (9).
On Friday in an inner-city matchup against the Mount Royal Cougars, Fritze netted both of her goals in the opening half, en route to a 4-2 win to clinch the Prairie Division title.
The fifth-year senior stepped up early again on Sunday when the Dinos visited the Alberta Pandas. Fritze scored in the 2nd minute to open the scoring and added a crucial insurance marker in the second half. The Edmonton native picked up an assist on the final goal of the game, as she concluded the weekend with five points and a 3-0 win in her hometown.
The Dinos will face the winner of Friday’s play-in game between the Saskatchewan Huskies and Victoria Vikes in the Canada West quarter-finals this Sunday at McMahon Stadium.
GAME LOG: Friday, Oct. 19 – one goal, one assist, five shots, +3 rating in 5-2 home win over UBC / Saturday, Oct. 20 – two goals, two assists, three shots, +3 rating in 8-2 home victory vs. UBC.
After not dressing in his team’s first four games of the season, Bradley Schoonbaert made quite the impact.
The first-year forward finished his first weekend of Canada West hockey with six points, helping the Calgary Dinos men’s hockey team sweep the previously unbeaten UBC Thunderbirds.
On Friday afternoon, Schoonbaert lit the lamp for the first time as a Dino and collected an assist, as Calgary defeated UBC 5-2.
The next day, the Brandon, Man. product got his name on the scoresheet four times with two goals and two assists in an 8-2 win over the Thunderbirds.
Schoonbaert immediately puts his name among the top rookie scorers in Canada West, trailing only Regina’s Arthur Miller who has seven points in six games.
The Dinos are back in action this weekend, playing a home-and-home set versus the Lethbridge Pronghorns on Oct. 26 and 27.
GAME LOG: Friday, Oct. 19 – nine-save shutout in a 2-0 home victory over Thompson Rivers / Sunday, Oct 21 – seven-save shutout in 1-0 home win vs. UBCO.
The UNBC Timberwolves needed two wins this weekend to have a chance to qualify for the Canada West playoffs, and Brooke Molby delivered.
The second-year keeper was sensational against the TRU WolfPack Friday, earning a clean sheet on 12 shots, including a number of saves late to keep the TWolves’ season alive.
On Sunday, the Squamish, B.C. native continued to shut the door, facing 14 UBCO Heat shots, making seven saves, and helping UNBC to its second consecutive playoff berth.
Molby finished the season with an .836 save percentage, good for second among all keepers in the conference.
UNBC now faces the Manitoba Bisons Friday, Oct. 26 in a conference play-in game.
GAME LOG: Wednesday, Oct. 17 – goal in 2-1 home win over Trinity Western / Saturday, Oct. 20 – goal and three assists in 4-1 home win vs. Victoria / Sunday, Oct. 21 – assist in 1-0 home win over UBC.
The TRU WolfPack are going into the Canada West playoffs after a brilliant late season run led by the defending Canada West Player of the Year —Mitch Popadynetz of Nelson, BC.
After suffering a couple of major injuries during the course of the regular season, Popadynetz returned to the WolfPack lineup and led the team to three straight victories this past week. TRU downed Victoria mid-week, before wins over No. 8-ranked Trinity Western and the No. 1 team in the nation – and previously unbeaten – UBC Thunderbirds to finish the regular season.
In all three matches, Popadynetz was a key contributor on the field and on the scoresheet for TRU. He had a combined eight shots, two goals and four assists leading the Pack to their second straight post-season berth.
The WolfPack will head to Edmonton this weekend and a battle with the Alberta Golden Bears on Saturday afternoon in a CW quarter-final game.
GAME LOG: Friday, Oct. 19 – 22 kills, 16 digs, 2 aces in 3-2 road win over Brandon / Saturday, Oct. 20 – 19 kills, 7 digs, 2 aces in 3-0 road win over Brandon.
Emily Koshinsky got her 2018-19 Canada West campaign off to a dream start by leading the Saskatchewan Huskies to a weekend sweep of the Brandon Bobcats.
The Kinesiology major from Jansen, Sask. was impressive both offensively and defensively in the team’s season-opening five-set victory on Friday, recording 22 kills and 16 digs.
Koshinsky was back at it the very next night. Her 19 kills and seven digs led the Huskies to a much more comfortable 3-0 victory. After the opening weekend of Canada West action, Koshinsky is tied for the conference lead with 41 kills and is 14th in digs with 23.
After a bye weekend coming up, Koshinsky and the Huskies are back in action Nov. 2 and 3 when they will take on the MacEwan Griffins in Edmonton.
GAME LOG: Friday, Oct.19 – 24 kills, 10 digs, 28 points in 3-1 home win over Manitoba / Saturday, Oct. 20 – 30 kills, 5 digs, 34 points in 3-2 home victory vs. Manitoba.
Fifth-year veteran Tyler Schmidt put on an outstanding opening weekend show for fans at Mount Royal University last weekend with 62 points overall in two matches.
The Cougars men’s volleyball team started off their CW season hosting the Manitoba Bisons on Kenyon Court Friday night. Schmidt started his final CW season with an outstanding match, collecting 24 kills, 10 digs, and 24 points to propel his team to a 3-1 victory.
On Saturday night the action was fierce on the court, as Schmidt – a Calgary native who is studying business – proved an unstoppable force for his team, giving MRU the edge in a tough 3-2 victory. The outside hitter collected 30 kills, 5 digs, and 34 points.
This coming weekend the Cougars men’s volleyball team will travel to Edmonton to face the University of Alberta Golden Bears.