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Nov 25: Dinos Get a Split, back to 3rd place

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CALGARY DINOSAURS 4
MANITOBA BISONS 0


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


In this matinee rematch, neither side many any line-up changes, even keeping their lines the same. Bedrock did switch starting goaltenders, going with Jordan Papirny, who got his first shutout. Here's the deal:

Scorers:
3rd 00:29 – Cal Chris Collins (5)
3rd 08:11 – Cal Drydn Dow (4)
3rd 12:02 – Cal Robbie Fisher (1)
3rd 19:35 – Cal Tim Vanstone (4) (EN)

When teams play an afternoon game after a night game it can often be a crap-shoot. This one was not like that. However, the physicality was more stop-start and at times it looked like a playoff overtime game in that there was a load of effort from somewhat worn out players.

Despite having consistent pressure throughout most of the game, none of that resulted in goals. All three non-empty net goals were on hit-and-run breakouts. To start the period, Chris Collins had a one-man effort. He split the defence and neither Adam Henry nor Blake Heinrich played the body. The Bisons were pushing for a game-tieing goal when what looked like a cross-check or interference penalty on a point-man sprung a Dino breakaway which ultimately led to the 2nd goal. The 3rd one was on an occasion where the Bisons lacked hustle making a line-change, allowing the Dinos a chance to pounce.

On the night, Byron Spriggs took the loss, stopping 35 of 38 shots.

Thus ends the Bison stint in 3rd place, at one game. There is not much difference between 3rd and 4th places, since both host quarter-final series. After Saturday's games, every team in the CW has played every other team twice as the mid-point of the season has been reached. But the semester has one more series, and for the Bisons that means a trip to British California next weekend.

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OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2
REGINA COUGARS 5


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


I am not sure how many of their nine lives the Banjo Cats have used this far, but a loss in this one would have been one more. They desrve credit for responding with a convincing performance which stopped the Hørny Ønes' winning streak at 3. Zak Zborosky led the way for Regina with 2 goals and 2 assists. Tristan Frei scored twice more, once shorthanded and once into the empty net. Both sides stuck with their Friday night starter. Michael Herringer stopped 26 of 28 for the win and Garret Hughson stopped 35 of 39 in the loss.

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 1


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


The score might look one-sided, bit the stats say a different story. It seems that each period was a vastly different affair. MRU scored the only goal in the 1st, where they outshot the Mutts 10-6. Sask put the boots to the Bluegars in the 2nd, outshooting them 12-7 and scoring all 4 goals in the period. The 3rd period was all-MRU, as they outshot Sask 16-3 but could not make a dent in the deficit. Jordon Cooke stopped 32 of 33 shots for the win. The Bluegar goaltending duties were split. Cam Lanigan was yanked after two, stopping 14 of 18. Wyatt Hoflin played the 3rd and stopped all 3 shots he faced. Somebody should have given him a box of popcorn.

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U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 1
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5


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


The script was eerily similar to the one from Friday night. Five different scorers for the Evil Monkeys paced them to a convincing 4-goal victory. The T-irds' only goal was a shutout buster with less than 3 minutes to play. Saudi Alberta continued the goaltending rotation, as Zach Sawchenko made 22 saves for the win. UBC started Rylan Toth, but he was pulled after surrendering 3 goals on just 7 shots in less than half a period. Matt Hewitt was back in there and stopped 25 of 27 shots.

STANDINGS

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OUT EAST

Ontario
Nov 25 Concordia 6 Waterloo 1
Nov 25 Lakehead 1 U.O.I.T. 3
Nov 25 Laurentian 1 Brock 4
Nov 25 McGill 2 Laurier 5
Nov 25 Nipissing 4 Guelph 8
Nov 25 Ryerson 5 Carleton 3
Nov 25 Toronto 2 U.Q.T.R. 5
Nov 25 W. Ontario 4 Queen's 1
Nov 25 Windsor 3 R.M.C. 4 (so)
Nov 25 York 3 Ottawa 4 (so)

This was the 2nd interlocking weekend between the OUA's East and West divisions. The first weekend was 11-9 in favour of the East. Friday was 7-3 in favour of the East, and Saturday was a 5-5 split.

Atlantic
Nov 25 Acadia 3 Dalhousie 1
Nov 25 New Brunswick 5 Moncton 3

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


NEXT UP

Nov 29 AUS St. F.X. at Dalhousie
Nov 29 OUA Queen's at R.M.C.
Nov 30 OUA Ryerson at W. Ontario
Nov 30 OUA Waterloo at Laurier
Dec 01 CW Alberta at Mount Royal
Dec 01 CW Calgary at Lethbridge
Dec 01 CW Manitoba at U.B.C.
Dec 01 CW Regina at Saskatchewan


NOTE: The next home games for the Bisons are Jan 5-6 against Alberta.

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Dec 1-2: Preview: Manitoba at UBC

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MANITOBA BISONS (7-5-2, 11-9-3, OHT35 #11)
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (5-8-1, 8-9-1, OHT35 #20)

Nov 10 7:00 PST/9:00 CST at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre - Vancouver
Nov 11 2:00 PST/4:00 CST at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre - Vancouver

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]

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

Prior Games:
Oct 7: UBC 6 UofM 4: [UofM Game Story] ∞ [LeagueStat]
Oct 8: UofM 3 UBC 2: [UofM Game Story]  ∞ [LeagueStat]

Other Links:
• [USports] ∞ [US Schedule/Links]
• [US Standings]  ∞ [Top Ten]
• [CW Site] ∞ [CW Schedule]
• [CW Stats] ∞ [Media Access]
• [CUSN Week 8]

The 1st semester ends this weekend, however the 1st half of the season ended last weekend. Thus begins the home stretch. These two teams opened the regular season by splitting a pair of games in Friendly Manitoba. The T-irds are flush with small, quick personnel. They seemed to be worn out from the physicality and, in fact, had very little left at the end of that series. The T-irds then played several games without a full roster.

The T-irds enter this series on a 6-game losing streak (two losses to each of Sask, MRU, and Alberta). The Bisons split last weekend, and their Saturday afternoon loss followed 7 straight games where they had at least a point. The 4th place Bisons lead the 6th place T-irds by 5 points. So a sweep would likely all but ensure the Herd of a playoff berth.

Easier said than done. These two teams have played some good games in recent seasons. They split this season (so far) and last season. Over the last 5 years the Bisons hold the edge, 11-7-0. I anticipate that UBC will have major incentive to avoid falling out of a playoff berth heading into the Christmas break.

When UBC came to town in the first series, Austin Vertterl scored twice in each game. He is their leading scorer (8-5-13). Other noted scorers for the T-irds are forward Tyler Sandhu (4-7-11) and defenceman Jerrett Smith (1-10-11). But their key player (by far) is veteran goaltender Matt Hewitt (5-3-1, 3.15 GAA, .918 S%). Prior to their 6-game losing streak, UBC won 4 straight games against Regina and Lethbridge. They were outshot in every one of those games.

The Bisons continue to be led by their top line, all of whom are in the top 25 scorers, and defenceman Adam Henry (4-9-13). Michael St. Croix (5-10-15), Kamerin Nault (7-5-12), and Zach Franko (4-7-11) are one of the top lines in the CW. Byron Spriggs continues to shoulder the load in goal, starting all but one game so far. His numbers are solid at 6-5-2, 3.15 GAA, and .903 S%.

ELSEWHERE

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REGINA COUGARS (3-9-2, 5-13-2, OHT35 #28)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (11-2-1, 12-5-1, OHT35 #4)

Links:
UofS: [Series Preview] : [Game Notes (pdf)]
UofR: [Team Site]
 
As is the case with all series this weekend, other than Manitoba-UBC, this is a home-and-home format series. The Battle of Banjoland has not had much lustre in recent years. The Banjo Mutts swept the opening series of this season, and swept the four games they played last year. Over the last five years the tally is 14-4 for the Canines. Does this mean that the Banjo Cats are due? Well, I think the Kittens will purr with contentment if they can win once here. Sask has a nice pdf package of notes in the links.

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (13-1-0, 18-2-0, OHT35 #3)
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (6-7-1, 7-9-1, OHT35 #12)

Links:
MRU: [Team Site]
UofA: [Preview Story]
 
The Evil Monkeys' preview story says that they have not reached the 15 win mark by the Christmas break since 2004-05. I am not sure many teams have ever reached that level. The good thing about this series for the Bluegars is that they will get this series out of the way for the home stretch. Any points here would be gladly welcome at MRU.

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CALGARY DINOSAURS (7-4-3, 13-5-4, OHT35 #9)
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (4-9-1, 8-14-1, OHT35 #26)

Links:
UofL: [50 Greatest Horns: 11-20]
UofC: [Series Preview]
 
The Hørny Ønes managed a split with the Bedrock Dinos to start the season, however the tally stands at 16-2 in favour of the Dinos over the last five years. Can the Hørny Ønes finally land a playoff berth? Well, a couple of points this weekend would certainly help. After that split with Bedrock to start the season, they also had a good series against Sask, but got just one point. Two weeks ago against the Bisons they emerged from the doldrums to once again play very well. The Dinos have split their last 4 series, against Manitoba, Regina, MRU, and Sask.

OUT EAST

Ontario
Nov 29 Queen's 5 R.M.C. 4 (ot)
Nov 30 Ryerson          at W. Ontario
Nov 30 Waterloo         at Laurier
Dec 01 Carleton         at Ottawa
Dec 01 Guelph           at Toronto
Dec 01 Laurentian       at McGill
Dec 01 Laurier          at York
Dec 01 Nipissing        at Concordia
Dec 01 U.Q.T.R.         at U.O.I.T.    
Dec 01 Waterloo         at Brock
Dec 01 Windsor          at W. Ontario
Dec 02 Carleton         at R.M.C.
Dec 02 Guelph           at Windsor
Dec 02 Laurentian       at Concordia
Dec 02 Nipissing        at McGill
Dec 02 Ottawa           at Queen's
Dec 02 Toronto          at Brock
Dec 02 U.Q.T.R.         at U.O.I.T.
Dec 02 York             at Ryerson

Atlantic
Nov 29 St. F.X. 2 Dalhousie 0
Dec 01 Dalhousie        at Moncton
Dec 01 New Brunswick    at Saint Mary's
Dec 01 U.P.E.I.         at Acadia
Dec 02 New Brunswick    at Acadia
Dec 02 St. F.X.         at Moncton
Dec 02 U.P.E.I.         at Saint Mary's

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

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Dec 1: Five Goal 3rd Period for the Bisons

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MANITOBA BISONS 7
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 3

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [UofM*]
Stories: [UBC] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofM*]
Manitoban: [Kamerin Nault Profile] : [Calgary Series]
Others: [CUSN Week 8]

This was an enormous win in British California for the Herd. The result allows the Bisons to vault over Bedrock U into 3rd place, while the T-irds fall into a tie with Lethbridge for 6th place.

Captain Brett Stovin scored his 2nd and 3rd goals of the season, while linemates Liam Bilton and Justin Augert also scored. Dasan Sydora posted his 2nd win in as many starts, and stopped 27 of 30 shots on goal. Matt Hewitt took the loss, with 22 saves on 29 shots. He missed just over 5 minutes of play when briefly injured, and Rylan Toth made 2 more saves in that segment.

The game was tied 2-2 after the 1st and 2nd periods. The Bisons exploded for 5 consecutive goals in the 3rd period. Another encouraging aspect of the stats for the Bisons is the spread of goals throughout their lines. Here's the list:

Scorers
1st 02:30 – Man Brett Stovin (2)
1st 02:54 – UBC Michael Stenerson (6)
1st 09:45 – UBC Michael Stenerson (7) (SH)
1st 18:00 – Man Brett Stovin (3) (SH)
3rd 00:18 – Man Justin Augert (3)
3rd 01:36 – Man Brett Brooks (4)
3rd 12:25 – Man Sean Christensen (2)
3rd 12:49 – Man Liam Bilton (3)
3rd 17:06 – Man Kamerin Nault (8)
3rd 18:27 – UBC Riley Guenther (2)

The Saturday matinee rematch starts at 4:00 CST.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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REGINA COUGARS 2
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofS] : [rp @CW] : [UofR]
Preview: [UofR Preview Story] : [Zborosky WHL GoM]

The latest round in the eternal struggle between Canine and Feline banjo-lovers once again goes to the Canines. But not without a severe struggle. Zak Zborosky scored his 9th of the season at 3:57 of the 3rd period to give Regina the lead. But the lead lasted just 19 seconds, and in due time the Mutts took the lead and secured yet another “W”. Regina went with backup goaltender Dawson MacAuley, and he stopped 34 of 37 shots in a credible performance. Sask went with all-star starter Jordon Cooke, and he made 21 stops for the win. The scene shifts from Saskatown to Regina for Saturday's rematch.

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CALGARY DINOSAURS 1
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4

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

The Hørny Ønes have been rolling since that last shipment of Viagra arrived before they played the Bisons. They have now won 4 of their last 5 games. Also, they are a combined 4-1-0 against the Bisons and Bedrock U on the season. The Dinos now need a win in Saturday's rematch for a 5th consecutive weekend split. Combined with the Bison victory, this is the 3rd consecutive game day where the Bisons and Dinos switched spots in the standings. Ryan Chynoweth scored his first two goals of the season to lead the Horns offensively. But the bigger story was the goaltending of Garret Hughson, who stopped 46 of 47 shots he faced. At the other end, Matthew Greenfield started for Bedrock U and was yanked early in the 2nd period, allowing 3 goals on 13 shots. Jordan Papirny finished and stopped 18 of 19 shots. Lethbridge is now tied for 6th place with UBC. This series continues in the Town of Bedrock on Saturday.

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 3
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 1

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

This was a tough battle, perhaps showing a sign that the Bluegars are capable of a 2nd semester surge. Jamie Crooks scored twice for the Evil Monkeys in their winning effort. Brendan Burke got the win with 32 saves, and Cam Lanigan suffered the loss, albeit with 35 saves. The scene shifts to Edmontown on Saturday for Game Two.

STANDINGS

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OUT EAST

Ontario
Nov 29 Queen's 5 R.M.C. 4 (ot)
Nov 30 Ryerson 5 W. Ontario 2
Nov 30 Waterloo 0 Laurier 9
Dec 01 Carleton 7 Ottawa 2
Dec 01 Guelph 6 Toronto 4
Dec 01 Laurentian 3 McGill 6
Dec 01 Laurier 1 York 4
Dec 01 Nipissing 4 Concordia 6
Dec 01 U.Q.T.R. 3 U.O.I.T. 4 (ot)
Dec 01 Waterloo 4 Brock 5 (ot)
Dec 01 Windsor 3 W. Ontario 7

Atlantic
Nov 29 St. F.X. 2 Dalhousie 0
Dec 01 Dalhousie 1 Moncton 6
Dec 01 New Brunswick 4 Saint Mary's 5 (so)
Dec 01 U.P.E.I. 3 Acadia 6

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

NEXT UP

Dec 02 Lethbridge at Calgary – 6:00 MST/7:00 CST
Dec 02 Manitoba at U.B.C. - 2:00 PST/4:00 CST
Dec 02 Mount Royal at Alberta – 5:00 MST/6:00 CST
Dec 02 Saskatchewan at Regina – 7:00 CST
Dec 02 New Brunswick at Acadia
Dec 02 St. F.X. at Moncton
Dec 02 U.P.E.I. at Saint Mary's
Dec 02 Carleton at R.M.C.
Dec 02 Guelph at Windsor
Dec 02 Laurentian at Concordia
Dec 02 Nipissing at McGill
Dec 02 Ottawa at Queen's
Dec 02 Toronto at Brock
Dec 02 U.Q.T.R. at U.O.I.T.
Dec 02 York at Ryerson

end of the first semester

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Dec 2: Bisons End 2017 on a High Note

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MANITOBA BISONS 6
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 3

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [UofM*]
Stories: [UBC] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofM*]
GoBisons Friday: [Game Story] : [Boxscore]

The final game of 2017 for both sides could well set the stage for two teams heading in opposite directions. The T-irds are now on an 8-game losing skid and face a life-and-death struggle down the stretch just to make the playoffs. The Bisons will open their Christmas presents and ring in the New Year as a 3rd place team.

In roster notes, the Bisons were back to 5 defencemen as Austin Douglas was out, and Calvin Spencer in. The T-irds dressed just 19 bodies. After being short-staffed several times earlier in the season, they are once again having injury troubles. They could use some big prairie boys.

The Bisons' top line were the three stars and that says a lot about them. Here's the goals:

Scorers
1st 06:13 – Man Kamerin Nault (9)
2nd 05:09 – Man Blake Heinrich (1) (PP)
2nd 14:12 – Man Lucas Skrumeda (1)
2nd 17:11 – UBC Chase Clayton (3)
3rd 03:17 – UBC Jerret Smith (2)
3rd 06:32 – Man Kamerin Nault (10)
3rd 09:24 – UBC Tyler Sandhu (5) (PP)
3rd 12:17 – Man Michael St. Croix (6)
3rd 17:50 – Man Liam Bilton (4) (EN)

The Herd built a 3-0 lead, oddly with two first-of-the-season goals from defencemen. Through two periods, the Bisons held a 27-22 lead in shots and were more-or-less controlling the play.

To give the T-irds credit, they must have sensed their predicament and threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Byron Spriggs in the Bison net. Yet each time they scored, the Bisons replied with their own goal about 3 minutes later, then threw in an empty-netter to boot.

So who had Kamerin Nault scoring 10 goals by Christmas? Who had him dressing for 10 regular season games? Each player on the line had a 3 point night (Nault 2G 1A, Michael St. Croix 1G 2A, Zach Franko 3A).

There was a ton of action in this game. Spriggs got the win with 39 saves on 42 shots. UBC also switched starters from Friday night, going with Rylan Toth, who made 33 saves on 38 shots.

Since this was an afternoon encounter, the teams had to shower up, grab some snacks, and tune in to see what was happening elsewhere. The Bisons knew they'd be in 3rd place, and UBC was either going to be tied for 6th, or alone in 7th.

After a month off for exams and Christmas holidays, the teams return to action on January 5th. The Bisons will host the Evil Monkeys, whilst the T-irds fly to the Town of Bedrock to face the Dinos.

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OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 6
REGINA COUGARS 5

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

Once again, the Banjo Cats gave the Banjo Mutts all they could handle but came up a goal short. Their celebratory moonshine will have to stay in the still for another year, I guess. Sask got off to a quick 3-1 lead, causing the Kittens to yank starting goaltender Michael Herringer after barely 5 minutes. He gave up 3 goals on 8 shots. Regina came back to tie it at 3-3, and the game was later tied 4-4 and 5-5. Sask got the winner with just 92 seconds left. Jordon Cooke got the win, but 5 goals on 28 shots will damage his save percentage. Dawson MacAuley lost from the bullpen, and stopped 36 of 39 shots. Mutt forward Andrew Johnson was the only one with 2 goals. Regina packed in a crowd of 1,020! That offer of a free pair of used socks for a lucky fan sure drew them in.

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LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4
CALGARY DINOSAURS 3
(in overtime)

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

The Hørny Ønes were down 4 men in their roster and 3-0 in the 2nd period before they rallied for an OTW. The win vaults them into 6th place and that elusive final playoff berth. Mitch Cook had 2 goals for the Dinos, and goaltender Jordan Papirny was working on a shutout, but in the end gave up 4 goals on 23 shots. The rally was sparked by 2 goals (including the winner) from Connor Sanvido and the goaltending if Garret Hughson (who stopped 29 of 32 shots). The single point leaves the Dinos two points in arrears of the Bisons in the race for 3rd.

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MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4

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

After the Bison game was done, I was able to watch most of this one. It was one of the better games of the season so far. It doesn't hurt that the crew in Edmontown puts out an extremely high quality broadcast, either. The Bluegars held leads of 1-0 and 2-1 in a very close-fought encounter. The last goal was an empty-netter, but the rest were all on the powerplay. Zach Sawchenko got the win with 19 saves, and Cam Lanigan took the loss with 25 saves. Don't be surprised to see the Bluegars close the season strong. This was anybody's game.

STANDINGS

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OUT EAST

Ontario
Dec 02 Carleton 3 R.M.C. 0
Dec 02 Guelph 1 Windsor 4
Dec 02 Laurentian 4 Concordia 9
Dec 02 Nipissing 3 McGill 4
Dec 02 Ottawa 2 Queen's 3 (ot)
Dec 02 Toronto 2 Brock 4
Dec 02 U.Q.T.R. 2 U.O.I.T. 3
Dec 02 York 2 Ryerson 5

Atlantic
Dec 02 New Brunswick 3 Acadia 2 (ot)
Dec 02 St. F.X. 3 Moncton 2
Dec 02 U.P.E.I. 4 Saint Mary's 5

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

NEXT UP

Non-conference Games
Dec 09 N.A.I.T. (ACAC) at Alberta
Dec 10 Team Poland at New Brunswick
Dec 28 Guelph at Lakehead
Dec 29 Guelph at Lakehead
Dec 29 Ryerson at New Brunswick
Dec 30 McGill at Clarkson (NCAA)
Dec 30 Ryerson at New Brunswick
Dec 30 Windsor at Miami of Ohio (NCAA)

New Year Regular Season Openers
Jan 03 AUS Saint Mary's at Moncton
Jan 04 OUA Toronto at Guelph
Jan 05 CW Alberta at Manitoba
Jan 05 CW Mount Royal at Regina
Jan 05 CW Saskatchewan at Lethbridge
Jan 05 CW U.B.C. at Calgary

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SUNDAY MORNING LINKS

A load of stories and links were not updated as I closed down on Saturday night. Here they are now!

MANITOBA BISONS v U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS

Boxscores: [UofM]
Stories: [rp @UofM]

SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES v REGINA COUGARS

Stories: [rp @UofS]

LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS v CALGARY DINOSAURS

Stories: [UofC] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofL]
Other: [Greatest Pronghorns: #1-#10]

1ST SEMESTER STANDINGS

Here are the various conference standings, outside of the CW, as at the end of the 1st semester:

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Dec 9-14: Preview: Exhibition Games

NEWS AND NOTES

These links would normally be shared as part of my weekly Bison preview, so here they are all by their lonesome. It is nice to see Brett Stovin, Bison captain, have a big weekend against UBC last week. If his line can match the output of the St. Croix-Nault-Franko line, the Bisons could mount a threat to knock off Sask for a spot at the nationals.

Links:
• Manitoban: [Manitoba-UBC Story]
• GoBisons: [Stovin CW 2nd Star]
• GoBisons: [Stovin UofM AoW]
• ISN: [Sask-Regina Story]
• CW: [Mid-season Report]
• CUSN: [Week 9]
• USports: [Top 10]

THIS WEEKEND

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N.A.I.T. OOKS (11-2-1, 12-6-2, ACAC #1)
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (15-1-0, 20-2-0, OHT35 #3)

Links:
UofA: [Preview Story]
NAIT: [Preview Story]
 
This charity match is the closer for the Northlands Coliseum, so it should draw a good crowd for nostalgia purposes.

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POLAND NATIONAL TEAM (IIHF #20)
NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS (15-0-3, 17-1-3, OHT35 #1)

Links:
UNB: [Preview Story]
Poland: [Wikipedia] : [IIHF]
 
The Squirrels face the Meatheads! This would be quite the event to witness. Poland's national team is just outside the qualifiers for the world championship. Ted Nolan is their coach. (He formerly coached the Buffalo Sabres and Latvia's Olympic Team, amongst others.)

WORLD JUNIOR CAMP

In what has become an annual event, the Team Canada Juniors will face a CIS/USports team in their selection camp. The games will be played in St. Catharines, Ontario on Wednesday, Dec 13th at 7:00 EST/6:00 CST and Thursday, Dec 14th at 4:00 EST/3:00 CST.

Here are the historical results of these encounters that I have compiled (there were some additional games played by the AUS which I don't have):

Canada West Games
Dec. 14, 2004 at Winnipeg: Manitoba Bisons 4, Team Canada 2
Dec. 15, 2004 at Winnipeg: Team Canada 6, Manitoba Bisons 3
Dec, 15, 2006 at Calgary: Calgary/Lethbridge 5, Team Canada 4
Dec. 15, 2009 at Saskatoon: Sask./Regina 4, Team Canada 2
Dec. 17, 2011 at Calgary: Team Canada 7, Calgary/Lethbridge 4
Dec. 12, 2012 at Edmonton: Alberta Golden Bears 4, Team Canada 1
Dec. 13, 2012 at Calgary: Team Canada 2, Calgary/Lethbridge/MRU 0

CW teams are 4-3-0 overall.

OUA and AUS Games
Dec. 14, 2002 at Acadia: AUS Selects 2, Team Canada 5
Dec. 15, 2002 at Acadia: AUS Selects 2, Team Canada 3
Dec. 14, 2010 at Toronto: Team Canada 6, OUA Selects 2
Dec. 14, 2013 at Toronto: Team Canada 3, Toronto Selects 0
Dec. 13, 2014 at Toronto: Team Canada 10, Toronto Selects 3
Dec. 14, 2014 at Toronto: Team Canada 3, Toronto Selects 0

OUA and AUS teams are 0-6-0 overall.

CIS/U Sports Nation-wide Games
Dec. 12, 2015 at Toronto: CIS 5, Team Canada 4 (SO)
Dec. 13, 2015 at Toronto: Team Canada 5, CIS 0
Dec. 12, 2016 at Toronto: Team Canada 5, USports 3
Dec. 13, 2016 at Toronto: Team Canada 3, USports 0

CIS/Usports teams are 1-3-0 overall.

I would sooner see the defending champion of either USports or the host conference stage this game. It seems a lot of expense for USports, which could be better spent on boosting travel for inter-conference games. Still, I'll be interested to see what I can of these games.

Links:
• [Wikia CWUAA]
• [USports Press Release] :  [rp @CW] :  [rp @ISN]
• [Hockey Canada]
 

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Dec 9-10: Monkeys and Squirrels Win

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

December 9, 2017

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N.A.I.T. OOKS 0
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4

Links:
LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [CW*]
Stories: [Edmonton Sun Pre-Game]

There are no game stories for this one but the LeagueStats are posted. The Evil Monkeys outshot the Furbies (why would they name their team after stuffed owls that look like Furbies?) 40-27. Four different players scored goals for the Apes, and each side split their goaltending duties.

December 10, 2017

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POLAND NATIONAL TEAM 1
NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS 4

Links:
UNB: [Game Story] : [Boxscore]
AUSTV: [Video]
Poland: [PZHL News (use Google Translate)]
IIHF: [Poland Page] : [2017 Div 1A] : [Highlights v Austria]
International: [Ice Hockey 24] : [Flashscore] : [Scoreboard]
 
I logged in to my computer to see if this game was on AUSTV and it was a good news-bad news scenario. Yes, it was streamed. But it was an afternoon game by Atlantic time and was over. The final goal was an empty-netter and statistically it was a reasonable game.

I checked out the Polish site using Google Translate. They opened the tour losing 5-2 to the Stony Creek Generals (a AAA Allan Cup team), and will conclude with a game against the New Brunswick Senior All-Stars. It seems that this team is drawn from the Polish league, so it would not include any players in foreign pro leagues, if any are out there.

This made me think of past occasions where CIAU/CIS/US teams have played senior national teams in the past (not the junior teams as previously posted). Off the top of my head, such games have been played by the Manitoba Bisons, Lakehead Norwesters, and UBC Thunderbirds. So here's what I compiled:

January 18, 1931: Manitoba 0, Czechoslovakia 0
February 1, 1931: Manitoba 9, France 0 (wc)
February 4, 1931: Manitoba 2, Czechoslovakia 0 (wc)
February 5, 1931: Manitoba 3, Poland 0 (wc)
February 6, 1931: Manitoba 0, Sweden 0 (wc)
February 7, 1931: Manitoba 8, Austria 0 (wc)
February 8, 1931: Manitoba 2, U.S.A. 0 (wc)
February 12, 1931: Manitoba 4, Czechoslovakia 0
February 15, 1931: Manitoba 3, Switzerland 0
February 21, 1931: Manitoba 11, Switzerland 1
March 1, 1931: Manitoba 2, Czechoslovakia 1
March 4, 1931: Manitoba 7, England 0
March 7, 1931: Manitoba 7, England 1
March 11, 1931: Manitoba 2, England 1
March 12, 1931: Manitoba 3, England 2
March 13, 1931: Manitoba 11, Scotland 1
November 18, 1965: Canada Nats 13, Manitoba 2
December 13, 1967: Lakehead 7, Romania 3
January 5, 1969: Sweden B 7, Lakehead 2
December 7, 1973: UBC 5, China 0
December 9, 1973: UBC 7, China 0
February 10, 2010: Norway 4, UBC 1

In 1931 the Manitoba Bisons represented Canada at the World Championship in Poland and they toured extensively both before and after the tournament. The games against their national teams are included here. The complete list is at [Wikia].

So now the Squirrels have joined the fold of Canadian universities to have played against, and beaten, a national team.

NEXT UP

Dec 13 USports All-Stars v Team Canada Jrs.
Dec 14 USports All-Stars v Team Canada Jrs.

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Dec 13: USports beat Team Canada

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TEAM CANADA 0
USPORTS ALL-STARS 3

Links:
Game stories: [TSN] : [CBC] : [Sportsnet] : [National Post]
USports: [Event Info] : [Media Guide (pdf)]
USports: [Harper Profile] : [Monday Morning]
Boxscore: [Hockey Canada]
 
The U Sports All-Stars blanked the Juniors Nats with the use of two goaltenders on loan from TC, namely Colton Point and Carter Hart. That was because TC needed to look at all 4 goaltenders in their camp. Luke Philp (of the Alberta Evil Monkeys) scored the winner less than 3 minutes into the game, followed by empty netters by Michael Clarke (of the Acadia Axemen) and Logan McVeigh (of the Saskatchewan Banjo Mutts). The Juniors had the edge in shots, 32-24, after piling on the shots in the 3rd period.

The rematch on Dec 14th will be a matinee affair. TC will then face Denmark in an exhibition game on Dec 15th. The USports calendar will then be blank until non-conference play takes place after Christmas.

NEXT UP

Dec 14 USports All-Stars v Team Canada Jrs. - 3:00 CST - TSN GO

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Dec 14: Late Goal Gives USports a Sweep

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TEAM CANADA 3
USPORTS ALL-STARS 4

Links:
Game stories: [TSN] : [CBC] : [Sportsnet] : [National Post]
USports: [Game Story] : [rp @CW]
Boxscore: [OUA LeagueStat] : [Hockey Canada]
Players cut: [Toronto Star] : [National Post]
 
The USports All-Stars completed a sweep in a last-second thriller against Team Canada's junior edition. Jason Fram (of the Evil Monkeys) scored the winner, fellow Monkey Cole Sanford scored twice, and Not-PM Stephen Harper also scored. The shots were dead even (27-27), and all four TC goaltenders played half a game once again, for both sides.

As usual, there are loads of commentaries about the "best kept secret" of university hockey in Canada. It would be nice to see regular season games get greater coverage in the outlets which are reporting heavily on these exhibitions.

After the game, 6 players were cut. Included were first round draft choices Logan Stanley (Winnipeg Jets) and Cody Glass (Vegas Golden Knights). The others were Kole Lind, Jonathan Ang, Dennis Cholowski, and goalie Samuel Harvey. No doubt a tough experience for an exceptional hockey player.

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Holiday Season Non-conference Games
Dec 28 Guelph at Lakehead
Dec 29 Guelph at Lakehead
Dec 29 Ryerson at New Brunswick
Dec 30 McGill at Clarkson (NCAA)
Dec 30 Ryerson at New Brunswick
Dec 30 Windsor at Miami of Ohio (NCAA)

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