Hockey Fan Forums banner

81 - 100 of 138 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,356 Posts
Discussion Starter #81
Dec 9-14: Preview: Exhibition Games

NEWS AND NOTES

These links would normally be shared as part of my weekly Bison preview, so here they are all by their lonesome. It is nice to see Brett Stovin, Bison captain, have a big weekend against UBC last week. If his line can match the output of the St. Croix-Nault-Franko line, the Bisons could mount a threat to knock off Sask for a spot at the nationals.

Links:
• Manitoban: [Manitoba-UBC Story]
• GoBisons: [Stovin CW 2nd Star]
• GoBisons: [Stovin UofM AoW]
• ISN: [Sask-Regina Story]
• CW: [Mid-season Report]
• CUSN: [Week 9]
• USports: [Top 10]


THIS WEEKEND

Image uploading. Refresh page to view

N.A.I.T. OOKS (11-2-1, 12-6-2, ACAC #1)
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (15-1-0, 20-2-0, OHT35 #3)


Links:

UofA: [Preview Story]
NAIT: [Preview Story]

This charity match is the closer for the Northlands Coliseum, so it should draw a good crowd for nostalgia purposes.

Image uploading. Refresh page to view
Image uploading. Refresh page to view

POLAND NATIONAL TEAM (IIHF #20)
NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS (15-0-3, 17-1-3, OHT35 #1)


Links:

UNB: [Preview Story]
Poland: [Wikipedia] : [IIHF]

The Squirrels face the Meatheads! This would be quite the event to witness. Poland's national team is just outside the qualifiers for the world championship. Ted Nolan is their coach. (He formerly coached the Buffalo Sabres and Latvia's Olympic Team, amongst others.)

WORLD JUNIOR CAMP

In what has become an annual event, the Team Canada Juniors will face a CIS/USports team in their selection camp. The games will be played in St. Catharines, Ontario on Wednesday, Dec 13th at 7:00 EST/6:00 CST and Thursday, Dec 14th at 4:00 EST/3:00 CST.

Here are the historical results of these encounters that I have compiled (there were some additional games played by the AUS which I don't have):

Canada West Games
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: Calgary/Lethbridge 5, Team Canada 4
Dec. 15, 2009 at Saskatoon: Sask./Regina 4, Team Canada 2
Dec. 17, 2011 at Calgary: Team Canada 7, Calgary/Lethbridge 4
Dec. 12, 2012 at Edmonton: Alberta Golden Bears 4, Team Canada 1
Dec. 13, 2012 at Calgary: Team Canada 2, Calgary/Lethbridge/MRU 0

CW teams are 4-3-0 overall.

OUA and AUS Games
Dec. 14, 2002 at Acadia: AUS Selects 2, Team Canada 5
Dec. 15, 2002 at Acadia: AUS Selects 2, Team Canada 3
Dec. 14, 2010 at Toronto: Team Canada 6, OUA Selects 2
Dec. 14, 2013 at Toronto: Team Canada 3, Toronto Selects 0
Dec. 13, 2014 at Toronto: Team Canada 10, Toronto Selects 3
Dec. 14, 2014 at Toronto: Team Canada 3, Toronto Selects 0

OUA and AUS teams are 0-6-0 overall.

CIS/U Sports Nation-wide Games
Dec. 12, 2015 at Toronto: CIS 5, Team Canada 4 (SO)
Dec. 13, 2015 at Toronto: Team Canada 5, CIS 0
Dec. 12, 2016 at Toronto: Team Canada 5, USports 3
Dec. 13, 2016 at Toronto: Team Canada 3, USports 0

CIS/Usports teams are 1-3-0 overall.

I would sooner see the defending champion of either USports or the host conference stage this game. It seems a lot of expense for USports, which could be better spent on boosting travel for inter-conference games. Still, I'll be interested to see what I can of these games.

Links:
• [Wikia CWUAA]
• [USports Press Release] : [rp @CW] : [rp @ISN]
• [Hockey Canada]
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,356 Posts
Discussion Starter #82 (Edited)
Dec 9-10: Monkeys and Squirrels Win

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

December 9, 2017

Image uploading. Refresh page to view

N.A.I.T. OOKS 0
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4


Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [CW*]
Stories: [Edmonton Sun Pre-Game]

There are no game stories for this one but the LeagueStats are posted. The Evil Monkeys outshot the Furbies (why would they name their team after stuffed owls that look like Furbies?) 40-27. Four different players scored goals for the Apes, and each side split their goaltending duties.

December 10, 2017

Image uploading. Refresh page to view
Image uploading. Refresh page to view

POLAND NATIONAL TEAM 1
NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS 4


Links:

UNB: [Game Story] : [Boxscore]
AUSTV: [Video]
Poland: [PZHL News (use Google Translate)]
IIHF: [Poland Page] : [2017 Div 1A] : [Highlights v Austria]
International: [Ice Hockey 24] : [Flashscore] : [Scoreboard]

I logged in to my computer to see if this game was on AUSTV and it was a good news-bad news scenario. Yes, it was streamed. But it was an afternoon game by Atlantic time and was over. The final goal was an empty-netter and statistically it was a reasonable game.

I checked out the Polish site using Google Translate. They opened the tour losing 5-2 to the Stony Creek Generals (a AAA Allan Cup team), and will conclude with a game against the New Brunswick Senior All-Stars. It seems that this team is drawn from the Polish league, so it would not include any players in foreign pro leagues, if any are out there.

This made me think of past occasions where CIAU/CIS/US teams have played senior national teams in the past (not the junior teams as previously posted). Off the top of my head, such games have been played by the Manitoba Bisons, Lakehead Norwesters, and UBC Thunderbirds. So here's what I compiled:

January 18, 1931: Manitoba 0, Czechoslovakia 0
February 1, 1931: Manitoba 9, France 0 (wc)
February 4, 1931: Manitoba 2, Czechoslovakia 0 (wc)
February 5, 1931: Manitoba 3, Poland 0 (wc)
February 6, 1931: Manitoba 0, Sweden 0 (wc)
February 7, 1931: Manitoba 8, Austria 0 (wc)
February 8, 1931: Manitoba 2, U.S.A. 0 (wc)
February 12, 1931: Manitoba 4, Czechoslovakia 0
February 15, 1931: Manitoba 3, Switzerland 0
February 21, 1931: Manitoba 11, Switzerland 1
March 1, 1931: Manitoba 2, Czechoslovakia 1
March 4, 1931: Manitoba 7, England 0
March 7, 1931: Manitoba 7, England 1
March 11, 1931: Manitoba 2, England 1
March 12, 1931: Manitoba 3, England 2
March 13, 1931: Manitoba 11, Scotland 1
November 18, 1965: Canada Nats 13, Manitoba 2
December 13, 1967: Lakehead 7, Romania 3
January 5, 1969: Sweden B 7, Lakehead 2
December 7, 1973: UBC 5, China 0
December 9, 1973: UBC 7, China 0
February 10, 2010: Norway 4, UBC 1

In 1931 the Manitoba Bisons represented Canada at the World Championship in Poland and they toured extensively both before and after the tournament. The games against their national teams are included here. The complete list is at [Wikia].

So now the Squirrels have joined the fold of Canadian universities to have played against, and beaten, a national team.

NEXT UP

Dec 13 USports All-Stars v Team Canada Jrs.
Dec 14 USports All-Stars v Team Canada Jrs.

* indicates link not active as I post
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,356 Posts
Discussion Starter #84 (Edited)
Dec 13: USports beat Team Canada

Image uploading. Refresh page to view


Image uploading. Refresh page to view
Image uploading. Refresh page to view

TEAM CANADA 0
USPORTS ALL-STARS 3


Links:

Game stories: [TSN] : [CBC] : [Sportsnet] : [National Post]
USports: [Event Info] : [Media Guide (pdf)]
USports: [Harper Profile] : [Monday Morning]
Boxscore: [Hockey Canada]

The U Sports All-Stars blanked the Juniors Nats with the use of two goaltenders on loan from TC, namely Colton Point and Carter Hart. That was because TC needed to look at all 4 goaltenders in their camp. Luke Philp (of the Alberta Evil Monkeys) scored the winner less than 3 minutes into the game, followed by empty netters by Michael Clarke (of the Acadia Axemen) and Logan McVeigh (of the Saskatchewan Banjo Mutts). The Juniors had the edge in shots, 32-24, after piling on the shots in the 3rd period.

The rematch on Dec 14th will be a matinee affair. TC will then face Denmark in an exhibition game on Dec 15th. The USports calendar will then be blank until non-conference play takes place after Christmas.

NEXT UP

Dec 14 USports All-Stars v Team Canada Jrs. - 3:00 CST - TSN GO

Image uploading. Refresh page to view


Image uploading. Refresh page to view


Image uploading. Refresh page to view
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,356 Posts
Discussion Starter #85
Dec 14: Late Goal Gives USports a Sweep

Image uploading. Refresh page to view
Image uploading. Refresh page to view

TEAM CANADA 3
USPORTS ALL-STARS 4


Links:

Game stories: [TSN] : [CBC] : [Sportsnet] : [National Post]
USports: [Game Story] : [rp @CW]
Boxscore: [OUA LeagueStat] : [Hockey Canada]
Players cut: [Toronto Star] : [National Post]

The USports All-Stars completed a sweep in a last-second thriller against Team Canada's junior edition. Jason Fram (of the Evil Monkeys) scored the winner, fellow Monkey Cole Sanford scored twice, and Not-PM Stephen Harper also scored. The shots were dead even (27-27), and all four TC goaltenders played half a game once again, for both sides.

As usual, there are loads of commentaries about the "best kept secret" of university hockey in Canada. It would be nice to see regular season games get greater coverage in the outlets which are reporting heavily on these exhibitions.

After the game, 6 players were cut. Included were first round draft choices Logan Stanley (Winnipeg Jets) and Cody Glass (Vegas Golden Knights). The others were Kole Lind, Jonathan Ang, Dennis Cholowski, and goalie Samuel Harvey. No doubt a tough experience for an exceptional hockey player.

NEXT UP

Holiday Season Non-conference Games
Dec 28 Guelph at Lakehead
Dec 29 Guelph at Lakehead
Dec 29 Ryerson at New Brunswick
Dec 30 McGill at Clarkson (NCAA)
Dec 30 Ryerson at New Brunswick
Dec 30 Windsor at Miami of Ohio (NCAA)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,356 Posts
Discussion Starter #86
Average of Averages - Background Information for OHT35

This table shows the “average of averages”. Each team's points percentage against each category is shown. Some teams have had no games against a given category. To make the overall number more useful in such situations, those teams were deemed to have the average percentage of the teams in their category. For example, Acadia was deemed to be 50% against the B level. Ottawa was deemed to be 12% against the A level.

Unlike the main table, the 4 teams clinging to the B level have been re-labelled as B- on this table.

This method gets most teams to their proper ultimate ranking. There are a few exceptions, which arises due to distortions from teams which have skewed results from a small sample size within some categories. Those are:

1. Lethbridge is ahead of UBC in the conference ranking, but due to some small sample sizes are behind in the average of averages.

2. Lakehead is ahead of RMC and UWO for the same reason.

3. The B- category, where it is hard to have a high confidence level that those teams would win 25% of their points against A level.

Image uploading. Refresh page to view

Image uploading. Refresh page to view
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,356 Posts
Discussion Starter #87
Dec 21: Dinos Penalized 8 Points

Image uploading. Refresh page to view


There are many links which parrot the CP story without embellishment. The player has not been identified but in any event the Dinos used an ineligible player in October for 6 games, in which they obtained 8 points. Those decisions have been reversed, which is a boon for UBC (who get 4 points) and Lethbridge (who get 2). The Dinos lose 3 points from Lethbridge, 4 from UBC, an 1 from Alberta.

I don't like giving points to their opponents, but taking points from Bedrock U seems fair.

The Bisons now lead 4th place UBC by 5 points. The Dinos are now in 7th, a point behind MRU.

Links:
• [New CW Standings]
• [CW]
• [Sportsnet]
• [National Post]
• [Times Colonist]


OTHER STUFF

Links:
• [CUSN - Dec 13th]
• [Ubyssey 1st Semester Report Card]
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,356 Posts
Discussion Starter #88
Mid-Term Report: CW

Image uploading. Refresh page to view
Image uploading. Refresh page to view


In this post-Festivus period, it seems like a good time to do a conference-by-division break-down. And I start in the Canada West. First, for ranking purposes I ignore boardroom decisions. This is normally a football thing, but I ignore the changes of Calgary's first 6 games. They were 3-1-2 in those games. Period. In any event, here are the adjusted standings:

Image uploading. Refresh page to view


For each division, I will show their conference chart, and the average-of-averages calculation as well. Alberta has one game added from the end of the 1st semester, a win in the "other" category against NAIT.

Image uploading. Refresh page to view


Image uploading. Refresh page to view


Going bottom to top ...

Regina is definitely at the bottom of the conference, but considering they get no games against other C teams, are doing fairly well. They are on par with 25% against C+ teams, and a remarkable 50% against B teams. IMO they will claim some wins in the 2nd semester and could be spoilers.

UBC is 100% against C+ and C teams. But that's over just 4 games. They would have to hold that while making significant strides against the A and B teams to move up. They are the major beneficiaries of a 4-leaf clover. They were whacked twice by Calgary, and now get 4 free points from those poor efforts. They have a decent, but small, team.

Lethbridge has one demerit on their record, that being the 0-fer against the other C+ team, namely UBC. If that were a split they'd be a B team right now. They are one of the three teams in the country whose conference ranking lifts them above their average of averages ranking. After being just edged from the playoffs at the last second by UBC the last two years, they are set up for another battle to the wire.

MRU has a deceptive record. They are now done with Alberta. That strength-of-schedule difference allows them to be considered a B team for now, even though at B-. One could see them rising, or falling, in the rankings.

Calgary is peculiar, being .500 against every level except C+. And there they are 3-1-2, which is a sort-of .500 as well. Their results are unaffected by the calibre of their opponent. Despite their 8 lost points, I would not count them out of the playoffs. 4th place is still quite possible.

Manitoba's only sub-par weekend was the 0-0-2 one against Lethbridge. Calgary's faux pas means that moving up or down from the #3 slot would be unlikely. Being #3 in the CW would have to be considered a success.

Sask would normally be a #1 team with their record. Their only black marks are regulation losses to Alberta and Calgary and an OTL to Manitoba. But they share a division with Alberta, which makes them #2 with dim prospects of movement.

Alberta is ranked #1 in the official USports ranking, and that would normally make great sense for a team 15-1-0 in the CW. But UNB and St. FX are tearing up the AUS. Those three are ahead of the pack, no matter how you sort them. The field would be happy with a 2-point weekend against the Monkeys in the new year.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,356 Posts
Discussion Starter #89
Mid-Term Report: OUA West

Image uploading. Refresh page to view
Image uploading. Refresh page to view


Instead of doing the whole OUA, I have broken it down into its two divisions. First up is the OUA West. In the East-West interlock the OUA East holds a 23-17 lead thus far. So as with the CW report, I start with conference chart and the average-of-averages.

Image uploading. Refresh page to view




The OUA West is the weakest division in USports, but it is also usually the closest. This year there is a big gap between the top 4 and the rest. The bottom 6 are clearly C level. This means that the top 4 have a schedule heavily skewed towards the low end. Therefore, their rankings are very sensitive to results obtained against B and C+ teams.

Let's first deal with the top 4.

York was widely expected to do well. And they kinda have. Altough it would not be too hard to imagine them falling as low as 20th nationally.

Laurier has more recently moved into the B level. They have only played 1 game against C+ teams (an OTL). They have moved from C to C+ and now to B.

Guelph, like Laurier, is a B- bubble team. Realistically, they could be re-relegated back to C+. They are 1-2-1 outside the C level.

Ryerson had been barely hanging on at B level, and finally were relegated. Once relegated, they responded with two wins to wrap up the first semester. So they and Guelph look like teams that will be hard to categorize. Should they both be in B? Or C+?

Of the bottom 6, Windsor and Brock have a good shot to move up.

Windsor has a chance to move up if they could start beating the weaklings. They are just 2-5-3 against C+ and C teams so far. If they were legitimately a C+ team they would be 50% against C+ (2-2-0) and 75% against C (4-1-1), or 6-3-1 in total. But they would also be 25% against the B level, and they are actually 75%. Their skew is the strangest in all of USports.

Brock has a chance to move up if they could win consistently at the B and C+ levels. They have only had 1 game against C+ teams so far. That scheduling quirk reduces the confidence level of their results. They are 0% against C+ level based on one result. If they played two such games, and split, their results would consistent with C+ teams.

Lakehead is one of 3 teams in USports where their conference ranking moves them ahead of teams who have a better average of averages. (Arguably, the teams from Lakehead down could be viewed as C-.) Lakehead is ahead of UWO because they have 13 points and UWO has 12, and Lakehead has played the more difficult strength of schedule.

Western Ontario and Waterloo are two peas in a pod. UWO is coming off a non-playoff year and could well make it two-in-a-row. Waterloo is basically the same as UWO, except that they were in the playoffs last year. UWO is a point behind Waterloo, but have played a more difficult strength of schedule.

Toronto is not as bad as last year. Not a very big deal when one considers just how bad they were last year. They can't win outside the C level, but they at least are .500 against the C level.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,356 Posts
Discussion Starter #90
Mid-Term Report: OUA East



The OUA East has become the stronger of the two divisions in the OUA in recent years, but is also much more extreme. The division has been dominated by the three teams imported from the RSEQ, and that continues. Here are the charts.





Concordia and McGill are running neck-and-neck at the top. McGill has won 2 of their 3 games, one in OT. Concordia are having their best season in a while. Their average-of-averages just noses out McGill for top spot.

Carleton is in a good position, and could well be in the nation-wide Top Ten if they could beat some of the stronger teams in the division. However, after being promoted to the B level on Nov 12th, they responded with 4 straight losses.

UQTR is lucky to be in B level. By a pure ranking, they are 6th in the OUAE. They are precariously perched in the B level, B- actually. They must win early in the 2nd semester to avoid a drop to C+ and, if that happens, they would not necessarily be at the top of the C+ pool.

Queen's and UOIT are right at the top of C+. However that group of four B- teams is more likely to drop down before C+ teams are promoted. UOIT is currently on an 8-game winning streak. Last year they started strong then faded. This year could be the reverse. To put things in perspective, it is possible for the top 6 teams in the OUA East to surpass the 1st place team in the OUA West.

Ottawa is one of the strange teams. It is their good record against the B level that gives them a boost. They are only .500 against C+ and C teams.

Nipissing is right near the top of the C level, so a C+ is not beyond the imagination. They would be there now if they were a touch better against the B level.

RMC is having their best year in a while. Maybe they could win some national pride and beat Army for a change. Their 3 wins over UQTR changed their perception.

Laurentian is a huge disappointment. They are last in the nation-wide poll. Is it time for a D level? 'Nuff said.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,356 Posts
Discussion Starter #91
Mid-Term Report: AUS



So are the leading teams that good or are the lower teams that bad? I don't recall the AUS being quite so extreme. The AUS could use more teams so that we could better gauge where the rest really stand. Here's the charts:





UNB and St. F.X. are up at the top nation-wide, just ahead of Alberta. The differences between those teams is miniscule.

SMU is not far off the pace, and are 100% against B level and under.

Acadia was also in the A level at one time, making for a majority of the conference at A level. That seems extreme. But this is an extreme season in the AUS.

UPEI gets a C+, for now. Although one does not expect C+ teams to beat A teams, 0-11-1 against them makes one wonder. They are 67% against the C level, which is a shade under par. They could become a C level team in the 2nd semester.

Moncton have bounced back a bit but are still very much a C team. If they could improve that 0-11-0 record against A and B teams then a boost to C+ could happen.

Dalhousie ranks as a disappointment thus far. They are 2-1-0 against the only other C team in the AUS, which is OK. But 0-14-1 against the rest is unreal.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,356 Posts
Discussion Starter #92 (Edited)
Dec 28-30: Non-Conference Games and News

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


GUELPH GRYPHONS 3
LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES 2

(in overtime)

Links:

LU: [Series Preview] : [Game Story]
UofG: [Team Site]

This game kicked off a miniature non-conference schedule. The Wolves blew a 2-goal lead and suffered an OTL. At one time they hosted a 4-team round-robin tournament between Christmas and New Year's, often involving the Manitoba Bisons. Now it is just a 2-game series, and this year against a divisional opponent. It would be more interesting to see them play a team from another conference. The rematch goes Friday night in Thunder Bay.

NEXT UP

Dec 29 Guelph at Lakehead
Dec 29 Ryerson at New Brunswick
Dec 30 Calgary at Alberta
Dec 30 McGill at Clarkson (NCAA)
Dec 30 Ryerson at New Brunswick
Dec 30 Windsor at Miami of Ohio (NCAA)

The Battle of Alberta is a new addition to the schedule. While it seems odd to play a division / conference rival in a mid-season exhibition game, I can see where a team could use such a game to kick off the rust after a Christmas/exam break. Of interest is the Kelly Cup in somewhat-New Brunswick, where the Squirrels will host Rye High. It is always better when non-conference games are played by teams from different conferences.

NEWS AND COMMENTARY



Links:

• The Manitoban: [Bisons split T-Birds to close first half]
• GoBisons: [Stovin is Smitty’s Bison Sports Male Athlete of the Week]
• GoBisons: [Stovin selected Canada West Male Second Star of the Week]
• Free Press: [Stovin receives first Fleming Family hockey coach scholarship]
• Global: [Moose bounce back in rematch with Milwaukee]
• Stats: [CW leading scorers]

There were quite a few stories about the Bisons since their last game. First, The Manitoban printed a story about the big win over UBC, which has solidified the Herd's grip on 3rd place heading into the 2nd semester.

Then came the accolades for team captain Brett Stovin. He was given the nice big cheque from the Fleming Family at the last home game of the 1st semester. Nice to see the Free Press give this coverage. Also nice to see him have his best weekend on the ice. If he and his line can play up to their potential in the 2nd semester, the Bisons could mount a serious challenge to the 2nd place Mutts.

Bison assistant coach, and former all-Canadian goaltender, Steve Christie was an emergency back-up for the Manitoba Moose. The Jets called up Comrie because Mason was hurt. Hutchinson was hurt for the Moose. So the Moose called up Jamie Phillips to start, and Christie to back him up.

I also cited the CW's list of leading scorers. Why? Well, after the break the Bisons host the Evil Monkeys. The Bisons have 4 of the Top 20 scorers, and the Monkeys have 6. So exactly half of the conference's leading scorers will be on display that weekend.



Links:

• [Philp powers U SPORTS past Team Canada in Game 1]
• [Golden Bears once again lead U SPORTS past Canadian Juniors]
• [Golden Bears Hockey vs Calgary Dinos]

While the USports win over the Team Canada Juniors was good for the brand, it was especially good for the Monkeys. Luke Philp and Jason Fram scored the winning goals as the Apes led the All-Stars to a sweep. Hopefully the link re: the Calgary game will be updated with some information about the income. I don't believe that LeagueStat updates will be offered.



Links:

• [Franson, Busenius named to U SPORTS all-star squad]
• [Former Wheat King leaves the pro ranks, heads to University]
• [Tweet: Ryan Graham]

Of course, the big news in the Town of Bedrock was the 8 points in the standings which they lost due to the use of an ineligible player. That has been digested already, except that the grounds for the suspension remain private.

Though their interprovincial rivals have bragging rights when it comes to the USports All-Star series, the Dinos still had room to boast their contribution.

Finally, they had an incredible recruiting class, and that's not enough. They are adding former Wheat King Tyler Coulter and ECHLer Ryan Graham.



Links:

• CW: [WHL Grad of the Month: Hughson, 'Horns enter break flying high] : [rp @UofL]
• Stats: [Garret Hughson]

Goaltender Garret Hughson has turned it up a notch and in the process has got the Hørny Ønes on an optimistic note.



Links:

• [Men's Hockey Mid-Season Report]

All we have from the Bluegars is a mid-season synopsis on the squad. IMO, they remain a team to watch in the 2nd half.



Links:

• Team Site: [Viterra In Your Community: Featuring Tyler King]
• Leader-Post: [Zborosky makes impact in first year with Cougars]
• Leader-Post: [Cougars hockey is a treat] : [Entertaining game helped a good cause]

The Banjo Cats posted a profile story about Tyler King, a 2nd year player. The leader-Post ran their own profile, of newcomer Zak Zborosky. He has been that blue-chip recruit who avoided Regina like the plague in recent seasons. Although they are seemingly destined to be a decisive 8th place again, they are no push-overs.

Regina's final series of the 1st semester was a home-and-home affair with Sask. They used the charity angle to pack the arenas. They drew over 1,000 fans themselves. In the process, they impressed a local writer, Rob Vanstone, who gushed over the quality of play in his two stories.



Links:

• Team Site: [Four Huskies named to U SPORTS Men’s Hockey All-Star Team]
• Team Site: [All-Star Game 1] : [All-Star Game 2]
• Star-Phoenix: [Huskies midterm report: Hockey Dogs, women's basketball get top marks]

The Banjo Mutts' Team Site carried just stories with an All-Star motif. They talked about their four selections (Kendall McFaull, Jordon Cooke, Josh Roach, and Logan McVeigh), then reposted the game stories on the two games. Their local paper then ran a mid-season report, on all Mutt squads.



Links:

• [Resiliency, work ethic key for Stenerson and the ‘Birds]

The T-irds ran a profile story about a new Junior A grad, Michael Stenerson, moving up to the CW.

Image uploading. Refresh page to view


Links:

• USports: [TOP 10 TUESDAY]
• CUSN: [Thursday Morning Skate: December 14th, 2017]
• Owen Sound Sun Times: [Former Attack players get schooled ]
• The Silhoutte:[Time to change the channel?]

This segment has the stories and links on nation-wide matters. The first two links are in the sequence commonly referenced each week. The last two links are of the type not yet cited.

The Owen Sound piece puffs up the calibre of USports hockey. These stories are always nice to read but it would be useful for the brand to get this exposure throughout the season.

The Silhouette story is about 9 months old. It raises the issues about the TV deal signed between the CIS (as it then was) and Sportsnet (before they won the NHL bidding war). Should USports change the channel and go back to TSN? I wouldn't mind. However, it could be beneficial to have different sports on different channels. I'd like to see TSN cover the Vanier Cup, (a blended Vanier Cup/Grey Cup promotion would be great), and hockey (Sportsnet became disinterested in promotions once they got the NHL contract). Meanwhile, Sportsnet could do basketball and perhaps expand coverage into the less attractive sports, like volleyball and soccer.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,356 Posts
Discussion Starter #93 (Edited)
Dec 29: Home Teams Win

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


GUELPH GRYPHONS 2
LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES 4


Links:

LU: [Team Site] : [Twitter]
UofG: [Team Site]
Thursday late: [TB Newswatch] : [Net News Ledger] : [Chronicle-Journal]

No stories nor summaries posted yet. But there is Twitter! Shots were 35-27 in favour of the Thundermutts. So the home side wins the series 3-2 on points, I guess. Guelph gets no easier to rank based on these results.

Image uploading. Refresh page to view

RYERSON RAMS 5
NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS 6

(in overtime)

Links:

UNB: [Game Story] : [Boxscore]
AUS: [Boxscore]
RU: [Team Site]

The stats on this one are nuts. Rye High started with a 3-0 lead, despite being severely outshot in every period. (19-8, 22-4, 19-7, 3-0, 63-19 overall.) That's like a Canada v Japan international game. With less than 13 minutes to go, the Squirrels trailed 5-2. One has to think that if the teams repeat their performance on Saturday night, it will be a whuppin.

NEXT UP

Non-conference Games
Dec 30 Calgary at Alberta
Dec 30 McGill at Clarkson (NCAA)
Dec 30 Ryerson at New Brunswick
Dec 30 Windsor at Miami of Ohio (NCAA)

2nd Semester Conference Openers
Jan 03 AUS: Saint Mary's at Moncton
Jan 04 OUA: Toronto at Guelph
Jan 05 CW: Alberta at Manitoba
Jan 05 CW: Mount Royal at Regina
Jan 05 CW: Saskatchewan at Lethbridge
Jan 05 CW: U.B.C. at Calgary
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,356 Posts
Discussion Starter #94 (Edited)
Dec 30: Holiday Season Non-conference Wrap-up

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


CALGARY DINOSAURS 1
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4


Links:

UofA: [S&R] : [Twitter] : [Final Tweet]
UofC: [S&R]

The team websites have nothing, but the Monkeys' Twitter was going ape with updates. Alberta outshot Bedrock U 44-28 and the last goal was an empty-netter. Jayden Hart took a 5-minute major for a charge. He may have to serve a suspension against the Bisons next weekend. After their points deduction, the Dinos could have used a better result to boost their spirits.


RYERSON RAMS 2
NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS 8


Links:

UNB: [Game Story] : [Boxscore]
AUS: [Boxscore]
RU: [Team Site]

Although the shot clock was closer than on Friday, it sounds like the Squirrels were gathering nuts, whilst Rye High was not as Ram Tough as they might have thought. UNB held just a 1-goal lead until mid-way through the 2nd. At that point, the Rams switched goaltenders. UNB then racked up 7 goals on 20 shots to win in a walk. Each team had 7 powerplays. So UNB wins their own Pete Kelly Cup, again. I'd be interested in hearing from AUS fans as to whether or not Rye High would make the playoffs in the AUS.


WINDSOR LANCERS 2
MIAMI (OHIO) REDHAWKS 8


Links:

UW: [Team S&R]
UMO: [Game Story]
CHN: [Boxscore]

Not a great season for the Lancers. They were outshot 41-13. The Redhawks scored early and often. I see that UMO is 8-8-2 on the season. So just how did Ohio end up with a Miami? BTW, Manitoba has a Miami, also.


MCGILL REDMEN -
CLARKSON GOLDEN KNIGHTS -


Links:

MGU: [Team Site]
CU: [Team Site]
CHN: [College Hockey News Scoreboard]

My guess is this one was cancelled at some point in time. And after I downloaded the Knight logo and everything.

Late links:

GUELPH v LAKEHEAD

Friday's game:

LU: [Game Story]
Other: [TB Newswatch] : [Net News Ledger] : [Chronicle-Journal]

So that's it for 2017. Happy New Year, everybody!

NEXT UP

2nd Semester Conference Openers
Jan 03 AUS: Saint Mary's at Moncton
Jan 04 OUA: Toronto at Guelph
Jan 05 CW: Alberta at Manitoba
Jan 05 CW: Mount Royal at Regina
Jan 05 CW: Saskatchewan at Lethbridge
Jan 05 CW: U.B.C. at Calgary
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,356 Posts
Discussion Starter #95 (Edited)
Preview: Jan 5-6: Alberta at Manitoba


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (15-1-0, 22-2-0, OHT35 #3)
MANITOBA BISONS (9-5-2, 13-9-3, OHT35 #7)

Jan 5 7:00 CDT at The Wayne Fleming Arena
Jan 6 6:00 CDT at The Wayne Fleming Arena


Live Links:

• Video: [CanadaWest.tv] (all games)
• Friday: [Live Stats] ∞ [Hockey Tech]
• Saturday: [Live Stats] ∞ [Hockey Tech]

Manitoba Links:
• GoBisons: [Team Site]
• Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
• CW: [Stats]∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
• LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

Alberta Links:
• Team: [Team Site]
• Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
• CW: [Stats]∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
• LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

Prior Games:
Oct 14: UofA 5 UofM 2: [UofM Game Story] ∞ [LeagueStat]
Oct 15: UofA 4 UofM 1: [UofM Game Story] ∞ [LeagueStat]

Other Links:
• [USports] ∞ [US Schedule/Links]
• [US Standings] ∞ [Top Ten]
• [CW Site] ∞ [CW Schedule]
• [CW Stats] ∞ [Media Access]
• [CUSN Top 10 Stories of 2017]

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year are a thing of the past! The teams in the CW have only a dozen games left. That's 6 weekends of double-headers. It gets late early, as Yogi Berra would say.

Just this week, the Bisons have redesigned their website. The links and content are the same, but the look is less cluttered. The roster page is not as good but at first blush the rest is better.

The Bisons are all alone on 3rd place island. After achieving it on their own, Bedrock U's forfeiture of 8 points puts the Herd in an unfamiliar position. The closest team above them is Sask (7 points distant) and the closest teams below them are Lethbridge and UBC (each 5 points in arrears). Not many teams in all of USports can say for certain that they will be in the exact same position in the standings this time next week.

If any team is going to make a move on the Bisons, it will have to happen in the next two weeks. This weekend they host the Monkeys, and next weekend they are off to Saskatown to face the Mutts. That's four games against two of the top 5 teams in the country. Survive this, and the Bisons could be challenging for 2nd place.

It is hard to overstate the quality of this year's Monkeys. They are 15-1-0, have given up just 20 goals in 16 games (best in USports), and have surrendered no offence, scoring 66 goals (even with Sask for first). They have 6 of the Top 20 scorers in the CW (Luke Philp, Trevor Cox, Stephane Legeault, Jamie Crooks, Jason Fram, and Brandon Magee). Philp and another Monkey, Cole Sanford, had the winning goals in the USports sweep of the Team Canada Juniors.

But the Bisons are no slouch. They have 4 of the Top 20 scorers themselves (Michael St. Croix, Kamerin Nault, Zach Franko, and Adam Henry). Fram and Henry are the only defencemen in the Top 20 scorers, and their stats are almost the same. (Fram is 5-10-15, Henry is 4-10-14.) All-in-all, half of the Top 20 will be on display.

Can the Bisons play D against the Monkeys? The Bisons are about mid-pack in the stats. Starting goaltender Byron Spriggs has carried the load, and is roughly league average (7-5-2, 3.14 GAA, .905 S%). He ranks 8th in GAA and 9th in S%. The Monkeys' tandem of Zach Sawchenko and Brendan Burke are 1st and 2nd in the league in both GAA and S%. Spriggs' claim to fame is that he is running away with lead in minutes played. His 821:13 is well in front of 2nd place Jordon Cooke's 794:57.

The Bisons will have their work cut out, but a home split in this series is the norm. Over the last 5 years the Apes have 13 wins (one in OT) and the Bisons have 5.


They have announced special pricing for the 2nd half. $24.99 gets you all hockey games. They have details on other packages in the links. The press release says they are happy with growing sales figures.

Links:

Canada West TV posts record first half ... [@CW] : [@ UofL]

ELSEWHERE


U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (5-10-1, 7-8-1*, 8-11-1, OHT35 #22)
CALGARY DINOS (7-5-4, 4-8-4*, 13-7-5, OHT35 #12)
(*Record adjusted for Calgary's forfeits.)

Links:

UBC: [Winter Classic tickets on sale now]
UofC: [Reinforcements arrive for second half of hockey season]
USports: [Calgary Team Schedule]
Elite Prospects: [Riley Sheen]

After the illegal player debacle spoiled the festive season in Bedrock, it works out well that they get to play the chief beneficiary of their faux pas right off the bat. Technically, the T-irds have a 3-point lead over the Dinos. In reality, though, the Dinos should be chasing the Bisons for 3rd and UBC should be chasing Lethbridge for 6th. I am not sure how the penalty was assessed. The Dinos were 7-5-4. In the games in question, they went 3-1-2. So if those were all converted to regulation losses, they would be 4-10-2. But the league standings have them at 4-8-4. The USports team schedule at the link still lists their two forfeited games as OTL. Stay tuned for an update. Funny how they were quick to expunge Riley Sheen's name from all stats and boxscore pages, even getting his 5 goals scrubbed from Elite Prospects.


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (13-2-1, 14-5-1, OHT35 #5)
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (6-9-1, 7-8-1*, 10-14-1, OHT35 #21)
(*Record adjusted for Calgary's forfeits.)

Links:

UofS: [Huskie Athletics unveils new mobile app in 2018]
UofL: [Pronghorns open New Year hosting third ranked Huskies]

The Mutts have dominated the Hørny Ønes over the last 5 years by a 16-2 count. But with Lethbridge just being pipped at the wire for the final playoff spot by UBC the last two years, perhaps their time has come. When the these two faced each other in Saskatown in October, the Mutts swept with one game going into OT. Lethbridge also swept Bedrock in the last series of the 1st semester. One has to think they expect some points this weekend, even against a much higher-ranked foe.


MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (6-9-1, 7-11-1, OHT35 #13)
REGINA COUGARS (3-11-2, 5-15-2, OHT35 #27)

Links:

MRU: [Team Site]
UofR: [Cougars host MRU as 2018 schedule kicks off]

Neither set of Cougars were affected by the Bedrock Debacle. The Banjo Cats could have used some freebie points, but instead remain a distant last as their closest rivals (UBC and Lethbridge) reaped rewards. The Bluegars are on a deceptive 4-game losing streak, with all four games tough losses to the #1 and #2 teams. Meanwhile, the Hillbillies are better than their record. They do have points in 3 of their last 7 games. They won't make the playoffs, but they will score some wins down the stretch. If MRU want to secure 4th place, they need at least 3 points here.

OUT EAST

ONTARIO

Jan 04 Toronto at Guelph
Jan 05 Brock at York
Jan 05 Concordia at U.Q.T.R.
Jan 05 Ottawa at McGill
Jan 05 R.M.C. at Carleton
Jan 05 Ryerson at Laurier
Jan 05 U.O.I.T. at Queen's
Jan 05 Waterloo at W. Ontario
Jan 05 Windsor at Lakehead
Jan 06 Guelph at Brock
Jan 06 Laurentian at Nipissing
Jan 06 Laurier at Waterloo
Jan 06 McGill at Carleton
Jan 06 Ottawa at Concordia
Jan 06 R.M.C. at U.Q.T.R.
Jan 06 W. Ontario at Ryerson
Jan 06 Windsor at Lakehead
Jan 06 U.O.I.T. at Queen's
Jan 07 York at Toronto

ATLANTIC

Jan 03 Saint Mary's at Moncton
Jan 05 Dalhousie at New Brunswick
Jan 05 Moncton at Acadia
Jan 05 St. F.X. at U.P.E.I.
Jan 06 Acadia at Saint Mary's
Jan 06 Dalhousie at U.P.E.I.
Jan 06 St. F.X. at New Brunswick

Links:

• [US Presto S&R]
• [OUA S&R]
• [AUS S&R]
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,356 Posts
Discussion Starter #96 (Edited)
Jan 5: Bisons Contribute to a 3-way Sweep!


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4
MANITOBA BISONS 5

(in overtime)

Links:

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

A big win for the Bisons on a great night for hockey in Winnipeg. A gold medal for Canada, a win for the Jets, and a win for the Bisons all on one night. Amazingly, there was a decent turnout at the Wayne Fleming Arena when there were Jets/Sabres and Canada/Sweden competing on TV.

The win was especially gratifying because the Herd was down to four defencemen, and because Remi Laurencelle finally got into the lineup, and scored the winner. Here's how they lined up:

Manitoba

Goal:
35 Spriggs (34 Sydora)

Defence:
2 Henry – 16 Heinrich
3 Christensen – 25 Skrudema
28 Stovin

Forwards:
27 Franko – 14 Nault – 18 St. Croix
24 Augert – 13 Laurencelle – 8 Bilton
12 Zajac – 22 B Bowles – 26 Lisoway
21 Brooks – 23 Schreyer – 17 Callis
19 Spencer

Scratches:
1 Paulic (G)
4 Bresciani – 9 Douglas – 11 Sharonov (D)
15 S Bowles – 20 Keane – 29 Wasylak (F)

Alberta

Goal:
1 Burke (35 Sawchenko)

Defence:
6 Craig – 5 Fram
8 Rehill – 29 Bredo
7 Lange – 4 Kirichenko

Forwards:
23 Clarkson – 14 Kieser – 17 Hart
10 Crooks – 9 Legault – 19 Magee
36 Cox – 12 Philp – 26 Sanford
37 Nickles – 13 Owre – 18 Baillie

Scratches:
31 Cameron (G)
22 Carroll – 24 Tomchuk – 52 Charif (D)
11 Cooper – 27 Kimmett – 40 Lineker (F)

Scorers:

1st – 02:13 – Alta Steven Owre (6)
1st – 06:16 – Alta Jamie Crooks (12)
1st – 06:37 – Man Sean Christensen (3)
1st – 12:42 – Man Quintin Lisoway (4)
2nd – 19:19 – Man Brad Bowles (1)
3rd – 05:38 – Man Michael St. Croix (7)
3rd – 12:12 – Alta Brandon Magee (7)
3rd – 16:37 – Alta Tyson Baillie (3)
4th – 01:04 – Man Remi Laurencelle (2)

I arrived barely on time, not having had time to dine at home. So I needed a U of M burger/fries deluxe meal. While dressing up my burger Owre had the audacity to score for the Monkeys, thus angering the hockey Gods. When Crooks gave the Apes a 2-0 lead as I was working on my fries, all I could think of was Crooks deserve jail. Within 21 seconds the Herd was on the way back, as the Good Lord intended. Christensen's goal was set up by Franko and St. Croix, who dominated the Monkeys whenever they were on the ice. When Lisoway tied the game it was clear that the early momentum of the Monkeys had subsided, and by period's end the shots were almost even (11-10 for the Apes), and the score reflected the play.

Captain Brett Stovin had to move from centre to defence, and did a very good job. He was turned around on the 2nd Monkey goal, and on one other occasion when Byron Spriggs bailed him out. Stovin also centred the PK.

The 2nd period saw things calm down. One thing about the Monkeys – they don't like to ice the puck. They had the edge in shots just by making sure that faceoffs were generally in the Bison end. Brad Bowles scored a key goal (his first of the season) to give the Bisons their first lead of the night in the last minute of play.

The lead gave the Bisons a sense of confidence heading into the 3rd, and they picked up the pace. St. Croix's 7th of the season gave the Bisons a 2-goal lead. And some great chances followed. Then came the penalty parade, and some controversy. On the night, the Bisons had 7 of 9 minor penalties. One strange occurrence was when the Bisons were on the PK. Bowles was trying to get off the ice through the team door and Cole Sanford was in the way. They pushed and each got a penalty. Overall, the Bisons had 4 penalties in 3 1/2 minutes. This got the Apes swinging from vines, throwing feces, and grabbing bananas. They bombarded Spriggs with quality shots, and two of them found their way in.

Laurencelle made his presence felt throughout the game. In overtime he led a 2-on-1 break during 4-on-4 and used the decoy to open up the top shelf. In the celebration, Franko and St. Croix apparently had something to say to the officials, and each got 10 minute misconducts. But who cares?

The rematch goes Saturday at 6:00 CST. Everybody who was at Friday's games is likely to return, and many more who were watching the TSN double-feature will join them.





OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 8
REGINA COUGARS 2


Links:

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

The Cat Fight was more like a cougar against a kitten. For the Banjo Cats, Michael Herringer started in goal but gave up 4 goals on 8 shots before getting the heave-ho. Dawson MacAuley stopped 33 of 37 shots in relief. For the Bluegars, Jesse Lees scored 4 goals and Cam Lanigan got the W with 25 saves. It would be just like Regina to get a win on Saturday.


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2


Links:

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

I saw the ending of this one on [CanadaWest.tv]. Banjo Mutt goaltender Jordon Cooke sealed the win by stopping three 3rd period break-aways. The stats were more heavily in the Mutts' favour. While Cooke made some gave-saving saves in the 21 shots he faced, Garret Hughson's 37 of 40 was the bigger feat. Alex Forsberg scored twice for the winners.


U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 3
CALGARY DINOSAURS 2

(in overtime)

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW*]
Stories: [UofC] : [rp @CW] : [UBC]
Preview: [UBC]

The T-irds were the greatest beneficiary of Bedrock U's forfeitures, and to rub salt in the wounds ended their big time slump with an honest win over the Dinos. The shots were almost even (33-31 for the Dinos). Matt Hewitt got the win and Jordan Papirny took the loss. UBC was on an 8-game losing streak entering the game.

STANDINGS



OUT EAST

Ontario
Jan 04 Toronto 1 Guelph 3
Jan 05 Brock 4 York 2
Jan 05 Concordia 4 U.Q.T.R. 5 (ot)
Jan 05 Ottawa 2 McGill 3
Jan 05 R.M.C. 2 Carleton 4
Jan 05 Ryerson 7 Laurier 1
Jan 05 U.O.I.T. 2 Queen's 3
Jan 05 Waterloo 1 W. Ontario 5
Jan 05 Windsor 1 Lakehead 3

Atlantic
Jan 03 Saint Mary's 7 Moncton 1
Jan 05 Dalhousie at New Brunswick – ppd to Jan 7th at 2:00 pm
Jan 05 Moncton 4 Acadia 7
Jan 05 St. F.X. 2 U.P.E.I. 3 (so)

Links:
• [US/CIS S&R]
• [OUA S&R]
• [AUS S&R]


NEXT UP
Jan 06 Alberta at Manitoba
Jan 06 Mount Royal at Regina
Jan 06 Saskatchewan at Lethbridge
Jan 06 U.B.C. at Calgary

* indicates link not active as I post
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,356 Posts
Discussion Starter #97 (Edited)
Jan 6: Get out the brooms! It's a sweep!


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 1
MANITOBA BISONS 3


Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [Coach's View] : [UofM]
Stories: [UofM] : [rp @CW] : [CW 2nd link] : [rp @UofA]

Sweeping the Evil Monkeys is always a good thing. And a rare thing, too. The stories of the night were scoring from three different lines, control of the boards and physical presence, and goaltending when needed.

The Bison line-up and alignment was unchanged from Friday. The Monkeys made these switches:

Goal:
35 Sawchenko in for 1 Burke

Defence:
22 Carroll in for 7 Lange

Forwards:
29 Bredo in for 23 Clarkson
11 Cooper in for 17 Hart

Their alignment did not change, but for the above-noted substitutions.

Scorers:

1st – 04:12 – Man Zach Franko (5)
2nd – 07:56 – Man Brett Brooks (5)
2nd – 12:54 – Alta Riley Kieser (4)
2nd – 13:51 – Man Quintin Lisoway (5)

After a big win on Friday night my fear was that there would be some let-up in the return match. Not to be. If anything, the Bisons improved their overall performance.

The 1st period was quite low-key. Not a lot of shots either way, and not as ill-tempered as the other 5+ periods on the weekend. The only goal came early, by Franko set up by the rest of the #1 line.

The 2nd period was of much higher intensity. The contact was frequent, and the skating was fast-paced. Brooks' goal was a whack-and-hack from a flurry of activity. Kieser's reply was off a turnover from the #1 line, trying to go forward before securing possession and creating an opening big enough for several bananas. In such situations the Monkeys are skilled enough to make a couple passes to set up the open man. The fact that the Bisons repsonded less than a minute later seemed to unnerve the Primates. Lisoway used his linemates as decoys on a break-out play and shot a laser past Zach Sawchenko in the monkey cage.

The 3rd period was scoreless, but still lots of hits. The Bisons were mostly in a shell, and that often backfires. After two periods, the shots were 18-16 for the Monkeys. But in the 3rd, it was 13-6. But none were on break-aways, something the Bisons prevented all weekend.

Byron Spriggs got the win, stopping 30 of 31 shots, and Sawchenko stopped 19 of 22 in taking the loss.

Next weekend the Herd is running back to Saskatown, then its off to MRU. After two weeks away, they return home to face Regina January 26-27.

Epilogue:
What can I say about a team that was 15-1? Leading contenders for the U-Cup will want recordings of these games. Well, compared to most of the CW, they lack size. They can be out-hit. The Monkeys are adept at making sure the majority of face-offs are in the other end. They were excellent at not icing the puck. Your whole line-up has to be ready to play defence. They have four lines of skilled players. If you try low percentage passes you will give up breakaways, so smart play for all 60 minutes is required. And your goaltender has to make saves. Their skill will produce good shots no matter what. Strong defencemen who can clear the crease are needed.



OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 4
REGINA COUGARS 2


Links:

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

The Banjo Cats bounced back from their Friday night debacle with a solid matinee performance. After two periods it was 2-2 and shots were 20-19 in favour of MRU. But in the 3rd the Bluegars rose to the occasion, outshooting the Banjo Cats 16-10 and scoring twice on a pair of goals by Morgan Zulnick, the last one into an empty net. Cam Lanigan stopped 27 of 29 shots for the win. Dawson MacAuley stopped 32 of 35 in the loss.


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4


Links:

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

The Hørny Ønes have to be happy that they rebounded for a split against a higher ranked oppoenent. The ice must have been sloped. 1st period shots were 17-11 for Sask. (wow!) Then Lethbridge outshot Sask 11-5 in the 2nd. The flow was reversed once more when Sask dominated the 3rd by a 14-5 margin. After two periods the shots were even, but the Horns held a 3-0 lead. Sask's 3rd period fell short, ended by an empty-netter. Garret Hughson picked up another win, with 34 saves on 36 shots. Jordon Cooke took the loss, with 23 saves on 26 shots.


U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 2
CALGARY DINOSAURS 4


Links:

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

Just like in Lethbridge, Friday night's 3-2 loser became Saturday night's 4-2 winner. With the score tied 2-2 in the 3rd period, Cain Franson scored shorthanded to notch the winner for Bedrock U. Matthew Greenfield stopped 25 of 27 shots for the win, and Matt Hewitt stopped 24 of 28 in the loss. So the teams had two evenly matched games, must different than in the 1st semester when the Dinos crushed the T-irds.

STANDINGS



OUT EAST

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

Atlantic
Jan 06 Acadia 4 Saint Mary's 2
Jan 06 Dalhousie 5 U.P.E.I. 2
Jan 06 St. F.X. 5 New Brunswick 2

Links:
• [US/CIS S&R]
• [OUA S&R]
• [AUS S&R]


NEXT UP

Canada West
Jan 12 Calgary at Alberta
Jan 12 Lethbridge at Mount Royal
Jan 12 Manitoba at Saskatchewan
Jan 12 U.B.C. at Regina

Atlantic
Jan 07 Dalhousie at New Brunswick
Jan 10 Moncton at Saint Mary's

Ontario
Jan 07 York at Toronto
Jan 10 McGill at U.Q.T.R.
Jan 11 Guelph at Waterloo
Jan 11 Toronto at Ryerson

* indicates link not active as I post
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,356 Posts
Discussion Starter #98
Week #10: Jan 7/18

THE OFFICIAL HOLLYWOOD TOP 35 #10​
to Jan 7/18​
Welcome to the first OHT35 of the new year! Having a semester break allows a chance to look very closely at every team's record. In doing so, and in seeing the glob of teams in the OUA West, after going over the numbers numerous times it became apparent that the categories needed more balance. Hopefully there will be fewer changes between categories going down the stretch. After all was said and done, 6 teams went down, 4 teams went up, and we have a new #1 in the rankings. And that comes after they suffered quite an upset loss.

THE SCORES:

Exhibition Games
Dec 09 N.A.I.T. (ACAC) 0 Alberta 4
Dec 10 Poland National Team 1 New Brunswick 4
Dec 13 US All-Stars 3 Team Canada Jr. 0
Dec 14 US All-Stars 4 Team Canada Jr. 3
Dec 28 Guelph 3 Lakehead 2 (ot)
Dec 29 Guelph 2 Lakehead 4
Dec 29 Ryerson 5 New Brunswick 6
Dec 30 Calgary 1 Alberta 4
Dec 30 Ryerson 2 New Brunswick 8
Dec 30 Windsor 2 Miami of Ohio (NCAA) 8

Regular Season Games
Jan 03 Saint Mary's 7 Moncton 1
Jan 04 Toronto 1 Guelph 3
Jan 05 Alberta 4 Manitoba 5 (ot)
Jan 05 Mount Royal 8 Regina 2
Jan 05 Saskatchewan 3 Lethbridge 2
Jan 05 U.B.C. 3 Calgary 2 (ot)
Jan 05 Moncton 4 Acadia 7
Jan 05 St. F.X. 2 U.P.E.I. 3 (so)
Jan 05 Brock 4 York 2
Jan 05 Concordia 4 U.Q.T.R. 5 (ot)
Jan 05 Ottawa 2 McGill 3
Jan 05 R.M.C. 2 Carleton 4
Jan 05 Ryerson 7 Laurier 1
Jan 05 U.O.I.T. 2 Queen's 3
Jan 05 Waterloo 1 W. Ontario 5
Jan 05 Windsor 1 Lakehead 3
Jan 06 Alberta 1 Manitoba 3
Jan 06 Mount Royal 4 Regina 2
Jan 06 Saskatchewan 2 Lethbridge 4
Jan 06 U.B.C. 2 Calgary 4
Jan 06 Acadia 4 Saint Mary's 2
Jan 06 Dalhousie 5 U.P.E.I. 2
Jan 06 St. F.X. 5 New Brunswick 2
Jan 06 Guelph 2 Brock 1
Jan 06 Laurentian 2 Nipissing 1
Jan 06 Laurier 3 Waterloo 2
Jan 06 McGill 3 Carleton 2
Jan 06 Ottawa 0 Concordia 2
Jan 06 R.M.C. 4 U.Q.T.R. 5
Jan 06 W. Ontario 4 Ryerson 3 (ot)
Jan 06 Windsor 4 Lakehead 5 (ot)
Jan 06 U.O.I.T. 0 Queen's 3
Jan 07 Dalhousie 0 New Brunswick 3
Jan 07 York 3 Toronto 4

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
∞ In the official standings, Calgary were penalized 2 wins against UBC, a win and OTL against Lethbridge, and an OTL against Alberta for use of an ineligible player.




One useful rankings measure at this time of the season is the “average of averages” method. This system becomes more reliable as the number of games played against each category increases. That is, one game can have a dramatic effect on your record against a given category. This time, there were only a few necessary changes to the result of this method:

1. Lethbridge is ahead of UBC in the CW rankings and therefore jump ahead despite their lower table score.

2. Same thing in the AUS where Moncton jumps ahead of Dalhousie.

3. Though not in the same conference, UPEI jumps ahead of Regina due to a better record and a somewhat stronger strength-of-schedule.

Here's the table:




I ran the numbers based on the prior rankings and applying the new results. That caused a change to the rankings, which in turn altered the categories, and so on and so on until I wound up here.

At the end, we arrived at what should closely reflect the final comparative rankings skew:



Since there is just one non-conference game left on the schedule (RMC v Army), here is the inter-conference table:




@USPORTS_Hockey
@USPORTSca
@CanadaWest
@umbisons
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,356 Posts
Discussion Starter #99 (Edited)
Preview: Jan 12-13: Manitoba at Saskatchewan


MANITOBA BISONS (11-5-2, 15-9-3, OHT35 #7)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (14-3-1, 15-6-1, OHT35 #4)

Jan 12 7:00 CDT at The Rutherdump
Jan 13 7:00 CDT at The Rutherdump


Live Links:

• Video: [CanadaWest.tv] (all games)
• Friday: [Live Stats] ∞ [Hockey Tech]
• Saturday: [Live Stats] ∞ [Hockey Tech]

Manitoba Links:
• GoBisons: [Konieczny and Spriggs are Smitty’s Bison Sports AoW]
• GoBisons: [Konieczny and Spriggs sweep selection of Canada West First Star]
• GoBisons: [Annual scholarship fundraiser with special guest Kelly McCrimmon]
• Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
• CW: [Stats]∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
• LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

Saskatchewan Links:
• Team: [Battlefords North Stars' Young commits to Huskies]
• Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
• CW: [Stats]∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
• LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

Prior Games:
Oct 20: UofM 4 UofS 3: [UofM Game Story] ∞ [LeagueStat]
Oct 21: UofS 6 UofM 0: [UofM Game Story] ∞ [LeagueStat]

Other Links:
• [USports] ∞ [US Schedule/Links]
• [US Standings] ∞ [Top Ten]
• [CW Site] ∞ [CW Schedule]
• [CW Stats] ∞ [Media Access]
• [CUSN Tuesday Morning Skate #10]

The Bisons are off to yesteryear, the place where the 60s have yet to arrive, the land of banjo-lovin rubes, moonshine, possum shanks for dinner, and suspicious family trees. Yes, it's Saskatchewan. Saskatown, to be precise.

Now, a January trip to Banjoland would normally be a drab experience, to say the least. However, after last weeks' sweep of the Evil Monkeys, the Bisons must be rarin' for battle. Couple that with Sask sitting just 5 points ahead of the Bisons, and this could be the Bisons' first semi-final hosting position in quite a while.

To be blunt, anything less than a 4-1 sweep on points would make it tough on any Bison bid for 2nd place. But with a 7 point lead over the 4th place teams, the Herd stands in an enviable position.

The Banjo Mutts have had strong recruiting classes the last two seasons. In 2015, the Mutts had fallen to 6th and a quarter-final loss to MRU. But an influx of new blood vaulted them to 1st a year ago, and 2nd right now. The team boasts the league's scoring leader, Josh Roach (9-17-26), and Jordon Cooke, the all-star goaltender (12-3-0, 2.36 GAA, .914 S%).

The Bisons were down to four healthy defencemen last weekend, and captain Brett Stovin was forced to move back to the blueline. He did a pretty good job back there and the forward lines picked up the slack. I wouldn't mind him staying there.

Near the end of the last game between these teams, 8 players hit the showers early with 10-minute misconducts, and there were 3 more misconducts assessed in the 2nd period. Could be fun!

Also, check out the links for stories of honours being bestowed upon Bison goaltender Byron Spriggs, who was Bison sports AoW and Canada West 1st star. And guest speaker Kelly McCrimmon, assistant GM of the Vegas Golden Knights, will be the guest speaker at the annual fundraiser on January 31st.







ELSEWHERE


U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (6-11-1, 8-9-1*, 9-12-1, OHT35 #20)
REGINA COUGARS (3-13-2, 5-17-2, OHT35 #29)

(*Record adjusted for Calgary's forfeits.)

Links:

UofR: [Series Preview]
UBC: [Team Site]
Van Sun: [UBC T-Birds find wings again after injuries rock men's hockey squad]

The playoff hopes of the Banjo Cats are a distant memory. But they still have enough good games that they could well play spoilers, especially for the teams in the race for the 4th, 5th, and 6th playoff berths. And that includes the T-irds. According to the piece in the Vancouver Sun, they remain short-staffed due to the injury bug. They could really use four points against Regina to break the log-jam with Lethbridge and MRU.


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (7-10-1, 8-9-1*, 11-15-1, OHT35 #19)
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (8-9-1, 9-11-1, OHT35 #14)

(*Record adjusted for Calgary's forfeits.)

Links:

MRU: [Athletes of the Week: January 2-8, 2018]
UofL: [Crucial points on the line in home-and-home with Cougars]

Due to the forfeitures by Bedrock U, these teams are now tied in the official standings. Therefore this home-and-home series is without a doubt a “crucial” one by any measure. The Hørny Ønes have been a streaky team. They are currently on a 6-2 run, which followed an 0-8 run. In games against teams other than the top 3, MRU is 8-1-1 this season. Both teams have settled on a #1 goaltender now. 5th year Cam Lanigan is leading the Bluegars and 2nd year Garret Hughson leads the 'Horns.


CALGARY DINOS (8-5-5, 5-10-3*, 14-7-6, OHT35 #13)
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (15-2-1, 22-3-1, OHT35 #3)

(*Record adjusted for Calgary's forfeits.)

Links:

UofA: [Series Preview]
UofC: [Crowchild Classic tickets now available]

This home-and-home was anticipated to be much more significant in the race for first. And for the Evil Monkeys, it still is. For Bedrock U, however, their 8 forfeited points dropped them from a solid 4th to a tenuous 7th. They are now 4 points away from a playoff berth. The good news is they are also just 4 points away from 4th place. They did get 3 points against UBC, but they also gave up 2 points. To make hay, they need to do things like beat the Monkeys. Just like the Bisons did!

OUT EAST

ONTARIO

Jan 07 York 3 Toronto 4
Jan 10 McGill 4 U.Q.T.R. 5
Jan 11 Guelph at Waterloo
Jan 11 Toronto at Ryerson
Jan 12 Brock at Ryerson
Jan 12 Carleton at Laurentian
Jan 12 Lakehead at York
Jan 12 Laurier at Windsor
Jan 12 Ottawa at Nipissing
Jan 12 Queen's at McGill
Jan 12 U.O.I.T. at R.M.C.
Jan 12 U.Q.T.R. at Concordia
Jan 12 Waterloo at W. Ontario
Jan 13 Carleton at Nipissing
Jan 13 Lakehead at Guelph
Jan 13 Laurier at Windsor
Jan 13 Ottawa at Laurentian
Jan 13 Queen's at Concordia
Jan 13 U.O.I.T. at R.M.C.
Jan 13 W. Ontario at York
Jan 14 Brock at Toronto

ATLANTIC

Jan 07 Dalhousie 0 New Brunswick 3
Jan 10 Moncton 5 Saint Mary's 8
Jan 12 New Brunswick at Dalhousie
Jan 12 Saint Mary's at Acadia
Jan 12 U.P.E.I. at St. F.X.
Jan 13 Acadia at Moncton
Jan 13 New Brunswick at St. F.X.
Jan 13 U.P.E.I. at Dalhousie

Links:

• [US Presto S&R]
• [OUA S&R]
• [AUS S&R]
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,356 Posts
Discussion Starter #100
Supplementary Preview

A fair bit of new links have been added in the last 24 hours. Here they are!



• GoBisons: [Series Preview]
• Manitoban: [Former Bison hockey coach climbs in NHL all-time win standings]
• Saskatchewan: [Series Preview] : [Game Notes (pdf)]

Both the Bisons and Mutts have added weekend links. Sask also has a 5-page pdf download available. The CW used to put out a large pdf each week, which served as a great program along with the lineup cards they pass out at the gate.

The story in The Manitoban is on former Bison player and coach Barry Trotz and his NHL success.





ELSEWHERE



• UBC: [Series Preview]

Regina's preview was linked in the preview post, and now UBC has their preview posted as well.



• UofC: [Series Preview]

In the Town of Bedrock they have now posted their series preview story.

OUT EAST

ONTARIO

Jan 11 Guelph 5 Waterloo 2
Jan 11 Toronto 5 Ryerson 7

Links:

• [US Presto S&R]
• [OUA S&R]
• [AUS S&R]
 
81 - 100 of 138 Posts
Top