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Preview: Jan 29-30: Manitoba at Saskatchewan

BISONS OFF TO SASKATOWN


MANITOBA BISONS (10-10-2, 11-15-2, OHT36 #11)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (19-3-0, 22-4-0, OHT36 #1)

Friday, January 29th, 7:00 CST @ Saskatoon
Saturday, January 30th, 7:00 CST @ Saskatoon

Live Links:

:. [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
:. [Video: CanadaWest.tv]

Manitoba Links:
:. [Team Site]
:. [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
:. [Twitter] : [Facebook]

Saskatchewan Links:
:. [UofS Preview] : [rp @CW]
:. [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
:. [Twitter] : [Facebook]

Other Links:
:. [CIS Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links] : [Standings] : [Top 10]
:. [CW Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links]
:. [Every Link Re: CIS Hockey]

Previous Games:
:. [2015-11-20 Sask 6 Man 3 ]
:. [2015-11-21 Sask 4 Man 3 ]


After sweeping the Mangy Ones last season, the Bisons are having a much harder time with them this time around. Of course, a year ago the Mutts were 6th, finishing closer to 7th than to 5th. They were massive under-achievers. To the extent that they were under-achievers a year ago, they have been over-achievers so far this season. In head-to-head play over the past five seasons each team has 9 wins, and the Bisons have a 20-19 edge in points.

The Banjomutts were not a fancied team this year. Most pundits thought Alberta would be in 1st with their sites set on a 3rd straight national title. So how have the Mutts turned things so quictly and unexpectedly? Well, their top 3 scorers are all rookies: Kohl Bauml, Levi Cable and Andrew Johnson. And Jordon Cooke has been beyond expectations in goal.

The Herd counters with three of the best forwards in the CW. Jordan DePape is the leading scorer while Shaq Merasty and Brett Stovin are also in the top 10.

One funny note: All three of Sask's losses have come at their home arena - The Rutherdump!

ELSEWHERE:


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (15-5-2, 21-7-4, OHT36 #5)
CALGARY DINOSAURS (9-9-4, 14-14-4, OHT36 #12)

Links:
:. [UofA Preview]
:. [UofC Preview]


This Battle of Alberta has lost some lustre from a year ago when they were the top two teams in the CW. Right now, the Monkeys seem isolated in 2nd and the Dinos are tied with the Bisons for 4th. This is a home and home series, starting in Edmontown and finishing in the Town of Bedrock. In a tight conference one weekend can change things dramatically. Bedrock U was fliritng with 7th until they swept MRU last week. This will be a big test for them. Will their goaltending hold up against the likely Primate assault?



REGINA COUGARS (5-17-0, 7-20-0, OHT36 #33)
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (13-6-3, 15-9-3, OHT36 #8)

Links:
:. [MRU Preview] : [video]
:. [UofR Preview]


Cougar vs Cougar does not have much appeal this season. The Bluegars seemed on their way to contender status. Last week's sweep in the Crowchild Classic calls that into question. They need an emphatic sweep on home ice. For the Banjocats they have nothing to gain except for spoiler status.


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (8-13-1, 14-15-1, OHT36 #22)
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (9-10-3, 10-13-4, OHT36 #15)

Links:
:. [UBC Preview]
:. [UofL Preview]


Things are simple for the H0rny Ones: sweep this series or pack up for next year. Could they do it? Well, this is the Battle of the Slumps. Both sides had optimism and now face despair. Lethbridge achieved their peak when they swept the Bisons in November. After that they went 0-6-0 before splitting their last two series. UBC was in the race for 1st, then 2nd, then 3rd ... and now they are 6th and hoping to still be there come Sunday. UBC peaked in October, when they were 6-0-2. Since they have goine 3-10-1.

OUT EAST:

Link: [CIS Schedule/Results Page]

Wed Jan 27 Saint Mary's 5 Dalhousie 4
Wed Jan 27 St. F-X 2 Acadia 3
Wed Jan 27 St. Thomas 2 New Brunswick 8
Wed Jan 27 Moncton 4 U.P.E.I. 2
Wed Jan 27 McGill 1 U.Q.T.R. 6
Wed Jan 27 Guelph 5 Brock 4
Thu Jan 28 Carleton 3 U.O.I.T. 2 (so)
Thu Jan 28 Guelph 0 Ryerson 5
Fri Jan 29 St. F-X at Dalhousie
Fri Jan 29 Acadia at Saint Mary's
Fri Jan 29 St. Thomas at Moncton
Fri Jan 29 U.P.E.I. at New Brunswick
Fri Jan 29 R.M.C. at U.O.I.T.
Fri Jan 29 Waterloo at Lakehead
Fri Jan 29 Laurier at Brock
Fri Jan 29 Toronto at Windsor
Fri Jan 29 Carleton at Queen's
Fri Jan 29 Nipissing at Laurentian
 

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Discussion Starter #82 (Edited)
Jan 29: Short-Staffed Bisons Lose Big


MANITOBA BISONS 3
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 8

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW] : [UofM]
Stories: [UofS] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofM]

For the 2nd week in a row, the Bisons came out dead on Friday night and could not rebound. Will they bounce back like last weekend? It will be tough. They only dressed 17 skaters, and only 5 were defencemen. Brock Sutherland has not played since the break and Rene Hunter also missed. IMO they are the best defensive players they have. Two Terriers, Zach Waldvogel and Jordyn Boyd, were absent. Also scratched were two players who have yet to dress, goaltender Dasan Sydora and forward Chris Stockl. I doubt that they will have any replacements coming in.

For the Bisons, Justin Paulic took the loss, stopping 36 of 44 shots. Goals came from Warren Callis, Jordan ePape, and Brett Stovin. Jordon Cooke stopped 23 of 26 shots to claim the win for Banjo overs everywhere.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 1

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UBC] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofL]
Profile: [Neil Manning interview]

The H0rny Ones got a shot of Viagra, took a trip to British California, then got a valuable 2 points before a crowd of 3,557. They now draw within 2 points of the Tweety Birds. Damien Ketlo got the win, Mark Hewitt took the loss.


CALGARY DINOSAURS 6
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofA] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofC]

So the same old story for the Evil Monkeys. I still expect them to turn shots advantage into a big winning streak. But look at these numbers. Luke Siemens gave up 6 goals on 19 shots. Steven Stanford got the win, stopping 29 of 33. This big road win for Bedrock U puts them in 4th place, 2 points up on the Bisons. And just a couple of weeks ago the Dinosaurs were going extinct.


REGINA COUGARS 3
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 5

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [MRU] : [rp @CW] : [UofR]

Maybe we should just let the Banjocats die with dignity. Anyhow, this Cougar Fight went to the Bluegars. The score was 2-2 after the 1st. MRU doubled the shots, 40-20. Cam Lanigan picked up the win and Mitch Kilgore suffered the loss.

OUT EAST

AUS

St. F-X 1 Dalhousie 4
Acadia 3 Saint Mary's 4
St. Thomas 2 Moncton 6
U.P.E.I. 1 New Brunswick 2

OUA

R.M.C. 2 U.O.I.T. 4
Waterloo 2 Lakehead 5
Laurier 7 Brock 4
Toronto 3 Windsor 1
Carleton 0 Queen's 2
Nipissing 5 Laurentian 4 (ot)

[CIS Schedule/Results]

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Discussion Starter #83 (Edited)
Jan 30: Bisons Lose Another Game and Another Defenceman


MANITOBA BISONS 2
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW] : [UofM]
Stories: [UofS] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofM]

The game did not start on a pleasant note as the Bisons, down to just 5 defencemen for Friday's game, lost yet another for Saturday's. Luke Paulsen did not suit up. I was concerned when the team had just 7 defencemen on the roster at the start of the season and now that injuries have piled up the team is in trouble. They will need to scour the campus for unaffiliated players with junior experience.

The game itself was closer than the score would indicate. The shots were 31-27 in favour of the Mutts. Jordon Cooke picked up the win and Byron Spriggs took the loss. Jordan DePape (15th) and Jonah Wasylak (2nd) had the Bison goals. DePape leads the league in goals and points.

Thw results of the weekend leave the Bisons clinging to 5th, just one point ahead of UBC and Lethbridge. Sask has wrapped up first even wioth 4 games remaining in the regular season.





OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 3
(in overtime)

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UBC] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofL]
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I was up late watching this one on-line. It was a very good game. UBC rallied in an attempt to break their slump but just could not do it. The Birds carried the play (marfinally) for most of the game. But the H0rny Ones had all 6 shots taken in overtime. Damien Ketlo again started for Lethbridge and stopped 23 of 26 shots through two periods. Dylan Tait stepped in to play the 3rd and stopped all 10 shots he faced. UBC stuck with Matt Hewitt, and he stopped 31 of 35 shots. UBC is on the road to face Regina next weekend and anything less than 4 points could leave them in a precarious position.


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 3
CALGARY DINOSAURS 5

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofC] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofA]

The Dinos built a 3-1 1st period lead. but the Monkeys pulled even in the 3rd period. Yet once again the goalending question mark arose. Bedrock U scored 2 goals on 4 shots in the 3rd period to sweep the weekend. Ryan Demharter had the start for Saudi Alberta and stopped 14 of 19 shots. Steven Stanford again started for the Dinos and stopped 23 of 26 shots. Eight different players scored the goals. This sweep causes an unexpected shake-up in the CW standings. The Dinos are now somewhat safely ensconced in 4th place, 4 points ahead of Manitoba. Alberta now falls into 3rd place, meaning they would have to win an away series to defend their title in the nationals.


REGINA COUGARS 3
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 7

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [MRU] : [rp @CW] : [UofR]

The Banjo-loving Cougars gave the Bluegars a serious run for two periods. The score was tied 2-2 and Regina was outshooting MRU 28-21 at that time. But the 3rd period saw the freen Cougars fall apart. MRU fired 19 shots at Mitch Kilgore and walked off with a lop-sided win. MRU continued their goaltender rotation, going with Chris Cooper. The win vaults MRU into 2nd place, one point ahead of the Evil Monkeys. And the Bluegars will gace the Apes in the final weekend of the season.

STANDINGS



OUT EAST

AUS

New Brunswick 4 Moncton 3
U.P.E.I. 6 St. Thomas 3
Saint Mary's at St. F-X - rescheduled to Jan 31

OUA

York 3 W. Ontario 2
Queen's 2 McGill 3
Waterloo 5 Lakehead 4
Laurentian 2 Nipissing 4
Ryerson 1 Windsor 7

[CIS Schedule/Results]
[CIS Standings]


UP NEXT

Sun Jan 31 Saint Mary's at St. F-X
Tue Feb 02 Laurier at Guelph
Thu Feb 04 U.O.I.T. at Laurier
Thu Feb 04 R.M.C. at Queen's
Fri Feb 05 Calgary at Manitoba
Fri Feb 05 U.B.C. at Regina
Fri Feb 05 Saskatchewan at Alberta
Fri Feb 05 Mount Royal at Lethbridge

Fri Feb 05 St. Thomas at Dalhousie
Fri Feb 05 Moncton at St. F-X
Fri Feb 05 Saint Mary's at New Brunswick
Fri Feb 05 Acadia at U.P.E.I.
Fri Feb 05 Ryerson at York
Fri Feb 05 U.O.I.T. at Waterloo
Fri Feb 05 Concordia at McGill
Fri Feb 05 U.Q.T.R. at R.M.C.
Fri Feb 05 Windsor at Brock
Fri Feb 05 Lakehead at Guelph
Fri Feb 05 W. Ontario at Toronto
Fri Feb 05 Carleton at Nipissing

All CW games available at CanadaWest.tv.
 

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Preview: Feb 5-6: Calgary at Manitoba

BEDROCK BOYS IN TOWN FOR BISONS' FINAL HOMESTAND


CALGARY DINOSAURS (11-9-4, 16-14-4, OHT36 #11)
MANITOBA BISONS (10-12-2, 11-17-2, OHT36 #15)

Friday, February 5th, 7:00 CST @ Wayne Fleming Arena
Saturday, February 6th, 1:00 CST @ Wayne Fleming Arena

Live Links:

:. [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
:. [Video: CanadaWest.tv]

Manitoba Links:
:. [Team Site]
:. [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
:. [Twitter] : [Facebook]

Calgary Links:
:. [Team Site]
:. [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
:. [Twitter] : [Facebook]

Other Links:
:. [CIS Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links] : [Standings] : [Top 10]
:. [CW Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links]
:. [CW Weekend Preview]

Previous Games:
:. [2015-10-30 Man 3 Cal 1 ]
:. [2015-10-31 Man 5 Cal 2 ]


The Town of Bedrock once again has some optimism for the Dinos. They have done well in recent years and seemed to be the CW's #2 team, just behind the Evil Monkeys. Mid-way through this season they were flirting with 7th place. Hpweber, a 6-1-1 record in the 2nd semester has boosted them to 4th place, a full 4 points ahead of the Bisons. Included in that stretch are sweeps of MRU and Alberta, no easy task.

The Bisons are only 3-5-0 this semester. In last weekend's losses to Sask, they started play with 5 defencemen and on Saturday were down to 4. Brock Sutherland has not played since Christmas and Rene Hunter missed all last weekend. Then Luke Paulsen missed Saturday's game. Calgary lacks Sask's offenseive punch, but still the Bisons will need a full compliment of healthy rear-guards to win games.

The Herd's leading scorers are amongst the conference's best. Jordan DePape leads the league, and Brett Stovin (12th) and Shaq Merasty (16th) are also in the Top 20. Calgary has Chris Collins (9th) and Elfin Pearce (13th) to brag about.

The big question mark for Calgary heading into the season was in goal. In recent seasons they had not one but two national elite goaltenders (Lazaruk and DeSerres). This year they have Steven Stanford (2.82 GAA, .893 S%, 8-5-4), a red shirt last year after having played at UBC, and veteran backup Myles Hovdebo (3.02 GAA, .880 S%, 3-4-0). Stanford has had some good performances lately. However his career .897 S% woiuld indicate that he is basically playing to his accustomed level.

The Bison goaltending has been decent. It appears that the team has settled upon the rotation method. I prefer to rate goaltenders by save percentage and by that measure Justin Paulic (3.40 GAA, .904 S%. 5-5-1) is 5th and Byron Spriggs (3.50 GAA, .897 S%, 5-7-1) is 9th in th CW. Those two have had comparable stats for most of the season.

The two sides have been very evenly matched over the past 5 years. Each team has 10 wins, and Bisons hold the edge in points, 25-21.

Saturday's matinee is Seniors Day, as it is for all teams in their final home game. However, the Bisons have no 5th year players. Perhaps some of their four 4th year players are graduating. At the other end of the scale the Bisons have 9 rookies and Bedrock has none.

ELSEWHERE:


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (21-3-0, 24-4-0, OHT36 #1)
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (15-7-2, 21-9-4, OHT36 #4)

Links:
:. [UofA Preview]
:. [UofS Sute]


At one time this series had the prospect of being the marquee match-up in the entire CIS. However, Sask has clinched 1st and no doubt spent the entire week in hootananny mode, with banjo music and moonshine for everybody. Will this give the Evil Monkeys the edge? Since they have slumped to 3rd place, it had better. The Monkeys are not accustomed to playing in the quarter-finals and then on the road in the semi-finals.


U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (9-11-4, 10-14-5, OHT36 #14)
REGINA COUGARS (5-19-0, 7-22-0, OHT36 #31)

Links:
:. [UofR Preview]
:. [UBC Preview]


The Banjocats will have a lot of well-wishers in their final homestand of a disappointing season. If they could hold the Birds to something less than 4 points they will be shipped new kazoos from everybody in Calgary, Manitoba, and Lethbridge. IMO they have a reasonable shot at doing just that. My thought is they will have at least one strong performance, which may or may not be enough. Regina has had it rough all year, and are 1-7-0 in the new year. However, UBC is not much better at 1-6-1. UBC reached their high-water mark at the end of October when they swept Regina out in British California. They then went 2-5-1 to end the 1st semester. That means for November through January they were a dismal 3-11-2.


MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (15-6-3, 17-9-3, OHT36 #6)
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (10-13-1, 16-15-1, OHT36 #18)

Links:
:. [MRU Site]
:. [UofL Preview]


This is a home-and-home series of vital importance to both sides. MRU is one point up on Alberta in the fight for 2nd, whilst Lethbridge is a point behind UBC and Manitoba in the race for 5th and 6th places. Last year MRU faded down the stretch and lost out to Calgary in the race for 2nd. To get 2nd place this year they need to do things like sweep a good, but not great, team like the H0rny Ones. The Bluegars have gone 6-1-1 in the new year, which has been what has enabled them to pip Alberta. Lethbridge split with the Bisons 2 weeks ago and that seemed to put them on the verge of elimination. But the sweep in UBC has changed their outlook.

OUT EAST:

Link: [CIS Schedule/Results Page]

OUA

Tue Feb 02
Laurier 1 Guelph 5

Thu Feb 04
U.O.I.T. 3 Laurier 2
R.M.C. 2 Queen's 6

Fri Feb 05
Ryerson at York
U.O.I.T. at Waterloo
Concordia at McGill
U.Q.T.R. at R.M.C.
Windsor at Brock
Lakehead at Guelph
W. Ontario at Toronto
Carleton at Nipissing

AUS

Sun Jan 31
Saint Mary's 4 St. F-X 2

Fri Feb 05
St. Thomas at Dalhousie
Moncton at St. F-X
Saint Mary's at New Brunswick
Acadia at U.P.E.I.
 

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Feb 5: Bison Win Tightens Playoff Race


CALGARY DINOSAURS 4
MANITOBA BISONS 6

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW] : [UofM]
Stories: [UofM] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofM]

It is very hard to predict how teams in the CW will fare from one week to the next. Last weekend the Dinos swept the Evil Monkeys whilst the Bisons were swept by the Mutts. On Friday the teams switched partners and the swept became the victors. The Bisons needed a win to maintain a chance at 4th place and a home playoff series, and now they have it.

I tried in vain to access the game through CanadaWest.tv while attending my son's game. No luck. The folks at Stretch Internet have not been doing well lately in my books. Anyhow, the Bisons had Rene Hunter back in the line-up, so they had 5 defencemen. Brock Sutherland and Luke Paulsen remain on the shelf.

The 2nd period was a wild one, as each side scored 3 times. Jordan DePape (16th) and Jonah Wasyluk (3rd) scored in the 1st period and the Bisons led the game 2-1. The Herd then built a 5-2 lead in the 2nd on goals from Rene Hunter (4th), Jordyn Boyd (1st), and Liam Bilton (6th). However, two late goals 38 seconds apart allowed Bedrock U to make it 5-4 going into the intermission. Then, all of a sudden, the teams played some D. In the 3rd period the Dinos had just 6 shots and the only goal was DePape's empty-netter.

Byron Spriggs got the win, stopping 22 of 26 shots. Steven Stanford took the loss and stopped 30 of 36 shots.



OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 5
REGINA COUGARS 3

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofR] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UBC*]

UBC badly need a sweep of this series and they got off to a good start. This was a wide-open affair featuring 47 shots by UBC and 34 by Regina. So a split for Regina is not completely out of the question. This game was not decided until UBC scored an empty-netter. Eric Williams got the win and Dawson MacAuley took the loss.


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 0
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 3

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofA] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofS]

I was able to see a bit of this and this was a penalty filled game. There were 68 minutes in penalties in the 3rd period. The oft-maligned Luke Siemens stopped 23 shots for the shut-out. Jordon Cooke stopped 22 of the 25 shots he faced.


MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 7
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofL] : [rp @CW] : [rp @MRU]

After last weekend, the Horny Ones had their hopes up. But what a one-sided loss. The shots were enormous - 48-44 in favour of MRU. The Bluegars kept to their recent rotation schedule, starting Cam Lanigan in goal. Meanwhile, Damien Ketlo started but split the game with Dyland Tait. If Lethbridge loses again on Saturday, and Manitoba and UBC win their games, then Lethbridge will be mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

OUT EAST

AUS

St. Thomas 1 Dalhousie 4
Moncton 2 St. F-X 4
Saint Mary's 2 New Brunswick 6
Acadia 2 U.P.E.I. 1 (so)

OUA

Ryerson 4 York 3 (ot)
U.O.I.T. 4 Waterloo 8
Concordia 3 McGill 7
U.Q.T.R. at R.M.C. ppd
Windsor 7 Brock 1
Lakehead 2 Guelph 6
W. Ontario 4 Toronto 3
Carleton 1 Nipissing 4

[CIS Schedule/Results]
[CIS Standings]


NEXT UP

Sat Feb 06
Calgary at Manitoba 1:00 pm CST
Saskatchewan at Alberta 6:00 pm MST
Lethbridge at Mount Royal 6:00 pm MST
U.B.C. at Regina 7:00 pm CST

Moncton at Dalhousie
Acadia at New Brunswick
St. Thomas at St. F-X
Saint Mary's at U.P.E.I.
Windsor at W. Ontario
Brock at York
Queen's at Waterloo
U.Q.T.R. at Nipissing
Lakehead at Guelph
Ryerson at Toronto
Carleton at Laurentian

Sun Feb 07
Concordia at R.M.C.
Queen's at Laurier

All CW games available at CanadaWest.tv.
 

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Feb 6: Herd Dominate Dinos


CALGARY DINOSAURS 2
MANITOBA BISONS 5

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW] : [UofM]
Stories: [UofM] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofC*]

The Bisons are down one more defenceman as Lee Christensen did not answer the bell. That left them with just four defencemen for this matinee against Bedrock U. The short-staffed defence did a great job, especially as the game wore on. The Dinos had 9 shots in the 1st period, down to 5 in the 2nd, and just 3 in the 3rd. No defenceman took a penalty, which could have messed things up.

The Dinos opened scoring in the 1st period on Dylan Walchuk's 8th of the season. It was a counter-attack after some early pressure from the Bisons and a save-of-the-season from goaltender Steven Stanford. Here's the picture:


Stanford made several other top-notch saves throughout the game. The Bisons were not padding their shot total with feeble attempts. Their 35 shots produced 5 goals and at least that many more which were labelled. IMO Stanford had a strong game, which belies the game stats.

As the 1st period progressed the Bisons took control. Shaq Merasty (his 13th) tied the game and then Jordan DePape (his 18th) gave the Bisons the lead.

The 2nd period saw the Dinos level the game. Elgin Pearce (his 11th) tied the game after so,e sustained pressure had the Bisons running around in circles. The Herd gathered themselves thereafter and controlled most of the play. Warren Callis (his 6th) and Liam Bilton (his 7th) gave them a 4-2 lead heading home.

The 3rd period was a picture-perfect example of protecting a lead. Not only did the Bisons score the only goal (Jesse Paradis with his 4th), they surrendered just 3 shots.

Justin Paulic had a steady game in goal as the Bisons continued to rotate their goaltenders. He stopped 15 of 17 shots. Stanford stopped 30 of 35 for the Dinos.

It was nice to see the Bisons close their home schedule with such an excellent performance. Their home record has been worse than their road record. They had just two 4-point hometands (against Alberta and Calgary), one 3-pointer (against Regina), and a 2-pointer (against UBC). Amazingly, they had three 0-pointers (against Lethbridge, Sask, and Moiunt Royal. That's 6-7-1 overall.

It is also odd that against last year's top two teams (Monkeys and Dinos) they went a combined 7-0-1.

As we head to the evening games, the Bisons and Dinos are tied for 4th place, 2 points up on UBC and 5 points up on Lethbridge. The Bisons hold the tie-breaker. Both will clinch playoff berths if Lethbridge loses to MRU.


I believe this was the play where Merasty was called for goaltender interference.



OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

All the rest are night games.
 

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Feb 6: Nightly Wrap-Up

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 1
REGINA COUGARS 2

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofR] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UBC*]
Friday: [Game Story rp @UBC]

This is what happens when a Tweety-Bird tot he taw a puddy-tat and there is no old lady around to clobber it with her umbrella. The Banjocats are not an automatic 2 points, especially on home ice. And especially not when they are facing a team as ice-cold as UBC. The 'Birds are now on a 2-11-1 run. All goals were scored in the 1st period. Both sides switched their goaltenders after Friday's busy night. Mark Hewitt took the loss and Mitch Kilgore got the win. The shots were even at 29-29.


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofA] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofS]

The Banjomutts suffered their first sweep of the season. With 1st place wrapped up, though, it has no impact on their standings. The win allows the Monkeys to keep pace with MRU in the race for 2nd. The Monkeys jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 2nd period, however by the intermission the Mutts had made it 3-2. The 3rd period was pure dominance for the Monkeys. They outshot the Mutts 16-3 and in the end pulled away easily. Once again, Luke Siemens got the win and Jordon Cooke took the loss. Seven different players scored goals.


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [MRU] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofL]

The H0rny Ones badly needed a win this weekend and in the end never even got a point. They were somewhat fortunate that Regina helped them out against UBC. The results leave them 3 points behind UBC. Since Lethbridge holds the tiebreaker they will have some level of hope. MRU held period leads of 3-0 and 3-1. In the 3rd period they held Lethbridge to just 4 shots, a common theme on the night for teams golding leads. Colin Cooper got the win, stopping 24 of 25 shots. Damien Ketlo took the loss, stopping 30 of 33 shots.

STANDINGS



OUT EAST

AUS

Moncton 2 Dalhousie 0
Acadia 4 New Brunswick 7
St. Thomas 1 St. F-X 7
Saint Mary's 6 U.P.E.I. 2

OUA

U.Q.T.R. 13 R.M.C. 0 (not reported Friday)
Windsor 1 W. Ontario 5
Brock 0 York 1 (so)
Queen's 5 Waterloo 4 (ot)
U.Q.T.R. 8 Nipissing 1
Lakehead 2 Guelph 1 (ot)
Ryerson 5 Toronto 0
Carleton 4 Laurentian 0

[CIS Schedule/Results]
[CIS Standings]


NEXT UP

Sun Feb 07 Concordia at R.M.C.
Sun Feb 07 Queen's at Laurier
Wed Feb 10 Dalhousie at Saint Mary's
Wed Feb 10 Acadia at St. F-X
Wed Feb 10 New Brunswick at St. Thomas
Wed Feb 10 U.P.E.I. at Moncton
Wed Feb 10 W. Ontario at Ryerson
Wed Feb 10 Queen's at R.M.C.
Wed Feb 10 U.Q.T.R. at Concordia
Thu Feb 11 Toronto at Guelph
Fri Feb 12 Regina at Saskatchewan
Fri Feb 12 Lethbridge at Calgary
Fri Feb 12 Alberta at Mount Royal
Fri Feb 12 Manitoba at U.B.C.

Fri Feb 12 Saint Mary's at Acadia
Fri Feb 12 Moncton at St. Thomas
Fri Feb 12 Dalhousie at St. F-X
Fri Feb 12 New Brunswick at U.P.E.I.
Fri Feb 12 Windsor at York
Fri Feb 12 U.Q.T.R. at Carleton
Fri Feb 12 Laurier at Lakehead
Fri Feb 12 Waterloo at Brock
Fri Feb 12 Laurentian at U.O.I.T.
Fri Feb 12 Nipissing at Queen's
Fri Feb 12 McGill at Concordia
Sat Feb 13 Mount Royal at Alberta
Sat Feb 13 Saskatchewan at Regina
Sat Feb 13 Calgary at Lethbridge
Sat Feb 13 Manitoba at U.B.C.

Sat Feb 13 Waterloo at W. Ontario
Sat Feb 13 Laurier at Lakehead
Sat Feb 13 R.M.C. at Carleton
Sat Feb 13 Nipissing at U.O.I.T.
Sat Feb 13 York at Toronto
Sat Feb 13 Laurentian at Queen's

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Preview: Feb 12-13: Manitoba at UBC

BISONS BATTLE BIRDS ON FINAL WEEKEND


MANITOBA BISONS (12-12-2, 13-17-2, OHT36 #11)
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (10-12-4, 11-15-5, OHT36 #18)

Friday, February 12th, 7:00 PST/9:00 CST @ UBC
Saturday, February 13th, 7:00 PST/9:00 CST @ UBC

Live Links:

:. [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
:. [Video: CanadaWest.tv]

Manitoba Links:
:. [Team Site]
:. [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
:. [Twitter] : [Facebook]

UBC Links:
:. [UBC Preview Story]
:. [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
:. [Twitter] : [Facebook]

Other Links:
:. [CIS Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links] : [Standings] : [Top 10]
:. [CW Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links]

Previous Games:
:. [2015-10-24 UBC 4 Man 2 ]
:. [2015-10-25 Man 3 UBC 2 (ot) ]


The end of the regular season has come quickly this year. The long weekend would be a nice time to have some home games, but instead the Herd is off to British California. The Bisons have earned themselves the inside track in the race for 4th place, which would mean a home series in next weekend's quarter-final round.

The Tweety-Birds started hot and have cooled down as the season has progressed. When they visited the U of M back in October they played very well in a split series, where they came out with 3 points. At the end of October they were 6-0-2. Since then they have gone 4-12-2, including 2-7-1 in the new year.

Both sides have been rotating their goaltenders. UBC's Matt Hewitt has the 2nd best save percentage (.920) in the league and he has started 14 times, whilst Eric Williams has started 12. For the Bisons, after being neck-and-neck all year, a couple of recent strong performances have moved Justin Paulic ahead of Byron Spriggs in the Bison stats.

One stat on which to keep an eye is the scoring race. Jordan DePape has a 3 point lead over Tyler Fiddler of MRU for the conference scoring title. The Bisons have two other top 20 scorers, namely Shaq Merasty (9th at 13-13-26) and Brett Stovin (14th at 11-14-25) in a tightly bunched list of scorers. Meanwhile, the only Bird in the top 20 is Anthony Bardaro (11th at 10-16-26).

ELSEWHERE:


CALGARY DINOSAURS (11-11-4, 16-16-4, OHT36 #12)
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (10-15-1, 16-17-1, OHT36 #20)

Links:
:. [UofC Preview]
:. [UofL Sute]


This is the only game on the out-of-town scoreboard of interest to either the Bisons or the Birds. If the H0rny Ones could win on Friday the Bisons would be able to ensure 4th place wih a win.

No matter what happens, Lethbridge have to be happy with their dramatic improvement from a year ago. In fact, they entered the season with 3 straight last place finishes during which they won a grand total of 11 games. They already have 10 wins this year. They have not made the playoffs since 2009, so coming close is at least something. (To be fair, they finished 5th in 2010 and 2011 and 6th in 2012. However, only 4 teams made the playoffs in those seasons.)

The Dinos have had a funny season. After missing the playoffs and finishing 7th out of 7 teams in 2009, they have finished 2nd and 4th three times each. The last two seasons they have finished 2nd and lost the conference final both seasons. They returned most of their key players, the notable exception being in goal where they lost two all-stars (Deserres and Lazaruk). After seeing Steven Stanford last weekend, it seems they have a capable goaltender. He made the save of the season off Jesse Paradis.

Last weekend Bedrock U walked into Manitoba having swept Mount Royal and Alberta on back-to-back weekends. Everybody speculated that the Dinos had found themselves and were set to roll. Right now it seems that they are as unpredictable as the rest of the conference.


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (17-7-2, 23-9-4, OHT36 #5)
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (17-6-3, 19-9-3, OHT36 #6)

Links:
:. [MRU Preview]
:. [UofA Preview]


This is another home-and-home and in this one 2nd place is at stake. The 2nd place team gets a bye past the quarter-final round and then gets to host a semi-final series. The Evil Monkeys have not had to win on the road to qualify for the nationals since 1997. In fact, since 1998 they have finished 1st every season except for the time the Bisons edged them out in 2012. So many times this year the Monkeys have had a good weekend, causing everybody to think they are about to go on a roll and crush everybody. So I take with a grain of salt their dramatic sweep of Saskatchewan last weekend. Not that I doubt the Apes. (They have outshot their oppoenent every game this season, often by large margins, and lead the league in goals scored and fewest goals allowed.) It just seems that teams in the CW believe they can beat them now.

MRU has not drawn the praise they deserve. They could be a top 3 team in the final OHT36 rankings with a win this weekend. The checking job they did on the Bisons when I saw them live was masterful. Don't count them out. One regulation win would give them 2nd place.


REGINA COUGARS (6-20-0, 8-23-0, OHT36 #31)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (21-5-0, 24-6-0, OHT36 #2)

Links:
:. [UofR Preview]
:. [UofS Site]


This series has no impact whatsoever on the final standings. Sask has had 1st place clinched for 2 weeks now and Regina has been pulling up the rear all season. Nevertheless, this is the Battle of Saskatchewan, a home-and-home series. The arguments shall rage over who plays the best banjo music, whose outhouses are the best, and who makes the better moonshine. Cats vs Dogs. North vs South. Green Guys vs Green Guys. I would have expected the Mutts to rest up some players. But after being swept last weekend, and getting a bye next weekend, they might need these games to get the team tuned up for the semi-final round.

OUT EAST:

Link: [CIS Schedule/Results Page]

OUA

Tue Feb 09
W. Ontario 2 Ryerson 1 (ot)

Wed Feb 10
Queen's 3 R.M.C. 4 (ot)
U.Q.T.R. 6 Concordia 5 (ot)

Thu Feb 11
Toronto at Guelph

Fri Feb 12
Windsor at York
U.Q.T.R. at Carleton
Laurier at Lakehead
Waterloo at Brock
Laurentian at U.O.I.T.
Nipissing at Queen's
McGill at Concordia

Sat Feb 13
Waterloo at W. Ontario
Laurier at Lakehead
R.M.C. at Carleton
Nipissing at U.O.I.T.
York at Toronto
Laurentian at Queen's

AUS

Wed Feb 10
Dalhousie 3 Saint Mary's 9
Acadia 1 St. F-X 4
New Brunswick 4 St. Thomas 0
U.P.E.I. 1 Moncton 3

Fri Feb 12
Saint Mary's at Acadia
Moncton at St. Thomas
Dalhousie at St. F-X
New Brunswick at U.P.E.I.
 

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Feb 12: Bisons Lose Opener


MANITOBA BISONS 2
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 3

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW] : [UofM]
Stories: [UBC] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofM]

I dozed off during the 2nd intermission and awoke to see the Bisons lost. The Bisons got off to a quick start and could have had a big lead. However, it was just 1-0 for the Bisons after one, and tied 2-2 after two.

Liam Bilton scored his 8th and Justin Augert his 5th for the Bisons. Austin Vetteri, Jessi Hilton, and Nick Buonassisi scored for UBC. Eric Williams got the win, stopping 26 of 28 shots. Byron Spriggs took the loss, stopping 32 of 35 shots.

The win assures UBC of a playoff berth and tied them with Manitoba. Both teams would place 4th if they win and Calgary loses in regulation, 5th if they win and Calgary gets at least a point, and 6th if they lose.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4
CALGARY DINOSAURS 5
(in overtime)
Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofC] : [rp @CW] : [@UofL]

The H0rny Ones scored twice in the first 1:10 of the game. However, by the end of the 1st period they were down 3-2. They rallied to force OT but in the end ran out of Viagra. Bedrock U had the shots edge, 42-25. Steven Stanford got the win and Damien Ketlo the loss. The result eliminates Lethbridge. Calgary needs one point on Saturday to clinch 4th. If they lose in regulation they will finish 6th.


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 8
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 4

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [MRU] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofA]

The Evil Monkeys racked up a serious win on the road. Mount Royal needs to win the return match in regulation to claim 2nd. MRU became the first team to lead the shot clock against the Monkeys all season, by 27-26. The Monkeys out this one away with 5 goals on 11 shots in the 2nd period. Luke Siemens got the win and Cam Lanigan the loss.


REGINA COUGARS 3
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofS] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofR*]

The least significant match-up of the weekend. First beat worst. No shock there. The Banjocats actually held a 3-2 lead in the 2nd period. The Mutts outshot the Kittens 43-31 on the night. Jorodn Cooke got the win and Dawson McAuley took the loss.

OUT EAST

AUS

Fri Feb 12
Saint Mary's 2 Acadia 3 (ot)
Moncton 8 St. Thomas 7
Dalhousie 3 St. F-X 2 (ot)
New Brunswick 4 U.P.E.I. 1

OUA

Thu Feb 11
Toronto 1 Guelph 6

Fri Feb 12
Windsor 4 York 3 (ot)
U.Q.T.R. 3 Carleton 2 (so)
Laurier 2 Lakehead 1
Waterloo 5 Brock 0
Laurentian 0 U.O.I.T. 1 (ot)
Nipissing 3 Queen's 2 (ot)
McGill 2 Concordia 4

[CIS Schedule/Results]
[CIS Standings]


NEXT UP

Sat Feb 13
Mount Royal at Alberta 6:00 pm MST
Saskatchewan at Regina 7:00 pm CST
Calgary at Lethbridge 7:00 pm MST
Manitoba at U.B.C. 7:00 pm PST
Waterloo at W. Ontario
Laurier at Lakehead
R.M.C. at Carleton
Nipissing at U.O.I.T.
York at Toronto
Laurentian at Queen's

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Feb 13: Bisons Win, Finish 4th


MANITOBA BISONS 5
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 2

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW] : [UofM*]
Stories: [UBC] : [rp @CW*] : [rp @UofM*]

While attending a show by Winnipeg punk rockers Propagandhi, I was following the LeagueStat scoreboard, much to my delight. Coach Sirant must have shipped his last bottle of Viagra to the H0rny Ones to help them beat the Dinos. Then his own charges took care of the rest.

The striking aspect of the summary is that Justin Paulic had a great night. He was first star and made 23 saves on 25 shots through two periods. Then the Bisons slammed the door in the 3rd, yielding just 5 shots whilst holding a 3-2, then a 4-2, and finally a 5-2 lead.

Jordyn Boyd (his 2nd) and Jordan DePape (his 19th) gave the Bisons a 2-0 1st period lead. Jessi Hilton (his 6th) put the Birds on the board before the period was over.

In the 2nd period, Kyle Becker (his 4th) made it a 2-2 game. However, Liam Bilton (his 9th) restored the lead for the Bisons. At that point, the shots were 25-14 in favour of UBC.

The 3rd period saw the Bisons go into shutdown mode. Giving up only 5 shots will usually preserve a lead. Brett Stovin scored his 12th and Shaw Merasty his 14th to insure the victory, and 4th place. When your best players are your best players, you usually win.

UBC also went away from their goaltending rotation, starting Eric Williams once again. He stopped 17 of 22 shots. In contrast, the Bisons continued their rotation, switching from Spriggs to Paulic.

As an added bonus, Jordan DePape wrapped up the conference scoring title.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


CALGARY DINOSAURS 2
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 5

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofL] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofC]

After Friday's loss the Bisons needed some help from the H0rny Ones. And it looks like they have Dylan Tait to thank. He backstopped the Horns to victory by stopping 43 of the 45 shots he faced. The game turned around in the 2nd period when Bedrock U outshot the Horns 20-10, yet were outscored 3-0. Steven Stanford took the loss for the Dinos. Lethbridge was led offensively by Mitch Makin, who scored his first two goals of the season to be the unlikely leader. Bedrock also dressed just 19 players for the game. Mr. Slate will not be happy with this.


MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 0
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 2

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW*]
Stories: [UofA] : [rp @CW] : [rp @MRU]

This was a very atypical victory for the Evil Monkeys. It was a low scoring, low shots on goal kind of a game. The shots were just 22-20 in favour of the Monkeys. The only goals were a powerplay goal in the last minute of the 1st period and an empty-netter. Luke Siemens got the shutout victory and Chris Collins took the loss for the Bluegars. MRU is a good defensive team, so they should have been comfortable with this style of play. There must be some level of disappointment for MRU, after losing the race for 2nd to Calgary last year and Alberta this year, and having the lead in both cases late in the season.


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3
REGINA COUGARS 4

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW*]
Stories: [UofR] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofS]

There is joy in Regina as a dismal season ends with a win in the Battle of the Banjos. I hear that for the win the Regina campus will get one roll of store-bought toilet paper for each outhouse, courtesy of Premier Wall. Combined with new kazoos for their symphony orchestra, things are really looking up in Regina.

In goal, Mitch Kilgore got the win and Blake Voth took the loss, each making 27 saves in a very tight game. Regina built a 3-0 lead in the 1st period but by the end of the 2nd it was 3-3. The Mutts tied the game at the 19:32 mark and there must have been quite the brouhaha afterwards. Each team had two players get 4 minutes for roughing and a 10 minute misconduct.

STANDINGS



OUT EAST

AUS

no games

OUA

Sat Feb 13
Waterloo 5 W. Ontario 2
Laurier 3 Lakehead 4
R.M.C. 0 Carleton 8
Nipissing 2 U.O.I.T. 3 (ot)
York 1 Toronto 4
Laurentian 0 Queen's 4

[CIS Schedule/Results]
[CIS Standings]


NEXT UP

Playoff schedules are TBA. The match-ups are like this:

Canada West
Byes: Saskatchewan and Alberta
Mount Royal v UBC
Manitoba v Calgary

OUA West
York v Toronto
W. Ontario v Laurier
Huelph v Ryerson
Waterloo v Windsor

OUA East
UQTR v Laurentian
McGill v Concordia
Carleton v Nipissing
Queen's v UOIT

Atlantic
Byes: New Brunsiwck and St. FX
Acadia v UPEI
Saint Mary's v Moncton
 

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Sunday morning links update

At some point late Saturday night/early Sunday morning, the CW site developed some glitches. On the [Schedule/Results Page], and many links to "Boxscores" from throughout the season suddenly vanished. Many random sampled links to "Recap" (i.e. game stories) now link to a different game. It seems that the old links I included with prior posts still work. For February 13th, no current links exist for boxscores for Sask at Regina and MRU at Alberta. Nor is there a link to the Manitoba at UBC game story, or "recap".

Also, the standings expunged the records of Lethbridge and Regina. Both teams were listed at 0-0-0 etc. The standings at LeagueStat did include their records.

Other links were just added late:

Feb 12: Regina at Sask:
:. [Game Story rp @UofR]
:. [Saskatoon Star-Phoenix Story]


Feb 13: Manitoba at UBC:
:. [Game Story rp @UofM]
:. [Boxscore @UofM]


PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

While I was writing the above, the various playoff schedules were posted at these links:
:. [CIS]
:. [Canada West]
:. [Ontario]
:. [Atlantic]


Wed Feb 17 Moncton at Saint Mary's 7:00 PM AST
Wed Feb 17 UPEI at Acadia 7:00 PM AST

Wed Feb 17 Carleton at Nipissing 7:00 PM EST
Wed Feb 17 Laurier at W. Ontario 7:00 PM EST
Wed Feb 17 Concordia at McGill 7:00 PM EST
Wed Feb 17 Ryerson at Waterloo 7:00 PM EST
Wed Feb 17 Queen's at UOIT 7:30 PM EST
Wed Feb 17 Windsor at Guelph 7:30 PM EST
Wed Feb 17 Toronto at York 7:30 PM EST
Wed Feb 17 UQTR at Laurentian 7:45 PM EST

Fri Feb 19 U.B.C. at Mount Royal 7:00 PM MST
Fri Feb 19 Calgary at Manitoba 7:00 PM CST

Fri Feb 19 Saint Mary's at Moncton 7:00 PM AST
Fri Feb 19 Acadia at UPEI 7:00 PM AST

Fri Feb 19 W. Ontario at Laurier 7:00 PM EST
Fri Feb 19 Waterloo at Ryerson 7:30 PM EST
Fri Feb 19 UOIT at Queen's 7:30 PM EST

Sat Feb 20 U.B.C. at Mount Royal 7:00 PM MST
Sat Feb 20 Calgary at Manitoba 7:00 PM CST

Sat Feb 20 Laurentian at UQTR 4:00 PM EST
Sat Feb 20 Nipissing at Carleton 7:00 PM EST
Sat Feb 20 McGill at Concordia 7:30 PM EST
Sat Feb 20 Guelph at Windsor 7:30 PM EST
Sat Feb 20 York at Toronto 7:30 PM EST

Sun Feb 21 U.B.C. at Mount Royal 7:00 PM MST
Sun Feb 21 Calgary at Manitoba 3:00 PM CST

Sun Feb 21 Moncton at Saint Mary's 7:00 PM AST *if necessary
Sun Feb 21 UPEI at Acadia 7:00 PM AST *if necessary

Sun Feb 21 Toronto at York 2:00 PM EST *if necessary
Sun Feb 21 Queen's at UOIT 3:30 PM EST *if necessary
Sun Feb 21 Laurentian at UQTR 4:00 PM EST *if necessary
Sun Feb 21 Concordia at McGill 5:00 PM EST *if necessary
Sun Feb 21 Nipissing at Carleton 7:00 PM EST *if necessary
Sun Feb 21 Laurier at W. Ontario 7:00 PM EST *if necessary
Sun Feb 21 Ryerson at Waterloo 7:00 PM EST *if necessary
Sun Feb 21 Windsor at Guelph 7:30 PM EST *if necessary
 

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Updates and Previews

The late Saturday night mess up at the CW's [Schedule/Results Page] has yet to be resolved. But more links have been added. There are also various stories on the pending playoffs from across the country.



Feb 13: Manitoba at UBC:
:. [Game Story rp @CW]

UBC clinching playoff berth:
:. [Ubyssey Story]

UBC was happy to secure a playoff berth after being on a downspin in the 2nd semester. Yet they must see Saturday's events as a blown opportunity to host the quarter-finals. And we did eventually get a CW link to the Saturday game story, complete with picture, summary, and boxscore link.



DePape's scoring title:
:. [GoBisons.ca]
:. [MyToba.ca]
:. [CJOB]


The last Bison to win a scoring title was none other than Mike Ridley.



Bisons host Dinos:
:. [GoBisons.ca]
:. [MyToba.ca]


GoBisons.ca got a jump on the weekend previews. I expect more to follow in time for my Thursday weekend preview.



Battle of Montreal:
:. [Montreal Gazette]

The Montreal Gazette seems to be pessimistic about the Habs and sees the McGill-Concordia match-up as what may be a rare chance to see playoffs in Montreal this spring.
 

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Feb 17: Playoffs Start Out East

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

AUS


U.P.E.I. PANTHERS 6
ACADIA AXEMEN 3
(UPEI leads series 1-0)

Links:
:. [AUS Boxscore]



MONCTON AIGLES BLEUS 2
SAINT MARY'S HUSKIES 3
(SMU leads series 1-0)

Links:
:. [AUS Boxscore]


The Cajuns have been slipping. They were 11-2-1 in the first half and just 8-5-1 in the second. The Spuds scored 4 goals in 8 shots in the 2nd period. The SMUskies scored two PP goals to beat The Eggs in a penalty-filled game. Remember that UNB and St. FX got byes into the semi-finals.

OUA


U.Q.T.R. PATRIOTES 4
LAURENTIAN VOYAGEURS 1
(UQTR leads series 1-0)

Links:
:. [OUA Boxscore]



CONCORDIA STINGERS 2
MCGILL REDMEN 9
(McGill leads series 1-0)

Links:
:. [OUA Boxscore]



CARLETON RAVENS 3
NIPISSING LAKERS 0
(Carleton leads series 1-0)

Links:
:. [OUA Boxscore]



QUEEN'S GOLDEN GAELS 4
U.O.I.T. RIDGEBACKS 3
(in overtime)
(Queen's leads series 1-0)


Links:
:. [OUA Boxscore]



TORONTO VARSITY BLUES 0
YORK LIONS 5
(York leads series 1-0)

Links:
:. [OUA Boxscore]



LAURIER GOLDEN HAWKS 3
WESTERN ONTARIO MUSTANGS 8
(UWO leads series 1-0)

Links:
:. [OUA Boxscore]



RYERSON RAMS 4
WATERLOO WARRIORS 2
(Ryerson leads series 1-0)

Links:
:. [OUA Boxscore]


The OUA East appears to have three mismatches. I doubt that any neutral fan picks UQTR, McGill, or Carleton to lose even one game in their series. That Queen's-UOIT battle should be tight every game. Overtime in game one was really to be expected.

The whippings in the OUA West are disappointing. It is the division with no real contenders in it. It would appear that Toronto and Laurier are not up to snuff.

[CIS Playoff Schedule/Results]
[AUS Playoff Schedule/Results]
[OUA LeagueStat Daily]


NEXT UP

Thu Feb 18 Windsor at Guelph 7:30 PM EST
Fri Feb 19 U.B.C. at Mount Royal 7:00 PM MST
Fri Feb 19 Calgary at Manitoba 7:00 PM CST

Fri Feb 19 Saint Mary's at Moncton 7:00 PM AST
Fri Feb 19 Acadia at U.P.E.I. 7:00 PM AST
Fri Feb 19 W. Ontario at Laurier 7:00 PM EST
Fri Feb 19 Waterloo at Ryerson 7:30 PM EST
Fri Feb 19 U.O.I.T. at Queen's 7:30 PM EST
Fri Feb 19 McGill at Concordia 7:30 PM EST
 

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Preview: Feb 19-21: Calgary at Manitoba: Quarter-final

BISONS HOST DINOS IN PLAYOFF SERIES


CALGARY DINOSAURS (12-12-4, 17-17-4, OHT36 #12)
MANITOBA BISONS (13-13-2, 14-18-2, OHT36 #11)

Friday, February 19th, 7:00 CST @ Wayne Fleming Arena
Saturday, February 20th, 7:00 CST @ Wayne Fleming Arena
Sunday, February 21st, 3:00 CST @ Wayne Fleming Arena

Live Links:

:. [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
:. [Live Stats Sunday] : [Video: CanadaWest.tv]

Manitoba Links:
:. [Team Site]
:. [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
:. [Twitter] : [Facebook]

Calgary Links:
:. [Team Site]
:. [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
:. [Twitter] : [Facebook]

Other Links:
:. [CIS Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links] : [Standings]
:. [Top 10] : [CIS Playoff Schedule/Results/Links]
:. [CW Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links]
:. [CW Weekend Preview] : [CW Video via MRU]

Previous Games:
:. [2015-10-30 Man 3 Cal 1 ]
:. [2015-10-31 Man 5 Cal 2 ]
:. [2016-02-05 Man 6 Cal 4 ]
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These teams just played 2 weeks ago in the Bisons' final home games of the season. So, not much to add to that preview!

The teams are #11 and #12 in the OHT36 national rankings. It was not until the final game of the season that the Bisons clinched the race for 4th, capitalizing on Bedrock's loss to Lethbridge. The Dinos were in serious danger of missing the playoffs after going 4-7-3 in the 1st half. They rallied in the 2nd half, going 8-5-1. Their season peaked in weeks 11 and 12 when they swept 4 games against Alberta and Mount Royal. However, with a shot at 4th place they closed with a sweep at the hands of the Bisons and a split with Lethbridge.

Despite the 4 straight wins in head-to-head play this season, the teams have been very close over the years. In the last 5 years, the Bisons are 12-5-5 and Calgary is 10-11-1.

ELSEWHERE:


U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (11-13-4, 12-16-5, OHT36 #16)
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (17-8-3, 19-11-3, OHT36 #8)

Links:
:. [MRU Preview]
:. [UBC Preview]


In the 1st half, UBC was 7-4-3. In the 2nd half, they fell to 4-9-1. No doubt that UBC has been on the decline this season. Meanwhile, MRU just finished a disappointing end to the season where they lost the race for 2nd place. They were solid all year long. In head-to-head this year it was 2-2, with MRU leading 5-4 on points. Since MRU joined the league, UBC is 10-4-2 and MRU is 6-7-3. That means OT in 5 of 16 games. On the season, MRU had a big edge in GF and GA. MRU was 100-73 and UBC was 72-90. I am wondering what they will do with goaltending. For UBC, Mark Hewitt seemed to be #1 yet Eric Williams got both starts last weekend against Manitoba. After riding Chris Collins in the 1st half, MRU started to start Cam Lanigan every Friday.

OUT EAST:


WINDSOR LANCERS 2
GUELPH GRYPHONS 6
(Gue leads series 1-0)

Links:
:. [OUA Boxscore]

After having the easiest schedule in the CIS, things got tougher really fast for Windsor.

OUA

Fri Feb 19 W. Ontario at Laurier 7:00 PM EST
Fri Feb 19 Waterloo at Ryerson 7:30 PM EST
Fri Feb 19 U.O.I.T. at Queen's 7:30 PM EST
Fri Feb 19 McGill at Concordia 7:30 PM EST
Sat Feb 20 Laurentian at U.Q.T.R. 4:00 PM EST
Sat Feb 20 Nipissing at Carleton 7:00 PM EST
Sat Feb 20 Guelph at Windsor 7:30 PM EST
Sat Feb 20 York at Toronto 7:00 PM EST

AUS

Fri Feb 19 Saint Mary's at Moncton 7:00 PM AST
Fri Feb 19 Acadia at U.P.E.I. 7:00 PM AST
 

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Feb 19: Bisons Take the Opener


CALGARY DINOSAURS 1
MANITOBA BISONS 3
(Manitoba leads series 1-0)

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW] : [UofM]
Stories: [UofM] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofC*]

This was a peculiar game. The Dinos came out firing, but most of their best chances saw them shoot wide or high. After the Bisons killed a 1st period penalty, they opened scoring on a scrambled goal scored by Warren Callis. After the goal the Bisons went into a defensive shell and wound up being outshot 12-2 on the period. This could have proved hazardous.

The 2nd was a different story. The play was more wide open. The Bisons took a 3-0 lead on goals from Shaq Merasty and Brett Brooks. Both plays involved the Bisons playing hard through the slot and Bedrock watching and putting up only limited physical resistance. Merasty's goal followed some hard work from Jonah Wasylak, who was flat on his back when the goal was scored. Brooks' goal was a wrap-around scored while Schreyer was being shoved by a Bedrock defenceman in the crease. The Dinos got one back when Elgin Pearce showed great patience dragging the puck through the slot before flipping it in.

The Bison approach to the 3rd period was just to kill time. Let the clock tick. The shots were 11-4 in favour of Bedrock U.

Game two goes Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at the Wayne Fleming Arena on the U of M Campus. Game three, if necessary, goes Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

Here's how they lined up:

MANITOBA

GOAL
1 Paulic (35 Spriggs)

DEFENCE
2 Henry - 6 Paulsen
3 S Christensen - 9 Hunter
5 L Christensen - 4 Bresciani

FORWARDS
16 Paradis - 28 Stovin - 27 DePape
29 Wasylak - 25 Merasty - 8 Bilton
21 Brooks - 23 Schreyer - 17 Callis
22 Boyd - 24 Augert - 20 Bruyere

SCRATCHES
12 Sutherland - 15 Stockl - 18 Kelly
10 Waldvogel - 34 Sydora

CALGARY

GOAL
40 Stanford (30 Hovdebo)

DEFENCE
6 Dow - 11 Dzielski
44 Busenius - 7 Ross
2 Gibb - 3 Walters
4 Suchorab

FORWARDS
12 Franson - 25 King - 8 Pearce
27 Edwards - 13 Collins - 42 Walchuk
20 Gayle - 17 Gordon - 9 Kambletz
21 Myers - 22 Cook

The three stars were:
1. MAN - 1 Justin Paulic
2. MAN - 23 Joel Schreyer
3. CGY - 8 Elgin Pearce



OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 1
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3
(MRU leads series 1-0)

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [MRU] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UBC*]

Mount Royal claimed a tidy win to open their series against the Tweety Birds. MRU stopped their goaltending rotation and went with Colin Cooper. He stopped 20 of 21 shots in claiming the win. UBC went back to Mark Hewitt, who made several good stops amongst his 36 saves.

OUT EAST


ACADIA AXEMEN 3
U.P.E.I. PANTHERS 4
(in overtime)
(UPEI wins series 2-0)


Links:
:. [AUS Boxscore]



SAINT MARY'S HUSKIES 9
MONCTON AIGLES BLEUS 2
(SMU wins series 2-0)

Links:
:. [AUS Boxscore]

Two remarkable results. One for the outcome (hard to believe how far the Cajuns has sunk since being #1) and one for the margin (the Eggs losing at home by 7 is just wild). Both AUS quarter-finals are now over. So the next round will be Squirrels v Spuds and X v SMUskies. Oddly, 3 of the 4 will qualify for the nationals.


MCGILL REDMEN 4
CONCORDIA STINGERS 3
(in overtime)
(McGill wins series 2-0)


Links:
:. [OUA Boxscore]



U.O.I.T. RIDGEBACKS 4
QUEEN'S GOLDEN GAELS 3
(in overtime)
(series tied 1-1)


Links:
:. [OUA Boxscore]



WESTERN ONTARIO MUSTANGS 4
LAURIER GOLDEN HAWKS 1
(UWO wins series 2-0)

Links:
:. [OUA Boxscore]



WATERLOO WARRIORS 4
RYERSON RAMS 5
(in overtime)
(Ryerson wins series 2-0)


Links:
:. [OUA Boxscore]


After a plethora of one-sided games on Wednesday, Friday was overtime night. Many people fancied Ryerson in pre-season, so maybe a playoff run following a mediocre season is in the cards for them. Only one of the four series is going the distance. After two overtime games, the anticipated closeness of the UOIT-Queen's series has come to fruition.

One bizarre thing about the OUA is the extreme shots totals. There were 87 shots in McGill/Concordia, 66 in OUIT/Queen's, 78 in UWO/Laurier, and 93 in Waterloo/Ryerson. All winners on Friday won the shot clock battle. Queen's was the only team with fewer than 30 shots.

[CIS Playoff Schedule/Results]
[CWUAA Schedule/Results/Links including playoffs]
[AUS Playoff Schedule/Results]
[OUA LeagueStat Daily]


NEXT UP

Sat Feb 20 U.B.C. at Mount Royal 7:00 PM MST
Sat Feb 20 Calgary at Manitoba 7:00 PM CST

Sat Feb 20 Laurentian at UQTR 4:00 PM EST
Sat Feb 20 Nipissing at Carleton 7:00 PM EST
Sat Feb 20 Guelph at Windsor 7:30 PM EST
Sat Feb 20 York at Toronto 7:30 PM EST
Sun Feb 21 U.B.C. at Mount Royal 7:00 PM MST *if necessary
Sun Feb 21 Calgary at Manitoba 3:00 PM CST *if necessary

Sun Feb 21 Toronto at York 2:00 PM EST *if necessary
Sun Feb 21 Queen's at UOIT 3:30 PM EST
Sun Feb 21 Laurentian at UQTR 4:00 PM EST *if necessary
Sun Feb 21 Nipissing at Carleton 7:00 PM EST *if necessary
Sun Feb 21 Windsor at Guelph 7:30 PM EST *if necessary
 

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Feb 20: Bedrock U Forces Game 3


CALGARY DINOSAURS 2
MANITOBA BISONS 1
(series tied 1-1)

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW] : [UofM]
Stories: [UofM] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofC]

I had to miss this game but did watch lots at CanadaWest.tv. The Bisons controlled territory and possession but Steven Stanford was more than equal to the task. Brett Stovin scored the sole goal for the Bisons and Elgin Pearce scored twice for Bedrock U. Justin Paulic took the loss in the Bison goal. The rubber match goes Sunday at 3:00 p.m. The winner will be off to Saskatchewan next weekend for the semi-finals.





OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 3
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 7
(MRU wins series 2-0)

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [MRU] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UBC]

MRU built a 4-1 lead after 2 periods, but UBC came back to make it 4-3 early in the 3rd period. However, MRU scored mid-way through the period and then another pair of goals 10 seconds apart to seal victory. Colin Cooper got the win and Eric Williams suffered the loss. MRU will visit the Evil Monkeys in next weekend's semi-final round.

OUT EAST


LAURENTIAN VOYAGEURS 2
U.Q.T.R. PATRIOTES 3
(UQTR wins series 2-0)

Links:
:. [OUA Boxscore]



NIPISSING LAKERS 1
CARLETON RAVENS 6
(Carleton wins series 2-0)

Links:
:. [OUA Boxscore]



YORK LIONS 2
TORONTO VARSITY BLUES 3
(series tied 1-1)

Links:
:. [OUA Boxscore]



GUELPH GRYPHONS 2
WINDSOR LANCERS 5
(series tied 1-1)

Links:
:. [OUA Boxscore]


There were no games in the AUS because both quarter-final series were swept on Friday. In their semi-finals, New Brunswick hosts UPEI and St. FX hosts Saint Mary's.

In the OUA East, the only series going the limit is UOIT v Queen's. The winner of that will visit UQTR in one divisional semi-final whilst McGill will host Carleton in the other.

The OUA West is more complicated. York v Toronto and Guelph v Windsor are both going to game 3. If York wins they would host Ryerson in one series and Western Ontario would play the Guelph/Windsor winner in the other. However, if Toronto pulls the upset they would visit Western Ontario in one series and the Guelph/Windsor winner would host Ryerson in the other.

[CIS Playoff Schedule/Results]
[CWUAA Schedule/Results/Links including playoffs]
[AUS Playoff Schedule/Results]
[OUA LeagueStat Daily]


NEXT UP

Sun Feb 21 Calgary at Manitoba 3:00 PM CST
Sun Feb 21 Toronto at York 2:00 PM EST
Sun Feb 21 Queen's at UOIT 3:30 PM EST
Sun Feb 21 Windsor at Guelph 7:30 PM EST
 

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Feb 21: Bisons Eliminated


CALGARY DINOSAURS 6
MANITOBA BISONS 1
(Calgary wins series 2-1)

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW] : [UofM]
Stories: [UofM] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofC]

This was a game of ebbs and flows. The Dinos were dominant in the 1st period and built a 2-0 lead on two goals by Spencer Edwards.

The Bisons must have had quite a pep-talk at the intermission as they came out dominating the Dinos physically and generating several scoring chances. Justin Augert trimmed the lead to 2-1. And after he did so the Bisons were very unlucky to avoid the tieing goal.

The 2nd intermission again caused the game to turn. An early borderline penalty call gave the Dinos the chance to score their 3rd powerplay goal of the game, and Elgin Pearce cashed in. Once down 3-1 the Bisons lost all jump as Bedrock U pulled away.

So now the Bisons are in next-year country. The team should have lots of optimism since the entire roster is eligible to return. They will likely want at least one more defenceman. Otherwise any new recruits would have to be good enough to replace an existing player.



OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

OUA


TORONTO VARSITY BLUES 4
YORK LIONS 1
(Toronto wins series 2-1)

Links:
:. [OUA Boxscore]



WINDSOR LANCERS 2
GUELPH GRYPHONS 3
(in overtime)
(Guelph wins series 2-1)


Links:
:. [OUA Boxscore]



QUEEN'S GOLDEN GAELS 3
U.O.I.T. RIDGEBACKS 4
(UOIT wins series 2-1)

Links:
:. [OUA Boxscore]

York finished 1st in the OUA West. However, they missed the playoffs last year and were only 18th in the OHT36 rankings. They were a very vulnerable 1st place team, even against a mediocre team like Toronto. After such an easy regular season schedule, it is perhaps fitting that Windsor got the shoe. The UOIT-Queen's series was a toss-up on paper and it figured to go the distance.

[CIS Playoff Schedule/Results]
[CWUAA Schedule/Results/Links including playoffs]
[AUS Playoff Schedule/Results]
[OUA LeagueStat Daily]


NEXT UP

Wed Feb 24 Carleton at McGill 7:00 PM EST
Wed Feb 24 Toronto at W. Ontario 7:00 PM EST
Wed Feb 24 UQTR at UOIT 7:30 PM EST
Thu Feb 25 UPEI at New Brunswick 7:00 PM AST
Thu Feb 25 Saint Mary's at St. FX 7:00 PM AST
Thu Feb 25 Ryerson at Guelph 7:30 PM EST
Fri Feb 26 Calgary at Saskatchewan 7:00 PM CST
Fri Feb 26 Mount Royal at Alberta 7:00 PM MST
Fri Feb 26 UPEI at New Brunswick 7:00 PM AST
Fri Feb 26 W. Ontario at Toronto 7:30 PM EST
Fri Feb 26 Guelph at Ryerson 7:30 PM EST
 

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Feb 24-27: Sask and Alberta Advance to Final

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


Friday
CALGARY DINOSAURS 3
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4
(in overtime)
(Sask leads series 1-0)


Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW]
Previews: [UofS] : [UofC]
Stories: [UofS] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofC]

Saturday

CALGARY DINOSAURS 3
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5
(Sask wins series 2-0)

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofS] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofC]

Sask dominated the stats a lot more than I thought they would. In Friday's opener, they outshot the Dinos 81-37 in a double overtime win. In Saturday's clincher the shots were 41-24, yet it was not decided until an empty-netter sealed the deal. Jordon Cooke got both wins for the Mutts and Steven Stanford suffered both losses for Bedrock U. Calgary dressed 2 men short on Friday, andone man short on Saturday. After a 3-games-in-3-days quarter-final against the Bisons, Bedrock must have been somewhat worse for wear.


Friday
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 1
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 7
(Alberta leads series 1-0)

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW]
Previews: [UofA] : [MRU]
Stories: [UofA] : [rp @CW] : [rp @MRU]

Saturday

MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5
(Alberta wins series 2-0)

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofA] : [rp @CW] : [rp @MRU]

After barely scraping into 2nd place, the Evil Monkeys tore the Bluegars apart on Friday night. The Saturday game was only decided by an empty-netter. The Monkeys stuck with Luke Siemens for both games, as did MRU with Chris Collins. The Monkeys carried the play both nights, with shot margins of 32-17 and 32-24.

So the Monkeys and Mutts are assured of berths in the nationals. The last time that happened they met in the final.

OUT EAST


Wednesday
U.Q.T.R. PATRIOTES 6
U.O.I.T. RIDGEBACKS 1
(UQTR leads series 1-0)

Links:
:. [OUA Boxscore]

Saturday

U.O.I.T. RIDGEBACKS 2
U.Q.T.R. PATRIOTES 4
(UQTR wins series 2-0)

Links:
:. [OUA Boxscore]

UOIT had a good season and their highest ranking. Too bad for them they are in the OUA East. They could have won the OUA West. So too could have 6 teams each from the AUS and the CWUAA, but that is a whole other issue.


Wednesday
CARLETON RAVENS 5
MCGILL REDMEN 2
(Carleton leads series 1-0)

Links:
:. [OUA Boxscore]

Saturday

MCGILL REDMEN 2
CARLETON RAVENS 3
(in overtime)
(Carleton wins series 2-0)


Links:
:. [OUA Boxscore]

These teams were just one national ranking spot apart so this figured to be close. I was never too high on McGill because their butts kicked in all 5 games they played outside the OUA. Carleton should have good games against UQTR. Even if they lose they will have a second shot at nationals by playing a so-so team from the OUA West.


Wednesday
TORONTO VARSITY BLUES 3
WESTERN ONTARIO MUSTANGS 1
(Toronto leads series 1-0)

Links:
:. [OUA Boxscore]

Friday

WESTERN ONTARIO MUSTANGS 7
TORONTO VARSITY BLUES 3
(series tied 1-1)

Links:
:. [OUA Boxscore]

This is enough to make one chuckle. The Blahs are very mediocre and nobody from Ontario has blown their horn all year. Now they have the Urban Cowboys on the ropes. Tee hee.


Thursday
RYERSON RAMS 3
GUELPH GRYPHONS 5
(Guelph leads series 1-0)

Links:
:. [OUA Boxscore]

Friday

GUELPH GRYPHONS 1
RYERSON RAMS 2
(in overtime)
(series tied 1-1)


Links:
:. [OUA Boxscore]

Goof went on a run last year and this year any team with a pulse has a shot in the OUAW. And I guess Ryerson has a pulse. They had some positive pre-season reviews and never lived up to the hype. Maybe between the Rambos and the Blahs some interest in the CIS will be stoked in The Big Lemon.


Thursday
U.P.E.I. PANTHERS 1
NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS 4
(UNB leads series 1-0)

Links:
:. [AUS Boxscore]

Friday

U.P.E.I. PANTHERS 2
NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS 5
(UNB leads series 2-0)

Links:
:. [AUS Boxscore]

It looks like the Squirrels and the Monkeys are on another collision course. UNB rounded into form at the start of the semester and have been dominating the competition in the AUS. This is a best-of-five, because the AUS apparently sees no need for student-athletes to be in school.


Thursday
SAINT MARY'S HUSKIES 0
ST. F.X. X-MEN 2
(SFX leads series 1-0)

Links:
:. [AUS Boxscore]

Saturday

SAINT MARY'S HUSKIES 1
ST. F.X. X-MEN 5
(SFX leads series 2-0)

Links:
:. [AUS Boxscore]

The Jeremies have had a much better season now that they cannot sit back and claim a host berth at nationals. Fortunately for the SMUskies, they have a spot as host in the event they lose this. Which now seems likely. Will the SMUskie coach once again speak out against the crazy AUS playoff system?

[CIS Playoff Schedule/Results]
[CWUAA Schedule/Results/Links including playoffs]
[AUS Playoff Schedule/Results]
[OUA LeagueStat Daily]


NEXT UP

Sun Feb 28 Toronto at W. Ontario 7:30 PM EST
Sun Feb 28 Ryerson at Guelph 7:30 PM EST
Mon Feb 29 New Brunswick at UPEI 7:00 PM AST
Mon Feb 29 St. FX at Saint Mary's 7:00 PM AST
Tue Mar 01 New Brunswick at UPEI 7:00 PM AST *if necessary
Wed Mar 02 St. FX at Saint Mary's 7:00 PM AST *if necessary
Fri Mar 04 UPEI at New Brunswick 7:00 PM AST *if necessary
Fri Mar 04 Saint Mary's at St. FX 7:00 PM AST *if necessary
Fri Mar 04 Alberta at Saskatchewan 7:00 PM CST
Sat Mar 05 Alberta at Saskatchewan 7:00 PM CST
Sun Mar 06 Alberta at Saskatchewan 7:00 PM CST *if necessary
 

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Feb 28: OUA down to 4; Bisons advance in other sports

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

OUT EAST


TORONTO VARSITY BLUES 3
WESTERN ONTARIO MUSTANGS 4
(in overtime)
(UWO wins series 2-1)


Links:
:. [OUA Boxscore]

This is the ultimate in eeking out a win over a crap team. At least the Urban Cowboys won. A loss here would have been very embarassing.


RYERSON RAMS 3
GUELPH GRYPHONS 11
(Guelph wins series 2-0)

Links:
:. [OUA Boxscore]

Ryerson had the worst goaltending stats of the season. In the 2nd period they gave up 8 goals on 14 shots. In the game they gave up 11 goals on 28 shots. After their starter was yanked, the backup gave up 6 goals on 11 shots. How will Goof fare when they face a team with a goaltender?

WOMEN'S HOCKEY


MANITOBA BISONS 4
ALBERTA PANDAS 3
(in overtime)
(Manitoba wins series 2-1)


Links:
:. [CW Game Story]

The Bison Broads had to win back-to-back away series to get to the conference final, and they did it! Once again, the deciding game was in overtime. However, the Fat Pandas never even lasted 5 minutes. Last weekend the Mutts lasted almost 5 overtime periods! In the other series, UBC defeated Regina, also in 3 games. So yet another road trip, one more province to the west.

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL


MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 0
MANITOBA BISONS 3
(Manitoba wins series 2-0)

Links:
:. [CW Game Story]

The Bisons wrapped this up on Friday night. The Bisons were 2nd and MRU 7th in the regular season. There were three quarter-final series and the three winners join 1st place Alberta in the Final Four. The other series produced upsets. #6 Trinity Western beat #3 Calgary and #5 Saskatchewan beat #4 Winnipeg, both series going three games. In next weekend's games, it will be Alberta v TWU and Manitoba v Sask in the semi-finals.

MEN'S BASKETBALL

The Bisons got a bye to the quarter-finals. The CW has two divisions (the 11 long-time conference members in one, and six newcomers in the other). The divisions blend for the playoffs. Four teams played the play-in round this weekend, with the two winners slated to join the 6 teams who had byes in next weekend's quarter-finals.

This weekend, both series went the distance and were very close. Alberta beat MacEwan and Regina beat Winnipeg. Next week the match-ups are:

Lethbridge at UBC
Fraser Valley at Manitoba
Alberta at Calgary
Regina at Thompson Rivers

[CIS Playoff Schedule/Results]
[CWUAA Schedule/Results/Links including playoffs]
[AUS Playoff Schedule/Results]
[OUA LeagueStat Daily]


NEXT UP

Mon Feb 29 New Brunswick at UPEI 7:00 PM AST
Mon Feb 29 St. FX at Saint Mary's 7:00 PM AST
Tue Mar 01 New Brunswick at UPEI 7:00 PM AST *if necessary
Wed Mar 02 St. FX at Saint Mary's 7:00 PM AST *if necessary
Fri Mar 04 UPEI at New Brunswick 7:00 PM AST *if necessary
Fri Mar 04 Saint Mary's at St. FX 7:00 PM AST *if necessary
Fri Mar 04 Alberta at Saskatchewan 7:00 PM CST
Sat Mar 05 Alberta at Saskatchewan 7:00 PM CST
Sun Mar 06 Alberta at Saskatchewan 7:00 PM CST *if necessary

OUA schedules are TBA
 
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