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Preview: Feb 10-11: Alberta at Bisons

HERD HOSTS MONKEYS TO CLOSE THE REGULAR SEASON


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (17-7-2, 25-9-4, OHT35 #3)
MANITOBA BISONS (13-11-2, 20-13-2, OHT35 #11)

Friday, February 10th, 7:00 CST @ Wayne Fleming Arena
Saturday, February 11th, 7:00 CST @ Wayne Fleming Arena

Live Links:

• [Live Stats Friday] ∞ [Live Stats Saturday]
• [Video: CanadaWest.tv] ∞ [101.5 UMFM.com]

Manitoba Links:
• [UM Preview] ∞ [Series Preview]
• [LS Stats] ∞ [LS Schedule/Results]
• [Video Tweet #1] ∞ [Video Tweet #2]
• [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]

Alberta Links:
• [UofA Team Site]
• [LS Stats] ∞ [LS Schedule/Results]
• [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]

Prior Games:
Nov 18: UM 3 UA 6: [LeagueStat] ∞ [CW] ∞ [UofM]
Nov 19: UM 2 UA 5: [LeagueStat] ∞ [CW] ∞ [UofM]

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

The end of the regular season always seems to arrive so abruptly in the CW. And here we are! The Bisons sit in 5th and cannot go any higher. They are 4 points behind MRU, and MRU holds the tie-breaker. They can only drop to 6th if they lose both in regulation and Lethbridge wins both. In other words, if the Bisons get one point, or if Lethbridge drops a point, the Bisons are 5th.

Meanwhile, the Banana-Eating Primates sit in 2nd and have only a slight chance at movement. Sask holds the tie-breaker and a 4-point lead, so 1st is clinched. Calgary trails by 3, play Regina twice, and hold the tie-breaker. So the Apes need either a win or two OTLs to clinch 2nd place and a first round bye.

This has been a funny year for the Evil Monkeys. Coming into this series, they have won 3 season series (against Lethbridge, Mount Royal, and Regina), and lost 3 (against Calgary, Sask, and UBC). At one time they enjoyed a big intimidation factor. Odds are pretty good that they will be facing a confident playoff opponent in every round they play.

On paper the Saudi Albertans should be walking away with the league. Especially after bolstering their line-up with two Christmas additions. They do have 4 top-20 scorers (Crooks, Hart, Baillie, Legault, all between 22 and 26 points). The Bisons have just two (Depape and Stovin with 22 each). However, the Bisons do have 12 players with at least 10 points, while the Monkeys have just 10. In total, the Bisons have scored 92 goals, the same as Alberta (tied for 3rd).

The difference is the goals against. Alberta have given up 68 goals, and Manitoba 83. Yet goaltending has been the question-mark for the Monkeys. Here are the stats for all goaltenders on these teams:

Byron Spriggs 11-7-2, 2.85 GAA, .912 S%
Justin Paulic 2-4-0, 3.75 GAA, .880 S%
Dasan Sydora 0-0-0, 3.49 GAA, .857 S%

Brendan Burke 7-3-0, 1.68 GAA, .934 S%
Luke Siemens 8-3-1, 2.89 GAA, .905 S%
Kenny Cameron 2-1-1, 3.43 GAA, .880 S%

Burke has wrestled the #1 job away from Siemens. His save % is the best in the league. Could he keep it at that level through a full season? The Monkeys didn't even dress Siemens last weekend, going with Kenny Cameron as backup instead. Spriggs has given the Bisons reasonable goaltending. At first he was in a platoon.

The video tweets are about the Stovin/Wasylak head shavings for cancer research. They will sure look a lot different this week.

Both games can be seen on canadawest.tv and heard on 101.5 UMFM.com.

ELSEWHERE:


CALGARY DINOSAURS (16-9-1, 19-11-2, OHT35 #5)
REGINA COUGARS (3-21-2, 3-27-2, OHT35 #33)

Links:
• [UofR Preview]
• [UofC Team Site]

This has been a terrible season for the Banjocats. They have been outclassed by a wide margin. They are not a terrible team. They just don't have the WHL grads needed to be competitive. Can they play spoiler? Frankly, it must be said the Bedrock U has overachieved. They have barely uoutscored their opponents (77-74).


U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (10-13-3, 15-14-3, OHT35 #19)
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (15-9-2, 17-12-2, OHT35 #8)

Links:
• [MRU Preview]
• [UBC Preview]

Here's the thing: UBC is two points behind Lethbridge and Lethbridge holds the tie-breaker. So anything less than 4 points would leave UBC needing loads of help. MRU is just one point behind Calgary. But the difference between 3rd and 4th is very slight in the playoff format.


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (19-5-2, 20-7-3, OHT35 #2)
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (11-12-3, 17-12-3, OHT35 #17)

Links:
• [UofL Preview]
• [UofS Team Site]

The Banjomutts have assured themselves of 1st place. Will they lack motivation? The Hørny Ønes can guarantee themselves a playoff birth with 2 points. That would be quite a turnaround for what was once a doormat program.

OUT EAST:

OUA

Feb 09 Ryerson 11 Guelph 4
Feb 10 U.Q.T.R. at U.O.I.T.
Feb 10 McGill at Nipissing
Feb 10 Windsor at Waterloo
Feb 10 R.M.C. at York
Feb 10 Toronto at Brock
Feb 10 W. Ontario at Lakehead
Feb 10 Concordia at Queen's
Feb 10 Ottawa at Laurentian
Feb 11 Toronto at Waterloo
Feb 11 Ottawa at Nipissing
Feb 11 Queen's at Carleton
Feb 11 R.M.C. at Brock
Feb 11 Ryerson at Guelph
Feb 11 W. Ontario at Lakehead
Feb 11 Windsor at Laurier
Feb 11 McGill at Laurentian

AUS

Feb 08 New Brunswick 2 Moncton 1 (ot)
Feb 10 Acadia at Dalhousie
Feb 10 Saint Mary's at St. F.X.
Feb 10 Moncton at U.P.E.I.
Feb 11 Dalhousie at Saint Mary's
Feb 11 St. F.X. at Acadia
Feb 11 U.P.E.I. at New Brunswick



RESULTS

February 8th
Bronze final: Canada 4 Czech Republic 3 : [USports] : [Summary] : [PDF]
Gold-silver final: Russia 1 Kazakhstan 0

Links:
• [Wikipedia]
• [FISU hockey schedule]
• [FISU hockey news]
• [U Sports International]
• [Almaty 2017 Site]
• [Schedule in pdf]
• [Live Streaming]
 

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Feb 10: Monkeys Win, Top Five Confirmed


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4
MANITOBA BISONS 2

Links:

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

It was late night last night so just a brief blurb today. The Bisons really took it to the Apes Friday night. They stopped hitting in the 3rd and the Monkeys stole one. The results on the night, though, solidified all but 6th place in the standings. Jordan DePape did not dress for the Bisons. Jamie Crooks was taken out of the game and I suspect he's gone for a while.

1st
5:03 Alta Kieser (6) A: Bredo (16), Rachinski (9)
10:43 Man Laurencelle (7) A: Christensen (5) (SH)
14:37 Man Augert (11) A: Laurencelle (15), Bresciani (10) (PP)

2nd
9:37 Alta Fram (4) A: Hart (11), Legault (19) (PP)

3rd
10:02 Alta Baillie (13) A: Nickles (3), Fram (4)
14:15 Alta Legault (5) A: Linaker (2), Baillie (12)

The shots were 32-28 for the Monkeys. Burke got the win and Spriggs took the loss.

The Bisons have a new recruit. Victor Sharonov is a 6'5" 256 lb Russian defenceman who played NCAA3 last year. He wasn't dressed.

The Bisons will play at MRU next week and Alberta gets a bye to the semi-finals where they would host Calgary (if they win) or the Manitoba-MRU winner (if Calgary loses).

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


CALGARY DINOSAURS 2
REGINA COUGARS 1
(in overtime)

Links:

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

I think everybody was cheering for the undercat in this one. Too bad, another loss. Bedrock U is 3rd and will play Lethbridge or UBC next.


U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 2
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 1

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [MRU] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UBC w video]

The Bluegars looked like a national level threat just a few short weeks ago. They can't win lately, and they will face the Bisons in next week's quarter-finals. UBC needed this win to pull level with Lethbridge for th 6th and final playoff berth. It will be a night of scoreboard watching.


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1

Links:

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

The Hørny Ønes will need a shot of Viagra on Saturday. They win and they are in. They lose and UBC is in the driver's seat. Lethbridge holds the tie-breaker. Sask already had 1st clinched.

OUT EAST

AUS

Feb 10 Acadia 2 Dalhousie 1
Feb 10 Saint Mary's 2 St. F.X. 3
Feb 10 Moncton 3 U.P.E.I. 4 (ot)

OUA

Feb 10 U.Q.T.R. 0 U.O.I.T. 2
Feb 10 McGill 2 Nipissing 1 (so)
Feb 10 Windsor 3 Waterloo 2 (ot)
Feb 10 R.M.C. 2 York 5
Feb 10 Toronto 2 Brock 5
Feb 10 W. Ontario 5 Lakehead 6 (so)
Feb 10 Concordia 6 Queen's 3
Feb 10 Ottawa 5 Laurentian 6 (ot)

UP NEXT

Feb 11 Calgary at Regina
Feb 11 U.B.C. at Mount Royal
Feb 11 Alberta at Manitoba
Feb 11 Saskatchewan at Lethbridge
Feb 11 Dalhousie at Saint Mary's
Feb 11 St. F.X. at Acadia
Feb 11 U.P.E.I. at New Brunswick
Feb 11 Toronto at Waterloo
Feb 11 Ottawa at Nipissing
Feb 11 Queen's at Carleton
Feb 11 R.M.C. at Brock
Feb 11 Ryerson at Guelph
Feb 11 W. Ontario at Lakehead
Feb 11 Windsor at Laurier
Feb 11 McGill at Laurentian
 

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Feb 11: Bisons End With a W


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 1
MANITOBA BISONS 2

Links:

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

The Herd bounced back from Friday's loss to end the season on a positive note. There were a few line-up changes on both sides. First, here was the Friday alignment:

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 - 17 Callis
12 Zajac - 13 Laurencelle - 24 Augert
14 Nault - 15 S Bowles - 26 Lisoway
8 Bilton - 21 Brooks - 29 Wasylak

Scratches
10 Dudar (F) - 11 Sharonov (D) - 16 Paradis (F)
19 Friesen (F) - 20 Johnston (D) - 22 B Bowles
23 Schreyer (F) - 27 DePape (F) - 34 Sydora (G)

ALBERTA

Goal
1 Burke (30 Siemens)

Defence
29 Bredo - 8 Rehill
6 Craig - 5 Fram
26 J Topping - 4 Yadlowski

Forwards
18 Baillie - 10 Crooks - 9 Legault
16 Cox - 15 Sanford - 12 Philp
20 Rachinski - 14 Kieser - 17 Hart
37 Nickles - 40 Linaker - 11 Cooper

Scratches
7 Lange (D) - 21 Derko (F) - 22 Carroll (D)
23 Clarkson (F) - 24 Tomchuk (D) - 27 Fiddler (F)
31 Cameron (G) - 52 Charif (D)

In comparison, this was the Saturday alignment:

MANITOBA

Goal
35 Spriggs (1 Paulic)

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

Forwards - 1st period
10 Dudar - 25 Merasty - 27 DePape
8 Bilton - 21 Brooks - 29 Wasylak
14 Nault - 13 Laurencelle - 24 Augert
15 S Bowles - 26 Lisoway - 17 Callis

Forwards - 2nd/3rd periods
24 Augert - 13 Laurencelle - 27 DePape
10 Dudar - 26 Lisoway - 25 Merasty
8 Bilton - 21 Brooks - 29 Wasylak
14 Nault - 15 S Bowles - 17 Callis

Scratches
11 Sharonov (D) - 12 Zajac (F) - 16 Paradis (F)
19 Friesen (F) - 20 Johnston (D) - 22 B Bowles
23 Schreyer (F) - 28 Stovin (F) - 34 Sydora (G)

ALBERTA

Goal
30 Siemens (1 Burke)

Defence
29 Bredo - 8 Rehill
6 Craig - 5 Fram
22 Carroll - 4 Yadlowski

Forwards
16 Cox - 18 Baillie - 15 Sanford
20 Rachinski - 14 Kieser - 17 Hart
37 Nickles - 40 Linaker - 11 Cooper
26 J Topping - 27 Fiddler

Scratches
7 Lange (D) - 9 Legault (F) - 10 Crooks (F)
12 Philp (F) 21 Derko (F) - 23 Clarkson (F)
24 Tomchuk (D) - 31 Cameron (G) - 52 Charif (D)

So for the Bisons, Depape and Dudar came in for Stovin and Zajac. I assume Zajac got an automatic night off for the game misconduct on Friday. As for Stovin and Depape, it would be nice to have your top two scorers in the line-up together for a game.

For the Monkeys, Siemens got a game in the net. They also had to play one short. They added Carroll to the defence and Fiddler to the forwards, and moved Topping up front. Meanwhile, three little monkeys (Legault, Crooks, and Philp) were out front dancing with their organ-grinder for quarters. On Saturday, when they played their 4th "line" they would shift the centres from line to line.

Back to the Saturday game. Here's the scoring:

1st
8:34 Alta Rehill (2) A: Baillie (13), Bredo (17) (PP)

2nd
18:44 Man Wasylak (4) A: Bilton (5), Brooks (5)

3rd
4:29 Man DePape (12) A: Henry (9), Spriggs (2) (PP)

The opening goal was a point shot that trickled in somehow. The Wasylak goal came after the Bisons had killed off a string of questionable penalties. A couple of Monkeys were wrapped all over him but he powered his way to the puck and knocked it home. DePape's winner was a big rebound off the backboard which he converted with a one-timer.

After the Bisons took the lead, the Monkeys made a desperate bid for a comeback but Spriggs was equal to the task. The shots were 35-22 in favour of the Apes.

Going into the game, both teams knew their path for the playoffs, so obviously nothing changed. Next weekend the Monkeys will lick their wounds and prep for the semi-finals. And the Bisons are off to the land of Cal and Gary to face MRU.





OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


CALGARY DINOSAURS 4
REGINA COUGARS 2

Links:

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

This matinee performance brought the Banjocats' inglorious season to a merciful conclusion. This series encapsulated the Regina season. They were just good enough to lose. Both games were respectable (shots were 33-33 on Saturday, and Friday was an OTL). They played fairly well, but were not as good as their opponent. Elgin Pearce scored his 19th and 20th goals of the season to lead the victory. Mitch Kilgore stopped 29 of 33 to take the loss. Bedrock U went with 3rd dtring goaltender Coleman Vollrath and he stopped 31 of 33 for the win.


U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 2
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 1

Links:

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

This was a late afternoon game, and UBC needed the win to stay alive. Derek Dun stopped 38 of 39 shots he faced to backstop the T'irds to a big win and second consecutive 2-1 win. Colin Cooper stopped 16 of 18 in the loss. UBC really nursed the 2-1 lead they took into the 3rd period. The 3rd period shots were 13-2. MRU now enters the playoffs on a 6 game losing streak. Since the new year they are 0-8 against playoff teams. The win did not assure UBC of a playoff berth. They needed a Lethbridge loss for that. Next weekend, UBC comes back to Calgary to face Bedrock U, and MRU hosts Manitoba.


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4

Links:

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

The Hørny Ønes entered the game knowing that they needed a win to qualify for the playoffs. They were down 3-0 and 4-2 at various times. At the end they were down a goal, and pulled their goaltender. He came back in and let in a softie. The Horns came back to within one again, but too little too late. So everybody's favourite underdogs came up short. Wyatt Johnson scored twice for the Banjomutts. Daniel Wapple started for the Mutts and stopped 29 of 33 shots. Garret Hughson stopped 24 of 29 in the loss. The Hørny Ønes were 3-9 in the new year. And that includes 2 head-to-head wins over UBC.

STANDINGS



OUT EAST

AUS

Feb 11 Dalhousie 1 Saint Mary's 4
Feb 11 St. F.X. 5 Acadia 8
Feb 11 U.P.E.I. 1 New Brunswick 3

OUA

Feb 11 Toronto 2 Waterloo 8
Feb 11 Ottawa 3 Nipissing 2
Feb 11 Queen's 2 Carleton 1 (ot)
Feb 11 R.M.C. 1 Brock 4
Feb 11 Ryerson at Guelph
Feb 11 W. Ontario 5 Lakehead 6 (ot)
Feb 11 Windsor 2 Laurier 3
Feb 11 McGill 5 Laurentian 4 (ot)

UP NEXT

Divisional/Conference Quarter-Finals

Calgary v U.B.C.
Mount Royal v Manitoba

St. F.X. v Moncton
St. Mary's v U.P.E.I.

McGill v Laurentian
Concordia v U.O.I.T.
Queen's v Ottawa
U.Q.T.R. v Carleton

Ryerson v Waterloo
York v Lakehead
Laurier v Windsor
Guelph v Brock

[US/CIS Schedule/Results]
[US/CIS Standings]
[US/CIS Playoffs Schedule/Results]


All CW games available at CanadaWest.tv.

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OHT 35 - Week 15

THE OFFICIAL HOLLYWOOD TOP 35: #15
TO FEBRUARY 12, 2017​

This was the final week of the regular season. Therefore it was the last chance to change categories. With all results available, some teams were boosted to A-. For ranking purposes the remaining B were lumped in with the B-.

THE SCORES:

Feb 07 Guelph 2 Ryerson 5
Feb 07 U.Q.T.R. 7 R.M.C. 2
Feb 08 New Brunswick 2 Moncton 1 (ot)
Feb 09 Ryerson 11 Guelph 4

Feb 10 Alberta 4 Manitoba 2
Feb 10 Calgary 2 Regina 1 (ot)
Feb 10 U.B.C. 2 Mount Royal 1
Feb 10 Saskatchewan 4 Lethbridge 1
Feb 10 Acadia 2 Dalhousie 1
Feb 10 Saint Mary's 2 St. F.X. 3
Feb 10 Moncton 3 U.P.E.I. 4 (ot)
Feb 10 U.Q.T.R. 0 U.O.I.T. 2
Feb 10 McGill 2 Nipissing 1 (so)
Feb 10 Windsor 3 Waterloo 2 (ot)
Feb 10 R.M.C. 2 York 5
Feb 10 Toronto 2 Brock 5
Feb 10 W. Ontario 5 Lakehead 6 (so)
Feb 10 Concordia 6 Queen's 3
Feb 10 Ottawa 5 Laurentian 6 (ot)

Feb 11 Calgary 4 Regina 2
Feb 11 U.B.C. 2 Mount Royal 1
Feb 11 Alberta 1 Manitoba 2
Feb 11 Saskatchewan 5 Lethbridge 4
Feb 11 Dalhousie 1 Saint Mary's 4
Feb 11 St. F.X. 5 Acadia 8
Feb 11 U.P.E.I. 1 New Brunswick 3
Feb 11 Toronto 2 Waterloo 8
Feb 11 Ottawa 3 Nipissing 2
Feb 11 Queen's 2 Carleton 1 (ot)
Feb 11 R.M.C. 1 Brock 4
Feb 11 W. Ontario 5 Lakehead 6 (ot)
Feb 11 Windsor 2 Laurier 3
Feb 11 McGill 5 Laurentian 4 (ot)


THE TABLE:



* indicates total includes a tie game
Conf. indicates overall conference record
Con-x indicates exhibition record within conference
CIS-x indicates exhibition record within CIS but outside conference
CIS indicates regular season and exhibition record against CIS teams
Other indicates record against non-CIS teams
Total indicates record against all teams



So in the end there was some shuffling in order to give a semblance of balance across the categories. Since the regular season has ended we have a higher degree of confidence. Here's the deal:

- Acadia, Alberta, McGill, and Calgary went together into A-. In each case there was a solid gap between them and the next team in their division/conference, i.e. 5 to 8 points. For most of the season that gap did not exist. (This was the first time Alberta lost 8 games since 1996 when they lost 10.)

- The remaining B and B- teams were all lumped together in a new, expanded B level. After mulling things over, York just edged their way in from C+.

- I suspect UQTR and Carleton are better than their records. But this has to be based on records. They ended tied with Ottawa and were 4 points behind Queen's. Laurier also moved into C+ with a 5 game winning streak to close, 7-2-1 in the new year.

- It was hard to move Dalhousie down to C after they were C+ all year. They lost their last six, and were 2-10-0 in the new year. Guelph kept being on the verge of C+ but couldn't move up after closing 1-4.

- RMC and Toronto wound up with D's. Toronto was on a 4-3 roll in the new year. Then came 4 straight losses. RMC closd with 3 straight losses. The collapse of UWO and Toronto was surprising. Toronto was 1-1-2 in pre-season against OUA teams, then had a win and a tie in Michigan. Seemed like a decent enough start.

- At the end of the season, it is tempting to infer who might be on a roll entering playoffs. Here are the dirty dozen notable closings:



RECORDS BY CONFERENCE



OUA INTERLOCK

EAST 55
WEST 45
 

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Preview: Feb 17-18: Bisons at MRU

QUARTER-FINALS BEGIN


MANITOBA BISONS (14-12-2, 21-14-2, OHT35 #12)
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (15-11-2, 17-14-2, OHT35 #10)

Friday, February 17th, 7:00 MST/8:00 CST @ Flames Community Arena
Saturday, February 18th, 7:00 MST/8:00 CST @ Flames Community Arena
Sunday, February 19th, 7:00 MST/8:00 CST @ Flames Community Arena

Live Links:

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

Manitoba Links:
• [UM Preview]
• [LS Stats] ∞ [LS Schedule/Results]
• [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
• [MyToba: UofM Playoff Teams] ∞ [Manitoban: UofA Game] ∞ [Manitoban: Stovin]

Mount Royal Links:
• [Series Preview] ∞ [Promo Video]
• [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]
Dec 2: UM 3 MRU 4: [LeagueStat] ∞ [CW] ∞ [UofM]
Dec 3: UM 1 MRU 5: [LeagueStat] ∞ [CW] ∞ [UofM]

Other Links:
• [USports Site] ∞ [Playoff Schedule/Links]
• [CIS Standings] ∞ [CIS Top 10]
• [Monday Roundup]
• [CW Site] ∞ [Schedule/Links]

When the Bisons last played MRU, the Bluegars were ranked #6 in the OHT35 and were riding a 6 game winning streak. But in the new year they have been 4-6-2, with their only 4 wins against non-playoff teams. Meanwhile, the Bisons went 8-3-1 and rose from #16 to #12. So the Bisons are definitely the hotter team.

However, in their 4 regular season meetings there is no doubt that the edge went to the Bluegars with 4 straight wins. And that is on the heels of another 4 game sweep in 2015-16. So what gives? To the end of 2014-15 the Bisons held a 9-3 edge in regular season head-to-head games and won their only playoff series 2-1.

At one time the Bluegars were riding the conference's most potent offence to a real challenge for 1st. But the Bisons closed to within 2 points. Just one win in the head-to-head series would have given the Bisons home ice advantage in this series. By seasons' end, MRU outscored their opponents 99-80 and Manitoba outscored their opponents by 96-88.

The Bluegars have the CW's top scorer in Connor Rankin (26 gp 17-18-35). Early in the season Colin Cooper was their stalwart goaltender. He ended at 11-7-1, 2.56 GAA, .899 S%. Their other goaltenders never saw enough action to be "qualified". Cam Lanigan was 2-3-0, 3.16 GAA, .857 S% and Wyatt Hoflin was 2-1-1, 2.92 GAA, .900 S%.

In the Bison goal, Byron Spriggs has improved his numbers as the season has gone on. He went 12-8-2, 2.82 GAA, .913 S%. Backup Justin Paulic is well behind at 2-4-0, 3.75 GAA, .880 S%.

Both games can be seen on canadawest.tv.

ELSEWHERE:


U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (12-13-3, 17-14-3, OHT35 #15)
CALGARY DINOSAURS (18-9-1, 21-11-2, OHT35 #6)

Links:
• [UofC Preview] ∞ [Series Preview]
• [UBC Site]

Bedrock U is not as good as their record, IMHO. The T'irds have a great chance to knock them off. This despite the fact that the T'irds were swept by Lethbridge down the home stretch and needed a load of help to just make the playoffs. But they are here, and that is a big boost for their program. These teams played on the same weekends as Manitoba v MRU. In the opening series of the season the Dinos won both games by 1-0. In the December series UBC won 2-1 and Bedrock won 4-1.

OUT EAST:



Feb 15 McGill 2 Laurentian 1 (ot)
Feb 15 Concordia 0 U.O.I.T. 4
Feb 15 Ottawa 2 Queen's 3 (ot)
Feb 15 U.Q.T.R. 2 Carleton 5
Feb 15 Waterloo 1 Ryerson 2
Feb 15 York 3 Lakehead 2
Feb 15 Windsor 3 Laurier 4 (ot)

Feb 16 Brock at Guelph

Feb 17 U.O.I.T. at Concordia
Feb 17 Queen's at Ottawa
Feb 17 Ryerson at Waterloo
Feb 17 Laurier at Windsor
Feb 17 Guelph at Brock

Feb 18 Laurentian at McGill
Feb 18 U.O.I.T. at Concordia *
Feb 18 Ottawa at Queen's *
Feb 18 Carleton at U.Q.T.R.
Feb 18 Waterloo at Ryerson *
Feb 18 Lakehead at York
Feb 18 Windsor at Laurier *

Feb 19 Laurentian at McGill *
Feb 19 U.Q.T.R. at Carleton *
Feb 19 Lakehead at York *
Feb 19 Brock at Guelph *



Feb 15 Moncton 2 St. F.X. 6
Feb 15 U.P.E.I. 1 Saint Mary's 5

Feb 17 St. F.X. at Moncton
Feb 17 Saint Mary's at U.P.E.I.

Feb 19 Moncton at St. F.X. *
Feb 19 U.P.E.I. at Saint Mary's *

* indicates game 3 which may not be necessary


Links:
• [USports Post-season/Links]
• [OUA LeagueStat Daily]
• [AUS Playoff Schedule/Links]
 

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Discussion Starter #106 (Edited)
Feb 17: Bisons Start with a Dud


MANITOBA BISONS 1
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 6


Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
Boxscores: [USports] : [CW] : [UofM]
Stories: [MRU] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofM]
Preview: [GoBisons.ca]

This was not the start the Bisons wanted, to say the least. Although outplayed in the 1st period, they did not deserve to be down 3 goals. The 2nd period stabilized. But when they needed some saves for a desperation 3rd period rally they just weren't there. Here's the scoring:

1st
5:18 MRU Simpson (1) A: Waltz (1), Marshall (1)
6:09 MRU Maclise (1) A: None
18:40 MRU Rankin (1) A: Jamal Watson (1)

2nd
No Scoring

3rd
0:50 MRU Simpson (2) A: Baker (1) (PP)
3:37 MRU Rankin (2) A: Olstad (1), Waltz (2)
6:23 Man Hunter (1) A: Laurencelle (1) (PP)
12:56 MRU Rankin (3) A: Maclise (1) (SH)

It was a surprise that MRU started their backup goaltender, Cam Lanigan, for this game. He stopped 25 of 26 shots for the win. Meanwhile, Byron Spriggs stopped 24 of 29 shots before being yanked. Justin Paulic stopped 4 of 5 coming in from the bullpen.

Game two goes Saturday at 8:00 CT and is on CanadaWest.tv.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


CALGARY DINOSAURS 5
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 4
(in overtime)

Links:

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

Nothing but than a Friday marathon to start a 3-games-in-3-days series. This just ended and the links will take a while, and I have to get to sleep!

OUT EAST:



Feb 16 Brock 1 Guelph 5
Feb 17 Guelph 4 Brock 3 (ot) (Guelph wins series 2-0)
Feb 17 Laurier 0 Windsor 1 (series tied 1-1)
Feb 17 Ryerson 4 Waterloo 5 (ot) (series tied 1-1)
Feb 17 U.O.I.T. 2 Concordia 5 (series tied 1-1)
Feb 17 Queen's 2 Ottawa 3 (ot) (series tied 1-1)

Feb 18 Laurentian at McGill
Feb 18 U.O.I.T. at Concordia *
Feb 18 Ottawa at Queen's *
Feb 18 Carleton at U.Q.T.R.
Feb 18 Waterloo at Ryerson *
Feb 18 Lakehead at York
Feb 18 Windsor at Laurier *

Feb 19 Laurentian at McGill *
Feb 19 U.Q.T.R. at Carleton *
Feb 19 Lakehead at York *



Feb 17 St. F.X. 4 Moncton 3 (SFX wins series 2-0)
Feb 17 Saint Mary's 2 U.P.E.I. 7 (series tied 1-1)

Feb 19 U.P.E.I. at Saint Mary's *

* indicates game 3 which may not be necessary


Links:
• [USports Post-season/Links]
• [OUA LeagueStat Daily]
• [AUS Playoff Schedule/Links]


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Discussion Starter #107 (Edited)
Feb 18: Bison Rally Forces Game 3


MANITOBA BISONS 3
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2


Links:

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

Trailing 2-1 entering the 3rd period, the Bisons rallied to keep the season going. Here's the scoring:

1st
No Scoring

2nd
4:12 Man Hunter (2) A: Zajac (1)
10:28 MRU Brown (1) A: Lees (1), Rankin (1) (PP)
12:45 MRU Z Henry (1) A: King (1), Stephens (1)

3rd
9:41 Man Augert (1) A: Merasty (1)
15:36 Man Merasty (1) A: Heinrich (1), Stovin (1) (PP)

So Rene Hunter has 2 playoff goals after getting 3 in the regular season.

Scratches for the Bisons were:
3 S Christensen (D) - 10 Dudar (F) - 11 Sharonov (D)
14 Nault (F) - 15 S Bowles (F) - 16 Paradis (F)
19 Friesen (F/D) - 23 Schreyer (F) - 34 Sydora (G)

The only difference on Friday was that Shawn Bowles played and Warren Callis was scratched.

The Bluegars earned their lead through two periods, leading 22-10 in shots. The 3rd period was very much different. The Bisons led in shots 13-8. The winning goal came on a 5-minute powerplay caused when Tanner Olstad high-sticked Jordan DePape at 13:55. After the goal, the Bluegars took another penalty and wound up playing shorthanded for the final 6:05 of the game.

Byron Spriggs stopped 28 of 30 shots for the win, and Cam Lanigan stopped 20 of 23 in the loss.

Game three goes Saturday at 8:00 CT and is on CanadaWest.tv.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 2
CALGARY DINOSAURS 5

Links:

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

Friday Links:

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

Since Friday's game ended so late, I put the links for that one in here. That was a 6 period marathon, where Bedrock U outshot the T'irds 56-45. Matthew Greenfield got the win and Derek Dun took the loss.

In the Saturday game, UBC got off to a 2-1 lead after the 1st period but then could not get saves. Bedrock U scored 2 goals on 9 shots in the 2nd period to take the lead, and 2 more goals on 6 shots in the 3rd to win going away.

The Dinos will now play Alberta in the semi-finals, and the Manitoba-MRU winner will face Saskatchewan.

OUT EAST:



Feb 18 Lakehead 1 York 3 (York wins series 2-0)
Feb 18 Waterloo 1 Ryerson 3 (Ryerson wins series 2-1)
Feb 18 Windsor 3 Laurier 2 (ot) (Windsor wins series 2-1)
Feb 18 Carleton 2 U.Q.T.R. 4 (series tied 1-1)
Feb 18 Laurentian 2 McGill 7 (McGill wins series 2-0)
Feb 18 Ottawa 0 Queen's 2 (Queen's wins series 2-1)
Feb 18 U.O.I.T. 2 Concordia 3 (Concordia wins series 2-1)

Feb 19 U.Q.T.R. at Carleton (game 3)



Feb 19 U.P.E.I. at Saint Mary's (game 3)


Links:
• [USports Post-season/Links]
• [OUA LeagueStat Daily]
• [AUS Playoff Schedule/Links]

* Indicates link not available at the time of posting.

NEXT ROUND

New Brunswick v SMU/UPEI winner
Acadia v St. FX

McGill v Carleton/UQTR winner
Concordia v Queen's

Ryerson v Windsor
York v Guelph

Saskatchewan v MRU/Manitoba winner
Alberta v Calgary
 

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Discussion Starter #108 (Edited)
Feb 19: Bison Collapse Ends the Season


MANITOBA BISONS 1
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 7


Links:

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

How often does a team outshoot their opponent and lose 7-1? Well, it happened to the Bisons in game 3 on Sunday night. Here's who scored:

1st
8:09 Man Stovin (1) A: B Bowles (1), A Henry (1)
10:39 MRU Brown (2) A: Olstad (2)

2nd
14:48 MRU Lees (1) A: Hrynyk (1) (PP)
16:55 MRU Waltz (1) A: Olstad (3), Smiley (1)

3rd
0:43 MRU Olstad (1) A: Watson (2), Brown (1)
2:35 MRU Rankin (4) A: Watson (3)
16:08 MRU Smiley (1) A: Lees (2), Rankin (2) (PP)
16:30 MRU Simpson (3) A: None

The 1st period saw the Bisons have the better chances but the shots were just 10-8 and the 1-1 score seemed about right. The Herd then took charge in the 2nd period and seemed well on their way. The shots edge was 15-7 in their favour. However, a late powerplay seemed to disrupt the team for some strange reason. The floodgates opened and it seemed Spriggs couldn't stop anything. In the end the shots were 31-25 in favour of the Bisons. Cam Lanigan got the win, and Byron Sprigss the loss.

The Bison roster remained unchanged from Saturday. On the MRU side, Tanner Olstad was allowed to play despite his 5-minute major and game misconduct.

OUT EAST:



Feb 19 U.Q.T.R. 3 Carleton 2 (UQTR wins series 2-1)



Feb 19 U.P.E.I. 3 Saint Mary's 4 (SMU wins series 2-1)


Links:
• [USports Post-season/Links]
• [OUA LeagueStat Daily]
• [AUS Playoff Schedule/Links]

* Indicates link not available at the time of posting.

NEXT UP

Feb 22 Ryerson at Windsor
Feb 22 Guelph at York
Feb 22 U.Q.T.R. at McGill
Feb 22 Queen's at Concordia

Feb 23 York at Guelph
Feb 23 Saint Mary's at U.N.B.
Feb 23 St. F.X. at Acadia

Feb 24 Mount Royal at Saskatchewan
Feb 24 Calgary at Alberta

Feb 24 Concordia at Queen's
Feb 24 Saint Mary's at U.N.B.
Feb 24 St. F.X. at Acadia

Feb 25 Mount Royal at Saskatchewan
Feb 25 Calgary at Alberta

Feb 25 Windsor at Ryerson
Feb 25 Guelph at York *
Feb 25 McGill at U.Q.T.R.

Feb 26 Mount Royal at Saskatchewan *
Feb 26 Calgary at Alberta *

Feb 26 Windsor at Ryerson *
Feb 26 U.Q.T.R. at McGill *
Feb 26 Queen's at Concordia *
 

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Discussion Starter #109 (Edited)
Feb 24: Two Barn-Burners


MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4


Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [USports] : [CW]
Preview: [UofS]
Stories: [UofS] : [rp @CW] : [rp @MRU]

Sask built a 3-0 lead and then hung on for the win in the series opener. The Bluegars outshot the Mutts 41-21 but Jordon Cooke was up to the task, picking up the win. Cam Lanigan took the loss. Game 2 goes Saturday at 7:00 CST.


CALGARY DINOSAURS 4
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5
(in overtime)

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [USports] : [CW]
Preview: [UofA] : [UofC]
Stories: [UofA] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofC*]

Bedrock U led 1-0 after the 1st and then all hell broke out in the 2nd. The Monkeys scored three straight, then Bedrock U came back with 3 of their own. In the process, the Monkeys pulled Brendan Burke from their net after he stopped just 15 of 19 shots. Luke Siemens came on to stop all 14 shots he faced for the win. Matthew Greenfield went the distance for the Dinos, and stopped 39 of 44. Danny Gayle scored twice for Bedrock. Game 2 goes at 6:00 MST, 7:00 CST.

OUT EAST:



Feb 22 Ryerson 2 Windsor 4 (Windsor leads series 1-0)
Feb 22 Guelph 2 York 3 (York leads series 1-0)
Feb 22 U.Q.T.R. 1 McGill 3 (McGill leads series 1-0)
Feb 22 Queen's 3 Concordia 1 (Queen's leads series 1-0)

Feb 23 York 6 Guelph 2 (York wins series 2-0)

Feb 24 Concordia 2 Queen's 0 (series tied 1-1)


Note: AUS semi-finals are best-of-5.

Feb 23 Saint Mary's 1 U.N.B. 5 (UNB leads series 1-0)
Feb 23 St. F.X. 4 Acadia 3 (ot) (SFX leads series 1-0)

Feb 24 Saint Mary's 3 U.N.B. 7 (UNB leads series 2-0)
Feb 24 St. F.X. 4 Acadia 2 (SFX leads series 2-0)


Links:
• [USports Post-season/Links]
• [OUA LeagueStat Daily]
• [AUS Playoff Schedule/Links]

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Discussion Starter #110 (Edited)
Feb 25: Monkeys and Mutts Advance


MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3


Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [USports] : [CW]
Stories: [UofS] : [rp @CW] : [rp @MRU]

The semi-final round is funny in that both series ended in two games, and yet all 4 games were decided by just one goal. In this one, MRU held 1-0 and 2-1 leads but still entered the 3rd period down a goal. From that point on they bombarded Jordon Cooke in the Sask goal with 13 shots but could not score. In the 1st period the teams scored one goal each just 49 seconds apart and the 3 goals in the 2nd period were all scored in about 2 1/2 minutes. Jordon Cooke stopped 29 of 31 shots for the win and Cam Lanigan stopped 23 of 26 in the loss.


CALGARY DINOSAURS 2
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 3

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [USports] : [CW]
Stories: [UofA] : [rp @CW] : [UofC]
Friday late story: [UofC (with video)]

The teams exchanged goals all night, Monkeys scoring first and then Bedrock tieing it up. Stephane Legault scored the winner with just over a minute left to send the Monkeys to the final. Brendan Burke returned to the Monkeys' goal and stopped 31 of 33. Matthew Greenfield started for the Dinos and stopped 40 of 43 in a losing effort. This was the 15th straight SWEEP for the Monkeys over the Dinos going back to 1996.

So next weekend the Monkeys and Mutts will meet yet again for the conference title,and for the 2nd year in a row the series will be held at the Rutherdump in Saskatown.

OUT EAST:


Feb 25 Windsor 3 Ryerson 1 (Windsor wins series 2-0)
Feb 25 McGill 2 U.Q.T.R. 1 (McGill wins series 2-0)

Feb 26 Queen's at Concordia (game 3)

Next week:
York v Windsor TBA
McGill v Que/Con winner TBA


Note: AUS semi-finals are best-of-5.

Feb 27 U.N.B. at Saint Mary's (UNB leads series 2-0)
Feb 27 Acadia at St. F.X. (SFX leads series 2-0)

Feb 28 U.N.B. at Saint Mary's (if necessary)
Feb 28 Acadia at St. F.X. (if necessary)

Mar 02 Saint Mary's at U.N.B. (if necessary)
Mar 02 St. F.X. at Acadia (if necessary)


Links:
• [USports Post-season/Links]
• [OUA LeagueStat Daily]
• [AUS Playoff Schedule/Links]

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Discussion Starter #111 (Edited)
Final Preview and Catch-up


The CW is off until Friday when the final series between Sask and Alberta will begin. More on that later. ITM, the all-stars were announced and Bisons Jordan DePape (2nd team) and Remi Laurencelle (rookie) received honours. Those acknowledged were:

First Team All-Stars

Jordon Cooke / G / Sask
Jesse Forsberg / D / Sask
Tim Campbell / D / Lethbridge
Elgin Pearce / F / Calgary
Connor Rankin / F / MRU
Logan McVeigh / F / Sask

Second Team All-Stars

Steven Stanford / G / Calgary
Dylan Bredo / D / Alberta
Kendal McFaull / D / Sask
Anthony Bardaro / F / UBC
Jordan DePape / F / Manitoba
Jamie Crooks / F / Alberta

All-Rookies

Matthew Greenfield / G / Calgary
Jesse Lees / D / MRU
Jerret Smith / D / UBC
Jamal Watson / F / MRU
Remi Laurencelle / F / Manitoba
Tyson Baillie / F / Alberta

Links:
• [CW Story]
• [UofM Story]


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (18-8-2, 2-0-0, 28-10-4, OHT35 #4)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (21-5-2, 2-0-0, 24-7-3, OHT35 #2)

Friday, March 3rd, 7:00 CST @ Rutherdump
Saturday, March 4th, 7:00 CST @ Rutherdump
Sunday, March 5th, 7:00 CST @ Rutherdump

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

Other Links:
• [UofS Series Preview] ∞ [rp @CW]
• [UofA Story]
• [All Links re USports Hockey]
• [USports Hockey Site] ∞ [Schedule/Links]
• [USports Playoffs Schedule/Links]
• [USports Standings]
• [USports Top 10] ∞ [Monday Roundups]
• [CW Site] ∞ [Schedule/Links]

These teams have played in the CW final in 14 of the last 20 years. It seemed the near-streak was in danger for a large segment of the season. But here we are. Sask won this year's series 3-1. Last year, the Monkeys won the season series 3-1 but Sask won the final. Over the last 5 years, Alberta holds a decisive 14-6 lead. Both sides are assured of a place in the nationals.

OUT EAST:


Division semi-finals
Feb 26 Queen's 2 Concordia 0 (Queen's wins series 2-1)

Division finals
Mar 01 York 5 Windsor 3 (York leads series 1-0)
Mar 01 Queen's 2 McGill 1 (Queen's leads series 1-0)
Mar 03 McGill at Queen's
Mar 03 Windsor at York
Mar 04 Windsor at York (If Necessary)
Mar 05 Queen's at McGill (If Necessary)
Mar 11 Queen's Cup


Note: AUS semi-finals are best-of-5.

Semi-finals
Feb 27 New Brunswick 2 Saint Mary's 3 (UNB leads series 2-1)
Feb 27 Acadia 4 St. F.X. 5 (ot) (SFX wins series 3-0)
Feb 28 New Brunswick 2 Saint Mary's 1 (UNB wins series 3-1)

Final/Consolation
Mar 06 St. F.X. at New Brunswick
Mar 06 Saint Mary's at Acadia
Mar 08 New Brunswick at St. F.X.
Mar 08 Acadia at Saint Mary's
Mar 10 St. F.X. at New Brunswick (if necessary)
Mar 10 Saint Mary's at Acadia (if necessary)

Links:
• [USports Post-season/Links]
• [OUA LeagueStat Daily]
• [AUS Playoff Schedule/Links]

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Discussion Starter #112
Mar 3: Monkeys Take Game 1


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3


Links:

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

I was watching the Jets beat St. Louis to cling to life and missed seeing this game. Seems like it was a good one. The Monkeys never trailed and had leads of 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2 before finally grabbing a 2-goal lead. Here's the scorers:

1st
10:44 Alta Linaker (1) A: Cooper (2), Nickles (1)
16:01 Sask Gay (1) A: Johnson (1), Cox (2)

2nd
7:21 Alta Cooper (1) A: Linaker (1)
7:59 Sask Gay (2) A: None

3rd
2:13 Alta Cooper (2) A: Linaker (2), Crooks (1)
8:36 Alta Craig (1) A: Linaker (3), Cooper (3)
14:21 Sask Johnson (1) A: Lishchynsky (1), Gay (2)

Brendan Burke made 31 saves for the win, and Jordon Cooke made 28 saves in the loss.

Game 2 goes Saturday at 7:00 CT.

OUT EAST:


Mar 03 McGill 2 Queen's 4 (Queen's wins series 2-0)
Mar 03 Windsor 4 York 2 (series tied 1-1)

NEXT UP

Mar 04 Alberta at Saskatchewan (game 2)
Mar 04 Windsor at York (game 3)

Mar 05 Alberta at Saskatchewan (game 3 if necessary)

Mar 06 St. F.X. at New Brunswick (game 1)
Mar 06 Saint Mary's at Acadia (game 1)


Links:
• [USports Post-season/Links]
• [OUA LeagueStat Daily]
• [AUS Playoff Schedule/Links]

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Mar 4: Mutts Force Game 3


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 0
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2


Links:

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

This was a convincing shutout win for the Banjo Boys. Jordon Cooke stopped 26 shots for the shutout. Brndan Burke started again for the Monkeys and made 40 saves. Jamien Yakubowski scored both goals. The deciding game goes Sunday at 7:00 CT.

1st
No Scoring

2nd
3:00 Sask Yakubowski (1) A: Forsberg (1), Thomas (1)

3rd
8:59 Sask Yakubowski (2) A: Johnson (1), Forsberg (2)

OUT EAST:


Mar 04 Windsor 3 York 6 (York wins series 2-1)

NEXT UP

Mar 05 Alberta at Saskatchewan (game 3)

Mar 06 St. F.X. at New Brunswick (game 1)
Mar 06 Saint Mary's at Acadia (game 1)


Links:
• [USports Post-season/Links]
• [OUA LeagueStat Daily]
• [AUS Playoff Schedule/Links]

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Discussion Starter #114
Mar 5: Monkeys Rally For Title


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3


Links:

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

Another year, another title for the Evil Monkeys. Despite the scoreline, the Mutts held the lead until late in the 2nd. A four-goal 3rd period put it away for the Monkeys. That can happen when playing a 3rd game in three days. When the wheels fall off it can be hard to come back. Here's who scored:

1st
4:56 Sask Stadnyk (1) A: Cable (2), Bauml (3)

2nd
1:30 Alta Philp (4) A: Trevor Cox (3) (SH)
9:37 Sask Gay (3) A: Sofillas (2), Roach (1) (PP)
18:11 Alta Sanford (2) A: Cox (4), Bredo (3) (PP)

3rd
6:35 Alta Crooks (1) A: Baillie (2), Legault (1)
8:42 Alta Cooper (3) A: Linaker (4), Nickles (2)
8:51 Alta Crooks (2) A: Craig (1)
11:56 Sask Tkatch (1) A: Thomas (2), Yakubowski (2)
19:30 Alta Crooks (3) A: None (EN)

Once again, it was Burke and Cooke in goal. The shots were 35-35.

Now the only 1st place team still with a chance at a conference title is the UNB Red Squirrels.

OUT EAST:

no games

NEXT UP

Note: AUS final is UNB v SFX and 3rd place series is between ACA and SMU.

Mar 06 St. F.X. at New Brunswick (game 1)
Mar 06 Saint Mary's at Acadia (game 1)

Mar 08 New Brunswick at St. F.X. (game 2)
Mar 08 Acadia at Saint Mary's (game 2)

Mar 10 St. F.X. at New Brunswick (game 3 if necessary)
Mar 10 Saint Mary's at Acadia (game 3 if necessary)

Mar 11 York at Queen's (Queen's Cup, sudden death)
Mar 11 Windsor at McGill (OUA 3rd place playoff)


Links:
• [USports Post-season/Links]
• [OUA LeagueStat Daily]
• [AUS Playoff Schedule/Links]

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Mar 8-10: All Eight U-Cup Qualifiers Determined


Mar 10 Windsor 3 McGill 6 (McGill gets 3rd place)
Mar 11 Queen's at York (Queen's Cup)


Mar 08 New Brunswick 4 St. F.X. 5 (SFX wins championship 2-0)
Mar 08 Acadia 3 Saint Mary's 0 (Acadia wins 3rd place series 2-0)


Links:
• [USports Post-season/Links]
• [OUA LeagueStat Daily]
• [AUS Playoff Schedule/Links]


So here's how the U-Cup should be seeded:

1 Alberta
2 St. F.X.
3 York/Queen's winner
4 York/Queen's loser
5 New Brunswick
6 Saskatchewan
7 Acadia
8 McGill

To avoid an all-AUA match-up they would have 1 v 7 and 2 v 8, so the brackets would be:

 

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Discussion Starter #117 (Edited)
Mar 16-17: U-Cup Quarter-Finals "Upsets"



York beat Queen's 4-3 to take the Queen's Cup in a one-game showdown and claim the automatic 3rd seed, whilst Queen's was awarded the 4th seed. Why they continue to do this makes little sense, especially given the quarter-final results.


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 1
ACADIA AXEMEN 4


Links:

Boxscores: [USports]
Stories: [US] : [AUS] : [rp @UofA]

Officially, the Monkeys were seeded #1 and Acadia #8. P-shaw! In the final OHT35, Acadia was #3 and Alberta #4, making this the feature game of the opening round. Alberta (like always) held the edge in shots on goal. But Acadia won. The Apes opened the scoring and led 1-0 after the 1st, with a 13-9 lead in shots. In the 2nd period Acadia scored twice on 7 shots then coasted through the 3rd before sealing the deal with an empty-netter.


QUEEN'S GOLDEN GAELS 1
NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS 5


Links:

Boxscores: [USports]
Stories: [USports] : [rp @UNB] : [rp @OUA] : [AUS]

As the OUA runner-up, the Queens had to be seeded 4th. Weird, eh? As the AUS runner-up, UNB had to be seeded 5th or lower. So this was another "upset". However, under the OHT35, the Squirrels were 1st and the Queens were 9th. So this was no upset. The Windbags got the opening goal just over 2 minutes into the game. And that was the highlight of their season. By the end of the 2nd period the shots were 33-10 in favour of UNB and it was 5-1. Queen's then surrendered meekly in the 3rd, mounting a mere 5 shots.


YORK LIONS 0
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 1

(in overtime)

Links:

Boxscores: [USports]
Stories: [USports] : [rp @CW] : [rp @OUA] : [UofS]

Last year the Mutts played way too much OT and seemed to be trying that failed formula again. This time, though, the opening OT was barely a minute's worth. There were quite a number of poenalties in this one (40 minutes). Jordon Cooke got the shutout, with 24 saves. Mack Shields stopped 31 of 32, which makes for a tough loss. This was another oddly seeded game. As OUA champs, York had to be seeded in the top 3 (and were 3rd) and Sask, as CW runner-up, had to be 5th or lower (and were 6th). So this was another techinical "upset", the 3rd in the first three games. But the OHT35 rankings say that Sask is #2 and York is #14. The Mutts can't be happy about having to play in the morning again. But they will benefit by getting some extra rest for Saturday's semi-final round.


ST. FRANCIS XAVIER X-MEN 4
MCGILL REDMEN 1


Links:

Boxscores: [USports]
Stories: [USports] : [rp @OUA] : [SFX]

The Jeremies scored early and led throughout. They outshot the McGilligutties 35-22 and it seems coasted to a win. This was the only "non-upset" of the opening round. SFX was ranked 2nd (as AUS champion) and McGill 7th (as pre-assigned qualifier #3 from the OUA). But in the OHT35, SFX was #8 and McGill was #5. McGill's playoff loss to Queen's and X's wins over Acadia and UNB would, of course, change that. Anyhow, a repeat of last year's OT semi-final between Sask and X is now on the agenda. Starts at 2:00 CDT on Sportsnet360 according to my PVR.

Links:
• [USports Post-season/Links]
• [USports U-Cup Schedule/Links]
• [USports U-Cup Home]

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Mar 18: Mutts to chase Squirrels in Final


Saturday was the penultimate day in the U-Cup. Here's what happened.


ACADIA AXEMEN 0
NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS 3


Links:

Boxscores: [USports]
Stories: [USports] : [rp @UNB] : [rp @AU]

The Squirrels had a reasonably comfortable win over a steady Cajun team. The shots were 30-20, and they had one goal per period. The good thing is that the morning game was at least between two Atlantic teams.


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 8
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER X-MEN 0


Links:

Boxscores: [USports]
Stories: [USports] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofS]

This was an old school whuppin'. I thought the Mutts were the better team in the 1st and only some momentum-draining calls stopped them from having a multi-goal lead. Then came 6 goals on 12 shots in a 2nd period that simply cannot be explained. I saw it and otherwise mightn't have fully fathomed what occurred. At some point the Jeremies just couldn't get up for the game any more. Only one Mutt (Logan McVeigh) scored twice. Jordon Cooke registered his 2nd consecutive shutout.


So Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. CDT it will be Acadia v St. F.X. for bronze. I may be asleep for that one. Then at 11:00 a.m. CDT it will be Saskatchewan v New Brunswick in the final, on Sportsnet 360.

Links:
• [USports Post-season/Links]
• [USports U-Cup Schedule/Links]
• [USports U-Cup Home]

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Mar 19: Squirrels Take Title


This puts a wrap on the 2016-17 season in CIS/USports hockey.


ACADIA AXEMEN 7
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER X-MEN 3


Links:

Boxscores: [USports]
Stories: [USports] : [rp @AU]

Nobody expected the Jeremies to win this morning game after playing the late game on Saturday, did they? The fact the shots were somewhat even (34-29) is a bit of a surprise. So The Cajuns at least salvage a bronze from this tournament.


NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS 5
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3


Links:

Boxscores: [USports]
Stories: [USports] : [alt link] : [rp @UofS*]

The Mutts had a chance to stuff the Squirrels in the 1st period. They seemed to be able to skate and pass at will. However, the Squirrels were able to hit from behind which was able to clog up the mid-ice. Nevertheless, the Squirrels scored twice by simply charging the net. When playing a 3rd game in 3 days the ability to simply stand up to this is sometimes just not there. So, the 1st period shots were 11-8 for Sask, but the score was 2-1 for UNB.

Although the 2nd period was also 2-1 in favour of UNB, it was a vastly different period. The shots were 21-5 and the Mutts looked in need of some invigorating toilet water and some Alpo heavy duty.

I was set for an ugly 3rd period from Sask, a la SFX's 2nd period from Saturday. But an early PP goal made it 4-3 and the game was very much in doubt. However, there was no 2nd wind from the Mangy Ones and that was all she wrote.

Cam Braes scored 4 times for the Squirrels, and be darned if I know when somebody last scored that many in a championship game.

So now is the time to wait for off-season recruiting news and announcements for September's exhibition games.

Links:
• [USports Post-season/Links]
• [USports U-Cup Schedule/Links]
• [USports U-Cup Home]

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Apr 16: A Post-Season Catch-up

At the end of a season there are usually a few stories of note in the aftermath. And since it has been since the U-Cup that I last posted, there is actually quite a bit.


There were some links not posted from the U-Cup, and here they are. The CTV ones have video clips.

Links:

Re-posts: [rp @UofS] : [rp @CW]
U-Cup Final: [CTV story and video] : [Star Phoenix]
U-Cup Semi-finals: [CTV story and video] : [Local Xpress]



Bison goaltender Byron Spriggs dressed for the Charlotte Checkers (AHL) on March 9th in a game against the Manitoba Moose. Then when the Moose needed a goaltender to back-up down the home stretch, he signed an AHL ATO for the balance of the season. He also got the Bison Team MVP award for the season. Remi Laurencelle was also named the team rookie-of-the-year. Brett Stovin wrote up Bison Blog #7 as an end-of-the-year wrap up. He liked the strong second half rally. No shock there!

Links:

Spriggs: [March 9th] : [Moose ATO] : [MVP]
Laurencelle: [Rookie-of-the-Year] : [MyToba Award Winners Story]
Stovin: [Bison Blog #7]



MACEWAN GRIFFINS 4
N.A.I.T. OOKS 3
(in overtime)

Links:

Boxscore: [ACAC]
Stories: [Edmonton Sun]


NAIT had won the last two ACAC titles and had finished first. MacEwan was second and this is their first title since 2004. MacEwan is in the CWUAA in other sports. There are clearly a lot of good teams in Edmonton.


VICTORIA VIKINGS 3
TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS 2

Links:

Boxscores: [BCIHL] : [Printable]
Stories: [BCIHL Game Story]


Victoria finished 4th in the 5-team league with a 9-14-1 record and then swept the Simon Fraser Clown in the semis before defeating TWU 2-games-to-1 in the final. TWU nosed out the 4-time defending champion Selkirk College Saints for 2nd place and then swept them in their semi-final. Both UVic and TWU are CWUAA members as well.



Links:

BCIHL: [Announcement]
VIU: [Twitter] : [Team Site]


This is the time of the year when we usually get news of a program in trouble, and in fact last year St. Thomas and Keyano announced they were folding. However, the BCIHL is back to being a 6-team league with the addition of the Vancouver Island University Mariners to the fold for 2017-18. They have never before been in the league. One would hope that former BCIHL teams like Fraser Valley, Thompson Rivers, UNBC, and Okanagan College might also make their return.
 
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