2017-18 Manitoba Bisons/USports Thread

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  1. hockeyinsiderusports

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    Ryerson would be 3-5 range in AUS behind UNB & STFX for sure. I think they would give Acadia a good go and Should beat SMU or on Par with them
     
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    So when did SMU become easy to beat?? Ask UNB.
     
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    They would definitely make things interesting in the AUS, I see them being ahead of UPEI right now, and competing with SMU and Acadia for position. They would also make life difficult for St FX and UNB, especially if they get consistent goaltending like Friday nights game at UNB. They were a fun team to watch. Like someone else said, could see them anywhere from 3-5 in the AUS
     
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    I expect SMU to be battling for conference title, they are as solid as X and UNB and I expect a better team in second half and playoffs. Acadia capable of beating all three on any given day. As for Ryerson a good skating team with offensive ability and a strong goalie. They can compete with these four when they are on their game - but their style may make for struggles against the NS teams who tend to try and neutralize and counter that style.
     
  6. Hollywood3

    Hollywood3 Bison/Jet/Moose Fan

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    Preview: Jan 5-6: Alberta at Manitoba

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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

    Links:

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

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

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    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]
     
  7. RED ARMY EAST

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    Manitoba beats Alberta.
    Big win for the Bisons!!
     
  8. Hollywood3

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

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    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.

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    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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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    Calgary in serious trouble of missing CanadaWest playoffs.
    After being stripped of 8 pts, They need wins in a big way!
     
  10. Hollywood3

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    No doubt. Losing at home to UBC was certainly uncalled for. As I watch the afternoon matinees on CanadaWest.tv, it appears they are playing well, leading UBC 4-2 in the 3rd. BTW, MRU just scored an ENG to beat Regina 4-2.
     
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    Jan 6: Get out the brooms! It's a sweep!

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    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.

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    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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    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.

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    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4


    Links:

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

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

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    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

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    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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  12. Hollywood3

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    Preview: Jan 12-13: Manitoba at Saskatchewan

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    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.

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    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.

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

    (*Record adjusted for Calgary's forfeits.)

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

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

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

    (*Record adjusted for Calgary's forfeits.)

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

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

    OUT EAST

    ONTARIO

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

    ATLANTIC

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

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

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

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    • 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.

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    ELSEWHERE

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    • UBC: [Series Preview]

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

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    • UofC: [Series Preview]

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

    OUT EAST

    ONTARIO

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

    Links:

    • [US Presto S&R]
    • [OUA S&R]
    • [AUS S&R]
     
  14. Hollywood3

    Hollywood3 Bison/Jet/Moose Fan

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    Jan 12: Bisons Lose in Saskatown

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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


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  15. Hollywood3

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    Jan 13: Bisons Swept

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    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.

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    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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    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.

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    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1

    (in overtime)
    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
    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).

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    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.

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


    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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    Bad News Bears in a funk to start of the second half! Three losses in four games isn't the norm for this team.
    Huskies now tied for the CanaaWest lead.
     
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    The Monkeys are noticeably small. For people in other conferences, that's one playoff factor. The other is injuries. Both Manitoba and Sask dressed just 19 players on Saturday.
     
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    RED ARMY EAST Registered User

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    Calgary 6 pts out of a playoff spot with only 8 games left. Four are against Manitoba and the Huskies.
    They will need to win some of these 4 games to have a shot at sliding into the 6'th spot.
     
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    Alberta takes a dive in the rankings!
    UNB #1
    X #2
    Sask #3
    Alberta #4
    McGill #5
    The Huskies deserve to be ranked ahead of the Bears, as they swept a good Manitoba team, while Alberta dropped a pair to the Bisons and split with Calgary this past weekend.
    Not much difference between UNB and rival X.
     
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    Preview: Jan 19-20: Manitoba at Mount Royal

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    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.

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    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 Hørny Ønes 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.

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    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.

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    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]
    • [OUA S&R]
    • [AUS S&R]
     
  21. Hollywood3

    Hollywood3 Bison/Jet/Moose Fan

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    Preview: Jan 19-20: Manitoba at Mount Royal

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    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

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    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 Hørny Ønes 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.

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    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.

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    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]
    • [OUA S&R]
    • [AUS S&R]
     
  22. Hollywood3

    Hollywood3 Bison/Jet/Moose Fan

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    Jan 19: Bluegars Beat Bisons

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    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

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    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).

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    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! Jamie Crooks and Luke Philp each scored twice for Alberta and Brendan Burke got the win. Dawson MacAuley took the loss. Pitty the Kitties.

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


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    RED ARMY EAST Registered User

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    One thing for sure, UQTR will have no home ice advantage.
     
  24. Hollywood3

    Hollywood3 Bison/Jet/Moose Fan

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    Jan 20: Herd Gets the Split

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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 Hørny Ønes. 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

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    OUT EAST

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    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.

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    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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  25. Hollywood3

    Hollywood3 Bison/Jet/Moose Fan

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    Preview: Jan 26-27: Regina at Manitoba

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    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.

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    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.

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    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 Hørny Ønes 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.

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    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

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