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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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]
  8. 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]
  9. 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]
  10. 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]
  11. 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]
  12. 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]
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Feb 7: Bisons Back Into the Playoffs So we know who's headed to the playoffs, we know who gets the byes and semi-final host privileges, who hosts the quarter-finals, and who will be doing the travelling. MANITOBA BISONS 0 ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 8 Links: LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report] Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] USp/CIS: [Boxscores and tabs] Stories/boxscores/video: [UofA] : [rp @UofM] Podcast: [Hear the Herd] After a sterling effort at home last weekend, the Bisons had a rough night in Edmontown. The Evil Monkeys do an occasional face-plant but then rally in style. Could they be a night away from a face-plant? Quick Summary 1st 06:15 ALB Noah Philp (10) ASST: Cox & Freadrich 1st 06:57 ALB Chad Butcher (8) ASST: Freadrich & Pawlenchuk 1st 10:47 ALB Grayson Pawlenchuk (17) ASST: None 1st 16:19 ALB Lucas Nickles (7) ASST: Linaker 1st 18:28 ALB Grayson Pawlenchuk (18) ASST: Jevne & Butcher 3rd 02:19 ALB Tyler Soy (14) ASST: Owre & Davidson 3rd 04:03 ALB Noah Philp (11) ASST: Cox & Sanford 3rd 18:22 ALB Cole Linaker (1) ASST: Nickles & Carroll Before the game I thought that the Bisons would win if they could get 25 shots. They had only 18, all of which were stopped by Brendan Burke. Tyler Brown stopped 33 of 41 in defeat. This is a disappointment for the Bisons, in that they have not suffered a blow-out loss like this. They could use some reinforcements up front. Jonah Wasylak, Lucas Skrumeda, Tony Apetagon, and Geordie Keane were all missing. They will need them back for the playoffs. OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD REGINA COUGARS 0 SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4 Links: LeagueStat: Summary & tabs Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs Stories/boxscores/video: UofS UofS: PREVIEW: Huskies face Cougars in regular season finale UofR: Cougars out of playoff contention after loss to Saskatchewan This result ensured the Bisons of a playoff berth and left the Kittens hoping that UBC would lose twice to MRU. Brandon Holtby was back in goal for the Banjo-Cats and stopped 35 of 39 shots in a vain attempt to capture an ellusive playoff berth. Meanwhile, the Banjo-Mutts kept pace with Alberta in the race for first. Taran Kozun had a 20 save shutout. Thus, Regina's spirited second semester surge comes to an end. The Mutts no doubt celebrated in style, drinking from toilets, spraying fire hydrants, and bragging across the province's party lines. LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 0 CALGARY DINOSAURS 5 Links: LeagueStat: Summary & tabs Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs Stories/boxscores/video: UofC UofC: Dinos look to finish strong against Lethbridge UofL: Pronghorns close out season with home-and-home with Dinos The Hørny Ønes became the 3rd shutout victim of the night in this game. That's one thing. But those 54 shots on goal they allowed, which now seems an expected occurrence, really shows how this team has fallen down in the 2nd half. They went with their 3rd string goaltender, Nikolas Amundrud, as tonight's sacrifical lamb. Brodan Salmond needed just 14 saves for his shutout. The win allows Bedrock U to leapfrog their cross-town rivals into 3rd place. MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2 U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 3 Links: LeagueStat: Summary & tabs Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs Stories/boxscores/video: UBC* UBC: Huge final weekend looms for ‘Birds looking to get to playoffs The late night game on the coast clinched a playoff berth for the T-irds, launched them ahead of the Bisons into 5th place, and eliminated Regina. It also prevented MRU from regaining 3rd place. A point from UBC in the rematch would assure them of 5th place. A UBC win in regulation would mean that these teams would play in the quarter-final round next weekend at MRU. Rylan Toth stopped 18 of 20 for the win, in a game where the Bluegars mounted much less offence than is usual. Riley Morris stopped 27 of 30 for the loss. OUT EAST Wed Feb 05 Moncton 7 UPEI 1 Fri Feb 07 UPEI 2 New Brunswick 9 Fri Feb 07 Dalhousie 2 Acadia 7 Fri Feb 07 St. F.X. 3 Saint Mary's 9 Sun Feb 02 RMC 4 Ottawa 3 (ot) Tue Feb 04 Laurentian 4 Nipissing 5 Wed Feb 05 York 3 Ryerson 5 Thu Feb 06 RMC 2 Queen's 4 Fri Feb 07 Laurier 5 W. Ontario 1 Fri Feb 07 Laurentian 3 Carleton 6 Fri Feb 07 Waterloo 4 Lakehead 3 (ot) Fri Feb 07 Ontario Tech 1 Concordia 5 Fri Feb 07 Ryerson 4 Windsor 3 (so) Fri Feb 07 Toronto 3 Guelph 4 Links: ➤ [USp/CIS Presto S&R] ➤ [OUA LS Daily] ➤ [AUS S&R] NEXT UP CANADA WEST Sat Feb 08 Mount Royal at UBC (3:00 PT/5:00 CT) Sat Feb 08 Manitoba at Alberta (7:00 MT/8:00 CT) Sat Feb 08 Saskatchewan at Regina (7:00 CT) Sat Feb 08 Calgary at Lethbridge (7:00 MT/8:00 CT) ONTARIO Sat Feb 08 Laurentian at Ottawa Sat Feb 08 Ontario Tech at McGill Sat Feb 08 Waterloo at Lakehead Sat Feb 08 W. Ontario at Brock Sat Feb 08 Laurier at York Sat Feb 08 Toronto at Windsor Sun Feb 09 Ottawa at Queen's Sun Feb 09 UQTR at McGill ATLANTIC Sat Feb 08 Saint Mary's at Dalhousie Sat Feb 08 Acadia at St. F.X. Sat Feb 08 New Brunswick at Moncton ~ end of regular season ~
  16. Feb 1: Late Goal SInks Bisons SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4 MANITOBA BISONS 3 Links: LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report] Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text] USp/CIS: [Boxscores and tabs] Stories/boxscores/video: [UofM] : [rp @UofS] CW: [Mike Ridley Inducted Into CW Hall of Fame] The Bisons allowed a late goal which denied them a valuable point they needed to almost clinch a playoff berth. As it is, they are almost there. Quick Summary 1st 00:48 MAN Ryan Carlson (5) ASST: None 1st 03:15 MAN Ryan Carlson (6) ASST: Skrumeda & Henry 1st 08:56 SSK Justin Ball (3) ASST: Dmytriw & Shirley 1st 10:40 SSK Kohl Bauml (8) ASST: Ballhorn & Cable 2nd 01:05 SSK Logan McVeigh (6) ASST: Stadnyk & Harmsworth 3rd 07:01 MAN Adam Henry (10) ASST: Christensen & Barley 3rd 17:02 SSK Jared Dmytriw (10) ASST: Neuls Although the Bisons jumped out to a 2-0 lead courtesy Ryan Carlson, the Mutts dominated play for a large stretch of the game. The Mutts held a 3-2 lead and a 35-8 lead in shots after two periods, which was a world of difference from Friday's game. The 3rd period was a great battle, where the shots were 11-11. After Adam Henry tied the game in the 3rd period, it seemed only a matter of time before the Bisons won it. However, it was Mongrel Jared Dmytriw scored one that goaltender Riley Lamb would love to have back. Any hopes of a comeback were dashed on a fringe elbowing call on Ben Dalke, followed by 2 minutes to Lamb for arguing. Here's how they aligned: MANITOBA BISONS Goal 30 Lamb (35 Brown) Defence 2 Henry 3 Christensen 4 Stanley 6 Dyck 5 Schioler 28 Pouteau 27 Doerksen Forwards 22 Leipsic 10 Skoleski 17 Veloso 11 Carlson 9 Thiessen 15 Dalke 8 Barley 12 Jameson 16 Tripp 25 Skrumeda 13 Labossiere Scratches 1 Link 14 Keane 19 Halvorson 20 Apetagon 26 Leblanc 29 Wasylak SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES Goal 32 Child (31 Kozun) Defence 3 Ballhorn 7 Collins 8 Lishchynsky 4 Harmsworth 6 Fransoo 27 Fiala Forwards 10 Cable 20 Young 19 Bauml 14 McVeigh 16 Stadnyk 5 Faith 12 Ball 15 Dmytriw 11 Shirley 13 Folk 22 Johnson 17 Neuls Scratches 2 Ruopp 9 Tkatch 26 Johnson 29 Spagrud 30 Hobbs Each team switched goaltenders on Saturday. Lamb stopped 42 of 46 in the loss, and Child stopped 16 of 19 for the win. OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6 REGINA COUGARS 1 Links: LeagueStat: Summary & tabs Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs Stories/boxscores/video: UofR Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur! Happy kitty, sleepy kitty, purr, purr, purr. This is one matchup which has bedeviled the Banjo-Cats for years. This was the Evil Monkeys' 53rd straight win over the Kittens. Brendan Burke stopped 12 of 13 for the win, and Curtis Meger stopped 35 of 41 in the loss. Brandon Holtby's goaltending launched the Kittens into contention but it seems that streak is over. Dawson MacAuley dressed as the backup. U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 5 LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4 Links: LeagueStat: Summary & tabs Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs Stories/boxscores/video: UofL The Hørny Ønes were severely outshot (45-22) yet held a 4-3 lead well into the 3rd period. Matt Revel scored twice for the T-irds, includign the winner, and Rylan Toth stopped 18 of 22 for the win. Taz Burman's 40 stops were not enough to avoid defeat. That's 10 straight losses for Lethbridge this semester. STANDINGS So we have three separate races on the final weekend (1-2, 3-4, 5-6-7). The Bisons need a combination of two points from themselves and/or two points dropped by Regina to clinch a playoff berth. Meanwhile, UBC needs a combination of three points from themselves and/or three points dropped by Regina to clinch their playoff berth. None of these races will feature any direct match-ups on the final weekend. OUT EAST Sat Feb 01 Moncton 4 Acadia 3 (ot) Sat Feb 01 UPEI 6 St. F.X. 5 (ot) Sat Feb 01 New Brunswick 5 Saint Mary's 1 Sat Feb 01 Brock 3 Lakehead 5 Sat Feb 01 Waterloo 2 W. Ontario 1 Sat Feb 01 UQTR 4 RMC 6 Sat Feb 01 Windsor 3 Toronto 9 Sat Feb 01 Carleton 3 Queen's 2 Sat Feb 01 Concordia 4 Nipissing 2 Sat Feb 01 McGill 6 Laurentian 1 Sun Feb 02 RMC 4 Ottawa 3 (ot) Links: ➤ [USp/CIS Presto S&R] ➤ [OUA LS Daily] ➤ [AUS S&R] NEXT UP CANADA WEST Fri Feb 07 Manitoba at Alberta Fri Feb 07 Regina at Saskatchewan Fri Feb 07 Lethbridge at Calgary Fri Feb 07 Mount Royal at UBC ONTARIO Tue Feb 04 Laurentian at Nipissing Wed Feb 05 York at Ryerson Thu Feb 06 RMC at Queen's ATLANTIC Wed Feb 05 Moncton at UPEI
  17. Jan 31: Bisons Robbed in Overtime After last Saturday's matinee I had to take a bit of an all-star break to get some work done. So here we are back at it again. Quick blurb on last Saturday's game: The Bisons fell behind Regina 5-0 on a mixture of bad breaks, opportunistic goal-scoring, and poor play before outshooting them 24-2 in the 3rd period and falling short. Now, on to the opening night of the penultimate weekend of the CW season .... SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3 MANITOBA BISONS 2 (in overtime) Links: LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report] Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text] USp/CIS: [Boxscores and tabs] Stories/boxscores/video: [UofM] : [UofS] UofM: [Three-goal first period helps lift Regina past Manitoba 6-3] UofM: [Bisons great and NHL All-Star Mike Ridley enters the Canada West Hall of Fame] UofM: [Jeremey Leipsic's hockey IQ central to his hockey success] On the positive side, the Bisons outplayed the Banjo-Mutts and really deserved to beat the hottest team in Usports (2-4-2 in Sept/Oct, 16-1-0 since). The Bisons outshot them 36-27 on the night! However, there was a major downside when Sask's Sam Ruopp blind-sided Jonah Wasylak with a high-stick head-shot. He was given 5 minutes and tossed with a match penalty. I would not bet on him being available any time soon. Quick Summary 1st 02:16 SSK Neuls (5) ASST: Ballhorn & Young (PP) 2nd 10:19 MAN Christensen (2) ASST: Tripp & Wasylak 2nd 19:29 SSK Stadnyk (13) ASST: McVeigh & Harmsworth (SH) 3rd 05:52 MAN Skoleski (7) ASST: Henry & Leipsic (PP) 5th 02:26 SSK McVeigh (5) ASST: Stadnyk & Ballhorn (PP) The Bisons started 7 defencemen (along with Skrumeda and Carlson, defencemen who have been moved up to forward allo season). Hopefully, they have a forward available in sub in for Wasylak. Once again, the Bisons were victimized by a shorthanded goal against. This has been a problem all year. The Bisons had the only even-strength goal in the game, and in fact had it not been for powerplays there would have been virtually no offence from the Mutts. The final powerplay goal arose from a neutral zone trip by Adam Henry on what would have been a very borderline call, or perhaps an offsetting embellishment call, even in regulation. Taran Kozun stopped 34 of 36 for the win, and Tyler Brown stopped 24 of 27 in the loss. The rematch goes Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. After the penalties on Friday, I wouldn't be shocked to see some battles happening. Sask remains tied with Alberta for 1st, Manitoba is alone in 5th and 3 points ahead of Regina and UBC. OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6 REGINA COUGARS 3 Links: LeagueStat: Summary & tabs Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs Stories/boxscores/video: UofR I expected the Evil Monkeys to be loaded like bears after being swept last weekend. This seems to have been a routine whuppin typical of what these teams usually produce. Matt Berlin stopped 7 of just 10 shots for the win (not a great ratio) and Brandon Holtby stopped 37 of 43 in defeat. The Bisons are in 5th place with 22 points, 3 ahead of the Kittens. U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 6 LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1 Links: LeagueStat: Summary & tabs Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs Stories/boxscores/video: UofL The Hørny Ønes actually held a 1-0 lead after the 1st period. But they have really hit the skids this semester (now 0-7-2). Rylan Toth got the win with 26 saves and Jack Burgart stopped 28 of 33 in the loss. UBC now pulls into a tie with Regina for 6th, and within 3 points of the 5th place Bisons. Thursday – Crowchild Classic CALGARY DINOSAURS 4 MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 5 (in overtime) Links: LeagueStat: Summary & tabs Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs Stories/boxscores/video: MRU Friday MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3 CALGARY DINOSAURS 1 Links: LeagueStat: Summary & tabs Hockey Tech: Summary & tabs Usp/CIS: Boxscores & tabs Stories/boxscores/video: UofC The annual Crowchild Classic game at the Saddledome went on Thursday, and it is usually more intense than a regular game. After a scoreless 1st period, the Bluegars built a 3-0 lead in the 2nd. However, Bedrock U rallied with three unanswered of their own in the 3rd. Riley Morris got the win (27 saves) and Brodan Salmond got the loss (33 saves). Friday's rematch was a stunner, as it allowed the Bluegars to jump into 3rd place. What a rollercoaster in Bedrock! The Dinos swept the Monkeys just last weekend. Neither side switch goaltenders. Morris stopped 33 of 34 for the win, and Salmond stopped 19 of 22 for the loss. Sat Jan 25 quick wrap: Regina 6 Manitoba 3 : [Recap] Lethbridge 3 Mount Royal 4 (so) : [Recap] Alberta 1 Calgary 4 : [Recap] UBC 2 Saskatchewan 5 : [Recap] OUT EAST Sat Jan 25 Saint Mary's 5 UPEI 4 (ot) Sat Jan 25 Dalhousie 1 Moncton 6 Sat Jan 25 St. F.X. 2 New Brunswick 6 Mon Jan 27 UPEI 4 Dalhousie 5 (ot) – from Jan 17 Wed Jan 29 Dalhousie 5 St. F.X. 4 (ot) Fri Jan 31 UPEI 4 Dalhousie 3 (ot) Fri Jan 31 New Brunswick 4 Acadia 2 Fri Jan 31 Moncton 1 Saint Mary's 5 Sat Jan 25 Laurentian 2 Ontario Tech 5 Sat Jan 25 Nipissing 1 McGill 6 Sat Jan 25 Ryerson 5 Waterloo 1 Sat Jan 25 Queen's 4 RMC 1 Sat Jan 25 Lakehead 3 W. Ontario 2 (ot) Sat Jan 25 Concordia 2 Carleton 5 Sat Jan 25 Toronto 0 Laurier 4 Sat Jan 25 Brock 1 Windsor 2 Sun Jan 26 Concordia 5 Ottawa 4 Wed Jan 29 Toronto 4 W. Ontario 3 Wed Jan 29 Waterloo 1 Laurier 5 Wed Jan 29 Brock 1 York 3 Wed Jan 29 RMC 2 Ontario Tech 5 Thu Jan 30 Guelph 4 W. Ontario 5 Thu Jan 30 Laurier 3 Ryerson 2 (ot) Thu Jan 30 York 4 Waterloo 2 – from Jan 18 Fri Jan 31 Brock 4 Lakehead 0 Fri Jan 31 UQTR 1 Carleton 2 (so) Fri Jan 31 Windsor 1 Guelph 7 Fri Jan 31 McGill 6 Nipissing 3 Fri Jan 31 Concordia 5 Laurentian 3 Fri Jan 31 Ontario Tech 4 Queen's 3 (ot) Links: ➤ [USp/CIS Presto S&R] ➤ [OUA LS Daily] ➤ [AUS S&R] NEXT UP CANADA WEST Sat Feb 01 UBC at Lethbridge Sat Feb 01 Alberta at Regina Sat Feb 01 Saskatchewan at Manitoba ONTARIO Sat Feb 01 Brock at Lakehead Sat Feb 01 Waterloo at W. Ontario Sat Feb 01 UQTR at RMC Sat Feb 01 Windsor at Toronto Sat Feb 01 Carleton at Queen's Sat Feb 01 Concordia at Nipissing Sat Feb 01 McGill at Laurentian Sun Feb 02 RMC at Ottawa ATLANTIC Sat Feb 01 Moncton at Acadia Sat Feb 01 UPEI at St. F.X. Sat Feb 01 New Brunswick at Saint Mary's
  18. 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]
  19. 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]
  20. 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
  21. 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]
  22. 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]
  23. 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.
  24. 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]
  25. 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]

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