Campus Life

Key weekend for Pronghorn Athletics

The men's hockey team will test a program-best win streak on the road while the men's basketball team begins a series of must-win games as Pronghorn Athletics gears up for the stretch run in its spring sporting schedule.

The Pronghorns men's hockey team is riding an eight-game win streak, the longest stretch in the program's history, as it heads to Saskatoon to face the University of Saskatchewan Huskies in a two-game set. The Horns, 12-6-0 on the year, are now ranked eighth in the country and after not being in the national rankings for six seasons, have spent three successive weeks in the CIS top-10.

Against Saskatchewan, 12-5-1, the Horns face the country's fourth-rated club. The Huskies split their latest weekend series with Manitoba and lead the Horns by just one point in the Canada West standings. The two teams, who play Friday and Saturday night, split their first series of the season, Oct. 17-18, here in Lethbridge. Saskatchewan won the opener 4-3 before the Horns stormed back for a 7-2 win the next night.

The situation isn't as rosy for the men's basketball team, losers of four straight games to fall back to 4-10 on the regular season and four points back of Saskatchewan for the final Central Division playoff spot. They'll host University of Calgary Dinos this weekend in a two-game set that kicks off a stretch of must-win games with just eight games remaining in the regular season.

The task won't be easy for the U of L as the Dinos (12-2) come in as the fourth-rated team in the country. Tip-off for the Friday and Saturday contests is 8:15 p.m. each night at the 1st Choice Savings Centre gym.

The women's basketball team, 2-12, is coming off its biggest win of the season, a 65-60 overtime victory over University of Alberta Pandas, as it prepares to host the Dinos, 6-8. Calgary, still rated eighth in the country, is on a six-game losing skid entering the weekend. The women tip at 6 p.m. each night at the 1st Choice Savings Centre gym.

Rounding out weekend action, the Horns women's hockey team will look to improve upon its 1-14-1 mark when they host University of Regina Cougars (3-13-0). The teams split a series earlier in the season. Games go Friday and Saturday nights, 7 p.m. at Nicholas Sheran Arena.