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Discussion Starter #81
Series Preview: Bisons/dinos

SERIES PREVIEW: BISONS/DINOS BATTLE FOR 2ND



MANITOBA BISONS
(11-5-2, 24 points, 2nd place, #4 in OHT34)
CALGARY DINOSAURS
(9-7-4, 22 points, 3rd place, #7 in OHT34)


FRIDAY, JANUARY 22ND @ 8:00 CST
SATURDAY, JANUARY 23RD @ 8:00 CST
AT FATHER DAVID BAUER ARENA, CALGARY


The standings say it all about the importance of this matchup for both sides. In the race for 2nd place, the Bisons are two points ahead of the Dinos, with two games in hand. The Bisons are also only 3 points ahead of Sask. The 2nd place team will host the 3rd place team in the semi-finals, with the winner being assured of a berth in the nationals. A split for the Bisons would give them a major edge down the stretch. Especially if the Evil Monkeys can dispatch the Huskies in Saskatown.

The two games these two played in Manitoba were top notch hockey games. Both could have gone either way. Since then Calgary has not generated the same type of results. IMO, if they lose this series they are likely to wind up in 4th place.

In an odd statistic, Calgary have been outscored (by 72-61) despite their win-loss record. The Bisons have outscored their opponents 55-44. The offence is almost the same (factoring in Manitoba's 2 games in hand), but Manitoba holds a massive edge on D. I would attribute a great deal of that to Steve Christie in the Manitoba goal.

There is on-line audio or video from Calgary. However, I would recommend checking out the links on the Alberta-Saskatchewan games. I watched the U of S video feed in their game against Regina and was very impressed.

Here are the links you need: WEEKEND SCHEDULE: STANDINGS:
Code:
2009-10        G 	  W 	 L	OL 	 F 	 A 	+/- 	Pt
Alberta        18 	16 	 1 	1 	99 	46 	+53 	33
Manitoba       18 	11 	 5 	2 	55 	44 	+11 	24
Calgary        20 	 9 	 7 	4 	61 	72 	 -9 	22
Saskatchewan   18 	10 	 7 	1 	70 	47 	+23 	21
Lethbridge     20 	 7 	10 	3 	58 	82 	-24 	17
UBC            20 	 7 	12 	1 	52 	81 	-29 	15
Regina         18 	 6 	11 	1 	42 	65 	-23 	13
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Discussion Starter #82 (Edited)
Ugh!

January 22, 2010

BISONS THUMPED


MANITOBA BISONS 1
CALGARY DINOSAURS 6

|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET]
|> NO GAME STORIES AS I POST


This has to be the worst result of the season thus far for the Bisons. I guess the Dinos were feeling some heat after being swept by Lethbridge last weekend. Still, the shots on goal were not one-sided at all (27-23 for Calgary). Steve Christie must have had an off night, giving up 5 goals on only 21 shots until he was pulled after the 2nd period. The teams are now even on points, with the Bisons having 2 games in hand.

ELSEWHERE:


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4

(in overtime)
|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
|> NO GAME STORIES AS I POST


This was an odd game. I saw most over the internet. The 1st period was all-Huskies and they led 1-0. Then the 2nd period was all-Evil MOnkeys, and they led 2-1. Then the Huskies were all over the Saudi Albertans and racked up 3 goals in 4 minutes to start the 3rd. But a late collapse in the 3rd period by the Banjo Dogs enabled the Evil MOnkeys to tie the game. They then won in 33 second of overtime when the Huskies miraculously stood still and watched the game winner sink their hopes. Very odd. The single point draws Sask within 2 points of the Herd.


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 2

|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET]
|> NO GAME STORIES AS I POST


This is in progress as I post, late in the 3rd. UBC is outshooting Lethbridge but the Horny Ones are up to their old tricks. This loss should sink UBC.

NEXT UP:

Jan 23 Alberta @ Saskatchewan | U OF A ONLINE | U OF S WEBCAST |
Jan 23 Manitoba @ Calgary | LEAGUESTAT |
Jan 23 Lethbridge @ UBC | CITR.CA |
bye: Regina

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Discussion Starter #83 (Edited)
Saturday Morning Links

SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE

Here are the links:

Manitoba @ Calgary:
|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
|> [U OF C STORY] ~ [U OF M STORY]




Alberta @ Saskatchewan:
|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
|> [U OF S STORY] ~ [U OF A STORY] ~ [C.W. STORY]




Lethbridge @ UBC:
|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
|> [UBC STORY] ~ [U OF L STORY]




Saturday night's on-line media links:
SASK VIDEO
ALBERTA RADIO
UBC RADIO
 

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Discussion Starter #84 (Edited)
Big Bounce Back For Bisons

January 23, 2010

HERD TRAMPLES DINOS EN ROUTE TO SECOND PLACE


MANITOBA BISONS 3
CALGARY DINOSAURS 2

|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
|> [U OF C STORY] ~ [U OF M STORY] ~ [C.W. STORY]


You can insert your favourite cliche here. It was a 4 pointer. A huge road win. A tremendous show of character to bounce back after Friday night's debacle. No matter how you say it, the Bisons are back in sole possession of 2nd place, 2 points ahead of Calgary (with 2 games in hand) and 3 points ahead of Sask.

With the Evil Monkeys coming to town next weekend the Bisons are sitting pretty. Their destiny is in their own hands. They can taste 2nd place. OK, OK, no more cliches. I know when to stop beating a dead horse. Enough is enough. It's time to move on.

In Saturday's game Calgary's only goals were scored on the PP. A late 1st period goal gave the Dinos a 1-0 lead at the intermission.

Then the Bisons took charge in the 2nd period with 3 unanswered goals whilst outshooting the Dinos by a remarkable 15-3. D-man David Brown (with his 1st) tied the game. Tyler Dittmer (with his 6th) and Calin Wild (with his 5th) rounded out the scoring.

The Bisons were seemingly nursing the lead throughout the 3rd period. They were outshot 12-3 but the only Dino goal was Aaron Richards' 2nd of the night.

BTW, each team had 9 penalties with a two referee system. On Friday night each side had only 2 penalties in a one referee system. Hmmm. Calgary is at Regina next weekend, and I suspect the Banjo Cats will put up a tussle.

ELSEWHERE:


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3

(in overtime)
|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
|> [U OF S STORY] ~ [U OF A STORY] ~ [C.W. STORY]


As did the Bisons, the Evil Monkeys used a 3 goal outburst in the 2nd period as a foundation for victory. The games were similar in that Sask (like Calgary) had a 1-0 lead after the 1st and were then down 3-1 after the 2nd. However, Sask rallied to tie the game in the 3rd. As they did on Friday night, Alberta scored in the 1st minute of overtime to secure yet another victory.

Sask must really like that point for an OT loss rule. Despite a home sweep they get points equivalent to a split. Sask is at UBC next week and should get some points there as well.

BTW, this weekend commemorated 100 years of hockey at the U of S. It also marked the 10th anniversary of the introduction of soap to the Province of Saskatchewan. My heart-felt congrats go out to the Saskatchewanites on both counts.


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 8
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 0

|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET]
|> [UBC STORY]


Oh the humanity. UBC was down 2-0 after the 1st period, despite holding a 14-10 shots advantage. It appears that they then threw in the towel and this is getting ugly. UBC showed tremendous spirit when they played the Bisons last weekend. But after Friday's disappointing loss it may be that UBC now lacks the desire to mount a fight. Oddly, UBC outshot the Horny Ones 31-30 on the night.

Lethbridge is on a roll, going 5-1 after the break. Their only loss was 1-0 to the Bisons. They are within 2 points of Sask and 3 of Calgary. However, Manitoba and Sask have 2 games in hand. Lethbridge has a bye next weekend.

On the positive side, at least UBC had a good write-up, if you check the story link.

NEXT UP:
  • Jan 29 Alberta @ Manitoba | [101.5 UMFM]
    Jan 29 Calgary @ Regina
    Jan 29 Saskatchewan @ UBC
    Jan 30 Alberta @ Manitoba
    Jan 30 Calgary @ Regina
    Jan 30 Saskatchewan @ UBC | [CITR.CA]
    bye: Lethbridge
HOME STRETCH:
Code:
                  Jan      Feb      Feb      Feb      Feb
           pts   29-30     5-6     12-13    19-20    26-27

Alberta     37   @ Man    Leth     UBC      @ Reg    bye
Manitoba    26   Alta     @ Reg    bye      @ Sask   Reg
Calgary     24   @ Reg    bye      @ Sask   UBC      bye
Sask        23   @ UBC    bye      Calg     Man      @ Leth
Leth        21   bye      @ Alta   Reg      bye      Sask
UBC         15   Sask     bye      @ Alta   @ Calg   bye
Regina      13   Calg     Man      @ Leth   Alta     @ Man
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Discussion Starter #85 (Edited)
Series Preview: Bisons Host Evil Monkeys

SERIES PREVIEW: BISONS HOST EVIL MONKEYS



ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS
(18-1-1, 37 points, 1st place, #2 in OHT34)
MANITOBA BISONS
(12-6-2, 26 points, 2nd place, #4 in OHT34)


FRIDAY, JANUARY 29TH @ 7:00 CST [UMFM 101.5]
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30TH @ 7:00 CST
AT MAX BELL ARENA


The Evil Monkeys are coming! If you have been waiting for an opportune time to take in some CIS hockey, this is the weekend to do it. Friday night's game will also be on 101.5 UMFM.

Alberta has run away with first place in the CW and we'll have to see if they coast to the playoffs. The Bisons have the inside track on 2nd place and a decent weekend here would dishearten their rivals. Alberta keeps winning and they have to if they want to reach #1 in the CIS rankings ahead of UNB. IMO, at least one of the two will lose at least once this weekend. With an 11 point lead over 2nd place Manitoba the Evil Monkeys have 1st almost sewn up already.

On the other hand, both Calgary and Sask are on the road against the really desperate Regina and UBC teams. I thought that after last weekend UBC might throw in the towel. However, without pressure they could steal a point or two on home ice. Well, kinda home ice. Due to the Olympics they have to play in an alternative arena this weekend. The Cougars are coming off a bye week after having split with Sask. They won't be easy for Calgary.

The Bisons are the only team to defeat Alberta in regulation time. They should have a fair degree of confidence. However, the Bisons have been so-so since Christmas, splitting all three series thus far.

The Bisons have done very well on the defensive side thus far. Due to Steve Christie's goaltending and strong team-D they have surrendered only 52 goals, lowest in the league. However, Alberta has given up only 53 while splitting goaltending duties between Travis Yonkman and Real Cyr. On the offensive side Alberta has a big edge, with 108 goals compared to Manitoba's 59. In fact, Alberta has 6 of the league's top 10 scorers.

Around the CIS, Mike Danton has now made his debut for St. Mary's. They lost to Acadia 4-1, with Danton scoring the only goal.

Also, UBC will be playing Norway's Olympic team. Granted, Norway was one of the last qualifiers for the tournament. But if you want to get ready for Crosby and Ovechkin, I think you need tougher opposition than the Tweety-Birds. On the other hand, Team Canada won't be playing anybody.

Will the Evil Monkeys take a snooze?

WEEKEND LINKS: WEEKEND SCHEDULE:
  • Jan 29 Alberta @ Manitoba | [101.5 UMFM]
    Jan 29 Calgary @ Regina
    Jan 29 Saskatchewan @ UBC
    Jan 30 Alberta @ Manitoba
    Jan 30 Calgary @ Regina
    Jan 30 Saskatchewan @ UBC | [CITR.CA]
    bye: Lethbridge
STANDINGS:
Code:
2009-10        G       W      L    OL      F      A     +/-     Pt
Alberta        20     18      1     1    108     53     +55     37
Manitoba       20     12      6     2     59     52      +7     26
Calgary        22     10      8     4     69     76      -7     24
Saskatchewan   20     10      7     3     77     56     +19     23
Lethbridge     22      9     10     3     71     84     -13     21
UBC            22      7     14     1     54     94     -40     15
Regina         18      6     11     1     42     65     -23     13
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Evil Monkeys Have Extreme Good Fortune

January 29, 2010

EVIL MONKEYS MAY HAVE TO HAVE HORSESHOES SURGICALLY REMOVED!


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4
MANITOBA BISONS 3

|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
|> [U OF M STORY] ~ [U OF A STORY] ~ [C.W. STORY]




The Bisons must be lamenting the one that got away. It's not so much that a 3-1 lead turned into a 4-3 loss but the way those last two goals were scored that has to rankle. Both were haphazard scrambles where a Mickey Mouse pass bounced off butts and feet and into the net. The disappointing ending should not detract from the fact that the two sides played a fast-paced, hard-hitting game that thoroughly entertained the fans.

Oddly, all goals were scored at the same end of the rink.

The Evil Monkeys scored the 1st goal when Jesse Gimblett was the fortunate beneficiary of some severe cherry-picking. The Bisons were on a 3-on-1 and turned over the puck. Gimblett was way behind the play and then picked up a long pass on scored on the break-away. The shots were low (8-7 for Bisons) and the Herd had a couple of goalposts. 1-0 Alberta after one.

Alberta had the upper hand early in the 2nd period. But Kyle Howarth notched a pair of goals only 12 seconds apart (his 4th and 5th on the season) to completely change the complexion of the game. The Bisons continued the onslaught and soon after gained a PP, on which Blair Macaulay scored the only PP goal of the game for either side (his 6th). Alberta did not fold the tent and the ebb and flow of the play was in favour of each side at various times. In the end, Alberta had a slight edge in shots (13-12) and the Bisons had a 3-1 lead.

The Bisons came out strong in the 3rd period. Real Cyr made some his best saves of the night (along with some help from the goalposts) in the first 4 minutes during which the Bears were reeling. However, a Bison give-away near the 5 minute mark set up a one-timer in the slot from mark Ashton to make it 3-2. The Bisons still tended to carry the play. However, Monkey Luck clicked in. Past the 8 minute mark a basic dump into the slot bounced off butts and boots and trickled (barely) behind Steve Christie to level the score.

The Bisons did not surrender and had the better scoring chances as the period progressed. It looked like the game was headed to overtime and that the Bisons would at least be getting a point. Just inside the last 2 minutes, Alberta took a high sticking penalty and it looked like the Bisons would close regulation on the PP. However a bit of a phantom hooking call 20 seconds later made it a 4-on-4 ending. Then came the game winner - a shot from behind the net that bounced off a backside and into the goal with 38 seconds to go.

Here's how they lined up:

MANITOBA BISONS

Goal:
Christie (Deckert)

Defence:
Erb - Lenoski
Mealy - Workman
Brown - Lockerby

Forwards:
Duval - Wild - Hellyer
Dittmer - Walker - Macaulay
Waker - Wood - Crowley
Beller - Benias - Howarth

Powerplay (usual first unit):
Beller - Wood - Hellyer
Duval - Mealy

ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS

Goal:
Cyr (Yonkman)

Defence:
Fransoo - Fecho
Joe - Wolansky
Barteaux - Ashton

Forwards:
Gimblett - Ringrose - Hunter
Szaszkiewicz - Metcalfe - Zalasky
Gardner - Mahovsky - McDonald
Klassen - Ryan - Woolger

Of note, the Bisons shuffled their lines. They spread the wealth and rolled 4 lines. Then on the PP they combined their lines. The method gave them a better than usual PP. They were 1-for-7 with lots of close calls and goalposts to go with it.

ELSEWHERE:


CALGARY DINOSAURS 3
REGINA COUGARS 4

(in shootout)
|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
|> [U OF R STORY] ~ [U OF C STORY] ~ [C.W. STORY]


As a small consolation, the Bisons got some help from the Puddy-tats. I figured that Regina would give a decent battle since they looked good when they played Sask. Regina forced the overtime with a last-minute goal. Crazy night! Calgary now pulls within a point of Manitoba in the race for 2nd place.


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 2

|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET]
|> [UBC SITE]


After last weekend I suppose many thought that the Tweety-Birds would mail-in the rest of the year. That's what it looked like as they were outshot 20-3 in the 1st period of this game. However, it was still tied at 0-0. However, Sask opened a 3-0 lead. However, UBC rallied, scoring on 2 of their 4 3rd period shots and amazingly made a game of it. Still, a 3-2 win for Sask puts them within a point of Manitoba. I think the Bisons and Calgary would be happy to see UBC even steal a point from Sask on the weekend.

OUT EAST:

Since we are getting into the home stretch I thought I would update some of the feature games from the OUA and AUS.

ST. MARY'S HUSKIES 1
NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS 3
[CIS BOXSCORE]

ACADIA AXEMEN 3
UPEI PANTHERS 5
[CIS BOXSCORE]

UQTR PATRIOTES 2
OTTAWA GEEGEES 3 (OT)
[CIS BOXSCORE]

MCGILL REDMEN 2
CARLETON RAVENS 4
[CIS BOXSCORE]

WESTERN ONTARIO MUSTANGS 0
LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES 4
[LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY]

BROCK BADGERS 0
WATERLOO WARRIORS 4
[CIS BOXSCORE]

NEXT UP:
  • Jan 30 Alberta @ Manitoba | [101.5 UMFM]
    Jan 30 Calgary @ Regina
    Jan 30 Saskatchewan @ UBC | [CITR.CA]
    bye: Lethbridge
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Herd Holds On To 2nd Place

January 30, 2010

HERD GAIN A HARD-EARNED SPLIT


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 3
MANITOBA BISONS 4

|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
|> [U OF M STORY] ~ [U OF A STORY] ~ [C.W. STORY]




This was such a key victory for the Bisons tonight. After a disappointing loss on Friday night they were able to re-focus on the task at hand and beat the Evil Monkeys. In four games against the Primates they have two regulation wins, one game they could have won, and one more they should have won.

Importantly, the weekend split leaves the Bisons all alone in 2nd place.

I had to miss the 1st period because my son's team had a game. However, since this one was broadcast by 101.5 UMFM we were able to listen on radio en route to the Max Bell. Apparently, the Bisons came out flying and jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Kyle Howarth (his 6th) and Calin Wild (also his 6th). Chad Klassen (his 13th) paced an Alberta comeback with a PP goal. Alberta outshot the Bisons 13-7, although shots were 6-6 at one time.

The 2nd period, while well-played, was not as fast paced as Friday night's game. I had the impression that the back-to-back nights of intense hockey were taking their toll on the players. The only goal of the period was a short-hander by Alberta. Manitoba started strong on that penalty but the last minute was all-Alberta. They has two good scoring chanes before Klassen's 2nd of the night made it 2-2. The goal seemed to motivate the Evil Monkeys. They had a clear upper-hand in the period, with a 15-7 shots advantage. However, the last 5 minutes or so saw the Bisons get back into the swing of the game. By forcing the play, they ended the period with 36 seconds of an overflow PP.

The 3rd period saw Ian Duval score on the PP (his 4th) in only 26 seconds. However, Klassen completed his hat-trick 3 minutes later on an Alberta PP to level the teams once again. The teams had to suck it up as they were clearly worn down. Then mid-way through the period d-man Dave Brown notched only his 2nd of the season to give the Herd a lead they would never relinquish.

The Bisons had the exact same line-up as on Friday night. The Simians had two changes. Travis Yonkman got the start in goal. (They hav rotated goaltenders all season.) And Michael MacAngus replaced Jean-Pierre Szaszkiewicz on the Metcalfe-Zalasky line.

ELSEWHERE:


CALGARY DINOSAURS 2
REGINA COUGARS 4

|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
|> [U OF R STORY]


The Puddy-Tats are not going to go down without a fight. They got this much-needed home ice sweep to keep their faint playoff hopes alive. Regina held a 3-0 lead after 2 periods. Then it was a traditional hang-on-for-dear-life ending. Calgary outshot Regina 15-2 in the 3rd period as they closed to within 3-2. However, an empty-netter salted it away for Regina. Brant Hilton must have done a great job in the Cougar goal.

Regina is now 8 points behind Calgary, but with 4 games in hand. The Bisons visit Regina next weekend whilst Calgary has a bye.


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 6
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 3

|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET]
|> [UBC STORY - FRIDAY]


UBC hung in there for a while but it seems like they have folded the proverbial tent. They looked to be a solid hockey club when they came here to play the Bisons and gained a split. However, when they needed a home-ice sweep over Lethbridge and lost game 1 they have gone to crap ever since. I thought they might come up with one last strong performance at home and steal a point or two from the Banjodogs, but not even close.

OUT EAST:

After some surprising results on Friday night the OUA and AUS were much more orthodox on Saturday. Here's how the A-level teams in the OHT34 did:

UQTR PATRIOTES 6
CARLETON RAVENS 3
[CIS BOXSCORE]

ST. THOMAS TOMMIES 2
ST. FRANCIS-XAVIER X-MEN 4
[CIS BOXSCORE]

ACADIA AXEMEN 2
NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS 5
[CIS BOXSCORE]

ST. MARY'S HUSKIES 3
UPEI PANTHERS 5
[CIS BOXSCORE]

WESTERN ONTARIO MUSTANGS 5
LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES 8
[LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY]

WATERLOO WARRIORS 4
LAURIER GOLDEN HAWKS 3
[CIS BOXSCORE]

NEXT UP:
  • Feb 5 Manitoba @ Regina
    Feb 5 Lethbridge @ Alberta
    Feb 6 Manitoba @ Regina
    Feb 6 Lethbridge @ Alberta
    byes: Alberta, UBC, Calgary
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WEEKEND UPDATE

I found some new links as the weekend wraps up:

Alberta @ Manitoba:
|> [CIS STORY - FRIDAY] ~ [CIS STORY - SATURDAY]
|> [FREE PRESS: Last hometown hurrah for Bears' Metcalfe]


Since this series was a feature match-up in the CIS the game story was posted at the CIS site for both games. Ashley Prest had a Free Press story on Headingley boy Tyler Metcalfe, who went to the Evil Monkeys after 5 years in the WHL.

As for the Evil Monkeys, I found some pictures:

The coach announced a bag skate for Monday. One grabbed all the bananas he could and went home. Another just went crazy.
But this new recruit showed lots of desire and could be in the line-up next game.

Saskatchewan @ UBC:
|> [U OF S STORY] ~ [UBC STORY] ~ [C.W. STORY]

The Tweety-Birds are toast but still put out a good game story, shown here with 3 different links.

Calgary @ Regina:
|> [U OF C STORY]

This series never generated much for stories but the bare-bones U or R story is now linked at the U of C.

CISBlog.ca:
[AUS Weekly Update]
[Mulling a team at Memorial]
[The Wild OUA West]
[CW weekly roundup]
[Top 10 Tracker]

Other:
[WHL.ca Canada West Update]

The Home Stretch:
Code:
                  Feb      Feb      Feb      Feb
           pts    5-6     12-13    19-20    26-27

Alberta     39   Leth     UBC      @ Reg    bye
Manitoba    28   @ Reg    bye      @ Sask   Reg
Sask        27   bye      Calg     Man      @ Leth
Calgary     25   bye      @ Sask   UBC      bye
Leth        21   @ Alta   Reg      bye      Sask
Regina      17   Man      @ Leth   Alta     @ Man
UBC         15   bye      @ Alta   @ Calg   bye
We are getting to the time of year when places or clinched or magic numbers are calculated.
* Alberta's magic number for 1st: 2 (combination of 2 points for them and/or points lost by Manitoba).
* UBC is eliminated from playoff contention.
* Manitoba, Sask, and Calgary could all finish from 2nd to 6th.
* Lethbridge and Regina could finish from 2nd to 7th.
 

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SERIES PREVIEW: BISONS VISIT COUGARS



MANITOBA BISONS
(13-7-2, 28 points, 2nd place, #3 in OHT34)
REGINA COUGARS
(8-11-1, 17 points, 6th place, #18 in OHT34)


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH @ 7:00 CST
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH @ 7:00 CST
AT REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN


Both teams are coming off solid weekends, the Bisons splitting with the Evil Monkeys and the Puddy-Tats sweeping Calgary. Regina is in a desperate position. However, the good news is that if they win all 8 of their remaining games they would get a playoff berth. The bad news is that would involve doubling their season total.

Regina has had a very mediocre season. They have looked at times like they would go into a tailspin. They have had issues scoring (last in the league with only 50) and finding a #1 goaltender. Both Adam Ward and Brant Hilton have had their moments, and both have strong histories in the league.

The Bisons need a strong weekend to generate some space ahead of Sask and Calgary (both idle) in the race for 2nd place. After this weekend they have a bye, then travel to Saskatoon, then are at home against Regina to wrap up the regular season.

WEEKEND LINKS: WEEKEND SCHEDULE: STANDINGS:
Code:
2009-10        G   W   L  OL    F   A  +/-   Pt
Alberta       22  19   2   1  115  60  +55   39
Manitoba      22  13   7   2   66  59   +7   28
Saskatchewan  22  12   7   3   86  61  +25   27
Calgary       24  10   9   5   74  84  -10   25
Lethbridge    22   9  10   3   71  84  -13   21
Regina        20   8  11   1   50  70  -20   17
UBC           24   7  16   1   59 103  -44   15
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Bisons Shutout In Banjoland

February 5, 2010

SHUTOUT FOILS BISONS


MANITOBA BISONS 0
REGINA COUGARS 4

|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
|> [U OF M STORY] ~ [U OF R STORY]




By the looks of the summary the Bisons were as flat as the road to Regina. No goals, few shots, few penalties, very little activity. Early on Kyle Howarth was foiled on a penalty shot by Cougar goalie Brant Hilton (former WS Blue). However, the Bisons only had a grand total of 11 SOG through 2 periods before tallying 13 in the 3rd when it was all but over. The Bisons will have to crank up the intensity to salvage a much needed split.

Here's a quirk: Since the Bisons swept the Puddy-tats in mid-November, the Bisons have split 5 straight series. If the Bisons win on Saturday that would make 6 straight splits, one against each other team in the league.

ELSEWHERE:


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 6
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 8

|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET]
|> [U OF A STORY] ~ [C.W. STORY]


This was hard to believe, but earlier this year the Evil Monkeys beat the Horny Ones 8-5. The question now is whether the Horny Ones can regroup on the road. Alberta bombarded Lethbridge with 52 shots. However, it was 6-5 for Lethbridge after 2 periods. Alberta only took the late with just over a minute to play then padded the scoreline with an empty-netter.

They also announced that Lethbridge's Adam Chorneyko is January's Canada West Husky-WHL Grad of the Month. [L.U. LINK] ~ [C.W. LINK]

OUT EAST:

Here's how the A-level teams from out east did:

#6 ACADIA AXEMEN 6
#24 ST. THOMAS TOMMIES 4
[CIS BOXSCORE]

#1 NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS 5
#13 ST. FRANCIS-XAVIER X-MEN 3
[CIS BOXSCORE]

#10 ST. MARY'S HUSKIES 3
#21 MONCTON AIGLES BLEUES 2 (OT)
[CIS BOXSCORE]

#34 OTTAWA GEEGEES 2
#8 UQTR PATRIOTES 8
[LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY]

#14 MCGILL REDMEN 5
#15 CARLETON RAVENS 1
[CIS BOXSCORE]

#12 LAURIER GOLDEN HAWKS 1
#26 WINDSOR LANCERS 2
[CIS BOXSCORE]

#27 UOIT RIDGEBACKS 6
#7 LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES 5
[LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY]

#23 YORK LIONS 1
#5 WATERLOO WARRIORS 2 (OT)
[LEAGUSTAT SUMMARY]

NEXT UP:
  • Feb 6 Manitoba @ Regina
    Feb 6 Lethbridge @ Alberta
    byes: Alberta, UBC, Calgary
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Bisons Split Yet Again

February 6, 2010

BISONS EXTEND SPLIT STREAK TO 6


MANITOBA BISONS 3
REGINA COUGARS 2

|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET]
|> GAME STORY NOT YET POSTED


The Bisons, predictably, came up with yet another split. That means the last 6 series, one against each C.W. rival, have been split.

It looks like Rick Wood must have been injured on Friday because the Bisons dressed 7 d-men for the game. Also, both Regina goals were scored 5-on-3. I am waiting to find out just what happened. Nine of the last 10 penalties were against the Bisons. Considering the Bisons have by far the lowest PIMs in the league, that seems most unusual.

Bison scorers were Tyler Dittmer (7th), Ian Duval (5th), and Blair Mcaulay (7th).

The Bisons have a bye week next whilst Regina visits Lethbridge. Regina is now 6 points behind 4th place Calgary with 2 games in hand. The Bisons are still in 2nd, 3 points ahead of Sask and 5 points up on Calgary.

ELSEWHERE:


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 5
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4

|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET]
|> GAME STORY NOT YET POSTED


The Horny Ones gained a much needed split against the Evil Monkeys. Alberta cannot be happy with these high scores. The shots were only 35-31 so maybe goaltending was an issue.

OUT EAST:

Here's how the A-level teams from out east did:

#1 NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS 4
#26 DALHOUSIE TIGERS 1
[CIS BOXSCORE]

#29 BROCK BADGERS 4
#5 WATERLOO WARRIORS 6
[LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY]

#6 ACADIA AXEMEN 4
#21 MONCTON AIGLES-BLEUES 3 (OT)
[CIS BOXSCORE]

#27 UOIT RIDGEBACKS 2
#7 LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES 8
[LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY]

#10 ST. MARY'S HUSKIES 5
#24 ST. THOMAS TOMMIES 2
[LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY]

#12 LAURIER GOLDEN HAWKS 7
#26 WINDSOR LANCERS 1
[CIS BOXSCORE]

#17 UPEI PANTHERS 4
#13 ST. FRANCIS XAVIER X-MEN 2
[CIS BOXSCORE]

#14 MCGILL REDMEN 4
#34 OTTAWA GEEGEES 1
[CIS BOXSCORE]

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Bye Week - Part 1

February 12, 2010

RACES TIGHTEN WHILE HERD WATCHES


CALGARY DINOSAURS 3
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2

(in overtime)
|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET]
|> [U OF S STORY] ~ [U OF C STORY] ~ [C.W. STORY]


The Bisons will be happy to see the Dinos win the game, but not with the fact that 3 points were awarded. Sask bombarded Calgary with 21 shots in the 1st period, yet escaped with only a 1-0 lead. Thereafter the game was up for grabs, and the Dinos grabbed it. Sask now trails the Bisons by 2 points and Calgary trails by 3. Sask entered the weekend at #9 in the OHT34 rankings whilst Calgary was #11. That could switch after Saturday.


REGINA COUGARS 1
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4

|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET]
|> [C.W. STORY] ~ [U OF L STORY]


This result finishes things for the Puddy-Tats. They rallied after Christmas but were in too big of a hole. Lethbridge stays within 2 points of Calgary with both sides down to 3 games remaining. Lethbridge has climbed to #15 in the OHT34 and could keep rising. Regina was #18 but is now in grave danger of falling.


UBC THUNDERBIRDS 4
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 1

|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET]
|> [U OF A STORY]


The Evil Monkeys cannot be happy about their play down the stretch. They have now lost 3 of their last 4 games. BTW, UNB also lost tonight (their first loss of the year). Maybe it is hard to play once 1st place has been wrapped up. Alberta is #2 in the OHT34 whilst UBC is #24. That shows the severity of this upset.

OUT EAST:
  • Here's how the A-level teams from out east did:

    #21 MONCTON AIGLES BLEUES 1
    #10 ST, MARY'S HUSKIES 6
    [CIS BOXSCORE]

    #16 ST. FRANCIS-XAVIER X-MEN 4
    #1 NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS 3
    [CIS BOXSCORE]

    #25 ST. THOMAS TOMMIES 2
    #4 ACADIA AXEMEN 5
    [CIS BOXSCORE]

    #34 OTTAWA GEEGEES 1
    #8 UQTR PATRIOTES 6
    [CIS BOXSCORE]

    #26 WINDSOR LANCERS 3
    #3 WATERLOO WARRIORS 4 (ot)
    [CIS BOXSCORE]

    #13 MCGILL REDMEN 4
    #32 CONCORDIA STINGERS 3 (ot)
    [CIS BOXSCORE]

    #6 WESTERN ONTARIO MUSTANGS 3
    #27 UOIT RIDGEBACKS 2 (so)
    [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY]

    #7 LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES 2
    #12 LAURIER GOLDEN HAWKS 4
    [CIS BOXSCORE]
NEXT UP:
  • Feb 13 Calgary @ Saskatchewan
    Feb 13 Regina @ Lethbridge
    Feb 13 UBC @ Alberta
    bye: Manitoba
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Bye Week - Part 2

February 13, 2010

UGH! ANOTHER 3-POINT GAME


CALGARY DINOSAURS 1
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2

(in overtime)
|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET]
|> [U OF S STORY] ~ [C.W. STORY]


This series has to anger the Bisons. Each of these teams gets 3 points for splitting the series. The result pulls Sask even with the Bisons at 30 points (with 4 games remaining), whilst Calgary sits at 28 points (with 2 games remaining). The teams in the CW have been extremely competitive with one another in the 2nd half of the season. Sask was at #9 in the OHT34 and Calgary was at #11.

Calgary scored the lone goal of the 1st period and held that narrow lead to the 3rd period. Then the teams played a defence-oriented 3rd period where Sask outshot Calgary 6-2. (Could that be a misprint?) Calgary wraps up the season at home against UBC. Sask hosts Manitoba then travels to Lethbridge.


REGINA COUGARS 3
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4

|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET]
|> [U OF L STORY]


Lethbridge had a 4-1 lead and Regina stormed back to make it close. The loss officially eliminates Regina from the playoffs, although Friday's loss got the fat lady warming up her vocal chords. The Horny Ones now sit only one point behind Calgary, each with 2 games left. Since losing to 1-0 to Manitoba to start the 2nd half, Lethbridge has gone 8-1. In the national rankings, Lethbridge entered at #15 and Regina was #18 in the OHT34. I think Regina will tumble a bit.


UBC THUNDERBIRDS 1
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 7

|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET]
|> [U OF A STORY]


I guess the Evil Monkeys didn't take too kindly to a loss on Friday night and took it out with a vengeance in the rematch. I listened to some on the internet and UBC did not mount much of a threat. Still, 2 points in Edmontown is a credible weekend for anybody. The question now is whether UBC can be Calgary's spoiler next weekend when they wrap up their season. Alberta was (and will remain) at #2 in the OHT34 and UBC's #24 ranking won't change much. They now have wins over Alberta, Manitoba, Calgary, and McGill, all A level teams.

NEXT UP:
  • Feb 19 Alberta @ Regina
    Feb 19 UBC @ Calgary
    Feb 19 Manitoba @ Saskatchewan | [WEBCAST]
    Feb 20 Alberta @ Regina
    Feb 20 UBC @ Calgary
    Feb 20 Manitoba @ Saskatchewan
    Feb 26 Saskatchewan @ Lethbridge
    Feb 26 Regina @ Manitoba | [UMFM - AUDIO]
    Feb 27 Saskatchewan @ Lethbridge
    Feb 27 Regina @ Manitoba
    End of regular season.
STANDINGS:
Code:
2009-10       G   W   L  OL    F   A  +/-   Pt
Alberta      26  21   4   1  135  76  +59   43
Manitoba     24  14   8   2   69  65   +4   30
Saskatchewan 24  13   7   4   90  65  +25   30
Calgary      26  11   9   6   78  88  -10   28
Lethbridge   26  12  11   3   90 100  -10   27
Regina       24   9  14   1   60  81  -21   19
UBC          26   8  17   1   64 111  -47   17
OUT EAST:
  • The OUA and AUS wrapped up their regular seasons this weekend. The OUA standings are [HERE] and the AUS standings are [HERE]. Here's how the A-level teams did:

    #25 ST. THOMAS TOMMIES 4
    #10 ST. MARY'S HUSKIES 7
    [CIS BOXSCORE]

    #20 DALHOUSIE TIGERS 2
    #1 NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS 5
    [CIS BOXSCORE]

    #21 MONCTON AIGLES BLEUES 2
    #4 ACADIA AXEMEN 1
    [CIS BOXSCORE]

    #17 CARLETON RAVENS 4
    #8 UQTR PATRIOTES 6
    [CIS BOXSCORE]

    #34 OTTAWA GEEGEES 0
    #13 MCGILL REDMEN 9
    [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY]

    #3 WATERLOO WARRIORS 4
    #27 UOIT RIDGEBACKS 6
    [CIS BOXSCORE]

    #12 LAURIER GOLDEN HAWKS 2
    #6 WESTERN ONTARIO MUSTANGS 3 (OT)
    [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY]

    #7 LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES 3
    #30 BROCK BADGERS 2 (OT)
    [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY]
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Series Preview: Bisons/banjodogs Showdown For 2nd

SERIES PREVIEW:
BISONS/BANJODOGS SHOWDOWN FOR 2ND




MANITOBA BISONS
(14-8-2, 30 points, tied for 2nd place, #7 in OHT34)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES
(13-7-4, 30 points, tied for 2nd place, #9 in OHT34)


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH @ 7:00 CST : [LIVE VIDEO]
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH @ 7:00 CST
AT SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN


The Bisons are on a splitting streak of epic proportions. They have split their last 6 series, once against each team in the league. Sask has been similar, with 3 OTLs in recent weeks to bolster their record. Manitoba holds all tie-breakers, so a split would likely put them into 2nd place.

For those not aware, in the CW playoffs the higher seed hosts the whole best-of-3 series. This means that #2 will host #3 with the winner guaranteed a berth at the University Cup.

Friday's game is live on the web. I hope to check it out.

Both sides will be keeping an eye on the out-of-town scoreboard where Calgary hosts UBC. After a tough loss in their series opener against Lethbridge a couple weeks back they looked like a team that had given up. But an exhibition game against Norway's Olympic team was followed a split in Alberta. So if they could take a point or two away from Calgary this weekend it would help both Manitoba and Sask.

WEEKEND LINKS: WEEKEND SCHEDULE:
  • Feb 19: Alberta @ Regina
    Feb 19: UBC @ Calgary
    Feb 19: Manitoba @ Saskatchewan
    Feb 20: Alberta @ Regina
    Feb 20: UBC @ Calgary
    Feb 20: Manitoba @ Saskatchewan
    Bye - Lethbridge
THE HOME STRETCH:
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                  Feb      Feb
           pts   19-20    26-27

Alberta     43   @ Reg    bye
Manitoba    30   @ Sask   Reg
Sask        30   Man      @ Leth
Calgary     28   UBC      bye
Leth        27   bye      Sask
Regina      19   Alta     @ Man
UBC         17   @ Calg   bye
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Belated Update

February 20, 2010

BISONS SWEPT ... HUSKIES 1 POINT AWAY FROM 2ND


MANITOBA BISONS 1
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4

|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
|> [U OF S STORY] ~ [U OF M STORY]


This weekend sweep was devastating for the Bisons. After being a front-runner all season their recent split-streak allowed Sask and Calgary to catch and then surpass them. The Herd did outshoot Sask on the night, albeit with a 15-6 edge in the 3rd period when they were playing catch-up. They took the season series 7-6 on points against Sask. So in the event of a tie the Bisons get 2nd place.

ELSEWHERE:


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5
REGINA COUGARS 4

(in overtime)
|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
|> [U OF R STORY] ~ [U OF A STORY]


The Evil Monkeys scored 30 seconds into overtime to sweep the Puddy-Tats by identical 5-4 scores. One has to wonder about the Evil Monkeys. IMO, the Evil Monkeys are a vulnerable team right now. I could easily imagine Manitoba or Calgary beating them.


UBC THUNDERBIRDS 2
CALGARY DINOSAURS 3

|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
|> [C.W. STORY] ~ [U OF C STORY] ~ [UBC STORY]


While the other two series produced identical scores, this one was off a goal. UBC showed signs of life after being eliminated and puit in yet another credible performance. However, they had nothing to show for it after the Dinos scored with just over a minute to go. One has to wodner about the UBC program heading into next year. Calgary is assured of either a 3rd or 4th place finish.

NEXT UP:
  • Feb 26: Saskatchewan @ Lethbridge
    Feb 26: Regina @ Manitoba
    Feb 27: Saskatchewan @ Lethbridge
    Feb 27: Regina @ Manitoba
    Bye - Alberta, UBC, Calgary

    The Bisons would finish 2nd if they sweep and Sask loses twice.
    The Bisons would finish 3rd if they get at least 3 points against Regina.
    The Bisons would finish 4th if they get 1 or 2 points against Regina.
    The Bisons would finish 4th if they get no points and Lethbridge gets 3 or fewer points against Sask.
    The Bisons would finish 5th if they get no points and Lethbridge sweeps Sask.
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Friday Night Curse Is Lifted!

February 26, 2010

BISONS END FRIDAY CURSE ... AND WRAP UP PLAYOFF BERTH


REGINA COUGARS 1
MANITOBA BISONS 4

|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET]
|> [U OF M STORY] ~ [C.W. STORY]


The Friday night curse has been lifted! The Bisons' last Friday win was over Lethbridge back on January 8th. This one assured them of a playoff berth. My boy was not feeling well and so we left after the 2nd period and listened to it on UMFM. My impression was that Regina is not here to put up much of a fight. They have had some decent results in the 2nd half of the season. However, tonight they never had too much to offer.

The 1st period was 1-1 with the Bisons having a territorial advantage and a 13-9 lead in shots. The only Regina goal came off a lazy clearance by d-man David Brown right after a successful penalty kill. Jared Jagow of the Cougars pounced and temporarily tied the game. The game was hard-hitting and chippy at times. I thought that there could have been some fireworks in the 2nd. Instead Regina mustered only 3 shots on goal, followed by 6 more in the 3rd. Steve Christie enjoyed a relative night off in the Bison goal as the Puddy-Tats surrendered meekly.

The two Bison goals I saw were both shots from the blueline by d-men. Travis Mealy notched his 4th and Brandon Lockerby rung up his second goal of the season. The 3rd period insurance goals were scored by Kyle Howarth (his 6th) and Tyler Dittmer (his 8th). All goals were through the 5-hole. And, 3 were on the PP. (Each side had 5 PPs and Regina was blanked on their's.)

Here's how they lined up:
  • MANITOBA BISONS

    Goal:
    Christie (McHale)

    Defence:
    Lockerby - Brown
    Workman - Lenoski
    Erb - Mealy

    Forwards:
    Dittmer - Walker - Macaulay
    Duval - Wild - Hellyer
    Beller - Benias - Howarth
    Waker - Wood - Dudar

    REGINA COUGARS

    Goal:
    Ward (Hilton)

    Defence:
    Bender - Nielsen
    Blair - Chapman
    McPherson (they dressed 5 d-men and mixed and matched)

    Forwards:
    Sawka - Cuthbert - Johnstone (Kauk mixed in)
    Jagow - LeBlanc - Smith
    Stengler - Scott - Bhungal
    Pearpoint - Schultz - Nelson
WEEKEND LINKS: ELSEWHERE:


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4

|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET]
|> [U OF L NEWS - CHECK FOR STORY]


The Horny Ones put on a valiant 2nd half comeback on the season and it will come up just short. They are now 9-2-0 since the Christmas break. The rest of the conference will be relieved that they won't be in the playoffs. They had to hope Regina would beat Manitoba twice and then they could have claimed 4th place with a sweep of Sask.

This was in many ways a prototypical Lethbridge win. Get outshot, cash in on chances, then hang on for dear life. Sask outshot them 34-20 after two periods yet trailed 4-1. Then Sask scored twice on 8 shots in the 3rd to make it close.

NEXT UP:
  • Feb 27: Saskatchewan @ Lethbridge
    Feb 27: Regina @ Manitoba
    Bye - Alberta, UBC, Calgary
    end of regular season

    Here's the skinny:
    The Bisons would finish 2nd if they win and Sask loses in regulation.
    The Bisons would finish at least 3rd if they get at least 1 point.
    The Bisons would finish 4th if they lose in regulation.
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Bisons Sweep .. Fall Short Of 2nd

February 27, 2010

BISONS SWEEP ... FALL SHORT OF 2ND


REGINA COUGARS 3
MANITOBA BISONS 5

|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET]
|> [U OF M STORY]


With minor hockey playoffs starting all over Winnipeg, my son's game forced me to miss the 1st period of the final Bison home game of the regular season. Upon arrival, I saw that the Bisons were down 2-1 although they outshot Regina 18-9. Also, Chad Erb had been given 4 minhutes in penalties and a game misconduct. I don't know what happened but I do know the Bisons were frustrated with the referee. As the game wore on he doled out several 10 minute misconducts, something rarely seen this year.

It did not appear that the teams aligned themselves much differently from Friday night. However, Regina rotated goaltenders, giving former South Bliue Brant Hilton the start. And #17 Tanner Schultz switched from forward to defence.

The 1st period saw Regina get two goals from Partik Bhungal (his 2nd and 3rd of the season) and Kyle Howarth (7th) replied for the Bisons. I was away so I can't say what happened.

The 2nd period saw the Bisons trying to kill a slew of penalties. Caine Pearpoint scored on a PP to give Regina a 3-1 lead. However, once the penalties were over (including a 5-on-3) the Bisons dominated play. Goals from Calin Wild (7th), Howarth (2nd of the night and 8th of the season), and Jered Walker (5th) were part of a 15 shot onslaught that put the Bisons ahead to stay.

A 3rd period insurance goal from Blair Macaulay (8th) salted it away. The Kittens only scratched together 5 3rd period shots and never mounted much of a comeback.

After the game the fans were advised that Lethbridge held a 2-1 lead on Sask and there was hope that the result would hold and that Manitoba would get 2nd place and another home series. But that will only happen if they win away to Sask whilst Calgary knocks off Alberta.

ELSEWHERE:


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2

(in overtime)
|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET]
|> [U OF L NEWS - CHECK FOR STORY]
|> FRIDAY GAME STORY: [C.W.] ~ [U OF L] ~ [U OF S]


Sask was down 2-1 heading into the 3rd period of this one but when they forced overtime they got the point they needed to secure 2nd place. In the end, Sask led Manitoba by 2 points, who led Calgary by 2 points, who led Lethbridge by 2 points. The Horny Ones get credit for mounting a nice comeback.

NEXT UP:
  • SEMI-FINALS:
    March 5, 6, and 7 (if necessary)
    Manitoba at Saskatchewan
    Calgary at Alberta
WOMEN'S PLAY:

  • SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2
    MANITOBA BISONS 3

    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET]
    |> [U OF M STORY] ~ [C.W. STORY]


    The win gives the Bison Broads the series 2 games to 1. They will now play the Alberta Pandas for the title yet again. Of note, Bison all-star goaltender Stacy Corfield was injured in game 2. Tara Lacquette was called upopn and delivered a clutch performance for the win. The Bisons upset Alberta in last year's final. This year only one team from the CW goes to nationals, making it a must-win series.
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Eastern Update

AUS semi-finals:


NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS 2
ST. FRANCIS-XAVIER X-MEN 3
[MAR 2 BOXSCORE]

St. FX wins best-of-five series 3-0.


ACADIA AXEMEN 1
ST. MARY'S HUSKIES 3
[MAR 1 BOXSCORE]

SMU leads best-of-five series 2-1.

ACADIA AXEMEN 2
ST. MARY'S HUSKIES 9
[MAR 3 LIVESTATS]

SMU wins best-of-five series 3-1.

AUS final:


ST. MARY'S HUSKIES
ST. FRANCIS-XAVIER X-MEN

Schedule TBA

COMMENTARY:

It is amazing that UNB lot in 3 straight and that Acadia could lose by such a margin in game 4. So the AUS will be represented by either their 3rd or 5th ranked team!

OUA East semi-finals:


MCGILL REDMEN 6
CARLETON RAVENS 2
[FEB 28 BOXSCORE]

McGill wins best-of-three series 2-1.

OUA West final:


WESTERN ONTARIO MUSTANGS 1
LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES 4
[MAR 3 LEAGUE STAT SUMMARY]

Lakehead leads best-of-three series 1-0.
Next: Saturday at Western Ontario.

OUA East final:


UQTR PATRIOTES 2
MCGILL REDMEN 3
[MAR 3 LEAGUE STAT SUMMARY]

McGill leads best-of-three series 1-0.
Next: Friday at McGill

COMMENTARY:

In the end we have the OUA matchups most people predicted at the start of the year. Lakehead seem to rounding into form. McGill and UQTR are hard to gauge due to their weak schedules.
 

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Playoff Preview

SEMI-FINAL PREVIEW



MANITOBA BISONS
(16-10-2, 34 points, 3rd place, #8 in OHT34)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES
(16-8-4, 36 points, 2nd place, #7 in OHT34)


FRIDAY, MARCH 5TH @ 7:00 CST
SATURDAY, MARCH 6TH @ 7:00 CST
SUNDAY, MARCH 7TH @ TBA
AT SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN


First, the games will be [WEBCAST]. Make sure you click to watch. Hopefully, the Bison webacsts will expand from the IGAC next year.

The Banjodogs pipped the Bisons for 2nd place by virtue of their OTLs this year. While the Bisons beat them 7-6 on points this year, sask did sweep the Bisons in February which basically gave them 2nd place. (BTW, Sask was 7-5 in the 2nd half, and Manitoba was 7-7.)

The much-heralded off-season recruits for Sask started to come together in the 2nd half. However, the Bisons have a sold defence and Steve Christie is as good a goaltender as there is in this league. The Bison PP has shown signs of life, after having been an achilles heel the last couple of seasons. And while Sask was sputtering against Lethbridge last weekend, the Herd was trampling the Banjocats.

Of note, the CW gets 2 berths in this year's University Cup. Therefore, the winners of this series and the Alberta-Calgary series will be off to Thunder Bay.

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Herd On The Brink

March 5, 2010

HERD ON THE BRINK OF ELIMINATION


MANITOBA BISONS 2
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5

(Saskatchewan leads best-of-three series 1-0)
|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
|> [C.W. STORY] ~ [U OF S STORY] ~ [U OF M STORY]


A bad start did the Bisons in. It took only 28 seconds for the Huskies to score. By 3 minutes it was 2-0. The Bisons were able to mount a comeback and for the most part controlled the 2nd and 3rd periods. The Bison goals both came from the blueline with Chad Erb and Kip Workman scoring. Kyle Howarth was injured on a high stick. There was no penalty on the play but he was taken to hospital. We'll see what line-up changes the Bisons might make. I am not sure if Riley Dudar is playable.

If you have a lap-top I would suggest tuning into game 2 whilst watching Hockey Night in Canada on TV. The Bisons will technically be the home team for game 2. If game 3 is necessary then the Huskies will go back to being the home team.

ELSEWHERE:


CALGARY DINOSAURS 2
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5

(Alberta leads best-of-three series 1-0)
|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
|> [C.W. STORY] ~ [U OF A STORY]


The Wild Rose series went the Evil Monkeys' way in game 1. It was 3-2 after the 1st and then calmed down with very few shots by either side in the last 2 periods. The Dinos will be facing elimination tonight.

OUA East final:


UQTR PATRIOTES 4
MCGILL REDMEN 7

McGill wins best-of-three series 2-0.
|> [MAR 5 LEAGUE STAT SUMMARY]


McGill is now assured of a berth in the nationals. But since Lakehead is hosting this year, UQTR still has a chance. If Lakehead defeats Western Ontario (they lead 1-0) then UQTR and UWO would play for the 6th place in the tournament. However, if UWO wins the OUA West then they will qualify and Lakehead will settle for their host berth.

NEXT UP: WOMEN'S PLAY:

  • MANITOBA BISONS 0
    ALBERTA PANDAS 2

    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET]
    |> [U OF M STORY] ~ [C.W. STORY]


    These teams were extremely d-oriented in this one. They combined for only 33 SOG. In fact, Manitoba had only 2 SOG in the 2nd, and Alberta had only 2 in the 3rd. Manitoba's starting goaltender Stacy Corfield remains on the DL. But if they can't score it won't matter. Last year the Bisons won the ladies' title. They need a weekend sweep to replicate that feat.
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