WolfPack Bites – Nov. 4

The WolfPack men’s hockey team started November off on the right foot, defeating the University of Victoria Vikes 4-3 at Memorial Arena on Nov. 1.

TRU struck first in the Friday game, getting a powerplay goal from the BCIHL’s scoring leader Joshua MacDonald, but gave up three goals to the Vikes over the first and second periods.

In the third, with the Vikes still leading 3-1, Tyler Berkholtz picked up his first point of the game with a goal, before assisting on a Duncan Schulz marker just 27 seconds later; MacDonald also had an assist. With 38 seconds remaining in the game, Anthony Delong scored the game winner and Berkholtz picked up his second assist and third point of the period.

The WolfPack is now 4-4-0-0 and sits fourth in the BCIHL.

The WolfPack will next face the Eastern Washington University Eagles, in back-to-back home games, on Nov. 8 at 8:30 p.m. and Nov. 9 at 8 p.m.

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The season hasn’t started as well as head coach Scott Clark and the WolfPack men’s basketball team might have hoped. The WolfPack lost back-to-back games on home-opening weekend, falling to Canada West opponents from Alberta and Saskatchewan.

The WolfPack first lost in a tight game on Nov. 1, falling 98-95 to the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. The team had an even tougher time against the University of Alberta Golden Bears on Nov. 2, losing 78-63.

The ’Pack was led by Ta’Quan Zimmerman in both of its weekend games. Zimmerman had 33 points against the Huskies and 31 points against the Golden Bears.

TRU will look to rebound on Nov. 8 and 9 when the team travels to Prince George to face the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves.

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The weekend was a little more up and down than head coach Pat Hennelly and the WolfPack men’s volleyball team might have hoped. The team split a pair of games against the University of Calgary, winning Friday’s five set match before falling in another marathon match on Saturday.

On Friday, TRU rebounded from being down two sets to one, winning the fourth and fifth sets 25-14 and 15-6, respectively.

Unfortunately, the ’Pack was on the other end of things Saturday, losing 3-2 in the rematch with the Dinos. TRU led 2-1 before losing a marathon fourth set 33-31, which would have given the WolfPack the victory. Reeling from the loss, the WolfPack was unable to recover and fell in the fifth set, 15-8.

Brad Gunter led the WolfPack both nights, with 31 kills on Friday and 26 kills, six digs and three block assists on Saturday.

The WolfPack will face off against the UBC Thunderbirds in Vancouver Nov. 9 and 10.

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Chalk up two more losses for the WolfPack women’s volleyball team, who suffered a pair of 3-0 defeats at the hands of the University of Calgary Dinos on Nov. 1 and 2.

TRU is now 0-4 after two weekends of Canada West play. Things won’t get any easier for the WolfPack in its third week of play. The team will travel to Vancouver on Saturday to face the 4-0 University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.