The University of Alberta Pandas women’s hockey team moved on to the Canada West final by sweeping the University of Saskatchewan Huskies in a best-of-three series. The Pandas defeated the Huskies 2-1 on Saturday at Clare Drake Arena in Game 2 of the series. Regan Wright and Cayle Dillon scored for the Pandas in the victory, while goaltender Kirsten Chamberlin made 24 saves. Morgan Willoughby scored and Jessica Vance made 22 saves for the Huskies. The Pandas won Game 1 of the series 2-0 on Friday. Alex Poznikoff and Amy Boucher scored in the win and Chamberlin made 17 saves to collect the shutout. The Pandas will host the Canada West best-of-three final next weekend at Clare Drake Arena. They have also earned a spot at the 2019 U Sports national championship, March 15-17 hosted by the University of Prince Edward Island.The Golden Bears hockey team, meanwhile, moved on to the Canada West final with a sweep of the University of Calgary Dinos. The Bears defeated the Dinos 6-3 in Game 2 of the series Saturday. They won Game 1, 3-1 on Friday. Grayson Pawlenchuk had two goals, Brandon Magee, Jayden Hart, Riley Kieser and Stephane Legault scored for Alberta. With the win, the two-time Canada West defending champion Bears advance to their seventh straight conference final. The No. 1 seeded Saskatchewan Huskies will host the conference final next weekend in Saskatoon.On the volleyball court, the Pandas force a third and deciding match Sunday with a straight sets victory against the Thompson Rivers WolfPack. The Pandas won 25-20, 25-22 and 26-16. Kory White and Julia Zonneveld led the way with 10 kills each. Game 3 is Sunday (1 p.m.) at the Saville Community Sports Centre.
University of Alberta Pandas Jess Stroud and Julia Zonneveld watch as Thomson Rivers Wolfpack’s Olga Savenchuk hits the ball past them during women’s volleyball playoff action on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, in Edmonton. Greg Southam / Postmedia
The Bears volleyball team was eliminated by Thompson Rivers, falling in five sets, 19-25, 25-23, 25-25, 16-25 and 2-15 in Game 2 of the best-of-three series. Tary Sani had 18 kills for the Bears in the loss. The last time the Bears were swept in a playoff series at home was in 2001 against the Calgary Dinos. On the basketball court, the Bears staved off elimination forcing a third-and-deciding Game 3 Sunday with a 92-86 win against the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds on Saturday. Brody Clarke led the way offensively with 22 points and nine rebounds. Game 3 is Sunday (5 p.m.) at the Saville Community Sports Centre.