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Preview: Thunderbirds @ Bisons: Feb 3-4

WEEKEND PREVIEW

There are but three weekends left in the season. And right now the Monkeys are in first place with 34 points and 4 games left. The Bisons and Mutts each have 32 points and 6 games remaining. With no games left against one another, every game they play is a must-win situation.



UBC THUNDERBIRDS (12-8-2, 12th in OHT34)
MANITOBA BISONS (15-5-2*, 2nd in OHT34)

Friday, February 3rd, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Max Bell Arena
Saturday, February 4th, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Max Bell Arena


LIVE LINKS: [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday] : [Friday Audio 101.5 UMFM]
MANITOBA LINKS: [U of M Preview] : [LS Roster] : [U of M Roster] : [LS Schedule/Results] : [LS Stats]
UBC LINKS: [UBC Site] : [LS Roster] : [LS Schedule/Results] : [LS Stats]
OTHER LINKS: [CIS Site] : [CW Site] : [LS - Live Updates] : [CW Weekly Notes #15 (pdf)]
PRIOR GAMES: [Nov 18 UBC wins 2-1] : [Nov 19 Bisons win 4-2]

The Bisons have four home games remaining, and (oddly) all are against the Tweety-Birds. Can they win all four? That may be asking a bit much. UBC has surprised the rest of the CW by going above .500 and vaulting themselves over Calgary and into 4th place. Yet a sweep may be necessary if the Bisons want first place.

UBC has two scorers in the Top 20: Max Grassi (7-16) and Scott Wasden (8-9). Incidentally, the Bisons have five: Blair Macaulay (18-8), Jeremy Schappert (4-17), Ian Duval (9-10), Matt Lowry (4-14), and Tyler Dittmer (5-12).

In goal, Jordan White has started 19 of 24 games for UBC, and has provided solid goaltending for them. Jesse Deckert had been the top Bison goaltender before the break, albeit in a role where he divided playing time with Joe Caligiuri. However, he has not dressed thus far in the new year. Also, captain Mike Hellyer was scratched for the Bisons' last three games.

ELSEWHERE:


CALGARY DINOS (12-11-1, 14th in OHT34)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (15-5-2, 4th in OHT34)


|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
|> [U of S Preview - at Boxscore News] : [U of C Story]


The Dinos have been a disappointment. However, back in November they finally seemed to have found their form when they swept the Mutts in a series in Calgary. They warmed up on the Banjo-Cats last weekend. But the Banjo-Mutts are a big step up. My guess is that they are capable of a win in this series.


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (6-15-3, 27th in OHT34)
REGINA COUGARS (4-16-2, 29th in OHT34)


|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
|> [U of R Preview] : [U of L Preview]


Regina's record stinks, yet it flatters them. They have been badly outshot and outplayed. Yet they have managed to scrounge four wins and two OTLs. Yet with a win in this series they could make a play for 6th place and a playoff spot. The H0rny Ones have tantalized followers with hints that they will live up to their pre-season hype. However, they always seem to slip back. I would not be surprised to see a split, which would not be good for Regina.

LINKS AND STORIES:
|> [CIS Standings] : [CIS Schedule/Results/Links]
|> [Top 10 - at CIS]
|> [OHT34] : [AUS Weekly Update]
|> [SAIT: Is a blended system possible for Canadian university sports?]

* Alberta's OTL to Manitoba was converted to a W
 

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Discussion Starter #82 (Edited)
Feb. 3: Bisons 3 Thunderbirds 2 (so)

BISON COMEBACK LANDS FIRST PLACE


MANITOBA BISONS 3
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 2

(in shoot-out)
|> [U of M Story and Stats] : [UBC Story] : [CW Friday Recap]
|> [LS Summary] : [CW Standings] : [All Links]
|> [CIS Boxscore] : [CIS Friday Round-up*] : [CIS Standings]


This was a very tough victory for the Bisons. After falling behind 2-0 it took a concerted effort to force OT before winning in a shoot-out.

The UBC style is to chip the puck out of their end, dump it in, hope for a break on the forecheck, or at least force a faceoff in the opponent's end. They did not, as a rule, hem the Bisons in their own end. It was more of a hit-and-run style of play.

The technique itself did not actually produce any goals. The first was a sloppy turnover by the Bison D at their blueline, which gave Tweety-Bird Jordan Inglis a breakaway. And he buried it.

The second was in the first two minutes of the 2nd period. An innocent play suddenly generated a scoring chance when the Bisons were caught backing into their goaltender, causing a screen.

Once they were behind 2-0, the Bisons started to play with some urgency. UBC goaltender Jordan White made several outstanding saves throughout the game. There were two of highlight-reel-calibre, one in the 2nd and one in the 3rd. There were also a couple of times where Bisons inexplicably missed open nets.

But with scoring chances, eventually there will come goals. And that happened when Blair Macaulay notched his 19th into an empty net following a prolonged scramble in the UBC end.

The 3rd period wsa one where UBC generated few quality shots. It was more of the dump-and-chase and hope-for-a-break style of play. The Bisons tied it up after 7 minutes when Del Cowan was untouched in front of the UBC net and did a toe drag forehand-backhand-forehand move to deke around White.

After stoning the Bisons in the game, White seemed at the mercy of the shooters in the shootout. Blair Macaulay could have scored twice on the first shot as White was victimized by stick-handling. Jeremy Schappert did a swoop-around for a second goal. And Brendan Rowinski went to the top shelf but rang it off the crossbar. At the other end, Joe Caligiuri himself was drawn out of the goal by Marc Juneau, who then cut to the net and scored. But two saves later and the Bisons had their win.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:


CALGARY DINOS 3
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2

(in overtime)
|> [U of S Story - at U of C]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


Calgary is definitely Sask's nemesis this year. Friday was their third straight win. Like UBC, Calgary built a 2-0 lead before Sask, like Manitoba, tied it up and forced OT. This one was a bit different in that Calgary was well ahead on the shot clock in amassing their lead, and then Sask dominated while in comeback mode. In the 3rd period the shots were 15-4 for the Banjo-Mutts. But once the game went into OT, Calgary rallied and took just over a minute to gain victory through a goal by Cory Pritz. It was Butler v Reekie in the goaltending battle.

The results leave Calgary and UBC tied, with UBC having two games in hand, in the race for 4th. Sask falls to 3rd, one point behind Alberta and Manitoba.


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 3
REGINA COUGARS 4


|> [U of R Story - at U of L]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [U of L - Dustin Moore WHL Grad of the Month]


Those confounding Banjo-Cats do it again. They manage to claw away a point or two just when it seems they can be stuffed in a sack and fed to the pigs. Friday they held down the H0rny Ones to 21 shots and this gave them a chance to win. Regina had a 2-0 lead, fell behind 3-2, then rallied for the 4-3 win. In the race for 6th, Regina trails by 3 points with two games in hand.

NEXT UP:

Feb. 4
UBC at Manitoba : [Live Stats]
Calgary at Saskatchewan : [Live Stats]
Lethbridge at Regina : [Live Stats]

OUT EAST:

Jan. 31
McGill 7 UQTR 3

Feb. 2
York 1 Laurier 3
RMC 1 Queen's 4

Feb. 3
Nipissing 9 Ryerson 3
StFX 4 Moncton 3 - OT
UNB 3 Acadia 2
UPEI 5 Dalhousie 2
Saint Mary's 8 St. Thomas 2
Concordia 4 McGill 2
Queen's 0 UQTR 3
Lakehead 4 Brock 2
UOIT 4 Windsor 7
Waterloo 1 Western Ontario 5
Lethbridge 3 Regina 4
UBC 2 Manitoba 3 - SO
Calgary 3 Saskatchewan 2 - OT

OUA LeagueStat Page - has all summaries
AUS schedule/results : AUS stats

* link may be updated as you read
 

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Friday add-on:

I did not include the "how they lined up" segment in my Friday night recap, so here it is:

Manitoba

Goal:
1 Caligiuri (34 Friesen)

Defence:
4 Schappert - 5 Crowley
15 Mealy - 24 Bobbee
27 Schmidt - 20 Lockerby

Forwards:
23 Dittmer - 16 Walker - 26 Macaulay
11 Hellyer - 19 Duval - 9 Lowry
10 Rowinski - 17/18 Benias - 21 Cowan
22 Bestland - 14 Lauder - 6 Flynn

Scratches:
35 Deckert - 2 Erb - 3 Rumsey - 29 Davis

British California

Goal:
30 White (35 Barnstable)

Defence:
5 Pepe - 18 Kakoske
4 McGurk - 15 Yee
7 Wall - 8 Cumberbirch
6 Brkich (never saw him out there)

Forwards:
19 Wesden - 13 Schmidt - 10 Grassi
20 Hamilton - 11 Fleming - 17 Inglis
26 Desloges - 14 Kimber - 23 Pruden
22 Toye - 24 Juneau (mixed and matched with others)
 

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Discussion Starter #84 (Edited)
Feb. 4: Bisons 5, Thunderbirds 3

BISON RALLY TO WIN WITH STYLE


MANITOBA BISONS 5
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 3


|> [U of M Story and Stats] : [UBC Story] : [CW Saturday Recap]
|> [LS Summary] : [CW Standings] : [All Links]
|> [CIS Boxscore] : [CIS Saturday Round-up*] : [CIS Standings]


For the second night in a row the Tweety-Birds could not hold a 2-0 lead. I missed the first period because my son had a practice. So when we arrived, with a healthy appetite for cheeseburgers, we saw that UBC scored twice on six shots en route to a 2-0 lead. Tsk, tsk, I thought. The on-line summary disclosed that Max Grassi had both goals and that Jordan White made 12 saves in the UBC goal.

The Bisons were somewhat unfortunate when it came to penalty calls in the 2nd period. After one such penalty, Tyler Schmidt came out of the box and finished off a passing play between Tyler Dittmer and Ian Duval. I thought each of them could have shot, but instead passed, and in the end Schmidt had the whole net yawning at him as he recorded his first goal as a Bison. But another UBC PP resulted in a goal by Jordan Inglis (his 9th). So it was 3-1 for UBC after two.

There was a bit of a turning point in the 2nd period. The 4th line saw Darren Bestland make three big hits and Pat Flynn two more on a single shift.

There was a surprise goaltending change to start the 3rd period with Mark Friesen making his regular season debut in the Bison goal. He ended up stopping the 7 shots he faced. The impressive thing was that the Bisons generated good scoring chances on every shift. For the first 10 minutes they seemed to misfire all the time. Then, within a minute of each other, Brendan Rowinski scored from an extreme angle (his 10th) and Blair Macaulay sniped one from the right wing side (his 20th) by lifting the puck almost straight up. Suddenly it was 3-3 but by body language the Bisons had 'em reeling.

Eventually UBC took a penalty (on a chintzy call which equalized another chintzy call on Travis Mealy) and Macaulay notched one, this time from the left wing side on a picture perfect pass. Less than a minute after that one, Chris Benias scored his 5th of the year (a career high!) on a nice set-up by Del Cowan.

UBC seemed really worn out in the end. They don't utilize their whole bench very much and their top lines a d-pairs were out of gas in the end. They will be back in town on the 17th and 18th, and perhaps even again in the playoffs.

Here's how they lined up:

Manitoba

Goal:
1 Caligiuri - 34 Friesen

Defence:
4 Schappert - 20 Lockerby
27 Schmidt - 5 Crowley
15 Mealy - 24 Bobbee

Forwards:
23 Dittmer - 16 Walker - 26 Macaulay
11 Hellyer - 19 Duval - 9 Lowry
10 Rowinski - 17 Benias - 21 Cowan
22 Bestland - 14 Lauder - 6 Flynn

Scratches:
35 Deckert - 2 Erb - 3 Rumsey - 29 Davis

British California

Goal:
30 White (35 Barnstable)

Defence:
5 Pepe - 18 Kakoske
7 Wall - 15 Yee
4 McGurk (mixed with others)
8 Cumberbirch (never saw him out there)

Forwards:
26 Desloges - 13 Schmidt - 10 Grassi
20 Hamilton - 11 Fleming - 17 Inglis
24 Juneau - 23 Pruden - 14 Kimber
22 Toye - 19 Wesden - 9 Wilgosh

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:


CALGARY DINOS 3
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 0


|> [U of S Story - at U of C]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


The Dinos were facing adversity and came through. After their losses to UBC it looked like they would sink like a stone. But here they are, with a second sweep of the Banjo-Mutts. The result vaults Calgary two points ahead of UBC. However, UBC has two games in hand. Next weekend Calgary hosts Manitoba and UBC hosts Sask. UBC holds the tie-breaker over Calgary. I see that Dustin Butler was in goal for bioth games this weekend, with Lazaruk and DeSerres taking turns as backup. Sask continued their rotation, with Ryan Holfield getting the start in this one.


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 5
REGINA COUGARS 2


|> [U of R Story - at U of L]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


The Banjo-Cats needed a sweep. But they haven't had two strong games in a weekend all year so that was unlikely. The H0rny Ones outshot them 40-22 and walked away with a fairly decisive victory. Regina now trails the Horns by 5 points, and have only 4 games to catch them. Regina will be in Alberta next weekend and then have a home-and-home with Sask. If Regina can win in Alberta that would be a miracle eclipsed only by the Virgin Mary giving birth to you-know-who.

NEXT UP:

Feb. 10-11
Alberta at Regina : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
Manitoba at Calgary : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
Saskatchewan at UBC : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]

Feb. 17-18
UBC at Manitoba : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday] : [UMFM 101.5 Saturday]
Regina at Saskatchewan : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Video Friday]
Saskatchewan at Regina : [Live Stats Saturday]
Lethbridge at Alberta : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday] : [Live Video both nights]

OUT EAST:

Feb. 4
Ottawa 5 Concordia 3
UPEI 6 Acadia 1
StFX 3 St. Thomas 6
UNB 2 Dalhousie 3
Saint Mary's 3 Moncton 2
Carleton 3 McGill 4
Lakehead 4 Western Ontario 7
Brock 2 Windsor 5
Toronto 2 Nipissing 1
Laurier 2 Guelph 3 - OT
Lethbridge 5 Regina 2
Calgary 3 Saskatchewan 3
UBC 3 Manitoba 5

OUA LeagueStat Page - has all summaries
AUS schedule/results : AUS stats

* link may be updated as you read
 

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Mid-Week News

There has been a fair bit of mid-week news around the CIS. So here is a round-up of the stories.


The Winnipeg Free Press ran a story by Ashley Prest about the Bisons' run to first place. Blair Macaulay is quoted in the article. And he is U of M Male Athlete of the week, as announced at GoBisons.ca.


Could the Laurentian Voyageurs be making a comeback? Their university president and AD both say so, as quoted in NorthernLife.ca. It seems we can expect them sometime between 2013 and 2017. The story says Trent is the only other OUA school without a team. However, McMaster is also without one.


The Regina Leader-Post had stories on the Banjo-Cats' win and on their loss against the H0rny Ones last weekend. I doubt these Cats have any of their nine lives left. They face the Evil Monkeys this coming weekend. Ya, they could win. And an Evil Monkey might fly out of their butts!


The CIS announced (also at Boxscore News) that Gardiner MacDougall (UNB) will serve as Team Canada's head coach at the 26th Winter World University Games. Assistants will be Brad Peddle (St. FX) and Forbes MacPherson (UPEI).


The weekly Top 10 was announced, and is also at Boxscore News. Here is what they have:
1. Western Ontario (21-2-3)
2. UNB (17-5-3)
3. McGill (20-4-2)
4. Manitoba (17-5-2)
5. Alberta (16-6-2)
6. Saint Mary’s (17-7-2)
7. Moncton (16-8-1)
8. UPEI (17-8-0)
9. Saskatchewan (15-6-3)
10. UQTR (18-6-2)

The OHT34 has largely the same teams (only add Acadia and drop UQTR to #11). However, The McGilligutties and Urban Cowboys are hard to rank due to their weak schedules.


The CISBlog.ca has a Top 10 Tracker. Also, they have their RPI ranking system. It produces odd results in that it considers all conferences to be equal. Does anybody believe that UBC should ranked ahead of UNB?


The Bedrock Boys are pumped up after sweeping the Banjo-Mutts last weekend. They announced that goaltender Dustin Butler is the CW Player of the Week.


The CIS Blog also has their AUS Weekly Update posted.
 

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Preview: Bisons @ Dinos: Feb 10-11

WEEKEND PREVIEW

The penultimate weekend of the regular season is upon us. There are three different races in the CW. The three M's (Manitoba, Monkeys, and Mutts) are battling for 1st, the Dinos and Birds are fighting for 4th, and the H0rny Ones are being vainly pursued by the Banjo-Cats for 6th.


MANITOBA BISONS (17-5-2*, 2nd in OHT34)
CALGARY DINOS (14-11-1, 12th in OHT34)

Friday, February 10th, 8:00 p.m. CST @ Calgary
Saturday, February 11th, 8:00 p.m. CST @ Calgary


LIVE LINKS: [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
MANITOBA LINKS: [U of M Site] : [LS Roster] : [U of M Roster] : [LS Schedule/Results] : [LS Stats]
CALGARY LINKS: [U of C Preview - at CW Site] : [LS Roster] : [LS Schedule/Results] : [LS Stats]
OTHER LINKS: [CIS Site] : [CW Site] : [LS - Live Updates] : [CW Weekly Notes #16 (pdf)]
PRIOR GAMES AT CALGARY: [Oct 1 Bisons win 2-0] : [Oct 2 Bisons win 2-0]
PRIOR GAMES AT MANITOBA: [Nov 25 Bisons win 8-1] : [Nov 26 Bisons win 4-2]
OTHER STORIES: [Winnipeg Sun]

The Bisons lead the Evil Monkeys by two points in the race for 1st whilst the Bedrock Boys lead the Tweety=Birds by two points in the race for 4th. But these two games will be Calgary's last of the regular season. So Calgary has to end the weekend ahead of UBC if they want playoffs in Bedrock this year.

The Herd has walked all over the Dinos so far. But it is very hard to beat a team 6 straight. The Dinos have sputtered and failed to live up to their pre-season hype after going to the nationals last year and coming within a face-off of knocking off UNB on opening night. Their major downfall has been their 2-4 record against UBC. If they were 4-2 instead of 2-4 against them they would be a part of the "Big Four" which everybody anticipated.

Both sides are coming off 4 point weekends where each helped the other out. Manitoba swept UBC and Calgary swept Sask.

Usually the Bisons would be happy with two points in Bedrock. But that may not be enough in a tight race for first.

ELSEWHERE:


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (16-6-2*, 6th in OHT34)
REGINA COUGARS (5-17-2, 30th in OHT34)


|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
|> [U of R Site] : [U of A Site]


The Puddy-Tats are one miserable team this year. And they are desperate, trailing Lethbridge by 5 points. Since the H0rny Ones are having a bye week, Regina needs at least two points to stay alive. Normally, even a weak team could reasonably shoot for a split at home. But Regina have been badly outshot in almost every game they have played since pre-season. They are 0-3-1 against Alberta so far. Their last game was an OTL, which gives a glimmer of hope.

To put things into perspective, Alberta has finished first every year since 1999-2000 (when they were one point behind Sask). So it is quite a streak at stake over the next two weeks.


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (15-6-3, 5th in OHT34)
UBC THUNDERBIRDS (12-9-3, 13th in OHT34)


|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
|> [UBC Site] : [U of S Site]
|> [Star Phoenix Story] : [Vancouver Province]


The British Californians have had a better than expected season. They are tantalizingly close to getting to host a playoff series for the first time since tie-dyed shirts and bell-bottoms were the rage. They trail Calgary by two and hold the tiebreaker.

Sask trails Alberta by one and Manitoba by three. They have fallen from first and probably need a sweep if they want to have a shot at a first round bye. After their sweep of the Evil Monkeys, they have gone 0-4. They have scored only 5 goals in those 4 games. Their vaunted offence has been stymied in consecutive series. But their top line still holds 3 of the top 4 places in the scoring race.

LINKS AND STORIES:
|> [CIS Standings] : [CIS Schedule/Results/Links]
|> [Top 10 - at CIS]
|> [OHT34] : [AUS Weekly Update]

* Alberta's OTL to Manitoba was converted to a W
 

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Feb. 10: Dinos 5, Bisons 4 (so)

HERD SQUANDERS BIG LEAD IN BEDROCK


MANITOBA BISONS 4
CALGARY DINOS 5

(in overtime)
|> [U of C Story] : [U of M Story and Stats] : [CW Friday Recap]
|> [LS Summary] : [CW Standings] : [All Links]
|> [CIS Boxscore] : [CIS Friday Round-up*] : [CIS Standings]


Without any on-line audio or video, I had to follow along with LeagueStat's live updates. I was quite enjoying the first period, as the Bisons amassed a 4-1 lead. Amaziningly, they did so on only 7 shots on goal. Two different Calgary goaltenders gave up two goals each.

It seems that the Bisons tried to nurse the lead. Mid-way through the second, that still looked fine. But that's when Calgary started a slow comeback.

In lineup notes, Jordan Davis dressed and Travis Mealy did not. Otherwise the line-up remained the same. Mark Friesen was the starter in goal and Joe Caligiuri was his backup.

I had some trepidation about the series because 6 straight wins is never easy. With the Monkeys and Mutts both winning, the Bisons need points in the Saturday rematch. Still, the single point keeps the Herd atop the CW standings, one point ahead of Alberta and two up on Sask with only three games left. And they hold the tie-breaker over both.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6
REGINA COUGARS 2


|> [U of R Story - at U of A]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


Well, this was expected. The Cougars have been bad all year and this game followed their script. In a must-win game on home ice, they were outshot 11-3 in the first period and were behind 2-0. In Saturday's rematch the Cougars must win or be eliminated. One would hope they can muster one good performance per weekend (as they often do) in such circumstances. The Evil Monkeys must have pulled some strings to get their extra road series in Regina and their extra home series against the H0rny Ones.


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 4


|> [UBC Story - at U of S]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


This was, as expected a close battle. Sask built a 3-0 first period lead in 9:09 and chased UBC's goaltender, Jordan White. He has been their foundation all year. The change did UBC some good as the game was tied after they scored a pair of goals early in the third. But, in the end, the Mutts pulled it out in regulation and stayed in contention for first place. UBC now trails Calgary by four points in the race for 4th place. But Calgary has but one game left, and UBC has three and holds the tie-breaker. I would expect the Saturday rematch to be another close affair.

NEXT UP:

Feb. 11
Alberta at Regina : [Live Stats Saturday]
Manitoba at Calgary : [Live Stats Saturday]
Saskatchewan at UBC : [Live Stats Saturday]

OUT EAST:

Feb. 8
UPEI 4 Moncton 6
St. Thomas 0 UNB 5
Dalhousie 1 StFX 2
McGill 5 Concordia 0

Feb. 9
Western Ontario 5 UOIT 9
Windsor 3 Guelph 1
Queen's 2 Ryerson 3

Feb. 10
Moncton 4 St. Thomas 3 - OT
Dalhousie 2 Acadia 4
UNB 4 UPEI 1
Saint Mary's 4 StFX 5 - 2OT
UQTR 3 Carleton 6
McGill 3 Ottawa 2
Guelph 3 York 5
Ryerson 3 Nipissing 4
Brock 2 Lakehead 4
Laurier 2 Waterloo 4
RMC 0 Toronto 6

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Feb. 11: Bisons 1, Dinos 0 (so)

BISONS SURVIVE NIGHT OF NAILBITERS


MANITOBA BISONS 1
CALGARY DINOS 0

(in shoot-out)
|> [U of C Story] : [U of M Story and Stats] : [CW Saturday Recap]
|> [LS Summary] : [CW Standings] : [All Links]
|> [CIS Boxscore] : [CIS Saturday Round-up*] : [CIS Standings]


This was a night of extreme tension but, in the end, it finished exactly where it started. And that suits the Bisons just fine. The Monkeys are one point back and the Mutts are two points back, with two games left for each of them and the Bisons holding the tie-breaker in any two-way tie.

After Friday night was a shoot-out in Bedrock, both sides seemed content to check first and wait for a break. After 70 minutes, none happened. Even in the ensuing shoot-out there was but one goal, by Bison d-man Jeremy Schappert. Joe Caligiuri was back in the Bison goal. (That's three shut-outs for him against the Dinos this season, BTW.)

To see just how defence-oriented the teams were, check out the shots stats in the summaries. The first period was 5-4 for Calgary. In the third they went nuts, with 8 apiece.

In roster notes, Myles Rumsey was scratched again. However, Travis Mealy was back in and Jordan Davis was scratched.

Calgary is now finished their regular season and have secured 4th place. They will host UBC in a quarter-final series for about the zillionth time. Manitoba will wrap up against UBC next weekend at the Max Bell. They would secure first place with a three point weekend.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4
REGINA COUGARS 3

(in shoot-out)
|> [U of R Story - [U of A Story*]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


To call this one a heart-breaker for the Puddy-Tats would be a severe understatement. With their season on the line they took the lead and held it until the last 4 minutes of the game. Regina took a 2-0 lead into the 1st intermission on a pair of goals by former Bison Terrance DeLaRonde. The teams excjhanged 2nd period goals so it was 3-1 heading into the 3rd period. The Evil Monkeys appeared to dominate the 3rd period, with an 18-4 shots advantage. However, the score did not change until 16:38 when the Monkeys made it 3-2. They then tied it with their goaltender pulled. Overtime settled nothing and so it was off to a shoot-out. That, too, went into extra time with Saudi Alberta scoring twice on 6 shots.

I was following along by constantly hitting "refresh". With the Bisons locked in a scoreless battle all night, this turnabout by Regina was enough to make one groan. I did not have high hopes for Regina. But when a miracle was about to unfold, I thought maybe tonight would be the night that Cindy Crawford showed up at my front door wearing nothing but a pair of high heels. (As I post, she has yet to show.)


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 0


|> [UBC Story : [U of S Story*]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


And in the end, UBC end up at the high end (5th place) of their usual standing (between 5th and 7th) in the CW. It seemed that this could be the year where they finally host a series. I was expecting a light battle in this one. One oddity here was that the Banjo-Mutts scored two shorthanded goals.

In a roster note, UBC went with backup goaltender Kraymer Barnstable over workhorse Jordan White. I noticed that White was pulled in Friday's game.

Sask now sits in an awkward place. They are one point back of Alberta and two back of Manitoba. They hold the 3-way tie-breaker (which seems a bit unlikely now, but possible) and the 2-way tie-breaker with Alberta. However, Manitoba holds the 2-way tie-breaker over them.

NEXT UP:

Feb. 17-18
UBC at Manitoba : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday] : [UMFM 101.5 Saturday]
Regina at Saskatchewan : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Video Friday]
Saskatchewan at Regina : [Live Stats Saturday]
Lethbridge at Alberta : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday] : [Live Video both nights]

OUT EAST:

Feb. 11
St. Thomas 0 UPEI 5
UOIT 2 Laurier 3
Concordia 0 Carleton 7
Moncton 1 UNB 4
Acadia 0 Saint Mary's 2
StFX 5 Dalhousie 4
UQTR 5 Ottawa 3
Toronto 3 RMC 1
York 2 Western Ontario 1
Waterloo 3 Windsor 6
Brock 4 Lakehead 6
Nipissing 6 Queen's 4

The eastern playoffs will begin next weekend. Here's a brief capsule:

AUS quarter-finals:
Byes: #1 New Brunswick and #2 Saint Mary's
#3 Moncton v #6 St. Francis-Xavier
#4 UPEI v #5 Acadia

OUA East quarter-finals:
#1 McGill v #8 Concordia
#2 UQTR v #7 Ryerson
#3 Nipissing v #6 Ottawa
#4 Toronto v #5 Carleton

OUA West quarter-finals:
#1 Western Ontario v #8 Laurier
#2 Lakehead v #7 Guelph
#3 Waterloo v #6 Brock
#4 York v #5 Windsor

OUA LeagueStat Page - has all summaries
AUS schedule/results : AUS stats

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The Bison scenarios: If ...

Manitoba gets 3 or 4 points:
1st assured

Manitoba gets 2 points:
2nd if Sask gets 4 and Alberta gets 4
3rd if Sask gets 4 and Alberta gets 3
1st if Sask gets 4 and Alberta gets 2 or less
2nd if Sask gets 3 or less and Alberta gets 4
1st if Sask gets 3 or less and Alberta gets 3 or less

Manitoba gets 1 point:
3rd if Sask gets 4 and Alberta gets 3 or 4
2nd if Sask gets 4 and Alberta gets 2 or less
2nd if Sask gets 3 or less and Alberta gets 3 or 4
3rd if Sask gets 3 and Alberta gets 2
1st if Sask gets 3 or less and Alberta gets 1 or less

Manitoba gets 0 points:
3rd if Sask gets 3 or more and Alberta gets 2 or more
2nd if Sask gets 3 or more and Alberta gets 1 or less
2nd if Sask gets 2 and Alberta gets 2 or more
3rd if Sask gets 2 and Alberta gets 1
1st if Sask gets 2 or less and Alberta gets 0
1st if Sask gets 1 or less and Alberta gets 1 or less
2nd if Sask gets 1 or less and Alberta gets 2 or more
 

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Preview: UBC @ Bisons: Feb 17-18

WEEKEND PREVIEW

We enter the final weekend of the regular season on the CW schedule with the top 3 spots up for grabs. What is known is that Calgary will be 4th, UBC 5th, Lethbridge 6th, and Regina 7th when the season ends on Saturday night. Meanwhile, the playoffs are starting out east. Here's how the CW series shape up:


UBC THUNDERBIRDS (12-11-3, 15th in OHT34)
MANITOBA BISONS (18-5-3*, 2nd in OHT34)

Friday, February 17th, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Max Bell Arena U of M
Saturday, February 18th, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Max Bell Arena U of M


LIVE LINKS: [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday] : [UMFM 101.5 Saturday]
MANITOBA LINKS: [U of M Site] : [LS Roster] : [U of M Roster] : [LS Schedule/Results] : [LS Stats]
UBC LINKS: [UBC Site] : [LS Roster] : [LS Schedule/Results] : [LS Stats]
OTHER LINKS: [CW Site] : [LS - Live Updates] : [CW Weekly Notes #17 (pdf)]
PRIOR GAMES AT UBC: [Nov 18 UBC wins 2-1] : [Nov 19 Bisons win 4-2]
PRIOR GAMES AT MANITOBA: [Feb 3 Bisons win 3-2] : [Feb 4 Bisons win 5-3]
OTHER STORIES: [Calgiuri Player of the Week]

So, here we are at the end of the regular season and the Bisons can assure themselves of 1st place with 3 points in 2 games against the British Californians. After last weekend's results the Tweety-Birds are assured of 5th place and a quarter-final series in Calgary next weekend. If the Bisons finish 1st or 2nd they will enjoy a bye to a semi-final which they would host. However, if they fall to 3rd they would host Lethbridge in a quarter-final.

The Bisons will be paced by two forwards with "Cy Young Numbers", Blair Macaulay (22-9 31) and Brendan Rowinski (11-8 19 in 21 games). The Bisons also have three more players in the top 20 scorers: Tyler Dittmer (6-15 21), Jeremy Schappert (4-17 21), and Ian Duval (9-11 20).

UBC has three top 20 scorers of their own: Max Grassi (9-16 25), Jordan Inglis (10-10 20), and Scott Wasden (10-9 19).

UBC was riding high after the Jan 20-21 weekend. They just swept the Bedrock Boys as part of a six game winning streak and it seemed they could be hosting a quarter-final series. But then they split a home ice set against Alberta, were swept in Manitoba, then were swept at home by Sask. That means they cannot catch idle Calgary.

One question for UBC is goaltending. Jordan White was a one-man show. However, he gave up 3 goals on 8 shots in the first 9 minutes of last Friday's game and was yanked. Kraymer Barnstable finished up, and started Saturday's game (his first start of the season). However, he too was yanked when he gave up 4 goals on 18 shots in 27 minutes. They will need to sort out this position for next weekend.

Any way you look at it, this is a very important weekend for the Bisons. Alberta has finished first in the CW every season since 1999-2000 when were 2 points behind Sask. (The time before that was 1996-97.) They have already set a CW team record for points (have 39, old record 36) and have tied the team record for wins (18). Their GPAC records were 39 for points and 19 for wins. The Bisons have not finished first since rejoining the CW in 1986.

ELSEWHERE:


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (17-6-3, 5th in OHT34)
REGINA COUGARS (5-18-3, 31st in OHT34)


|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday] : [Live Video Friday]
|> [U of R Site] : [U of S Preview]


The Battle of Bumpkinville has been a one-sided affair this year. So the Banjo-Mutts are assured that they will be the ones wearing the Melonhead Crown this off-season after winning all four games so far. The first home-and-home in October was decided by scores of 5-2 and 5-4. But in December in Saskatown the scores were 10-2 and 6-0. Regina has been, by far and away, the worst team in the CW this year. However, they came perilously close to a win over the Evil Monkeys last weekend which would have radically altered the outlook for this weekend.

I suspect that the Banjo-Cats will rally to have one close game on the weekend. The question is whether they can prevent Sask from picking up 4 points. It is hard to beat a team 6 times in a row.


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (7-16-3, 25th in OHT34)
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (18-6-2*, 6th in OHT34)


|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday] : [Live Video Both Nights]
|> [U of A Preview - at Boxscore News] : [U of L Preview]


It is possible that the same two teams could meet again next week, provided that Lethbridge denies at least one point to the Monkeys. The Monkeys won 3-1 and 2-1 in Lethbridge and 5-0 and 6-1 in Edmontown.

Also, every point that the H0rny Ones can deny the Evil Monkeys reduces the points the Bisons will need to clinch first. So expect the Herd to send a crate of Viagra to their locker room for this series.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:



Feb. 15

QUEEN'S GOLDEN GAELS 2
MCGILL REDMEN 3

(McGill leads OUAE quarter-final 1-0.)
|> [Boxscore]


UQTR PATRIOTES 2
RYERSON RAMS 9

(Ryerson leads OUAE quarter-final 1-0.)
|> [Boxscore]


TORONTO VARSITY BLUES 2
CARLETON RAVENS 6

(Carleton leads OUAE quarter-final 1-0.)
|> [Boxscore]


NIPISSING LAKERS 2
OTTAWA GEEGEES 5

(Ottawa leads OUAE quarter-final 1-0.)
|> [Boxscore]


LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES 4
GUELPH GRYPHONS 5

(Guelph leads OUAW quarter-final 1-0.)
|> [Boxscore]


LINKS AND STORIES:
|> [CIS Standings] : [CIS Schedule/Results/Links]
|> [CIS PlayoffSchedule/Results/Links]
|> [Top 10 - at CIS - at CW - at Boxscore News]
|> [CW Weekend Preview] : [OHT34]

* Alberta's OTL to Manitoba was converted to a W
 

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February 16, 2012

MORE NEWS AND LINKS:

[Saskatoon Star-Phoenix: Sask weekend preview] - It is good they have a full preview story and here's a quote:
They will host at least one playoff series at home, whether that’s a Canada West quarter-final or Canada West semifinal.

The University of Saskatchewan Hockey Huskies can’t worry about all these different scenarios, says head coach Dave Adolph.

“For the last 10 years, we’ve always worried about somebody else — the Bears — or something else,” Adolph said Thursday. “All we’ve got to do is just start playing our game, if everybody plays the same way. We played really well, for the first time in a long time, in B.C. last Saturday night (5-0 win) and we’ve just got to keep playing that way.
[The Manitoban: U of M Makes a Robot] - In a few years time we'll have men's, women's, and robots divisions in the CW. I'll bet a team of Manitoba Robots would kick the crap out of a team of Alberta Evil Monkeys.
Programmers working at the Autonomous Agents Laboratory may have developed the world’s first humanoid-robot ice-hockey player.

Chris Iverach-Brereton, a computer science graduate student at the U of M, has been programming Jennifer — a DARwin open platform named after Canadian hockey player Jennifer Botterill — for less than a month.

Thus far the robot is capable of taking a shot, stick handling and taking rudimentary strides on some makeshift skates. She makes her moves with a miniature Bison hockey stick.


[Winnipeg Free Press: Caligiuri Athlete of the Week] - The story was a bare-bones announcement.

[Edmonton Journal: Hunter’s first pro season a success] - The former Monkey and Headingley native is playing for the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL this year.

[LINKS] - Every link you need to follow CIS hockey is at this link. Included are league, team, media, and stats sites.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:



ST. FRANCIS-XAVIER X-MEN 0
MONCTON AIGLES BLEUS 3

(Moncton leads AUS quarter-final 1-0.)
|> [Boxscore]




LAURIER GOLDEN HAWKS 2
WESTERN ONTARIO MUSTANGS 4

(WO leads OUAW quarter-final 1-0.)
|> [Boxscore]


BROCK BADGERS 2
WATERLOO WARRIORS 1

(in overtime)
(Brock leads OUAW quarter-final 1-0.)
|> [Boxscore]


YORK LIONS 4
WINDSOR LANCERS 5

(in overtime)
(Windsor leads OUAW quarter-final 1-0.)
|> [Boxscore]
 

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Feb. 17: Bisons 3, UBC 1

BISONS CAN SMELL FIRST PLACE


UBC THUNDERBIRDS 1
MANITOBA BISONS 3


|> [U of M Preview] : [U of M Story and Stats] [- at UBC] : [CW Friday Recap]
|> [LS Summary] : [CW Standings] : [All Links]
|> [CIS Boxscore] : [CIS Friday Round-up*] : [CIS Standings]


On a night when the Bisons were getting no help at all on the out-of-ton scoreboard, they had to take care of matters themselves. And that they did. The Bisons played hard, generated lots of scoring chances, and were never caught running around in their own end for prolonged periods. The win assures the Bisons of at least 2nd place. And even an OTL in Saturday's rematch would give them 1st.

For those who cannot make it out to the Saturday night game, the game will now be shown on-line at CanadaWest.tv.

The Bisons came out strong and each line generated a good scoring chance on their first shift. After 5 minutes the pressure resulted in a goal when Dane Crowley scored on a wrap-around. The Bisons really dominated the first half of the period and had numerous outstanding scoring chances, only to hit a post or be foiled by Tweety-Bird 'tender Jordan White. I had the impression that with another goal UBC may have tossed in the towel. But as the period wore on they found their game. Though the Bisons generally carried the play, one UBC counter-attack resulted in a goal by Scott Wasden after 11 minutes.

The 2nd period was more evenly played, though the Bisons generated the better scoring chances and had a few more goalposts. (This truly was the night of the goalpost for them.) Things were getting tense for me as play entered the final minute and the score remained tied. However, in the last minute of play Ian Duval notched his 10th of the season on a nice passing play with linemates Mike Hellyer and Matt Lowry.

The 3rd period was much the same as the 2nd. However, there was one very long stretch of highly entertaining end-to-end hockey that took a lot of time off the clock. An empty-netter by the pesky Chris Benias was all the scoring.

IMO, UBC ought to know now that Jordan White is the goaltender they need in the playoffs. After they messed about by yanking each goaltender last weekend, I suspect all is back to normal now. That said, they may way White to go into next week on a high note and give Barnstable the start on Saturday.

Here's how they lined up:

MANITOBA

Goal:
Caligiuri (Friesen)

Defence:
Schmidt - Crowley
Schappert - Lockerby
Mealy - Bobbee

Forwards:
Dittmer - Walker - Macaulay
Hellyer - Duval - Lowry
Cowan - Benias - Rowinski
Bestland - Lauder - Flynn

UBC

Goal:
30 White (35 Barnstable)

Defence:
7 Wall - 18 Kakoske
4 McGurk - 15 Yee (Schmidt also played D)
6 Brkich - 8 Cumberbirch (usually mixed with others)

Forwards
19 Wasden - 11 Fleming - 26 Desloges
24 Juneau - 12 McRae - 7 Wall
20 Hamilton - 23 Pruden - 14 Kimber
21 Wray - 13 Schmidt - 9 Wilgosh

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:


REGINA COUGARS 1
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 8


|> [U of S Story] : [U of R Site*]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


The Banjo-Mutts whipped the Banjo-Cats in their 5th straight win in this season's Battle of the Bumpkins. The 1st period basically ended the game. The Mutts outshot the Puddy=Tats 23-5 en route to a 3-0 lead. But, in what is perhaps an omen, Regina did something unusual. They outshot Sask in each of the last two periods, 27-22 overall. Regina went with #2 goaltender Andrew Hayes. That must mean they are saving Lucas Gore for their home game of the series. After last Saturday's game against Alberta, one cannot discount the chance for an upset. But it won't matter to Manitoba!


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 3
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 7


|> [U of A Story*] : [U of L Story]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


There was a crazy 1st period in this one which made me think that maybe there was an upset in the offing. Though being outshot 19-7, Lethbridge was tied 3-3. The rest of the night, though, saw the H0rny Ones go limp as they mustered only 10 more shots as the Evil Monkeys cruised to a victory. In the end they were outshot 44-17. They better stiffen up their D if they want to mount a challenge in the playoffs.

NEXT UP:

Feb. 18
UBC at Manitoba : [Live Stats] : [UMFM 101.5] : [Live Video]
Saskatchewan at Regina : [Live Stats]
Lethbridge at Alberta : [Live Stats] : [Live Video]

OUT EAST:



ST. FRANCIS-XAVIER X-MEN -
MONCTON AIGLES BLEUS -

(Moncton leads AUS quarter-final 1-0.)

ACADIA AXEMEN 3
UPEI PANTHERS 4

(UPEI leads AUS quarter-final 1-0.)
|> [Boxscore]




WESTERN ONTARIO MUSTANGS 2
LAURIER GOLDEN HAWKS 1

(WO wins OUAW quarter-final 2-0.)
|> [Boxscore]


GUELPH GRYPHONS 1
LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES 5

(OUAW quarter-final tied 1-1.)
|> [Boxscore]


WATERLOO WARRIORS 4
BROCK BADGERS 7

(Brock wins OUAW quarter-final 2-0.)
|> [Boxscore]


YORK LIONS -
WINDSOR LANCERS -

(Windsor leads OUAW quarter-final 1-0.)

MCGILL REDMEN 5
QUEEN'S GOLDEN GAELS 1

(McGill wins OUAE quarter-final 2-0.)
|> [Boxscore]


UQTR PATRIOTES -
RYERSON RAMS -

(Ryerson leads OUAE quarter-final 1-0.)

OTTAWA GEEGEES 3
NIPISSING LAKERS 1

(Ottawa wins OUAE quarter-final 2-0.)
|> [Boxscore]


TORONTO VARSITY BLUES -
CARLETON RAVENS -

(Carleton leads OUAE quarter-final 1-0.)

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CIS Playoff Schedule/Results

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Feb. 18: Bisons 5, Thnderbirds 4 (ot)

BISONS WIN THE PENNANT ... ALL DECENT PEOPLE REJOICE


UBC THUNDERBIRDS 4
MANITOBA BISONS 5

(in overtime)
|> [U of M Story and Stats] : [UBC Story] : [CW Saturday Recap]
|> [LS Summary] : [CW Standings] : [All Links]
|> [CIS Boxscore] : [CIS Saturday Round-up*] : [CIS Standings]


The Bisons made this one a lot closer than it needed to be. But, in the end, the Monkeys and Mutts were left disappointed as they vainly won their games whilst watching the Herd claim their first CW regular season title since 1971. Of course, they won several GPAC titles in the years when the conferences were split. The Bison historical records are at GoBisons.ca.

The Bisons could have had this one finished in the 1st period. Jeremy Schappert scored his 5th and 6th goals of the season to give the Bisons a 2-0 lead. The play was solidly one-way traffic as they outshot UBC 12-4. However, Joe Caligiuri must have gone cold because he allowed a weak goal from the point on a shot by Wyatt Hamilton and UBC escaped the period down by only one goal. Since the Bisons had managed oodles of top-quality scoring chances, it seemed fair to think that the UBC goal was an anomaly and that the Bisons could pick up where they left off in the 2nd period.

Such was partially the case. While the Bisons did not create a steady stream of havoc in the UBC end, they did only surrender 5 shots on goal the entire period. But two of those went in. Both were power play goals. Hamilton's second of the night was a bouncer from the point that went through the five hole. A very weak goal. The go-ahead goal from Michael Wilgosh was a well-placed PP goal.

Thus, the Bisons entered the 3rd period trailing a game they had been dominating. They definitely picked up the pace as shift after shift they hit hard and skated hard and generally got at least one good scoring chance. Early pressure led to a PP and Blair Macaulay was presented witha wide-open net and he just doesn't miss those. That gave him a CIS-leading 23rd goal. Each line took their turn and just over three minutes into the period Ian Duval scored his 11th and it appeared the Bisons were ready to trample them. However, UBC leveled the sore when Jason Yee stepped in from the point. After the score was tied UBC seldom penetrated the Bison zone and when they did it was one shot from the outside and then they were out.

Once the game was getting late the Bisons were happy to let the clock tick and get the point they needed to secure 1st place. So, uniquely, the overtime lacked the tension of the 3rd period. Brendan Rowinski's 12th of the season ended the season on a winning note as the Bisons celebrated a title.



The line-ups and cominations were the same as in Friday's game, except that UBC went with Barnstable in goal.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4
REGINA COUGARS 1


|> [U of R Story - at U of S]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


After giving the Evil Monkeys a scare last weekend, one would have held out some hope for more fight from the Banjo-Cats this weekend. But while this was not a pasting, it was a decisive win for the Banjo-Mutts. Who would have thought they could win 6 games against their fellow bumpkins.


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 3
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6


|> [U of A Story*] : [U of L Site*]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


The H0rny Ones were able to score a load of early goals against the Evil Monkeys but once again they faded as the game wore on. This was an odd game in that Alberta had four PP goals and Lethbridge had two more. And, Lethbridge scored one shorthanded. Anyhow, the 'Horns had a 3-2 lead 20 seconds into the 2nd period.

Therefore, the weekends ends as it started. Manitoba is 1st, one point back is Alberta, and ne more point back is Sask.

NEXT UP:

Feb. 24-26
UBC at Calgary : [Live Stats*] : [Live Video TBD]
Lethbridge at Saskatchewan : [Live Stats*] : [Live Video TBD]

OUT EAST:



MONCTON AIGLES BLEUS 2
ST. FRANCIS-XAVIER X-MEN 3

(AUS quarter-final tied 1-1.)
|> [Boxscore]
|> NOTES: Game 3 Feb. 20 @ Moncton.


ACADIA AXEMEN -
UPEI PANTHERS -

(UPEI leads AUS quarter-final 1-0.)
|> NOTES: Game 2 Feb. 19 @ Acadia.




WESTERN ONTARIO MUSTANGS -
LAURIER GOLDEN HAWKS -

(WO already won OUAW quarter-final 2-0.)

GUELPH GRYPHONS 2
LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES 3

(Lakehead wins OUAW quarter-final 2-1.)
|> [Boxscore]


WATERLOO WARRIORS -
BROCK BADGERS -

(Brock already won OUAW quarter-final 2-0.)

YORK LIONS 1
WINDSOR LANCERS 5

(Windsor wins OUAW quarter-final 2-0.)
|> [Boxscore]

NOTES: OUA-West semi-finals will be Western Ontario v Brock and Lakehead v Windsor. Schedules TBA.


MCGILL REDMEN -
QUEEN'S GOLDEN GAELS -

(McGill already won OUAE quarter-final 2-0.)

UQTR PATRIOTES 7
RYERSON RAMS 5

(OUAE quarter-final tied 1-1.)
|> [Boxscore]
|> NOTES: Game 3 Feb. 19 @ UQTR.


OTTAWA GEEGEES -
NIPISSING LAKERS -

(Ottawa already won OUAE quarter-final 2-0.)

CARLETON RAVENS 0
TORONTO VARSITY BLUES 3

(OUAE quarter-final tied 1-1.)
|> [LeagueStat Summary - no CIS Boxscore as I post]
NOTES: Game 3 Feb. 19 @ Toronto.

NOTES: If Ryerson wins they would play McGill and the Carleton/Toronto winner would play Ottawa. If UQTR wins they would play the Carleton/Toronto winner and McGill would play Ottawa.


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February 19, 2012


The Bison story on Saturday's win is also now posted at Boxscore News.

Also, on the subject of the last Bison 1st place finish in the CW, I dug through the somewhat sparse CW and Bison history pages. It seems that even though the Bisons last finished 1st in 1971, they then competed in the GPAC from the 1971-72 season to the 1984-85 season. During that period they had four playoff championships. I have not found the regular season standings.

In the 1984 and 1985 national playoffs the Bisons played Alberta in a preliminary series as GPAC v CW champs. In 1984 Alberta hosted the series and won 2-0. They were 20-4-0 (40 points) and Manitoba was 19-4-1 (39 points). In 1985 Manitoba hosted the series and lost 2-1 with game 3 being in overtime. Alberta was 20-4-0 (40 points) and Manitoba was 17-3-4 (38 points).

Starting in 1985-86, Manitoba has been back in the CW, which is still 25 years without a 1st place finish.

Of note, there was no automatic berth in the nationals for the two conference champions. Which makes one question why there is an automatic berth for Quebec, even though they play in Ontario and their berth can be claimed by an Ontario team.

In any event, the Bisons' 43 points this year breaks their former record of 39 points, set in 1984.


The CW has released details of the quarter-finals. All games will be at 7:00 local time, except for game 3 at Calgary which will start at 5:00. The Sask games will be shown on CanadaWest.tv.

OUT EAST:



MONCTON AIGLES BLEUS 2
ST. FRANCIS-XAVIER X-MEN 3

(AUS quarter-final tied 1-1.)
|> NOTES: Game 3 Feb. 20 @ Moncton.


UPEI PANTHERS 3
ACADIA AXEMEN 4

(AUS quarter-final tied 1-1.)
|> [Boxscore]
|> NOTES: Game 3 Feb. 20 @ UPEI.

|> NOTES: If Moncton wins then they would play Saint Mary's and New Brunswick would play the winner of UPEI/Acadia. If St FX wins then they would play New Brunswick and Saint Mary's would play the winner of UPEI/Acadia.




MCGILL REDMEN -
QUEEN'S GOLDEN GAELS -

(McGill already won OUAE quarter-final 2-0.)

RYERSON RAMS 3
UQTR PATRIOTES 5

(UQTR wins OUAE quarter-final 2-1.)
|> [Boxscore]


OTTAWA GEEGEES -
NIPISSING LAKERS -

(Ottawa already won OUAE quarter-final 2-0.)

CARLETON RAVENS 4
TORONTO VARSITY BLUES 3

(in overtime)
(Toronto wins OUAE quarter-final 2-1.)
|> [Boxscore]

NOTES: The OUA East semi-finals will be McGill v Ottawa and UQTR v Toronto.


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February 20, 2012

NEWS UPDATES:


The Tweety-Birds had a pair of stories. One was in The Vancouver Province, about their losses to the Bisons and next weekend's trip to Bedrock, and the other was on d-man #18 Ryan Kakoske. Kakoske is a Junior "A" grad, one of many relied upon by UBC this year. He had loads of playing time against the Bisons this year.






Sask's weekend report was reprinted at The Boxscore News.


With the Mount Royal Cougars set to enter the CW next year it serves to check in on them once in a while. They wrapped up the regular season against the SAIT Trojans. The Calgary Herald had a story which reports that there was a fair bit of bad feeling in what could be their final meeting in a match full of cheap shots. The teams drew 2-2 on Friday and SAIT won 4-2 on Saturday. But MRU finished first with 48 points, 5 ahead of Augustana. SAIT was 3rd and will face 6th place MacEwan in one quarter-final, while 4th place NAIT will face 5th place Concordia.

OUT EAST:



ST. FRANCIS-XAVIER X-MEN 0
MONCTON AIGLES BLEUS 1

(Moncton wins AUS quarter-final 2-1.)
|> [Boxscore]
|> NOTES: Moncton will play Saint Mary's in the semi-finals.


ACADIA AXEMEN 4
UPEI PANTHERS 5

(in double overtime)
(UPEI wins AUS quarter-final 2-1.)
|> [Boxscore]
|> NOTES: UPEI will play New Brunswick in the semi-finals.


CIS Sunday Round-Up
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Preview: Quarter-Final Weekend

WEEKEND PREVIEW


After wrapping up first place on the weekend the Bisons, as well as the Evil Monkeys, are off on a bye week. The Bisons announced their semi-final schedule and ticket prices. The games will go Friday, Saturday, and (if necessary) Sunday (March 2-4) at 7:00 p.m. each night. Adult tickets will be $12, and students and seniors will pay $7. Ashley Prest also has a story in the Winnipeg Free Press.

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LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (7-18-3, 25th in OHT34)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (19-6-3, 4th in OHT34)


|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday] : [Live Video Both Nights]
|> [U of S Site] : [U of L Preview] : [Star-Phoenix Preview]
|> [Sept. 30: Sask 5-2] : [Oct. 1: Sask 4-3 (ot)]
|> [Oct. 21: Leth 3-1] : [Oct. 22: Sask 2-1 (ot)]
|> [Jan. 6: Sask 5-2] : [Jan. 7: Leth 3-2]
|> [Lethbridge Stats] : [Saskatchewan Stats]


At first glance the H0rny Ones are in over their heads in what should be a playoff mismatch. However, they achieved their greatest success this year against teams from the Land o' Hillbillies. Of course, they took care of Regina so that they could squeak into the playoffs as the #6 seed. What may be harder to explain is the fact that they were 2-2-2 against the El Grande Inbreds.

Still, in the playoffs there are no points for overtime losses. The Banjo-Mutts may have had a tough time with Lethbridge, but over the season they scored 109 goals and gave up 70. Lethbridge scored only 70 and gave up 116, almost the exact opposite. Sask has 3 of the top 4 scorers (Hulak, Bortis, and Ross) in the league.

However, Sask has been a very streaky team. They have had three 4-game winning streaks and one 4-game losing streak. In fact, they had one of each within their last 8 games of the season. They also have split the goaltending in half. The Holfield/Reekie combination was solid enough, ranking ever-so-slightly behind Manitoba and Alberta. But if you have two starters, do you have any?

In the past, Lethbridge has always been capable of relying upon the goaltending of Scott Bowles for upsets. However, this has been his weakest season in his four years in the league. Despite somewhat shaky stats (4.24 GAA and .880 save pct.) he played 26 games. Backup Dylan Tait had better numbers but basically played a mop-up role. There are those who say they would be better off with a switch.


UBC THUNDERBIRDS (12-12-4, 15th in OHT34)
CALGARY DINOS (15-11-2, 12th in OHT34)


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|> [Jan. 20: UBC 2-1] : [Jan. 21: UBC 3-2]
|> [UBC Stats] : [Calgary Stats]


When British California swept the Bedrock Boys in January it looked like they were well on their way to hosting a playoff series for the first time since Fred and Barney were bowling buddies. They then split with Alberta and then were swept by Manitoba, Sask, and Manitoba again. Meanwhile, Calgary swept Regina and Sask, and split with Manitoba. So the late season momentum is clearly with Calgary.

But we cannot discount UBC's decided edge over Calgary throughout the season. The 4-1-1 record, including 2-0-0 in Bedrock, means that the Tweety-Birds will be playing with some confidence.

For upward potential, Calgary has some candidates. Reid Jorgenson had 17 goals and 16 assists a year ago, this year it was 4 goals and 9 assists. Calgary's scoring leaders (Stefishen, Nixon, and Wintoneak) have all been highly-touted. But only Stefishen cracked he 20 point barrier. Meanwhile, UBC had four players there (Grassi, Wasden, Inglis, and Desloges).

Calgary was supposed to be one of top contenders not only in the CW but in the whole country. But instead of the CW having a "Big Four", it wound up having a "Big Three". Could they find their form in the playoffs? IMO, Calgary is the bigger threat to defeat one of the Big Three in the playoffs. But if both sides play their average games I would give the edge to UBC.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:




OTTAWA GEEGEES 3
MCGILL REDMEN 5

(McGill leads OUAE semi-final 1-0.)
|> [CIS Boxscore] : [LS Summary]


McGill had to rally to win this one. The McGilligutties are well-ahead in the rankings (they are #8 in the OHT34 while Ottawa is #18). Ottawa scored 2 goals on 3 shots inthe 1st period. Then they scored in the opening seconds of the 2nd period. Sounds like McGill had some shaky goaltending. They did score the next four goals, and then an empty-netter to salt it away.


CARLETON RAVENS 1
UQTR PATRIOTES 8

(UQTR leads OUAE semi-final 1-0.)
|> [CIS Boxscore]
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Carleton scored the first goal. Then it all went downhill. Amazingly, the shots were almost even (40-37 for UQTR). This was supposed to be a toss-up. UQTR is #11 in the OHT34 (good for an A-). Carleton is 15-10-3 (actually 14-11-3 before their reversals against Ottawa) and is #19 (a B-).


BROCK BADGERS 3
WESTERN ONTARIO MUSTANGS 5

(UWO leads OUAW semi-final 1-0.)
|> [CIS Boxscore] : [LS Summary]


The Urban Cowboys scored three unanswered goals in the first period and then coasted. I have my doubts about Brock making a comeback here, but we'll see. This is a mismatch. UWO is 21-4-3, good for #9 in the OHT34 and an A-. Brock is 13-14-1, and leaves them at #27 and a C+.


LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES 3
WINDSOR LANCERS 2

(in overtime)
(Lakehead leads OUAW semi-final 1-0.)
|> [CIS Boxscore] : [LS Summary] : [Windsor Star Preview]


Unlike the other series, the higher seed was on the road. Lakehead will host games 2 and 3. And with this tight overtime win, they are decidedly in the driver's seat. Lakehead is 19-9-0 (#13 in the OHT34 and a B+) whilst Windsor is 15-12-1 (#24 in the OHT34 and a C+). This was a close one but I would put good money on a Lakehead sweep.




UPEI PANTHERS -
UNB VARSITY REDS -

Best-of-five semi-final starts Friday.

The CIS Blog has their weekly AUS Report.

This is a battle between #1 and #7 in the OHT34. UNB finished 20-5-3 after having some rough spots. UPEI was 18-10-0. Normally, UPEI would be a big underdog. But they beat UNB 3-1 on the season.


MONCTON AIGLES BLEUS -
SAINT MARY'S HUSKIES -

Best-of-five semi-final starts Friday.

SMU is 17-8-3 and are #3 in the OHT34. Moncton is not far behind at 18-9-1 and are #5. Of course, both are A level teams. Expect this to be one tough series. They each won twice during the season, with SMU holding a 5-4 edge in points.

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February 24, 2012

UBC AND SASK WIN OPENERS

The Bisons are resting up and getting ready for next weekend's semi-final round. Who will they play? Well, if Friday night's results are repeated on Saturday and/or Sunday it would be UBC. Friday's games were game one in a best-of-three.

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UBC THUNDERBIRDS 4
CALGARY DINOS 3


|> [U of C Preview] : [UBC Preview] : [U of C Story] : [UBC Story]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


The Tweety-Birds marched into Bedrock and pulled off yet another win over the Dinos. If they do it again this weekend, the Dinos' season will become a page right out of history.

UBC outscored Calgary by a 2-1 margin in each of the first two periods. They did it with only 16 shots on goal, so Calgary yanked Dustin Butler from their net and put in Kris Lazaruk for the 3rd period. UBC managed only one shot in the 3rd.

Of note, UBC's Matt Pepe had a game misconduct for a hot to the head and each team had one more 10 minute misconduct. Not sure if this was a sign of a fiesty game or not. The write-ups did not imply a goon-like atmosphere. So check out those links. Also, the teams' series preview stories were posted too late for my preview and are included in this post.


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4


|> [U of S Preview] : [U of S Story - U of L Story]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


I was out until the game was done so I missed the on-line webcast on CanadaWest.tv. So I cannot say if the H0rny Ones lost due to a shortage of Viagra or a shortage of indoor plumbing in the city of Saskatown.

Anyhow, Bailey, Bortiss, and MacCallum scored in 3 -minute stretch mid-way through the 1st period to give the Banjo-Mutts a 3-0 lead. That made an upset very unlikely. So while the stats were close the rest of the way it was all moot. I wish the 'Horns well but my guess is they'll be on the bus back home after one more game.

NEXT UP:

Feb. 25
UBC at Calgary : [Live Stats]
Lethbridge at Saskatchewan : [Live Stats] : [Live Video]

OUT EAST:




MCGILL REDMEN 5
OTTAWA GEEGEES 3

(McGill wins OUAE semi-final 2-0.)
|> [no CIS Boxscore] : [LS Summary]


The McGilligutties had a 5-1 lead heading into the 3rd period. So I would call this series a decisive sweep.


UQTR PATRIOTES -
CARLETON RAVENS -

(UQTR leads OUAE semi-final 1-0.)
|> Game two goes Saturday afternoon



WESTERN ONTARIO MUSTANGS 3
BROCK BADGERS 2

(UWO wins OUAW semi-final 2-0.)
|> [CIS Boxscore] : [LS Summary] : [Recap]


The Urban Cowboys trailed 2-1 after Brock scored an early 3rd period goal. But they rallied to tie it after 13 minutes and then won it with 7 seconds left.


WINDSOR LANCERS 4
LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES 1

(OUAW semi-final tied 1-1.)
|> [CIS Boxscore] : [LS Summary]


Lakehead failed to cash in on chances when they trailed 1-0 after two whilst holding a SOG advantage of 25-13. But the 3rd period was stupid. Windsor scored 3 goals on 7 shots to salt it away.




UPEI PANTHERS 3
UNB VARSITY REDS 4

(UNB leads AUS semi-final 1-0.)
|> [AUS Boxscore] : [CIS Boxscore]


UPEI held a 3-1 lead after one period but could not hold it. This one s a best-of-five so there is time. UPEI has been tough on UNB thus far.


MONCTON AIGLES BLEUS 2
SAINT MARY'S HUSKIES 6

(SMU leads AUS semi-final 1-0.)
|> [AUS Boxscore] : [CIS Boxscore]


Could it be that the Aigles have turned into a pumpkin? Two late 3rd period goals by UDM made this somewhat respectable.

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February 25, 2012

BEDROCK EVENS SERIES, SASK SWEEPS

I came across a story by, of all people, Scott Taylor at River City Sports Blog about former Bison coach Wayne Fleming. He is a Tampa Bay Lighting assistant coach and is off duty due to a battle with cancer. However, Tampa continues to pay him full salary. So, good luck to Wayne and thumbs up to the Lightning.

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UBC THUNDERBIRDS 0
CALGARY DINOS 4


|> [U of C Story] : [UBC Story] : [Calgary Herald Preview] : [Ubyssey Story]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


In the .... Town of Bedrock .... They are getting ready to play Game Three.

With their backs firmly planted against the proverbial stone wall, the Dinos rallied with a decisive win. They held UBC to 17 shots and Dustin Butler was back in goal to record a shut-out. Of note, Jacob DeSerres was back in as back-up. Kind of funny since Kris Lazaruk was the backup in game one and played the 3rd period where he stopped the only shot on goal. Here's a quote from Coach Howell on the 'tender:
“(Butler) has had moments and times when he hasn’t been good enough, just like the rest of the team, but in the last three weeks he’s been the best in the country again.

“For any team to be successful, your goaltender has to be your best player in the playoffs. We’re optimistic he can be that for us again.’’

LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 3
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 10


|> [U of S Story - at U of L]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


I was at my son's game and got back home thinking I would tune into CanadaWest.tv. But I saw that it was already 8-3 and did not bother. I guess the H0rny Ones just could not get up for this series. The Monkeys and Mutts will now play in the semi-finals in Edmontown.

NEXT UP:

Feb. 26
UBC at Calgary : [Live Stats]

OUT EAST:




UQTR PATRIOTES 1
CARLETON RAVENS 5

(OUAE semi-final tied 1-1.)
|> [CIS Boxscore] : [LS Summary]


UQTR is an enigma. The rack up 8 goals in game one. Then after falling behind 3-0 after one period in game two they basically throw in the towel and muster only 5 shots in the 2nd period before getting 10 shots and a goal in the 3rd. Hmmm. Game three goes Sunday at 7:00 CST/8:00 EST.


WINDSOR LANCERS 3
LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES 2

(in overtime)
(Windsor wins OUAW semi-final 2-1.)
|> [CIS Boxscore] : [LS Summary]


I did see the ending of this one on-line. What a disappointing end for Lakehead. The Lancers are going further than usual as they now face the Urban Cowboys for a spot in the U-Cup.




UPEI PANTHERS 1
UNB VARSITY REDS 5

(UNB leads AUS semi-final 2-0.)
|> [AUS Boxscore] : [CIS Boxscore]


Note that the AUS plays best-of-five semi-finals. So UPEI still has a faint hope clause to rely upon. My guess is that UNB will win and assure that the UdM v SMU series is one for a U-Cup berth.


MONCTON AIGLES BLEUS 3
SAINT MARY'S HUSKIES 1

(AUS semi-final tied 1-1.)
|> [AUS Boxscore] : [CIS Boxscore]


There is evidently loads of like left in the boys from Monkeytown. (I wonder if the Evil Monkeys might want to move there?) With games three and four on home ice, the Aigles could be back to the U-Cup, where they once were regulars.

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February 26, 2012

THE DINOS ARE COMING

Each conference is now down to their final four. Here's what went down on Sunday.

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UBC THUNDERBIRDS 2
CALGARY DINOS 3


|> [U of C Story] : [UBC Story]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


So, in the end the final four was what the pre-season prognosticators had predicted, albeit in a somewhat different order. The Dinos may have sputtered their way through the season, but they will be at the Max Bell Arena next weekend to face the Bisons in the Canada West semi-finals.

Calgary built a 2-0 lead in the 2nd period, but the scores were level by 7 minutes of the 3rd. Calgary's Brock Nixon scored with 9 minutes left.

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OUT EAST:




UQTR PATRIOTES 3
CARLETON RAVENS 2

(UQTR wins OUAE semi-final tied 2-1.)
|> [CIS Boxscore] : [LS Summary]


This one went to double overtime. And not those 5 minute jobs we have in the regular season before a shootout. This one need 26 minutes. UQTR will face McGill in the OUAE final.

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Preview: Dinos @ Bisons: March 2-4

WEEKEND PREVIEW

The Bisons and Evil Monkeys will see their first playoff action Friday night. And by the time their first games end, there may be as few as eight teams left alive in all of the CIS. Here's wazzup.


CALGARY DINOS (15-11-2, 2-1-0, 12th in OHT34)
MANITOBA BISONS (20-5-3*, 2nd in OHT34)

Friday, March 2nd, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Max Bell Arena U of M
Saturday, March 3rd, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Max Bell Arena U of M
Sunday, March 4th, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Max Bell Arena U of M (if necessary)


LIVE LINKS: [Live Stats - Friday - Saturday - Sunday]
TEAM LINKS: [U of M Preview] : [U of M Roster] : [U of C Site]
MANITOBA LS LINKS: [LS Roster] : [LS Schedule/Results] : [LS Stats]
CALGARY LS LINKS: [LS Roster] : [LS Schedule/Results] : [LS Stats]
PRIOR GAMES 1: [Oct 1 Bisons win 2-0] : [Oct 2 Bisons win 2-0]
PRIOR GAMES 2: [Nov 25 Bisons win 8-1] : [Nov 26 Bisons win 4-2]
PRIOR GAMES 3: [Feb 10 Dinos win 5-4 (ot)] : [Feb 11 Bisons win 1-0 (ot)]
OTHER LINKS: [CW Weekly Notes #19] : [Winnipeg Sun] : [Free Press]

So, here we are at long last. After the close race for first place, the Bisons earned their bye. Now they get their reward: home ice advantage in the conference semi-finals and, if successful, the finals.

Now my big problem is that my son's playoff schedule just came out. For this weekend all is good. However, the wrong combination of wins and losses could create conflicts for both the Friday and Saturday night games next weekend. Grrrrr.

The linked stories in the Sun and Press are worth a look. But now for my outlook, which is BETTER!

The Bisons entered the season ranked 4th in the CW pre-season coaches' poll. The Bedrock Boys were 2nd, behind Alberta. The Dinos had qualified for last year's nationals and had a stellar recruiting class. The Bisons were a solid 4th place team last year and had a solid recruiting class, albeit one short on forwards. This left them with 10 d-men capable of playing on any team in the CIS. So, they played most games with 2 or even 3 of them being used as 4th line forwards.

The two sides met one another in the opening week of the regular season. The Bisons walked into Bedrock and came away with a pair of 2-0 wins, with Joe Caligiuri posting the shutouts. When the teams met in Manitoba, the Bisons man-handled the Dinos and frankly outclassed them in every aspect of the game. The final series in Calgary saw each team escape with 3 points. The Bisons blew a 4-1 lead on Friday before winning 1-0 on a shoot-out on Saturday, where Caligiuri racked up his third shutout against the Dinos.

IMO, the things to look for are:

- Goaltending. Each side has three goalies with WHL experience. Calgary's situation appears to have destabilized former CIS all-star Dustin Butler. He was yanked in game one of their series against UBC. Manitoba has gone with Caligiuri since Christmas, as Jesse Deckert has not dressed.

- Penalties. The Bisons love to hit. Some referees call a penalty whenever a body hits the ice. Power plays can be a great equalizer.

- Dittmer-Walker-Macaulay: They are the Bisons' power line. Calgary has oodles of potentially big-time scorers, all of whom are higher touted than this trio but have not produced the goals.

My prediction? One of the first two games will be close. If Calgary wins it then the Bisons will take the series in three. Otherwise, and more likely, the Bisons will win it in two straight.

Blair Macaulay, from the Sun.

ELSEWHERE:


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (19-6-3, 2-0-0, 4th in OHT34)
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (20-6-2*, 6th in OHT34)


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For those not in attendance at the Max Bell, this series will be available on CanadaWest.tv.

The Monkeys and Mutts have battled several times, but until now it has been the traditional CW final. After Manitoba eliminated Sask in 2010, and Calgary eliminated Sask in 2011, it is now three years since these two teams have played a playoff series. As usual, this year's series will be in Edmontown.

The Evil Monkeys edged Sask by one point, the one they got in the boardrooms. Otherwise this series would be played in Saskatown. This year Alberta really got rich off the weak sisters. Alberta went 12-0-0 against Lethbridge and Regina this year.

When these teams met in Alberta, Sask won 5-4 in a shoot-out and Alberta won 2-1 in OT. In the return series in Bumpkinville, Sask won 5-2 and 5-4.

The Monkeys have shown some vulnerability this year in all aspects of their game. There is no glaring weakness. But their 3rd and 4th lines are not as dangerous as before and their defence is not as physical. Their goaltenders have been fine but not awe-inspiring.

The Banj-Mutts are very top-heavy with their scoring. Their top line of Hulak-Bortis-Ross are three of the top four scorers in the league. They are clearly dangerous. But, if they are stopped then there is not much left.

IMO, if this series is swept it will only be because one side got the breaks in OT.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:




UQTR PATRIOTES 3
MCGILL REDMEN 5

(McGill leads OUAE final 1-0.)
|> [CIS Boxscore] : [LS Summary]


This is the annual "Battle of Quebec", taking place in the OUA-East. McGill is #8 (22-4-2, good for an A) and UQTR is #11 (19-7-2, for an A-) in the OHT34. The winner is guaranteed a place in the nationals, and the loser will play for the wild-card spot.


WINDSOR LANCERS 4
WESTERN ONTARIO MUSTANGS 3

(Windsor leads OUAW final 1-0.)
|> [CIS Boxscore] : [LS Summary]


If it weren't for Windsor these playoffs would be painfully predictable. They rank #24 in the OHT34 (15-12-1, a C+). They knocked off #26 York and #13 Lakehead in order to get a crack at the #9 Urban Cowboys (21-4-3, for an A-). The winner of this will also go to the U-Cup and the loser will play the OUAE loser for the wild-card spot.




UNB VARSITY REDS 3
UPEI PANTHERS 2

(in overtime)
(UNB wins AUS semi-final 3-0.)
|> [AUS Boxscore] : [CIS Boxscore]


UPEI had been UNB's bugaboo team this year. UNB clearly reversed the season trend. UPEI was #7 in the OHT34 (18-10-0, good for an A) and beat #10 Acadia (16-10-2, an A-). So being drawn against #1 UNB (20-5-3) is tough luck.


SAINT MARY'S HUSKIES 1
MONCTON AIGLES BLEUS 6

(Moncton leads AUS semi-final 2-1.)
|> [AUS Boxscore] : [CIS Boxscore]


The UNB win has Moncton and Saint Mary's dancing in the streets. Since UNB hosts the nationals, and gets a guaranteed spot, the winner of their series will now be assured of a spot in the U-Cup. I find it odd that each side now has a one-sided victory. Both sides are graded A, with SMU at #3 (17-8-3) and Moncton at #5 (18-9-1).

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