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Preview: Jan 10-11: MANITOBA at CALGARY





MANITOBA BISONS (8-9-1, 9-12-3, OHT35 #17)

CALGARY DINOSAURS (13-3-2, 20-4-3, OHT35 #7)




Friday, January 10, 2020 at 7:00 MT/8:00 CT at Calgary

Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 3:00 MT/4:00 CT at Calgary




Live Links:

➤ Video: [CanadaWest.tv]

➤ Friday: [Live Stats] ∞ [Hockey Tech]

➤ Saturday: [Live Stats] ∞ [Hockey Tech]



Manitoba Links:

➤ GoBisons: [Men's Hockey Site]

➤ Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]

➤ CW: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

➤ LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]



Calgary Links:

➤ UofC: [Bisons up next for streaking Dinos]

➤ Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]

➤ CW: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

➤ LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]



Previous games:

➤ Oct 18: UC 5 UM 2: [Story] : [LeagueStat]

➤ Oct 19: UM 4 UC 3: [Story] : [Summary]



Other Links:

➤ USports: [Schedule/Links] ∞ [Standings]

➤ CW: [Home Page] ∞ [Schedule]

➤ LeagueStat: [Media Stats]




The Bisons are off to the Town of Bedrock this week to face the Dinos. Each team in the CW has just 10 games left in the regular season. The Dinos are in a tight battle at the top, sitting in 2nd place just two points behind the Monkeys and two points up on the Mutts. Meanwhile the Bisons are relaxing on Gilligan's Island in 5th, 7 points away from 4th and 5 away from 6th.



These teams split their series in Friendly Manitoba back in October, where the Bisons ended Bedrock's unbeaten run. These teams also had a 2-2-0 split last year. Over the last 5 years the Bisons have the edge, standing 10-7-1 head-to-head.



The Dinos were my pre-season pick for 2nd, and that remains very feasible. For the Bisons, this has been the season-of-the-split, with 8 splits in 9 rounds.



For players to watch, the Bison captain, defenceman, and leading scorer Adam Henry is tied for 9th in league scoring and is always a stand-out. At the other end, the Dinos' Matt Alfaro leads the conference in scoring (13-14-27 in 18 games). His team-mate Coda Gordon is 3rd (4-16-20). Matthew Greenfield is back in goal for the Dinos and has good numbers: 7-3-0, .900 S%, and 2.43 GAA. Meanwhile, Tyler Brown has wrested the starter's job from Riley Lamb for the Bisons. His stats are better: 3-4-0, .929 S%, 2.58 GAA.





ELSEWHERE IN THE CW





U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (4-10-4, 7-14-5, OHT35 #22)

REGINA COUGARS (4-12-2, 5-15-2, OHT35 #27)




Links:

➤ UofR: [Brandon Holtby named Canada West Third Star of the Week]

➤ UBC: [Critical weekend for T-Birds in Regina]




Regina's sweep of Lethbridge has dramatically altered their outlook on the season. They remain last, but just one point behind the Hørny Ønes and two in arrears of the T-irds. Suddenly that 6th and final playoff berth, which has eluded them since 2013, is suddenly more than a catnip mirage. To go anywhere, the Banjo Cats have always needed amazing goaltending. And Brandon Holtby provided that last week as he earned conference-wide, all-sports 3rd star honours. The T-irds sometimes look very close to contender status yet here they are.





SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (12-4-2, 13-5-2, OHT35 #4)

LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (5-12-1, 5-15-2, OHT35 #30)




Links:

➤ UofL: [Pronghorns welcome #4 ranked Huskies for a pair]

➤ UofS: [Huskie Happenings: Jan. 6 - 12]




After a sweep at the hands of Banjoland's B Squad, the Hørny Ønes now face the A Team. Even without Mr. T in the line-up, this could be the mismatch of the weekend. The Mutts did manage a split with the Evil Monkeys last week and are apparently well on their way back to contenbder status. If things go bad for the Hørny Ønes here, this season could unravel on them.







ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (15-3-0, 23-5-0, OHT35 #1)

MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (11-5-2, 14-8-3*, OHT35 #5)




Links:

➤ MRU: [Men's Hockey Site]

➤ UofA: [Men's Hockey Site]




If the Bluegars are serious about a charge for 2nd place they need to pick up some points against teams like the Evil Monkeys. Though the Apes remain first, their lack of physical presence showed up against Sask, just as it did when they visited Manitoba. If MRU can do one thing, it is play physical. This is a home-and-home series.





OUT EAST




Sun Jan 05 Concordia 0 UQTR 5
Wed Jan 08 Ottawa 7 RMC 2
Wed Jan 08 Queen's 2 Guelph 8
Thu Jan 09 Ontario Tech 5 Laurentian 1
Thu Jan 09 Ryerson 4 Toronto 3 (ot)
Thu Jan 09 Guelph 3 Brock 4 (ot)

Fri Jan 10 Concordia at McGill
Fri Jan 10 W. Ontario at Laurier
Fri Jan 10 Lakehead at York
Fri Jan 10 Ontario Tech at Nipissing
Fri Jan 10 Carleton at Queen's
Sat Jan 11 Waterloo at Windsor
Sat Jan 11 Brock at W. Ontario
Sat Jan 11 UQTR at Ottawa
Sat Jan 11 Ryerson at Laurier
Sat Jan 11 Lakehead at York
Sat Jan 11 Toronto at Guelph
Sat Jan 11 RMC at Laurentian
Sat Jan 11 Carleton at Concordia
Sun Jan 12 RMC at Laurentian
Sun Jan 12 UQTR at Ottawa
Sun Jan 12 McGill at Ontario Tech
Sun Jan 12 Queen's at Nipissing


Tue Jan 07 Moncton 3 UPEI 4
Thu Jan 09 Dalhousie 2 Acadia 6

Fri Jan 10 UPEI at New Brunswick
Fri Jan 10 Acadia at St. F.X.
Fri Jan 10 Saint Mary's at Dalhousie
Sat Jan 11 New Brunswick at Moncton
Sat Jan 11 St. F.X. at Saint Mary's

Links:

➤ [USp Presto S&R]

➤ [OUA LS Daily]

➤ [AUS S&R]
 

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Jan 10: Bisons Beaten in Bedrock


I was unable to do a post Friday night, so here it is on Saturday afternoon.


MANITOBA BISONS 3
CALGARY DINOSAURS 6


Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
USp/CIS: [Boxscores and tabs] : [CW]
Stories/boxscores/video: [UofC] : [rp @UofM]


The Bisons must bounce back in Saturday's matinee if they want to continue their split streak. Tyler Brown's stretch of solid poerformances came to an end as he was tagged with a loss after stopping 20 of 26 shots through two periods. Riley Lamb stopped all 11 shots he faced in 3rd period relief. Meanwhile, Matthew Greenfield stopped 17 of 20 for the W. Coda Gordon led the Dinos with 2 goals, and Devon Skoleski collected an assist on all 3 Bison goals. After giving up so many shorthanded goals this year, it was good to see Colton Veloso score one for the Herd for a change. Rematch goes Saturday at 3:00 MT/4:00 CT.

Quick Summary
1st CGY Gibson (2) (Brown, Hines) 12:39 (PP)
1st CGY Gordon (5) (Elder, Alfaro) 17:23 (PP)
1st MAN Leipsic (6) (Pouteau, Skoleski) 17:49
1st CGY Uhrich (1) (Hines, Shearer) 19:30
2nd CGY Schoonbaert (3) (Elder, Alfaro) 6:45
2nd CGY Elder (9) (Graham) 9:04
2nd MAN Veloso (5) (Skoleski, Christensen) 13:41 (SH)
2nd CGY Gordon (6) 19:26
3nd MAN Keane (5) (Jameson, Skoleski) 16:59 (PP)

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 2
REGINA COUGARS 4


Links:
LeagueStat: Summary & tabs
Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs
Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs
Stories/boxscores/video: UofR : rp @UBC


The Banjo Cats have now reeled off three straight wins against their fellow bottom-dwellers to move from last to tied for 6th with the T-irds themselves. The Kittens are playing some D, holding UBC to 16 shots. Brandon Holtby stopped 14 to continue his hot goaltending. Rylan Toth stopped 17 of 21 in taking the loss. Scott Mikoski scored twice for Regina. The Tweety-Birds better find some old ladies armed with umbrellas to beat off these Puddy Tats in the rematch.


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2


Links:
LeagueStat: Summary & tabs
Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs
Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs
Stories/boxscores/video: UofL : rp @UofS


This score could have been way worse for the Hørny Ønes. The Banjo Mutts racked up 62 shots in this one. The Mutts must have broken into the Lethbridge Viagra supply. Jack Burgart joins the short list of goaltenders who stopped 57 in a losing effort. Taran Kozun had a leisurely evening, stopping 22 of 24 shots for a win.


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 8
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2


Links:
LeagueStat: Summary & tabs
Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs
Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs
Stories/boxscores/video: MRU : rp @UofA


The Evil Monkeys usually bounce back from losses really well, and this was no exception. If the Bluegars want to continue their serious challenge to join the elite, they really need to win the Saturday night rematch in Edmontown. The score might be a bit misleading. MRU held a 10-9 edge in 1st period shots, but the Apes held a 4-1 lead. MRU pulled starting goaltender Riley Morris after 17 minutes when he gave up his 4th goal on the 9th shot he faced. In a mop-up role, Wyatt Hoflin stopped 19 of 23. Meanwhile, Brendan Burke was back in Alberta's net, and stopped 20 of 22 for the win. The Monkeys had 8 different goal-scorers.

OUT EAST


Fri Jan 10 UPEI 0 New Brunswick 11
Fri Jan 10 Acadia 1 St. F.X. 2
Fri Jan 10 Saint Mary's 5 Dalhousie 0


Fri Jan 10 Concordia 2 McGill 3 (ot)
Fri Jan 10 W. Ontario 3 Laurier 7
Fri Jan 10 Lakehead 5 York 3
Fri Jan 10 Ontario Tech 3 Nipissing 2
Fri Jan 10 Carleton 4 Queen's 1

Links:
➤ [USp/CIS Presto S&R]
➤ [OUA LS Daily]
➤ [AUS S&R]
 

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Jan 11: Yabba Dabba Doo! Another Split!

The Saturday afternoon games were playoff-style battles, whilst the night games were crazy wild-west shootouts. Here are the details.

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MANITOBA BISONS 2
CALGARY DINOSAURS 1


Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
USp/CIS: [Boxscores and tabs] : [CW]
Stories/boxscores/video: [UofC] : [rp @UofM]


The Bisons have now split 9 of their 10 series played to date. From mid-way through the 1st period through the end of the 2nd period, they held a decisive edge in play, and a 2-0 lead. Bedrock U started the 3rd period on a PP, came within one on Vanstone's goal (Vanstone, meet Tim Vanstone ...), applied lots of pressure, but never did even the scores. Riley Lamb was back in goal and stopped 38 of 39 shots for the win. Colton Veloso had both Bison goals, and a skate to the chin. Bedrock U stuck with Matthew Greenfield in goal, and he stopped 26 of 28 to take the loss.

Quick Summary
1st 17:08 MAN Colton Veloso (6) ASST: None
2nd 12:37 MAN Colton Veloso (7) ASST: Skoleski Christensen (PP)
3rd 03:39 CGY Tim Vanstone (4) ASST: Elder Alfaro (PP)

So on the weekend, Veloso got 3 goals and Skoleski 4 assists. Next week the Herd is off to British California. Next home action is against Regina on January 24th and 25th.

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OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 1
REGINA COUGARS 2

(in overtime)

Links:
LeagueStat: Summary & tabs
Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs
Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs
Stories/boxscores/video: UofR : rp @UBC


Funny what a 4-game winning streak will do. Is * Power the big thing for the 20's? Well, before get too excited all these wins came against the other bottom-of-the-table teams. Still, all the Banjo-Cats need to do is match UBC and Lethbridge and they'll have their first playoff berth since 2013.

In this one, the Kittens did not shut down the T-irds as on Friday night. Instead they relied on Brandon Holtby to stop 41 of 42 shots for the win. UBC switched to Patrick Dea in net, and he stopped 31 of 33 in defeat, still a good night's work. In the opening frame, UBC led 1-0 after outshooting Regina 13-6. In the 2nd, Regina turned the tables, outshooting UBC 10-5 and it was tied 1-1. UBC dominated the 3rd period and 1st overtime, with a 24-16 lead in shots. However, in 3-on-3 Regina scored on the only shot.


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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 8
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 5


Links:
LeagueStat: Summary & tabs
Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs
Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs
Stories/boxscores/video: UofL : rp @UofS


After the Mutts personified the A Team in lambasting the Hørny Ønes on Friday night, this was more of a Dukes of Hazard, without Daisy Duke. It certainly was no Fantasy Island for either coach. After two periods, it was a 4-4 game, and Sask had outshot Lethbridge 34-28. The Mutts exploded in the 3rd period to turn a toss-up into a route. Sask switched goaltenders, starting Travis Child. He stopped 35 of 40 shots for the win. Lethbridge started Taz Burman, who stopped 32 of 38 in defeat, Jack Burgart stopped 11 of 12 in relief. Sask was led up front by Colin Shirley with a hat-trick. So the teams combined for 91 shots. Ugh!


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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 7
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3


Links:
LeagueStat: Summary & tabs
Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs
Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs
Stories/boxscores/video: UofA : rp @MRU*


This weekend was clearly the low-point of the Bluegars' season. It was a surpise to me. As shocking as was the final score, the fact that it was 6-3 after the 1st period is the big shocker. The Monkeys built a 4-1 lead before I started watching this one. Then MRU scored twice and it seemed the game would unfold in a somewhat normal manner. But noooooooooooooooo! The Evil Monkeys popped in two more for as 9-goal period. Monkey started Brendan Burke was yanked in the midst of this Gong Show, making just 4 saves on 7 shots. Matt Berlin came in to stop all 16 shots he faced. At the other end, Wyatt Hoflin was yanked after 12 saves on 18 shots. Riley Morris came on with 26 saves on 27 shots. Cole Sanford's hat-trick led the way for the Apes.


STANDINGS

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OUT EAST

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Sat Jan 11 New Brunswick 7 Moncton 3
Sat Jan 11 St. F.X. 1 Saint Mary's 5

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Sat Jan 11 Waterloo 2 Windsor 1 (so)
Sat Jan 11 Brock 4 W. Ontario 2
Sat Jan 11 UQTR 1 Ottawa 5
Sat Jan 11 Ryerson 1 Laurier 3
Sat Jan 11 Lakehead 3 York 2
Sat Jan 11 Toronto 8 Guelph 2
Sat Jan 11 RMC 3 Laurentian 5
Sat Jan 11 Carleton 4 Concordia 3 (ot)

Links:
➤ [USp/CIS Presto S&R]
➤ [OUA LS Daily]
➤ [AUS S&R]



NEXT UP

CANADA WEST

Fri Jan 17 Manitoba at UBC
Fri Jan 17 Regina at Mount Royal
Fri Jan 17 Saskatchewan at Calgary
Fri Jan 17 Lethbridge at Alberta

ONTARIO
Sun Jan 12 RMC at Laurentian
Sun Jan 12 UQTR at Ottawa
Sun Jan 12 McGill at Ontario Tech
Sun Jan 12 Queen's at Nipissing
Wed Jan 15 Concordia at UQTR
Thu Jan 16 Guelph at Brock

ATLANTIC
Tue Jan 14 New Brunswick at UPEI - ppd from Nov 16
Wed Jan 15 Dalhousie at St. F.X.
 

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Preview: Jan 17-18: MANITOBA at UBC



MANITOBA BISONS (9-10-1, 10-13-3, OHT35 #19)
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (4-11-5, 7-14-6, OHT35 #24)


Friday, January 17, 2020 at 7:00 PT/9:00 CT at DMTSC (Vancouver)
Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 2:00 PT/4:00 CT at DMTSC (Vancouver)


Live Links:

➤ Video: [CanadaWest.tv]
➤ Friday: [Live Stats] ∞ [Hockey Tech]
➤ Saturday: [Live Stats] ∞ [Hockey Tech]

Manitoba Links:
➤ GoBisons: [Colton Veloso and Jordyn Zacharias are Boston Pizza Bison Sports Athletes of the Week]
➤ GoBisons: [Bisons teams celebrate Pride on a super Saturday, Jan. 18]
➤ Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
➤ CW: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
➤ LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
➤ Audio: [Hear the Herd Podcast]
➤ The Manitoban: [Mixed bag of results for University of Manitoba Bisons on trip out west]

UBC Links:
➤ UBC: [Winter Classic features huge showdown with Manitoba]
➤ Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
➤ CW: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
➤ LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
➤ Audio: [Thunderbird Eye Podcast]

Other Links:
➤ USports: [Schedule/Links] ∞ [Standings]
➤ CW: [Home Page] ∞ [Schedule]
➤ LeagueStat: [Media Stats]
➤ Brandon Sun: [All paths lead back to hockey for Joe Caligiuri]

Prior Games:
➤ Oct 26: UM 5 UBC 2: [LeagueStat] : [Game Story]
➤ Oct 27: UBC 3 UM 1: [HockeyTech] : [Game Story]


The Bisons are off to British California for their annual west coast trek. And what a time to go. UBC holds an annual Winter Classic game, which draws a massive crowd, and that lands on Friday. This year, the T-irds will be honouring their 1971 conference championship team, their last titlist. That team defeated the Bisons in the final. They did make it to the conference final in 1975 and 1978, during the era where the CW and GPAC were split into separate conferences.

The Bisons are nicely nestled into 5th place, and seem to be tuning up for the playoffs. Meanwhile, the T-irds have now fallen out of the playoff picture, albeit just one point in arrears of 6th place. So there is massive urgency for UBC. After this weekend, they have just two home games left. As a result, the Bisons will have mighty big targets on their heads this weekend.

These two split their previous series (as the Bisons have done 9 of 10 times thus far), and UBC seemed to be a decent enough team. Over the last 5 years, both sides are 9-8-1 going head-to-head. Even this year, on goals-for-and-against UBC is only a -20, while Regina is -34 and Lethbridge is -44. Not many pundits picked UBC to miss the playoffs.

Since that series against the Bisons, UBC has just two wins – those being a convincing sweep of Lethbridge. However, I recently saw good portions of their games against Regina and Calgary and they seemed OK.

The Birds have just one player in the CW's Top 40 scorers, Austin Vetterl (4-9-13). Manitoba has four now, including Adam Henry (6-9-15) on defence, and a trio of sophomore forwards coming into their own, namely Jeremey Leipsic (6-8-14), Devon Skoleski (4-10-14), and Keaton Jamieson (2-11-13).

In goal, Birds' 3rd year Rylan Toth is a solid but unpectacular CW starter. This year he's 3-8-4, 3.03 GAA, .898 S%. Backup Patrick Dea has comparable numbers at 1-3-1, 2.67 GAA, .885 S%. Meanwhile, three rookies have given the Bisons stellar goaltending. Riley Lamb won the starter job (6-4-1, 3.11 GAA, .915 S%), then Tyler Brown wrested it away (3-5-0, 3.14 GAA, .914 S%) before Lamb jumped back in last Saturday. #3 goaltender, Jeremy Link, deserves some playing time. He had one start (against UBC) and stopped 45 of 47 shots in a loss.



ELSEWHERE IN THE CW


REGINA COUGARS (6-12-2, 7-15-2, OHT35 #23)
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (11-7-2, 14-10-3, OHT35 #8)


Links:
➤ MRU: [Men's Hockey Site]
➤ UofR: [Men's Hockey Site]


How the season has turned around for the Banjoland's loveable losers. They seemed well on their way to yet another dismal last place finish. But alas! Four straight wins and they now sit in 6th place and seem to be on fire. Brandon Holtby has emerged as a bona fide starter (6-7-1, 2.59 GAA, .920 S%). The other Cats in this fight, like the Bisons, are all by themselves in mid-table with nobody close to them. Is the Bluegar confidence shaken after mounting a solid challenge early on? Or will this allow them to retrench for the playoffs?



SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (14-4-2, 15-5-2, OHT35 #4)
CALGARY DINOSAURS (14-4-2, 21-5-3, OHT35 #5)


Links:
➤ UofC: [Men's Hockey Site]
➤ UofS: [Huskie Happenings: Jan. 15-19]


Michael Buffer needs to do the intros in this series. If one team could sweep they would likely get 2nd place and the bye which goes with it, in addition to hosting the semi-final series these teams seem destined to play. The Banjo Mutts' slow start has been completely overcome. I'm not sure what to make of that Saturday night gong-show last weekend (giving up 5 goals on 40 shots against Lethbridge), perhaps it was just a one-off. I did pick Bedrock U for 2nd in my pre-season picks.



LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (5-14-1, 5-17-2, OHT35 #29)
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (17-3-0, 25-5-0, OHT35 #1)


Links:
➤ UofL: [Pronghorns face defending conference champs in Edmonton]
➤ UofA: [Men's Hockey Site]


Welcome to the squash match of the weekend. The Hørny Ønes have not come back well from the Christmas break, having 4 straight losses by 3 goals each. Regaining their form against the Evil Monkeys seems onerous. The closest the Monkeys have had to a slump is two losses with 5 goals against in each (against Manitoba and Saskatchewan) in a 5-game stretch. In my estimation the Hørny Ønes would be quite happy to pick up even one point in this set.


OUT EAST


Wed Jan 15 Concordia 1 UQTR 3
Thu Jan 16 Guelph at Brock
Fri Jan 17 Nipissing at Carleton
Fri Jan 17 Ottawa at McGill
Fri Jan 17 Windsor at Toronto
Fri Jan 17 Guelph at Waterloo
Fri Jan 17 W. Ontario at Lakehead
Fri Jan 17 York at Ryerson
Fri Jan 17 Ontario Tech at Queen's
Sat Jan 18 McGill at UQTR
Sat Jan 18 W. Ontario at Lakehead
Sat Jan 18 Ottawa at Carleton
Sat Jan 18 Laurier at Toronto
Sat Jan 18 York at Waterloo
Sat Jan 18 Windsor at Ryerson
Sat Jan 18 Nipissing at Concordia
Sat Jan 18 Army at RMC (Non-Conference Game)
Sun Jan 19 Queen's at Concordia


Tue Jan 14 New Brunswick 3 UPEI 1
Wed Jan 15 Dalhousie 3 St. F.X. 4
Fri Jan 17 UPEI at Dalhousie
Fri Jan 17 Acadia at New Brunswick
Fri Jan 17 Saint Mary's at Moncton
Sat Jan 18 St. F.X. at UPEI
Sat Jan 18 Saint Mary's at New Brunswick
Sat Jan 18 Acadia at Moncton

Links:
➤ [USp Presto S&R]
➤ [OUA LS Daily]
➤ [AUS S&R]
 

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Jan 17: Sell-out Crowd Sees Birds Beat Bisons



The late result from the west coast means this is a truncated post.





MANITOBA BISONS 2

U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 6




Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]

Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]

USp/CIS: [Boxscores and tabs]

Stories/boxscores/video: [UBC] : [rp @UofM]




The scroeline does mislead. UBC scored two empty-netters. It was 4-2 with 3 minutes left and the Bisons were on the powerplay. So the rematch should be a tight one.



Quick Summary

1st 16:08 UBC Quinn Benjafield (5) ASST: Carvalho & Revel

2nd 15:54 UBC Austin Vetterl (5) ASST: Sandhu & Smith

2nd 18:40 UBC Tyler Sandhu (8) ASST: Kryski

3rd 05:14 MAN Ben Dalke (3) ASST: None

3rd 09:03 UBC Maxwell James (5) ASST: Smith & Sandhu (PP)

3rd 10:32 MAN Adam Henry (7) ASST: Skoleski (PP)

3rd 18:08 UBC Colton Kehler (3) ASST: None (EN, SH)

3rd 19:10 UBC Tyler Sandhu (9) ASST: Becker & Pouliot (EN)



Rylan Toth got the win with 20 saves on 22 shots, and Riley Lamb took the loss with 37 saves on 41 shots.



There was a lot of ill-will at the end. One T-ird had a late hit on Keaton Jameson with 30 seconds left. He retaliated, and Carter Doerksen felled a T-ird himself. Then Tyler Sandhu ran the net with 4 seconds left to set off shoving matches all over the ice. Saturday's matinee rematch should be interesting.





OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD





REGINA COUGARS 3

MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 4


(in overtime)



Links:

LeagueStat: Summary & tabs

Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs

Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs

Stories/boxscores/video: MRU








SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4

CALGARY DINOSAURS 0




Links:

LeagueStat: Summary & tabs

Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs

Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs

Stories/boxscores/video: UofC






LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2

ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4




Links:

LeagueStat: Summary & tabs

Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs

Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs

Stories/boxscores/video: UofL




OUT EAST





UPEI Dalhousie - ppd

Acadia 1 New Brunswick 2 (OT)

Saint Mary's 3 Moncton 2 (OT)





Nipissing 2 Carleton 6

Ottawa 3 McGill 1

Windsor 2 Toronto 5

Guelph 9 Waterloo 6

W. Ontario 4 Lakehead 3

York 5 Ryerson 6

Ontario Tech 1 Queen's 3



Links:

➤ [USp/CIS Presto S&R]

➤ [OUA LS Daily]

➤ [AUS S&R]
 

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Jan 18: Bisons Swept in OT

After this matinee I was off to see UFC, followed by a busy working Sunday. So here's the wrap.


MANITOBA BISONS 1
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 2

(in overtime)

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
USp/CIS: [Boxscores and tabs]
Stories/boxscores/video: [UBC] : [rp @UofM]


The Bisons were up 1-0 until late in the 3rd period before they let this one slip away. Colton Veloso continued his hot streak, scoring his 8th of the year in the opening frame. Geordie Keane and Keaton Jameson registered assists. It appeared that they were on the verge of a breakthrough, but then came the 3rd where they went into that proverbial shell. Austin Vetterl capitalized with 5 minutes left, then again in the 2nd overtime, to steal away 2 points for the T-irds.

The Bisons went back to Tyler Brown and he stopped 39 of 41 shots in the extended encounter. UBC stuck with Rylan Toth, and he stopped 28 of 29 for the win.

The Bisons are now at home for their final two homestands of the season, next against the Banjo-Cats then against the Banjo-Mutts.


OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


REGINA COUGARS 1
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 6


Links:
LeagueStat: Summary & tabs
Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs
Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs
Stories/boxscores/video: MRU


The Bluegars brought the Banjo-Cats' hot streak to a crashing thud. Brandon Holtby must be showing wear-and-tear. He stopped 45 of 51 in this one. Riley Morris got the win.


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3
CALGARY DINOSAURS 0


Links:
LeagueStat: Summary & tabs
Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs
Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs
Stories/boxscores/video: UofS


Ryan Kozun had the best weekend ever for a goaltender. Two shutouts and he scored a goal. The two wins solidified Sask in 2nd place.



LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 10


Links:
LeagueStat: Summary & tabs
Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs
Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs
Stories/boxscores/video: UofA


The Hørny Ønes have really hit the skids this semester. The Evil Monkeys are not a good squad to face at times like this.


STANDINGS




OUT EAST


Sat Jan 18 St. F.X. 4 UPEI 2
Sat Jan 18 Saint Mary's 1 New Brunswick 4
Sat Jan 18 Acadia 1 Moncton 2


Sat Jan 18 McGill 1 UQTR 4
Sat Jan 18 W. Ontario 4 Lakehead 2
Sat Jan 18 Ottawa 0 Carleton 2
Sat Jan 18 Laurier 0 Toronto 3
Sat Jan 18 York at Waterloo - ppd
Sat Jan 18 Windsor 2 Ryerson 5
Sat Jan 18 Nipissing 2 Concordia 7

Non-Conference Game
Sat Jan 18 Army 2 RMC 3 (ot) : LS : WhigStandard : Herald

Links:
➤ [USp/CIS Presto S&R]
➤ [OUA LS Daily]
➤ [AUS S&R]



NEXT UP

CANADA WEST

Fri Jan 24 Regina at Manitoba
Fri Jan 24 UBC at Saskatchewan
Fri Jan 24 Mount Royal at Lethbridge
Fri Jan 24 Calgary at Alberta

ONTARIO
Mon Jan 20 Queen's at Concordia
Wed Jan 22 McGill at UQTR
Wed Jan 22 W. Ontario at Toronto
Thu Jan 23 Waterloo at Ryerson
Thu Jan 23 York at Brock
Thu Jan 23 Laurier at Guelph

ATLANTIC
Wed Jan 22 Acadia at Saint Mary's
 

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Preview: Jan 24-25: REGINA at MANITOBA





REGINA COUGARS (6-13-3, 7-16-3, OHT35 #24)

MANITOBA BISONS (9-11-2, 10-14-4, OHT35 #20)



Friday, January 24th at 7:00 p.m. at Wayne Fleming Arena, Winnipeg

Saturday, January 25th at 2:00 p.m. at Wayne Fleming Arena, Winnipeg




Live Links:


➤ Video: [CanadaWest.tv]

➤ Friday Audio: [UMFM 101.5]

➤ Saturday Audio: [UMFM 2nd Stream]

➤ Friday: [Live Stats] ∞ [Hockey Tech]

➤ Saturday: [Live Stats] ∞ [Hockey Tech]



Manitoba Links:

➤ GoBisons: [Bisons promote Bell Let's Talk Day at games on January 24]

➤ GoBisons: [Building a Bisons hockey legacy, Wayne Fleming enters the Canada West Hall of Fame]

➤ Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]

➤ CW: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

➤ LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

➤ Audio: [Hear the Herd Podcast]



Regina Links:

➤ UofR: [Men's Hockey Site]

➤ Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]

➤ CW: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

➤ LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]



Other Links:

➤ USports: [Schedule/Links] ∞ [Standings]

➤ CW: [Home Page] ∞ [Schedule]

➤ LeagueStat: [Media Stats]




The winter is flying by. There are only 6 regular season games remaining for every team in the CW. After this weekend, every team will have one home and one away series.



The Bisons could officially clinch a playoff berth this weekend. They are 3 points ahead of UBC and 5 points up on Regina, and must only finish ahead of one of them. (Lethbridge are 9 points back and I don't see them getting 9 points in 6 games.)



The Banjo-Cats had an amazing 4-game winning streak come to a screeching halt last weekend. So was the sudden streak an anomoly? Or have the Kittens turned the corner?



Of concern to the Moonshine Drinkers ought to be that goaltender Brandon Holtby's bubble burst. His season stats line is still really good (6-8-2, 2.76 GAA, .917 S%), and way better than the other two (Curtis Meger and Dawson MacAuley) combine for 0-5-1, 6.92 GAA, .811 S%. They need goaltending to stand a chance. Their top scorer (Connor Chaulk) is tied for 42nd in the CW at 5-7-12.



On the Bison side, Colton Veloso has found the range. He sniped 3 goals last weekend, for 8 on the season. The young lineup has provided a balanced attack, with 9 players in double digits (Adam Henry, Devon Skoleski , Jeremey Leipsic, Keaton Jameson, Colton Veloso, Geordie Keane, Dylan Thiessen, Jonah Wasylak, and Ben Dalke). Six of those are sophomores, two are 5th years, and one is a rookie.



The games on Friday night at the U of M are part of the Bell Let's Talk Promotion. Last year it was free toques! It's a good cause.





ELSEWHERE IN THE CW





U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (6-11-5, 9-14-6, OHT35 #21)

SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (16-4-2, 17-5-2, OHT35 #3)




Links:

➤ UofS: [Huskie Happenings: Jan. 20-26]

➤ USp: [Athletes of the Week: Saskatchewan’s Kozun, McGill’s Danyluk, honoured]

➤ UofS: [PREVIEW: Huskies look to stay hot against Thunderbirds]

➤ UBC: [T-Birds bring renewed confidence on the road]




Although the T-irds had their best weekend of the season last time out, they now face perhaps the most steadily-improving team in the country. Last weeekend's back-to-back shutouts of Calgary is a strong feat. The Banjo-Mutts are now 4 points behind the Evil Monkeys. Now, I don't see them making up that gap but they are clearly of similar calibre to such opponents.







CALGARY DINOSAURS (14-6-2, 21-7-3, OHT35 #5)

ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (19-3-0, 27-5-0, OHT35 #1)




Links:

➤ UofA: [Men's Hockey Site]

➤ UofC: [Chance to regroup against Golden Bears]




Last weekend's sweep at the hands of the Banjo-Mutts leaves the Bedrock Dinos in a position where they just want to nail down 3rd place and (arguably) a slightly weaker quarter-final opponent. The Evil Monkeys have had a strong season but, on occasion, they have had trouble with a physical side. So let's see if the Dinos try to lay on the body. This is one of two home-and-home Battles of Wexitland on the weekend.







MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (13-7-2, 16-10-3, OHT35 #7)

LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (5-16-1, 5-19-2, OHT35 #28)




Links:

➤ MRU: [Men's Hockey Site]

➤ UofL: [Pronghorns clash with Cougars in home-and-home]




The Hørny Ønes played a lot of good hockey before Christmas. But they must be having a horrible new year's hangover with these 6 straight losses. Of concern is the goals against, and the massive shots allowed per game. Their series totals were:

- 8 goals on 67 shots by Regina

- 13 goals on 113 shots by Sask

- 14 goals on 104 shots by Alberta



The Bluegars are almost guaranteed of a top 4 finish, and might even catch their cross-town rivals for 3rd. So not much sense of urgency in this home-and-home series.





OUT EAST




Sun Jan 19 McGill 1 UQTR 4
Mon Jan 20 Queen's 1 Concordia 2 (so)
Wed Jan 22 McGill 0 UQTR 1 (ot)
Wed Jan 22 W. Ontario 3 Toronto 2 (ot)
Thu Jan 23 Waterloo 2 Ryerson 3 (ot)
Thu Jan 23 York 5 Brock 4 (ot)
Thu Jan 23 Laurier 3 Guelph 4

Fri Jan 24 RMC at McGill
Fri Jan 24 Guelph at York
Fri Jan 24 Laurentian at Ontario Tech
Fri Jan 24 Lakehead at Windsor
Fri Jan 24 Ottawa at Queen's
Sat Jan 25 Laurentian at Ontario Tech
Sat Jan 25 Nipissing at McGill
Sat Jan 25 Ryerson at Waterloo
Sat Jan 25 Queen's at RMC
Sat Jan 25 Lakehead at W. Ontario
Sat Jan 25 Concordia at Carleton
Sat Jan 25 Toronto at Laurier
Sat Jan 25 Brock at Windsor
Sun Jan 26 Concordia at Ottawa


Wed Jan 22 Acadia 2 Saint Mary's 4
Fri Jan 24 Dalhousie at New Brunswick
Fri Jan 24 St. F.X. at Moncton
Fri Jan 24 Acadia at UPEI
Sat Jan 25 Saint Mary's at UPEI
Sat Jan 25 Dalhousie at Moncton
Sat Jan 25 St. F.X. at New Brunswick

Links:

➤ [USp Presto S&R]

➤ [OUA LS Daily]

➤ [AUS S&R]
 

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Jan 24: Bisons Lose Shootout on Upset Night

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REGINA COUGARS 5
MANITOBA BISONS 4

(in shootout)

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
USp/CIS: [Boxscores and tabs]
Stories/boxscores/video: [UofM] : [rp @UofR*]
Story: [From WHL to Wayne Fleming: Veloso making an impact in year two]


This is one the Herd let slip away. The Bisons held a slight edge in play for the bulk of the game (35-24 shot clock more or less reflected the flow), but were prone to sudden breakdowns. Yet another shorthanded goal against, which is a disturbing trend.

The first period was nice, a 3-0 lead and a 12-5 lead in shots. The 2nd period started the same way. It seemed the Banjo-Cats were happy to curl up in a corner and play with some catnip. Both before and after the shorthanded goal the Bisons generated a lot of close calls. But once the Kittens were on the board, the tone of the game changed.

Quick Summary
1st 18:14 MAN Adam Henry (8) ASST: Veloso & Skrumeda
1st 19:02 MAN Josh Tripp (3) ASST: Wasylak
1st 19:36 MAN Dylan Thiessen (5) ASST: Dalke & Carlson
2nd 09:43 REG Tate Coughlin (3) ASST: Eisler (SH)
2nd 11:51 REG Bryce Platt (1) ASST: Chaulk
2nd 18:26 REG Arthur Miller (5) ASST: Mickoski & Hicks
3rd 06:06 MAN Devon Skoleski (5) ASST: Jameson & Veloso
3rd 08:36 REG Tristan Frei (7) ASST: King (PP)

There was one goal on ten shots in the shootout, with Connor Chaulk getting the winner for Regina.

Brandon Holtby stopped 31 of 35 for the win, and Tyler Brown stopped 19 of 23 in the loss.

Rematch is Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

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OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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CALGARY DINOSAURS 5
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 2


Links:
LeagueStat: Summary & tabs
Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs
Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs
Stories/boxscores/video: UofA : rp @UofC


This was a nice bounce-back win for Bedrock U after two shutouts a week ago. Brodan Salmond got the win for the Dinos, with 29 saves. Brendan Burke stopped 14 of 15 shots for the loss. Clearly, goaltending is the potential achilles heel for the Evil Monkeys.

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MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2

(in overtime)

Links:
LeagueStat: Summary & tabs
Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs
Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs
Stories/boxscores/video: UofL : rp @MRU*


The Hørny Ønes were within 3 seconds of a surprise victory but, alas, they ran out of Viagra. The Bluegars showed some resolve in fighting back in this one. The game was tightly contested for two periods before the Bluegars exploded in the 3rd period, with 19 shots. Jack Burgart was equal to the task in the Lethbridge net, and stopped 44 of 47 shots in the loss. MRU were led by Keegan Iverson's two goals and Riley Morris, who stopped 24 shots for the win.


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U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 2
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3


Links:
LeagueStat: Summary & tabs
Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs
Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs
Stories/boxscores/video: UofS : rp @UBC*


The Banjo-Mutts are the CW's hottest team right now, but the T-irds gave them all they could handle. This loss has to sting. With just over a minute left, Sask scored shorthanded to deprive UBC of at least a point. This was costly because it allowed Regina to pull even with them in the standings.


OUT EAST

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Fri Jan 24 Dalhousie 1 New Brunswick 5
Fri Jan 24 St. F.X. 4 Moncton 2
Fri Jan 24 Acadia 8 UPEI 5

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Fri Jan 24 McGill 5 RMC 3
Fri Jan 24 Guelph 4 York 3 (ot)
Fri Jan 24 Laurentian 1 Ontario Tech 5
Fri Jan 24 Lakehead 1 Windsor 8
Fri Jan 24 Ottawa 2 Queen's 3 (so)

Links:
➤ [USp/CIS Presto S&R]
➤ [OUA LS Daily]
➤ [AUS S&R]
 
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