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    Preview: Oct 13-14: Manitoba at Alberta


    MANITOBA BISONS (1-1-0, 5-5-1, OHT35 #12)
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (2-0-0, 7-1-0, OHT35 #1)


    Oct 13 7:00 MDT/8:00 CDT at The Clair Drake Arena
    Oct 14 5:00 MDT/6:00 CDT at The Clair Drake Arena


    Live Links:

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

    Manitoba Links:
    • GoBisons: [Henry AoW] ∞ [Blog #1]
    • Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
    • CW: [Stats]∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
    • ChrisD: [Season Preview]
    • MyToba: [UBC Story] ∞ [AoW Story]

    Alberta Links:
    • Team: [Series Preview]
    • Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
    • CW: [Stats]∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
    • Media: [Copper'n'Blue Series Preview]

    Other Links:
    • [USports Site] ∞ [US Schedule/Links]
    • [US Standings] ∞ [US Top 10]
    • [CW Site] ∞ [CW Schedule]
    • [CW Stats] ∞ [Media Access (not updated)]
    • [UofM/Pizza Pizza Highlight of Week]
    • [CW Plays of the Week]

    There are more than the usual number of links from both teams in this series. Lots of them were from last week but we are still early in the season so preview stuff is fairly fresh.

    The Evil Monkeys are the fastest out of the gate this year, so maybe its not a great time to be facing them. On the other hand, the Bisons went 1-3-0 against them last year after going 3-1-0 the one before that. So if the Bisons get some points in Edmontown they could set themselves up for the balance of the season.

    Both games are on CanadaWest.tv, as are all CW games this year, but there is no radio. The CW live updates are not what they once were when LeagueStat and Hockey Tech were involved. Maybe it will be better this week.


    CALGARY DINOS (1-0-1, 7-1-2, OHT35 #5)
    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (1-1-0, 4-2-0, OHT35 #13)


    Links:

    UofC: [Team Site]
    UBC: [Series Preview]

    The T-irds will host the Bedrock Dinos at their old barn (the Father David Bauer Arena) but will play the balance of their season at the new Mitchell Arena. Both teams split last weekend so this series should be a decent measuring stick for all involved. UBC looked pretty beat up to me after the Bison series. Can the Bedrock Boys take advantage?


    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (1-1-0, 5-6-0, OHT35 #9)
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (2-0-0, 3-3-0, OHT35 #11)


    Links:

    UofL: [Series Preview] ∞ [Herald Season Preview] ∞ [Herald Week 1 Awards]
    UofS: [Series Preview] ∞ [Star-Phoenix Season Preview]

    The Hψrny Ψnes seem to be getting better and will not be a pushover. The Banjo Mutts are hard to gauge. They continued to stack new recruits without losing anything. However, they were kind of mediocre in pre-season. Was last week's squash of Regina more of a commentary on Regina being weak? Or Sask being strong?


    REGINA COUGARS (0-2-0, 2-6-0, OHT35 #27)
    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (0-2-0, 1-4-0, OHT35 #24)


    Links:

    UofR: [Series Preview]
    MRU: [Maclise signs with Moose]

    This Cat Fight sees two very desperate teams. Both were squashed last weekend. The difference is that the Bluegars have been a solid contender in recent seasons. I thought Regina looked like they were coming along nicely. In pre-season they split with the Bisons and split at home, beating Sask and losing to Calgary. Maybe their season peaked in September.

    OUT EAST

    ONTARIO

    Regular Season Games
    Oct 11 Brock 2 Guelph 3
    Oct 11 W. Ontario 3 Waterloo 9
    Oct 12 Ottawa at Carleton
    Oct 12 Ryerson at Guelph
    Oct 13 Concordia at McGill
    Oct 13 Lakehead at Laurier
    Oct 13 Laurentian at Queen's
    Oct 13 Nipissing at U.Q.T.R.
    Oct 13 R.M.C. at U.O.I.T.
    Oct 13 Toronto at Waterloo
    Oct 13 Windsor at York
    Oct 14 Concordia at Ottawa
    Oct 14 Lakehead at Laurier
    Oct 14 Laurentian at R.M.C.
    Oct 14 McGill at Carleton
    Oct 14 Nipissing at U.Q.T.R.
    Oct 14 U.O.I.T. at Queen's
    Oct 14 Windsor at Ryerson
    Oct 14 York at Brock

    Exhibition Games
    Oct 13 W. Ontario at Yale NCAA
    Oct 14 Guelph at Cornell NCAA
    Oct 14 W. Ontario at Princeton NCAA
    Oct 15 Ottawa at Cornell NCAA

    ATLANTIC

    Regular Season Games
    Oct 11 Acadia 4 St. F.X. 5
    Oct 11 New Brunswick 2 Moncton 0

    Oct 13 Dalhousie at Acadia
    Oct 13 Moncton at U.P.E.I.
    Oct 13 St. F.X. at Saint Mary's
    Oct 14 Saint Mary's at Dalhousie
    Oct 14 U.P.E.I. at New Brunswick

    Links:

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

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    Oct 13: Monkeys Win Opener

    Before I get to the Friday night round-up, the good news is that the CW has brought back the Hockey Tech and LeagueStat links! I was ready to scream at the useless new CW site then thought I would give one last check at the old links, AND THEY WERE WORKING! So to follow along with the Saturday scoreboard, here are the new links which would otherwise have been in the preview post.

    Links:

    Saturday Live Links: [LeagueStat] : [CW Hockey Tech]
    LeagueStat: [Media Access] : [Team Stats] : [Team Schedule/Links]
    CW Hockey Tech: [Standings] : [Stats] : [Rosters]



    MANITOBA BISONS 2
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5


    Links:

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

    It's nice to have the proper links back. Kudos to the CW for bringing them back.

    The Bison scratches were the same as for last weekend against UBC, meaning that they once again played with just 5 defencemen. I don't like seeing a roster with just 7 defencemen on it. It is better to have a d-man moved forward than the reverse.

    Nick Zajac scored both Bison goals and Byron Spriggs stopped 32 of 37 shots on goal in taking the loss. Meanwhile, Cole Sanford scored twice for the Monkeys and Brendan Burke stopped 23 of 25 shots for the win.

    The game was 3-2 late in the 3rd period when the Bisons were applying much pressureand seemed poise to force some overtime. However, two late goals against the grain of play made the final scoreline unflattering considering the type of game.

    The rematch goes Saturday at 5:00 p.m. MDT, or 6:00 p.m. CDT. Alberta does a great job on CanadaWest.tv and for non-subscribers it might be worth the coinage.



    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


    REGINA COUGARS 7
    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 6

    (in shoot-out)

    Links:

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

    The Green Cougars beat the Bluegars in the battle to escape the CW cellar. Since the game went to a shoot-out, they each at least hit the point column. Each team scored 3 goals in the 1st, one in the 2nd, and two in the 3rd. Michel Herringer got the win (stopping 32 of 38) and Wyatt Hoflin suffered the loss (stopping 17 of 23). The rematch will be played Saturday at 3:00 MDT.


    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 3
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4

    (in overtime)

    Links:

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

    The Hψrny Ψnes escaped with a point after being bomarded with 50 shots on goal. Garret Hughson got the loss in goal, and must be exhausted. Meanwhile, Jordon Cooke picked up the win, with 27 stops. Nobody scored more than one goal. The rematch goes Saturday at 7:00 CST at the Rutherdump.


    CALGARY DINOSAURS 6
    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 1


    Links:

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

    Yabba Dabba Doo! There is joy in the Town of Bedrock as the Dinos beat the T-irds. I had a hunch that UBC was beat up after the tough weekend in Manitoba, and it appeared to be the case. They dressed just 17 skaters and 2 goaltenders. Jordan Papirny stopped 21 of 22 shots and Coda Gordon had two goals to lead the way for the win. Matt Hewitt stopped 28 of 34 shots in the loss. I caught the ending of this one and must say that UBC did a good job on the broadcast.

    OUT EAST

    ONTARIO
    Regular Season Games
    Oct 12 Ottawa 5 Carleton 6 (ot)
    Oct 12 Ryerson 5 Guelph 4 (ot)
    Oct 13 Concordia 3 McGill 2
    Oct 13 Lakehead 3 Laurier 8
    Oct 13 Laurentian 2 Queen's 5
    Oct 13 Nipissing 3 U.Q.T.R. 4 (ot)
    Oct 13 R.M.C. 4 U.O.I.T. 5
    Oct 13 Toronto 3 Waterloo 1
    Oct 13 Windsor 2 York 3

    Exhibition Game
    Oct 13 W. Ontario 4 Yale 6 (NCAA) : [UWO S&R]

    ATLANTIC
    Regular Season Games
    Oct 13 Dalhousie 2 Acadia 3 (so)
    Oct 13 Moncton 2 U.P.E.I. 8
    Oct 13 St. F.X. 4 Saint Mary's 3 (ot)

    Links:

    Ά [US/CIS S&R]
    Ά [OUA S&R]
    Ά [AUS S&R]
    Ά [CHN Scoreboard]


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    Oct 13 Late Links


    MANITOBA v ALBERTA


    Links:

    UofM: [Boxscore] : [rp Game Story]

    GoBisons.ca did not update the game story until 9:55 a.m. and the boxscore link is wonky and may yet change. They also got a new photo.



    CALGARY v U.B.C.


    Links:

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

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    Oct 14: Bisons Swept In Edmontown


    MANITOBA BISONS 1
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4


    Links:

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

    The Herd was deservedly beaten by the Evil Monkeys to complete the sweep. They dressed the same line-up as in the three previous league games. The Monkeys continued their goaltender rotation, going with newcomer Zack Sawchenko. Byron Spriggs has been in net for all four Bison games thus far, start to finish. Adam Henry scored for the Bisons, a 2nd period goal which made it 2-1. A pair of 3rd period insurance goals put it away for the Monkeys. In the end, the shots were 37-18.

    Next Friday and Saturday the Bisons will host the Saskatchewan Banjo Mutts. My impression of the teams thus far is that Alberta is the best, followed by Calgary, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. I think Lethbridge looks to be the best of the rest, barely. The jury is still out on UBC, MRU, and Regina.



    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


    REGINA COUGARS 4
    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 5

    (in shoot-out)

    Links:

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

    The last two teams in the league solved that problem by playing a pair of 3-pointers, and splitting them. This type of series shows why the CW should use the IIHF point system (3-2-1-0), just like the women's league does.

    In this one even the shoot-out went into overtime, 7 rounds to be exact. MRU led 48-35 on the shot clock. Cody Fowlie of Regina and Brad Kennedy of MRU each scored twice. MRU switched goaltenders, going with the returning Colin Cooper. Regina stuck with Michael Herringer. What I saw of the game was loose and exciting, but not very convincing. The Bluegars have definitely taken a step back this year. Now the question is whether the last two weekends (in which they were outscored 30-2 over 4 games) were the oddity for Regina, or their natural level to which they will inevitably return.


    Here's MRU's new look home uniform.


    CALGARY DINOSAURS 7
    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 0


    Links:

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

    The T-irds were badly beat up last weekend against the Bisons, and the problems continue. They dressed just 19 on Friday, and only 18 on Saturday. After two periods, the shots were a respectable 25-20 in favour of the Bedrock Boys. But the score was 4-0. UBC then mustered just 5 shots in the 3rd, to be outshot 35-25 on the night. So the stats were not as one-sided as the score.

    Drydn Dow and Riley Sheen each had two goals for the winners. The Dinos continued their goaltender rotation, going with Matthew Greenfield for the shutout. Rylan Toth went the distance in UBC's goal. Bedrock scored 4 goals on 10 PP opportunities in a penalty-filled game.


    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5


    Links:

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

    The final game of Saturday night was Sask's decent win over the Hψrny Ψnes. The game was very close, with Sask scoring two late goals to stack the numbers. Jordon Cooke stopped 26 of 28 shots for the win, and Garret Hughson stopped 27 of 32 in suffering the loss.

    OUT EAST

    ONTARIO
    Regular Season Games
    Oct 14 Concordia 4 Ottawa 5 (ot)
    Oct 14 Lakehead 1 Laurier 2 (so)
    Oct 14 Laurentian 2 R.M.C. 1
    Oct 14 McGill 2 Carleton 1 (ot)
    Oct 14 Nipissing 1 U.Q.T.R. 5
    Oct 14 U.O.I.T. 0 Queen's 4
    Oct 14 York 4 Brock 3 (so)

    Exhibition Games
    Oct 14 Guelph 1 Cornell 7 (NCAA)
    Oct 14 W. Ontario 4 Princeton 6 (NCAA)

    ATLANTIC
    Regular Season Games
    Oct 14 Saint Mary's 4 Dalhousie 2
    Oct 14 U.P.E.I. 2 New Brunswick 6

    Links:

    Ά [US/CIS S&R]
    Ά [OUA S&R]
    Ά [AUS S&R]
    Ά [CHN Scoreboard]


    NEXT UP

    Oct 15 Windsor at Ryerson
    Oct 15 Ottawa at Cornell (NCAA)
    Oct 18 Moncton at Dalhousie
    Oct 20 Alberta at Calgary
    Oct 20 Mount Royal at Lethbridge
    Oct 20 Regina at U.B.C.
    Oct 20 Saskatchewan at Manitoba

    Oct 20 Dalhousie at St. F.X.
    Oct 20 U.P.E.I. at Saint Mary's
    Oct 20 New Brunswick at Acadia
    Oct 20 Brock at Concordia
    Oct 20 Carleton at W. Ontario
    Oct 20 Guelph at McGill
    Oct 20 Laurier at Nipissing
    Oct 20 Ottawa at Windsor
    Oct 20 Queen's at Toronto
    Oct 20 R.M.C. at Ryerson
    Oct 20 U.O.I.T. at York
    Oct 20 U.Q.T.R. at Lakehead
    Oct 20 Waterloo at Laurentian

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    Preview: Oct 20-21: Sask at Manitoba


    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (4-0-0, 5-3-0, OHT35 #6)
    MANITOBA BISONS (1-3-0, 5-7-1, OHT35 #17)


    Oct 20 7:00 CDT at The Wayne Fleming Arena
    Oct 21 6:00 CDT at The Wayne Fleming Arena


    Live Links:

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

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

    Saskatchewan Links:
    • Team: [Roach CW 3rd Star]
    • Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
    • CW: [Stats]∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
    • LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

    Other Links:
    • [USports] ∞ [US Schedule/Links]
    • [US Standings] ∞ [US Top 10]
    • [CW Site] ∞ [CW Schedule]
    • [CW Stats] ∞ [Media Access]
    • [CUSN Week 1] ∞ [CUSN Week 2]

    The Mutts come to town on a 4-game winning streak, and having won silver at last year's nationals. To temper the enthusiasm, the 4 wins have been against the two non-playoff teams from a year ago, and they were just 1-3-0 in the pre-season. The Bisons cannot be happy about the way they were handled by the Monkeys last weekend. However, I suppose that can be forgiven. The Monkeys have been off to an incredible start.

    As always, the staff at the Wayne Fleming Arena will have to watch to make sure that the Huskies don't get sick when they drink from the toilets. The players are often overwhelmed during the early season when they still feel intimidated by things like showers experienced when they leave their home province.

    Last year the Bisons had a 2-1-1 record against Sask, and over the previous 4 years are 7-7-2. The Bisons have started the same 20 players every game, including just 5 defencemen. Hopefully, we'll see some new bodies make their regular season debut. Of those in the line-up, Nick Zajac, Adam Henry, and Michael St. Croix all have 4 points in 4 games. In goal, Byron Spriggs' numbers are less than stellar (1-3-0, .855 S%, 4.26 GAA).


    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (4-0-0, 9-1-0, OHT35 #1)
    CALGARY DINOSAURS (3-0-1, 9-1-2, OHT35 #4)


    Links:

    UofA: [Series Preview]
    UofC: [Series Preview]

    This home-and-home series may well be the highlight nation-wide. Bedrock U dropped a point when they lost in OT to Lethbridge, otherwise both sides have been on a roll. The Monkeys have looked impressive so far, making this series a measuring stick for the Dinos. Both sides have preview stories up and ready for you.


    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (1-2-1, 2-4-1, OHT35 #27)
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (1-2-1, 5-7-1, OHT35 #9)


    Links:

    UofL: [Series Preview]
    MRU: [Kennedy CW 2nd Star]

    After a disappointing recruiting season, the Bluegars were covered in more question marks than the Riddler entering the season. They have thus far been hammered by the Monkeys and split a pair of shoot-out games with Regina. The Hψrny Ψnes technically have the smae record, but they have played Calgary and Sask, making their start infinitely better. This series will help shed light on whether these teams have really changed their statuses from prior seasons.


    REGINA COUGARS (1-2-1, 3-6-1, OHT35 #26)
    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (1-3-0, 4-4-0, OHT35 #18)


    Links:

    UBC: [Series Preview]
    UofR: [Series Preview]

    The Banjo Cats must be delighted with their 3 point weekend last week. They were coming off a disastrous 4 game stretch where they were outscored 30-2. UBC was physically wasted after their Bison series, and succumbed meekly to Bedrock. I suspect that this series will be key to playoff aspirations of both teams.

    OUT EAST

    ONTARIO

    Oct 20 Brock at Concordia
    Oct 20 Carleton at W. Ontario
    Oct 20 Guelph at McGill
    Oct 20 Laurier at Nipissing
    Oct 20 Ottawa at Windsor
    Oct 20 Queen's at Toronto
    Oct 20 R.M.C. at Ryerson
    Oct 20 U.O.I.T. at York
    Oct 20 U.Q.T.R. at Lakehead
    Oct 20 Waterloo at Laurentian
    Oct 21 Brock at McGill
    Oct 21 Carleton at Windsor
    Oct 21 Guelph at Concordia
    Oct 21 Laurier at Laurentian
    Oct 21 Ottawa at W. Ontario
    Oct 21 Queen's at Ryerson
    Oct 21 R.M.C. at York
    Oct 21 U.O.I.T. at Toronto
    Oct 21 U.Q.T.R. at Lakehead
    Oct 21 Waterloo at Nipissing

    ATLANTIC

    Oct 18 Moncton 3 Dalhousie 4 (so)
    Oct 20 Dalhousie at St. F.X.
    Oct 20 U.P.E.I. at Saint Mary's
    Oct 20 New Brunswick at Acadia
    Oct 21 New Brunswick at Saint Mary's
    Oct 21 St. F.X. at Moncton
    Oct 21 U.P.E.I. at Acadia

    Links:

    • [US Presto S&R]
    • [OUA S&R]
    • [AUS S&R]
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    Oct 20: Bisons Come Back to Stun the Mangy Ones


    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3
    MANITOBA BISONS 4

    (in overtime)

    Links:

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

    The Bisons won this one in dramatic fashion. They tied the game in the last minute on a powerplay and with an empty net, then won in overtime.

    Here's how they lined up:

    MANITOBA
    Goal
    35 Spriggs (34 Sydora)

    Defence
    2 Henry - 3 Christensen
    16 Heinrichs - 4 Bresciani
    25 Skrumeda

    Forwards
    24 Augert - 14 Nault - 18 St. Croix
    12 Zajac - 28 Stovin - 27 Franko
    8 Bilton - 21 Brooks - 19 Spencer
    15 S Bowles - 23 Schreyer - 26 Lisoway
    17 Callis

    Scratches:
    1 Paulic - 9 Hunter - 11 Sharonov
    13 Laurencelle - 20 Keane - 22 B Bowles
    29 Wasylak

    SASKATCHEWAN
    Goal
    31 Kozun (32 Cooke)

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

    Forwards
    11 Shirley - 14 McVeigh - 7 Roach
    18 Yakubowski - 28 Lawrence - 23 Thomas
    16 Stadnyk - 26 Johnson - 12 Gay
    15 Sofillas - 19 Bauml - 10 Cable

    Scratches:
    9 Tkach - 13 Folk - 17 Blair
    22 Johnson - 27 Johnston - 29 A Forsberg

    Scorers:

    1st - 08:17 - Man Nick Zajac PP
    1st - 13:35 - Sask John Lawrence
    1st - 16:45 - Sask Josh Roach SH
    2nd - 01:28 - Man Shawn Bowles
    3rd - 01:32 - Sask Kohl Bauml
    3rd - 19:45 - Man Kamerin Nault PP
    OT1 - 03:07 - Man Zach Franko

    Zajac's opener was his 3rd of the season, to lead the team. It was on the PP, which was 2 for 4 on the night. Meanwhile, Sask went 0-for-5. There's the difference right there. Sask's opening goal was the best passing play of the night. Their go-ahead short-handed goal from Roach was a bad blueline turnover by the Bisons, their second on the same PP.

    The only goal of the 2nd, from Bowles, also came from a turnover.

    The 3rd period saw Sask jump out to an early lead, followed by a prolonged winding-down of the clock. I remember being shocked there were less than 5 minutes left when Skrumeda took a penalty for the Bisons. The Herd killed it off and then forced the issue, causing the Mutts to take a penalty. Nault scored on the power play, with an empty net.

    In OT, Generalissimo Franko scored a Laine-like winner from the right wing face-off circle. There were no other close calls. So after a quick drink from the toilet, the Mutts were off to their doghouse for the night.

    On the night, Byron Spriggs had his best game of the season, stopping 34 of 37 shots. Taran Kozan (in his 2nd start of the season) stopped 19 of 23 in taking the loss.

    Saturday's rematch goes at 6:00 p.m. at the Wayne Fleming Arena. Don't forget to avoid the Route 90 construction zone.




    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 6
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2


    Links:

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

    The Bluegars marched down the road to Lethbridge and scored a solid and important victory. MRU still has a contingent of veterans who have moved the team into near-contender status, and they seemed to have been determined to not allow their program to become an also-ran without a fight. The Hψrny Ψnes had two solid weekends, and deserved a ranking higher than MRU's. Colin Cooper stopped 21 of 23 for the in, and Ty Edmonds took the loss, with 27 saves on 31 shots. The last two Bluegar goals were into an empty net.


    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 7
    CALGARY DINOSAURS 5


    Links:

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

    What a wild game this must have been. I caught the ending on-line after getting home from the Bison game. For a game with 12 goals, there was a relative paucity of shots, just 33-28 in favour of the Monkeys. Brendan Burke got the win, Matthew Greenfield took the loss, and each side had one 2-goal scorer, Dylan Bredo for the Monkeys and Riley Sheen for Bedrock U. On Saturday the scene shifts to Edmontown for the rematch.


    REGINA COUGARS 2
    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 4


    Links:

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

    I caught the ending of this one after I saw the end of the game from the Town of Bedrock. Regina held a 2-1 lead in the 3rd period until UBC scored 3 goals in 2:13 in the middle of the period. Michael Herringer stopped 27 of 31 in a losing effort, and veteran Matt Hewitt saved the day for the T-irds, stopping 37 of 39 shots. Once again, UBC played one man short. I suspect that the game links will be available Saturday morning. Saturday's rematch is a matinee.

    OUT EAST

    ONTARIO
    Oct 20 Brock 3 Concordia 5
    Oct 20 Carleton 4 W. Ontario 3
    Oct 20 Guelph 4 McGill 7
    Oct 20 Laurier 1 Nipissing 2
    Oct 20 Ottawa 3 Windsor 2
    Oct 20 Queen's 1 Toronto 2 (ot)
    Oct 20 R.M.C. 0 Ryerson 7
    Oct 20 U.O.I.T. 1 York 3
    Oct 20 U.Q.T.R. 3 Lakehead 1
    Oct 20 Waterloo 6 Laurentian 3

    ATLANTIC
    Oct 20 Dalhousie 1 St. F.X. 4
    Oct 20 U.P.E.I. 0 Saint Mary's 6
    Oct 20 New Brunswick 2 Acadia 3 (ot)

    Links:

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    Saturday Morning Links

    The late links from UBC are now up.



    Stories: [UBC] : [rp @CW] : [UofR]

    Their Saturday rematch goes at 2:00 PDT, or 4:00 CDT.

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    Oct 21: Bisons Skunked, But Get a Split


    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 6
    MANITOBA BISONS 0


    Links:

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

    This game was not as bad as the score would indicate. The Mutts scored twice per period. However, the Bisons dominated large stretches of play and, in fact, outshot the Banjolovers 25-23 after two periods.

    The Bisons started fast, but Sask opened scoring shortly after killing a penalty. The difference in the 1st period was that Sask capitalized, and the Bisons missed glorious chances. In the dying stages, Zach Franko missed a wide open net from the slot, just inside the dashes.

    The 2nd period goals were on the shaky side. The Bisons seemed shaken by the unflattering scoreline, and it showed when they waived the white flag in the 3rd. Dasan Sydora finally got some playing time, and missed the first shot he faced, just 45 seconds into the period.

    The Bison line-up was unchanged from Friday night, except that Sydora replaced Spriggs in goal for the 3rd period. Saskatchewan changed two defencemen, #25 Ruopp was in for #8 Lishchynsky and #27 Johnston was in for #2 McFaull. Also, Cooke replaced Kozun in goal. Up front #22 Johnson was in for #11 Shirley and #18 Yakubowski was in for #29 Forsberg.

    Scorers:

    1st - 10:13 - Sask Michael Sofillas
    1st - 14:14 - Sask Parker Thomas
    2nd - 06:40 - Sask Jesse Forsberg
    2nd - 17:44 - Sask Josh Roach
    3rd - 00:45 - Sask Kohl Bauml
    3rd - 09:46 - Sask Parker Thomas

    The weekend split leaves Sask 5-0-1 in 2nd place, and the Bisons are 2-4-0 in 6th. Since the Bisons have now played the top 2 teams from a year ago, and so far this year, they are sitting fairly well in the standings.

    The Bisons are at home to the MRU Bluegars next weekend on Friday and Saturday nights. The way the teams look, that series could be the one to decide who will finish 4th and host the quarter-final round of the playoffs.



    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1
    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 4


    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
    Stories: [MRU] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofL]
    Friday late: [rp @MRU]

    After enduring a shaky start to the season, the Bluegars answered the call against the Hψrny Ψnes to claim a convincing sweep. Jamal Watson scored twice to lead the offence, and Colin Cooper stopped 16 of 17 shots to seal the win. Meanwhile, Garret Hughson took the loss for Lethbridge, stopping 31 of 35. MRU is coming to town next week after this strong performance. They are now 3-2-1, and Lethbridge falls to 1-4-1.


    CALGARY DINOSAURS 2
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 3

    (in overtime)

    Links:

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    Stories: [UofA] : [rp @CW] : [UofC]

    Bedrock U rallied from a 2-0 deficit with goals in the last 5 minutes and the last 2 seconds to force OT. Zach Sawchenko got the win with 25 saves, Jordan Papirny made 33 saves in the loss. The Monkeys are now 6-0-0 and the Dinos fall to 3-1-2.


    REGINA COUGARS 2
    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 3


    Links:

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

    The Banjocats played well in this road series, but in the end got no points. UBC is now 3-3-0, and Regina is 1-4-1. The teams stuck with Hewitt and Herringer in goal, and their stats were both solid. Once again, UBC had to play one man short. After last weekend, UBC was on the ropes. This sweep may not assure them of anything, but it certainly must be looked upon as a pothole avoided.

    OUT EAST

    ONTARIO
    Oct 21 Brock 2 McGill 3
    Oct 21 Carleton 1 Windsor 2
    Oct 21 Guelph 2 Concordia 4
    Oct 21 Laurier 5 Laurentian 3
    Oct 21 Ottawa 3 W. Ontario 7
    Oct 21 Queen's 4 Ryerson 3
    Oct 21 R.M.C. 1 York 4
    Oct 21 U.O.I.T. 3 Toronto 2
    Oct 21 U.Q.T.R. 4 Lakehead 1
    Oct 21 Waterloo 4 Nipissing 2

    ATLANTIC
    Oct 21 New Brunswick 4 Saint Mary's 2
    Oct 21 St. F.X. 4 Moncton 2
    Oct 21 U.P.E.I. 2 Acadia 8

    Links:

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    Preview: Oct 27-28: Mount Royal at Manitoba


    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (3-2-1, 4-4-1, OHT35 #11)
    MANITOBA BISONS (2-4-0, 6-8-1, OHT35 #13)


    Oct 27 7:00 CDT at The Wayne Fleming Arena
    Oct 28 7:30 CDT at The Wayne Fleming Arena


    Live Links:

    • [Video: CanadaWest.tv]
    • Friday: [LeagueStat] ∞ [Hockey Tech]
    • Saturday: [LeagueStat] ∞ [Hockey Tech]

    Manitoba Links:
    • GoBisons: [Minor Hockey Night] : [Series Preview]
    • Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
    • CW: [Stats]∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
    • LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

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

    Other Links:
    • [USports] ∞ [US Schedule/Links]
    • [US Standings]
    • [CW Site] ∞ [CW Schedule]
    • [CW Stats] ∞ [Media Access]
    • [What's Wrong With MRU?] ∞ [CUSN Week 3]

    The Bisons host the Bluegars in what could be a key match-up to decide which side gets to host a playoff series this year. Although the Bluegars are ahead right now, the strength of schedule difference accounts for most (or all) of that gap. Both sides have played Alberta, and MRU was demolished whilst the Bisons were respectable. Otherwise, the Bisons have played UBC and Sask. while MRU met up with Regina and Lethbridge.

    Over the last four seasons, MRU has been the Bisons' toughest opponent. Last year they swept the Bisons and beat them 2-games-to-1 in the quarter-finals. Over the last four years, MRU holds an 11-5 lead, although the Bisons did beat them in a quarter-final series.

    MRU has lost some good players, and their replacements have largely been Junior A players. The CUSN link above details this problem. Nevertheless, they do have two of the league leaders in points. Brad Kennedy (5-3-8) and Jamal Watson (3-4-7) both have more than a PPG. Watson is a 2nd year player, and had 23 points in 28 games last year. Kennedy has been a surprise. He's a rookie from Nova Scotia and played three seasons for Charlottetown in the QMJHL before finishing back in Junior A.

    No Bison player is on a PPG pace, but Nick Zajac, Brett Stovin, and Adam Henry are all close, with 5 points in 6 games. I have a hunch that newcomers Michael St. Croix and Zach Franko will soon explode. They have generated loads of pressure and scoring chances.

    Success in hockey usually comes with goaltending. At one time Colin Cooper looked like he was leading MRU to the upper echelons of the CW. In his 2015-16 rookie year he had a .913 S% and 2.30 GAA. His numbers worsened last year and this year are a .886 S% and 2.86 GAA. But that's a lot better than Wyatt Hoflin, at .830 S% and 5.38 GAA. Veteran backup Cam Lanigan has yet to see action. Meanwhile the Bisons are riding Byron Spriggs, at .864 GAA and 4.21 S%. Justin Paulic has yet to suit up and Dasan Sydora played just one period.

    Hopefully the minor hockey promotion will draw some extra fans to this series.


    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (6-0-0, 11-1-0, OHT35 #1)
    REGINA COUGARS (1-4-1, 3-8-1, OHT35 #27)


    Links:

    UofA: [Charity Classic v Ooks]
    UofR: [Series Preview]

    This one could get ugly. The Evil Monkeys seem to be a step above the league, and the Banjo Cats have ranged from OK to weak. Are Regina improved? In the pre-season they split at home against Calgary and Saskatchewan, then split in Manitoba. That was followed by the four games where they were outscored 30-2. But they have rebounded to split two shootouts against MRU and then lost two close ones at UBC. This series should tell us what kind of team they've got.


    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (5-0-1, 6-3-1, OHT35 #4)
    CALGARY DINOSAURS (3-1-2, 9-2-3, OHT35 #5)


    Links:

    UofS: [Team Site]
    UofC: [Series Preview]

    This could be the nation's feature match-up of the weekend. Both had great recruiting classes in the CW arm's race. But Sask staggered through the pre-season before blitzing their provincial cousins to open the regular season. Two more wins over Lethbridge and a split with Manitoba has them looking pretty much in their traditional role, behind Alberta and tryinmg to stave off Calgary and Manitoba for 2nd place. Calgary is hard to gauge. They split with Lethbridge, hammered a short-staffed UBC, then were swept by the Monkeys. Sounds like a fairly traditional start to their season as well.


    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (3-3-0, 6-4-0, OHT35 #14)
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (1-4-1, 5-9-1, OHT35 #15)


    Links:

    UBC: [Series Preview]
    UofL: [Series Preview]

    This series could well be the one to decide which team gets the 6th and final playoff spot. UBC has pipped the Hψrny Ψnes at the finish line the last two years. Lethbridge had some reasonable results against Calgary and Saskatchewan to open the season, but then fell apart against MRU. UBC had a respectable opening split with Manitoba, but were physically punished and haven't iced a full roster since. If one team could sweep this series the loser will be in a predicament.

    OUT EAST

    Ontario

    Oct 25 Laurier 3 Ryerson 4 (so)
    Oct 26 W. Ontario 4 Guelph 5
    Oct 27 Carleton at Concordia
    Oct 27 Lakehead at Waterloo
    Oct 27 McGill at Queen's
    Oct 27 Nipissing at U.O.I.T.
    Oct 27 Ottawa at R.M.C.
    Oct 27 U.Q.T.R. at Laurentian
    Oct 27 Windsor at Brock
    Oct 27 York at Toronto
    Oct 28 Concordia at Queen's
    Oct 28 Lakehead at Waterloo
    Oct 28 Laurier at Toronto
    Oct 28 McGill at Ottawa
    Oct 28 Nipissing at R.M.C.
    Oct 28 Ryerson at York
    Oct 28 U.O.I.T. at Carleton
    Oct 28 U.Q.T.R. at Laurentian
    Oct 28 W. Ontario at Brock
    Oct 28 Windsor at Guelph

    Atlantic

    Oct 25 Dalhousie 4 Moncton 1
    Oct 27 Acadia at New Brunswick
    Oct 27 Moncton at St. F.X.
    Oct 27 Saint Mary's at U.P.E.I.
    Oct 28 Acadia at U.P.E.I.
    Oct 28 St. F.X. at Dalhousie
    Oct 28 Saint Mary's at New Brunswick

    Links:

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

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    Oct 27: Bisons Beat Bluegars


    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 1
    MANITOBA BISONS 4


    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
    CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [Coach's View] : [UofM*]
    Stories: [UofM] : [rp @MRU*] : [rp @CW]

    On a night when the Wayne Fleming Arena was jammed with pre-teen hockey teams armed with thundersticks, the Herd took a handy two points from the new-look Bluegars. I must say MRU kept a nice classic hockey jersey with this new look. They utilized the stylized "MRU" version of the logo, which looks pretty good on a jersey.

    Here's how the teams lined up:

    Manitoba
    Goal
    35 Spriggs (34 Sydora)

    Defence
    2 Henry - 3 Christensen
    16 Heinrichs - 4 Bresciani
    25 Skrumeda

    Forwards
    12 Zajac - 28 Stovin - 18 St. Croix
    24 Augert - 14 Nault - 27 Franko
    8 Bilton - 21 Brooks - 26 Lisoway
    20 Keane - 23 Schreyer - 17 Callis
    15 S Bowles

    Scratches:
    1 Paulic - 9 Hunter - 11 Sharonov
    13 Laurencelle - 19 Spencer - 22 B Bowles
    29 Wasylak

    Mount Royal
    Goal
    31 Cooper (29 Lanigan)

    Defence
    7 Lees - 4 Green
    27 Baker - 22 Smiley
    21 Pankewicz - 5 Poulsen

    Forwards
    15 Olstad - 23 Watson - 26 Rankin
    19 Zulinick - 13 Bly - 11 King
    9 Zandee - 28 Pare - 12 Lipon
    8 Henry - 10 Stephens - 18 Kennedy

    Scratches:
    3 Roberts - 14 Rozdeba - 16 Adamson
    17 Lindgren - 20 Simpson - 24 Allan
    35 Hoflin

    Scorers:
    1st - 09:00 - Man Adam Henry
    1st - 17:33 - MRU Connor Rankin (PP)
    2nd - 14:26 - Man Michael St. Croix
    3rd - 18:43 - Man Michael St. Croix
    3rd - 19:43 - Man Liam Bilton (1) (EN)

    For a bump-and-grind type of game, the goals were dandies. As stated in my preview, St. Croix and Franko made their marks on the scoresheet. St. Croix was the 1st star, with the two goals and an assist. This was a tight battle right until the end. Byron Spriggs stopped 23 of 24 shots to claim the win, and Colin Cooper made 19 saves on 22 shots in taking the loss. MRU is now 3-3-1, and the Bisons are 3-4-0.

    Saturday's rematch will start at 7:30 p.m., after Don Cherry has spoken.




    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD



    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4
    REGINA COUGARS 3


    Links:

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

    Did the Evil Monkeys take the cute and cuddly Banjo Cats too lightly? Normally when you see an apparent mismatch turn out to be a close game it is because of stellar goaltending proving to be an equalizer. Not here. The shots were just 29-24 for the Primates. The Monkeys built a 3-0 1st period lead, but by the 2nd intermission it was just a 4-3 game. Brendan Burke got the win, and Michael Herringer took the loss. Alberta is a perfect 7-0-0, and Regina falls to 1-5-1. The rematch goes Saturday at 3:00 CST, 4:00 CDT.


    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 5
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 0


    Links:

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

    Matt Hewitt led the way with a 39 save shutout, while Matt Revel and Tyler Sandu each scored twice. This was a loss the Hψrny Ψnes could ill afford. After being edged out by UBC for the final playoff berth the last two seasons, they need these points. Garrett Hughson took the loss, stopping 21 of 26 shots. Of note, the T-irds finally had a full roster dressed for the game. UBC improves to 4-3-0, and Lethbridge is tied for the cellar at 1-5-1. Saturday's rematch goes Saturday at 1:00 MDT, 2:00 CDT.


    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2
    CALGARY DINOSAURS 1

    (in a shootout)

    Links:

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

    This was billed as the feature match-up of the night and it lived up to its hype, ending in a shootout. Jordon Cooke stopped 29 shots to claim the W, and Matthew Greenfield was busier, with 42 saves. The win allows the Banjo Mutts to stay 1 point out of first, at 6-0-1, while Bedrock U falls to 3-1-3. The rematch goes Saturday at 6:00 MDT, 7:00 CDT.

    OUT EAST

    Ontario
    Oct 27 Carleton 6 Concordia 3
    Oct 27 Lakehead 5 Waterloo 1
    Oct 27 McGill 3 Queen's 2 (ot)
    Oct 27 Nipissing 2 U.O.I.T. 1 (ot)
    Oct 27 Ottawa 4 R.M.C. 0
    Oct 27 U.Q.T.R. 7 Laurentian 3
    Oct 27 Windsor 0 Brock 4
    Oct 27 York 4 Toronto 1

    Atlantic
    Oct 27 Acadia 2 New Brunswick 7
    Oct 27 Moncton 2 St. F.X. 4
    Oct 27 Saint Mary's 4 U.P.E.I. 3 (ot)

    Links:

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    Saturday Morning Links


    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS v LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS


    New Links:

    Stories: [UofL] : [rp @CW] : [UBC]
    Media: [Family comes first for UBC freshman forward Matt Revel]

    The game stories from both teams were posted late and the links are up now. There was also a nice story in the Vancouver Province about Matt Revel and his brother, Petie.


    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES v CALGARY DINOSAURS


    New Link:

    Media: [The Gauntlet: Weekend Preview Story]

    Bedrock U's student paper has a story looking ahead to the series against the Mutts this weekend.

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    Oct 28: Bisons Complete the Sweep


    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2
    MANITOBA BISONS 3


    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
    CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [Coach's View] : [UofM]
    Stories: [UofM] : [rp @CW] : [rp @MRU]
    Late Friday Story: [rp @MRU]

    The Bisons played a sloppy game, marked by poor decision-making and inopportune turnovers. On the plus side, they showed tenacity, had solid goaltending, and cashed in enough to win. Going into the conference-wide bye week the Herd improves to 4-4-0. The only teams they have yet to play are #3 Calgary and the tied for #7 and #8 Lethbridge and Regina. The Bluegars fall to 3-4-1 and have to play #3 Calgary, #4 UBC, and #2 Saskatchewan.

    Each team had one line-up change, and some line shuffling, from Friday night. For the Bisons, 19 Spencer was in for 15 S Bowles, and for the Bluegars 14 Rozdeba was in for 10 Stephens. Here's the alignment:

    Manitoba
    Goal
    35 Spriggs (34 Sydora)

    Defence
    2 Henry - 16 Heinrichs
    4 Bresciani - 25 Skrumeda
    3 Christensen

    Forwards
    12 Zajac - 28 Stovin - 24 Augert
    18 St. Croix - 14 Nault - 27 Franko
    26 Lisoway - 21 Brooks - 8 Bilton
    17 Callis - 23 Schreyer - 20 Keane
    19 Spencer

    Scratches:
    1 Paulic - 9 Hunter - 11 Sharonov
    13 Laurencelle - 15 S Bowles - 22 B Bowles
    29 Wasylak

    Mount Royal
    Goal
    31 Cooper (29 Lanigan)

    Defence
    21 Pankewicz - 22 Smiley
    27 Baker - 5 Poulsen
    14 Rozdeba - 7 Lees

    Forwards
    15 Olstad - 23 Watson - 26 Rankin
    18 Kennedy - 19 Zulinick - 8 Henry
    12 Lipon - 13 Bly - 11 King
    9 Zandee - 28 Pare - 4 Green

    Scratches:
    3 Roberts - 10 Stephens - 16 Adamson
    17 Lindgren - 20 Simpson - 24 Allan
    35 Hoflin

    Note – 4 Green started as a forward but moved back to defence late in the 2nd period. Once he did so, the rest of the 4th line was frequently plugged into the other lines.

    Scorers:
    1st - 15:52 - Man Zach Franko
    2nd - 03:27 - Man Brett Brooks
    2nd – 17:58 – MRU Maddison Smiley
    3rd – 02:35 – MRU Tanner Olstad
    3rd – 18:59 – Man Zach Franko

    The 1st period had official shots of 10-3 in favour of MRU. However, the play was much more even. Zach Franko had the only goal (set up nicely by Justin Augert and Kamerin Nault) and Brett Stovin and Nault also hit the pipes.

    Brett Brooks gave the Bisons a 2-0 lead early in the 2nd period, and the lead held for the longest time. Maddison Smily got MRU on the board with just over 2 minutes left. It was a well-deserved goal after the teams had a very even period, with loads of shots (15-12 for MRU).

    Though carrying a lead into the 3rd, the Bisons had the extra jump and were pushing harder for the insurance goal than MRU was pushing for the evener. However, the Bisons got caught ignoring the need to backcheck following a turnover and Tanner Olstad picked the top corner to convert a fast-break into the tying goal. The same five Bisons were on the ice for both MRU goals (Heinrich and Skrumeda on D and Zajac-Stovin-Augert up front). The Bisons did resume their offensive thrust on many different shifts such that with 90 seconds left Brad Kennedy took a penalty to prevent a rebound from going in. Franko notched his 2nd of the night to claim the W.

    The Bisons outshot MRU 13-6 in the 3rd period, to close the gap to 31-28 on the night. Byron Spriggs got another win, and Colin Cooper got the loss. The 3 stars were Franko, Spriggs, and Jamal Watson (who had two assists for MRU).

    Next week is a conference bye week. After that, the Bisons are off to Regina whilst MRU will play cross-town rival Calgary.




    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4
    REGINA COUGARS 1


    Links:

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

    After putting up a good battle on Friday night, the Banjo Cats were outclassed the way one would expect. The shots were 49-20 in favour of the Monkeys. Zach Sawchenko picked up the win and Dawson MacAuley was tagged with the loss. This is MacAuley's third season with the Cats, and his first start of the season. Alberta is now 8-0-0, and Regina falls to 1-6-1 where they are tied for last.


    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 6
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4


    Links:

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

    This loss has to sting for the Hψrny Ψnes. They outshot the T-irds 57-20 on the night. And two late goals were needed just to make the scoreline look respectable. Ty Edmonds got the call in goal for Lethbridge, and stopped just 13 of the 19 shots he faced. He was yanked after the 6th goal. Jonny Hogue finished and stopped the only shot he faced in his first-ever appearance in the CW. After a spectacular shut-out on Friday, Matt Hewitt played again. That's not easy when a matinee follows an evening game. He stopped 53 of 57 shots for the win. On the weekend, he stopped 92 of 96, to go .958 on the weekend. Lethbridge tumbles to 1-6-1, tied with Regina for last. UBC is now 5-3-0, having four straight wins over Regina and Lethbridge.


    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2
    CALGARY DINOSAURS 4


    Links:

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

    This win had them screaming Yabba Dabba Doo in the Town of Bedrock. Sask has now had splits in Manitoba and Bedrock. Cain Franson had two goals for the Dinos. The teams stuck with their Friday night goaltenders. Matthew Greenfield stopped 24 of 26 to claim a W, and Jordon Cooke stopped 24 of 28 to be stuck with a L. The Banjo Mutts go into the break in 2nd place at 6-1-1, and the Dinos are 4-1-3 in 3rd.

    OUT EAST

    Ontario
    Oct 28 Concordia 4 Queen's 3 (ot)
    Oct 28 Lakehead 3 Waterloo 2 (so)
    Oct 28 Laurier 3 Toronto 1
    Oct 28 McGill 3 Ottawa 6
    Oct 28 Nipissing 5 R.M.C. 4 (ot)
    Oct 28 Ryerson 1 York 4
    Oct 28 U.O.I.T. 1 Carleton 3
    Oct 28 U.Q.T.R. 2 Laurentian 0
    Oct 28 W. Ontario 2 Brock 5
    Oct 28 Windsor 5 Guelph 3

    Atlantic
    Oct 28 Acadia 7 U.P.E.I. 5
    Oct 28 St. F.X. 5 Dalhousie 1
    Oct 28 Saint Mary's 1 New Brunswick 5

    Links:
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    • [OUA S&R]
    • [AUS S&R]


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    Preview: Conference Bye Week



    This is a conference-wide bye week in the CW. Not sure why they do that now. Maybe it's mid-term exam time. In any event, there is a spattering of stuff from the Bisons and around the CW, not to mention results from Out East.

    Manitoba Links:
    • GoBisons: [Team Site]
    • Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
    • CW: [Stats]∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
    • LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
    • Manitoban: [MRU Series Story] ∞ [Zach Franko Story]
    • Manitoban: [UofS Series Story] ∞ [Local Talent Story]
    • MyToba: [MRU Series Story]
    • Highlights-of-the-Week: [rp @Facebook] ∞ [rp @Twitter]

    Other Teams' Links:
    • Lethbridge: [Ready to Honour 50 Greatest Pronghorns]
    • MRU: [Weekend Recap (video)]
    • Toronto Maple Leafs: [Derek Ryan Reference]

    Other Links:
    • [USports] ∞ [US Schedule/Links]
    • [US Standings]
    • [CW Site] ∞ [CW Schedule]
    • [CW Stats] ∞ [Media Access]
    • [CUSN Week 4]
    • [USports Top 10] ∞ [rp @UofS]


    I posted the Leafs' blogger story because of this reference:
    About halfway through the period Carolina penned the Leafs into their own zone as if it was 6 on 4 or something. I thought a goal was inevitable but eventually they got a whistle and I could breathe again.

    The commentators talk about Derek Ryan on the Canes and pump the tires of CIS hockey, apparently unaware that Canadian university sports have been rebranded as U Sports.
    Without a doubt, the rebrand to USports has been a fiasco. Lots of people don't recall the change having been made. A new logo can be nice but the name needs to stay the same. If it were at least called "U-Sports Canada" it could abbreviate to "USC", or "Canada U-Sports" could abbreviate to "CUS".

    STANDINGS



    NEXT UP

    Nov 10 Lethbridge at Alberta
    Nov 10 Manitoba at Regina
    Nov 10 Mount Royal at Calgary
    Nov 10 U.B.C. at Saskatchewan
    Nov 11 Calgary at Mount Royal
    Nov 11 Lethbridge at Alberta
    Nov 11 Manitoba at Regina
    Nov 11 U.B.C. at Saskatchewan

    OUT EAST

    Ontario

    Nov 02 Toronto 1 Guelph 4
    Nov 02 York 2 Laurier 6
    Nov 03 Brock at Lakehead
    Nov 03 Laurentian at Ottawa
    Nov 03 Nipissing at Carleton
    Nov 03 Queen's at U.Q.T.R.
    Nov 03 R.M.C. at McGill
    Nov 03 Ryerson at Waterloo
    Nov 03 U.O.I.T. at Concordia
    Nov 03 W. Ontario at Windsor
    Nov 04 Brock at Lakehead
    Nov 04 Laurentian at Carleton
    Nov 04 Laurier at W. Ontario
    Nov 04 Nipissing at Ottawa
    Nov 04 Queen's at U.Q.T.R.
    Nov 04 R.M.C. at Concordia
    Nov 04 Toronto at Windsor
    Nov 04 U.O.I.T. at McGill
    Nov 04 Waterloo at York
    Nov 05 Guelph at York

    Atlantic
    Nov 01 Dalhousie 0 Acadia 5
    Nov 01 Saint Mary's 5 St. F.X. 4 (so)
    Nov 01 U.P.E.I. 4 Moncton 6
    Nov 03 Moncton at New Brunswick
    Nov 03 St. F.X. at Acadia
    Nov 04 New Brunswick at U.P.E.I.
    Nov 06 Saint Mary's at Dalhousie

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

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    Nov 3: Out-of-Town Scoreboard


    There were no CW games, so all we have is AUS and OUA from Friday night.

    OUT EAST

    Ontario
    Nov 03 Brock 2 Lakehead 3 (ot)
    Nov 03 Laurentian 4 Ottawa 3
    Nov 03 Nipissing 1 Carleton 4
    Nov 03 Queen's 3 U.Q.T.R. 6
    Nov 03 R.M.C. 0 McGill 6
    Nov 03 Ryerson 3 Waterloo 2 (ot)
    Nov 03 U.O.I.T. 2 Concordia 6
    Nov 03 W. Ontario 4 Windsor 2

    Atlantic
    Nov 03 Moncton 1 New Brunswick 6
    Nov 03 St. F.X. 5 Acadia 6 (ot)

    Links:
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    • [OUA S&R]
    • [AUS S&R]

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    Preview: Nov 10-11: Manitoba at Regina


    MANITOBA BISONS (4-4-0, 8-8-1, OHT35 #12)
    REGINA COUGARS (1-6-1, 3-10-1, OHT35 #27)


    Nov 10 7:00 CST at Regina Co-operators Centre
    Nov 11 3:00 CST at Regina Co-operators Centre


    Live Links:

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

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

    Regina Links:
    • Team: [Series Preview]
    • Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
    • CW: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
    • LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

    Other Links:
    • [USports] ∞ [US Schedule/Links]
    • [US Standings] ∞ [Top Ten]
    • [CW Site] ∞ [CW Schedule]
    • [CW Stats] ∞ [Media Access]
    • [CUSN Week 5]

    After a week off, all 8 teams in the CW return to action this weekend. The Bisons are off to Regina, AKA Dante's 9th Circle of Hell. Here's what's up.

    The Herd sits in 5th place, 2 points away from 4th and 3 away from 3rd. They have yet to play the bottom two teams in the league, namely these Banjo Cats and the Hψrny Ψnes, with whom the Cats are tied for last. The Bisons need 4-point weekends against these sorts of teams if they want to challenge for 3rd, or higher, this season. Easier said than done. Regina looked good early in the pre-season before they fell apart. They have bounced back and split a pair of shootouts with MRU than had respectable losses against UBC and Alberta. One would think they are due for a break somewhere along the line.

    The Bisons have had a decisive historical edge over Regina, going 10-4-2 over them the last 4 seasons. The Kittens are led by a veteran (Ian McNulty, 2-6-8 in scoring) and a rookie (Zak Zborosky, 4-3-7). However, they will only go as far as their goaltending takes them. Rookie Michael Herringer was started all but one game, and his numbers are 4.84 GAA, .866 S%, 1-5-1 WL. Dawson McAuley has just the one start, giving up 4 goals on 49 shots against the Evil Monkeys.

    I will be watching to see which lines core for the Bisons this weekend. So far the St. Croix-Nault-Franko combination has 8 goals in 8 games. That's good. But Zajac-Stovin-Augert have combined for just 4. They need to do better. The big surprise is that Adam Henry (2-5-7) is racking up points from the blue line.


    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (5-3-0, 8-4-0, OHT35 #16)
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (6-1-1, 7-4-1, OHT35 #7)


    Links:

    UofS: [Series Preview] ∞ [Cody Smuk Memorial]
    UBC: [Team Site]

    The T-irds have managed some productive weekends just when it appeared they might be sinking. The were physically damaged following their opening weekend series against the Bisons, so much so that they played short-staffed and were demolished by the Dinos. They have since swept the lesser lights of the CW. So what are they? A team just barely able to squeeze by or a possible contender. This weekend could tell the tale. They will be touring the Rutherdump, potentially for the last time. The Mutts’ new doghouse is well under construction, and will include a memorial to the late Cody Smuk.


    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (1-6-1, 5-11-1, OHT35 #28)
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (8-0-0, 13-1-0, OHT35 #1)


    Links:

    UofA: [Series Preview] ∞ [Clare Drake Celebration]
    CW: [Luke Phillp Grad of the Month] ∞ [rp @UofA]
    UofL: [Series Preview] ∞ [Top 50 Horns: 41-50]

    The Hψrny Ψnes probably deserve a better fate so far. The record says 1-6-1 and tied for last, and on a 6 game losing streak to boot. But last weekend they outshot UBC 57-20 and lost 6-4, and 39-26 in a 5-0 loss. WTF? Trying to break a slump against the Evil Monkeys is not a great game plan. Both sides have interesting stories linked.


    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (3-4-1, 4-6-1, OHT35 #20)
    CALGARY DINOSAURS (4-1-3, 10-2-4, OHT35 #6)


    Links:

    UofC: [Team Site]
    MRU: [Teaam Site]

    This is a local derby in the Town of Bedrock. In their rematch series in the second half of the season, one game will be at the Saddledome. I don’t expect you’ll see overflow crowds at either rink in this series. The Bluegars had seemingly caught up the Dinos but this off-season recruiting wars were overwhelmingly in favour of the Dinos. Thus far the Dinos have an amazing 3 OTLs already. I am still not sure what to make of the Dinos. Are they are threat to challenge for the Top Two? Or perhaps Top Four is optimistic?

    OUT EAST

    Ontario

    Nov 08 Toronto 4 W. Ontario 1
    Nov 08 Ryerson 3 Brock 4
    Nov 10 UQTR RMC
    Nov 10 York W. Ontario
    Nov 10 Windsor Waterloo
    Nov 10 Ryerson Toronto
    Nov 10 Brock Laurier
    Nov 10 Queen's UOIT
    Nov 10 Carleton Ottawa
    Nov 10 Lakehead Guelph
    Nov 10 Concordia Nipissing
    Nov 10 McGill Laurentian
    Nov 11 Lakehead York
    Nov 11 W. Ontario Toronto
    Nov 11 UQTR RMC
    Nov 11 Windsor Laurier
    Nov 11 Ottawa UOIT
    Nov 11 McGill Nipissing
    Nov 11 Carleton Queen's
    Nov 11 Waterloo Guelph
    Nov 11 Concordia Laurentian
    Nov 12 Lakehead Ryerson

    Atlantic
    Nov 06 Saint Mary's 4 Dalhousie 1
    Nov 08 Saint Mary's 4 Acadia 3
    Nov 10 Dalhousie UPEI
    Nov 10 St. F.X. New Brunswick
    Nov 10 Moncton Acadia
    Nov 11 Dalhousie New Brunswick
    Nov 11 Moncton Saint Mary's
    Nov 11 St. F.X. UPEI


    Links:

    • [US Presto S&R]
    • [OUA S&R]
    • [AUS S&R]
    • [UNB/Flin Flon Connection

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    Nov 10: Decisive Win for Bisons in Regina


    MANITOBA BISONS 6
    REGINA COUGARS 1


    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
    CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [Coach's View] : [UofM*]
    Stories: [UofR] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UM*]

    When a team suffers the indignity of a trip to Regina, the best compensation is a win. And the Bisons achieved that relatively easily. The Herd held period leads of 2-0 and 5-0, and the 3rd period was a “let the clock run as fast as possible” kind of period for both sides. Here's what happened.

    Scorers:

    1st – 13:32 Man Quintin Lisoway (2)
    1st – 15:33 Man Kamerin Nault (4)
    2nd – 02:05 Man Warren Callis (1)
    2nd – 07:13 Man Liam Bilton (2)
    2nd – 13:05 Man Adam Henry (3)
    2nd – 15:35 Reg Zak Zborosky (5)
    3rd – 19:26 Man Brett Brooks (3)

    So lots of goals from the depth players tonight, which is always a good sign. Zborosky is having a good rookie year for the Kittens.

    For lineup changes from their last game, the Bisons dressed Shawn Bowles and Remi Laurencelle and sat out Geordie Keane and Calvin Spencer. So they once again dressed 5 defence and 13 forwards. Byron Spriggs got the win, with 31 saves. He is now 5-4-0 with a 3.22 GAA and .894 S%. At the other end, Michael Herringer was yanked after the 5th Bison goal, and stopped 21 of 26 shots. Returnee Dawson MacAuley came on to stop 12 of 13 in a mop-up role.

    The Bisons finally rise above the .500 level for the first time this season, at 5-4-0. They also pull within 1 point of 3rd place. Saturday's rematch goes at 3:00 CST.



    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 3
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4

    (in overtime)

    Links:

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

    Goaltender Matt Hewitt continued his role as a point-theft for the T-irds. They lost in OT despite being outshot 41-25. Logan McVeigh scored twice for the Banjo Mutts, and Jordon Cooke stopped 22 shots in claiming the win. Austin Vetterl notched his 7th goal of the season in a losing cause.


    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3
    CALGARY DINOSAURS 2


    Links:

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

    This Crowchild Classic encounter produced a bit of a surprise. The Bluegars seemed to be down a notch and Mr. Slate bankrolled an apparently strong set of recruits for Bedrock U. The Dinos fall to 4-2-3, which is above .500 for points but below .500 on wins/losses. MRU is now just 2 points behind Bedrock.


    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 7


    Links:

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

    The Evil Monkeys dusted off the Hψrny Ψnes in decisive fashion. A 53 shot outburst made it a tough night for Garret Hughson in the Lethbridge goal. Zach Sawchenko made 28 stops for the win, and the Monkey offence was led by a Luke Philp hat-trick. That's 9-0-0 for the Apes, and 1-7-1 for the Horns.

    OUT EAST

    Ontario
    Nov 10 Brock 4 Laurier 5
    Nov 10 Carleton 4 Ottawa 2
    Nov 10 Concordia 4 Nipissing 1
    Nov 10 Lakehead 1 Guelph 3
    Nov 10 McGill 8 Laurentian 3
    Nov 10 Queen's 2 U.O.I.T. 4
    Nov 10 Ryerson 5 Toronto 2
    Nov 10 U.Q.T.R. 1 R.M.C. 2
    Nov 10 Windsor 1 Waterloo 2
    Nov 10 York 5 W. Ontario 4

    Atlantic
    Nov 10 Dalhousie 4 U.P.E.I. 5
    Nov 10 Moncton 1 Acadia 6
    Nov 10 St. F.X. 3 New Brunswick 5

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


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    Nov 11: Bisons Become Matinee Idols in Double OT


    MANITOBA BISONS 6
    REGINA COUGARS 5

    (in overtime)

    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
    CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [Coach's View] : [UofM]
    Stories: [UofR] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UM]
    UofM Friday late links: [rp Game Story] : [Boxscore]

    A matinee performance coming after a night game often becomes a bizarre exercise. This Saturday afternoon encounter fell firmly into that category. For line-up notes, the Bisons found a 6th defenceman, Austin Douglas. He was not on the roster before and wore #9, which belongs to 4th year defenceman Rene Hunter. On one Bison goal the PA announcer gave an assist to Hunter, who waived from the stands to the online announcer. I'd like to comment more on his play but the Bison black numbers on brown jerseys don't show up too well on CanadaWest.tv. Not that Regina's yellow on white is any better. (By the way, the assist was taken away.) Also, Dasan Sydora started in goal. I believe that was his first start in a regular season game in this his 3rd season.

    Now, here's what happened:

    Scorers:

    1st - 01:46 – Man Michael St. Croix (3)
    1st - 08:17 – Reg Ian McNulty (3)
    2nd - 02:22 - Reg Carter Hansen (1)
    2nd - 03:47 - Man Warren Callis (2)
    2nd - 08:19 - Man Remi Laurencelle (1)
    2nd - 18:11 - Reg Austin Bourhis (2)
    2nd - 19:02 - Man Adam Henry (4)
    3rd - 07:49 - Man Justin Augert (1)
    3rd - 08:32 - Reg Tyler King (PP) (4)
    3rd - 19:14 - Reg Cody Fowlie (4)
    5th - 02:50 - Man Kamerin Nault (5)

    This was a very loose game. The Bisons need to play the body to be effective and there was not as much grinding as usual. Nevertheless, they did hold a 2-goal lead in the 3rd period and, rather than step on the Kittens' throats, allowed them to come back to force OT. The running total of shots was not displayed on the live stats, and I admit to being surprised when I saw inflated totals. The final was 51-36 in favour of the Banjo Cats, including 21 shots in the 2nd period.

    Michael Herringer was back in the litter box after being fulled in favour of Dawson MacAuley on Friday night. He stopped 30 of 36 in taking the loss. Sydora stopped 46 of 51 shots to claim his first win.

    The game winner by Kamerin Nault came in the 2nd overtime, during 3-on-3. A Bison offensive thrust was stymied, which led to the inevitable breakout the other way from Regina. Nault backchecked to lift the stick and prevent a shot, then broke out himself, deked a couple of players, and scored.

    Last year Nault was in-and-out of the line-up, and this year he is on a line with blue chip newcomers Michael St. Croix and Zach Franko. They now have 11 of the Bisons' 33 goals, 3 of which came in this game.

    Last year's CW rookie-of-the-year Remi Laurencelle made his return to the line-up this weekend. It seems he was usually paired with Callis and Schreyer. That line had two goals on the night.

    The theoretical top line (Zajac-Stovin-Augert) has only 5 goals so far. They did get what should have been the insurance goal in the 3rd period.

    This was the only matinee on the Usports docket. So we won't know where the Bisons will place until those scores are in. But we do know they are 6-4-0 heading into Lethbridge next weekend.



    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

    These results will be posted separately sometime after midnight!

    Canada West
    Nov 11 Calgary at Mount Royal
    Nov 11 Lethbridge at Alberta
    Nov 11 U.B.C. at Saskatchewan

    Atlantic
    Nov 11 Dalhousie at New Brunswick
    Nov 11 Moncton at Saint Mary's
    Nov 11 St. F.X. at U.P.E.I.

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

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

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    Nov 11 Part 2: Saturday Night Round-up

    The Bisons won their matinee encounter, and in the evening Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Calgary won their games. The CW is somewhat returning to its roots. The results leave the traditional “Big Four” in the top 4 positions in the standings for the first time in a while, with UBC and MRU falling just behind.


    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 2
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5


    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
    Stories: [UofS] : [rp @CW] : [UBC]
    UBC Friday late link: [Game Story]

    The scoreboard is a bit deceptive in this one. The T-irds led 2-1 after the 1st, and in fact the Mutts did not tie the game until over 12 minutes into the 2nd. Sask did not get a 2-goal lead until there was less than 5 minutes left, then an empty-netter sealed it. Jordon Cooke stopped 26 of 28 shots to win (now 7-1-1) and Michael Sofillas scored twice to lead the Mutts to the promised land of fire hydrants. After Matt Hewitt's hot streak, UBC switched goaltenders and Rylan Toth stopped 36 of 40 in taking the loss. So on the weekend Saskatchewan gets their sweep, and UBC has to settle for a bonus point.


    CALGARY DINOSAURS 5
    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 1


    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
    Stories: [MRU] : [rp @CW] : [UofC]
    MRU Friday late link: [rp Game Story]

    The crosstown rivals both won their away game in this home-and-home series. Bedrock U surrendered the first goal but that was it. In the end, Jordan Papirny backstopped them to the win, stopping 25 of 26 shots, and Coda Gordon scored twice. At the other end of the ice, Cam Lanigan stopped 24 of 28 in the Bluegars' goal. This was also maybe closer than the score would indicate. It was a a 3-1 game with less than 2 minutes left when the Dinos scored an empty-netter to make it 4-1 and then one more with 4 seconds left for good measure.


    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6


    Links:

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

    This was Clare Drake Night in Edmontown. And the Evil Monkeys once again crushed the Hψrny Ψnes. The stats were not as one-sided as from Friday night, but still not exactly close. The opening period set the stage, with Alberta outshooting Lethbridge 12-3, and outscoring them 2-0. On the night the shots were 35-21. Zach Sawchenko stopped 20 of 21 to get the win, while Trevor Cox scored his first two goals of the season to lead the way. Ty Edmonds was in the Hψrny Ψnes' net, and stopped 29 of 35 shots. The Primates are now a perfect 10-0-0. Lethbridge will be quite happy to have the road games there done for the season.

    STANDINGS



    OUT EAST

    Ontario
    Nov 11 Carleton 4 Queen's 1
    Nov 11 Concordia 6 Laurentian 1
    Nov 11 Lakehead 2 York 4
    Nov 11 McGill 4 Nipissing 1
    Nov 11 Ottawa 4 U.O.I.T. 5
    Nov 11 U.Q.T.R. 1 R.M.C. 4
    Nov 11 Waterloo 3 Guelph 6
    Nov 11 W. Ontario 2 Toronto 4
    Nov 11 Windsor 1 Laurier 2

    Atlantic
    Nov 11 Dalhousie 1 New Brunswick 3
    Nov 11 Moncton 1 Saint Mary's 7
    Nov 11 St. F.X. 4 U.P.E.I. 2

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


    NEXT UP

    Nov 12 Lakehead at Ryerson
    Nov 15 Acadia at Saint Mary's
    Nov 15 Waterloo at Ryerson
    Nov 17 Alberta at Saskatchewan
    Nov 17 Manitoba at Lethbridge
    Nov 17 Mount Royal at U.B.C.
    Nov 17 Regina at Calgary


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    Preview: Nov 17-18: Manitoba at Lethbridge


    MANITOBA BISONS (6-4-0, 10-8-1, OHT35 #12)
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (1-8-1, 5-13-1, OHT35 #31)


    Nov 10 7:00 MST/8:00 CST at Lethbridge Nicholas Sheran Arena
    Nov 11 1:00 MST/2:00 CST at Lethbridge Nicholas Sheran Arena


    Live Links:

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

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

    Lethbridge Links:
    • Team: [Operation Rednose] : [Greatest 'Horns: 31-40]
    • Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
    • CW: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
    • LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

    Other Links:
    • [USports] ∞ [US Schedule/Links]
    • [US Standings] ∞ [Top Ten]
    • [CW Site] ∞ [CW Schedule]
    • [CW Stats] ∞ [Media Access]
    • [CUSN Week 5]

    This weekend and last are/were weekends where the Bisons needed/need sweeps if they want to finish in the upper echelons of the CW this year. They are now 6-4-0 and sitting in 4th place, just one point behind 3rd place Calgary. Lethbridge sits dead last at 1-8-1, a point behind Regina. The Herd has just two series left in the first half, this one and next weekend at home against Calgary.

    Last year the Bisons went 3-1-0 against the Hψrny Ψnes, and are 10-6-0 over the last four seasons.

    But beware. Lethbridge was just pipped by UBC for the final playoff berth each of the last two seasons, and they seemed ready to once again be a playoff contender this year. So-so pre-season, and a split with Calgary started their season. Then things fell apart. Eight straight losses. Worse, the first of those was in overtime against Sask. In the last 7 games, one was by two goals and the rest were by three or more.

    Lethbridge has two good scorers, Mitchell Maxwell is 4-7-11 and Justin Valentino is 3-4-7. Nobody else has more than 4 points. As a team, they have scored just 18 goals, last in the CW. Regina is next-worst, at 26. In goal they have sophomore Garret Hughson and rookie Ty Edmonds, playing roughly a 60/40 split. Their numbers are not stellar. Hughson is 1-4-1, 4.17 GAA, and .889 S%. Edmonds is 0-4-0, 5.32 GAA, and .832 S%. Overall, they have given up 48 goals, only 3 goals better than Regina's 51.

    The Bisons are on a four-game winning streak. Byron Spriggs has rallied in goal so that his numbers are now quite respectable, 5-4-0, 3.22 GAA, .894 S%. Scoring is being led by Michael St. Croix, 4-7-11 (tied for 7th in the CW) and defenceman Adam Henry, 4-6-10 (tied for 13th).

    Last weekend, 2016-17 CW Rookie-of-the-Year Remi Laurencelle made his return to the line-up. He had a goal and an assist and transformed the 3rd line into an offensive threat. There are still several players who remain on the shelf yet to see their first action of the regular season: goaltender Justin Paulic, defencemen Rene Hunter and Victor Sharonov, and forward Jonah Wasylak. One thing I will want to check out is whether the Zajac-Stovin-Augert line returns to form, if in fact they stick together.


    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (10-0-0, 15-1-0, OHT35 #1)
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (8-1-1, 9-4-1, OHT35 #6)


    Links:

    UofS: [Series Preview] ∞ [Secret Santa Program] ∞ [Series Notes (pdf)]
    UofA: [Team Site]

    This is the feature series of the weekend, nation-wide and not just in the CW. If the Evil Monkeys win this series, they will likely assure themselves of first place. The Rutherdump can be a tough place to win, however. While Saudi Alberta has been clearly the better team all season, one cannot discount the possibility that they are due for a loss. The numbers paint the picture. The Monkeys lead the CW with 52 goals scored (Sask is 2nd with 44), and with just 18 goals allowed (Sask is tied for 2nd with 21). This would be worth a watch at CanadaWest.tv.


    REGINA COUGARS (1-7-2, 3-11-2, OHT35 #30)
    CALGARY DINOSAURS (5-2-3, 11-3-4, OHT35 #7)


    Links:

    UofC: [Team Site]
    UofR: [Teaam Site]

    The Bisons would love to see the Feline Bumpkins hold Bedrock U to something less than 4 points. Could they do it? Well, in all likelihood there will be one comfortable win for the Dinos and one tight game. The Dinos had a massive, and high-end, recruiting class. However, even high end major junior players take time to adjust to a tougher league. That appears to be happening here. I would suggest most pundits had them winning more than 5 games so far. I was a bit leary. From what I have seen, they will likely be competing hard with the Bisons for 3rd place.


    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (4-5-1, 5-7-1, OHT35 #18)
    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (5-4-1, 8-5-1, OHT35 #16)


    Links:

    UBC: [Series Preview]
    MRU: [Team Site]

    This is the Battle for Fifth! Probably not the best marketing slogan. Both sides would like to challenge for 4th place, and the right to host a playoff series. MRU has recently achieved that level, but have now slipped back. UBC has made it to that level just once since, well, roughly around Moses' trip to Sinai. Both sides wrap up the first half next week with tough opponents. (MRU plays Sask and UBC plays Alberta.) I strongly suspect a split this weekend. The UBC preview story cites two factoids of interest. UBC has the top PP in the CW at 27.5%. And they are tied with Regina for the most shots allowed per game, 38.5. Their #1 goaltender, Matt Hewitt, stole two games for them against Lethbridge. His numbers are 5-1-1, 3.14 GAA, .922 S%. The Bluegars have been using all three goaltenders. Colin Cooper has been a good #1 in the past, but this year his numbers are 3-2-0, 2.92 GAA, and .884.

    OUT EAST

    Ontario

    Nov 15 Waterloo 4 Ryerson 6
    Nov 17 Concordia at McGill
    Nov 17 Guelph at W. Ontario
    Nov 17 Laurier at Brock
    Nov 17 Ottawa at Carleton
    Nov 17 Queen's at Laurentian
    Nov 17 R.M.C. at U.Q.T.R.
    Nov 17 Ryerson at Windsor
    Nov 17 Toronto at Lakehead
    Nov 17 U.O.I.T. at Nipissing
    Nov 17 York at Waterloo
    Nov 18 Carleton at U.Q.T.R.
    Nov 18 Guelph at Brock
    Nov 18 McGill at Concordia
    Nov 18 Queen's at Nipissing
    Nov 18 R.M.C. at Ottawa
    Nov 18 Toronto at Lakehead
    Nov 18 U.O.I.T. at Laurentian
    Nov 18 W. Ontario at Laurier
    Nov 18 York at Windsor

    Atlantic
    Nov 15 Acadia 2 Saint Mary's 3
    Nov 17 Acadia at Moncton
    Nov 17 New Brunswick at St. F.X.
    Nov 17 U.P.E.I. at Dalhousie
    Nov 18 New Brunswick at Dalhousie
    Nov 18 Saint Mary's at Moncton
    Nov 18 U.P.E.I. at St. F.X.

    Links:

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    • [AUS S&R]

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    Nov 17: Bisons a Victim on Upset Night


    MANITOBA BISONS 3
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4

    (in overtime)

    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
    CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
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    Stories: [UofL] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UM]
    UofL links: [Tweet] : [CTV] : [Canes Blog]

    This was a night of upsets in the CW, one of which was this one. The Bisons took the lead 3 times, and 3 times the Hψrny Ψnes tied it up, before stealing it in OT. No doubt the 'Horns were overdue.

    Scorers:
    1st – 14:30 – Man Justin Augert (2)
    2nd – 12:07 – Leth Evan Wardley (2) (PP)
    3rd – 05:17 – Man Channing Bresciani (2)
    3rd – 08:26 – Leth Spenser Jensen (2) (PP)
    3rd – 09:41 – Man Michael St. Croix (4)
    3rd – 16:47 – Leth Mitchell Maxwell (5)
    4th – 01:16 – Leth Ryon Moser (1)

    The Bisons had some line-up changes from last game. On defence, Skrumeda was out (due to getting a major penalty against Regina), and so they were back to dressing just 5 defencemen. Up front, Laurencelle was again out of the line-up whilst Spencer and Bowles were in.

    Byron Spriggs stopped 29 of 33 shots and was run over twice while I was watching. (My mobile data ran out, and I was not at home.) Garret Hughson was the difference in the game, as he stopped 38 of 41 shots at the Lethbridge goal.

    In the links there were stories about former UofL goaltender Dylan Tait, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer while with the team. He is now doing some fundraising for the cause. And in Movember, Dalton Sward is their nominee for 'stache of the year.

    The rematch goes Saturday at 2:00 CST.





    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 1


    Links:

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

    This game did not live up to the hype. The Evil Monkeys seem to truly be in a class of their own. They are now 11-0-0 and this score should scare away everybody. Jamie Crooks had a hat-trick and Dylan Bredo scored twice. Brendan Burke stopped 27 of 28 shots to claim the win. Jordon Cooke was shelled, making 29 stops of 35 shots. We'll see what sort of impact a night in the doghouse will have on the Mutts.


    REGINA COUGARS 3
    CALGARY DINOSAURS 2


    Links:

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

    The Banjo Cats completed the set of stunning upsets with this win in the Town of Bedrock. The Kittens switched starters and went with Dawson MacAuley. He stopped all 14 shots he faced in the 1st period but then could not start the 2nd. Michael Herringer stopped 20 of 22 to claim the win. Meanwhile, Matthew Greenfield stopped 31 of 34 to take the loss. This upset allowed the Bisons to move into a tie with Bedrock U for 3rd place, despite their own disappointing loss. How about that?!?


    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 4
    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 1


    Links:

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

    This was a big win for the Bluegars. They pulled even with the T-irds. Goaltender Matt Hewitt was unable to steal another for UBC. He stopped 34 of 37 shots before an empty-netter put the game away. MRU went with veteran Cam Lanigan at the other end, and he stopped 23 of 24 to achieve victory. MRU scored once on a penalty shot and twice on the power play.

    STANDINGS



    OUT EAST

    Ontario
    Nov 17 Concordia 1 McGill 2
    Nov 17 Guelph 6 W. Ontario 4
    Nov 17 Laurier 2 Brock 3 (ot)
    Nov 17 Ottawa 4 Carleton 3
    Nov 17 Queen's 8 Laurentian 2
    Nov 17 R.M.C. 2 U.Q.T.R. 1 (so)
    Nov 17 Ryerson 2 Windsor 7
    Nov 17 Toronto 2 Lakehead 3 (ot)
    Nov 17 U.O.I.T. 4 Nipissing 3 (so)
    Nov 17 York 4 Waterloo 6

    Atlantic
    Nov 17 Acadia 9 Moncton 1
    Nov 17 New Brunswick 2 St. F.X. 3 (ot)
    Nov 17 U.P.E.I. 4 Dalhousie 2

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


    NEXT UP

    Nov 18 Alberta at Saskatchewan
    Nov 18 Manitoba at Lethbridge
    Nov 18 Mount Royal at U.B.C.
    Nov 18 Regina at Calgary
    Nov 18 New Brunswick at Dalhousie
    Nov 18 Saint Mary's at Moncton
    Nov 18 U.P.E.I. at St. F.X.
    Nov 18 Carleton at U.Q.T.R.
    Nov 18 Guelph at Brock
    Nov 18 McGill at Concordia
    Nov 18 Queen's at Nipissing
    Nov 18 R.M.C. at Ottawa
    Nov 18 Toronto at Lakehead
    Nov 18 U.O.I.T. at Laurentian
    Nov 18 W. Ontario at Laurier
    Nov 18 York at Windsor

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    Nov 18: Bisons Back-to-Back Bonus Points


    MANITOBA BISONS 3
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4

    (in overtime)

    Links:

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    Two identical scores but very different games. The Hψrny Ψnes were short two players but the rest must have been downing Viagra like candy for the first two periods, as they outshot the Bisons 19-9 and 18-8. The 3rd period was closer (13-11). So while this was a lost weekend, the Bisons still got two points and held their place in the standings. Here's what happened:

    Scorers:
    2nd – 03:49 – Man Zach Franko (4)
    2nd – 15:04 – Leth Dalton Sward (2)
    3rd – 01:19 – Leth Justin Valentino (4)
    3rd – 04:20 – Man Joel Schreyer (1)
    3rd – 08:38 – Leth Justin Valentino (5)
    3rd – 19:56 – Man Kamerin Nault (6)
    4th – 00:17 – Leth Mitchell Maxwell (6)

    The Bisons are becoming no stranger to the empty-net goal. Kamerin Nault scored his 6th of the season, which followed a faceoff taken with just 12 seconds left and 6 Bison skaters on the ice. Both sides played their Friday night starters on short rest, which sometimes causes a fairly wild game. So again Garret Hughson gets the win and Byron Spriggs got the OTL.

    Next week the teams both play the team beside them in the standings. The Bisons host Calgary and Lethbridge visits Regina.



    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


    REGINA COUGARS 2
    CALGARY DINOSAURS 3


    Links:

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

    This was exactly the inverse score from Friday night. Bedrock U had a tough time with the Kittens, the shots were 28-27. After Regina and Lethbridge appeared to be falling apart, they both played extremely well on the weekend. These scores also tighten the CW standings in a major way. Jordan Papirny started for Bedrock and got the win, and Michael Herringer took the loss for Regina. I saw the ending of this one after the Bison game, and Regina looked pretty decent. They and Lethbridge are the weakest teams in the CW but will claim some scalps as the season progresses.


    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3
    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 1


    Links:

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

    This series had split written all over it. But the Bluegars' sweep here could be a major turning point for both teams. Rather than challenging the league leaders, UBC could be in the familiar position of a life and death battle for a playoff berth. The first three goals were on the PP, and the final one into an empty net. Rylan Toth started for the T-irds, and stopped 21 of 23 shots, and Cam Lanigan got the win, stopping 30 of 31. It looks like MRU may run with the veteran goaltender now.


    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 0
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4


    Links:

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    Stories: [UofS] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofA]

    The Evil Monkeys finally taste defeat! No doubt they are now swinging from the vines and throwing feces at one another. The final goal was an empty-netter, so the Monkeys never went down without a fight. Jordon Cooke had a 29-save shut-out for the win, and Zach Sawchenko stopped 31 of 34 to take the loss. The Mutts remain 3 points behind the Apes. Sask wraps their first half of the schedule at Mount Royal next weekend, while Alberta hosts UBC.

    STANDINGS



    OUT EAST

    Ontario
    Nov 18 Carleton 2 U.Q.T.R. 4
    Nov 18 Guelph 4 Brock 2
    Nov 18 McGill 3 Concordia 2 (ot)
    Nov 18 Queen's 4 Nipissing 3 (ot)
    Nov 18 R.M.C. 1 Ottawa 2 (ot)
    Nov 18 Toronto 1 Lakehead 3
    Nov 18 U.O.I.T. 5 Laurentian 3
    Nov 18 W. Ontario 2 Laurier 3
    Nov 18 York 3 Windsor 5

    Atlantic
    Nov 18 New Brunswick 4 Dalhousie 3
    Nov 18 Saint Mary's 7 Moncton 2
    Nov 18 U.P.E.I. 1 St. F.X. 6

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


    NEXT UP

    Nov 21 OUA Laurentian at Nipissing
    Nov 22 AUS Moncton at U.P.E.I.
    Nov 22 AUS St. F.X. at Saint Mary's
    Nov 24 CW Calgary at Manitoba
    Nov 24 CW Lethbridge at Regina
    Nov 24 CW Saskatchewan at Mount Royal
    Nov 24 CW U.B.C. at Alberta

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    Preview: Nov 24-25: Calgary at Manitoba


    CALGARY DINOSAURS (6-3-3, 12-4-4, OHT35 #8)
    MANITOBA BISONS (6-4-2, 10-8-3, OHT35 #11)


    Nov 10 7:00 CST at Wayne Fleming Arena
    Nov 11 1:00 CST at Wayne Fleming Arena


    Live Links:

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

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

    Austin Douglas:
    • Stats: [Elite Prospects] ∞ [Hockey DB] ∞ [Wiki]
    • Video: [Shaw Kamloops]

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

    Other Links:
    • [USports] ∞ [US Schedule/Links]
    • [US Standings] ∞ [Top Ten]
    • [CW Site] ∞ [CW Schedule]
    • [CW Stats] ∞ [Media Access]
    • [CUSN Week 7]

    The Bisons are finally back on home ice! After a conference bye week they had two weekends on the road, so it will be about a month between home games when the puck drops Friday night. The opponent will be Bedrock U. Although not battling extinction, they appear to be a Bison rival in the mid-pack race for 3rd and 4th places. Both sides typically occupy the space just below the Monkeys and Mutts. Last year the Bisons held a slight edge (2-1-1, 5-4 on points) but over the last 4 seasons are just behind (7-6-3, 17-18 on points).

    In the off season Mr. Slate spent a load of money getting some new recruits to play for the Bedrock Dinos. However, their top players have been their veteran players. So far, their top newcomer has been Riley Sheen (5-3-8 in just 6 games). They also have a handful of other newcomers with 5 points each. The team is paced by two veteran forwards, Cain Franson (6-7-13) and Chris Collins (4-8-12), and two defencemen, Dylan Busenius (2-8-10) and Drydn Dow (3-6-9). Their goaltenders have posted really good numbers so far. It is a 2/3, 1/3 split with veteran Matthew Greenfield (3-3-2, 2.32 GAA, .926 S%) the starter and rookie Jordan Papirny (3-0-1, 1.75 GAA, .937 S%) as backup.

    The Bisons continue to be led by their top line. Michael St. Croix (4-9-13), Kamerin Nault (6-5-11), and Zach Franko (4-6-10) have been perhaps the top line in the CW. Adam Henry (4-8-12) is the CW's leading scorer amongst defencemen.

    As always, the questions for the Bisons are whether the goaltending will hold, whether the 2nd line will get going, and the health of the guys MIA. In goal, Byron Spriggs has had some excellent games but overall has been a decent starter (5-4-2, 3.27 GAA, .899 S%). The second line (Augert-Stovin-Zajac) had combined for just 6 goals, and average a -7. The typical third line (Bilton-Brooks-Lisoway) have combined for 7 goals, and average a -1. Remi Laurencelle dressed for the first and only time against Regina and boosted the 4th line but whether he can play, I do not know.

    One roster note is that the Bisons have recruited a new defenceman, Austin Douglas, and he has taken Rene Hunter's #9 jersey. Other players yet to hit the ice in the regular season are goaltender Justin Paulic, defenceman Victor Sharonov, and big forward Jonah Wasylak. Douglas played for Seattle and Kamloops of the WHL in 2013-14 before moving to 7 different teams over 3 seasons in Manitoba, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. In the last 4 seasons he has yet to play more than 30 games per season. He spent all of last year with the Dauphin Kings, playing just 20 games.

    This got me thinking about Manitoba boys with WHL scholarships who are enrolled at the U of M but not on the team. Quite a list of players, listed with a link to their Elite Propspects page:
    • [Denis Bosc] - lw/d
    • [Jordyn Boyd] – f, played in 2015-16
    • [Reid Gow] – d, played in 2014-15
    • [Stephen Hak] – d
    • [Austin Lotz] - g, played ECHL last year
    • [Meyer Nell] – lw
    • [Christian Stockl] – rw, on roster but did not play in 2015-16
    • [Spencer Tremblay] - g

    Not everybody in Bedrock is a Dino fan. Fred and Barney are Bison fans!




    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (3-8-1, 7-13-1, OHT35 #23)
    REGINA COUGARS (2-8-2, 4-12-2, OHT35 #27)


    Links:

    UofR: [Preview Story]
    UofL: [Greatest Horns 21-30] : [Maxwell 1st Star] : [Academic All-Canadians]

    At one time it seemed that this series would be a rare opportunity for these teams to get a win. However, both played very well last weekend. Both sides had pretty good pre-seasons before hitting the skids. Regina was 2-2 in pre-season then were blitzed in the States and against Sask. But they have recovered and are playing well. In their last 4 series they are just 2-6-2, but only their 6-1 loss to the Bisons was a “bad game”. The Hψrny Ψnes were 4-5-0 in pre-season then split with Bedrock U. Then came an 8 game losing streak, snapped with their sweep of the Bisons in a pair of overtime games. While it seems likely that these will be the two teams to miss the playoffs again, they will both claim some wins as the season enters the 2nd half.


    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (5-6-1, 8-7-1, OHT35 #20)
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (11-1-0, 16-2-0, OHT35 #2)


    Links:

    UofA: [Preview Story]
    UBC: [Team Site]
    Hamber Trophy: [Wikia]

    The Evil Monkeys' incredible winning streak came to a crashing halt last weekend. Did they just slip on a banana peel? Or have they just crashed to Earth? I strongly believe that the Monkeys will recover and not lose more than a handful of games the rest of the season. What about the T-irds? They opened the season against the Bisons and were physically punished. They in fact played several games short-staffed and their record suffered. If they lose twice this weekend they could be feeling the heat for the final playoff berth for the 3rd straight season. These teams used to play for the Hamber Trophy starting in the days before UBC started conference hockey. Check out the Wikia link for the whole story on that.


    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (9-2-1, 10-5-1, OHT35 #4)
    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (6-5-1, 7-7-1, OHT35 #14)


    Links:

    MRU: [Team Site]
    UofS: [Team Site]

    Last week was pretty good for these two. The Bluegars swept UBC in the Battle for Fifth, and Sask split with Alberta to snap the Monkeys' winning streak. MRU dipped from last season, but still have a solid nucleus and could well take some points from this series. The Banjo Mutts looked like two different hockey teams last Friday and Saturday. Hard to figure what they will look like.

    OUT EAST

    Ontario

    Nov 21 Laurentian 2 Nipissing 6
    Nov 24 Concordia at Laurier
    Nov 24 Lakehead at U.O.I.T.
    Nov 24 Laurentian at Guelph
    Nov 24 McGill at Waterloo
    Nov 24 Nipissing at Brock
    Nov 24 Ryerson at Ottawa
    Nov 24 Toronto at U.Q.T.R.
    Nov 24 W. Ontario at Queen's
    Nov 24 Windsor at R.M.C.
    Nov 24 York at Carleton
    Nov 25 Concordia at Waterloo
    Nov 25 Lakehead at U.O.I.T.
    Nov 25 Laurentian at Brock
    Nov 25 McGill at Laurier
    Nov 25 Nipissing at Guelph
    Nov 25 Ryerson at Carleton
    Nov 25 Toronto at U.Q.T.R.
    Nov 25 W. Ontario at R.M.C.
    Nov 25 Windsor at Queen's
    Nov 25 York at Ottawa

    Atlantic
    Nov 22 Moncton 8 U.P.E.I. 5
    Nov 22 St. F.X. 4 Saint Mary's 2
    Nov 24 Acadia at St. F.X.
    Nov 24 Dalhousie at Saint Mary's
    Nov 24 U.P.E.I. at New Brunswick
    Nov 25 Acadia at Dalhousie
    Nov 25 New Brunswick at Moncton

    Links:

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

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    Nov 24: Bisons Bounce Bedrock for 3rd place


    CALGARY DINOSAURS 2
    MANITOBA BISONS 3


    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
    CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [Coach's View] : [UofM*]
    Stories: [UofM] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofC]
    Stories: [Fleming Family Hockey Coach Scholarship]

    The Herd achieved a key victory over Bedrock U, and are now alone in 3rd place in the CW, at least for a day. The rematch goes Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Here's the skinny:

    Manitoba

    Goal
    35 Spriggs (34 Sydora)

    Defence
    2 Henry - 16 Heinrichs
    3 Christensen - 4 Bresciani
    25 Skrumeda – 9 Douglas

    Forwards
    27 Franko - 14 Nault - 18 St. Croix
    26 Lisoway - 22 B Bowles - 12 Zajac
    24 Augert - 28 Stovin - 8 Bilton
    21 Brooks - 23 Schreyer - 17 Callis

    Scratches:
    1 Paulic - 9 Hunter - 11 Sharonov
    13 Laurencelle - 15 S Bowles
    19 Spencer - 20 Keane - 29 Wasylak

    Calgary

    Goal
    1 Greenfield (34 Papirny)

    Defence
    6 Dow – 33 Hauf
    7 Sherbinin – 3 Gagnon
    42 Gibson – 44 Busenius

    Forwards
    12 Franson – 16 Alfaro – 9 Kambeitz
    17 Gordon – 13 Collins – 24 Harrison
    15 Vanstone – 27 Rauckman – 29 Forster
    21 L Fisher – 10 R Fisher – 22 Cook

    Scratches:
    2 Gibb – 8 Lofthouse – 11 Maiolino
    19 Sheen – 23 Graham – 26 Pickett
    28 Uhrich – 30 Gutenberg

    Scorers:
    1st – 16:09 – Man Kamerin Nault (7)
    1st – 18:03 – Cal Logan Fisher (1)
    2nd – 01:01 – Cal Luke Harrison (3) (SH)
    2nd – 12:41 – Man Quintin Lisoway (3) (PP)
    3rd – 13:59 – Man Michael St. Croix (5)

    This was quite a good game. Lots of hits, but very few penalties. Just the way people like it. Kamerin Nault opened scoring on a 3-way passing play with his linemates, Michael St. Croix and Zach Franko. That should not be too surprising.

    Calgary's two goals were softies. Byron Spriggs had a stellar performance, but both goals were to his right on an extreme angle. I had a great view of the first goal from my seat and it was like a Penn & Teller trick. It looked like Spriggs had it stopped yet it trickled through his padding somehow.

    Quinton Lisoway's goal in the 2nd period was the end result of extreme pressure on the power play. St. Croix had a very strong game, creating havoc whenever he was on the ice. It was deserving that he got the winner.

    Spriggs stopped 25 of 27 shots to claim the win, and Matthew Greenfield stopped 22 of 25 in the loss. Both goaltenders and St. Croix were named as 3 stars.

    Before the game a new award was revealed in honour of former Bison coach, Billy Robinson. It goes to the most improved player returning to the line-up. Sean Christensen was named the inaugural winner. He has become a top-4 defenceman in his 3rd season, after coming to the Bisons from the MMJHL. It is not too often that somebody from the MM makes it to this level.

    And between the 1st and 2nd periods, Brett Stovin was awarded the Fleming Family Hockey Coach Scholarship, which is for his commitment to coaching. He works on this during the off-season.







    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 6
    REGINA COUGARS 2


    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
    Stories: [UofR] : [rp @CW] : [UofL]
    Preview: [UofL Preview Story]

    The Battle for the Wooden Spoon was won by the Hψrny Ψnes in convincing fashion. The goal-scoring difficulties which plagued Lethbridge have now seemingly vanished and playoffs are now just 2 points away. There were eight different scorers in this game. Garret Hughson stopped 29 of 31 for the win, and Michael Herringer stopped 32 of 38 in defeat.


    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3
    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2


    Links:

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

    This was a tight battle all the way through and, in the end, the Banjo Mutts had just enough to win. Taran Kozun had a rare start for Sask, and made the most of it with a 26 save victory. Cam Lanigan started and lost for the Bluegars, and stopped 31 of 34. It was military night at MRU, and they wore a commemorative uniform.




    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 0
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4


    Links:

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

    Four different Primates scored and Brendan Burke registered the shutout to get the Evil Monkeys back on the winning track. The T-irds went back to Matt Hewitt in goal, and he stopped 28 of 32 shots in an attempt to rekindle the magic he supplied earlier this season. The T-irds are now clinging to 6th place, just 2 points ahead of Lethbridge.

    STANDINGS



    OUT EAST

    Ontario
    Nov 24 Concordia 3 Laurier 1
    Nov 24 Lakehead 1 U.O.I.T. 3
    Nov 24 Laurentian 5 Guelph 9
    Nov 24 McGill 6 Waterloo 3
    Nov 24 Nipissing 1 Brock 2
    Nov 24 Ryerson 3 Ottawa 4 (so)
    Nov 24 Toronto 1 U.Q.T.R. 8
    Nov 24 W. Ontario 4 R.M.C. 5 (ot)
    Nov 24 Windsor 2 Queen's 4
    Nov 24 York 3 Carleton 2 (so)

    Atlantic
    Nov 24 Acadia 1 St. F.X. 2
    Nov 24 Dalhousie 1 Saint Mary's 3
    Nov 24 U.P.E.I. 1 New Brunswick 8

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


    NEXT UP

    Nov 25 CW Calgary at Manitoba – 1:00 CST
    Nov 25 CW Lethbridge at Regina – 7:00 CST
    Nov 25 CW Saskatchewan at Mount Royal – 6:00 MST
    Nov 25 CW U.B.C. at Alberta – 5:00 MST

    Nov 25 AUS Acadia at Dalhousie
    Nov 25 AUS New Brunswick at Moncton
    Nov 25 OUA Concordia at Waterloo
    Nov 25 OUA Lakehead at U.O.I.T.
    Nov 25 OUA Laurentian at Brock
    Nov 25 OUA McGill at Laurier
    Nov 25 OUA Nipissing at Guelph
    Nov 25 OUA Ryerson at Carleton
    Nov 25 OUA Toronto at U.Q.T.R.
    Nov 25 OUA W. Ontario at Queen's
    Nov 25 OUA Windsor at R.M.C.
    Nov 25 OUA York at Ottawa

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    Nov 25: Dinos Get a Split, back to 3rd place


    CALGARY DINOSAURS 4
    MANITOBA BISONS 0


    Links:
    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
    CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [Coach's View] : [UofM*]
    Stories: [UofM] : [rp @CW] : [UofC]

    In this matinee rematch, neither side many any line-up changes, even keeping their lines the same. Bedrock did switch starting goaltenders, going with Jordan Papirny, who got his first shutout. Here's the deal:

    Scorers:
    3rd 00:29 – Cal Chris Collins (5)
    3rd 08:11 – Cal Drydn Dow (4)
    3rd 12:02 – Cal Robbie Fisher (1)
    3rd 19:35 – Cal Tim Vanstone (4) (EN)

    When teams play an afternoon game after a night game it can often be a crap-shoot. This one was not like that. However, the physicality was more stop-start and at times it looked like a playoff overtime game in that there was a load of effort from somewhat worn out players.

    Despite having consistent pressure throughout most of the game, none of that resulted in goals. All three non-empty net goals were on hit-and-run breakouts. To start the period, Chris Collins had a one-man effort. He split the defence and neither Adam Henry nor Blake Heinrich played the body. The Bisons were pushing for a game-tieing goal when what looked like a cross-check or interference penalty on a point-man sprung a Dino breakaway which ultimately led to the 2nd goal. The 3rd one was on an occasion where the Bisons lacked hustle making a line-change, allowing the Dinos a chance to pounce.

    On the night, Byron Spriggs took the loss, stopping 35 of 38 shots.

    Thus ends the Bison stint in 3rd place, at one game. There is not much difference between 3rd and 4th places, since both host quarter-final series. After Saturday's games, every team in the CW has played every other team twice as the mid-point of the season has been reached. But the semester has one more series, and for the Bisons that means a trip to British California next weekend.



    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2
    REGINA COUGARS 5


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

    I am not sure how many of their nine lives the Banjo Cats have used this far, but a loss in this one would have been one more. They desrve credit for responding with a convincing performance which stopped the Hψrny Ψnes' winning streak at 3. Zak Zborosky led the way for Regina with 2 goals and 2 assists. Tristan Frei scored twice more, once shorthanded and once into the empty net. Both sides stuck with their Friday night starter. Michael Herringer stopped 26 of 28 for the win and Garret Hughson stopped 35 of 39 in the loss.


    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4
    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 1


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

    The score might look one-sided, bit the stats say a different story. It seems that each period was a vastly different affair. MRU scored the only goal in the 1st, where they outshot the Mutts 10-6. Sask put the boots to the Bluegars in the 2nd, outshooting them 12-7 and scoring all 4 goals in the period. The 3rd period was all-MRU, as they outshot Sask 16-3 but could not make a dent in the deficit. Jordon Cooke stopped 32 of 33 shots for the win. The Bluegar goaltending duties were split. Cam Lanigan was yanked after two, stopping 14 of 18. Wyatt Hoflin played the 3rd and stopped all 3 shots he faced. Somebody should have given him a box of popcorn.


    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 1
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5


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

    The script was eerily similar to the one from Friday night. Five different scorers for the Evil Monkeys paced them to a convincing 4-goal victory. The T-irds' only goal was a shutout buster with less than 3 minutes to play. Saudi Alberta continued the goaltending rotation, as Zach Sawchenko made 22 saves for the win. UBC started Rylan Toth, but he was pulled after surrendering 3 goals on just 7 shots in less than half a period. Matt Hewitt was back in there and stopped 25 of 27 shots.

    STANDINGS



    OUT EAST

    Ontario
    Nov 25 Concordia 6 Waterloo 1
    Nov 25 Lakehead 1 U.O.I.T. 3
    Nov 25 Laurentian 1 Brock 4
    Nov 25 McGill 2 Laurier 5
    Nov 25 Nipissing 4 Guelph 8
    Nov 25 Ryerson 5 Carleton 3
    Nov 25 Toronto 2 U.Q.T.R. 5
    Nov 25 W. Ontario 4 Queen's 1
    Nov 25 Windsor 3 R.M.C. 4 (so)
    Nov 25 York 3 Ottawa 4 (so)

    This was the 2nd interlocking weekend between the OUA's East and West divisions. The first weekend was 11-9 in favour of the East. Friday was 7-3 in favour of the East, and Saturday was a 5-5 split.

    Atlantic
    Nov 25 Acadia 3 Dalhousie 1
    Nov 25 New Brunswick 5 Moncton 3

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


    NEXT UP

    Nov 29 AUS St. F.X. at Dalhousie
    Nov 29 OUA Queen's at R.M.C.
    Nov 30 OUA Ryerson at W. Ontario
    Nov 30 OUA Waterloo at Laurier
    Dec 01 CW Alberta at Mount Royal
    Dec 01 CW Calgary at Lethbridge
    Dec 01 CW Manitoba at U.B.C.
    Dec 01 CW Regina at Saskatchewan


    NOTE: The next home games for the Bisons are Jan 5-6 against Alberta.

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    Dec 1-2: Preview: Manitoba at UBC


    MANITOBA BISONS (7-5-2, 11-9-3, OHT35 #11)
    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (5-8-1, 8-9-1, OHT35 #20)


    Nov 10 7:00 PST/9:00 CST at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre - Vancouver
    Nov 11 2:00 PST/4:00 CST at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre - Vancouver


    Live Links:

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

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

    UBC Links:
    • GoThunderbirds: [Series Preview]
    • Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
    • CW: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
    • LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

    Prior Games:
    Oct 7: UBC 6 UofM 4: [UofM Game Story] ∞ [LeagueStat]
    Oct 8: UofM 3 UBC 2: [UofM Game Story] ∞ [LeagueStat]

    Other Links:
    • [USports] ∞ [US Schedule/Links]
    • [US Standings] ∞ [Top Ten]
    • [CW Site] ∞ [CW Schedule]
    • [CW Stats] ∞ [Media Access]
    • [CUSN Week 8]

    The 1st semester ends this weekend, however the 1st half of the season ended last weekend. Thus begins the home stretch. These two teams opened the regular season by splitting a pair of games in Friendly Manitoba. The T-irds are flush with small, quick personnel. They seemed to be worn out from the physicality and, in fact, had very little left at the end of that series. The T-irds then played several games without a full roster.

    The T-irds enter this series on a 6-game losing streak (two losses to each of Sask, MRU, and Alberta). The Bisons split last weekend, and their Saturday afternoon loss followed 7 straight games where they had at least a point. The 4th place Bisons lead the 6th place T-irds by 5 points. So a sweep would likely all but ensure the Herd of a playoff berth.

    Easier said than done. These two teams have played some good games in recent seasons. They split this season (so far) and last season. Over the last 5 years the Bisons hold the edge, 11-7-0. I anticipate that UBC will have major incentive to avoid falling out of a playoff berth heading into the Christmas break.

    When UBC came to town in the first series, Austin Vertterl scored twice in each game. He is their leading scorer (8-5-13). Other noted scorers for the T-irds are forward Tyler Sandhu (4-7-11) and defenceman Jerrett Smith (1-10-11). But their key player (by far) is veteran goaltender Matt Hewitt (5-3-1, 3.15 GAA, .918 S%). Prior to their 6-game losing streak, UBC won 4 straight games against Regina and Lethbridge. They were outshot in every one of those games.

    The Bisons continue to be led by their top line, all of whom are in the top 25 scorers, and defenceman Adam Henry (4-9-13). Michael St. Croix (5-10-15), Kamerin Nault (7-5-12), and Zach Franko (4-7-11) are one of the top lines in the CW. Byron Spriggs continues to shoulder the load in goal, starting all but one game so far. His numbers are solid at 6-5-2, 3.15 GAA, and .903 S%.

    ELSEWHERE


    REGINA COUGARS (3-9-2, 5-13-2, OHT35 #28)
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (11-2-1, 12-5-1, OHT35 #4)


    Links:

    UofS: [Series Preview] : [Game Notes (pdf)]
    UofR: [Team Site]

    As is the case with all series this weekend, other than Manitoba-UBC, this is a home-and-home format series. The Battle of Banjoland has not had much lustre in recent years. The Banjo Mutts swept the opening series of this season, and swept the four games they played last year. Over the last five years the tally is 14-4 for the Canines. Does this mean that the Banjo Cats are due? Well, I think the Kittens will purr with contentment if they can win once here. Sask has a nice pdf package of notes in the links.


    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (13-1-0, 18-2-0, OHT35 #3)
    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (6-7-1, 7-9-1, OHT35 #12)


    Links:

    MRU: [Team Site]
    UofA: [Preview Story]

    The Evil Monkeys' preview story says that they have not reached the 15 win mark by the Christmas break since 2004-05. I am not sure many teams have ever reached that level. The good thing about this series for the Bluegars is that they will get this series out of the way for the home stretch. Any points here would be gladly welcome at MRU.


    CALGARY DINOSAURS (7-4-3, 13-5-4, OHT35 #9)
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (4-9-1, 8-14-1, OHT35 #26)


    Links:

    UofL: [50 Greatest Horns: 11-20]
    UofC: [Series Preview]

    The Hψrny Ψnes managed a split with the Bedrock Dinos to start the season, however the tally stands at 16-2 in favour of the Dinos over the last five years. Can the Hψrny Ψnes finally land a playoff berth? Well, a couple of points this weekend would certainly help. After that split with Bedrock to start the season, they also had a good series against Sask, but got just one point. Two weeks ago against the Bisons they emerged from the doldrums to once again play very well. The Dinos have split their last 4 series, against Manitoba, Regina, MRU, and Sask.

    OUT EAST

    Ontario

    Nov 29 Queen's 5 R.M.C. 4 (ot)
    Nov 30 Ryerson at W. Ontario
    Nov 30 Waterloo at Laurier
    Dec 01 Carleton at Ottawa
    Dec 01 Guelph at Toronto
    Dec 01 Laurentian at McGill
    Dec 01 Laurier at York
    Dec 01 Nipissing at Concordia
    Dec 01 U.Q.T.R. at U.O.I.T.
    Dec 01 Waterloo at Brock
    Dec 01 Windsor at W. Ontario
    Dec 02 Carleton at R.M.C.
    Dec 02 Guelph at Windsor
    Dec 02 Laurentian at Concordia
    Dec 02 Nipissing at McGill
    Dec 02 Ottawa at Queen's
    Dec 02 Toronto at Brock
    Dec 02 U.Q.T.R. at U.O.I.T.
    Dec 02 York at Ryerson

    Atlantic
    Nov 29 St. F.X. 2 Dalhousie 0
    Dec 01 Dalhousie at Moncton
    Dec 01 New Brunswick at Saint Mary's
    Dec 01 U.P.E.I. at Acadia
    Dec 02 New Brunswick at Acadia
    Dec 02 St. F.X. at Moncton
    Dec 02 U.P.E.I. at Saint Mary's

    Links:

    • [US Presto S&R]
    • [OUA S&R]
    • [AUS S&R]
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    Dec 1: Five Goal 3rd Period for the Bisons


    MANITOBA BISONS 7
    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 3


    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
    CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [UofM*]
    Stories: [UBC] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofM*]
    Manitoban: [Kamerin Nault Profile] : [Calgary Series]
    Others: [CUSN Week 8]

    This was an enormous win in British California for the Herd. The result allows the Bisons to vault over Bedrock U into 3rd place, while the T-irds fall into a tie with Lethbridge for 6th place.

    Captain Brett Stovin scored his 2nd and 3rd goals of the season, while linemates Liam Bilton and Justin Augert also scored. Dasan Sydora posted his 2nd win in as many starts, and stopped 27 of 30 shots on goal. Matt Hewitt took the loss, with 22 saves on 29 shots. He missed just over 5 minutes of play when briefly injured, and Rylan Toth made 2 more saves in that segment.

    The game was tied 2-2 after the 1st and 2nd periods. The Bisons exploded for 5 consecutive goals in the 3rd period. Another encouraging aspect of the stats for the Bisons is the spread of goals throughout their lines. Here's the list:

    Scorers
    1st 02:30 – Man Brett Stovin (2)
    1st 02:54 – UBC Michael Stenerson (6)
    1st 09:45 – UBC Michael Stenerson (7) (SH)
    1st 18:00 – Man Brett Stovin (3) (SH)
    3rd 00:18 – Man Justin Augert (3)
    3rd 01:36 – Man Brett Brooks (4)
    3rd 12:25 – Man Sean Christensen (2)
    3rd 12:49 – Man Liam Bilton (3)
    3rd 17:06 – Man Kamerin Nault (8)
    3rd 18:27 – UBC Riley Guenther (2)

    The Saturday matinee rematch starts at 4:00 CST.

    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


    REGINA COUGARS 2
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3


    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
    Stories: [UofS] : [rp @CW] : [UofR]
    Preview: [UofR Preview Story] : [Zborosky WHL GoM]

    The latest round in the eternal struggle between Canine and Feline banjo-lovers once again goes to the Canines. But not without a severe struggle. Zak Zborosky scored his 9th of the season at 3:57 of the 3rd period to give Regina the lead. But the lead lasted just 19 seconds, and in due time the Mutts took the lead and secured yet another “W”. Regina went with backup goaltender Dawson MacAuley, and he stopped 34 of 37 shots in a credible performance. Sask went with all-star starter Jordon Cooke, and he made 21 stops for the win. The scene shifts from Saskatown to Regina for Saturday's rematch.


    CALGARY DINOSAURS 1
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4


    Links:

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

    The Hψrny Ψnes have been rolling since that last shipment of Viagra arrived before they played the Bisons. They have now won 4 of their last 5 games. Also, they are a combined 4-1-0 against the Bisons and Bedrock U on the season. The Dinos now need a win in Saturday's rematch for a 5th consecutive weekend split. Combined with the Bison victory, this is the 3rd consecutive game day where the Bisons and Dinos switched spots in the standings. Ryan Chynoweth scored his first two goals of the season to lead the Horns offensively. But the bigger story was the goaltending of Garret Hughson, who stopped 46 of 47 shots he faced. At the other end, Matthew Greenfield started for Bedrock U and was yanked early in the 2nd period, allowing 3 goals on 13 shots. Jordan Papirny finished and stopped 18 of 19 shots. Lethbridge is now tied for 6th place with UBC. This series continues in the Town of Bedrock on Saturday.


    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 3
    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 1


    Links:

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

    This was a tough battle, perhaps showing a sign that the Bluegars are capable of a 2nd semester surge. Jamie Crooks scored twice for the Evil Monkeys in their winning effort. Brendan Burke got the win with 32 saves, and Cam Lanigan suffered the loss, albeit with 35 saves. The scene shifts to Edmontown on Saturday for Game Two.

    STANDINGS



    OUT EAST

    Ontario
    Nov 29 Queen's 5 R.M.C. 4 (ot)
    Nov 30 Ryerson 5 W. Ontario 2
    Nov 30 Waterloo 0 Laurier 9
    Dec 01 Carleton 7 Ottawa 2
    Dec 01 Guelph 6 Toronto 4
    Dec 01 Laurentian 3 McGill 6
    Dec 01 Laurier 1 York 4
    Dec 01 Nipissing 4 Concordia 6
    Dec 01 U.Q.T.R. 3 U.O.I.T. 4 (ot)
    Dec 01 Waterloo 4 Brock 5 (ot)
    Dec 01 Windsor 3 W. Ontario 7

    Atlantic
    Nov 29 St. F.X. 2 Dalhousie 0
    Dec 01 Dalhousie 1 Moncton 6
    Dec 01 New Brunswick 4 Saint Mary's 5 (so)
    Dec 01 U.P.E.I. 3 Acadia 6

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


    NEXT UP

    Dec 02 Lethbridge at Calgary – 6:00 MST/7:00 CST
    Dec 02 Manitoba at U.B.C. - 2:00 PST/4:00 CST
    Dec 02 Mount Royal at Alberta – 5:00 MST/6:00 CST
    Dec 02 Saskatchewan at Regina – 7:00 CST

    Dec 02 New Brunswick at Acadia
    Dec 02 St. F.X. at Moncton
    Dec 02 U.P.E.I. at Saint Mary's
    Dec 02 Carleton at R.M.C.
    Dec 02 Guelph at Windsor
    Dec 02 Laurentian at Concordia
    Dec 02 Nipissing at McGill
    Dec 02 Ottawa at Queen's
    Dec 02 Toronto at Brock
    Dec 02 U.Q.T.R. at U.O.I.T.
    Dec 02 York at Ryerson

    end of the first semester

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    Dec 2: Bisons End 2017 on a High Note


    MANITOBA BISONS 6
    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 3


    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
    CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [UofM*]
    Stories: [UBC] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofM*]
    GoBisons Friday: [Game Story] : [Boxscore]

    The final game of 2017 for both sides could well set the stage for two teams heading in opposite directions. The T-irds are now on an 8-game losing skid and face a life-and-death struggle down the stretch just to make the playoffs. The Bisons will open their Christmas presents and ring in the New Year as a 3rd place team.

    In roster notes, the Bisons were back to 5 defencemen as Austin Douglas was out, and Calvin Spencer in. The T-irds dressed just 19 bodies. After being short-staffed several times earlier in the season, they are once again having injury troubles. They could use some big prairie boys.

    The Bisons' top line were the three stars and that says a lot about them. Here's the goals:

    Scorers
    1st 06:13 – Man Kamerin Nault (9)
    2nd 05:09 – Man Blake Heinrich (1) (PP)
    2nd 14:12 – Man Lucas Skrumeda (1)
    2nd 17:11 – UBC Chase Clayton (3)
    3rd 03:17 – UBC Jerret Smith (2)
    3rd 06:32 – Man Kamerin Nault (10)
    3rd 09:24 – UBC Tyler Sandhu (5) (PP)
    3rd 12:17 – Man Michael St. Croix (6)
    3rd 17:50 – Man Liam Bilton (4) (EN)

    The Herd built a 3-0 lead, oddly with two first-of-the-season goals from defencemen. Through two periods, the Bisons held a 27-22 lead in shots and were more-or-less controlling the play.

    To give the T-irds credit, they must have sensed their predicament and threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Byron Spriggs in the Bison net. Yet each time they scored, the Bisons replied with their own goal about 3 minutes later, then threw in an empty-netter to boot.

    So who had Kamerin Nault scoring 10 goals by Christmas? Who had him dressing for 10 regular season games? Each player on the line had a 3 point night (Nault 2G 1A, Michael St. Croix 1G 2A, Zach Franko 3A).

    There was a ton of action in this game. Spriggs got the win with 39 saves on 42 shots. UBC also switched starters from Friday night, going with Rylan Toth, who made 33 saves on 38 shots.

    Since this was an afternoon encounter, the teams had to shower up, grab some snacks, and tune in to see what was happening elsewhere. The Bisons knew they'd be in 3rd place, and UBC was either going to be tied for 6th, or alone in 7th.

    After a month off for exams and Christmas holidays, the teams return to action on January 5th. The Bisons will host the Evil Monkeys, whilst the T-irds fly to the Town of Bedrock to face the Dinos.





    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 6
    REGINA COUGARS 5


    Links:

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

    Once again, the Banjo Cats gave the Banjo Mutts all they could handle but came up a goal short. Their celebratory moonshine will have to stay in the still for another year, I guess. Sask got off to a quick 3-1 lead, causing the Kittens to yank starting goaltender Michael Herringer after barely 5 minutes. He gave up 3 goals on 8 shots. Regina came back to tie it at 3-3, and the game was later tied 4-4 and 5-5. Sask got the winner with just 92 seconds left. Jordon Cooke got the win, but 5 goals on 28 shots will damage his save percentage. Dawson MacAuley lost from the bullpen, and stopped 36 of 39 shots. Mutt forward Andrew Johnson was the only one with 2 goals. Regina packed in a crowd of 1,020! That offer of a free pair of used socks for a lucky fan sure drew them in.


    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4
    CALGARY DINOSAURS 3

    (in overtime)

    Links:

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

    The Hψrny Ψnes were down 4 men in their roster and 3-0 in the 2nd period before they rallied for an OTW. The win vaults them into 6th place and that elusive final playoff berth. Mitch Cook had 2 goals for the Dinos, and goaltender Jordan Papirny was working on a shutout, but in the end gave up 4 goals on 23 shots. The rally was sparked by 2 goals (including the winner) from Connor Sanvido and the goaltending if Garret Hughson (who stopped 29 of 32 shots). The single point leaves the Dinos two points in arrears of the Bisons in the race for 3rd.


    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4


    Links:

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

    After the Bison game was done, I was able to watch most of this one. It was one of the better games of the season so far. It doesn't hurt that the crew in Edmontown puts out an extremely high quality broadcast, either. The Bluegars held leads of 1-0 and 2-1 in a very close-fought encounter. The last goal was an empty-netter, but the rest were all on the powerplay. Zach Sawchenko got the win with 19 saves, and Cam Lanigan took the loss with 25 saves. Don't be surprised to see the Bluegars close the season strong. This was anybody's game.

    STANDINGS



    OUT EAST

    Ontario
    Dec 02 Carleton 3 R.M.C. 0
    Dec 02 Guelph 1 Windsor 4
    Dec 02 Laurentian 4 Concordia 9
    Dec 02 Nipissing 3 McGill 4
    Dec 02 Ottawa 2 Queen's 3 (ot)
    Dec 02 Toronto 2 Brock 4
    Dec 02 U.Q.T.R. 2 U.O.I.T. 3
    Dec 02 York 2 Ryerson 5

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

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


    NEXT UP

    Non-conference Games
    Dec 09 N.A.I.T. (ACAC) at Alberta
    Dec 10 Team Poland at New Brunswick
    Dec 28 Guelph at Lakehead
    Dec 29 Guelph at Lakehead
    Dec 29 Ryerson at New Brunswick
    Dec 30 McGill at Clarkson (NCAA)
    Dec 30 Ryerson at New Brunswick
    Dec 30 Windsor at Miami of Ohio (NCAA)

    New Year Regular Season Openers
    Jan 03 AUS Saint Mary's at Moncton
    Jan 04 OUA Toronto at Guelph
    Jan 05 CW Alberta at Manitoba
    Jan 05 CW Mount Royal at Regina
    Jan 05 CW Saskatchewan at Lethbridge
    Jan 05 CW U.B.C. at Calgary

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    Sunday Morning Links

    SUNDAY MORNING LINKS

    A load of stories and links were not updated as I closed down on Saturday night. Here they are now!

    MANITOBA BISONS v U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS

    Boxscores: [UofM]
    Stories: [rp @UofM]

    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES v REGINA COUGARS

    Stories: [rp @UofS]

    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS v CALGARY DINOSAURS

    Stories: [UofC] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofL]
    Other: [Greatest Pronghorns: #1-#10]


    1ST SEMESTER STANDINGS

    Here are the various conference standings, outside of the CW, as at the end of the 1st semester:



    Atlantic University Sports


    Ontario University Athletics


    Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference


    British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League

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    Dec 9-14: Preview: Exhibition Games

    NEWS AND NOTES

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

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


    THIS WEEKEND


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


    Links:

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

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


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


    Links:

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

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

    WORLD JUNIOR CAMP

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

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

    Canada West Games
    Dec. 14, 2004 at Winnipeg: Manitoba Bisons 4, Team Canada 2
    Dec. 15, 2004 at Winnipeg: Team Canada 6, Manitoba Bisons 3
    Dec, 15, 2006 at Calgary: Calgary/Lethbridge 5, Team Canada 4
    Dec. 15, 2009 at Saskatoon: Sask./Regina 4, Team Canada 2
    Dec. 17, 2011 at Calgary: Team Canada 7, Calgary/Lethbridge 4
    Dec. 12, 2012 at Edmonton: Alberta Golden Bears 4, Team Canada 1
    Dec. 13, 2012 at Calgary: Team Canada 2, Calgary/Lethbridge/MRU 0

    CW teams are 4-3-0 overall.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Dec 9-10: Monkeys and Squirrels Win

    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

    December 9, 2017


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


    Links:

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

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

    December 10, 2017


    POLAND NATIONAL TEAM 1
    NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS 4


    Links:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    NEXT UP

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

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    I just remembered one more international game:

    Mar 14, 2014: Ryerson 13, Israel 6

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    Dec 13: USports beat Team Canada




    TEAM CANADA 0
    USPORTS ALL-STARS 3


    Links:

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

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

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

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






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    Dec 14: Late Goal Gives USports a Sweep


    TEAM CANADA 3
    USPORTS ALL-STARS 4


    Links:

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

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

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

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

    NEXT UP

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

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    Dec 21: Dinos Penalized 8 Points



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

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

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

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


    OTHER STUFF

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

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    Dec 28-30: Non-Conference Games and News

    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


    GUELPH GRYPHONS 3
    LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES 2

    (in overtime)

    Links:

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

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

    NEXT UP

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

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

    NEWS AND COMMENTARY



    Links:

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

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

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

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

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



    Links:

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

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



    Links:

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

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

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

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



    Links:

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

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



    Links:

    • [Men's Hockey Mid-Season Report]

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



    Links:

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

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

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



    Links:

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

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



    Links:

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

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



    Links:

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

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

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

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

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    Dec 29: Home Teams Win

    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


    GUELPH GRYPHONS 2
    LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES 4


    Links:

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

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


    RYERSON RAMS 5
    NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS 6

    (in overtime)

    Links:

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

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

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

    2nd Semester Conference Openers
    Jan 03 AUS: Saint Mary's at Moncton
    Jan 04 OUA: Toronto at Guelph
    Jan 05 CW: Alberta at Manitoba
    Jan 05 CW: Mount Royal at Regina
    Jan 05 CW: Saskatchewan at Lethbridge
    Jan 05 CW: U.B.C. at Calgary
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    Dec 30: Holiday Season Non-conference Wrap-up

    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


    CALGARY DINOSAURS 1
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4


    Links:

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

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


    RYERSON RAMS 2
    NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS 8


    Links:

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

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


    WINDSOR LANCERS 2
    MIAMI (OHIO) REDHAWKS 8


    Links:

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

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


    MCGILL REDMEN -
    CLARKSON GOLDEN KNIGHTS -


    Links:

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

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

    Late links:

    GUELPH v LAKEHEAD

    Friday's game:

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

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

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

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    Preview: Jan 5-6: Alberta at Manitoba


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

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


    Live Links:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

    Links:

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

    ELSEWHERE


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

    Links:

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

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


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

    Links:

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

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


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

    Links:

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

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

    OUT EAST

    ONTARIO

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

    ATLANTIC

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

    Links:

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

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    Jan 5: Bisons Contribute to a 3-way Sweep!


    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4
    MANITOBA BISONS 5

    (in overtime)

    Links:

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

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

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

    Manitoba

    Goal:
    35 Spriggs (34 Sydora)

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

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

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

    Alberta

    Goal:
    1 Burke (35 Sawchenko)

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

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

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

    Scorers:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 8
    REGINA COUGARS 2


    Links:

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

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


    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2


    Links:

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

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


    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 3
    CALGARY DINOSAURS 2

    (in overtime)

    Links:

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

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

    STANDINGS



    OUT EAST

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

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

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


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

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    Jan 6: Get out the brooms! It's a sweep!


    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 1
    MANITOBA BISONS 3


    Links:

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

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

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

    Goal:
    35 Sawchenko in for 1 Burke

    Defence:
    22 Carroll in for 7 Lange

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

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

    Scorers:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 4
    REGINA COUGARS 2


    Links:

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

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


    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4


    Links:

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

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


    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 2
    CALGARY DINOSAURS 4


    Links:

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

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

    STANDINGS



    OUT EAST

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

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

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


    NEXT UP

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

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

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

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    Preview: Jan 12-13: Manitoba at Saskatchewan


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

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


    Live Links:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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







    ELSEWHERE


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

    (*Record adjusted for Calgary's forfeits.)

    Links:

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

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


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

    (*Record adjusted for Calgary's forfeits.)

    Links:

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

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


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

    (*Record adjusted for Calgary's forfeits.)

    Links:

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

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

    OUT EAST

    ONTARIO

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

    ATLANTIC

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

    Links:

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    Supplementary Preview

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



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

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

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





    ELSEWHERE



    • UBC: [Series Preview]

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



    • UofC: [Series Preview]

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

    OUT EAST

    ONTARIO

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

    Links:

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    Jan 12: Bisons Lose in Saskatown


    MANITOBA BISONS 2
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 6


    Links:

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

    It is late and I don't have time to say too much about Friday night's activities. I managed to see this one on CanadaWest.tv. The game was closer than the score. The Bison line-up was the same as for the Alberta series, i.e. Brett Stovin was on defence.

    Here are the scorers:

    1st – 00:51 – Sask Parker Thomas (5)
    1st – 18:31 – Sask Carson Stadnyk (4)
    2nd - 01:03 – Man Remi Laurencelle (3) (PP)
    2nd – 08:11 – Man Adam Henry (5)
    2nd – 10:55 – Sask John Lawrence (6)
    3rd – 02:58 – Sask Jordan Tkatch (3)
    3rd – 10:21 – Sask Josh Roach (10)
    3rd – 18:54 – Sask Michael Sofillas (7) (EN)

    Saturday's rematch goes at 7:00 CST and is available on CanadaWest.tv.

    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 3
    REGINA COUGARS 1


    Links:

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

    This one was as tight as I thought it would be. The last goal was into an empty net. Austin Vetterl scored twice for the Birds and Mark Hewitt got the win. Dawson MacAuley took the loss. Shots were dead even at 28-28.


    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 3
    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 5


    Links:

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

    This was another one with an empty-netter at the end. The shots were also very close here, 28-27 in favour of the Bluegars. Cam Lanigan got the win and Garret Hughson took the loss. The rematch on Saturday shifts to Lethbridge.


    CALGARY DINOSAURS 2
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5


    Links:

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

    Bedrock U waltzed into Edmontown and got off to a 2-0 lead. But then they collapsed and the Evil Monkeys won it going away. Steven Owre had a hat-trick, Brendan Burke got the win, and Jordan Papirny got the loss. Each goaltender had 26 saves. Ryan Sheen was back in the Dinos' line-up. How's that?

    OUT EAST

    Ontario
    Brock 2 Ryerson 1
    Carleton 9 Laurentian 6
    Lakehead 4 York 5 (SO)
    Laurier 3 Windsor 2 (OT)
    Ottawa 4 Nipissing 2
    Queen's 0 McGill 3
    U.O.I.T. 3 R.M.C. 2
    U.Q.T.R. 4 Concordia 2
    Waterloo v Western Ontario - ppd

    Atlantic
    New Brunswick 6 Dalhousie 3
    Saint Mary's 2 Acadia 6
    U.P.E.I. 2 St. F.X. 5

    Links:
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    Jan 13: Bisons Swept


    MANITOBA BISONS 1
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4


    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
    CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [Coach's View] : [UofM*]
    Stories: [UofS] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofM*]
    Manitoba Post: [Manitoba Bison Mens Hockey is Ranked 9th]
    Star-Phoenix: [U of S Huskies hosting red-hot Bisons ...]

    The Bisons needed a sweep to turn their faint hope of a top-2 finish into a possibility. Instead, the sweep leaves them safely perched in 3rd, which is where they now hope to finish.

    In roster notes, Nick Zajac was scratched and the Bisons played with 19, as did Saskatchewan. Also, Justin Paulic dressed as backup goaltender for the first time this season.

    Here are the scorers:

    1st 02:42 – Sask Collin Shirley (5)
    1st 19:31 – Sask Michael Sofillas (8)
    3rd 10:10 – Man Blake Heinrich (2)
    3rd 18:21 – Sask Jesse Forsberg (5) (PP)
    3rd 19:15 – Sask Parker Thomas (6) (EN)

    The first period was end-to-end action (shots 17-12 for Sask, likely a season high). Sask's late goal somewhat distorted the flow of play.

    The second, in contrast, was more like a playoff game. The shots were a more normal 10-8 for Sask.

    The Bisons came out in the 3rd period full of vigour but had a hard time generating shots until Heinrich scored on a delayed penalty call. Eventually, a late powerplay goal, followed by an empty-netter, led to an inflated scoreboard.

    Justin Augert had 8 minutes in minor penalties, which really hurt. The 3rd Mutt goal came on one of those powerplays.

    The final shots were 43-25 for Sask. Jordon Cooke replaced Taran Kozun in goal for the Banjo Mutts to get the win, and Byron Spriggs took the loss.

    The announcers on CanadaWest.tv stated that the new rink in Saskatown is not expected to be ready until January 2019. So the Bisons might have a playoff series AND a 2018-19 regular season series back at the Rutherdump. When a high shot prompted a whistle, they were also wondering if any rust fell to the ice. Rutherdump, indeed.

    On the positive side, the Bisons get to leave Banjoland. Their team bus can leave any roadkill for the locals.

    For the next two weeks the Bisons will face nothing but Cougars. They are off to M.R.U. next weekend, to stave off their challenge for 3rd place, then return home on January 26-27 when Regina comes for a visit.



    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 3
    REGINA COUGARS 1


    Links:

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

    The T-irds were lucky to get two big losses turned into wins due to forfeiture, but they have capitalized by gaining a split last weekend and a sweep this weekend in Regina. The score was one-sided but the shots were level at 33-33. (Oddly, the shots were 28-28 on Friday.) Mark Hewitt got his 2nd win of weekend. The Banjo Cats started Michael Herringer, but he was pulled after allowing 4 goals on 23 shots through two periods. Dawson MacAuley finished the game. No word on whether an old lady with an umbrella went nuts when the Tweety-Birds thought they saw a Puddy Tat.


    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1

    (in overtime)
    Links:

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    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
    Stories: [UofL] : [rp @CW] : [rp @MRU]

    After watching the Bisons, then catching the end of the Dinos-Monkeys, I tuned into this one. It was a playoff-like atmosphere, as well it should be. There was no scoring until almost 13 minutes into the 3rd period, when the Bluegars took the lead. Cam Lanigan (with 35 stops) won the goaltenders' duel over Garret Hughson (with 42 stops).


    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 3
    CALGARY DINOSAURS 5


    Links:

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

    This looked like a runaway for Bedrock, as they rolled to a 4-1 lead in the 1st period. But a healthy dose of bananas during intermission must have been found because the Evil Monkeys cam roaring back to make it a nail-biter. The Monkeys pulled starter Zach Sawchenko after the 3rd goal (on 8 shots), but Brendan Burke gave up one goal on 23 shots for the loss. The Dinos continued their goaltender rotation, going with Matthew Greenfield who won with 23 saves on 26 shots.

    STANDINGS



    OUT EAST

    Ontario
    Jan 13 Carleton 3 Nipissing 4 (ot)
    Jan 13 Lakehead 1 Guelph 5
    Jan 13 Laurier 7 Windsor 2
    Jan 13 Ottawa 4 Laurentian 3 (ot)
    Jan 13 Queen's 2 Concordia 4
    Jan 13 U.O.I.T. 4 R.M.C. 1
    Jan 13 W. Ontario 3 York 1

    Atlantic
    Jan 13 Acadia 4 Moncton 2
    Jan 13 New Brunswick 2 St. F.X. 1 (so)
    Jan 13 U.P.E.I. 1 Dalhousie 4

    Links:
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    NEXT UP

    Canada West
    Jan 19 Calgary at Saskatchewan
    Jan 19 Lethbridge at U.B.C.
    Jan 19 Manitoba at Mount Royal
    Jan 19 Regina at Alberta

    Ontario
    Jan 14 Brock at Toronto
    Jan 17 Queen's at R.M.C.
    Jan 18 Laurier at Guelph

    Atlantic
    Jan 17 Dalhousie at St. F.X.

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    Preview: Jan 19-20: Manitoba at Mount Royal


    MANITOBA BISONS (11-7-2, 15-11-3, OHT35 #8)
    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (10-9-1, 11-11-1, OHT35 #14)

    Jan 19 7:00 MST/8:00 CST at Flames Community Arena
    Jan 20 3:00 MST/4:00 CST at Flames Community Arena


    Live Links:

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

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

    M.R.U. Links:
    • Team: [Team Site]
    • Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
    • CW: [Stats]∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
    • LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

    Prior Games:
    Oct 27: UofM 4 MRU 1: [UofM Game Story] ∞ [LeagueStat]
    Oct 28: UofM 3 MRU 2: [UofM Game Story] ∞ [LeagueStat]

    Other Links:
    • [USports] ∞ [US Schedule/Links]
    • [US Standings] ∞ [Top Ten]
    • [CW Site] ∞ [CW Schedule]
    • [CW Stats] ∞ [Media Access]
    • [CUSN Tuesday Morning Skate Week 11: January 16th, 2018]

    The Bisons are sitting in 3rd place and hold a three point lead over the Bluegars, who sit tied for 4th. So with just 8 games remaining, this is a pivotal series. After this, the Bisons have only one more road series, also in Calgary, against the Dinos. Their only home series are against Regina and Lethbridge. My guess is that with 8 points in those 8 games they would coast into 3rd.

    MRU is on a 4-game winning streak, against Regina and Lethbridge. They are 0-8-0 against the top 3. If they can't pilfer at least the odd win here and there against those teams, they may tumble out of 4th or even 5th.

    Under the heading “players to watch”, the Bluegars have two players in the Top 20: Brad Kennedy (12-7-19, leading the league in goals), and Jesse Lees (8-11-19, including a 4-goal game). They have three more in the Top 40, namely Jamal Watson (5-11-16), Connor Rankin (6-9-15), and Luke Simpson (5-10-15).

    No team has spread goaltending time quite like the Bluegars. Veteran backup Cam Lanigan (7-5-0, 2.40 GAA, .918 S%) has emerged as the presumptive starter. At the start, that role went to Colin Cooper (3-2-0, 2.92 GAA, .824 S%).

    The Bisons continue to be led by their top line, Michael St. Croix ((7-17-24), Zach Franko (5-13-18), and Kamerin Nault (10-7-17), are all in the Top 20. So too is defenceman Adam Henry (5-14-19). In the nets, Byron Spriggs has been excellent at times, and decent at others. He has seen more rubber than Paris Hilton, leading the CW in shots faced (603) and saves (547). In the past two series the Bisons had just four healthy defencemen (Henry, Lucas Skrumeda, Sean Christensen, and Blake Heinrich), and captain Brett Stovin has filled in admirably. The Bisons need some healthy bodies to come back in time for the playoffs.

    ELSEWHERE


    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (7-11-2, 8-10-2*, 11-16-2, OHT35 #22)
    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (8-11-1, 10-9-1*, 11-12-1, OHT35 #23)
    (*Record adjusted for Calgary's forfeits.)

    Links:

    UBC: [‘Birds prepare for key Winter Classic battle]
    UofL: [Push for playoffs continues in Vancouver]

    The T-irds are holding their “Winter Classic” with this series. It is a ratings winner, as a sellout crowd of 5,500 is anticipated. The Hψrny Ψnes have been pipped at the wire by the T-irds in each of the last two seasons in their seemingly perpetual battle for the CW's final playoff berth. A year ago things were looking good for the 'Horns. They finished the first semester by sweeping Regina just before Christmas. In their head-to-head battle with UBC, they swept them. But against the rest of the conference they were a miserable 1-9. UBC, on the other hand, closed with splits against Calgary, Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan, before their losses to Lethbridge, then closed by sweeping both sets of Cougars. All told, UBC had 27 points and Lethbridge just 25. Two years ago, things were very similar. Lethbridge swept their final series with UBC (by 4-1), yet were pipped 26-24 on season points. The reason? Lethbridge closed 3-9 against everybody else. With a 3-point deficit, Lethbridge must win this series to catch UBC. If they fail, they could have troubles hanging on to a playoff berth.


    CALGARY DINOS (9-6-5, 6-11-3*, 15-8-6, OHT35 #13)
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (16-3-1, 17-6-1, OHT35 #4)
    (*Record adjusted for Calgary's forfeits.)

    Links:

    UofS: [Huskie Athletics hosts You Can Play Project Night]
    UofS: [Jesse Forsbeg named Canada West Third Star]
    UofS: [Men's hockey pushes for first place in Canada West]
    UofS: [Game Notes (pdf)]
    UofC: [Team Site]

    At the start of the season, it was anticipated that this series would be a key matchup in the race for a semi-final berth. But with a slumping oil industry, Bedrock U's team bus has to be powered by the players feet and that has dragged them down. Throw in 8 forfeited points from their first 6 games, and they go from making a challenge to the Bisons for 3rd to a desperation bid for a playoff berth. They sit 3 points in arrears of Lethbridge, and must at least match what they do against UBC. Those 6 point gaps between Bedrock and UBC/MRU seem a mountain too high. Saskatchewan does not worry about mountains. They have now drawn level with Alberta in the race for 1st place. So while there is not even a hint of a race between these opponents, they both have a lot of incentives in this one.


    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (16-3-1, 23-4-1, OHT35 #3)
    REGINA COUGARS (3-15-2, 5-19-2, OHT35 #33)

    Links:

    UofR: [Team Site]
    UofA: [Golden Bears look for bounce back weekend against Regina]

    The Evil Monkeys once had an aura of invincibility. Then they were swept by the Bisons and split with the Dinos. They are still tied for 1st. Are the Banjo Cats the ultimate cure for a slump?

    OUT EAST

    ONTARIO
    Jan 17 Concordia 6 U.Q.T.R. 8 (from Jan 20)
    Jan 17 Queen's 5 R.M.C. 2
    Jan 17 Windsor 3 Waterloo 6
    Jan 18 Laurier 0 Guelph 5
    Jan 19 Carleton at McGill
    Jan 19 Guelph at Brock
    Jan 19 Nipissing at Queen's
    Jan 19 W. Ontario at Lakehead
    Jan 19 Windsor at Toronto
    Jan 19 York at Ryerson
    Jan 20 Brock at York
    Jan 20 Laurentian at Queen's
    Jan 20 Nipissing at U.O.I.T.
    Jan 20 Ottawa at McGill
    Jan 20 Ryerson at Toronto
    Jan 20 Waterloo at Laurier
    Jan 20 W. Ontario at Lakehead
    Jan 21 Concordia at Ottawa
    Jan 21 Laurentian at U.O.I.T.
    Jan 21 U.Q.T.R. at Carleton

    Exhibition - West Point Weekend
    Jan 20 Army at R.M.C.

    ATLANTIC
    Jan 17 Dalhousie 0 St. F.X. 3
    Jan 19 Acadia at U.P.E.I.
    Jan 19 Moncton at Dalhousie
    Jan 19 Saint Mary's at New Brunswick
    Jan 20 Acadia at New Brunswick
    Jan 20 Moncton at St. F.X.
    Jan 20 Saint Mary's at U.P.E.I.

    Links:

    • [US Presto S&R]
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    Jan 19: Bluegars Beat Bisons


    MANITOBA BISONS 3
    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 4


    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
    CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [Coach's View] : [UofM]
    Stories: [MRU] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofM*]

    The Bisons lost a hard-fought game in Calgary. They were leading or tied all night until the Bluegars’ late winner. Here were the scorers:

    1st 10:19 - Man Quintin Lisoway (6)
    2nd 04:52 - Man Remi Laurencelle (4)
    2nd 07:20 - MRU Tanner Olstad (6)
    2nd 07:32 - MRU Jamal Watson (6)
    2nd 08:41 - Man Brad Bowles (2)
    3rd 06:24 - MRU Jesse Lees (9)
    3rd 17:39 - MRU Jesse Lees (10)

    The Bisons took control of the game in the 1st period, but MRU controlled the 2nd. Jesse Lees is on a roll for MRU, having a four-goal game already this semester.

    Cam Lanigan got the win in the MRU goal, and Byron Spriggs took the loss. MRU held a 35-29 edge in shots on goal.

    The Bisons dressed just 19 players. Dasan Sidora returned to the backup goaltender role, and Geordie Keane suited up for just the 3rd time in the regular season. With only 4 defencemen, Brett Stovin once again played on the blueline. The return of Remi Laurencelle (now has 4 goals in 7 games) helps compensate for the loss of Stovin up front.

    The win draws MRU within just one point of the Bisons in the race for 3rd place.

    The rematch goes at 4:00 CST on Saturday and is available on CanadaWest.tv.

    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


    CALGARY DINOSAURS 1
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4


    Links:

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

    Bedrock U needs a big winning streak to salvage a playoff berth, and a decisive loss in Saskatown was not on their agenda. There was a lot of offence (42-38 shots in favour of the Mutts). Jordon Cooke got the win, and Jordan Papirny the loss. For the Dinos, that 8 point gap between them and the Top Five makes it pretty clear that their sites have to be set on Lethbridge (a 3 point gap).


    REGINA COUGARS 3
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 9


    Links:

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

    My speculation proved correct. After losing 3-of-4, the Evil Monkeys came out to throttle the Kittens. The final shots were 50-18 in favour of Saudi Alberta, 19-3 in the 3rd! [B]Jamie Crooks[B] and Luke Philp each scored twice for Alberta and Brendan Burke got the win. Dawson MacAuley took the loss. Pitty the Kitties.


    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1
    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 2


    Links:

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

    I saw a good portion of this late game on the docket after the Bisons were done. It was about as even as possible (shots were 27-27) and the sell-out crowd of about 5,500 gave exceptional vocal support to the T-irds. Tyler Sandhu’s late game winner came on a bit of a lucky bounce. Meaning that the dark cloud which hovers over the Horned Ones continues to exist. Lethbridge remains clinging to 6th place, 3 points ahead of Calgary and 5 points behind UBC and MRU. A win in the rematch is badly needed. Matt Hewitt got the win, and Garret Hughson got the loss.

    OUT EAST

    Ontario
    Jan 19 Carleton 0 McGill 4
    Jan 19 Guelph 1 Brock 3
    Jan 19 Nipissing 3 Queen's 4
    Jan 19 W. Ontario 6 Lakehead 2
    Jan 19 Windsor 1 Toronto 5
    Jan 19 York 3 Ryerson 2

    Note: UQTR has had a load of wins taken away due to the use of an illegal player. They are still 7-14-1 and in 8th place in the OUAE, which is still a playoff position. They are on a collision course with McGill in the opening round of playoffs!

    Atlantic
    Jan 19 Acadia 1 U.P.E.I. 5
    Jan 19 Moncton 0 Dalhousie 4
    Jan 19 Saint Mary's 2 New Brunswick 3

    Links:
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    Jan 20: Herd Gets the Split


    MANITOBA BISONS 1
    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 0


    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
    CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [Coach's View] : [UofM]
    Stories: [MRU] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofM]
    Friday late links:
    Stories: [rp @UofM]

    The Herd exits Stampede City with a split of a close-fought series, which in the end seems appropriate. This result brought to an end the Bluegars' 5-game winning streak, and the Bisons' 3-game losing streak. The result allows the Bisons to hold onto 3rd place and strengthens the likelihood that they will host a quarter-final series the weekend of February 16-18.

    The story of the game was Byron Spriggs' 36 save shutout performance, and Michael St. Croix's 8th goal of the season. Cam Lanigan took a hard loss for MRU, stopping 27 shots in his own right.

    The Bisons iced the same line-up as on Friday night, meaning they were one man short and Brett Stovin was on the blueline.

    The Bisons are at home for the next two weekends, facing Regina on January 26-27 and Lethbridge on February 2-3, before closing the regular season against the Bedrock Dinos on February 9-10.

    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


    CALGARY DINOSAURS 0
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2


    Links:

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

    Jordon Cooke recorded his 10th CW shutout by making 40 saves to pace the Mutts to a sweep of the Dinos. Matthew Greenfield stopped 24 of 26 shots at his end in taking the loss. The CW's leading scorer, Josh Roach, kept atop the scoring race with another goal. This is a tough loss for Bedrock U. After their points forfeiture they experienced a disappointing 3-point split with UBC, a satisfactory split with Alberta, and now this. Their realistic target for a playoff berth is Lethbridge, who they trail by 4 points.


    REGINA COUGARS 2
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4


    Links:

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

    The Evil Monkeys punished rookie goaltender Brandon Holtby with 53 shots in his CW debut performance. According to their game story, that's 35 straight wins over Regina. Stephane Legault scored twice for the Monkeys. Zach Sawchenko stopped 18 shots for the win. It appears that the Kittens' rookie goaltender Michael Herringer is suffering from shell shock. He was the starter coming out of camp and was looking strong. But he did not dress in this series and his numbers have hit the skids (3-10-0, .854 S%, 5.19 GAA). Regina was also missing another rookie, Zak Zborosky, who also happens to be their leading scorer (9-13-22 in 18 games). Pitty the Kitties.


    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 3
    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 4

    (in overtime)

    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
    Stories: [UBC] : [rp @CW] : [UofL]
    Friday late links:
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
    Stories: [UBC] : [rp @CW] : [UofL]

    The T-irds have made the most of the four-point freebie they got from forfeitures and now seem a cinch for a playoff berth. There was seemingly a ton of offence in thuis matinee encounter. The final shots were 47-42 in favour of the Hψrny Ψnes. Three times, Lethbridge took the lead, and three times UBC tied it up, the last time with an empty net in the last minute. Matt Revel had two goals for UBC and Nick Buonassisi notched the winner. Matt Hewitt stopped 44 of 47 for the win, and Garret Hughson stopped 38 of 42 in the loss.

    STANDINGS



    OUT EAST


    ARMY BLACK KNIGHTS 5
    R.M.C. PALADINS 0


    Links:

    RMC: [Twitter] : [Fan Site] : [Team Site]
    Army: [Game Story]

    This game gets bonus coverage because it is an international annual event. Check out the RMC tweets if you have a sense of humour. On the anniversary of President Trump's inauguration, it was virtually impossible for the West Pointers to lose. #MakeAmericaGreatAgain.



    Ontario
    Jan 20 Brock 0 York 3
    Jan 20 Laurentian 0 Queen's 4
    Jan 20 Nipissing 0 U.O.I.T. 3
    Jan 20 Ottawa 4 McGill 3 (ot)
    Jan 20 Ryerson 3 Toronto 4
    Jan 20 Waterloo 5 Laurier 4 (so)
    Jan 20 W. Ontario 3 Lakehead 2 (ot)

    Atlantic
    Jan 20 Acadia 0 New Brunswick 6
    Jan 20 Moncton 1 St. F.X. 5
    Jan 20 Saint Mary's 5 U.P.E.I. 2

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


    UP NEXT

    Canada West
    Jan 25 Calgary at Mount Royal
    Jan 26 Alberta at Lethbridge
    Jan 26 Mount Royal at Calgary
    Jan 26 Regina at Manitoba
    Jan 26 Saskatchewan at U.B.C.

    Ontario
    Jan 21 Concordia at Ottawa
    Jan 21 Laurentian at U.O.I.T.
    Jan 21 U.Q.T.R. at Carleton
    Jan 24 Ottawa at U.Q.T.R.
    Jan 25 Laurier at W. Ontario
    Jan 25 Ryerson at Brock

    Atlantic
    Jan 24 Acadia at St. F.X.
    Jan 24 New Brunswick at U.P.E.I.
    Jan 24 Saint Mary's at Dalhousie

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    Preview: Jan 26-27: Regina at Manitoba


    REGINA COUGARS (3-17-2, 5-21-2, OHT35 #29)
    MANITOBA BISONS (12-8-2, 16-12-3, OHT35 #6)

    Jan 26 7:00 CST at Wayne Fleming Arena
    Jan 27 1:00 CST at Wayne Fleming Arena


    Live Links:

    • Video: [CanadaWest.tv] (all games)
    • Audio: [101.5 UMFM] ∞ [second stream]
    • Friday: [Live Stats] ∞ [Hockey Tech]
    • Saturday: [Live Stats] ∞ [Hockey Tech]

    Manitoba Links:
    • GoBisons: [CW members continue conversation about mental health with Bell Let's Talk]
    • Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
    • CW: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
    • LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

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

    Prior Games:
    Nov 10: UofM 6 UofR 1: [UofM Game Story] ∞ [LeagueStat]
    Nov 11: UofM 6 UofR 5 (ot): [UofM Game Story] ∞ [LeagueStat]

    Other Links:
    • [USports] ∞ [US Schedule/Links]
    • [US Standings] ∞ [Top Ten]
    • [CW Site] ∞ [CW Schedule]
    • [CW Stats] ∞ [Media Access]
    • [Tuesday Morning Skate: Week 12, January 23rd 2018]

    The home stretch is upon us. Each team has just a 6-pack of games left. Neither side in this series is in an uncommon position. The Bisons are trying to hang on to third place, and the Kittens are a distant last.

    Playoffs are no longer even a pipe dream in the Land of Banjos (southern campus). I had thought they were looking like an improved side this year. And for a time they were. After their fall series against the Bisons, they had splits with Lethbridge and Calgary and two one-goal losses to Saskatchewan to end the first semester. It seemed they were positioned to play spoiler in the second semester. However, they have lost all 6 games so far and in each series had one close game and one blow-out. So they enter the weekend on an 8-game losing streak.

    The Kittens generated some good vibes with a solid recruiting class. They recruited a leading scorer, Zak Zborosky (9-13-22), and a starting goaltender, Michael Herringer (3-10-0, 5.19 GAA, .854 S%). But Zborosky has missed the last 3 games with injury (not sure if he's playing this weekend) and Herringer's numbers have earned him a spot either on the bench or in the stands.

    There are not a load of capable veterans on the Kittens' roster. Notable exceptions are 5th years Cody Fowlie (7-11-18) and Ian McNulty (5-11-16), each a point away from their career highs. Brody Luhning (1-14-15) is tied for 6th leading scoring defenceman in the CW.

    What makes me wonder about the Bisons right now is the situation on defence. Will Brett Stovin continue to be one of five defenceman? Or will one or more of Channing Brseciani, Austin Douglas, or Victor Sharonov suit up? Up front, they have had an abundance of players. However, Kamerin Nault and Nick Zajac both missed last weekend. Shawn Bowles hasn't played since early November and Jonah Wasylak hasn't played since pre-season. Add it up, and just 19 players dressed against MRU.

    As always, both games are on Canadawest.tv (if you pay) and on free radio, at UMFM 101.5 on your FM dial on Friday, or Saturday on the “second stream” on-line.

    ELSEWHERE


    CALGARY DINOS (9-8-5, 6-13-3*, 15-10-6, OHT35 #13)
    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (11-10-1, 12-12-1, OHT35 #14)
    (*Record adjusted for Calgary's forfeits.)

    Links:

    MRU: [Team Site]
    UofC: [Dinos set for 6th Annual Crowchild Classic]

    This series will go on a Thursday-Friday schedule because it is the annual Crowchild Classic game, at the Saddledome. They always draw a massive crowd for this game, and this year's game is sold out. The CW standings are in a state of turmoil due to the forfeitures by Bedrock U. Some of the league's standings links have the new results, and some do not. If not for the forfeitures, these teams would be tied for 4th and 5th places, 3 points back of the Bisons. Instead, though not involved in the forfeitures, the Bluegars fall behind UBC into 5th place and Bedrock U falls to 7th, 4 points out of a playoff spot. Rivalry games like these can be unpredictable. But in all honesty, this series would be a toss-up under any circumstances. The Dinos were widely held out as a potential contender entering the season, due to a powerful recruiting class, but they may need to “run the table” to avoid missing the playoffs.


    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (18-3-1, 25-4-1, OHT35 #4)
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (7-12-3, 8-11-3*, 11-17-3, OHT35 #23)
    (*Record adjusted for Calgary's forfeits.)

    Links:

    UofL: [Pronghorns host fourth ranked Bears]
    UofA: [Team Site]

    The Hψrny Ψnes likely have a lot of people wishing them well in their quest to make the playoffs. They haven't been in the post-season since 2009. After that they had 3 seasons of placing either 5th or 6th, but the CW cut the playoff field from 6 to 4 teams in those seasons. Then came 3 seasons of dead last. The last two seasons were narrow misses, so they are due. To add sadness to this tale, they have not won a playoff series since they won the U-Cup in 1994. Meanwhile, the Evil Monkeys have been a nation-wide power. So if you're rooting for the Apes in this one you are either (a) a monkey; (b) a fan of the Bedrock Dinos; or (c) a jerk.


    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (18-3-1, 19-6-1, OHT35 #3)
    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (10-11-1, 12-9-1*, 13-12-1, OHT35 #16)
    (*Record adjusted for Calgary's forfeits.)

    Links:

    UBC: [Four individuals make up 2018 Class of the UBC Sports Hall of Fame]
    UBC: [‘Birds host Huskies in battle of two streaking teams]
    UofS: [Jordon Cooke named Canada West First Star]

    The T-irds grabbed a break by having two severe losses against the Dinos turned into victories. But they have also responded with sound performances in the 2nd semester, going 5-1-0. That will not impress the Banjo Mutts. They, too, are 5-1-0 in the 2nd semester. And they finished the 1st semester with 5 straight wins. So while the T-irds have capitalized on their good fortune, they close the season with three opponents against whom they were winless in the 1st semester (MRU and Alberta are next).

    OUT EAST

    ONTARIO
    Jan 21 Concordia 4 Ottawa 3 (ot)
    Jan 21 Laurentian 3 U.O.I.T. 2
    Jan 21 U.Q.T.R. 2 Carleton 4
    Jan 24 Ottawa 3 U.Q.T.R. 6
    Jan 25 Laurier at W. Ontario
    Jan 25 Ryerson at Brock
    Jan 26 Concordia at Carleton
    Jan 26 Guelph at Toronto
    Jan 26 R.M.C. at Laurentian
    Jan 26 U.O.I.T. at Nipissing
    Jan 26 Waterloo at Windsor
    Jan 26 York at Lakehead
    Jan 27 Brock at W. Ontario
    Jan 27 Carleton at McGill
    Jan 27 Concordia at U.O.I.T.
    Jan 27 Guelph at Laurier
    Jan 27 Queen's at Laurentian
    Jan 27 R.M.C. at Nipissing
    Jan 27 Ryerson at Toronto
    Jan 27 U.Q.T.R. at Ottawa
    Jan 27 Waterloo at Windsor
    Jan 27 York at Lakehead

    ATLANTIC
    Jan 24 Acadia 1 St. F.X. 4
    Jan 24 New Brunswick 2 U.P.E.I. 3
    Jan 24 Saint Mary's 2 Dalhousie 4
    Jan 26 U.P.E.I. at Moncton
    Jan 26 St. F.X. at Saint Mary's
    Jan 27 Acadia at Dalhousie
    Jan 27 Moncton at New Brunswick

    Links:

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

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    Supplementary Preview: Jan 25

    SUPPLEMENTARY PREVIEW

    There are some additional Regina and Manitoba links for a supplementary preview. Then comes the material on the early start to the weekend.



    • GoBisons: [Series Preview]
    • GoBisons: [Scholarship Fundraiser Tickets]
    • CW: [Alumni Spotlight: Wilcox's Regina hockey connections run deep]

    The Bisons have posted a series preview blurb, and they have a link for tickets to the fundraiser dinner on January 31st. There was nothing new on the Regina site, but the CW did an Alumni Spotlight on former goalie Darren Wilcox, complete with a 1980s era team photo.



    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


    CALGARY DINOSAURS 6
    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 5

    (in overtime)

    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
    CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [Coach's View]
    Stories: [MRU] : [rp @CW] : [UofC]
    CW: [Alumni Spotlight: Calgary Dinos proved to be perfect fit for Quinn]
    YouTube: [The New West in 90 - MHKY (Jan. 25, 2018)]

    The CW weekend got off to an early start as the Bedrock Dinos played the Mount Royal Bluegars in the annual Crowchild Classic before a large crowd of boisterous fans at the Saddledome. It was a wild and crazy affair. Tied 2-2 after two periods, neither goalie could stop anything in the 3rd period. The Dinos scored on 3 of 8 shots on Cam Lanigan, and the Bluegars scored 3 goals on 7 shots on Matthew Greenfield. The game also had wild swings in scoring. The Dinos led 2-0, then fell behind 3-2. They regained a 4-3 lead, then the Bluegars regained a 5-4 lead. Despite the onslaught of goals, Jamie King of MRU was the only one to score twice. It seems that overtime is becoming a regular feature of these games. The rematch goes Friday night at Bedrock.



    OUT EAST

    Ontario
    Jan 25 Laurier 2 W. Ontario 6
    Jan 25 Ryerson 4 Brock 3 (ot)

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

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    Jan 26: Bisons Win a Wild One


    REGINA COUGARS 6
    MANITOBA BISONS 8


    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
    CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [Coach's View] : [UofM*]
    Stories: [UofM] : [rp @CW] : [UofR]

    What a crazy game this was. The game had a raucous crowd of needy youth, mostly disabled and lots in wheelchairs. It was nice to see these kids getting a night out. But the teams often forgot to play as their coaches wanted, which was entertaining and frustrating all at once.

    The best news was that three injured players were back in the lineup (Channing Bresciani, Nick Zajac, and Kamerin Nault), and goaltender Justin Paulic hit the ice for the first time. Here's how the teams lined up:

    MANITOBA

    Goal
    35 Spriggs (1st period) – 1 Paulic (3rd period)

    Defence
    2 Henry – 25 Skrumeda
    16 Heinrich – 4 Bresciani
    3 Christensen

    Forwards
    27 Franko – 14 Nault – 18 St. Croix
    12 Zajac – 13 Laurencelle – 28 Stovin
    8 Bilton – 21 Brooks – 24 Augert
    26 Lisoway – 23 Schreyer – 22 B Bowles – 17 Callis

    Scratches
    9 Douglas – 11 Sharonov – 15 S Bowles
    19 Spencer – 20 Keane – 29 Wasylak
    34 Sydora

    REGINA

    Goal
    31 MacAuley (35 Herringer)

    Defence
    8 Bourhis – 4 Schacher – 25 Nagel
    7 King – 18 Luhning
    28 Peel – 5 Burns

    Forwards
    21 Langford – 13 Frei – 17 Kosloski
    20 Duperreault – 12 Stevely – 27 Fowlie – 14 McNulty
    22 Sparrow – 16 McPhee – 15 Hansen – 29 Predinchuk

    Scratches
    2 Bear – 10 Coleshaw – 19 Marr
    23 Magnus – 30 Holtby – 32 Zborosky

    So with Bresciani returning, captain Brett Stovin returned to the forward lines as the team stuck with the five defencemen rotation they have used most of the season, along with a 4th line which rotates 4 players. Regina had 8 players listed as defencemen in their lineup, 7 of whom played there. That left 11 forwards, and they largely interchanged. I listed them in the three groupings in which they typically played. And here's who scored:

    1st 03:00 – Reg Ben Duperreault (4)
    1st 07:07 – Man Blake Heinrich (3)
    1st 11:12 – Man Michael St. Croix (9)
    1st 11:47 – Man Liam Bilton (5)
    1st 13:28 – Man Liam Bilton (6) (SH)
    2nd 05:23 – Reg Landon Peel (2)
    2nd 10:15 – Man Quintin Lisoway (8)
    2nd 12:29 – Man Brad Bowles (2) (PP)
    2nd 13:18 – Man Brett Brooks (6)
    2nd 15:52 – Reg Jordan Burns (2)
    3rd 06:17 – Reg Zach McPhee (5)
    3rd 14:22 – Reg Landon Peel (3)
    3rd 18:19 – Man Quintin Lisoway (9) (PP)
    3rd 18:37 – Reg Stephen Langford (2)

    Byron Spriggs got the win with 16 saves on 19 shots, and Paulic's relief appearance saw him stop 4 of 7 shots. Dawson MacAuley took the loss with 27 stops on 35 shots. Now those save percentages are not impressive. However, the Bison forwards pushed aside the Kittens' defence at will and, once they had amassed the lead, they played out of position and were caught going forward before they had accomplished a clearance of their zone.

    The most positive aspect of the game was that 7 of the 8 goals came from the 3rd and 4th lines. Since they were ahead by 3 goals most of the game, they were able to dole out generous ice time to everybody.

    Saturday's rematch goes at 1:00 p.m.





    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 8
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1


    Links:

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

    The Hψrny Ψnes came up with a stinker here, and it looks like they are headed to another late season slide from the playoffs. Too bad. Jamie Crooks (with his 5th and 16th) and Steven Owre (with his 11th and 12th) led the Evil Monkeys with their combined 4 goals. Brendan Burke stopped 27 of 28 shots for the win, and Garret Hughson stopped 29 of 34 in 35 minutes to suffer defeat. Ty Edmonds came on in relief to stop 9 of 12.


    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2
    CALGARY DINOSAURS 4


    Links:

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

    In the Town of Bedrock, everybody dressed in red is shouting Yabba Dabba Doo! They got a must-needed sweep to keep their playoff hopes alive. The teams each had two powerplay goals when Cain Franson scored the only even-strength goal of the night to get the win. That's two game-winners in two days for him. An empty-netter put the game away. Jordan Papirny stopped 25 of 27 shots for the win. After riding veteran Cam Lanigan, the Bluegars never dressed him. Wyatt Hoflin stopped 18 of 21 shots to take the loss, and former starter Colin Cooper was the backup.


    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 1
    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 5


    Links:

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

    How do you outshoot a team 41-18 and lose 5-1? Well, the Banjo Mutts found a way to do just that Friday night in British California. Matt Hewitt stopped 40 of 41 for the win, and Jordon Cooke had an off night with 13 stops on 17 shots. Michael Stenerson had his 10th and 11th goals of the season, the latter into an empty net, to lead the way for the T-irds. Catching a break with a pair of forfeited losses by the Dinos has seemingly sparked the T-irds.

    STANDINGS



    OUT EAST

    Ontario
    Jan 26 Concordia 2 Carleton 4
    Jan 26 Guelph 5 Toronto 4
    Jan 26 R.M.C. 3 Laurentian 4 (ot)
    Jan 26 U.O.I.T. 2 Nipissing 3
    Jan 26 Waterloo 4 Windsor 7
    Jan 26 York 5 Lakehead 4 (ot)

    Atlantic
    Jan 26 U.P.E.I. 4 Moncton 1
    Jan 26 St. F.X. 3 Saint Mary's 2 (ot)

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


    NEXT UP

    Canada West
    Jan 27 Alberta at Lethbridge
    Jan 27 Regina at Manitoba
    Jan 27 Saskatchewan at U.B.C.

    Atlantic
    Jan 27 Acadia at Dalhousie
    Jan 27 Moncton at New Brunswick

    Ontario
    Jan 27 Brock at W. Ontario
    Jan 27 Carleton at McGill
    Jan 27 Concordia at U.O.I.T.
    Jan 27 Guelph at Laurier
    Jan 27 Queen's at Laurentian
    Jan 27 R.M.C. at Nipissing
    Jan 27 Ryerson at Toronto
    Jan 27 U.Q.T.R. at Ottawa
    Jan 27 Waterloo at Windsor
    Jan 27 York at Lakehead

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