The battle for the women's hockey CIS title: Alberta Pandas

Reviews of the six teams vying for the top spot in the nation

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The Pandas hockey team has won seven national championships since their inauguration as a varsity team 15 years ago. But this will be the team's first opportunity to claim national gold on home ice. The Pandas finished second in Canada West at the conclusion of the regular season. Seven overtime losses throughout the year left the team staggering behind the dominant U of C Dinos in the divisional rankings with a 14-3-7 regular season and 2-2 in playoffs. Led by co-captains Andrea Boras and Sarah Hillworth, who have combined to claim 14 goals and 23 assists so far this season, the Pandas efforts will be elevated by the cheers of the hometown crowd when they step on the ice at Clare Drake Arena.

Matt Hirji – The Gateway