Prince Albert athletes to compete for Canada at Universiade Games

Photo Courtesy of Marjorie Roden Jessica Vance comes out of the net for the Saskatchewan Huskies during a game against the Manitoba Bisons earlier this season.

Three Prince Albert hockey players will get the chance to wear to represent their country next month.

Jessica Vance, Kaitlin Willoughby and Dawson MacAuley will all play for Canada’s hockey teams at the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade, which will be held from March 2-12 to in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

This will mark the second trip to the event for Willoughby, as she was part of Canada’s silver medal winning side in the women’s event at the 2017 tournament in Kazakhstan.

The former Prince Albert Bears and Saskatchewan Huskies forward is in his first year in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.

She has five points in 25 games so far this season as a member of the Calgary Inferno.

Vance, who is also a Bears alumni, is in her third year of U Sports play as a netminder with the Huskies.

She had a 12-7-1-1 record with a 1.28 goals against average, a .946 save percentage and six shutouts in the regular season for the Huskies, who are taking on the Alberta Golden Bears in the Canada West semifinals this weekend in Edmonton.

MacAuley, who is a former Prince Albert Mintos netminder and also played for the WHL’s Regina Pats and the SJHL’s Yorkton Terriers, just completed his fourth season with the Regina Cougars.

He had a 3-18-0 record with a 4.47 goals against average and a .889 save percentage.