Direct flights from Calgary to Prince George make it easier for the Mount Royal University Cougars basketball teams to get to the city.
A jet can get them to their destination in about an hour.
But if they're expecting a warm reception from the UNBC Timberwolves they might be sadly mistaken. Both UNBC men's and women's teams are hungry for their first victory of the season and intend to take a bite out of the Cougars tonight and Saturday on the hardcourt floor at the Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre.
The T-wolves teams were swept on the road twice in their season-opening weekend at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, then suffered similar fates in Abbotsford last weekend. The UNBC men lost 82-59 to the first-place Fraser Valley Cascades on Friday but pushed the Cascades to the limit in Saturday's game, losing 62-60. That dropped their record to 0-4, last in the Explorers Division of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Canada West Conference.
Meanwhile, Mount Royal (2-2) split its two-game series last weekend at home against UBC-Okanagan, winning Friday 88-73, followed by a 62-44 defeat.
The UNBC women (0-4) fell to the Cascades 83-57 and 85-57 and are also last in the division.
They take on a Mount Royal team (1-3) which defeated UBC-Okanagan 60-55 last Friday for its first win of the season. The Lakers beat the Cougars 87-72 on Saturday.
The women's game starts tonight at 6 p.m., followed by the men's game at 8.