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    2013-14 Bisons/CIS Thread



    MANITOBA BISONS 2013-14

    The Bisons got an early start to the recruiting announcements. Three forwards have been announced, two of whom were redshirts in 2012-13 (Aaron Lewadniuk, a centre, and Taylor Dickin, a left winger) and one was a late-season recruit (Jordan DePape, a right winger). That could be a complete forward line.

    Lewadniuk's recruitment was announced in last year's pre-season. He is a former Winkler Flyer who finished his junior career with the Brandon Wheat Kings in 2009-10. In his final year of junior he racked up 37 goals and 49 assists for 86 points in 65 games. He then turned pro and had two seasons in the ECHL. After 17 goals in his rookie season his numbers tailed off as he played only 48 games with two different teams. As a redshirt he played senior hockey for the Carman Beavers of the SEMHL where he scored 15 goals and 30 assists in 20 games.

    Dickin was also a redshirt in 2012-13. He graduated from junior hockey as a Selkirk Steeler following the 2009-10 season, with 40 goals and 52 assists in 62 games. He then went to the University of North Dakota for two seasons where he seldom played. So he came home, redshirted last year, and is now ready to go.

    DePape had his junior career cut short with a shoulder injury. He seemed to be well on his way up the WHL pecking order. In 2009-10 he divided his season between the Brandon Wheat Kings and Kamloops Blazers. He had 17 goals and 20 assists in 57 games. In 2010-11 he improved, with 21 goals and 27 assists in 54 games. However, he then played only 31 games spread over the next two injury-plagued seasons.

    Also, former Bison captain Mike Hellyer was voted the rookie of the year in the Central Hockey League. He played for the Quad City Mallards.

    Links:
    |> [DePape announcement] : [Elite Prospects Page]
    |> [Lewadniuk announcement] : [Elite Prospects Page]
    |> [Dickin announcement] : [Elite Prospects Page]
    |> [Hellyer announcement] : [Elite Prospects Page]


    OTHER NEWS


    The UBC Thunderbirds men's signed forward Greg Fraser and defenceman Wes Vannieuwenhuizen. Fraser is currently playing for the Nanaimo Clippers in the Western Canada Cup. Vannieuwenhuizen played for the Vancouver Giants.


    Dinos goaltender Dustin Butler dressed as backup for the Vancouver Canucks in a game against the Calgary Flames. He has used up his CIS eligibility.

    Links:
    |> [UBC announcement]
    |> [Calgary's Butler Story]


    C.W. EXPANSION


    The CW has announced that the UBCO Heat now have full member status and that the MacEwan University Griffons (formerly MacEwan College) now have probationary status.

    Once a school has probationary status it can be taken as "just a matter of time" before they get full status. So the CW now has 17 schools. Debate rages as to whether this is too many. I suspect that in basketball at least there may be a need for two levels. But football has just 6, hockey 8, and most of those with volleyball teams are legitimate national contenders.

    From the press release:

    The UBC Okanagan Heat were originally granted probationary status at a vote held in May 2010 and began participation with Canada West in the sports of men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball in September 2011 and will be adding soccer in time for the 2014-15 season. For the MacEwan University Griffins, league play will begin in September 2014 in the sports of men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, soccer and cross country.
    UBCO do not have a hockey team, even in the BCIHL. FWIW, I would sooner see places like this get into the BCIHL and develop that as a second tier college/university league, alongside the ACAC. That way hockey's u-brand gets a boost, and the CW level of play is not diluted.

    Will MacEwan one day aspire to leave the ACAC for the CW in hockey? On the one hand, it would give the Evil Monkeys a cross-town rival. But MacEwan has never been one of the ACAC's powerhouse teams. When Mount Royal College morphed into Mount Royal University and moved from the ACAC to the CW they at least had a hockey team with a track record of success at the ACAC level. They are coming off consecutive 6th place finishes, and those were an improvement over the 8th place finishes which preceded. The Alberta hockey market is crowded with 4 CW teams and (with Red Deer coming back) 9 ACAC teams (albeit Briercrest is located in Saskatchewan).

    On balance, I would much prefer that MacEwan stay put (in hockey, that is). If they could consistently challenge NAIT and SAIT and be a good pre-season opponent that would be good enough for me.

    Links:
    |> [CW announcement re UBCO and MacEwan]
    |> [Edmonton Journal]
    |> [ACAC LeagueStat Standings]


    CIS/SPORTSNET TV DEAL



    First, Rogers' acquisition of The Score was just confirmed a couple weeks ago. Therefore, Sportsnet and The Score will gradually become more of a combo deal.

    Here's the gist of the deal:

    Canadian Interuniversity Sport and Sportsnet announced Wednesday a six-year agreement for the multiplatform rights to an all-encompassing portfolio of university sports across television, online and mobile.

    The agreement, which begins this season and runs through the 2018-19 academic year, features expanded coverage of men’s and women’s CIS sport, headlined by the Vanier Cup and also including the following marquee events: Football national semifinals (Mitchell Bowl and Uteck Bowl), women’s and men’s hockey championships, women’s and men’s basketball championships, and much more.

    Sportsnet’s The Score will be one of the main hubs of CIS coverage, continuing its strong tradition of broadcasting university sports and amateur athletics, which began in 2002. Coverage for the 2013-14 season features 13 events, beginning with football this fall. Broadcast details will be announced in the coming weeks.
    What will this mean to men's hockey? My hope is that there will be increased coverage of the regional championships, and maybe even regular season play. Could a Saturday afternoon game of the week on The Score happen?

    If this were to happen, there would be demand for format changes. It is hard to sell rights to game 3 of a series which may well end with game 2. The Score showed the OUA basketball final four. IMO, if u-hockey wants to make a dent they need to be able to sell similar events from all regions. The CW already has a "final four" format tournament in basketball and volleyball. IMO, hockey will have to follow suit if it wants enhanced TV coverage.

    And what about the on-line and mobile options mentioned in the press release? Could those somehow be dovetailed with the CW and AUS on-line video services? And could it pull together the various services used in Ontario and Quebec?

    Links:
    |> [CIS announcement] : reposted at [CW Site] and [U of M Site]
    |> [Yahoo Story]


    CIS BOOKMARKS

    Bookmark this post for the links you will need to follow CIS hockey. I will update this post throughout the season.

    League Sites:
    CIS Men's Hockey Site - Tw - FB
    ... sub-links : Standings : Schedule/Results : Playoffs : U-Cup
    Canada West Men's Hockey Site - Tw - FB
    OUA Men's Hockey Site - Tw - FB
    AUS Men's Hockey Site - Tw - FB
    ACAC Men's Hockey Site
    BCIHL Site

    Canada West Team Sites:
    Alberta Golden Bears - Tw - FB
    Calgary Dinos - Tw - FB
    Lethbridge Pronghorns - Tw - FB
    Manitoba Bisons - Tw - FB
    Mount Royal Cougars - Tw - FB
    Regina Cougars - Tw - FB
    Saskatchewan Huskies - Tw - FB
    UBC Thunderbirds - Tw - FB

    Media Sites/Blogs:
    CISblog.ca
    South Campus Sports - dormant since January 26, 2012
    Boxscore News
    Canadian University Press
    Hockey Scene - AUS
    UNBHockeyFans.com
    Ravens Hockey Live - dormant since February 2012
    STUTommies.com
    AcadiaAxemenHockey.com
    RedmenHockey.com (McGill)

    Online video/audio:
    CanadaWest.tv
    SSN Canada
    CITR.ca - UBC radio
    Rock 94 FM - Lakehead away games
    UMFM.com - occasional Bison games
    AUSTV.ca

    Canada West stats and data:
    CW LeagueStats - Standings
    CW LeagueStats - Daily Schedule
    CW LeagueStats - Rosters
    CW LeagueStats - Skaters' Stats
    CW LeagueStats - Goalies' Stats
    CW LeagueStats - Team Schedules

    Stats:
    Elite Prospects : CIS Page - individual player stats on everybody
    Internet Hockey Data Base (IHDB) : CWUAA Page - like Elite Prospects
    Old Bison Site - Schedule/Results - with links to stories and summaries from 2004-05 to 2007-08
    CIS Stats and Rosters - 2004-05 to 2008-09
    CIS Stats - 2009-10 to 2012-13
    CIS Schedule/Results - 2004-05 to 2008-09
    CIS Schedule/Results - 2009-10 to 2012-13
    CIS Playoff Schedule/Results - 2004-05 to 2008-09
    CIS Playoff Schedule/Results - 2009-10 to 2011-12
    AUS Schedule/Results - now has only 2012-13 season
    AUS Archive
    OUA LeagueStat
    ACAC LeagueStat
    Bob Adams' Archives - CIS hockey from 1995-96 to 2008-09
    Wikia - University Cup - 1963-2012
    Wikia - Canada West - 1973-2012
    Wikia - GPAC - 1973-1985
    Wikia - WIAA - 1963-1972
    Wikia - WCIAU - 1919-1962
    Wikia - OUA/QOAA - 1903-2012
    Wikia - QUAA - 1972-1987
    Wikia - OSLC - 1951-1971
    Wikia - AUS - 1920-2012

    AUS Team Sites:
    Acadia Axemen
    Dalhousie Tigers
    Moncton Aigles Bleus- Google Translate
    New Brunswick Varsity Reds
    UPEI Panthers
    St. Francis-Xavier X-men
    Saint Mary's Huskies
    St. Thomas Tommies

    OUA-West Team Sites:
    Brock Badgers
    Guelph Gryphons
    Lakehead Thunderwolves
    Laurier Golden Hawks
    Ryerson Rams
    Toronto Varsity Blues
    Waterloo Warriors - Tw - FB
    Western Ontario Mustangs
    Windsor Lancers
    York Lions

    OUA-East Team Sites:
    Carleton Ravens
    Laurentian Voyageurs
    Nipissing Lakers
    Ottawa Geegees
    Queen's Golden Gaels
    RMC Palladins
    UOIT Ridgebacks

    RSEQ (OUA-East) Team Sites:
    Concordia Stingers
    McGill Redmen
    UQTR Patriotes

    ACAC Team Sites:
    Augustana Vikings
    Briercrest Clippers
    Concordia Thunder
    Keyano Huskies
    MacEwan Griffins
    NAIT Ooks
    Portage Voyageurs
    Red Deer Kings
    SAIT Trojans

    BCIHL Team Sites:
    Eastern Washington Eagles
    Selkirk Saints
    Simon Fraser Clan - Tw
    Thompson Rivers Wolfpack
    Trinity Western Spartans
    Victoria Vikings
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    News Update


    So far there are trickles of news floating around about possible pre-season games and recruits for other teams. However, all is quiet in Bison-land. I don't suspect that the Bisons will land a lot of new players. From last year's roster they lose 5th year forwards Tyler Dittmer and Tyler Feakes and graduating forwards Matt Lowry and Del Cowan. They have already announced three new recruits up front. The team has no anticipated departures on defence. 5th year goaltender Jesse Deckert will be gone. A possible replacement would be Mark Friesen, WHL grad and 3rd string goaltender from 2011-12. I am sure they would never turn away a possible upgrade at any position, though.


    In a feel-good story, former Jet Brett McLean is going to be an assistant coach at Waterloo. He was forced to retire due to a brush with death arising from a heart ailment.

    Links:
    |> [CIS story] with [CTV News Video]



    The Banjocats have announced their first two recruits, forward Cody Fowlie from the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL and defenceman Brody Luhning from the Battlefords North Stars of the SJHL. They need several more defencemen. Last year's team had to use forwards back there all the time.

    Links:
    |> [U of R release]
    |> [Kelowna story]



    The New Kittens on the Block have a "Meet Your Cougars" segment this off-season. I was hoping it would feature mid-40s women. Instead they talked to Eric Galbraith.

    Link:
    |> [Meet Your Cougars]



    Across the Town of Bedrock there were stories about Bracken Kearns cracking the NHL.
    By age 30, most Canada West hockey graduates are in Europe, have moved on to coaching or are making good use of their university degree if they haven't met that ultimate goal of getting to the National Hockey League.

    Not so for Bracken Kearns, a former captain with the University of Calgary Dinos (2001-05), who made his NHL with the Florida Panthers a few months after hitting the big 3-0 and now, 18 months later, has managed to crack the playoff lineup as a centre with the San Jose Sharks.
    Links:
    |> [U of C Story] also at [CW Story]



    The Tweety-Birds took the lead in announced new recruits with the confirmation of defenceman Brandon Underwood from Red Deer (WHL). I believe he is the first native of American California to go to British California.

    Link:
    |> [UBC story]



    While there is no news on the CIS front, there is a 10 page pdf stats sheet which is worth a download. And there is more discussion on the SportsNet TV deal. This coming season will see 13 CIS games on the network, including 3 men's hockey games. The linked stories describe those as "semi-finals" and the final. Not sure if that implies a format change to the tournament to actually introduce semi-finals. We'll have to wait and see.

    Links:
    |> [CIS pdf stats page]
    |> TV stories: [Maclean's] : [The Gauntlet] : [CIS Blog]

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    Christie back, Paulsen added


    The best way to ensure that a recruiting announcement will be made is to post that there is no news, I guess. Shortly after my May 31st post in this thread came news that former goaltender Steve Christie is back as a coach, whilst Luke Paulsen is joining as a defenceman.

    Regarding Paulsen:
    “I am excited to receive a commitment from Luke Paulsen to join the Bison Men’s Hockey program. Luke brings an excellent hockey resume to the Bisons having played for the WHL’s Kootenay Ice and the MJHL’s Winnipeg Blues,” commented Sirant. “Luke is a very talented defenceman with excellent mobility and puck skills, plus great vision to adapt at moving the puck up ice to his forwards. He is also solid in his defensive responsibilities and an excellent teammate.”

    Paulsen, 20 (turning 21 on Sept. 28/13), played the 2012-13 season with the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) Winnipeg Blues. The 6’0”, 172 lbs. forward accumulated 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in 19 regular season games with the Blues. Prior to Winnipeg, the Winnipeg native played three seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Kootenay Ice and part of the team that won the WHL Championship in 2010-11 season. In three WHL seasons, he scored in 36 points (5g, 31a) with 52 penalty minutes in 147 regular season games plus added one assist in 19 WHL playoff games. He was also part of the Winnipeg Wild’s AAA Provincial Midget Championship team in the 2008-09 season
    I checked out the Blues' site and Paulsen was not on the team at the end of the year. It looks like he is one of those players coming back from injury, of which the Bisons have had seevral in the last few years. In any event, he had three solid seasons in the WHL in Kootenay.

    Christie's past accomplishments are extolled in the threads from prior years. The release summarizes them thusly:
    Christie, 28, comes back to Manitoba as a coach after a very successful CIS career by completing five seasons (2006-07 to 2010-11) with the Bisons and earned a major accolade being named as the inaugural CIS Men’s Hockey Goaltender of the Year honours in the 2009-10 season.

    Christie served as the Bisons starting goaltender for his final three seasons and compiled an overall conference regular season record during the five seasons of 46-37-0 with eight shutouts at Manitoba. His best season came in 2009-10 when in addition to the CIS major award and was selected as CIS First Team All-Canadian and Canada West First Team All-Star at the goaltender position while helping to lead the Bisons to the 2010 CIS National Championship Tournament berth for the first time since 2004-05.

    “I am excited to be back with the Bison Hockey program. It did so much for me as a player and I am looking forward to being apart of it from a coaching aspect now, “ stated Christie. “To see what this program has accomplished over the past recent years is a real reflection of the quality of players and coaches U of Manitoba produces every year. The program is respected nationally and players want to be apart of that. It was an easy decision when Coach Sirant asked me to join the coaching staff.”
    Christie had played in the SPHL with the Pensacola Ice Flyers the last two years, and in 2011-12 was loaned for a period to the Tulsa Oilers of the CHL for their playoff run. It seems two years of minor pro is usually the end-point for CIS grads. After that it is Europe or time to utilize that degree.

    Links:
    |> [U of M story]
    |> [ChrisD Blog]
    |> [Luke Paulsen Elite Prospects Page]
    |> [Steve Christie Elite Prospects Page]
    |> [Winnipeg Blues Roster Page]

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    Schedule Announced, Rumours Abound


    The new schedule is here! The new schedule is here!

    The Bisons open with home series against the Evil Monkeys, followed by the Mangy Banjo-Mutts. A four game winning streak streak to start the season would sure serve them in good stead. There are many quirks to the schedule, including two bye weeks (WTF?) and no home games between November 16th and January 10th.

    And when would the games against NCAA teams happen? Manitoba at North Dakota on Oct. 6 is on the UND schedule. That would be stupid. I would much rather those occur during bye weeks, but I doubt it.

    Now we should be getting the non-conference/exhibition schedules.

    Here's the Bisons' schedule:
    Oct. 4-5 Alberta at Manitoba
    Oct. 11-12 Saskatchewan at Manitoba
    Oct. 18-19 Manitoba at Mount Royal
    Oct. 25-26 Calgary at Manitoba
    Nov. 1-2 bye
    Nov. 8-9 Manitoba at Regina
    Nov. 15-16 Lethbridge at Manitoba
    Nov. 22-23 Manitoba at UBC
    Nov. 29-30 Manitoba at Alberta
    Jan. 3-4 Manitoba at Saskatchewan
    Jan. 10-11 Mount Royal at Manitoba
    Jan. 17-18 Manitoba at Calgary
    Jan. 24-25 bye
    Jan. 31-Feb. 1 Regina at Manitoba
    Feb. 7-8 Manitoba at Lethbridge
    Feb. 14-15 UBC at Manitoba

    Links:
    |> [CW Story]
    |> [pdf schedule]
    |> [UND Schedule]



    The Bisons have no new recruitment announcemements. But the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix fueled the speculation with a story about Saskatoon Blades' captain Brenden Walker. He is attending the Phoenix Coyotes' camp without a contract, and would like an AHL deal. It seems the prevailing wisdom is that the wise move is to use your WHL scholarship unless you get at least an AHL deal signed, and Walker seems to be on board with that concept.
    If Walker fails to latch on to a pro team, he does have a backup plan.

    "If nothing works out, I might just go to school," Walker said. "Right now, my goal is to play in the AHL. If that doesn't work out, then we'll figure it out after.

    "Right now, I'm just going to work hard at making it to the next level."

    He said the University of Manitoba and University of Saskatchewan would top his list of possible schools, should it come to that.

    "Those two are both great decisions - good hunting and good people there in Saskatchewan, so the U of S would be a great place to go, and Manitoba is my hometown, so that would be a lot of fun, too. That would be a hard decision," he said.
    Links:
    |> [Saskatoon Star-Phoenix Story]



    The STU Pids have been rocked by the resignation of coach Troy Ryan. They have been amongst the CIS's most consistent losers in recent years, aided and abetted by their tough AUS schedule. Even their blogger has thrown in the towel!

    Links:
    |> [STU Story]
    |> [STUTommies.com Story]
    |> [CIS Blog Story]



    Normally, basketball news would not get into this thread. But the CW has announced that in 2014-15 they will have 11 teams in one division and 6 in the other. The division of 6 will include CW newcomers the TRU WolfPack, UBC-Okanagan Heat, UNBC Timberwolves, Fraser Valley Cascades, Mount Royal Cougars and Grant MacEwan Griffins. All of the big traditional schools will play in the 11 team division. The divisions will not play an interlocking schedule.

    Why do I point this out? This is tiering by any other name.

    Could this have applicability to the OUA? Let the speculation begin.

    Links:
    |> [CW Story] reposted at [U of M Site]
    |> [Kamloops News - Announcement Story] : [Kamloops News - Follow-up Analysis]



    The Calgary Dinos have not announced anything, but the West Kelowna Warriors claim that forward Daniel Gayle has been recruited. Now, he has a scholarship to go there but that does not mean he will play there. This happened when an MJHL player won a scholarship to the U of M and Elite Prospects took this as confirmation that the player had been recruited. Not always so. We'll find out, I guess.

    Links:
    |> [Warriors' Story]

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    News update and exhibition announcements


    There are loads of stories about team schedules from around the CW. I have supplied the links but really there is nothing really thought-provoking in them. They basically just say when the home side starts the season.

    Now we need to look for the exhibition schedule which will come out in dribs and drabs. Regina is the CW leader in schedule announcements and from them we get these:
    Sept 13 2:00 Saskatchewan at Regina
    Sept 14 12:00 Lethbridge at Regina
    Sept 15 1:30 Alberta at Regina
    Sept 20 2:30 Regina at Manitoba
    Sept 21 2:30 Regina at Manitoba

    And the Lakehead schedule page gives us these:
    Oct 4 7:30 UPEI at Lakehead
    Oct 5 7:30 UPEI at Lakehead
    Oct 7 7:05 Lakehead at Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs
    Nov 1 7:30 Alberta at Lakehead
    Nov 2 7:30 Alberta at Lakehead
    Dec 27 7:30 Laurentian at Lakehead
    Dec 28 7:30 Laurentian at Lakehead

    Stay tuned!

    Links:
    |> [Regina Leader-Post] : [U of R Story]
    |> [U of C Story] : [U of L Story]
    |> [UBC Story] : [U of A Story]
    |> [U of S Story] : [ChrisD Story]
    |> [Regina Schedule] : [Lakehead Schedule]



    While there has been no news on the Bison recruiting front, a couple of former Bisons hit the papers. Calin Wild is on the national ball hockey team. (I wonder if Alex Burrows still plays that.) And Matt Lowry is considering his pro options, and in fact has a farm on the go as well.

    Links:
    |> [WFP: Lowry Story]
    |> [WFP: Calin Wild Story]



    Remember last season's investigation at Dal-lousy? Well, it may well be coming to a merciful end. From the CBC:
    Neither Dalhousie nor CIS director Tom Huisman would talk about what the investigation found.

    “Most of our infractions or compliance issues are related primarily to eligibility issues. This one being an athletic scholarship and awards and benefits issue in itself makes it a bit more complicated,” Huisman said.

    Dalhousie University has promised to make that report public.

    So far the university has refused to confirm whether the Tiger's team manager and former head coach, Peter Belliveau, was let go last fall because of the alleged infractions.
    Links:
    |> [Halifax Chronicle-Herald Story]
    |> [CBC Story]



    In the town of Bedrock, they release a story on grad Brock Nixon, who like Lowry is weighing pro options. But instead of farming his calling is in the teaching field. Hopefully, he will help bail out flooded basements first. Good luck with the flood, people of Calgary. I await word on any damage to Dino sport facilities.

    The logo has also been altered at the U of C site. I don't know what they will have on their jerseys.

    Links:
    |> [U of C Story]



    So, what in the heck is going on down in T-Bay? So, it has now been a few years since they had the Bisons visit for Christmas, fair enough. But this year they are bringing in the reborn Laurentian Voyageurs, a team already on their conference schedule. Is this a sign that they might need a softer touch for some Christmas spirit? I would think that hosting PEI and Alberta in the fall would appeal to their fans. We'll see if Laurentian will draw.

    On the ice they have lost more quality players. Here's the latest from from TB Newswatch:
    It appears the Matt Caria and Alex Dupuis era is over at Lakehead University.

    The names of both players have disappeared from the team's roster on the Thunderwolves hockey website.

    Inside sources have confirmed Dupuis, the Wolves No. 1 goalie, has decided to go pro after four seasons.

    Caria, the oft-suspended star forward, also has one more year of CIS eligibility remaining.

    Thunderwolves coach Bill McDonald is out of town and not available for comment. Earlier this week Lakehead hockey officials announced the departure of forward Luke Judson after one season.

    Judson is leaving to play for the San Francisco Bulls of the ECHL. If Caria is indeed gone, it would mean the Wolves will start the 2013-14 campaign with just one of their top six point-getters from a year ago, forward Mike Hammond.
    Links:
    |> [TB Newswatch Story]
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    Exhibition Schedule

    All conferences have their 2013-14 schedules out and now the exhibition games are being announced. Here's what I have compiled:

    Wed Sept 4 Alberta at Augustana
    Fri Sept 6 Alberta at Calgary
    Sat Sept 7 Alberta at Calgary
    Fri Sept 13 Alberta v Lethbridge (at Regina)
    Fri Sept 13 Saskatchewan at Regina
    Sat Sept 14 Alberta v Manitoba (at Regina)
    Sat Sept 14 Lethbridge at Regina
    Sat Sept 14 Queen's v RMC (at Gananoque, Ont.)
    Sat Sept 14 UOIT at Windsor
    Sun Sept 15 Alberta at Regina
    Mon Sept 16 New Brunswick v Moncton (at Cocagne, NB)
    Fri Sept 20 Regina at Manitoba
    Fri Sept 20 Saskatchewan at Alberta (Brick Invitational)
    Fri Sept 20 Queen's at Western Ontario
    Fri Sept 20 Windsor at New Brunswick
    Fri Sept 20 Moncton v Ottawa (at Trois Rivière, Que.)
    Sat Sept 21 Regina at Manitoba
    Sat Sept 21 Calgary v Saskatchewan (Brick Invitational)
    Sat Sept 21 Mount Royal at Alberta (Brick Invitational)
    Sat Sept 21 Queen's v Waterloo (at London, Ont.)
    Sat Sept 21 Windsor at New Brunswick
    Sat Sept 21 RMC at York
    Sat Sept 21 Ryerson at UOIT
    Sat Sept 21 Ottawa at UQTR
    Fri Sept 27 Alberta at Calgary
    Fri Sept 27 Windsor at Laurier
    Fri Sept 27 Queen's at Ottawa
    Fri Sept 27 Carleton at New Brunswick
    Fri Sept 27 Ryerson at York (at York Tournament)
    Fri Sept 27 UOIT v TBD (at York Tournament)
    Sat Sept 28 UOIT v TBD (at York Tournament)
    Sat Sept 28 TBD at York (at York Tournament)
    Sat Sept 28 Moncton at Acadia
    Sun Sept 29 RMC at Ottawa
    Wed Oct 2 York at Toronto
    Thur Oct 3 Acadia at Queen's
    Thur Oct 3 Moncton v St Francis-Xavier (at Shediac, NB)
    Thur Oct 3 RMC at UQTR
    Fri Oct 4 UPEI at Lakehead
    Fri Oct 4 Laurier at Windsor
    Fri Oct 4 UBC at Alaska-Anchorage
    Sat Oct 5 UPEI at Lakehead
    Sat Oct 5 Queen's at RIT
    Sat Oct 5 Windsor at Miami-Ohio
    Sat Oct 5 New Brunswick at Colorado College
    Sat Oct 5 St. Francis-Xavier at Boston University
    Sat Oct 5 Toronto at Ohio State
    Sat Oct 5 Western Ontario at Michigan State
    Sat Oct 5 Laurentian at Michigan Tech
    Sat Oct 5 Dalhousie at Northeastern
    Sat Oct 5 RMC at St. Thomas
    Sun Oct 6 New Brunswick at Denver
    Sun Oct 6 Waterloo at Michigan
    Sun Oct 6 Manitoba at North Dakota
    Sun Oct 6 UBC at Alaska (Fairbanks)
    Sun Oct 6 Laurier at Bowling Green
    Sun Oct 6 Laurentian at Northern Michigan
    Sun Oct 6 Guelph at Notre Dame
    Mon Oct 7 New Brunswick at Air Force
    Mon Oct 7 Lakehead at Minnesota-Duluth
    Tue Oct 8 Guelph at Mercyhurst
    Fri Oct 11 UQTR at Guelph
    Sat Oct 12 Concordia at Guelph
    Sat Oct 12 Moncton v TBD (at Grand Sault, NB)
    Fri Oct 18 UOIT at Dartmouth
    Sat Oct 19 York at Cornell
    Wed Oct 29 Laurentian at Lake Superior State
    Fri Nov 1 Alberta at Lakehead
    Sat Nov 2 Alberta at Lakehead
    Fri Dec 27 Laurentian at Lakehead
    Sat Dec 28 Laurentian at Lakehead
    Fri Jan 3 York at Arizona
    Sat Jan 4 York at Arizona
    Sat Jan 25 Army at RMC

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    A Sparse Update

    July 4, 2013


    It has been a long time with no news on the Bison front. But at least there is some alumni news. Former captain Mike Hellyer has signed an ECHL-AHL deal. His deal is with the Bakersfield Condors, who are affiliated with the Iowa Wild. He was CHL rookie-of-the-year with Quad Cities last season.

    Links:
    |> [Brandon Sun]




    Clare Drake, the former head organ grinder at the University of Saudi Alberta, has been appointed to the Order of Canada. I'm sure he'd rather have a large bunch of bananas but this is still a pretty good honour.

    Also, defencemen Ben Lindemulder and Barron Von Smith, will attend the training camp of the Edmontown Greasers. Apparently The Barron has been working on his claw hold.

    Links:
    |> Drake story: [at CW] : [at U of A]
    |> Greaser story: [at U of A]



    Is the "GB" hat logo better than the monkey?


    YAWN! No news, but two links to the same story with a different title for each.

    Links:
    |> [Halifax Chronicle-Herald Story] : [Other Halifax Chronicle-Herald Story]



    The Thunderbirds recruited a Thunderbird. Luke Lockhart will shift from Seattle of the WHL to UBC of the CW this year. Check the link for his bio. He is a former captain and seems like a "2 way", i.e. low scoring, centre.

    Links:
    |> [UBC Story]



    I had seen that York is making a new year's trip to Arizona. I found a story about the ASU Sun Devils. They are in the ACHA but have played NCAA and CIS teams before. The ACHA really sucks. Iowa State came to play the Bisons and they were in way over their heads. I was afraid they'd get hurt! It seems ASU have some desire to make a decent hockey program there. But how can they operate in the shadow of the Arizona Coyotes?!?!?!

    Links:
    |> [House of Sparky Story]

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    July 19: Bison Exhibition Schedule Confirmed


    The Bison schedule page has been updated and the big surprise is that the Toronto Blahs will leave the Big Lemon for a trip to the U of M. Here is the full pre-season schedule:
    Aug. 26 Bison Hockey European Tour TBA
    Sep. 13 v Calgary at Regina tournament
    Sep. 14 v Alberta at Regina tournament
    Sep. 20 v Regina (2:00pm at Max Bell)
    Sep. 21 v Regina (2:00pm at Max Bell)
    Sep. 28 v Toronto (7:00pm at Max Bell)
    Sep. 29 v Toronto (1:00pm at Max Bell)
    Oct. 6 @ North Dakota (7:07pm at Grand Forks)

    There is no information out there about this year's Euro tour. I thought it was going to be next year, actually.

    The UND game follows the Bison home-opener weekend against the Evil Monkeys. I just wonder why the Bisons wouldn't have shifted the Alberta series to the bye week (November 1-2) like UBC and Lethbridge did.

    The Bison schedule is quite peculiar. The Regina exhibition series starts on Friday afternoon. Ugh. That home series is then followed by three more home weekends, including the best series of the season, i.e. the ones against the Primates and the Mangy Mutts.

    Links:
    |> [Bison Schedule Page]
    |> [USCHO Schedule - NCAA Exhibition Games]



    In the Town of Bedrock they had a press release announcing their recruiting class. Here's the list:
    Tyler Moir • 6'1" 205 Ibs. • Forward • Waterloo (OUA)/Wheeling (ECHL)
    Daniel Gibb • 6'3" 218 Ibs. • Defence • Prince George (WHL)
    Davis Vandane • 6'4" 215 Ibs. • Defence • Prince Albert (WHL)
    Danny Gayle • 6'1" 185 Ibs. • Left Wing • West Kelowna (BCHL)
    Brett Printz • 6'2" 201 Ibs. • Forward • Grande Prairie (AJHL)
    Drydn Dow • 5'9" 170 Ibs. • Defence • Tri-City Americans (WHL)
    Chris Collins • 6'0" 185 Ibs. • Centre • Okotoks Oilers (AJHL)
    Chance Lund • 6'5" 223 Ibs. • Left Wing • Swift Current (WHL)

    Links:
    |> [U of C Press Release]



    Across the Town of Bedrock the New Kittens on the Block appear to have a recruit. They have not made an announcement, but the West Kelowna Warriors have announced that defenseman Brett Zarazun is off to greener pastures.

    Links:
    |> [West Kelowna Warriors Press Release]



    The STU Pids announced their new coach, Patrick Powers. Good luck! He formerly played for the Pids. Anything about 8th in the 8 team AUS would be a great success for the new coach.

    Links:
    |> [STUTommies.com Story]
    |> [Hockey Scene Story]



    The St. F-X Jeremies and the SMUchies are going to make a joint bid for the 2015 and 2016 U-Cups. The CIS distributes tournament bids in two year blocks now. After Banjoland hosts in 2014 it is time for the tournament to move on. All things being equal, 15-16 should be OUA years. But so far there are no bids from Ontariariaro.

    The quirky part of this is that Dalhousie an SMU are the Halifax schools. So how did the Jeremies get in?

    Bid proposals must be submitted by Sept. 20th.

    Links:
    |> [Chronicle-Herald Story]
    |> [NG News Story]

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    UBC Announces Schedule


    There is no news in Bisonland. However, out in British California the Tweety-Birds have updated their schedule. Their only exhibitions are the Alaska double-header (previously announced through the NCAA) and now they will also play the Simon Fraser Clown on September 27 (at UBC) and September 28 (at Burnaby).

    So, will the Clown's goaltender make the 40-50 saves necessary to make one of these games close?

    Links:
    |> [UBC Schedule]



    The H0rny Ones have yet to make an announcement. But the Dauphin Kings have said that Guillaume Naud, a Franco-Ukrainian!, is off to Lethbridge. He had 88 points in 60 regular season games and 24 points in 18 playoff games. While absolutely nobody can translate gaudy Junior A numbers into CW numbers, he should be a welcome addition to the offensively-challenged `Horns.

    Links:
    |> [Dauphin Press Release]
    |> [MJHL Press Release]

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    Bisons will play in Collalbo (ITA) a summer tournament on 31 august/01 september against German Regionalliga Nord (4th level) REV Bremerhaven. Other semifinal is EV Renon - Egna (both teams are italian). The third place final and gold medal final are scheduled for September 01

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    Manitoba should destroy a 4th level German club. Egna is Italian Serie A2 (Italian second level), and Manitoba should also easily handle them if they play. EV Renon is still a Serie A club, right Davide? If so, they are the only club of the three that would present a real challenge for Manitoba.

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    yes exactly, I don't see any problem (and honestly any interest) in Bisons' first match.

    If Renon will win against Egna (A2 club now partecipating in AUT-ITA-SLO Inter-National League), the gold medal game could be interesting.
    BTW: Renon will play also against Dartmouth College on September 3, another interesting match

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    The Bisons have not thus far made an announcement regarding their European tour. However the first details have trickled out of Europe. Beware that my links use "Google Translate" so when read it often sounds a little funny. (Still, getting a free on-line translation is still pretty nice.)

    The Hockey Time site at the links has a "translate" button and I used that to find that the Bisons start with a tournament in Collabo, Northern Italy. The first round goes on August 31st and the Bisons play Bremerhaven in the 1st game, with SV Renon Ritten Sport facing HC Neumarkt Egna Wild Goose in the 2nd game. On September 1st the losers play for 3rd place in the opener and the winners play for the title in the nightcap.

    HC Neumarkt Egna are from Northern Italy, where they speak predominantly German. Hence the cities there often have two names. They play in the Inter-National League (INL), which is based in Austria and has teams from surrounding countries.

    SV Renon Ritten Sport are also from Northern Italy and hosted a tournament won by the Bisons in 2011. They play in the Italian Serie A, which is now down to 5 teams. Other teams (like frequent champion HC Bolzano) have been allowed to leave for other leagues, whilst others have either folded or moved someplace where I cannot locate them.

    Fischtown Pinguins Bremerhaven are not specifically listed in the Hockey Time link. They only refer to the opponent as "Bremerhaven" and as a "Ger4", i.e. 4th tier German team. However, the only listing I have for a Bremerhaven team is the Fischtown Pinguins, who play in the German DEL 2nd division. The Bisons defeated them (and Ritten) back in 2011. So this team is not confirmed as yet.

    I hope to get much more on this trip as the week unfolds.

    Links:
    |> [Hockey Time - Exhibition Schedule for several Italian and other teams]
    |> [Hockey Time - Ritten Story]
    |> [HC Neumarkt Egna Wild Goose Team Website (translated)]
    |> [Eurhockey.com on INL] : [and on HC Neumarkt Egna]
    |> [SV Renon Ritten Sport Team Website (translated)]
    |> [Eurhockey.com on Italian Serie A] : [and on SV Renon Ritten Sport]
    |> [Fischtown Pinguins Bremerhaven Team Website (translated)]
    |> [Eurohockey.com on DEL2] : [and on Fischtown Pinguins Bremerhaven]



    The Tweety-Birds have announced that Wheat King grad Nick Buonassisi has committed to them. He is a small forward coming off a 14 goal season last year.

    Links:
    |> [UBC Story]



    The Mangy Ones announced that Mike Bossy and Brian Trottier are coming to speak at their luncheon. So long as they use words they'll go over great. Heck, Sask would be happy if they (like the locals) stood up and howled then drank from the toilet.

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    Hollywood, read post #'s 10, 11 and 12 for some of the European tour details.

    The INL is a semipro league, the German 4th level leagues (called Regionalligas) are amateur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Brunengraber View Post
    Hollywood, read post #'s 10, 11 and 12 for some of the European tour details.

    The INL is a semipro league, the German 4th level leagues (called Regionalligas) are amateur.
    I saw those and it appears Davide got his information from the first link I had (HERE). But I know that in 2011 those type of sites had the wrong team listed. So I am guessing that "Bremerhaven" means the Pinguins. For the 4th tier team, finding standings etc. has proven very hard. All I found is that last October they lost a game 17-0! (LINK)
    Last edited by Hollywood; 30-07-2013 at 21:43. Reason: formerly translated link went to home page

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    July 31: Euro News, and more


    Although there is still nothing on the U of M Site, I have found a few pertinent stories on the team and their tour opponents.

    First up, rookie of the year James Henry is not returning to school and instead will play for the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL. So no Euro tour for him.

    Meanwhile, Italy's top league has undergone a name change and is now to be known as "Elite A". As "Series A" last year it had 10 teams, Bolzano jumped to an Austrian league. And a few days ago only five teams were listed at Eurohockey.com. Well the deadline to come up with cash was July 30th at noon, and 8 teams answered the bell.

    There was also off-ice drama in Germany. The second tier league was suing the governing body over various issues. In the end that has been settled and it will continue under the name "DEL2". There was no doubt that the 12 teams would be participating. What was at issue is whether they would still use the name. It appears all is well now.

    So we should now be getting more news about team exhibition schedules. Most (3 of 5) Bison opponents in 2011 were from DEL2.

    The Ritten team has signed some Canadian talent. Levi Nelson once played for Swift Current in the WHL and then played in the AHL (mostly for Providence), ECHL, and Germany. Matt Siddall was a 2004 Atlanta Thrashers draft pick and has since made stops throughout the minors and Europe, including the Fife Flyers when they returned to Britain's top league in 2011. Since 2006, they have also employed Dalhousie grad Dan Tudin. He played for Ottawa in the OHL before he went on to Dal, then bounced around the minors. He is now also eligible for Italy's national team.

    Ritten is also re-acquiring another Italian national team veteran, Luca Ansoldi. This will be his 3rd stint with Ritten. The team has yet to confirm the signing in their website.

    Links:
    :. [ECHL Story on Henry]
    :. [SportNews.bz Story on Elite A] :. [(translated)]
    :. [EisHockey-24.de Story on DEL2] :. [(translated)]
    :. [Ritten Sport Story on Nelson] :. [(translated)] :. [Elite Prospects Stats]
    :. [Ritten Sport Story on Siddall] :. [(translated)] :. [Elite Prospects Stats]
    :. [Ritten Sport Story on Tudin] :. [(translated)] :. [Elite Prospects Stats]
    :. [SportNews.bz Story on Ansoldi (translated)] :. [Elite Prospects Stats]



    Trinity Western (BCIHL) had two players on an AIA team which toured Latvia. The players were Brad Bakken and Josh Stephenson. They were joined by coaches Barret Kropf and Chris Wiens. I recall Athletes-in-Action having some good basketball teams many years ago.

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    Aug 1: Bisons to face Star Bulls


    I have looked high and low through the websites of the DEL2 teams. Most, but not all, have exhibition schedules posted. One such team is the Rosenheim Star Bulls, and the Bisons will open against them on Tuesday, August 27th.

    The Bisons also started their 2011 tour with a game against Rosenheim before going into a tournament in Ritten. The Bisons won 5-4 in a shoot-out, after making a comeback from a 1-4 deficit.

    There are not any players of note on the Bulls' roster. They have four imports, one each from Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, and Canada. The Canadian is Tyler McNeely. He is a BC boy who graduated from Northeastern (NCAA) before embarking on an AHL/ECHL career. Last season he played mostly for the South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL) where he scored 13 goals and 31 assists in 41 games. Hr also had 8 points in 27 games with Lake Erie (AHL).

    Meanwhile, only Manitoba, Alberta, Regina, and UBC have their pre-season schedules up. And nobody has a new roster page.

    Links:
    :. [Rosenheim Team Website] :. [(translated)]
    :. [Elite Prospects on McNeely]
    :. [Post on 2011 game]

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    Aug. 5: Hodge Podge of Euro News


    Hockey news is always down to a trickle on the August long weekend, and this year is no exception. But a few stories have popped up, mostly about off-ice matters.

    The Bison all-sport pass stays at $60 for adults and $30 for students. However, the pass does NOT include football this year. Those tickets are $15/$8 per game due to the new campus stadium.

    There are no new stories on the CW or CIS sites. However, the CIS site has replaced the 2012-13 schedule and standings links with 2013-14 links. Neither site has a composite schedule with exhibition games.

    As for following the Bisons whilst on tour, I have links for Eurohockey.com's exhibition game schedule and a pre-season standings page. Thus far they list the Aug. 31st game, but not the Aug. 27th game nor any others. The link may be a source for future updates.

    Links:
    :. [Bison Tickets]
    :. [CIS schedule] :. [CIS standings]
    :. [Eurockey.com schedule page] :. [Standings page]



    Hockey-News.info has a story on the Neumarkt Egna Wild Geese. I have a link for the translation as well. They start training in mid-August and their first game will be against Ritten in the semi-final opposite the Bisons. The story also has their pre-season schedule and ticket information. If you can afford the airfare. You could watch the Gooses for only €150!

    Another Bison opponent, the Rosenheim Star Bulls, are featured at EisHockeyNews.de. They have signed Shawn Weller, an AHL/ECHL vet. He scored 12 goals in 67 games for the Manitoba Moose in 2010-11. The Jets also signed him to AHL deals with the St. John's Ice Caps for 41 games in 2011-12 and for 3 games in 2012-13.

    After the settlement of law suits affecting German pro hockey, there were rumours that some DEL2 teams were being denied licences. This appears to be BS. All sides are accounted for.

    Links:
    :. [Hockey-News.info story on Neumarkt] :. [(translated)]
    :. [Eishockeynews.de story on Rosenheim] :. [(translated)]
    :. [Shawn Weller at Elte Prospects]
    :. [Eishockeynews.de story on licencing] :. [(translated)]

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    Aug. 6: Chris Mason signs with Bisons' Foe


    Goaltender Chris Mason, from the 2011-12 Winnipeg Jets, has signed with Ritten Sport. The Bisons and Ritten will play one another if they win the semi-finals of the tournament in Collalbo, Italy on August 31st. Ritten is quite excited about the signing, especially since Mason once played for Canada in the worlds. Mason played for Nashville in the NHL last season.

    Links:
    :. [Team Press Release] :. [translated]
    :. [reposted at SportNews.bz] :. [translated]


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    Aug. 8: News from points west ...

    Still nothing new from the Herd. But, there have been some announcements from the western wing of the CW.


    The Evil Mpnkeys will once again face the Edmontown Greasers (rookie squad). It is good to see them bring back this fixture. I would like to see the Bisons face the Jets' rookies.
    The history of the Golden Bears vs. the Edmonton Oilers’ rookies game goes back to 1988, and was a yearly tradition for over 20 years. The teams last met in 2009 when the Bears skated to a 4-3 victory, which bumped their record against the Oilers’ rookies to 12-10.
    Links:
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    The Extinct Ones became the latest team to post their exhibition games on their schedule page. Here's the sked:

    Sept. 6 Calgary v Alberta (at Banff)
    Sept. 7 Alberta v Calgary (at Banff)
    Sept. 13 Calgary v Manitoba (at Regina)
    Sept. 14 Saskatchewan v Calgary (at Regina)
    Sept. 15 Calgary v Lethbridge (at Regina)
    Sept. 19 Mount Royal at Calgary
    Sept. 21 Saskatchewan v Calgary (at Edmonton)
    Sept. 27 Alberta at Calgary
    Sept. 28 Calgary v Alberta (at St. Albert)

    Links:
    |> [U of C Schedule Page]



    The Tweety-Birds announced anoher recruit, Anthony Bardaro. He had 25 goals for the Prince Albert Raiders last year.

    Links:
    |> [UBC Story]

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    Aug. 11: Ritten's Manitoba Contingent Grows


    Former Manitoba Moose defenceman Travis Ramsey has now been signed by Ritten Sport. The past two seasons the Jets signed him to play for the St. John's Ice Caps. Although his point totals are low, he was a +4 on a minus team last year.

    Links:
    :. [Team Press Release] :. [translated]
    :. [SportNews.bz Story] :. [translated]
    :. [Ramsey's Elite Prospects Page]



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    Updated Canada West Non-Conference Schedule

    The CW site includes only the conference games. These are the non-conference/exhibition games posted thus far. However, Sask, Mount Royal, and Lethbridge have yet to post their non-conference/exhibition games.

    Tue Aug 27 Manitoba at Rosenheim
    Sat Aug 31 Manitoba v Bremerhaven (at Collalbo)
    Sun Sept 1 Manitoba v Ritten or Neumarkt (at Collalbo)
    Wed Sept 4 Alberta at Augustana (ACAC)
    Fri Sept 6 Alberta at Calgary
    Sat Sept 7 Alberta at Calgary
    Fri Sept 13 Alberta v Lethbridge (at Regina)
    Fri Sept 13 Saskatchewan at Regina
    Fri Sept 13 Calgary v Manitoba (at Regina)
    Sat Sept 14 Alberta v Manitoba (at Regina)
    Sat Sept 14 Lethbridge at Regina
    Sat Sept 14 Saskatchewan v Calgary (at Regina)
    Sun Sept 15 Alberta at Regina
    Sun Sept 15 Calgary v Lethbridge (at Regina)
    Thu Sept 19 Mount Royal at Calgary
    Fri Sept 20 Regina at Manitoba
    Fri Sept 20 Saskatchewan at Alberta (Brick Invitational)
    Sat Sept 21 Regina at Manitoba
    Sat Sept 21 Calgary v Saskatchewan (Brick Invitational)
    Sat Sept 21 Mount Royal at Alberta (Brick Invitational)
    Fri Sept 27 Alberta at Calgary
    Fri Sept 27 Simon Fraser (BCIHL) at UBC
    Sat Sept 28 Calgary v Alberta (at St. Albert)
    Sat Sept 28 UBC at Simon Fraser (BCIHL)
    Sat Sept 28 Toronto at Manitoba
    Sun Sept 29 Toronto at Manitoba
    Fri Nov 1 Alberta at Lakehead
    Sat Nov 2 Alberta at Lakehead
    Fri Jan 3 Alberta at NAIT (ACAC)
    Sat Jan 4 NAIT (ACAC) at Alberta

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    Aug. 12: Battle of Bedrock Announced


    There will be one more NHL-CIS match-up this pre-season. In the Town of Bedrock the Phlegms will do battle with the Dinos. These teams also faced each other in 2011. So on September 9 it will be Phlegms @ U of C and on September 10 it will be Greasers @ U of A. Now it is time for the Jets to face the Bisons.

    BTW, these two games have been added to the CW composite schedule, but no other exhibition games have been.

    Links:
    :. [U of C Story] :. [CW story re Calgary and Alberta]
    :. [CW Composite Schedule]

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    Aug. 15: Bisons to face Klostersee


    On a day when the CW webmaster went nuts, one more Bison opponent on the European vacation has been disclosed. The Bisons will face EHC Klostersee on August 29th. They are in the Oberliga, the 3rd tier of German hockey. The Bisons' other German opponents (now and in 2011) have come from the DEL2 (the 2nd tier of German hockey).

    The schedule also has the Bisons opening their tour on August 26th instead of 27th (as per the Rosenheim site and pretty much every European link). We'll see if this is corrected.

    In other notes, the CW composite says the Bisons will face UND at Fargo. Not sure why that would be. Three games in three days, and they would have to spend a couple more hours on the highway. Are they hoping that Fargo fans will confuse them for a new NDSU Bison team?

    There are a pile of other new games added, none of which have shown up on team sites as yet. Lethbridge, Saskatchewan, and Mount Royal have diddly squat on the pre-season.

    Links:
    :. [CW Composite Schedule]
    :. [Eurohockey.com - Oberliga] :. [Eurohockey.com - Klostersee]
    :. [EHC Klostersee Team Site]


    2013-14 CWUAA Exhibition Games

    Aug. 26 Manitoba at Rosenheim (Ger2)
    Aug. 29 Manitoba at EHC Klostersee (Ger3)
    Aug. 31 Manitoba v EHC Fischtown (Ger2) (at Ritten)
    Sept. 1 Manitoba v Ritten or Neumarkt (at Ritten)
    Sept. 4 Alberta at Augustana (ACAC)
    Sept. 6 Calgary v Alberta (at Banff)
    Sept. 7 Alberta v Calgary (at Banff)
    Sept. 9 Calgary Flames Rookies at Calgary
    Sept. 10 Edmonton Oilers Rookies at Alberta
    Sept. 10 Regina at Weyburn (SJHL)
    Sept. 13 Saskatchewan at Regina
    Sept. 13 Lethbridge v Alberta (at Regina)
    Sept. 13 Calgary v Manitoba (at Regina)
    Sept. 14 Lethbridge at Regina
    Sept. 14 Manitoba v Alberta (at Regina)
    Sept. 14 Calgary v Saskatchewan (at Regina)
    Sept. 15 Alberta at Regina
    Sept. 15 Calgary v Lethbridge (at Regina)
    Sept. 18 Mount Royal at Calgary
    Sept. 20 Saskatchewan at Alberta
    Sept. 21 Regina at Manitoba
    Sept. 21 Calgary v Saskatchewan (at Edmonton)
    Sept. 21 Mount Royal at Alberta
    Sept. 27 Simon Fraser (BCIHL) at UBC
    Sept. 27 Alberta at Calgary
    Sept. 27 Lethbridge at Mount Royal
    Sept. 28 Calgary v Alberta (at St. Albert)
    Sept. 28 UBC at Simon Fraser (BCIHL)
    Sept. 28 Toronto (OUA) at Manitoba
    Sept. 29 Toronto (OUA) at Manitoba
    Oct. 4 UBC at Alaska-Anchorage (NCAA)
    Oct. 5 UBC at Alaska-Fairbanks (NCAA)
    Oct. 5 Lethbridge at Minnesota (NCAA)
    Oct. 6 Lethbridge at Minnesota St.-Mankato
    Oct. 6 Manitoba at North Dakota (NCAA) (at Fargo)
    Nov. 1 Alberta at Lakehead (OUA)
    Nov. 2 Alberta at Lakehead (OUA)
    Jan. 3 North Dakota (NCAA) v UBC (at Burnaby)
    Jan. 3 Alberta at NAIT (ACAC)
    Jan. 4 Princeton (NCAA) v UBC (at Burnaby)
    Jan. 4 NAIT (ACAC) at Alberta

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    Aug. 17: Bison Euro-foes Have Started Playing


    The teams the Bisons are facing (or may be facing in the tournament) during their European tour have started playing and have made more signings.

    The schedule links for most teams still do not have exhibition games posted yet. But two opponents have a list from the Sportforen.de message board, which seems to have it all for German teams.

    Links:
    :. [Sportforen]



    Starbulls Rosenheim 3
    EC Villacher SV 4

    (in shoot-out)

    When the Starbulls face the Bisons, it will be their 4th game of the season. Villacher is a good team from the EBEL, Austria's top league with a few teams from other countries. Their remaining games are:

    Aug 18 v Villacher SV (A)
    Aug 23 v HC Bozen/Bolzano (H)
    Aug 27 v Manitoba Bisons (H)
    Aug 30 v Sterzing Broncos (H)
    Sept 01 v Sterzing Broncos (A)
    Sept 06 v HC Pustertal (A)
    Sept 08 v HC Pustertal (H)

    Bozen/Bolzano is an Italian side that has moved to the EBEL effective this year. Sterzing and Pusteral are in the Italian Elite A.

    Links:
    :. Rosenheim Site: [Schedule] :. [Summary] :. [Roster]
    :. [Eis Hockey News Story] :. [Translated]



    Fischtown Pinguins 6
    Hannover Scorpions 1


    The Scorpions are in the Oberliga, which is the 3rd tier of German hockey. Their game with the Bisons will be their 4th as well. Here is the schedule:

    Aug 23 v Esbjerg Elite Ishockey (A)
    Aug 25 v Hannover Scorpions (A)
    Aug 31 v Manitoba Bisons (tournament in Ritten)
    Sept 1 3rd place match or final v HC Neumarkt/Egna or Ritten/Renon
    Sept 6 v Odense Bulldogs (SWB-Cup in Bremerhaven)
    Sept 7 3rd place match or final in Bremerhaven

    Esbjergand Odense are Danish teams.

    Links:
    :. [Fischtown Game Story] :. [Translated]
    :. [Eis Hockey 24 Story] :. [Translated]
    :. [Eis Hockey Magazin Story] :. [Translated]



    While Ritten/Renon Sport has yet to announce a full schedule and has yet to play a game, they have announced yet another big signing. Eric Johansson, born in Edmonton but with dual Swedish citizenship, has signed. He is a vet, having played in the AHL for 3 seasons ended in 2005. Since then he has played mostly in Sweden. Ritten seems determined to boost themselves to a higher level.

    Links:
    :. [Ritten Story] :. [Translated]
    :. [SportsNews.bz Story] :. [Translated]
    :. [Elite Prospects Page]



    The Neumarkt/Egna Wild Geese do not have the splashy announcements of the other Bison opponents. But there was a story about them signing a young Slovak, Matej Direr, who just been out of junior for a year.

    Links:
    :. [SportsNews.bz Story] :. [Translated]

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    Aug. 18: Conference Recruiting News


    The only CW team to have a new official announcement about recruits is the University of British California. They have announced that goaltender Jordan White is not coming back but the replacement is former Regina Pat Matt Hewitt. White was doing very well in his 3rd and 4th years at UBC after being kind of mediocre in years 1 and 2. I am sure that they would rather have him back for a 5th year. Still, UBC needs a steady flow of WHL recruits into their program if they want to sit with the cool kids instead of being perpetually seated at the little school table.

    Links:
    :. [UBC Story]
    :. [Hewitt at Elite Prospects]



    The Evil Monkeys have made their 2nd annual announcement that open tryouts will be held. They have stated that prospective players must have played "Midget AAA or higher".

    Links:
    :. [U of A Story]



    There were a few transactions affecting CW teams listed at Elite Prospects, none of which were accompanied by team announcements. Could be that since these guys are not from the WHL they are just getting tryouts.

    Nevertheless, here's the list:

    Miguel Pereira - Listed as going from Grenoble to Regina, although he played for the Weyburn Red Wings last year. Looks like he changed his mind. Why would he want to leave Grenoble for Regina?

    Derek Huisman - He is a forward from the Merritt Centennials of the BCHL now headed to the New Kittens on the Block. He has been about a point per game Junior A player the last two years.

    Myles Hovdebo - He is a goaltender listed as having transferred from Selkirk College (BCIHL) to the Bedrock Dinos. Selkirk also lost one other goaltender, but have recruited three new ones as well. He is not listed as having ever actually played at Selkirk. He spent the last 3 years with the Laronge Icewolves. Although Dustin Butler is gone, the Dinos still have Jacob DeSerres (arguably their #1 by the end of the year) and Kris Lazaruk (who never played last year) eligible to return.

    Links:
    :. [Elite Prospects CIS transfers page]
    :. [Pereira at Elite Prospects]
    :. [Huisman at Elite Prospects]
    :. [Hovdebo at Elite Prospects]
    :. [Selkirk College at Elite Prospects]

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    Aug. 19: Italian News, Rosenheim Loses


    Starbulls Rosenheim 1
    EC Villacher SV 3


    The Starbulls lost the rematch to their Austrian foes. The shots on goal are not shown in the summary and it is hard to glean from a translated story just what the game was like. Shawn Weller had an assist.

    Rosenheim will now play HC Bozen/Bolzano Foxes (Italian team new to the EBEL) on Friday before facing the Bisons on August 27th.

    Links:
    :. [Game Story at Rosenheim24.de] :. [Translated]
    :. [Summary] :. [Translated]



    I have also pieced together the changes in Italian hockey. I have linked stories from the meetings they held. Their top league is to now be called Elite.A and there is no automatic promotion/relegation system. Teams can move up if they meet arena, sponsorship, and other criteria. Most of the 2nd tier teams are either moving to the INL (such as Neumarkt/Egna) or otherwise restructuring. One (Sterzing/Vipetano) is moving back to Elite.A. Last season (as "Serie A") they had 10 teams. HC Bozen/Bolzano Foxes have moved to the Austrian EBEL. HC Alleghe Civette lost sponsorship and are moving down a league. I have no idea what has happened to Aquile Friuli Venezia Giulia. So, 10 - 3 = 7. Then you add Sterzing/Vipetano and they are back to 8. One team they thought they may lose to the KHL is Hockey Milano Rossoblu. Although they are not listed at Eurohockey.com, their own website claims they are set for the Elite.A this year. The other five returnees are Asiago Hockey, HC Valpellice, Sportivi Ghiaccio Cortina, SHC Fassa, and HC Val Pusteria/Pustertal.

    Could the KHL succeed in "non-traditional" hockey markets like Milan? Well, the NHL has tried Phoenix, Atlanta, etc. so what the heck! BTW, Andrew Raycroft and Angelo Esposito play for Milan.

    Links:
    :. [LIHG Planning Story] :. [Translated]
    :. [LIHG League Format Story] :. [Translated]
    :. [Alleghe Story] :. [Translated]
    :. [Milano Story] :. [Translated]



    Ritten/Renon Sport have released a full roster page, and an interview with Chris Mason. Sounds like he and his wife wanted to spend some time in Italy before he retires. He had previously played in Norway.

    Links:
    :. [Ritten Roster Announced] :. [Translated]
    :. [Ritten Mason Interview] :. [Translated]

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    Aug. 23: News and Scores


    The Bisons' site has uploaded a story on the tour. It confirms the information previously posted in this thread and has a quote from the coach. The site does not yet have a training camp roster, but camp has started.

    Links:
    :. [U of M Story]



    Starbulls Rosenheim 2
    HC Bozen/Bolzano Foxes 1


    Tyler McNeely scored both goals for Rosenheim and Shawn Weller had two assists. So their imports are clearly the players to watch. The Bisons will likely counter with a choice defence combo when the two sides clash on Tuesday. Rosenheim is now 1-1-1 in pre-season, and the Bisons are their next opponent. The Foxes are an Italian team in the debut season in the Austria-based EBEL.

    Links:
    :. [Preview Story] :. [Translated]
    :. [Summary] :. [Translated]
    :. [SportNews.bz Story] :. [Translated]



    Fischtown Pinguins 1
    Esbjerg Elite Ishockey 0

    (in shoot-out)

    The Bisons could be facing a solid D next Friday when they face the Waddling Ones. Esbjerg (a Danish team) must have a strong goaltender. I like how some translations come out:
    Although the Seestädter were able to record 19/6 Shots on goal in their favor, it simply was not possible to accommodate the black hard rubber disc in the case of Ervin Mustukovs well defended. After Sergei Stas and Tyler Ellington after a personal dispute in the 27th Minutes were sent out to the showers, the hosts came into the game a little better, but now Brett Jaeger could also provide proof of his class. Nachem until the second half has the game became increasingly incoherent, penguin coach Mike Stewart was happy to re-instructed to send his men on the ice again in the last scene of the game.
    So, there you go! The Pingies will face the Hanover Scorpions on Sunday before facing the Bisons next Saturday.

    Links:
    :. [Fischtown Story] :. [Translated]



    No news from Ritten/Renon Sport, but they have a poster/program cover for the tournament.

    Click for larger image.



    Elite Prospects has a CIS recruit page which, while not complete, is worth a periodic check-in. The H0rny Ones have landed goaltender Alex Sirard from Selkirk College of the BCIHL. Their source was the player's Twitter! And Lakehead picked up goaltender Justin McDonald from the OCN Blizzard.

    Links:
    :. [Elite Prospects CIS Confirmed Transfers]
    :. Re Sirard: [Elite Prospects] :. [Twitter]
    :. Re McDonald: [Elite Prospects] :. [Lakehead Story]
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    Aug. 25: Scores and an Arena Breakdown


    My son was anxious to give his brand new hockey equipment a trial run and we found out about public ice being available at the Max Bell. Only problem is that high temperatures and humidity forced closure for the afternoon. Ironic, considering what happened to EHC Klostersee ...


    EHC Klostersee's home arena in Grafing has sprung a leak from a valve in the ice machine, putting the facility out of commission for about a week. So the Bison game on Thursday is shifting to another venue. The options are Bad Tolz and Erding. All of these places are east of Munich and west of Rosenheim. This is their pre-disaster pre-season schedule:

    Aug. 29 in Grafing v Manitoba Bisons
    Sept. 1 at EC Peiting
    Sept. 6 at TEV Miesbach
    Sept. 8 in Grafing v EC Peiting
    Sept. 13 in Grafing v Erding Gladiators
    Sept. 15 in Grafing v TEV Miesbach
    Sept. 20 at Erding Gladiators
    Sept. 22 (opponents to be confirmed)

    Links:
    :. [EHCK Announcement] :. [Translation]
    :. [Eishockey News Story] :. [Translation]
    :. [EHCK Pre-season Schedule] :. [Translation]



    SC Riessersee 3
    Ritten/Renon Sport 1


    This was the season opener for Ritten. They are hosting the Bisons in their tournament next weekend. Former Jet Chris Mason was tending the goal for the first two periods during which the Germans mounted a 3-0 lead. Two of those goals came on a 5 minute major. At least that's what I picked up from the translations. Riessersee is from the DEL2.

    The remainder of Ritten's pre-season looks like this:

    Aug. 31 Ritten Sport v Neumarkt/Egna Wild Geese (INL)
    Sept. 1 Ritten Sport v Fischtown (DEL2) or Manitoba Bisons
    Sept. 3 Ritten Sport v Dartmouth (NCAA)
    Sept. 7 Ritten Sport v SC Riessersee (DEL2)
    Sept. 13 Ritten Sport v Bad Tölz (OBL)
    Sept. 15 Bad Tölz (OBL) v Ritten Sport

    Too bad the Bisons couldn't have played Dartmouth so as to add a 5th game.



    Links:
    :. [Ritten Story] :. [Translated]
    :. [SportNews.bz Story] :. [Translated]
    :. [HockeyTime.net Story] :. [Translated]
    :. [Ritten Pre-Season]



    Starbulls Rosenheim 8
    Deggendorfer Fire 1


    This game was not part of Rosenheim's previously announced schedule. Deggendorfer is from the Oberliga, Germany's 3rd tier league. By the early results it would appear that there is quite a difference between the Oberliga and the DEL2. Tyler McNeely and Shawn Weller each scored again for the Starbulls. Rosenheim is now 2-1-1 and their next game is Tuesday against the Bisons.

    Links:
    :. [Team Summary]
    :. [Eurohockey Summary]



    Fischtown Pinguins 7
    Hannover Scorpions 1


    Fischtown won beat Hannover, another Oberliga team, for the 2nd time this year. The Pinguins are now 3-0-0 in the pre-season. Next up for them is the Ritten tournament, and a Saturday game against the Manitoba Bisons.

    Links:
    :. [Fischtown Story] :. [Translated]
    :. [Eishockey Magazin Story] :. [Translated]
    :. [Eurohockey Summary]

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    Aug. 27: Rosenheim 7 Manitoba 1



    MANITOBA BISONS 1
    ROSENHEIM STARBULLS 7


    The Bisons started their European vacation on a sour note. The first thing to jump out at me was that the Bisons had a very weak line-up dressed. From last year's starters in the playoffs, they had only one defenceman and 5 forwards dressed. I do not know if they had some injuries or if loads of guys failed to make the trip, or just droped out. IAE, the Bisons dressed only 16 skaters, when European rules allow 20. And one of those dressed was Bison assistant coach Riley Dudar!

    I followed along at the Pointstreak link, which is very much like LeagueStat. There were two jersey numbers listed as "New Player". One turned out to be Dudar and the other was Pierre Landry, an unannounced newcomer on defence. He has transferred from Briercrest and previously played for the Wayway Wolverines in the MJHL. Here was the line-up (the line combos were not given):

    GOAL:
    1 Joe Caligiuri - 34 Deven Dubyk - 35 Joey Rewucki

    DEFENCE:
    12 Brock Sutherland - 24 Travis Bobbee
    5 Lee Christensen - 6 Luke Paulsen
    3 Pierre Landry

    FORWARDS:
    20 Aaron Lewadniuk - 19 Ian DuVal - 21 Taylor Dickin
    18 Dylan Kelly - 25 Paul Ciarelli - 16 Jesse Paradis
    15 Craig Scott - 10 Brendan Rowinski - 17 Austin Lauder
    22 Riley Dudar - 28 Reid MacLeod

    MIA:
    22 Darren Bestland - 2 Dane Crowley
    3 Eric Mestery - 4 Jeremy Schappert
    6 Brodie Melnychuk
    29 Luke Cain - #? Jordan Depape - 26 Blair Macaulay

    The players listed under "MIA" are eligible to return. Depape is the only new recruit in that list. What are the rest doing?

    Other than Landry, other unannounced newcomers to suit up were Joey Rewucki (goaltender from the Selkirk Steelers of the MJHL) and Reid MacLeod (forward from Sacred Heart of the NCAA who red-shirted and played for the Stonewall Flyers last year).

    Travis Bobbee started the scoring after 5 minutes, but that was it for the Bisons. Each goaltender played a period, Caligiuri started and was succeeded by Dubyk and Rewucki.

    None of the summaries include shots on goal, so it is hard to glean just what kind of a game it was. The score was only 2-1 after 36 minutes of play. Then two quick 2nd period goals by the Starbulls gave them a stranglehold.

    These teams started the 2011 tour as well. Rosenheim also had a 4-1 lead after two periods that night, only to lose in a shootout.

    The Bisons' next game is Thursday against EHC Klostersee. Rosenheim will not play until Friday against the Sterzing Broncos.

    A special guest at the game was Karl Friesen, goaltender and formerly of the West Kildonan North Stars and St. Boniface Mohawks. He also played 12 seasons for Rosenheim and for the German (or West German) national team in 6 world championships and 3 Olympic games (1984, 1988, and 1992). He also had a cup of coffee with the New Jersey Devils (pre-Brodeur).



    Links:
    :. [Team Preview Story] :. [Translation]
    :. [Team Story] :. [Translation]
    :. [Hockeyweb.de Story] :. [Translation]
    :. [Pointstreak Summary/Stats]
    :. [Eurohockey Summary]
    :. [Rosenheim Summary/Stats] :. [Translation]
    :. [Rosenheim Story re Deggendorf] :. [Translation]
    :. Elite Prospects Links: [Karl Friesen] :. [Pierre Landry]
    :. [Reid Macleod] :. [Joey Rewucki] :. [Riley Dudar]

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    Aug. 28: Bison Practice


    So I popped in at the Max Bell to take my son skating and instead of public skating there was "Bison Men's Practice" on the board. Since it was so hot outside we wanted to check out the ice and, indeed, there was a Bison men's hockey practice, featuring 2 goaltenders and 9 skaters. That explains the short-staffed squad in Europe. I could not identify everybody. But Blair Macaulay and Dane Crowley had numbers on their helmets making them identifiable. I also thought I saw alumni Chris Benias out there. How many short guys with a #17 helmet are out there? There should be plenty of competition for spots when the two camps come together.

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    Aug. 29: Bisons 5 Klostersee 2



    MANITOBA BISONS 5
    EHC KLOSTERSEE GRAFING 2


    Links:
    :. [Team Preview Story] :. [Translation]
    :. [Bison Schedule Page]


    According to the Klostersee website, the last word on the game was cancelled due to an ice plant problem. However, on the Bison site they have the score without any link to a story or summary. A web search revealed nothing. Klostersee is on Pointsreak for regular season only. So I am unable to say what the Bisons did and if they remain short-staffed.

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    Aug. 31: Fischtown 6 Bisons 5 (so)



    MANITOBA BISONS 5
    FISCHTOWN PINGUINS 6

    (IN SHOOT-OUT)

    Links:
    :. [Fischtown Preview] :. [Translation]
    :. [Ritten Story on both games] :. [Translation]
    :. [Fischtown Game Story] :. [Translation]
    :. [SportNews.bz Story on both games] :. [Translation]
    :. [Eurohockey Game Detail]


    The Ritten tournament produced a pair of exciting games on day one. The Bisons were featured in the opener. I have thus far been unable to locate a line-up or a proper summary. However several links have listed the scorers:

    1:0 (08.) FPB Martinelli PP
    2:0 (10.) FPB Kopecky
    2:1 (11.) UMB Dickin
    3:1 (13.) FPB Fatyka
    3:2 (15.) UMB Ciarelli PP
    4:2 (23.) FPB McPherson
    4:3 (39.) UMB MacLeod
    5:3 (40.) FPB Dejdar
    5:4 (48.) UMB Dickin
    5:5 (51.) UMB Lewadniuk PP
    6:5 (65.) FPB Cook SO

    So, 4 of the 5 Bison goals were scored by newcomers. The result also shows improvement from the opening game against Rosenheim, who are ranked at the same level as Fischtown.

    From Ritten:
    In the afternoon, the North Germans met the college boys from Manitoba and saw a long time like the sure winner from. But the guys at the University team managed at a brisk game even the 5:5 compensation, before they had to admit defeat after extra time in the shootout.
    From Fischtown:
    The penguin did very hard against the young, hungry Canadian bottom line. Although the Bremerhaven were optically far superior. But in the last third tore the thread. The Penguin gave a 5-3 lead out of hand and escaped with difficulty into the shootout. Here redeemed Brendan Cook and his colleagues transformed attempt.

    Two weeks before the start of the DEL-II match of the season, the penguin was already very well regarded. The washer ran smoothly, the setting was right. However, there were still one or other negligence on the defensive, were punished by the bison with goals against.
    From SportNews.bz:
    In the second semi-final, the penguin doing heavy expects al against the young Canadians of Manitoba Bsons. DEL2 the club was in the final period a 5-3 lead out of hand and escaped with difficulty into the shootout. Here Brendan Cook scored but still the decisive goal for the North Germans.


    RITTEN/RENON SPORT 4
    NEUMARKT/EGNA WILD GEESE 3

    (IN OVERTIME)

    Links:
    :. [Hockey Time Story] :. [Translation]
    :. [Sportnews.bz Season Preview Story] :. [Translation]


    The hosts from Ritten fell behind the Wild Geese by 3-0 before mounting a comeback and winning in overtime. Travis Ramsay set up the two goals which started the comeback.

    Sunday's games will see the Bisons face the Wild Geese for 3rd place, followed by the Pinguins against Ritten for 1st place.


    The Evil Monkeys announced two more recruits - forward Jamie Crooks (Victoria) and goaltender Luke Siemens (Prince Albert).

    Links:
    :. [U of A Story]

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    Sept. 1: Bisons 6 Neumarkt/Egna 2


    MANITOBA BISONS 6
    NEUMARKT/EGNA WILD GEESE 2



    FISCHTOWN PINGUINS 3
    RITTEN/RENON SPORT 2

    (IN SHOOTOUT)

    Links:
    :. [Ritten Story on both games] :. [Translation]
    :. [Hockey Time Story] :. [Translation]
    :. [Neumarkt Story] :. [Translation]
    :. [Fischtown Site - no story yet]
    :. [SportNews.bz - no story yet]
    :. [Eurohockey Game Detail - on final] :. [- 3rd not yet posted]


    The Bisons have played many things.

    They have played several types of animals, like Monkeys, Pronghorns, Beavers, Badgers, Bears, and Mavericks.

    And mythological ones like Thunderbirds and Griffins, and extinct ones like Dinosaurs.

    Not to forget birds like Ooks and Hawks, or canines like Thunderwolves and two kinds of Huskies.

    The felines have been abundant, including Bobcats, Lions, Tigers, and two colours of Cougars. They even played two colours: Reds and Blues.

    In a celestial sense they have faced North Stars, Starbulls, and once even Cyclones.

    For people they have faced Nor'Westers and Wesmen, Fighting Sioux and Redmen, 99ers, Trojans, Patriotes, and even Cannibals.

    Transportation modes have also been encountered, like Clippers and Trucks. They once faced the Jets, and later the Mooses.

    But until today they had never faced Gooses!

    None of the links tells much about the Bison game. They were down 0-2 early then scored to go into the 1st intermission down 1-2. They then dominated the 2nd (with 2 goals) and 3rd (with 3 goals) periods. Italian hockey is short on statistical links so I may never find the line-ups, goaltenders, or even scorers for the tour.

    In the end, the Bisons go 2-1-1 on the tour. Even when short staffed, they should beat teams from the OBL and INL (which they did) and have tight games against the DEL2 (which they did in Saturday's shootout against Fischtown). Now the Euro tourists will come home and join the group training at the Max Bell.

    As for the tournament opponents, Neumarkt/Egna are happy that they went to overtime against Ritten/Renon, a team from a higher league. Fischtown had two wins in shootouts. It seems that Ritten/Renon is also happy with Chris Mason, Travis Ramsay, and their other new recruits, who all played key roles.

    The Bisons next play in Hillbillyland where the bulk of the CW teams will converge for a mix-match of exhibition games. Actually, it would be nice to be able to see so many teams in one venue. The Herd will face the Bedrock Boys on Friday, Sept. 13 and the Evil Monkeys on Saturday, Sept. 14.

    The home debut will be against the Regina Cougars on Sept. 20-21 with 2:00 p.m. starts both days. The pre-season will conclude with home games against the Toronto Varsity Blues on Sept. 27-28.

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    Sept. 4: Macaulay Goes Pro, Domestic Pre-Season Begins


    Blair Macaulay, the Bisons' top scorer, and one of the best players in the CIS, has signed a pro deal. He and his brother, Scott Macaulay, are headed off to the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL, an Edmonton Oilers affiliate. Both played for the Winnipeg Saints. Thereafter, Scott went to the NCAA and Blair to the WHL.

    The quote tells just how good he was:
    Macaulay played four seasons (2009-13) at Manitoba and was selected as a two-time Canada West men’s hockey MVP during 2011-12 and 2012-13 season – only the second player in the award's 35-year history to win the award in consecutive seasons. The Winnipeg native had a very successful career with the Bisons and his accolades included being named a 2012-13 CIS First Team All-Canadian, 2011-12 CIS Second Team All-Canadian, being named Canada West First Team All-Star in three consecutive seasons (2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13) and part of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets 2012 Development Camp roster.
    What it does not say is that he started as a 4th-liner and penalty killer and quickly moved his way up in the order. Check out the Elite Prospects stats page. The 23 goals in 28 regular season games in 2011-12 was quite incredible.

    I saw him at a Bison workout during the team's European tour. However, I also believe I saw Chris Benias and perhaps other former Bisons there as well. Whether the team thought he might return is something I just don't know.

    The Bisons' next games are in Regina where they will face Bedrock on Friday, September 13 and the Evil Monkeys on Saturday, September 14.

    Links:
    :. [U of M Story] : reposted [at CW]
    :. [Bakersfield Condors Story]
    :. [Elite Prospects Stats page



    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5
    UA AUGUSTANA VIKINGS 1


    Links:
    :. [U of A Linescore]
    :. [Augustana Tweet] :. [U of A Tweet]
    :. [ACAC Schedule Page]
    :. [Augustana Team Page] :. [Alberta Team Page]


    There is not much detail here, other than the score from a couple of tweets. Check the links for more detailed summaries and perhaps a game story which may have been uploaded after I posted.

    NEXT UP:

    Fri Sep 06 Calgary v Alberta (at Banff)
    Sat Sep 07 Alberta v Calgary (at Banff)
    Mon Sep 09 Flames Rookies at Calgary
    Tue Sep 10 Oilers Rookies at Alberta
    Tue Sep 10 Regina at Weyburn (SJHL)

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    Sept. 6: Monkeys win, More recruiting news


    The Selkirk Steelers website announced that their former goaltender Joey Rewucki is attending the U of M on a scholarship. I did see his name on the roster/stats pages when the Bisons faced Rosenheim (see post from Aug. 27th) and posted his stats.
    The Selkirk Steelers announce that former goaltender Joey Rewucki has accepted a scholarship to play for the University of Manitoba Bison's men’s hockey team for the upcoming 2013-2014 season.

    Rewucki, originally from East St. Paul was an original draft pick of the Steelers and played four years starting with the 2008/09 season. During his time with the Steelers, Rewucki played in 168 games compiling a 3.22 goals against average and a career .911 save %. He was a three time all-star, Steelers MVP in 2010 and was twice nominated by the MJHL for the leagues top goaltender.
    And, the GoBisons.ca website is being renovated. One effect is that bookmarked links to specific pages no longer work. It appears that they are trying to add content to the new site bit-by-bit. The site is one of those awkward new ones where your screen is full of banners and menus that appear and vanish and basically just leave room for an inch of actual content to be visible at any one time. Compare new to the really old one and see which had the better utility.

    Links:
    :. [Steelers Story]
    :. [New Site] :. [2008 site]



    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4
    CALGARY DINOSAURS 2


    Links:
    :. [U of A Linescore] :. [U of A lineup card]
    :. [Calgary Recruiting Story]
    :. [CW Schedule Page]
    :. [ACAC Schedule Page]


    All I have is the score and that the Monkeys' scorers were Sean Ringrose (with 2), Ian Barteaux, and Johnny Lazo. I have the link for the CW schedule page in case stats or a story are uploaded.

    Team Bedrock also announced (presumably) their final batch of recruits:
    • Dylan Walchuk • 5'10" 170 Ibs. • Forward • McBride, B.C. Spokane (WHL)
    • Adam Kambeitz • 6'0" 196 Ibs. • Forward • Coaldale, Alta. Seattle (WHL)
    • Jordan Messier • 6'2" 195 Ibs. • Forward • Canmore, Alta. Moose Jaw (WHL)
    • Myles Hovdebo • 6'1" 174 Ibs. • Goaltender • Swift Current, Sask. • La Ronge (SJHL)

    Meanwhile, Augustana beat Battlefords (SJHL) 5-2.

    NEXT UP:

    Sat Sep 07 Alberta v Calgary (at Banff)
    Mon Sep 09 Flames Rookies at Calgary
    Tue Sep 10 Oilers Rookies at Alberta
    Tue Sep 10 Regina at Weyburn (SJHL)

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    Welcome back!

    Nice to see these forums back up.

    Here are several posts about the CIS in general, and the Bisons in particular, to tell you what has been going on since September 6th.


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    Sept. 7: Monkeys Sweep Dinos


    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 3
    CALGARY DINOSAURS 0


    Links:
    :. [U of A Linescore]
    :. [Edmonton Examiner Story]


    As with game 1, all we have is a list of scorers from the Monkeys' site: Brett Ferguson, Torrie Dyck and Thomas Carr. So now the records of the three teams to see action so far are:
    Alberta 3-0-0
    Manitoba 2-1-1
    Calgary 0-2-0

    There was also a piece in the Edmontown Examiner on new Monkey goaltender Luke Siemens. Although he has great credentials, it is hard to see him improving the Monkey goaltending. Kurtis Mucha stole games for them last year, including one memorable night in Manitoba.


    There is no announcement yet from Sask on their recruits. However, we get word from Fort Mac that one of the Keyano Huskies' goaltenders is shifting to another pack of mutts. Matthew Smidt is shifting from remote Alberta to the Spitoon. BTW, Sask's site really sucks.

    Links:
    :. [Fort McMurray Today Story]
    :. [U of S site]



    I also came across a piece on Yahoo about the CIS's improved exposure in general. Cited are:
    1. CIS TV Deal with Sportsnet.
    2. Sportsnet 360 Web Coverage (see http://www.sportsnet.ca/cis/).
    3. Investment in free, live streaming.
    4. Partnerships with community teams (an example is the Bisons-Bombers).
    5. Brand Power.

    I will have to see how Sportsnet's CIS page covers hockey this year. Right now the football coverage looks pretty good.

    Links:
    :. [Yahoo Story]
    :. [SportsNet CIS Page]

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    Sept 9-10: Alberta sees CIS/NHL Split


    EDMONTON OILERS ROOKIES 3
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4


    Links:
    :. [U of A Linescore & Story] :. [Same Story, different link]
    :. [LeagueStat Summary]


    This used to be an annual fixture so it is good to see it back. And the Monkeys beat the Greasers, so score one for the CIS. Then again, it was ONLY the Greasers. BTW, the Greasers only had 2 shots on goal in the 3rd period. The Monkeys are throwing feces in celebration as they are now 4-0-0 in the exhibition season.


    CALGARY FLAMES ROOKIES 6
    CALGARY DINOSAURS 3


    Links:
    :. [U of C Preview] :. [U of C Story]
    :. [LeagueStat Summary] :. [CW Story - both games]


    The Flames outshot the Dinos 35-29 in what sems to have been a free-wheeling game. The difference in the game was that the Flames were 4-for-8 on the PP. The Dinos are now 0-3-0 in the pre-season.



    Links:
    :. [Weyburn Site] :. [U of R Site]
    :. [Weyburn Twitter]
    :. [U of R Summer Challenge Story]


    Regina was supposed to travel to Weyburn to face the Red Wings on Sept. 10. However, there is nothing about the game on either the U of R or Weyburn sites. Weyburn's Twitter reminded of the game at 12:58 pm. It was listed on the SJHL LeagueStat games, but none of those have scores or links. My assumption? Banjoland ran out of electricity. But Regina is hosting 6 of 8 CW teams this weekend. That would be nice to see. I would love tio sit through 3 hockey games per day.
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    Weekend Preview: All Roads Lead to Regina



    Links:
    :. [U of M Site] :. [Bison Roster Page]
    :. [CW Schedule Page (with links)]
    :. [Canada West Annual Magazine]
    :. [CIS Repost of U of A Story]
    :. [Cougar Roster Page]
    :. [Alberta Site] :. [Calgary Site]
    :. [Lethbridge Site] :. [Sask Site]


    The Bisons are off to Regina where they will not play the Cougars, nor any team from Banjoland. Instead they will face two teams from Saudi Alberta (Bedrock and the Evil Monkeys) on neutral ice. The Banjo-Mutts and H0rny Ones will also be there. The weekend schedule is:

    Friday, Sept. 13
    2:00 – Regina vs. Saskatchewan
    5:00 – Alberta vs. Lethbridge
    8:00 – Calgary vs. Manitoba

    Saturday, Sept. 14
    12:00 – Regina vs. Lethbridge
    3:00 – Alberta vs. Manitoba
    6:00 – Calgary vs. Saskatchewan

    Sunday, Sept. 15
    10:30 – Regina vs. Alberta
    1:30 – Calgary vs. Lethbridge

    There is not much in pre-event information to share at this point. The U of M site, since being re-minted, has no updates and in fact has lost the story on Macaulay turning pro and the scores from their European tour.

    This makes it time for an annual rant: Why don't CIS teams get their websites going in advance of the pre-season? Should they not have training camp rosters available? Could they not have even a small story on the opening weekend? This would be an easy first step towards getting media coverage in their local marketplaces.

    Here's where the websites stand:

    Manitoba - The roster page has deleted all 5th year players from last year. It still includes last year's 3rd and 4th years who graduated and does not include any new recruits. Before the website was "modernized" the schedule page had the scores from the European tour. Those have been removed and they have not even added a story on the tour. The roster page does tell us that Tyler Dittmer is now a conditioning coach, along with Riley Dudar.

    Alberta - The schedule page has a link to a linescore of each game so far, and a story on the Oiler game. Their roster page is not available yet.

    Calgary and Lethbridge - The schedule pages are updated but are without links (which may change this weekend. The roster pages are 2012-13.

    Regina - They have their 2013-14 roster looking complete. They have 8 defencemen listed, which after being short-handed last year will be a luxury. The schedule page deleted a previously scheduled game with Weyburn but appears up-to-date.

    Saskatchewan - I do not know what their site is doing. When you go there you get all their players' dopey faces but no actual site. So who knows. They must be wiping their butts on the carpet again.

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    Sept. 12: Eastern Pre-Season Begins


    CONCORDIA STINGERS 4
    MCGILL REDMEN 6


    Links:
    :. [LeagueStat Summary]


    This was the first CIS exhibition game of the season outside of those involving CW teams. The McGilligutties led 6-2 at one time, and had a massive edge on the shot clock as well. But the Bees scrambled back to make the score respectable, at least.

    Fun fact: The Bees have two players named "Hugo". Can any other hockey team make that claim?

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    Sept. 13: Herd edged in Banjoland


    MANITOBA BISONS 2
    CALGARY DINOSAURS 3


    Links:
    :. [U of C Twitter]
    :. [CW Schedule/Results/Links]
    :. [U of R Tournament Results]


    There is absolutely no further information about this other than the score. Same thing for the other games in this event. ...

    OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD


    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 1
    REGINA COUGARS 3


    Whenever the Kittens can beat the Puppies they have to like it, exhibition or not.


    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 10


    Links:
    :. [U of A Linescore]


    At least the Monkeys' site has a linescore, even if all it does is tell us who scored the Monkey goals. Could be a rough year for the H0rny Ones. Maybe the fact that the Monkeys got an early start gives them an edge over the `Horns. We'll see.


    REGINA COUGARS 8
    WEYBURN REDWINGS (SJHL) 2


    Links:
    :. [DiscoverWeyburn.com Story]


    Thanks to Gilligan at CISfootball.org we have confirmation that this game was actually played! I do have to wonder why the team websites never had anything on it, though. It was played on September 10th.
    Nick Clark started in goal for Weyburn, and allowed 3 goals on 22 shots through half the game. Veteran, Nate Ferris then took over, but Regina kept coming. The boys really had to compete for puck possession, as the final shots ended up being 46-14 in favour of Regina. Last night was also a good opportunity to shake off the summer dust, and get reacquainted with physical play.
    OUT EAST:


    GUELPH GRYPHONS 2
    WESTERN ONTARIO MUSTANGS 4


    Links:
    :. [UWO Story]


    This represents the on-ice debut of Ontario teams this pre-season. This was a neutral ice game in Komoka, wherever the heck that may be.


    CONCORDIA STINGERS 3
    UQTR PATRIOTES 1


    Links:
    :. [UQTR Link]


    The Stinkers level their record at 1-1-0. No doubt their football team envies that record.
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    Sept. 14: Herd Shutout by Monkeys


    MANITOBA BISONS 0
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4


    Links:
    :. [U of M Site - nothing yet] :. [U of A Linescore]
    :. [CW Schedule/Results/Links]
    :. [U of R Tournament Results]


    As usual we get a list of Evil Monkey goal scorers from the U of A linescore: Jesse Craige, Levko Koper, Torrie Dyck and James Dobrowolski, all returning to the zoo and clearly throwing feces already. So the Monkeys are 2-0-0 and the Herd 0-2-0 on the weekend.

    The Regina results page was not updated on Saturday. The CW linked page has scores only.

    OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD


    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 3
    REGINA COUGARS 4


    The H0rny Ones must be thrilled to have a close game after being pummulled on Friday. And the Banjo-Cats go to 2-0-0 on the weekend. The bragging rights will be at stake when the Kittens face the Monkeys on Sunday.


    CALGARY DINOSAURS 3
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4

    (in shoot-out)

    This would have to be looked upon as compensation for the football victory by the Bedrock Boys over the Mangy Ones earlier in the day. Calgary is 1-0-1 on the weekend, with a game remaining against Lethbridge. Sask is 1-1-0 and finished.

    OUT EAST:


    LAURIER GOLDEN HAWKS 3
    RYERSON RAMS 1

    Link: [RU Story]


    QUEEN'S GOLDEN GAELS 4
    RMC PALADINS 5

    (in shoot-out)
    Link: [Queen's Story]


    WINDSOR LANCERS 7
    UOIT RIDGEBACKS 4

    Link: [UOIT Twitter]


    NIPISSING LAKERS 0
    WATERLOO WARRIROS 6

    Link: [Waterloo Twitter]

    NEXT UP:

    CANADA WEST - at Regina
    Sun Sep 15 Alberta at Regina
    Sun Sep 15 Calgary v Lethbridge (at Regina)
    Wed Sep 18 Mount Royal at Calgary
    Thu Sep 19 Mount Royal at Calgary

    OUT EAST
    Mon Sep 16 New Brunswick v Moncton (at Cocagne NB)
    Thu Sep 19 McGill at Western Ontario
    Thu Sep 19 UPEI at St. Thomas

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    Sept. 15: Monkeys Claim Regina Title

    OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD

    The Bisons had Sunday off, but there were two other games.


    REGINA COUGARS 0
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 10


    Links:
    :. [U of A Linescore]
    :. [CW Schedule/Results/Links]
    :. [U of R Tournament Results]


    Both teams entered the game at 2-0-0 on the weekend. The Evi; Monkeys outscored their opponents 24-1 over 3 games. The 4-0 win over the Bisons looks like a good result for Manitoba in the circumstances.


    CALGARY DINOSAURS 4
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1


    Calgary finished 2-0-1 on the weekend with this win. The H0rny Ones fell to 0-3-0, looking very much like the team they were last year, which is truly unfortunate.

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    Sept. 16: The AUS Sees Its First Action


    NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS 4
    MONCTON AIGLES BLEUS 2


    Links:
    :. [UNB Schedule/Results]


    This was the opener for both sides and I have nothing but the score. The Eggs kind of slipped last year after it looked like they were on their way back to the their traditional place as a challenger to the Squirrels.

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    Weekend Preview: Kittens Escape Banjoland!



    REGINA COUGARS (0-0-0, 3-1-0) at
    MANITOBA BISONS (0-0-0, 2-3-1)


    Friday, September 20th, 2:00 p.m. CDT @ Max Bell Arena
    Saturday, September 21st, 2:00 p.m. CDT @ Max Bell Arena


    Manitoba Links:
    :. [Team Site] : [Roster] : [Schedule/Results]
    :. [LS Roster] : [LS Stats (2012-13)] : [LS Schedule/Results (2012-13)]
    :. [Twitter] :. [Facebook]

    Regina Links:
    :. [Team Site] : [Roster]
    :. [LS Roster] : [LS Stats (2012-13)] : [LS Schedule/Results (2012-13)]
    :. [Twitter] : [Facebook]

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


    The "new and improved" Bison website is taking its sweet time getting up and running. The schedule link has the scores for last week, but no links. The roster has 2012-13 players, less the 5th years. And even the story on Macaulay going pro has not been added.

    To top it all off, the games are at 2:00 because the Bummers play the Igloo Dwellers in a CFL game on Friday. Could they not move that to Sunday afternoon where it belongs and would not get in the way of campus Friday night activity? IMO the U if M should be firm on there being no Friday or Saturday night games once CIS sports start.

    ELSEWHERE:



    The Brick Invitational goes this weekend, mostly in Edmontown. Here's the schedule:

    Thu Sep 19 Mount Royal at Calgary
    Fri Sep 20 Saskatchewan at Alberta
    Sat Sep 21 Calgary v Saskatchewan
    Sat Sep 21 Mount Royal at Alberta


    UBC does not start until next weekend when they face the Simon Fraser Clown. Lethbridge is licking their wounds after being pummeled last weekend and is on vacation.

    OUT EAST:

    Thu Sep 19 McGill at Western Ontario
    Thu Sep 19 UPEI at St. Thomas
    Fri Sep 20 Laurier at Brock
    Fri Sep 20 McGill at Waterloo
    Fri Sep 20 Queen's at Western Ontario
    Fri Sep 20 Windsor at New Brunswick
    Fri Sep 20 Moncton v Ottawa (at Trois Rivière Que.)
    Fri Sep 20 UPEI at UQTR
    Sat Sep 21 Ottawa at UQTR
    Sat Sep 21 Queen's v Waterloo (at London Ont.)
    Sat Sep 21 RMC at York
    Sat Sep 21 Ryerson at UOIT
    Sat Sep 21 Waterloo at Queen's
    Sat Sep 21 Windsor at New Brunswick
    Sat Sep 21 Moncton at UQTR
    Sat Sep 21 Dalhousie v Saint Mary's (Don Wells Memorial Tournament)
    Sat Sep 21 St. Francis-Xavier at Acadia (Don Wells Memorial Tournament)
    Sun Sep 22 losers (Don Wells Memorial Tournament)
    Sun Sep 22 winners (Don Wells Memorial Tournament)
    Sun Sep 22 Nipissing at Laurentian


    STORIES:

    U of A: Pisani joins staff, Foster joins forwards
    U-Cup: Tickets on sale Friday for 2014 PotashCorp University Cup - at CIS site

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    Sept. 20: Bisons trample Banjo-Cats


    REGINA COUGARS 3
    MANITOBA BISONS 6


    Links:
    :. [U of M Boxscore] :. [LeagueStat Summary]


    This was a matinee and I was able to leave work about 15 minutes before it started. The game must have had almost no stoppage time because I arrived with under 6 minutes left in the 1st period. And it was already 3-0 for the Bisons.

    Since the website has no current roster, here's the line-up:

    Goal:
    1 Joe Caligiuri (34 Deven Dubyk)

    Defence:
    3 Pierre Landry - 4 Jeremy Schappert
    12 Brock Sutherland - 24 Travis Bobbee
    5 Lee Christensen - 22 Darren Bestland

    Forwards:
    21 Taylor Dickin - 19 Ian Duval - 6 Luke Paulsen
    29 Luke Cain - 18 Dylan Kelly - 25 Paul Ciarelli
    20 Aaron Lewadniuk - 15 Craig Scott - 16 Jesse Paradis
    8 Jory Coates - 26 Justin Dalebozik - 9 Andrew Dunsmore

    Scratches:
    2 Dane Crowley D
    10 Brendan Rowinski F
    17 Austin Lauder F
    27 Jordan DePape F
    28 Reid McLeod F
    35 Joey Rewucki G

    Regina's Line-up:

    Goal:
    1 Mitch Kilgore (35 Lucas Gore)

    Defence:
    4 John Sonntag - 2 Ryan Dech
    24 Ward Szucki - 5 Jordan Reeve
    7 Mark Schneider - 6 Steven Turner
    19 Sanfred King

    Forwards:
    20 Ryan Sawka - 10 Tyler Henry - 22 Troy Hunter
    25 Cody Fowlie - 14 Craig Cuthbert - 11 Christian Magnus
    13 Brock Appleyard - 12 Liam Brennan - 17 Carter Selinger
    16 Brayden Nargang - 29 Tanner Lange - 21 Skylar Hladun

    Scratches:
    8 Austin Bourhis D
    9 Tyler Penny F
    15 Tyler Murray F
    18 Brody Luhning D
    28 John Neibrandt D
    30 Andrew Hayes G

    Going over the Bison roster, there were some previously unannounced arrivals and departures. Some names popped up from the European tour.

    Arrivals:

    3. Pierre Landry - defence - Briercrest Clippers - EP Stats
    - He played just one year at Briercrest after having played in the MJHL, mostly with Waywayseecappo. Although he scored the opening goal, he is mostly a defensive type. They have only 8 d-men on the roster so I assume he will be kept in a back-up role for the 6 veterans they have.

    8. Jory Coates - forward - Pembina Valley Twisters - EP Stats
    - It is not often that grads of the MMJHL get a look for the Bisons. A few years back two goaltenders were vying for the role of 3rd string goaltender. But this 6'6" late bloomer could be a catch, especially if he sticks it out for 5 years and keeps improving. When he graduated from Midget he played two seasons bouncing between the Neepawa Natives of the MJHL and the Twisters of the MMJHL. In 2011-12 he stuck it out with the Twisters and scored 3 goals in 40 games, and none in 6 playoff games. But last year he caught fire as the season wore on. With 24 goals in 45 games then had 13 in 17 playoff games as he led the Twisters to a surprise championship.

    9. Andrew Dunsmore - forward - St. Vital Victorias - EP Stats
    - He is another MMJHL grad and has not played since 2010-11. He never scored in 33 MMJHL games spread over 2 seasons. The question is whether they'll keep all 15 forwards around.

    26. Justin Dalebozik - forward - Steinbach Pistons - EP Stats
    - He was acquired by the Pistons mid-way through last season and was a factor in them going from below average to a shocking provincial championship. The question is whether he can contribute some goals.

    28. Reid MacLeod - forward - Sacred Heart University - EP Stats
    - He played for the Stonewall Flyers senior league team as he red-shirted last year. He peaked as a junior in 2007-08 when he scored 47 goals in 57 games for the Flin Flon Bombers. But the next year he plummeted to 13 goals in 49 games playing for the same team. In 3 seasons at Sacred Heart he had 8 goals in 53 games. Could he regain his scoring touch? He did have 19 goals in 19 senior league games last year.

    Departures:

    3. Eric Mestery - The former 2nd round draft choice of the Washington Capitals appears to have left hockey again. He retired in 2010 when still a junior in the WHL before making a brief comeback with the Selkirk Steelers in 2011, and then another with the Bisons last year.

    6. Brodie Melnychuk - The former Wheatie was a Christmas newcomer who stabilized the defence last year. He does not appear to be involved in organized hockey this year.

    Back to the game at hand, since the game was in the afternoon the only fans there were people playing hookey. It very much had the feel of an exhibition game for that reason.

    On the down side, Ian Duval was injured late in the 2nd period on a knee clip. Hopefully he will be available for the start of the season.

    In general, the Kittens rarely generated sustained pressure. One goal was a deflection of a point shot, one a breakaway which arose from an ill-conceived line change by a d-man, and one point shot that Caligiuri would like to have back.

    The Bisons will be challenged to score this year. They have lost Blair Macaulay, Tyler Dittmer, Matthew Lowry, Del Cowan, and James Henry. One factor, though, is that returning players often improve. Craig Scott, Jesse Paradis, and Dylan Kelly are now 2nd year players and all seemed to be more effective and had strong games. Paradis was the only one of those to get regular ice time last year, in fact Scott was usually a scratch. Paradis was the 2nd star. Kelly was used on both the PK and PP.

    One surprise was that newcomer Luke Paulsen, recruited as a defenceman, was used as a forward. And he was so effective that he was named 1st star.

    Rematch goes Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Max Bell Arena.

    OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD


    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 1
    CALGARY DINOSAURS 4


    This was played on Thursday night. All I have is the score from the CW schedule page. This counts as the opener for the Brick Invitational.


    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6

    Link: [U of A Linescore]

    The Evil Monkeys are on a roll now. They are 8-0-0. The only CW teams they have yet to play are UBC and Mount Royal, and they face them Saturday.

    OUT EAST:



    Thursday, September 19th

    MCGILL REDMEN 2
    WESTERN ONTARIO MUSTANGS 3

    Link: [UWO Story]

    UPEI PANTHERS 2
    ST. THOMAS TOMMIES 1

    Link: [AUS Summary]

    Friday, September 20th

    WINDSOR LANCERS 0
    NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS 5

    Link: [AUS Summary]

    MONCTON AIGLES BLEUS 3
    OTTAWA GEEGEES 4

    Link: [Moncton Translation]

    UPEI PANTHERS 4
    UQTR PATRIOTES 3

    Link: [UQTR Linescore]

    LAURIER GOLDEN HAWKS 5
    BROCK BADGERS 6

    Link: [Brock Story]

    QUEEN'S GOLDEN GAELS 2
    WESTERN ONTARIO MUSTANGS 3

    (in shoot-out)
    Link: [UWO Story]


    MCGILL REDMEN 2
    WATERLOO WARRIROS 4

    Link: [LeagueStat Summary]

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    Sept. 21: Bisons Sweep the Hillbillies


    REGINA COUGARS 1
    MANITOBA BISONS 4


    Links:
    :. [U of M Boxscore] :. [LeagueStat Summary]


    It was tough spending a sunny Saturday afternoon indoors watching a hockey game. I would have much preferred the traditional Saturday night game, but there you go. Also, this year's Saturday games are going to be at 6:00 p.m. so I need to get used to this. I personally dislike the 6:00 p.m. start time. The Goldeyes have done it for 2 years now. It is hard to get your Saturday afternoon done that 1 hour earlier. I digress.

    The Bisons went with the same line-up as Friday, except that Ian Duval was not dressed and Joe Caligiuri had the day off. Here's the alignment:

    Goal:
    34 Dubyk (2 periods) - 35 Rewucki (1 period)

    Defence:
    5 Christensen - 4 Schappert
    12 Sutherland - 24 Bobbee
    3 Landry - 22 Bestland

    Forwards:
    29 Cain - 25 Ciarelli - 21 Dickin
    6 Paulsen - 16 Paradis
    8 Coates - 18 Kelly - 15 Scott
    20 Lewadniuk - 28 Dalebozik - 9 Dunsmore

    Scratches:
    1 Caligiuri G / 2 Crowley D / 10 Rowinski F
    17 Lauder F / 19 Duval F / 27 DePape F
    28 McLeod F

    NOTES; The line-up card listed Dalebozik as #26 but LeagueStat had him as #28, so I'll go with that. Paulsen centered a line and the wing spot was usually either Lewadniuk or Scott.

    Regina's Line-up:

    Goal:
    35 Gore (1 Kilgore)

    Defence:
    4 Sonntag - 5 Reeve
    24 Szucki - 7 Schneider
    8 Bourhis - 2 Dech
    19 Luhning

    Forwards:
    20 Sawka - 10 Henry - 22 Hunter
    25 Fowlie - 14 Cuthbert - 11 Magnus
    13 Appleyard - 12 Brennan - 6 Turner
    16 Nargang - 29 Lange - 21 Hladun

    Scratches:
    9 Penny F / 15 Murray F / 17 Selinger F
    19 King F / 28 Neibrandt D / 30 Hayes G

    NOTES: Although the line-up card listed Sanfred King as #19, LeagueStat named Brody Luhning as #19 instead of #18. IAE I never noticed #19 on Saturday. As with Friday Magnus switched from #23 to #11 and Fowlie switched from #27 to #25. The only switch was #8 for #17, with #6 switching from D to F.

    Going into the season my concern was with scoring. However, with 10 goals in 2 games maybe that ought not to be a concern. Perhaps injuries are the bigger concern. Other than the goaltender switch, the Bisons never dressed any of Friday's scratches. Even though Duval was sidelined they played with a 19 man roster rather than activate a player from the sub list.

    Last year I saw enough of the Feline Hillbillies to get sick of them. They came here in pre-season, regular season, and playoffs for a weekend double-header. They looked like crap in all 6 games. While they have not made any earth-shattering additions, they have added bona fide defencemen. Last year they had forwards forced to drop back. This year they are tougher to play against, although they remain several notches below the Bisons in calibre.

    However, Regina over-achieved something fierce last year. I was constantly shocked to look at the out-of-town scoreboard and see them pick up points here and there such that they left the New-Kittens-on-the-Block and the H0rny Ones in the dust.

    Even though the Bisons did not trash the Cats like last year, they did ring up two convincing wins. The defence, even without Captain Crowley, limited them to mostly low quality shots from the perimeter.

    Here's how it went. The Bisons got off to a quick 2-0 lead, with goals by newcomers Aaron Lewadniuk and Taylor Dickin within the first 3 minutes. Lewadniuk's goal was a conversion of a nice passing play. Dickin's was a solo effort after he was tripped on a delayed penalty call. Once ahead the Bisons seldom made any venturous offensive plays.

    The intermission appeared to get the Bisons re-charged. Although the 2nd period was scoreless, the Bisons had dozens of nice passing plays which generated quality shots on goal. Each line was quite effective in that regard. Despite the lack of goals, the Bisons generated their most sustained offence in this period.

    The 3rd period was much like the first. The Bisons scored two early goals within 3 something. Paul Ciarelli and Jesse Paradis converted passing plays. Then the Bisons went into a shell, playing very conservatively and generating few shots. There was also a steady flow of penalties which never helps a game to flow.

    Regina's only goal was from d-man Mark Schneider during a 2-man advantage mid-way through the 3rd. The screen shot elluded Joey Rewucki, a rookie goaltender coming from the Selkirk Steelers. He made 14 saves in the period. Starting goaltender Deven Dubyk made 19 saves over two periods. They both looked sharp and would appear to be good backups for Caligiuri.

    The three stars were Dickin, Lewadniuk, and Dubyk. Clearly, it was a good day for the new blood.

    The Bisons are now 4-3-1 in the pre-season, and Regina is a respectable 3-3-0.

    Next up for the Bisons is a home doubleheader against the Toronto Varsity Blues on homecoming weekend. Saturday's game goes at 7:00 (well after the Bison football game) and Sunday goes at 1:00.

    OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD


    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5
    CALGARY DINOSAURS 4

    Link: [Sask Twitter]

    This is the game that prompted my late update. The Mangy Ones now have two one-goal wins over Bedrock and are 2-2-0 overall. The Dinos fall to 3-4-1.


    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 1
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 3

    Link: [U of A Linescore]

    This makes the Evil Monkeys 2-0-0 in the tournament, and 9-0-0 overall. The New-Kittens-on-the-Block are 0-2-0. As I post the link has just the linescore, but a story will be added, maybe even right NOW as you read! This event was not uploaded into the League Stat data base.

    OUT EAST:



    WINDSOR LANCERS 4
    NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS 5

    Link: [AUS Summary]

    MONCTON AIGLES BLEUS 3
    UQTR PATRIOTES 2

    Link: [UQTR Linescore]

    QUEEN'S GOLDEN GAELS 2
    WATERLOO WARRIORS 1

    Link: [U of W Schedule/Results]

    RMC PALADINS 3
    YORK LIONS 4

    Link: [YU Schedule/Results]

    RYERSON RAMS 6
    UOIT RIDGEBACKS 3

    Link: [RU Schedule/Results]

    DALHOUSIE TIGERS 5
    SAINT MARY'S HUSKIES 3

    Link: [AUS Summary]

    ST. FRANCIS-XAVIER X-MEN 3
    ACADIA AXEMEN 1

    Link: [AUS Summary]

    STORIES:

    Regarding the bidding for the next University Cup tornaments, in addition to the SMU/SFX bid, there is now one from Acadia (who also propose holding the event in Halifax) and from UPEI.
    Links:
    :. [Kings County News]
    :. [The Guardian]
    :. [The Chronicle-Herald]



    Could MUN get a hockey team? It would appear unlikely:
    “I probably get asked about three times a year, ‘Why doesn’t MUN have a hockey team?’,” said Healey. “We’re not getting asked that 300 times. We have had a number of consultation sessions [...] and there isn’t a public outcry for the need of a hockey team at MUN. So, I’m not really sure whether it’s a possibility or not. It is something that we certainly like to look at. I’d be the first in line to say I’d be a number one fan of a MUN hockey team. But, if you do the math on it—to run a competitive men’s hockey program and maybe offer gender contemplative women’s program, you wouldn’t be far off from a million dollars to try and make that happen.”
    Link: [The Muse]

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    Sept. 22: Out-of-Town Scoreboard

    UPEI PANTHERS 1
    OTTAWA GEEGEES 3

    Link: [UPEI Story]

    This game was played Saturday in UQTR's tournament. Both teams won on Friday, so this win gave Ottawa the title. Based on last year's performances that stands as quite a surprise. Final standings: Ottawa 1st, PEI 2nd, Moncton 3rd, and UQTR 4th.

    ACADIA AXEMEN 4
    SAINT MARY'S HUSKIES 4


    DALHOUSIE TIGERS 4
    ST. FRANCIS-XAVIER X-MEN 3

    (in overtime)
    Link: [Acadia Story - covering both games]

    This was Day 2 of the tournament. The 3rd place game between the Cajuns and SMUskies was called due to an injury. Dal-Lousy took the title with an OT win, in what must also be considered a surprise. You know what else would be a surprise? If the CIS finishes their investigation into Dal's financial irregularities before **** freezes over.


    NIPISSING LAKERS 3
    LAURENTIAN VOYAGEURS 7

    Link: [Laurentian Twitter]

    Laurentian made their debut with a convincing win over their Northern Ontario rivals. All I could find was the score from the LU Twitter. Both sides have new logos.


    And here are the CW cumulative standings so far:

    Alberta ......9-0-0
    Manitoba......4-3-1
    Calgary ......3-4-1
    Regina........3-3-0
    Saskatchewan..2-2-0
    Mount Royal ..0-2-0
    Lethbridge....0-3-0
    UBC ..........0-0-0

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    Weekend Preview: Bisons Got the Blahs!



    TORONTO VARSITY BLUES (OUA: 0-0-0, 0-0-0) at
    MANITOBA BISONS (0-0-0, 4-3-1)


    Saturday, September 28th, 7:00 p.m. CDT @ Max Bell Arena
    Sunday, September 29th, 1:00 p.m. CDT @ Max Bell Arena


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

    Toronto Links:
    :. [Team Site]
    :. [Twitter] : [Facebook]

    Other Links:
    :. [CIS Site] : [CIS Composite Schedule]
    :. [CW Site] : [CW Schedule/Results/Links]
    :. [LeagueStat Daily - live updates]
    :. [Every Link Re: CIS Hockey] : [CIS Exhibition Schedule]


    There are no new links at GoBisons.ca. It seems that new content was sacrificed when they updated the web page. However, once the games begin there should be live updates at LeagueStat, as happened last weekend.

    The first thing I will want to check is the number of players available to the Bisons. Last weekend, once Ian Duval was injured on Friday, they played one short on Saturday.

    This is the last weekend of play before the regular season starts next weekend with a home series against the Evil Monkeys. Are the Bisons ready for the challenge?

    The Blahs were once the dominant team in the CIS, back when Tom Watt was their coach. Back then a player could stay on the team for 8-9 years if they were getting a PhD. In recent decades they have become very average. Last season they went 15-15-8 overall, and were 24th in the OHT35. This is how I broke down their season:
    v OUA-x`````` 1-2-0
    v AUS-x`````` 0-2-0
    v NCAA-x``````0-2-0
    Exhibition``````````````1-6-0

    v A`````````` 0-3-1
    v B`````````` 2-3-3
    v C``````````11-3-2
    Conference```````````` 13-9-6
    v B`````````` 1-0-2
    Playoffs````````````````1-0-2
    Total``````````````````15-15-8``````````B


    The Blahs had the weakest schedule in the CIS with 16 games against C teams. They did, however, manage to have a good series against Ottawa where they were eliminated with two OTLs. This team could benefit from a tougher schedule next year. To their credit, they did have non-conference games against Acadia and SMU.
    Is a trip out west their idea of seeking a tougher schedule?

    What I would like to see from the Bisons is a return to the line-up from the players scratched last weekend:
    2 Dane Crowley D
    10 Brendan Rowinski F
    17 Austin Lauder F
    27 Jordan DePape F
    28 Reid McLeod F

    Those players, with Ian Duval, would significantly raise the level of the team.

    It is funny that neither team from Banjoland will be in action this weekend. It must be in commemoration of St. Cletus Day. (He's the one who brought the first outhouse to Saskatchewan!)

    ELSEWHERE:



    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (0-0-0, 9-0-0) at
    CALGARY DINOSAURS (0-0-0, 3-4-1)


    The Monkeys swept the Bedrock Boys in a pair of exhibition games earlier on this year. These two games will give them 11 pre-season exhibition games, which must be some sort of a record. Can they sweep? The Friday game will be played in the Town of Bedrock and Saturday's rematch will be in St. Albert.



    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (0-0-0, 0-3-0) at
    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (0-0-0, 0-2-0)


    These teams will play just the once this weekend. Last year's bottom two teams have started winless through 5 combined losses. Not a good sign.



    SIMON FRASER CLAN (BCIHL: 0-0-0, 2-1-0) at
    UBC THUNDERBIRDS (0-0-0, 0-0-0)


    The Clown have so far played three games. They beat Trinity Western and then split 2 games against ACAC teams, losing to SAIT 5-3 and beating the new team from Red Deer 3-2 in OT. The Tweety-Birds have yet to play. The Clown really get up for these games. Still, they always get outshot by a large margin and pray they have a hot goaltender. The teams have played 4 games over the last 2 years. In 2011 each team won a game by a 3-1 score. In 2012 UBC won 8-0 and 4-3.

    OUT EAST:

    Fri Sep 27 Carleton at New Brunswick
    Fri Sep 27 Brock at Saint Mary's
    Fri Sep 27 Queen's at Ottawa
    Fri Sep 27 Ryerson at York (York Tournament)
    Fri Sep 27 UOIT at Nipissing (York Tournament)
    Fri Sep 27 Windsor at Laurier
    Fri Sep 27 St. Thomas at St. Francis-Xavier
    Sat Sep 28 losers (at York Tournament)
    Sat Sep 28 winners (at York Tournament)
    Sat Sep 28 UQTR at McGill
    Sat Sep 28 Moncton v Acadia (at Berwick, NS)
    Sat Sep 28 Carleton at St. Thomas
    Sun Sep 29 RMC at Ottawa


    OTHER NEWS:

    NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS 0
    PORTLAND PIRATES (AHL) 4

    Link: [UNB Schedule/Results]


    The CIS Blog ha sput up the AUS preview. In addition to coverage of the exhibition games, it deals with the three bids to host the U-Cup, the Dalhousie soap opera, and the roster-limit rule. Each team can only use 22 non-goaltenders per season. When injuries hit this could be problematic.
    Link: [CIS Blog]
    Last edited by Marc Brunengraber; 29-09-2013 at 06:36.

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