Brandt Centre to host the latest round of the U-Prairie Challenge on Sunday

One of the fiercest rivals in the province will hit the ice this weekend.

The Men’s and Women’s hockey teams from the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan will face off in the U-Prairie Challenge.

For the second straight season, the two universities have competed against each other to showcase the Varsity Sports in the province. The two schools are competing in 11 different sports.

For sports with single-event competitions in which both teams have declared Canada West participation for that year, one point goes to the school that places higher at the Canada West Championship.

In competitions where both teams participate in the Canada West Conference, a team earns one point for winning a game or for head-to-head results in sports where they meet only once.

Teams in sports that play each other multiple times receive partial points for each regular season game. Each sport is assigned one point, and the wins are weighted accordingly.

If a game ends in a tie, the two teams will share the available points equally.

Sunday will mark the final event in Regina between the Cougars and the Huskies. The Men’s and Women’s Cougar hockey teams will entertain the Huskies in two matchups at the Brandt Centre.

The women’s game will begin at 3:00. The Men’s game follows at 6:00.

For the Cougars, both the Men’s and Women’s squads are hoping to gain some ground in the playoff race along with provincial bragging rights.

The Men’s Cougars team trails MacEwan by three points for the final playoff spot in the Canada West standings.

The Women Cougars are also on the outside of the playoff picture in seventh place, trailing Manitoba, Trinity Western and Calgary by one spot.

The top six teams in the Canada West Conference will make the playoffs.
In October, the female Cougars and Huskies split their two-game series, with the road teams walking away with victories. On Oct.20, the Huskies picked up a 3-0 win, but the following day in Saskatoon, the Cougars
blanked the Huskies 2-0.

That same weekend, the male Huskies and Cougars hockey team also took part in a home-and-home set, as the Huskies swept the two-game affair (5-2 on Oct.20 & 3-2 on Oct.21).

The hockey games on Sunday at the Brandt Centre will mark the final events that Regina will host as a part of the U-Prairie Sports Challenge.

This season, the Huskies have mostly dominated the rivalry with the Rams so far. The Huskies swept the season series on the gridiron with two wins over the Rams in football.

The Huskies swept both matches in Women’s Soccer on Oct.6 & 7 (1-0,3-1).

Later this month, the Cougars Women’s Volleyball team will travel to Saskatoon for a pair of games in the Bridge City (Jan.19-20)

The Cougars-Huskies rivalry will take to the hardcourt next month (Feb.2 &3) when the Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams meet for a pair of games in Saskatoon.

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