UBC THUNDERBIRDS (9-11-4, #15 in OHT34)
MANITOBA BISONS (11-7-4, #8 in OHT34)
Friday, February 11th, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Max Bell Arena
Saturday, February 12th, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Max Bell Arena
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CANADA WEST LINKS: [MEN'S HOCKEY SITE] : [LEAGUESTAT DAILY] : [STANDINGS]
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The Saturday game is on radio at 101.5 and UMFM.com and there is always the Leaguestat Live Updates. There is a preview at GoBisons.ca. I'll be at Mike Keane Night on Saturday, so a radio that could pick up 101.5 at a Moose game would sure be nice.
There is no UBC update as I post so I am not certain as to their injury situation. They were in desperate shape last weekend when they hosted the Banjo-Mutts. Although they were swept, they flooded the Sask net with shots which implies that they had the potential to pull an upset. The question now is their frame of mind. They are virtually eliminated from playoff contention, and a loss on Friday would put a nail in their coffin, to be hammered in by a fat lady getting ready to sing an opera. Manitoba sits 4th with 26 points and UBC is 6th with 22, and only have 4 games remaining.
These two locked horns in British California back in November, and UBC swept the series with both games decided in extra time. The first game was 3-2 in a SO and the second was 4-3 in OT. Until last week's sweep at the hands of Calgary, that was Manitoba's only sweep against. And, you will note, it was one where they nevertheless acquired 2 points.
So this series will be a chance for the Bisons to show what they are made of. Their only other home series this semester was against Lethbridge, and they swept that one convincingly. Will they be down after their first 0 point weekend of the year?
The Bisons saw the return of forward Ian Duval last weekend. From the summaries and recaps, I could not tell how he was used. I will be looking for that on Friday night. Also, d-man Myles Rumsey was MIA last weekend. I'll be checking to see if he's back, also.
Evan Daum previews this series, and the Lethbridge-Regina one, at South Campus Sports.
- There are previews at U of S Site and the C.W. Site. There is a video webcast being provided by the U of S, and they usually do a pretty good job. Sask has pulled within 2 points of the Evil Monkeys. The Banjo-Cats went to Saudi Alberta last weekend and were swept. They pushed the Primates on Friday but on Saturday were squashed. Sask has been on a hot-streak, but I have some questions about their performance against UBC. They caught UBC at a low point and yet lost every stat except the one on the scoreboard. They have won 8 of their last 9, and 5 straight since they lost to the Bisons. Since the CW has operated on the theory that what goes up, must come down I have a hunch that the Evil Monkeys may just sweep the series. The series is also the subject of commentary by Evan Daum at South Campus Sports. He's impressed with Sask's 14 goals against since Christmas. I look at giving up 42 shots in a game to UBC and scratch my head. The Star-Phoenix story should be read if you like reading coaches' quotes.
The series is previewed at the U of L Site and at the U of R Site. The series will close out the Cougars' home schedule so they will likely have some incentive to close out on a positive note. That's not what the Horny Ones want to hear. They are sitting 5th with 22 points and need to rack up some points. They close with 3 games against Calgary and two against Sask. So they have a chance to make up some ground all by themselves.
There were a whole lotta mid-week games out east this week. Here are the scores:
Moncton 4 UPEI 5 OT
Acadia 4 Dalhousie 5
St. Thomas 1 UNB 3
Concordia 2 UQTR 3
Ryerson 2 RMC 6
UOIT 2 Laurier 3
This weekend will mark the end of regular season play in both conferences. 6 of the 8 teams in the AUS will qualify for playoffs. The quarter-finals and semi-finals are best-of-3 and the final is best-of-five, so they need four weekends. In the OUA, 16 of 19 teams qualify (ugh!) so they have four rounds of playoffs. So their first two weeks of playoffs will correspond with the last 2 weeks of the CW regular season.
The CIS Blog has stories on the AUS, OUA West, and OUA East.