Weekend update with the Dinos

By Randy Lewis

Wise people say that when life hands you lemons, you should make lemonade. What should you do when life hands you dry, rotten, fetid lemons?

This is a question any member of the University of Calgary women’s Dinos hockey squad might be asking themselves these days. CIAU rule changes, personnel changes, a young team, a sub-par facility, poor fan support (where ARE you, alleged Dinos fans?) all add up to tough conditions in which to play, let alone thrive. The worst part is, while they may have a poor record, the Dinos are competitive in just about every game in which they play.

Last weekend did nothing to alleviate Dino frustration. A Nov. 17 2-1 loss to the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds came in overtime. The following night, they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Lotusland squad–two consecutive lossesimpression on Fri., Nov. 17, stopping 48 of the 51 shots she faced. The offence is starting to show cohesion after a shaky start to the season. Many of the rookies’ play has improved markedly as the season progresses.

When will the Dinos finally see a result that befits their hard-work and badger-like determination? Their next opportunity to make good on their vast potential is Nov. 24 against the University of Saskatchewan.