The storybook ending just wasn't meant to be for the University of Regina women's basketball team.
The Cougars ran into the best team in the country, and couldn't get the job done as the Windsor Lancers are still national champions, beating Regina 65-57 on Sunday at the university gym.
"Our shots were too tough, Windsor executed their stuff well," said head coach Dave Taylor. "Obviously in the first half we didn't shoot the ball well and got into foul trouble."
For the uninitiated, roller derby is a sport where two teams of women, usually competing under creative pseudonyms, battle for supremacy while rollerskating on a circular track. Points are scored when a team's designated scorer ('jammer') gets by opposing players and laps them. Other players attempt to block the opposing team's jammer, while trying to clear a path for their own. The game requires a mix of speed and strength, and bumps and bruises are not uncommon as players jostle and check each other.
The Montreal Canadiens signed
defence prospect Darren Dietz of the Saskatoon Blades to a three-year contract
Financial terms of the deal that takes affect next season haven't been released.
Dietz was selected in the fifth round, 138th overall, in the 2011 NHL draft.
The Medicine Hat, Alta., native leads Western Hockey League defencemen with 24 goals and has 58 points in 72 games this season. He has 100 penalty minutes and is plus-9 for the season.
It wasn't very difficult for the Regina Pats to come up with a word to describe the 2013 season.
Just about everyone from President Brent Parker, all the way down to the players used the word at least once when talking to the media one last time before going their separate ways.
"Everybody is frustrated, from management down through the coaches to the players," said General Manager Chad Lang. "We set a common goal, and that's to make the playoffs and unfortunately we didn't meet that goal."
The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds are off to the final of the men’s CIS hockey championship.
UNB dominated Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres Saturday night by a score of 8-3.
It was a wild opening period with six goals scored in the first ten minutes and both teams tied at 3 after the first period.
But then it was all UNB, peppering Patriotes goalie Marc-Antoine Gelinas with 51 shots.
Nick MacNeil, Bryce Swan and Tyler Carroll each scored twice for New Brunswick.
PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. - Anthony Bardaro scored once in regulation then added the shootout winner as the Prince Albert Raiders edged the visiting Saskatoon Blades 4-3 in Western Hockey League action.
Luke Siemens earned the game's first star after stopping 45-of-48 shots for the win.
Evan Morden and Mark McNeill also scored for the Raiders (37-28-7), who secured fifth spot in the Eastern Conference.
Josh Nicholls scored twice for the Blades (44-22-6), who are the second seed in the Eastern Conference, while Darren Dietz had three assists.
The University of Regina women's basketball team will get to defend their own court.
The Cougars beat the Saint Mary's Huskies 78-49 on Saturday evening thanks to a monster performance from Brittany Read.
The Regina native came to play in the national championship semi-final leading the team in both points (24) and rebounds (29). the 29 rebounds Read picked up were not only a school record for a single game, but a Canada West record as well.
"I have the skills set to do it, I just have to work my ass of to get there," said Read.
The Saint Mary’s Huskies (SMU) punched their ticket to the CIS University Cup final on Sunday with a 5-1 win over the Waterloo Warriors on Saturday.
Going into their second game, the Huskies knew if they won 1-0 or 2-1, the University of Alberta Golden Bears would advance to the final, after the Bears beat SMU Friday in overtime.
The Prince Albert Raiders posted a 6-5 overtime win over the Saskatoon Blades on Friday night at the Art Hauser Centre. Anthony Bardaro scored two first period goals, while Chance Braid added a third as the Raiders opened up a 3-0 lead. (Braid had one goal and three assists for the Raiders) Nathan Burns and Darren Dietz cut the Raiders lead to 3-2 before the end of the opening frame.
The Blades took a 5-3 lead in the second period thanks to a Burns power play goal and singles from Collin Valcourt and Dalton Thrower.
It’s another year for the University of Saskatchewan men’s hockey team with the same unfortunate result.