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Oct 6: Bisons Lose Opener

It is the first Saturday night of the season and the CW's crappy website is still not working. This could have been tolerated in past seasons when they had LeagueStat current and operational. That is no longer the case. They spent all their money on a new logo, which is nice but non-essential. The archives (to the extent they even have archives) will remain there. But now we are stuck with the stats links from the main page, where they have no rosters, no game day scoreboard, and boxscores list only the starting lineup. Last year they brought in "Hockey Tech" for links from the website. No more. Very disappointing. Now the CW site is the same as the US site. (Did the bozos at the CIS realize their new abbreviation would be "US" when the switched to U-Sports?)

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U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 6
MANITOBA BISONS 4

Links:
Boxscores: [CW] : [Coach's View] : [US] : [UofM*]
Stories: [UofM] : [rp @CW] : [UBC]

The Bison opener was a strange one. The Bisons opened strong and at one point held a 13-2 lead in shots, bit just a 1-0 lead on the scoreboard, by defenceman Sean Christensen. Then Justin Augert was assessed a borderline highsticking penalty. The T-irds' powerplay was nothing special but then notched a goal out of nowhere, by Matt Ravel.

The 2nd period was back-and-forth, and UBC emerged with a 3-2 lead. Byron Spriggs appeared to choose to play the puck rather than pounce for a faceoff on the go-ahead goal, Quinton Lisoway then tied the game, and then a shorthanded goal on a fumbled pass put the T-irds ahead to stay.

The 3rd period was one Spriggs would love to forget. He gave up 3 goals on 11 shots, and 6 goals on 27 shots on the night. Matt Hewitt stopped 32 of 36 shots for the win.

Here's how they lined up:

MANITOBA

Goal
35 Spriggs (34 Sydora)

Defence
2 Henry - 25 Skrumeda
4 Bresciani - 16 Heinrichs
3 Christensen

Note: Only 5 defencemen were dressed and they rotated almost evenly.

Forwards
27 Franko - 14 Nault - 18 St. Croix
12 Zajac - 28 Stovin - 24 Augert
15 S Bowles - 21 Brooks - 19 Spencer
22 B Bowles - 26 Lisoway - 8 Bilton
23 Schreyer

Note: The 7 forwards on the 3rd/4th lines were interchanged quite a bit.

Scratches:
1 Paulic - 9 Hunter - 11 Sharonov
13 Laurencelle - 17 Callis - 20 Keane
29 Wasylak

I infer that Paulic is injured because I never saw him dressed for the home pre-season games.

U.B.C.

Goal
30 Hewitt

Defence
29 Smith - 4 Vannieuwenhuizen
14 Grewal - 26 Carvalho
2 Fafard - 8 Guenther

Forwards
22 Clayton - 15 Rossignol - 19 Sandhu
9 Hayer - 20 Glover - 17 - Vetterl
16 Popoff - 10 Revel - 12 Buonassisi
13 Becker - 5 Stenerson - 21 Nachtigall

Scorers
03:45 Manitoba Christensen
15:17 UBC Revel
22:52 UBC Popoff
31:20 Manitoba Lisoway - PP
32:12 UBC Stenerson- SH
52:13 UBC Vetterl
53:28 UBC Vetterl
55:15 UBC Buonassisi - PP
58:34 Manitoba Nault - PP
59:51 Manitoba Bresciani

 

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OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 1

Links:
Boxscores: [CW] : [US]
Stories: [MRU] : [rp @CW] : [UofA]

This was as one-sided as it sounds. Tyhe shots were 38-18 for the Monkeys. Zach Sawchenko had his first start for the Monkeys and got the win. Wyatt Hoflin was tagged with the loss for MRU. IMO that cartoonish new logo in and of itself knocks MRU down a peg or two.

 

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CALGARY DINOSAURS 1
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2
(in overtime)

Links:
Boxscores: [CW] : [US]
Stories: [UofL] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofC]

The Hørny Ønes picked up a valuable two points in this weekend split. The Bedrock Dinos still get a point, which at least temporarily gives them 3rd place. Matthew Greenfield stopped 41 shots in taking the loss, Garret Hughson stopped 37 for the win, and Mitchell Maxwell scored the winner. Lethbridge has a new home jersey with their traditional logo.


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REGINA COUGARS 0
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 6

  • Links:

Boxscores: [CW] : [US]
Stories: [UofS] : [rp @CW] : [UofR]

This rivalry weekend was a clear win for canines over felines. Regina has now been outscored 30-2 in their last four games. Michael Herringer stopped 36 of 42 shots he faced in taking the loss. Meanwhile, Taran Kozun notched a shutout in his first start.

 

OUT EAST

ONTARIO
Exhibition Games
Oct 07 Concordia 2 Lakehead 3 (OT) : [LU Story]
Oct 07 Laurier 1 Brampton Beast 2 (OT) (ECHL) : [BB]
Oct 07 Brock 1 R.I.T. 3 (NCAA)
Oct 07 Ryerson 7 Mercyhurst 6 (OT) (NCAA)
Oct 07 Toronto 0 Michigan State 3 (NCAA)
Oct 07 Windsor at Harvard (NCAA) - missing

Regular Season Games
Oct 07 U.Q.T.R. 0 McGill 3

ATLANTIC
Regular Season Games
Oct 07 Acadia 5 Dalhousie 3
Oct 07 Saint Mary's 1 St. F.X. 3
Oct 07 U.P.E.I. 7 Moncton 6 (OT)

Links:
¶ [CIS S&R]
¶ [OUA S&R]
¶ [AUS S&R]
¶ [CHN Scoreboard]

 

NEXT UP

Oct 08 U.B.C. at Manitoba (1:00 p.m.)
Oct 08 Windsor at Dartmouth (NCAA)

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Oct 8: Bisons Bounce Back, Beat Birds

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U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 2
MANITOBA BISONS 3

Links:
Boxscores: [CW] : [Coach's View] : [US] : [UofM]
Late Saturday : [UofM Boxscore]
Stories: [UofM] : [rp @CW] : [UBC]


The Bisons once again got off to a great start by dominating the shot clock. However, they were not able to cash in and in fact rallied from down 0-2 to win this one. The final shots on goal were 29-16 in favour of the Bisons, including 14-5 in the 3rd. Those numbers reflected the flow of the game.

Captain Brett Stovin scored the winner though suffering a broken nose. Both he and Quintin Lisoway left the ice for repairs with a towel around their face, though neither incident drew a penalty. There were a lot of controversial calls in the game. But by the 3rd period the players had calmed down a lot.

Neither side switched their roster from Saturday. UBC switched goaltenders. UBC really only used 10 of the 12 forwards on any sort of a regular basis. Here's how they lined up:

MANITOBA

Goal
35 Spriggs (34 Sydora)

Defence
3 Christensen - 4 Bresciani
16 Heinrichs - 2 Henry
25 Skrumeda

Note: As on Saturday, only 5 defencemen were dressed and they rotated almost evenly.

Forwards
27 Franko - 14 Nault - 18 St. Croix
12 Zajac - 28 Stovin - 24 Augert
15 S Bowles - 22 B Bowles - 26 Lisoway
23 Schreyer - 21 Brooks - 8 Bilton
19 Spencer
 
Note: As on Saturday, the 7 forwards on the 3rd/4th lines were interchanged quite a bit.

Scratches:
1 Paulic - 9 Hunter - 11 Sharonov
13 Laurencelle - 17 Callis
20 Keane - 29 Wasylak

U.B.C.

Goal
34 Toth (30 Hewitt)

Defence
29 Smith - 4 Vannieuwenhuizen
14 Grewal - 26 Carvalho
2 Fafard - 8 Guenther

Forwards
22 Clayton - 15 Rossignol - 19 Sandhu
9 Hayer - 20 Glover - 17 - Vetterl
16 Popoff - 10 Revel - 12 Buonassisi
13 Becker - 5 Stenerson - 21 Nachtigall

Scratches
6 Dosanjh - 7 Faith - 27 Connolly
28 Millar - 35 Knott

Scorers
15:28 UBC Vetterl - PP
18:46 UBC Vetterl - PP
39:08 Manitoba Nault - PP
43:31 Manitoba Brooks
52:47 Manitoba Stovin -    PP

Through two games, Spriggs has an .814 save percentage. That number needs to get better for the Bisons to host a playoff series. Also, they need to finish above .500 at home.

As for UBC, the pace and physicality took their toll. Their whole lineup walked gingerly onto the ice for the 3rd period on Sunday. Do they have what it takes to grind their way through tough series like this one all year?

It is very early but it appears that the die may have been cast for the balance of the season. Sask and Alberta had dominating sweeps. Manitoba, Calgary, UBC, and Lethbridge all had splits. And teams named "Cougars" have had it rough.

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OUT EAST

ONTARIO
Exhibition Games
Oct 07 Windsor 2 Harvard 7 (NCAA) : [UW S&R]
Oct 08 Windsor 1 Dartmouth 2 (NCAA) : [CHN]

NEXT UP

Oct 13-14 Calgary at U.B.C.
Oct 13-14 Lethbridge at Saskatchewan
Oct 13-14 Manitoba at Alberta
Oct 13-14 Regina at Mount Royal

Schedule Links:
¶ [US Presto S&R]
¶ [CW S&R]
¶ [OUA S&R]
¶ [AUS S&R]

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Preview: Oct 13-14: Manitoba at Alberta

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MANITOBA BISONS (1-1-0, 5-5-1, OHT35 #12)
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (2-0-0, 7-1-0, OHT35 #1)


Oct 13 7:00 MDT/8:00 CDT at The Clair Drake Arena
Oct 14 5:00 MDT/6:00 CDT at The Clair Drake Arena


Live Links:
• [Video: CanadaWest.tv]
• [Live Stats Friday] ∞ [Live Stats Saturday]

Manitoba Links:
• GoBisons: [Henry AoW] ∞ [Blog #1]
• Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
• CW: [Stats]∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
• ChrisD: [Season Preview]
• MyToba: [UBC Story] ∞ [AoW Story]

Alberta Links:
• Team: [Series Preview]
• Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
• CW: [Stats]∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
• Media: [Copper'n'Blue Series Preview]

Other Links:
• [USports Site] ∞ [US Schedule/Links]
• [US Standings] ∞ [US Top 10]
• [CW Site] ∞ [CW Schedule]
• [CW Stats] ∞ [Media Access (not updated)]
• [UofM/Pizza Pizza Highlight of Week]
• [CW Plays of the Week]


There are more than the usual number of links from both teams in this series. Lots of them were from last week but we are still early in the season so preview stuff is fairly fresh.

The Evil Monkeys are the fastest out of the gate this year, so maybe its not a great time to be facing them. On the other hand, the Bisons went 1-3-0 against them last year after going 3-1-0 the one before that. So if the Bisons get some points in Edmontown they could set themselves up for the balance of the season.

Both games are on CanadaWest.tv, as are all CW games this year, but there is no radio. The CW live updates are not what they once were when LeagueStat and Hockey Tech were involved. Maybe it will be better this week.

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CALGARY DINOS (1-0-1, 7-1-2, OHT35 #5)
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (1-1-0, 4-2-0, OHT35 #13)


Links:
UofC: [Team Site]
UBC: [Series Preview]


The T-irds will host the Bedrock Dinos at their old barn (the Father David Bauer Arena) but will play the balance of their season at the new Mitchell Arena. Both teams split last weekend so this series should be a decent measuring stick for all involved. UBC looked pretty beat up to me after the Bison series. Can the Bedrock Boys take advantage?

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LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (1-1-0, 5-6-0, OHT35 #9)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (2-0-0, 3-3-0, OHT35 #11)


Links:
UofL: [Series Preview] ∞ [Herald Season Preview] ∞ [Herald Week 1 Awards]
UofS: [Series Preview] ∞ [Star-Phoenix Season Preview]


The Hørny Ønes seem to be getting better and will not be a pushover. The Banjo Mutts are hard to gauge. They continued to stack new recruits without losing anything. However, they were kind of mediocre in pre-season. Was last week's squash of Regina more of a commentary on Regina being weak? Or Sask being strong?

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REGINA COUGARS (0-2-0, 2-6-0, OHT35 #27)
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (0-2-0, 1-4-0, OHT35 #24)


Links:
UofR: [Series Preview]
MRU: [Maclise signs with Moose]


This Cat Fight sees two very desperate teams. Both were squashed last weekend. The difference is that the Bluegars have been a solid contender in recent seasons. I thought Regina looked like they were coming along nicely. In pre-season they split with the Bisons and split at home, beating Sask and losing to Calgary. Maybe their season peaked in September.

OUT EAST

ONTARIO

Regular Season Games
Oct 11 Brock 2 Guelph 3
Oct 11 W. Ontario 3 Waterloo 9
Oct 12 Ottawa at Carleton
Oct 12 Ryerson at Guelph
Oct 13 Concordia at McGill
Oct 13 Lakehead at Laurier
Oct 13 Laurentian at Queen's
Oct 13 Nipissing at U.Q.T.R.
Oct 13 R.M.C. at U.O.I.T.
Oct 13 Toronto at Waterloo
Oct 13 Windsor at York
Oct 14 Concordia at Ottawa
Oct 14 Lakehead at Laurier
Oct 14 Laurentian at R.M.C.
Oct 14 McGill at Carleton
Oct 14 Nipissing at U.Q.T.R.
Oct 14 U.O.I.T. at Queen's
Oct 14 Windsor at Ryerson
Oct 14 York at Brock

Exhibition Games
Oct 13 W. Ontario at Yale NCAA
Oct 14 Guelph at Cornell NCAA
Oct 14 W. Ontario at Princeton NCAA
Oct 15 Ottawa at Cornell NCAA

ATLANTIC

Regular Season Games
Oct 11 Acadia 4 St. F.X. 5
Oct 11 New Brunswick 2 Moncton 0

Oct 13 Dalhousie at Acadia
Oct 13 Moncton at U.P.E.I.
Oct 13 St. F.X. at Saint Mary's
Oct 14 Saint Mary's at Dalhousie
Oct 14 U.P.E.I. at New Brunswick

Links:
¶ [US Presto S&R]
¶ [OUA S&R]
¶ [AUS S&R]

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Oct 13: Monkeys Win Opener

Before I get to the Friday night round-up, the good news is that the CW has brought back the Hockey Tech and LeagueStat links! I was ready to scream at the useless new CW site then thought I would give one last check at the old links, AND THEY WERE WORKING! So to follow along with the Saturday scoreboard, here are the new links which would otherwise have been in the preview post.

Links:
Saturday Live Links: [LeagueStat] : [CW Hockey Tech]
LeagueStat: [Media Access] : [Team Stats] : [Team Schedule/Links]
CW Hockey Tech: [Standings] : [Stats] : [Rosters]

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MANITOBA BISONS 2
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text*]
CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [UofM*]
Stories: [UofA] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofM*]


It's nice to have the proper links back. Kudos to the CW for bringing them back.

The Bison scratches were the same as for last weekend against UBC, meaning that they once again played with just 5 defencemen. I don't like seeing a roster with just 7 defencemen on it. It is better to have a d-man moved forward than the reverse.

Nick Zajac scored both Bison goals and Byron Spriggs stopped 32 of 37 shots on goal in taking the loss. Meanwhile, Cole Sanford scored twice for the Monkeys and Brendan Burke stopped 23 of 25 shots for the win.

The game was 3-2 late in the 3rd period when the Bisons were applying much pressureand seemed poise to force some overtime. However, two late goals against the grain of play made the final scoreline unflattering considering the type of game.

The rematch goes Saturday at 5:00 p.m. MDT, or 6:00 p.m. CDT. Alberta does a great job on CanadaWest.tv and for non-subscribers it might be worth the coinage.

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OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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REGINA COUGARS 7
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 6
(in shoot-out)

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [MRU] : [rp @CW] : [UofR]


The Green Cougars beat the Bluegars in the battle to escape the CW cellar. Since the game went to a shoot-out, they each at least hit the point column. Each team scored 3 goals in the 1st, one in the 2nd, and two in the 3rd. Michel Herringer got the win (stopping 32 of 38) and Wyatt Hoflin suffered the loss (stopping 17 of 23). The rematch will be played Saturday at 3:00 MDT.

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LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 3
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4
(in overtime)

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofS] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofL]


The Hørny Ønes escaped with a point after being bomarded with 50 shots on goal. Garret Hughson got the loss in goal, and must be exhausted. Meanwhile, Jordon Cooke picked up the win, with 27 stops. Nobody scored more than one goal. The rematch goes Saturday at 7:00 CST at the Rutherdump.

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CALGARY DINOSAURS 6
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 1

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS*] : [CW*]
Stories: [UBC] : [rp @CW*] : [rp @UofC*]


Yabba Dabba Doo! There is joy in the Town of Bedrock as the Dinos beat the T-irds. I had a hunch that UBC was beat up after the tough weekend in Manitoba, and it appeared to be the case. They dressed just 17 skaters and 2 goaltenders. Jordan Papirny stopped 21 of 22 shots and Coda Gordon had two goals to lead the way for the win. Matt Hewitt stopped 28 of 34 shots in the loss. I caught the ending of this one and must say that UBC did a good job on the broadcast.

OUT EAST

ONTARIO
Regular Season Games
Oct 12 Ottawa 5 Carleton 6 (ot)
Oct 12 Ryerson 5 Guelph 4 (ot)
Oct 13 Concordia 3 McGill 2
Oct 13 Lakehead 3 Laurier 8
Oct 13 Laurentian 2 Queen's 5
Oct 13 Nipissing 3 U.Q.T.R. 4 (ot)
Oct 13 R.M.C. 4 U.O.I.T. 5
Oct 13 Toronto 3 Waterloo 1
Oct 13 Windsor 2 York 3

Exhibition Game
Oct 13 W. Ontario 4 Yale 6 (NCAA) : [UWO S&R]

ATLANTIC
Regular Season Games
Oct 13 Dalhousie 2 Acadia 3 (so)
Oct 13 Moncton 2 U.P.E.I. 8
Oct 13 St. F.X. 4 Saint Mary's 3 (ot)

Links:
¶ [US/CIS S&R]
¶ [OUA S&R]
¶ [AUS S&R]
¶ [CHN Scoreboard]

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Oct 14: Bisons Swept In Edmontown

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MANITOBA BISONS 1
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [UofM*]
Stories: [UofA] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofM]


The Herd was deservedly beaten by the Evil Monkeys to complete the sweep. They dressed the same line-up as in the three previous league games. The Monkeys continued their goaltender rotation, going with newcomer Zack Sawchenko. Byron Spriggs has been in net for all four Bison games thus far, start to finish. Adam Henry scored for the Bisons, a 2nd period goal which made it 2-1. A pair of 3rd period insurance goals put it away for the Monkeys. In the end, the shots were 37-18.

Next Friday and Saturday the Bisons will host the Saskatchewan Banjo Mutts. My impression of the teams thus far is that Alberta is the best, followed by Calgary, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. I think Lethbridge looks to be the best of the rest, barely. The jury is still out on UBC, MRU, and Regina.

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OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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REGINA COUGARS 4
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 5
(in shoot-out)

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [MRU] : [rp @CW] : [UofR]


The last two teams in the league solved that problem by playing a pair of 3-pointers, and splitting them. This type of series shows why the CW should use the IIHF point system (3-2-1-0), just like the women's league does.

In this one even the shoot-out went into overtime, 7 rounds to be exact. MRU led 48-35 on the shot clock. Cody Fowlie of Regina and Brad Kennedy of MRU each scored twice. MRU switched goaltenders, going with the returning Colin Cooper. Regina stuck with Michael Herringer. What I saw of the game was loose and exciting, but not very convincing. The Bluegars have definitely taken a step back this year. Now the question is whether the last two weekends (in which they were outscored 30-2 over 4 games) were the oddity for Regina, or their natural level to which they will inevitably return.

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Here's MRU's new look home uniform.

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CALGARY DINOSAURS 7
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 0

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UBC] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofC]


The T-irds were badly beat up last weekend against the Bisons, and the problems continue. They dressed just 19 on Friday, and only 18 on Saturday. After two periods, the shots were a respectable 25-20 in favour of the Bedrock Boys. But the score was 4-0. UBC then mustered just 5 shots in the 3rd, to be outshot 35-25 on the night. So the stats were not as one-sided as the score.

Drydn Dow and Riley Sheen each had two goals for the winners. The Dinos continued their goaltender rotation, going with Matthew Greenfield for the shutout. Rylan Toth went the distance in UBC's goal. Bedrock scored 4 goals on 10 PP opportunities in a penalty-filled game.

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LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofS] : [rp @CW*] : [rp @UofL]


The final game of Saturday night was Sask's decent win over the Hørny Ønes. The game was very close, with Sask scoring two late goals to stack the numbers. Jordon Cooke stopped 26 of 28 shots for the win, and Garret Hughson stopped 27 of 32 in suffering the loss.

OUT EAST

ONTARIO
Regular Season Games
Oct 14 Concordia 4 Ottawa 5 (ot)
Oct 14 Lakehead 1 Laurier 2 (so)
Oct 14 Laurentian 2 R.M.C. 1
Oct 14 McGill 2 Carleton 1 (ot)
Oct 14 Nipissing 1 U.Q.T.R. 5
Oct 14 U.O.I.T. 0 Queen's 4
Oct 14 York 4 Brock 3 (so)

Exhibition Games
Oct 14 Guelph 1 Cornell 7 (NCAA)
Oct 14 W. Ontario 4 Princeton 6 (NCAA)

ATLANTIC
Regular Season Games
Oct 14 Saint Mary's 4 Dalhousie 2
Oct 14 U.P.E.I. 2 New Brunswick 6

Links:
¶ [US/CIS S&R]
¶ [OUA S&R]
¶ [AUS S&R]
¶ [CHN Scoreboard]


NEXT UP

Oct 15 Windsor at Ryerson
Oct 15 Ottawa at Cornell (NCAA)
Oct 18 Moncton at Dalhousie
Oct 20 Alberta at Calgary
Oct 20 Mount Royal at Lethbridge
Oct 20 Regina at U.B.C.
Oct 20 Saskatchewan at Manitoba
Oct 20 Dalhousie at St. F.X.
Oct 20 U.P.E.I. at Saint Mary's
Oct 20 New Brunswick at Acadia
Oct 20 Brock at Concordia
Oct 20 Carleton at W. Ontario
Oct 20 Guelph at McGill
Oct 20 Laurier at Nipissing
Oct 20 Ottawa at Windsor
Oct 20 Queen's at Toronto
Oct 20 R.M.C. at Ryerson
Oct 20 U.O.I.T. at York
Oct 20 U.Q.T.R. at Lakehead
Oct 20 Waterloo at Laurentian

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Preview: Oct 20-21: Sask at Manitoba

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (4-0-0, 5-3-0, OHT35 #6)
MANITOBA BISONS (1-3-0, 5-7-1, OHT35 #17)

Oct 20 7:00 CDT at The Wayne Fleming Arena
Oct 21 6:00 CDT at The Wayne Fleming Arena

Live Links:
• [Video: CanadaWest.tv]
• [Live Stats Friday] ∞ [Live Stats Saturday]

Manitoba Links:
• GoBisons: [Team Site]
• Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
• CW: [Stats]∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
• LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
• ECHL: [Merasty Story]

Saskatchewan Links:
• Team: [Roach CW 3rd Star]
• Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
• CW: [Stats]∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
• LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

Other Links:
• [USports] ∞ [US Schedule/Links]
• [US Standings] ∞ [US Top 10]
• [CW Site] ∞ [CW Schedule]
• [CW Stats] ∞ [Media Access]
• [CUSN Week 1] ∞ [CUSN Week 2]


The Mutts come to town on a 4-game winning streak, and having won silver at last year's nationals. To temper the enthusiasm, the 4 wins have been against the two non-playoff teams from a year ago, and they were just 1-3-0 in the pre-season. The Bisons cannot be happy about the way they were handled by the Monkeys last weekend. However, I suppose that can be forgiven. The Monkeys have been off to an incredible start.

As always, the staff at the Wayne Fleming Arena will have to watch to make sure that the Huskies don't get sick when they drink from the toilets. The players are often overwhelmed during the early season when they still feel intimidated by things like showers experienced when they leave their home province.

Last year the Bisons had a 2-1-1 record against Sask, and over the previous 4 years are 7-7-2. The Bisons have started the same 20 players every game, including just 5 defencemen. Hopefully, we'll see some new bodies make their regular season debut. Of those in the line-up, Nick Zajac, Adam Henry, and Michael St. Croix all have 4 points in 4 games. In goal, Byron Spriggs' numbers are less than stellar (1-3-0, .855 S%, 4.26 GAA).

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (4-0-0, 9-1-0, OHT35 #1)
CALGARY DINOSAURS (3-0-1, 9-1-2, OHT35 #4)

Links:
UofA: [Series Preview]
UofC: [Series Preview]

 
This home-and-home series may well be the highlight nation-wide. Bedrock U dropped a point when they lost in OT to Lethbridge, otherwise both sides have been on a roll. The Monkeys have looked impressive so far, making this series a measuring stick for the Dinos. Both sides have preview stories up and ready for you.

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MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (1-2-1, 2-4-1, OHT35 #27)
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (1-2-1, 5-7-1, OHT35 #9)

Links:
UofL: [Series Preview]
MRU: [Kennedy CW 2nd Star]

 
After a disappointing recruiting season, the Bluegars were covered in more question marks than the Riddler entering the season. They have thus far been hammered by the Monkeys and split a pair of shoot-out games with Regina. The Hørny Ønes technically have the smae record, but they have played Calgary and Sask, making their start infinitely better. This series will help shed light on whether these teams have really changed their statuses from prior seasons.

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REGINA COUGARS (1-2-1, 3-6-1, OHT35 #26)
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (1-3-0, 4-4-0, OHT35 #18)

Links:
UBC: [Series Preview]
UofR: [Series Preview]

 
The Banjo Cats must be delighted with their 3 point weekend last week. They were coming off a disastrous 4 game stretch where they were outscored 30-2. UBC was physically wasted after their Bison series, and succumbed meekly to Bedrock. I suspect that this series will be key to playoff aspirations of both teams.

OUT EAST
 
ONTARIO
 
Oct 20 Brock            at Concordia
Oct 20 Carleton         at W. Ontario
Oct 20 Guelph           at McGill
Oct 20 Laurier          at Nipissing
Oct 20 Ottawa           at Windsor
Oct 20 Queen's          at Toronto
Oct 20 R.M.C.           at Ryerson
Oct 20 U.O.I.T.         at York
Oct 20 U.Q.T.R.         at Lakehead
Oct 20 Waterloo         at Laurentian
Oct 21 Brock            at McGill
Oct 21 Carleton         at Windsor
Oct 21 Guelph           at Concordia
Oct 21 Laurier          at Laurentian
Oct 21 Ottawa           at W. Ontario
Oct 21 Queen's          at Ryerson
Oct 21 R.M.C.           at York
Oct 21 U.O.I.T.         at Toronto
Oct 21 U.Q.T.R.         at Lakehead
Oct 21 Waterloo         at Nipissing

ATLANTIC
 
Oct 18 Moncton 3 Dalhousie 4 (so)
Oct 20 Dalhousie        at St. F.X.
Oct 20 U.P.E.I.         at Saint Mary's
Oct 20 New Brunswick    at Acadia
Oct 21 New Brunswick    at Saint Mary's
Oct 21 St. F.X.         at Moncton
Oct 21 U.P.E.I.         at Acadia

Links:
• [US Presto S&R]
• [OUA S&R]
• [AUS S&R]

 

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Oct 20: Bisons Come Back to Stun the Mangy Ones

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3
MANITOBA BISONS 4
(in overtime)

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [UofM*]
Stories: [UofM] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofS]

The Bisons won this one in dramatic fashion. They tied the game in the last minute on a powerplay and with an empty net, then won in overtime.

Here's how they lined up:

MANITOBA
Goal
35 Spriggs (34 Sydora)

Defence
2 Henry - 3 Christensen
16 Heinrichs - 4 Bresciani
25 Skrumeda

Forwards
24 Augert - 14 Nault - 18 St. Croix
12 Zajac - 28 Stovin - 27 Franko
8 Bilton - 21 Brooks - 19 Spencer
15 S Bowles - 23 Schreyer - 26 Lisoway
17 Callis

Scratches:
1 Paulic - 9 Hunter - 11 Sharonov
13 Laurencelle - 20 Keane - 22 B Bowles
29 Wasylak

SASKATCHEWAN
Goal
31 Kozun (32 Cooke)

Defence
4 Harmsworth - 2 McFaull
5 J Forsberg - 8 Lishchynsky
3 Cox - 6 Fransoo

Forwards
11 Shirley - 14 McVeigh - 7 Roach
18 Yakubowski - 28 Lawrence - 23 Thomas
16 Stadnyk - 26 Johnson - 12 Gay
15 Sofillas - 19 Bauml - 10 Cable

Scratches:
9 Tkach - 13 Folk - 17 Blair
22 Johnson - 27 Johnston - 29 A Forsberg

Scorers:

1st - 08:17 - Man Nick Zajac PP
1st - 13:35 - Sask John Lawrence
1st - 16:45 - Sask Josh Roach SH
2nd - 01:28 - Man Shawn Bowles
3rd - 01:32 - Sask Kohl Bauml
3rd - 19:45 - Man Kamerin Nault PP
OT1 - 03:07 - Man Zach Franko

Zajac's opener was his 3rd of the season, to lead the team. It was on the PP, which was 2 for 4 on the night. Meanwhile, Sask went 0-for-5. There's the difference right there. Sask's opening goal was the best passing play of the night. Their go-ahead short-handed goal from Roach was a bad blueline turnover by the Bisons, their second on the same PP.

The only goal of the 2nd, from Bowles, also came from a turnover.

The 3rd period saw Sask jump out to an early lead, followed by a prolonged winding-down of the clock. I remember being shocked there were less than 5 minutes left when Skrumeda took a penalty for the Bisons. The Herd killed it off and then forced the issue, causing the Mutts to take a penalty. Nault scored on the power play, with an empty net.

In OT, Generalissimo Franko scored a Laine-like winner from the right wing face-off circle. There were no other close calls. So after a quick drink from the toilet, the Mutts were off to their doghouse for the night.

On the night, Byron Spriggs had his best game of the season, stopping 34 of 37 shots. Taran Kozan (in his 2nd start of the season) stopped 19 of 23 in taking the loss.

Saturday's rematch goes at 6:00 p.m. at the Wayne Fleming Arena. Don't forget to avoid the Route 90 construction zone.

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OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 6
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofL] : [rp @CW] : [rp @MRU*]

The Bluegars marched down the road to Lethbridge and scored a solid and important victory. MRU still has a contingent of veterans who have moved the team into near-contender status, and they seemed to have been determined to not allow their program to become an also-ran without a fight. The Hørny Ønes had two solid weekends, and deserved a ranking higher than MRU's. Colin Cooper stopped 21 of 23 for the in, and Ty Edmonds took the loss, with 27 saves on 31 shots. The last two Bluegar goals were into an empty net.

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 7
CALGARY DINOSAURS 5

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofC] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofA]

What a wild game this must have been. I caught the ending on-line after getting home from the Bison game. For a game with 12 goals, there was a relative paucity of shots, just 33-28 in favour of the Monkeys. Brendan Burke got the win, Matthew Greenfield took the loss, and each side had one 2-goal scorer, Dylan Bredo for the Monkeys and Riley Sheen for Bedrock U. On Saturday the scene shifts to Edmontown for the rematch.

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REGINA COUGARS 2
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 4

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UBC*] : [rp @CW*] : [rp @UofR*]

I caught the ending of this one after I saw the end of the game from the Town of Bedrock. Regina held a 2-1 lead in the 3rd period until UBC scored 3 goals in 2:13 in the middle of the period. Michael Herringer stopped 27 of 31 in a losing effort, and veteran Matt Hewitt saved the day for the T-irds, stopping 37 of 39 shots. Once again, UBC played one man short. I suspect that the game links will be available Saturday morning. Saturday's rematch is a matinee.

OUT EAST

ONTARIO
Oct 20 Brock 3 Concordia 5
Oct 20 Carleton 4 W. Ontario 3
Oct 20 Guelph 4 McGill 7
Oct 20 Laurier 1 Nipissing 2
Oct 20 Ottawa 3 Windsor 2
Oct 20 Queen's 1 Toronto 2 (ot)
Oct 20 R.M.C. 0 Ryerson 7
Oct 20 U.O.I.T. 1 York 3
Oct 20 U.Q.T.R. 3 Lakehead 1
Oct 20 Waterloo 6 Laurentian 3

ATLANTIC
Oct 20 Dalhousie 1 St. F.X. 4
Oct 20 U.P.E.I. 0 Saint Mary's 6
Oct 20 New Brunswick 2 Acadia 3 (ot)

Links:
• [US/CIS S&R]
• [OUA S&R]
• [AUS S&R]

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Oct 21: Bisons Skunked, Still Get a Split

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 6
MANITOBA BISONS 0

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [Coach's View]  : [UofM]
Stories: [UofM] : [UofS] : [rp @CW]

This game was not as bad as the score would indicate. The Mutts scored twice per period. However, the Bisons dominated large stretches of play and, in fact, outshot the Banjolovers 25-23 after two periods.

The Bisons started fast, but Sask opened scoring shortly after killing a penalty. The difference in the 1st period was that Sask capitalized, and the Bisons missed glorious chances. In the dying stages, Zach Franko missed a wide open net from the slot, just inside the dashes.

The 2nd period goals were on the shaky side. The Bisons seemed shaken by the unflattering scoreline, and it showed when they waived the white flag in the 3rd. Dasan Sydora finally got some playing time, and missed the first shot he faced, just 45 seconds into the period.

The Bison line-up was unchanged from Friday night, except that Sydora replaced Spriggs in goal for the 3rd period. Saskatchewan changed two defencemen, #25 Ruopp was in for #8 Lishchynsky and #27 Johnston was in for #2 McFaull. Also, Cooke replaced Kozun in goal. Up front #22 Johnson was in for #11 Shirley and #18 Yakubowski was in for #29 Forsberg.

Scorers:

1st - 10:13 - Sask Michael Sofillas
1st - 14:14 - Sask Parker Thomas
2nd - 06:40 - Sask Jesse Forsberg
2nd - 17:44 - Sask Josh Roach
3rd - 00:45 - Sask Kohl Bauml
3rd - 09:46 - Sask Parker Thomas

The weekend split leaves Sask 5-0-1 in 2nd place, and the Bisons are 2-4-0 in 6th. Since the Bisons have now played the top 2 teams from a year ago, and so far this year, they are sitting fairly well in the standings.

The Bisons are at home to the MRU Bluegars next weekend on Friday and Saturday nights. The way the teams look, that series could be the one to decide who will finish 4th and host the quarter-final round of the playoffs.

 

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OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 4

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [MRU] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofL]
Friday late: [rp @MRU]

After enduring a shaky start to the season, the Bluegars answered the call against the Hørny Ønes to claim a convincing sweep. Jamal Watson scored twice to lead the offence, and Colin Cooper stopped 16 of 17 shots to seal the win. Meanwhile, Garret Hughson took the loss for Lethbridge, stopping 31 of 35. MRU is coming to town next week after this strong performance. They are now 3-2-1, and Lethbridge falls to 1-4-1.

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CALGARY DINOSAURS 2
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 3
(in overtime)

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofA] : [rp @CW] : [UofC]

Bedrock U rallied from a 2-0 deficit with goals in the last 5 minutes and the last 2 seconds to force OT. Zach Sawchenko got the win with 25 saves, Jordan Papirny made 33 saves in the loss. The Monkeys are now 6-0-0 and the Dinos fall to 3-1-2.

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REGINA COUGARS 2
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 3

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UBC] : [rp @CW] : [UofR]

The Banjocats played well in this road series, but in the end got no points. UBC is now 3-3-0, and Regina is 1-4-1. The teams stuck with Hewitt and Herringer in goal, and their stats were both solid. Once again, UBC had to play one man short. After last weekend, UBC was on the ropes. This sweep may not assure them of anything, but it certainly must be looked upon as a pothole avoided.

OUT EAST

ONTARIO
Oct 21 Brock 2 McGill 3
Oct 21 Carleton 1 Windsor 2
Oct 21 Guelph 2 Concordia 4
Oct 21 Laurier 5 Laurentian 3
Oct 21 Ottawa 3 W. Ontario 7
Oct 21 Queen's 4 Ryerson 3
Oct 21 R.M.C. 1 York 4
Oct 21 U.O.I.T. 3 Toronto 2
Oct 21 U.Q.T.R. 4 Lakehead 1
Oct 21 Waterloo 4 Nipissing 2

ATLANTIC
Oct 21 New Brunswick 4 Saint Mary's 2
Oct 21 St. F.X. 4 Moncton 2
Oct 21 U.P.E.I. 2 Acadia 8

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Preview: Oct 27-28: Mount Royal at Manitoba

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MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (3-2-1, 4-4-1, OHT35 #11)
MANITOBA BISONS (2-4-0, 6-8-1, OHT35 #13)

Oct 27 7:00 CDT at The Wayne Fleming Arena
Oct 28 7:30 CDT at The Wayne Fleming Arena

Live Links:
• [Video: CanadaWest.tv]
• Friday: [LeagueStat] ∞ [Hockey Tech]
• Saturday: [LeagueStat] ∞ [Hockey Tech]

Manitoba Links:
• GoBisons: [Minor Hockey Night] : [Series Preview]
• Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
• CW: [Stats]∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
• LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

Mount Royal Links:
• Team: [Team Site]
• Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
• CW: [Stats] ∞  [Schedule/Results/Links]
• LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

Other Links:
• [USports] ∞ [US Schedule/Links]
• [US Standings]
• [CW Site] ∞ [CW Schedule]
• [CW Stats] ∞ [Media Access]
• [What's Wrong With MRU?] ∞ [CUSN Week 3]

The Bisons host the Bluegars in what could be a key match-up to decide which side gets to host a playoff series this year. Although the Bluegars are ahead right now, the strength of schedule difference accounts for most (or all) of that gap. Both sides have played Alberta, and MRU was demolished whilst the Bisons were respectable. Otherwise, the Bisons have played UBC and Sask. while MRU met up with Regina and Lethbridge.

Over the last four seasons, MRU has been the Bisons' toughest opponent. Last year they swept the Bisons and beat them 2-games-to-1 in the quarter-finals. Over the last four years, MRU holds an 11-5 lead, although the Bisons did beat them in a quarter-final series.

MRU has lost some good players, and their replacements have largely been Junior A players. The CUSN link above details this problem. Nevertheless, they do have two of the league leaders in points. Brad Kennedy (5-3-8) and Jamal Watson (3-4-7) both have more than a PPG. Watson is a 2nd year player, and had 23 points in 28 games last year. Kennedy has been a surprise. He's a rookie from Nova Scotia and played three seasons for Charlottetown in the QMJHL before finishing back in Junior A.

No Bison player is on a PPG pace, but Nick Zajac, Brett Stovin, and Adam Henry are all close, with 5 points in 6 games. I have a hunch that newcomers Michael St. Croix and Zach Franko will soon explode. They have generated loads of pressure and scoring chances.

Success in hockey usually comes with goaltending. At one time Colin Cooper looked like he was leading MRU to the upper echelons of the CW. In his 2015-16 rookie year he had a .913 S% and 2.30 GAA. His numbers worsened last year and this year are a .886 S% and 2.86 GAA. But that's a lot better than Wyatt Hoflin, at .830 S% and 5.38 GAA. Veteran backup Cam Lanigan has yet to see action. Meanwhile the Bisons are riding Byron Spriggs, at .864 GAA and 4.21 S%. Justin Paulic has yet to suit up and Dasan Sydora played just one period.

Hopefully the minor hockey promotion will draw some extra fans to this series.

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (6-0-0, 11-1-0, OHT35 #1)
REGINA COUGARS (1-4-1, 3-8-1, OHT35 #27)

Links:
UofA: [Charity Classic v Ooks]
UofR: [Series Preview]
 
This one could get ugly. The Evil Monkeys seem to be a step above the league, and the Banjo Cats have ranged from OK to weak. Are Regina improved? In the pre-season they split at home against Calgary and Saskatchewan, then split in Manitoba. That was followed by the four games where they were outscored 30-2. But they have rebounded to split two shootouts against MRU and then lost two close ones at UBC. This series should tell us what kind of team they've got.

 

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (5-0-1, 6-3-1, OHT35 #4)
CALGARY DINOSAURS (3-1-2, 9-2-3, OHT35 #5)

Links:
UofS: [Team Site]
UofC: [Series Preview]
 
This could be the nation's feature match-up of the weekend. Both had great recruiting classes in the CW arm's race. But Sask staggered through the pre-season before blitzing their provincial cousins to open the regular season. Two more wins over Lethbridge and a split with Manitoba has them looking pretty much in their traditional role, behind Alberta and trying to stave off Calgary and Manitoba for 2nd place. Calgary is hard to gauge. They split with Lethbridge, hammered a short-staffed UBC, then were swept by the Monkeys. Sounds like a fairly traditional start to their season as well.

 

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U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (3-3-0, 6-4-0, OHT35 #14)
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (1-4-1, 5-9-1, OHT35 #15)

Links:
UBC: [Series Preview]
UofL: [Series Preview]
 
This series could well be the one to decide which team gets the 6th and final playoff spot. UBC has pipped the Hørny Ønes at the finish line the last two years. Lethbridge had some reasonable results against Calgary and Saskatchewan to open the season, but then fell apart against MRU. UBC had a respectable opening split with Manitoba, but were physically punished and haven't iced a full roster since. If one team could sweep this series the loser will be in a predicament.

OUT EAST
 
Ontario
Oct 25 Laurier 3 Ryerson 4 (so)
Oct 26 W. Ontario 4 Guelph 5
Oct 27 Carleton at Concordia
Oct 27 Lakehead at Waterloo
Oct 27 McGill at Queen's
Oct 27 Nipissing at U.O.I.T.
Oct 27 Ottawa at R.M.C.
Oct 27 U.Q.T.R. at Laurentian
Oct 27 Windsor at Brock
Oct 27 York at Toronto
Oct 28 Concordia at Queen's
Oct 28 Lakehead at Waterloo
Oct 28 Laurier at Toronto
Oct 28 McGill at Ottawa
Oct 28 Nipissing at R.M.C.
Oct 28 Ryerson at York
Oct 28 U.O.I.T. at Carleton
Oct 28 U.Q.T.R. at Laurentian
Oct 28 W. Ontario at Brock
Oct 28 Windsor at Guelph

Atlantic
Oct 25 Dalhousie 4 Moncton 1
Oct 27 Acadia at New Brunswick
Oct 27 Moncton at St. F.X.
Oct 27 Saint Mary's at U.P.E.I.
Oct 28 Acadia at U.P.E.I.
Oct 28 St. F.X. at Dalhousie
Oct 28 Saint Mary's at New Brunswick

Links:
• [US Presto S&R]
• [OUA S&R]
• [AUS S&R]
 

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Oct 27: Bisons Beat Bluegars

 

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MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 1
MANITOBA BISONS 4

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [Coach's View]  : [UofM*]
Stories: [UofM] : [rp @MRU*] : [rp @CW]


On a night when the Wayne Fleming Arena was jammed with pre-teen hockey teams armed with thundersticks, the Herd took a handy two points from the new-look Bluegars. I must say MRU kept a nice classic hockey jersey with this new look. They utilized the stylized "MRU" version of the logo, which looks pretty good on a jersey.
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Here's how the teams lined up:

 

Manitoba
Goal
35 Spriggs (34 Sydora)

 

Defence
2 Henry - 3 Christensen
16 Heinrichs - 4 Bresciani
25 Skrumeda

 

Forwards
12 Zajac - 28 Stovin - 18 St. Croix
24 Augert - 14 Nault - 27 Franko
8 Bilton - 21 Brooks - 26 Lisoway
20 Keane - 23 Schreyer - 17 Callis
15 S Bowles

 

Scratches:
1 Paulic - 9 Hunter - 11 Sharonov
13 Laurencelle - 19 Spencer - 22 B Bowles
29 Wasylak

 

Mount Royal
Goal
31 Cooper (29 Lanigan)

 

Defence
7 Lees - 4 Green
27 Baker - 22 Smiley
21 Pankewicz - 5 Poulsen

 

Forwards
15 Olstad - 23 Watson - 26 Rankin
19 Zulinick - 13 Bly - 11 King
9 Zandee - 28 Pare - 12 Lipon
8 Henry - 10 Stephens - 18 Kennedy

 

Scratches:
3 Roberts - 14 Rozdeba - 16 Adamson
17 Lindgren - 20 Simpson - 24 Allan
35 Hoflin

 

Scorers:
1st - 09:00 - Man Adam Henry
1st - 17:33 - MRU Connor Rankin (PP)
2nd - 14:26 - Man Michael St. Croix
3rd - 18:43 - Man Michael St. Croix
3rd - 19:43 - Man Liam Bilton (1) (EN)     

 

For a bump-and-grind type of game, the goals were dandies. As stated in my preview, St. Croix and Franko made their marks on the scoresheet. St. Croix was the 1st star, with the two goals and an assist. This was a tight battle right until the end. Byron Spriggs stopped 23 of 24 shots to claim the win, and Colin Cooper made 19 saves on 22 shots in taking the loss. MRU is now 3-3-1, and the Bisons are 3-4-0.

 

Saturday's rematch will start at 7:30 p.m., after Don Cherry has spoken.

 

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OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

 

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4
REGINA COUGARS 3

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofR] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofA]


Did the Evil Monkeys take the cute and cuddly Banjo Cats too lightly? Normally when you see an apparent mismatch turn out to be a close game it is because of stellar goaltending proving to be an equalizer. Not here. The shots were just 29-24 for the Primates. The Monkeys built a 3-0 1st period lead, but by the 2nd intermission it was just a 4-3 game. Brendan Burke got the win, and Michael Herringer took the loss. Alberta is a perfect 7-0-0, and Regina falls to 1-5-1. The rematch goes Saturday at 3:00 CST, 4:00 CDT.

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U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 5
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 0

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofL*] : [rp @CW*] : [rp @UBC*]


Matt Hewitt led the way with a 39 save shutout, while Matt Revel and Tyler Sandu each scored twice. This was a loss the Hørny Ønes could ill afford. After being edged out by UBC for the final playoff berth the last two seasons, they need these points. Garrett Hughson took the loss, stopping 21 of 26 shots. Of note, the T-irds finally had a full roster dressed for the game. UBC improves to 4-3-0, and Lethbridge is tied for the cellar at 1-5-1. Saturday's rematch goes Saturday at 1:00 MDT, 2:00 CDT.

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2
CALGARY DINOSAURS 1
(in a shootout)

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofC] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofS]


This was billed as the feature match-up of the night and it lived up to its hype, ending in a shootout. Jordon Cooke stopped 29 shots to claim the W, and Matthew Greenfield was busier, with 42 saves. The win allows the Banjo Mutts to stay 1 point out of first, at 6-0-1, while Bedrock U falls to 3-1-3. The rematch goes Saturday at 6:00 MDT, 7:00 CDT.

OUT EAST

Ontario
Oct 27 Carleton 6 Concordia 3
Oct 27 Lakehead 5 Waterloo 1
Oct 27 McGill 3 Queen's 2 (ot)
Oct 27 Nipissing 2 U.O.I.T. 1 (ot)
Oct 27 Ottawa 4 R.M.C. 0
Oct 27 U.Q.T.R. 7 Laurentian 3
Oct 27 Windsor 0 Brock 4
Oct 27 York 4 Toronto 1

Atlantic
Oct 27 Acadia 2 New Brunswick 7
Oct 27 Moncton 2 St. F.X. 4
Oct 27 Saint Mary's 4 U.P.E.I. 3 (ot)

Links:
• [US/CIS S&R]
• [OUA S&R]
• [AUS S&R]

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Saturday Morning Links

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U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS v LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS

New Links:
Stories: [UofL] : [rp @CW] : [UBC]
Media: [Family comes first for UBC freshman forward Matt Revel]

The game stories from both teams were posted late and the links are up now. There was also a nice story in the Vancouver Province about Matt Revel and his brother, Petie.

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES v CALGARY DINOSAURS

New Link:
Media: [The Gauntlet: Weekend Preview Story]

Bedrock U's student paper has a story looking ahead to the series against the Mutts this weekend.

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Oct 28: Bisons Complete the Sweep

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MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2
MANITOBA BISONS 3

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [Coach's View]  : [UofM]
Stories: [UofM] : [rp @CW] : [rp @MRU]
Late Friday Story: [rp @MRU]


The Bisons played a sloppy game, marked by poor decision-making and inopportune turnovers. On the plus side, they showed tenacity, had solid goaltending, and cashed in enough to win. Going into the conference-wide bye week the Herd improves to 4-4-0. The only teams they have yet to play are #3 Calgary and the tied for #7 and #8 Lethbridge and Regina. The Bluegars fall to 3-4-1 and have to play #3 Calgary, #4 UBC, and #2 Saskatchewan.

Each team had one line-up change, and some line shuffling, from Friday night. For the Bisons, 19 Spencer was in for 15 S Bowles, and for the Bluegars 14 Rozdeba was in for 10 Stephens. Here's the alignment:

Manitoba
Goal
35 Spriggs (34 Sydora)

Defence
2 Henry - 16 Heinrichs
4 Bresciani - 25 Skrumeda
3 Christensen

Forwards
12 Zajac - 28 Stovin - 24 Augert
18 St. Croix - 14 Nault - 27 Franko
26 Lisoway - 21 Brooks - 8 Bilton
17 Callis - 23 Schreyer - 20 Keane
19 Spencer

Scratches:
1 Paulic - 9 Hunter - 11 Sharonov
13 Laurencelle - 15 S Bowles - 22 B Bowles
29 Wasylak

Mount Royal
Goal
31 Cooper (29 Lanigan)

Defence
21 Pankewicz - 22 Smiley
27 Baker - 5 Poulsen
14 Rozdeba - 7 Lees

Forwards
15 Olstad - 23 Watson - 26 Rankin
18 Kennedy - 19 Zulinick - 8 Henry
12 Lipon - 13 Bly - 11 King
9 Zandee - 28 Pare - 4 Green

Scratches:
3 Roberts - 10 Stephens - 16 Adamson
17 Lindgren - 20 Simpson - 24 Allan
35 Hoflin

Note – 4 Green started as a forward but moved back to defence late in the 2nd period. Once he did so, the rest of the 4th line was frequently plugged into the other lines.

Scorers:
1st - 15:52    - Man    Zach Franko
2nd - 03:27 - Man Brett Brooks
2nd – 17:58 – MRU Maddison Smiley
3rd – 02:35 – MRU Tanner Olstad
3rd – 18:59 – Man Zach Franko

The 1st period had official shots of 10-3 in favour of MRU. However, the play was much more even. Zach Franko had the only goal (set up nicely by Justin Augert and Kamerin Nault) and Brett Stovin and Nault also hit the pipes.

Brett Brooks gave the Bisons a 2-0 lead early in the 2nd period, and the lead held for the longest time. Maddison Smily got MRU on the board with just over 2 minutes left. It was a well-deserved goal after the teams had a very even period, with loads of shots (15-12 for MRU).

Though carrying a lead into the 3rd, the Bisons had the extra jump and were pushing harder for the insurance goal than MRU was pushing for the evener. However, the Bisons got caught ignoring the need to backcheck following a turnover and Tanner Olstad picked the top corner to convert a fast-break into the tying goal. The same five Bisons were on the ice for both MRU goals (Heinrich and Skrumeda on D and Zajac-Stovin-Augert up front). The Bisons did resume their offensive thrust on many different shifts such that with 90 seconds left Brad Kennedy took a penalty to prevent a rebound from going in. Franko notched his 2nd of the night to claim the W.

The Bisons outshot MRU 13-6 in the 3rd period, to close the gap to 31-28 on the night. Byron Spriggs got another win, and Colin Cooper got the loss. The 3 stars were Franko, Spriggs, and Jamal Watson (who had two assists for MRU).

Next week is a conference bye week. After that, the Bisons are off to Regina whilst MRU will play cross-town rival Calgary.

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OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4
REGINA COUGARS 1

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofR] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofA]


After putting up a good battle on Friday night, the Banjo Cats were outclassed the way one would expect. The shots were 49-20 in favour of the Monkeys. Zach Sawchenko picked up the win and Dawson MacAuley was tagged with the loss. This is MacAuley's third season with the Cats, and his first start of the season. Alberta is now 8-0-0, and Regina falls to 1-6-1 where they are tied for last.

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U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 6
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofL] : [rp @CW] : [UBC]


This loss has to sting for the Hørny Ønes. They outshot the T-irds 57-20 on the night. And two late goals were needed just to make the scoreline look respectable. Ty Edmonds got the call in goal for Lethbridge, and stopped just 13 of the 19 shots he faced. He was yanked after the 6th goal. Jonny Hogue finished and stopped the only shot he faced in his first-ever appearance in the CW. After a spectacular shut-out on Friday, Matt Hewitt played again. That's not easy when a matinee follows an evening game. He stopped 53 of 57 shots for the win. On the weekend, he stopped 92 of 96, to go .958 on the weekend. Lethbridge tumbles to 1-6-1, tied with Regina for last. UBC is now 5-3-0, having four straight wins over Regina and Lethbridge.

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2
CALGARY DINOSAURS 4

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofC] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofS*]


This win had them screaming Yabba Dabba Doo in the Town of Bedrock. Sask has now had splits in Manitoba and Bedrock. Cain Franson had two goals for the Dinos. The teams stuck with their Friday night goaltenders. Matthew Greenfield stopped 24 of 26 to claim a W, and Jordon Cooke stopped 24 of 28 to be stuck with a L. The Banjo Mutts go into the break in 2nd place at 6-1-1, and the Dinos are 4-1-3 in 3rd.

OUT EAST

Ontario
Oct 28 Concordia 4 Queen's 3 (ot)
Oct 28 Lakehead 3 Waterloo 2 (so)
Oct 28 Laurier 3 Toronto 1
Oct 28 McGill 3 Ottawa 6
Oct 28 Nipissing 5 R.M.C. 4 (ot)
Oct 28 Ryerson 1 York 4
Oct 28 U.O.I.T. 1 Carleton 3
Oct 28 U.Q.T.R. 2 Laurentian 0
Oct 28 W. Ontario 2 Brock 5
Oct 28 Windsor 5 Guelph 3

Atlantic
Oct 28 Acadia 7 U.P.E.I. 5
Oct 28 St. F.X. 5 Dalhousie 1
Oct 28 Saint Mary's 1 New Brunswick 5

Links:
• [US/CIS S&R]
• [OUA S&R]
• [AUS S&R]

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Preview: Conference Bye Week

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This is a conference-wide bye week in the CW. Not sure why they do that now. Maybe it's mid-term exam time. In any event, there is a spattering of stuff from the Bisons and around the CW, not to mention results from Out East.

Manitoba Links:
• GoBisons: [Team Site]
• Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
• CW: [Stats]∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
• LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
• Manitoban: [MRU Series Story] ∞ [Zach Franko Story]
• Manitoban: [UofS Series Story] ∞ [Local Talent Story]
• MyToba: [MRU Series Story]
• Highlights-of-the-Week: [rp @Facebook] ∞ [rp @Twitter]

Other Teams' Links:
• Lethbridge: [Ready to Honour 50 Greatest Pronghorns]
• MRU: [Weekend Recap (video)]
• Toronto Maple Leafs: [Derek Ryan Reference]

Other Links:
• [USports] ∞ [US Schedule/Links]
• [US Standings]
• [CW Site] ∞ [CW Schedule]
• [CW Stats] ∞ [Media Access]
• [CUSN Week 4]
• [USports Top 10] ∞ [rp @UofS]

I posted the Leafs' blogger story because of this reference:
 

Quote

 

About halfway through the period Carolina penned the Leafs into their own zone as if it was 6 on 4 or something. I thought a goal was inevitable but eventually they got a whistle and I could breathe again.

The commentators talk about Derek Ryan on the Canes and pump the tires of CIS hockey, apparently unaware that Canadian university sports have been rebranded as U Sports.

 

Without a doubt, the rebrand to USports has been a fiasco. Lots of people don't recall the change having been made. A new logo can be nice but the name needs to stay the same. If it were at least called "U-Sports Canada" it could abbreviate to "USC", or "Canada U-Sports" could abbreviate to "CUS".

STANDINGS

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NEXT UP

Nov 10 Lethbridge at Alberta
Nov 10 Manitoba at Regina
Nov 10 Mount Royal at Calgary
Nov 10 U.B.C. at Saskatchewan
Nov 11 Calgary at Mount Royal
Nov 11 Lethbridge at Alberta
Nov 11 Manitoba at Regina
Nov 11 U.B.C. at Saskatchewan

OUT EAST

Ontario
Nov 02 Toronto 1 Guelph 4
Nov 02 York 2 Laurier 6
Nov 03 Brock at Lakehead
Nov 03 Laurentian at Ottawa
Nov 03 Nipissing at Carleton
Nov 03 Queen's at U.Q.T.R.
Nov 03 R.M.C. at McGill
Nov 03 Ryerson at Waterloo
Nov 03 U.O.I.T. at Concordia
Nov 03 W. Ontario at Windsor
Nov 04 Brock at Lakehead
Nov 04 Laurentian at Carleton
Nov 04 Laurier at W. Ontario
Nov 04 Nipissing at Ottawa
Nov 04 Queen's at U.Q.T.R.
Nov 04 R.M.C. at Concordia
Nov 04 Toronto at Windsor
Nov 04 U.O.I.T. at McGill
Nov 04 Waterloo at York
Nov 05 Guelph at York

Atlantic
Nov 01 Dalhousie 0 Acadia 5
Nov 01 Saint Mary's 5 St. F.X. 4 (so)
Nov 01 U.P.E.I. 4 Moncton 6
Nov 03 Moncton at New Brunswick
Nov 03 St. F.X. at Acadia
Nov 04 New Brunswick at U.P.E.I.
Nov 06 Saint Mary's at Dalhousie

Links:
• [US Presto S&R]
• [OUA S&R]
• [AUS S&R]

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Nov. 3: Out-of-Town Scoreboard

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There were no CW games, so all we have is AUS and OUA from Friday night.

OUT EAST

Ontario
Nov 03 Brock 2 Lakehead 3 (ot)
Nov 03 Laurentian 4 Ottawa 3
Nov 03 Nipissing 1 Carleton 4
Nov 03 Queen's 3 U.Q.T.R. 6
Nov 03 R.M.C. 0 McGill 6
Nov 03 Ryerson 3 Waterloo 2 (ot)
Nov 03 U.O.I.T. 2 Concordia 6
Nov 03 W. Ontario 4 Windsor 2

Atlantic
Nov 03 Moncton 1 New Brunswick 6
Nov 03 St. F.X. 5 Acadia 6 (ot)

Links:
• [US/CIS S&R]
• [OUA S&R]
• [AUS S&R]

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Preview: Nov 10-11: Manitoba at Regina

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MANITOBA BISONS (4-4-0, 8-8-1, OHT35 #12)
REGINA COUGARS (1-6-1, 3-10-1, OHT35 #27)

Nov 10 7:00 CST at Regina Co-operators Centre
Nov 11 3:00 CST at Regina Co-operators Centre

Live Links:
• Video: [CanadaWest.tv] (all games)
• Friday: [LeagueStat] ∞ [Hockey Tech]
• Saturday: [LeagueStat] ∞ [Hockey Tech]

Manitoba Links:
• GoBisons: [Team Site]
• Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
• CW: [Stats]∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
• LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

Regina Links:
• Team: [Series Preview]
• Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
• CW: [Stats] ∞  [Schedule/Results/Links]
• LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

Other Links:
• [USports] ∞ [US Schedule/Links]
• [US Standings]  ∞ [Top Ten]
• [CW Site] ∞ [CW Schedule]
• [CW Stats] ∞ [Media Access]
• [CUSN Week 5]

After a week off, all 8 teams in the CW return to action this weekend. The Bisons are off to Regina, AKA Dante's 9th Circle of Hell. Here's what's up.

The Herd sits in 5th place, 2 points away from 4th and 3 away from 3rd. They have yet to play the bottom two teams in the league, namely these Banjo Cats and the Hørny Ønes, with whom the Cats are tied for last. The Bisons need 4-point weekends against these sorts of teams if they want to challenge for 3rd, or higher, this season. Easier said than done. Regina looked good early in the pre-season before they fell apart. They have bounced back and split a pair of shootouts with MRU than had respectable losses against UBC and Alberta. One would think they are due for a break somewhere along the line.

The Bisons have had a decisive historical edge over Regina, going 10-4-2 over them the last 4 seasons. The Kittens are led by a veteran (Ian McNulty, 2-6-8 in scoring) and a rookie (Zak Zborosky, 4-3-7). However, they will only go as far as their goaltending takes them. Rookie Michael Herringer was started all but one game, and his numbers are 4.84 GAA, .866 S%, 1-5-1 WL. Dawson McAuley has just the one start, giving up 4 goals on 49 shots against the Evil Monkeys.

I will be watching to see which lines core for the Bisons this weekend. So far the St. Croix-Nault-Franko combination has 8 goals in 8 games. That's good. But Zajac-Stovin-Augert have combined for just 4. They need to do better. The big surprise is that Adam Henry (2-5-7) is racking up points from the blue line.

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U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (5-3-0, 8-4-0, OHT35 #16)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (6-1-1, 7-4-1, OHT35 #7)

Links:
UofS: [Series Preview] ∞ [Cody Smuk Memorial]
UBC: [Team Site]
 
The T-irds have managed some productive weekends just when it appeared they might be sinking. The were physically damaged following their opening weekend series against the Bisons, so much so that they played short-staffed and were demolished by the Dinos. They have since swept the lesser lights of the CW. So what are they? A team just barely able to squeeze by or a possible contender. This weekend could tell the tale. They will be touring the Rutherdump, potentially for the last time. The Mutts’ new doghouse is well under construction, and will include a memorial to the late Cody Smuk.

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LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (1-6-1, 5-11-1, OHT35 #28)
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (8-0-0, 13-1-0, OHT35 #1)

Links:
UofA: [Series Preview] ∞ [Clare Drake Celebration]
CW:   [Luke Phillp Grad of the Month] ∞ [rp @UofA]
UofL: [Series Preview] ∞ [Top 50 Horns: 41-50]
 
The Hørny Ønes probably deserve a better fate so far. The record says 1-6-1 and tied for last, and on a 6 game losing streak to boot. But last weekend they outshot UBC 57-20 and lost 6-4, and 39-26 in a 5-0 loss. WTF? Trying to break a slump against the Evil Monkeys is not a great game plan. Both sides have interesting stories linked.

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MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (3-4-1, 4-6-1, OHT35 #20)
CALGARY DINOSAURS (4-1-3, 10-2-4, OHT35 #6)

Links:
UofC: [Team Site]
MRU: [Teaam Site]
 
This is a local derby in the Town of Bedrock. In their rematch series in the second half of the season, one game will be at the Saddledome. I don’t expect you’ll see overflow crowds at either rink in this series. The Bluegars had seemingly caught up the Dinos but this off-season recruiting wars were overwhelmingly in favour of the Dinos. Thus far the Dinos have an amazing 3 OTLs already. I am still not sure what to make of the Dinos. Are they are threat to challenge for the Top Two? Or perhaps Top Four is optimistic?

OUT EAST

Ontario
Nov 08 Toronto 4 W. Ontario 1
Nov 08 Ryerson 3 Brock 4
Nov 10 UQTR   RMC
Nov 10 York   W. Ontario
Nov 10 Windsor   Waterloo
Nov 10 Ryerson   Toronto
Nov 10 Brock   Laurier
Nov 10 Queen's   UOIT
Nov 10 Carleton   Ottawa
Nov 10 Lakehead   Guelph
Nov 10 Concordia   Nipissing
Nov 10 McGill   Laurentian
Nov 11 Lakehead   York
Nov 11 W. Ontario Toronto
Nov 11 UQTR   RMC
Nov 11 Windsor   Laurier
Nov 11 Ottawa   UOIT
Nov 11 McGill   Nipissing
Nov 11 Carleton   Queen's
Nov 11 Waterloo   Guelph
Nov 11 Concordia   Laurentian
Nov 12 Lakehead   Ryerson

Atlantic
Nov 06 Saint Mary's 4 Dalhousie 1
Nov 08 Saint Mary's 4 Acadia 3
Nov 10 Dalhousie   UPEI
Nov 10 St. F.X.   New Brunswick
Nov 10 Moncton   Acadia
Nov 11 Dalhousie   New Brunswick
Nov 11 Moncton   Saint Mary's
Nov 11 St. F.X.   UPEI


Links:
• [US Presto S&R]
• [OUA S&R]
• [AUS S&R]
• [UNB/Flin Flon Connection
 

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Nov 10: Decisive Win for Bisons in Regina

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MANITOBA BISONS 6
REGINA COUGARS 1

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [Coach's View] : [UofM*]
Stories: [UofR] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UM*]

When a team suffers the indignity of a trip to Regina, the best compensation is a win. And the Bisons achieved that relatively easily. The Herd held period leads of 2-0 and 5-0, and the 3rd period was a “let the clock run as fast as possible” kind of period for both sides. Here's what happened.

Scorers:

1st – 13:32 Man Quintin Lisoway (2)
1st – 15:33 Man Kamerin Nault (4)
2nd – 02:05 Man Warren Callis (1)
2nd – 07:13 Man Liam Bilton (2)
2nd – 13:05 Man Adam Henry (3)
2nd – 15:35 Reg Zak Zborosky (5)
3rd – 19:26 Man Brett Brooks (3)

So lots of goals from the depth players tonight, which is always a good sign. Zborosky is having a good rookie year for the Kittens.

For lineup changes from their last game, the Bisons dressed Shawn Bowles and Remi Laurencelle and sat out Geordie Keane and Calvin Spencer. So they once again dressed 5 defence and 13 forwards. Byron Spriggs got the win, with 31 saves. He is now 5-4-0 with a 3.22 GAA and .894 S%. At the other end, Michael Herringer was yanked after the 5th Bison goal, and stopped 21 of 26 shots. Returnee Dawson MacAuley came on to stop 12 of 13 in a mop-up role.

The Bisons finally rise above the .500 level for the first time this season, at 5-4-0. They also pull within 1 point of 3rd place. Saturday's rematch goes at 3:00 CST.

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OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 3
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4
(in overtime)

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofS] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UBC*]
UBC: [Preview Story]

Goaltender Matt Hewitt continued his role as a point-theft for the T-irds. They lost in OT despite being outshot 41-25. Logan McVeigh scored twice for the Banjo Mutts, and Jordon Cooke stopped 22 shots in claiming the win. Austin Vetterl notched his 7th goal of the season in a losing cause.

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MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3
CALGARY DINOSAURS 2

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofC] : [rp @CW] : [rp @MRU*]

This Crowchild Classic encounter produced a bit of a surprise. The Bluegars seemed to be down a notch and Mr. Slate bankrolled an apparently strong set of recruits for Bedrock U. The Dinos fall to 4-2-3, which is above .500 for points but below .500 on wins/losses. MRU is now just 2 points behind Bedrock.

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LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 7

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofA] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofL]

The Evil Monkeys dusted off the Hørny Ønes in decisive fashion. A 53 shot outburst made it a tough night for Garret Hughson in the Lethbridge goal. Zach Sawchenko made 28 stops for the win, and the Monkey offence was led by a Luke Philp hat-trick. That's 9-0-0 for the Apes, and 1-7-1 for the Horns.

OUT EAST

Ontario
Nov 10 Brock 4 Laurier 5
Nov 10 Carleton 4 Ottawa 2
Nov 10 Concordia 4 Nipissing 1
Nov 10 Lakehead 1 Guelph 3
Nov 10 McGill 8 Laurentian 3
Nov 10 Queen's 2 U.O.I.T. 4
Nov 10 Ryerson 5 Toronto 2
Nov 10 U.Q.T.R. 1 R.M.C. 2
Nov 10 Windsor 1 Waterloo 2
Nov 10 York 5 W. Ontario 4

Atlantic
Nov 10 Dalhousie 4 U.P.E.I. 5
Nov 10 Moncton 1 Acadia 6
Nov 10 St. F.X. 3 New Brunswick 5

Links:
• [US/CIS S&R]
• [OUA S&R]
• [AUS S&R]

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Nov 11: Bisons Become Matinee Idols in Double OT

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MANITOBA BISONS 6
REGINA COUGARS 5
(in overtime)

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [Coach's View] : [UofM]
Stories: [UofR] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UM]
UofM Friday late links: [rp Game Story] : [Boxscore]

A matinee performance coming after a night game often becomes a bizarre exercise. This Saturday afternoon encounter fell firmly into that category. For line-up notes, the Bisons found a 6th defenceman, Austin Douglas. He was not on the roster before and wore #9, which belongs to 4th year defenceman Rene Hunter.  On one Bison goal the PA announcer gave an assist to Hunter, who waived from the stands to the online announcer. I'd like to comment more on his play but the Bison black numbers on brown jerseys don't show up too well on CanadaWest.tv. Not that Regina's yellow on white is any better. (By the way, the assist was taken away.) Also, Dasan Sydora started in goal. I believe that was his first start in a regular season game in this his 3rd season.

Now, here's what happened:

Scorers:

1st - 01:46 – Man Michael St. Croix (3)
1st - 08:17 – Reg Ian McNulty (3)
2nd - 02:22 - Reg Carter Hansen (1)
2nd - 03:47 - Man Warren Callis (2)
2nd - 08:19 - Man Remi Laurencelle (1)
2nd - 18:11 - Reg Austin Bourhis (2)
2nd - 19:02 - Man Adam Henry (4)
3rd - 07:49 - Man Justin Augert (1)
3rd - 08:32 - Reg Tyler King (PP) (4)
3rd - 19:14 - Reg Cody Fowlie (4)
5th - 02:50 - Man Kamerin Nault (5)

This was a very loose game. The Bisons need to play the body to be effective and there was not as much grinding as usual. Nevertheless, they did hold a 2-goal lead in the 3rd period and, rather than step on the Kittens' throats, allowed them to come back to force OT. The running total of shots was not displayed on the live stats, and I admit to being surprised when I saw inflated totals. The final was 51-36 in favour of the Banjo Cats, including 21 shots in the 2nd period.

Michael Herringer was back in the litter box after being fulled in favour of Dawson MacAuley on Friday night. He stopped 30 of 36 in taking the loss. Sydora stopped 46 of 51 shots to claim his first win.

The game winner by Kamerin Nault came in the 2nd overtime, during 3-on-3. A Bison offensive thrust was stymied, which led to the inevitable breakout the other way from Regina. Nault backchecked to lift the stick and prevent a shot, then broke out himself, deked a couple of players, and scored.

Last year Nault was in-and-out of the line-up, and this year he is on a line with blue chip newcomers Michael St. Croix and Zach Franko. They now have 11 of the Bisons' 33 goals, 3 of which came in this game.

Last year's CW rookie-of-the-year Remi Laurencelle made his return to the line-up this weekend. It seems he was usually paired with Callis and Schreyer. That line had two goals on the night.

The theoretical top line (Zajac-Stovin-Augert) has only 5 goals so far. They did get what should have been the insurance goal in the 3rd period.

This was the only matinee on the Usports docket. So we won't know where the Bisons will place until those scores are in. But we do know they are 6-4-0 heading into Lethbridge next weekend.

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OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

These results will be posted separately sometime after midnight!

Canada West
Nov 11 Calgary  at Mount Royal
Nov 11 Lethbridge  at Alberta
Nov 11 U.B.C.  at Saskatchewan

Atlantic
Nov 11 Dalhousie  at New Brunswick
Nov 11 Moncton  at Saint Mary's
Nov 11 St. F.X.  at U.P.E.I.

Ontario
Nov 11 Carleton  at Queen's
Nov 11 Concordia  at Laurentian
Nov 11 Lakehead  at York
Nov 11 McGill  at Nipissing
Nov 11 Ottawa  at U.O.I.T.
Nov 11 U.Q.T.R.  at R.M.C.
Nov 11 Waterloo  at Guelph
Nov 11 W. Ontario  at Toronto
Nov 11 Windsor  at Laurier

Links:
• [US/CIS S&R]
• [OUA S&R]
• [AUS S&R]

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Nov 11 Part 2: Saturday Night Round-up

The Bisons won their matinee encounter, and in the evening Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Calgary won their games. The CW is somewhat returning to its roots. The results leave the traditional “Big Four” in the top 4 positions in the standings for the first time in a while, with UBC and MRU falling just behind.

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U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 2
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofS] : [rp @CW] : [UBC]
UBC Friday late link: [Game Story]

The scoreboard is a bit deceptive in this one. The T-irds led 2-1 after the 1st, and in fact the Mutts did not tie the game until over 12 minutes into the 2nd. Sask did not get a 2-goal lead until there was less than 5 minutes left, then an empty-netter sealed it. Jordon Cooke stopped 26 of 28 shots to win (now 7-1-1) and Michael Sofillas scored twice to lead the Mutts to the promised land of fire hydrants. After Matt Hewitt's hot streak, UBC switched goaltenders and Rylan Toth stopped 36 of 40 in taking the loss. So on the weekend Saskatchewan gets their sweep, and UBC has to settle for a bonus point.

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CALGARY DINOSAURS 5
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 1

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [MRU] : [rp @CW] : [UofC]
MRU Friday late link: [rp Game Story]

The crosstown rivals both won their away game in this home-and-home series. Bedrock U surrendered the first goal but that was it. In the end, Jordan Papirny backstopped them to the win, stopping 25 of 26 shots, and Coda Gordon scored twice. At the other end of the ice, Cam Lanigan stopped 24 of 28 in the Bluegars' goal. This was also maybe closer than the score would indicate. It was a a 3-1 game with less than 2 minutes left when the Dinos scored an empty-netter to make it 4-1 and then one more with 4 seconds left for good measure.

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LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofA] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofL]

This was Clare Drake Night in Edmontown. And the Evil Monkeys once again crushed the Hørny Ønes. The stats were not as one-sided as from Friday night, but still not exactly close. The opening period set the stage, with Alberta outshooting Lethbridge 12-3, and outscoring them 2-0. On the night the shots were 35-21. Zach Sawchenko stopped 20 of 21 to get the win, while Trevor Cox scored his first two goals of the season to lead the way. Ty Edmonds was in the Hørny Ønes' net, and stopped 29 of 35 shots. The Primates are now a perfect 10-0-0. Lethbridge will be quite happy to have the road games there done for the season.

STANDINGS

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OUT EAST

Ontario
Nov 11 Carleton 4 Queen's 1
Nov 11 Concordia 6 Laurentian 1
Nov 11 Lakehead 2 York 4
Nov 11 McGill 4 Nipissing 1
Nov 11 Ottawa 4 U.O.I.T. 5
Nov 11 U.Q.T.R. 1 R.M.C. 4
Nov 11 Waterloo 3 Guelph 6
Nov 11 W. Ontario 2 Toronto 4
Nov 11 Windsor 1 Laurier 2

Atlantic
Nov 11 Dalhousie 1 New Brunswick 3
Nov 11 Moncton 1 Saint Mary's 7
Nov 11 St. F.X. 4 U.P.E.I. 2

Links:
• [US/CIS S&R]
• [OUA S&R]
• [AUS S&R]

NEXT UP

Nov 12 Lakehead at Ryerson
Nov 15 Acadia at Saint Mary's
Nov 15 Waterloo at Ryerson
Nov 17 Alberta at Saskatchewan
Nov 17 Manitoba at Lethbridge
Nov 17 Mount Royal at U.B.C.
Nov 17 Regina at Calgary

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Preview: Nov 17-18: Manitoba at Lethbridge

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MANITOBA BISONS (6-4-0, 10-8-1, OHT35 #12)
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (1-8-1, 5-13-1, OHT35 #31)

Nov 10 7:00 MST/8:00 CST at Lethbridge Nicholas Sheran Arena
Nov 11 1:00 MST/2:00 CST at Lethbridge Nicholas Sheran Arena

Live Links:
• Video: [CanadaWest.tv] (all games)
• Friday: [LeagueStat] ∞ [Hockey Tech]
• Saturday: [LeagueStat] ∞ [Hockey Tech]

Manitoba Links:
• GoBisons: [Team Site]
• Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
• CW: [Stats]∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
• LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

Lethbridge Links:
• Team: [Operation Rednose] : [Greatest 'Horns: 31-40]
• Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
• CW: [Stats] ∞  [Schedule/Results/Links]
• LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

Other Links:
• [USports] ∞ [US Schedule/Links]
• [US Standings]  ∞ [Top Ten]
• [CW Site] ∞ [CW Schedule]
• [CW Stats] ∞ [Media Access]
• [CUSN Week 5]

This weekend and last are/were weekends where the Bisons needed/need sweeps if they want to finish in the upper echelons of the CW this year. They are now 6-4-0 and sitting in 4th place, just one point behind 3rd place Calgary. Lethbridge sits dead last at 1-8-1, a point behind Regina. The Herd has just two series left in the first half, this one and next weekend at home against Calgary.

Last year the Bisons went 3-1-0 against the Hørny Ønes, and are 10-6-0 over the last four seasons.

But beware. Lethbridge was just pipped by UBC for the final playoff berth each of the last two seasons, and they seemed ready to once again be a playoff contender this year. So-so pre-season, and a split with Calgary started their season. Then things fell apart. Eight straight losses. Worse, the first of those was in overtime against Sask. In the last 7 games, one was by two goals and the rest were by three or more.

Lethbridge has two good scorers, Mitchell Maxwell is 4-7-11 and Justin Valentino is 3-4-7. Nobody else has more than 4 points. As a team, they have scored just 18 goals, last in the CW. Regina is next-worst, at 26. In goal they have sophomore Garret Hughson and rookie Ty Edmonds, playing roughly a 60/40 split. Their numbers are not stellar. Hughson is 1-4-1, 4.17 GAA, and .889 S%. Edmonds is 0-4-0, 5.32 GAA, and .832 S%. Overall, they have given up 48 goals, only 3 goals better than Regina's 51.

The Bisons are on a four-game winning streak. Byron Spriggs has rallied in goal so that his numbers are now quite respectable, 5-4-0, 3.22 GAA, .894 S%. Scoring is being led by Michael St. Croix, 4-7-11 (tied for 7th in the CW) and defenceman Adam Henry, 4-6-10 (tied for 13th).

Last weekend, 2016-17 CW Rookie-of-the-Year Remi Laurencelle made his return to the line-up. He had a goal and an assist and transformed the 3rd line into an offensive threat. There are still several players who remain on the shelf yet to see their first action of the regular season: goaltender Justin Paulic, defencemen Rene Hunter and Victor Sharonov, and forward Jonah Wasylak. One thing I will want to check out is whether the Zajac-Stovin-Augert line returns to form, if in fact they stick together.

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (10-0-0, 15-1-0, OHT35 #1)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (8-1-1, 9-4-1, OHT35 #6)

Links:
UofS: [Series Preview] ∞ [Secret Santa Program] ∞ [Series Notes (pdf)]
UofA: [Team Site]
 
This is the feature series of the weekend, nation-wide and not just in the CW. If the Evil Monkeys win this series, they will likely assure themselves of first place. The Rutherdump can be a tough place to win, however. While Saudi Alberta has been clearly the better team all season, one cannot discount the possibility that they are due for a loss. The numbers paint the picture. The Monkeys lead the CW with 52 goals scored (Sask is 2nd with 44), and with just 18 goals allowed (Sask is tied for 2nd with 21). This would be worth a watch at CanadaWest.tv.

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REGINA COUGARS (1-7-2, 3-11-2, OHT35 #30)
CALGARY DINOSAURS (5-2-3, 11-3-4, OHT35 #7)

Links:
UofC: [Team Site]
UofR: [Teaam Site]
 
The Bisons would love to see the Feline Bumpkins hold Bedrock U to something less than 4 points. Could they do it? Well, in all likelihood there will be one comfortable win for the Dinos and one tight game. The Dinos had a massive, and high-end, recruiting class. However, even high end major junior players take time to adjust to a tougher league. That appears to be happening here. I would suggest most pundits had them winning more than 5 games so far. I was a bit leary. From what I have seen, they will likely be competing hard with the Bisons for 3rd place.

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MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (4-5-1, 5-7-1, OHT35 #18)
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (5-4-1, 8-5-1, OHT35 #16)

Links:
UBC: [Series Preview]
MRU: [Team Site]
 
This is the Battle for Fifth! Probably not the best marketing slogan. Both sides would like to challenge for 4th place, and the right to host a playoff series. MRU has recently achieved that level, but have now slipped back. UBC has made it to that level just once since, well, roughly around Moses' trip to Sinai. Both sides wrap up the first half next week with tough opponents. (MRU plays Sask and UBC plays Alberta.) I strongly suspect a split this weekend. The UBC preview story cites two factoids of interest. UBC has the top PP in the CW at 27.5%. And they are tied with Regina for the most shots allowed per game, 38.5. Their #1 goaltender, Matt Hewitt, stole two games for them against Lethbridge. His numbers are 5-1-1, 3.14 GAA, .922 S%. The Bluegars have been using all three goaltenders. Colin Cooper has been a good #1 in the past, but this year his numbers are 3-2-0, 2.92 GAA, and .884.

OUT EAST

Ontario
Nov 15 Waterloo 4 Ryerson 6
Nov 17 Concordia        at McGill
Nov 17 Guelph           at W. Ontario
Nov 17 Laurier          at Brock
Nov 17 Ottawa           at Carleton
Nov 17 Queen's          at Laurentian
Nov 17 R.M.C.           at U.Q.T.R.
Nov 17 Ryerson          at Windsor
Nov 17 Toronto          at Lakehead
Nov 17 U.O.I.T.         at Nipissing
Nov 17 York             at Waterloo
Nov 18 Carleton         at U.Q.T.R.
Nov 18 Guelph           at Brock
Nov 18 McGill           at Concordia
Nov 18 Queen's          at Nipissing
Nov 18 R.M.C.           at Ottawa
Nov 18 Toronto          at Lakehead
Nov 18 U.O.I.T.         at Laurentian
Nov 18 W. Ontario       at Laurier
Nov 18 York             at Windsor

Atlantic
Nov 15 Acadia 2 Saint Mary's 3
Nov 17 Acadia           at Moncton
Nov 17 New Brunswick    at St. F.X.
Nov 17 U.P.E.I.         at Dalhousie
Nov 18 New Brunswick    at Dalhousie
Nov 18 Saint Mary's     at Moncton
Nov 18 U.P.E.I.         at St. F.X.

Links:
• [US Presto S&R]
• [OUA S&R]
• [AUS S&R]
 

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Nov 17: Bisons a Victim on Upset Night

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MANITOBA BISONS 3
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4

(in overtime)

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [Coach's View] : [UofM*]
Stories: [UofL] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UM]
UofL links: [Tweet] : [CTV] : [Canes Blog]


This was a night of upsets in the CW, one of which was this one. The Bisons took the lead 3 times, and 3 times the Hørny Ønes tied it up, before stealing it in OT. No doubt the 'Horns were overdue.

Scorers:
1st – 14:30 – Man Justin Augert (2)
2nd – 12:07 – Leth Evan Wardley (2) (PP)
3rd – 05:17 – Man Channing Bresciani (2)
3rd – 08:26 – Leth Spenser Jensen (2) (PP)
3rd – 09:41 – Man Michael St. Croix (4)
3rd – 16:47 – Leth Mitchell Maxwell (5)
4th – 01:16 – Leth Ryon Moser (1)

The Bisons had some line-up changes from last game. On defence, Skrumeda was out (due to getting a major penalty against Regina), and so they were back to dressing just 5 defencemen. Up front, Laurencelle was again out of the line-up whilst Spencer and Bowles were in.

Byron Spriggs stopped 29 of 33 shots and was run over twice while I was watching. (My mobile data ran out, and I was not at home.) Garret Hughson was the difference in the game, as he stopped 38 of 41 shots at the Lethbridge goal.

In the links there were stories about former UofL goaltender Dylan Tait, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer while with the team. He is now doing some fundraising for the cause. And in Movember, Dalton Sward is their nominee for 'stache of the year.

The rematch goes Saturday at 2:00 CST.

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OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 1


Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofS] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofA]


This game did not live up to the hype. The Evil Monkeys seem to truly be in a class of their own. They are now 11-0-0 and this score should scare away everybody. Jamie Crooks had a hat-trick and Dylan Bredo scored twice. Brendan Burke stopped 27 of 28 shots to claim the win. Jordon Cooke was shelled, making 29 stops of 35 shots. We'll see what sort of impact a night in the doghouse will have on the Mutts.

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REGINA COUGARS 3
CALGARY DINOSAURS 2


Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofC] : [rp @CW] : [UofR]


The Banjo Cats completed the set of stunning upsets with this win in the Town of Bedrock. The Kittens switched starters and went with Dawson MacAuley. He stopped all 14 shots he faced in the 1st period but then could not start the 2nd. Michael Herringer stopped 20 of 22 to claim the win. Meanwhile, Matthew Greenfield stopped 31 of 34 to take the loss. This upset allowed the Bisons to move into a tie with Bedrock U for 3rd place, despite their own disappointing loss. How about that?!?

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MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 4
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 1


Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UBC] : [rp @CW] : [rp @MRU]


This was a big win for the Bluegars. They pulled even with the T-irds. Goaltender Matt Hewitt was unable to steal another for UBC. He stopped 34 of 37 shots before an empty-netter put the game away. MRU went with veteran Cam Lanigan at the other end, and he stopped 23 of 24 to achieve victory. MRU scored once on a penalty shot and twice on the power play.

STANDINGS
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OUT EAST

Ontario

Nov 17 Concordia 1 McGill 2
Nov 17 Guelph 6 W. Ontario 4
Nov 17 Laurier 2 Brock 3 (ot)
Nov 17 Ottawa 4 Carleton 3
Nov 17 Queen's 8 Laurentian 2
Nov 17 R.M.C. 2 U.Q.T.R. 1 (so)
Nov 17 Ryerson 2 Windsor 7
Nov 17 Toronto 2 Lakehead 3 (ot)
Nov 17 U.O.I.T. 4 Nipissing 3 (so)
Nov 17 York 4 Waterloo 6

Atlantic
Nov 17 Acadia 9 Moncton 1
Nov 17 New Brunswick 2 St. F.X. 3 (ot)
Nov 17 U.P.E.I. 4 Dalhousie 2

Links:
• [US/CIS S&R]
• [OUA S&R]
• [AUS S&R]


NEXT UP

Nov 18 Alberta at Saskatchewan
Nov 18 Manitoba at Lethbridge
Nov 18 Mount Royal at U.B.C.
Nov 18 Regina at Calgary
Nov 18 New Brunswick at Dalhousie
Nov 18 Saint Mary's at Moncton
Nov 18 U.P.E.I. at St. F.X.
Nov 18 Carleton at U.Q.T.R.
Nov 18 Guelph at Brock
Nov 18 McGill at Concordia
Nov 18 Queen's at Nipissing
Nov 18 R.M.C. at Ottawa
Nov 18 Toronto at Lakehead
Nov 18 U.O.I.T. at Laurentian
Nov 18 W. Ontario at Laurier
Nov 18 York at Windsor

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Nov 18: Bisons Back-to-Back Bonus Points

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MANITOBA BISONS 3
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4
(in overtime)

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [Coach's View] : [UofM]
Stories: [UofL] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UM*]

Two identical scores but very different games. The Hørny Ønes were short two players but the rest must have been downing Viagra like candy for the first two periods, as they outshot the Bisons 19-9 and 18-8. The 3rd period was closer (13-11). So while this was a lost weekend, the Bisons still got two points and held their place in the standings. Here's what happened:

Scorers:
2nd – 03:49 – Man Zach Franko (4)
2nd – 15:04 – Leth Dalton Sward (2)
3rd – 01:19 – Leth Justin Valentino (4)
3rd – 04:20 – Man Joel Schreyer (1)
3rd – 08:38 – Leth Justin Valentino (5)
3rd – 19:56 – Man Kamerin Nault (6)
4th – 00:17 – Leth Mitchell Maxwell (6)

The Bisons are becoming no stranger to the empty-net goal. Kamerin Nault scored his 6th of the season, which followed a faceoff taken with just 12 seconds left and 6 Bison skaters on the ice. Both sides played their Friday night starters on short rest, which sometimes causes a fairly wild game. So again Garret Hughson gets the win and Byron Spriggs got the OTL.

Next week the teams both play the team beside them in the standings. The Bisons host Calgary and Lethbridge visits Regina.

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OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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REGINA COUGARS 2
CALGARY DINOSAURS 3

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofC] : [rp @CW] : [UofR]

This was exactly the inverse score from Friday night. Bedrock U had a tough time with the Kittens, the shots were 28-27. After Regina and Lethbridge appeared to be falling apart, they both played extremely well on the weekend. These scores also tighten the CW standings in a major way. Jordan Papirny started for Bedrock and got the win, and Michael Herringer took the loss for Regina. I saw the ending of this one after the Bison game, and Regina looked pretty decent. They and Lethbridge are the weakest teams in the CW but will claim some scalps as the season progresses.

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MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 1

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UBC] : [rp @CW] : [rp @MRU]

This series had split written all over it. But the Bluegars' sweep here could be a major turning point for both teams. Rather than challenging the league leaders, UBC could be in the familiar position of a life and death battle for a playoff berth. The first three goals were on the PP, and the final one into an empty net. Rylan Toth started for the T-irds, and stopped 21 of 23 shots, and Cam Lanigan got the win, stopping 30 of 31. It looks like MRU may run with the veteran goaltender now.

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 0
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofS] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofA]

The Evil Monkeys finally taste defeat! No doubt they are now swinging from the vines and throwing feces at one another. The final goal was an empty-netter, so the Monkeys never went down without a fight. Jordon Cooke had a 29-save shut-out for the win, and Zach Sawchenko stopped 31 of 34 to take the loss. The Mutts remain 3 points behind the Apes. Sask wraps their first half of the schedule at Mount Royal next weekend, while Alberta hosts UBC.

STANDINGS

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OUT EAST

Ontario
Nov 18 Carleton 2 U.Q.T.R. 4
Nov 18 Guelph 4 Brock 2
Nov 18 McGill 3 Concordia 2 (ot)
Nov 18 Queen's 4 Nipissing 3 (ot)
Nov 18 R.M.C. 1 Ottawa 2 (ot)
Nov 18 Toronto 1 Lakehead 3
Nov 18 U.O.I.T. 5 Laurentian 3
Nov 18 W. Ontario 2 Laurier 3
Nov 18 York 3 Windsor 5

Atlantic
Nov 18 New Brunswick 4 Dalhousie 3
Nov 18 Saint Mary's 7 Moncton 2
Nov 18 U.P.E.I. 1 St. F.X. 6

Links:
• [US/CIS S&R]
• [OUA S&R]
• [AUS S&R]

NEXT UP

Nov 21 OUA Laurentian at Nipissing
Nov 22 AUS Moncton at U.P.E.I.
Nov 22 AUS St. F.X. at Saint Mary's
Nov 24 CW Calgary at Manitoba
Nov 24 CW Lethbridge at Regina
Nov 24 CW Saskatchewan at Mount Royal
Nov 24 CW U.B.C. at Alberta

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Preview: Nov 24-25: Calgary at Manitoba

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CALGARY DINOSAURS (6-3-3, 12-4-4, OHT35 #8)
MANITOBA BISONS (6-4-2, 10-8-3, OHT35 #11)

Nov 10 7:00 CST at Wayne Fleming Arena
Nov 11 1:00 CST at Wayne Fleming Arena

Live Links:
• Video: [CanadaWest.tv] (all games)
• Friday: [LeagueStat] ∞ [Hockey Tech]
• Saturday: [LeagueStat] ∞ [Hockey Tech]

Manitoba Links:
• GoBisons: [Preview Story]
• Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
• CW: [Stats]∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
• LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

Austin Douglas:
• Stats: [Elite Prospects] ∞ [Hockey DB] ∞ [Wiki]
• Video: [Shaw Kamloops]

Calgary Links:
• GoDinos: [Team Site]
• Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
• CW: [Stats] ∞  [Schedule/Results/Links]
• LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

Other Links:
• [USports] ∞ [US Schedule/Links]
• [US Standings]  ∞ [Top Ten]
• [CW Site] ∞ [CW Schedule]
• [CW Stats] ∞ [Media Access]
• [CUSN Week 7]

The Bisons are finally back on home ice! After a conference bye week they had two weekends on the road, so it will be about a month between home games when the puck drops Friday night. The opponent will be Bedrock U. Although not battling extinction, they appear to be a Bison rival in the mid-pack race for 3rd and 4th places. Both sides typically occupy the space just below the Monkeys and Mutts. Last year the Bisons held a slight edge (2-1-1, 5-4 on points) but over the last 4 seasons are just behind (7-6-3, 17-18 on points).

In the off season Mr. Slate spent a load of money getting some new recruits to play for the Bedrock Dinos. However, their top players have been their veteran players. So far, their top newcomer has been Riley Sheen (5-3-8 in just 6 games). They also have a handful of other newcomers with 5 points each. The team is paced by two veteran forwards, Cain Franson (6-7-13) and Chris Collins (4-8-12), and two defencemen, Dylan Busenius (2-8-10) and Drydn Dow (3-6-9). Their goaltenders have posted really good numbers so far. It is a 2/3, 1/3 split with veteran Matthew Greenfield (3-3-2, 2.32 GAA, .926 S%) the starter and rookie Jordan Papirny (3-0-1, 1.75 GAA, .937 S%) as backup.

The Bisons continue to be led by their top line. Michael St. Croix (4-9-13), Kamerin Nault (6-5-11), and Zach Franko (4-6-10) have been perhaps the top line in the CW. Adam Henry (4-8-12) is the CW's leading scorer amongst defencemen.

As always, the questions for the Bisons are whether the goaltending will hold, whether the 2nd line will get going, and the health of the guys MIA. In goal, Byron Spriggs has had some excellent games but overall has been a decent starter (5-4-2, 3.27 GAA, .899 S%). The second line (Augert-Stovin-Zajac) had combined for just 6 goals, and average a -7. The typical third line (Bilton-Brooks-Lisoway) have combined for 7 goals, and average a -1. Remi Laurencelle dressed for the first and only time against Regina and boosted the 4th line but whether he can play, I do not know.

One roster note is that the Bisons have recruited a new defenceman, Austin Douglas, and he has taken Rene Hunter's #9 jersey. Other players yet to hit the ice in the regular season are goaltender Justin Paulic, defenceman Victor Sharonov, and big forward Jonah Wasylak. Douglas played for Seattle and Kamloops of the WHL in 2013-14 before moving to 7 different teams over 3 seasons in Manitoba, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. In the last 4 seasons he has yet to play more than 30 games per season. He spent all of last year with the Dauphin Kings, playing just 20 games.

This got me thinking about Manitoba boys with WHL scholarships who are enrolled at the U of M but not on the team. Quite a list of players, listed with a link to their Elite Propspects page:
• [Denis Bosc] - lw/d
• [Jordyn Boyd] – f, played in 2015-16
• [Reid Gow] – d, played in 2014-15
• [Stephen Hak] – d
• [Austin Lotz] - g, played ECHL last year
• [Meyer Nell] – lw
• [Christian Stockl] – rw, on roster but did not play in 2015-16
• [Spencer Tremblay] - g

Not everybody in Bedrock is a Dino fan. Fred and Barney are Bison fans!

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LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (3-8-1, 7-13-1, OHT35 #23)
REGINA COUGARS (2-8-2, 4-12-2, OHT35 #27)

Links:
UofR: [Preview Story]
UofL: [Greatest Horns 21-30] : [Maxwell 1st Star] : [Academic All-Canadians]
 
At one time it seemed that this series would be a rare opportunity for these teams to get a win. However, both played very well last weekend. Both sides had pretty good pre-seasons before hitting the skids. Regina was 2-2 in pre-season then were blitzed in the States and against Sask. But they have recovered and are playing well. In their last 4 series they are just 2-6-2, but only their 6-1 loss to the Bisons was a “bad game”. The Hørny Ønes were 4-5-0 in pre-season then split with Bedrock U. Then came an 8 game losing streak, snapped with their sweep of the Bisons in a pair of overtime games. While it seems likely that these will be the two teams to miss the playoffs again, they will both claim some wins as the season enters the 2nd half.

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U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (5-6-1, 8-7-1, OHT35 #20)
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (11-1-0, 16-2-0, OHT35 #2)

Links:
UofA: [Preview Story]
UBC: [Team Site]
Hamber Trophy: [Wikia]
 
The Evil Monkeys' incredible winning streak came to a crashing halt last weekend. Did they just slip on a banana peel? Or have they just crashed to Earth? I strongly  believe that the Monkeys will recover and not lose more than a handful of games the rest of the season. What about the T-irds? They opened the season against the Bisons and were physically punished. They in fact played several games short-staffed and their record suffered. If they lose twice this weekend they could be feeling the heat for the final playoff berth for the 3rd straight season. These teams used to play for the Hamber Trophy starting in the days before UBC started conference hockey. Check out the Wikia link for the whole story on that.

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (9-2-1, 10-5-1, OHT35 #4)
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (6-5-1, 7-7-1, OHT35 #14)

Links:
MRU: [Team Site]
UofS: [Team Site]
 
Last week was pretty good for these two. The Bluegars swept UBC in the Battle for Fifth, and Sask split with Alberta to snap the Monkeys' winning streak. MRU dipped from last season, but still have a solid nucleus and could well take some points from this series. The Banjo Mutts looked like two different hockey teams last Friday and Saturday. Hard to figure what they will look like.

OUT EAST

Ontario
Nov 21 Laurentian 2 Nipissing 6
Nov 24 Concordia        at Laurier
Nov 24 Lakehead         at U.O.I.T.
Nov 24 Laurentian       at Guelph
Nov 24 McGill           at Waterloo
Nov 24 Nipissing        at Brock
Nov 24 Ryerson          at Ottawa
Nov 24 Toronto          at U.Q.T.R.
Nov 24 W. Ontario       at Queen's
Nov 24 Windsor          at R.M.C.
Nov 24 York             at Carleton
Nov 25 Concordia        at Waterloo
Nov 25 Lakehead         at U.O.I.T.
Nov 25 Laurentian       at Brock
Nov 25 McGill           at Laurier
Nov 25 Nipissing        at Guelph
Nov 25 Ryerson          at Carleton
Nov 25 Toronto          at U.Q.T.R.
Nov 25 W. Ontario       at R.M.C.
Nov 25 Windsor          at Queen's
Nov 25 York             at Ottawa

Atlantic
Nov 22 Moncton 8 U.P.E.I. 5
Nov 22 St. F.X. 4 Saint Mary's 2
Nov 24 Acadia           at St. F.X.
Nov 24 Dalhousie        at Saint Mary's
Nov 24 U.P.E.I.         at New Brunswick
Nov 25 Acadia           at Dalhousie
Nov 25 New Brunswick    at Moncton

Links:
• [US Presto S&R]
• [OUA S&R]
• [AUS S&R]
 

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Nov 24: Bisons Bounce Bedrock for 3rd place

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CALGARY DINOSAURS 2
MANITOBA BISONS 3

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [Coach's View] : [UofM*]
Stories: [UofM] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofC]
Stories: [Fleming Family Hockey Coach Scholarship]

The Herd achieved a key victory over Bedrock U, and are now alone in 3rd place in the CW, at least for a day. The rematch goes Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Here's the skinny:

Manitoba

Goal
35 Spriggs (34 Sydora)

Defence
2 Henry - 16 Heinrichs
3 Christensen - 4 Bresciani
25 Skrumeda – 9 Douglas

Forwards
27 Franko - 14 Nault - 18 St. Croix
26 Lisoway - 22 B Bowles - 12 Zajac
24 Augert - 28 Stovin - 8 Bilton
21 Brooks - 23 Schreyer - 17 Callis

Scratches:
1 Paulic - 9 Hunter - 11 Sharonov
13 Laurencelle - 15 S Bowles
19 Spencer - 20 Keane - 29 Wasylak

Calgary

Goal
1 Greenfield (34 Papirny)

Defence
6 Dow – 33 Hauf
7 Sherbinin – 3 Gagnon
42 Gibson – 44 Busenius

Forwards
12 Franson – 16 Alfaro – 9 Kambeitz
17 Gordon – 13 Collins – 24 Harrison
15 Vanstone – 27 Rauckman – 29 Forster
21 L Fisher – 10 R Fisher – 22 Cook

Scratches:
2 Gibb – 8 Lofthouse – 11 Maiolino
19 Sheen – 23 Graham – 26 Pickett
28 Uhrich – 30 Gutenberg

Scorers:
1st – 16:09 – Man Kamerin Nault (7)
1st – 18:03 – Cal Logan Fisher (1)
2nd – 01:01 – Cal Luke Harrison (3) (SH)
2nd – 12:41 – Man Quintin Lisoway (3) (PP)
3rd – 13:59 – Man Michael St. Croix (5)

This was quite a good game. Lots of hits, but very few penalties. Just the way people like it. Kamerin Nault opened scoring on a 3-way passing play with his linemates, Michael St. Croix and Zach Franko. That should not be too surprising.

Calgary's two goals were softies. Byron Spriggs had a stellar performance, but both goals were to his right on an extreme angle. I had a great view of the first goal from my seat and it was like a Penn & Teller trick. It looked like Spriggs had it stopped yet it trickled through his padding somehow.

Quinton Lisoway's goal in the 2nd period was the end result of extreme pressure on the power play. St. Croix had a very strong game, creating havoc whenever he was on the ice. It was deserving that he got the winner.

Spriggs stopped 25 of 27 shots to claim the win, and Matthew Greenfield stopped 22 of 25 in the loss. Both goaltenders and St. Croix were named as 3 stars.

Before the game a new award was revealed in honour of former Bison coach, Billy Robinson. It goes to the most improved player returning to the line-up. Sean Christensen was named the inaugural winner. He has become a top-4 defenceman in his 3rd season, after coming to the Bisons from the MMJHL. It is not too often that somebody from the MM makes it to this level.

And between the 1st and 2nd periods, Brett Stovin was awarded the  Fleming Family Hockey Coach Scholarship, which is for his commitment to coaching. He works on this during the off-season.

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OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 6
REGINA COUGARS 2

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofR] : [rp @CW] : [UofL]
Preview: [UofL Preview Story]

The Battle for the Wooden Spoon was won by the Hørny Ønes in convincing fashion. The goal-scoring difficulties which plagued Lethbridge have now seemingly vanished and playoffs are now just 2 points away. There were eight different scorers in this game. Garret Hughson stopped 29 of 31 for the win, and Michael Herringer stopped 32 of 38 in defeat.

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [MRU] : [rp @CW] : [UofS]

This was a tight battle all the way through and, in the end, the Banjo Mutts had just enough to win. Taran Kozun had a rare start for Sask, and made the most of it with a 26 save victory. Cam Lanigan started and lost for the Bluegars, and stopped 31 of 34. It was military night at MRU, and they wore a commemorative uniform.

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U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 0
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofA] : [rp @CW] : [UBC]
Preview: [UBC Preview Story]

Four different Primates scored and Brendan Burke registered the shutout to get the Evil Monkeys back on the winning track. The T-irds went back to Matt Hewitt in goal, and he stopped 28 of 32 shots in an attempt to rekindle the magic he supplied earlier this season. The T-irds are now clinging to 6th place, just 2 points ahead of Lethbridge.

STANDINGS

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OUT EAST

Ontario
Nov 24 Concordia 3 Laurier 1
Nov 24 Lakehead 1 U.O.I.T. 3
Nov 24 Laurentian 5 Guelph 9
Nov 24 McGill 6 Waterloo 3
Nov 24 Nipissing 1 Brock 2
Nov 24 Ryerson 3 Ottawa 4 (so)
Nov 24 Toronto 1 U.Q.T.R. 8
Nov 24 W. Ontario 4 R.M.C. 5 (ot)
Nov 24 Windsor 2 Queen's 4
Nov 24 York 3 Carleton 2 (so)

Atlantic
Nov 24 Acadia 1 St. F.X. 2
Nov 24 Dalhousie 1 Saint Mary's 3
Nov 24 U.P.E.I. 1 New Brunswick 8

Links:
• [US/CIS S&R]
• [OUA S&R]
• [AUS S&R]

NEXT UP

Nov 25 CW Calgary at Manitoba – 1:00 CST
Nov 25 CW Lethbridge at Regina – 7:00 CST
Nov 25 CW Saskatchewan at Mount Royal – 6:00 MST
Nov 25 CW U.B.C. at Alberta – 5:00 MST
Nov 25 AUS Acadia at Dalhousie
Nov 25 AUS New Brunswick at Moncton
Nov 25 OUA Concordia at Waterloo
Nov 25 OUA Lakehead  at U.O.I.T.
Nov 25 OUA Laurentian at Brock
Nov 25 OUA McGill at Laurier
Nov 25 OUA Nipissing at Guelph
Nov 25 OUA Ryerson at Carleton
Nov 25 OUA Toronto at U.Q.T.R.
Nov 25 OUA W. Ontario at Queen's
Nov 25 OUA Windsor at R.M.C.
Nov 25 OUA York at Ottawa

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Nov 24: Bisons Bounce Bedrock for 3rd place

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CALGARY DINOSAURS 2
MANITOBA BISONS 3

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [Coach's View] : [UofM*]
Stories: [UofM] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofC]
Stories: [Fleming Family Hockey Coach Scholarship]

The Herd achieved a key victory over Bedrock U, and are now alone in 3rd place in the CW, at least for a day. The rematch goes Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Here's the skinny:

Manitoba

Goal
35 Spriggs (34 Sydora)

Defence
2 Henry - 16 Heinrichs
3 Christensen - 4 Bresciani
25 Skrumeda – 9 Douglas

Forwards
27 Franko - 14 Nault - 18 St. Croix
26 Lisoway - 22 B Bowles - 12 Zajac
24 Augert - 28 Stovin - 8 Bilton
21 Brooks - 23 Schreyer - 17 Callis

Scratches:
1 Paulic - 9 Hunter - 11 Sharonov
13 Laurencelle - 15 S Bowles
19 Spencer - 20 Keane - 29 Wasylak

Calgary

Goal
1 Greenfield (34 Papirny)

Defence
6 Dow – 33 Hauf
7 Sherbinin – 3 Gagnon
42 Gibson – 44 Busenius

Forwards
12 Franson – 16 Alfaro – 9 Kambeitz
17 Gordon – 13 Collins – 24 Harrison
15 Vanstone – 27 Rauckman – 29 Forster
21 L Fisher – 10 R Fisher – 22 Cook

Scratches:
2 Gibb – 8 Lofthouse – 11 Maiolino
19 Sheen – 23 Graham – 26 Pickett
28 Uhrich – 30 Gutenberg

Scorers:
1st – 16:09 – Man Kamerin Nault (7)
1st – 18:03 – Cal Logan Fisher (1)
2nd – 01:01 – Cal Luke Harrison (3) (SH)
2nd – 12:41 – Man Quintin Lisoway (3) (PP)
3rd – 13:59 – Man Michael St. Croix (5)

This was quite a good game. Lots of hits, but very few penalties. Just the way people like it. Kamerin Nault opened scoring on a 3-way passing play with his linemates, Michael St. Croix and Zach Franko. That should not be too surprising.

Calgary's two goals were softies. Byron Spriggs had a stellar performance, but both goals were to his right on an extreme angle. I had a great view of the first goal from my seat and it was like a Penn & Teller trick. It looked like Spriggs had it stopped yet it trickled through his padding somehow.

Quinton Lisoway's goal in the 2nd period was the end result of extreme pressure on the power play. St. Croix had a very strong game, creating havoc whenever he was on the ice. It was deserving that he got the winner.

Spriggs stopped 25 of 27 shots to claim the win, and Matthew Greenfield stopped 22 of 25 in the loss. Both goaltenders and St. Croix were named as 3 stars.

Before the game a new award was revealed in honour of former Bison coach, Billy Robinson. It goes to the most improved player returning to the line-up. Sean Christensen was named the inaugural winner. He has become a top-4 defenceman in his 3rd season, after coming to the Bisons from the MMJHL. It is not too often that somebody from the MM makes it to this level.

And between the 1st and 2nd periods, Brett Stovin was awarded the  Fleming Family Hockey Coach Scholarship, which is for his commitment to coaching. He works on this during the off-season.

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171124-_UM-_UC2-_Henry-_Spriggs.jpg

171124-_UM-_UC3-_Stovin.jpg

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 6
REGINA COUGARS 2

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofR] : [rp @CW] : [UofL]
Preview: [UofL Preview Story]

The Battle for the Wooden Spoon was won by the Hørny Ønes in convincing fashion. The goal-scoring difficulties which plagued Lethbridge have now seemingly vanished and playoffs are now just 2 points away. There were eight different scorers in this game. Garret Hughson stopped 29 of 31 for the win, and Michael Herringer stopped 32 of 38 in defeat.

Sask-green-50x50.jpgMount-_Royal-2017-50x50.jpg
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [MRU] : [rp @CW] : [UofS]

This was a tight battle all the way through and, in the end, the Banjo Mutts had just enough to win. Taran Kozun had a rare start for Sask, and made the most of it with a 26 save victory. Cam Lanigan started and lost for the Bluegars, and stopped 31 of 34. It was military night at MRU, and they wore a commemorative uniform.

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U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 0
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofA] : [rp @CW] : [UBC]
Preview: [UBC Preview Story]

Four different Primates scored and Brendan Burke registered the shutout to get the Evil Monkeys back on the winning track. The T-irds went back to Matt Hewitt in goal, and he stopped 28 of 32 shots in an attempt to rekindle the magic he supplied earlier this season. The T-irds are now clinging to 6th place, just 2 points ahead of Lethbridge.

STANDINGS

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OUT EAST

Ontario
Nov 24 Concordia 3 Laurier 1
Nov 24 Lakehead 1 U.O.I.T. 3
Nov 24 Laurentian 5 Guelph 9
Nov 24 McGill 6 Waterloo 3
Nov 24 Nipissing 1 Brock 2
Nov 24 Ryerson 3 Ottawa 4 (so)
Nov 24 Toronto 1 U.Q.T.R. 8
Nov 24 W. Ontario 4 R.M.C. 5 (ot)
Nov 24 Windsor 2 Queen's 4
Nov 24 York 3 Carleton 2 (so)

Atlantic
Nov 24 Acadia 1 St. F.X. 2
Nov 24 Dalhousie 1 Saint Mary's 3
Nov 24 U.P.E.I. 1 New Brunswick 8

Links:
• [US/CIS S&R]
• [OUA S&R]
• [AUS S&R]

NEXT UP

Nov 25 CW Calgary at Manitoba – 1:00 CST
Nov 25 CW Lethbridge at Regina – 7:00 CST
Nov 25 CW Saskatchewan at Mount Royal – 6:00 MST
Nov 25 CW U.B.C. at Alberta – 5:00 MST
Nov 25 AUS Acadia at Dalhousie
Nov 25 AUS New Brunswick at Moncton
Nov 25 OUA Concordia at Waterloo
Nov 25 OUA Lakehead  at U.O.I.T.
Nov 25 OUA Laurentian at Brock
Nov 25 OUA McGill at Laurier
Nov 25 OUA Nipissing at Guelph
Nov 25 OUA Ryerson at Carleton
Nov 25 OUA Toronto at U.Q.T.R.
Nov 25 OUA W. Ontario at Queen's
Nov 25 OUA Windsor at R.M.C.
Nov 25 OUA York at Ottawa

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Nov 24: Bisons Bounce Bedrock for 3rd place
 
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CALGARY DINOSAURS 2
MANITOBA BISONS 3

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [Coach's View] : [UofM*]
Stories: [UofM] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofC]
Stories: [Fleming Family Hockey Coach Scholarship]

The Herd achieved a key victory over Bedrock U, and are now alone in 3rd place in the CW, at least for a day. The rematch goes Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Here's the skinny:

Manitoba

Goal
35 Spriggs (34 Sydora)

Defence
2 Henry - 16 Heinrichs
3 Christensen - 4 Bresciani
25 Skrumeda – 9 Douglas

Forwards
27 Franko - 14 Nault - 18 St. Croix
26 Lisoway - 22 B Bowles - 12 Zajac
24 Augert - 28 Stovin - 8 Bilton
21 Brooks - 23 Schreyer - 17 Callis

Scratches:
1 Paulic - 9 Hunter - 11 Sharonov
13 Laurencelle - 15 S Bowles
19 Spencer - 20 Keane - 29 Wasylak

Calgary

Goal
1 Greenfield (34 Papirny)

Defence
6 Dow – 33 Hauf
7 Sherbinin – 3 Gagnon
42 Gibson – 44 Busenius

Forwards
12 Franson – 16 Alfaro – 9 Kambeitz
17 Gordon – 13 Collins – 24 Harrison
15 Vanstone – 27 Rauckman – 29 Forster
21 L Fisher – 10 R Fisher – 22 Cook

Scratches:
2 Gibb – 8 Lofthouse – 11 Maiolino
19 Sheen – 23 Graham – 26 Pickett
28 Uhrich – 30 Gutenberg

Scorers:
1st – 16:09 – Man Kamerin Nault (7)
1st – 18:03 – Cal Logan Fisher (1)
2nd – 01:01 – Cal Luke Harrison (3) (SH)
2nd – 12:41 – Man Quintin Lisoway (3) (PP)
3rd – 13:59 – Man Michael St. Croix (5)

This was quite a good game. Lots of hits, but very few penalties. Just the way people like it. Kamerin Nault opened scoring on a 3-way passing play with his linemates, Michael St. Croix and Zach Franko. That should not be too surprising.

Calgary's two goals were softies. Byron Spriggs had a stellar performance, but both goals were to his right on an extreme angle. I had a great view of the first goal from my seat and it was like a Penn & Teller trick. It looked like Spriggs had it stopped yet it trickled through his padding somehow.

Quinton Lisoway's goal in the 2nd period was the end result of extreme pressure on the power play. St. Croix had a very strong game, creating havoc whenever he was on the ice. It was deserving that he got the winner.

Spriggs stopped 25 of 27 shots to claim the win, and Matthew Greenfield stopped 22 of 25 in the loss. Both goaltenders and St. Croix were named as 3 stars.

Before the game a new award was revealed in honour of former Bison coach, Billy Robinson. It goes to the most improved player returning to the line-up. Sean Christensen was named the inaugural winner. He has become a top-4 defenceman in his 3rd season, after coming to the Bisons from the MMJHL. It is not too often that somebody from the MM makes it to this level.

And between the 1st and 2nd periods, Brett Stovin was awarded the  Fleming Family Hockey Coach Scholarship, which is for his commitment to coaching. He works on this during the off-season.

171124-_UM-_UC1-_BBowles-_Lisoway.jpg

171124-_UM-_UC2-_Henry-_Spriggs.jpg

171124-_UM-_UC3-_Stovin.jpg

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

Lethbridge-50x50.jpgRegina-50x50.jpg
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 6
REGINA COUGARS 2

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofR] : [rp @CW] : [UofL]
Preview: [UofL Preview Story]

The Battle for the Wooden Spoon was won by the Hørny Ønes in convincing fashion. The goal-scoring difficulties which plagued Lethbridge have now seemingly vanished and playoffs are now just 2 points away. There were eight different scorers in this game. Garret Hughson stopped 29 of 31 for the win, and Michael Herringer stopped 32 of 38 in defeat.

Sask-green-50x50.jpgMount-_Royal-2017-50x50.jpg
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [MRU] : [rp @CW] : [UofS]

This was a tight battle all the way through and, in the end, the Banjo Mutts had just enough to win. Taran Kozun had a rare start for Sask, and made the most of it with a 26 save victory. Cam Lanigan started and lost for the Bluegars, and stopped 31 of 34. It was military night at MRU, and they wore a commemorative uniform.

171124-_MRU-_US-military.jpg

ubc-wo-birds-50x50.jpgAlberta-50px.jpg
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 0
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofA] : [rp @CW] : [UBC]
Preview: [UBC Preview Story]

Four different Primates scored and Brendan Burke registered the shutout to get the Evil Monkeys back on the winning track. The T-irds went back to Matt Hewitt in goal, and he stopped 28 of 32 shots in an attempt to rekindle the magic he supplied earlier this season. The T-irds are now clinging to 6th place, just 2 points ahead of Lethbridge.

STANDINGS

171124-standings-_LS.jpg

OUT EAST

Ontario
Nov 24 Concordia 3 Laurier 1
Nov 24 Lakehead 1 U.O.I.T. 3
Nov 24 Laurentian 5 Guelph 9
Nov 24 McGill 6 Waterloo 3
Nov 24 Nipissing 1 Brock 2
Nov 24 Ryerson 3 Ottawa 4 (so)
Nov 24 Toronto 1 U.Q.T.R. 8
Nov 24 W. Ontario 4 R.M.C. 5 (ot)
Nov 24 Windsor 2 Queen's 4
Nov 24 York 3 Carleton 2 (so)

Atlantic
Nov 24 Acadia 1 St. F.X. 2
Nov 24 Dalhousie 1 Saint Mary's 3
Nov 24 U.P.E.I. 1 New Brunswick 8

Links:
• [US/CIS S&R]
• [OUA S&R]
• [AUS S&R]

NEXT UP

Nov 25 CW Calgary at Manitoba – 1:00 CST
Nov 25 CW Lethbridge at Regina – 7:00 CST
Nov 25 CW Saskatchewan at Mount Royal – 6:00 MST
Nov 25 CW U.B.C. at Alberta – 5:00 MST
Nov 25 AUS Acadia at Dalhousie
Nov 25 AUS New Brunswick at Moncton
Nov 25 OUA Concordia at Waterloo
Nov 25 OUA Lakehead  at U.O.I.T.
Nov 25 OUA Laurentian at Brock
Nov 25 OUA McGill at Laurier
Nov 25 OUA Nipissing at Guelph
Nov 25 OUA Ryerson at Carleton  
Nov 25 OUA Toronto at U.Q.T.R.
Nov 25 OUA W. Ontario at Queen's
Nov 25 OUA Windsor at R.M.C.
Nov 25 OUA York at Ottawa

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