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Manitoba 5 Lakehead 1

December 29, 2010

THUNDERMUTTS TRAMPLED BY HERD


MANITOBA BISONS 5
LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES 1


|> [L.U. STORY & SUMMARY] ~ [L.U. STORY] ~ [U OF M STORY]
|> [SSN ON-LINE VIDEO] ~ [CHRONICLE-JOURNAL STORY]


Oddly, I spent the evening watching these two schools lose semi-final games at the Wesmen Classic basketball tournament. (BTW, Winnipeg beat Manitoba in one game and Sask beat Lakehead in the other.) I was unable to get any updates or scores on my Blackberry but when I got home the Lakehead site had a full story and summary. (For some reason they described it a 5-1 OT win!)

Unfortunately, this game was not on the OUA's Leaguestat service. (The McGill @ St FX game was, however.) Therefore I do not have a full line-up sheet to look at. However, I do see that the rumours of Jordan Cyr being a mid-season acquisition are true. The U of M did not make a formal announcement. He formerly played for the Selkirk Steelers. He was released by Stockton (ECHL) after having been returned there from Worcester (AHL) in October. According to the Holy Cross Press Release of his pro signing, he was a 2-time MVP for his team. His Career Stats would show him to be a solid acquisition and likely top-6 forward. He had an assist and 2 minutes for "inelligible player (no helmet)". Hmmm.

The Bisons were paced by two goals each from Greg Beller and Blair Macaulay. Del Cowan had their 5th goal. I also see that Troy Crowley and Riley Dudar are both back in action. All of this means that the Bisons likely dressed 12 forwards for the first time since pre-season.

Jesse Deckert and Joe Caligiuri split the game in the Bison goal. They were not tested much. Deckert stopped 5 of 6 shots and Caligiuri stopped all 13 shots he faced. Steve Christie is scheduled to be in the nets in the rematch.

If the stats and the story-writers are to be believed, this was a fairly one-sided game. I hope to get a chance to see the on-line broadcast in the Thursday night rematch.



OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD:

  • PORTAGE COLLEGE VOYAGEURS 2
    UBC THUNDERBIRDS 8


    |> [UBC STORY] ~ [UBC MID-SEASON RECAP]


    UBC crushed their ACAC opponents in a season where the ACAC has yet to register a win against the CW. They usually scrape one or two but this year they seem to be dominated more than usual. After nearly a blowing a game to lowly Iowa State, the Thunderchickens needed to be convincing in this one. The UBC story is a pretty good one.



    Dec 28th
    McGill at St FX - cancelled due to weather

    Dec 29th
    McGill 5 at St FX 6 (OT) : [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY]
    Toronto 1 at Acadia 6 : [CIS STORY]

    McGill put in a good fight against St FX. I had McGill at #6 in the OHT Top 34 and St F-X at #9. The official rankings had McGill at #3 and St F-X unranked. HA! Meanwhile, Acadia was #12 and Toronto #29. So that result was to be expected. Anyhowm it was a whitewash for the OUA.
NEXT UP:
  • December 30th
    Moncton at St. Thomas
    Toronto at St. Mary's
    McGill at UNB
    Dalhousie at UPEI
    Manitoba at Lakehead : [SSN ON-LINE VIDEO]
    Portage College at UBC

    January 1st
    Providence at UNB
    Lake Superior State at Nipissing
 

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Manitoba 3 Lakehead 0

December 30, 2010

THUNDERING HERD POSTS A SWEEP


MANITOBA BISONS 3
LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES 0


|> [L.U. STORY & SUMMARY] ~ [L.U. STORY] ~ [U OF M STORY]
|> [CHRONICLE-JOURNAL STORY]


I saw most of this one on-line. The broadcast was LQ but, hey, it was FREE! A colour guy and a more excitable announcer would have been nice.

Anyhow, the game was relatively slow-paced. This tells me the Bisons really needed to hit the ice before the second half starts. The game was clearly closer than game 1 but still the Bisons controlled play about 75% of the time. Steve Christie posted the shut-out. He made several clutch saves when it was 0-0. Lakehead had a stretch in the 1st period where they really looked like they could have turned the game around. Their leading scorer, Matt Caria (28 points in 16 conference games), had 2 breakaways foiled by Christie.

Greg Beller scored another (his 3rd of the series), and he was followed by Nolan Waker and Riley Dudar. Newcomer Jordan Cyr assisted on both of those goals and it looks like Waker-Dudar-Cyr could be a dangerous 3rd line. There was no LeagueStat for this game so I do not have a full Bison roster. It did not appear that Ian Duval was playing. The Walker-Hellyer combo was again held off the scoreboard. They carried the team early and still generate offence. If they can ramp it up, while Beller-Macaulay-Dittmer stay hot, the Bisons could be a real force.

Here's a quote from the Chronicle-Journal:
Thunderwolves head coach Joel Scherban said that although the result wasn’t what he would have liked, he was happier the team game the ’Wolves played Thursday night.

“We made a much better effort (Thursday),” he said after the game. “There are a lot of positives we can take out of this weekend.”

He compared the first game of the series to the beginning of the year, playing a selfish game, not winning battles and not playing hard enough.
Still, he said that the biggest thing they can take from this two-game series is the realization of what it takes to play against some of the better teams in the country. That’s something they’ll need if they hope to compete at the Canadian university finals this year.

“You look at Canada West and Atlantic Canada and every game they play is against a quality opponent,” Scherban said. “I think we got away with stuff in the OUA, that it would be better if we didn’t get away with it.” ...
I agree with that.



OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD:

  • PORTAGE COLLEGE VOYAGEURS 3
    UBC THUNDERBIRDS 6


    |> [UBC STORY]


    The UBC story had a coach's quote, which may be an understatement:
    Despite the bursts of strong play, Dragicevic knows it’s going to take more to defeat the #1 ranked Alberta Golden Bears when UBC hits the road to open the second half of the regular season on January 7.

    “These games aren’t even close to what we need to do in Alberta,” said Dragicevic. “We have to elevate our play so much more from a structural standpoint, individual standpoint, and preparation standpoint. There were way too many mistakes made in both games.”
    Anyhow, a sweep was needed and a sweep they got.



    December 30th
    Moncton 6 at St. Thomas 4
    Toronto 3 at St. Mary's 2 (SO)
    McGill 1 at UNB 7 : [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] : [CIS STORY]
    Dalhousie 3 at UPEI 4
    Waterloo 2 at Carleton 6 : [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY]

    The courier pigeon (via the Daily Gleaner) delivered the AUS results so I could edit this post! The information on UNB's big win over McGill came from the OUA's LeagueStat service. UNB held McGill to a paltry 15 shots, including only 3 in the 3rd. Let this result be a lesson to all those CIS voters who considered McGill part of a "Big Three" with the Evil Monkeys and Squirrels. Nice to see Toronto prevent the OUA from total humiliation. A win over the defending champs is always impressive. The Waterloo-Carleton game was not listed on the CIS Composite Schedule.
NEXT UP:
  • January 1st
    Providence at UNB
    Lake Superior State at Nipissing

    January 2nd
    St. Thomas at UPEI
    Providence at UNB
    St. Mary's v Acadia (at Berwick)
    Lake Superior State at Nipissing
    Guelph at Carleton
    Lethbridge v Regina (at Calgary)
    Alberta at SAIT
 

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January 2, 2011

The Bisons have a bye week coming up. However, holiday action continues and there are a sprinkling of stories from around the CIS.

NEWS UPDATE:
  • TBNewsWatch.com added stories on the Bison games in Thunder Bay on Wednesday and Thursday of last week. The convincing wins by the Bisons have created a bit of a stir amongst CIS watchers.

    The Saskatoon Star-Phoenix reports that Derek Hulak was missing the banjo music of home and will be playing for the Huskies in the 2nd half. He was with the Tulsa Oilers of the Central League and is a former Saskatoon Blade.

    Former UNB Varsity Red Darryl Boyce scored for the Leafs in their 5-1 pasting of the Ottawa Sena-snores. Knowledgeable hockey people the world over see this as the acquisition that will bring the Stanley Cup to Toronto.

    Evan Daum at South Campus Sports starts his second half previews with a look at the Evil Monkeys. He states, and I agree, that the Primates remain the team to beat. They have a 5 point lead and with only 14 games left, that's a lot to make up.
OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD:

  • REGINA COUGARS 4
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 3


    |> [SAIT TOURNAMENT SITE] ~ [ACAC SITE]


    This was the start of the SAIT tournament. Regina needed a confidence boost since they have faltered as the season has progressed. It was Ward v Bowles in goal and shots were 30-29, so the teams played in even-up. Regina is the only team from outside Saudi Alberta in this tournament.


    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6
    SAIT TROJANS 2


    |> [SAIT TOURNAMENT SITE] ~ [ACAC SITE] ~ [U OF A SITE]


    The Evil Monkeys kept the CW unbeaten against the ACAC this year, as expected. The U of A site may have an update ready once you read this. Geez, you'd think SAIT would have leared to play it safe with that logo.



    January 1st
    Providence 1 at UNB 3 : [UNB STORY]
    Lake Superior State 7 at Nipissing 3 : [BAY TODAY STORY]

    January 2nd
    St. Thomas 9 at UPEI 2
    Providence 1 at UNB 0
    St. Mary's 6 Acadia 2 (at Berwick)
    Lake Superior State 7 at Nipissing 1 : [LSSU STORY]
    Guelph 2 at Carleton 3 (OT) : [C.U. STORY]

    I relied on Twitter for the AUS results. The UNB site had a score but no game report. After SMU was embarrassed by Toronto they salvaged a win of their 3-way with Acadia on +/-. The STU Pids had a shocking result over UPEI. I'd like to see a game story on that one.
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  • January 3rd
    Lake Superior State at Ottawa
    Alberta – Regina (at Calgary)
    Lethbridge at Calgary

    January 4th
    Calgary at SAIT

    January 5th
    Lake Superior State at Ryerson

    January 6th
    Lake Superior State at York
 

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January 3, 2011

The Bison bye week continues wih news and holiday action from elsewhere.

NEWS UPDATE:
  • Evan Daum at South Campus Sports continued his second half previews by delving into the Calgary Dinos. On the plus side is their goaltending, having 10 of 14 games at home, and the scoring of Reid Jorgenson and Brock Nixon. IMO, their problem is the lack of secondary scoring. They are currently tied for 3rd. One player not mentioned in the story, but apparently ready to go in the 2nd half, is Jeremy Jackson, a former highly touted prospect who has not played in seven years. ESPN even ran a story on him back in the day.
OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD:

  • ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4
    REGINA COUGARS 1


    |> [SAIT TOURNAMENT SITE] ~ [ACAC SITE] ~ [U OF A STORY] ~ [U OF A STORY RE SAIT]


    The Evil Monkeys had a fairly decent win over Regina to go 2-0 and take a stranglehold on the tournament.


    CALGARY DINOS 3
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2


    |> [SAIT TOURNAMENT SITE] ~ [ACAC SITE]


    Another tight loss for the H0rny Ones. Oh well, it's exhibition. Now if Calgary beats SAIT tomorrow 7-1 both they and Alberta would have the same record and +/-. So who would be awarded 1st place? Odd format, eh?



    January 3rd
    Lake Superior State 11 at Ottawa 1 : [LSSU STORY]

    This was the only game out east. LSSU is the only site updating their tour of the OUA bottom-feeders.
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  • January 4th
    Calgary at SAIT

    January 5th
    Lake Superior State at Ryerson

    January 6th
    Lake Superior State at York
 

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Holiday Break - Out-of-Town Scoreboard

January 4, 2011

The SAIT Tournament has concluded with Alberta being awarded first place over Calgary on goal differential. And with the second half starting on Friday (although with the Bisons having a bye) there is a lot of news floating around out there. It might be best to check out the CIS Standings to put this coming weekend into context.

NEWS UPDATE:
  • In off-ice news, Greg Beller was named U of M Male Athlete of the Week for two strong games against Lakehead. Also, students can win tuition at all hockey, basketball, and volleyball games in the second half. Also, South Campus Sports has posted their Bison preview.

    The Calgary-Lethbridge home-and-home series is previewed at the Lethbridge, Calgary , and Canada West sites. Calgary is tied for 3rd place with Sask, one point ahead of the H0rny Ones. The South Campus Sports preview of Lethbridge is also now up. A reader pointed out that Lethbridge is missing Brian Matte for the second half because he turned pro.

    The Battle of Banjoland will be another home-and-home series this weekend. The series is previewed at the U of S and Canada West sites. Regina is last but is still only 6 points behind the second-place Bisons. However, they have played 16 games whilst the others have played only 14 of their 28 games. So this series is an urgent one for the Kittens. The South Campus Sports preview of Sask is also up. Sask's 2nd half additions are Matt Delahey and Derek Hulak. The Regina update should be out Thursday. Saturday's game will be Webcast.

    The conference-leading Evil Monkeys host UBC. The Tweety-birds can come up with almost any kind of a game. They could lose 7-0 or win 4-2 and neither result would shock me. The series is previewed at the Alberta site. The Friday game will be Webcast, as will the Saturday game.
OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD:

  • CALGARY DINOS 5
    SAIT TROJANS 1


    |> [SAIT TOURNAMENT SITE]


    The result gives Alberta the title on goal differential since both they and Calgary were 2-0. And the ACAC goes winless against the CW for the first time in a long time. Regina was 1-1 and Lethbridge and SAIT were both 0-2.
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  • January 5th
    Lake Superior State at Ryerson

    January 6th
    Lake Superior State at York

    Regular season games:

    January 7th
    Lethbridge at Calgary
    Saskatchewan at Regina
    UBC at Alberta

    January 8th
    Calgary at Lethbridge
    Regina at Saskatchewan
    Alberta at UBC
 

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Bison Bye Week - Part 1

January 7, 2011

BISONS IDLE AS IT'S BACK TO THE GRIND

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD:

  • SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3
    REGINA COUGARS 1


    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [U OF R STORY] ~ [U OF S STORY]
    |> [C.W. FRIDAY RECAP] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]


    The Bisons likely entered the weekend hoping that Regina would somehow steal a point or two from Sask over the weekend. While that did not happen on Friday night it was at least a tight battle, leaving some hope for Regina in Saturday's rematch. I would point out that scoring goals has been the problem for both sides. Thus it was, I suppose, no surprise that Sask was clinging to a 2-1 lead until an empty-netter salted it away.

    Of note, the South Campus Sports Regina Preview is now up. Also, the Saturday night rematch in the 'Toon will be Webcast.


    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2
    CALGARY DINOS 5


    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [U OF C STORY]
    |> [C.W. FRIDAY RECAP] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]


    The major hope for the Bisons in this game was to see a 2-point game. No 3-point games this weekend, please. So far, so good. This was the classic game pattern for Lethbridge. Get outshot, keep the scores down, and hope for a break. This one was 2-2 after 2 before Calgary took control of the 3rd period. IMO, consistently being outshot by a wide margin cannot lead to the kind of win streak Lethbridge needs for a playoff berth. Let's see how they do.


    UBC THUNDERBIRDS 2
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5


    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [U OF A STORY] ~ [UBC STORY]
    |> [C.W. FRIDAY RECAP]


    This game may have been closer than the score indicated. Half-way through the 3rd period it was 3-2 for the Evil Monkeys and shots were pretty even throughout. The South Campus Sports UBC Preview is up. Saturday's game will also be Webcast.



    The CIS schedule has boxscores for all games and the CIS standings are updated. There are also links to many game stories at Boxscore News Here are the scores from out east:

    Jan. 5
    NC: Lake Superior State 3 Ryerson 0 : LSSU story

    Jan. 6
    NC: Lake Superior State 3 York 1 : LSSU story
    Brock 4 Laurier 5 OT
    RMC 1 Queen's 6

    Jan. 7
    Moncton 1 Saint Mary's 5
    St. Thomas 1 StFX 4
    Acadia 4 UPEI 2
    Dalhousie 0 UNB 5
    Ottawa 0 Carleton 8
    W. Ontario 5 Brock 1
    Windsor 2 Lakehead 5
    Guelph 1 UOIT 2
    Toronto 3 Queen's 4 2OT
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  • Jan. 8
    Regina at Saskatchewan 7:00 PM CST
    Calgary at Lethbridge 7:00 PM MST
    UBC at Alberta 7:30 PM MST

    Jan. 14-15
    Manitoba at Saskatchewan 7:00 PM CST
    Alberta at Lethbridge 7:00 PM MST
    UBC at Calgary 7:00 PM MST
 

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Bison Bye Week - Part 2

January 8, 2011

BYE WEEK WRAP-UP

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD:

  • REGINA COUGARS 2
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 6


    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [U OF S STORY]
    |> [C.W. SATURDAY RECAP] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]


    Sask scored 4 goals in the first 11 minutes, thus earning the title Kings of Banjoland. The Cougars seemed to lose interest. Their last 10 games could be hard to watch. I was watching on-line. But with many games to watch, I gave up on this one. The Bisons face Sask in Hillbilly Country next weekend. It will be a second place showdown.


    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2
    CALGARY DINOS 5


    |> [U OF C STORY]


    The story explains that a winter storm caused postponement of this game. No make-up date has been announced.


    UBC THUNDERBIRDS 3
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 2

    (in shoot-out)
    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [U OF A STORY] ~ [UBC STORY]
    |> [C.W. SATURDAY RECAP] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE] ~ [FRIDAY CIS BOXSCORE]


    The game stories are not up as I post but may be when you read, so check the team sites as linked if you want a report. I watched a lot of this one on-line. UBC deserved the win. They outplayed the Evil Monkeys (shots were 33-23 in their favour) and seemed strong in every facet of the game. The Bisons are now 8 points out of first place, although I reckon their focus is second place.



    As usual, the CIS schedule has boxscores for all games and the CIS standings are updated. Here are Saturday's scores from out east:

    Dalhousie 4 UPEI 9
    St. Thomas 3 Saint Mary's 6
    Moncton 2 StFX 6
    Acadia 0 UNB 6
    Nipissing 7 Ryerson 3
    McGill 3 Ottawa 2 OT
    Toronto 3 RMC 4 OT
    York 0 UOIT 4
    Guelph 2 Waterloo 1
    Windsor 2 Lakehead 4
    Laurier 2 W. Ontario 1

    I can add that I saw bits of several games from out east on the internet because this was a rare occasion where my son played in an afternoon AND the Bisons were not playing AND our Moose tickets were for Friday night. It was very enjoyable seeing UNB, SMU, and StFX win in the AUS and seeing Guelph and McGill win in the OUA. McGill-Ottawa was fairly fast-paced but not inspiring for McGill (if they want to be seen as a national contender).

    Of note, Lakehead completes a sweep, the Urban Cowboys suffer their first regulation loss, and RMC claims their 2nd win!!!!

    And is the AUS really starting to fall into line? The early season optimism in Dalhousie and Moncton must by now have evaporated. One of them (at least) will make the playoffs, likely as #6 seed. I must say that Acadia looked to be unable to compete with UNB once the goals started to flow. However, UNB seems to dislike contact. They are very quick to lose their tempers. That is a potential weakness for teams to exploit at nationals.
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  • Jan. 14-15
    Manitoba at Saskatchewan 7:00 PM CST
    Alberta at Lethbridge 7:00 PM MST
    UBC at Calgary 7:00 PM MST
    Bye: Regina
 

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SERIES PREVIEW: Bisons @ Huskies

WEEKEND PREVIEW



MANITOBA BISONS (7-3-4, #4 in OHT34)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (10-6-0, #7 in OHT34)

Friday, January 14th 7:00 p.m. CST @ SASKATOON
Saturday, January 15th 7:00 p.m. CST @ SASKATOON


MANITOBA LINKS: [TEAM SITE] : [STATS] : [ROSTER] : [SCHEDULE/RESULTS]
SASKATCHEWAN LINKS: [TEAM SITE] : [STATS] : [ROSTER] : [SCHEDULE/RESULTS]
CANADA WEST LINKS: [MEN'S HOCKEY SITE] : [LEAGUESTAT DAILY - live updates]
CIS LINKS: [MEN'S HOCKEY SITE] : [SCHEDULE/RESULTS] : [STANDINGS]

This is a key showdown in the race for 2nd place and the right to host a conference semi-final. The Bisons visited Banjoland earlier and won the first game 2-0 before Sask won the rematch 4-3 in overtime.

The Bisons did well in the first half although they played short of a full compliment of forwards, and in many games had as few as 17 players available. GoBisons.ca has stories on newcomer Jordan Cyr (also at CJOB.com and in the Winnipeg Sun) and returning veteran Riley Dudar. They thought Dudar was out for the year with a spleen injury. This is also reviewed on Sun Radio. If all Bisons are healthy, I wonder who will be sitting out. For what it is worth, I have compiled this list of games missed to date by Bison forwards (of the 14 conference games):
Riley Dudar 12
Ian Duval 10
Troy Crowley 9
Greg Beller 6
Tyler Dittmer 2
Kyle Howarth 2
Macaulay, Hellyer, Walker, Waker, Benias, Cowan, Pawluk 0
Jordan Cyr n/a

In an interesting human interest story, The Interlake Spectator ran a story on Bison Wes Pawluk and his sister Michelle, who plays for the Bison Broads. They are from Teulon.



The series is also previewed at the U of S Site and at the Boxscore News. This series and the rest of the Canada West is previewed at the CW Site and at South Campus Sports.

The Banjodogs have added some players of their own, as well. Sask is hoping to generate more offence. However, on paper, they have added scads of offensive talent the last 2 years. Yet if you cut out the two games where they went nuts (they have 9 and 10 goal games thus far) they have scored fewer goals than the Bisons. So will they have one high scoring game and one where they struggle? We'll see.

ELSEWHERE:
  • The U of L Site preview yet another Battle of Alberta. While the Evil Monkeys won't be happy after losing to UBC, the split still gave them a stranglehold on first place. Meanwhile, the H0rny Ones desperately need points if they want one of the four playoff spots. I believe they would be happy to get a split.
    The series preview is at GoDinos.com. This should be interesting. UBC has to follow up the win over Alberta with some positive results. They are an enigma. I'll be interested in following these games.
OTHER STORIES:
  • The official top 10 list is at the CIS site and the CIS Blog. Again, I'd check out the CIS Blog as a first choice. The CIS site has also rekindled their Video Highlights Page. They started compiling links to all video highlights in October and have now gone back to it. Hopefully, then can always have a daily recap of stories and summaries, as well.

    South Campus Sports also carried a recap of last week's CW games. The UBC Site also carries video highlights from last weekend. Finally, the CW Site confirms that Calgary and Lethbridge will play their make-up game on February 16th.
 

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Manitoba 5 Sask 3

January 14, 2011

BISONS TRAMPLE MUTTS


MANITOBA BISONS 5
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3


|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
|> [C.W. FRIDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF S STORY] ~ [U OF M STORY]


This was a win of utmost importance for the Bisons. The win gives them a 5-2 edge in points in head-to-head games against the Banjomutts this year, with all 3 games having been played in Saskatown. The teams are now level with 20 points each, with the Bisons holding two games in hand.

The game was also noteworthy because the Bisons iced a full line-up which included 12 forwards for the first time since the pre-season.

I was watching the Charleswood Hawks play the St. James Canucks in the MMJHL but was following along with the LeagueStats live updates. The Bisons fell behind 3-0 even though they were piling on the shots on goal. Usually when that happens you have to think that all you have to do is keep doing what you are doing and the goals will come. And they did!

Sask got the lead with goals from their top goal-scorers (Bortis, DaSilva, Bosch). The comeback started when newcomer Jordan Cyr scored at 6:11 of the 2nd period. There was no further scoring in the period. However, by period's end the Herd and racked up 31 shots on goal, as opposed to 23 from the Inbreds.

Oddly, the goals started to flow when the Bisons eased up on the shot clock. The four 3rd period goals were generated from only 9 shots. Kyle Howarth scored his 5th, unassisted, 2 minutes in. Then mid-way through Blair Macaulay scored his 10th. Then Jered Walker dominated the score sheet. First, he scored 12 minutes in to give the Bisons a lead. He then was penalized, before notching an empty-netter to seal the deal. Macaulay and d-man Dane Crowley each racked up 8 shots on goal. Walker, Cyr, and Riley Dudar each had 5 shots of their own. As usual, Steve Christie was in goal and held Sask scoreless for the last 37 minutes.

Scratches for the Bisons were Zach Tully, Wes Pawluk, Pat Flynn, Ian Duval, and Joe Caligiuri.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD:

  • ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 9
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 8

    (in overtime)
    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
    |> [C.W. FRIDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF L NEWS] ~ [U OF A STORY]


    This was nuts. The Evil Monkeys got off to a 2-0 lead. But before you could say "We gave up 20 shots on goal in the 1st period!" the H0rny Ones had taken a 5-2 lead. The point keeps Lethbridge within striking distance of a playoff berth (4 points). One does have to question the Evil Monkeys. This "win" was hardly the stuff of run to a national title. Of notw, former Bison Nick Hotson scored twice for Lethbridge.


    UBC THUNDERBIRDS 2
    CALGARY DINOS 7


    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
    |> [C.W. FRIDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF C STORY] ~ [UBC SITE]


    UBC once again created a little hype and then fall flat on their faces. Calgary was led by newcomer Walker Wintoneak, who was on a line with Torrie Wheat and Aaron Richards. That's good news for Calgary who were always very dependent upon their top line (Jorgensen, Nixon, Grant).



    The CIS schedule has boxscores for some games and the CIS standings are updated. The CIS Thursday Recap is up. The CIS Friday Recap is not active as I post, but may be when you read. Here's what happened out east, where they got an early start on the weekend:

    Jan. 12
    Concordia 5 UQTR 6

    Jan. 13
    Brock 1 Guelph 0
    York 2 Laurier 5
    Queen's 2 Ryerson 6

    Jan. 14
    UNB 7 Moncton 4
    StFX 5 Acadia 4 OT
    UPEI 1 St. Thomas 7
    Saint Mary's 5 Dalhousie 0
    Carleton 4 McGill 5
    Ottawa 6 UQTR 1
    Windsor 4 Brock 0
    Queen's 5 Toronto 4 OT
    UOIT 2 Waterloo 3
    Lakehead 1 W. Ontario 3
    RMC 2 Nipissing 6

    The winnowing in the AUS continues. Moncton and Dalhousie slowly but surely drift away from the mid-powers. But look at the Pids! They badly whipped UPEI, just like over the Christmas holidays. UPEI was one of the country's most pleasant surprises of the first half. Maybe reality is just sinking in.



    The Canada West Women's Site has a full Friday night report. Here's the scores:
    Manitoba 2 Saskatchewan 1
    Calgary 8 UBC 5
    Alberta 8 Lethbridge 0
    Bye: Regina
NEXT UP:
  • Jan. 15
    Manitoba at Saskatchewan
    Alberta at Lethbridge
    UBC at Calgary
    Bye: Regina

    Jan. 21-22
    Lethbridge at Manitoba
    Calgary at Alberta
    Regina at UBC
    Bye: Sask
 

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Sask 5 Manitoba 2

January 15, 2011

REMATCH GOES TO HUSKIES IN WEEKEND OF THE SPLITS


MANITOBA BISONS 2
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5


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|> [C.W. SATURDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF S STORY] ~ [U OF M STORY]
|> [STAR PHOENIX PREVIEW] ~ [BLOG PREVIEW] ~ [STAR PHOENIX FRIDAY STORY]


Saturday's results produced three splits of three series in the CW this weekend. So, in the end, Lethbridge picked up 3 points and everybody else picked up 2. (Except, of course idle Regina who sit in 7th.) The Bisons rest 2 points behind Sask, with two games in hand. Those games will be amde up next weekend when the Bisons host Lethbridge whilst Sask will stay at home listening to banjo music on their 8-track players.

Once again, the Bisons fell behind 3-0 before mounting a comeback. This time, however, Sask got an insurance goal before the Bisons could tie it up, and then added an empty-netter to secure victory.

Blair Macaulay scored his 11th and Riley Dudar his 1st for the Bisons. Andrew Bailey scored a hat-trick for the Mutts. The Bison line-up was unchanged from Friday night.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD:

  • ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 2
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4


    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
    |> [C.W. SATURDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF L STORY] ~ [U OF A STORY]


    This win gave the H0rny Ones a 3 point weekend, something nobody else accomplished. They scored 4 goals on 23 shots, including 2 goals on 5 shots in the 3rd period. So what does this say about the Evil Monkeys? They are now riding consecutive splits against the #5 and #6 teams in the conference. They also stuck with Kurtis Mucha in goal after Friday's debacle.


    UBC THUNDERBIRDS 5
    CALGARY DINOS 3


    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
    |> [C.W. SATURDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF C STORY] ~ [UBC STORY]


    UBC rebounded nicely to walk away with a split and get within 2 points of 4th place. They started fast and held on. They outshot Calgary 15-3 in the 1st period en route to a 2-0 lead. UBC now hosts Regina and have to be coveting the potential for a 4 point weekend. Calgary, meanwhile, must face the Evil Monkeys.



    The CIS schedule and the CIS standings are all updated. The CIS Saturday Recap is also up with recaps on several games. Here's what happened out east:

    Jan. 15
    StFX 2 Dalhousie 5
    UPEI 1 UNB 2 OT
    Saint Mary's 2 Acadia 4
    St. Thomas 2 Moncton 3
    Carleton 3 Concordia 2 OT
    Nipissing 4 Ryerson 3
    UOIT 4 York 5
    Laurier 2 Waterloo 3
    RMC 4 Toronto 5
    Guelph 2 Windsor 3
    Lakehead 1 W. Ontario 4

    The AUS was becoming predictable (outside of STU v UPEI games). Then Dal finally finds some life and beats StFX. I wonder if UNB fears a playoff series with UPEI? Oddly, the 'Pids can handle them, but UNB can't.

    In the OUA I was awaiting to see if Laurier could win their derby with Waterloo and if Lakehead could bounce back against the Urban Cowboys. It looks like Lakehead is not up to mounting much of a challenge and that Laurier and Waterloo are so-so. Laurier had been on a 5 game win streak. It may well be a year where the fireworks are in the OUA East.



    The Canada West Women's Site has a full Saturday night report. Here's the scores:
    Saskatchewan 3 Manitoba 2
    Alberta 2 Lethbridge 0
    Calgary 9 UBC 2
    Bye: Regina
NEXT UP:
  • Jan. 21-22
    Lethbridge at Manitoba
    Calgary at Alberta
    Regina at UBC
    Bye: Sask
 

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Weekend Preview: Lethbridge @ Manitoba

WEEKEND PREVIEW



LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (7-6-4, #15 in OHT34)
MANITOBA BISONS (8-4-4, #4 in OHT34)

Friday, January 21st 7:00 p.m. CST @ MAX BELL ARENA
Saturday, January 28th 7:00 p.m. CST @ MAX BELL ARENA


MANITOBA LINKS: [TEAM SITE] : [STATS] : [ROSTER] : [SCHEDULE/RESULTS]
LETHBRIDGE LINKS: [TEAM SITE] : [STATS] : [ROSTER] : [SCHEDULE/RESULTS]
CANADA WEST LINKS: [MEN'S HOCKEY SITE] : [LEAGUESTAT DAILY - live updates]
CIS LINKS: [MEN'S HOCKEY SITE] : [SCHEDULE/RESULTS] : [STANDINGS]

The Friday game will have live radio coverage on UMFM 101.5. That is good because I will be at my son's hockey game and would otherwise miss the game. So I will have to wait until Saturday to see the Bisons for the first time since November. Gosh, it seems like FOREVER!

There is as yet no update at GoBisons.ca. But there is a preview at the U of L Site.

This series is, like almost series in the CW these days, one that has major import. The Bisons are chasing Sask for second place and are 2 points behind with 2 games in hand. With Sask on a bye week, these are those 2 games.

But the Bisons cannot be solely glancing a covetous eye on second place whilst ignoring those teams in hot pursuit of a playoff berth. Teams like the H0rny Ones. While at times most pundits seem to be giving the four playoff spots to the Evil Monkeys, Bisons, Sask, and Calgary, it must be pointed out that UBC and Lethbridge are very close behind. Only 4 points separate 2nd and 6th places.

On the Halloween weekend, the Bisons travelled to Lethbridge and lost on Friday night by 8-4 before winning the rematch on Saturday 4-3. That Friday game was off for the Bisons but run-of-the-mill for Lethbridge. They have lost 8-2, 9-6, and 9-8 to Alberta. They were skunked 10-1 by Sask. Even with Scott Bowles back in goal, they often surrender goals in large quantities. They have surrendered 77 goals this year, compared to 44 for Manitoba. Lethbridge also has only two wins on the road. Both were on Fridays (5-4 in OT vs UBC and 4-2 over Sask) and were followed by a thorough butt-kicking the next night (5-0 to UBC and 10-1 to Sask).

Lethbridge's leading scorer is former Bison Nick Hotson (8-9-17). They also have 5 other guys who around a point-a-game (Winston Day Chief, Dustin Moore, Daniel Iwanski, Brian Matte, and Andrew Courtney). I somehow doubt that Lethbridge will pump in the goals like they did against Alberta.

I will be anxious to see:
1 - Bison newcomer Jordan Cyr making his home debut.
2 - How Steve Christie can hold off the Lethbridge scorers.
3 - The Bisons play with 20 players for the first time in eons on home ice.
4 - A fridge full of frosty beer at the Max Bell.
5 - The Bisons' forward combinations now that they have a full complement of players.

ELSEWHERE:
  • This series is a home-and-home, with Friday in Calgary and Saturday in Edmontown. The Friday game is available on-line at SSN Webcast. The series is previewed at the U of C Site, the U of A Site, and as part of the C.W. Preview. Calgary is tied with the Bisons but have had problems against the Evil Monkeys. There is some concern about the Evil Monkeys this year. While safely nestled into first place, they have split their last 4 series and seem vulnerable.

    Both games are available on-line at CITR.ca for audio only. The pressure is on UBC this weekend. If there is any series a contender must win at this time, it is a home series against Regina. Anything less will no doubt leave UBC disappointed when they go onto face the contenders. Previews are at the UBC Site and with the C.W. Preview. Of note, UBC goaltender Jordan White signed to play a one-game ATO with the San Jose Sharks. You can read the UBC Story, the C.W. Story, the CIS Story, and the CIS Blog.
OTHER STORIES:
  • The official top 10 list is at the CIS site and the CIS Blog. Heads are shaking across the country at the over-rating of the OUA teams.

    There are also some reviews of last week's activities at the CIS Blog for the OUA and AUS.

    The OUA has had several mid-week games already. You can get detail at the Boxscore News and the Wednesday Round-up and Thursday Round-up available at the CIS site. Here are the scores:

    Jan. 18
    RMC 2 Queen's 4

    Jan. 19
    Carleton 2 McGill 4
    Nipissing 1 Toronto 4
    UQTR 3 Concordia 4 OT

    Jan. 20
    York 1 UOIT 4
    W. Ontario 4 Laurier 3 OT

    South Campus Sports has had both a Review of last week and a Preview of this week.

    The Brandon Sun reports that Andy Murray is trying to get a hockey program back at Brandon. This is a follow-up to the rumour from the summer. Let's see where this all goes. This makes me think that maybe Brandon and Winnipeg should focus on getting hockey back in the MCAC. They closed up hockey when St. B folded, leaving them with just Assiniboine College and Canadian Mennonite University. Bring back those two, and a team at Red River, and bring in the Wesmen and Bobcats and there you go ... a 5 team low budget league.
 

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Manitoba 5 Lethbridge 1

January 21, 2011

H0RNY ONES LACK VIAGRA IN GAME ONE


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1
MANITOBA BISONS 5


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|> [C.W. FRIDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF M STORY] ~ [U OF L STORY]


I was able to listen to the first period on-line before attending my son's game. Too bad 101.5 can't be tuned on my portable radios. The Bisons took only 23 seconds to take the lead and then pounded on the 'Horns all night long. Kyle Howarth scored twice (his 6th and 7th) and Blair Macaulay once (his team leading 12th) whilst assisting on each other's goals, to give the Bisons a 3-0 lead. Their line with Greg Beller has paced the Bisons lately. Manitoba's scoring was wrapped up by Jered Walker (7th) and Del Cowan (1st). Steve Christie stopped 24 of 25 shots.

The Bisons end the night in a 3-way tie for 2nd place with Calgary and Sask, but with a game in hand on both. A win Saturday could allow the Bisons o even dream of a run for 1st.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD:

  • CALGARY DINOS 3
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 2


    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
    |> [C.W. FRIDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF A STORY] ~ [U OF C STORY]


    The Dinos finally defeated their nemesis from the north in the Battle of Saudi Alberta. It was their first win in Edmontown since October 2006! The result would have actually disappointed everybody else, who would be just as happy to see Alberta chalk up wins if it keeps Calgary away from 2nd-3rd-4th. Alberta still holds a 6 point lead on the pack, but must be starting to feel some heat. After consecutive splits with UBC and Lethbridge, an element of doubt must be creeping into the Evil Monkeys this home stretch.


    REGINA COUGARS 3
    UBC THUNDERBIRDS 5


    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
    |> [C.W. FRIDAY RECAP] ~ [UBC STORY]


    UBC fairly dominated the game (35-19 in shots) but still had to fight it out at the end. This shows that the pesky Banjocats are basically out of it but still have enough skills to make an opponent work for a victory. Still, a home series with Regina is now a golden opportunity for a 4 point weekend, which the other teams desperately require.



    The CIS schedule and the CIS standings are all updated. The CIS Friday Recap is not up as I post but may be as you read. Here's what happened out east:

    Jan. 21
    StFX 2 UPEI 3
    Moncton 1 Acadia 4
    Saint Mary's 1 UNB 4
    St. Thomas 6 Dalhousie 9
    UQTR 0 McGill 4
    Nipissing 5 RMC 2
    Concordia 2 Carleton 7
    Laurier 2 Guelph 3
    Brock 2 Lakehead 5
    Ryerson 2 Toronto 5
    UOIT 0 Waterloo 4
    W. Ontario 4 Windsor 5

    UPEI scored a key win over St FX. I was beginning to have some doubts about UPEI after their solid first half of the season. The other AUS were painfull by-the-book. UNB must relish their win over SMU.

    In the OUA the East was predictable but the West produced surprises. Both the Urban Cowboys and Laurier tasted defeat.


    The Canada West Women's Site has a full Friday night report. Here's the scores:
    Manitoba 3 Lethbridge 1
    Alberta 2 Calgary 1 (OT)
    Regina 2 UBC 1
    Bye: Sask.
NEXT UP:
  • Jan. 22
    Lethbridge at Manitoba
    Calgary at Alberta
    Regina at UBC
    Bye: Sask

    Jan. 28-29
    Manitoba at Regina
    Sask. at Calgary
    UBC at Lethbridge
    Bye: Alberta
 

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Manitoba 3 Lethbridge 1

January 22, 2011

BISONS JOIN IN ON 'THE WEEKEND OF THE SWEEP'


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1
MANITOBA BISONS 3


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|> [C.W. SATURDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF M STORY]


That the Bisons swept Lethbridge is not a shock. What is a shock us that the Bisons are now 4 points behind 1st place Alberta with 2 games in hand. And next weekend the Bisons play in Regina, whilst the Evil Monkeys have a bye week. The Bisons have 10 games left. Do the math. But first the Bisons have to ensure at least a playoff berth.

I was finally able to see the Bisons. The extreme cold was not about to deter me. While tonight's game was a decisive victory, the Herd did not humiliate Lethbridge as they did on Friday. The H0rny Ones took a penalty in the game's opening minute and Tyler Dittmer scored on the ensuing PP (his 6th) to give the Bisons the lead. But Winston Day Chief notched his 7th to tie it up when Lethbridge had their own PP. Kyle Howarth's 8th gave the Bisons the lead to stay. His 9th (in the 2nd period) gave the Herd an insurmountable lead.

The Bisons somehow managed to avoid cashing in on glorious chances in the 3rd period. Del Cowan, Mike Hellyer, and I believe it was Jeremy Schappert (my view of the jersey was obstructed) all missed a near-empty net shot. Also of note, Jered Walker was stopped on a penalty shot. All-in-all the Bisons pumped 40 shots at Lethbridge. The result could have been much worse for Lethbridge.

Here's how they lined up:

Manitoba Bisons

Goal:
Christie (Deckert)

Defence:
Erb - D. Crowley
Rumsey - Schappert
Mealy - Lockerby

Forwards:
Howarth - Beller - Macaulay
Dittmer - Walker - Hellyer
Waker - Cyr - Dudar
Cowan - Benias - Flynn

Lethbridge Pronghorns

Goal:
Bowles (St. Goddard)

Defence:
Conway - Marshall
Davenport - Gilbert
Cooper - Letts

Forwards:
Gal - Hotson - Day Chief
Pucci-Daniele - Melancon - Feakes
Snopek - Moore - Courtney
Creighton - used on other lines
Matte - Jones - never seen on ice

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD:

  • CALGARY DINOS 1
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 0


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    |> [C.W. SATURDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF A STORY] ~ [U OF C STORY]


    The Evil Monkeys have gone from splits to sweeps. Well, at least one sweep. This has to be a glorious weekend for the Dinos. So many pundits have been looking ahead and saying that Calgary has to shoot for hanging on for 4th place and a playoff series at Alberta. But here they are, 4 points behind 1st with a game in hand.

    Torrie Wheat's second period was all they needed. Dustin Butler stopped only 22 shots for the shut-out.

    The Evil Monkeys still have a nice position in 1st place. But they have gone 2-3-1 since Christmas. Calgary is 4-1-0 in the same period.


    REGINA COUGARS 1
    UBC THUNDERBIRDS 2

    (in shootout)
    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
    |> [C.W. SATURDAY RECAP] ~ [UBC STORY]


    The Tweety-Birds were about to be eaten by the mean old Puddy-Tats when an old lady slapped them with her umbrella. This is what makes people question UBC. On home ice against Regina and all they muster is 18 shots on goal and one measly goal before winning a shoot-out. They have been outscored 72-61 on the season yet there they are, tied with Sask for 4th place.



    The CIS schedule and the CIS standings are all updated. The CIS Saturday Recap is not up as I post but may be as you read. Here's what happened out east:

    Jan. 22
    Moncton 6 Dalhousie 4
    StFX 1 UNB 4
    Saint Mary's 2 UPEI 3
    St. Thomas 2 Acadia 4
    Queen's 5 Ryerson 3
    Nipissing 5 RMC 3
    UQTR 6 Ottawa 2
    Guelph 1 York 3
    Brock 3 Lakehead 2
    Waterloo 1 Windsor 3

    The big news in the AUS is that UPEI came back wit a strong weekend. They are now level with SMU in a tie for 2nd place behind UNB. Moncton stopped their downward spiral. They are within 4 points of Dal for the 6th and final playoff berth.

    In the OUA, nothing was too shocking. Lakehead and Waterloo are showing their vulnerability to the so-so teams which prevents them from getting a rankings boost. This was a nice weekend for Windsor, though, with 2 upset wins.



    The Canada West Women's Site has a full Saturday night report. Here's the scores:
    Manitoba 2 Lethbridge 0
    Alberta 1 Calgary 0
    UBC 3 Regina 1
    Bye: Sask.
NEXT UP:
 

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Weekend Preview: Bisons @ Cougars

WEEKEND PREVIEW



MANITOBA BISONS (10-4-4, #3 in OHT34)
REGINA COUGARS (6-13-1, #24 in OHT34)

Friday, January 28th 7:00 p.m. CST @ REGINA
Saturday, January 29th 7:00 p.m. CST @ REGINA


MANITOBA LINKS: [TEAM SITE] : [STATS] : [ROSTER] : [SCHEDULE/RESULTS]
REGINA LINKS: [TEAM SITE] : [STATS] : [ROSTER] : [SCHEDULE/RESULTS]
CANADA WEST LINKS: [MEN'S HOCKEY SITE] : [LEAGUESTAT DAILY - live updates]
CIS LINKS: [MEN'S HOCKEY SITE] : [SCHEDULE/RESULTS] : [STANDINGS]

There is no on-line audio or video so all that is available is Leaguestat Live Updates.

The U of M announced that Kyle Howarth was named Smitty's male athlete of the week for his 4 goals last weekend against Lethbridge. His line with Greg Beller and Blair Macaulay certainly dominated play.

There is a preview at the U of R Site. These two teams have played four times already, all in Winnipeg. Regina took the first game 5-2 in the Bison home opener before the Bisons took the Saturday rematch 7-0. Regina had been off to a good start and, with any breaks, could have been level with UBC. Howeverm as time went by they began to fade. The Bisons dominated the second series in November, winning 4-1 and 6-1.

The Cougars are led by Dillon Johnstone (5-6-11) and former Bison Terrance Delaronde (4-6-10). Delaronde was off to a hot start but has evidently cooled it. Conversely, the Bisons have 8 players equal to or greater than those players. Blair Macaulay leads the Bisons and is 4rd in the league (12-16-28 ).

The Banjo-cats seem done-for now. Nevertheless, they are not so over-matched that one would expect them to lose all their games. Especially at home. The Bisons could sure use 4 points this weekend but they will have to play well to get it. They will likely have one comfortable win and one nail-biter. Note that last Saturday the Cougars were really unlucky to lose the game in a shoot-out.

ELSEWHERE:
  • All eyes will be on this series. A sweep by Sask could leave them in a solid position to fight for first. However, if they are swept then they could be lucky to even make the playoffs. There is no webcast, which is a disappointment. The series is previewed at the Star-Phoenix, U of C Site, and at the U of S Site. We have seen Calgary come up with a big sweep of Alberta, after a split with UBC, whilst Sask. split with Manitoba then had a bye. Much has been made of both sides' Christmas acquisitions. IMO, Sask already had the scorers so adding more doesn't do much. So far, Derek Hulak has 1 goal and 2 assists in 4 games and Matthew Delahey has one goal and no assists in 4 games. Calgary's newcomers have done better. Walker Wintoneak has 4 goals and 5 assists in 5 games. Returning Aaron Richards has 3 goals and 2 assists in 5 games. But we should not overlook those who have been around all year. Calgary goaltender Dustin Butler was awarded CIS Athlete of the Week. His goaltending has been a key for Calgary this year. Anyhow, the rest of the league will be wanting to make sure there are no 3 point games here.

    The series is previewed at the U of L Site. The H0rny Ones trail UBC by 4 points but have a game in hand. Lethbridge could really use a sweep of this series. UBC is tough to figure this year. My guess is we'll see a split.
OTHER STORIES:
  • The official top 10 is at the CIS site and at the CIS Blog. McGill and Western Ontario at #2 and #3? How many old ladies did they push down the stairs this week? And Lakehead at #10? Hmmmmm.

    The week started early out east, and the Schedule and Results and Standings are updated, with links. Here are the scores:

    Jan. 26
    Saint Mary's 1 StFX 3
    Concordia 4 McGill 5
    Waterloo 3 Brock 4 OT
 

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January 28, 2011

BISONS UPSET AS HOME SIDES SWEEP THE NIGHT


MANITOBA BISONS 0
REGINA COUGARS 1


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This was a golden opportunity for the Bisons to solidify a hold on 2nd place and to come within 2 points of the idle Evil Monkeys. Instead, they seem to have dominated play by out-shooting the Banjo-Cats 34-17, only to be held scoreless.

Oddly, the 3 home teams this weekend all started the weekend as underdogs (at least on paper) yet emerged victorious on Friday night. The effect is to seriously tighten the standings. The Bisons, Calgary, and Sask are all tied and lead UBC by 2 points and Lethbridge by 4.

My weekend forecast was that one game would be tight and the other a decisive Bison victory. Looking at the shots total, I figure this may prove accurate.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD:

  • CALGARY DINOS 3
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 6


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    |> [BOXSCORE NEWS] ~ [STAR-PHOENIX]


    The Banjo-Dogs would have been feeling the heat and responded with a decisive victory. Now it is the Dinos asking questions since they were so decisively beaten. It also appears that Dustin Butler had his problems in goal, surrendering 6 goals on 27 shots. Of course, it is always hard to gauge a weekend series until after game 2. The way the standings look, the winner of game 2 will be looking at a 1st place possibility and the loser will be fearful of missing the playoffs.

    There were some pre-series stories in the Star-Phoenix, one about former Blades Walker Wintoneak and Derek Hulak facing each other and a Series Preview.

    Last week's sweep of the Evil Monkeys drew some media attention in Calgary with stories in The Gauntlet and the Calgary Herald.


    UBC THUNDERBIRDS 2
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 5


    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
    |> [C.W. FRIDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF L STORY] ~ [UBC STORY]


    After being swept by the Bisons the Horny Ones were feeling the heat themselves. And, like Regina and Sask, they responded with a victory. They were paced by Andrew Courtney, who scored a hat-trick in the 3rd period. I will go out on a limb here: If UBC loses Saturday's rematch they will be toast.



    The CIS schedule and the CIS standings are all updated. The CIS Friday Recap is not up as I post but may be as you read. Here's what happened out east:

    Jan. 27
    Windsor 0 Laurier 2

    Jan. 28
    Dalhousie 2 Acadia 4
    UPEI 2 Moncton 4
    StFX 2 Saint Mary's 0
    UNB 7 St. Thomas 1
    Concordia 5 Ottawa 6 OT
    Queen's 2 Nipissing 5
    UQTR 3 Carleton 5
    York 4 Brock 5 OT
    Ryerson 3 Toronto 2
    Lakehead 1 Guelph 2
    W. Ontario 7 UOIT 3

    In the AUS, the news has to be that UPEI and SMU have hit the skids. Could Moncton catch Dal? Are Acadia and StFX now UNB's chief rivals?

    In the OUA, Windsor's ascent to the upper echelons has stalled. I was kind of hoping to see a new team bolt to the top. Lakehead's and UQTR's seasons continue to disappoint. And the Nippers continue to rack up wins over the weaklings of the OUA East.



    The Canada West Women's Site has a full Friday night report. Here's the scores:
    UBC 4 Lethbridge 1
    Sask. 4 Calgary 3 (OT)
    Manitoba Regina - play Saturday and Sunday afternoons
    Bye: Alberta
OTHER NEWS:
  • The debate about the relative merits of the CW and AUS were discussed at South Campus Sports. IMO, UNB is a cut above and STU is a cut below. Dal, Moncton, and Regina are just below average. Then the rest can all be viewed as varying degrees of national contenders.

    The 2011 Universiade is taking place in Turkey. The CIS sent a national women's team and the OUA sent a men's team. (The conferences take turns sending a men's team to this tournament.) The CIS Universiade Site has links to all sports. The Canadian men's team opened with a 9-0 win over Slovenia. They play Belarus Saturday and Korea Monday before the quarter-finals begin on Thursday. The women's team beat Finland 2-1 (in a shoot-out) and followed with a 3-0 win over Slovakia. They play a 6-team round-robin and will also face Britain, USA, and Turkey. This event is a big deal in Turkey. You might want to check out the story and pictures of the opening ceremony at Today's Zaman. The Hurriyet Daily News has stories on Turkey's losses and Istanbul's new arena. The Official Site is hard to navigate but does have summaries, line-ups, etc.
NEXT UP:
  • Jan. 29
    Manitoba at Regina
    Calgary at Saskatchewan
    UBC at Lethbridge
    Bye: Alberta

    Feb. 4-5
    Saskatchewan at UBC
    Manitoba at Calgary
    Regina at Alberta
    Bye: Lethbridge
 

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Manitoba 2 Regina 1 (SO)

January 29, 2011

BISONS ESCAPE HILLBILLY COUNTRY WITH SHOOTOUT VICTORY


MANITOBA BISONS 2
REGINA COUGARS 1

(in shoot-out)
|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
|> [C.W. SATURDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF R STORY] ~ [U OF M]


The Bisons left Regina with a great sense of relief on Saturday. Not that leaving Regina is ever anything short of a relief, but this time there was an added element. In a game which was apparently a replay of Friday night's 1-0 loss, the Bisons were down 1-0 on a Dillon Johnstone goal when, with 36 seconds left, Dane Crowley scored their first goal of the weekend. After a scoreless OT session, Tyler Dittmer scored in the shootout whilst Steve Christie made three stops and there you go, 2 points. The Herd outshot them 34-22 on the night. A.J. Whiffen was in net for Regina.

This dramatic turn of events has the Bisons and Sask tied for 2nd place only 2 points behind the Evil Monkeys.

The Puddy-Tats are likely going to pick up a few points here and there, and more than likely in their home games. Next weekend they visit Alberta. Can they help the Evil Monkeys stay in their slump? I think the rest of the CW would be thrilled if Regina could hold them to anything less than 4 points.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD:

  • CALGARY DINOS 0
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3


    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
    |> [C.W. SATURDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF S STORY]


    The Dinos hopes of a charge to 1st place went extinct on Saturday night. Sask have racked up a pair of decisive wins. This was maybe not the kind of game one would have expected. Calgary outshot Sask 26-24. Dustin Butler's stats in the Calgary goal will take a hit this week.

    The Banjo-Mutts are now tied with Manitoba at 26 points, only 2 points out of first. Calgary is alone in 4th with 24 points, only 2 ahead of Lethbridge and UBC.


    UBC THUNDERBIRDS 1
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 5


    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
    |> [C.W. SATURDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF L STORY]


    This weekend has to be hard for UBC to swallow. They were beaten soundly, twice, in a series against a beatable opponent. They outshot the Horny Ones 34-26. Maybe it was the goaltending? Hard to tell from what's on-line. The two sides are now deadlocked, with Lethbridge holding a game in hand.

    UBC is at home against Sask next weekend and Lethbridge has a bye. UBC will need a better performance to pull out a split. I believe they are capable of it. But if they want to make up ground they need sweeps, not splits, after going 0-for this weekend.



    The CIS schedule and the CIS standings are mostly updated as I post. The CIS Saturday Recap is not up as I post but may be as you read. Here's what happened out east:

    Jan. 29
    UNB 3 UPEI 1
    Dalhousie 2 Saint Mary's 8
    Acadia 2 StFX 5
    Moncton 3 St. Thomas 2 OT
    Queen's 2 Nipissing 3 OT
    McGill 0 Carleton 4
    UQTR 4 Ottawa 1
    Ryerson 2 RMC 3 OT
    Laurier 4 York 2
    Lakehead 2 Guelph 3 OT
    Waterloo 3 UOIT 4
    W. Ontario 3 Windsor 1

    In the AUS, it was noteworthy that SMU broke their slump by a massive margin over Dal-lousy. There is suddenly a race for the 6th and final playoff berth. Moncton edged the Pids to pull into a tie. SMU and St FX are now 2 points up on UPEI and Acadia. Much like the CW, the conference could change dramatically each week.

    In the OUA, it is always big news when the RMC wins a game, so good for them. McGill is missing some players for the Universiade, but still we must acknowledge Carleton's win and 3rd straight win over teams in the top half of the division. And Lakehead at least got a point in their trip to Guelph. It seemed they had it together when they won 9 straight before playing the Bisons.



    The Canada West Women's Site has a Saturday night report in progress as I post. Here's the scores:
    Regina 2 Manitoba 1
    UBC 5 Lethbridge 0
    Calgary 2 Sask. 1
    Bye: Alberta

    Manitoba and Regina finish their series Sunday at 2:00 pm at Max Bell Arena.
UNIVERSIADE:
  • Team Canada lost to Belarus 3-2 in a shootout. This is one of those stolen-by-the-goalie games for Belarus. Canada plays Korea to finish their pool and should then advance to the quarter-finals.
NEXT UP:
  • Feb. 4-5
    Saskatchewan at UBC
    Manitoba at Calgary
    Regina at Alberta
    Bye: Lethbridge
 

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February 1, 2011

MID-WEEK UPDATE

Last weekend's games are reviewed at the CIS Blog and South Campus Sports.

The Cougars played short in their series with the Bisons last weekend. The Regina Leader-Post had two links and had this to say:
Leader-Post said:
Due to discipline issues and a couple of injuries, Sautner dressed only 14 skaters (instead of the 18 permitted) and two g o a l - tenders for his squad's Canada West men's hockey game against the Manitoba Bisons at the Co-operators Centre.

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Sautner declined to discuss his reasons for sitting out six players -"We handled it within the team," was all he would say -but he noted that none of them will play in tonight's rematch.

"They'll keep practising and try to get back in the lineup next weekend," Sautner added.
Hmmmm. Let's see if the Cougars get along well enough to challenge the Evil Monkeys.

There was a story on Saturday's Sask win over Calgary in the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. The story has a number of quotes. The U of C Site also posted the Sask game story.

The UBC Site posted the Lethbridge game story. They also have a Preview Story which is also at the C.W. Site of their upcoming series against Sask. The 'Birds have hit an injury bug:
UBC said:
The UBC Thunderbirds had the opportunity to take a leap up the incredibly tight Canada West standings last weekend, beginning their series against Lethbridge two points out of second place. But a host of injuries caught up to the ‘Birds in Lethbridge and the Pronghorns swept UBC - marking the first time all season that the T-Birds have gone without a single point in a series.

UBC came into the game with four defencemen but early into Friday’s game, they were down to three when Matt Pepe went down with an injury. Forwards Ben Schmidt and Scott Wasden manned the blueline for the duration of the weekend.

The ‘Birds also lost forward Wyatt Hamilton in Lethbridge. Hamilton could be out for the season, which puts considerable strain on an already ailing team. Hamilton is one of the most physical Thunderbirds and will be missed.
Surely, there is UBC student with even some junior "B" experience who could fill in. Otherwise, it could be a tough weekend against Sask.

The CIS Site has released their Official Top Ten and it is discussed at the CIS Blog. In a bizarre vote, the lowly Nipissing Lakers were given 10th place. They'd be lucky to finish top 7 in either the CW or the AUS.

As always, it makes sense to check out the AUS update at the CIS Blog.

There is also an OUA update at the CIS Blog, which reviews the Brock Badgers.

The Winnipeg Sun reports that Bison Broad Addie Miles had 4 assists on Canada's 9-0 win over the USA. In men'splay, Canada had a 3-2 win over South Korea. Yikes! That was close. But the shots were 61-16 for Canada. Russia beat Turkey 26-0!!! The best place for standings etc. is Wikipedia. Quarter-finals go Thursday:
  • Canada v United States
    Slovakia v Kazakhstan
    Russia v Czech Republic
    Belarus v Japan
 

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Weekend Preview: Bisons @ Dinos

WEEKEND PREVIEW



MANITOBA BISONS (11-5-4, #3 in OHT34)
CALGARY DINOS (11-8-2, #10 in OHT34)

Friday, February 4th, 8:00 p.m. CST @ Calgary
Saturday, February 5th, 8:00 p.m. CST @ Calgary


MANITOBA LINKS: [TEAM SITE] : [STATS] : [ROSTER] : [SCHEDULE/RESULTS]
CALGARY LINKS: [TEAM SITE] : [STATS] : [ROSTER] : [SCHEDULE/RESULTS]
CANADA WEST LINKS: [MEN'S HOCKEY SITE] : [LEAGUESTAT DAILY] : [STANDINGS]
CIS LINKS: [MEN'S HOCKEY SITE] : [SCHEDULE/RESULTS] : [STANDINGS]

To set this one up, the Bisons are tied with Sask for 2nd with 26 points through 20 games. Calgary sits in 4th place with 24 points in 21 points. The Evil Monkeys lead the lot with 28 points, and UBC and Lethbridge trail with 22 points. So a 4-point swing could radically change fortunes for any team.

There is no on-line audio or video so all that is available is Leaguestat Live Updates. There is a preview at the U of C Site. The C.W. Site has a preview which covers all three series.

These teams played their first series in Winnipeg, and both games went to shoot-outs. Calgary won the first game 2-1 and the Bisons won on Saturday by the same 2-1 score. The teams have played lots of tight games in recent years and I would not be surprised to see them share 5 or 6 points this weekend. Last year Calgary won 2-1 and 6-1 whilst Manitoba won a pair of 3-2 games.

The teams boast the top two goaltenders in the CW. Dustin Butler of Calgary had taken the #1 spot until a rough last weekend. Steve Christie is showing once again why he was voted the #1 goaltender in all of Canada last year. He leads in GAA (1.91 to 2.23) and in save percentage (92.6 to 92.3).

Calgary is top-heavy with blue-chip goal-scorers. Their top 5 are solid: Reid Jorgenson (14-9-23), Torrie Wheat (6-10-16), Brock Nixon (5-10-15), Cory Pritz (3-10-13), and Jerrid Sauer (5-7-12). Oddly, at #6 is Christmas addition Walker Wintoneak (4-5-9 in only 7 games) and shortly behind him is the returning Aaron Richards (3-2-5 in 6 games). The big drop-off after their top 2 lines makes them the lowest scoring team in the conference outside Regina.

The Bisons had their own scoring difficulties in Regina last weekend. They severely outshot the Hillbillies but were stoned by hot goaltenders, registering only 1 goal in 125 minutes. The Macaulay-Beller-Howarth line had been hot. The Dittmer-Walker-Hellyer line is always a threat, though their numbers could be better. I'd like to see if maybe they'll try to get more mileage from a third line centered by Jordan Cyr. We'll see.

ELSEWHERE:
  • This could be UBC's last stand. They are very much in the race but they seem to have a severe injury bug. No doubt there would be several smiles on other teams if they can somehow manage to hold Sask to 2 points. I cited the UBC Preview, where they lament their injury situation, in my mid-week update. It is quite a season where the #6 team (UBC) is only 6 points out of 1st place this late in the year. Keep in mind that there will be internet audio available at CITR.ca. Sask has split 7 out of 10 series so far this year. There have been doubts and optimism about that team so far this year. If they are going to fulfill their promise they need to take advantage of the wounded 'Birds. Otherwise, it will be a long tractor ride home over the mountains.

    The series is previewed at the U of A Site. Webcasts are also available on Friday and Saturday on SSN. The Evil Monkeys are beside themselves with angst over a 3-game losing streak. They are also worried having 2 teams within 2 points this late in the season. Last weekend they had a week off when they needed it and now they have the Cougars on a weekend prowl. Last weekend Regina chose to play short rather than play guys who had "issues". While they did get 3 points they also had to ride their goaltenders after being outshot. It remains to be seen whether they can duplicate this plan on the road in Saudi Alberta. I think everybody else would send them champagne if they could hold Alberta below 4 points.
UNIVERSIADE UPDATE:
  • Canada beat Slovakia 9-1 in today's quarter-finals. Wiki leaked the wrong schedule! The Slovaks, Yanks, and Kazakhstan were all tied in their pool and Wiki must have applied the wrong tie-breaker. Can't blame them. The Universiade Site is hard to navigate. In other games, Russia beat the Czech Republic 6-1, Kazakhstan beat Japan 5-1, and Belarus beat the USA 6-3. In Saturday's semi-finals, it is Canada v. Russia and Belarus v. Kazakhstan. They have pdf-style pages for the Playoffs and one for the Round-robin if you want more detail. On the women's side the semis go on Friday and it will be Canada v. USA and Finland v. Slovakia.
 

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Calgary 6 Manitoba 2

February 4, 2011

HERD SUFFERS DEFEAT IN COW-TOWN


MANITOBA BISONS 2
CALGARY DINOS 6


|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
|> [C.W. FRIDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF C STORY] ~ [U OF M SITE - STORY TO COME]


The Bisons could have watched the Dinosaurs go extinct with a Friday night win. But as I was following along with live updates while watching and listening to other games on-line, it was a night of suffering. Calgary broke the ice with an early and a lat goal in the 1st period. Although the Bisons mounted a bit of a 2nd period comeback, each time they scored the Dinos notched one of their own shortly thereafter. The Bisons did hold a 21-19 lead in shots heading into the 3rd. But it appears that the 3rd was a snore-fest as the Bisons only rallied with 4 shots against 6 for Calgary. This would be an off night for Christie, giving up 5 goals on 20 shots. Jesse Deckert got some mop-up work, and stopped 4 of 5 shots.

Of note, Ian Duval was back in the Bison line-up. He only played the first four games before being hurt. However, Myles Rumsey was out for the 3rd straight game. Mike Hellyer and Blair Macaulay scored for the Herd.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD:


  • REGINA COUGARS 3
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5


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    |> [C.W. FRIDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF A SUMMARY - STORY TO COME]


    From what I saw of this one, Alberta is vulnerable. Although Regina was down 4-1, they came back and Alberta only sealed it with an empty-netter. Regina pounded goalie Mucha (or Mu-u-ucha in Evil Monkey) with 20 3rd period shots, which is about all they could muster in 3 periods against the Bisons.


    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3
    UBC THUNDERBIRDS 0


    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
    |> [C.W. FRIDAY RECAP] ~ [UBC STORY]


    The Tweety-birds gave it all they had, but tonight they frankly had little to give. The game was pretty even but Sask tallied one goal per period en route to a solid road win. The UBC announcers lamented UBC's playoff predicament as a result of this loss. They dressed a full roster of 20, but only 4 were proper defencemen.
Here's how the CW home stretch looks:
Code:
                Feb 4-5      Feb 11-12   Feb 16   Feb 18-19  Feb 25-26   
Alberta     28  Regina    2  @ Sask               Manitoba   @ UBC       30
Sask.       26  @ UBC     2  Alberta              @ Leth.    @ Manitoba  28
Manitoba    26  @ Calgary 0  UBC                  @ Alberta  Sask.       26
Calgary     24  Manitoba  2  bye         @ Leth.  Regina     Lethbridge  26
Lethbridge  22  bye       -  @ Regina    Calgary  Sask.      @ Calgary   22
UBC         22  Sask.     0  @ Manitoba           bye        Alberta     22


  • The CIS schedule and the CIS standings are all updated. The CIS Friday Recap is not up as I post but may be as you read. Here's what happened out east, including the early start games from Thursday:

    Feb. 3
    Waterloo 3 Guelph 5
    Toronto 5 Ryerson 2

    Feb. 4
    Dalhousie 3 Moncton 4
    UNB 2 StFX 1
    UPEI 3 Saint Mary's 6
    Acadia 4 St. Thomas 2
    Carleton 6 Ottawa 2
    Ryerson 1 Queen's 3
    UOIT 3 Brock 1
    Windsor 3 W. Ontario 4
    York 4 Lakehead 2

    This is weird. No overtime games in any conference. I saw a bit of UNB v StFX on-line. Could StFX do it to UNB again in the playoffs? One has to wonder. SMU broke out with a win over UPEI, who now rate as the coldest contender from the AUS. Moncton has really rallied and Dal-lousy is now out of the playoffs.

    Of, poor Lakehead. Losing at home to York. They must be happy that everybody with a pulse makes the OUA playoffs. Carleton seems to be making a bit of a rally. That's not only 4 straight wins, but 4 straight by 5, 3, 4, and 4 goal differences.



    The Canada West Women's Site has a full Friday night report. Here's the scores:
    Manitoba 2 Calgary 3 (SO, completion of appealed game)
    Calgary 2 Manitoba 1 (SO)
    UBC 2 Sask. 3
    Alberta 3 Regina 1
    Bye: Lethbridge

    The Bison Broads and Wilmas finished the shoot-out from the earlier protested game, then played their regular game which also ended in a shoot-out. So 4 points to Calgary and 2 to Manitoba on the night. Odd!
UNIVERSIADE NEWS:

  • The men had the day off. In women's play, Canada beat the USA 8-1 and Finland beat Slovakia 5-1. So it will be Canada v Finland for gold. In Saturday's men's semi-finals it will be Russia v Canada and Belarus v. Kazakhstan.
NEXT UP:

  • Feb. 5
    Saskatchewan at UBC
    Manitoba at Calgary
    Regina at Alberta
    Bye: Lethbridge

    Feb. 11-12
    UBC at Manitoba
    Alberta at Sask.
    Lethbridge at Regina
    Bye: Calgary
 

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February 5, 2011

DINOS COMPLETE SWEEP


MANITOBA BISONS 2
CALGARY DINOS 3


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|> [BOXSCORE NEWS FRIDAY STORY]


This was a big loss for the Herd. They came out dead, being outshot 17-7 in the 1st period. However, Steve Christie held them in and it was only 1-0 for Calgary, and that was a short-handed goal by Torrie Wheat. There were also loads of penalties called in the 1st period. The game settled in, with few PPs being awarded, and Calgary notched the only goal in the 2nd period, from Teagan Moore. This makes the Dinos the only team in organized male hockey to register goals from players named Torrie and Teagan.

All seemed lost for the Bisons, being outshot 29-16 on the road through two periods. However, they did mount a tremendous rally. Tylet Dittmer scored his 7th and d-man Travis Mealy scored his 3rd and the game was tied 2-2. But Colton Grant salvaged things for the Dinos in a period where they only recorded 5 shots on goal.

Calgary now leads the Bisons by 2 points, but the Bisons have a game in hand. Calgary is entering a bye-week and the Bisons return home to play UBC.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD:

  • REGINA COUGARS 1
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4


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    This one was available for on-line viewing and it was not pretty. The Evil Monkeys looked vulnerable on Friday night, not so on Saturday. The Puddy-Tats were flattered by the score and were outshot 51-13. With them being out of the race I would expect them to have poor performances in their away Saturday games. I still do expect them to pick up another win. It is kind of like Bumpkin Roulette for the rest of the CW. The Regina Carillon also had a profile on Matt Strueby and his adjustment to CIS hockey.


    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4
    UBC THUNDERBIRDS 1


    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
    |> [C.W. SATURDAY RECAP] ~ [UBC STORY] ~ [U OF S STORY]


    I haven't been UBC's biggest fan this year but they deserve some credit for going down fighting against Sask. I was listening on-line as well. They had devastating losses on their blue-line and only had 4 d-men in uniform, with 14 forwards. You would think that with so many forwards they could have scored more than one goal in two games. They did rack up 42 shots on goal (compared to 29 for Sask) and so they were doing something right. This result puts Sask 4 points ahead of Manitoba.
Here's how the CW home stretch looks:
Code:
           pts  Feb 11-12   Feb 16   Feb 18-19  Feb 25-26   
Alberta     32  @ Sask               Manitoba   @ UBC
Sask.       30  Alberta              @ Leth.    @ Manitoba
Calgary     28  bye         @ Leth.  Regina     Lethbridge 
Manitoba    26  UBC                  @ Alberta  Sask.   
Lethbridge  22  @ Regina    Calgary  Sask.      @ Calgary 
UBC         22  @ Manitoba           bye        Alberta


  • The CIS schedule is updated but for boxscores from Nipissing and Lakehead, which are available at the OUA Leaguestat Daily . The CIS standings are updated for all games. The CIS Saturday Recap is up and loaded with stories and some links to video highlights. Here's what happened out east:

    Feb. 5
    UNB 1 Saint Mary's 3
    Acadia 3 Moncton 2
    Dalhousie 6 St. Thomas 4
    UPEI 1 StFX 4
    McGill 0 Carleton 3
    Queen's 5 RMC 2
    Toronto 3 Nipissing 0
    Laurier 2 Guelph 4
    Brock 2 Windsor 1 OT
    UOIT 3 W. Ontario 0
    York 6 Lakehead 7 OT

    The CIS Blog has a year-to-date review of the OUA East. They also have a story on McGill's loss to Carleton, which took away their "we-never-lost-in-regulation" label. Now they have a second loss to Carleton. Granted, they are missing more players for the Universiade.

    Heads also have to be shaking about simultaneous losses for the Squirrels and Urban Cowboys. UNB was due for a loss against the tough competition in the AUS. And, like the McGilligutties, UWO has lots of guys away at the Universiade.



    The Canada West Women's Site has a full Saturiday night report. Here's the scores:
    Calgary 0 Manitoba 2
    UBC 3 Sask. 4
    Alberta 6 Regina 2
    Bye: Lethbridge

    The Winnipeg Sun reports some heat between the Bison and Dino coaches after the replayed shoot-out debacle. They also previewed the series. It was kind of bush but, hey, it was ordered. The Winnipeg Free Press also picked up on the Pawluk brother-sister combo at the U of M, as previously linked by me in this thread to The Interlake Spectator.
UNIVERSIADE NEWS:
  • In the women's final, Canada beat Finland 4-1 to win the gold medal. In the men's semi-finals, Canada lost to Russia 4-2 and Belarus beat Kazakhstan 3-1. The event wrapped up early Sunday just before I started posting and I see that Canada beat Kazakhstan for bronze, 3-1. Russia defeated Belarus 1-0 for the gold. You can check the Games Hockey Page for further links.
NEXT UP:
  • Feb. 11-12
    UBC at Manitoba
    Alberta at Sask.
    Lethbridge at Regina
    Bye: Calgary
 
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