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Nov 26: Herd Humbles Huskies


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2
MANITOBA BISONS 5

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Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW] : [UofM]
Stories: [UofM*] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofS]

On a night when the whole CW hit the season's mid-point, the Bisons were faced with the prospect of having to scramble to just eek out a playoff berth. They responded with a strong effort and, though hardly ready to coast, at least have some breathing room, and a shot to move into the top 4.

The alignment shifted somewhat, a natural occurrence when the Bisons have loads of forwards and apparently an injury to Jordan DePape. It looked like this:

MANITOBA

Goal
35 Spriggs (1 Paulic)

Defence
2 Henry - 20 Johnston
3 S Christensen - 9 Hunter
4 Bresciani - 5 L Christensen

Forwards
12 Zajac - 13 Laurencelle - 28 Stovin
25 Merasty - 24 Augert - 10 Dudar
26 Lisoway - 22 B Bowles - 17 Callis
29 Wasylak - 21 Brooks - 8 Bilton

Scratches
6 Heinrich (D) - 14 Nault (F) - 15 S Bowles (F)
16 Paradis (F) - 19 Friesen (F) - 23 Schreyer (F)
27 DePape (F) - 34 Sydora (G)

SASKATCHEWAN

Goal
32 Cooke (30 Wapple)

Defence
4 Harmsworth - 2 McFaull
3 Cox - 6 Fransoo
8 Lishchynsky - 5 Forsberg

Forwards
15 Sofillas - 14 McVeigh - 7 Roach
22 Johnson - 19 Bauml - 10 Cable
18 Yakubowski - 23 Thomas - 28 Lawrence
20 Sutter - 9 Tkatch - 16 Stadnyk

Scratches
12 Gay (F) - 17 Blair (F) - 21 Stumborg (D)
25 Borstmayer (D) - 26 Johnson (F) - 29 Forsberg (F)

And here's a quick summary:

1st
15:55 Man Lisoway (3) ASST: Callis (3), Bresciani (4)

2nd
9:55 Man Zajac (3) ASST: Laurencelle (6), Bresciani (5)
10:37 Sask Thomas (3) ASST: Yakubowski (3)
12:56 Man Dudar (2) ASST: Bresciani (6), Merasty (9) (PP)

3rd
5:57 Man Laurencelle (2) ASST: Zajac (3), Stovin (6)
14:14 Sask Tkatch (3) ASST: Thomas (5), Fransoo (4) (PP)
17:32 Man Hunter (2) ASST: Laurencelle (7), Zajac (4)

The shots on goal were 43-30 in favour of the Banjomutts, which is a bit misleading. The shots were pretty even throughout two periods. Sask piled on the shots by a 17-7 margin in the 3rd period, during which the Bisons had a 3 or a 4 goal lead most of the time.

Byron Spriggs appears to be the starting goaltender now. He had two very strong games over the weekend, stopping 74 of 78 shots. I would expect Spriggs to start at least next Friday.

On the other hand, Jordon Cooke did not look like the CW's leading goaltender. He stopped 25 of 30 shots.

One feature of the Bison scoring is that the goals were not scored by their leaders. DePape was injured. The Merasty-Augert combination threatened lots but did not score. The Zajac-Laurencelle-Stovin line sure had it going (even though they were the only line to give up an even-strnegth goal). Stovin had just the one point but was a force out there. His size was a big factor assisting his smaller linemates. He and Laurencelle centred the line at various times.

All the Bison lines did well. Of note was the line of players who did not suit up on Friday night, Wasylak-Brooks-Bilton, all put in a good effort. They never scored, but were not scored upon either. (No Bison was a "-" on the night.) The checking line was re-jigged so as to include Lisoway-Bowles-Callis. They got the opener.

The Bisons are off Calgary to face MRU next weekend before breaking for exams and Christmas. They return home in the new year to face the Regina Banjocats. Meanwhile, Sask had a drink from the toilets, ate some slop off the floor, peed on a fire hydrant, then hopped in the bus and rode home with their heads out the window.

No photos from Saturday (when Sask was wearing their awesome green jerseys) are up yet. But we have some with their blah blah black ones from Friday night.





OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 0

Links:

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

A sweep of the Evil Monkeys may have been asking too much for the Hørny Ones. Graeme Craig scored twice and Brendan Burke had a 27 save shutout. Garret Hughson stopped 28 of 33 in the loss.


REGINA COUGARS 1
CALGARY DINOSAURS 6

Links:

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

The Pussycats strutted into Bedrock on a high after a sweep and had a good game Friday. But Saturday's 1st period brought them back to Earth. Four goals on 17 shots gave the Dinos an insurmountable lead. Coda Gordon scored twice and Matthew Breenfield stopped 33 of 34 shots to claim the win. Andy Desautels was yanked after 4 goals, Mitch Kilgore finished it off.


MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 5
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 3

Links:

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

The Bluegars secured a sweep in British California with a decisive win. Cam Lanigan stopped 17 of 20 shots for the win and Matt Hewitt stopped 25 of 29 in the loss.

STANDINGS



OUT EAST

AUS


Nov 26 Moncton 2 St. F.X. 6
Nov 26 New Brunswick 2 Saint Mary's 3
Nov 26 U.P.E.I. 2 Acadia 5

OUA

Nov 26 Lakehead 4 Laurier 3
Nov 26 Laurentian 3 Guelph 4 (ot)
Nov 26 McGill 0 Queen's 4
Nov 26 Nipissing 3 W. Ontario 1
Nov 26 Ottawa 1 U.O.I.T. 4
Nov 26 R.M.C. 1 Concordia 7
Nov 26 U.Q.T.R. 3 Carleton 1
Nov 26 Waterloo 6 Brock 1
Nov 26 Windsor 2 York 3 (ot)

[CIS Schedule/Results]
[CIS Standings]


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Preview: Dec 2-3: Bisons at MRU

HERD HIT THE ROAD TO END 1ST SEMESTER


MANITOBA BISONS (6-7-1, 13-9-1, OHT35 #16)
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (9-5-0, 11-8-0, OHT35 #6)

Friday, December 2nd, 7:00 MST/8:00 CST @ Flames Community Arena
Saturday, December 3rd, 2:00 MST/3:00 CST @ Flames Community Arena

Live Links:

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

Manitoba Links:
• [UM Review] ∞ [UM Preview]
• [Blog #4: Zajac]
• [LS Stats] ∞ [LS Schedule/Results]
• [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]

Mount Royal Links:
• [Team Site]
• [LS Stats] ∞ [LS Schedule/Results]
• [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]

Prior Games:
Oct 14: MRU 3 UM 1: [LeagueStat] ∞ [CW] ∞ [UofM]
Oct 15: MRU 5 UM 1: [LeagueStat] ∞ [CW] ∞ [UofM]

Other Links:
• [CIS Site] ∞ [Schedule/Links]
• [CIS Standings] ∞ [CIS Top 10]
• [CW Site] ∞ [Schedule/Links]
• [USports v Canada Juniors]

This series marks the end of the 1st semester and the beginning of the 2nd half of the regular season. After this an all-star team from across the country will face the Team Canada Juniors on Dec 12-13 in Quebec while everybody else goes off for exams and then off for Christmas.

The Bluegars are on a 6-game wnning streak against the Bisons. Yet over the last 5 seasons that brings the teams to 9 wins each. The Bisons also won a playoff series 2-1. This match-up generally produces good hard games.

Hard to predict what the Bluegars will look like. Just two weeks ago they were swept by Lethbridge. The Bisons are coming off a 3 point weekend against the Mutts.

Both games can be seen on canadawest.tv.

ELSEWHERE:


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (10-3-1, 16-5-3, OHT35 #2)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (9-3-2, 10-5-3, OHT35 #3)

Links:
• [UofS Story] ∞ [Series Preview] ∞ [Notes (pdf)]
• [UofA Site]

This is the feature match-up in the whole CIS. The winner will also head into the new year in 1st place.


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (6-5-3, 12-5-3, OHT35 #15)
REGINA COUGARS (3-10-1, 3-16-1, OHT35 #32)

Links:
• [UofR Preview]
• [UofL Preview]

Regina started he season on a positive note with a surprise win over the Hørny Ones. Then came disaster. Just when it looked like they would never win again, they swept UBC and followed that with an OTL. They desperately need a sweep here and there is they want back into the playoff hunt. Meanwhile, the Hørns are nicely tucked into 5th place, which must make them very happy.


CALGARY DINOSAURS (9-4-1, 12-6-2, OHT35 #5)
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (4-9-1, 9-10-1, OHT35 #22)

Links:
• [UBC Preview]
• [UofC Story]

The Bedrock Dinos may be the CW's biggest surprise on the plus side, and the UBC Tweety-Birds may be the CW's biggest surprise on the down side. UBC was swept by Regina two weeks ago. 'Nuff said. Calgary has rocketed to 3rd place, and are ranked 5th in Canada. Wow!

OUT EAST:

OUA

Nov 30 W. Ontario 4 Laurier 3 (ot)
Dec 01 W. Ontario 2 Waterloo 4
Dec 02 Carleton at York
Dec 02 Concordia at U.O.I.T.
Dec 02 Laurentian at Queen's
Dec 02 Laurier at Brock
Dec 02 Nipissing at Windsor
Dec 02 Ryerson at McGill
Dec 02 Toronto at Ottawa
Dec 02 U.Q.T.R. at R.M.C.
Dec 03 Carleton at Brock
Dec 03 Nipissing at Windsor
Dec 03 R.M.C. at U.O.I.T.
Dec 03 Ryerson at Ottawa
Dec 03 Toronto at McGill
Dec 03 U.Q.T.R. at Queen's
Dec 03 Waterloo at York

AUS

Nov 30 Dalhousie 2 Moncton 4
Dec 01 Saint Mary's at U.P.E.I.
Dec 02 Acadia at U.P.E.I.
Dec 02 St. F.X. at Moncton
Dec 02 Saint Mary's at New Brunswick
Dec 03 Acadia at New Brunswick
 

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Dec 2: Bison Rally Falls Short


MANITOBA BISONS 3
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 4


Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW] : [UofM]
Stories: [MRU*] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofM]

The Bisons fell behind 4-0 in the 1st period but rallied to make it close. Here is a quick summary:

1st
2:42 MRU Brown (7) ASST: Simpson (9), Amatto (2)
7:34 MRU Rankin (8) ASST: Maclise (54) (PP)
11:28 MRU Brown (8) ASST: Simpson (10), Baker (3) (PP)
17:09 MRU Simpson (5) ASST: Brown (3)

2nd
19:29 Man Zajac (4) ASST: Laurencelle (8), Stovin (7)

3rd
1:16 Man B Bowles (2) ASST: Christensen (2)
19:27 Man DePape (7) ASST: Laurencelle (9), Henry (2)

Good to see DePape back in the line-up. Byron Spriggs was in the Bison net and he stopped 29 of 33. Colin Cooper stopped 27 of 30 to claim the win. Saturday's rematch goes at 2:00 MDT or 3:00 CDT.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 1
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4

Links:

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

This was the feature match-up of the evening and the Banjomutts stuffed it to the Evil Monkeys. The Mutts outshot the Monkeys 44-21. Carson Stadnyk paced the Mutts, scoring his first two goals of the season. Jordon Cooke was the winning goaltender and Luke Siemens took the loss.


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 6
REGINA COUGARS 3

Links:

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

This was one crazy game in Canada's armpit. The Hørny Ones outshot the Banjocats 43-41. Garret Hughson got the win and Mitch Kilgore took the loss. Six different 'Horns scored.


CALGARY DINOSAURS 1
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 2

Links:

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

The Tweety-Birds were in a must-win situation and responded with a win over Bedrock U. The game was scoreless until 4 minutes into the 3rd when UBC took the lead. They added an empty-netter before Bedrock U made the scoreline look better with a last minute goal of their own. Derek Dun stopped 32 of 33 to get the win, and veteran Steven Stanford stopped 23 of 24 in taking the loss.

OUT EAST

AUS


Dec 02 Acadia 5 U.P.E.I. 4 (so)
Dec 02 St. F.X. 2 Moncton 4
Dec 02 Saint Mary's 3 New Brunswick 8

OUA

Dec 02 Carleton 4 York 0
Dec 02 Concordia 5 U.O.I.T. 4 (ot)
Dec 02 Laurentian 3 Queen's 6
Dec 02 Laurier 4 Brock 1
Dec 02 Nipissing 3 Windsor 4
Dec 02 Ryerson 1 McGill 0
Dec 02 Toronto 1 Ottawa 7
Dec 02 U.Q.T.R. at R.M.C. ppd

[CIS Schedule/Results]
[CIS Standings]


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Dec 3: Bisons Collapse


MANITOBA BISONS 1
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 5


Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW] : [UofM]
Stories: [MRU*] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofM]

The Bisons were looking good in the first half of this game. The only goal was a shorthanded marker by MRU when Brett Stovin mishandled the puck in his own end. The Bisons suddenly ran into penalty trouble. The Bisons started getting a string of penalties out of thin air for no apparent reason. Two 5-on-3 goals, followed by one for good measure (all by Connor Rankin), put the game away.

Here's the skinny:

1st
5:19 MRU King (2) ASST: None (SH)

2nd
12:21 MRU Rankin (9) ASST: Maclise (6), Smiley (6) (PP)
13:24 MRU Rankin (10) ASST: Brown (4), Maclise (7) (PP)
17:38 MRU Rankin (11) ASST: Maclise (8)

3rd
6:04 MRU Brown (9) ASST: Zarazun (8)
17:10 Man DePape (8) ASST: Stovin (8), Henry (3) (PP)

Goaltenders
Byron Spriggs (L) saves 26 shots 31
Wyatt Hoflin (W) saves 23 shots 24

The Bisons must be lamenting that they never played the Bluegars when they were laden with injuries. They are leading the conference in scoring, with a 7 goal lead over Alberta.

Play resumes on January 6th when the Herd hosts the Regina Banjocats.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 0
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4

Links:

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

I never expected the Monkeys to be skunked like this. Luke Siemens started in goal for the Apes but was ynaked when he allowed 3 goals on 27 shots mid-way through the 2nd. Brendan Burke came in and stopped 10 of 11 shots. Meanwhile, Jordon Cooke again started for the Mutts and picked up a 45 shot shutout.


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 7
REGINA COUGARS 2

Links:

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

What a home ice disaster. Sure, the Hørny Ones are stronger than they once were. But two whippings in one weekend on home ice is a horrible sign. Lethbridge outshot them 40-27. Yikes. Garret Hughson got the win. Andy Desautels took the loss. Jay Merkley and Justin Valentino had two goals each to lead the way.


CALGARY DINOSAURS 4
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 1

Links:

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

The Dinos managed to salvage the only split of the weekend. Matthew Greenfield got the win and Derek Dun took the loss. The shots were sparse, just 23-22 in favour of Bedrock U.

STANDINGS



OUT EAST

AUS


Dec 03 Acadia 2 New Brunswick 5

OUA

Dec 03 Carleton 0 Brock 1 (ot)
Dec 03 Nipissing 1 Windsor 2
Dec 03 R.M.C. 2 U.O.I.T. 7
Dec 03 Ryerson 3 Ottawa 2 (so)
Dec 03 Toronto 1 McGill 6
Dec 03 U.Q.T.R. 1 Queen's 2
Dec 03 Waterloo 2 York 6

[CIS Schedule/Results]
[CIS Standings]


NEXT UP

Dec 12 CIS v Team Canada Juniors
Dec 13 CIS v Team Canada Juniors

Christmas Break Non-conference Games

Dec 28 R.M.C. at Nichols College
Dec 28 Ottawa at Yale

Dec 29 Nipissing at Lakehead
Dec 29 Concordia at U.Q.T.R.
Dec 29 R.M.C. at Johnson & Wales

Dec 30 Pete Kelly Challenge TBA at New Brunswick
Dec 30 Guelph at U.O.I.T.
Dec 30 Nipissing at Lakehead
Dec 30 Ottawa at U.Q.T.R.

Dec 31 Pete Kelly Challenge TBA at New Brunswick

Next Conference Games

Jan 03 Windsor at Guelph
Jan 04 Moncton at Saint Mary's
Jan 06 Lethbridge at Calgary
Jan 06 Mount Royal at Saskatchewan
Jan 06 Regina at Manitoba
Jan 06 U.B.C. at Alberta

Jan 06 Acadia at Saint Mary's
Jan 06 Dalhousie at U.P.E.I.
Jan 06 St. F.X. at New Brunswick
Jan 06 Brock at Lakehead
Jan 06 Carleton at R.M.C.
Jan 06 Laurier at Nipissing
Jan 06 McGill at Windsor
Jan 06 Ryerson at U.Q.T.R.
Jan 06 Toronto at Concordia
Jan 06 U.O.I.T. at Queen's
Jan 06 Waterloo at Laurentian
Jan 06 York at Western Ontario


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News and Notes



The next event on the agenda is the mini-series of U Sports v. Team Canada Juniors, to take place in Blainville-Broisbiand, Quebec on December 12th and 13th.

The U Sports team is not a true "all-star" team in that 11 spots were reserved for the OUA, and 6 each for the CW and AUS. Here's the roster:

Goaltenders
30 Kevin Bailie (Queen's)
1 Corbin Boes (Dalhousie)
29 Jordon Cooke (Saskatchewan)

Defencemen
9 Spencer Abraham (Queen's)
5 Tim Campbell (Lethbridge)
15 Nathan Chiarlitti (McGill)
22 Martin Lefebvre (UQTR)
2 Kendall McFaull (Saskatchewan)
4 Jordan Murray (UNB)
3 Geoff Schemitsch (Acadia)
6 Derek Sheppard (York)

Forwards
11 Guillaume Asselin (UQTR)
14 Holden Cook (St. FX)
10 Jamie Crooks (Alberta)
19 Jordan DePape (Manitoba)
20 Michael Fine (Ryerson)
18 Olivier Hinse (Concordia)
16 Philippe Maillet (UNB)
12 Michael McNamee (Carleton)
7 Elgin Pearce (Calgary)
21 Mathieu Pompei (McGill)
8 Allain Saulnier (Moncton)
17 Brett Welychka (Carleton)

After pounding the bejeebers out of a sub-standard team selected from the schools of the Big Lemon (i.e. Ryerson, Toronto, York), it was decided last year to draw a team from across the CIS. In the past teams from the CW, or a combination of teams, were capable of beating the Juniors. Here is a compendium of recent results:

Dec. 14, 2004 at Winnipeg: Manitoba Bisons 4 Team Canada 2
Dec. 15, 2004 at Winnipeg: Team Canada 6 Manitoba Bisons 3

Dec, 15, 2006 at Calgary: Cal/Leth 5 Team Canada 4

Dec. 15, 2009 at Saskatoon: Sask/Regina 4 Team Canada 2

Dec. 2010 at Toronto: Team Canada 6 OUA Selects 2

Dec. 17, 2011 at Calgary: Team Canada 7 Cal/Leth 4

Dec. 12, 2012 at Edmonton: Alberta Golden Bears 4 Team Canada 1
Dec. 13, 2012 at Calgary: Team Canada 2 Cal/Leth/MRU 0

Dec. 2013 at Toronto: Toronto Selects 3 Team Canada 0

Dec. 2014 at Toronto: Team Canada 10 Toronto Selects 3
Dec. 2014 at Toronto: Team Canada 3 Toronto Selects 0

Dec. 2015 at Toronto: CIS All-Stars 5 Team Canada 4 (SO)
Dec. 2015 at Toronto: Team Canada 5 CIS All-Stars 0

Links:
Roster announcement: [CIS] ∞ [CWUAA] ∞ [OUA] ∞ [AUS]
Jordan DePape stories: [UofM] ∞ [MyToba.ca]
Other stories: [WHL] ∞ [CHL]
More stories: [Cooke from Sask] ∞ [Bailie from Queen's]



OTHER NEWS

The other news contains a Christmastime feel-good story, a Top Ten story, and yet another story lamenting the place f university hockey in Canada.

Links:
¶ [CIS Top Ten]
¶ [ChrisD: Bisons, Manitoba Moose Lending a Hand at Siloam Mission]
¶ [University hockey one of Canada's best-kept secrets]
 

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Dec 12: Juniors Beat U Sports


U SPORTS ALL-STARS 3
TEAM CANADA JUNIORS 5


Links:
¶ [CIS Game Story] ∞ [OUA LeagueStat Boxscore]
¶ [Hockey Canada Summary]
¶ [Sportsnet.ca Game Story]
¶ [Toronto Star Game Story]
¶ [TSN Crease Competition ...]
¶ [TSN Game Story (with video)]


This was a game marked by mediocre goaltending and a wild change of pace. The Juniors built a 4-0 early in the 2nd period, but by the intermission the lead was whittled down to 4-3. The shots were just 29-23 in favour of the Juniors (much lower than is typical in these games). In a twist, the U Sports team used goaltender Connor Ingram from the Junior camp. So Sask netminder Jordon Cooke got to wear a baseball cap, and two other U Keepers got to eat some popcorn. Sam Steel paced the juniors with two goals.

Game 2 goes Tuesday afternoon.

SCORING

1. CAN Strome (Chabot), 5:49 (PP)
1. CAN Raddysh (Myers, Dube), 13:48
2. CAN Steel, 3:06
2. CAN Stephens (Senyshyn, Chabot), 4:09
2. USPRT Maillet (Pearce), 13:23
2. USPRT Welychka (Murray, Maillet), 15:31 (PP)
2. USPRT Chiarlitti (Pearce, Crooks), 16:02
3. CAN Steel (2) (Barzal, Myers), 11:31 (PP)

Goaltenders:
USports: Ingram: 24 saves, 29 shots
TC: McNiven: 10 saves, 13 shots
TC: Hart: 10 saves, 10 shots

 

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Dec 13: Juniors Complete the Sweep


U SPORTS ALL-STARS 0
TEAM CANADA JUNIORS 3


Links:
¶ [CIS Game Story]
¶ [OUA LeagueStat Boxscore]
¶ [Hockey Canada Summary]
¶ [WHL.ca Game Story]


This was kind of a drab game. The U Sports goaltenders saw no action. Boes and Bailee suited up and Cooke was on popcorn detail.

SCORING

1. CAN Mete, (1) (Howden, Dubois), 7:35
2. CAN Roy, (1) (Joseph , Speers), 13:50
2. CAN Howden, (1) (Clague, McLeod), 18:05 (PP)

Goaltenders:
USports: McNiven: 24 saves, 27 shots
TC: Ingram: 11 saves, 11 shots
TC: Hart: 4 saves, 4 shots

 

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Dec 17: Denmark Stung by Concordia


DENMARK JUNIORS 2
CONCORDIA STINGERS 4


Links:
¶ [Concordia Preview Story]
¶ [Concordia Schedule/Results]


The Danes have been an ascendent team in the international rankings. However, for some smaller countries they manage promotion in a down year for the program. Having lost players like Ehlers they will be in a tough spot to stay in the top pool.

Must be a nice bonus game for the Stingers. This has been a better-than-usual season for them so far, being ranked #10 in the OHT35. They are 11-5-0 in conference play and with this win are 14-7-0 overall.
 

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December 28, 1946



If you were in Winnipeg 70 years ago today you would have had the opportunity to watch a university hockey team from eastern Canada face one from the west, for the very first time. The University of Toronto Varsity Blues arranged a holiday trip to Winnipeg (where they would face the University of Manitoba Bisons in two games at Shea's Amphitheatre) and The Lakehead (where they would have an additional pair of games against the renowned Port Arthur Bearcats).

The game on December 28th was the best one for the Boys from the Big Lemon. They tied the Bisons 2-2. Two days later they were trounced 8-4 by the Herd. Things got no better in The Lakehead (Thunder Bay did not yet exist) as the Bearcats won 7-4 and 9-4 on January 1st and 2nd.

The Blues played in a grandiosely named "CIAU", which was not the national governing body of the same name which later came into being. It was a 4-team loop, which also included McGill, Montreal, and Queen's. The Family Compact, or Chateau Clique, of athletic conferences. A Trudeauesque national conference if ever there was one. I digress.

The U of T was a strong team. They went on to win the CIAU title that year with a 6-2-1 record. They faced Dartmouth University (NCAA, 16-2-2) in an international final. The game was tied 2-2 when they had to stop due to poor ice conditions.

The university game was struggling to get a foothold in the west. The WCIAU was never more than a 2- or 3-team competition until 1956-57. In 1946-47 Manitoba placed 2nd with a 2-2-0 record, whilst Alberta placed 1st and Saskatchewan 3rd. In any event, the tradition of an average team from the west defeating Ontario's best started with this series!

Nevertheless, it is worth noting that the Bisons won the 1928 Allan Cup. That championship gave them a ticket to the 1931 World Championship, which they also won. The University of Saskatchewan had earlier made it to the Allan Cup final, but lost with an Olympic berth at stake.

I could find no reportage of this series. However, it was played at Winnipeg's best facility of the day. Shea's Amphitheatre was designed for horse shows in summer, hockey in winter, and the usual host of indoor events all year round. It held 5,000 spectators and was located to the immediate west of the legislature on the present site of Great-West Life's building. Osborne Stadium (former home of the Blue Bombers) was also there. Both were torn down in 1955 when the Winnipeg Arena and Winnipeg Stadium were built. Any event at the Amphitheatre would have been quite a night out. Check out the pictures!

There was one other university league in Canada at the time, namely the Maritime Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The St. Dunstan's Saints (now part of UPEI) won that title in 1947.

Links:
¶ [Wikia: Tour Stub]
¶ [Wikia: 1946-47 CIAU Page]
¶ [Wikia: 1946-47 WCIAU Page]


1946-47 U of T Varsity Blues

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1946-47 U of M Bisons

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U of M v U of T Newspaper Ad

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U of M v U of S Newspaper Ad

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U of M v U of A Newspaper Ad

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1912 Allan Cup: Winnipeg Victorias v Montreal Eatons

http://www.ipernity.com/doc/567275/39251120

1931 Amphitheatre Show

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1910 Amphitheatre Outside

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OTHER NEWS


Bison Blog #5 is out now, this one by Brett Stovin. He seems disappointed with the 1st half record. He also discusses the team's volunteering, the MJHL showcase, and cross-training.
Link: [U of M Story]


Jay Merkley of the Lethbridge Pronghorns gets the WHL Grad of the Month award. Prior winners this season have been Jamie Crooks (of Alberta) and Elgin Pearce (of Calgary). The Hørny Ones have managed a higher level of recruits the last two years.
Links: [CW Story] : [rp @ U of L]


Jordon Cooke is now in Switzerland to be Team Canada's 3rd goaltender at the Spengler Cup. He plays behind Drew McIntyre (former Manitoba Moose) and Zach Fucale (former junior nat). The tournament is in Davos, a quaint mountain resort high in the Alps. Their arena has stained glass windows and looks like a church. HUGE improvement over Saskatoon.
Links: [CW Story] : [rp @ U of S]


The Bluegars issued a first half recap video. More teams should do this. If only universities had practical technology programs.
Link: [MRU Video]


Bedrock U issued a story to look ahead to the new year. Good idea. They surprised me a bit. They are in a tight 4-way battle for top spot. They are 10-5-1 now. A year ago they were sitting at 5-11-0 at this stage.
Link: [U of C Story]

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

All non-conference games.

Dec 28 R.M.C. at Nichols College ∞ [NC Site] ∞ [NC S&R]
Dec 28 Ottawa 1 Yale 7 ∞ [NHR Story] ∞ [Box]

NEXT UP

All non-conference games.

Dec 29 Nipissing at Lakehead
Dec 29 Concordia at U.Q.T.R.
Dec 29 R.M.C. at Johnson & Wales

Dec 30 York at New Brunswick
Dec 30 Guelph at U.O.I.T.
Dec 30 Nipissing at Lakehead
Dec 30 Ottawa at U.Q.T.R.

Dec 31 York at New Brunswick
 

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Holiday Games

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

All non-conference games.

Dec 28 Ottawa 1 Yale 7 ∞ [NHR Story] ∞ [Box]
Dec 28 R.M.C. at Nichols College ∞ [NC Site] ∞ [NC S&R]

Dec 29 Concordia at U.Q.T.R. ∞ presumed cancelled
Dec 29 Nipissing 2 Lakehead 4 ∞ [LU Story]
Dec 29 R.M.C. at Johnson & Wales∞ [JWU S&R]
Dec 29 York 3 New Brunswick 6 ∞ [UNB Box/Links]

Dec 30 Guelph 3 U.O.I.T. 6 ∞ [UOIT S&R]
Dec 30 Nipissing 2 Lakehead 4 ∞ [LU Story]
Dec 30 Ottawa at U.Q.T.R. ∞ presumed cancelled
Dec 30 York 1 New Brunswick 6 ∞ [UNB Box/Links]

The games which were once announced for UQTR did not appear on teams' websites, so I presumed those were cancelled.

The RMC tour is also in doubt. The game was on the link to the Nichols College S&R page 2 days ago but has now been removed. It is still listed on the JWU S&R page, with no score reported.

So a very sparse holiday season schedule became even sparser. Of the games played, the results were what one would expect.
 

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Edmontown Tournament

An unpublicized holiday season event was held between 3 of Edmontown's 4 univeristy/college teams. Only the Concordia Thunder were not involved. It was hosted by MacEwan, yet all they had was a preview story. The teams provided scores on Twitter, and the Monkeys had hidden scores at the bottom of their page. Here's what happened:

Dec 28:
N.A.I.T. OOKS 3
MACEWAN GRIFFINS 7

Links: [MacEwan Tweet] ∞ [Preview Story]

Dec 29:
N.A.I.T. OOKS 2
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 3

Links: [UofA Tweet] ∞ [UofA Linescore]

Dec 30:
MACEWAN GRIFFINS 2
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6

Links: [MacEwan Tweet] ∞ [UofA Linescore]
 

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RMC results

I found links for the RMC tour, but nothing for UQTR.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

Dec 28 R.M.C. 1 Nichols College 3 ∞ [USCHO]

Dec 29 R.M.C. 7 Johnson & Wales 3∞ [USCHO]

So RMC gets a win! This is one of their better seasons.
 

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Preview: Jan 6-7: Regina at Bisons

HAPPY NEW YEAR! BISONS HOST THE HICKS


MANITOBA BISONS (6-9-1, 13-11-1, OHT35 #19)
REGINA COUGARS (3-10-1, 3-16-1, OHT35 #32)

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

Live Links:

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

Manitoba Links:
• [UM Preview]
• [LS Stats] ∞ [LS Schedule/Results]
• [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]

Regina Links:
• [UofR Preview]
• [LS Stats] ∞ [LS Schedule/Results]
• [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]

Prior Games:
Sep 23: UM 8 UR 3: [LeagueStat] ∞ [UofM]
Sep 24: UM 3 UR 0: no links
Oct 21: UM 5 UR 1: [LeagueStat] ∞ [CW] ∞ [UofM]
Oct 22: UM 6 UR 3: [LeagueStat] ∞ [CW] ∞ [UofM]

Other Links:
• [CIS Site] ∞ [Schedule/Links]
• [CIS Standings] ∞ [CIS Top 10]
• [CW Site] ∞ [Schedule/Links]

Welcome to the 2017 semester!

The presents are unwrapped. The hangovers should be gone. The credit card bills are on their way. And the Bisons are ready to once again hit the ice.

The first weekend back often produces unexpected results. Th Bisons have to hope such is not the case here. While the Bisons have had a disappointing first semester (largely by going 0-4 gainst MRU), Regina has been overwhelmed. On the weekend of Nov 18-19 it looked like they might turn things around when they swept UBC. But then they finished the semester with 4 straight losses against Calgary and Lethbridge. The Banjocats are last in the conference in both goals for (36, compared to 37 for #7 UBC) and goals against (74, compared to 60 for #7 UBC).

The Bisons cling to a 2-point lead over UBC in the race for the 6th and final playoff spot. They need 4 points here to keep UBC at bay, and keep alive their hopes for a rise.

The Bisons are 11-5-2 against Regina over the last 5 years. 13-5-2 would sure be nice for them.

Both games can be seen on canadawest.tv.



ELSEWHERE:


MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (11-5-0, 13-8-0, OHT35 #4)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (11-3-2, 12-5-3, OHT35 #2)

Links:
• [UofS Preview]
• [MRU Site]

This is the feature series of the weekend. Sask holds a 2 point lead over MRU in the race for 1st place. The Mutts swept the Monkeys and the Bluegars swept the Bisons to end the 1st semester.


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (8-5-3, 14-5-3, OHT35 #14)
CALGARY DINOSAURS (10-5-1, 13-7-2, OHT35 #5)

Links:
• [UofC Site]
• [UofL Preview]

This is a home-and-home series. These two teams have been the pleasant surprises in the CW. The Hørny Ones have vaulted into 5th place with 19 points, just 2 points between Alberta and these Dinos. The fact that these teams have a shot at 1st place is rather shocking.


U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (5-10-1, 10-11-1, OHT35 #23)
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (10-5-1, 18-7-3, OHT35 #3)

Links:
• [UofA Preview]
• [UBC Winter Classic Story]

The Evil Monkeys have bolstered their roster with two Christmas additions: defenceman Jason Fram and forward Cole Sanford. Fram was at the San Jose Sharks; camp and then went to the ECHL and AHL. Sanford had 7 goals and 15 points in 19 ECHL games for the Colorado Eagles. UBC are within 2 points of the Bisons in a race for a playoff berth, and the Monkeys are 3 points behind Sask in the race for 1st.

OUT EAST:

OUA

Jan 03 Windsor 4 Guelph 8
Jan 04 Concordia 7 R.M.C. 1
Jan 06 Brock at Lakehead
Jan 06 Carleton at R.M.C.
Jan 06 Laurier at Nipissing
Jan 06 McGill at Windsor
Jan 06 Ryerson at U.Q.T.R.
Jan 06 Toronto at Concordia
Jan 06 U.O.I.T. at Queen's
Jan 06 Waterloo at Laurentian
Jan 06 York at Western Ontario
Jan 07 Brock at Lakehead
Jan 07 Laurier at Laurentian
Jan 07 McGill at Windsor
Jan 07 Ottawa at R.M.C.
Jan 07 Ryerson at Concordia
Jan 07 Toronto at U.Q.T.R.
Jan 07 U.O.I.T. at Carleton
Jan 07 Waterloo at Nipissing
Jan 08 Guelph at York

AUS

Jan 04 Moncton 0 Saint Mary's 3
Jan 06 Acadia at Saint Mary's
Jan 06 Dalhousie at U.P.E.I.
Jan 06 St. F.X. at New Brunswick
Jan 07 Dalhousie at New Brunswick
Jan 07 Moncton at Acadia
Jan 07 St. F.X. at U.P.E.I.
 

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Jan 6: New Year Starts With Win


REGINA COUGARS 0
MANITOBA BISONS 3

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [UofM]
Stories: [UofM] : [rp @CW] : [UofR]

It was nice to see the CW get back to action. But the first game back is usually a little "off", and this one fit the bill. Here's how they lined up:

MANITOBA

Goal
35 Spriggs (1 Paulic)

Defence
2 Henry - 6 Heinrich
4 Bresciani - 5 L Christensen
3 S Christensen - 9 Hunter

Forwards
25 Merasty - 28 Stovin - 27 DePape
12 Zajac - 13 Laurencelle - 24 Augert
15 S Bowles - 22 B Bowles - 10 Dudar
29 Wasylak - 21 Brooks - 8 Bilton

Scratches
14 Nault (F) - 16 Paradis (F) - 17 Callis (F)
19 Friesen (F) - 20 Johnston (D) - 23 Schreyer (F)
26 Lisoway (F) - 34 Sydora (G)

REGINA

Goal
30 Desautels (31 MacAuley)

Defence
2 Bear - 4 Schacher
7 King - 28 Peel
6 McMullen - 24 Bell

Forwards
22 Sparrow - 27 Fowlie - 13 Frei
10 Coleshaw - 14 McNulty - 17 Kosloski
11 Harland - 19 Marr - 16 McPhee
21 Langford - 15 Hansen - 9 McCombie

Scratches
1 Kilgore (G) - 8 Bourhis (D) - 12 Lofthouse (F)
18 Luhning (F) - 23 Magnus (F) - 25 Halbgewachs (F)
29 Predinchuk

Here's who scored:

3rd
1:15 Man Laurencelle (3) A: Augert (4), Zajac (5)
10:00 Man Henry (2) A: Bilton (2), Brooks (3)
17:38 Man Laurencelle (4) A: Zajac (6), Augert (5) (EN)

The Bisons controlled play but the best scoring chances seemed to bounce off a stick. The shots were 10-4 in the 1st, and evened out at 13-12 in the 2nd. Yet the game remained scoreless. The first goal was a nice one-timer on a centering pass. The 2nd was a point shot that evaded the traffic out front, and the finale was a rebound off the post on an empty net.

The Bisons were in their brown jerseys, which would be a regular season first. I believe that home teams should be in white. Damn NHL influence.

The rematch goes Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and as usual can be seen on-line at CanadaWest.tv.





OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 1
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofS] : [rp @CW] : [rp @MRU]

This is the feature match-up of the weekend. The teams, of course, went with their #1 goaltenders. Jordon Cooke got the win, and Colin Cooper took the loss. Check out the stats and story. Sounds like a close game. The Bluegars fall from 2nd to 4th and 4 points off the pace in the race for 1st.


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 3
CALGARY DINOSAURS 4

Links:

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

Newcomer Parker Bowles paced the Dinos with two goals. Steven Stanford got the win (stopping 28 of 31) and Garret Hughson took the loss (stopping 29 of 33). This was a great chance for the Hørny Ones to burst into the top 4, and a shot at hosting a playoff series. Instead, they fall 4 points behind. Not insurmountable but much less likely. Bedrock U is now tied with the Monkeys for 2nd place. How about that?


U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 3
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4
(in overtime)

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofA] : [rp @CW]
Preview: [UBC Story]

This was the prototypical Monkey game: Outshoot your opponent by a wide margin but it is still a toss-up. This time the shots were 41-24 and it went into OT. UBC built a 2-0 1st period lead, despite being outshot 9-6. In the 2nd period the Monkeys outshot the Birdies 14-10 but scored 3 unanswered goals to take the lead. Then the Apes were all over the the Birds in the 3rd, outshooting them 14-7. But UBC scored the only goal, with 30 seconds left. So off to overtime they went. In the end, Anthony Bardaro paced UBC with his 9th and 10th goals of the season. Luke Siemens stopped 21 of 24 to notch the win, and Derek Dun stopped 37 of 41 in the loss. It also seems that UBC has the poison bananas this year. They beat them twice (both in OT) in pre-season and split their last series. Maybe the Apes are just less than the sum of their parts.

OUT EAST

AUS


Jan 06 Acadia 4 Saint Mary's 1
Jan 06 Dalhousie 0 U.P.E.I. 5
Jan 06 St. F.X. 1 New Brunswick 2 (ot)

OUA

Jan 06 Brock 5 Lakehead 2
Jan 06 Carleton 5 R.M.C. 2
Jan 06 Laurier 4 Nipissing 5 (ot)
Jan 06 McGill 4 Windsor 0
Jan 06 Ryerson 3 U.Q.T.R. 6
Jan 06 Toronto 3 Concordia 4
Jan 06 U.O.I.T. 1 Queen's 4
Jan 06 Waterloo 0 Laurentian 2
Jan 06 York 4 Western Ontario 2

Note that the old CIS links have been changed:
[US/CIS Schedule/Results]
[US/CIS Standings]


All CW games available at CanadaWest.tv.

* Indicates link not available at the time of posting.
 

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Jan 7: Pussies Swept


REGINA COUGARS 4
MANITOBA BISONS 5

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [UofM]
Stories: [UofM] : [rp @CW] : [UofR]

This was a strange one. The Bisons were severely outplaying the Pussycats but could not bury them. It always seemed like the Banjo-lovers were about to fold the tent. Anyhow, here's how they lined up:

MANITOBA

Goal
1 Paulic (35 Spriggs)

Defence
2 Henry - 6 Heinrich
4 Bresciani - 5 L Christensen
20 Johnston (D) - 9 Hunter

Forwards
25 Merasty - 28 Stovin - 27 DePape
12 Zajac - 13 Laurencelle - 24 Augert
15 S Bowles - 22 B Bowles - 26 Lisoway
14 Nault - 23 Schreyer - 17 Callis

Scratches
3 S Christensen (D) - 8 Bilton (F) - 10 Dudar (F)
16 Paradis (F) - 19 Friesen (F) - 21 Brooks (F)
29 Wasylak - 34 Sydora (G)

REGINA

Goal
31 MacAuley (30 Desautels)

Defence
2 Bear - 4 Schacher
7 King - 28 Peel
8 Bourhis - 24 Bell

Forwards
22 Sparrow - 27 Fowlie - 13 Frei
10 Coleshaw - 14 McNulty - 9 McCombie
11 Harland - 19 Marr - 16 McPhee
21 Langford - 15 Hansen - 25 Halbgewachs

Scratches
1 Kilgore (G) - 6 McMullen (D) - 12 Lofthouse (F)
17 Kosloski (F) - 18 Luhning (F) - 23 Magnus (F)
29 Predinchuk (F)

Here's who scored:

1st
7:45 Reg McNulty (3) A: Fowlie (8), Peel (4)
8:16 Man Hunter (3) A: Zajac (7), Laurencelle (10)
19:47 Man L Christensen (2) A: Laurencelle (11), B Bowles (6)

2nd
No scoring

3rd
2:19 Reg McNulty (4) A: King (1), McCombie (5) (PP)
10:53 Man Nault (1) A: Stovin (9), Zajac (8)
15:01 Man Henry (3) A: B Bowles (7), Lisoway (5)
15:43 Reg Fowlie (4) A: Harland (3), King (2)
16:20 Man Merasty (5) A: Stovin (10), DePape (7)
19:01 Reg Sparrow (3) A: McNulty (5), King (3)

Both sides switched goaltenders, which is likely a good idea when you play an afternoon game after a night game. Justin Paulic got the win (stopping 32 of 36) and Dawson MacAuley had the loss (stopping 41 of 46). The shots were 36-16 after two periods. Kamerin Nault had his 1st goal as a Bison. And then he almost had his 2nd just seconds after Henry scored to make it 4-2. He missed to the top corner and then Regina scored on the rebound. Three Bison goals were by defencemen (Hunter, Christensen, and Henry).

The Bisons are off to UBC next weekend where they could sew up a playoff berth.





OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4
(in overtime)

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofS] : [rp @CW] : [rp @MRU]

Each team scored one goal per period. Wyatt Hoflin held MRU in there for the 1st period, stopping 14 of 15 shots. He stopped 35 of 29 overall. Jordon Cooke started again for Sask, and stopped 26 of 29. Sask now has a 3 point lead atop the standings.


CALGARY DINOSAURS 5
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofL] : [rp @CW] : [UofC*]

Bedrock U scored 4 goals on 9 shots in the 1st period to chase starter Garret Hughson from the Hørny Ones' net. Meanwhile Matthew Greenfield stopped 41 of 45 to claim the win. Brandon Clowes had 2 goals for Lethbridge.


U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 3
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 2

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofA] : [rp @CW] : [Fri rp @UBC]

The game was tied 2-2 heading into the 3rd period and the Monkeys managed just 3 shots in the 3rd period. Very un-Monkey-like. Matt Hewitt got the win and Brendan Burke took the loss. Of note, Anthony Bardaro opened scoring with his 11th of the season. Is it time for concern in the Monkeys' camp? Could they win away to even qualify for nationals?

STANDINGS



OUT EAST

AUS


Jan 07 Dalhousie 1 New Brunswick 5
Jan 07 Moncton 1 Acadia 4
Jan 07 St. F.X. 2 U.P.E.I. 4

OUA

Jan 07 Brock 4 Lakehead 2
Jan 07 Laurier 6 Laurentian 3
Jan 07 McGill 5 Windsor 0
Jan 07 Ottawa 8 R.M.C. 1
Jan 07 Ryerson 1 Concordia 6
Jan 07 Toronto 3 U.Q.T.R. 0
Jan 07 U.O.I.T. 0 Carleton 8
Jan 07 Waterloo 3 Nipissing 1

UP NEXT

Jan 08 Guelph at York

Jan 11 St. F.X. at Dalhousie

Jan 12 Brock at Ryerson
Jan 12 Carleton at U.O.I.T.

Jan 13 Calgary at Saskatchewan
Jan 13 Lethbridge at Mount Royal
Jan 13 Manitoba at U.B.C.
Jan 13 Regina at Alberta


Jan 13 Dalhousie at Moncton
Jan 13 New Brunswick at Saint Mary's
Jan 13 U.P.E.I. at Acadia

Jan 13 Concordia at Waterloo
Jan 13 Lakehead at Ottawa
Jan 13 Nipissing at R.M.C.
Jan 13 Queen's at McGill
Jan 13 Ryerson at Windsor
Jan 13 Toronto at Guelph
Jan 13 U.Q.T.R. at Laurier

Note that the old CIS links have been changed:
[US/CIS Schedule/Results]
[US/CIS Standings]


All CW games available at CanadaWest.tv.

* Indicates link not available at the time of posting.
 

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Preview: Jan 13-14: Bisons at UBC

BIG ROADTRIP COULD SOLIDIFY PLAYOFF BERTH


MANITOBA BISONS (8-9-1, 15-11-1, OHT35 #18)
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (6-10-2, 11-11-2, OHT35 #20)

Friday, January 13th, 7:00 PST/9:00 CST @ DMTSC Vancouver
Saturday, January 14th, 2:00 PST/4:00 CST @ DMTSC Vancouver

Live Links:

• [Live Stats Friday] ∞ [Live Stats Saturday]
• [Video: CanadaWest.tv] : [101.9 CITR (Friday)]

Manitoba Links:
• [UM Highlight Video]
• [UM Preview] ∞ [UM Recap]
• [Hunter AoW] ∞ [Hnidy at Fundraiser]
• [LS Stats] ∞ [LS Schedule/Results]
• [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]

U.B.C. Links:
• [UBC Preview] : [Butenschon Story]
• [LS Stats] ∞ [LS Schedule/Results]
• [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]

Prior Games:
Oct 28: UBC 2 UM 3: [LeagueStat] ∞ [CW] ∞ [UofM]
Oct 29: UBC 3 UM 2: [LeagueStat] ∞ [CW] ∞ [UofM]

Other Links:
• [USports Hockey Site] ∞ [Schedule/Links]
• [USports Standings] ∞ [USports Top 10]
• [CW Site] ∞ [Schedule/Links]

This marks the first week with USports instead of CIS urls. What were they thinking when they implemented a new name mid-season?

The Bisons head out to British California 2 points out of 5th and 3 points ahead of 7th, nestled quite nicely into the 6th and final playoff berth. After this weekend there are only 4 weeks of regular season play. So a series win here would almost guarantee the Bisons a playoff berth.

Easier said than done. UBC is coming off a 3-point weekend against the Evil Monkeys, a team they have had much success this year. Over the past 5 years the Herd holds a 10-8 lead head-to-head.

The top 6 for the Bison forwards have now all hit the 10-point mark, although only captain Jordan Depape has cracked the Top Twenty scorers. UBC also has one player in the Top Twenty, Anthony Bardaro (11-7-18 in 18 GP). Overall, the Bisons have more scoring depth. The Bisons have out-scored them 55-43 and have given up fewer, 59-66. By the stats, UBC is a deserving 7th.

Both games can be seen on canadawest.tv.

ELSEWHERE:


CALGARY DINOSAURS (12-5-1, 15-7-2, OHT35 #3)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (13-3-2, 14-5-3, OHT35 #2)

Links:
• [UofS Preview] : [[UofS pdf]
• [UofC Site]

This is a battle for first. Bedrock U has exceeded expectations and are in a wobbly 2nd place, 3 points out of 1st. The Dinos have made good use of their goals. They are only a +8, outscoring their opponents 54-46. By comparison, the Mutts are 61-38, or +23. The Dinos could be anywhere from 1st to 4th on Sunday morning.


REGINA COUGARS (3-12-1, 3-18-1, OHT35 #32)
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (11-6-1, 19-8-3, OHT35 #5)

Links:
• [UofA Preview]
• [UofR Preview]

The Kittens may not be as bad as their record (how could they be?), but it is hard to imagine the Evil Monkeys getting anything less than 4 points after their embarrassment last weekend. If they lose even once I would expect a very nervous team down the home stretch.


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (8-7-3, 14-7-3, OHT35 #16)
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (11-6-1, 13-9-1, OHT35 #4)

Links:
• [MRU Preview] : [Crowchild Video]
• [UofL Preview]

MRU can look really string when they have their full roster. They lead the CW with 69 goals. Can the Horns rally? They could have made the CW a 5-team race last weekend, but were swept aside by Bedrock U. This is a home-and-home series.

OUT EAST:

OUA

Jan 12 Brock 2 Ryerson 6
Jan 12 Carleton 5 U.O.I.T. 3
Jan 12 Toronto 3 Guelph 6

Jan 13 Concordia at Waterloo
Jan 13 Lakehead at Ottawa
Jan 13 Nipissing at R.M.C.
Jan 13 Queen's at McGill
Jan 13 Ryerson at Windsor
Jan 13 U.Q.T.R. at Laurier

Jan 14 Brock at Western Ontario
Jan 14 Concordia at Laurier
Jan 14 Lakehead at Ottawa
Jan 14 Laurentian at Carleton
Jan 14 R.M.C. at McGill
Jan 14 U.Q.T.R. at Waterloo
Jan 14 York at Windsor

Jan 15 Guelph at Toronto
Jan 15 Laurentian at Ottawa
Jan 15 U.O.I.T. at Nipissing

AUS

Jan 11 St. F.X. 4 Dalhousie 1
Jan 11 Saint Mary's 1 U.P.E.I. 3

Jan 13 Dalhousie at Moncton
Jan 13 New Brunswick at Saint Mary's
Jan 13 U.P.E.I. at Acadia

Jan 14 Moncton at St. F.X.
Jan 14 New Brunswick at Acadia
Jan 14 U.P.E.I. at Saint Mary's
 

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Jan 13: Powerplay Goals Sink Bisons


MANITOBA BISONS 3
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 4

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The Bisons got off to a fast start, building a 2-0 lead early in the 2nd period on goals by Nick Zajak and Jodan Depape. Then 6 straight penalties in a 12 minute stretch turned the game around. UBC had a 4-2 lead by the end of the 2nd period. Shaq Merasty scored with 2 minutes left to close the Bisons to within a goal, which is as close as they got. Matt Hewitt made 19 saves for the win. Byron Spriggs had 26 saves in the loss.

Here is the quick summary:
1st
11:00 Man Zajac (5) A: Augert (6), Laurencelle (12)
2nd
3:59 Man DePape (9) A: Stovin (11), Merasty (9) (PP)
7:21 UBC Clayton (6) A: Antilla (5), Buonassisi (8)
8:58 UBC Smith (3) A: Vetterl (10), Bardaro (8) (PP)
11:43 UBC Hayer (4) A: Smith (9), ] Antilla (6) (PP)
17:32 UBC Antilla (5) A: Bardaro (9) Hayer (8) (PP)
3rd
18:01 Man Merasty (6) A: Stovin (12), Henry (4)

The rematch goes Saturday at 4:00 p.m. CST and is avaialble on-line at CanadaWest.tv.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


CALGARY DINOSAURS 0
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4

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Since losing to the Bisons, the Mutts have won 5 straight. All against the 2nd place team chasing them in the standings. This one was close after two, 1-0 with shots 23-20. Then the Mutts exploded in the 3rd outshooting Bedrock U 18-10 and racking up 3 goals. Jordon Cooke got the win and Steven Stanford got the loss.


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 6

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The Hørny Ones looked to be on the verge of becoming a contender as we broke for Christmas. Now the divide has opened up. Leading 3-1 after the 1st period, the Bluegars dramatically took control in the 2nd and 3rd. The shots were 26-5 in that time span. Connor Rankin scored is 12th and 13th and Cam Maclise scored his 9th and 10th for the winners. Colin Cooper got the win and Garret Highson took the loss.


REGINA COUGARS 2
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6

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After last weekend you just knew the Evil Monkeys were going to bury the Banjocats in this match-up. And the stats show a very one-sided game. The shots were 45-14. Jerry Crooks scored twice for the Monkeys. Luke Siemens got the win but played just two periods, stopping 9 of 10. 3rd stringer Kenny Cameron played the 3rd and saw just 4 shots. Andy Desautels was once again over-worked in the Regina goal.

OUT EAST

AUS


Jan 13 Dalhousie 3 Moncton 5
Jan 13 New Brunswick 3 Saint Mary's 4 (ot)
Jan 13 U.P.E.I. 1 Acadia 8

OUA

Jan 13 Concordia 3 Waterloo 4 (ot)
Jan 13 Lakehead 4 Ottawa 8
Jan 13 Nipissing 2 R.M.C. 4
Jan 13 Queen's 2 McGill 1
Jan 13 Ryerson 7 Windsor 4
Jan 13 U.Q.T.R. 2 Laurier 3 (so)

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Jan 14: Herd Gains a Split


MANITOBA BISONS 4
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 2

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The Bisons came out firing, as on Friday, but never took 6 minors in a 12 minute span of the 2nd period. The result was that they built a safe lead while dominating all stats. In each of the first two periods they outshot the T'irds 18-11.The stellar goaltending of Derek Dun kept the T'irds from being run out the rink. In the end he stopped 39 of 43. Meanwhile, Byron Spriggs started again and stopped 29 of 31 for the win. Here's who scored:

1st
1:14 Man Stovin (3) A: DePape (8), Merasty (10) (PP)
2:53 Man Lisoway (5) A: S Bowles (4), Johnston (4)
8:29 Man Augert (9) A: Bresciani (7), L Christensen (3) (PP)
2nd
10:58 UBC Vetterl (4) A: Hayer (9), Carvalho (4)
3rd
15:07 Man Merasty (7) A: Lisoway (6), Johnston (5)
17:50 UBC Smith (4) A: Bardaro (10), Hayer (10) (PP)

Scratches for the Bisons were:
9 Hunter (5 minute major last week) - 10 Dudar
14 Nault - 16 Paradis - 19 FRiesen
23 Schreyer - 29 Wasylak - 34 Sydora

This split on the weekend pulls the Bisons level with Lethbridge in 5th place, both 3 points ahead of UBC in the race for 6th. And next week the Bisons are in Lethbridge for two big games. Each team has just 8 regular season games left, four each on the road and at home in most cases.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


CALGARY DINOSAURS 2
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 8

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The Dinos can't get back to the Town of Bedrock fast enough after this thrashing. The Banjomutts have now rattled off 6 straight convincing wins over the rest of the top four teams in the CW. Their last loss was 5-2 to the Bisons on Nov 26th, after beating the Herd 2-1 in OT on Nov 25th. The Mutts had period leads of 3-0 and 7-0, and a shots advantage of 28-12. The Dinos saved some face in the 3rd to at least win the period. Jesse Forsberg (a defenceman) had a hat-trick (and has 10 on the season) and Jordon Cooke stopped 23 of 25 to record another win. Matthew Greenfield started and played just one period, giving up 3 goals on 14 shots and getting a loss. Coleman Vollrath came on to stop 15 of 20.

Although Bedrock U remains a respectable 4th, and are 12-7-1, they are now a -2 being outscored 58-56.


MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 5
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 3

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Not a lot of people mention the Bluegars when discuss U-Hockey. They should. These guys have loads of offensive talent, and used that to blast 48 shots at the Hørny Ones' net. Veteran Damien Ketlo stopped 43 of 47 before an empty-netter put it away. Colin Cooper stopped 27 of 30 to claim the win. MRU is now tied with Alberta for 2nd place and Lethbridge is tied with Manitoba for 5th.


REGINA COUGARS 2
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5

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This was not close but all things considered was about as much as one would expect from the Banjocats. It was just 3-2 heading into the 3rd period. Jamie Crooks led the Evil Monkeys with his 12th and 13th goals of the season. Brendan Burke stopped 25 of 27 to post the win and Dawson MacAuley stopped 35 of 39 in taking the loss.

STANDINGS



OUT EAST

AUS


Jan 14 Moncton 6 St. F.X. 5 (ot)
Jan 14 New Brunswick 6 Acadia 1
Jan 14 U.P.E.I. 2 Saint Mary's 4 (ot)

OUA

Jan 14 Brock 5 Western Ontario 3
Jan 14 Concordia 2 Laurier 0
Jan 14 Lakehead 1 Ottawa 3
Jan 14 Laurentian 2 Carleton 3 (ot)
Jan 14 R.M.C. 1 McGill 2
Jan 14 U.Q.T.R. 4 Waterloo 0
Jan 14 York 0 Windsor 1

UP NEXT

Jan 15 Guelph at Toronto
Jan 15 Laurentian at Ottawa
Jan 15 U.O.I.T. at Nipissing

Jan 18 Moncton at Dalhousie
Jan 18 U.Q.T.R. at Ottawa

Jan 19 Laurier at Guelph
Jan 19 Waterloo at Ryerson

Jan 20 Alberta at Calgary
Jan 20 Manitoba at Lethbridge
Jan 20 Mount Royal at Regina
Jan 20 Saskatchewan at U.B.C.

Jan 20 Acadia at U.P.E.I.
Jan 20 Dalhousie at St. F.X.
Jan 20 Saint Mary's at New Brunswick
Jan 20 Laurentian at Lakehead
Jan 20 McGill at Concordia (Corey Cup Game)
Jan 20 Nipissing at Carleton
Jan 20 Queen's at York
Jan 20 U.O.I.T. at Brock
Jan 20 Western Ontario at Laurier
Jan 20 Windsor at Toronto

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