A look at what the USask Huskies have been up to and where they’re going.
USask’s Huskies sports teams have been very busy so far this term. Here’s a quick refresher if you need to catch up with them, and what you can expect to see next.
The women’s hockey team is eagerly awaiting the approaching playoffs season beginning on Friday, Feb. 17, and next face off against the Regina Cougars at Merlis Belsher Place on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. The Huskies are currently ranked 4th in the league, but are looking to regain some momentum after losing their last four games. In recent news, defender Isabella Pozzi and goaltender Camryn Drever were both a part of Team Canada in the FISU World University Winter Games, and brought home the gold medal after defeating Japan 5-0.
The men’s hockey team has its next game on Friday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. at Merlis Belsher Place against the University of Regina Cougars. The Huskies look to have a playoff spot locked up, but are currently on a 4-game losing streak. No doubt the team will be looking to build up their game before the Canada West Quarter-Finals begin on Feb. 17.
The women’s basketball team is on fire with a 12-game win streak. You can catch the Huskies next at the Physical Activity Complex (PAC) against the Alberta Pandas on Friday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. as they work toward the playoffs beginning Friday, Feb. 17. The team also participated in USports’ “Shoot for the Cure” campaign, and raised $6,194 for cancer research.
It’s been a tough season for the men’s basketball team, currently ranked 14th in the league with a record of 5-11. With only 4 games left in the regular season, you can cheer the team on starting with their game against the University of Alberta Golden Bears on Friday, Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. at the PAC.
The women’s volleyball team is playing its next home game at the PAC on Friday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. against the University of Calgary Dinos. The Huskies are currently fighting for a playoff berth, with time running out between now and the beginning of playoffs on Feb. 24. Leading the way is first-year outside hitter Abbey Klein, who was named as one of the Huskies Athletes of the Week for Jan. 24.
The men’s volleyball team currently has a record of 12-6, and are just warming up before the playoffs begin on Friday, Feb. 24. The team’s next home game is Friday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. The player to watch would definitely be fifth-year outside hitter Dylan Mortensen; he has already had a very successful university volleyball career and has been named a USports Academic All-Canadian five times. Mortensen was named Huskie Athlete of the Week alongside rookie Abbey Klein from the women’s team.
Women’s Track and Field
On Jan. 13-14, Huskies track and field hosted the annual Sanderson Classic for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, and started off the season on a high note. Athletes Kendra Farmer and Paige Willems are now placed first and second in the nation in the 300m. Farmer and Willems then teamed up with Timi Adelugba and Rebecca Barkway to take first place in the nation in the 4x200m team race.
Men’s Track and Field
The men’s team had an impressive showing at the Sanderson Classic as well. Drew Sundberg jumped 6.71m in the long jump, Jonah Murray and Jake Neufeld cleared 4.35m in the pole vault and Quintan Fast is now ranked second in the nation after achieving a time of 2:25.50 in the 1000m. The Huskies track and field athletes will be competing next at the Bison Classic, taking place on Feb. 3-4 in Winnipeg, Man.
The Huskies wrestling teams are looking forward to the Canada West Championships in Edmonton, Alta. on Feb. 10-11. The athletes are coming off of the high of their very successful matches at the Golden Bear Invitational at the University of Alberta on Jan. 13-14. SueAnn Harms placed first in the 53kg weight class, and the women’s team placed fourth overall with 20 points. After this showing, the women’s team ranks second in the nation.
The men’s team earned three first-place finishes at the Golden Bear Invitational: Maxwell Meekins in the 72kg weight class, Aleksander Eiser in the 90kg, and Iulius Cojocaru in the 100kg. The men’s team earned a total of 45 points and placed second overall. Entering the tournament, the men’s team was ranked fifth nationally.