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Sept. 28:  Blahs Ride Goaltender to Win

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TORONTO VARSITY BLUES 4
MANITOBA BISONS 1

Links:
:. [U of M Hockey Site (nothing posted yet)] :. [Bison Twitter]

I got to this game about 5 minutes in, as I waas trying to finish watching football first. There must have been more fans than they expected because they ran out of game sheets. I managed to grab an abandoned one in the 3rd period. Which is fortunate because for some reason they never uploaded data from this game to League Stat, as they did last weekend against Regina.

I did load the player numbers for the loine combos into my phone, and this is what they were:

Bisons:
Goal:
1 Caligiuri (35 Rewucki)

Defence:
5 Christensen - 4 Schappert
12 Sutherland - 24 Bobbee
3 Landry - 22 Bestland

Forwards:
21 Dickin - 25 Ciarelli - 29 Cain
16 Paradis - 6 Paulsen - 20 Lewadniuk
15 Scott - 18 Kelly - 27 DePape
8 Coates - 10 Rowinski - 28 Dalebozik

Scratches:
2 Crowley D / 17 Lauder F
19 Duval F / 34 Dubyk G

NOTES; MacLeod and Dunsmore were not on th eline-up card so I assume they have been cut.

Toronto:
Goal:
29 Willows G

Defence:
2 Turcotte - 6 Jackson
21 Werbowski - 26 Connell
3 Bernier - 24 Heide

Forwards:
17 Doyle - 22 Markovic - 25 Englebrechten
18 Luikkonen - 9 Boddy - 19 Brown
15 Klomp - 16 Van de Velde - 27 Cleverley
12 Valente - 23 Turner - 28 Deagle

Scratches:
4 Yolevski D / 5 Oakley D / 7 Halloran D
11 Knight RW / 20 Harris RW
30 Nishi G / 35 Sheehan G

NOTES: I am not sure who dressed as the backup goaltender.

Since no stats have been posted, this is an unofficial summary:

2nd 00:26 Manitoba: Dickin (Schappert)
3rd 02:00 Toronto: Deagle (Markovic) SH
3rd 04:50 Toronto: Cleverley (Klomp)
3rd 18:52 Toronto: Cleverley (Heide) EN
3rd 19:57 Toronto: ? PP

Shots on goal:
Manitoba ...... 14 16 13 - 43
Toronto .......  7  5  8 - 20

As you may infer from the shots on goal, this was a very one-sided game. If the teams repeat their performance on Sunday afternoon, the Bisons will probably win 6-2. Blues' goaltender Brett Willows made at least a half dozen spectacular saves, and had some goalpost and cross bar assistance, to keep the Blues close. It was tough for Caligiuri. The Bisons were seemingly on pace for a routine win when a loose puck on a PP led to a 2-on-1 break and a game-tieing goal for the Blues. The second goal, he would like to have over. It was an unscreened shot from the top of the left face-off circle.

As you can tell from the scratches, Captain Crowley and Ian Duval did not suit up for the Herd. Hopefully they will be ready for the Evil Monkeys next weekend.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD

I am off to watch the rematch, so I'll update the out of town scoreboard after the game.

Regina 2 Saskatchewan 5
Calgary 5 Alberta 4
UBC 5 Simon Fraser 1
Moncton 4 Acadia 5
Brock 1 Dalhousie 2 (ot)
Carleton 3 St. Thomas 0
Nipissing 3 York 2 (tournament final)
UOIT 9 Ryerson 1 (tournament 3rd)
RMC v Ottawa - moved to Sept 29

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Sept. 29: Bisons Get a Split to End Pre-Season

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TORONTO VARSITY BLUES 2
MANITOBA BISONS 4


Links:
:. [U of M Hockey Site (nothing posted yet)]


As was the case on Saturday, there was no League Stat upload for this one. (Also, no national anthem singer nor goal judges.) So here is everything (almost) that you would get if there was an actual link about this one:

Bisons:
Goal:

1 Caligiuri (1st period) - 34 Dubyk (2nd and 3rd periods)

Defence:
5 Christensen - 4 Schappert
12 Sutherland - 24 Bobbee
3 Landry - 22 Bestland

Forwards:
21 Dickin - 25 Ciarelli - 6 Paulsen
18 Kelly - 10 Rowinski - 29 Cain
16 Paradis - 15 Scott - 20 Lewadniuk
8 Coates - 28 Dalebozik

Scratches:
2 Crowley D / 17 Lauder F / 27 DePape
19 Duval F / 35 Rewucki G


NOTES: Same scrathes as Saturday, but Jordan DePape was added to the scratches. So the Bisons played one short.

Toronto:
Goal:

35 Sheehan (29 Willows)

Defence:
3 Bernier - 4 Yolevski
6 Jackson - 24 Heide
21 Werbowski - 26 Connell
5 Oakley

Forwards:
17 Doyle - 22 Markovic - 25 Englebrechten
18 Luikkonen - 9 Boddy - 19 Brown
15 Klomp - 16 Van de Velde - 27 Cleverley
11 Knight - 23 Turner - 28 Deagle

Scratches:
2 Turcotte D / 7 Halloran D
12 Valente / 20 Harris RW
30 Nishi G


NOTES: The Blahs dressed one extra defenceman for a 21-man roster and moved two starters from Friday to the pressbox.

And here is an unofficial summary:

1st 06:07 Manitoba: Bobbee (Coates & Paulsen)
1st 18:12 Toronto: Luikkonen (Brown & Yolevski)
2nd 19:55 Manitoba: Schappert (Paulsen & Dickin)
3rd 09:25 Toronto: Cleverley (Heide & Connell) pp
3rd 18:29 Manitoba: Rowinski (Kelly & Sutherland)
3rd 19:56 Manitoba: Cain (Paradis) en

Shots on goal:
Manitoba ...... 12 17 12 - 41
Toronto ....... 08 05 11 - 23


This game was very similar to Saturday's opener. The Bisons carried the play, limited Toronto (for the most part) to perimeter play, generated a massive advantage in territory and shots on goal, but could not score.

Toronto golatender Garrett Sheehan was very good in goal. He never made the spectacular saves that Brett Willows made on Saturday night. But he still kept his team in a game that could have over mid-way through the 2nd period.

The Bisons gave Joe Caligiuri the start and one more period in net. He was fighting the puck on Saturday and, since he appears tipped to be the #1, I don't think they wante dhim to face the Evil Monkeys coming off a game like that. So, he got one more period. Deven Dubyk gives me lots of confidence. Since the Bisons not only play two games against the Primates, they also play the No-Longer-Fighting Sioux, I suspect that the management will give each of them at least one start.

There must be some concern on the injury front. On each of the last two weekends the Bisons have dressed only 19 players for the second game. This time it was Jordan DePape who played just the once.

The Bisons shuffled their first three lines and played them all relatively equally. None stood out above the other. They all generated scoring chances by the bucket-load. But where is the finish? Was it just good opposition goaltending? These are the questions to be answered.

The 4th liners (Coates and Dalebozik) were used with a variety of linemates, often Ciarelli or Paulsen. I suspect that both are slated to be extra forwards this year once Lauder, Duval, and DePape are in the line-up.

The blueliners all looked good. I suspect that newcomer Pierre Landry will be the extra once Dane Crowley returns to the line-up. Over the weekend, Landry took a regular shift and was not out of place. Since Paulsen appears to have found a home with the forwards, I would feel a lot more comfortable if they had one more body on the roster. Maybe there is somebody in the pipeline.

The Bisons have finished the pre-season at 5-4-1, and the Blahs are 1-1-0.

The team also announced that the family of the late Wayne Fleming will be at Friday's home opener for a dedication ceremony. I am not sure what this entails but I am looking forward to it.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD

REGINA COUGARS 2
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5

Link: [U of S Story]

This was a late addition to the schedule, which I stumbled upon at the Regina schedule page. The Sask site is crappola. This is too bad since they are hosting the U-Cup this year. It would be nice if they had a good and easy-to-navigate website. I obtained a link for the game story on this one by going to the main sport site and clicking through to find a story. If you go to the hockey team's page, good luck. They have a roster page with a picture of each player and nothing else.

In this game Kenton Dulle scored a 3rd period hat-trick to win it for the Mangy Ones. The Canines are now 3-2-0 and the Felines 3-4-0 in the pre-season.

UBC THUNDERBIRDS 5
SIMON FRASER CLAN 1

Link: [UBC Story]

This was the return match and was hosted by The Clown. Therefore, no LeagueStat for this game. The Tweety-Birds should have kicked off the rust with this series. Next weekend they go way up north to Alaska for a pair of games before starting the regular season on October 11th against Bedrock. The sweep makes the T-Birds 2-0-0 in the pre-season.

CALGARY DINOSAURS 5
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4

Link: [U of A Linescore]

The Evil Monkeys are now on a losing streak. A weekend sweep at the hands of the Bedrock Boys has not happened for a while. Maybe it is a case of teams starting to catch up to the Monkeys after they got off to an early start. Nevertheless, the Monkeys are still 9-2-0 in the pre-season (best in the CW) and the Extinct Ones are 4-3-1 (tied with Manitoba for second).

OUT EAST:

MONCTON AIGLES BLEUS 4
ACADIA AXEMEN 5

Link: [AUS Schedule - No Summary]

BROCK BADGERS 1
DALHOUSIE TIGERS 2

(in overtime)
Link: [AUS Schedule - No Summary]


CARLETON RAVENS 3
ST. THOMAS TOMMIES 0

Link: [AUS Schedule - No Summary]

RYERSON RAMS 1
UOIT RIDGEBACKS 9

(York Tournament - 3rd place game)

NIPISSING LAKERS 3
YORK LIONS 2

(York Tournament - 1st place game)
Link: [York Tournament Story]


RMCC PALLADINS 1
OTTAWA GEEGEES 3

Link: [U of O Results]

UP NEXT:

Regular Season:
Fri Oct 4 Alberta at Manitoba
Fri Oct 4 Calgary at Regina
Fri Oct 4 Saskatchewan at Mount Royal
Sat Oct 5 Alberta at Manitoba
Sat Oct 5 Calgary at Regina
Sat Oct 5 Saskatchewan at Mount Royal

Exhibition:
Tue Oct 01 Laurier at Western Ontario
Wed Oct 02 York at Toronto
Thu Oct 03 Brock at UOIT
Thu Oct 03 RMC at UQTR
Thu Oct 03 Acadia at Queen's
Thu Oct 03 Moncton v St Francis-Xavier (at Shediac NB)
Fri Oct 04 UPEI at Lakehead
Fri Oct 04 Dalhousie at Carleton
Fri Oct 04 Nipissing at Ryerson
Fri Oct 04 Laurier at Windsor
Fri Oct 04 UBC at Alaska-Anchorage
Sat Oct 05 UPEI at Lakehead
Sat Oct 05 RMC at St. Thomas
Sat Oct 05 Nipissing at Ryerson
Sat Oct 05 York at UOIT
Sat Oct 05 Lethbridge at Minnesota
Sat Oct 05 Carleton at St. Lawrence
Sat Oct 05 Laurentian at Michigan Tech
Sat Oct 05 Laurier at Bowling Green
Sat Oct 05 McGill at Massachusetts-Lowell
Sat Oct 05 Ottawa at Vermont
Sat Oct 05 Queen's at Rochester IT
Sat Oct 05 Toronto at Ohio State
Sat Oct 05 Western Ontario at Michigan State
Sat Oct 05 Windsor at Miami-Ohio
Sat Oct 05 Acadia at New Hampshire
Sat Oct 05 Dalhousie at Northeastern
Sat Oct 05 St. Francis-Xavier at Boston University
Sat Oct 05 St. Mary's at Rensselaer PI
Sun Oct 06 Lethbridge at Minnesota St.-Mankato
Sun Oct 06 Manitoba at North Dakota
Sun Oct 06 UBC at Alaska (Fairbanks)
Sun Oct 06 Guelph at Notre Dame
Sun Oct 06 Laurentian at Northern Michigan
Sun Oct 06 Laurier at Bowling Green
Sun Oct 06 McGill at Merrimack
Sun Oct 06 Toronto at Robert Morris
Sun Oct 06 Waterloo at Michigan
Sun Oct 06 Acadia at Vermont
Sun Oct 06 Dalhousie at Maine
Sun Oct 06 New Brunswick at Colorado College
Sun Oct 06 Saint Mary's at Quinpiac
Sun Oct 06 St. Francis-Xavier at Boston College
 

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Scholarship and Arena To Be Named After Wayne Fleming

 

There were two major announcements made by the U of M concerning honouring the late Wayne Fleming.

First, a scholarship has been set up and it has been announced that captain Dane Crowley is the first winner.

"Dane Crowley is the ideal inaugural recipient of the Wayne Fleming Legacy Athletic Scholarship," commented Bison men's hockey head coach Mike Sirant. "He truly exemplifies the characteristics of Wayne Fleming; exceptional athletic ability, team leadership, strong work ethic, passion and dedication to the sport of hockey."

Crowley, 26, is entering his final year of eligibility with the Bison men's hockey program and will be the team captain for a second consecutive season. The Winnipeg native has exhibited strong leadership abilities that have been instrumental in helping elevate the Bisons to one of the most competitive teams in CIS men's hockey during his four years in the program.

The hard-hitting, ultra-competitive defenseman is highly respected by his teammates, coaching staff and throughout the Canada West Conference. The 6'2", 210 lbs. player has been a Canada West All-Star for three consecutive seasons as well as twice being named the Bisons Best Defenseman. Crowley is also a past winner of the University of Manitoba Doug Hedley Award.

A student in the faculty of Engineering, Crowley earned 2012-13 CIS Academic All-Canadian honours for having a GPA of 3.50 or higher during a season. In addition, he has been an advocate for helping the community through various programs including holiday Siloam Mission visits, teaching and training young athletes, and participating in school visits during "I Love To Read Month".
Link: [Wayne Fleming Legacy Athletic Scholarship established and first recipient for the 2013-14 academic year is Bison Dane Crowley]

Second, the Arena is being re-named. It will now be known as the Wayne Fleming Arena located at the Max Bell Centre. For those who have not been on the campus. the Max Bell Centre includes an indoor track and field facility to the west of the hockey arena, with a gym and the usual workout facilities. Joined to those to the north is the Investor's Group Athletic Centre, which hosts volleyball, basketball, and other events. So there will still be facilities named after Max Bell.

Fleming had a very impressive resume. I quote:
After his graduation and his playing days were over, Fleming continued to be on the University of Manitoba campus as he was the assistant coach of the Bison men's hockey team for the next three years (1976-77 to 1979-80) and then moved from assistant to head coach in 1980-81 and was at the helm of the Bisons for nine seasons (1980-81 to 1986-87 and 1988-89 and '89-90). During those productive years, Fleming guided the Bisons to back-to-back GPAC (defunct now Great Plains Athletic Conference) Championships from 1983-84 (regular season record: 19-4-1) and 1984-85 (17-3-4) plus named GPAC Coach of the Year in 1982-83 and 1984-85 and also selected as Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (now CIS) Coach of the Year in 1984-85. His Bisons head coach conference regular season record for his nine seasons was 140-78-14 (a winning percentage of .634).

Fleming's legacy is more about the positive impact he had on shaping the lives of his players and students than just wins and loses. He was an exceptional coach, teacher, mentor and friend.

Fleming was influential in advancing the hockey careers of numerous Bison hockey student-athletes to professional hockey in North America and Europe. Notable players and coaches include former National Hockey League (NHL) players: Mike Ridley, Stu Grimson and Ron Talakoski, current NHL Head Coach Barry Trotz, current Bison men's hockey head coach Mike Sirant, and former Olympians Vaughn Karpan and Mark MacKay. Of greater importance is the impressive list of Fleming's former student-athletes who have become positive leaders in our community in diverse roles such as doctors, lawyers, politicians, teachers, coaches, sport administrators, policemen and businessmen.

After Manitoba and his successful tenure, Fleming continued to be very prominent in his coaching career both internationally and at the National Hockey League (NHL) level. He was part of the Canadian National Team from 1990-92 in the role of assistant coach and general manager as they proceeded to win a silver medal at the 1992 Winter Olympics. Then from 1992 until 1996, he was the head coach of Leksands IF of the Swedish Elitserien. Fleming was coach of the Landshut Cannibals in Germany for one year before returning to North America to become an assistant coach with the New York Islanders in 1997-98 for two seasons. He was also an assistant coach in the NHL for the Phoenix Coyotes (1999-00, '00-01), the Philadelphia Flyers (2002-03 to 2005-06), the Calgary Flames (2006-07, '08-09) and finished with the Tampa Bay Lightning (2010-11 and 2011-12). Fleming continue his success internationally as he went back to the Canadian national program in 2000 and was named the Vice President, Hockey by Hockey Canada and served as an associate coach for the national team when it captured a gold medal at the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics Games (first gold for Canada's men's hockey team in 50 years) and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

Wayne Fleming was inducted into the Manitoba Bisons Men's Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013.
Link: [Renaming of the arena at the Fort Garry campus will now be known as the Wayne Fleming Arena located at the Max Bell Centre]

The ceremony will take place before the game between the Bisons and Monkeys on Friday, October 4th.
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Coaches' Poll

1. Alberta ....... 70 (7)2. Saskatchewan .. 543. Calgary ....... 424. Manitoba ...... 36 (1)5. UBC ........... 316. Regina ........ 187. Mount Royal ... 128. Lethbridge ....  7
Based on a 10-8-6-4-3-2-1 system (first-place votes in parentheses). Coaches don't vote for themselves.

Link: [Canada West men's hockey: Golden Bears receive maximum votes from coaches in preseason poll]
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SEASON OPENER!

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (0-0-0, 9-2-0, OHT36 #-)
MANITOBA BISONS (0-0-0, 5-4-1, OHT36 #-)


Friday, October 4th, 7:00 p.m. CDT @ Wayne Fleming Arena, U of M
Saturday, October 5th, 6:00 p.m. CDT @ Wayne Fleming Arena, U of M


Live Links:
:. [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
:. [no live audio or video]

Manitoba Links:
:. [U of M Site]
:. [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
:. [Twitter] : [Facebook]

Alberta Links:
:. [U of A Team Site]
:. [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
:. [Twitter] : [Facebook]

Other Links:
:. [CW Season Preview]
:. [CIS Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links] : [Standings]
:. [CW Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links] : [Standings]
:. [CW Weekly Media Notes #1]
:. [Every Link Re: CIS Hockey]


The Bisons are in for a stiff test, facing the Evil Monkeys right off the bat. Even though the Primates were swept last weekend, they have been the dominant team so far. The Herd has managed to compensate for many key departures in the forward lines to assemble a pretty good team. One thing they will have to do is convert offensive pressure into goals. Last weekend against Toronto they salvaged a split from a series which should have been an easy sweep.

The big questions are:
1. Will Joe Caligiuri rebound to his 2011-12 form where he was the #1 goaltender?
2. Will Ian Duval be ready to return to the line-up?
3. Will the defence keep the Monkeys on the perimeter as they did last season? (In the home games, at least.)
4. Will second year players like Paradis, Kelly, and Scott blossom into top line players?
5. Will the first year players continue to pace the team up front? (Kind of ike the Jets, right?)

Don't forget, be there early Friday for the Wayne Fleming dedication ceremony.

As for the links, the CW site has a preview story which has all the major additions and deletions. The pdf format weekly notes should be downloaded. It has all of last season's final stats and is a keeper.

The Evil Monkeys are the defending CW champs. They finished first, won the playoffs, scored the most goals, gave up the fewest goals, and then lost in the opening game at nationals. In that one they outshot Waterloo 43-13 yet lost 2-1. Somewhat similar to Saturday's game when the Bisons lost to the Blahs.

One thing to note - although Alberta was first in goals for and against, the Bisons were also 2nd in both categories. Amazingly, Alberta gave up just 46 goals in conference play, 25 fewer than Manitoba. Quite a gap.

My expectations for these teams: Alberta will finish first, and Manitoba anywhere from 2nd to 4th.

ELSEWHERE:

SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (0-0-0, 3-2-0, OHT36 #-)
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (0-0-0, 1-2-0, OHT36 #-)


Links:
:. [Live Video]
:. [MRU Preview Story] : [U of S Athletics]


Last year the New-Kittens-on-the-Block started by surprising the Banjo-Mutts on opening weekend. (Why are the CW repeating the opening weekend from last season's schedule anyhow?) One would think Sask is shooting for a 3 point minimum on this road trip. Sask did lose once to the Old Cats in pre-season.

My expectations for these teams: Sask will finish anywhere from 2nd to 4th, Mount Royal from 6th to 8th.

CALGARY DINOSAURS (0-0-0, 5-4-1, OHT36 #-)
REGINA COUGARS (0-0-0, 3-4-0, OHT36 #-)


Links:
:. [no live audio or video]
:. [U of R Team Site] : [U of C Preview Story]


To me, the Banjo-Cats seemed dreadfully weak. Yet they were able to do well against everybody other than the Bisons. Is Calgary a threat this year? They did sweep the Evil Monkeys last weekend. They have had a solid pre-season and should be comparable to last year.

My expectations for these teams: Alberta will finish anywhere from 2nd to 5th, and Regina from 5th to 8th.

NON-CONFERENCE GAMES:

UBC THUNDERBIRDS (0-0-0, 2-0-0, OHT36 #-)
ALASKA-ANCHORAGE SEAWOLVES (NCAA: 0-0-0, 0-0-0)
ALASKA-FAIRBANKS NANOOKS (NCAA: 0-0-0, 0-0-0)


Links:
:. [UAA Team Site] : [UAF Team Site]
:. [UBC Team Site]


The Tweety-Birds are flying up the coast to Alaska. Say "hi" to Sarah Palin, OK? On paper, UBC should be better. Could they finally crack the top 4 for the first time since actual dinosaurs roamed Bedrock?

My expectations for UBC: anywhere from 4th to 6th.

LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (0-0-0, 0-4-0, OHT36 #-)
MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS (NCAA: 0-0-0, 0-0-0)
MINNESOTA STATE MAVERICKS (NCAA: 0-0-0, 0-0-0)


Links:
:. [UM Team Site] : [MSU Team Site]
:. [U of L Team Site]


These games are cringe-worthy. The H0rny Ones only won 2 games last year, and they are already 0-4-0. I would much sooner see the Monkeys or Bedrock Boys making this trip.

My expectations for Lethbridge: 7th or 8th.

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MANITOBA BISONS (0-0-0, 5-4-1, OHT36 #-)
NORTH DAKOTA (NCAA: 0-0-0, 0-0-0)


Links:
:. [UND Team Site]


Why wouldn't the Bisons get the CW to give them this weekend to hit the States and allow them to play the Monkeys during the bye week? This kind of stinks. A 3rd game in 3 nights after facing Saudi Alberta is by far the toughest weekend of the season for any CIS team.

Last year UND won this game 5-3. The Bisons then tied Bemidji 3-3 the next night. Both were away games, as they always are when NCAA teams are involved.

UND really needs a nickname. The NCAA made them drop "Fighting Sioux". I guess for now they are the "Surrendering Farm Boys". Too bad. I liked the old logo.

OUT EAST:

Note: All are non-conference games.

Tue Oct 01 Laurier 2 Western Ontario 5 : [Link]
Wed Oct 02 York 2 Toronto 5 : [Link]
Thu Oct 03 Brock at UOIT
Thu Oct 03 RMC at UQTR
Thu Oct 03 Acadia at Queen's
Thu Oct 03 Moncton v St Francis-Xavier (at Shediac NB)
Fri Oct 04 UPEI at Lakehead
Fri Oct 04 Dalhousie at Carleton
Fri Oct 04 Nipissing at Ryerson
Fri Oct 04 Laurier at Windsor
Sat Oct 05 UPEI at Lakehead
Sat Oct 05 RMC at St. Thomas
Sat Oct 05 Nipissing at Ryerson
Sat Oct 05 York at UOIT
Sat Oct 05 Carleton at St. Lawrence
Sat Oct 05 Laurentian at Michigan Tech
Sat Oct 05 Laurier at Bowling Green
Sat Oct 05 McGill at Massachusetts-Lowell
Sat Oct 05 Ottawa at Vermont
Sat Oct 05 Queen's at Rochester IT
Sat Oct 05 Toronto at Ohio State
Sat Oct 05 Western Ontario at Michigan State
Sat Oct 05 Windsor at Miami-Ohio
Sat Oct 05 Acadia at New Hampshire
Sat Oct 05 Dalhousie at Northeastern
Sat Oct 05 St. Francis-Xavier at Boston University
Sat Oct 05 St. Mary's at Rensselaer PI
Sun Oct 06 Guelph at Notre Dame
Sun Oct 06 Laurentian at Northern Michigan
Sun Oct 06 Laurier at Bowling Green
Sun Oct 06 McGill at Merrimack
Sun Oct 06 Toronto at Robert Morris
Sun Oct 06 Waterloo at Michigan
Sun Oct 06 Acadia at Vermont
Sun Oct 06 Dalhousie at Maine
Sun Oct 06 New Brunswick at Colorado College
Sun Oct 06 Saint Mary's at Quinpiac
Sun Oct 06 St. Francis-Xavier at Boston College

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Oct. 4: Herd Loses Opener

 

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5
MANITOBA BISONS 0


Links:
:. [U of M Story] : [U of M Boxscore]
:. [CW Story (on all games)]
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


After a long ceremony it is not unusual for the home side to come out flat. Problem is, once the Bisons got down they were unable to rally in this one. Here's how they lined up:

Bisons:
Goal:

1 Caligiuri (34 Dubyk)

Defence:
22 Bestland - 2 Crowley
5 Christensen - 4 Schappert
12 Sutherland - 24 Bobbee

Forwards:
21 Dickin - 25 Ciarelli - 6 Paulsen
16 Paradis - 20 Lewadniuk - 15 Scott
18 Kelly - 10 Rowinski - 29 Cain
8 Coates - 17 Lauder - 27 DePape

Scratches:
3 Landry D / 19 Duval F
28 Dalebozik F / 35 Rewucki G

Alberta:
Goal:

31 Mucha (30 Siemens)

Defence:
6 Lindemulder - 25 Barteaux
15 Joe - 22 Caige
52 Rowley - 5 Carr

Forwards:
23 Dyck - 16 Ringrose - 9 Lazo
40 Koper - 11 Redick - 17 Foster
10 Crooks - 8 Ferguson - 12 Hickmott
7 Nichol - 18 Dobrowolski - 20 Rachinski

I fully expect a better performance in Saturday's rematch.

It was too bad the game went the way it did. The crowd was large and noisy, spurred on by the Engineering Smonized Marching Band (in their vintage Jets/Molson jerseys). I don't know how they count crowds, but the place had a playoff-size crowd.

Don't forget - Saturday games start at 6:00 this year.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD

CALGARY DINOSAURS 5
REGINA COUGARS 2

Links:
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [U of R Weekend Preview] : [U of R Game Story]


It wasn't just the Bisons. The home teams lost all three games on opening night. A three-goal second period did the Banjo-Cats in. Kris Lazaruk started ahead of Jacob DeSerres in the Bedrock goal. He never played at all last year.

SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2

Links:
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [MRU Weekend Preview] : [MRU Game Story]


The Banjo-Mutts got off to an early 3-0 lead then held on for the win. The shots were pretty close, so maybe the New-Kittens-on-the-Block can salvage a split.

UBC THUNDERBIRDS 1
ALASKA-ANCHORAGE SEAWOLVES 2

Links:
:. [Video Highlights]
:. [UAA Story] : [Boxscore]
:. [UBC Preview] : :. [UBC Story]


This appears to have been a pretty tight game. We'll have to see if the Birds can mount more offence this year.

OUT EAST:

Thu Oct 03
Brock 3 UOIT 2 : [LINK]
RMC 3 UQTR 1 : [LINK]
Acadia at Queen's - deleted from schedule
Moncton 2 St Francis-Xavier 4 : [LINK]

Fri Oct 04
UPEI 4 Lakehead 1 : [LINK]
Dalhousie 3 Carleton 7 : [LINK]
Nipissing 3 Ryerson 4 : [LINK]
Laurier 3 Windsor 4 : [LINK]

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Oct. 5: Monkeys Get a Sweep

 

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4
MANITOBA BISONS 0


Links:
:. [U of M Story] reposted at [U of A]
:. [U of M Boxscore]
:. [CW Story (on all games)]
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [CIS Friday Roundup] : [CIS Saturday Roundup]


I cannot remember he last time the Bisons had a scoreless weekend. But here we go ...

The scores and stats do not look flattering, to say the least. However it has to be said that the Bisons were largely matching the Evil Monkeys until fallin apart after a controversial goal.

Anyhow, I got there early so I could see warm-up. The things that stood out were that Caligiuri was fighting the puck in goal, and that a high percentage of shots were wide or over the goal. The lack of finish that turned what should have been a routine sweep against Toronto into a split is likely just something with which to be patient this season.

Here's how they lined up:

Bisons:
Goal:

1 Caligiuri (34 Dubyk)

Defence:
22 Bestland - 2 Crowley
5 Christensen - 4 Schappert
12 Sutherland - 24 Bobbee
3 Landry

Forwards:
21 Dickin - 25 Ciarelli - 27 DePape
16 Paradis - 20 Lewadniuk - 6 Paulsen
18 Kelly - 10 Rowinski - 15 Scott
8 Coates - 17 Lauder

Scratches:
19 Duval F / 28 Dalebozik F
29 Cain F / 35 Rewucki G

NOTES: From Friday, Cain was dropped and Landry was added. The right wings shuffled lines. Landry played mostly when another defenceman was in the box.

Alberta:
Goal:

30 Siemens (31 Mucha)

Defence:
6 Lindemulder - 25 Barteaux
15 Joe - 22 Caige
52 Rowley - 5 Carr

Forwards:
23 Dyck - 16 Ringrose - 9 Lazo
40 Koper - 11 Redick - 17 Foster
10 Crooks - 8 Ferguson - 12 Hickmott
7 Nichol - 18 Dobrowolski - 20 Rachinski

Scratches:
1 Rollheiser G / 3 Toll D / 4 Yadlowski D
19 Dailey RW / 37 Toomey C / 55 Smith D

NOTES: The Monkeys never changed anything but starting goaltender.

The controversial goal came about 4 minutes into the 2nd period. The Bisons had a breakout and Schappert joined the rush. He uncharcateristically lost his footing, giving the Primates a turnover and a counter rush. It ended with Ringrose scoring whilst a little chimp was sitting on Caligiuri. Goaltender interference? Not according to the stripes.

The Bisons now hit Highway 75 for a Sunday trip to Grand Forks to face the UND Peacemaking Scandinavians. Frankly, a game right now is the last thing the Bisons need. A day off followed by a week of practice to get ready for next weekend would be a much better plan. The Banjoland Mangy Mutts will be at the Wayne Fleming Arena for another double-header.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD

CALGARY DINOSAURS 4
REGINA COUGARS 1

Links:
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [U of R Game Story]


This decisive win gave the Bedrock Boys a sweep. Jacob DeSerres was in the Bedrock goal, and the Kittens replied with Andrew Hayes. So both sides switched goaltenders. Calgary will host UBC next weekend, and Regina will host Lethbridge.

SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 1
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 5

Links:
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [MRU Game Story]


This result is a bit of a milestone as it marks MRU's first win over the Mangy Ones. (Manitoba is the only CW team they have yet to defeat.) I suspect the scoreline may mislead a bit, since Sask outshot their hosts 34-32 on the night. It was also a 3-1 game until MRU scored an empty-netter, followed by a PP goal with 5 seconds left.

In an odd roster note, Dalyn Flette was the only goaltender dressed for the New-Kittens-on-the-Block. They went with 19 skaters on the 20-man line-up sheet. I am not sure why. Also, their top goal-scorer from last season, Eric Galbraith, scored twice. The Mutts started Ryan Holfield again. He played in 27 of 28 games last year, so that mas a predictable move by Coach 'Dolph.

Next weekend the Banjo-Mutts visit Friendly Manitoba, and the NKOTB play the Evil Monkeys in a home-and-home.

UBC THUNDERBIRDS 1
ALASKA-FAIRBANKS NANOOKS 8

Links:
:. [UAF Preview]
:. [UAF Story] : [Boxscore]
:. [UBC Story]


After a pretty decent game on Friday, the Birds must have been frozen stiff in the wilds of Alaska in Saturday's tour finale. Despite the margin of victory, the shots were 37-24, which is decisive but not gawd-awful. Mark Hewitt was in the UBC net. Next weekend the 'Birds travel to Bedrock to face the team that has eliminated them in the quarter-finals in each of the last two seasons.

LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1
MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS 5

Links:
:. [UM Preview] : [YouTube Video]
:. [UM Story] : [Boxscore (pdf)]


A 5-1 loss sounds one-sided, and the shots were 46-12 for the Rodents. In other words, the usual game for the H0rny Ones! However, it was a 1-1 game 15 minutes into the 2nd period. So the H0rny Ones probably left the building happy. They face Minnesota State on Sunday before going to Regina for a pair of games next weekend.

OUT EAST:

Regular Season

York 3 UOIT 2 (OT) : [CIS] : [LeagueStat]
Friday's Brock win over UOIT was actually a regular season game as well.

Exhibition Games:

OUA/AUS
UPEI 7 Lakehead 1 : [LU Story]
RMC 1 St. Thomas 5 : [Pids' Site - pop-up story]

OUA
Nipissing 3 Ryerson 4 : [RU Story]

OUA/NCAA
Carleton 2 St. Lawrence 4
Laurentian 2 Michigan Tech 3
Laurier 1 Bowling Green 7
McGill 3 Massachusetts-Lowell 3 : [LeagueStat]
Ottawa 0 Vermont 7
Queen's 2 Rochester IT 1
Toronto 1 Ohio State 9
Western Ontario 2 Western Michigan 5
Windsor 2 Miami-Ohio 8

AUS/NCAA
Acadia 3 New Hampshire 6
Dalhousie 0 Northeastern 5
St. Francis-Xavier 1 Boston University 2
St. Mary's 1 Rensselaer PI 5
New Brunswick 0 Colorado College 5 (moved from Sunday)

Link for NCAA scores: http://www.uscho.com/scoreboard/division-i-men/2013-2014/composite-schedule/#ixzz2ZT8k20m6
Link for AUS scores: http://www.atlanticuniversitysport.com/sports/mice/2013-14/schedule

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Oct. 6: 3 games, 3 days, 0 goals :(

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MANITOBA BISONS 0
NORTH DAKOTA 3

Links:
:. [UND Story] :. [Boxscore]
:. [UND Game Notes] :. [USCHO Poll]
:. [UND Video Highlights]
:. [Free Press Story on Arena Naming]

On the negative side, the Bisons went 3 games wihtout a goal this weekend. On the positive side, they gave up one fewer goal each game.

These games were also against two good teams. No CIS rankings are out but I would guess Alberta would be in the top 2. At the links, there are stories where UND ranks anywhere from #5 to #7 in the NCAA pre-season polls.

The Bisons went with same line-up as on Saturday night. Caliguri and Dubyk split the game in goal.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD

LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1
MINNESOTA STATE MAVERICKS 7
Links:
:. [MSU Story]

Things look rough for he H0rny Ones. Outshot 52-11 and never really in this one. They will hope to do better against Regina.

OUT EAST:

Exhibition Games:

Brock 1 Canisius 7
Guelph 2 Notre Dame 5
Laurentian 2 Northern Michigan 3
McGill 1 Merrimack 1 (ot)
Toronto 0 Robert Morris 2
Waterloo 2 Michigan 1
Acadia 1 Vermont 4
Dalhousie 1 Maine 5
Saint Mary's 2 Quinpiac 7
St. Francis-Xavier 2 Boston College 9
New Brunswick 2 Denver 1

Link for NCAA scores: http://www.uscho.com/scoreboard/division-i-men/2013-2014/composite-schedule/#ixzz2ZT8k20m6
Link for AUS scores: http://www.atlanticuniversitysport.com/sports/mice/2013-14/schedule

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Weekend Preview: Mutts Thankful to Leave Saskatchewan

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (1-1-0, 4-3-0, OHT36 #-)
MANITOBA BISONS (0-2-0, 5-7-1, OHT36 #-)


Friday, October 11th, 7:00 p.m. CDT @ Wayne Fleming Arena, U of M
Saturday, October 12th, 6:00 p.m. CDT @ Wayne Fleming Arena, U of M


Live Links:
:. [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
:. [Live Video - to be confirmed]

Manitoba Links:
:. [Captains Named Story]
:. [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
:. [Twitter] : [Facebook]

Saskatchewan Links:
:. [U of S Team Site]
:. [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
:. [Twitter] : [Facebook]

Other Links:
:. [CW Weekend Preview (on other 3 series)]
:. [Manitoban Story on Last Weekend]
:. [CIS Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links] : [Standings]
:. [CW Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links] : [Standings]
:. [CW Weekly Media Notes #2]
:. [CIS Top Ten Story] : [reposted at CW Story]
:. [Every Link Re: CIS Hockey]


The Banjo-Mutts are coming for a turkey dinner. Which will make quite a change from their traditional Thanksgiving fare, i.e. possum shanks and crawdads, consumed with banjo music playing in the background.

Of course, what we in the civilized world consider modern upgrades, the Mangy Ones often observe with bewilderment. In past years their players have been caught drinking out of the toilets. (Just imagine if your puppy had arms!) Seldom did they shower, and on the rare occasion when one of them would accidentally wander in and get wet, he would try to shake himself dry and make the walls an absolute mess. I hear they do appreciate stpre-bought toilet paper.

Last weekend, the Bisons were blanked 3 games in a row. Meanwhile, the Mutts were held to 2 points at Mount Royal. Both sides had a reasonable but not awe-inspiring pre-season, and are quite likely disappointed with last weekend.

Departed from last years Pack of Hounds are: Kyle Bortis (leading scorer), Jimmy Bubnick (4th), Craig McCallum (6th), Brandon Herrod (7th), Chris Durand (9th), Michael Kaye (12th), Ryan Funk (15th), Jordan Peddie (18th), and goaltender David Reekie. So both sides have had significant turnover at the top of their depth charts. Their LeagueStat roster lists 12 forwards and 11 defencemen. Sometimes they mix guys up. If you check the roster link, you will see that they have 4 new forwards, 4 new defencemen, and one goaltender. In my view, they have not upgraded (on paper).

Clearly, both sides have had some significant changes. Somewhat surprising in Sask's case, since they are hosting the U-Cup tournament and get an automatic berth. That usually is a sign to hang on to players.

This week's big question for the Bisons has to be: Will somebody score? Despite the loss of a number of top forwards, the Bisons scored 34 goals in their first 10 exhibition games, a pretty good output.

ELSEWHERE:

LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (0-0-0, 0-6-0, OHT36 #-)
REGINA COUGARS (0-2-0, 3-6-0, OHT36 #-)


Links:
:. [Live Video]
:. [U of R Preview Story] : [U of L Preview Story]


The H0rny Ones have followed last year's disaster with a very weak pre-season. Hopefully they will regain at least some form. Who want's a 2-win team in the league?

MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (1-1-0, 2-3-0, OHT36 #-)
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (2-0-0, 11-2-0, OHT36 #-)


Links:
:. [Live Video]
:. [MRU Story] : [U of A Story]


The New-Kittens-on-the-Block split with Sask last weekend, and did manage a win over the Monkeys last year. I would not take them lightly but I am sure the Primates expect 4 points from this home-and-home series.

UBC THUNDERBIRDS (0-0-0, 2-2-0, OHT36 #-)
CALGARY DINOSAURS (2-0-0, 7-4-1, OHT36 #-)


Links:
:. [no live audio or video]
:. [U of C Story] : [UBC Preview Story]


The past two seasons have seen UBC make a push for 4th place and the right to host a quarter-final. However, Bedrock U have chased them down both times, then beat them in the playoffs. UBC have recruited well (on paper) but have also lost some significant reliable players, including their goaltender. UBC did not face any CIS opposition in the pre-season so are hard to gauge. The Dinos ended the pre-season with 2 wins over the Monkeys. This series will draw some interest around the league.

OUT EAST:

Monday, October 7
X New Brunswick at U.S. Air Force - Cancelled
X Lakehead 7 Minnesota-Duluth 1 : [LU Story]

Tuesday, October 8
X Guelph 4 Mercyhurst 3 : [U of G Story]

Wednesday, October 9
Concordia 3 UOIT 2 : [CIS Wednesday Round-up]
X Western Ontario at Michigan State

Thursday, October 10
Laurentian 6 York 1 : [CIS Thursday Round-up]
UOIT 2 Waterloo 3 : [LS Thursday Daily]

Friday, October 11
X Dalhousie v Acadia
X Saint Mary’s v St. Francis-Xavier
Concordia at Western Ontario
Laurentian at Brock
McGill at Ryerson
Ottawa at Toronto
Carleton at Windsor
UQTR at Guelph
RMC at Lakehead

Saturday, October 12
X St. Thomas v Moncton
Ottawa at Ryerson
UQTR at Western
Queen’s at Waterloo
Nipissing at York
McGill at Toronto
Carleton at Windsor
Concordia at Guelph
RMC at Lakehead

Sunday, October 13
Nipissing at Brock

X Exhibition Game

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Oct. 11: Duval Returns with a Hat-Trick

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 1
MANITOBA BISONS 4


Links:
:. [U of M Story] : [U of M Boxscore]
:. [CW Story (on all games)]
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [CanadaWest.tv - webcast]


The Bisons needed a shot in the arm after last weekend's power outage. And they got it from the return of Ian Duval. He was injured 3 weeks ago against the Banjo-Cats, and returned to score a hat-trick and pace the Herd to a win over the Banjo-Mutts. Here's how they lined up:

Bisons:
Goal:

1 Caligiuri (34 Dubyk)

Defence:
2 Crowley - 3 Landry
5 Christensen - 4 Schappert
12 Sutherland - 24 Bobbee

Forwards:
16 Paradis - 25 Ciarelli - 6 Paulsen
21 Dickin - 19 Duval - 27 DePape
20 Lewadniuk - 10 Rowinski - 29 Cain
18 Kelly - 15 Scott - 17 Lauder

Scratches:
8 Coates F / 22 Bestland D
28 Dalebozik F / 35 Rewucki G

Saskatchewan:
Goal:

31 Holfield (30 Voth)

Defence:
2 McFaull - 13 Stebner
26 K Aschim - 27 Ward
3 Cox - 4 Delahey

Forwards:
19 Hulak - 17 Dulle - 16 Ross
15 Niegum - 24 Smuk - 20 S Aschim
21 Bailey - 10 Bosch
9 Spafford - 28 Lawrence - 7 Roach

Scratches:
6 Hobbs D / 8 Inglis F / 18 Thiessen D
22 Suer D / 25 McDonald F / 32 Schmidt G


The Bisons made their imprint on the game early and dominated the 1st period. However, it was still a 0-0 tie at the intermission.

The Mutts opened scoring in the 2nd period. A funny bounce off the glass and the Ross-Hulak-Dulle combo cashed in on the opportunity. The Bisons tied it when Duval was set up on a short breakaway after a turnover. He had Ryan Holfield going one way while his jock strap went the other, and it was 1-1. Travis Bobbee put the Bisons in front to stay when he pinched in and scored on a PP.

The Mutts recovered adequately as they pressed to tie the game, and in the 3rd period the Bisons crawled into a bit of a shell. But Duval made a nice defensive poke-check, which resulted in a 3-on-1 breakout. He faked a pass then scored. The goal seemed to deflate the Banjo-Mutts, allowing the Bisons to coast. Duval's 3rd goal was into an empty net.

Of note, Joe Caligiuri had his best game of the year.

The rematch goes Saturday at 6:00 p.m. at the Wayne Fleming Arena, and is available on CanadaWest.tv.

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OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD

LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 0
REGINA COUGARS 6

Links:
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [U of R Game Story]


Definitely not the start the H0rny Ones were looking for. The Banjo-Cats outshot them 36-20. A 4-goal 2nd period put this one away.

MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6

Links:
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [U of A Linescore - game story to be uploaded]


MRU led this one 1-0 after the 1st but the Evil Monkeys gained steam as the game went along. This one was in Edmontown, and the rematch is down south.

UBC THUNDERBIRDS 1
CALGARY DINOSAURS 3

Links:
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [U of C Game Story]
:. [UBC Game Story]


This anticipated rematch turned into a replay as the Tweety-Birds were again downed by their nemesis. This makes the Bedrock Boys 3-0, and was UBC's 1st league game.

OUT EAST:

Links: [LeagueStat Daily] : [CIS Schedule/Results]

Concordia 2 Western Ontario 3 (ot)
Laurentian 2 Brock 1
Ottawa 2 Toronto 3
McGill 2 Ryerson 3 (ot)
Carleton 8 Windsor 1
RMC 2 Lakehead 5
UQTR 3 Guelph 5

Links: [AUS Schedule/Results]

St. F-X 2 Saint Mary's 0 (ex)
Dalhousie 1 Acadia 5 (ex)

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Oct. 12: Mutts Rally for a Split

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5
MANITOBA BISONS 0

Links:
:. [U of M Story] : [U of M Boxscore]
:. [CW Story (on all games)] :. [CIS Saturday Roundup]
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]

While it is true that the Bisons were shut-out for the 4th time in 5 games, this was quite unlike the others. For one thing, it followed a win. For another, for almost half the game this was a 0-0 tie in which the Bisons looked to have a great chabnce to achieve a sweep.

The one great thing about the night was that the Banjo-Mutts wore a new light green jersey instead of those ugly black blobs they usually wear. (With dark green numbers, those are the only uniforms around worse than the Bison browns for being able to read the players' numbers.)

Also, the Bisons did not dress Brock Sutherland, leaving them one bull short of a full herd. For that matter, the Mutts were one puppy short of a litter both nights, also.

Bisons:
Goal:
1 Caligiuri - 34 Dubyk

Defence:
2 Crowley - 3 Landry
5 Christensen - 4 Schappert
24 Bobbee

Forwards:
16 Paradis - 25 Ciarelli - 6 Paulsen
21 Dickin - 19 Duval - 27 DePape
20 Lewadniuk - 10 Rowinski - 29 Cain
18 Kelly - 15 Scott - 17 Lauder

Scratches:
8 Coates F / 12 Sutherland D / 22 Bestland D
28 Dalebozik F / 35 Rewucki G

Saskatchewan:
Goal:
31 Holfield (30 Voth)

Defence:
2 McFaull - 13 Stebner
26 K Aschim - 27 Ward
3 Cox - 4 Delahey

Forwards:
10 Bosch - 19 Hulak - 7 Roach
9 Spafford - 28 Lawrence - 16 Ross
24 Smuk - 17 Dulle - 21 Bailey
15 Niegum - 20 S Aschim

Scratches:
6 Hobbs D / 8 Inglis F / 18 Thiessen D
22 Suer D / 25 McDonald F / 32 Schmidt G

This win allowed the Mutts to slip past the Bisons in the standings, as they are now 2-2-0 and the Bisons fall to 1-3-0 in conference play. This mini-round-robin ends next weekend with the Mutts hosting the Monkeys and the Bisons off to Calgary to face MRU. The Bisons' next games at the Wayne Fleming Arena will be against the Dinos on October 25-26. So by the end of the first month they will have played their home series against their three top rivals.

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OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD

LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1
REGINA COUGARS 4
Links:
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [U of R Game Story]

The Banjo-Cats completed a much-needed home ice sweep of the H0rny Ones, who at least showed some improvement. This levels the Cats' record at 2-2-0 and the Viagra-less fall to 0-2-0. The 'Horns will host Calgary in their home opener next weekend, and the Kittens are off to British California.

ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 1
Links:
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [U of A Friday Story] : [U of A Saturday Story]
:. [MRU Friday Story] : [U of A Saturday Story

This weekend series sounded like a tennis match, 6-2, 6-1. Saturday's game was a tight one until the 3rd period when the Evil Monkeys scored 4 unanswered goals on 14 shots. The New-Kittens-on-the-Block will host the Bisons next weekend, and the Monkeys will visit the Mutts.

UBC THUNDERBIRDS 5
CALGARY DINOSAURS 9
Links:
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [U of C Game Story]
:. [UBC Game Story]

In the Town of Bedrock the hopes of the Tweety-Birds to be a top contender became a page right out of history. Actually, when I heard the score was 9-to-5 I started thinking about Dolly Parton. Anyhow, a six goal 2nd period outburst burried the 'Birds. They had built a 2-0 lead after the 1st. Then after pulling goaltender Matt Hewitt they rallied to make it 6-4 early in the 3rd. Crazy game. The Dinos are now 4-0-0, and UBC is 0-2-0.

OUT EAST:

Links: [LeagueStat Daily] : [CIS Schedule/Results]

Ottawa 6 Ryerson 7
UQTR 3 W. Ontario 5
Queen's 2 Waterloo 3 OT
Nipissing 2 York 4
RMC 2 Lakehead 5
Concordia 2 Guelph 3
Carleton 2 Windsor 5
McGill 3 Toronto 0

Links: [AUS Schedule/Results]

St. Thomas 2 Montcon 6 (ex)

UP NEXT:

Oct. 13
Nipissing at Brock 3:15 PM

Oct. 16
Concordia at UQTR 7:00 PM

Oct. 18
Manitoba at Mount Royal 7:00 PM
Alberta at Saskatchewan 7:00 PM
Calgary at Lethbridge 7:00 PM
Regina at UBC 7:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Moncton 7:00 PM
St. F-X at New Brunswick 7:00 PM
UPEI at Dalhousie 7:00 PM
St. Thomas at Acadia 7:00 PM
Carleton at Nipissing 7:00 PM
Ottawa at McGill 7:00 PM
Laurentian at RMC 7:00 PM
Lakehead at Guelph 7:30 PM
York at Queen's 7:30 PM
Ryerson at Toronto 7:30 PM
Windsor at Waterloo 7:30 PM

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Weekend Preview: Herd is off to Cougartown

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MANITOBA BISONS (1-3-0, 6-8-1, OHT36 #11)
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (1-3-0, 2-5-0, OHT36 #26)


Friday, October 18th, 8:00 CDT / 7:00 MDT @ MRU
Saturday, October 19th, 2:00 CDT / 1:00 MDT @ MRU


Live Links:
:. [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
:. [Live Video - CanadaWest.tv both nights]

Manitoba Links:
:. [Bison Hockey Site]
:. [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
:. [Twitter] : [Facebook]

Mount Royal Links:
:. [MRU Weekend Preview]
:. [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
:. [Twitter] : [Facebook]

Other Links:
:. [CW Weekend Preview (on other 3 series)]
:. [CIS Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links] : [Standings]
:. [CW Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links] : [Standings]
:. [CW Weekly Media Notes #3 (pdf)]
:. [CIS Top Ten Story]
:. [Every Link Re: CIS Hockey]


The New-Kittens-on-the-Block have now started their second season in the CW after being a dominant team for many years in the ACAC. They and the Bisons are both 1-3, after two games against each of Alberta and Sask.

The underlying stories on this series are shutouts and streaks.

The Bisons have been shutout in 3 of 4 regular season games so far. They were also shutout in a non-conference game in that time frame, to make it 4 out of 5. This raises the question: Who could score? Ian Duval bounced back from the injured list to record a hat-trick. Other lines have produced chances. Now we have to see who has that midas touch around the net.

One streak the Bisons have is a winning streak over the NKOTB. They beat them all 4 games last year, and are the only team MRU has yet to beat. Of note, the Banjo-Mutts had such a streak going until 2 weeks ago when MRU split a pair of games with them.

ELSEWHERE:

LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (0-2-0, 0-8-0, OHT36 #36)
CALGARY DINOSAURS (4-0-0, 9-4-1, OHT36 #3)


Links:
:. [Live Video - CanadaWest.tv both nights]
:. [U of L Preview Story] : [U of C Preview Story]


This is a home-and-home series, and opens Friday in Lethbridge. Calgary is off to a great start, even racking up 2 wins over the Evil Monkeys in exhibition games. This could get ugly for the H0rny Ones.

ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (4-0-0, 13-2-0, OHT36 #1)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (2-2-0, 5-4-0, OHT36 #8)


Links:
:. [Live Video - CanadaWest.tv Saturday only]
:. [U of S Games at CUC] : [U of A Story on Koper]


This is a battle of the teams I have seen the last two weekends. My pick would be Alberta by lots, but you never know.

Sask have announced that their home series against Manitoba and Calgary in January will be moved from the Rutherdump to Credit Union Centre.

REGINA COUGARS (2-2-0, 5-6-0, OHT36 #17)
UBC THUNDERBIRDS (0-2-0, 2-4-0, OHT36 #21)


Links:
:. [no live audio or video]
:. [UBC Weekend Preview]
:. [U of R Weekend Preview]


Last week, UBC was beaten by the team one place above them, and this week they play the team one place below them. The Dinos laid down the law, and now we need to see of UBC can do that also.

OUT EAST:

Wed Oct 16 Concordia 3 UQTR 4 (ot) : [Boxscore]
Wed Oct 16 Ryerson 3 Toronto 7 : [Boxscore]

Fri Oct 18 St. Thomas at Acadia
Fri Oct 18 Saint Mary’s at Moncton
Fri Oct 18 UPEI at Dalhousie
Fri Oct 18 St. Francis-Xavier at New Brunswick
Fri Oct 18 Ottawa at McGill
Fri Oct 18 Carleton at Nipissing
Fri Oct 18 York at Queen’s
Fri Oct 18 Lakehead at Guelph
Fri Oct 18 W. Ontario at Toronto
Fri Oct 18 Windsor at Waterloo
Fri Oct 18 UQTR at Concordia
Fri Oct 18 Laurentian at RMC
x Fri Oct 18 UOIT at Dartmouth
Sat Oct 19 St. Thomas at Dalhousie
Sat Oct 19 St. Francis-Xavier at Moncton
Sat Oct 19 Saint Mary’s at New Brunswick
Sat Oct 19 Windsor at Laurier
Sat Oct 19 Nipissing at Ottawa
Sat Oct 19 UQTR at McGill
Sat Oct 19 Brock at Queen’s
Sat Oct 19 Lakehead at Guelph
Sat Oct 19 Laurentian at RMC
x Sat Oct 19 York at Cornell
Sun Oct 20 UPEI at Acadia

X Exhibition Game

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Oct. 18: Dubyk Gets Shutout in First Start

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MANITOBA BISONS 1
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 0


Links:
:. [MRU Game Story] : [U of M Schedule/Results (check for new links)]
:. [CW Story (on all games)] :. [CIS Friday Roundup (not yet uploaded)]
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore (not yet posted)]


For some reason, many links are not yet uploaded. Maybe they will be as you read.

The best way for an offensively-challenged team to win is obvious: Get a shut-out and pray SOMEBODY on your side scores, even once. And that's what happened here. Deven Dubyk had his first start in the Bison goal and stopped 'em all. Brendan Rowinski scored in the first period.

I had baseball playoffs, Jets hockey, and Bison football to follow as well. I focussed on this game for the 2nd and 3rd periods. The Bisons really controlled play in the 2nd period but, as usual, lacked the finish necessary to score a goal or two which would have put the New-Kittens-on-the-Block away. MRU had a big rally in the 3rd period, outshooting the Bisons 18-7. However, not many of those came with traffic in front of the Bison goal.

This was a key win. Even though the Bisons are only 2-3-0, they are tied for 3rd.

The rematch is Saturday at 2:00 local, 3:00 central, and is on CanadaWest.tv.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD

CALGARY DINOSAURS 4
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1

Links:
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [U of C Game Story] :. [U of L Game Story]


Just over 5 minutes into this one it was already 2-0 for the Bedrock Boys, and with the H0rny Ones' recent track record one could have feared for a slaughter. While the Dinos claimed a tidy victory, it would not be fair to categorize this as a blowout. In fact, the desperate 'Horns outshot Calgary 21-19 over the final two periods, in which the Lizards no doubt were satisfied to let the clock tick down. That's 5-0-0 on the season for the Flintstone Pets. However, they do have yet to play Alberta, Sask., and Manitoba.

Saturday's rematch goes at 6:00 local/7:00 central and is scheduled for broadcast at CanadaWest.tv.

ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 3
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2

Links:
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [U of S Preview Story] :. [U of A Linescore]


The Monkeys and the Mutts had a close battle at the Rutherdump. The shots wound up even. But after the Primates built a 3-1 lead they were not going to allow the Mongrels back in it.

The win keeps Saudi Alberta tied with Bedrock in first, and the Banjo-Mutts are 2-3-0, tied for 3rd. The Saturday rematch is online at CanadaWest.tv.

REGINA COUGARS 4
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 5

Links:
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [UBC Game Story (with video)]


The Banjo-Cats built a 3-0 first period lead, only to fritter it away. They scored those 3 goals on 8 shots at Steven Spafford, the 'Bird tender. After a goaltending change, UBC outshot the Banjo-Cats 26-10 over the final two frames. This was a big win for the Tweety-Birds. A home ice loss to Regina would have dropped them to 0-3-0.

OUT EAST:

Links: [LeagueStat Daily] : [CIS Schedule/Results]

W. Ontario 3 Toronto 5
Carleton 6 Nipissing 2
Ottawa 0 McGill 6
Laurentian 3 RMC 2
Lakehead 2 Guelph 5
York 2 Queen's 1 SO
Windsor 5 Waterloo 2
x UOIT 2 Dartmouth 7 : [LINK]
 

Links: [AUS Schedule/Results] : [CIS Schedule/Results]

UPEI 5 Dalhousie 1
Saint Mary's 1 Moncton 5
St. F-X 2 New Brunswick 5
St. Thomas 1 Acadia 3

UP NEXT:

Oct. 19
Manitoba at Mount Royal 2:00 MDT / 3:00 CDT
Lethbridge at Calgary 6:00 MDT
Alberta at Saskatchewan 7:00 PM CST
Regina at UBC 7:00 PM PDT
Windsor at Laurier 4:00 PM EDT     
UQTR at McGill 7:00 PM EDT     
Concordia at Carleton 7:00 PM EDT
Laurentian at RMC 7:00 PM EDT
Nipissing at Ottawa 7:30 PM EDT
Lakehead at Guelph 7:30 PM EDT
Brock at Queen's 7:30 PM EDT
Ryerson at W. Ontario 7:30 PM EDT
St. F-X at Moncton 7:00 PM ADT
St. Thomas at Dalhousie 7:00 PM ADT
Saint Mary's at New Brunswick 7:00 PM ADT

Oct. 20
UPEI at Acadia 2:00 PM ADT

OTHER STORIES:

Varsity Blues goalie Willows called in to back up Toronto Maple Leafs
AUS PREVIEW: Men’s hockey regular season gets underway Friday with all eight teams in action
2015 & 2016 CIS championships: Hosts announced for basketball, University Cup - Men's hockey will be at Halifax in both years. Of note, both men's and women's basketball were split between two centres.

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Oct. 19: Bisons Downed, Come Home with a Split

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MANITOBA BISONS 2
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3


Links:
:. [MRU Game Story] : [reposted at U of M Link]
:. [U of M Friday Boxscore] : [U of M Saturday Boxscore]
:. [CW Story (on all games)] :. [No CIS Saturday Roundup]
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Friday Boxscore] : [CIS Saturday Boxscore]


I saw most of this one on CanadaWest.tv. The Bisons did generate some good scoring chances. In the end the shots were 32 each and the game was very close. MRU now has splits against both Manitoba and Sask., and without a fluky type of game where a hot goaltender steals one. They did not rock the world in the pre-season, but maybe they are a playoff threat. IAE, Manitoba, Sask., and MRU are all 2-4-0 after having played identical schedules.

Bison goals were scored by Jesse Paradis and Dane Crowley. Deven Dubyk once again started in goal. There was some controversy after the Bisons scored with about 3 minutes left in the game. After the goal, Aaron Lewadniuk was penalized and shortly after than Ian Duval was also penalized. This basically thwarted the comeback attempt.

Next weekend, the Bisons host Calgary and MRU hosts Regina.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD

LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2
CALGARY DINOSAURS 5

Links:
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore] : [U of C Boxscore]
:. [U of C Game Story] : [reposted at U of L Link]


The Dinos hosted game 2 of this set between the unbeaten and the winless. The game seems to have been just like the first. The shots were 48-19 for Bedrock U. Early results suggest that the H0rny Ones may be less competitive than last year when they won only 2 games. Dino Chris Collins had his 8th and 9th goals of the season. Calgary visits Manitoba next weekend, and Lethbridge visits Sask.

ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2

Links:
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [U of S Friday Story]
:. [U of S Saturday Story] : [reposted at U of A with Linescore]


This game ended the mini-round-robin amongst the Bisons' early season opponents. The Evil Monkeys swept everybody, and the rest split every series amongst themselves. Sask. had a brief 2-1 lead in the 2nd period. The Apes are now 6-0 amd have finished their away games in Sask. and Manitoba. They also are rotating Mucha and Siemens in goal, while Sask. starts Holfield every games.

REGINA COUGARS 1
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 0

Links:
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [UBC Game Story]
:. [U of R Game Story] : [U of R Boxscore]


A pair of 1-0 games were held this weekend. After blowing the game on Friday night the Banjo-Cats deserve credit for the bounce-back performance. The British Californians fall to 1-3-0, which must be disappointing for them. Regina will be thrilled with their 3-3-0 start, which lands them in 3rd place. UBC is off to Saudi Alberta next weekend, and Regina visits MRU in a Cougar v Cougar match-up.

OUT EAST:

Links: [LeagueStat Daily] : [CIS Schedule/Results]

Windsor 4 Laurier 2
UQTR 0 McGill 3
Laurentian 10 RMC 1
Nipissing 1 Ottawa 8
Lakehead 4 Guelph 3
Brock 2 Queen's 5

Links: [AUS Schedule/Results] : [CIS Schedule/Results]

Oct. 19
St. Thomas 4 Dalhousie 3
St. F-X 3 Moncton 4
Saint Mary's 3 UNB 5
        
Oct. 20
UPEI 4 Acadia 2

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Weekend Preview: Bisons Host Bedrock U

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CALGARY DINOSAURS (6-0-0, 9-4-1, OHT36 #3)
MANITOBA BISONS (2-4-0, 7-9-1, OHT36 #12)


Friday, October 25th, 7:00 CDT @ Wayne Fleming Arena
Saturday, October 26th, 6:00 CDT @ Wayne Fleming Arena


Live Links:
:. [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
:. [Live Video - CanadaWest.tv to be confirmed]

Manitoba Links:
:. [Bison Hockey Site]
:. [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
:. [Twitter] : [Facebook]

Calgary Links:
:. [U of C Weekend Preview]
:. [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
:. [Twitter] : [Facebook]

Other Links:
:. [CW Weekend Preview (on other series)]
:. [CIS Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links] : [Standings]
:. [CW Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links] : [Standings]
:. [CW Weekly Media Notes #4 (pdf)]
:. [CIS Top Ten Story]
:. [Every Link Re: CIS Hockey]


The Bisons will host Bedrock U in a weekend double-header which has some significance. In an odd schedule, the Herd faces each of their three toughest foes all in the month of October, at home. This weekend also marks the first "crossover" weekend. Like last season, Manitoba, Alberta, Sask., and Mount Royal started the season with a round-robin amongst themselves. Meanwhile Bedrock, Regina, UBC, and Lethbridge did likewise. (The UBC-Lethbridge series got shifted to the bye week so as to allow those teams to visit the Excited States.)

By any measure, the Bisons are in their tough stretch. The Dinos have racked up 6 straight wins, which followed a luke-warm pre-season. The teams did face one another in Regina in the Bisons' first game back on Canadian soil following their Euro junket. That game ended in a 3-2 Dino win.

As usual, the question will be: Can the Bisons score? They had a stretch where they were shutout in 4 of 5 games (including one non-conference game), and last weekend even had a 1-0 win. Meanwhile, Bedrock U boasts the top 2 scorers in the CW, newcomers Chris Collins (9-3-12) and Adam Kambeitz (3-8-11).

In goal, Deven Dubyk started both games last weekend, his first two regular season starts as a Bison. The Dinos have rotated the DeSerres/Lazaruk combo so far, after Dustin Butler has used up his eligibility.

The Bisons' 2-4 start might not seem so great, but they are tied for 4th and have yet to play two teams they usually sweep - Regina and Lethbridge. Expect a pair of good games!

ELSEWHERE:

LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (0-4-0, 0-10-0, OHT36 #36)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (2-4-0, 5-6-0, OHT36 #8)


Links:
:. [Live Video - CanadaWest.tv (both nights)]
:. [U of S Preview Story] : [U of L Preview Story]


Pity the H0rny Ones. Ten games, ten losses. On the bright side, only 4 of those were in the regular season. You know what is worse? Only a 4-3 exhibition loss to Regina was by fewer than 3 goals. This means the Banjo-Mutts really need a sweep. Anything less, particularly on home ice, will render them at a severe disadvantage vis-a-vis the rest of the conference.

UBC THUNDERBIRDS (1-3-0, 3-5-0, OHT36 #18)
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (6-0-0, 15-2-0, OHT36 #1)


Links:
:. [Live Video - CanadaWest.tv (both nights)]
:. [U of A Preview Story] : [UBC Preview Story]


UBC had some much-hyped recruits. But, as usual, they seem to be about the same as the guys the are replacing. They had a split with Regina and were swept by Calgary.  I believe that the current word for that is: "Meh."

The Evil Monkeys have been off to an amazing start. However, by now the pack should be catching up to them. They did play 11 exhibition games, more than many NHL teams. There should be good crowd on Friday. They are giving free burgers to the first 500 students!

REGINA COUGARS (3-3-0, 6-7-0, OHT36 #23)
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (2-4-0, 3-6-0, OHT36 #21)


Links:
:. [Live Video - CanadaWest.tv (both nights)]
:. [MRU Weekend Preview]


Cougars v Cougars! To sports fans in Banjoland, this is reminiscent of Roughriders v Rough Riders. Ah, memories.

This series could be very significant at season's end. The top 6 teams qualify for playoffs, and Lethbridge looks like they have dibs on #8. IMO, Regina should envy MRU's 2-4 record against the traditional Big Three. I expect a split here. If one team could sweep they would have a big edge all season.

OUT EAST:

Wed Oct 23 Toronto 0 Brock 6 : [Boxscore]
Thu Oct 23 Waterloo 2 York 3 (ot) : [Boxscore]
Thu Oct 24 Guelph 1 Ryerson 6 : [LS Summary]
Fri Oct 25 Acadia at St. Thomas
Fri Oct 25 Moncton at St. Francis-Xavier
Fri Oct 25 New Brunswick at Saint Mary’s
Fri Oct 25 Dalhousie at UPEI
Fri Oct 25 McGill at Carleton
Fri Oct 25 Queen’s at Nipissing
Fri Oct 25 Ottawa at UQTR
Fri Oct 25 UOIT at Laurentian
Fri Oct 25 Ryerson at Brock
Fri Oct 25 RMC at Concordia
Fri Oct 25 W. Ontario at Windsor
Fri Oct 25 Laurier at Lakehead
Sat Oct 26 Dalhousie at St. Thomas
Sat Oct 26 Moncton at Saint Mary’s
Sat Oct 26 Acadia at UPEI
Sat Oct 26 New Brunswick at St. Francis-Xavier
Sat Oct 26 RMC at UQTR
Sat Oct 26 UOIT at Nipissing
Sat Oct 26 Concordia at McGill
Sat Oct 26 Queen’s at Laurentian
Sat Oct 26 Carleton at Ottawa
Sat Oct 26 Toronto at York
Sat Oct 26 Waterloo at W. Ontario
Sat Oct 26 Guelph at Windsor
Sat Oct 26 Laurier at Lakehead

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Weekend Preview: Bisons Host Bedrock U

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CALGARY DINOSAURS (6-0-0, 9-4-1, OHT36 #3)
MANITOBA BISONS (2-4-0, 7-9-1, OHT36 #12)


Friday, October 25th, 7:00 CDT @ Wayne Fleming Arena
Saturday, October 26th, 6:00 CDT @ Wayne Fleming Arena


Live Links:
:. [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
:. [Live Video - CanadaWest.tv to be confirmed]

Manitoba Links:
:. [Bison Hockey Site]
:. [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
:. [Twitter] : [Facebook]

Calgary Links:
:. [U of C Weekend Preview]
:. [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
:. [Twitter] : [Facebook]

Other Links:
:. [CW Weekend Preview (on other series)]
:. [CIS Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links] : [Standings]
:. [CW Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links] : [Standings]
:. [CW Weekly Media Notes #4 (pdf)]
:. [CIS Top Ten Story]
:. [Every Link Re: CIS Hockey]


The Bisons will host Bedrock U in a weekend double-header which has some significance. In an odd schedule, the Herd faces each of their three toughest foes all in the month of October, at home. This weekend also marks the first "crossover" weekend. Like last season, Manitoba, Alberta, Sask., and Mount Royal started the season with a round-robin amongst themselves. Meanwhile Bedrock, Regina, UBC, and Lethbridge did likewise. (The UBC-Lethbridge series got shifted to the bye week so as to allow those teams to visit the Excited States.)

By any measure, the Bisons are in their tough stretch. The Dinos have racked up 6 straight wins, which followed a luke-warm pre-season. The teams did face one another in Regina in the Bisons' first game back on Canadian soil following their Euro junket. That game ended in a 3-2 Dino win.

As usual, the question will be: Can the Bisons score? They had a stretch where they were shutout in 4 of 5 games (including one non-conference game), and last weekend even had a 1-0 win. Meanwhile, Bedrock U boasts the top 2 scorers in the CW, newcomers Chris Collins (9-3-12) and Adam Kambeitz (3-8-11).

In goal, Deven Dubyk started both games last weekend, his first two regular season starts as a Bison. The Dinos have rotated the DeSerres/Lazaruk combo so far, after Dustin Butler has used up his eligibility.

The Bisons' 2-4 start might not seem so great, but they are tied for 4th and have yet to play two teams they usually sweep - Regina and Lethbridge. Expect a pair of good games!

ELSEWHERE:

LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (0-4-0, 0-10-0, OHT36 #36)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (2-4-0, 5-6-0, OHT36 #8)


Links:
:. [Live Video - CanadaWest.tv (both nights)]
:. [U of S Preview Story] : [U of L Preview Story]


Pity the H0rny Ones. Ten games, ten losses. On the bright side, only 4 of those were in the regular season. You know what is worse? Only a 4-3 exhibition loss to Regina was by fewer than 3 goals. This means the Banjo-Mutts really need a sweep. Anything less, particularly on home ice, will render them at a severe disadvantage vis-a-vis the rest of the conference.

UBC THUNDERBIRDS (1-3-0, 3-5-0, OHT36 #18)
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (6-0-0, 15-2-0, OHT36 #1)


Links:
:. [Live Video - CanadaWest.tv (both nights)]
:. [U of A Preview Story] : [UBC Preview Story]


UBC had some much-hyped recruits. But, as usual, they seem to be about the same as the guys the are replacing. They had a split with Regina and were swept by Calgary.  I believe that the current word for that is: "Meh."

The Evil Monkeys have been off to an amazing start. However, by now the pack should be catching up to them. They did play 11 exhibition games, more than many NHL teams. There should be good crowd on Friday. They are giving free burgers to the first 500 students!

REGINA COUGARS (3-3-0, 6-7-0, OHT36 #23)
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (2-4-0, 3-6-0, OHT36 #21)


Links:
:. [Live Video - CanadaWest.tv (both nights)]
:. [MRU Weekend Preview]


Cougars v Cougars! To sports fans in Banjoland, this is reminiscent of Roughriders v Rough Riders. Ah, memories.

This series could be very significant at season's end. The top 6 teams qualify for playoffs, and Lethbridge looks like they have dibs on #8. IMO, Regina should envy MRU's 2-4 record against the traditional Big Three. I expect a split here. If one team could sweep they would have a big edge all season.

OUT EAST:

Wed Oct 23 Toronto 0 Brock 6 : [Boxscore]
Thu Oct 23 Waterloo 2 York 3 (ot) : [Boxscore]
Thu Oct 24 Guelph 1 Ryerson 6 : [LS Summary]
Fri Oct 25 Acadia at St. Thomas
Fri Oct 25 Moncton at St. Francis-Xavier
Fri Oct 25 New Brunswick at Saint Mary’s
Fri Oct 25 Dalhousie at UPEI
Fri Oct 25 McGill at Carleton
Fri Oct 25 Queen’s at Nipissing
Fri Oct 25 Ottawa at UQTR
Fri Oct 25 UOIT at Laurentian
Fri Oct 25 Ryerson at Brock
Fri Oct 25 RMC at Concordia
Fri Oct 25 W. Ontario at Windsor
Fri Oct 25 Laurier at Lakehead
Sat Oct 26 Dalhousie at St. Thomas
Sat Oct 26 Moncton at Saint Mary’s
Sat Oct 26 Acadia at UPEI
Sat Oct 26 New Brunswick at St. Francis-Xavier
Sat Oct 26 RMC at UQTR
Sat Oct 26 UOIT at Nipissing
Sat Oct 26 Concordia at McGill
Sat Oct 26 Queen’s at Laurentian
Sat Oct 26 Carleton at Ottawa
Sat Oct 26 Toronto at York
Sat Oct 26 Waterloo at W. Ontario
Sat Oct 26 Guelph at Windsor
Sat Oct 26 Laurier at Lakehead

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Oct. 25: Overtime Loss Gives Bisons a Point

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CALGARY DINOSAURS 4
MANITOBA BISONS 3

(in overtime)

Links:
:. [U of M Story] : [U of M Boxscore]
:. [CW Story (on all games)] : [U of C Story (reprint)]
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [CanadaWest.tv - webcast]


Friday night's series opener was a very back-and-forth game in which nobody ever had more than a one-goal lead. This was the Bisons' (and for that matter the CW's) first overtime game of the regular season.

One major observation of the Dinos: They are very bad floppers and have a very chintzy style of play. (Those things do tend to go hand-in-hand.) The Bisons were able to barge towards their goal much easier than against most opponents, and I would hope they would do more of this in the rematch. The referees did get sucked in a few times, and the Dinos capitalized with 3 PP goals in 6 attempts. They must be great fans of Greg Louganis, or at least soccer players.

Here's how they lined up:

Bisons:
Goal:

34 Dubyk (1 Caligiuri)

Defence:
5 Christensen - 2 Crowley
4 Schappert - 6 Paulsen
12 Sutherland - 24 Bobbee

Forwards:
21 Dickin - 19 Duval - 27 DePape
20 Lewadniuk - 10 Rowinski - 16 Paradis
18 Kelly - 25 Ciarelli - 29 Cain
8 Coates - 15 Scott - 17 Lauder

Scratches:
3 Landry D / 22 Bestland D
28 Dalebozik F / 35 Rewucki G

Calgary:
Goal:

1 Lazaruk (37 DeSerres)

Defence:
22 Bartman - 3 Vandane
2 Gibb - 11 Dzielski
6 Dow - 27 Pritz

Forwards:
9 Kambeitz - 13 Collins - 40 Stefishen
17 Nysen - 25 King - 24 Wintoneak
19 Clement - 7 Ross - 44 Moir
12 Grant - 29 Edwards - 10 Harrison

Scratches:
4 Carson D / 14 Stojan D / 15 Messier F
18 Wiest F / 20 Gayle F / 21 Myers F
23 Land F / 30 Hogdebo G

The Bisons opened scoring when Luke Cain scored the only goal of the 1st period. The Bisons had a slight edge in play and the goal was scored by Cain barging his way toward the goal.

The Bisons started the 2nd period well, but the Dinos had their only stretch with the upper hand in the last half of the period. Two late goals (from Kambeitz and Pritz) gave them the lead. The Pritz goal was on a questionable PP (drawn via a pair of Sedin-like flops) on a point shot that Dubyk probably should have stopped.

Down 2-1 entering the 3rd, the Bisons did turn the game around by controlling the vast majority of the period. Just over a minute in, Dylan Kelly converted a Paradis pass and the game was tied. The Dinos regained the lead when a Vandane point shot eluded Dubyk. (Those two point shot goals were weak, but Dubyk did have a pretty good game, overall.)

The game was headed to a disappointing end when Dane Crowley came in from the point and slammed home a loose puck. As usual, the Dinos had little interest in laying the body on a man headed to the net.

The overtime goal was scored on a PP rebound goal, set up by another flop.

The rematch goes Saturday at 6:00 p.m. at the Wayne Fleming Arena. I do not see the game listed on CanadaWest.tv.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD

LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5

Links:
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [U of S Game Story] : [reposted at U of L]


This was not an embarassing loss for the H0rny Ones, but it was a definite win for the Banjo-Mutts, Holfield made his 7th straight start in goal for the Mutts. Derek Hulak had a 4-point night.

UBC THUNDERBIRDS 3
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5

Links:
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [U of A Game Story]
:. [UBC Game Story]


The Evil Monkeys dominated the shot clock but this was tied 2-2 headed into the 3rd. The Mucha/Siemens rotation in the Monkey goal continued. Eight different players scored one goal each in this one. The rematch is on CanadaWest.tv Saturday at 7 central, and is in HD!

REGINA COUGARS 5
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 1

Links:
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [MRU Game Story]
:. [U of R Game Story]


Cat Fight #1 goes to the Green Ones. This was a funny game. The 1st period was scoreless. Regina dominated the 2nd period. (I didn't think that was possible!) They scored 2 goals on 19 shots. Then the New-Kittens-on-the-Block fell apart in the 3rd. The Banjo-Cats scored 3 goals on only 6 shots. Of note, MRU went with Kris Moore in goal, rather than Dalyn Flette (who was so good against the Bisons).

Saturday's rematch is available on CanadaWest.tv at 8 CDT.

OUT EAST:

 

OUA
Links: [LeagueStat Daily] : [CIS Schedule/Results]

Queen's 6 Nipissing 4
Ottawa 1 UQTR 4
McGill 4 Carleton 6
Ryerson 5 Brock 1
Laurier 4 Lakehead 5
RMC 3 Concordia 10
UOIT 5 Laurentian 4

NOTE: The CIS site had the scores reversed in 3 of these games.

AUS
Links: [AUS Schedule/Results]

UNB 4 Saint Mary's 2
Acadia 7 St. Thomas 2
Moncton 2 St. F-X 3
Dalhousie 1 UPEI 2

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Oct. 26: Bisons Edged Again

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CALGARY DINOSAURS 5
MANITOBA BISONS 3


Links:
:. [U of M Story] : [U of M Boxscore]
:. [CW Story (on all games)]
:. [U of C Story (reprint)] : [U of C Boxscore]
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [CIS Saturday Roundup]


Yes, I was at the game Saturday night. I did not get around to filing my report until now because last weekend was the end of the football regular season and I was devoting my time to the OHT27 final football poll of the season.

I do not like the idea of hockey getting a bye week at this stage. However with the Bisons hosting a semi-final football game on Friday night at least the timing is good.

The Bisons had a credible performance and it was nice to see them against score 3 goals per game on the weekend. With any luck, they would have come away with more than the one point.

Each side shuffled the deck somewhat, and here's how they lined up:

Bisons:
Goal:

34 Dubyk (1 Caligiuri)

Defence:
5 Christensen - 2 Crowley
4 Schappert - 6 Paulsen
12 Sutherland - 24 Bobbee

Forwards:
29 Cain - 10 Rowinski - 20 Lewadniuk
18 Kelly - 19 Duval - 27 DePape
21 Dickin - 25 Ciarelli - 16 Paradis
8 Coates - 15 Scott - 17 Lauder

Scratches:
3 Landry D / 22 Bestland D
28 Dalebozik F / 35 Rewucki G

Calgary:
Goal:

37 DeSerres (1 Lazaruk)

Defence:
27 Pritz - 6 Dow
22 Bartman - 3 Vandane
14 Stojan - 2 Gibb

Forwards:
19 Clement - 7 Ross - 10 Harrison
17 Nysen - 25 King - 24 Wintoneak
9 Kambeitz - 13 Collins - 40 Stefishen
12 Grant - 29 Edwards - 44 Moir

Scratches:
4 Carson D / 11 Dzielski D / 15 Messier F
18 Wiest F / 20 Gayle F / 21 Myers F
23 Land F / 30 Hogdebo G

The new Bison alignment allowed them to roll three lines of relatively equal ability. The 4th line had some ice time as well, but clearly not as much. Jesse Paradis scored twice, and linemate Paul Ciarelli rounded out the Bison scoring.

Once again, long shots were a bug-a-boo. While Dubyk was generally sound in goal, those point shots cannot be finding the mesh. More galling was Calgary's 4th goal. The 2nd period was winding down and the Bisons were killing a penalty. For some bizarre reason they made a line change with less than 40 seconds left and allowed a Calgary break-away. The Bisons mounted a furious 3rd period rally, which fell short when Bedrock U put the game away with an empty-netter.

Also, though the 6 goals were nice, the Bisons continue to miss the net on oodles of high quality scoring chances. Of note, the Bisons did charge hard to the net, and that is ultimately what led to their goals. I will be interested to see if the Dinos have better success in this regard in future games on CanadaWest.tv.

The Dinos are now 8-0-0 (they don't seem THAT good), and the Bisons fall to 2-5-1. Both sides are entering a bye week. On November 8-9 the Bisons visit Regina and Calgary hosts Sask. The next home games for the Bisons are November 15-16 against Lethbridge.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD

LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 0
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 7

Links:
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [U of S Game Story] : [reposted at U of L]


Egads, the Mutts scored 7 times on only 32 shots. Not bad if they were all penalty shots, I guess. The sweep improves the Banjo-Mutts to 4-4, and the H0rny Ones are now 0-6-0. Sask now gets a weekend off and the H0rny Ones are off to British California.

UBC THUNDERBIRDS 2
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6

Links:
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [U of A Game Story]
:. [UBC Game Story]


The rumours of UBC pulling into the upper echelons of the CW appear to be false. A three goal 2nd period gave the Monkeys a lead, and three more in the 3rd made it a blow-out, and another sweep. The Primates keep pace with Calgary at 8-0-0, and the Tweety-Birds fall to 1-5-0. The Monkeys will now be off to Lakehead for a non-conference series.

REGINA COUGARS 2
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 5

Links:
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [MRU Game Story] : [MRU Boxscore]
:. [U of R Game Story] : [U of R Boxscore]


Alas! A split at long last. I guess that a split was expected in this cat fight. MRU trailed 1-0 after the 1st but scored 3 times in a 16 shot 2nd period outburst. Dalyn Flette was back in goal for MRU, and Andrew Hayes opposed him for the Banjo-Cats. Regina is off to a steady 4-4-0 (with their toughest games of the 1st half still remaining) and MRU is 3-5-0 (very respectable).

OUT EAST:

 

OUA
Links: [LeagueStat Daily] : [CIS Schedule/Results]

RMC 3 UQTR 7
Toronto 4 York 2
UOIT 5 Nipissing 8
Waterloo 4 W. Ontario 5
Carleton 4 Ottawa 2
Guelph 2 Windsor 4
Laurier 2 Lakehead 4
Queen's 6 Laurentian 3

NOTE: The CIS site had all scores correct!

AUS
Links: [AUS Schedule/Results]

Moncton 3 Saint Mary's 5
Dalhousie 2 St. Thomas 5
New Brunsiwck 4 St. F-X 2
Acadia 2 UPEI 1

NEWS:
[Rams season preview: Men’s hockey]

 

In order to improve the Rams spotty goal- tending, Wise added fourth-year veteran Adam Courchaine, who has spent time in the OHL, ECHL and AHL throughout the last 11 years.

In 2012, the 24-year-old put up a sparkling 2.37 goals against average and .908 save percentage with the ECHL’s Alaska Aces.

“With Adam, you’re getting an older kid. Someone with maturity [and] someone with experience that should be able to step into this game and be able to contribute right away,” said Wise.

Courchaine hasn’t been able to play yet due to transfer eligibility rules, but he’ll be clear to make his first OUA start on Oct. 24 against the Guelph Gryphons.

[CHL continues to steal talent from NCAA]

 

In a perfect world, players who don’t go pro after their CHL careers would be able to play NCAA hockey, but that isn’t reality. Some people paint the CHL as the “bad guy” in the NCAA eligibility issues; however, the onus is completely on the NCAA. The only reason players who have played in the CHL can’t go onto play for an American college is because the NCAA regards the CHL as a professional league. They have this view because some players in the CHL have professional contracts with NHL clubs. Not to mention, CHL players are paid a whopping $40 a week and anyone who plays NCAA sports can’t be previously paid for their sport.

That being said, though, Canada has a very underrated university hockey program. The CIS is excellent hockey to watch full of former major junior and junior ‘A’ players. It is incredibly rare for any of them to play in the NHL after CIS, but that doesn’t take away from the league’s top-notch level of entertaining hockey. So CHL players can’t complain about not having a quality league to play in after junior.
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Nov. 1: Bison Bye Weekend

The Bisons, and most of the CW had a bye weekend. In fact there is only one conference series, and one non-conference series, on the weekend.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD

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LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 3

(in overtime)
Links:
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [UBC Game Story] : [reposted at CW]
:. [U of L Story]
:. [WHL Scholarship Story]


The H0rny Ones have a win! And, on the road!

Many thought this day would never come. But in Game 7 of the season, here we are.

This was a classic Lethbridge win - getting outshot badly (48-25) yet keeping close and going to OT so as to ensure at least one point. Chris Mappin scored twice for Lethbridge, so I guess this was The Mappin Show. (Kermit says "Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy".)

So far it has been hard to gauge UBC. They had many highly touted recruits this year. For some reason, such recruits have had little historical impact on UBC.

In the pre-season UBC swept the Simon Fraser Clown (big deal) and were in turn swept in Alaska (with one good game and one whipping). OK, explainable. In the regular season they have been swept by Calgary and Alberta (like everybody else) and had their usual split with Regina. With series against Saskatchewan and Manitoba still to come, these guys may be in a must-win situation very shortly if they even want a playoff berth.

ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 7
LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES 5

Links:
:. [LU Story - Link 1] : [Link 2]
:. [U of A Game Story]


The Evil Monkeys were trailing 5-3 in this one before mounting a comeback to win going away. The Bisons used to make an annual trek to the Lakehead. Maybe that will be rekindled some day.

OUT EAST:

 

OUA
Links: [LeagueStat Daily] : [CIS Schedule/Results]

Laurentian 2 Nipissing 6
McGill 9 RMC 1
Brock 1 Windsor 4
Laurier 3 Waterloo 4     
Queen's 1 Ottawa 2 (so)

AUS
Links: [AUS Schedule/Results]

Saint Mary's 1 Acadia 2
Dalhousie 4 St. F-X 5 (ot)
UPEI at Moncton - Postponed
New Brunswick 3 St. Thomas 2

UP NEXT:

Nov. 2
Lethbridge at UBC
St. Thomas at UPEI
Saint Mary's at St. F-X
Moncton at New Brunswick
W. Ontario at Ryerson
Nipissing at Carleton
York at Windsor
Brock at Guelph
UOIT at Queen's
RMC at Ottawa
Waterloo at Toronto
McGill at Concordia

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Mid-Week Results

I neglected to add the mid-week results from out east. So, here's to remedy that:

OUT EAST:

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Links: [LeagueStat Daily] : [CIS Schedule/Results]

Oct. 30
Carleton 1 UQTR 2
Guelph 4 Brock 3 - OT

Oct. 31
Ryerson 4 York 3
Toronto 3 Guelph 5
W. Ontario 3 Laurier 0

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Links: [AUS Schedule/Results] : [CIS Schedule/Results]

Oct. 30
Dalhousie 0 Acadia 5
 

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Nov. 2: Bye Week Ends

Even though the Bisons and most of the CW had the weekend off, there was action elsewhere. The Bisons are off to Regina next weekend, then return home to play Lethbridge November 15th and 16th.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD

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LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 7

Links:
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [UBC Game Story] : [reposted at CW]
:. [U of L Story]


After 4 straight losses, UBC could not afford yet another home ice loss to the cellar-dwelling H0rny Ones. And a 4 goal 3rd period (which broke open a 3-3 game) did just that. Still, Friday's home ice loss to Lethbridge is bound to hurt. After facing Mount Royal next weekend, they face each of the Big Three in consecutive weeks.

ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 7
LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES 2

Links:
:. [Chronicle Journal Story on Thunderwolves]
:. [U of A Game Story] : [U of A Linescore]
:. [LU Game Story]


This was pretty much expected, one close game and one blowout. Will Lakehead become the awesome program everyone they would? They seem to be rebuilding without a lot of fanfare. They seem to be solid by OUAW standards. So we'll see. The Monkeys are now 19-2-0. Just the fact that they have played 21 games is amazing.

OUT EAST:

Links: [LeagueStat Daily] : [CIS Schedule/Results]

W. Ontario 6 Ryerson 4
Nipissing 1 Carleton 3
RMC 1 Ottawa 2
UOIT 3 Queen’s 2 (ot)
York 1 Windsor 4
McGill 3 Concordia 1
Waterloo 2 Toronto 8

Links: [AUS Schedule/Results]

Moncton 1 New Brunswick 4
Saint Mary’s 4 St. Francis-Xavier 1
St. Thomas 2 UPEI 10

UP NEXT:

Wed Nov 06 Moncton at St. Thomas
Wed Nov 06 St. Francis-Xavier at Dalhousie
Wed Nov 06 New Brunswick at UPEI

Thu Nov 07 Acadia at Saint Mary’s
Thu Nov 07 Ryerson at UOIT

Fri Nov 08 Manitoba at Regina
Fri Nov 08 Saskatchewan at Calgary
Fri Nov 08 Alberta at Lethbridge
Fri Nov 08 Mount Royal at UBC

Fri Nov 08 Guelph at McGill
Fri Nov 08 York at Carleton
Fri Nov 08 Waterloo at UQTR
Fri Nov 08 Toronto at Queen’s
Fri Nov 08 W. Ontario at Ottawa
Fri Nov 08 Lakehead at Laurentian
Fri Nov 08 Laurier at Concordia
Fri Nov 08 Brock at RMC

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Weekend Preview: Bisons Visit Banjoland

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MANITOBA BISONS (2-5-1, 7-10-2, OHT36 #12)
REGINA COUGARS (4-4-0, 7-8-0, OHT36 #14)

Friday, November 8th, 7:00 CST @ Regina
Saturday, November 9th, 2:30 CST @ Regina

Live Links:
:. [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
:. [Live Video - CanadaWest.tv both games]

Manitoba Links:
:. [Bison Hockey Site]
:. [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
:. [Twitter] : [Facebook]

Regina Links:
:. [U of R Site (preview to come)]
:. [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
:. [Twitter] : [Facebook]

Other Links:
:. [CW Weekend Preview (on other series)]
:. [CIS Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links] : [Standings]
:. [CW Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links] : [Standings]
:. [CW Weekly Media Notes #6 (pdf)]
:. [CIS Top Ten Story]
:. [Every Link Re: CIS Hockey]

Prior games:
Sept. 20: Bisons 6 Cougars 3
:. [U of M Boxscore] : [LeagueStat Summary]
Sept. 21: Bisons 4 Cougars 1
:. [U of M Boxscore] : [LeagueStat Summary]

Both sides in the Bison/Banjocat series had a bye week last weekend, so should be raring to go. This is the first time a Bison series in Regina will be shown on CanadaWest.tv. Oddly, it is the only series scheduled for broadcast. Saturday afternoon games are not to my liking. With Bison football also on, and driving the kids around, Saturday is going to be crazy.

Anyhow, the Bisons need wins. Thus far, the CW has slit into three tiers. The A teams are Alberta and Calgary, Lethbridge can charitably be called a C team, amd the rest are B teams. The Bisons are the only B team to get a point from an A team, and UBC is the only team with a loss to the C team. And every series between B teams has been split.

The Bisons (and Sask) will want to pull away from teams like Regina. I suspect it will happen. A road sweep would surely help.

Last year the Bisons whipped Regina 7 times in 8 games. Still, they split one regular season series in Regina. Road sweeps are never a guarantee. The trend has continued this year. The Bisons' two pre-season wins over the Kittens were quite convincing.

Things to look for: Will Dubyk continue to start in goal? Will the Bisons find the goal scoring they need?

ELSEWHERE:

ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (8-0-0, 19-2-0, OHT36 #1)
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (1-7-0, 1-13-0, OHT36 #34)

Links:
:. [No Live Video or Audio]
:. [U of L Academic All-Canadians Story] : [U of A Team Site]

This is the biggest mis-match ever. The H0rny Ones at least beat UBC last weekend. And maybe they can play a hot game at home. I suspect an ugly scoreline both nights.

MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (3-5-0, 4-7-0, OHT36 #16)
UBC THUNDERBIRDS (2-5-1, 4-7-1, OHT36 #21)

Links:
:. [No Live Video or Audio]
:. [UBC Preview Story] : [MRU Preview Story]

Both of these teams got preview stories up early. Will that preparation filter down to the teams? After a split with Lethbridge, the 'Birds need to do better. Based on early season results, this one has split written all over it. UBC usually has an on-line radio feed. So far, that is not announced for this weekend.

SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (4-4-0, 7-6-0, OHT36 #11)
CALGARY DINOSAURS (8-0-0, 13-4-1, OHT36 #3)

Links:
:. [No Live Video or Audio]
:. [U of C Weekend Preview]
:. [U of S Sport Site (hockey page has nothing but pictures)]

This is the feature match-up. IMO Calgary is not as good as their record would indicate. If they could get 3 or 4 points in this series they would likely coast to at least second place. However, a road sweep by the Banjomutts would throw the conference into disarray. Too bad this is not scheduled for CanadaWest.tv as I post. Check back to see if this changes.

OUT EAST:

Wed Nov 06 Moncton 4 St. Thomas 1
Wed Nov 06 St. Francis-Xavier 5 Dalhousie 2
Wed Nov 06 New Brunswick 3 UPEI 2 (ot)

Thu Nov 07 Acadia at Saint Mary’s
Thu Nov 07 Ryerson at UOIT
Thu Nov 07 Lakehead at Laurentian

Fri Nov 08 Guelph at McGill
Fri Nov 08 York at Carleton
Fri Nov 08 Waterloo at UQTR
Fri Nov 08 Toronto at Queen’s
Fri Nov 08 W. Ontario at Ottawa
Fri Nov 08 Lakehead at Laurentian
Fri Nov 08 Laurier at Concordia
Fri Nov 08 Brock at RMC

Sat Nov 09 Waterloo at Concordia
Sat Nov 09 Laurier at UQTR
Sat Nov 09 Brock at Carleton
Sat Nov 09 Guelph at Ottawa
Sat Nov 09 W. Ontario at McGill
Sat Nov 09 Windsor at Nipissing
Sat Nov 09 Toronto at UOIT
Sat Nov 09 Ryerson at Queen’s
Sat Nov 09 York at RMC

Sun Nov 10 Windsor at Nipissing

NEWS:

:. [CIS: AUS announces Universiade team]
:. [Toronto Star: Ryerson suspends team two games for drinking]

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Nov. 8: Banjo-Cats Drunk on Moonshine After Win

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MANITOBA BISONS 1
REGINA COUGARS 2


Links:
:. [U of R Game Story] : [U of R Boxscore]
:. [U of R Preview Story]
:. [CW Story (on all games)]
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [CIS Friday Roundup (to be uploaded)]


I was watching the Jets beat the Predators on Friday night so all I did was follow along the live scoreboard on my BlackBerry. The Bisons' lack of goal-scoring hurt them again. Aaron Lewadniuk had their only goal, which was sandwiched between a pair of hairballs. The winner was scored with less than 3 minutes left in the game. Joe Caligiuri was back in goal for the Bisons and, by the stats, had a credible performance. Will they now rotate goaltenders? Many other teams (including Regina) are doing just that. The Kittens are now 5-4 and the Herd falls to 2-6-1.

Saturday afternoon's rematch goes at 2:30 and is available at CanadaWest.tv. The Bisons need a win to keep the split streak going, and would really tighten up the middle 5 teams in the CW.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD

SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 1
CALGARY DINOSAURS 3


Links:
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [U of C Preview Story]


Bedrock U scored 3 times on 7 shots in the 1st period and then hung on through two scoreless periods for their 9th consecutive victory. The Banjo-Mutts mounted a furious comeback in the 3rd period, outshooting the Dinos 16-4 in the 3rd period. This game had one quirky stat: Sask took the first 4 penalties, and Calgary took the last 7. Ryan Holfield once again minded the doghouse, and Kris Lazaruk continued the rotation in the Dino goal. The Mutts fall to 4-5 with the loss.

ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 3


Links:
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [U of L Preview Story]


The H0rny Ones put up a heck of a fight for two periods. The game was tied 3-3 and they held a 14-13 lead in shots on goal. But the 3rd period was all Evil Monkeys. They held a 17-4 edge in shots and had 3 unanswered goals. Even so, Alberta's 5th goal was into an empty net and the 6th was with only 1 second left. Maybe the H0rny Ones are finding some form at long last. Still, they are now 1-8 and the Monkeys are 9-0.

MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 3

(in shootout)

Links:
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


This series figured to be close, so a shootout was not unexpected. Oddly, this was only the 3rd OT CW game of the year thus far. Both sides are now 3-5-1.

Note that as I post there are no game stories from any site west of Regina. Those links should be made available Saturday morning.

OUT EAST:

Links: [LeagueStat Daily] : [CIS Schedule/Results]

Nov. 7
Ryerson 0 UOIT 1 (forfeit)
Lakehead 7 Laurentian 1

Nov. 8
Guelph 2 McGill 3
York 3 Carleton 4
Waterloo 3 UQTR 4
Windsor 5 Nipissing 1
Brock 6 RMC 2
W. Ontario 2 Ottawa 4
Toronto 1 Queen's 3
Lakehead 4 Laurentian 1
Laurier 6 Concordia 4

Links: [AUS Schedule/Results]

Nov. 7
Acadia 4 Saint Mary's 3

Note: The AUS has the weekend off.

UP NEXT:

Nov. 9
Manitoba at Regina : 2:30 CST
Mount Royal at UBC : 2:00 PST / 4:00 CST
Saskatchewan at Calgary : 6:00 MST / 7:00 CST
Alberta at Lethbridge : 7:00 MST / 8:00 CST

Waterloo at Concordia
Laurier at UQTR
Brock at Carleton
Windsor at Nipissing
W. Ontario at McGill
York at RMC
Guelph at Ottawa
Toronto at UOIT

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Saturday Morning Links

 

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Friday night was the night of the missling links across the CW for every game. So rather than just list a couple of new ones, here is a fully revised link list for every game:

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Links:
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [U of R Preview Story]
:. [U of R Game Story] : [U of R Boxscore]
:. [U of M Reposted Game Story] : [U of M Boxscore]
:. [CW Story (on all games)]
:. [CIS Friday Roundup (to be uploaded)]


Saskatchewan-Calgary

Links:
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [U of C Preview Story]
:. [U of C Game Story (with video)] : [U of C Boxscore]
:. [U of S Reposted Game Story]


Alberta-Lethbridge
Links:
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [U of L Preview Story]
:. [U of L Game Story] : [U of L Boxscore]
:. [U of A Reposted Game Story]


MRU-UBC
Links:
:. [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
:. [UBC Preview Story] : [MRU Preview Story]
:. [UBC Game Story] : [UBC Boxscore]

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