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Bisons Split Yet Again

March 6, 2010

BISONS PULL EVEN ... GAME THREE SUNDAY


MANITOBA BISONS 4
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2

(Best-of-three series tied 1-1)
|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET]
|> [C.W. STORY] ~ [U OF S STORY] ~ [U OF M STORY (not active as I post)]


I caught most of the game on the U of S Webcast. While the 2nd period encountered significant transmission problems, I did get a good sense of the action. The Bisons led 2-1 after the 1st period on a pair of goals by Jered Walker. Kyle Bortis relied for Sask. On the Bortis goal Steve Christie appeared injured. But after some medical attention he continued on, and played a strong game.

The Bisons gained strength as the game went on. The 2nd period was mostly their's, as was the 3rd. There was no scoring in the 2nd. But Greg Beller and Rick Wood scored 3rd period goals to give the team an insurmountable lead. A PP goal by Steve Gillen allowed the Banjodogs to make the scoreline look respectable.

In a unique twist, the Bisons were deemed to be the home team and wore their home whites. I also heard that they were allowed to import electricity, post-game showers, and soap for the event. We'll see if the Saskatchewanites are able to recover from a day with this new-fangled additions to their simple land.

Kyle Howarth did not dress for the Bisons after being injured on Friday. Riley Dudar dressed in his place.

Game 3 goes Sunday at 7:00 p.m. I recommend the webcast. Even if it cuts out on occasion there is live chat with several Bison fans available.

ELSEWHERE:


CALGARY DINOSAURS 1
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 3

(Alberta wins best-of-three series 2-0)
|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET]
|> [C.W. STORY (link not active as I post)] ~ [U OF A STORY]


After one goaltender was hurt and another suspended on Friday, Calgary had to dress and start Nathan Deobald in net. He did well. It was 1-1 late in the 3rd when the Evil Monkeys scored the winner, followed by an empty-netter. Next weekend, Alberta will host the Man-Sask winner.

OUA West final:


WESTERN ONTARIO MUSTANGS 2
LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES 5

Lakehead wins best-of-three series 2-0.
|> [MAR 6 LEAGUE STAT SUMMARY]


Lakehead earned a spot in the nationals by winning the OUA West tonight. The twist here is that as host team they already had a spot. So The Urban Cowboys are lucky losers. And UQTR gets a new lease on life after having lost out on Friday. Next weekend a special playoff will be held between UQTR and Western Ontario for the OUA's host position in the nationals.

NEXT UP: WOMEN'S PLAY:

  • MANITOBA BISONS 2
    ALBERTA PANDAS 3

    (in overtime)
    Alberta wins series 2-0.
    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET]
    |> [U OF M STORY] ~ [C.W. STORY]


    The Pandas scored in the last minute to tie the game and then won it in OT. This reverses last year's final, won by Manitoba. Tough loss for the Bison Broads. They cannot make nationals as runner-up this year.
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Bisons Win! Bisons Win! Bisons Win!

March 7, 2010

BISONS WIN! BISONS WIN! BISONS WIN!


MANITOBA BISONS 5
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 1

(Manitoba wins best-of-three series 2-1)
|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE (url may change)]
|> [C.W. STORY] ~ [U OF S STORY] ~ [U OF M STORY (url may change)]


What a game! The Bisons are on their way to the University Cup!

I followed on the U of S webcast and it was a blast. I was able to chat with other Bison fans and other CIS fans from coast to coast while the game was on. I hope this is added to the U of M next year. It would also be nice to use for other leagues as well, even the NHL. I digress ...

The 3 games in 3 nights format puts a premium on utilizing all of one's roster, and that the Bisons did. While the Bisons can roll 4 lines, the Huskies rely on their big gunners. And they seemed to have run out of gas. The Bison goals tonight were mostly from the slot in situations where the Huskies failed to play the body, both ion front of net and in the small corners of The Rutherford.

The Macaulay-Walker-Dittmer line was on fire all weekend. And they notched the only goal of the 1st period, when Macaulay cashed in. Play was fairly even, although the Bisons seemed to be more "in control".

The 2nd period was the decider. Several penalties were called. The only time Sask generated offence was when they had the PP. Otherwise it was all Bisons. After the Bisons killed their penalties (the Huskies had a 5-1 PP edge at one point) they cashed in two goals when the Banjodogs were punished. Mike Hellyer and Blair Macaulay had two goals each in the period.

The 3rd period was fairly uneventful until a last minute "brawl" (where the Bisons fastidiously avoided getting any fighting majors) came about when the Banjodogs were thoroughly frustrated with the turn of events.

I have to point out, too, that Steve Christie stopped 33 of 34 shots on goal on the night.

All-in-all, the Bison PP went 2-for-7 whilst the Banjodogs went 1-for-11.

Next weekend the Herd will be off to Edmontown to face the Evil Monkeys. The teams have split 4 games this year. The two games in Winnipeg were some of the best hockey I have seen this year, including AHL and NHL hockey. I won't be able to go to Edmontown, but maybe Thunder Bay! I doubt I could do it but a chance to see the Bisons in Thunder Bay sounds awfully appealing. Manitoba and Alberta know they will be joined by Lakehead and McGill.

BTW, this puts to an end the streak of Alberta-Saskatchewan finals going back to about 1996.

ELSEWHERE:


ST. FRANCIS-XAVIER X-MEN 1
ST. MARY'S HUSKIES 7

(SMU leads best-of-five series 1-0)
|> [MAR 7 CIS BOXSCORE]


St. Mary's are on a roll. They crushed Acadia 9-2 in game 4 of their series, and now this. St. FX must have blown their wad against UNB.

NEXT UP:
  • March 9 5:00 CST St. Mary's at St. FX [VIDEO]
    March 12 8:30 CST Manitoba at Alberta [WEBCAST - AUDIO]
    March 13 8:30 CST Manitoba at Alberta [WEBCAST - AUDIO]
    March 13 TBD Lakehead at McGill
    March 13 TBD Western Ontario at UQTR
    March 14 8:00 CST Manitoba at Alberta [WEBCAST - AUDIO] (if necessary)
    March 15 5:00 CST St. FX at St. Mary's
    March 17 5:00 CST St. Mary's at St. FX [VIDEO]] (if necessary)
    March 19 5:00 CST St. FX at St. Mary's (if necessary)
    March 25-28 TBD UNIVERSITY CUP AT THUNDER BAY
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C.w. Final Mega-preview

C.W. FINAL MEGA-PREVIEW



MANITOBA BISONS
(16-10-2, 34 points, 3rd place, #4 in OHT34)
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS
(23-4-1, 47 points, 1st place, #1 in OHT34)


FRIDAY, MARCH 12TH @ 8:30 CST [SSN WEBCAST]
SATURDAY, MARCH 13TH @ 8:30 CST [SSN WEBCAST]
SUNDAY, MARCH 14TH @ 8:00 CST [SSN WEBCAST]
AT EDMONTON, ALBERTA


The games I saw between these two teams were some of the best hockey I have seen this year in any league. The Evil Monkeys are used to being in this situation and should be able to deliver a good performance. The Bisons could go any way. They might go on a roll and shock the Monkeys, or they might be happy with their trip to the nationals and overlook this one.

At this point, there is an audio-only webcast on SSN scheduled for each game. Hopefully they will add some video, so stay tuned. Since I will be at the Moose game on Friday night I will be checking for updated scores on League Stat, as I am prone to do.

The winner of the game will be assured of a top 3 seeding at the nationals. In fact, the Evil Monkeys will get the #1 seed if they win. The two teams would also be seeded into opposite pools.

The Evil Monkeys have won so many hockey titles (13 national and 47 conference titles) that the rest of the league is shocked when somebody else wins. If the Bisoins win they can expect congratulations to flow from across the league. In fact, since the Bisons' last finals appearance in 2001 (when they lost 2-0 to Alberta) every final has been Sask at Alberta. And Alberta won all but one of those. The Bisons have won two CW titles (1920 and 1965) and four GPAC titles (1976, 1977, 1984, 1985) when the conference was split in two, along with one national title.

While the Evil Monkeys' history is impressive, and they are currently ranked #1 nationally, they have shown to be vulnerable this year. I don't see them walking through the Bisons and the field at the nationals. They could very well win it all, but it won't be easy.

WEEKEND LINKS: MORE SEMI-FINAL STORIES:
  • GoBisons.ca: Mayba and Christie are Smitty’s Bison Sports Athletes of the Week - The headline tells it all. No surprise.

    The Sheaf: Dogs get downed at Rutherford Rink - Here's a quote:
    Rutherford Rink has nothing going for itself, especially following the men’s Huskies weekend semi-final trouncing.

    The much-maligned rink on campus, with its fossil-like construct and generally seedy appearance, boasts more critics than it can seat spectators. Yet, for all the rust that randomly falls from the ceiling, or cries to have the 81-year-old facility replaced, it has always been a playoff dynamo: the Saskatchewan men’s hockey team had never lost in their previous 17 post-season series.

    But this past weekend the Manitoba Bisons brought shame to the resident Huskies in the form of yet another premature playoffs departure.


    The Star Phoenix: Bisons turn the tide on Huskies - here's a quote:
    The University Manitoba Bisons accomplished something no other team managed to do this season -- beat the University of Saskatchewan Huskies on home ice in regulation.

    Not once, but twice.

    "They came in our barn and won twice -- all the credit to them," said a sombre U of S coach Dave Adolph after watching the Bisons rally from a one-game-to-none deficit to take their best-of-three Canada West semifinal series 2-1 with a 5-1 win Sunday night before a stunned Dog House.

    "You battle all year for home-ice advantage and it doesn't happen very often in our league that, in a situation like that, a visiting team comes in and wins two games."


    WHL.ca: Canada West Update - A quick briefing of the semi-final series, focused on WHL grads.

    WHL Grad of the Month: C.W. SITE : CIS SITE - It goes to Dino goalie Dustin Butler.


    CJOB.com: Bison men's hockey team beat Sask. 5-1 in best-of-3 semi-final series - This is the game story posted from the U of S.
FINAL PREVIEW STORIES:
  • The Winnipeg Sun: First Canada West title since ’65 within Bisons’ sight - Jim Bender's article previews the final and recaps the semi. It talks a lot about goaltending. Yes, it is key. But same can be said for Alberta if they want to win.
    While Sirant called it a team victory, the Bisons probably could not have won the best-of-three series over Saskatchewan without the superb play of veteran goalie Steve Christie.

    “The key in any league in playoffs is goaltending and we got that in Steve Christie,” said Sirant.

    Christie was named the first star when the Bisons beat the Huskies 4-2 in Game 2 and the second star when Manitoba won the deciding game 5-1.

    “Steve gives us a chance to win every night,” said Workman, who will be competing at the nationals for the first time in his last year of eligibility.

    “I think I can count on one hand the number of bad games he’s had in the last four years. He also helps us out, being defencemen, playing the puck all the time, and I just can’t say enough good things about Steve.”
    GoBisons.ca: Bison men’s hockey team play for Canada West championship at Alberta - The story points out the basic stats and that the Bisons are heading out early, flying on Thursday afternoon.


    The Gateway: Hockey Bears, Bisons ready to collide for Canada West crown - This is from Evan Daum at the U of A. The story quotes the Evil Monkeys' head organ grinder Eric Thurston Howell II:
    We split with Manitoba there, we split with them here, and they're a good team that works very hard. If they get up on you, they can really shut things down," Bears head coach Eric Thurston said.

    "They really played well in Saskatchewan winning 5–1 on the Sunday, and that's a credit to how good their team is."

    With Canada West sending two representatives this season to the national tournament in Thunder Bay, the Bisons head to Edmonton with a berth at nationals already in their back pocket, having nothing to lose against the nation's number-one team.

    Manitoba comes into Clare Drake Arena not only knowing they've beaten Alberta twice this season, but also bringing with them arguably the conference's top goaltender in the form of Steve Christie.

    "They know they've had success against us, and have come in here and played very well. Obviously, when they make a mistake, Christie is there to make the save, so I think they're going to play with a lot of confidence — a certain swagger — and be very physical against us. We have to make sure that mentally and physically we're plugged in, and are ready for possibly three really tough games," Thurston explained.
OUT EAST:
  • The AUS and OUA have both produced some surprising results in early rounds. In the end, the final four in the OUA were mostly as predicted by most pundits in the pre-season. And St. FX's stunning 3-0 sweep of UNB is still sending shockwaves across the country. Here's the skinny:


    ST. MARY'S HUSKIES 3
    ST. FRANCIS-XAVIER X-MEN 2

    (in double overtime)
    (SMU leads best-of-five series 2-0)
    |> [MAR 9 CIS BOXSCORE]


    Oddly, these two don't resume the series until Monday. One has to doubt that St. Mary's would blow this lead. But remember what happened in last year's nationals? They could lose their final pool game by 2 goals and still advance, but gave up 5 3rd period goals to blow it.

    Mike Danton played for St. Mary's. No goals, no assists, 2 PIMs, and 3 SOG. That's still a bizarre story.


    MCGILL REDMEN
    LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES

    The one game showdown for the Queen's Cup goes Saturday at 6:30 CST in Thunder Bay.


    WESTERN ONTARIO MUSTANGS
    UQTR PATRIOTES

    Since the OUA gets two berths (one extra for the Quebec teams they absorbed) and since Lakehead is in as hosts, a special playoff has been scheduled for 3rd place, Saturday at 6:30 CST in Trois Rivieres.
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More pre-game stuff

More news and links:

GoBisons.ca:


Listen and watch live Bison Men's Hockey at Alberta - Short story which gets to the point. Here are the links: [Game 1] : [Game 2] : [Game 3].

Bison men’s hockey head coach Mike Sirant named 2009-10 Canada West Coach of the Year - That's his 2nd. And Don McGillivray also won it during his 3 year stint while Sirant was on leave in Denmark.

Bison Steve Christie named as 2009-10 Canada West Men’s Hockey First Team All-Star - And d-man Stephane Lenoski was on the 2nd team.

Canada West awards:
- Details of all winners are reported at the CIS site, the C.W. site, and the U of A site.

Series preview:
- The only link thus far is at the U of A site, and it is a pretty good story.
 

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Bisons Win! Bisons Win! Bisons Win!

March 12, 2010

HERD TRAMPLE EVIL MONKEYS ... ONE GAME AWAY FROM TITLE!


MANITOBA BISONS 4
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 1

(Manitoba leads best-of-three series 1-0)
|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET] ~ CIS BOXSCORE - not posted
|> C.W. STORY - not posted ~ [U OF A STORY] ~ [U OF M BLURB]


The Bisons' win! They are now only one game away from a win which would shock the country. I was following along while at the Moose game. When I finally was able to hit the right LeagueStat page I saw that the Bisons held a 2-0 lead on goals by Jered Walker and Stephane Lenoski. This despite being outshot 18-4. One reason for that was 4 powerplays for the Evil Monkeys and only one for the Bisons.

The 2nd period saw the teams swap goals so the Bisons carried a 3-1 lead into the 3rd. The Primates enjoyed a 17-9 shots edge in the period. Without having seen the game, I surmise that the TSN Turning Point came when Brandon Lockerby scored with about 5 minutes left to make it 3-1 Herd. On that play Colin Joe (the feces-throwing Monkey) took a 5 minute major (for interference) and a game misconduct. The Bisons then carried that momentum into the 3rd period. Blair Macaulay's 4th goal of the playoffs came at 1:33 of the 3rd and the Evil Monkeys were toast.

Steve Christie stopped 46 of 47 shots on the night to earn 1st star honours. The Macaulay-Walker-Dittmer unit notched 3 more goals. They have certainly found their form, with 8 goals in 4 games. Combined with switching Rick Wood and Calin Wild as centres on their lines has evened out the Bison attack. It seems that they were able to roll the 4 lines again, which could pay dividends as it did in game 3 against Sask.

I was hoping to watch game 2 on an internet webcast. However, apparently game 1 was audio-only. I cross my fingers.

Dance, monkey, dance!

Chad Erb crushes an Evil Monkey.

NEXT UP:
  • March 13 8:30 CST Manitoba at Alberta [WEBCAST - AUDIO]
    March 13 6:30 CST Lakehead at McGill
    March 13 6:30 CST Western Ontario at UQTR
    March 14 8:00 CDT Manitoba at Alberta [WEBCAST - AUDIO] (if necessary)
    March 15 5:00 CDT St. FX at St. Mary's
    March 17 5:00 CDT St. Mary's at St. FX [VIDEO]] (if necessary)
    March 19 5:00 CDT St. FX at St. Mary's (if necessary)
    March 25-28 TBD UNIVERSITY CUP AT THUNDER BAY
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Saturday Morning Links

A lot of new stories are out there, plus there were updates to the usual ones most of which were posted last night. I also heard on HF Boards that Alberta intends to have a video webcast for tonight's game at the same link.

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


Pre-game media: Post-game media: NOTE:
BTW, the post-game stories all forgot about the 1985 series between Manitoba and Alberta, likely because it does not show up in Canada West records. At that time, Alberta won the CW and the Bisons won GPAC. Alberta beat Manitoba 2-1 with game 3 going into overtime. It was a "western regional series" as part of University Cup qualifying. See the history link at GoBisons.ca.
 

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Series Even

March 13, 2010

EVIL MONKEYS LEVEL SERIES ON CONTROVERSIAL CALL


MANITOBA BISONS 1
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 2

(Best-of-three series tied 1-1)
|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET] ~ CIS BOXSCORE - not posted
|> [CIS STORY] ~ [C.W. STORY] ~ [U OF A STORY] ~ [U OF M STORY]


The Bisons had the Evil Monkeys right where they wanted them but could not put them away. I saw the game via the internet on SSN. I thought the game was fairly evenly played and in the end Alberta cashed in on their breaks better.

Ian Duval gave the Herd a lead 7:22 into the 2nd period, and the Bisons had a decisive edge in play at that time. However, about 8 minutes later Primate Eric Hunter dumped one onto the net from an extreme angle and it snuck past Steve Christie to level the score.

After some to-and-fro action in the 3rd period, Hunter took a high sticking penalty. Alberta quickly took a too-many-men penalty and the Bisons were on the PP. However, an interference penalty was called on Tyler Dittmer on what was a bit of a dive. The Bisons had a few seconds of one-man advantage left and almost scored. But, as luck would have it, Alberta's Sean Ringrose around the rosie zipped home a rebound to give the Evil Monkeys their first lead of the night. With just over 3 minutes left another penalty was called on Nolan Waker which killed most of the remaining time.

Don't forget, game 3 can been on-line Sunday at 8:00 CDT HERE.



OTHER MEDIA STORIES: OUT EAST:

  • MCGILL REDMEN 3
    LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES 1

    |> [CIS STORY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]

    The OUA holds a one-game final for the Queen's Cup between the winners of the East and West Conferences. Lakehead hosted before a sell-out crowd. I saw a good portion of the game and was disappointed with Lakehead and their highly touted offence. Despite trailing going into the 3rd period, they mustered only 12 shots in the 3rd, and no goals. The result means Lakehead can be seeded no higher than 4th at the nationals. The McGilligutties are guaranteed a top 3 seed.




    WESTERN ONTARIO MUSTANGS 4
    UQTR PATRIOTES 5

    |> [CIS STORY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]

    The Urban Cowboys blew this one. The OUA gets two national berths, plus Lakehead as host. So since Lakehead also won the OUA West, a one-game playoff between conference runners-up was held for a spot in the nationals. The Urban Cowboys appeared to have the game in the bag, up 4-2 with 90 seconds left. But UQTR scored 3 goals in 31 seconds to send the Urban Cowboys packing. Good riddance. They have been choking so bad in the second half they don't deserve a spot at the nationals.
NEXT UP:
  • March 14 8:00 CDT Manitoba at Alberta [WEBCAST - VIDEO] (if necessary)
    March 15 5:00 CDT St. FX at St. Mary's
    March 17 5:00 CDT St. Mary's at St. FX [VIDEO]] (if necessary)
    March 19 5:00 CDT St. FX at St. Mary's (if necessary)
    March 25-28 TBD UNIVERSITY CUP AT THUNDER BAY
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Bisons Lose ... Now Off To Nationals

March 14, 2010

BISONS LOSE ... NOW OFF TO NATIONALS


MANITOBA BISONS 2
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4

(Alberta wins best-of-three series 2-1)
|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SCORER'S SHEET] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
|> [C.W. STORY] ~ [U OF A STORY] ~ [U OF M STORY]


The Bisons came as close as you could without winning the conference. The final game was not the intense nail-biter that we saw Saturday. The Bisons were not throwing themselves into the action like they had been and as a result Alberta was able to score on rebounds and scrambles where in prior games they would have been hit or checked after the first shot.

Rick Wood and Tyler Dittmer were the Bison goal-scorers.

Alberta really used their top 6 forwards to excess but it did not impair their effectiveness. Perhaps due to the lack of Bison physicality.

But, don't forget, the Bisons still have a ticket to the nationals. There will be 6 teams divided into two pools of 3. Each plays a round-robin with the winners playing for the title. If I were to lay down a wager, I would say that the Bisons will open Thursday, March 25th and play in a pool with the McGill Redmen and the AUS winner (St. Mary's or St. F-X). I would also guess that Alberta will open Thursday and play the UQTR Patriotes in a pool which also includes hosts Lakehead Thunderwolves.



OTHER MEDIA STORIES: NEXT UP:
  • March 15 5:00 CDT St. FX at St. Mary's
    March 17 5:00 CDT St. Mary's at St. FX [VIDEO]] (if necessary)
    March 19 5:00 CDT St. FX at St. Mary's (if necessary)
    March 25-28 TBD UNIVERSITY CUP AT THUNDER BAY
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Field Is Set

CIS HOCKEY NEWS



ST. MARY'S HUSKIES 5
ST. FRANCIS-XAVIER X-MEN 3

(SMU wins best-of-five series 3-0)
|> [MAR 15 AUS SCOREBOARD]


The game was tied after 2 periods before SMU took care of things in the 3rd. The final goal was an empty-netter by Mike Danton. The boxscore is not yet posted on the CIS site, nor is the game story anywhere to be found. Maybe check the SMU hockey site to check for a story.

CISblog.ca: CW weekly roundup - championship edition - They have a good recap of the series and you can post your comments.

CISblog.ca: Finish to OUA third-place game 'trois fantastique' for Patriotes - More views on the Urban Cowboys choke job, which still has me shaking my head.

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Schedule Announced

CIS-SIC.ca: Alberta seeded No. 1 for University Cup - The CIS story is duplicated at the Canada West and U of A. Here's the bottom line:
  • SEEDINGS & POOLS

    1. Alberta Golden Bears (Canada West champions: 23-4-1 regular season / 4-1 playoffs)
    2. McGill Redmen (OUA champions: 22-6-0 regular season / 7-1 playoffs)
    3. Saint Mary’s Huskies (AUS champions: 16-8-4 regular season / 8-1 playoffs)
    4. Lakehead Thunderwolves (OUA finalists: 19-7-2 regular season / 6-2 playoffs)
    5. Manitoba Bisons (Canada West finalists: 16-10-2 regular season / 3-3 playoffs)
    6. UQTR Patriotes (OUA bronze medalists: 23-3-2 regular season / 5-3 playoffs)

    Pool A
    1. Alberta
    4. Lakehead
    6. UQTR

    Pool B
    2. McGill
    3. Saint Mary’s
    5. Manitoba

    TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE (all times CDT)

    Thursday, March 25
    1:00 Pool B #1: McGill vs. Manitoba (SSN Canada webcast)
    6:30 Pool A #1: Alberta vs. UQTR (SSN Canada webcast)

    Friday, March 26
    1:00 Pool B #2: Saint Mary’s vs. Loser Pool B #1 (SSN Canada webcast)
    6:30 Pool A #2: Lakehead vs. Loser Pool A #1 (SSN Canada webcast)

    Saturday, March 27
    1:00 Pool B #3: Saint Mary’s vs. Winner Pool B #1 (Rogers Sportsnet / SSN Canada webcast)
    6:00 Pool A #3: Lakehead vs. Winner Pool A #1 (Rogers Sportsnet / SSN Canada webcast)

    Sunday, March 28
    6:00 University Cup Final (Rogers Sportsnet / SSN Canada webcast)
GoBisons.ca: Bison men’s hockey team seeded fifth for the 2010 Cavendish University Cup - The Bison site has a modified story and has a team photo! That Thursday afternoon sucks because I will have to miss the last half of the game. I'll have to see if an internet broadcast can be downloaded.

 

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MEDIA GUIDES

No guides have been posted yet from McGill or Lakehead. But here are links to the rest, all from the Participating Teams page from the CIS University Cup site: MORE LINKS

CISblog.ca: University Cup Seedings and Schedule Released - This is not a new link but the blog entry has updated responses from time to time.

Winnipeg Sun: Bisons seeded fifth heading into CIS University Cup - This was more of a blurb than a story.

Daily Gleaner: AUS champs seeded third at CIS University Cup tourney - This is a view from out east.

Daily Gleaner: Huskies get shot at redemption - And this story looks back at SMU's el foldo at last year's nationals. They surrendered 5 3rd period goals to the Urban Cowboys to get bounced from last year's tournament.

TSN.ca: ALBERTA SEEDED NO.1 FOR CIS MEN'S HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP - All TSN did was re-print the CIS media release.

TB Newswatch: Wolves draw Alberta, UQTR in Cavendish Cup - Lakehead U gets good coverage in T-Bay and this one is a story on the Thundermutts. This is more of athumbnail sketch on the tournament field than anything in-depth on any team.

The Telegram: Newfoundland Huskies helped pull team - This is a story on the Newfies recruited by the Huskies (St. Mary's version, that is.)

A Thundermutt in action!
 

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University Cup Preview

UNIVERSITY CUP PREVIEW



MANITOBA BISONS
(16-10-2, 34 points, 3rd place CW, 3-3 playoffs, #4 in OHT34)
MCGILL REDMEN
(22-6-0, 44 points, 2nd place OUAE, 7-1 playoffs, #3 in OHT34)


THURSDAY, MARCH 25TH @ 1:00 CDT [SSN WEBCAST]
AT THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO


These two teams have not played so long as I can remember. What we do know is that McGill was 2nd (behind UQTR) in the OUAE then came up big in the playoffs, winning the OUA title. They started out highly touted but then tumbled in the OHT34, largely due to their mediocre record against decent teams. Their record was inflated by goin 19-0-0 against C level opponents. This is how their record breaks down:
regular season: 22-6-0
playoffs: 7-1-0
v A level: 5-3-0
v B level: 5-4-0
v C level: 19-0-0
v CW/AUS: 1-4-1
total: 30-11-1

So, against A and B level teams they were 11-11-1.

Meanwhile, the Bisons were:
regular season: 16-10-2
playoffs: 3-3-0
v A level: 10-9-1
v B level: 9-4-1
v C level: 0-0-0
v OUA: 4-2-0
total: 23-15-2

The Bisons' only C level opponent was Brock of the OUA (they were B level at the time). Therefore, against A and B level teams they were 21-15-2.

So while McGill has the #3 ranking in the OHT34, that is basically due to defeating Lakehead for the Queen's Cup. The Bisons' overall season record was clearly better.

At Christmas the McGilligutties did play Alberta (they played well and were unlucky to lose both games) then followed that with a split at UBC (where they were outplayed both times and were lucky to split).

All of this makes it hard to handicap the match-up.

The loser comes back to face St. Mary's on Friday afternoon. The winner plays St. Mary's Saturday afternoon live on Sportsnet.

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Herd Tramples Mcgilligutties

March 25, 2010

HERD TRAMPLES MCGILLIGUTTIES


MCGILL REDMEN 4
MANITOBA BISONS 5

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I am hoping the replay of this game will be uploaded for on-line viewing at SSNCanada.ca. I saw up until it was 4-1 for McGill and missed seeing the comeback. And what a comeback it was! In the end, the McGilligutties could only scrape together 3 shots on goal in the 3rd period as the Bisons forced OT and then scored early.

The result means that McGill will play Saint Mary's Little Dogs Friday afternoon in game 2 of the round-robin. Meanwhile, Manitoba will play on SportsNet's national broadcast against Saint Mary's Saturday at 1:00 CDT (2:00 EDT in Thunder Bay).

McGill carried the play for the first half of the first period and cashed in on the PP. When the Bisons had their PP later they generated great chances but goalposts, crossbars, and bad bounces kept it at 2-nil for McGill.

Kyle Howarth notched a PP goals 28 seconds into the 2nd to make it 2-1. But McGill replied at 55 seconds to restore a 3-1 lead. Ugh. The Bisons continued to carry the play but were stymied and to make it worse McGill notched one more to end the period up 4-1.

But wait! It aint't over til it's over. Kyle Howarth notched another one on the PP at 3:55 to make it 4-2. Mike Hellyer then scored at 16:42 to give the Bisons a chance. Then Ian Duval scored with only 5 seconds left to force overtime.

Mike Hellyer scored his 2nd at 1:51 of overtime to give the Bisons the win!

Game action.

Celebration time!

Canada's goalie of the year.

OTHER MEDIA STORIES:
  • Canada West: UNB’s Tremblay named Player of the Year - The atory reports on all CIS award winners, including Bisons' Steve Christie in goal. The story is also at GoBisons.ca. The Gateway also has a story which features the Evil Monkeys' award winners, while The Chronicle Herald gives the east coast outlook.

    GoBisons.ca: Follow Manitoba Bisons men's hockey with live updates on Twitter - The Twitter link is [HERE].

    CISblog.ca: Mac's club team looking to join OUA - That means McMaster University in Hamiltown may be joining the CIS.
    CISblog.ca: Tournament odds - I I have no idea who came up with the odds they posted. Does Vegas care about Canadian sports?
    CISblog.ca: Manitoba-McGill Live Blog - It's nice to see what people say in hindsight.

    Winnipeg Free Press: CIS nods may inspire Bison netminder - Ashley Prest writes about Christie's award.
    ...
    At Wednesday night's awards dinner in Thunder Bay, Christie was named the first-ever recipient of the CIS Men's Hockey Goaltender of the Year award and selected as a first-team all-Canadian.

    "I was kind of a late bloomer, between (age) 15 to 17, I probably got cut from about 13 different teams," said Christie, in his fourth Bisons season, noting he was cut from high school hockey, AAA midget and junior B. He eventually played AA midget with the River East Marauders.

    "It was a long road. But I just loved to play and I was playing with lots of guys who were my friends so I thought that was enough reason to stay in the game. I just needed a fair chance or some luck."

    Christie said the luck he was hoping for came at an open identification camp for junior-age players held in Brandon about eight years ago. The Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the BCHL, then owned by Andy Murray, watched him play at that camp.

    "It was the turning point of my career. They invited me out to B.C. and I made it from there," said Christie, who was later recruited from the BCHL by Bisons head coach Mike Sirant who is this year's Canada West Coach of the Year. ...
    Montreal Gazette: Redmen target CIS title - Ironic story, when one looks back!

    Canadian Press: Golden Bears not overconfident despite being favourite in CIS hockey tourney - The CP stpry is nice to see. The story has been published elsewhere as well.
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  • March 25, 2010 - 6:30 CDT UQTR @ Alberta
    March 26, 2010 - 1:00 CDT Saint Mary's @ McGill
    March 26, 2010 - 6:30 CDT Lakehead v UQTR/Alberta loser
    March 27, 2010 - 1:00 CDT Manitoba @ Saint Mary's
    March 27, 2010 - 6:30 CDT Lakehead v UQTR/Alberta winner
    March 28, 2010 - 6:00 CDT final
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Evening Update

March 25, 2010 - evening update

EVIL MONKEYS COMPLETE C.W. SWEEP


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4
UQTR PATRIOTES 2

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The Evil Monkeys started out down 2-0 but, like Manitoba, rallied to beat Les Patriotes. The games were also similar in that the Quebec-based OUA teams both did absolutely nothing in the 3rd period. The Pats had but 4 shots on goal in the whole period.

UQTR must now play the host Lakehead side on Friday night and win by 3 goals to have a chance to win the pool. My guess is they'll fold the tent and the Thundermutts will cruise into a Saturday night battle against the Evil Monkeys for a spot in the final.



MANITOBA-MCGILL UPDATE: OTHER MEDIA STORIES:
  • T-Bay Newswatch: Bisons ready for McGill - This was a pre-game story.
    T-Bay Newswatch: Bisons shock Redmen in OT - They had a nice story, with a summary, on the game.
    ...

    It was a remarkable comeback for a team that had plenty of chances in the first and second, none more so than Duval who missed a couple of open nets in the first 20 minutes, catching Morin well out of position. The Bisons started flat, but finished strong, despite trailing by three heading into the third, Hellyer said.

    “As cliché as it is, we don’t quit, and I think we proved it in overtime,” said Hellyer, named Manitoba’s player of the game.

    Interim McGill coach Jim Webster called the Redmen’s collapse disastrous, after controlling the scoreboard for 59:55.

    “It’s the ultimate agony of defeat,” Webster said. “We’re working toward this national championship for the whole season, and it can’t get worse than this at this moment.”

    The Redmen aren’t done, by any measure, but they’re going to need some help. First and foremost they’ll have to find a way to rebound in less than 24 hours against a tough Saint Mary’s squad. It’s not like his troops haven’t faced adversity along the way, he said.
    T-Bay Newswatch: Golden Bears double Patriotes - The local paper had a decent story on the night-cap.

    LocalSportsReport.com: HELLYER HERO IN BISONS COMEBACK WIN OVER REDMEN - I am not sure what this site is, but they have a story on the Bison win.

    Winnipeg Free Press: Alberta beats UQTR, Manitoba edges McGill in Canadian university men's hockey - Canadian Press story on both games today. Here's a quote from the story:
    ...

    Hellyer, who spent four seasons with the Western Hockey League's Prince Albert Raiders, beat McGill netminder Hubert Morin to cap a furious rally by the Bisons. Manitoba trailed 4-1 after two periods, but scored three goals in the third - the last coming with five seconds left in regulation - to force extra time.

    "This is the biggest goal of my career so far," said Hellyer, who was the Bisons' top goal-scorer in the regular season with 11 goals in 28 games. "We never lost focus, we never gave up. This is a huge victory for the Bisons program."

    Kyle Howarth had a pair of goals, while Ian Duval scored once and added an assist. Jared Walker chipped in with three helpers. ...
    Winnipeg Sun: No cut too deep - Pre-game story about Steve Christie.
    Winnipeg Sun: Bisons in driver’s seat - The game story picked up by the Sun basically recapped the game and had this quote from the coach:
    ...

    Manitoba coach Mike Sirant said he thought his team out-chanced the Redmen, but just couldn’t put the puck in the net.

    “We had several crossbars, a couple of goalposts and other missed opportunities. McGill has an outstanding hockey team, very skilled, and they capitalized on their chances. And we just couldn’t capitalize,” Sirant said. “At times in the second period our power play was outstanding in our execution, but we just didn’t get the final payoff.”

    Sirant said they didn’t take a different approach when the third period arrived. They just stuck to the game plan and continued to believe. ...
    Canadian Press: Manitoba rallies for 5-4 OT win over McGill in Canadian university men's hockey - This CP story has been picked up elsewhere.

    Montreal Gazette: McGill Redmen let game slip away - The view from the other side of the country.

    CBC.ca: Cavendish University Cup preview: Take 5 - This is a tournament overview with an active viewer comments section.
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  • March 26, 2010 - 1:00 CDT Saint Mary's @ McGill : [SSN WEBCAST]
    March 26, 2010 - 6:30 CDT UQTR @ Lakehead : [SSN WEBCAST]
    March 27, 2010 - 1:00 CDT
    Manitoba @ Saint Mary's : [SSN WEBCAST]
    March 27, 2010 - 6:30 CDT
    Lakehead v Alberta : [SSN WEBCAST]
    March 28, 2010 - 6:00 CDT
    Final Game : [SSN WEBCAST]
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Friday Winnowing Complete

March 26, 2010 - UPDATED

LITTLE DOGS AND THUNDERMUTTS ELIMINATE OUAE REPS


SAINT MARY'S HUSKIES 4
MCGILL REDMEN 2

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Now that the links are in and the evening game is over I have updated this post. McGill got off to a 2-0 lead but once again could not hold it. That's 3 blown leads in 3 games for the OUA.

BTW, the SSN webcast (for both Friday games) has not been uploaded as I post but likely will have been as you read.

The shots on goal in the 3rd period were 6-3 for McGill. They were down 4-2 and managed only 6 shots. I suppose that's better than the 3 shots they had on Manitoba or the 4 that UQTR had on Alberta. But OMG how sad it is for the cream of the OUA East. This is the nationals. You need to play stronger in the 3rd. My guess is that they are not used to the competition level. The teams from the AUS and the CW play A or B level teams every week and must work to win. I cannot believe that those teams lack conditioning.

It also appears that the media circus around ex-con Mike Danton of the Saint Mary's Little Dogs has subsided. Hopefully that will remain the case.

Anyhow, Saint Mary's and Manitoba will play what amounts to a semi-final game Saturday afternoon. I'll be watching!


UQTR PATRIOTES 2
LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES 7

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The CIS game story link is not working. The English link leads to a French story, which I suppose one could translate with Google Translate.

The Thundermutts got off to a 3-0 lead and never looked back. Their ticket-holders were out in full force, which was nice. They sold lots of tournament passes but few ticket-holders were actually attending. I suppose lots did not want to miss work for the afternoon games.

Anyhow, at least the game did not witness a team blowing a lead and from that angle posed a refreshing change of pace.

The Saturday night pool finale between Lakehead and Alberta will carry a lot of intrigue. Alberta is the #1 seed and a traditional power. Lakehead has promised lots and delivered little in recent seasons. Just when they appeared to be on the verge of being a powerhouse this year they limped their way through a loss to the McGilligutties in the OUA final.

OTHER MEDIA STORIES:
  • CISblog.ca: Day 1 Update - It has a comments section with input from CIS observers from across the country, including a brilliant fellow named Hollywood.
    CISblog.ca: Friday Notebook - And to keep things fresh they now have a blog post for Friday's action.

    Chronicle-Journal: Best of the West - The story deals with the CW's dominance of opening day.
    Chronicle-Journal: Ferguson in the house - JFJ is a scout for San Jose now and is in T-Bay.

    T-Bay Newswatch: Ferguson Jr. still in the game - This story adds that JFJ wants to be a GM again.
    T-Bay Newswatch: Wolves slam Patriotes - This is a very good game story and deserves a read. Here's a quote:
    ...

    Lakehead coach Joel Scherban said he expects more of the same against the Golden Bears, a team he last met as a player in the 2006 University Cup final, a game the Wolves lost 3-2.

    “Alberta is obviously a great team. Year after year they’re here. They’re an experienced team, a lot of high-end skill, very smooth skating, they move the puck well. We really need to be at our best tomorrow to beat them. We need to execute like we did tonight. We need the jump we had tonight,” said Scherban, who sat with former coach Pete Belliveau during the afternoon tilt, but said they talked anything and everything but hockey.

    “We need to elevate our game to a level we haven’t played before,” he added.

    How to do that is the $64,000 question. If Scherban had any secret answers, he wasn’t sharing.

    “The game plan tomorrow is not going to change much from tonight. We’re going to do the same things. We’re going to focus on ourselves. Obviously there’s some stuff that we’ll go over with the players specific to Alberta, about their tendencies.”

    The afternoon game between Manitoba and Saint Mary’s is scheduled for 2 p.m. The evening tilt between the Wolves and Golden Bears is a half-hour earlier than usual, at 7 p.m., to accommodate Rogers Sportsnet, which is televising the game.
    That game time change is worthwhile to note from the official schedule which has been circulating.

    South Campus Sports: Bears top Patriotes to open nationals - This is an Edmonton story. Evidently the U of A is also located in the south end of town.

    Edmonton Journal: U of A wins to open CIS hockey championship - Another Edmonton story.

    Cape Breton Post: Huskies, Redmen to open CIS hockey finals - A view from the east coast.

    CanWest Global: Bisons rally to shock McGill at CIS hockey championship - Oddly, this is from their Saskatoon office. Hmmm.

    McGill.ca: Bisons rally to stampede Redmen in overtime - This is old news already!
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  • March 27, 2010 - 1:00 CDT
    Manitoba @ Saint Mary's : [SSN WEBCAST]
    March 27, 2010 - 6:00 CDT
    Lakehead v Alberta : [SSN WEBCAST]
    March 28, 2010 - 6:00 CDT
    Final Game : [SSN WEBCAST]
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Bisons Eliminated

March 27, 2010

BISONS ELIMINATED


MANITOBA BISONS 0
SAINT MARY'S HUSKIES 5

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The Bisons came up flat on national TV, which is unfortunate. They started slow and never recovered. Top centre Rick Wood was missing from the line-up, which adversely affected both the PP and PK. Plus they shuffled the 3rd and 4th lines and neither of those were applying pressure to SMU they way they did in conference playoffs against Alberta and Sask. It also did not help that they never played the body as consistently as in prior games. They allowed SMU forwards to camp out in the slot completely unharassed.

Bu when all is said and done they achieved top 4 status in the nation, which is a very good accomplishment for the team. Now we await to see the off-season recruitment.


LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES 3
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5

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I only checked out highlights because I spent Saturday night watching the MJHL final between Dauphin and the Saints (won 1-0 in OT by the Kings). Lakehead put up a battle as expected on home ice. In the end, Alberta was better.

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