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  1. Nov 1: CW Teams Will Play! Finally, some news about hockey games has broken out! The Team Canada Junior camp is starting earlier than usual (Nov 16th) because the likelihood is that none of the players will have played any games prior to camp. And blended into the camp are SIX games against CW teams, the Evil Monkeys, Bedrock U, and the Bluegars. The Monkeys' games are November 28th and 29th. TC will have 46 players in camp, meaning that their three inter-squad games will be with full rosters. At one of the links, the games against the Evil Monkeys are to be on national TV. In 2011, Alberta beat Team Denmark 5-0 and 8-3 in a pair of games. And in 2012 they beat Team Canada 4-1. Meanwhile, Calgary beat TC 6-4 in 1988, combined with Lethbridge to win 5-4 in 2006 and lose 7-4 in 2011, and combined with Lethbridge and MRU to lose 2-0 in 2012. Since CIS/USports nation-wide all-stars have participated in this series starting in 2015, the university team has a 6-5 edge over the junior team. Links: ➤ Global: U of A Golden Bears to tangle on the ice with Team Canada in Red Deer ➤ USports: Hockey Canada | U SPORTS All-Stars to play six games at National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp ➤ Hockey Canada: Hockey Canada invites 46 players to National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp ➤ U of C (2011): Canada's juniors top Dinos, Horns ➤ U of C (2012): Team Canada blanks Canada West squad ➤ Sportsnet (2012): University of Alberta beats Canada’s juniors The pre-season "Captains' Cup" in British California has been expanded to be a double round-robin event to be hosted by TWU. UBC and SFU will also take part. 2020 Captains Cup – Schedule Nov. 12 (Thurs.) – UBC vs. SFU – 12 p.m. (PT) Nov. 13 (Fri.) – SFU vs. TWU – 1 p.m. (PT) Nov. 19 (Thurs.) – TWU vs. UBC – 12 p.m. (PT) Nov. 20 (Fri.) – UBC vs. TWU – 1 p.m. (PT) Nov. 26 (Thurs.) – SFU vs. UBC – 12 p.m. (PT) Nov. 27 (Fri.) – TWU vs. SFU – 1 p.m. (PT) Dec. 2 (Fri.) – Captains Cup Final – 1 p.m. (PT) In other news, Holy Trinity's Koltby Johnson has started a petition for a players' voice in lockdown policies. Check the link if interested. Links: ➤ Aldergrove Star: Captains Cup hockey series comes to Langley ➤ YouTube: TWU Page - free streaming ➤ West Central Online: Canada West Cancels Winter Sports, Local Hockey Player Organizes Petition Not much news from the Herd. Grad Kamerin Nault has re-signed with the ECHL's Swamp Rabbits and there is a campus story about the players' lockdown lamentations. Links: ➤ Pro Hockey News: Nault returns for third season with Swamp Rabbits ➤ Manitoban: U-Sports cancels 2021 winter term season The Banjo Mutts have lost their goaltender to the ECHL. Taran Kozun won the USports Player-of-the-Year award in 2019-20 and his would be a great loss. The Star-Phoenix link contains this quote: I wonder if this is wishful thinking from a home-town paper or a bona fide scoop. Seems to me that preservation of amateur status would remain a big-time goal for USports and all affiliated conferences. Also, Kozun is 26 years old and if he wants a pro career, he had better get going. He did a redshirt season at the start of his university days already, and has nothing left to prove at the university level. Links: ➤ Star-Phoenix: U Sports hockey players stuck in practice limbo, Kozun explores pro options ➤ CKOM: U of S Huskies goaltender Taran Kozun signs with Calgary Flames ECHL affiliate ➤ Northeast Now: Nipawin’s Kozun signs contract with ECHL’s Mavericks There are a few stories around Ontario campuses. More lockdown lamentations from UWO and Brock, and a safety study from Nipissing. The study is on "mouthguard and throat protector compliance" in the NOJHL. Not a bad idea. Links: ➤ My Espanola Now: NOJHL players from 2019-20 invited to take part in Nipissing U. research study ➤ Western Gazette: Editorial: Sports shutdown justified, but hard blow for athletes ➤ Brock Press: OUA officially cancels 2020-21 winter sports season With a lot of action now scheduled for three of the four Saudi Alberta CW teams, the ACAC optimism is hard to dismiss. The ACAC teams will not take part in CCAA competitions in other sports. Concordia Edmonton will not be taking part in this ACAC season. Teams face no penalties for withdrawal in 2020-21. Links: ➤ Global: ACAC to explore options to conduct post-secondary athletics this winter and spring
  2. Sept 23: Manitoba Hockey Is Going! It has been a month since my last report so here is a hodge-podge of stories, announcements, and potentially news of significance as it pertains to the return of CW hockey. The recruiting news has slowed to a trickle, which makes sense because school has now started. Normally everybody would have exhibition schedules in progress and rosters for us to comment upon. No such luck this year. Several teams are not bothering to update their websites with official announcements on recruits. I saw no new LOIs registered for men's hockey since my last report. The only CW news, and it is a downer, is that the CW golf championship has been cancelled. It was slated for UBC Okanagan and British California is not allowing disease-infested easterners (out there, this includes the prairies) into the province. Links: ➤ CW: Conference golf championships cancelled due to travel restrictions There are no official, nor unofficial, announcements from the UofM on hockey. However, there are a host of stories on the football team, who are practising hard despite cancellation of their season. If football can practice, hockey can go! I have also posted a story on former Bison coach Barry Trotz, which is worth a look. Maybe one day I'll run a fresh story on former CW coaches who have made it to the NHL. Finally, the best news I have heard in a while is that the MJHL has started their exhibition season! Here's the highlights of the announcement: Links: ➤ Pique: University football teams navigate pandemic hurdles to get back on the field ➤ Free Press: Bisons take to the gridiron ➤ CBC: U Sports football navigates pandemic hurdles to get on field despite fall cancellations ➤ Global: ‘Our players are loving it’: No games is no problem for Manitoba Bisons football team ➤ Winnipeg Sun: Honesty has guided Manitoba's Trotz from Day 1 ➤ MJHL: MJHL announces 2020-21 Regular Season schedule ➤ MJHL: Schedule The Bluegars are raising funds, and seem to be getting ready for January. Remember they did post their recruiting class. Links: ➤ Calgary Sun: Dinos, Cougars remain committed to readying teams for January restart ➤ MRU: Cougars cohort ready to pounce In the Town of Bedrock, their recruiting class was previously announced. I found a podcast featuring Matt Alfaro, and an old photo in Cooperalls. Links: ➤ WHL: WHL Alumni Interview: Matt Alfaro, University of Calgary Dinos ➤ Spotify: WHL Podcast: Episode 4 I had previously posted details on MacEwan's recruits, but they have now issued official releases, available at the links. There are three new recruits, all of whom are transfers: - Riley Brandt (F) from RMC (OUA) via Vernon (BCJHL) - Cameron Trott (D) from Lethbridge Pronghorns (CW) via Vernon (BCJHL) and UAA (NCAA) - Ethan Price (RW) from Stony Plain (ACHW, red shirt) via Brock (OUA) Brandt has only played two games in the last two seasons but in 2017-18 scored 21-12-33 in 28 OUA games. They must be happy with three former USports players in the recruiting class. Price also has a WHL background and Trott played a half-season in the NCAA. Links: ➤ Elite Prospects: Riley Brandt ➤ Elite Prospects: Cameron Trott ➤ Elite Prospects: Ethan Price ➤ MacEwan: Griffins add valuable U SPORTS experience to lineup with Price, Brandt and Trott ➤ MacEwan: Trio of ACAC stars join Griffins as they level up to the Canada West ranks ➤ MacEwan: Pair of new goalies bring welcome competition to Griffins' crease in post-Daigle era There is no news about the Evil Monkeys at all. But if you want to help them purchase more bananas, they have a fundraising link. Links: ➤ UofA: Support the Sport The Banjo-Cats announced their recruits last time. All I found this time was a YouTube video. Links: ➤ YouTube: University of Regina Athletics - 2020 Summer Update The Banjo-Mutts have had no announcements, no LOIs, and nothing on Elite Prospects. But there have been Tweets about recruits. So I used those to do Elite Prospects searches and WOOF! A litter of puppies. - Parker Gavlas (D) from Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) - Jaxan Kaluski (LW) from Swift Current Broncos (WHL) - Ty Prefontaine (D) from Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) - Jared Dmytriw (RW) from Vancouver Giuants (WHL) - Jeff Faith (D) from Kamloops Blazers (WHL) - Declan Hobbs (G) from Loreburn 19ers (SVHL) - Dawson Holt (RW/C) from Regina Pats (WHL) & Vernon Vipers (BCJHL) Also, their arena may be used as a field hospital, in which case they would play at the SaskTel Centre. Links: ➤ Elite Prospects: Parker Gavlas ➤ Elite Prospects: Jaxan Kaluski ➤ Elite Prospects: Ty Prefontaine ➤ Elite Prospects: Jared Dmytriw ➤ Elite Prospects: Jeff Faith ➤ Elite Prospects: Declan Hobbs ➤ Elite Prospects: Dawson Holt ➤ Global: 4 hockey teams move after Saskatoon rink turned into coronavirus field hospital The T-irds have three stories about alumni. Jerret Smith is going to finish his few remaining credits on-line while playing in France. Adam Maglio is a head coach in the Dub. Ray Sakaki was on their 1971 team that earned a berth at the nationals. Links: ➤ UBC: Jerret Smith begins pro career in France ➤ UBC: Former Thunderbird Adam Maglio named Spokane head coach ➤ UBC: Thunderbird Alumni Profile: Roy Sakaki On the college front, it appears that they are following the lead of the CW and waiting for January. If BC holds off on allowing inter-provincial play, perhaps the T-irds and Holy Trinity will join the BCIHL! It is nice that ACAC players won't lose a year of eligibility. Links: ➤ ACAC: ACAC Announces Plans for 2020-21 Season ➤ ACAC: ACAC Suspends Consumption of All Student-Athlete Eligibility During 2020-21 Season ➤ BCIHL: BCIHL delays start of 2020-21 season until January 15
  3. August 23: More News Another source of recruitment news is the USports Letters of Intent (LOI) page. It covers all sports and all conferences. UBC, Alberta, Calgary, Saskatchewan, and Regina have no men's hockey players listed. But Manitoba, Trinity Western, Mount Royal, and MacEwan have 5-7 players each. The lists here have the player's name and date of registration. The * denotes a player listed at Elite Prospects. Links: ➤ USports: Letter of Intent ➤ USports: Spread Sheet (xlsx document) Liam Hughes 20-04-2020 Hayden Ostir 20-04-2020 Chase Hartje 22-04-2020 *Noah Basarab 23-04-2020 Samuel Stewart 29-04-2020 *Alec Malo 01-05-2020 Reece Harsch 04-05-2020 Only Basarab and Malo are listed in Elite Prospects transactions. Links to all players' Elite Prospects individual pages were in the post called "June 8: Bisons Have Seven LOIs Registered" above in this thread. Links: ➤ Elite Prospects: Manitoba Transactions *Dominic Schmiemann Mount Royal 05-03-2020 *Lane Gilliss Mount Royal 12-03-2020 *Riley Sawchuk Mount Royal 23-03-2020 Gary Haden Mount Royal 31-03-2020 (C) from Victoria Royals (WHL) *Rylan Yaremko Mount Royal 22-05-2020 *Kyle Olson Mount Royal 15-06-2020 Haden had good WHL numbers last year (25-30-55 in 62 games) and previously played for the Medicine Hat Tigers and Saskatoon Blades. Links: ➤ Elite Prospects: MRU Transactions ➤ Elite Prospects: Gary Haden Aidan Steinke 10-02-2020 (F) Melville Millionaires (SJHL) *Travis Walton 21-03-2020 Jamieson Ree 23-03-2020 (D) Briercrest Clippers (ACAC) *Jeremy Klessens 26-03-2020 *Josh Boelema 04-04-2020 *Landon Fuller 09-04-2020 *Connor Vermeulen 17-04-2020 Also, Jake Jurgeneit is listed at Elite Prospects but not in the LOI. Steinke's SJHL numbers were luke-warm (28-37-65 in 153 games). Ree is a big d-man whose junior career spanned 3 teams in the AJHL and one in the SJHL. Links: ➤ Elite Prospects: Trinity Western ➤ Elite Prospects: Aidan Steinke ➤ Elite Prospects: Jamieson Ree *Ryan Winter 14-05-2020 Chase Thudium 29-05-2020 (F) Red Deer College Kings (ACAC) Curtis Roach 31-05-2020 (D) NAIT Ooks (ACAC) Connor Lyons 02-06-2020 (F) Canmore Eagles (AJHL) Jordan Davies 10-06-2020 (D) NAIT Ooks (ACAC) Also, Shawn Parkinson is listed at Elite Prospects but not in the LOI. It seems a lot of ACAC players see a golden chance to make the jump to the CW with GMU. It would also appear that GMU has a much stronger recruiting class than TWU. Roach and Davies are defencemen from NAIT, GMU's cross-town rival. Both were recruited from the AJHL to the ACAC when they left junior. Red Deer recruited Thudium from the Odessa Jackalopes of the NAHL (27-43-70 in 59 games in 2016-17). His ACAC career stats are 43-53-96 in 84 games. Lyons is from the Canmore Eagles of the AJHL (65-106-171 in 167 career games). Links: ➤ Elite Prospects: MacEwan Team Page ➤ Elite Prospects: Chase Thudium ➤ Elite Prospects: Connor Lyons ➤ Elite Prospects: Curtis Roach ➤ Elite Prospects: Jordan Davies I also have a hat-trick of miscellaneous stories you might want to check out. Former Bison Shaq Merasty has signed once again with the Wichita Thunder in the ECHL. He is now 29 and seems to be racking up more PIMs than points. The second story is about a new First Nations league in Saskatchewan. I am not sure what calibre of league this will be. Will it be an intermediate men's league? Or an off-shoot of the infamous cash tournament circuit you may have heard about. There has been a National Aboriginal Championship for years. We'll see. Finally, the story from Saskatoon is a nice story about Banjo-Mutt Kohl Bauml and his special needs little brother who travels about to cheer him on. Links: ➤ Elite Prospects: Shaquille Merasty ➤ Pro Hockey News: Merasty returns to Wichita ➤ Moose Jaw Today: First Nations hockey league being discussed ➤ Windspeaker: 2020 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships set for Regina ➤ Saskatoon Star-Phoenix: Kohl Bauml's little brother, Ben, his biggest fan
  4. AUGUST NEWS & NOTES Normally we would be ankle deep in recruitment news and the various additions to exhibition schedules would be flowing at this time of the year. Instead we are witnessing recruitment news and a heavier than usual flow of players from university to pro. The obvious reason for this state of affairs is the virus thing you may have heard about. So let's start there, because that affects when we will next see live hockey, then move into other news and notes. The MJHL is getting prepped for a full season, with an exhibition season in September and a regular season in October. The linked story has the highlights of the plan, and has a link to a 14 page PDF document with all the details covering every minute detail down to travel, meals, and hotels. This sort of guideline is likely very close to what USports teams will need to implement. Also, former Bison all-star forward Kevin Saurette (an MBA) is now the MJHL Commissioner, taking over from Kim Davis. Links: ➤ MJHL: MJHL announces return to hockey for 2020-21 ➤ Pembina Valley On-line: Sportsbeat - MJHL Commissioner Kevin Saurette (audio) ➤ Game On: Davis Retires, Saurette to Be New Commissioner of the MJHL ➤ Leah Hextall at Global: Hextall on Hockey: the MJHL’s new commissioner The Monkeys are back after the world's shortest ever hiatus. They announced a bow-out due to lack of funds, but some organ-grinding by a monkey in a mask must be capable of raising money. I linked official and unofficial stories. None had a scoop on the dynamics that led to their change of heart. The original announcement was based upon funding shortfalls, rather than health concerns. SportsNet's story (from the CP) seemed like a scoop in the headline but really wasn't. Anyhow, the Monkeys found enough bananas. Links: ➤ UofA: Golden Bears and Pandas 2020-21 Season Update ➤ CBC: Finances force University of Alberta to suspend operation of 6 teams for upcoming season ➤ UofA: Bears and Pandas Hockey teams reinstated by Canada West for 2020-21 season ➤ Canada West: Alberta reinstated as Canada West hockey member ➤ SportsNet: Alumni money restores University of Alberta hockey teams for next season ➤ Edmonton Sun: MODDEJONGE: University of Alberta players, coaches see hope as season again a possibility for hockey Bears, Pandas : RP @ Ottawa Sun & Chronicle-Herald In the Town of Bedrock they have announced a solid set of recruits, and a former Dino evolved into a Duck. The eight announced new recruits are also listed at Elite Prospects and are: - Arjun Atwal (F) from Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL) - Luke Coleman (F) from Lethbridge Pronghorns (CWUAA) - Connor Gutenberg (F) from Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) - Dakota Krebs (D) from Calgary Hitmen (WHL) - Max Patterson (F) from Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) - Matt Quigley (D) from Portland Winterhawks (WHL) - Ryan Schoettler (D) from Prince George Cougars (WHL) - Zach Wytinck (D) from Regina Pats (WHL) Coleman is a transfer from the now-defunct Horny Ones. He is a 2nd year player, coming off a 12-8-20 stats line in 28 games last year. He played his junior for the Calgary Hitmen. So 7-out-of-8 were from the WHL. Dino grad Kodie Curran has signed an NHL deal. He finished a 5-year career in 2014-15 then was a late-season depth player for Hartford in the AHL. He then split a season between the AHL and ECHL before a 4-year stint in Scandinavia, with one season in Denmark, one in Norway, and two in Sweden. He will be turning 31 during the season, so this is the ultimate late-bloomer scenario. Why would the Ducks gamble on him? He was the Swedish league MVP last year! Links: ➤ UofC: Meet the Recruits ➤ Elite Prospects: UofC Transactions ➤ UofC: Curran signs with NHL's Anaheim Ducks ➤ Elite Prospects: Kodie Curran Career Stats ➤ OC Register: Ducks sign defenseman Kodie Curran to 2-year, $2-million contract ➤ Chronicle-Herald: Calgary-raised defencemen knocking on NHL’s door after award-winning seasons ➤ ESPN: Defenseman Kodie Curran signs 2-year deal with Anaheim Ducks ➤ SportsNet: Ducks sign SHL MVP Kodie Curran to two-year contract ➤ NHL: Curran, SHL MVP, signs two-year contract with Ducks The Bluegars have announced five recruits, one NCAA transfer and four WHL grads: - Rylan Yaremko (D) from Northern Michigan Univ. (NCAA) - Dom Schmiemann (D) from Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) - Lane Gilliss (F) from Portland Winterhawks (WHL) - Riley Sawchuk (F) from Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) - Kyle Olson (F) from Calgary Hitmen (WHL) Links: ➤ MRU: MHKY: 2020-21 recruiting class ➤ Elite Prospects: MRU Transactions The Banjo-Cats have a diverse recuiting list so far. Two Horny Ones transferring in, another transfer from the ACAC, and two recruits from each of the SJHL and WHL. The four new defencemen should help shore up their traditional weakness. Of course, depending who comes back. - Austin Pratt (F) from Regina Pats (WHL) - Dylan McCabe (D) from Battlefords North Stars (SJHL) - Jeff Rayman (D) from Lethbridge Pronghorns (CWUAA) - Taylor Fisher (D) from Lethbridge Pronghorns (CWUAA) - Carson Sass (D) from Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) - Jayden Davis (F) from Estevan Bruins (SJHL) - Travis Mayan (F) from Alberta-Augustana Vikings (ACAC) Links: ➤ UofR: Men's hockey announces addition of seven players ➤ Elite Prospects: UofR Transactions After a shocking playoff run which earned them a berth in the U-Cup, followed by a cancellation on the eve of their first game, it looks like the new T-irds will not likely adequately replace the departed. They have two transfers from Lethbridge, just one recruit from the WHL, and four Junior A grads from three different leagues. - Conner McDonald (D) from Kelowna Rockets (WHL) - Logan Foster (F) from Humboldt Broncos (SJHL) - Tian Rask (F) from Melfort Mustangs (SJHL) - Michael Clarke (F) from Lethbridge Pronghorns (CWUAA) - Jackson Caller (D) from Vernon Vipers (BCJHL) - Dorrin Luding (G) from Winkler Flyers (MJHL) - Dan Gatenby (D) from Lethbridge Pronghorns (CWUAA) Links: ➤ UBC: T-Birds add to strong recruit class ➤ Elite Prospects: UBC Transactions ➤ Vernon Morningstar: Vernon Vipers blueliner signs Canadian university deal ➤ Discover Humboldt: LISTEN PODCAST: Michael Clarke Joins UBC After Lethbridge Hockey Program Cancellation The Banjo-Mutts have yet to announce recruits, but they have a slightly new set of logos. Their miscellaneous logos got the hind leg treatment. Should somebody tell them that the singular of "Huskies" is "Husky"? They have not issued an official announcement on recruits, but Elite Prospects has compiled a list of four names, all of whom have an affinity for fire hydrants: - Jaxan Kaluski (F) from Swift Current Broncos (WHL) - Parker Gavlas (D) from Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) - Ty Prefontaine (D) from Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) - Dawson Holt (F) from Vernon Vipers (BCJHL) Links: ➤ UofS: Huskie Athletics unveils updated logos ➤ Elite Prospects: UofS Transactions The Holy Trinity have no official announcement but Elite Prospects has compiled a list: - Jake Jurgeneit (D) from Yarmouth Mariners (MJAHL) - Travis Walton (F) from Nanaimo Clippers (BCJHL) - Jeremy Klessens (F) from Drayton Valley Thunder (AJHL) - Josh Boelema (F) from Briercrest College (ACAC) - Landon Fuller (D) from Vernon Vipers (BCJHL) - Connor Vermeulen (D) from Carnduff Red Devils (BSHL SrAA) It is odd that those six players finished in last year in five different leagues. Links: ➤ Elite Prospects: BCIHL Transactions ➤ Vernon Morningstar: Vernon Vipers blueliner signs Canadian university deal The Griffins also have had no official announcement and only two names appear on Elite Prospects: - Ryan Winter (G) from Merritt Centennials (BCJHL) - Shawn Parkinson (G) from Melfort Mustangs (SJHL) Links: ➤ GMU: Griffins hockey teams look back fondly on ACAC tenure as they prepare to move into Canada West ➤ Elite Prospects: GMU ACAC Page
  5. June 9: News and Notes The biggest story of the off-season is the unfortunate demise of the Horny Ones. This loss is somewhat blunted by the fact that TWU is joining the CW from the BCIHL and Macewan is coming from the ACAC. But coming a year after they hosted the U-Cup makes me wonder why they never devoted fundraising for the meat and potatoes, instead of the fancy dessert. Links: ➤ Global News: University of Lethbridge committee to explore future of cancelled Pronghorns hockey programs ➤ UofL: Budget constraints spell end for University of Lethbridge hockey programs Speaking of Holy Trinity, their coach is Barret Kropf from Estevan, Saskatchewan. I found a local news story about him. Links: ➤ Estevan Mercury: Former Estevan resident preparing team for big jump The biggest news on a national level is the cancellation of the fall sports (e.g. football) and the announcement that there would be no league play in CW hockey (amongst other sports) until the new year. Earlier, they had announced plans for a 20-game season in hockey (down from 28) and 5 games in football (down form 8). This leaves maybe 10 weeks for a regular season and playoffs, if they want to keep the U-Cup in mid-March. I wouldn't be surprised to see playoffs truncated, perhaps confined to a single weekend conference tournament. That is all conjecture, though. So no Vanier Cup, nor national tournaments of any type, in football, soccer, rugby, or field hockey. I see that UVic's soccer teams are looking at an exhibition season for the new year. This may have applicability for other teams in other sports as well. The Star-Phoenix story points out that we'll be waiting until October 8th for news on the January season, and the door is left open for provincial regulation. IMO, this makes an "unofficial" season for many teams a possibility. Links: ➤ Winnipeg Sun: Canada West cancels fall university sports season, meaning no football or soccer for Bisons and Wesmen ➤ Global News: U Sports cancels 6 national championships due to COVID-19 pandemic ➤ CBC: Vanier Cup among national U Sports championships cancelled because of COVID-19 pandemic ➤ Times-Colonist: UVic’s fall sports cancelled due to COVID-19 ➤ Star-Phoenix: COVID-19: U of S Huskies' fall sports cancelled for 2020 due to pandemic concerns ➤ National Post: Fall university sports cancelled The Bisons had a small group of three grads (Adam Henry, Sean Christensen, and Jonah Wasylak) last year, all of whom found pro jobs in the ECHL before that season was cancelled. Also, first year goaltender Riley Lamb (who shared starting duties with Tyler Brown) also got a job. Henry got a boat-load of awards, including top defenceman in the CW, first team all-star in the CW, and second team all-star in USports. One former Bison not looking to ride the buses in the minors is Stephane Lenoski, who is now a MD. Links: ➤ ECHL Tweet: Christensen and Wasylak to Norfolk ➤ ECHL Tweet: Adam Henry to Fort Wayne ➤ ECHL Transactions: Riley Lamb to Greenville ➤ GoBisons: Adam Henry named a 2019-20 Canada West First Team All-Star ➤ GoBisons: Adam Henry named Canada West Top Defenceman and recipient of Student-Athlete Community Service Award ➤ GoBisons: Adam Henry named a 2019-20 U SPORTS Second Team All-Canadian ➤ WHL: WHL Beyond Hockey: Stephane Lenoski — Sports Medicine Physician Out on the East Coast, coach Trevor Steinburg is leaving the SMUskies after 23 years. He was national coach-of-the-year three times in that era. Links: ➤ Chronicle-Herald: Stienburg steps down as SMU hockey coach after 23 years The Province of Manitoba has pretty much eliminated the Wuhan virus and a local sports summer should get off the ground. FWIW, Manitoba's numbers are: 8 active cases, none of which are in hospital 285 recovered cases 7 deceased That is a below-average flu season! Local Manitoba baseball and softball people have announced that their seasons will be starting soon. Could hockey be far behind? And if minor can be played, why not university hockey? It seems you just need to complete some forms, and away you go! Links: ➤ Portage Online: Baseball and Softball Seasons Will Return This Summer
  6. June 8: Bisons Have Seven LOIs Registered In the strangest off-season ever, it is easy to forget about basic things like recruits, schedules, etc. Well, time to shake the cobwebs and get the 2020-21 season talk going. The Bisons have seven players with registered Letters of Intent (LOI) at the USports desk. [Link] Alec Malo - C – Flin Flon (SJHL) Malo is from Laval, Quebec and started his junior career with the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL in 2017-18. He then played in the QJAAAHL (their Junior A league, which they call AAA) in 2018-19 and in the SJHL with the Flin Flon Bombers in 2019-20. His numbers were 22-66-88 in 54 games. At 6'1" and 181 lbs, he could use some poutine and perogies Manitoba style Links: ➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects ➤ YouTube: Jan 20th ➤ Media: SJHL Story Chase Hartje - D – Moose Jaw/Winnipeg (WHL) Hartje is another WHL defenceman on the Bison roster, having played in Moose Jaw, Brandon, Kootenay, moving to Winnipeg with the franchise, then back to Moose Jaw. He is originally from Bemidji, Minnesota. At 5'11" and 172 lbs he is smaller than the usual Bison d-man. Links: ➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects ➤ Media: OSC : The Drive Hayden Ostir - C/RW – Swift Current (WHL) Ostir is a Winnipeg boy coming home after making the rounds in the WHL, covering Spokane, Medicine Hat, and Swift Current over the last four years. His numbers last year were 10-14-24. He is also 6'1" and 194 lbs. He also got a gold medal in the U-17s. Links: ➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects ➤ Media: SC Broncos : OSC ➤ YouTube: Feb 2nd/17 Liam Hughes - G – Winnipeg Ice (WHL) But for one game in the AJHL, Hughes has played in the WHL for the last four years. After stops in Edmonton, Seattle, and Lethbridge, he backstopped the Winnipeg Ice last year. He had a 2.53 GAA, and a .914 S%. Links: ➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects ➤ Media: Lethbvridge : WHL Noah Basarab - F – Johnstown (NAHL) Basarab is a Gimli boy who went south after having played for Swan Valley and Selkirk in the MJHL. His stats were 16-12-28 last year. Links: ➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects ➤ Media: Johnstown Tomahawks : Athlete of the Week : Trib-Dem Reece Harsch - D – Winnipeg Ice (WHL) Having a WHL team in town is paying some recruiting dividends this year, as the Bisons land another d-man in Harsch. He is 6'4" and 201 lbs and wore an "A" last year. Links: ➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects ➤ Media: Winnipeg Ice ➤ YouTube: Feb 25/18 : Sept 19/17 Sam Stewart - D – Tri-City/Edmonton (WHL) Stewart is another big d-man (6' 190 lbs) from Manitoba coming home for university. He finished last year with the Edmonton Oil Kings after four years with the Tri-City Americans, with a couple of stints with the Neepawa Natives in the MJHL. Links: ➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects ➤ Media: MJHL-WHL
  7. U-SPORTS/CIS BOOKMARKS This is a peculiar off-season, largely because the NHL remains "paused". As usual, the opening post has the links needed to follow USports/CIS hockey, right here. League Sites: USports Mens Hockey Site - Tw - FB ... sub-links : Standings : Schedule/Results : Playoffs : U-Cup Canada West Mens Hockey Site - Tw - FB ... sub-links : Schedule/Results/Links : History and Records : Media Stats OUA Mens Hockey Site - Tw - FB ... sub-links : Schedule/Results AUS Mens Hockey Site - Tw - FB ... sub-links : Schedule/Results ACAC Mens Hockey Site - Tw - FB ... sub-links : Schedule/Results : CCAA History : ACAC Hockey BCIHL Site - Tw - FB ... sub-links : Schedule Canada West Team Sites: Alberta Golden Bears - Tw - FB Calgary Dinos - Tw - FB Lethbridge Pronghorns - ceased operations MacEwan Griffins - Tw - FB Manitoba Bisons - Tw - FB Mount Royal Cougars - Tw - FB Regina Cougars - Tw - FB Saskatchewan Huskies - Tw - FB Trinity Western Spartans - Tw - FB UBC Thunderbirds - Tw - FB AUS Team Sites: Acadia Axemen Dalhousie Tigers Moncton Aigles Bleus- Google Translate New Brunswick Reds - new link in 2019 UPEI Panthers St. Francis-Xavier X-men Saint Marys Huskies OUA-West Team Sites: Brock Badgers Guelph Gryphons Lakehead Thunderwolves Laurier Golden Hawks Ryerson Rams Toronto Varsity Blues Waterloo Warriors - Tw - FB Western Ontario Mustangs Windsor Lancers York Lions OUA-East Team Sites: Carleton Ravens Laurentian Voyageurs Nipissing Lakers Ontario Tech Ridgebacks Ottawa Geegees Queens Golden Gaels RMC Palladins - Team Site RSEQ (OUA-East) Team Sites: Concordia Stingers McGill Team UQTR Patriotes - Google Translate - Tw - FB ACAC Team Sites: Augustana Vikings Briercrest Clippers Concordia Thunder NAIT Ooks Portage Voyageurs Red Deer Kings SAIT Trojans BCIHL Team Sites: Eastern Washington Eagles - withdrew in 2018-19 Selkirk Saints Simon Fraser Clan - Tw Vancouver Island Mariners Victoria Vikings Media Sites/Blogs: Canadian University Sports Network - stopped August 2018 Breakin News N Crackin Brews (online radio) TSN CIS Page SportsNet CIS Page - SNU The Attacking Zone - stopped December 2016 CISblog.ca ChrisD.ca MyToba.ca Winnipeg Hockey Talk Boxscore News - CIS Hockey Page Independent Sports News Hockey Scene - AUS UNBHockeyFans.com AcadiaAxemenHockey.com Ryerson Rams Hockey Alumni Horns Hockey Alumni (Lethbridge) RedmenHockey.com (McGill) Bison Mens Hockey - site down Golden Bears Hockey Alumni (Alberta) Hockey Blog in Canada (includes Manitoba) The Manitoban (student paper) The Varsity (Toronto student paper) Regina Cougar Hockey Alumni Bison Mens Hockey Twitter (Manitoba unofficial) Game On Magazine Online video/audio: CanadaWest.tv - YareTV link sportscanada.tv AUSTV.ca OUA.tv CITR.ca - UBC radio Rock 94 FM - Lakehead away games UMFM.com - all Bison home games SSN Canada Canada West stats and data: CW LeagueStats - Media Stats CW LeagueStats - Standings CW LeagueStats - Daily Schedule CW LeagueStats - Rosters CW LeagueStats - Skaters Stats CW LeagueStats - Goalies Stats CW LeagueStats - Team Schedules CW Website Season Schedule - links to summaries CW Website Stats CW Hockey Tech Daily Schedule CW Hockey Tech Stats Stats: Elite Prospects - USports Page - individual player stats on everybody Internet Hockey Data Base (IHDB) : CWUAA Page - like Elite Prospects USports/CIS Stats - 2009-10 to 2019-20 USports/CIS Schedule/Results - 2009-10 to 2019-20 USports/CIS Standings - 2010 to 2020 USports/CIS Playoff Schedule/Results - 2010 to 2019 AUS Archive OUA LeagueStat ACAC LeagueStat (inactive link) Bob Adams Archives - CIS hockey from 1995-96 to 2008-09 Wikia - U Sports ... sub-links : University Cup Wikia - CWUAA ... sub-links : GPAC : WIAA : WCIAU Wikia - OUA/OUAA ... sub-links : QUAA : OSLC : OIAA : QOAA : CIAU Central Wikia - AUS/AUAA/AIAA/MIAA Wikia - North American Championship Wikia - Universiade Atlantic Canadian Hockey History Old threads: OHT34 2009-10 OHT34 2010-11 OHT34 2011-12 OHT35 2012-13 OHT36 2013-14 OHT36 2014-15 OHT36 2015-16 OHT36 2016-17 OHT35 2017-18 2018-19 OHT35 2019-20 OHT35 Manitoba Bisons 2007-08 Manitoba Bisons 2008-09 Manitoba Bisons 2009-10 Manitoba Bisons 2010-11 Manitoba Bisons 2011-12 Manitoba Bisons 2012-13 Manitoba Bisons 2013-14 Manitoba Bisons 2014-15 Manitoba Bisons 2015-16 Manitoba Bisons 2016-17 Manitoba Bisons 2017-18 Manitoba Bisons 2018-19 Manitoba Bisons 2019-20 2020-21 Exhibition Schedule - TBA Note: The 2020-21 links are not yet in place.
  8. Feb 22: Mutts Sweep, Monkeys Bounce Back OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD CALGARY DINOSAURS 4 SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5 (in double overtime) Links: Summaries/Tabs: ➤ CW LeagueStat ➤ CW Hockey Tech ➤ USp/Presto* Stories/boxscores/video: ➤ UofS: Stadnyk plays hero; Huskies CW Final and University Cup bound ➤ UofC: Men's Hockey Site* ➤ CW: OT heroics highlight Saturday's semis ➤ Star-Phoenix: Saskatchewan squeezes out win over Calgary Dinos Sask built a 4-1 lead and appeared to be cruising to an easy win. But quicker than you could say Yabba-Dabba-Doo the Dinos tied it up and it was off to overtime. Carson Stadnyk notched the winner after 21 minutes. Once again, Taran Kozun got the win and Matthew Greenfield the loss. The Dinos had a 33-31 edge in shots. This was about as even as a game could be. No shock there. Sask would host UBC or visit Alberta next weekend. U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 1 ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6 Links: Summaries/Tabs: ➤ CW LeagueStat ➤ CW Hockey Tech ➤ USp/Presto Stories/boxscores/video: ➤ UofA: Bears win big to force a Game 3 ➤ UBC: Men's Hockey Site* This was actually closer than Friday's game. But without heroics in goal, the T-irds were overwhelmed. The Evil Monkeys went with Matt Berlin in goal, and he stopped 19 of 20 shots for the win. Rylan Toth stopped 25 of 29 shots through two periods, before Patrick Dea stopped 3 of 5 in the finale. I suspect that was to rest Toth for game 3 on Sunday. Cole Linaker and and Curtis Miske scored twice each for the Monkeys. Game 3 starts Sunday at 7:00 MT or 8:00 CT and is available on CanadaWest.tv. OUT EAST Sat Feb 22 Saint Mary's 2 Acadia 5 (AU leads 2-0) NOTE: The AUS series are best-of-five and continue Mon/Tue/Thur. Sat Feb 22 Ryerson 2 W. Ontario 5 (series tied 1-1) Sat Feb 22 Carleton 1 Concordia 3 (CU wins 2-0) Sun Feb 23 Ottawa at UQTR (3:00 ET/2:00 CT) Sun Feb 23 W. Ontario at Ryerson (7:15 ET/6:15 CT) Note: Concordia will play the winner of UfO/UQTR in the OUA East final and Guelph will play the winner of UWO/Rye in the OUA West final. Links: ➤ [USp/CIS Presto Playoff S&R] ➤ [OUA LS Daily] ➤ [AUS S&R]
  9. Feb 21: T-irds Upset Evil Monkeys NEWS Links: ➤ UofM: Adam Henry named a 2019-20 Canada West First Team All-Star ➤ CW: Hockey standouts lift squads to semifinals ➤ CW: MHKY Playoff Central ➤ CW: The Road to the CW Final ➤ CW: UBC, Alberta combine for OT performances in Edmonton ➤ CW: Semifinal showdowns enter spotlight Adam Henry was named to the CW first all-star team, which seems a fitting end to his Bison career. There were also a host of stories and links at the CW site, which since the new year had just been linking to the team sites. OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD CALGARY DINOSAURS 1 SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2 Links: Summaries/Tabs: ➤ CW LeagueStat ➤ CW Hockey Tech ➤ USp/Presto Stories/boxscores/video: ➤ UofS: Huskies squeak out Game 1 win over Dinos ➤ UofS: Quartet of Huskies earn conference honours ➤ UofS: PREVIEW: Huskies and Dinos set to vie for spot in CW Championship series ➤ UofC: Huskies edge out Dinos in Game 1 ➤ UofC: Back to Saskatoon to keep season alive ➤ UofC: Dinos veterans & rookies recognized by conference This was overly defensive even for a playoff game. Final shots were 19-12 in favour of the Banjo-Mutts. Taran Kozun got the win, and Matthew Greenfield took the loss. The teams exchanghed goals in the latter part of the 1st period, then that was it. Levi Cable and Collin Shirley scored for Sask, and Ryan Graham for Bedrock U. Game two is Saturday at 7:00 CT. U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 3 ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 2 (in overtime) Links: Summaries/Tabs: ➤ CW LeagueStat ➤ CW Hockey Tech ➤ USp/Presto Stories/boxscores/video: ➤ UofA: Bears fall in overtime to UBC in Game 1 of semifinal ➤ UofA: Three Bears named CW All-Stars, two named to All-Rookie team ➤ UBC: Toth, Smith lead ‘Birds to series opening OT win ➤ UBC: ‘Birds fly to Alberta to face Golden Bears in semifinal This is the result that shook up the university hockey world in all of Canada. The T-irds managed to keep it close and pull out an OT win despite being outshot 53-17. After two periods it was tied 2-2 and the Apes outshot UBC 15-2 in the 3rd period, and 9-1 in OT. It was as if UBC thought they'd get to a shoot-out. Rylan Toth got the win and Brendan Burke the loss. Jerret Smith had the GWG. Game 2 is Saturday at 7:00 MT or 8:00 CT. OUT EAST Thu Feb 20 Saint Mary's 1 Acadia 4 (AU leads 1-0) Thu Feb 20 Moncton 2 New Brunswick 7 (UNB leads 1-0) Fri Feb 21 Moncton 3 New Brunswick 7 (UNB leads 2-0) Sat Feb 22 Saint Mary's at Acadia Wed Feb 19 Concordia 4 Carleton 3 - 3OT (CU leads 1-0) Wed Feb 19 Ottawa 1 UQTR 2 (UQTR leads 1-0) Wed Feb 19 W. Ontario 1 Ryerson 4 (RU leads 1-0) Thu Feb 20 Brock 2 Guelph 3 (UofG leads 1-0) Fri Feb 21 Guelph 2 Brock 1 - OT (UofG wins 2-0) Fri Feb 21 UQTR 3 Ottawa 5 (series tied 1-1) Sat Feb 22 Ryerson at W. Ontario Sat Feb 22 Carleton at Concordia Sun Feb 23 Ottawa at UQTR Sun Feb 23 Concordia at Carleton * Sun Feb 23 W. Ontario at Ryerson * Links: ➤ [USp/CIS Presto Playoff S&R] ➤ [OUA LS Daily] ➤ [AUS S&R]
  10. Feb 16: Night of the Rubber Match OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 5 MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 4 (in overtime) Links: LeagueStat: Summary & tabs Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs Stories/boxscores/video: MRU : UBC An upset in game 3! UBC have qualified for the CW semi-finals in 2007, 2014, 2015, and now 2020. Before this relative splurge of success, their previous semi-final appearance was 1990. So there will be celebration on the coast over this. UBC built a 3-0 lead in the 1st period, and led 4-2 after two. MRU rallied with a big 3rd period effort, where they outshot the T-irds 16-4. However they needed a goal with one second left in regulation to force overtime. Austin Vetterl scored UBC's winning goal and Rylan Toth stopped 33 of 37 shots for the win. MRU went with Wyatt Hoflin, who gave up 3 goals on 6 shots in 9 minutes before being yanked. Riley Morris stopped 19 of 21 in relief. So it's off to Saudi Alberta next weekend where the T-irds will face the Evil Monkeys for a berth in the U-Cup. OUT EAST no games Sun Feb 16 Ontario Tech 0 Ottawa 5 (UFO wins series 2-1) Sun Feb 16 W. Ontario 3 Toronto 1 (UWO wins series 2-1) Sun Feb 16 Concordia 2 McGill 1 (CU wins series 2-1) Sun Feb 16 Laurier 2 Guelph 4 (UofG wins series 2-1) Links: ➤ [USp/CIS Presto Playoff S&R] ➤ [OUA LS Daily] ➤ [AUS S&R]
  11. Feb 15: Bison Season Ended in the Town of Bedrock MANITOBA BISONS 1 CALGARY DINOSAURS 2 Links: LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report] Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text] USp/CIS: [Boxscores and tabs] Stories/boxscores/video: [UofC] : [rp @UofM] The Bisons and Dinos were locked in quite a battle Saturday night. The Dinos managed to edge the Bisons despite a frantic conclusion to the game, which included a diving save by Bedrock goaltender Matthew Greenfield. Here's the scoring: Quick Summary 1st 04:14 Cal Coda Gordon (1) ASST: None (SH) 1st 09:44 Man Brady Pouteau (1) ASST: Thiessen (PP) 2nd 15:58 Cal Coda Gordon (2) ASST: Hines & Alfaro 3rd No Scoring Greenfield was making his return to the Dino net and had a good game, especially that game-saving late save. However, the Bisons managed just 14 shots on the night. And, once again, it was a short-handed goal that set them back. You have to do better than .500 with a man advantage. Riley Lamb again took the loss (stopping 30 of 32). The Dinos will travel to Saskatown next weekend to face the Banjo-Mutts. That should be a good series. There will be time for off-season cogitations on the Bison roster for 2020-21. This year they had loads of turnover, including solid recruits on defence (3 WHL grads) and goal (2 WHL and one MJHL). What they need is a group of 3 WHL forwards so they can have reliable scoring, forecheck lots, and stop those short-handed goals against. They also need to rack up some wins against the bottom half the league. This year they were 4-5-3 against those teams. OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 3 MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 5 Links: LeagueStat: Summary & tabs Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs Stories/boxscores/video: MRU : UBC The Bluegars amassed a 4-1 lead early and the 3rd and appeared to be in cruise control. The T-irds rallied to make it close before MRU closed it out with an empty-netter. Riley Lindgren led MRU with 4 goals.Wyatt Hoflin stopped 24 of 27 for the win and Rylan Toth lost with 28 saves on 32 shots. Gamne three goes Sunday night OUT EAST no games Toronto 1 W. Ontario 3 (series tied 1-1) Ontario Tech 5 Ottawa 3 (series tied 1-1) Queen's 3 UQTR 4 (UQTR wins series 2-0) Guelph 6 Laurier 3 (series tied 1-1) Lakehead 1 Ryerson 2 - OT (RU wins series 2-0) McGill 4 Concordia 5 - OT (series tied 1-1) Links: ➤ [USp/CIS Presto Playoff S&R] ➤ [OUA LS Daily] ➤ [AUS S&R]
  12. Feb 14: Game 1 Stinker for the Bisons After falling asleep waiting for my Windows 10 update on Friday night, the recap is rather late. MANITOBA BISONS 2 CALGARY DINOSAURS 6 Links: LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report] Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text] USp/CIS: [Boxscores and tabs] Stories/boxscores/video: [UofC] : [rp @UofM] In the Town of Bedrock, Mr. Slate had the Dinos ready to pounce in the first period. Coming back from an 0-4 hole in the playoffs is just not likely. The Bisons did stabilize but this one was over early. Quick Summary 1st 08:47 Cal Matt Alfaro (1) ASST: Gordon & Xavier (PP) 1st 11:30 Cal Lane Zablocki (1) ASST: Harrison & Shearer 1st 15:08 Cal Ryan Graham (1) ASST: Gibson 1st 19:10 Cal Kaden Elder (1) ASST: Gordon & Alfaro 2nd 06:47 Man Jeremey Leipsic (1) ASST: Christensen & Skoleski (PP) 2nd 08:11 Cal Kaden Elder (2) ASST: Gordon & Gagnon 2nd 11:33 Man Adam Henry (1) ASST: Skrumeda 3rd 12:26 Cal Jordan Xavier (1) ASST: Fisher & Gibson Bedrock led the shot clock 16-8 in the first period, and 18-17 the rest of the way. Brodan Salmond got the win (stopping 23 of 25) and Riley Lamb took the loss (stopping 28 of 34). Game 2 is Saturday at 7:00 MT/8:00 CT. If required, game 3 is Sunday at 6:00 MT/7:00 CT. OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 4 MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2 Links: LeagueStat: Summary & tabs Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs Stories/boxscores/video: MRU : UBC Playoff victories for the T-irds have been a rarity. This is because they are very seldom the home team. So this game 1 road win is epic for UBC. Colton Kehler scored two 3rd period goals to break a 2-2 tie and Rylan Toth got the win with 26 saves on 28 shots. Riley Morris was tagged with the loss, with 20 saves on 24 shots. OUT EAST Saint Mary's 4 UPEI 3 (ot) – (SMU wins 2-0) Moncton 4 St.F.X. 2 – (UdM wins 2-0) Windsor 4 Brock 5 – (BU wins 2-0) Links: ➤ [USp/CIS Presto Playoff S&R] ➤ [OUA LS Daily] ➤ [AUS S&R]
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Quarter-final Preview: Feb 14-15-16: MANITOBA at CALGARY MANITOBA BISONS (9-15-4, 10-18-6, OHT35 #19) CALGARY DINOSAURS (18-7-3, 25-8-4, OHT35 #4) Friday, February 14, 2020 at 7:00 MT/8:00 CT at Calgary Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 7:00 MT/8:00 CT at Calgary Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 6:00 MT/7:00 CT at Calgary Live Links: ➤ Video: [CanadaWest.tv] ➤ Friday: [Live Stats] ∞ [Hockey Tech] ➤ Saturday: [Live Stats] ∞ [Hockey Tech] ➤ Sunday: [Live Stats] ∞ [Hockey Tech] Manitoba Links: ➤ GoBisons: [PREVIEW: Bisons men’s hockey face Calgary Dinos in Canada West quarterfinals] ➤ Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook] ➤ CW: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links] ➤ LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links] Calgary Links: ➤ UofC: [Dinos clash with Herd in CW Quarter-final] ➤ Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook] ➤ CW: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links] ➤ LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links] ➤ Calgary Sun: [Calgary rolls into men's hockey playoffs] Previous games: ➤ Oct 18: UC 5 UM 2: [Story] : [LeagueStat] ➤ Oct 19: UM 4 UC 3: [Story] : [Summary] ➤ Jan 10: UC 6 UM 3: [Story] : [LeagueStat] ➤ Jan 11: UM 2 UC 1: [Story] : [Summary] Other Links: ➤ USports: [Schedule/Links] ∞ [Standings] ➤ CW: [Home Page] ∞ [Schedule] ➤ LeagueStat: [Media Stats] News Links: ➤ CW: [2020 Canada West Men's Hockey Playoffs] ➤ CW: [Puck drops on quarter-finals Friday] ➤ USports: [CBC Sports and U SPORTS to provide worldwide English-language live streaming coverage of four U SPORTS winter national championship events] ➤ WHL: [CBC Sports to provide live coverage of 2020 Cavendish Farms University Cup] ➤ CBC: [CBC Sports becomes digital broadcast home of Canada's 2020 U Sports champions] Podcasts: ➤ UMFM: []Hear the Herd] ➤ UMFM: []Talkin' Hockey - The Hockey Talkin' Show] The Bisons are off to the Town of Bedrock for a 3-games-in-3-days playoff series. The formula for an underdog is simple: win the close game to force a game 3, and hope you have the fewer injuries. This is not too much of a stretch. The Bisons are 2-2-0 against Bedrock this year, and 11-8-1 over the past 5 years. Will Fred and Barney don their Buffalo Lodge hats and cheer the Bisons to victory in Bedrock? Will Manitoba get the karma edge after the wild conference final playoff game? To remind you, the Bisons mounted a big-time comeback and when they were down one point on the final play, they missed an attempted two-point conversion. The Dinos went on to win the national title. But the gutsy decision won the Bisons a lot of fans. The keys to the series: Bison PP/PK – My infamous chart shows how they have been victimized by shorthanded goals this year. They are -21, Calgary is +5. Goaltending – Bedrock starter Matthew Greenfield has been gone since January. However Brodan Salmond has contributed nice numbers (9-2-3, 2.40 GAA, .900 S%). The Bison edge would be that they have co-starters and one of them needs to be hot. The Bison numbers have tumbled the last 4 weeks, but Tyler Brown and Riley Lamb are both still at or over .900 S%. Who will have the big series? - The Dinos have Matt Alfaro, the CW's leading scorer, who went 1-7-8 in 4 games against the Bisons. On the other hand, sophomore Colton Veloso has finished strong and had 3 goals in the January series against Bedrock. ELSEWHERE IN THE CW U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (9-14-5, 12-17-6, OHT35 #16) MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (18-8-2, 21-11-3, OHT35 #5) Links: ➤ MRU: [Men's Hockey Site] ➤ UBC: [T-Birds begin playoffs with confidence facing MRU] It is not often that the 4 v 5 quarter-final in the CW features two teams this far apart in the standings. Their split last weekend allowed UBC to slip past Manitoba into 5th place. MRU has shown the ability to defeat the contenders, having recently swept Calgary and starting the season with a sweep in Saskatchewan. Last week's win over MRU was UBC's only win over a top-4 team all year. Their cumulative record was 1-11-4 against those teams. It was their 8-3-1 record against the bottom half that put them into the playoffs. Note that the games in this series start at 7:30 MT, 8:30 CT. OUT EAST ONTARIO Wed Feb 12 W. Ontario 2 Toronto 6 - Game 1 Wed Feb 12 RMC 3 Carleton 7 - Game 1 Wed Feb 12 Ryerson 4 Lakehead 1 - Game 1 Wed Feb 12 Brock 6 Windsor 3 - Game 1 Wed Feb 12 Ottawa 2 Ontario Tech 1 (ot) - Game 1 Wed Feb 12 UQTR 3 Queen's 1 - Game 1 Thu Feb 13 Concordia 1 McGill 2 - Game 1 Thu Feb 13 Carleton 5 RMC 4 - (CU wins series 2-0) Thu Feb 13 Laurier 3 Guelph 1 - Game 1 Fri Feb 14 Windsor at Brock - Game 2 Sat Feb 15 Toronto at W. Ontario - Game 2 Sat Feb 15 Ontario Tech at Ottawa - Game 2 Sat Feb 15 Queen's at UQTR - Game 2 Sat Feb 15 Guelph at Laurier - Game 2 Sat Feb 15 Lakehead at Ryerson - Game 2 Sat Feb 15 Brock at Windsor - Game 3* Sat Feb 15 McGill at Concordia - Game 2 Sun Feb 16 Ontario Tech at Ottawa - Game 3* Sun Feb 16 W. Ontario at Toronto - Game 3* Sun Feb 16 Concordia at McGill - Game 3* Sun Feb 16 Queen's at UQTR - Game 3* Sun Feb 16 Lakehead at Ryerson - Game 3* Sun Feb 16 Laurier at Guelph - Game 3* ATLANTIC Wed Feb 12 St. F.X. 2 Moncton 3 - Game 1 Wed Feb 12 UPEI 4 Saint Mary's 5 - Game 1 Fri Feb 14 Saint Mary's at UPEI - Game 2 Fri Feb 14 Moncton at St. F.X. - Game 2 Sun Feb 16 St. F.X. at Moncton - Game 3* Sun Feb 16 UPEI at Saint Mary's - Game 3* Links: ➤ [USp Presto S&R] ➤ [USp Presto Playoffs S&R] ➤ [OUA LS Daily] ➤ [AUS S&R] ➤ [AUS Playoffs S&R]
  14. Feb 9: OUA wraps up season, Playoff Schedules Coming OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD OUT EAST Sun Feb 09 Ottawa 4 Queen's 0 Sun Feb 09 UQTR 4 McGill 1 ~ end of regular season ~ Links: ➤ [USp/CIS Presto S&R] ➤ [OUA LS Daily] ➤ [AUS S&R] ➤ [Standings] NEXT UP All playoff series are best-of-three and the opening rounds in the CW and AUS are uploaded on their conference schedule pages. However, the OUA schedules are presently just going up on individual team sites. Here's what I have found: CANADA WEST Fri Feb 14 Manitoba at Calgary 7:00 MT/8:00 CT Fri Feb 14 UBC at Mount Royal 7:30 MT/8:30 CT Sat Feb 15 Manitoba at Calgary 7:00 MT/8:00 CT Sat Feb 15 UBC at Mount Royal 7:30 MT/8:30 CT Sun Feb 16 Manitoba at Calgary * 6:00 MT/7:00 CT Sun Feb 16 UBC at Mount Royal * 7:30 MT/8:30 CT Fri Feb 21 TBD at Alberta 7:00 MT/8:00 CT Fri Feb 21 TBD at Saskatchewan 7:00 CT Sat Feb 22 TBD at Alberta 7:00 MT/8:00 CT Sat Feb 22 TBD at Saskatchewan 7:00 CT Sun Feb 23 TBD at Alberta * 7:00 MT/8:00 CT Sun Feb 23 TBD at Saskatchewan * 7:00 CT * if required ONTARIO Wed Feb 12 RMC at Carleton 7:00 ET/6:00 CT Wed Feb 12 Ryerson at Lakehead 7:00 ET/6:00 CT Wed Feb 12 W. Ontario at Toronto 7:00 ET/6:00 CT Wed Feb 12 Ottawa at Ontario Tech 7:30 ET/6:30 CT Thu Feb 13 Carleton at RMC 7:00 ET/6:00 CT Thu Feb 13 Concordia at McGill 7:00 ET/6:00 CT Thu Feb 13 Laurier at Guelph 7:00 ET/6:00 CT Sat Feb 15 Toronto at W. Ontario 3:00 ET/2:00 CT Sat Feb 15 Guelph at Laurier 7:00 ET/6:00 CT Sat Feb 15 RMC at Carleton * 7:00 ET/6:00 CT Sat Feb 15 Lakehead at Ryerson 7:15 ET/6:15 CT Sat Feb 15 McGill at Concordia 7:30 ET/6:30 CT Sun Feb 16 Concordia at McGill * 7:00 ET/6:00 CT Sun Feb 16 W. Ontario at Toronto * 7:00 ET/6:00 CT Sun Feb 16 Lakehead at Ryerson * 7:15 ET/6:15 CT Sun Feb 16 Laurier at Guelph * 7:30 ET/6:30 CT TBD Brock at Windsor TBD TBD Windsor at Brock TBD TBD Brock at Windsor * TBD TBD Queen's at UQTR TBD TBD UQTR at Queen's TBD TBD Queen's at UQTR * TBD TBD Ontario Tech at Ottawa TBD TBD Ontario Tech at Ottawa * TBD ATLANTIC Wed Feb 12 St.F.X. at Moncton 7:00 AT/5:00 CT Wed Feb 12 UPEI at Saint Mary's 7:00 AT/5:00 CT Fri Feb 14 Moncton at St. F.X. 7:00 AT/5:00 CT Fri Feb 14 Saint Mary's at UPEI 7:00 AT/5:00 CT Sun Feb 16 St.F.X. at Moncton * 7:00 AT/5:00 CT Sun Feb 16 UPEI at Saint Mary's * 7:00 AT/5:00 CT
  15. Feb 8: Bisons Downed in Regular Season Finale The regular season has come to a close in the CW. Out East, the AUS has also wrapped and the OUA has two games left on Sunday. Here's what went down. MANITOBA BISONS 2 ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5 Links: LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report] Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] USp/CIS: [Boxscores and tabs] Stories/boxscores/video: [UofA] : [rp @UofM] The Bisons rebounded effectively from the Friday night debacle. The Evil Monkeys grabbed a 3-0 first period lead, with two short-handed goals on the same penalty. Rather than fold the tent, the Bisons battled back to 3-2. Eventually it was an empty-netter that salted this one away. Overall, I would say that the Bisons carried the last two periods. Quick Summary 1st 08:19 ALB Nolan Volcan (6) ASST: Soy & Owre 1st 12:44 ALB Dawson Davidson (4) ASST: Pawlenchuk & Butcher (SH) 1st 13:24 ALB Lucas Nickles (8) ASST: Sanford & Lange (SH) 2nd 03:41 MAN Brady Pouteau (5) ASST: Schioler & Thiessen 2nd 07:39 MAN Adam Henry (11) ASST: Thiessen & Dalke 2nd 10:56 ALB Noah Philp (12) ASST: Davidson & Sanford (PP) 3rd 19:16 ALB Tyler Soy (15) ASST: Owre & Carroll (EN) Riley Lamb was in net for the Bisons and stopped 27 of 31 shots. Matt Berlin got the win (with 11 saves on 13 shots) but left mid-way with an injury. He reached up high to make a glove save and pulled something. Brendan Burke finished off with 9 saves on 9 shots. Here are the CW stats on shorthanded play this year: These stats are what has prevented the Bisons from moving into a top-4 type of team. Although the team made great progress this year, this is the area to address in the upcoming playoffs and next year as well. They scored 21 powerplay goals, but gave up 11 shorthanded goals. The other way on the PK they gave up a league-worst 32 powerplay goals and scored just one shorthanded goal in reply. That's a -21 overall. So even strength they were outscored just 63 to 54. A -9 ratio should be a much better record than 9-15-4. The win gave the Monkeys 1st, and the Bisons 6th. OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 6 REGINA COUGARS 2 Links: LeagueStat: Summary & tabs Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs Stories/boxscores/video: [UofR] : [rp @UofS] The sides switched locales for this return match. This was the end of the road for the Banjo-Cats, but the Banjo-Mutts gained temporary hold of 1st place with the win. In a nice nod, the Kittens gave graduating goaltender Dawson MacAuley the start, and he stopped 30 of 36 shots. However, the Kittens threw in the towel in the 2nd period. I saw lots of the 1st period before the Bison game started. Shots were 8-8 and Regina led 1-0. But the rest was a joke. Sask outshot them 28-5 and outscored them 6-1. Taran Kozun stopped 11 of 13 for the win. CALGARY DINOSAURS 6 LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1 Links: LeagueStat: Summary & tabs Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs Stories/boxscores/video: [UofL] : [rp @UofC] The Hørny Ønes' inglorious 2nd semester came to a merciful conclusion. They basically went on sabbatical at Christmas. The Bedrock Dinos were led by Ryan Graham with two goals and Brodan Salmond's 27 saves. Jack Burgart took the loss with 39 saves on 45 shots. MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 4 U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 2 Links: LeagueStat: Summary & tabs Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs Stories/boxscores/video: [UBC - Friday] : [UBC - Saturday] This one was a matinee and the result temporarily vaulted the Bluegars into 3rd place and left the T-irds in striking distance of Manitoba in the race for 5th. Wyatt Hoflin got the win with 22 saves on 24 shots and Rylan Toth took the loss with 19 saves on 22 shots. Connor Rankin had two goals for MRU. STANDINGS The playoff schedules are TBA but we know that the quarter-finals will be Manitoba at Calgary and UBC at Mount Royal. If Manitoba beats Calgary, the semi-finals would be Manitoba at Alberta and UBC/MRU winner at Saskatchewan. If Calgary beats Manitoba, the semi-finals would be UBC/MRU winner at Alberta and Calgary at Saskatchewan. OUT EAST Sat Feb 08 Saint Mary's 3 Dalhousie 4 (ot) Sat Feb 08 Acadia 2 St. F.X. 5 Sat Feb 08 New Brunswick 8 Moncton 2 Sat Feb 08 Laurentian 4 Ottawa 6 Sat Feb 08 Ontario Tech 5 McGill 3 Sat Feb 08 Waterloo 1 Lakehead 3 Sat Feb 08 W. Ontario 1 Brock 4 Sat Feb 08 Laurier 1 York 2 Sat Feb 08 Toronto 2 Windsor 3 Links: ➤ [USp/CIS Presto S&R] ➤ [OUA LS Daily] ➤ [AUS S&R] NEXT UP CANADA WEST Fri Feb 14 UBC at Mount Royal - quarter-finals TBA Fri Feb 14 Manitoba at Calgary - quarter-finals TBA byes: Alberta and Saskatchewan ONTARIO Sun Feb 09 Ottawa at Queen's Sun Feb 09 UQTR at McGill ATLANTIC UPEI at Saint Mary's - quarter-finals TBA St. F.X. at Moncton - quarter-finals TBA byes: New Brunswick and Acadia

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