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Preview: Men’s hockey face Cougars to end season

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The Huskies will split hosting duties with the University of Regina Cougars to round out the Canada West hockey season. The Dogs host the Cougars on Feb. 14 before travelling to Regina to square off on Feb. 15.

The matchup won’t mean much for the Huskies in terms of points as the Dogs are assured a third place finish in the division behind the University of Alberta Golden Bears and the University of Calgary Dinos. The Cougars could finish anywhere from fourth to seventh depending on the weekend’s outcome.

The two teams met earlier this season on Nov. 20 and 21 with the Cougars winning both games. The Huskies have already booked a spot in both the Canada West championships and the University Cup so the Cougars, who are still fighting for a playoff berth, may be the hungrier team come game time.

Heading into the final two games of the season the Huskies have a 15-10-1 record while the Cougars are sitting at 11-13-2. The Dogs saved their best until the end of the season, going on a five game win-streak until the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds defeated the Huskies in their last game. The Cougars have been up-and-down all season and are coming off two losses against the Golden Bears.

Home ice advantage should favour the Dogs, who are 10-2-1 at home while the Cougars are only 5-6-2 when playing on their own ice. The Cougars have a slight edge away with a 6-5 record while the Dogs are only 5-7.

The Huskies will look to Derek Hulak and Kenton Dulle to lead the offence while the Cougars will rely on Liam Brennan and Cody Fowlie.

Following this weekend’s series, the next time the Huskies take the ice it will be to contest the Canada West quarter-final. The Huskies host the first round of the postseason on Feb. 21 with their opponent yet to be determined.

Puck drops at 7 p.m. on Feb. 14.

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