LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (7-6-4, #15 in OHT34)
MANITOBA BISONS (8-4-4, #4 in OHT34)
Friday, January 21st 7:00 p.m. CST @ MAX BELL ARENA
Saturday, January 28th 7:00 p.m. CST @ MAX BELL ARENA
MANITOBA LINKS: [TEAM SITE] : [STATS] : [ROSTER] : [SCHEDULE/RESULTS]
LETHBRIDGE LINKS: [TEAM SITE] : [STATS] : [ROSTER] : [SCHEDULE/RESULTS]
CANADA WEST LINKS: [MEN'S HOCKEY SITE] : [LEAGUESTAT DAILY - live updates]
CIS LINKS: [MEN'S HOCKEY SITE] : [SCHEDULE/RESULTS] : [STANDINGS]
The Friday game will have live radio coverage on UMFM 101.5
. That is good because I will be at my son's hockey game and would otherwise miss the game. So I will have to wait until Saturday to see the Bisons for the first time since November. Gosh, it seems like FOREVER!
There is as yet no update at GoBisons.ca. But there is a preview at the U of L Site
This series is, like almost series in the CW these days, one that has major import. The Bisons are chasing Sask for second place and are 2 points behind with 2 games in hand. With Sask on a bye week, these are those 2 games.
But the Bisons cannot be solely glancing a covetous eye on second place whilst ignoring those teams in hot pursuit of a playoff berth. Teams like the H0rny Ones. While at times most pundits seem to be giving the four playoff spots to the Evil Monkeys, Bisons, Sask, and Calgary, it must be pointed out that UBC and Lethbridge are very close behind. Only 4 points separate 2nd and 6th places.
On the Halloween weekend, the Bisons travelled to Lethbridge and lost on Friday night by 8-4
before winning the rematch on Saturday 4-3
. That Friday game was off for the Bisons but run-of-the-mill for Lethbridge. They have lost 8-2, 9-6, and 9-8 to Alberta. They were skunked 10-1 by Sask. Even with Scott Bowles back in goal, they often surrender goals in large quantities. They have surrendered 77 goals this year, compared to 44 for Manitoba. Lethbridge also has only two wins on the road. Both were on Fridays (5-4 in OT vs UBC and 4-2 over Sask) and were followed by a thorough butt-kicking the next night (5-0 to UBC and 10-1 to Sask).
Lethbridge's leading scorer is former Bison Nick Hotson (8-9-17). They also have 5 other guys who around a point-a-game (Winston Day Chief, Dustin Moore, Daniel Iwanski, Brian Matte, and Andrew Courtney). I somehow doubt that Lethbridge will pump in the goals like they did against Alberta.
I will be anxious to see:
1 - Bison newcomer Jordan Cyr making his home debut.
2 - How Steve Christie can hold off the Lethbridge scorers.
3 - The Bisons play with 20 players for the first time in eons on home ice.
4 - A fridge full of frosty beer at the Max Bell.
5 - The Bisons' forward combinations now that they have a full complement of players.
This series is a home-and-home, with Friday in Calgary and Saturday in Edmontown. The Friday game is available on-line at SSN Webcast. The series is previewed at the U of C Site, the U of A Site, and as part of the C.W. Preview. Calgary is tied with the Bisons but have had problems against the Evil Monkeys. There is some concern about the Evil Monkeys this year. While safely nestled into first place, they have split their last 4 series and seem vulnerable.OTHER STORIES:
Both games are available on-line at CITR.ca for audio only. The pressure is on UBC this weekend. If there is any series a contender must win at this time, it is a home series against Regina. Anything less will no doubt leave UBC disappointed when they go onto face the contenders. Previews are at the UBC Site and with the C.W. Preview. Of note, UBC goaltender Jordan White signed to play a one-game ATO with the San Jose Sharks. You can read the UBC Story, the C.W. Story, the CIS Story, and the CIS Blog.
The official top 10 list is at the CIS site and the CIS Blog. Heads are shaking across the country at the over-rating of the OUA teams.
There are also some reviews of last week's activities at the CIS Blog for the OUA and AUS.
The OUA has had several mid-week games already. You can get detail at the Boxscore News and the Wednesday Round-up and Thursday Round-up available at the CIS site. Here are the scores:
RMC 2 Queen's 4
Carleton 2 McGill 4
Nipissing 1 Toronto 4
UQTR 3 Concordia 4 OT
York 1 UOIT 4
W. Ontario 4 Laurier 3 OT
South Campus Sports has had both a Review of last week and a Preview of this week.
The Brandon Sun reports that Andy Murray is trying to get a hockey program back at Brandon. This is a follow-up to the rumour from the summer. Let's see where this all goes. This makes me think that maybe Brandon and Winnipeg should focus on getting hockey back in the MCAC. They closed up hockey when St. B folded, leaving them with just Assiniboine College and Canadian Mennonite University. Bring back those two, and a team at Red River, and bring in the Wesmen and Bobcats and there you go ... a 5 team low budget league.