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icon1.png Aug 7: ANASTAS IS OFF TO SOUTH CAROLINA

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Spiros Anastas is off to be the head coach of the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL, farm team to the Washington Capitals and Hershey Bears. They had been coached by Ryan Warsofsky, who got an AHL job in Charlotte.

No further word on a replacement for the Hørny Ones.

Links:
► [SCS Press Release: Spiros Anastas Named Stingrays Head Coach]
► [Post & Courier: South Carolina Stingrays’ next head coach will be Spiros Anastas]
► [Post & Courier:  South Carolina Stingrays coach Ryan Warsofsky leaving for AHL’s Charlotte Checkers]
► [Live 5 News: Spiros Anastas Named Stingrays Head Coach]
► [ECHL.com: Anastas named Stingrays head coach]

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icon1.gifAug 8: LISOWAY GOING PRO

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Quintin Lisoway is leaving after two years to join former Bison teammate Shaq Merasty with the Rapid City Rush of the ECHL.

Since the Bisons are laden with forwards, this loss won't hurt too badly. His stats were Cy Young-like, 11 goals and 3 assists last year.

So who all is coming back? This is the last thing we find out every year. No team has a 2018-19 roster page up yet. At Elite Prospects, the only returning player to be listed is defenceman Blake Heinrich. It is always great news to see returning defencemen, especially those from the WHL. With pre-season just two weeks away, my hope is that we'll see a Bison roster, or at least a tour roster, up soon.

Links:
► [Elite Prospects - Quintin Lisoway]
► [Elite Prospects - Manitoba Bisons]
► [Rapid City Rush - Tweet]

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icon1.png Aug 9: HEINRICH ALSO GOING PRO

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Just a day after Elite Prospects listed defenceman Blake Heinrich as a returning player, he was announced as a new recruit for the Rapid City Rush, aka Bison Alumni Squad.  He just finished his 2nd season in 2017-18. The Bisons now have two defencemen gone from last year's squad with three recruits coming in (one of which is F/D). They now need a stay-at-home defenceman, preferably from the WHL, to round out the roster.

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The Banjo Mutts uploaded their 2018-19 schedule, albeit without any pre-season games. They also had three stories, which are in the links. First, they have a pitch for season tickets for their brand new arena. Rumour has it the building will be Saskatown's 3rd with indoor plumbing! Second, Chris Pronger is the speaker for their Off the Leash Luncheon fundraiser. And third, four Mangy Mutts are off to Europe. Jordon Cooke (Gap in France), Connor Cox (Dundee in the EIHL), and Kendall McFaull and Josh Roach (both to Belfast in the EIHL) are no doubt thrilled to be leaving Sask.

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The Bluegars added their pre-season games to the schedule. Here's what they have:

Thu Sep 13 Calgary at Mount Royal
Sat Sep 15 Mount Royal at Alberta
Wed Sep 19 Mount Royal at Minnesota State
Fri Sep 28 Mount Royal at Regina (regular season)
Sat Sep 29 Mount Royal at Regina (regular season)
Thu Oct 04 Mount Royal at St. Cloud State

The game on Sep 13 is new, and completes the 3-team round-robin that weekend. Their games in the States were to be on Oct 6 and 7. Quite a strange twist to be going two separate trips, and to have a game NOT on the designated weekend.

Links:
► [Elite Prospects - Blake Heinrich]
► [Elite Prospects - Manitoba Bisons]
► [Rapid City Rush - Tweet]
► [Saskatchewan Schedule]
► [Exclusive Founders Club deal for season tickets in Merlis Belsher Place expires August 15]
► [Chris Pronger to headline 2018 Off the Leash Luncheon]
► [Four Huskies turn pro with degrees in hand]
► [Mount Royal Schedule]

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icon1.png Aug 12: ROSTER LINKS

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We should be getting roster pages uploaded as the next phase in the off-season as players officially re-enroll. Thus far, no CW team has a 2018-19 roster page. I have the links to roster pages here for future reference.

Links:
► [Alberta Roster]
► [Calgary Roster]
► [Lethbridge Roster]
► [Manitoba Roster]
► [Mount Royal Roster]
► [Regina Roster]
► [Saskatchewan Roster]
► [UBC Roster]

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icon1.png Aug 16: AROUND THE CW

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Even though the Bisons start play in just 5 days, there have been no updates on their team page. The schedule page needs to be updated for the Manchester game (Aug 21 instead of 22). The Regina game on Sep 21 has been scrubbed, so they are coming just for the one game on Sep 22.

There are a few links from Manchester. The links include the Facebook Event page and a promo video. Those should also have updates, even if after the game for news and information. I'm not sure if there is an on-line radio link for play-by-play, through their linked radio partner or otherwise.

The Storm have signed a promising young UK player, 19 year-old Adam Barnes. He seems to be a small forward, and hopefully he'll do well. Another Brit, and an Aussie, got NHL rookie camp invites this year.

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The CUSN updated with another Tuesday Morning Skate this week, giving recruiting news from around all conferences. One point brought up was that the CW programs are not gettign as much WHL recruits as before, because the players seem to be taking the ECHL offers this year. Speculation is that December could be busier than usual with returning players claiming their scholarship packages.

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First, UBC announced one more exhibition game, that being on Sep 22 against Holy Trinity, the defending BCIHL champions. This gives them 6 games in the three weeks before the regular season, two each against the CW, the ACAC, an the BCIHL. They are not facing NCAA teams it would seem.

Second, their grad Neil Manning signed an AHL contract with the Rockford Ice Hogs. He had been playing in Italy.

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In the Town of Bedrock the Dinos have announced their exhibition schedule:
Sep 07 MacEwan (ACAC) at Calgary
Sep 08 Calgary at MacEwan (ACAC)
Sep 13 Mount Royal at Calgary
Sep 14 Calgary at Alberta
Sep 19 Mount Royal at Calgary
Sep 21 Calgary v York (at Humboldt)
Sep 22 Calgary at Saskatchewan

The newly announced games are the latter three. Sep 19 conflicts with the MRU schedule, where they claim to have a game scheduled in the USA!

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The Evil Monkeys' schedule has not been updated but the ACAC  schedule has added a game on Sep 23 between the Monkeys and the NAIT Ooks in the Athabasca tournament. I suspect a game will be added between the Monkeys and MacEwan to complete that event.

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The UQTR Patriotes released their schedule, and it includes a trip to France from Aug 24-29 against opponents TBD, or "à déterminer" since those French have a different word for everything. I haven't been able to find out more about that.

Links:
► [Manitoba Bisons Roster]
► [Manitoba Bisons Schedule]
► [Manchester Facebook Event]
► [Manchester Ticket Promo Video]
► [Manchester Radio]
► [Barnes returns home to sign for Storm]
► [Tuesday Morning Skate: August 14th, 2018]
► [Former T-Bird Neil Manning inks AHL contract]
► [UBC Team Schedule]
► [Calgary Team Schedule]
► [MRU Team Schedule]
► [ACAC Schedule]
► [UQTR Schedule]

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icon1.png Aug 16: SUPPLEMENTARY UPDATE

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Former Bison coach Barry Trotz is bringing the Stanley Cup to Dauphin! That's the only major trophy the Bisons have never won.

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The Horny Ones have now released their exhibition schedule, leaving the Banjo Mutts as the only dilatory bunch. Here it is:

Sep 07 Red Deer (ACAC) at Lethbridge
Sep 08 Red Deer (ACAC) at Lethbridge
Sep 21 Lethbridge at Lakehead
Sep 22 Lethbridge at Lakehead
Oct 06 Lethbridge at Western Michigan (NCAA)
Oct 07 Lethbridge at Ferris State (NCAA)
Dec 29 Lethbridge at New Brunswick
Dec 30 Lethbridge v Moncton (in Fredericton)

All of these games were previously announced elsewhere except for the game against Moncton. It seems odd that they are not playing on Sept 14-15, when there are open events in Regina and Edmontown.

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Time for a new logo at York. The old one was kind of busy. However, would it not make more sense for sports departments to put additional funds into programs rather than logos? Most of what I have seen in new logos have been good, but so were the old ones.

Links:
► [Former Bison men's hockey coach Barry Trotz bringing Stanley Cup to Manitoba]
► [Lethbridge Team Schedule]
► [NEW ERA FOR YORK UNIVERSITY LIONS BEGINS WITH LOGO LAUNCH]

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icon1.png Aug 18: BISONS ADD D-MAN FROM NIPAWIN

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The Bisons are going to play their first exhibition game of the season in just three days. However, since school doesn't even start until they return from the overseas tour. So there is no roster page, nor an official team announcement of recruits. But other sources confirm one more blueliner.

Carter Doerksen - Nipawin Hawks (SJHL) - D

Whenever a Saskatchewanite moves to Manitoba the average IQ of both places decreases. Hopefully this young man's desire to improve his life by leaving behind moonshine, banjo music, and possum shanks in order to have electricity, indoor plumbing, and footwear in summer will show that he is ready for this step up the evolutionary ladder. If he marries a local girl who can civilize him we may see a young man really turn his life around.

Doerksen was the captain of the Hawks, winners of the SJHL championship. He does not run up the offensive numbers, which suits me just fine. The Bisons need good-in-their-own end defencemen, and hopefully he fits the bill. He is smaller than the typical Bison recruit, at 5'10" and 187 lbs. He is the second Bison recruit from Nipawain, joining Thomas Lenchyshyn, a LW/D.

Here's what the SJHL story says:

Carter Doerksen, the Hawks Captain for the past 2 years secured a commitment from the Universtiy of Manitoba and they are getting arguably the best leader the Hawks have ever seen.  His bone crunching hits and selfless play will be tough to replace along with his whatever it takes to win attitude.  Carter is leaving Nipawin with the Hawks all time games played in playoffs record.

Thomas Lenchyshyn will also be attending the University of Manitoba.  “Lench” will take his abrasive on ice play along with his ability to make the highlight reel play with him to the U of M.  A true competitor Thomas’ community service and infectious smile will be missed within the community and locker room.

The Hawks are sending quite a few players to other teams in USports, plus one to the BCIHL and two to the NCAA:
- Brandan Arnold - to Mount Royal
- Brett Harasymuk - to UOIT
- Michael Grant - to Lethbridge
- Tyler Adams - to Regina
- Josh McDougall to Mercyhurst
- Logan Casavant - to Trinity Western
- Grant Baetsen - to Adrian College

That's a lot of grads to move in one season.

Links:
► [SJHL: Nipawin Hawks Commitments]
► [SJHL: Player Profile Story] :  [Stats Page]
► [Carter Doerksen at Eliteprospects.com] : [at HockeyDB.com]

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The Banjo Mutts became the last CW to release their exhibition schedule. Their games are:

Sep 14 Saskatchewan at Regina
Sep 15 Manitoba v Saskatchewan (in Regina)
Sep 22 Calgary at Saskatchewan
Sep 23 York at Saskatchewan

They will not leave the province of Saskatchewan. The few players who like toilet paper will have to wait for a road trip where they can stock up.

All teams have now released schedules, although some alterations will no doubt be made. Here's what I suspect:

- The Evil Monkeys have not announced anything for Sep 21-23, but they do appear on the ACAC schedule with a game against NAIT on Sep 23 in the Athabasca Tournament. I suspect they will add a game against MacEwan on Sep 21.

- The Bedrock Dinos claim they play the Bluegars on Sep 19, but the Bluegars say they are playing Minnesota State that same day. I find it odd that an NCAA team would be allowed to play that day. So my guess is that the MRU schedule will be altered so that the Minnesota State game goes to Oct 5 or 6.

- Manitoba's schedule does not list their opponents for the Regina tournament Sep 14-15. Since the Bisons face Sask on Sep 15, and since Regina plays Sask on Sep 14 and SAIT on Sep 15, my guess is that the Bisons will face the SAIT Condoms on Sep 14. Regina's trip to civilization will then consist of just the one game on Sep 22, due to the York tour.

- The York tour deserves a mention. It is not yet on their website. But from the CW teams we have this:
Sep 20 York v Regina (in Lumsden)
Sep 21 Calgary v York (in Humboldt)
Sep 23 York at Saskatchewan

Links:
► [Saskatchewan Schedule]
► [Saskatchewan Team Page]
► [York Schedule]

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icon1.png Aug 19: TWO DAYS UNTIL PUCK DROP

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On Tuesday the Bisons will start their exhibition schedule against the Manchester Storm. When I think of Manchester I think of the greatest continuous stretch of bands that one city has ever produced. Their hockey history is not quite so accomplished, so far anyhow.

Although Tuesday's game will be Manchester's first of the season, there were 8 games this weekend, and 4 games last weekend. All of those games featured an EIHL team facing a team from elsewhere in Europe, execpt for a pair of games between Nottingham and Cardiff.

The stories being generated are about ticket sales and meeting the players. Hopefully there will be more pre-game news and access to stats. Last year all of the EIHL teams had loads pf pictures but nothing on stats/rosters/summaries. Here's the links and a couple of videos.

Links:
► [Manchester Storm Team Site]
► [Manchester Storm Twitter]
► [Manchester Storm - Facebook] : [- Event Page]
► [Elite Prospects - Manchester Storm]
► [EIHL Official Site]
► [EIHL - Manchester Storm Page]
► [EIHL: EIHL Preseason Gets Underway Saturday]
► [EIHL Pointsreak Site]

Manchester videos:

Joy Division: Shadow Play
https://youtu.be/juD4ayBbHdY

The Smiths: Ask
https://youtu.be/zoo9Vu1a9bU

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In other news, CUSN has an interview with Spiros Anastas, the recently-departed coach from Lethbridge.

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Also, 3 out of 4 games on the UQTR tour of France are now known:
Aug 24 U.Q.T.R. at Gothiques d'Amiens
Aug 25 U.Q.T.R. at Ducs d'Angers
Aug 26 U.Q.T.R. at Jokers de Cergy-Pontoise
Aug 29 U.Q.T.R. at TBA (France)

The Jokers are hosting the tournament and they are a 2nd tier French team. The other two teams in the round-robin tournament are 1st tier French teams. Last time over there UQTR were in the Napoleon Cup, hosted by the Goths.

Links:
► [Canadian University Sports Network - Interview - Spiros Anastas ]
► [HCCP Jokers - Summer Cup] : [Google Translate]

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icon1.png Preview: BISONS AT MANCHESTER

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MANITOBA BISONS (2018: 16-10-2, 20-14-3, OHT35 #10)
MANCHESTER STORM (2018: 35-16-5, EIHL 2nd)

Aug 21 @ 1:30 CT at Altrincham Arena [/COLOR][/I]

Live Links:
• Video: [ManchesterStorm.tv] (all games)
• Audio: none
• Live stats: none

Manitoba Links:
• GoBisons: [Bison men's hockey in Europe for four exhibition games against U.K. opponents]
• Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
• Global TV: [Bisons men’s hockey team off to United Kingdom for team-building preseason tour]

Manchester Links:
• Team: [Team Site]
• Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook] ∞ [Facebook Event]

Other Links:
• [EIHL]

The only new information is in the pre-game stories from GoBisons.ca an GlobalNews.ca. There is a live video link, which costs £10. I have not yet found live stats or audio.

The Bisons are touring with just 5 veterans and 12 rookies. Thus far I have only heard about 8 recruits, which means there are four more. Also, they have fund-raised half the cost. Which may explain why some vets are waiting for September to play hockey. The veterans mentioned are Kamerin Nault, Brett Stovin, and Byron Spriggs.

Manchester Tunes:

Oasis: Wonderwall
https://youtu.be/bx1Bh8ZvH84

The Stone Roses: I Wanna Be Adored
https://youtu.be/4D2qcbu26gs

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icon1.gif Aug 21: BISONS LOSE OPENER

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MANITOBA BISONS 3
MANCHESTER STORM 4

Links:
Manchester: [Preview] : [Twitter]

I can't find a summary, or a game story even. I did find one more preview story and the Twitter was updated. The Bisons were down 2-0 and 3-1 but rallied in the 3rd to tie the game. A late goal won it for the Storm. There were quite a few tussles as well. Newcomer Keaton Jameson was Bison Man-of-the-Match and will be wearing #15.

Next up:
Aug 23 Manitoba at Fife Flyers

OTHER NEWS

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The Banjo Cats had their official announcement of three WHL recruits:

Conner Chaulk - Swift Current/Calgary - centre
James Hilsendager - Kelowna - defence
Brennan Riddle - LethbridgeVancouver - defence

In a season where major junior recruits seem to be down, this is a decent haul for the Kittens.

Link:
► [Trio of WHLers highlight men’s hockey recruiting class for 2018]

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icon1.png Aug 23: BISONS HIT .500

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MANITOBA BISONS 2
FIFE FLYERS 1

Links:
Fife: [Team Site] : [Fixtures & Results]
Social: [Twitter] : [Facebook]
Video: [Live: 247.tv] : [YouTube]

The Fife team site is full of news about recent signings (and there have been quite a few), however there were no preview stories, game stories, or stats. But they did have a live link (which I could not watch at work today), and their Twitter updates were thorough. There is a space on the "fixtures & results" page which might get filled in as you are reading. So I never put up a "preview" post for this one.

Here's the Twitter summary (with tweets announcing "full strength" after a PK deleted):

FIFE FLYERS MOM | #50 Shane Owen


MANITOBA BISONS MOM | #34 Dasan Sydora


FINAL SCORE | Fife Flyers 1 (Crowder) @umbisons 2


Shane Owen goes to the bench @ 59:44


BISONS 2ND GOAL | 27 from 21 @ 59:44


FIFE PENALTY | Adamsen 2 mins hooking @ 47:03


FIFE PENALTY | Grigors 2 mins hooking @ 41:01


Fife Flyers vs University of Manitoba Bisons - 3rd period underway. #WeAreFife #BringTheNoise #PeskyFlyers


Man of the Match, sponsored by @StyxKirkcaldy, voting returns on 8th September in our first competitive game of the season. In the meantime feel free to send us your thoughts for both teams during preseason. #WeAreFife #BringTheNoise #PeskyFlyers


SHOTS ON GOAL 2ND | Owen (Fife) 21 Sydora 4, Spriggs 2 (Manitoba)


END 2ND | Fife Flyers 1 (Crowder) @umbisons 1 #WeAreFife #BringTheNoise #PeskyFlyers


Bisons netminder change. Byron Spriggs replaces Dasan Sydora @ 29:56


FIFE PENALTY | Crowder 2 mins hooking @ 26:14


Fife Flyers vs University of Manitoba Bisons - 2nd period underway. #WeAreFife #BringTheNoise #PeskyFlyers


SHOTS ON GOAL | Owen (Fife) 6 Sydora (Manitoba) 13


END 1ST | Fife Flyers 1 (Crowder) University of Manitoba Bisons 1


BISONS PENALTY | 4 2 mins goaltender interference @ 18:13


BISONS PENALTY | 26 2 mins cross checking @ 15:50


BISONS 1ST GOAL | 23 from 28 & 8 @ 14:29


Goal 1 Bison


FIFE 1ST GOAL | Crowder from Stoflet & Bloodof @ 7:29 PP


GOOOOOOALLL 1


FIFE PENALTY | Gauthier 2 mins holding @ 7:15


BISON PENALTY | 27 2 mins delay of game @ 6:33


BISON PENALTY | 12 2 mins tripping@ 5:47


BISON PENALTY | 24 2 mins interference @ 3:33


BISON PENALTY | 12 2 mins slashing @ 0:44


Fife Flyers vs University of Manitoba Bisons - 1st period underway. #WeAreFife #BringTheNoise #PeskyFlyers

Next up:
Aug 24 U.Q.T.R. at Gothiques d'Amiens (France)
Aug 25 Manitoba at Belfast Giants (EIHL)
Aug 25 U.Q.T.R. at Ducs d'Angers (France)
Aug 26 Manitoba at Belfast Giants (EIHL)
Aug 26 U.Q.T.R. at Jokers de Cergy-Pontoise (France)

MORE GAME LINKS

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The Manchester Storm uploaded a game story on Tuesday's game which tells us that:
- Thomas Lenchyshyn and Lucas Skrumeda each had two penalties, and Nick Zajac had one, amongst what seems to have been a lot of other pushing-and-shoving;
- Byron Spriggs came on mid-way through the game for Dasan Sydora in goal;
- newcomers Jeremy Leipsic, Devon Skoleski, and Keaton Jameson all scored for the Bisons;
- Keaton Jameson was the Bison Man-of-the-Match.

Link:
► [Preseason Match Report: University of Manitoba Bisons 3 – Manchester Storm 4]

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Not sure which newcomer claimed the #24 jersey.

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Lucas Skrumeda mixing it up.

OTHER NEWS

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York announced the details of their trip to Banjoland, a Remembrance Tour in honour of Mark Cross, a former Lion who passed away in the Humboldt crash. The schedule is:

Sep 20 York v Regina (in Lumsden)
Sep 21 York v Calgary (in Humboldt)
Sep 23 York at Saskatchewan

Also, Western Ontario added the pre-season games to their schedule:

Sep 13 Laurier at Western Ontario
Sep 15 Western Ontario at U.O.I.T.
Sep 19 Brock at Western Ontario
Sep 21 Waterloo at Western Ontario
Sep 28 Laurentian at Western Ontario
Sep 29 Queen's at Western Ontario

Finally, the BCIHL released their 2018-19 regular season schedule.

Links:
► [LIONS ANNOUNCE MARK CROSS HUMBOLDTSTRONG REMEMBRANCE TOUR]
► [UWO Schedule Page]
► [BCIHL Schedule Page]

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icon1.png Aug 24: UQTR LOSES OPENER

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U.Q.T.R. PATRIOTES 2
AMIENS GOTHIQUES 3

Links:
Twitter (Google Translate): [UQTR] : [Jokers]
Facebook: [Jokers]
EuroHockey.com: [Amiens/UQTR] : [Cergy/Angers]

This was the afternoon game to open a 4-team round-robin tournament hosted by the Jokers de Cergy-Pontoise, who lost 6-1 to Ducs d'Angers. The Saturday and Sunday games have been switched from the original schedule.

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icon1.png Aug 25: BISONS BEATEN IN BELFAST

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MANITOBA BISONS 1
BELFAST GIANTS 6

Links:
Twitter: [Belfast] : [UofM] : [UofM Hockey]
Tweets: [UofM] : [Adam McKendry]
Belfast: [Team Site] : [Preview Story] : [Streaming]
Video: [Facebook] : [Event] : [YouTube]

The Belfast Twitter was not as thorough as Fife's, but had very many photos. The links may contain stories and videos by the time you read this post. Mackenzie Dwyer scored for the Bisons and Brett Stovin was man-of-the-match.

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Next up:
Aug 26 Manitoba at Belfast Giants (EIHL)
Aug 26 U.Q.T.R. at Ducs d'Angers (France)

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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U.Q.T.R. PATRIOTES 1
CERGY-PONTOISE JOKERS 0

Links:
Twitter (Google Translate): [UQTR] : [Jokers]
Facebook: [Jokers]
Tweets: [Anger/Amiens] : [Cergy/UQTR]
Eurohockey.com: [Scoreboard]

This followed a 3-2 win for Angers over Amiens in the afternoon game. Going into the final games on Sunday, Angers leads at 2-0-0, Amiens and UQTR are 1-1-0, and the host Jokers trail at 0-2-0. UQTR faces Angers in the afternoon and the Jokers take on Amiens in the nightcap.

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icon1.png Aug 26: BISONS DROP TOUR FINALE

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MANITOBA BISONS 4
BELFAST GIANTS 5

Links:
Twitter: [Belfast] : [UofM] : [UofM Hockey]
Tweets: [Belfast Sunday Highlights]
EIHL Game Stories: [Saturday] : [Sunday]
Video: [Facebook - Sunday] : [Facebook - Saturday] : [YouTube]

The Bisons finished their UK tour with a sub-standard 1-3-0 record. However, with just 17 players on the trip, and loads of rookies amongst those, perhaps nothing better could be expected. Goal scorers were Liam Bilton, Brett Stovin, and then a pair by Kamerin Nault. Dasan Sydora was in goal. The 17 Bisons on tour will now come home to practice with the 10-15 others trying out for the team. Hopefully the training camp roster will soon be posted.

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OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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U.Q.T.R. PATRIOTES 0
ANGERS LES DUCS 2

Links:
Tweets (Google Translate): [UQTR/Angers] : [Amiens/Cergy]
Facebook: [Jokers]

This was the afternoon game, and the win assured Angers of the tournament title. In the finale, the host Jokers won for the first time, 4-3 in a shoot-out over Amiens. Amiens finished 2nd, UQTR 3rd, and the Jokers were 4th.

NEXT UP

Aug 29 U.Q.T.R. at TBA (France)
Aug 31 to Sep 02 - no games

Sep 07 Alberta v U.B.C. (in Penticton)
Sep 07 MacEwan (ACAC) at Calgary
Sep 07 Red Deer (ACAC) at Lethbridge
Sep 08 Alberta v U.B.C. (in Penticton)
Sep 08 Calgary at MacEwan (ACAC)
Sep 08 Red Deer (ACAC) at Lethbridge

FOR THE BISONS:

Sep 14 Manitoba v S.A.I.T. (in Regina)
Sep 15 Manitoba v Saskatchewan (in Regina)
Sep 22 Regina at Manitoba

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icon1.png Aug 28: SCHEDULE UPDATES

No new schedules from CW, or even USports. But there are games from the ACAC and BCIHL which affect the CW.

http://www.acac.ab.ca/sports/mice/2018-19/schedule-all

There are quite a few new additions to the ACAC schedule. The games affecting the CW were previously announced with the exception of the latest addition for the Evil Monkeys, and their trip to Athabasca. Here's the whole deal:

Sep 07 MacEwan at Calgary
Sep 07 Red Deer College at Lethbridge
Sep 08 Red Deer College at Lethbridge
Sep 08 Calgary at MacEwan
Sep 11 MacEwan/N.A.I.T. v Edmonton Oilers Rookies
Sep 12 Portage College at Augustana
Sep 14 Portage College  at Concordia Edmonton
Sep 14 Briercrest College at Minot State
Sep 14 N.A.I.T. at U.B.C.
Sep 15 N.A.I.T. at U.B.C.
Sep 15 Briercrest College at Minot State
Sep 15 Concordia Edmonton at Portage College
Sep 21 Williston State at Briercrest College
Sep 21 Augustana v Alberta @ Athabasca
Sep 21 Red Deer College at S.A.I.T.
Sep 22 Williston State at Briercrest College
Sep 22 S.A.I.T. at Red Deer College
Sep 22 MacEwan v N.A.I.T. @ Athabasca
Sep 23 Augustana v MacEwan @ Calling Lake
Sep 23 Alberta v N.A.I.T. @ Athabasca
Sep 26 Red Deer College at Lacombe Generals
Sep 28 Augustana v Red Deer College @ Lacombe
Sep 28 MacEwan at Concordia Edmonton
Sep 28 Portage College at Briercrest College
Sep 29 Portage College at Briercrest College
Sep 29 N.A.I.T. at MacEwan
Sep 29 Augustana v Stony Plain Eagles @ Lacombe
Sep 30 Concordia Edmonton at N.A.I.T.

NOTE: S.A.I.T. is also in the Regina tournament Sep 14-15.

The BCIHL schedule has no pre-season games listed, but two team schedules are up. Those contain no new games involving USports teams:

http://www.gospartans.ca/sports/mice/2018-19/schedule

Sep 15 Simon Fraser at Trinity Western (Captains Cup)
Sep 22 Trinity Western at U.B.C. (Captains Cup)
Sep 29 Trinity Western at Victoria

https://www.vikeshockey.com/news/schedule/

Sep 21 Victoria at Trinity Western

Hmmm, those schedules don't exactly jibe.

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icon1.png Aug 30: SOME LATE NEWS AS WE HEAD INTO LABOUR DAY

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Is this a recruiting announcement? Or nothing more than a back-to-school notice?

Drea Esposito - Calgary Hitmen (WHL) - D

The links say Esposito "retired" to cash in his scholarship and go to the U of M. So will he be on the team? He is a 6'4" 190 lbs. d-man. In two WHL seasons he has just the one goal, so D must be his thing. He doesn't turn 19 until January, and had an overage season he could have used.

Links:
► [Dub Network: Leslie and Esposito join Popowich in retirement; Hodson signs with Victoria]
► [Calgary Hitmen on Twitter]
► [Elite Prospects: Drea Esposito]

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The Horny Ones appeared to be in trouble when their coach quit at the last minute. But it looks like they caught a break by signing Murray Nystrom. He coached the Brock Badgers (OUA) for 18 years and even got them to the U-Cup in 2008. Once could say he's an upgrade from Spiros Anastas.

Links:
► [CW: Former Brock coach Nystrom set to lead Pronghorns]
► [Lethbridge News Now: Experienced bench boss Murray Nystrom tapped to lead Pronghorns men’s hockey team]

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The CUSN had a new Tuesday Morning Skate this week, with news around all four conferences. Included was a take on this week's Bison news.

There were also announcements from UBC and Lakehead this week.

UBC landed Quentin Greenwood, a winger from the Old Grizzlys of the AJHL.

In Thunder Bay, the assistant coaches were announced to be Andrew Fernandez, Jason Firth, and Murray Magill.

Links:
► [Tuesday Morning Skate: August 27th, 2018]
► [UBC: ‘Birds add two-way forward Quentin Greenwood]
► [NNL: Thunderwolves Hockey – Wilkins announces coaching staff] icon1.png Aug 30: SOME LATE NEWS AS WE HEAD INTO LABOUR DAY

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Is this a recruiting announcement? Or nothing more than a back-to-school notice?

Drea Esposito - Calgary Hitmen (WHL) - D

The links say Esposito "retired" to cash in his scholarship and go to the U of M. So will he be on the team? He is a 6'4" 190 lbs. d-man. In two WHL seasons he has just the one goal, so D must be his thing. He doesn't turn 19 until January, and had an overage season he could have used.

Links:
► [Dub Network: Leslie and Esposito join Popowich in retirement; Hodson signs with Victoria]
► [Calgary Hitmen on Twitter]
► [Elite Prospects: Drea Esposito]

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The Horny Ones appeared to be in trouble when their coach quit at the last minute. But it looks like they caught a break by signing Murray Nystrom. He coached the Brock Badgers (OUA) for 18 years and even got them to the U-Cup in 2008. Once could say he's an upgrade from Spiros Anastas.

Links:
► [CW: Former Brock coach Nystrom set to lead Pronghorns]
► [Lethbridge News Now: Experienced bench boss Murray Nystrom tapped to lead Pronghorns men’s hockey team]

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The CUSN had a new Tuesday Morning Skate this week, with news around all four conferences. Included was a take on this week's Bison news.

There were also announcements from UBC and Lakehead this week.

UBC landed Quentin Greenwood, a winger from the Old Grizzlys of the AJHL.

In Thunder Bay, the assistant coaches were announced to be Andrew Fernandez, Jason Firth, and Murray Magill.

Links:
► [Tuesday Morning Skate: August 27th, 2018]
► [UBC: ‘Birds add two-way forward Quentin Greenwood]
► [NNL: Thunderwolves Hockey – Wilkins announces coaching staff]

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icon1.png Sept 5: LIMITED ROSTER NEWS

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The roster pages throughout the league are stuck on 2017-18. By now we should have learned of any recruits of significance. Usually, news travels when a player has left to sign a pro contract. However, players who have departed for other reasons are not known until we see roster pages.

The Bison site has a WHL recruiting story. They have recruited goaltender Tyler Brown from the WHL, but he is in rehab and won't start the season. The other links are for team roster pages which are sure to be updated now that players should have reported to classes.

Links:
► [WHL powers CW: Sirant eyes Manitoban talent to take Bisons to next level]
► [Alberta Roster]
► [Calgary Roster]
► [Lethbridge Roster]
► [Manitoba Roster]
► [Mount Royal Roster]
► [Regina Roster]
► [Saskatchewan Roster]
► [UBC Roster]

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In scheduling news:

- The BCIHL has added an exhibition game component to the schedule, which includes just 6 games.
Sep 15 Simon Fraser at Trinity Western
Sep 15 Victoria at Vancouver Island
Sep 21 Simon Fraser at U.B.C.
Sep 22 Trinity Western at U.B.C.
Sep 28 Simon Fraser at Anchorage (NCAA)
Sep 28 Simon Fraser at Fairbanks (NCAA) (?)

- That oddity on the MRU Schedule which has them going to the States on two separate weekends would seem to be (as suspected) in error. Minnesota State says their game with MRU is on Oct 6th.

- Brock has their schedule in 2018-19 at long last, but it is missing the pre-season. That leaves Concordia and Nipissing battling for Laggard-of-the-Year.

Links:
► [BCIHL Schedule]
► [Minnesota State Schedule]
► [Brock Schedule]

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icon1.png Sept 6: MRU BOLSTERS ROSTER

I have two links today, one about MRU's recruiting class and the other with more pre-season games for the BCIHL, plus some Twitter feeds pertaining to the weekend games.

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The Bluegars landed quite a crop of WHL recruits, after being almost shut-out a year ago. The players are:

- Colton Bobyk (D) - Red Deer Rebels
- Tyson Helgesen (D) - Spokane Chiefs
- Keegan Iverson (F) - Portland Winterhawks
- Kade Jensen (D) - Victoria Royals
- Colton Kroeker (F) - Kootenay Ice

Three major junior defencemen in one season is quite a haul.

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The BCIHL schedule has added two games, neither of which involves a CW team:

Sep 21 Selkirk College at Victoria
Sep 22 Selkirk College at Vancouver Island

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The first puck drop in North America takes place this weekend, with three series out west involving four CW teams and two ACAC teams. I have linked to the team Twitters because that's probably going to be the best place to find results. Here's the schedule:

Sep 07 Alberta v U.B.C. (in Penticton)
Sep 07 MacEwan (ACAC) at Calgary
Sep 07 Red Deer (ACAC) at Lethbridge
Sep 08 Alberta v U.B.C. (in Penticton)
Sep 08 Calgary at MacEwan (ACAC)
Sep 08 Red Deer (ACAC) at Lethbridge

Links:
► [Large crop of WHL recruits headed to MRU]
► [BCIHL Schedule]
► [Alberta Twitter] : [UBC Twitter]
► [Calgary Twitter] : [MacEwan Twitter]
► [Lethbridge Twitter] : [ACAC Twitter]

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icon1.png Sept 7: NO UPSETS ON OPENING NIGHT

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

The Bisons have the weekend off, which is not surprising following their trip to the British Isles. None of the teams out east will start until next week. This week's best source for scores and updates will be Twitter. Also, none of the teams has a 2018-19 roster page uploaded. Here's what happened on Friday, September 7, 2018:

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 2

Links:
Alberta: [Twitter] : [Schedule & Results]
UBC: [Twitter] : [Schedule & Results]

Twitter was about the only source for updates, as is often the case in the pre-season. It sounds like the Evil Monkeys handled the T-irds quite easily. This series is being played in Penticton, as part of the "Young Stars Classic" with Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets rookies. There are no games scheduled between NHL and CW teams.

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MACEWAN GRIFFINS 2
CALGARY DINOSAURS 6

Links:
Calgary: [Twitter] : [Schedule & Results]
Calgary: [Dinos add five WHL alums looking to continue surge]
MacEwan: [Series Preview] : [Schedule & Results]
ACAC: [Schedule & Results]

According to the string of tweets, this was scoreless until late in the 2nd when the Dinos took a 2-1 lead. In the process, they enjoyed a 26-12 edge in shots on goal. Presumably that 3rd period must have been quite dominating as Bedrock U outscored the Griffins 4-1 in the period. This one was held in the Town of Bedrock, and Saturday's rematch will be in Edmontown.

The Dinos also have a recruiting announcement, available in the links. They have now confirmed five recruits from the WHL. They have two defencemen coming, and three forwards.

James Shearer (D) - Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
Jordan Henderson (D) - Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
Graham Black (F) - Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
Regan Nagy (F) - Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
Cal Babych (F) - Everett Silvertips (WHL)

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RED DEER COLLEGE KINGS 2
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4

Links:
Lethbridge: [Twitter] : [Schedule & Results]
Red Deer: [Schedule & Results]

Not much can be gathered on this one. Lethbridge has been through some turmoil so any sort of a win must be a great relief. The Horny Ones held period leads of 2-1 and 3-2.

NEXT UP

Sep 08 Alberta v U.B.C. (in Penticton)
Sep 08 Calgary at MacEwan (ACAC)
Sep 08 Red Deer (ACAC) at Lethbridge

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icon1.gif Preview: SEPT 13-16: BISONS AT REGINA TOURNAMENT

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MANITOBA BISONS (1-3-0)
S.A.I.T. TROJANS (0-0-0)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (0-0-0)
REGINA COUGARS (0-0-0)

This is the first weekend of a national exhibition hockey weekend across USports. The Herd suffers the indignity of a trip to Banjoland, where they will face the SAIT Condoms and the Banjo Mutts from Saskatown. Here's the schedule:

Sep 14 Manitoba v S.A.I.T. (ACAC) - 5:00 CST/6:00 CDT
Sep 14 Saskatchewan at Regina - 8:00 CST/9:00 CDT
Sep 15 S.A.I.T. (ACAC) at Regina - 12:00 CST
Sep 15 Manitoba v Saskatchewan - 3:30 CST/4:30 CDT

The Bison roster page is still in 2017-18. In fact, Calgary and Regina are the only teams in the league with a 2018-19 roster page. That may change by the end of Friday.

No teams have posted a weekend preview as I post.

Sask has a story posted from the "WHL Powers the CW" series, as all the teams are doing one by one. Their WHL recruits are announced, but their non-WHL recruits are not. Those come from Elite Prospects, for now. Here's the list:

- Gordie Ballhorn (D) - Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
- Travis Child (G) - Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
- Shane Collins (D) - Prince George Cougars (WHL) / London Knights (OHL)
- Evan Fiala (D) - Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
- Donovan Neuls (F) - Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
- Kendall Fransoo (D) - Wilkie Outlaws (SWHL)
- Dakota Boutin (F) - Penticton Vees (BCJHL)

There is no news from the Bisons, except a tweet from Victor Findlay stating that leading scorer Michael St. Croix will not be returning.

Links:
► [Regina Roster Page]
► [Prairie pride bolsters Saskatchewan roster]
► [SAIT Schedule & Results]
► [Manitoba Roster]
► [Regina Schedule & Results]

ELSEWHERE

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MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (0-0-0)
CALGARY DINOSAURS (2-0-0)
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (1-0-1)

Links:
► [MRU Schedule & Results]
► [Alberta Schedule & Results]
► [Calgary Schedule & Results]
► [Calgary Roster]

This is Edmontown's annual Brick Invitational. It used to be the weekend after Regina's tournament, and always had at least 4 teams. Here's the schedule:

Sep 13 Mount Royal at Calgary
Sep 14 Calgary at Alberta
Sep 15 Mount Royal at Alberta

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U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (1-1-0)
]N.A.I.T. OOKS[/COLOR] (0-0-0)

Links:
► [NAIT Schedule & Results]
► [Oilers rookies get revenge for 2017 loss with 9-1 win but NAIT-MacEwan All-Stars relish experience]
► [T-Birds reflect on Young Stars experience]
► [UBC Schedule & Results]

This is a traditional Friday-Saturday double-header to be played in British California. NAIT joined up with MacEwan to lose 9-1 to the Edmonton Oilers. (That same melange defeated the Greasers a year ago.) The T-irds are coming off a split against the Monkeys, which included a game two shoot-out win.

OTHER NEWS

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Lethbridge is on a bye week for some reason, after having started play last weekend. But they posted their "WHL Powers the CW" series article. Their WHL recruits are:

- Jordan Roy (F) - Red Deer Rebels
- Taz Burman (G) - Swift Current Broncos

Links:
► [Nystrom, Pronghorns focused on positivity as U Cup approaches]
► [Breakin News 'N Crackin Brews: Ep. 11]

OUT EAST

Sep 13 Brock at Waterloo
Sep 13 Laurier at Western Ontario
Sep 14 Carleton at Toronto
Sep 14 Moncton at U.P.E.I.
Sep 14 McGill at New Brunswick
Sep 14 Ottawa at Ryerson
Sep 14 Saint Mary's at Dalhousie
Sep 15 Carleton at Ryerson
Sep 15 McGill at New Brunswick
Sep 15 Ottawa at Toronto
Sep 15 Queen's v R.M.C. (in Gananoque ON)
Sep 15 U.Q.T.R. at Concordia
Sep 15 Western Ontario at U.O.I.T.
Sep 16 Moncton at Dalhousie

Edited by Hollywood

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icon1.png Sept 14: HERD PICKS UP ROAD WIN

REGINA TOURNAMENT

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MANITOBA BISONS 2
S.A.I.T. TROJANS 1

Links:
Manitoba: [S&R] : [Twitter]
SAIT: [S&R] : [Twitter]

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4
REGINA COUGARS 0

Links:
Sask: [S&R] : [Twitter]
Regina: [S&R] : [Twitter]

This was the opening night of the Regina Tournament. There isn't much news about these game out there. The SAIT Twitter had a blurb and all teams' S&R pages have a score without a link, at least as I post.

So both Bison wins so far have been 2-1 games, and they are now 2-3-0 in the pre-season. It would be nice if someone in Regina tweeted out a picture of the lineup cards.

On Saturday, it will be S.A.I.T. v Regina at 1:00 CDT and Manitoba v Saskatchewan at 4:30 CDT.

BRICK INVITATIONAL

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CALGARY DINOSAURS 6
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 4

Links:
Calgary: [S&R] : [Twitter]
MRU: [S&R] : [Twitter]

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CALGARY DINOSAURS 1
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 0

Links:
Calgary: [S&R] : [Twitter]
Alberta: [S&R] : [Twitter]

The first game was played Thursday in Cowtown and the second was Friday in Edmontown. The two wins give Bedrock U the tournament title, and a 4-0-0 record in pre-season. It's Yabba Dabba Doo time. The Evil Monkeys are now on a two game losing streak! MRU and Alberta will fight it out for second place on Saturday.

Here's the Dino tweet:

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Regan Nagy with the lone goal at 15:00 of the 3rd, Papirny with the 38-save shutout tonight at the Brick tournament in Edmonton!

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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N.A.I.T. OOKS 2
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 3
(in double overtime)

Links:
UBC: [Boxscore] : [Twitter]
NAIT: [S&R] : [Twitter]

The T-irds are now 2-1-0, with both victories coming in extra time. It could be that kind of year for them. Nice of them to post a boxscore. Other CW teams should take note.

OUT EAST

Sep 13 Brock 0 Waterloo 2 : [UW S&R]
Sep 13 Laurier 1 Western Ontario 3 : [WLU S&R]
Sep 14 Carleton 2 Toronto 3 (so) : [UT Recap]
Sep 14 Moncton 3 U.P.E.I. 1 : [PEI Boxscore]
Sep 14 McGill 4 New Brunswick 5 (ot) : [UNB Story] : [UNB Boxscore] : [McG Story] : [McG Boxscore]
Sep 14 Ottawa 3 Ryerson 4 (ot) : [RU S&R]
Sep 14 Saint Mary's 8 Dalhousie 1 : [DU Boxscore]

NEXT UP

Sep 15 Carleton at Ryerson
Sep 15 McGill at New Brunswick
Sep 15 Mount Royal at Alberta
Sep 15 N.A.I.T. (ACAC) at U.B.C.
Sep 15 Ottawa at Toronto
Sep 15 Queen's v R.M.C. (in Gananoque ON)
Sep 15 Manitoba v Saskatchewan (in Regina)
Sep 15 S.A.I.T. (ACAC) at Regina
Sep 15 U.Q.T.R. at Concordia
Sep 15 Western Ontario at U.O.I.T.
Sep 16 Moncton at Dalhousie

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[IMG]Sept 15: BISONS LOSE, SPLIT WEEKEND

REGINA TOURNAMENT

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MANITOBA BISONS 1
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4


Links:
Manitoba: [S&R] : [Twitter]
Sask: [S&R] : [Twitter*]
Ottawa Citizen: [Big-time departures]


[IMG][IMG]

S.A.I.T. TROJANS 3
REGINA COUGARS 7


Links:
SAIT: [S&R] : [Twitter*]
Regina: [S&R] : [Twitter*]


Time to bring back the asterisk for links that are missing as I post but may show up later when you read. There were no game stories nor boxscores/summaries posted for either game. Only the Manitoba Twitter had a tweet. In any event, I guess if medals were being awarded, the Mutts claimed gold, the Bisons settled for silver, and the Kittens got a bronze. The Condoms got nothing but experience.

Without any other teams posting even a tweet, here's a photo of everything I could obtain:
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So returning Zach Franko and rookie Devon Skoleski paced the scoring for the Bisons this weekend. Rookies also did very well on the scoring in the UK tour as well.

Next weekend, the Bisons have just the one game, that being a Saturday matinee against Regina. The week will start with York's sad commemorative tour of Saskatchewan.

Oddly, the above-linked story from the Ottawa Citizen is their story on Sask's recruiting. I have no idea why such a story would be printed there.

BRICK INVITATIONAL

[IMG][IMG]

MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 7


Links:
MRU: [S&R] : [Twitter]
Alberta: [Linescore] : [Twitter]
Boxscore: [CW]


Good to see that the Apes uploaded boxscores to the CW site, joining UBC. The win gives the Evil Monkeys 2nd place in the 3-team tournament. Here's the last of a string of tweets from the evening:

With a depleted line up the boys get it done tonight. Final score 7-3. @bmagee18 with a heck of a night gets the star for the Bears and Watson for the Cougars. Off to Athabasca next weekend for games against @UofA_AugVikings & @NAITMensHockey

Alberta's site has yet to add their Athabasca exhibition games to their posted schedule. MRU acknowledges that they face the Dinos, and not Minnesota State, on Wednesday. However, their official schedule has yet to make the correction.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

[IMG][IMG]

N.A.I.T. OOKS 1
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 4


Links:
Boxscore: [UBC] : [CW]
UBC Game Story: [‘Birds down Ooks for third straight preseason win]
Twitter: [UBC] : [NAIT]


This win gave UBC a sweep of the weekend series, and gave the CW a record of 8-0-0 against ACAC teams this pre-season. UBC out-shot MRU 36-23. Patrick Dea got the win, and four different Birds scored goals.

OUT EAST

Sep 15 Carleton 3 Ryerson 5 : [RU S&R]
Sep 15 McGill 2 New Brunswick 3 (ot) : [UNB Game Story] : [UNB Boxscore] : [McGill Game Story] : [McGill Boxscore]
Sep 15 Ottawa 5 Toronto 3 : [UofT Game Story]
Sep 15 Queen's 6 R.M.C. 0 : [QU Game Story]
Sep 15 U.Q.T.R. 1 Concordia 4 : [CU S&R]
Sep 15 Western Ontario 2 U.O.I.T. 3 : [UOIT Game Story]

NEXT UP

Sep 16 Moncton at Dalhousie
Sep 18 Moncton at St. F.X.
Sep 19 Brock at Western Ontario
Sep 19 Laurier v Guelph (in Port Dover)
Sep 19 Mount Royal at Calgary
Sep 19 Saint Mary's v U.P.E.I. (in Truro)
Sep 20 York v Regina (in Lumsden)
Sep 21 Alberta v Augustana (ACAC) (in Athabasca)
Sep 21 Calgary v York (in Humboldt)
Sep 21 Guelph at Brock
Sep 21 Laurier at U.O.I.T.
Sep 21 Lethbridge at Lakehead
Sep 21 New Brunswick at Ryerson
Sep 21 St. F.X. at U.Q.T.R.
Sep 21 Simon Fraser (BCIHL) at U.B.C.
Sep 21 Toronto at R.M.C.
Sep 21 Waterloo at Western Ontario
Sep 21 Windsor at Carleton
Sep 21 York v Calgary (in Humboldt)

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icon1.gif Preview: Sept 21-23: REGINA AT MANITOBA

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REGINA COUGARS (2-1-0)
MANITOBA BISONS (2-4-0)

Sep 22 3:00 CDT at The Wayne Fleming Arena

Live Links:
► None.

Manitoba Links:
► GoBisons: [Weekend Preview (all sports)] ∞ [Roster Page]
► Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook] ∞ [Video Tweet 18-09-18]
► CW: [Stats*] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links*]
► LeagueStat: [Stats*] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links*]

Regina Links:
► Team: [Team Site] ∞ [Roster Page]
► Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]

Other Links:
► [USports] ∞ [US Schedule/Links*]
► [US Standings]
► [CW Site] ∞ [CW Schedule*]
► [CW Stats] ∞ [Media Access]
► [CUSN TMS September 11th, 2018]

* link not yet active for 2018-19

This was cut back from two games to one in order to allow the Banjo Cats to play York on their tour in memory of Mark Cross, their former player who went in to coaching only to perish in the Humboldt tragedy.

The Bison roster page has been updated. Several new rookies are listed, who were not included in the recruiting announcements. I'll need to do some profiles on them. In all, there are 12 new recruits. The odd thing is that the team is low on numbers. Although bursting with four goaltenders, they have just 21 skaters.

Here's the roster to date:

Goaltenders
1 Justin Paulic
30 Tyler Brown R
34 Dasan Sydora
35 Byron Spriggs

Defence
2 Adam Henry
3 Sean Christensen
11 Mitchell Dyck R
23 Mackenzie Dwyer R
24 Thomas Lenchyschyn R
25 Lucas Skrumeda
27 Carter Doerksen R

Forwards
4 Kamerin Nault
8 Liam Bilton
9 Zach Franko
10 Devon Skoleski R
12 Nick Zajac
14 Thomas Freeman R
15 Keaton Jameson R
16 Dawson Martin R
18 Garrett Armour R
21 Brett Brooks
22 Jeremey Leipsic R
26 Matthew Leblanc R
28 Brett Stovin
29 Jonah Wasylak

Those eligible to return but nevertheless departed include:

Defencemen
9 Douglas
11 Sharonov
16 Heinrich

Forwards
13 Laurencelle
15 S Bowles
18 St. Croix
19 Spencer
20 Keane
22 B Bowles
26 Lisoway

Though most of those were frequent scratches, St. Croix was the leading scorer and Laurencelle was oft-injured but was the CW rookie-of-the-year two years ago. My guess is that there are a couple of bodies yet to be added.

R indicates rookie

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

There were two mid-week games for CW teams this week, followed by a pretty full slate of games to come on the weekend.

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MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 4
CALGARY DINOSAURS 3
(in overtime)

Links:
Calgary: [S&R] : [Twitter]
MRU: [S&R] : [Twitter]

The Bluegars hit the win column to go 1-2-0 in their final pre-season game. The Dinos move on to face York and Sask on the weekend. They are now 4-0-1 in the pre-season.

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YORK LIONS 2
REGINA COUGARS 3
(in overtime)

Links:
York: [S&R] : [Twitter]
Regina: [Game Story] : [Twitter]

This was the opener of York's memorial tour in honour of alumnus Mark Cross, one of the Humboldt victims. This game was played in his hometown, Lumsden, Sask. Regina is now 2-1-0 in pre-season. This was York's first game.

ELSEWHERE

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YORK LIONS (0-1-0)
CALGARY DINOSAURS (4-0-1)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (2-0-0)

This was not planned (I don't think) but over three days a de facto round-robin tournament is being played. Here's the schedule:

Sep 21 Calgary v York (in Humboldt)
Sep 22 Calgary at Saskatchewan
Sep 23 York at Saskatchewan

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SIMON FRASER CLAN (1-0-0)
TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (0-0-1)
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (3-1-0)

These games finish the "Captains' Cup" pre-season series. SFU already beat TWU 4-3 in overtime last weekend. Holy Trinity is a CW member, but do not compete in the hockey league. The Clown are floundering in the States in a conference without a hockey league. Here's the weekend schedule:

Sep 21 Simon Fraser (BCIHL) at U.B.C.
Sep 22 Trinity Western (BCIHL) at U.B.C.

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LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (2-0-0)
LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVFES (0-0-0)

The U-Cup hosts will enter the regular season with no games against a CW opponent. They started with a sweep of Red Deer College and now it's off to Thunder Bay for a traditional weekend series.

Sep 21 Lethbridge at Lakehead
Sep 22 Lethbridge at Lakehead

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (2-1-1)
UA AUGUSTANA VIKINGS (1-0-0)
N.A.I.T. OOKS (0-1-1)

The Evil Monkeys are taking part in the Athabasca Tournament. MacEwan is also taking part but not currently slated to play the Monkeys. Here's the schedule:

Sep 21 Augustana v Alberta
Sep 22 MacEwan v NAIT
Sep 23 Augustana v MacEwan
Sep 23 Alberta v N.A.I.T.

OUT EAST

Sep 16 Moncton 5 Dalhousie 3 : [Boxscore]
Sep 18 Moncton 2 St. F.X. 1 : [Boxscore]
Sep 19 Brock 1 Western Ontario 0 : [UWO S&R]
Sep 19 Laurier 3 Guelph 4 : [Game Story]
Sep 19 Saint Mary's 1 U.P.E.I. 3 : [UPEI S&R]

Sep 21 Guelph at Brock
Sep 21 Laurier at U.O.I.T.
Sep 21 New Brunswick at Ryerson
Sep 21 Queen's at Carleton *
Sep 21 St. F.X. at U.Q.T.R.
Sep 21 Toronto at R.M.C.
Sep 21 Waterloo at Western Ontario
Sep 21 Windsor at Carleton *
Sep 22 Concordia at U.Q.T.R.
Sep 22 Dalhousie at U.P.E.I.
Sep 22 New Brunswick at Ryerson
Sep 22 St. F.X. at Ottawa
Sep 22 Saint Mary's at Moncton
Sep 22 Toronto at Nipissing
Sep 22 Windsor at Carleton

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icon1.png Sept 22: BISONS WIN CONVINCINGLY

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REGINA COUGARS 2
MANITOBA BISONS 5

Links:
Manitoba: [S&R] : [Twitter] : [Tweet]
Regina: [S&R] : [Twitter*]

It was nice to see my first live hockey of the season. Unfortunately, I never noticed the game time change from 3:00 to 2:00. So I missed two 1st period Bison goals. Since the Bisons wore jerseys with a black number on a brown background (the CW has a rule whereby the home team wears light/dark in alternating seasons now), and Regina had yellow numbers on a white background, it was hard to tell who was out there. Also, my pen ran out right away, forcing me to use my cell phone to make notes. This is the best I could figure.

MANITOBA BISONS

Goal
35 Spriggs (1 Paulic)

Defence
23 Dwyer 11 Dyck
25 Skrumeda 27 Doerksen
24 Lenchyschyn 3 Christensen

Forwards
9 Franko 28 Stovin 8 Bilton
18 Armour 16 Martin 14 Freeman
15 Jameson 21 Brooks 2 Henry
22 Leipsic 10 Skoleski 26 Leblanc

Scratches
4 Nault 12 Zajac 29 Wasylak
30 Brown 34 Sydora

REGINA COUGARS

Goal
30 Holtby 31 MacAuley

Defence
2 Hilsendager 5 Burns
22 Eisler 24 Hicks
27 Riddle 7 King

Forwards
12 Stevely 11 Odelein 29 Campbell
14 Coughlin 13 Frei (with various others)
8 Anderson 16 McPhee 17 Kosloski
20 Duperreault 10 Eskra 23 Miller

Scratches (one must have dressed)
4 Schacher 9 Chaulk 15 Lech
18 Adams 19 Marr 21 Kreklewich
25 Nagel 28 Peel 32 Zborosky
35 Herringer

Since I missed the first period, all I can say is the scorers from the 2nd and 3rd:

3-0 Garrett Armour - Top shelf over the glove on a one timer from Thomas Freeman.

4-0 Carter Doerksen - A tip-in on a cross-the-slot passing play.

5-0 Zach Franko - A replica of the 4-0 goal which went in as the prior goal was being announced.

5-1 Connor Odelin - A power-play goal broke the shut-out.

Penalty shot - Adam Henry was being used as a forward in this game and was hauled down on a break-away. Dawso9n MacAuley made the stop.

5-2 Tristan Frei - Another power-play goal when time was almost up.

The overall impression is that the Bisons have added a lot of quick, smaller forwards who made Regina run around. Let's see how they do as the competition will get better very quickly.

The defence was under almost no pressure. Spriggs had no more than two tough saves to make. Were they good, or does Regina lack offensive punch?

The Bisons are off to the Town of Bedrock next weekend, the to the Excited States after that. The next home action is October 12th and 13th against the Evil Monkeys.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

On Friday night, there were just four CW teams in action, one against the ACAC, one against the BCIHL, and two against OUA teams. The Saturday night games will be updated later.

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UA-AUGUSTANA VIKINGS 0
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 10

Links:
ACAC: [S&R*]
Alberta: [Linescore*] : [Twitter] : [Tweet]
Recruiting news: [Miske and Pawlenchuk join Bears in quest for repeat]

This was part of the Athabasca Tournament, which also includes NAIT and MacEwan from the ACAC. Maybe one day Athabasca will have a team of their own. Not much is posted on this game, and that makes sense. The Monkeys aren't bragging, and their side-campus doesn't need to be shamed. The linked story is about their new WHL recruits. They only have two this year. That's all they need, due to a bumper crop of returnees.

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SIMON FRASER CLAN 1
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 4

Links:
Boxscore: [UBC] : [LeagueStat]
Game Story: [UBC]
Twitter: [UBC] : [Tweet]

This one is part of the "Captains' Cup" series. SFU beat Holy Trinity in the opener of the 3-team round-robin. UBC does a good job on media postings for pre-season games, treating it just like a regular season game. Good for them!

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CALGARY DINOSAURS 8
YORK LIONS 1

Links:
Calgary: [S&R] : [Twitter] : [Tweet]
York: [Game Story]

York was crushed in this one, to go 0-2 on their romp through Banjoland. They have one game left to avoid a whitewash, against Sask.

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LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4
LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES 5

Links:
Lethbridge: [S&R] : [Twitter]
Lakehead: [Game Story] : [Twitter] : [Tweet]

The Bisons haven't been to T-Bay in a while. At one time, it was a really tough road trip and the Wolves looked like they would be a powerhouse. Hasn't turned out that way, though. The Hǿrny Ǿnes rallied from down 5-2 to make it close. This was the OUA's first interlocking win of the season!

OUT EAST

Sep 21 Guelph 1 Brock 3 : [Game Story]
Sep 21 Laurier 2 U.O.I.T. 1 (ot) : [Game Story]
Sep 21 New Brunswick 3 Ryerson 0 : [Game Story]
Sep 21 St. F.X. 3 U.Q.T.R. 0 : [Game Story]
Sep 21 Toronto 3 R.M.C. 4 (ot) : [Game Story]
Sep 21 Waterloo 3 Western Ontario 4 : [UW S&R]
Sep 21 Windsor 1 Carleton 4 : [CU S&R]

NEXT UP

Sep 22 Calgary at Saskatchewan
Sep 22 Concordia at U.Q.T.R.
Sep 22 Dalhousie at U.P.E.I.
Sep 22 Lethbridge at Lakehead
Sep 22 New Brunswick at Ryerson
Sep 22 St. F.X. at Ottawa
Sep 22 Saint Mary's at Moncton
Sep 22 Trinity Western (BCIHL) at U.B.C.
Sep 22 Toronto at Nipissing
Sep 22 Windsor at Carleton
Sep 23 Alberta v N.A.I.T. (ACAC) (in Athabasca)
Sep 23 York at Saskatchewan

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icon1.png Sept 22: EVENING SCORES

With the Bisons playing a matinee, I did not have to wait for the other games to finish before posting. So here's what happened Saturday night.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS 2
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 6

Links:
Boxscore: [UBC] : [LeagueStat]
Game Story: [UBC*]
Twitter: [UBC]

This concluded the "Captains' Cup" series, in which UBC went 2-0, the SFU Clown went 1-1, and Holy Trinity pulled up the rear at 0-2. The Spartans were off to a 2-0 lead 2:20 into the 2nd period, but the T-irds stormed back to tie the game before the 2nd period ended then won going away. Shots were 30-20 on the night. I guess one could say of this series that the results were respectable for the BCIHL but their teams are still a ways away from being CW calibre. In all, UBC went 5-1-0 in pre-season after starting with a loss.

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CALGARY DINOSAURS 2
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3

Links:
Calgary: [S&R] : [Twitter] : [Tweet]
Sask: [S&R] : [Twitter*]

All I know comes from the Dinos' Twitter. Sask scored two powerplay goals to tie and then win the game. Sask is now 3-0 in the pre-season, and finishes with  what should be the final game at The Rutherdump on Sunday against York. Meanwhile, the Dinos return to the Town of Bedrock where they open the season next weekend against the Bisons.

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LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 5
LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES 6
(In a shootout.)

Links:
Lethbridge: [S&R] : [Twitter]
Lakehead: [Game Story] : [Twitter] : [Tweet]

Lethbridge held a 5-3 lead in the 3rd period before blowing the lead and ultimately losing in overtime. The linked story from LU says this is their first pre-season sweep since 2010. Jeesh. In any event, two tight losses for the 'Horns leave them at 2-1-1 for the pre-season, albeit without having played a team from the CW.

OUT EAST

Sep 22 Concordia 7 U.Q.T.R. 10 : [CU S&R]
Sep 22 New Brunswick 3 Ryerson 4 : [RU S&R]
Sep 22 Dalhousie 2 U.P.E.I. 10 : [PEI Boxscore]
Sep 22 Saint Mary's 5 Moncton 4 : [SMU Boxscore]
Sep 22 St. F.X. 5 Ottawa 2 : [SFX Game Story]
Sep 22 Toronto 2 Nipissing 3 (so) : [UT S&R]
Sep 22 Windsor 1 Carleton 7 : [CU Tweet]

NEXT UP

Sep 23 Alberta v N.A.I.T. (ACAC) (in Athabasca)
Sep 23 York at Saskatchewan

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