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  1. Jan 24: Bisons Lose Shootout on Upset Night REGINA COUGARS 5 MANITOBA BISONS 4 (in shootout) Links: LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report] Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text] USp/CIS: [Boxscores and tabs] Stories/boxscores/video: [UofM] : [rp @UofR*] Story: [From WHL to Wayne Fleming: Veloso making an impact in year two] This is one the Herd let slip away. The Bisons held a slight edge in play for the bulk of the game (35-24 shot clock more or less reflected the flow), but were prone to sudden breakdowns. Yet another shorthanded goal against, which is a disturbing trend. The first period was nice, a 3-0 lead and a 12-5 lead in shots. The 2nd period started the same way. It seemed the Banjo-Cats were happy to curl up in a corner and play with some catnip. Both before and after the shorthanded goal the Bisons generated a lot of close calls. But once the Kittens were on the board, the tone of the game changed. Quick Summary 1st 18:14 MAN Adam Henry (8) ASST: Veloso & Skrumeda 1st 19:02 MAN Josh Tripp (3) ASST: Wasylak 1st 19:36 MAN Dylan Thiessen (5) ASST: Dalke & Carlson 2nd 09:43 REG Tate Coughlin (3) ASST: Eisler (SH) 2nd 11:51 REG Bryce Platt (1) ASST: Chaulk 2nd 18:26 REG Arthur Miller (5) ASST: Mickoski & Hicks 3rd 06:06 MAN Devon Skoleski (5) ASST: Jameson & Veloso 3rd 08:36 REG Tristan Frei (7) ASST: King (PP) There was one goal on ten shots in the shootout, with Connor Chaulk getting the winner for Regina. Brandon Holtby stopped 31 of 35 for the win, and Tyler Brown stopped 19 of 23 in the loss. Rematch is Saturday at 2:00 p.m. OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD CALGARY DINOSAURS 5 ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 2 Links: LeagueStat: Summary & tabs Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs Stories/boxscores/video: UofA : rp @UofC This was a nice bounce-back win for Bedrock U after two shutouts a week ago. Brodan Salmond got the win for the Dinos, with 29 saves. Brendan Burke stopped 14 of 15 shots for the loss. Clearly, goaltending is the potential achilles heel for the Evil Monkeys. MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3 LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2 (in overtime) Links: LeagueStat: Summary & tabs Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs Stories/boxscores/video: UofL : rp @MRU* The Hørny Ønes were within 3 seconds of a surprise victory but, alas, they ran out of Viagra. The Bluegars showed some resolve in fighting back in this one. The game was tightly contested for two periods before the Bluegars exploded in the 3rd period, with 19 shots. Jack Burgart was equal to the task in the Lethbridge net, and stopped 44 of 47 shots in the loss. MRU were led by Keegan Iverson's two goals and Riley Morris, who stopped 24 shots for the win. U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 2 SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3 Links: LeagueStat: Summary & tabs Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs Stories/boxscores/video: UofS : rp @UBC* The Banjo-Mutts are the CW's hottest team right now, but the T-irds gave them all they could handle. This loss has to sting. With just over a minute left, Sask scored shorthanded to deprive UBC of at least a point. This was costly because it allowed Regina to pull even with them in the standings. OUT EAST Fri Jan 24 Dalhousie 1 New Brunswick 5 Fri Jan 24 St. F.X. 4 Moncton 2 Fri Jan 24 Acadia 8 UPEI 5 Fri Jan 24 McGill 5 RMC 3 Fri Jan 24 Guelph 4 York 3 (ot) Fri Jan 24 Laurentian 1 Ontario Tech 5 Fri Jan 24 Lakehead 1 Windsor 8 Fri Jan 24 Ottawa 2 Queen's 3 (so) Links: ➤ [USp/CIS Presto S&R] ➤ [OUA LS Daily] ➤ [AUS S&R]
  2. Preview: Jan 24-25: REGINA at MANITOBA REGINA COUGARS (6-13-3, 7-16-3, OHT35 #24) MANITOBA BISONS (9-11-2, 10-14-4, OHT35 #20) Friday, January 24th at 7:00 p.m. at Wayne Fleming Arena, Winnipeg Saturday, January 25th at 2:00 p.m. at Wayne Fleming Arena, Winnipeg Live Links: ➤ Video: [CanadaWest.tv] ➤ Friday Audio: [UMFM 101.5] ➤ Saturday Audio: [UMFM 2nd Stream] ➤ Friday: [Live Stats] ∞ [Hockey Tech] ➤ Saturday: [Live Stats] ∞ [Hockey Tech] Manitoba Links: ➤ GoBisons: [Bisons promote Bell Let's Talk Day at games on January 24] ➤ GoBisons: [Building a Bisons hockey legacy, Wayne Fleming enters the Canada West Hall of Fame] ➤ Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook] ➤ CW: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links] ➤ LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links] ➤ Audio: [Hear the Herd Podcast] Regina Links: ➤ UofR: [Men's Hockey Site] ➤ Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook] ➤ CW: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links] ➤ LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links] Other Links: ➤ USports: [Schedule/Links] ∞ [Standings] ➤ CW: [Home Page] ∞ [Schedule] ➤ LeagueStat: [Media Stats] The winter is flying by. There are only 6 regular season games remaining for every team in the CW. After this weekend, every team will have one home and one away series. The Bisons could officially clinch a playoff berth this weekend. They are 3 points ahead of UBC and 5 points up on Regina, and must only finish ahead of one of them. (Lethbridge are 9 points back and I don't see them getting 9 points in 6 games.) The Banjo-Cats had an amazing 4-game winning streak come to a screeching halt last weekend. So was the sudden streak an anomoly? Or have the Kittens turned the corner? Of concern to the Moonshine Drinkers ought to be that goaltender Brandon Holtby's bubble burst. His season stats line is still really good (6-8-2, 2.76 GAA, .917 S%), and way better than the other two (Curtis Meger and Dawson MacAuley) combine for 0-5-1, 6.92 GAA, .811 S%. They need goaltending to stand a chance. Their top scorer (Connor Chaulk) is tied for 42nd in the CW at 5-7-12. On the Bison side, Colton Veloso has found the range. He sniped 3 goals last weekend, for 8 on the season. The young lineup has provided a balanced attack, with 9 players in double digits (Adam Henry, Devon Skoleski , Jeremey Leipsic, Keaton Jameson, Colton Veloso, Geordie Keane, Dylan Thiessen, Jonah Wasylak, and Ben Dalke). Six of those are sophomores, two are 5th years, and one is a rookie. The games on Friday night at the U of M are part of the Bell Let's Talk Promotion. Last year it was free toques! It's a good cause. ELSEWHERE IN THE CW U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (6-11-5, 9-14-6, OHT35 #21) SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (16-4-2, 17-5-2, OHT35 #3) Links: ➤ UofS: [Huskie Happenings: Jan. 20-26] ➤ USp: [Athletes of the Week: Saskatchewan’s Kozun, McGill’s Danyluk, honoured] ➤ UofS: [PREVIEW: Huskies look to stay hot against Thunderbirds] ➤ UBC: [T-Birds bring renewed confidence on the road] Although the T-irds had their best weekend of the season last time out, they now face perhaps the most steadily-improving team in the country. Last weeekend's back-to-back shutouts of Calgary is a strong feat. The Banjo-Mutts are now 4 points behind the Evil Monkeys. Now, I don't see them making up that gap but they are clearly of similar calibre to such opponents. CALGARY DINOSAURS (14-6-2, 21-7-3, OHT35 #5) ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (19-3-0, 27-5-0, OHT35 #1) Links: ➤ UofA: [Men's Hockey Site] ➤ UofC: [Chance to regroup against Golden Bears] Last weekend's sweep at the hands of the Banjo-Mutts leaves the Bedrock Dinos in a position where they just want to nail down 3rd place and (arguably) a slightly weaker quarter-final opponent. The Evil Monkeys have had a strong season but, on occasion, they have had trouble with a physical side. So let's see if the Dinos try to lay on the body. This is one of two home-and-home Battles of Wexitland on the weekend. MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (13-7-2, 16-10-3, OHT35 #7) LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (5-16-1, 5-19-2, OHT35 #28) Links: ➤ MRU: [Men's Hockey Site] ➤ UofL: [Pronghorns clash with Cougars in home-and-home] The Hørny Ønes played a lot of good hockey before Christmas. But they must be having a horrible new year's hangover with these 6 straight losses. Of concern is the goals against, and the massive shots allowed per game. Their series totals were: - 8 goals on 67 shots by Regina - 13 goals on 113 shots by Sask - 14 goals on 104 shots by Alberta The Bluegars are almost guaranteed of a top 4 finish, and might even catch their cross-town rivals for 3rd. So not much sense of urgency in this home-and-home series. OUT EAST [b]Sun Jan 19 McGill 1 UQTR 4 Mon Jan 20 Queen's 1 Concordia 2 (so) Wed Jan 22 McGill 0 UQTR 1 (ot) Wed Jan 22 W. Ontario 3 Toronto 2 (ot) Thu Jan 23 Waterloo 2 Ryerson 3 (ot) Thu Jan 23 York 5 Brock 4 (ot) Thu Jan 23 Laurier 3 Guelph 4 [/b] Fri Jan 24 RMC at McGill Fri Jan 24 Guelph at York Fri Jan 24 Laurentian at Ontario Tech Fri Jan 24 Lakehead at Windsor Fri Jan 24 Ottawa at Queen's Sat Jan 25 Laurentian at Ontario Tech Sat Jan 25 Nipissing at McGill Sat Jan 25 Ryerson at Waterloo Sat Jan 25 Queen's at RMC Sat Jan 25 Lakehead at W. Ontario Sat Jan 25 Concordia at Carleton Sat Jan 25 Toronto at Laurier Sat Jan 25 Brock at Windsor Sun Jan 26 Concordia at Ottawa [b]Wed Jan 22 Acadia 2 Saint Mary's 4 [/b] Fri Jan 24 Dalhousie at New Brunswick Fri Jan 24 St. F.X. at Moncton Fri Jan 24 Acadia at UPEI Sat Jan 25 Saint Mary's at UPEI Sat Jan 25 Dalhousie at Moncton Sat Jan 25 St. F.X. at New Brunswick Links: ➤ [USp Presto S&R] ➤ [OUA LS Daily] ➤ [AUS S&R]
  3. Jan 18: Bisons Swept in OT After this matinee I was off to see UFC, followed by a busy working Sunday. So here's the wrap. MANITOBA BISONS 1 U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 2 (in overtime) Links: LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report] Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text] USp/CIS: [Boxscores and tabs] Stories/boxscores/video: [UBC] : [rp @UofM] The Bisons were up 1-0 until late in the 3rd period before they let this one slip away. Colton Veloso continued his hot streak, scoring his 8th of the year in the opening frame. Geordie Keane and Keaton Jameson registered assists. It appeared that they were on the verge of a breakthrough, but then came the 3rd where they went into that proverbial shell. Austin Vetterl capitalized with 5 minutes left, then again in the 2nd overtime, to steal away 2 points for the T-irds. The Bisons went back to Tyler Brown and he stopped 39 of 41 shots in the extended encounter. UBC stuck with Rylan Toth, and he stopped 28 of 29 for the win. The Bisons are now at home for their final two homestands of the season, next against the Banjo-Cats then against the Banjo-Mutts. OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD REGINA COUGARS 1 MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 6 Links: LeagueStat: Summary & tabs Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs Stories/boxscores/video: MRU The Bluegars brought the Banjo-Cats' hot streak to a crashing thud. Brandon Holtby must be showing wear-and-tear. He stopped 45 of 51 in this one. Riley Morris got the win. SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3 CALGARY DINOSAURS 0 Links: LeagueStat: Summary & tabs Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs Stories/boxscores/video: UofS Ryan Kozun had the best weekend ever for a goaltender. Two shutouts and he scored a goal. The two wins solidified Sask in 2nd place. LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1 ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 10 Links: LeagueStat: Summary & tabs Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs Stories/boxscores/video: UofA The Hørny Ønes have really hit the skids this semester. The Evil Monkeys are not a good squad to face at times like this. STANDINGS OUT EAST Sat Jan 18 St. F.X. 4 UPEI 2 Sat Jan 18 Saint Mary's 1 New Brunswick 4 Sat Jan 18 Acadia 1 Moncton 2 Sat Jan 18 McGill 1 UQTR 4 Sat Jan 18 W. Ontario 4 Lakehead 2 Sat Jan 18 Ottawa 0 Carleton 2 Sat Jan 18 Laurier 0 Toronto 3 Sat Jan 18 York at Waterloo - ppd Sat Jan 18 Windsor 2 Ryerson 5 Sat Jan 18 Nipissing 2 Concordia 7 Non-Conference Game Sat Jan 18 Army 2 RMC 3 (ot) : LS : WhigStandard : Herald Links: ➤ [USp/CIS Presto S&R] ➤ [OUA LS Daily] ➤ [AUS S&R] NEXT UP CANADA WEST Fri Jan 24 Regina at Manitoba Fri Jan 24 UBC at Saskatchewan Fri Jan 24 Mount Royal at Lethbridge Fri Jan 24 Calgary at Alberta ONTARIO Mon Jan 20 Queen's at Concordia Wed Jan 22 McGill at UQTR Wed Jan 22 W. Ontario at Toronto Thu Jan 23 Waterloo at Ryerson Thu Jan 23 York at Brock Thu Jan 23 Laurier at Guelph ATLANTIC Wed Jan 22 Acadia at Saint Mary's
  4. Jan 17: Sell-out Crowd Sees Birds Beat Bisons The late result from the west coast means this is a truncated post. MANITOBA BISONS 2 U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 6 Links: LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report] Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text] USp/CIS: [Boxscores and tabs] Stories/boxscores/video: [UBC] : [rp @UofM] The scroeline does mislead. UBC scored two empty-netters. It was 4-2 with 3 minutes left and the Bisons were on the powerplay. So the rematch should be a tight one. Quick Summary 1st 16:08 UBC Quinn Benjafield (5) ASST: Carvalho & Revel 2nd 15:54 UBC Austin Vetterl (5) ASST: Sandhu & Smith 2nd 18:40 UBC Tyler Sandhu (8) ASST: Kryski 3rd 05:14 MAN Ben Dalke (3) ASST: None 3rd 09:03 UBC Maxwell James (5) ASST: Smith & Sandhu (PP) 3rd 10:32 MAN Adam Henry (7) ASST: Skoleski (PP) 3rd 18:08 UBC Colton Kehler (3) ASST: None (EN, SH) 3rd 19:10 UBC Tyler Sandhu (9) ASST: Becker & Pouliot (EN) Rylan Toth got the win with 20 saves on 22 shots, and Riley Lamb took the loss with 37 saves on 41 shots. There was a lot of ill-will at the end. One T-ird had a late hit on Keaton Jameson with 30 seconds left. He retaliated, and Carter Doerksen felled a T-ird himself. Then Tyler Sandhu ran the net with 4 seconds left to set off shoving matches all over the ice. Saturday's matinee rematch should be interesting. OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD REGINA COUGARS 3 MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 4 (in overtime) Links: LeagueStat: Summary & tabs Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs Stories/boxscores/video: MRU SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4 CALGARY DINOSAURS 0 Links: LeagueStat: Summary & tabs Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs Stories/boxscores/video: UofC LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2 ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4 Links: LeagueStat: Summary & tabs Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs Stories/boxscores/video: UofL OUT EAST UPEI Dalhousie - ppd Acadia 1 New Brunswick 2 (OT) Saint Mary's 3 Moncton 2 (OT) Nipissing 2 Carleton 6 Ottawa 3 McGill 1 Windsor 2 Toronto 5 Guelph 9 Waterloo 6 W. Ontario 4 Lakehead 3 York 5 Ryerson 6 Ontario Tech 1 Queen's 3 Links: ➤ [USp/CIS Presto S&R] ➤ [OUA LS Daily] ➤ [AUS S&R]
  5. Preview: Jan 17-18: MANITOBA at UBC MANITOBA BISONS (9-10-1, 10-13-3, OHT35 #19) U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (4-11-5, 7-14-6, OHT35 #24) Friday, January 17, 2020 at 7:00 PT/9:00 CT at DMTSC (Vancouver) Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 2:00 PT/4:00 CT at DMTSC (Vancouver) Live Links: ➤ Video: [CanadaWest.tv] ➤ Friday: [Live Stats] ∞ [Hockey Tech] ➤ Saturday: [Live Stats] ∞ [Hockey Tech] Manitoba Links: ➤ GoBisons: [Colton Veloso and Jordyn Zacharias are Boston Pizza Bison Sports Athletes of the Week] ➤ GoBisons: [Bisons teams celebrate Pride on a super Saturday, Jan. 18] ➤ Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook] ➤ CW: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links] ➤ LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links] ➤ Audio: [Hear the Herd Podcast] ➤ The Manitoban: [Mixed bag of results for University of Manitoba Bisons on trip out west] UBC Links: ➤ UBC: [Winter Classic features huge showdown with Manitoba] ➤ Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook] ➤ CW: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links] ➤ LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links] ➤ Audio: [Thunderbird Eye Podcast] Other Links: ➤ USports: [Schedule/Links] ∞ [Standings] ➤ CW: [Home Page] ∞ [Schedule] ➤ LeagueStat: [Media Stats] ➤ Brandon Sun: [All paths lead back to hockey for Joe Caligiuri] Prior Games: ➤ Oct 26: UM 5 UBC 2: [LeagueStat] : [Game Story] ➤ Oct 27: UBC 3 UM 1: [HockeyTech] : [Game Story] The Bisons are off to British California for their annual west coast trek. And what a time to go. UBC holds an annual Winter Classic game, which draws a massive crowd, and that lands on Friday. This year, the T-irds will be honouring their 1971 conference championship team, their last titlist. That team defeated the Bisons in the final. They did make it to the conference final in 1975 and 1978, during the era where the CW and GPAC were split into separate conferences. The Bisons are nicely nestled into 5th place, and seem to be tuning up for the playoffs. Meanwhile, the T-irds have now fallen out of the playoff picture, albeit just one point in arrears of 6th place. So there is massive urgency for UBC. After this weekend, they have just two home games left. As a result, the Bisons will have mighty big targets on their heads this weekend. These two split their previous series (as the Bisons have done 9 of 10 times thus far), and UBC seemed to be a decent enough team. Over the last 5 years, both sides are 9-8-1 going head-to-head. Even this year, on goals-for-and-against UBC is only a -20, while Regina is -34 and Lethbridge is -44. Not many pundits picked UBC to miss the playoffs. Since that series against the Bisons, UBC has just two wins – those being a convincing sweep of Lethbridge. However, I recently saw good portions of their games against Regina and Calgary and they seemed OK. The Birds have just one player in the CW's Top 40 scorers, Austin Vetterl (4-9-13). Manitoba has four now, including Adam Henry (6-9-15) on defence, and a trio of sophomore forwards coming into their own, namely Jeremey Leipsic (6-8-14), Devon Skoleski (4-10-14), and Keaton Jamieson (2-11-13). In goal, Birds' 3rd year Rylan Toth is a solid but unpectacular CW starter. This year he's 3-8-4, 3.03 GAA, .898 S%. Backup Patrick Dea has comparable numbers at 1-3-1, 2.67 GAA, .885 S%. Meanwhile, three rookies have given the Bisons stellar goaltending. Riley Lamb won the starter job (6-4-1, 3.11 GAA, .915 S%), then Tyler Brown wrested it away (3-5-0, 3.14 GAA, .914 S%) before Lamb jumped back in last Saturday. #3 goaltender, Jeremy Link, deserves some playing time. He had one start (against UBC) and stopped 45 of 47 shots in a loss. ELSEWHERE IN THE CW REGINA COUGARS (6-12-2, 7-15-2, OHT35 #23) MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (11-7-2, 14-10-3, OHT35 #8) Links: ➤ MRU: [Men's Hockey Site] ➤ UofR: [Men's Hockey Site] How the season has turned around for the Banjoland's loveable losers. They seemed well on their way to yet another dismal last place finish. But alas! Four straight wins and they now sit in 6th place and seem to be on fire. Brandon Holtby has emerged as a bona fide starter (6-7-1, 2.59 GAA, .920 S%). The other Cats in this fight, like the Bisons, are all by themselves in mid-table with nobody close to them. Is the Bluegar confidence shaken after mounting a solid challenge early on? Or will this allow them to retrench for the playoffs? SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (14-4-2, 15-5-2, OHT35 #4) CALGARY DINOSAURS (14-4-2, 21-5-3, OHT35 #5) Links: ➤ UofC: [Men's Hockey Site] ➤ UofS: [Huskie Happenings: Jan. 15-19] Michael Buffer needs to do the intros in this series. If one team could sweep they would likely get 2nd place and the bye which goes with it, in addition to hosting the semi-final series these teams seem destined to play. The Banjo Mutts' slow start has been completely overcome. I'm not sure what to make of that Saturday night gong-show last weekend (giving up 5 goals on 40 shots against Lethbridge), perhaps it was just a one-off. I did pick Bedrock U for 2nd in my pre-season picks. LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (5-14-1, 5-17-2, OHT35 #29) ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (17-3-0, 25-5-0, OHT35 #1) Links: ➤ UofL: [Pronghorns face defending conference champs in Edmonton] ➤ UofA: [Men's Hockey Site] Welcome to the squash match of the weekend. The Hørny Ønes have not come back well from the Christmas break, having 4 straight losses by 3 goals each. Regaining their form against the Evil Monkeys seems onerous. The closest the Monkeys have had to a slump is two losses with 5 goals against in each (against Manitoba and Saskatchewan) in a 5-game stretch. In my estimation the Hørny Ønes would be quite happy to pick up even one point in this set. OUT EAST Sat Jan 18 Army at RMC (Non-Conference Game) Links: ➤ [USp Presto S&R] ➤ [OUA LS Daily] ➤ [AUS S&R]
  6. Jan 11: Yabba Dabba Doo! Another Split! The Saturday afternoon games were playoff-style battles, whilst the night games were crazy wild-west shootouts. Here are the details. MANITOBA BISONS 2 CALGARY DINOSAURS 1 Links: LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report] Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text] USp/CIS: [Boxscores and tabs] : [CW] Stories/boxscores/video: [UofC] : [rp @UofM] The Bisons have now split 9 of their 10 series played to date. From mid-way through the 1st period through the end of the 2nd period, they held a decisive edge in play, and a 2-0 lead. Bedrock U started the 3rd period on a PP, came within one on Vanstone's goal (Vanstone, meet Tim Vanstone ...), applied lots of pressure, but never did even the scores. Riley Lamb was back in goal and stopped 38 of 39 shots for the win. Colton Veloso had both Bison goals, and a skate to the chin. Bedrock U stuck with Matthew Greenfield in goal, and he stopped 26 of 28 to take the loss. Quick Summary 1st 17:08 MAN Colton Veloso (6) ASST: None 2nd 12:37 MAN Colton Veloso (7) ASST: Skoleski Christensen (PP) 3rd 03:39 CGY Tim Vanstone (4) ASST: Elder Alfaro (PP) So on the weekend, Veloso got 3 goals and Skoleski 4 assists. Next week the Herd is off to British California. Next home action is against Regina on January 24th and 25th. OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 1 REGINA COUGARS 2 (in overtime) Links: LeagueStat: Summary & tabs Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs Stories/boxscores/video: UofR : rp @UBC Funny what a 4-game winning streak will do. Is ***** Power the big thing for the 20's? Well, before get too excited all these wins came against the other bottom-of-the-table teams. Still, all the Banjo-Cats need to do is match UBC and Lethbridge and they'll have their first playoff berth since 2013. In this one, the Kittens did not shut down the T-irds as on Friday night. Instead they relied on Brandon Holtby to stop 41 of 42 shots for the win. UBC switched to Patrick Dea in net, and he stopped 31 of 33 in defeat, still a good night's work. In the opening frame, UBC led 1-0 after outshooting Regina 13-6. In the 2nd, Regina turned the tables, outshooting UBC 10-5 and it was tied 1-1. UBC dominated the 3rd period and 1st overtime, with a 24-16 lead in shots. However, in 3-on-3 Regina scored on the only shot. SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 8 LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 5 Links: LeagueStat: Summary & tabs Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs Stories/boxscores/video: UofL : rp @UofS After the Mutts personified the A Team in lambasting the Hørny Ønes on Friday night, this was more of a Dukes of Hazard, without Daisy Duke. It certainly was no Fantasy Island for either coach. After two periods, it was a 4-4 game, and Sask had outshot Lethbridge 34-28. The Mutts exploded in the 3rd period to turn a toss-up into a route. Sask switched goaltenders, starting Travis Child. He stopped 35 of 40 shots for the win. Lethbridge started Taz Burman, who stopped 32 of 38 in defeat, Jack Burgart stopped 11 of 12 in relief. Sask was led up front by Colin Shirley with a hat-trick. So the teams combined for 91 shots. Ugh! ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 7 MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3 Links: LeagueStat: Summary & tabs Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs Stories/boxscores/video: UofA : rp @MRU* This weekend was clearly the low-point of the Bluegars' season. It was a surpise to me. As shocking as was the final score, the fact that it was 6-3 after the 1st period is the big shocker. The Monkeys built a 4-1 lead before I started watching this one. Then MRU scored twice and it seemed the game would unfold in a somewhat normal manner. But noooooooooooooooo! The Evil Monkeys popped in two more for as 9-goal period. Monkey started Brendan Burke was yanked in the midst of this Gong Show, making just 4 saves on 7 shots. Matt Berlin came in to stop all 16 shots he faced. At the other end, Wyatt Hoflin was yanked after 12 saves on 18 shots. Riley Morris came on with 26 saves on 27 shots. Cole Sanford's hat-trick led the way for the Apes. STANDINGS OUT EAST Sat Jan 11 New Brunswick 7 Moncton 3 Sat Jan 11 St. F.X. 1 Saint Mary's 5 Sat Jan 11 Waterloo 2 Windsor 1 (so) Sat Jan 11 Brock 4 W. Ontario 2 Sat Jan 11 UQTR 1 Ottawa 5 Sat Jan 11 Ryerson 1 Laurier 3 Sat Jan 11 Lakehead 3 York 2 Sat Jan 11 Toronto 8 Guelph 2 Sat Jan 11 RMC 3 Laurentian 5 Sat Jan 11 Carleton 4 Concordia 3 (ot) Links: ➤ [USp/CIS Presto S&R] ➤ [OUA LS Daily] ➤ [AUS S&R] NEXT UP CANADA WEST Fri Jan 17 Manitoba at UBC Fri Jan 17 Regina at Mount Royal Fri Jan 17 Saskatchewan at Calgary Fri Jan 17 Lethbridge at Alberta ONTARIO Sun Jan 12 RMC at Laurentian Sun Jan 12 UQTR at Ottawa Sun Jan 12 McGill at Ontario Tech Sun Jan 12 Queen's at Nipissing Wed Jan 15 Concordia at UQTR Thu Jan 16 Guelph at Brock ATLANTIC Tue Jan 14 New Brunswick at UPEI - ppd from Nov 16 Wed Jan 15 Dalhousie at St. F.X.
  7. Jan 10: Bisons Beaten in Bedrock I was unable to do a post Friday night, so here it is on Saturday afternoon. MANITOBA BISONS 3 CALGARY DINOSAURS 6 Links: LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report] Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text] USp/CIS: [Boxscores and tabs] : [CW] Stories/boxscores/video: [UofC] : [rp @UofM] The Bisons must bounce back in Saturday's matinee if they want to continue their split streak. Tyler Brown's stretch of solid poerformances came to an end as he was tagged with a loss after stopping 20 of 26 shots through two periods. Riley Lamb stopped all 11 shots he faced in 3rd period relief. Meanwhile, Matthew Greenfield stopped 17 of 20 for the W. Coda Gordon led the Dinos with 2 goals, and Devon Skoleski collected an assist on all 3 Bison goals. After giving up so many shorthanded goals this year, it was good to see Colton Veloso score one for the Herd for a change. Rematch goes Saturday at 3:00 MT/4:00 CT. Quick Summary 1st CGY Gibson (2) (Brown, Hines) 12:39 (PP) 1st CGY Gordon (5) (Elder, Alfaro) 17:23 (PP) 1st MAN Leipsic (6) (Pouteau, Skoleski) 17:49 1st CGY Uhrich (1) (Hines, Shearer) 19:30 2nd CGY Schoonbaert (3) (Elder, Alfaro) 6:45 2nd CGY Elder (9) (Graham) 9:04 2nd MAN Veloso (5) (Skoleski, Christensen) 13:41 (SH) 2nd CGY Gordon (6) 19:26 3nd MAN Keane (5) (Jameson, Skoleski) 16:59 (PP) OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 2 REGINA COUGARS 4 Links: LeagueStat: Summary & tabs Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs Stories/boxscores/video: UofR : rp @UBC The Banjo Cats have now reeled off three straight wins against their fellow bottom-dwellers to move from last to tied for 6th with the T-irds themselves. The Kittens are playing some D, holding UBC to 16 shots. Brandon Holtby stopped 14 to continue his hot goaltending. Rylan Toth stopped 17 of 21 in taking the loss. Scott Mikoski scored twice for Regina. The Tweety-Birds better find some old ladies armed with umbrellas to beat off these Puddy Tats in the rematch. SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5 LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2 Links: LeagueStat: Summary & tabs Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs Stories/boxscores/video: UofL : rp @UofS This score could have been way worse for the Hørny Ønes. The Banjo Mutts racked up 62 shots in this one. The Mutts must have broken into the Lethbridge Viagra supply. Jack Burgart joins the short list of goaltenders who stopped 57 in a losing effort. Taran Kozun had a leisurely evening, stopping 22 of 24 shots for a win. ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 8 MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2 Links: LeagueStat: Summary & tabs Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs Stories/boxscores/video: MRU : rp @UofA The Evil Monkeys usually bounce back from losses really well, and this was no exception. If the Bluegars want to continue their serious challenge to join the elite, they really need to win the Saturday night rematch in Edmontown. The score might be a bit misleading. MRU held a 10-9 edge in 1st period shots, but the Apes held a 4-1 lead. MRU pulled starting goaltender Riley Morris after 17 minutes when he gave up his 4th goal on the 9th shot he faced. In a mop-up role, Wyatt Hoflin stopped 19 of 23. Meanwhile, Brendan Burke was back in Alberta's net, and stopped 20 of 22 for the win. The Monkeys had 8 different goal-scorers. OUT EAST Fri Jan 10 UPEI 0 New Brunswick 11 Fri Jan 10 Acadia 1 St. F.X. 2 Fri Jan 10 Saint Mary's 5 Dalhousie 0 Fri Jan 10 Concordia 2 McGill 3 (ot) Fri Jan 10 W. Ontario 3 Laurier 7 Fri Jan 10 Lakehead 5 York 3 Fri Jan 10 Ontario Tech 3 Nipissing 2 Fri Jan 10 Carleton 4 Queen's 1 Links: ➤ [USp/CIS Presto S&R] ➤ [OUA LS Daily] ➤ [AUS S&R]
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Preview: Jan 10-11: MANITOBA at CALGARY MANITOBA BISONS (8-9-1, 9-12-3, OHT35 #17) CALGARY DINOSAURS (13-3-2, 20-4-3, OHT35 #7) Friday, January 10, 2020 at 7:00 MT/8:00 CT at Calgary Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 3:00 MT/4:00 CT at Calgary Live Links: ➤ Video: [CanadaWest.tv] ➤ Friday: [Live Stats] ∞ [Hockey Tech] ➤ Saturday: [Live Stats] ∞ [Hockey Tech] Manitoba Links: ➤ GoBisons: [Men's Hockey Site] ➤ Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook] ➤ CW: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links] ➤ LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links] Calgary Links: ➤ UofC: [Bisons up next for streaking Dinos] ➤ Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook] ➤ CW: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links] ➤ LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links] Previous games: ➤ Oct 18: UC 5 UM 2: [Story] : [LeagueStat] ➤ Oct 19: UM 4 UC 3: [Story] : [Summary] Other Links: ➤ USports: [Schedule/Links] ∞ [Standings] ➤ CW: [Home Page] ∞ [Schedule] ➤ LeagueStat: [Media Stats] The Bisons are off to the Town of Bedrock this week to face the Dinos. Each team in the CW has just 10 games left in the regular season. The Dinos are in a tight battle at the top, sitting in 2nd place just two points behind the Monkeys and two points up on the Mutts. Meanwhile the Bisons are relaxing on Gilligan's Island in 5th, 7 points away from 4th and 5 away from 6th. These teams split their series in Friendly Manitoba back in October, where the Bisons ended Bedrock's unbeaten run. These teams also had a 2-2-0 split last year. Over the last 5 years the Bisons have the edge, standing 10-7-1 head-to-head. The Dinos were my pre-season pick for 2nd, and that remains very feasible. For the Bisons, this has been the season-of-the-split, with 8 splits in 9 rounds. For players to watch, the Bison captain, defenceman, and leading scorer Adam Henry is tied for 9th in league scoring and is always a stand-out. At the other end, the Dinos' Matt Alfaro leads the conference in scoring (13-14-27 in 18 games). His team-mate Coda Gordon is 3rd (4-16-20). Matthew Greenfield is back in goal for the Dinos and has good numbers: 7-3-0, .900 S%, and 2.43 GAA. Meanwhile, Tyler Brown has wrested the starter's job from Riley Lamb for the Bisons. His stats are better: 3-4-0, .929 S%, 2.58 GAA. ELSEWHERE IN THE CW U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (4-10-4, 7-14-5, OHT35 #22) REGINA COUGARS (4-12-2, 5-15-2, OHT35 #27) Links: ➤ UofR: [Brandon Holtby named Canada West Third Star of the Week] ➤ UBC: [Critical weekend for T-Birds in Regina] Regina's sweep of Lethbridge has dramatically altered their outlook on the season. They remain last, but just one point behind the Hørny Ønes and two in arrears of the T-irds. Suddenly that 6th and final playoff berth, which has eluded them since 2013, is suddenly more than a catnip mirage. To go anywhere, the Banjo Cats have always needed amazing goaltending. And Brandon Holtby provided that last week as he earned conference-wide, all-sports 3rd star honours. The T-irds sometimes look very close to contender status yet here they are. SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (12-4-2, 13-5-2, OHT35 #4) LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (5-12-1, 5-15-2, OHT35 #30) Links: ➤ UofL: [Pronghorns welcome #4 ranked Huskies for a pair] ➤ UofS: [Huskie Happenings: Jan. 6 - 12] After a sweep at the hands of Banjoland's B Squad, the Hørny Ønes now face the A Team. Even without Mr. T in the line-up, this could be the mismatch of the weekend. The Mutts did manage a split with the Evil Monkeys last week and are apparently well on their way back to contenbder status. If things go bad for the Hørny Ønes here, this season could unravel on them. ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (15-3-0, 23-5-0, OHT35 #1) MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (11-5-2, 14-8-3*, OHT35 #5) Links: ➤ MRU: [Men's Hockey Site] ➤ UofA: [Men's Hockey Site] If the Bluegars are serious about a charge for 2nd place they need to pick up some points against teams like the Evil Monkeys. Though the Apes remain first, their lack of physical presence showed up against Sask, just as it did when they visited Manitoba. If MRU can do one thing, it is play physical. This is a home-and-home series. OUT EAST [b]Sun Jan 05 Concordia 0 UQTR 5 Wed Jan 08 Ottawa 7 RMC 2 Wed Jan 08 Queen's 2 Guelph 8 Thu Jan 09 Ontario Tech 5 Laurentian 1 Thu Jan 09 Ryerson 4 Toronto 3 (ot) Thu Jan 09 Guelph 3 Brock 4 (ot) [/b] Fri Jan 10 Concordia at McGill Fri Jan 10 W. Ontario at Laurier Fri Jan 10 Lakehead at York Fri Jan 10 Ontario Tech at Nipissing Fri Jan 10 Carleton at Queen's Sat Jan 11 Waterloo at Windsor Sat Jan 11 Brock at W. Ontario Sat Jan 11 UQTR at Ottawa Sat Jan 11 Ryerson at Laurier Sat Jan 11 Lakehead at York Sat Jan 11 Toronto at Guelph Sat Jan 11 RMC at Laurentian Sat Jan 11 Carleton at Concordia Sun Jan 12 RMC at Laurentian Sun Jan 12 UQTR at Ottawa Sun Jan 12 McGill at Ontario Tech Sun Jan 12 Queen's at Nipissing [b]Tue Jan 07 Moncton 3 UPEI 4 Thu Jan 09 Dalhousie 2 Acadia 6 [/b] Fri Jan 10 UPEI at New Brunswick Fri Jan 10 Acadia at St. F.X. Fri Jan 10 Saint Mary's at Dalhousie Sat Jan 11 New Brunswick at Moncton Sat Jan 11 St. F.X. at Saint Mary's Links: ➤ [USp Presto S&R] ➤ [OUA LS Daily] ➤ [AUS S&R]
  9. Jan 4: What's One More Split? Note: Starting with the January 3rd games, the CW site no longer links on-site to the game stories. Their link goes off-site to the individual team websites. Hence, no more links to those in my posts. Also, be careful looking at standings links. They are often different and, accordingly, wrong. Stick to LeagueStat. MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3 MANITOBA BISONS 2 Links: LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report] Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text] USp/CIS: [Boxscores & tabs] : [CW] Stories/boxscores/video: [UofM] : [rp @MRU*] We need a country singer to make a song about splitting up everywhere in the west. It would be the Bisons' theme song. This weekend marked their 8th split of 9 series. That sweep they suffered in Saskatown stands out like a sore thumb, no doubt caused by having to venture into civilization's armpit in back-to-back weekends. The Bisons made no line-up or alignment changes at all. Meanwhile, the Bluegars shifted Morris for Hoflin in goal, and #22 Arnold for #21 Richards at forward, along with some minor line shuffling. Quick Summary 1st 06:36 MAN Apetagon (3) ASST: Skrumeda & Halvorsen 1st 17:42 MRU Iverson (5) ASST: Gerrie 2nd 06:45 MRU Arnold (2) ASST: Watson & Sicoly 2nd 13:19 MRU Lindgren (11) ASST: Fyten & Rankin (PP) 3rd 19:47 MAN Veloso (4) ASST: Jameson That Apetagon kid has some moves. If he could gain some lbs for next season I could see him being a sophomore breakthrough. The Herd is now away for back-to-back series, at Bedrock U to face the Dinos then off to British California to face the T-irds. Then they return for their final two home series of the season (!) against Regina January 24th-25th and Saskatchewan January 31st-February 1st. Meanwhiule, the Bluegars go home-and-home with the Evil Monkeys next weekend. OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1 REGINA COUGARS 4 Links: LeagueStat: [Summary & tabs] Hockey Tech: [Summary & tabs] Usp/CIS: [Boxscores & tabs] Stories/boxscores/video: [UofR] : [rp @UofL] To quote The Ramones, "second verse, same as the first." Exact same scoreline, but the shots would infer a much closer game. This was also a matinee, so I saw none of it on CanadaWest.tv. Brandon Holtby stopped 34 of 35 for the W and Taz Burman stopped 32 of 35 in defeat. Ben Duperreault led the Kittens with two goals. This could be a costly weekend for the Hørny Ønes, as they now trail UBC by a point. Meanwhile, the Banjo Cats jump to within 2 points of UBC. That's better news than the coming of a free jug of Granny's Moonshine. CALGARY DINOSAURS 3 U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 2 (in a shootout) Links: LeagueStat: [Summary & tabs] Hockey Tech: [Summary & tabs] Usp/CIS: [Boxscores & tabs] Stories/boxscores/video: [UBC] : [rp @UofC] I saw the ending on CanadaWest.tv after watching the Bisons-Bluegars live. This was as tight as the scoreline would imply. The T-irds no doubt deserved at least the one point they received over the weekend. So in the race for 6th it is UBC 12, Lethbridge 11, and Regina 10. neither side switched goaltenders. Greenfield stopped 25 of 27, Toth stopped 23 of 25. I see that UBC, despite being at home, was one player under limit. Maxwell James, who played Friday, was scratched for Saturday. ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 0 SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5 Links: LeagueStat: [Summary & tabs] Hockey Tech: [Summary & tabs] Usp/CIS: [Boxscores & tabs*] Stories: [UofS*] : [rp @UofA*] The game stories aren't even up yet, but here I go. The Evil Monkeys were down 1-0 in the 3rd then gave up a PP goal, at which time they fell apart like a cheap watch. Within 3-4 minutes it was 5-0, in a game where they were well ahead on the shot clock. Taran Kozun racked up a 35 save shutout for the win, with Matt Berlin stopping just 17 of 22. The remarkable thing was the number of breakaways being allowed by the Apes. The Mutts showed great resolve with this bounce-back win. Now the race is on. Alberta sits at 30, Calgary 28, Sask 26, and MRU 24 up at the top. The Bisons bask on a deserted island in the middle at 17, then UBC at 12, Lethbridge at 11, and Regina at 10 battle at the back. OUT EAST Sat Jan 04 New Brunswick 6 St. F.X. 2 Sat Jan 04 Moncton 2 Dalhousie 3 (ot) Sat Jan 04 Acadia 5 UPEI 3 Sat Jan 04 Brock 0 Toronto 7 Sat Jan 04 McGill 3 Carleton 0 Sat Jan 04 Windsor 8 Waterloo 1 Sat Jan 04 Ryerson 5 Laurier 4 (so) Sat Jan 04 W. Ontario 9 York 4 Sat Jan 04 Lakehead 2 Guelph 4 Sat Jan 04 RMC 1 Nipissing 2 Sat Jan 04 Ottawa 7 Concordia 8 (ot) Links: ➤ [USports/CIS Presto S&R] ➤ [OUA LS Daily] ➤ [AUS S&R] NEXT UP CANADA WEST Fri Jan 10 Manitoba at Calgary Fri Jan 10 UBC at Regina Fri Jan 10 Saskatchewan at Lethbridge Fri Jan 10 Alberta at Mount Royal ONTARIO Sun Jan 05 Concordia at UQTR Wed Jan 08 Ottawa at RMC Wed Jan 08 Queen's at Guelph Thu Jan 09 Concordia at McGill Thu Jan 09 Ontario Tech at Laurentian Thu Jan 09 Ryerson at Toronto Thu Jan 09 Guelph at Brock ATLANTIC Tue Jan 07 Moncton at UPEI Wed Jan 08 Dalhousie at Acadia
  10. Jan 3: Bisons Enjoy a Little Bit of the Bubbly I am starting this post really late because I had to run some diagnostics on my computer to get it going tonight. Ugh! At least I did it whilst in a good mood. MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2 MANITOBA BISONS 5 Links: LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report] Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text] USp/CIS: [Boxscores and tabs] : [CW] Stories/boxscores/video: [UofM] : [rp @CW*] : [rp @MRU*] Preview: [Men’s hockey and volleyball play host to start second half] Throughout the 1st semester, the Bisons were doing a good job treading water. If Friday night's performance was any indication, my hoped-for 2nd semester improvement may well be in the offing. This was a hard-fought bump-and-grind type of game. The referees started out with lots of calls (both ways) that weren't really necessary. But the teams found their form and produced some good action. Here's how they lined up: MANITOBA BISONS Goal 35 Brown (1 Link) Defence 5 Schioler 28 Pouteau 2 Henry 3 Christensen 4 Stanley 6 Dyck Forwards 14 Keane 9 Thiessen 15 Dalke 11 Carlson 12 Jameson 29 Wasylak 20 Apetagon 25 Skrumeda 19 Halvorson 22 Leipsic 10 Skoleski 17 Veloso Scratches 8 Barley 13 Labossiere 16 Tripp 26 Leblanc 27 Doerksen 30 Lamb MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS Goal 35 Hoflin (33 Morris) Defence 24 Jensen 16 Blake 3 Helgesen 2 Watson 4 Green 6 MacPherson Forwards 17 Lindgren 11 Fyten 27 Rankin 21 Richards 28 Gerrie 14 Iverson 19 Chartier 9 Zandee 18 Kennedy 13 Bly 10 Sicoly 12 Lipon Scratches 7 Lees 22 Arnold 23 Yaremko 26 Shamray 31 Chapman Quick Summary 1st 13:57 MRU Lindgren (10) ASST: Fyten & Rankin 2nd 06:25 MAN Pouteau (3) ASST: Skrumeda & Leipsic (PP) 2nd 09:27 MAN Keane (4) ASST: Dyck 2nd 15:33 MAN Pouteau (4) ASST: Dalke & Keane 2nd 18:34 MRU Kennedy (5) ASST: MacPherson & Chartier 3rd 14:31 MAN Veloso (3) ASST: Skoleski & Leipsic 3rd 17:53 MAN Carlson (4) ASST: None (EN) The rematch goes Saturday at 2:00 p.m. The Bisons' faint hope of hosting a quarter-final series could get a boost if they get their first sweep of ther season. They are now within 5 points of the Bluegars. OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1 REGINA COUGARS 4 Links: LeagueStat: [Summary & tabs] Hockey Tech: [Summary & tabs] Usp/CIS: [Boxscores & tabs Stories: [UofR]: [rp @CW*]: [rp @UofL] The Hørny Ønes were thoroughly handled by the Banjo Cats in this one. The porous kitten defence was able to hold the Horns to just 4 shots per period, and Brandon Holtby stopped 11 for the win. Taz Burman stopped 27 of 31 in taking the loss. ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 3 SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 0 Links: LeagueStat: [Summary & tabs] Hockey Tech: [Summary & tabs] Usp/CIS: [Boxscores & tabs Stories: [UofS]: [rp @CW*]: [rp @UofA] The Mutts looked to be ready to mount a serious challenge for first place. Instead, all they did was mount their coach's leg in this one. The Mutts dominated every aspect. The Evil Monkeys' defence is stronger than usual, and they provided back-up goaltender Matt Berlin to claim the shutout with just 18 saves. Tyler Soy led the attack with two goals. Taran Kozyn was busy in the Mutts' net with 46 saves on 49 shots. CALGARY DINOSAURS 1 U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 0 Links: LeagueStat: [Summary & tabs] Hockey Tech: [Summary & tabs] Usp/CIS: [Boxscores & tabs Stories: [UBC]: [rp @CW*]: [rp @UofC] Holy goaltenders' duel, Batman! Matthew Greenfield had 27 saves for the win, and Rylan Toth had 34 in the loss. That's a combined 61 saves on 62 shots. I saw the ending on CanadaWest.tv and there was a lot of action. The goaltending was every bit as good as the numbers would suggest. OUT EAST Thu Jan 02 UPEI 7 Saint Mary's 5 Fri Jan 03 New Brunswick 5 Dalhousie 2 Fri Jan 03 Saint Mary's 2 Acadia 5 Fri Jan 03 Moncton 4 St. F.X. 3 (ot) Thu Jan 02 Ryerson 3 Brock 1 Fri Jan 03 Lakehead 7 Guelph 6 (so) Fri Jan 03 Waterloo 4 W. Ontario 6 Fri Jan 03 UQTR 0 Carleton 4 Fri Jan 03 Windsor 3 Laurier 1 Fri Jan 03 Toronto 6 York 3 Fri Jan 03 RMC 4 Nipissing 2 Links: ➤ [USports/CIS Presto S&R] ➤ [OUA LS Daily] ➤ [AUS S&R]
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Preview: Jan 3-4: MOUNT ROYAL at MANITOBA MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (10-4-2, 13-7-3, OHT35 #4) MANITOBA BISONS (7-8-1, 8-11-3, OHT35 #15) Friday, January 3rd at 7:00 pm at Wayne Fleming Arena, Winnipeg Saturday, January 4th at 2:00 pm at Wayne Fleming Arena, Winnipeg Live Links: ➤ Video: [CanadaWest.tv] ➤ Audio: [UMFM 2nd stream] ➤ Friday: [Live Stats] ∞ [Hockey Tech] ➤ Saturday: [Live Stats] ∞ [Hockey Tech] Manitoba Links: ➤ GoBisons: [Bisons hockey programs hold annual scholarship fundraiser event at Journey to Churchill on January 20 with special guest Matt Cockell] ➤ GoBisons: [Hockey stands as centrepiece in Keane's life] ➤ Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook] ∞ [Instagram] ➤ CW: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links] ➤ LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links] MRU Links: ➤ MRU: [Crowchild Classic set for January 30th] ➤ Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook] ➤ CW: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links] ➤ LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links] Other Links: ➤ USports: [Schedule/Links] ∞ [Standings] ➤ CW: [Home Page] ∞ [Schedule] ➤ LeagueStat: [Media Stats] Previous games: ➤ Oct 11: MRU 5 UofM 3: [Story] ∞ [LeagueStat] ➤ Oct 12: UofM 5 MRU 4: [Story] ∞ [Summary] It's been a long time since the Bisons have graced the ice of the Wayne Fleming Arena, and the wait ends Friday night. Bisons/Bluegars games are usually more physical than other university hockey match-ups, although that has waned a bit in recent years. The two sides split their October series in Calgary, not unusual since the Bisons have split every series except the one in Saskatown. MRU has also been one of the most difficult opponents for the Bisons, sweeping all four games in each of 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2018-19. Neither side has announced any Christmas additions to their roster. The Bluegars had a non-conference game last week (6-4 loss to Alberta), so they will be less afflicted by cobwebs. They also opened the season by sweeping Saskatchewan and fighting Alberta for first. They have tumbled a bit but it is still a very tight 3-way battle for 2nd between them Sask and Bedrock U. For the Bisons, their first semester was probably better than expected. They are a comfortable 5th at 15 points. Not likely to move into 4th, not likely to miss the playoffs. At the start of the season my hope was that the inexperienced crew of forwards would do enough to stay close before their 2nd semester improvement clicks in. Will the Bisons be better in the 2nd half? We'll find out soon. ELSEWHERE IN THE CW LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (5-10-1, 5-13-2, OHT35 #23) REGINA COUGARS (2-12-2, 3-15-2, OHT35 #34) Links: ➤ UofL: [Men's Hockey Site] ➤ UofR: [Cougars add former Swift Current captain Tanner Nagel to roster] ➤ Elite Prospects: [Tanner Nagel Stats Page] This is usually the battle for the basement. Although Regina sits last and the Hørny Ønes are tied for 2nd last, this isn't really a battle. Lethbridge and UBC are tied for 6th at 11 points, Regina has only 6. So the Banjo Cats are relegated to playing spoiler and visions of playoff spots are the focus for UBC and Lethbridge. But don't overlook Regina. The links show us that they have a WHL recruit (Tanner Nagel) coming on board (he'd been in senior hockey). He peaked at 13 goals in the Dub and was a team captain. And the vast majority of their games have been hard fought affairs. On October 25th they were whipped 6-1 by MRU and on November 16th Alberta hammered them 9-0. Other than that, they have no losses by more than 2 goals in their last 10 games. ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (14-2-0, 22-4-0, OHT35 #1) SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (11-3-2, 12-4-2, OHT35 #5) Links: ➤ UofA: [Men's Hockey Site] ➤ UofS: [Huskie Happenings: Jan. 1-5] ➤ CW: [Dmytriw earns November WHL honour] ➤ CW: [CW Stars: Gilbreath, Masikewich cap off first half in style] This is the feature match of the weekend. After a dismal start, the Banjo Mutts have returned to last year's 25-3-0 form. And the Evil Monkeys have looked as strong as ever. Sask are within 4 points and would need a sweep if they harbour hopes of a 1st place finish. The linked stories tell us about conference honours being bestowed upon both sides. This will be worth watching on CanadaWest.TV. CALGARY DINOSAURS (11-3-2, 18-4-3, OHT35 #6) U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (4-9-3, 7-12-4, OHT35 #21) Links: ➤ UofC: [10 for 10: No. 6 - The Crowchild Classic] ➤ UBC: [Men's Hockey Site] ➤ CW: [CW leading scorer Alfaro earns First Half Top Performer] These are the two enigmatic teams in the CW. The Bedrock Dinos were as good as any team in the country through the pre-season and early season. In the 3rd week, they brought their unbeaten record into the U of M and played as well on the Friday night as any university team could play. Then the Bisons burst their bubble on Saturday, albeit in overtime. They have followed that with splits against Sask and MRU and a sweep at the hands of Alberta. Far from a disaster, but perhaps not the awe-inspiring record they would have wanted. They were my pre-season pick for #2. Meanwhile, UBC is tied with Lethrbidge for the 6th and final playoff berth. This after the handily swept the Horns in their head-to-head matchup (7-1 and 5-0). Although they have had some highly regarded recruits, they seem to get a lot of injuries. Maybe they need some prairie boy toughness in their next recruiting class! OUT EAST Thu Jan 02 Ryerson at Brock Fri Jan 03 Lakehead at Guelph Fri Jan 03 Waterloo at W. Ontario Fri Jan 03 UQTR at Carleton Fri Jan 03 Windsor at Laurier Fri Jan 03 Toronto at York Fri Jan 03 RMC at Nipissing Sat Jan 04 Brock at Toronto Sat Jan 04 McGill at Carleton Sat Jan 04 Windsor at Waterloo Sat Jan 04 Ryerson at Laurier Sat Jan 04 W. Ontario at York Sat Jan 04 Lakehead at Guelph Sat Jan 04 RMC at Nipissing Sat Jan 04 Ottawa at Concordia Sun Jan 05 Concordia at UQTR Thu Jan 02 UPEI at Saint Mary's Fri Jan 03 New Brunswick at Dalhousie Fri Jan 03 Saint Mary's at Acadia Fri Jan 03 Moncton at St. F.X. Sat Jan 04 New Brunswick at St. F.X. Sat Jan 04 Moncton at Dalhousie Sat Jan 04 Acadia at UPEI Links: ➤ [USports Presto S&R] ➤ [OUA LS Daily] ➤ [AUS S&R]
  12. Dec 31: 2019 was the year of cancelled games This was certainly the year of the cancelled game. While in the past there has been the odd game affected by weather, the Calgary mumps outbreak, and Lethbridge's leaky Zamboni, this year has been crazy. Here's my list: Sat Sep 14 Simon Fraser (BCIHL) at UBC - This non-conference game was announced by SFU but never by UBC. So whether it was cancelled or never actually confirmed is the question. Mon Sep 16 Acadia v New Brunswick - They were supposed to have a pre-season game in Truro. Fri Sep 20 and Sat Sep 21 Laurentian at Lakehead - This was cancelled due to a problem with the ice in Thunder Bay. Fri Sep 20 New Brunswick at York - This was cancelled after the 1st period, again due to a problem with the ice, with the score tied 0-0. Three regular season games were postponed due to weather problems, two of which have been played and one of which is scheduled. These are: Tue Nov 05 UPEI 4 Saint Mary's 5 (ot) - from Oct 23 Tue Dec 03 Ottawa 4 UQTR 2 - from Nov 2 Tue Jan 14 New Brunswick at UPEI - from Nov 16 Sat Dec 28 Windsor at Moncton - Windsor flew into Fredericton but cancelled this one because they couldn't travel to Moncton. Sun Dec 29 and Mon Dec 30 Nipissing at Lakehead series was cancelled due to Nipissing's air charter becoming unavailable. Instead Lakehead played the Junior A Thunder Bay Northstars. That's 11 games!
  13. Dec 30: So long 2019! N.A.I.T. OOKS 2 ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6 Links: Linescore: [UofA] This was a late score from Dec 29th. All we have is the linescore for this Edmontown Derby between the Evil Monkeys and Ooks. THUNDER BAY NORTHSTARS 3 LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES 2 (in a shootout) Links: LU Story: [Thunderwolves split final games of 2019 with North Stars] TB Newswatch rp @TBNS: [North Stars edge Thunderwolves in shootout] This was a canoe-tipper, a ring-a-ding-dong-dandy, an exhibition game going into a shootout. Call it what you will, it brings the curtain down on USports games for 2019. The Lakehead players loaned to the TBNS in this game were: Daniel Del Paggio, Tomas Soustal, Jordan King, Joseph Leonidas, Patrick Murphy and Aaron Wesley-Chisel. Those loaned on Dec 29th were Cooper Leitch, Daniel McKitrick, Caleb Boman, Brett Wolframe and Brock Aiken.
  14. Dec 12-29: Recap Time! TEAM CANADA JUNIORS 1 USPORTS ALL-STARS 2 Links: LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report] Hockey Canada: [Summary & Links] On Dec 12th, the USports All-Stars smothered the Junior TC hopefuls in game two, resulting in a split of the two-game series. The Juniors' shot total went down from 5 to 4 to 3 on a period-by-period basis. The All-Stars now hold a 6-5 edge in this series. MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 4 ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6 Links: Linescore: [UofA] In an unusual move, two CW teams played a non-conference mid-season game. This one was played Saturday night. No word yet on Sunday's game between the Evil Monkeys and the NAIT Ooks of the ACAC. In a roster note, the Apes' goaltender Brendan Burke is the 3rd goalie on the Team Canada entry at the Spengler Cup. Jordon Cooke from Sask played that role in the past. WINDSOR LANCERS 0 NEW BRUNSWICK REDS 4 Links: Boxscore: [UNB w tabs] Game Story: [UNB] After the Lancers traveled all the way from Windsor to New Brunswick, they had to cancel the FRiday night game because weather prevented them from getting to Moncton. So, they traveled a long way for just this one game. Seems like a respectable loss, but a very convincing one. UNB were able to blend in two new players: Connor Hall and Ben Hawerchuk. CALGARY DINOSAURS 8 S.A.I.T. TROJANS 1 Links: Boxscore: [SAIT w tabs] This was a 1-1 game when the Bedrock Dinos scored 3 shorthanded goals in a 5 minute stretch. SO the Dinos rack up an impressive win over an ACAC team. The Condoms are 6-6-2 in ACAC play so far. THUNDER BAY NORTHSTARS 1 LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES 5 Links: LU Story: [Nipissing cancels; North Stars step in to save Christmas Challenge] LU Story: [Wolves to loan North Stars some players to aid competitive balance] LU Story: [Thunderwolves defeat the Northstars in the first of two games] TB Newswatch rp @SIJHL: [THUNDERWOLVES DOWN NORTH STARS IN CHRISTMAS CLASH] So Nipissing bailed, were replaced by a local Junior A team (1st place and 20-7-3 on the season), who were loaned a handful of players so as to balance the sides, and here we go with a Thunder Bay Derby. Back in the day, they had senior, junior, university, and intermediate teams all in one league. Remoteness leads to resourcefulness. They still drew 1,402 to see this! Rematch goes Dec 30th. The AUS and OUA reconvene on Jan 2nd, whilst the CW waits until Jan 3rd with a full slate of games. The Bisons start new new year hosting the MRU Bluegars for a double-header (Friday at 7:00 and Saturday at 2:00).
  15. Dec 11: Juniors Win Opener TEAM CANADA JUNIORS 4 USPORTS ALL-STARS 3 Links: LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report] TSN: [Highlights] Hockey Canada: [Summary & Links] USports: [Bennett’s two-point performance not enough as Canada edges U SPORTS 4-3] This was a tight game throughout, neither side ever leading by more than a goal. I am waiting for game stories to be uploaded, along with the TSN highlights. Game 2 goes Thursday afternoon at 2:00 ET/1:00 CT.

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