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MANITOBA BISONS 2010-11

It is high time that I started a thread for the 2010-11 Bison Hockey season. Several recruits have already been announced and the schedule has been released. Click for the [2009-10 THREAD].

The first signing from May was WHL d-man Jeremy Schappert. [PRESS RELEASE] His stats are in the release. He is a defensive d-man and this is what the Bisons need after losing Kip Workman and David Brown.



This was followed by another former WHL (and South Blues and AHL) d-man, Dane Crowley. [PRESS RELEASE] I saw him play an exhibition game last year. He red-shirted. I think he'll be a good addition. He has a bit of mean streak in him. The Free Press story on this is [HERE].



Just yesterday, the Bisons announced the signings of forward Del Cowan and goaltender Joe Caligiuri, although Caligiuri's signing was previously announced by the Dauphin Kings and others. [PRESS RELEASE] Cowan played for the Calgary Hitmen at the Memorial Cup and previously played for the Neepawa Natives and Brandon Wheat Kings, amongst others. Caligiuri finished his junior career with Dauphin (as an over-ager) but previously played for Prince George and Brandon in the WHL. The Winnipeg Sun story is [HERE]. The WHL story is [HERE].



One signing not yet announced by the Bisons is that of Portage Terrier Zach Tully. The Portage Daily Graphic link is [HERE]. He was their top defenceman.

The schedule [LINK] has also been released. In addition to the usual games, the non-conference schedule looks like this:

September 11th at Regina
September 12th v Saskatchewan (at Regina)
September 17th and 18th at Max Bell v TBA
September 24th and 25th at Max Bell v Brock Badgers
October 2nd at Bemidji State
October 3rd at North Dakota
December 29th and 30th at Lakehead

Elsewhere in Canada West, UBC and Regina got off to an early jump in recruitment. It is good to see that the cellar-dwellars from last year are determined to improve. The [CANADA WEST] site has a full list of their recruits and their stats. Here's a summary:

UBC Thunderbirds
Matt Wray - Camrose Kodiaks forward
James Isaacs - Fort McMurray Oil Barons defenceman
Mike McGurk - Owen Sound Attack defenceman
Torrie Jung - Edmonton Oil Kings goaltender

Regina Cougars
Brett Leffler - Regina Pats forward
Terrance Delaronde - Manitoba Bisons forward
Cody Esposito - Dauphin Kings forward
Cody Gross - Calgary Hitmen, Winnipeg Saints, Melville Millionaires forward
Lucas Isley - Bonnyville Pontiacs forward
Brett Leffler – Regina Pats forward
Tyler Penny – Weyburn Red Wings defenceman
Jordan Reeve – Melville Millionaires forward
Matt Strueby – Regina Pats goaltender
A.J. Whiffen – Weyburn Red Wings

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Here's a schedule addition. The Bisons will play the Moose prospects at the brand new MTS Iceplex on September 29th. I really want to see the new facility. For those who don't know, it is being built on the western outskirts of Winnipeg by Assiniboia Downs. It will have 4 sheets, restaurant, lounge, and training facility. It is owned by the Moose and will host adult leagues and the Blues of the MJHL.
 

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MANITOBA BISONS 2010-11

The Bisons have officially announced the commitments of returning Bison and former WHL d-man Myles Rumsey and former Terrier Zach Tully, as previously noted in this thread. [PRESS RELEASE] That's quite a D the Herd is building. Now if they could just recruit Sidney Crosby. How's he going to earn a living after retirement without an education?



Don't forget, the Bisons will face the Brock Badgers on September 24th and 25th at the Max Bell Arena and the Moose prospects on September 29th at the Iceplex.

And here's a summary of the commitments and rumoured commitments as complied by Fan of the Vreds at HF:
  • Regina
    Forwards - Matt Strueby, Terrance Delaronde, Tyler Penny, Lucas Isley, Brett Laffler, Cody Esposito
    Defense - Jordan Reeve
    Goalie - A.J Whiffen

    Manitoba
    Forwards - Del Cowan
    Defense - Dane Crowley, Jeremy Schappert, Zach Tully
    Goalie - Joe Caligiuri

    Calgary
    Defense - Jesse Craige

    Alberta
    Forwards - Mitch Czibere, Johnny Lazo, Matt Meropoulis, Lindsay Nielsen, Zack Dailey, Alex Rodgers
    Defense - Jarrett Toll, Drew Nichol, Ben Lindemulder
    Goalies - Kurtis Mucha, Linden Rowat

    UBC
    Forwards - Matt Wray, Bryce Lamb
    Defense - Mike McGurk, James Isaacs
    Goalie - Torrie Jung

    Saskatchewan
    Forwards - Craig McCallum
    Defense - Ryan Funk
    Goalie - Ryan Holfeld

    Lethbridge
    Forwards - Cameron Lamoureux
    Defense - Mason Conway
 

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NATIONAL RECRUITING UPDATE

Now is the time where observers from across the land rank the recruiting classes of the CIS teams. One such observer is Evan Daum at the University of Saudi Alberta. He has issued "report cards" on the OUA, Canada West, and AUS.

He does not grade all programs but instead has a #1, #2, and an honourable mention for each. His opinion is:
  • OUA
    #1: UQTR
    #2: Carleton
    h/m: Lakehead

    Canada West
    #1: Alberta
    #2: Manitoba
    h/m: Regina

    AUS
    #1: Acadia
    #2: Saint Mary's
    h/m: Dalhousie
Here's what he thinks of the Bisons:
Despite some close competition from the conference's other green and gold program in Regina, the Bisons edge the Cougars out for second-place on the recruiting front so far. Up front the Bisons have only announced the addition of Del Cowan. Cowan split last season between Brandon, Prince George and Calgary of the WHL, going to the Memorial Cup with the Hitmen. He managed 17 goals in 67 games between his three stops, and added 16 points in 23 postseason games. A solid addition, but up front the Bisons' recruiting class still lacks that offensive firepower they really need.

If goaltending and defense wins championships, then Manitoba looks poised for another run at challenging for the conference crown with the addition of two good defenceman, and the heir apparent to Steve Christie in the crease Joe Caliguiri. Tampa Bay draft pick (#168 overall, 6th round, 2006) Dane Crowley joins the Bisons after red shirting last season. In 2008-09 Crowley played 8 games with Houston of the AHL, before spending the majority of the season with Phoenix of the ECHL. Joining Crowley is Jeremy Schappert who had 48 points last season with Seattle, and Zach Tully who played last season with Portage of the MJHL. Schappert and Crowley are both top four type defenders who are great additions.

In goal head coach Mike Sirant has brought in Joe Caliguiri who backstopped Dauphin of the MJHL last season, and had a 30-19-2 season back in 2007-08 with Brandon. Caliguiri should have the inside track at backing up last year's CIS Goaltender of the Year Steve Christie.
UBC UPDATE

There have also been two more announcements from UBC. They announced commitments from Ben Schmidt (from Powell River of the BCJHL) and Bryce Lamb (from Prince Albert of the WHL).

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Topic for the hockey summit?

There is a story at faceoff.com [Canadian junior or NCAA? Debate rages on]. It is about the recent recruiting wars. The story is worth a look, and faceoff.com is worth a bookmark.

The CIS was mentioned tangentially in the story. The important thing to know is that the CHL scholarships are primarily used for players to attend at and play for CIS schools.

The article did not mention much about the CHL/CIS scholarships and why players prefer them to NCAA scholarships. The CHL/CIS players own their scholarships. They get one year for every year played in the CHL. They can switch schools and not lose a penny. They can even attend trade schools or other post-secondary institutions which do not even have hockey teams, and not lose a penny.

In the NCAA they cannot sign a "multi-year deal". The scholarship has to be renewed every year. Players can lose all or part of their scholarship for any one of a number of reasons such as injury, issues with a coach, a better player comes along, the team decides to "rebuild" in your 4th year, or the school cuts back on the scholarships for your team. If you switch schools you have to sit a season.

The other twist not mentioned in the story is that the NCAA considers CHL players to be "pro" thus making them ineligible to play NCAA. On the other hand, the CHL welcomes NCAA transfers, as does the CIS. This was not always the case.

Let's see if this issue is raised at the summit.
 

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BISONS, CIS UPDATE

First off, there is news on the recruiting front in that the Saskatchewan Huskies made some late additions. The PRESS RELEASE gives details. The players are forwards Craig McCallum and Cody Smuk, defencemen Ryan Funk, Curtis Kulchar, and Garrett Thiessen and goaltender Ryan Holfeld. There is more coverage at the STAR PHOENIX and at the CW SITE. There is another story on Cody Smuk from Chilliwack HERE.

At the same time, UBC has lost the Torrie Jung, the goaltender they had recruited. Pro 8 News reports that the Laredo Bucks of the CHL have signed him. Tough news for the Tweety Birds. Whether they have another goaltender lined up, I do not know.

The additional recruits from Sask led to a change in the South Campus Sports rankings by Evan Daum. He previously did a top 3 from each conference. Since then Sask goes up and UQTR goes down. Here's his nation-wide top 5 list:
  • 1. Acadia
    2. St. Mary's
    3. Dalhousie
    4. Alberta
    5. Saskatchewan

    Knocking on the door: Manitoba, Regina and Carleton
Meanwhile, former Bison David Brown has now moved on to the Coloradeo Eagles of the CHL PRESS RELEASE.

I also came across a useful link at Elite Prospects which now has all-time stats for the various treams, including the BISONS.

Finally, the Bisons have changed their pre-season schedule so as to delete Bemidji State and replace them with St. Cloud State. This is the new pre-season schedule:
  • Sep. 11 @ Regina 8:00pm at Regina
    Sep. 12 Saskatchewan 3:00pm at Regina
    Sep. 17 Brown and Gold Intrasquad 7:00pm at Max Bell Arena
    Sep. 24 Brock 7:00pm at Max Bell Arena
    Sep. 25 Brock 2:00pm at Max Bell Arena
    Sep. 29 vs. Manitoba Moose Prospects 7:00pm at True North Hockey Canada Mooseplex
    Oct. 2 @ St. Cloud State 7:07pm at St. Cloud, MN
    Oct. 3 @ North Dakota 6:07pm at Grand Forks, ND
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I have compiled the pre-season/exhibition/non-conference schedules for the Canada West teams:

Code:
September
Fri 10	7:00 PM	Portage College @ Regina
Sat 11	3:00 PM	Saskatchewan v Portage College (at Regina)
Sat 11	7:00 PM	Manitoba @ Regina
Sat 11	7:00 PM	Lethbridge @ Calgary 
Sun 12	3:00 PM	Saskatchewan v Manitoba (at Regina)
Sun 12	7:00 PM	Calgary @ Lethbridge	
Wed 15  7:00 PM	UNB @ Calgary 
Thu 16	7:00 PM	Oiler Rookies @ Alberta
Fri 17	7:00 PM	UNB @ Alberta 
Fri 17	7:00 PM	NAIT v Regina (at Saskatoon)
Sat 18	7:00 PM	NAIT @ Saskatchewan
Sat 18	7:00 PM	UNB @ Calgary 
Sun 19	6:00 PM	Regina @ Saskatchewan
Sun 19	7:00 PM	Alberta @ Calgary 
Fri 24	3:00 PM	Calgary v Saskatchewan (at Edmonton)
Fri 24	7:00 PM	Regina @ Alberta		
Fri 24	7:00 PM	Brock @ Manitoba
Fri 24	7:00 PM	SAIT @ UBC	
Sat 25	3:00 PM	Calgary v Regina (at Edmonton)
Sat 25	7:00 PM	Saskatchewan @ Alberta	
Sat 25	7:00 PM	Brock @ Manitoba		
Sat 25	7:00 PM	SAIT @ UBC			
Wed 29  7:00 PM	Manitoba @ Manitoba Moose

October
Sat 2 	5:00 PM	UBC @ Nebraska-Omaha		
Sat 2 	7:00 PM	Manitoba @ St. Cloud State		
Sun 3 	5:00 PM	UBC @ Minnesota			
Sun 3 	6:00 PM	Manitoba @ North Dakota		
Mon 4 	5:00 PM	UBC @ Minnesota State Mankato
Sat 9   7:00 PM	UBC @ Victoria Salmon Kings
Sun 10  7:00 PM	UBC @ Victoria Salmon Kings
 

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MORE NEWS A WEEK BEFORE EXHIBITIONS BEGIN

The Bison web site has a partially completed new roster page for 2010-11. Included are a few new names on the try-out roster: Brent Poplawski (d-man from the Winnipeg South Blues); Devin Himpe (d-man from the Dauphin Kings); and Wes Pawluk (forward from the Neepawa Natives). Right now there are only 13 names on the list, so check in for updates once the long weekend is over.

ELSEWHERE

The major recent announcements have come from the three Alberta-based teams.

Alberta: The annual game between the Edmonton Oilers Rookies and the Evil Monkeys has been scrapped. The Greasers have apparently scheduled games against other NHL rookie squads. Alberta will instead face another local Edmonton team, the Concordia Thunder of the ACAC. South Campus Sports laments this development.

Lethbridge: The H0rny Ones' recruiting class was announced all-at-once. Added are Taylor Gal, Ryan Letts, Tyler Melancon, Mason Conway, and former Bison Nick Hotson. South Campus Sports also has a story on this.

Calgary: The Dinos also announced their recruits en masse. The seven players are forwards Colton Grant, Taylor Rovatti, and Matt Scrivens; defencemen Brett Bartman, Spencer Fraipont, and Colton MacPherson; and goaltender Kris Lazaruk. South Campus Sports has background on all these players.

Regina: Former Regina Cougar and Winnipeg South Blue Brant Hilton has turned pro with the Mississippi River Kings, as announced by the U of R.

NEXT UP

Sat Sept 11 7:00 PM Manitoba @ Regina
Sun Sept 12 3:00 PM Saskatchewan v Manitoba (at Regina)
Fri Sept 24 7:00 PM Brock @ Manitoba
Sat Sept 25 7:00 PM Brock @ Manitoba
 

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September 10, 2010

EXHIBITION GAMES START TONIGHT



News is hard to come by for the opening weekend of exhibition games. The Bisons usually start with an intersquad game where I can see a complete roster at least. Right now, the roster page for 2010-11 is not being updated.

The Bisons are one of four teams visiting Regina's new digs. (The others are Sask and Portage College from the ACAC.) Calgary and Lethbridge play a home-and-home. UBC and the Evil Monkeys will be at home watching Family Guy re-runs, I guess. Portage is a 3rd year team based in Lac La Biche, Alberta. They split a pair of games last weekend against Fort McMurray of the AJHL.

I am hopeful that LeagueStat will give full rosters etc. after the games. Sometimes the U of R was slow to provide updates last year.

Also, the Canada West site seems to be undergoing a transformation. Last night a new format was there, but it is gone today. Hoefully this means that a new site will be launched only when it is full ready to go. Unlike what the CIS site did last year.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Fri 10 7:00 PM Portage College @ Regina
Sat 11 3:00 PM Saskatchewan v Portage College (at Regina)
Sat 11 7:00 PM Manitoba @ Regina
Sat 11 7:00 PM Lethbridge @ Calgary
Sun 12 3:00 PM Saskatchewan v Manitoba (at Regina)
Sun 12 7:00 PM Calgary @ Lethbridge

WEEKEND LINKS
  • The news around the CIS has tailed off a bit lately. It seems everybody is just waiting for the games to start at long last. But here's what's out there as we head into the weekend.
    SOUTH CAMPUS SPORTS: LOOK AT SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES - Coach Adolph
    claims the Banjo-Dogs lacked "character" in last year's playoff loss. Hmm, sounds like cliche time in the pre-season. Never trust a guy named Adolph.

    SOUTH CAMPUS SPORTS: LOOK AT REGINA COUGARS - The Banjo-Cats have had a big turnover but have also lost some keys players from last year, including their 2nd and 4th top scorers, goaltender Brant Hilton, and leader Caine Pearpoint.

    U OF R PREVIEW STORY - There is a lot about the new digs. Geez, after getting paved highways 3 years ago, things are looking up in Hillbillyville.

    SOUTH CAMPUS SPORTS: WOOLGER GOING FROM EVIL MONKEYS TO UNB - After getting a 4 year degree he was off to get an MBA at UNB. But not so fast!

    DAILY GLEANER: WOOLGER GOING BACK! - This is also a good preview of the UNB Varsity Reds. It is easy-come-easy-go when players are not under contract.

    LEAGUESTAT - The site looks ready-to-go with updates and stats. So far there are advance links for only the two Regina games this weekend.
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September 10, 2010

THE PUCK HAS DROPPED!
... just not yet for Bisons



PORTAGE COLLEGE VOYAGEURS 1
REGINA COUGARS 5

|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [U OF R STORY]

It was nice that LeagueStat had this game available for live updates. The Banjo-Cats appear to have outplayed their ACAC opponents, outshooting them 42-18. Former Bison Terrence Delaronde scored twice for the Puddy-Tats. There were also a lot of 10 minute misconducts and double roughing penalties doled out. I guess it got a little chippy once the score was out of reach.

Note that the Canada West site has changed so that the urls for the subsections are all different from before. The new men's hockey link is in "bookmarks" below.

NEXT UP:

Sat 11 3:00 PM Saskatchewan v Portage College (at Regina)
Sat 11 7:00 PM Manitoba @ Regina
Sat 11 7:00 PM Lethbridge @ Calgary
Sun 12 3:00 PM Saskatchewan v Manitoba (at Regina)
Sun 12 7:00 PM Calgary @ Lethbridge

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September 11, 2010

BISONS DOWNED IN BANJOVILLE


MANITOBA BISONS 2
REGINA COUGARS 3

|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [U OF R STORY] ~ [U OF M LINK]

The Herd opened their pre-season with a narrow loss to the BanjoCats. Former Bison Terrence Delaronde scored two goals and added an assist for Regina. Of note, Jesse Deckert started in goal and split time with Joe Calgiuri. They only faced a combined 24 shots. The Bisons did enjoy a big lead in the shots on goal category (34-24, including 15-5 in the 2nd period). Dane Crowley and Riley Dudar scored for Mantoba.


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 8
PORTAGE COLLEGE VOYAGEURS 2

|> [NO LINKS]

All I have is the score from the U of R story on the Cougar-Bison game.


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 3
CALGARY DINOS 2

|> [NO LINKS]

The U of C site has the score and nothing more, other then it was in OT.

NEXT UP:

Sun 12 3:00 PM Saskatchewan v Manitoba (at Regina)
Sun 12 7:00 PM Calgary @ Lethbridge
Wed 15 7:00 PM UNB @ Calgary
Thu 16 7:00 PM Concordia College @ Alberta
Fri 17 7:00 PM UNB @ Alberta
Fri 17 7:00 PM NAIT v Regina (at Saskatoon)

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September 12, 2010

BISONS SPLIT BANJOLAND WEEKEND


MANITOBA BISONS 4
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2

|> [NO LINKS]

There were no links on this game, I got the score from the U of S results ticker and it was confirmed in a weekend wrap-up at South Campus Sports. The results mean that Regina wins the tournament (4 points), Manitoba gets 2nd over Sask (both at 2 points), and Portage College was 4th (0 points).

BTW, South Campus Sports also had their Bison Preview posted on the weekend.


CALGARY DINOS 2
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 3

(in a shoot-out)
|> [NO LINKS]

South Campus Sports was the only source for this one.

NEXT UP:

Wed 15 7:00 PM UNB @ Calgary
Thu 16 7:00 PM Concordia College @ Alberta
Fri 17 7:00 PM UNB @ Alberta
Fri 17 7:00 PM NAIT v Regina (at Saskatoon)
Sat 18 7:00 PM NAIT @ Saskatchewan
Sat 18 7:00 PM UNB @ Calgary
Sun 19 6:00 PM Regina @ Saskatchewan
Sun 19 7:00 PM Alberta @ Calgary
 

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MINI-UPDATE

CIS Composite Schedule - pdf format has all non-conference and conference games for the whole CIS.

TBNewswatch Story - The story is about three grads of the SIJHL to crack the Thunderpuppies' lineup this year. The Bisons will play there after Christmas again.

Regina Leader-Post Story - This is a blurb on the weekend activity and adds nothing new, really.

GoBisons.ca - The only new thing is that the Brown-Gold game is not on the schedule now. Whether it is still on, I do not know. Also, LeagueStat now has the Bison Roster. At the same link you can also select other CW teams, UNB, and Portage College.

South Campus Sports has added a preview of the Lethbridge Pronghorns to go with their earlier previews of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Regina. Lethbridge also has a game at Mount Royal University added for Saturday at 7:30 p.m. local time.

GoDinos.com also previews their upcoming "battle with national heavyweights", namely the UNB Squirrels and the Evil Monkeys. The story is also at the C.W. site.

Trinity Western's hockey team plays in the BCIHL but apparently seek to change that, according to Mars' Hill Online. This year they are called "Spartans" and are a full-fledged varsity team. They were previously known as "Titans" and operated as a rec team.
 

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September 15, 2010

SQUIRRELS CRUSH DINOS


CALGARY DINOS 2
UNB VARSITY REDS 10

|> [LEAUGESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SOUTH CAMPUS SPORTS]

Now, that is a one-sided scoreline. Calgary should have no excuses, having played Lethbridge twice on the weekend. Maybe the Squirrels have gathered their nuts after hitting the golf course earlier than expected. For those who may not remember, they were undefeated until very late in the season and then were swept 3-0 in the AUS semi-finals by a near-contender, namely St. Francis-Xavier. Particularly striking is Calgary's lack of offence for the final 2 periods. They had only 4 shots in the 2nd period, and 3 in the 3rd. UNB's 10 goals on 39 shots also raises eyebrows. Maybe they were all breakaways, but I doubt it.

Maybe Calgary needs to follow suit with their women's program, who have signed none other than Hayley Wickenheiser. The story is at the CIS Blog and the Globe & Mail. She's 32 and I guess she's going back to school. I checked the Bison Broads' site and Calgary is not here until February 4th and 5th. Also, the Bison Broads signed a Team Canada U-22 player, Brigitte Lacquette.

OTHER NEWS:

The Brock Badgers have a training camp story in The St. Catharines Standard, which includes discussion of their trip to Manitoba on September 24th and 25th.

NEXT UP:

Thu 16 7:00 PM Concordia College @ Alberta
Fri 17 7:00 PM UNB @ Alberta
Fri 17 7:00 PM NAIT v Regina (at Saskatoon)
Sat 18 7:00 PM NAIT @ Saskatchewan
Sat 18 7:00 PM UNB @ Calgary
Sat 18 7:30 PM Lethbridge @ Mount Royal
Sun 19 6:00 PM Regina @ Saskatchewan
Sun 19 7:00 PM Alberta @ Calgary
 

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September 16, 2010

EVIL MONKEYS STOCK UP ON BANANAS


CONCORDIA COLLEGE THUNDER 1
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 9

|> [U OF A STORY]

This game was not included on the LeagueStats page. All that is posted so far is the U of A link which has only the score as I post. This game was added due to the Greasers' rookies backing out and going to an NHL all-rookie event in Penticton. Concordia is an ACAC team

What is drawing more attention in Saudi Alberta is the upcoming clash with UNB. Evil Monkeys vs. Squirrels, the top 2 in Canada over the last few years. The U of A has a preview story, which is reproduced at the Canada West site. There is also a preview at The Gateway. The audio is supposed to be available at SSN.

OTHER NEWS:

The Calgary Dinos women's team continues to draw loads of attention due to signing of Hayley Wickenheiser. There is an official story from GoDinos.com and a CP story at The Winnipeg Free Press. The Winnipeg Sun also has a story on this from the perspective of the Bison Broads.

The Manitoba Bisons have scrapped the Brown-Gold game originally scheduled for Friday night. The Bison Roster Page has also been updated. There are 26 players remaining (3 goaltenders, 9 defencemen, and 14 forwards). However, that page does not include #21 Del Cowan, who is listed at League Stat. Anyhow, here's how I have the roster:

Goal
34 Steve Christie
35 Jesse Deckert
new Joe Caligiuri

Defence
2 Chad Erb
3 Myles Rumsey
5 Dane Crowley
6 Patrick Flynn
15 Travis Mealy
20 Brandon Lockerby
new Jeremy Schappert
new Zachery Tully
new Brent Poplawski

Forwards
9 Greg Beller
10 Riley Dudar
11 Mike Hellyer
14 Joey Moggach
16 Jared Walker
17 Chris Benias
18 Ian Duval
19 Nolan Waker
21 Del Cowan
22 Troy Crowley
23 Tyler Dittmer
26 Blair Macaulay
29 Kyle Howarth
new Wes Pawluk
new Devin Himpe

NEXT UP:

Fri 17 UNB @ Alberta 8:00 pm CDT
Fri 17 NAIT v Regina (at Saskatoon) 8:00 pm CDT
Sat 18 NAIT @ Saskatchewan 8:00 pm CDT
Sat 18 UNB @ Calgary 8:00 pm CDT
Sat 18 Lethbridge @ Mount Royal 8:30 pm CDT
Sun 19 Regina @ Saskatchewan 7:00 pm CDT
Sun 19 Alberta @ Calgary 8:00 pm CDT
Fri 24 Brock @ Manitoba 7:00 pm CDT
Fri 24 Calgary @ Saskatchewan 4:00 pm CDT
Fri 24 Regina @ Alberta 8:00 pm CDT
Fri 24 SAIT @ UBC 9:00 pm CDT
Sat 25 Brock @ Manitoba 2:00 pm CDT
Sat 25 Calgary @ Regina 4:00 pm CDT
Sat 25 Saskatchewan @ Alberta 8:00 pm CDT
Sat 25 SAIT @ UBC 9:00 pm CDT
 

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September 17, 2010

SQUIRRELS RAMPAGE THROUGH SAUDI ALBERTA CONTINUES


UNB VARSITY REDS 6
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 2


|> [U OF A STORY] ~ [C.W. STORY] ~ [CIS STORY - WITH VIDEO]
|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [SOUTH CAMPUS SPORTS]


I was out watching the MJHL season opener on Friday night and so I missed the webcast of the Squirrels vs Evil Monkeys confrontation. Check the above CIS link for a video highlight package and then you, like I, will see that missing it was just as well.

The game was level at 1-1 after one period. But in the 2nd period the Evil Monkeys forgot about hockey, apparently focused on swinging from vines and throwing feces at one another. The Squirrels scored at 0:12, 1:31, 5:26, and 5:35.

Both game stories (the U of A story is reprinted at the CIS and CW sites) compliment UNB on their preparedness. That extra time in the off-season must have done them a world of good.

UNB will play in Calgary tonight, whilst Alberta will visit Calgary on Sunday night.


NAIT OOKS 1
REGINA COUGARS 5


|> [[NO LINKS]]


This was the opening game of the Huskie Alumni Classic Tournament. The only source of information on this game is the U of R's schedule page. The Puddy-Tats are now 3-0 in the pre-season. This is a 3-team tournament, which of course includes the host Sask Huskies.


WILFRID LAURIER GOLDEN HAWKS 1
BROCK BADGERS 2


|> [BROCK STORY] ~ [CIS STORY]
|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY]


I am adding a recap of this game from the OUA because Brock is in Winnipeg next weekend to play the Bisons. Also, they were retiring the number of Vince Scott, a deceased former team-mate. They had a huge crowd and it was apparently a very emotional night.

Brock really fell off last season. They started as a near-contender and wound up missing the playoffs. It will be interesting to see how they look next weekend. It seems they are going to be better than the team that limped home last February.

NEXT UP:
  • Sat 18 NAIT @ Saskatchewan 8:00 pm CDT
    Sat 18 UNB @ Calgary 8:00 pm CDT
    Sat 18 Lethbridge @ Mount Royal 8:30 pm CDT
    Sun 19 Regina @ Saskatchewan 7:00 pm CDT
    Sun 19 Alberta @ Calgary 8:00 pm CDT
    Fri 24 Brock @ Manitoba 7:00 pm CDT
    Fri 24 Calgary @ Saskatchewan 4:00 pm CDT
    Fri 24 Regina @ Alberta 8:00 pm CDT
    Fri 24 SAIT @ UBC 9:00 pm CDT
    Sat 25 Brock @ Manitoba 2:00 pm CDT
    Sat 25 Calgary @ Regina 4:00 pm CDT
    Sat 25 Saskatchewan @ Alberta 8:00 pm CDT
    Sat 25 SAIT @ UBC 9:00 pm CDT
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September 18, 2010

SQUIRRELS COMPLETE 3 GAME SWEEP OVER DINOS


UNB VARSITY REDS 6
CALGARY DINOS 1


|> [U OF C STORY] ~ [C.W. STORY]
|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY]


UNB finished their trip with yet another thumping. Calgary falls to 0-2-2 in the pre-season. Calgary managed only 4 shots on goal in each period. One has to think that UNB is dead serious about winning a national title this year. However, one also has to ask if maybe they are peaking too soon.


NAIT OOKS 0
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3


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All they had was the score at the U of S site on the "results" tab. Regina and Sask will play on Sunday for the tournament title. Sask is now 2-1 on the pre-season. NAIT will return to ACAC opposition.


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 0


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This result makes the ACAC 0-6 against the CW so far this exhibition season. Lethbridge had some hopes of a more offensive team this year but by the looks of it they still have to grind out the low scoring games. Other than shoot-outs, they have 5 goals in 3 games. But they are now 3-0. My only source was the schedule page at Mount Royal's site. On a side issue, Mount Royal became a University last year and there is always a thought that some ACAC schools might join the CW. So then there would be two teams called "Cougars". And if the Ottawa Rough Riders rejoin the CFL then Regina sports fans are in for a lot of duplicate nicknames.

NEXT UP:
  • Sun 19 Regina @ Saskatchewan 7:00 pm CDT
    Sun 19 Alberta @ Calgary 8:00 pm CDT
    Fri 24 Brock @ Manitoba 7:00 pm CDT
    Fri 24 Calgary @ Saskatchewan 4:00 pm CDT
    Fri 24 Regina @ Alberta 8:00 pm CDT
    Fri 24 SAIT @ UBC 9:00 pm CDT
    Sat 25 Brock @ Manitoba 2:00 pm CDT
    Sat 25 Calgary @ Regina 4:00 pm CDT
    Sat 25 Saskatchewan @ Alberta 8:00 pm CDT
    Sat 25 SAIT @ UBC 9:00 pm CDT
 

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September 19, 2010

BATTLE OF ALBERTA AND BATTLE OF SASKATCHEWN


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4
CALGARY DINOS 1


|> [C.W. STORY] ~ [U OF C STORY] ~ [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY]


I guess these two were just happy they weren't playing UNB. Alberta is now 2-1 and Calgary is 0-3-2 on the pre-season. Calgary has scored just 8 goals in 5 games.


REGINA COUGARS 0
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4


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Once again, all they had was the score at the U of S site on the "results" tab. Both sides are now 3-1 in the pre-season. The win gives Sask their tournament title. Regina won their tournament the previous weekend.


GUELPH GRYPHONS 5
BROCK BADGERS 1


|> [BROCK STORY] ~ [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY]


The Badgers will be in town next Friday and Saturday to face the Bisons. This was the final of the RBC Steel Blade Tournament, hosted by Brock. The Badgers managed only 13 shots on goal, and only 3 in the 3rd period. The game featured a rare CIS fight, complete with an instigator call. Guelph previously beat Brock to start the round-robin, then each team beat Laurier to set up the final. FWIW, in last years Official Hollywood Top 34 (OHT34) Laurier was #13, Guelph was #18, and Brock was #30. However, Brock was #16 at one time before hitting the skids the last half of the season.

NEXT UP:
  • Fri 24 Brock @ Manitoba 7:00 pm CDT
    Fri 24 Calgary @ Saskatchewan 4:00 pm CDT
    Fri 24 Regina @ Alberta 8:00 pm CDT
    Fri 24 SAIT @ UBC 9:00 pm CDT
    Sat 25 Brock @ Manitoba 2:00 pm CDT
    Sat 25 Calgary @ Regina 4:00 pm CDT
    Sat 25 Saskatchewan @ Alberta 8:00 pm CDT
    Sat 25 SAIT @ UBC 9:00 pm CDT
 

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September 23, 2010

BADGERS IN TOWN FOR EXHIBITION HOME OPENER


BROCK BADGERS (1-2-0)
MANITOBA BISONS (1-1-0)
September 24th at 7:00 pm
September 25th at 2:00 pm
At the Max Bell Arena


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|> MANITOBA BISONS WEBSITE : ROSTER PAGE : SCHEDULE
|> LEAGUESTAT DAILY SCHEDULE : ROSTERS : STATISTICS


The Badgers are in town to repay a visit the Bisons made to St. Catharine's last year, when the Bisons won by scores of 4-1 and 3-2.

I am anxious to see what the new Herd will look like this year. They are returning most of last year's line-up. On paper, their recruits on defence adequately replace (if not improve upon) the departed players. But I don't know if it will be easy to replace both top centres and former captains, Rick Wood and Calin Wild.

There is a pre-season story in The Manitoban. It says that Nick Cowan is back after two years away. He went to the Central League in 2008-09 and then played some senior hockey in 2009-10 so he's eligible to return now. So, is Del Cowan also going to be in the lineup? He's on the Bison LeagueStat roster but not on the GoBisons.ca roster.

Anyhow, based on what is said in the media so far, the Bison roster changes from 2009-10 are:

Deletions: Rick Wood (F), Calin Wild (F), Dave Brown (D), Kip Workman (D), Stephane Lenoski (D), Gavin McHale (G)

Additions: Nick Cowan (F), Del Cowan (F), Wes Pawluk (F), Devin Himpe (F), Dane Crowley (D), Jeremy Schappert (D), Zach Tully (D), Myles Rumsey (D), Joe Caliguiri (G)



OTHER NEWS:
  • Evan Daum at South Campus Sports has released the last three Canada West team previews, namely: Alberta, Calgary, and UBC. UBC lost the goaltender they had recruited to the pro ranks and have scrambled with a Junior "A" replacement. It seems many believe that Alberta and Calgary with both be down slightly from 2009-10. Time will tell, as always.
WEEKEND SCHEDULE:
  • Fri 24 Brock @ Manitoba 7:00 pm CDT
    Fri 24 Calgary @ Saskatchewan 4:00 pm CDT
    Fri 24 Regina @ Alberta 8:00 pm CDT
    Fri 24 SAIT @ UBC 9:00 pm CDT
    Sat 25 Brock @ Manitoba 2:00 pm CDT
    Sat 25 Calgary @ Regina 4:00 pm CDT
    Sat 25 Saskatchewan @ Alberta 8:00 pm CDT
    Sat 25 SAIT @ UBC 9:00 pm CDT
 

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Bisons Beat Badgers

September 24, 2010

BISONS SLAP BADGERS SILLY


BROCK BADGERS 2
MANITOBA BISONS 6


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It was nice to get back to the Max Bell Arena, even if it was just for exhibition hockey. The Bisons should really publicize these games. There was hardly anybody there. Even in their own promotional email they omitted exhibition hockey. And there was no weekend preview story at GoBisons.ca. Of note they did have a promo story on Wednesday's game against the Moose.

The Badgers were, sad to say, badly outclassed. They were smaller, slower, and less aggressive. The Bisons severely outshot the Oversized Rodents (35-13) and the score could have been much worse. Several times the Bisons skated through the slot like it was open for public skating. All-in-all, my impression was that Brock would be a distant last in the CW.

One disappointment was that the Badgers new jerseys do not have the cool Badger logo. They instead have a stylized B on an oval. On the other hand, we did get to see the newly modified Bison brown away jersey, which looks chocolaty! It would be a nice jersey to have. I don't know if they are for sale anywhere.

The Bisons are now 2-1 on the pre-season. Brock is 1-3.

Here's how they lined up:
  • Manitoba Bisons

    Goal:
    Caligiuri, Deckert (played 29:53)

    Defence:
    D Crowley - Erb
    Flynn - Mealy
    Schappert - Tully

    Forwards:
    Duval - Walker - Hellyer
    Moggach - Waker - Pawluk
    Cowan - Benias - T Crowley
    Dittmer - Beller - Macaulay

    Scratches:
    Christie (G), Rumsey (D), Lockerby (D), Dudar (F), Howarth (F)

    It would appear that Devin Himpe (F) and Brent Poplawski (D) have been cut. It would also appear that the return of Nick Cowan was erroneously reported by The Manitoban.

    Brock Badgers

    Goal:
    Bent, Jory (played 29:09)

    Defence:
    Christmas - Smeltzer
    Tolles - Pell
    A Geldart
    (only 5 d-men were used, with Christmas and Smeltzer doubling up)

    Forwards:
    Dickson - Gignac - Mullin
    Zamec or Flynn - Dooley - Allen
    Schwark - Brochu - Stajan
    Schram - K Geldart - Abercrombie
    (they had 13 forwards)

    For both sides the constant parade to the penalty box forced much line juggling. I could have done with fewer calls. IMO, the frequent calls did more to contribute to late-game chippiness than to prevent it.
The Erb-Crowley defence pairing was very good. They were physical and could get the puck back and move it up very quickly. And the Duval-Walker-Hellyer line had the Badgers running in circles. They scored 13 seconds into the game and added 3 more as a line.

The rematch goes Saturday at 2:00 pm, unfortunately clashing with the Bison homecoming football game.


SAIT TROJANS 1
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 4


|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [UBC STORY] ~ [UBC PREVIEW]


This was UBC's first game of the pre-season. SAIT (from the ACAC) started last weekend with a loss to Mpunt Royal. It was good that UBC got the game posted on LeagueStat. For those wondering about their goaltending, Jordan White went the distance and Gordon Graham was his backup. The shots were 36-16 for the Tweety-Birds. The Safes get their rematch Saturday.


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 6
CALGARY DINOS 4


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In a disappointing oversight, the U of A is not posting their tournament results on LeagueStat. My only source on this result was from the U of C schedule page. Calgary has now surrendered 26 goals in 4 games and are 0-4 on the pre-season. Sask is now 4-1, their only loss being at hands of the Bisons!


REGINA COUGARS 0
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 3


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The U of A had the score and nothing more as I posted. The Evil Monkeys are now 3-1 and the Puddy-Tats fall to 3-2.

NEWS AND NOTES:
  • First, Kip Workman has signed a pro contract with the Colorado Eagles, alongside Dave Brown.

    Second, the Bisons v Moose game will now start at 7:30 pm. The game is now previewed at GoBisons.ca and MooseHockey.com. I took in the Blues MJHL home opener at the Iceplex and it was quite nice. The only downside is that the bench seating has no backs. The Moose Training Camp is just underway with the first load of players coming down from Vancouver.

    Past scores:
    2008: Bisons 6, Moose 2 (at Steinbach)
    2007: Moose 7, Bisons 1 (at Steinbach)
    2005: Bisons 3, Moose 1
    2005: Moose 6, Bisons 4
    2002: Moose 7, Bisons 3 -
NEXT UP:
  • Sat 25 Brock @ Manitoba 2:00 pm CDT
    Sat 25 Calgary @ Regina 4:00 pm CDT
    Sat 25 Saskatchewan @ Alberta 8:00 pm CDT
    Sat 25 SAIT @ UBC 9:00 pm CDT
    Wed 29 Manitoba Bisons @ Manitoba Moose 7:30 pm CDT
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