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icon1.pngJan 3: Bisons Enjoy a Little Bit of the Bubbly

I am starting this post really late because I had to run some diagnostics on my computer to get it going tonight. Ugh! At least I did it whilst in a good mood.


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MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2
MANITOBA BISONS 5

 

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Throughout the 1st semester, the Bisons were doing a good job treading water. If Friday night's performance was any indication, my hoped-for 2nd semester improvement may well be in the offing. This was a hard-fought bump-and-grind type of game. The referees started out with lots of calls (both ways) that weren't really necessary. But the teams found their form and produced some good action.

 

Here's how they lined up:

 

MANITOBA BISONS

 

Goal
35 Brown (1 Link)

 

Defence
5 Schioler 28 Pouteau
2 Henry 3 Christensen
4 Stanley 6 Dyck

 

Forwards
14 Keane 9 Thiessen 15 Dalke
11 Carlson 12 Jameson 29 Wasylak
20 Apetagon 25 Skrumeda 19 Halvorson
22 Leipsic 10 Skoleski 17 Veloso

 

Scratches
8 Barley 13 Labossiere 16 Tripp
26 Leblanc 27 Doerksen 30 Lamb

 

MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS

 

Goal
35 Hoflin (33 Morris)

 

Defence
24 Jensen 16 Blake
3 Helgesen 2 Watson
4 Green 6 MacPherson

 

Forwards
17 Lindgren 11 Fyten 27 Rankin
21 Richards 28 Gerrie 14 Iverson
19 Chartier 9 Zandee 18 Kennedy
13 Bly 10 Sicoly 12 Lipon

 

Scratches
7 Lees 22 Arnold 23 Yaremko
26 Shamray 31 Chapman

 

Quick Summary

 

1st 13:57 MRU Lindgren (10) ASST: Fyten & Rankin
2nd 06:25 MAN Pouteau (3) ASST: Skrumeda & Leipsic (PP)
2nd 09:27 MAN Keane (4) ASST: Dyck
2nd 15:33 MAN Pouteau (4) ASST: Dalke & Keane
2nd 18:34 MRU Kennedy (5) ASST: MacPherson & Chartier
3rd 14:31 MAN Veloso (3) ASST: Skoleski & Leipsic
3rd 17:53 MAN Carlson (4) ASST: None (EN)

 

The rematch goes Saturday at 2:00 p.m. The Bisons' faint hope of hosting a quarter-final series could get a boost if they get their first sweep of ther season. They are now within 5 points of the Bluegars.

 

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OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

 

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LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1
REGINA COUGARS 4

 

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The Hørny Ønes were thoroughly handled by the Banjo Cats in this one. The porous kitten defence was able to hold the Horns to just 4 shots per period, and Brandon Holtby stopped 11 for the win. Taz Burman stopped 27 of 31 in taking the loss.

 

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 0

 

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The Mutts looked to be ready to mount a serious challenge for first place. Instead, all they did was mount their coach's leg in this one. The Mutts dominated every aspect. The Evil Monkeys' defence is stronger than usual, and they provided back-up goaltender Matt Berlin to claim the shutout with just 18 saves. Tyler Soy led the attack with two goals. Taran Kozyn was busy in the Mutts' net with 46 saves on 49 shots.

 

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CALGARY DINOSAURS 1
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 0

 

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Holy goaltenders' duel, Batman! Matthew Greenfield had 27 saves for the win, and Rylan Toth had 34 in the loss. That's a combined 61 saves on 62 shots. I saw the ending on CanadaWest.tv and there was a lot of action. The goaltending was every bit as good as the numbers would suggest.


OUT EAST

 

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Thu Jan 02 UPEI 7 Saint Mary's 5   
Fri Jan 03 New Brunswick 5 Dalhousie 2
Fri Jan 03 Saint Mary's 2 Acadia 5   
Fri Jan 03 Moncton 4 St. F.X. 3 (ot)

 

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Thu Jan 02 Ryerson 3 Brock 1   
Fri Jan 03 Lakehead 7 Guelph 6 (so)
Fri Jan 03 Waterloo 4 W. Ontario 6  
Fri Jan 03 UQTR 0 Carleton 4          
Fri Jan 03 Windsor 3 Laurier 1        
Fri Jan 03 Toronto 6 York 3            
Fri Jan 03 RMC 4 Nipissing 2          

 

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Jan 4: What's One More Split?

 

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MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3

MANITOBA BISONS 2

 

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We need a country singer to make a song about splitting up everywhere in the west. It would be the Bisons' theme song. This weekend marked their 8th split of 9 series. That sweep they suffered in Saskatown stands out like a sore thumb, no doubt caused by having to venture into civilization's armpit in back-to-back weekends.

 

The Bisons made no line-up or alignment changes at all. Meanwhile, the Bluegars shifted Morris for Hoflin in goal, and #22 Arnold for #21 Richards at forward, along with some minor line shuffling.

 

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1st 06:36 MAN Apetagon (3) ASST: Skrumeda & Halvorsen

1st 17:42 MRU Iverson (5) ASST: Gerrie

2nd 06:45 MRU Arnold (2) ASST: Watson & Sicoly

2nd 13:19 MRU Lindgren (11) ASST: Fyten & Rankin (PP)

3rd 19:47 MAN Veloso (4) ASST: Jameson

 

That Apetagon kid has some moves. If he could gain some lbs for next season I could see him being a sophomore breakthrough.

 

The Herd is now away for back-to-back series, at Bedrock U to face the Dinos then off to British California to face the T-irds. Then they return for their final two home series of the season (!) against Regina January 24th-25th and Saskatchewan January 31st-February 1st. Meanwhiule, the Bluegars go home-and-home with the Evil Monkeys next weekend.

 

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LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1

REGINA COUGARS 4

 

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To quote The Ramones, "second verse, same as the first." Exact same scoreline, but the shots would infer a much closer game. This was also a matinee, so I saw none of it on CanadaWest.tv. Brandon Holtby stopped 34 of 35 for the W and Taz Burman stopped 32 of 35 in defeat. Ben Duperreault led the Kittens with two goals. This could be a costly weekend for the Hørny Ønes, as they now trail UBC by a point. Meanwhile, the Banjo Cats jump to within 2 points of UBC. That's better news than the coming of a free jug of Granny's Moonshine.

 

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CALGARY DINOSAURS 3

U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 2

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I saw the ending on CanadaWest.tv after watching the Bisons-Bluegars live. This was as tight as the scoreline would imply. The T-irds no doubt deserved at least the one point they received over the weekend. So in the race for 6th it is UBC 12, Lethbridge 11, and Regina 10. neither side switched goaltenders. Greenfield stopped 25 of 27, Toth stopped 23 of 25. I see that UBC, despite being at home, was one player under limit. Maxwell James, who played Friday, was scratched for Saturday.

 

 

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 0

SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5

 

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The game stories aren't even up yet, but here I go. The Evil Monkeys were down 1-0 in the 3rd then gave up a PP goal, at which time they fell apart like a cheap watch. Within 3-4 minutes it was 5-0, in a game where they were well ahead on the shot clock. Taran Kozun racked up a 35 save shutout for the win, with Matt Berlin stopping just 17 of 22. The remarkable thing was the number of breakaways being allowed by the Apes. The Mutts showed great resolve with this bounce-back win.

 

Now the race is on. Alberta sits at 30, Calgary 28, Sask 26, and MRU 24 up at the top. The Bisons bask on a deserted island in the middle at 17, then UBC at 12, Lethbridge at 11, and Regina at 10 battle at the back.

 

 

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Sat Jan 04 New Brunswick 6 St. F.X. 2

Sat Jan 04 Moncton 2 Dalhousie 3 (ot)

Sat Jan 04 Acadia 5 UPEI 3

 

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Sat Jan 04 Brock 0 Toronto 7

Sat Jan 04 McGill 3 Carleton 0

Sat Jan 04 Windsor 8 Waterloo 1

Sat Jan 04 Ryerson 5 Laurier 4 (so)

Sat Jan 04 W. Ontario 9 York 4

Sat Jan 04 Lakehead 2 Guelph 4

Sat Jan 04 RMC 1 Nipissing 2

Sat Jan 04 Ottawa 7 Concordia 8 (ot)

 

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NEXT UP

 

CANADA WEST

Fri Jan 10 Manitoba at Calgary

Fri Jan 10 UBC at Regina

Fri Jan 10 Saskatchewan at Lethbridge

Fri Jan 10 Alberta at Mount Royal

 

ONTARIO

Sun Jan 05 Concordia at UQTR

Wed Jan 08 Ottawa at RMC

Wed Jan 08 Queen's at Guelph

Thu Jan 09 Concordia at McGill

Thu Jan 09 Ontario Tech at Laurentian

Thu Jan 09 Ryerson at Toronto

Thu Jan 09 Guelph at Brock

 

ATLANTIC

Tue Jan 07 Moncton at UPEI

Wed Jan 08 Dalhousie at Acadia

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Preview: Jan 10-11: MANITOBA at CALGARY

 

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MANITOBA BISONS (8-9-1, 9-12-3, OHT35 #17)

CALGARY DINOSAURS (13-3-2, 20-4-3, OHT35 #7)

 

Friday, January 10, 2020 at 7:00 MT/8:00 CT at Calgary

Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 3:00 MT/4:00 CT at Calgary

 

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These teams split their series in Friendly Manitoba back in October, where the Bisons ended Bedrock's unbeaten run. These teams also had a 2-2-0 split last year. Over the last 5 years the Bisons have the edge, standing 10-7-1 head-to-head.

 

The Dinos were my pre-season pick for 2nd, and that remains very feasible. For the Bisons, this has been the season-of-the-split, with 8 splits in 9 rounds.

 

For players to watch, the Bison captain, defenceman, and leading scorer Adam Henry is tied for 9th in league scoring and is always a stand-out. At the other end, the Dinos' Matt Alfaro leads the conference in scoring (13-14-27 in 18 games). His team-mate Coda Gordon is 3rd (4-16-20). Matthew Greenfield is back in goal for the Dinos and has good numbers: 7-3-0, .900 S%, and 2.43 GAA. Meanwhile, Tyler Brown has wrested the starter's job from Riley Lamb for the Bisons. His stats are better: 3-4-0, .929 S%, 2.58 GAA.

 

 

ELSEWHERE IN THE CW

 

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (12-4-2, 13-5-2, OHT35 #4)

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (15-3-0, 23-5-0, OHT35 #1)

MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (11-5-2, 14-8-3*, OHT35 #5)

 

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[b]Sun Jan 05 Concordia 0 UQTR 5
Wed Jan 08 Ottawa 7 RMC 2       
Wed Jan 08 Queen's 2 Guelph 8   
Thu Jan 09 Ontario Tech 5 Laurentian 1
Thu Jan 09 Ryerson 4 Toronto 3 (ot)   
Thu Jan 09 Guelph 3 Brock 4 (ot) [/b]
Fri Jan 10 Concordia at McGill  
Fri Jan 10 W. Ontario at Laurier
Fri Jan 10 Lakehead at York     
Fri Jan 10 Ontario Tech at Nipissing
Fri Jan 10 Carleton at Queen's 
Sat Jan 11 Waterloo at Windsor 
Sat Jan 11 Brock at W. Ontario 
Sat Jan 11 UQTR at Ottawa      
Sat Jan 11 Ryerson at Laurier  
Sat Jan 11 Lakehead at York    
Sat Jan 11 Toronto at Guelph   
Sat Jan 11 RMC at Laurentian   
Sat Jan 11 Carleton at Concordia
Sun Jan 12 RMC at Laurentian    
Sun Jan 12 UQTR at Ottawa       
Sun Jan 12 McGill at Ontario Tech
Sun Jan 12 Queen's at Nipissing  

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Thu Jan 09 Dalhousie 2 Acadia 6 [/b]
Fri Jan 10 UPEI at New Brunswick    
Fri Jan 10 Acadia at St. F.X.       
Fri Jan 10 Saint Mary's at Dalhousie
Sat Jan 11 New Brunswick at Moncton 
Sat Jan 11 St. F.X. at Saint Mary's 

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icon1.pngJan 10: Bisons Beaten in Bedrock

I was unable to do a post Friday night, so here it is on Saturday afternoon.

 

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The Bisons must bounce back in Saturday's matinee if they want to continue their split streak. Tyler Brown's stretch of solid poerformances came to an end as he was tagged with a loss after stopping 20 of 26 shots through two periods. Riley Lamb stopped all 11 shots he faced in 3rd period relief. Meanwhile, Matthew Greenfield stopped 17 of 20 for the W. Coda Gordon led the Dinos with 2 goals, and Devon Skoleski collected an assist on all 3 Bison goals. After giving up so many shorthanded goals this year, it was good to see Colton Veloso score one for the Herd for a change. Rematch goes Saturday at 3:00 MT/4:00 CT.

 

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1st CGY Gibson (2) (Brown, Hines) 12:39 (PP)

1st CGY Gordon (5) (Elder, Alfaro) 17:23 (PP)

1st MAN Leipsic (6) (Pouteau, Skoleski) 17:49

1st CGY Uhrich (1) (Hines, Shearer) 19:30

2nd CGY Schoonbaert (3) (Elder, Alfaro) 6:45

2nd CGY Elder (9) (Graham) 9:04

2nd MAN Veloso (5) (Skoleski, Christensen) 13:41 (SH)

2nd CGY Gordon (6) 19:26

3nd MAN Keane (5) (Jameson, Skoleski) 16:59 (PP)

 

 

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U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 2

REGINA COUGARS 4

 

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The Banjo Cats have now reeled off three straight wins against their fellow bottom-dwellers to move from last to tied for 6th with the T-irds themselves. The Kittens are playing some D, holding UBC to 16 shots. Brandon Holtby stopped 14 to continue his hot goaltending. Rylan Toth stopped 17 of 21 in taking the loss. Scott Mikoski scored twice for Regina. The Tweety-Birds better find some old ladies armed with umbrellas to beat off these Puddy Tats in the rematch.

 

 

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This score could have been way worse for the Hørny Ønes. The Banjo Mutts racked up 62 shots in this one. The Mutts must have broken into the Lethbridge Viagra supply. Jack Burgart joins the short list of goaltenders who stopped 57 in a losing effort. Taran Kozun had a leisurely evening, stopping 22 of 24 shots for a win.

 

 

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MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2

 

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The Evil Monkeys usually bounce back from losses really well, and this was no exception. If the Bluegars want to continue their serious challenge to join the elite, they really need to win the Saturday night rematch in Edmontown. The score might be a bit misleading. MRU held a 10-9 edge in 1st period shots, but the Apes held a 4-1 lead. MRU pulled starting goaltender Riley Morris after 17 minutes when he gave up his 4th goal on the 9th shot he faced. In a mop-up role, Wyatt Hoflin stopped 19 of 23. Meanwhile, Brendan Burke was back in Alberta's net, and stopped 20 of 22 for the win. The Monkeys had 8 different goal-scorers.

 

 

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Fri Jan 10 UPEI 0 New Brunswick 11

Fri Jan 10 Acadia 1 St. F.X. 2

Fri Jan 10 Saint Mary's 5 Dalhousie 0

 

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Fri Jan 10 Concordia 2 McGill 3 (ot)

Fri Jan 10 W. Ontario 3 Laurier 7

Fri Jan 10 Lakehead 5 York 3

Fri Jan 10 Ontario Tech 3 Nipissing 2

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icon1.pngJan 11: Yabba Dabba Doo! Another Split!

 

The Saturday afternoon games were playoff-style battles, whilst the night games were crazy wild-west shootouts. Here are the details.

 

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The Bisons have now split 9 of their 10 series played to date. From mid-way through the 1st period through the end of the 2nd period, they held a decisive edge in play, and a 2-0 lead. Bedrock U started the 3rd period on a PP, came within one on Vanstone's goal (Vanstone, meet Tim Vanstone ...), applied lots of pressure, but never did even the scores. Riley Lamb was back in goal and stopped 38 of 39 shots for the win. Colton Veloso had both Bison goals, and a skate to the chin. Bedrock U stuck with Matthew Greenfield in goal, and he stopped 26 of 28 to take the loss.

 

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1st 17:08 MAN Colton Veloso (6) ASST: None

2nd 12:37 MAN Colton Veloso (7) ASST: Skoleski Christensen (PP)

3rd 03:39 CGY Tim Vanstone (4) ASST: Elder Alfaro (PP)

 

So on the weekend, Veloso got 3 goals and Skoleski 4 assists. Next week the Herd is off to British California. Next home action is against Regina on January 24th and 25th.

 

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In this one, the Kittens did not shut down the T-irds as on Friday night. Instead they relied on Brandon Holtby to stop 41 of 42 shots for the win. UBC switched to Patrick Dea in net, and he stopped 31 of 33 in defeat, still a good night's work. In the opening frame, UBC led 1-0 after outshooting Regina 13-6. In the 2nd, Regina turned the tables, outshooting UBC 10-5 and it was tied 1-1. UBC dominated the 3rd period and 1st overtime, with a 24-16 lead in shots. However, in 3-on-3 Regina scored on the only shot.

 

 

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After the Mutts personified the A Team in lambasting the Hørny Ønes on Friday night, this was more of a Dukes of Hazard, without Daisy Duke. It certainly was no Fantasy Island for either coach. After two periods, it was a 4-4 game, and Sask had outshot Lethbridge 34-28. The Mutts exploded in the 3rd period to turn a toss-up into a route. Sask switched goaltenders, starting Travis Child. He stopped 35 of 40 shots for the win. Lethbridge started Taz Burman, who stopped 32 of 38 in defeat, Jack Burgart stopped 11 of 12 in relief. Sask was led up front by Colin Shirley with a hat-trick. So the teams combined for 91 shots. Ugh!

 

 

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MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3

 

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This weekend was clearly the low-point of the Bluegars' season. It was a surpise to me. As shocking as was the final score, the fact that it was 6-3 after the 1st period is the big shocker. The Monkeys built a 4-1 lead before I started watching this one. Then MRU scored twice and it seemed the game would unfold in a somewhat normal manner. But noooooooooooooooo! The Evil Monkeys popped in two more for as 9-goal period. Monkey started Brendan Burke was yanked in the midst of this Gong Show, making just 4 saves on 7 shots. Matt Berlin came in to stop all 16 shots he faced. At the other end, Wyatt Hoflin was yanked after 12 saves on 18 shots. Riley Morris came on with 26 saves on 27 shots. Cole Sanford's hat-trick led the way for the Apes.

 

 

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Sat Jan 11 New Brunswick 7 Moncton 3

Sat Jan 11 St. F.X. 1 Saint Mary's 5

 

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Sat Jan 11 Waterloo 2 Windsor 1 (so)

Sat Jan 11 Brock 4 W. Ontario 2

Sat Jan 11 UQTR 1 Ottawa 5

Sat Jan 11 Ryerson 1 Laurier 3

Sat Jan 11 Lakehead 3 York 2

Sat Jan 11 Toronto 8 Guelph 2

Sat Jan 11 RMC 3 Laurentian 5

Sat Jan 11 Carleton 4 Concordia 3 (ot)

 

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CANADA WEST

Fri Jan 17 Manitoba at UBC

Fri Jan 17 Regina at Mount Royal

Fri Jan 17 Saskatchewan at Calgary

Fri Jan 17 Lethbridge at Alberta

 

ONTARIO

Sun Jan 12 RMC at Laurentian

Sun Jan 12 UQTR at Ottawa

Sun Jan 12 McGill at Ontario Tech

Sun Jan 12 Queen's at Nipissing

Wed Jan 15 Concordia at UQTR

Thu Jan 16 Guelph at Brock

 

ATLANTIC

Tue Jan 14 New Brunswick at UPEI - ppd from Nov 16

Wed Jan 15 Dalhousie at St. F.X.

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icon1.png Preview: Jan 17-18: MANITOBA at UBC

 

 

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MANITOBA BISONS (9-10-1, 10-13-3, OHT35 #19)

U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (4-11-5, 7-14-6, OHT35 #24)

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The Bisons are off to British California for their annual west coast trek. And what a time to go. UBC holds an annual Winter Classic game, which draws a massive crowd, and that lands on Friday. This year, the T-irds will be honouring their 1971 conference championship team, their last titlist. That team defeated the Bisons in the final. They did make it to the conference final in 1975 and 1978, during the era where the CW and GPAC were split into separate conferences.

 

The Bisons are nicely nestled into 5th place, and seem to be tuning up for the playoffs. Meanwhile, the T-irds have now fallen out of the playoff picture, albeit just one point in arrears of 6th place. So there is massive urgency for UBC. After this weekend, they have just two home games left. As a result, the Bisons will have mighty big targets on their heads this weekend.

 

These two split their previous series (as the Bisons have done 9 of 10 times thus far), and UBC seemed to be a decent enough team. Over the last 5 years, both sides are 9-8-1 going head-to-head. Even this year, on goals-for-and-against UBC is only a -20, while Regina is -34 and Lethbridge is -44. Not many pundits picked UBC to miss the playoffs.

 

Since that series against the Bisons, UBC has just two wins – those being a convincing sweep of Lethbridge. However, I recently saw good portions of their games against Regina and Calgary and they seemed OK.

 

The Birds have just one player in the CW's Top 40 scorers, Austin Vetterl (4-9-13). Manitoba has four now, including Adam Henry (6-9-15) on defence, and a trio of sophomore forwards coming into their own, namely Jeremey Leipsic (6-8-14), Devon Skoleski (4-10-14), and Keaton Jamieson (2-11-13).

 

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REGINA COUGARS (6-12-2, 7-15-2, OHT35 #23)

MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (11-7-2, 14-10-3, OHT35 #8)

 

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LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (5-14-1, 5-17-2, OHT35 #29)

ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (17-3-0, 25-5-0, OHT35 #1)

 

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icon1.pngJan 17: Sell-out Crowd Sees Birds Beat Bisons

 

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1st 16:08 UBC Quinn Benjafield (5) ASST: Carvalho & Revel

2nd 15:54 UBC Austin Vetterl (5) ASST: Sandhu & Smith

2nd 18:40 UBC Tyler Sandhu (8) ASST: Kryski

3rd 05:14 MAN Ben Dalke (3) ASST: None

3rd 09:03 UBC Maxwell James (5) ASST: Smith & Sandhu (PP)

3rd 10:32 MAN Adam Henry (7) ASST: Skoleski (PP)

3rd 18:08 UBC Colton Kehler (3) ASST: None (EN, SH)

3rd 19:10 UBC Tyler Sandhu (9) ASST: Becker & Pouliot (EN)

 

Rylan Toth got the win with 20 saves on 22 shots, and Riley Lamb took the loss with 37 saves on 41 shots.

 

There was a lot of ill-will at the end. One T-ird had a late hit on Keaton Jameson with 30 seconds left. He retaliated, and Carter Doerksen felled a T-ird himself. Then Tyler Sandhu ran the net with 4 seconds left to set off shoving matches all over the ice. Saturday's matinee rematch should be interesting.

 

 

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MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 4

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UPEI Dalhousie - ppd

Acadia 1 New Brunswick 2 (OT)

Saint Mary's 3 Moncton 2 (OT)

 

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Windsor 2 Toronto 5

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Jan 18: Bisons Swept in OT

After this matinee I was off to see UFC, followed by a busy working Sunday. So here's the wrap.

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The Bisons were up 1-0 until late in the 3rd period before they let this one slip away. Colton Veloso continued his hot streak, scoring his 8th of the year in the opening frame. Geordie Keane and Keaton Jameson registered assists. It appeared that they were on the verge of a breakthrough, but then came the 3rd where they went into that proverbial shell. Austin Vetterl capitalized with 5 minutes left, then again in the 2nd overtime, to steal away 2 points for the T-irds.

The Bisons went back to Tyler Brown and he stopped 39 of 41 shots in the extended encounter. UBC stuck with Rylan Toth, and he stopped 28 of 29 for the win.

The Bisons are now at home for their final two homestands of the season, next against the Banjo-Cats then against the Banjo-Mutts.


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Ryan Kozun had the best weekend ever for a goaltender. Two shutouts and he scored a goal. The two wins solidified Sask in 2nd place.


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Sat Jan 18 Saint Mary's 1 New Brunswick 4
Sat Jan 18 Acadia 1 Moncton 2

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Sat Jan 18 W. Ontario 4 Lakehead 2
Sat Jan 18 Ottawa 0 Carleton 2
Sat Jan 18 Laurier 0 Toronto 3
Sat Jan 18 York at Waterloo  - ppd
Sat Jan 18 Windsor 2 Ryerson 5
Sat Jan 18 Nipissing 2 Concordia 7

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Fri Jan 24 Regina at Manitoba
Fri Jan 24 UBC at Saskatchewan
Fri Jan 24 Mount Royal at Lethbridge
Fri Jan 24 Calgary at Alberta

ONTARIO
Mon Jan 20 Queen's at Concordia
Wed Jan 22 McGill at UQTR  
Wed Jan 22 W. Ontario at Toronto  
Thu Jan 23 Waterloo at Ryerson
Thu Jan 23 York at Brock  
Thu Jan 23 Laurier at Guelph

ATLANTIC
Wed Jan 22 Acadia at Saint Mary's

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Preview: Jan 24-25: REGINA at MANITOBA

 

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MANITOBA BISONS (9-11-2, 10-14-4, OHT35 #20)

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The Bisons could officially clinch a playoff berth this weekend. They are 3 points ahead of UBC and 5 points up on Regina, and must only finish ahead of one of them. (Lethbridge are 9 points back and I don't see them getting 9 points in 6 games.)

 

The Banjo-Cats had an amazing 4-game winning streak come to a screeching halt last weekend. So was the sudden streak an anomoly? Or have the Kittens turned the corner?

 

Of concern to the Moonshine Drinkers ought to be that goaltender Brandon Holtby's bubble burst. His season stats line is still really good (6-8-2, 2.76 GAA, .917 S%), and way better than the other two (Curtis Meger and Dawson MacAuley) combine for 0-5-1, 6.92 GAA, .811 S%. They need goaltending to stand a chance. Their top scorer (Connor Chaulk) is tied for 42nd in the CW at 5-7-12.

 

On the Bison side, Colton Veloso has found the range. He sniped 3 goals last weekend, for 8 on the season. The young lineup has provided a balanced attack, with 9 players in double digits (Adam Henry, Devon Skoleski , Jeremey Leipsic, Keaton Jameson, Colton Veloso, Geordie Keane, Dylan Thiessen, Jonah Wasylak, and Ben Dalke). Six of those are sophomores, two are 5th years, and one is a rookie.

 

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- 8 goals on 67 shots by Regina

- 13 goals on 113 shots by Sask

- 14 goals on 104 shots by Alberta

 

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Mon Jan 20 Queen's 1 Concordia 2 (so)       
Wed Jan 22 McGill 0 UQTR 1 (ot)             
Wed Jan 22 W. Ontario 3 Toronto 2 (ot)      
Thu Jan 23 Waterloo 2 Ryerson 3 (ot)        
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Fri Jan 24 Guelph at York                   
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Fri Jan 24 Ottawa at Queen's                
Sat Jan 25 Laurentian at Ontario Tech       
Sat Jan 25 Nipissing at McGill              
Sat Jan 25 Ryerson at Waterloo              
Sat Jan 25 Queen's at RMC                   
Sat Jan 25 Lakehead at W. Ontario           
Sat Jan 25 Concordia at Carleton            
Sat Jan 25 Toronto at Laurier               
Sat Jan 25 Brock at Windsor                 
Sun Jan 26 Concordia at Ottawa              

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Fri Jan 24 St. F.X. at Moncton              
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[IMG]Jan 24: Bisons Lose Shootout on Upset Night

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This is one the Herd let slip away. The Bisons held a slight edge in play for the bulk of the game (35-24 shot clock more or less reflected the flow), but were prone to sudden breakdowns. Yet another shorthanded goal against, which is a disturbing trend.

The first period was nice, a 3-0 lead and a 12-5 lead in shots. The 2nd period started the same way. It seemed the Banjo-Cats were happy to curl up in a corner and play with some catnip. Both before and after the shorthanded goal the Bisons generated a lot of close calls. But once the Kittens were on the board, the tone of the game changed.

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1st 18:14 MAN Adam Henry (8) ASST: Veloso & Skrumeda
1st 19:02 MAN Josh Tripp (3) ASST: Wasylak
1st 19:36 MAN Dylan Thiessen (5) ASST: Dalke & Carlson
2nd 09:43 REG Tate Coughlin (3) ASST: Eisler (SH)
2nd 11:51 REG Bryce Platt (1) ASST: Chaulk
2nd 18:26 REG Arthur Miller (5) ASST: Mickoski & Hicks
3rd 06:06 MAN Devon Skoleski (5) ASST: Jameson & Veloso
3rd 08:36 REG Tristan Frei (7) ASST: King (PP)

There was one goal on ten shots in the shootout, with Connor Chaulk getting the winner for Regina.

Brandon Holtby stopped 31 of 35 for the win, and Tyler Brown stopped 19 of 23 in the loss.

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This was a nice bounce-back win for Bedrock U after two shutouts a week ago. Brodan Salmond got the win for the Dinos, with 29 saves. Brendan Burke stopped 14 of 15 shots for the loss. Clearly, goaltending is the potential achilles heel for the Evil Monkeys.

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The Hørny Ønes were within 3 seconds of a surprise victory but, alas, they ran out of Viagra. The Bluegars showed some resolve in fighting back in this one. The game was tightly contested for two periods before the Bluegars exploded in the 3rd period, with 19 shots. Jack Burgart was equal to the task in the Lethbridge net, and stopped 44 of 47 shots in the loss. MRU were led by Keegan Iverson's two goals and Riley Morris, who stopped 24 shots for the win.


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The Banjo-Mutts are the CW's hottest team right now, but the T-irds gave them all they could handle. This loss has to sting. With just over a minute left, Sask scored shorthanded to deprive UBC of at least a point. This was costly because it allowed Regina to pull even with them in the standings.


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Fri Jan 24 St. F.X. 4 Moncton 2
Fri Jan 24 Acadia 8 UPEI 5

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Fri Jan 24 Guelph 4 York 3 (ot)
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Fri Jan 24 Lakehead 1 Windsor 8
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icon1.pngJan 31: Bisons Robbed in Overtime

 

After last Saturday's matinee I had to take a bit of an all-star break to get some work done. So here we are back at it again. Quick blurb on last Saturday's game: The Bisons fell behind Regina 5-0 on a mixture of bad breaks, opportunistic goal-scoring, and poor play before outshooting them 24-2 in the 3rd period and falling short.

 

Now, on to the opening night of the penultimate weekend of the CW season ....

 

 

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On the positive side, the Bisons outplayed the Banjo-Mutts and really deserved to beat the hottest team in Usports (2-4-2 in Sept/Oct, 16-1-0 since). The Bisons outshot them 36-27 on the night!

 

However, there was a major downside when Sask's Sam Ruopp blind-sided Jonah Wasylak with a high-stick head-shot. He was given 5 minutes and tossed with a match penalty. I would not bet on him being available any time soon.

 

Quick Summary

1st 02:16 SSK Neuls (5) ASST: Ballhorn & Young (PP)

2nd 10:19 MAN Christensen (2) ASST: Tripp & Wasylak

2nd 19:29 SSK Stadnyk (13) ASST: McVeigh & Harmsworth (SH)

3rd 05:52 MAN Skoleski (7) ASST: Henry & Leipsic (PP)

5th 02:26 SSK McVeigh (5) ASST: Stadnyk & Ballhorn (PP)

 

The Bisons started 7 defencemen (along with Skrumeda and Carlson, defencemen who have been moved up to forward allo season). Hopefully, they have a forward available in sub in for Wasylak.

 

Once again, the Bisons were victimized by a shorthanded goal against. This has been a problem all year. The Bisons had the only even-strength goal in the game, and in fact had it not been for powerplays there would have been virtually no offence from the Mutts. The final powerplay goal arose from a neutral zone trip by Adam Henry on what would have been a very borderline call, or perhaps an offsetting embellishment call, even in regulation.

 

Taran Kozun stopped 34 of 36 for the win, and Tyler Brown stopped 24 of 27 in the loss.

 

The rematch goes Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. After the penalties on Friday, I wouldn't be shocked to see some battles happening. Sask remains tied with Alberta for 1st, Manitoba is alone in 5th and 3 points ahead of Regina and UBC.

 

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6

REGINA COUGARS 3

 

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I expected the Evil Monkeys to be loaded like bears after being swept last weekend. This seems to have been a routine whuppin typical of what these teams usually produce. Matt Berlin stopped 7 of just 10 shots for the win (not a great ratio) and Brandon Holtby stopped 37 of 43 in defeat. The Bisons are in 5th place with 22 points, 3 ahead of the Kittens.

 

 

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U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 6

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The Hørny Ønes actually held a 1-0 lead after the 1st period. But they have really hit the skids this semester (now 0-7-2). Rylan Toth got the win with 26 saves and Jack Burgart stopped 28 of 33 in the loss. UBC now pulls into a tie with Regina for 6th, and within 3 points of the 5th place Bisons.

 

 

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Thursday – Crowchild Classic

CALGARY DINOSAURS 4

MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 5

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MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3

CALGARY DINOSAURS 1

 

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The annual Crowchild Classic game at the Saddledome went on Thursday, and it is usually more intense than a regular game. After a scoreless 1st period, the Bluegars built a 3-0 lead in the 2nd. However, Bedrock U rallied with three unanswered of their own in the 3rd. Riley Morris got the win (27 saves) and Brodan Salmond got the loss (33 saves).

 

Friday's rematch was a stunner, as it allowed the Bluegars to jump into 3rd place. What a rollercoaster in Bedrock! The Dinos swept the Monkeys just last weekend. Neither side switch goaltenders. Morris stopped 33 of 34 for the win, and Salmond stopped 19 of 22 for the loss.

 

 

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Sat Jan 25 Saint Mary's 5 UPEI 4 (ot)
Sat Jan 25 Dalhousie 1 Moncton 6
Sat Jan 25 St. F.X. 2 New Brunswick 6
Mon Jan 27 UPEI 4 Dalhousie 5 (ot) – from Jan 17
Wed Jan 29 Dalhousie 5 St. F.X. 4 (ot)      
Fri Jan 31 UPEI 4 Dalhousie 3 (ot)          
Fri Jan 31 New Brunswick 4 Acadia 2         
Fri Jan 31 Moncton 1 Saint Mary's 5         

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Sat Jan 25 Laurentian 2 Ontario Tech 5
Sat Jan 25 Nipissing 1 McGill 6
Sat Jan 25 Ryerson 5 Waterloo 1
Sat Jan 25 Queen's 4 RMC 1     
Sat Jan 25 Lakehead 3 W. Ontario 2 (ot)
Sat Jan 25 Concordia 2 Carleton 5     
Sat Jan 25 Toronto 0 Laurier 4        
Sat Jan 25 Brock 1 Windsor 2          
Sun Jan 26 Concordia 5 Ottawa 4             
Wed Jan 29 Toronto 4 W. Ontario 3           
Wed Jan 29 Waterloo 1 Laurier 5             
Wed Jan 29 Brock 1 York 3                   
Wed Jan 29 RMC 2 Ontario Tech 5             
Thu Jan 30 Guelph 4 W. Ontario 5            
Thu Jan 30 Laurier 3 Ryerson 2 (ot)         
Thu Jan 30 York 4 Waterloo 2 – from Jan 18
Fri Jan 31 Brock 4 Lakehead 0               
Fri Jan 31 UQTR 1 Carleton 2 (so)           
Fri Jan 31 Windsor 1 Guelph 7               
Fri Jan 31 McGill 6 Nipissing 3             
Fri Jan 31 Concordia 5 Laurentian 3         
Fri Jan 31 Ontario Tech 4 Queen's 3 (ot)    

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Sat Feb 01 UBC at Lethbridge

Sat Feb 01 Alberta at Regina

Sat Feb 01 Saskatchewan at Manitoba


 

ONTARIO

Sat Feb 01 Brock at Lakehead                
Sat Feb 01 Waterloo at W. Ontario           
Sat Feb 01 UQTR at RMC                      
Sat Feb 01 Windsor at Toronto               
Sat Feb 01 Carleton at Queen's              
Sat Feb 01 Concordia at Nipissing           
Sat Feb 01 McGill at Laurentian             
Sun Feb 02 RMC at Ottawa                    

 

ATLANTIC

Sat Feb 01 Moncton at Acadia                
Sat Feb 01 UPEI at St. F.X.                 
Sat Feb 01 New Brunswick at Saint Mary's    

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Feb 1: Late Goal SInks Bisons

 

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MANITOBA BISONS 3

 

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The Bisons allowed a late goal which denied them a valuable point they needed to almost clinch a playoff berth. As it is, they are almost there.

 

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1st 00:48    MAN    Ryan Carlson (5) ASST: None    
1st 03:15    MAN    Ryan Carlson (6) ASST: Skrumeda & Henry
1st 08:56    SSK    Justin Ball (3) ASST: Dmytriw & Shirley
1st 10:40    SSK    Kohl Bauml (8) ASST: Ballhorn & Cable
2nd 01:05    SSK    Logan McVeigh (6) ASST: Stadnyk & Harmsworth 
3rd 07:01    MAN    Adam Henry (10) ASST: Christensen & Barley 
3rd 17:02    SSK    Jared Dmytriw (10) ASST: Neuls 

 

Although the Bisons jumped out to a 2-0 lead courtesy Ryan Carlson, the Mutts dominated play for a large stretch of the game. The Mutts held a 3-2 lead and a 35-8 lead in shots after two periods, which was a world of difference from Friday's game. The 3rd period was a great battle, where the shots were 11-11. After Adam Henry tied the game in the 3rd period, it seemed only a matter of time before the Bisons won it. However, it was Mongrel Jared Dmytriw scored one that goaltender Riley Lamb would love to have back. Any hopes of a comeback were dashed on a fringe elbowing call on Ben Dalke, followed by 2 minutes to Lamb for arguing.

 

Here's how they aligned:

 

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30 Lamb (35 Brown)

 

Defence
2 Henry 3 Christensen 
4 Stanley 6 Dyck 
5 Schioler 28 Pouteau
27 Doerksen

 

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22 Leipsic 10 Skoleski 17 Veloso
11 Carlson 9 Thiessen 15 Dalke
8 Barley 12 Jameson 16 Tripp 
25 Skrumeda 13 Labossiere 

 

Scratches
1 Link 14 Keane 19 Halvorson 
20 Apetagon 26 Leblanc 29 Wasylak  

 

SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES

 

Goal
32 Child (31 Kozun)

 

Defence
3 Ballhorn 7 Collins
8 Lishchynsky 4 Harmsworth
6 Fransoo 27 Fiala

 

Forwards
10 Cable 20 Young 19 Bauml
14 McVeigh 16 Stadnyk 5 Faith
12 Ball 15 Dmytriw 11 Shirley
13 Folk 22 Johnson 17 Neuls

 

Scratches
2 Ruopp 9 Tkatch 26 Johnson
29 Spagrud 30 Hobbs

 

Each team switched goaltenders on Saturday. Lamb stopped 42 of 46 in the loss, and Child stopped 16 of 19 for the win.

 

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6
REGINA COUGARS 1

 

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Happy kitty, sleepy kitty, purr, purr, purr.

 

This is one matchup which has bedeviled the Banjo-Cats for years. This was the Evil Monkeys' 53rd straight win over the Kittens. Brendan Burke stopped 12 of 13 for the win, and Curtis Meger stopped 35 of 41 in the loss. Brandon Holtby's goaltending launched the Kittens into contention but it seems that streak is over. Dawson MacAuley dressed as the backup.

 

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The Hørny Ønes were severely outshot (45-22) yet held a 4-3 lead well into the 3rd period. Matt Revel scored twice for the T-irds, includign the winner, and Rylan Toth stopped 18 of 22 for the win. Taz Burman's 40 stops were not enough to avoid defeat. That's 10 straight losses for Lethbridge this semester.


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So we have three separate races on the final weekend (1-2, 3-4, 5-6-7). The Bisons need a combination of two points from themselves and/or two points dropped by Regina to clinch a playoff berth. Meanwhile, UBC needs a combination of three points from themselves and/or three points dropped by Regina to clinch their playoff berth. None of these races will feature any direct match-ups on the final weekend.


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Sat Feb 01 Moncton 4 Acadia 3 (ot) 
Sat Feb 01 UPEI 6 St. F.X. 5 (ot)     
Sat Feb 01 New Brunswick 5 Saint Mary's 1

 

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Sat Feb 01 Waterloo 2 W. Ontario 1
Sat Feb 01 UQTR 4 RMC 6     
Sat Feb 01 Windsor 3 Toronto 9
Sat Feb 01 Carleton 3 Queen's 2
Sat Feb 01 Concordia 4 Nipissing 2
Sat Feb 01 McGill 6 Laurentian 1  
Sun Feb 02 RMC 4 Ottawa 3 (ot)  

 

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Fri Feb 07 Manitoba at Alberta     
Fri Feb 07 Regina at Saskatchewan
Fri Feb 07 Lethbridge at Calgary 
Fri Feb 07 Mount Royal at UBC   

 

ONTARIO
Tue Feb 04 Laurentian at Nipissing
Wed Feb 05 York at Ryerson         
Thu Feb 06 RMC at Queen's          

 

ATLANTIC
Wed Feb 05 Moncton at UPEI

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icon1.pngFeb 7: Bisons Back Into the Playoffs

 

So we know who's headed to the playoffs, we know who gets the byes and semi-final host privileges, who hosts the quarter-finals, and who will be doing the travelling.

 

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After a sterling effort at home last weekend, the Bisons had a rough night in Edmontown. The Evil Monkeys do an occasional face-plant but then rally in style. Could they be a night away from a face-plant?

 

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1st 06:15 ALB Noah Philp (10) ASST: Cox & Freadrich

1st 06:57 ALB Chad Butcher (8) ASST: Freadrich & Pawlenchuk

1st 10:47 ALB Grayson Pawlenchuk (17) ASST: None

1st 16:19 ALB Lucas Nickles (7) ASST: Linaker

1st 18:28 ALB Grayson Pawlenchuk (18) ASST: Jevne & Butcher

3rd 02:19 ALB Tyler Soy (14) ASST: Owre & Davidson

3rd 04:03 ALB Noah Philp (11) ASST: Cox & Sanford

3rd 18:22 ALB Cole Linaker (1) ASST: Nickles & Carroll

 

Before the game I thought that the Bisons would win if they could get 25 shots. They had only 18, all of which were stopped by Brendan Burke. Tyler Brown stopped 33 of 41 in defeat.

 

This is a disappointment for the Bisons, in that they have not suffered a blow-out loss like this. They could use some reinforcements up front. Jonah Wasylak, Lucas Skrumeda, Tony Apetagon, and Geordie Keane were all missing. They will need them back for the playoffs.

 

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This result ensured the Bisons of a playoff berth and left the Kittens hoping that UBC would lose twice to MRU. Brandon Holtby was back in goal for the Banjo-Cats and stopped 35 of 39 shots in a vain attempt to capture an ellusive playoff berth. Meanwhile, the Banjo-Mutts kept pace with Alberta in the race for first. Taran Kozun had a 20 save shutout. Thus, Regina's spirited second semester surge comes to an end. The Mutts no doubt celebrated in style, drinking from toilets, spraying fire hydrants, and bragging across the province's party lines.

 

 

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The Hørny Ønes became the 3rd shutout victim of the night in this game. That's one thing. But those 54 shots on goal they allowed, which now seems an expected occurrence, really shows how this team has fallen down in the 2nd half. They went with their 3rd string goaltender, Nikolas Amundrud, as tonight's sacrifical lamb. Brodan Salmond needed just 14 saves for his shutout. The win allows Bedrock U to leapfrog their cross-town rivals into 3rd place.

 

 

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MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2

U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 3

 

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The late night game on the coast clinched a playoff berth for the T-irds, launched them ahead of the Bisons into 5th place, and eliminated Regina. It also prevented MRU from regaining 3rd place. A point from UBC in the rematch would assure them of 5th place. A UBC win in regulation would mean that these teams would play in the quarter-final round next weekend at MRU. Rylan Toth stopped 18 of 20 for the win, in a game where the Bluegars mounted much less offence than is usual. Riley Morris stopped 27 of 30 for the loss.

 

 

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Wed Feb 05 Moncton 7 UPEI 1

Fri Feb 07 UPEI 2 New Brunswick 9

Fri Feb 07 Dalhousie 2 Acadia 7

Fri Feb 07 St. F.X. 3 Saint Mary's 9

 

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Sun Feb 02 RMC 4 Ottawa 3 (ot)

Tue Feb 04 Laurentian 4 Nipissing 5

Wed Feb 05 York 3 Ryerson 5

Thu Feb 06 RMC 2 Queen's 4

Fri Feb 07 Laurier 5 W. Ontario 1

Fri Feb 07 Laurentian 3 Carleton 6

Fri Feb 07 Waterloo 4 Lakehead 3 (ot)

Fri Feb 07 Ontario Tech 1 Concordia 5

Fri Feb 07 Ryerson 4 Windsor 3 (so)

Fri Feb 07 Toronto 3 Guelph 4

 

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Sat Feb 08 Mount Royal at UBC (3:00 PT/5:00 CT)

Sat Feb 08 Manitoba at Alberta (7:00 MT/8:00 CT)

Sat Feb 08 Saskatchewan at Regina (7:00 CT)

Sat Feb 08 Calgary at Lethbridge (7:00 MT/8:00 CT)

 

ONTARIO

Sat Feb 08 Laurentian at Ottawa

Sat Feb 08 Ontario Tech at McGill

Sat Feb 08 Waterloo at Lakehead

Sat Feb 08 W. Ontario at Brock

Sat Feb 08 Laurier at York

Sat Feb 08 Toronto at Windsor

Sun Feb 09 Ottawa at Queen's

Sun Feb 09 UQTR at McGill

 

ATLANTIC

Sat Feb 08 Saint Mary's at Dalhousie

Sat Feb 08 Acadia at St. F.X.

Sat Feb 08 New Brunswick at Moncton

 

~ end of regular season ~

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Feb 8: Bisons Downed in Regular Season Finale

The regular season has come to a close in the CW. Out East, the AUS has also wrapped and the OUA has two games left on Sunday. Here's what went down.


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The Bisons rebounded effectively from the Friday night debacle. The Evil Monkeys grabbed a 3-0 first period lead, with two short-handed goals on the same penalty. Rather than fold the tent, the Bisons battled back to 3-2. Eventually it was an empty-netter that salted this one away. Overall, I would say that the Bisons carried the last two periods.

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1st 08:19 ALB Nolan Volcan (6) ASST: Soy & Owre
1st 12:44 ALB Dawson Davidson (4) ASST: Pawlenchuk & Butcher (SH)
1st 13:24 ALB Lucas Nickles (8) ASST: Sanford & Lange (SH)
2nd 03:41 MAN Brady Pouteau (5) ASST: Schioler & Thiessen
2nd 07:39 MAN Adam Henry (11) ASST: Thiessen & Dalke
2nd 10:56 ALB Noah Philp (12) ASST: Davidson & Sanford (PP)
3rd 19:16 ALB Tyler Soy (15) ASST: Owre & Carroll (EN)

Riley Lamb was in net for the Bisons and stopped 27 of 31 shots. Matt Berlin got the win (with 11 saves on 13 shots) but left mid-way with an injury. He reached up high to make a glove save and pulled something. Brendan Burke finished off with 9 saves on 9 shots.

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These stats are what has prevented the Bisons from moving into a top-4 type of team. Although the team made great progress this year, this is the area to address in the upcoming playoffs and next year as well. They scored 21 powerplay goals, but gave up 11 shorthanded goals. The other way on the PK they gave up a league-worst 32 powerplay goals and scored just one shorthanded goal in reply. That's a -21 overall. So even strength they were outscored just 63 to 54. A -9 ratio should be a much better record than 9-15-4.

The win gave the Monkeys 1st, and the Bisons 6th.

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The sides switched locales for this return match. This was the end of the road for the Banjo-Cats, but the Banjo-Mutts gained temporary hold of 1st place with the win. In a nice nod, the Kittens gave graduating goaltender Dawson MacAuley the start, and he stopped 30 of 36 shots. However, the Kittens threw in the towel in the 2nd period. I saw lots of the 1st period before the Bison game started. Shots were 8-8 and Regina led 1-0. But the rest was a joke. Sask outshot them 28-5 and outscored them 6-1. Taran Kozun stopped 11 of 13 for the win.


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The Hørny Ønes' inglorious 2nd semester came to a merciful conclusion. They basically went on sabbatical at Christmas. The Bedrock Dinos were led by Ryan Graham with two goals and Brodan Salmond's 27 saves. Jack Burgart took the loss with 39 saves on 45 shots.


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The playoff schedules are TBA but we know that the quarter-finals will be Manitoba at Calgary and UBC at Mount Royal.

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If Calgary beats Manitoba, the semi-finals would be UBC/MRU winner at Alberta and Calgary at Saskatchewan.


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Sat Feb 08 Saint Mary's 3 Dalhousie 4 (ot)
Sat Feb 08 Acadia 2 St. F.X. 5
Sat Feb 08 New Brunswick 8 Moncton 2

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Sat Feb 08 Laurentian 4 Ottawa 6
Sat Feb 08 Ontario Tech 5 McGill 3
Sat Feb 08 Waterloo 1 Lakehead 3
Sat Feb 08 W. Ontario 1 Brock 4
Sat Feb 08 Laurier 1 York 2
Sat Feb 08 Toronto 2 Windsor 3

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Fri Feb 14 UBC at Mount Royal - quarter-finals TBA
Fri Feb 14 Manitoba at Calgary - quarter-finals TBA
byes: Alberta and Saskatchewan

ONTARIO
Sun Feb 09 Ottawa at Queen's
Sun Feb 09 UQTR at McGill

ATLANTIC
UPEI at Saint Mary's - quarter-finals TBA
St. F.X. at Moncton - quarter-finals TBA
byes: New Brunswick and Acadia

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Feb 9: OUA wraps up season, Playoff Schedules Coming


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Sun Feb 09 Ottawa 4 Queen's 0
Sun Feb 09 UQTR 4 McGill 1

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All playoff series are best-of-three and the opening rounds in the CW and AUS are uploaded on their conference schedule pages. However, the OUA schedules are presently just going up on individual team sites. Here's what I have found:

CANADA WEST

Fri Feb 14 Manitoba at Calgary 7:00 MT/8:00 CT
Fri Feb 14 UBC at Mount Royal 7:30 MT/8:30 CT
Sat Feb 15 Manitoba at Calgary 7:00 MT/8:00 CT
Sat Feb 15 UBC at Mount Royal 7:30 MT/8:30 CT
Sun Feb 16 Manitoba at Calgary * 6:00 MT/7:00 CT
Sun Feb 16 UBC at Mount Royal * 7:30 MT/8:30 CT

Fri Feb 21 TBD at Alberta 7:00 MT/8:00 CT
Fri Feb 21 TBD at Saskatchewan 7:00 CT
Sat Feb 22 TBD at Alberta 7:00 MT/8:00 CT
Sat Feb 22 TBD at Saskatchewan 7:00 CT
Sun Feb 23 TBD at Alberta * 7:00 MT/8:00 CT
Sun Feb 23 TBD at Saskatchewan * 7:00 CT

* if required

ONTARIO

Wed Feb 12 RMC at Carleton 7:00 ET/6:00 CT
Wed Feb 12 Ryerson at Lakehead 7:00 ET/6:00 CT
Wed Feb 12 W. Ontario at Toronto 7:00 ET/6:00 CT
Wed Feb 12 Ottawa at Ontario Tech 7:30 ET/6:30 CT
Thu Feb 13 Carleton at RMC 7:00 ET/6:00 CT
Thu Feb 13 Concordia at McGill 7:00 ET/6:00 CT
Thu Feb 13 Laurier at Guelph 7:00 ET/6:00 CT
Sat Feb 15 Toronto at W. Ontario 3:00 ET/2:00 CT
Sat Feb 15 Guelph at Laurier 7:00 ET/6:00 CT
Sat Feb 15 RMC at Carleton * 7:00 ET/6:00 CT
Sat Feb 15 Lakehead at Ryerson 7:15 ET/6:15 CT
Sat Feb 15 McGill at Concordia 7:30 ET/6:30 CT
Sun Feb 16 Concordia at McGill * 7:00 ET/6:00 CT
Sun Feb 16 W. Ontario at Toronto * 7:00 ET/6:00 CT
Sun Feb 16 Lakehead at Ryerson * 7:15 ET/6:15 CT
Sun Feb 16 Laurier at Guelph * 7:30 ET/6:30 CT
TBD Brock at Windsor TBD
TBD Windsor at Brock TBD
TBD Brock at Windsor * TBD
TBD Queen's at UQTR TBD
TBD UQTR at Queen's TBD
TBD Queen's at UQTR * TBD
TBD Ontario Tech at Ottawa TBD
TBD Ontario Tech at Ottawa * TBD

ATLANTIC

Wed Feb 12 St.F.X. at Moncton 7:00 AT/5:00 CT
Wed Feb 12 UPEI at Saint Mary's 7:00 AT/5:00 CT
Fri Feb 14 Moncton at St. F.X. 7:00 AT/5:00 CT
Fri Feb 14 Saint Mary's at UPEI 7:00 AT/5:00 CT
Sun Feb 16 St.F.X. at Moncton * 7:00 AT/5:00 CT
Sun Feb 16 UPEI at Saint Mary's * 7:00 AT/5:00 CT

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Quarter-final Preview: Feb 14-15-16: MANITOBA at CALGARY


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CALGARY DINOSAURS (18-7-3, 25-8-4, OHT35 #4)


Friday, February 14, 2020 at 7:00 MT/8:00 CT at Calgary
Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 7:00 MT/8:00 CT at Calgary
Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 6:00 MT/7:00 CT at Calgary


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The Bisons are off to the Town of Bedrock for a 3-games-in-3-days playoff series. The formula for an underdog is simple: win the close game to force a game 3, and hope you have the fewer injuries.

This is not too much of a stretch. The Bisons are 2-2-0 against Bedrock this year, and 11-8-1 over the past 5 years. Will Fred and Barney don their Buffalo Lodge hats and cheer the Bisons to victory in Bedrock?

Will Manitoba get the karma edge after the wild conference final playoff game? To remind you, the Bisons mounted a big-time comeback and when they were down one point on the final play, they missed an attempted two-point conversion. The Dinos went on to win the national title. But the gutsy decision won the Bisons a lot of fans.

The keys to the series:

Bison PP/PK – My infamous chart shows how they have been victimized by shorthanded goals this year. They are -21, Calgary is +5.

Goaltending – Bedrock starter Matthew Greenfield has been gone since January. However Brodan Salmond has contributed nice numbers (9-2-3, 2.40 GAA, .900 S%). The Bison edge would be that they have co-starters and one of them needs to be hot. The Bison numbers have tumbled the last 4 weeks, but Tyler Brown and Riley Lamb are both still at or over .900 S%.

Who will have the big series? - The Dinos have Matt Alfaro, the CW's leading scorer, who went 1-7-8 in 4 games against the Bisons. On the other hand, sophomore Colton Veloso has finished strong and had 3 goals in the January series against Bedrock.


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ONTARIO

Wed Feb 12 W. Ontario 2 Toronto 6 - Game 1
Wed Feb 12 RMC 3 Carleton 7 - Game 1
Wed Feb 12 Ryerson 4 Lakehead 1 - Game 1
Wed Feb 12 Brock 6 Windsor 3 - Game 1
Wed Feb 12 Ottawa 2 Ontario Tech 1 (ot) - Game 1
Wed Feb 12 UQTR 3 Queen's 1 - Game 1
Thu Feb 13 Concordia 1 McGill 2 - Game 1
Thu Feb 13 Carleton 5 RMC 4 - (CU wins series 2-0)
Thu Feb 13 Laurier 3 Guelph 1 - Game 1
Fri Feb 14 Windsor at Brock - Game 2
Sat Feb 15 Toronto at W. Ontario - Game 2
Sat Feb 15 Ontario Tech at Ottawa - Game 2
Sat Feb 15 Queen's at UQTR - Game 2
Sat Feb 15 Guelph at Laurier - Game 2
Sat Feb 15 Lakehead at Ryerson - Game 2
Sat Feb 15 Brock at Windsor - Game 3*
Sat Feb 15 McGill at Concordia - Game 2
Sun Feb 16 Ontario Tech at Ottawa - Game 3*
Sun Feb 16 W. Ontario at Toronto - Game 3*
Sun Feb 16 Concordia at McGill - Game 3*
Sun Feb 16 Queen's at UQTR - Game 3*
Sun Feb 16 Lakehead at Ryerson - Game 3*
Sun Feb 16 Laurier at Guelph - Game 3*

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ATLANTIC
Wed Feb 12 St. F.X. 2 Moncton 3 - Game 1
Wed Feb 12 UPEI 4 Saint Mary's 5 - Game 1
Fri Feb 14 Saint Mary's at UPEI - Game 2
Fri Feb 14 Moncton at St. F.X. - Game 2
Sun Feb 16 St. F.X. at Moncton - Game 3*
Sun Feb 16 UPEI at Saint Mary's - Game 3*

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Feb 14: Game 1 Stinker for the Bisons

After falling asleep waiting for my Windows 10 update on Friday night, the recap is rather late.

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In the Town of Bedrock, Mr. Slate had the Dinos ready to pounce in the first period. Coming back from an 0-4 hole in the playoffs is just not likely. The Bisons did stabilize but this one was over early.

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1st 08:47 Cal Matt Alfaro (1) ASST: Gordon & Xavier (PP)
1st 11:30 Cal Lane Zablocki (1) ASST: Harrison & Shearer
1st 15:08 Cal Ryan Graham (1) ASST: Gibson
1st 19:10 Cal Kaden Elder (1) ASST: Gordon & Alfaro
2nd 06:47 Man Jeremey Leipsic (1) ASST: Christensen & Skoleski (PP)
2nd 08:11 Cal Kaden Elder (2) ASST: Gordon & Gagnon
2nd 11:33 Man Adam Henry (1) ASST: Skrumeda
3rd 12:26 Cal Jordan Xavier (1) ASST: Fisher & Gibson

Bedrock led the shot clock 16-8 in the first period, and 18-17 the rest of the way. Brodan Salmond got the win (stopping 23 of 25) and Riley Lamb took the loss (stopping 28 of 34).

Game 2 is Saturday at 7:00 MT/8:00 CT. If required, game 3 is Sunday at 6:00 MT/7:00 CT.

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Playoff victories for the T-irds have been a rarity. This is because they are very seldom the home team. So this game 1 road win is epic for UBC. Colton Kehler scored two 3rd period goals to break a 2-2 tie and Rylan Toth got the win with 26 saves on 28 shots. Riley Morris was tagged with the loss, with 20 saves on 24 shots.


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Saint Mary's 4 UPEI 3 (ot) – (SMU wins 2-0)
Moncton 4 St.F.X. 2 – (UdM wins 2-0)

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Feb 15: Bison Season Ended in the Town of Bedrock


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The Bisons and Dinos were locked in quite a battle Saturday night. The Dinos managed to edge the Bisons despite a frantic conclusion to the game, which included a diving save by Bedrock goaltender Matthew Greenfield. Here's the scoring:

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1st 04:14 Cal Coda Gordon (1) ASST: None (SH)
1st 09:44 Man Brady Pouteau (1) ASST: Thiessen (PP)
2nd 15:58 Cal Coda Gordon (2) ASST: Hines & Alfaro
3rd No Scoring

Greenfield was making his return to the Dino net and had a good game, especially that game-saving late save. However, the Bisons managed just 14 shots on the night. And, once again, it was a short-handed goal that set them back. You have to do better than .500 with a man advantage. Riley Lamb again took the loss (stopping 30 of 32).

The Dinos will travel to Saskatown next weekend to face the Banjo-Mutts. That should be a good series.

There will be time for off-season cogitations on the Bison roster for 2020-21. This year they had loads of turnover, including solid recruits on defence (3 WHL grads) and goal (2 WHL and one MJHL). What they need is a group of 3 WHL forwards so they can have reliable scoring, forecheck lots, and stop those short-handed goals against. They also need to rack up some wins against the bottom half the league. This year they were 4-5-3 against those teams.

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The Bluegars amassed a 4-1 lead early and the 3rd and appeared to be in cruise control. The T-irds rallied to make it close before MRU closed it out with an empty-netter. Riley Lindgren led MRU with 4 goals.Wyatt Hoflin stopped 24 of 27 for the win and Rylan Toth lost with 28 saves on 32 shots. Gamne three goes Sunday night

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Toronto 1 W. Ontario 3 (series tied 1-1)
Ontario Tech 5 Ottawa 3 (series tied 1-1)
Queen's 3 UQTR 4 (UQTR wins series 2-0)
Guelph 6 Laurier 3 (series tied 1-1)
Lakehead 1 Ryerson 2 - OT (RU wins series 2-0)
McGill 4 Concordia 5 - OT (series tied 1-1)

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Feb 16: Night of the Rubber Match

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MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 4

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An upset in game 3! UBC have qualified for the CW semi-finals in 2007, 2014, 2015, and now 2020. Before this relative splurge of success, their previous semi-final appearance was 1990. So there will be celebration on the coast over this.

UBC built a 3-0 lead in the 1st period, and led 4-2 after two. MRU rallied with a big 3rd period effort, where they outshot the T-irds 16-4. However they needed a goal with one second left in regulation to force overtime. Austin Vetterl scored UBC's winning goal and Rylan Toth stopped 33 of 37 shots for the win. MRU went with Wyatt Hoflin, who gave up 3 goals on 6 shots in 9 minutes before being yanked. Riley Morris stopped 19 of 21 in relief.

So it's off to Saudi Alberta next weekend where the T-irds will face the Evil Monkeys for a berth in the U-Cup.


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Sun Feb 16 Ontario Tech 0 Ottawa 5 (UFO wins series 2-1)
Sun Feb 16 W. Ontario 3 Toronto 1 (UWO wins series 2-1)
Sun Feb 16 Concordia 2 McGill 1 (CU wins series 2-1)
Sun Feb 16 Laurier 2 Guelph 4 (UofG wins series 2-1)


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Feb 21: T-irds Upset Evil Monkeys

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Adam Henry was named to the CW first all-star team, which seems a fitting end to his Bison career. There were also a host of stories and links at the CW site, which since the new year had just been linking to the team sites.


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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2


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This is the result that shook up the university hockey world in all of Canada. The T-irds managed to keep it close and pull out an OT win despite being outshot 53-17. After two periods it was tied 2-2 and the Apes outshot UBC 15-2 in the 3rd period, and 9-1 in OT. It was as if UBC thought they'd get to a shoot-out. Rylan Toth got the win and Brendan Burke the loss. Jerret Smith had the GWG. Game 2 is Saturday at 7:00 MT or 8:00 CT.


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Thu Feb 20 Saint Mary's 1 Acadia 4 (AU leads 1-0)
Thu Feb 20 Moncton 2 New Brunswick 7 (UNB leads 1-0)
Fri Feb 21 Moncton 3 New Brunswick 7 (UNB leads 2-0)
Sat Feb 22 Saint Mary's at Acadia

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Wed Feb 19 Concordia 4 Carleton 3 - 3OT (CU leads 1-0)
Wed Feb 19 Ottawa 1 UQTR 2 (UQTR leads 1-0)
Wed Feb 19 W. Ontario 1 Ryerson 4 (RU leads 1-0)
Thu Feb 20 Brock 2 Guelph 3 (UofG leads 1-0)
Fri Feb 21 Guelph 2 Brock 1 - OT (UofG wins 2-0)
Fri Feb 21 UQTR 3 Ottawa 5 (series tied 1-1)
Sat Feb 22 Ryerson at W. Ontario
Sat Feb 22 Carleton at Concordia
Sun Feb 23 Ottawa at UQTR
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Feb 22: Mutts Sweep, Monkeys Bounce Back

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5

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Once again, Taran Kozun got the win and Matthew Greenfield the loss. The Dinos had a 33-31 edge in shots. This was about as even as a game could be. No shock there.

Sask would host UBC or visit Alberta next weekend.


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Game 3 starts Sunday at 7:00 MT or 8:00 CT and is available on CanadaWest.tv.


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Sat Feb 22 Saint Mary's 2 Acadia 5 (AU leads 2-0)

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Sat Feb 22 Ryerson 2 W. Ontario 5 (series tied 1-1)
Sat Feb 22 Carleton 1 Concordia 3 (CU wins 2-0)
Sun Feb 23 Ottawa at UQTR (3:00 ET/2:00 CT)
Sun Feb 23 W. Ontario at Ryerson (7:15 ET/6:15 CT)

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