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Postby Hollywood2 » Sat Jan 21, 2012 3:15 am

HERD TRAMPLES THE MONGRELS

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2
MANITOBA BISONS 4


|> [U of M Story - at U of S] : [CW Friday Recap]
|> [LS Summary] : [CW Standings]
|> [CIS Boxscore] : [CIS Friday Round-up*] : [CIS Standings]


The Bisons racked up a solid victory Friday night. So now they are four points behind the Banjo-Mutts, with two games in hand.

The Bisons were decisively the stronger team in the opening period. They outshot the Mutts 15-8 and led 2-0 on goals from Jared Walker (his 6th) and Matthew Lowry (his 4th). Each side had two minor penalties. Sask seldom had two shots in a row on the Bison goal. It was one shot then out.

The Bisons really took control of the game in the first half of the 2nd period. The play was very one-sided and it was only some strong goaltending by David Reekie that kept the score close. But with no goals being allowed, Sask still had a chance to steal a point or two with a break. The Bisons outshot Sask 21-11 in the period.

The 3rd period was a back and forth affair. Sask usually got one chance on their rushes before the Bisons would get the puck out, and at the other end the Bisons were happy to get the puck deep, maybe get one shot on goal, and then have at least three men back to prevent any fast breakouts.

Sask did get a break mid-period on a chintzy tripping call to Del Cowan. On such calls, it always seems the fortunate side scores, and that happened here. But within a minute of Shaun Vey celebrating his goal, Brenden Rowinski scored (7th goal in 14 games) to restore the two goal margin.

Sask did manage to close the gap with their goaltender pulled, when Derek Hulak scored on a deflection moments after a missed tripping call behind the Bison goal. But an empty-netter shortly after by Blair Macaulay (16th) closed the scoring at 4-2.

Here's how they lined up:

Manitoba

Goal:
Caligiuri (Friesen)

Defence:
Schappert - Crowley
Schmidt - Rumsey
Mealy - Lockerby - Bobbee

Forwards:
Dittmer - Walker - Macaulay
Hellyer - Duval - Lowry
Cowan - Benias - Rowinski
Bestland - Flynn

Saskatchewan

Goal:
Reekie (Holfield)

Defence:
Delahey - Hobbs
Thiessen - Zetariuk
Ward - Funk

Forwards:
Bortis - Ross - Hulak
McCallum - Bosch - Bailey
Smuk - Brisbois - Vey
Neigum - Durand - Kaye

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:

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LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 0
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5


|> [U of A Story - at U of L]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore*]


After suffering a sweep last weekend one had to assume that the evil Monkeys would rebound against the H0rny Ones, and that is just what they did. Most people feel safe calling the UBC-Calgary series a quarter-final preview. Could we do the same with this series? The Monkeys put this away with a 4 goal 2nd period.

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UBC THUNDERBIRDS 2
CALGARY DINOS 1


|> [U of C Story] : [UBC Story]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


With all their firepower the Dinos chose to play a defensive game against UBC and, in the end, it cost them. It was 2-1 for UBC after two periods, and Calgary only had 5 shots on goal in each of the first two periods. They then threw what they could at the Tweety-Birds in the 3rd, but could not score. This gives UBC at least temporary hold of 4th place. Now there's a shocker.

NEXT UP:

Jan. 21
Saskatchewan at Manitoba : [Live Stats]
UBC at Calgary : [Live Stats]
Lethbridge at Alberta : [Live Stats] : [Live Video]

OUT EAST:

Jan. 18
UNB 5 St. Thomas 1
Moncton 4 UPEI 2
Acadia 3 Dalhousie 2 - OT
Queen's 4 RMC 1
UQTR 6 Concordia 4

Jan. 19
Guelph 3 UOIT 1
Toronto 0 Ryerson 3

Jan. 20
Saint Mary's 3 Dalhousie 4 - OT
UNB 1 Moncton 5
UPEI 4 St. Thomas 3 - SO
StFX 3 Acadia 4
Ryerson 4 RMC 0
Carleton 0 McGill 1 - SO
York 4 Brock 5 - OT
Nipissing 4 Queen's 3 - SO
Windsor 2 Waterloo 3 - SO
Laurier 3 Guelph 5
Ottawa 4 Concordia 8
Western Ontario 1 Lakehead 0

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Postby Hollywood2 » Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:03 am

BISONS SWEEP BUMPKINS

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 1
MANITOBA BISONS 3


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|> [LS Summary] : [CW Standings]
|> [CIS Boxscore] : [CIS Saturday Round-up*] : [CIS Standings]


After a weekend in civilization, the Banjo-Mutts had to hop in the bus and return to Bumpkinville without any points. They'll have to be satisfied chewing on some rawhide, and maybe having a refreshing drink from a toilet.

My son had a game so I missed the first two periods. We arrived in the second intermission, grabbed a burger, and readied ourselves for the third period of a game the Bisons led 2-0. I had looked up the Live Stats and knew that the Bisons had Ian Duval (his 8th) and Chris Benias (his 3rd) and had outshot Sask 29-23.

The third period was fairly uneventful. It was a period perfectly designed to hold a two goal lead. Each team only had one power play and there were very few good scoring chances. The Bisons outshot Sask 8-6 and the best scoring chances were a pair of goalposts hit by Travis Mealy and Austin Lauder, seeing his first action since October 21st. Then Jered Walker put the game away mid-way through. He came down the right wing and picked the lower left hand corner with a hard shot. Chris Durand Durand was hungry like a mutt, and spoiled Joe Caligiuri's shut-out bid with just over a minute left.

So the Herd is now 2 points behind Sask and Alberta, but with two games in hand over each actually have the best winning percentage in the CW.

Here's how the teams lined up:

Manitoba

Goal:
Caligiuri (Friesen)

Defence:
Schappert - Crowley
Schmidt - Rumsey
Mealy - Bobbee

Forwards:
Dittmer - Walker - Macaulay
Lowry - Duval - Rowinski
Cowan - Benias - Lockerby
Bestland - Lauder - Flynn

Saskatchewan

Goal:
Holfield (Reekie)

Defence:
Funk - Hobbs
Delahey - Seur
Thiessen - Ward

Forwards:
Bortis - Ross - Hulak
McCallum - Bosch - Bailey
Neigum - Durand - Brisebois
Spafford - Stebner - Vey

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:

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LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6


|> [U of A Story - at U of L]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore*]


The H0rny Ones mounted no serious challenge to the Evil Monkeys over the weekend. In the first period of this game, the Monkeys outshot the Horns 20-4 and grabbed a 3-0 lead. The rest of the game was academic. The win moves Alberta back into a tie with Sask, to whom they lost twice last weekend. Lethbridge remains 3 points ahead of idle Regina in the race for 6th.

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UBC THUNDERBIRDS 3
CALGARY DINOS 2


|> [U of C Story - at UBC]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


The anticipation that the Dinos would be part of the CW Big Four this is a page right out of his-to-ry. Not only did they slip behind the Big Three, but now the Tweety-Birds have flown right past them as well. UBC has a 3 point lead in the race for 4th, with two games in hand.

The last time UBC hosted a playoff series Liberals thought a policy of official bilingualism would ensure that Quebec separatism would never gain traction, that short-term deficit spending would stimulate the economy so much that the ensuing debt would be paid from the profits, and that invoking The War Measures Act in peace time made sense. Let's just hope there are no riots out in British California!

This game seems to have been another defensive battle. The Dinos gave their supposed 3rd goaltender Kris Lazaruk the start. Not that he is a bad goaltender, but it is impossible for a CIS team to get enough playing time for three goaltenders. Taylor Stefishen, another of the Calgary late recruits, notched his 11th goal in 19 games.

NEXT UP:

Jan. 27-28

Manitoba at Lethbridge : [Live Stats - Friday - Saturday] : [Live Video Both Nights]
Alberta at UBC : [Live Stats - Friday - Saturday] : [Live Audio Saturday]
Regina at Calgary : [Live Stats - Friday - Saturday]

OUT EAST:

Jan. 21
Carleton 5 Concordia 4
Windsor 2 Laurier 4
St. Thomas 2 Moncton 7
Dalhousie 4 Saint Mary's 6
UPEI 8 UNB 7
UOIT 3 York 5
RMC 2 Nipissing 3
Toronto 3 Queen's 0
Western Ontario 1 Lakehead 0

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Postby Hollywood2 » Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:00 am

WEEKEND PREVIEW

The home stretch starts this weekend. There are three races: Manitoba, Sask and Alberta are fighting for first; UBC and Calgary are fighting for fourth; and Lethbridge and Regina are fighting for 6th.

Unfortunately, there are no games remaining between Manitoba, Sask and Alberta. So their battle will be one of avoiding losses to the bottom four. Sask and Alberta each have 32 points, but have only 6 games left. Manitoba has 30 points and has 8 games left. So, the Bisons have the edge. Here's how the various series shape up.

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MANITOBA BISONS (14-4-2*, 1st in OHT34)
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (5-14-3, 27th in OHT34)

Friday, January 27th, 8:00 p.m. CST @ Lethbridge
Saturday, January 28th, 8:00 p.m. CST @ Lethbridge


LIVE LINKS: [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday] : [Live Video both nights]
MANITOBA LINKS: [U of M Site] : [LS Roster] : [U of M Roster] : [LS Schedule/Results] : [LS Stats]
LETH. LINKS: [U of L Preview] : [LS Roster] : [LS Schedule/Results] : [LS Stats]
OTHER LINKS: [CIS Site] : [CW Site] : [LS - Live Updates] : [CW Weekly Notes #14 (pdf)]
OTHER STORIES: [Chevy at Bison Fundraiser] : [Rumsey Athlete of the Week]
PRIOR GAMES: [Nov 11 Bisons win 5-2] : [Nov 12 Bisons win 5-2]

The Bisons are off to Lethbridge needing a sweep, which is never easy on the road. The H0rny Ones may not have a great home record, but 4 of their 5 wins have been at home. They also have had 2 wins over Sask.

The H0rny Ones have been a disappointment this year. They sputtered in the pre-season and it continued into the regular season. But they are clinging to a 3 point lead over the Banjo-Cats in the race for the 6th and final playoff spot.

In past years Lethbridge has bounced back from a slow start to close strong and make a playoff run. They started the new year with 3 points against Sask (including the suspended game) and 2 points against Calgary. But last weekend the Evil Monkeys thrashed them.

Last weekend Bison goaltender (and former Pronghorn) Jesse Deckert did not dress for either game. Joe Caligiuri played well in both games. Also, captain Mike Hellyer did not dress on Saturday. Jordan Davis, who had only dressed for 8 games, is no longer listed on the roster.

ELSEWHERE:

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (15-5-2*, 6th in OHT34)
UBC THUNDERBIRDS (11-7-2, 13th in OHT34)


|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday] : [Live Audio Saturday]
|> [UBC Site] : [U of A Site]


The Evil Monkeys should have a tougher task than the Bisons when they head out to British California to face the Tweety-Birds. No preview story has been posted yet, so maybe check the UBC site link as you read to see if it is now up. The Birds are coming off a big sweep of Calgary in the race for 4th. So now that they are heading home, they need to perform if they want to host a quarter-final.

Just as this is usually where UBC falters, this is usually where the Monkeys bury a lesser opponent. This series should tell us a lot about whether UBC is ready to make a jump. The audio link to CITR has not worked lately. So attempt it at your peril.

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REGINA COUGARS (4-14-2, 29th in OHT34)
CALGARY DINOS (10-11-1, 14th in OHT34)


|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
|> [U of C Preview]


Th lowly Banjo-Cats are off to Calgary in the battle of the sinking ships. Regina has somehow managed to squeeze out a few points this season. This despite being badly outplayed all the time. If Calgary cannot sweep this series they will likely be resigned to 5th place.

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|> [OHT34] : [AUS Weekly Update]

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Postby Hollywood2 » Sat Jan 28, 2012 5:08 am

BISONS SCORE DECISIVE WIN

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MANITOBA BISONS 7
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4


|> [U of M Story and Stats] : [U of L Story] : [CW Friday Recap]
|> [LS Summary] : [CW Standings] : [All Links]
|> [CIS Boxscore] : [CIS Friday Round-up*] : [CIS Standings]


The Bisons walked into Lethbridge and picked up a decisive win. The Bisons built a 6-2 lead mid-way through the 3rd period. But a pair of late goals by the H0rny Ones made the scoreline less embarrassing. This was a fairly dominant performance on the road for the Herd.

Blair Macaulay scored his 17th and 18th goals of the season, and his linemates (Tyler Dittmer and Jered Walker) also had goals of their own. Additionally, Dane Crowley scored his 3rd (shorthanded), Brenden Rowinski had his 8th, and Ian Duval his 9th.

Scratched from the Bison line-up were Chad Erb, Mike Hellyer, Tyler Schmidt, and Jesse Deckert. Jordan Davis was back on the roster and played for the first time since November 12th, when he also faced Lethbridge.

Saturday's rematch can also be seen on-line at canadawest.tv. I saw the end of Friday's game. I wish the Bisons had white numbers on their road jersey. The Bisons and Sask should both work on that for next year.

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OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:

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REGINA COUGARS 1
CALGARY DINOS 2


|> [U of C Story]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


The Dinos were obviously tense about this one. They were desperate and the lowly Kittens had to be a free square on the bingo card. The Dinos played very defensively (shots were 33-12). What can you say about a Regina team that mounts only three shots in a 3rd period when they enter down 2-1?

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 3
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 1


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|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


This was a tight one throughout. UBC is a typical middle-of-the-road team in a season where the others have all disappointed. The shots were 29-25 for the Evil Monkeys. UBC must be thought of to have some chance at salvaging a split on Saturday night. The win gives the Monkeys first place, by two points over the Bisons and Mutts. However, the Bisons have two games in hand, and the Mutts now have one.

NEXT UP:

Jan. 27
Manitoba at Lethbridge : [Live Stats] : [Live Video]
Alberta at UBC : [Live Stats] : [Live Audio]
Regina at Calgary : [Live Stats]

OUT EAST:

Jan. 24
Queen's 3 Carleton 2

Jan. 25
Concordia 4 UQTR 3 - OT
Waterloo 2 Brock 4

Jan. 26
Guelph 1 York 2 - OT
Western Ontario 1 Windsor 2 0 SO
Nipissing 7 Ryerson 0

Jan. 27
Moncton 2 StFX 1
Dalhousie 2 UPEI 4
Acadia 1 UNB 7
St. Thomas 2 Saint Mary's 3 - OT
Ottawa 2 McGill 7
Lakehead 2 Brock 3
Laurier 2 UOIT 4
Queen's 2 Ryerson 1
RMC 3 Toronto 4

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Postby Hollywood2 » Sun Jan 29, 2012 2:45 am

BISONS BLOW ONE

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MANITOBA BISONS 4
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 5


|> [U of L Story] : [U of M Story and Stats*] : [CW Saturday Recap]
|> [LS Summary] : [CW Standings] : [All Links]
|> [CIS Boxscore] : [CIS Saturday Round-up*] : [CIS Standings]


I was able to follow this one on canadawest.tv. It looked like the Bisons were on their way to a sweep which would have given them sole control of first place. Instead, they blew a 4-2 lead by surrendering three unanswered third period goals, including two goals 26 seconds apart in the final two minutes. The Bisons had won each of their first three games against the H0rny Ones by three goals every time.

While it was not a stellar performance from Joe Caligiuri in the Bison goal, a collapse like this cannot be pinned on one player. It seemed that in the 3rd period the Bisons took things for granted.

The events of the weekend also spell out a fundamental truth in the CW: It is never easy to sweep a series on the road.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:

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REGINA COUGARS 0
CALGARY DINOS 2


|> [U of C Story]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


Pity the Banjo-Cats. They were not exactly striking fear into their conference foes before Christmas, now they have surrendered. Don't let the scoreline fool you. They only had 10 shots on goal the entire game. (Calgary had 38 shots on poor old Lucas Gore.) Yet it was 0-0 after two periods. The Dinos needed the sweep in order to keep their hopes alive to catch UBC for 4th place.

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 0
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 1


|> [UBC Story - at U of A]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


I was able to listen to this one after the Bison game ended. Both games in this series were very close, so a split was in order. The loss for the Evil Monkeys keeps them 2 points ahead of the Bisons. But the Bisons have 2 games in hand over them, and hold the tie-breaker, meaning that they remain in the driver's seat in the race for first.

The Monkeys have their final bye week next weekend, whilst UBC will be in Manitoba.

NEXT UP:

Feb. 3-4
UBC at Manitoba : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday] : [Live Audio UMFM 101.5]
Calgary at Saskatchewan : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
Lethbridge at Regina : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]

Alberta sits 2 points ahead of both Manitoba and Saskatchewan, but have played 24 games to the 22 played by Manitoba and Sask. Therefore, Alberta could fall to third while watching the out-of-town scoreboard. It is ironic that both Manitoba and Sask will be hosting the two teams fighting it out for 4th.

OUT EAST:

Jan. 28
Windsor 3 Laurier 1
Acadia 3 UPEI 4 - OT
Moncton 0 Saint Mary's 5
St. Thomas 2 StFX 1 - OT
Dalhousie 2 UNB 3 - OT
RMC 1 Nipissing 2 = OT
McGill 2 Carleton 4
York 2 Guelph 3
Western Ontario 4 Lakehead 0
UOIT 2 Waterloo 5
Queen's 0 Toronto 1

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Postby Hollywood2 » Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:41 am

WEEKEND PREVIEW

There are but three weekends left in the season. And right now the Monkeys are in first place with 34 points and 4 games left. The Bisons and Mutts each have 32 points and 6 games remaining. With no games left against one another, every game they play is a must-win situation.

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UBC THUNDERBIRDS (12-8-2, 12th in OHT34)
MANITOBA BISONS (15-5-2*, 2nd in OHT34)

Friday, February 3rd, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Max Bell Arena
Saturday, February 4th, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Max Bell Arena


LIVE LINKS: [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday] : [Friday Audio 101.5 UMFM]
MANITOBA LINKS: [U of M Preview] : [LS Roster] : [U of M Roster] : [LS Schedule/Results] : [LS Stats]
UBC LINKS: [UBC Site] : [LS Roster] : [LS Schedule/Results] : [LS Stats]
OTHER LINKS: [CIS Site] : [CW Site] : [LS - Live Updates] : [CW Weekly Notes #15 (pdf)]
PRIOR GAMES: [Nov 18 UBC wins 2-1] : [Nov 19 Bisons win 4-2]

The Bisons have four home games remaining, and (oddly) all are against the Tweety-Birds. Can they win all four? That may be asking a bit much. UBC has surprised the rest of the CW by going above .500 and vaulting themselves over Calgary and into 4th place. Yet a sweep may be necessary if the Bisons want first place.

UBC has two scorers in the Top 20: Max Grassi (7-16) and Scott Wasden (8-9). Incidentally, the Bisons have five: Blair Macaulay (18-8), Jeremy Schappert (4-17), Ian Duval (9-10), Matt Lowry (4-14), and Tyler Dittmer (5-12).

In goal, Jordan White has started 19 of 24 games for UBC, and has provided solid goaltending for them. Jesse Deckert had been the top Bison goaltender before the break, albeit in a role where he divided playing time with Joe Caligiuri. However, he has not dressed thus far in the new year. Also, captain Mike Hellyer was scratched for the Bisons' last three games.

ELSEWHERE:

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CALGARY DINOS (12-11-1, 14th in OHT34)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (15-5-2, 4th in OHT34)


|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
|> [U of S Preview - at Boxscore News] : [U of C Story]


The Dinos have been a disappointment. However, back in November they finally seemed to have found their form when they swept the Mutts in a series in Calgary. They warmed up on the Banjo-Cats last weekend. But the Banjo-Mutts are a big step up. My guess is that they are capable of a win in this series.

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LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (6-15-3, 27th in OHT34)
REGINA COUGARS (4-16-2, 29th in OHT34)


|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
|> [U of R Preview] : [U of L Preview]


Regina's record stinks, yet it flatters them. They have been badly outshot and outplayed. Yet they have managed to scrounge four wins and two OTLs. Yet with a win in this series they could make a play for 6th place and a playoff spot. The H0rny Ones have tantalized followers with hints that they will live up to their pre-season hype. However, they always seem to slip back. I would not be surprised to see a split, which would not be good for Regina.

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|> [CIS Standings] : [CIS Schedule/Results/Links]
|> [Top 10 - at CIS]
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|> [SAIT: Is a blended system possible for Canadian university sports?]

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Postby Hollywood2 » Sat Feb 04, 2012 6:11 am

BISON COMEBACK LANDS FIRST PLACE

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MANITOBA BISONS 3
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 2

(in shoot-out)
|> [U of M Story and Stats] : [UBC Story] : [CW Friday Recap]
|> [LS Summary] : [CW Standings] : [All Links]
|> [CIS Boxscore] : [CIS Friday Round-up*] : [CIS Standings]


This was a very tough victory for the Bisons. After falling behind 2-0 it took a concerted effort to force OT before winning in a shoot-out.

The UBC style is to chip the puck out of their end, dump it in, hope for a break on the forecheck, or at least force a faceoff in the opponent's end. They did not, as a rule, hem the Bisons in their own end. It was more of a hit-and-run style of play.

The technique itself did not actually produce any goals. The first was a sloppy turnover by the Bison D at their blueline, which gave Tweety-Bird Jordan Inglis a breakaway. And he buried it.

The second was in the first two minutes of the 2nd period. An innocent play suddenly generated a scoring chance when the Bisons were caught backing into their goaltender, causing a screen.

Once they were behind 2-0, the Bisons started to play with some urgency. UBC goaltender Jordan White made several outstanding saves throughout the game. There were two of highlight-reel-calibre, one in the 2nd and one in the 3rd. There were also a couple of times where Bisons inexplicably missed open nets.

But with scoring chances, eventually there will come goals. And that happened when Blair Macaulay notched his 19th into an empty net following a prolonged scramble in the UBC end.

The 3rd period wsa one where UBC generated few quality shots. It was more of the dump-and-chase and hope-for-a-break style of play. The Bisons tied it up after 7 minutes when Del Cowan was untouched in front of the UBC net and did a toe drag forehand-backhand-forehand move to deke around White.

After stoning the Bisons in the game, White seemed at the mercy of the shooters in the shootout. Blair Macaulay could have scored twice on the first shot as White was victimized by stick-handling. Jeremy Schappert did a swoop-around for a second goal. And Brendan Rowinski went to the top shelf but rang it off the crossbar. At the other end, Joe Caligiuri himself was drawn out of the goal by Marc Juneau, who then cut to the net and scored. But two saves later and the Bisons had their win.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:

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CALGARY DINOS 3
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2

(in overtime)
|> [U of S Story - at U of C]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


Calgary is definitely Sask's nemesis this year. Friday was their third straight win. Like UBC, Calgary built a 2-0 lead before Sask, like Manitoba, tied it up and forced OT. This one was a bit different in that Calgary was well ahead on the shot clock in amassing their lead, and then Sask dominated while in comeback mode. In the 3rd period the shots were 15-4 for the Banjo-Mutts. But once the game went into OT, Calgary rallied and took just over a minute to gain victory through a goal by Cory Pritz. It was Butler v Reekie in the goaltending battle.

The results leave Calgary and UBC tied, with UBC having two games in hand, in the race for 4th. Sask falls to 3rd, one point behind Alberta and Manitoba.

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LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 3
REGINA COUGARS 4


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|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [U of L - Dustin Moore WHL Grad of the Month]


Those confounding Banjo-Cats do it again. They manage to claw away a point or two just when it seems they can be stuffed in a sack and fed to the pigs. Friday they held down the H0rny Ones to 21 shots and this gave them a chance to win. Regina had a 2-0 lead, fell behind 3-2, then rallied for the 4-3 win. In the race for 6th, Regina trails by 3 points with two games in hand.

NEXT UP:

Feb. 4
UBC at Manitoba : [Live Stats]
Calgary at Saskatchewan : [Live Stats]
Lethbridge at Regina : [Live Stats]

OUT EAST:

Jan. 31
McGill 7 UQTR 3

Feb. 2
York 1 Laurier 3
RMC 1 Queen's 4

Feb. 3
Nipissing 9 Ryerson 3
StFX 4 Moncton 3 - OT
UNB 3 Acadia 2
UPEI 5 Dalhousie 2
Saint Mary's 8 St. Thomas 2
Concordia 4 McGill 2
Queen's 0 UQTR 3
Lakehead 4 Brock 2
UOIT 4 Windsor 7
Waterloo 1 Western Ontario 5
Lethbridge 3 Regina 4
UBC 2 Manitoba 3 - SO
Calgary 3 Saskatchewan 2 - OT

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Postby Hollywood2 » Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:16 pm

I did not include the "how they lined up" segment in my Friday night recap, so here it is:

Manitoba

Goal:
1 Caligiuri (34 Friesen)

Defence:
4 Schappert - 5 Crowley
15 Mealy - 24 Bobbee
27 Schmidt - 20 Lockerby

Forwards:
23 Dittmer - 16 Walker - 26 Macaulay
11 Hellyer - 19 Duval - 9 Lowry
10 Rowinski - 17/18 Benias - 21 Cowan
22 Bestland - 14 Lauder - 6 Flynn

Scratches:
35 Deckert - 2 Erb - 3 Rumsey - 29 Davis

British California

Goal:
30 White (35 Barnstable)

Defence:
5 Pepe - 18 Kakoske
4 McGurk - 15 Yee
7 Wall - 8 Cumberbirch
6 Brkich (never saw him out there)

Forwards:
19 Wesden - 13 Schmidt - 10 Grassi
20 Hamilton - 11 Fleming - 17 Inglis
26 Desloges - 14 Kimber - 23 Pruden
22 Toye - 24 Juneau (mixed and matched with others)
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Postby Hollywood2 » Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:47 am

BISON RALLY TO WIN WITH STYLE

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MANITOBA BISONS 5
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 3


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For the second night in a row the Tweety-Birds could not hold a 2-0 lead. I missed the first period because my son had a practice. So when we arrived, with a healthy appetite for cheeseburgers, we saw that UBC scored twice on six shots en route to a 2-0 lead. Tsk, tsk, I thought. The on-line summary disclosed that Max Grassi had both goals and that Jordan White made 12 saves in the UBC goal.

The Bisons were somewhat unfortunate when it came to penalty calls in the 2nd period. After one such penalty, Tyler Schmidt came out of the box and finished off a passing play between Tyler Dittmer and Ian Duval. I thought each of them could have shot, but instead passed, and in the end Schmidt had the whole net yawning at him as he recorded his first goal as a Bison. But another UBC PP resulted in a goal by Jordan Inglis (his 9th). So it was 3-1 for UBC after two.

There was a bit of a turning point in the 2nd period. The 4th line saw Darren Bestland make three big hits and Pat Flynn two more on a single shift.

There was a surprise goaltending change to start the 3rd period with Mark Friesen making his regular season debut in the Bison goal. He ended up stopping the 7 shots he faced. The impressive thing was that the Bisons generated good scoring chances on every shift. For the first 10 minutes they seemed to misfire all the time. Then, within a minute of each other, Brendan Rowinski scored from an extreme angle (his 10th) and Blair Macaulay sniped one from the right wing side (his 20th) by lifting the puck almost straight up. Suddenly it was 3-3 but by body language the Bisons had 'em reeling.

Eventually UBC took a penalty (on a chintzy call which equalized another chintzy call on Travis Mealy) and Macaulay notched one, this time from the left wing side on a picture perfect pass. Less than a minute after that one, Chris Benias scored his 5th of the year (a career high!) on a nice set-up by Del Cowan.

UBC seemed really worn out in the end. They don't utilize their whole bench very much and their top lines a d-pairs were out of gas in the end. They will be back in town on the 17th and 18th, and perhaps even again in the playoffs.

Here's how they lined up:

Manitoba

Goal:
1 Caligiuri - 34 Friesen

Defence:
4 Schappert - 20 Lockerby
27 Schmidt - 5 Crowley
15 Mealy - 24 Bobbee

Forwards:
23 Dittmer - 16 Walker - 26 Macaulay
11 Hellyer - 19 Duval - 9 Lowry
10 Rowinski - 17 Benias - 21 Cowan
22 Bestland - 14 Lauder - 6 Flynn

Scratches:
35 Deckert - 2 Erb - 3 Rumsey - 29 Davis

British California

Goal:
30 White (35 Barnstable)

Defence:
5 Pepe - 18 Kakoske
7 Wall - 15 Yee
4 McGurk (mixed with others)
8 Cumberbirch (never saw him out there)

Forwards:
26 Desloges - 13 Schmidt - 10 Grassi
20 Hamilton - 11 Fleming - 17 Inglis
24 Juneau - 23 Pruden - 14 Kimber
22 Toye - 19 Wesden - 9 Wilgosh

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:

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CALGARY DINOS 3
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 0


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The Dinos were facing adversity and came through. After their losses to UBC it looked like they would sink like a stone. But here they are, with a second sweep of the Banjo-Mutts. The result vaults Calgary two points ahead of UBC. However, UBC has two games in hand. Next weekend Calgary hosts Manitoba and UBC hosts Sask. UBC holds the tie-breaker over Calgary. I see that Dustin Butler was in goal for bioth games this weekend, with Lazaruk and DeSerres taking turns as backup. Sask continued their rotation, with Ryan Holfield getting the start in this one.

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LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 5
REGINA COUGARS 2


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The Banjo-Cats needed a sweep. But they haven't had two strong games in a weekend all year so that was unlikely. The H0rny Ones outshot them 40-22 and walked away with a fairly decisive victory. Regina now trails the Horns by 5 points, and have only 4 games to catch them. Regina will be in Alberta next weekend and then have a home-and-home with Sask. If Regina can win in Alberta that would be a miracle eclipsed only by the Virgin Mary giving birth to you-know-who.

NEXT UP:

Feb. 10-11
Alberta at Regina : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
Manitoba at Calgary : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
Saskatchewan at UBC : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]

Feb. 17-18
UBC at Manitoba : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday] : [UMFM 101.5 Saturday]
Regina at Saskatchewan : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Video Friday]
Saskatchewan at Regina : [Live Stats Saturday]
Lethbridge at Alberta : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday] : [Live Video both nights]

OUT EAST:

Feb. 4
Ottawa 5 Concordia 3
UPEI 6 Acadia 1
StFX 3 St. Thomas 6
UNB 2 Dalhousie 3
Saint Mary's 3 Moncton 2
Carleton 3 McGill 4
Lakehead 4 Western Ontario 7
Brock 2 Windsor 5
Toronto 2 Nipissing 1
Laurier 2 Guelph 3 - OT
Lethbridge 5 Regina 2
Calgary 3 Saskatchewan 3
UBC 3 Manitoba 5

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Postby Hollywood2 » Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:42 pm

There has been a fair bit of mid-week news around the CIS. So here is a round-up of the stories.

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The Winnipeg Free Press ran a story by Ashley Prest about the Bisons' run to first place. Blair Macaulay is quoted in the article. And he is U of M Male Athlete of the week, as announced at GoBisons.ca.

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Could the Laurentian Voyageurs be making a comeback? Their university president and AD both say so, as quoted in NorthernLife.ca. It seems we can expect them sometime between 2013 and 2017. The story says Trent is the only other OUA school without a team. However, McMaster is also without one.

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The Regina Leader-Post had stories on the Banjo-Cats' win and on their loss against the H0rny Ones last weekend. I doubt these Cats have any of their nine lives left. They face the Evil Monkeys this coming weekend. Ya, they could win. And an Evil Monkey might fly out of their butts!

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The CIS announced (also at Boxscore News) that Gardiner MacDougall (UNB) will serve as Team Canada's head coach at the 26th Winter World University Games. Assistants will be Brad Peddle (St. FX) and Forbes MacPherson (UPEI).

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The weekly Top 10 was announced, and is also at Boxscore News. Here is what they have:
1. Western Ontario (21-2-3)
2. UNB (17-5-3)
3. McGill (20-4-2)
4. Manitoba (17-5-2)
5. Alberta (16-6-2)
6. Saint Mary’s (17-7-2)
7. Moncton (16-8-1)
8. UPEI (17-8-0)
9. Saskatchewan (15-6-3)
10. UQTR (18-6-2)

The OHT34 has largely the same teams (only add Acadia and drop UQTR to #11). However, The McGilligutties and Urban Cowboys are hard to rank due to their weak schedules.

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The CISBlog.ca has a Top 10 Tracker. Also, they have their RPI ranking system. It produces odd results in that it considers all conferences to be equal. Does anybody believe that UBC should ranked ahead of UNB?

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The Bedrock Boys are pumped up after sweeping the Banjo-Mutts last weekend. They announced that goaltender Dustin Butler is the CW Player of the Week.

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The CIS Blog also has their AUS Weekly Update posted.
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Postby Hollywood2 » Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:19 pm

WEEKEND PREVIEW

The penultimate weekend of the regular season is upon us. There are three different races in the CW. The three M's (Manitoba, Monkeys, and Mutts) are battling for 1st, the Dinos and Birds are fighting for 4th, and the H0rny Ones are being vainly pursued by the Banjo-Cats for 6th.

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MANITOBA BISONS (17-5-2*, 2nd in OHT34)
CALGARY DINOS (14-11-1, 12th in OHT34)

Friday, February 10th, 8:00 p.m. CST @ Calgary
Saturday, February 11th, 8:00 p.m. CST @ Calgary


LIVE LINKS: [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
MANITOBA LINKS: [U of M Site] : [LS Roster] : [U of M Roster] : [LS Schedule/Results] : [LS Stats]
CALGARY LINKS: [U of C Preview - at CW Site] : [LS Roster] : [LS Schedule/Results] : [LS Stats]
OTHER LINKS: [CIS Site] : [CW Site] : [LS - Live Updates] : [CW Weekly Notes #16 (pdf)]
PRIOR GAMES AT CALGARY: [Oct 1 Bisons win 2-0] : [Oct 2 Bisons win 2-0]
PRIOR GAMES AT MANITOBA: [Nov 25 Bisons win 8-1] : [Nov 26 Bisons win 4-2]
OTHER STORIES: [Winnipeg Sun]

The Bisons lead the Evil Monkeys by two points in the race for 1st whilst the Bedrock Boys lead the Tweety=Birds by two points in the race for 4th. But these two games will be Calgary's last of the regular season. So Calgary has to end the weekend ahead of UBC if they want playoffs in Bedrock this year.

The Herd has walked all over the Dinos so far. But it is very hard to beat a team 6 straight. The Dinos have sputtered and failed to live up to their pre-season hype after going to the nationals last year and coming within a face-off of knocking off UNB on opening night. Their major downfall has been their 2-4 record against UBC. If they were 4-2 instead of 2-4 against them they would be a part of the "Big Four" which everybody anticipated.

Both sides are coming off 4 point weekends where each helped the other out. Manitoba swept UBC and Calgary swept Sask.

Usually the Bisons would be happy with two points in Bedrock. But that may not be enough in a tight race for first.

ELSEWHERE:

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (16-6-2*, 6th in OHT34)
REGINA COUGARS (5-17-2, 30th in OHT34)


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The Puddy-Tats are one miserable team this year. And they are desperate, trailing Lethbridge by 5 points. Since the H0rny Ones are having a bye week, Regina needs at least two points to stay alive. Normally, even a weak team could reasonably shoot for a split at home. But Regina have been badly outshot in almost every game they have played since pre-season. They are 0-3-1 against Alberta so far. Their last game was an OTL, which gives a glimmer of hope.

To put things into perspective, Alberta has finished first every year since 1999-2000 (when they were one point behind Sask). So it is quite a streak at stake over the next two weeks.

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (15-6-3, 5th in OHT34)
UBC THUNDERBIRDS (12-9-3, 13th in OHT34)


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|> [UBC Site] : [U of S Site]
|> [Star Phoenix Story] : [Vancouver Province]


The British Californians have had a better than expected season. They are tantalizingly close to getting to host a playoff series for the first time since tie-dyed shirts and bell-bottoms were the rage. They trail Calgary by two and hold the tiebreaker.

Sask trails Alberta by one and Manitoba by three. They have fallen from first and probably need a sweep if they want to have a shot at a first round bye. After their sweep of the Evil Monkeys, they have gone 0-4. They have scored only 5 goals in those 4 games. Their vaunted offence has been stymied in consecutive series. But their top line still holds 3 of the top 4 places in the scoring race.

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|> [OHT34] : [AUS Weekly Update]

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Postby Hollywood2 » Sat Feb 11, 2012 11:38 am

HERD SQUANDERS BIG LEAD IN BEDROCK

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MANITOBA BISONS 4
CALGARY DINOS 5

(in overtime)
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Without any on-line audio or video, I had to follow along with LeagueStat's live updates. I was quite enjoying the first period, as the Bisons amassed a 4-1 lead. Amaziningly, they did so on only 7 shots on goal. Two different Calgary goaltenders gave up two goals each.

It seems that the Bisons tried to nurse the lead. Mid-way through the second, that still looked fine. But that's when Calgary started a slow comeback.

In lineup notes, Jordan Davis dressed and Travis Mealy did not. Otherwise the line-up remained the same. Mark Friesen was the starter in goal and Joe Caligiuri was his backup.

I had some trepidation about the series because 6 straight wins is never easy. With the Monkeys and Mutts both winning, the Bisons need points in the Saturday rematch. Still, the single point keeps the Herd atop the CW standings, one point ahead of Alberta and two up on Sask with only three games left. And they hold the tie-breaker over both.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6
REGINA COUGARS 2


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Well, this was expected. The Cougars have been bad all year and this game followed their script. In a must-win game on home ice, they were outshot 11-3 in the first period and were behind 2-0. In Saturday's rematch the Cougars must win or be eliminated. One would hope they can muster one good performance per weekend (as they often do) in such circumstances. The Evil Monkeys must have pulled some strings to get their extra road series in Regina and their extra home series against the H0rny Ones.

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 4


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This was, as expected a close battle. Sask built a 3-0 first period lead in 9:09 and chased UBC's goaltender, Jordan White. He has been their foundation all year. The change did UBC some good as the game was tied after they scored a pair of goals early in the third. But, in the end, the Mutts pulled it out in regulation and stayed in contention for first place. UBC now trails Calgary by four points in the race for 4th place. But Calgary has but one game left, and UBC has three and holds the tie-breaker. I would expect the Saturday rematch to be another close affair.

NEXT UP:

Feb. 11
Alberta at Regina : [Live Stats Saturday]
Manitoba at Calgary : [Live Stats Saturday]
Saskatchewan at UBC : [Live Stats Saturday]

OUT EAST:

Feb. 8
UPEI 4 Moncton 6
St. Thomas 0 UNB 5
Dalhousie 1 StFX 2
McGill 5 Concordia 0

Feb. 9
Western Ontario 5 UOIT 9
Windsor 3 Guelph 1
Queen's 2 Ryerson 3

Feb. 10
Moncton 4 St. Thomas 3 - OT
Dalhousie 2 Acadia 4
UNB 4 UPEI 1
Saint Mary's 4 StFX 5 - 2OT
UQTR 3 Carleton 6
McGill 3 Ottawa 2
Guelph 3 York 5
Ryerson 3 Nipissing 4
Brock 2 Lakehead 4
Laurier 2 Waterloo 4
RMC 0 Toronto 6

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Postby Hollywood2 » Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:21 am

BISONS SURVIVE NIGHT OF NAILBITERS

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MANITOBA BISONS 1
CALGARY DINOS 0

(in shoot-out)
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This was a night of extreme tension but, in the end, it finished exactly where it started. And that suits the Bisons just fine. The Monkeys are one point back and the Mutts are two points back, with two games left for each of them and the Bisons holding the tie-breaker in any two-way tie.

After Friday night was a shoot-out in Bedrock, both sides seemed content to check first and wait for a break. After 70 minutes, none happened. Even in the ensuing shoot-out there was but one goal, by Bison d-man Jeremy Schappert. Joe Caligiuri was back in the Bison goal. (That's three shut-outs for him against the Dinos this season, BTW.)

To see just how defence-oriented the teams were, check out the shots stats in the summaries. The first period was 5-4 for Calgary. In the third they went nuts, with 8 apiece.

In roster notes, Myles Rumsey was scratched again. However, Travis Mealy was back in and Jordan Davis was scratched.

Calgary is now finished their regular season and have secured 4th place. They will host UBC in a quarter-final series for about the zillionth time. Manitoba will wrap up against UBC next weekend at the Max Bell. They would secure first place with a three point weekend.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4
REGINA COUGARS 3

(in shoot-out)
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|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


To call this one a heart-breaker for the Puddy-Tats would be a severe understatement. With their season on the line they took the lead and held it until the last 4 minutes of the game. Regina took a 2-0 lead into the 1st intermission on a pair of goals by former Bison Terrance DeLaRonde. The teams excjhanged 2nd period goals so it was 3-1 heading into the 3rd period. The Evil Monkeys appeared to dominate the 3rd period, with an 18-4 shots advantage. However, the score did not change until 16:38 when the Monkeys made it 3-2. They then tied it with their goaltender pulled. Overtime settled nothing and so it was off to a shoot-out. That, too, went into extra time with Saudi Alberta scoring twice on 6 shots.

I was following along by constantly hitting "refresh". With the Bisons locked in a scoreless battle all night, this turnabout by Regina was enough to make one groan. I did not have high hopes for Regina. But when a miracle was about to unfold, I thought maybe tonight would be the night that Cindy Crawford showed up at my front door wearing nothing but a pair of high heels. (As I post, she has yet to show.)

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 0


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|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


And in the end, UBC end up at the high end (5th place) of their usual standing (between 5th and 7th) in the CW. It seemed that this could be the year where they finally host a series. I was expecting a light battle in this one. One oddity here was that the Banjo-Mutts scored two shorthanded goals.

In a roster note, UBC went with backup goaltender Kraymer Barnstable over workhorse Jordan White. I noticed that White was pulled in Friday's game.

Sask now sits in an awkward place. They are one point back of Alberta and two back of Manitoba. They hold the 3-way tie-breaker (which seems a bit unlikely now, but possible) and the 2-way tie-breaker with Alberta. However, Manitoba holds the 2-way tie-breaker over them.

NEXT UP:

Feb. 17-18
UBC at Manitoba : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday] : [UMFM 101.5 Saturday]
Regina at Saskatchewan : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Video Friday]
Saskatchewan at Regina : [Live Stats Saturday]
Lethbridge at Alberta : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday] : [Live Video both nights]

OUT EAST:

Feb. 11
St. Thomas 0 UPEI 5
UOIT 2 Laurier 3
Concordia 0 Carleton 7
Moncton 1 UNB 4
Acadia 0 Saint Mary's 2
StFX 5 Dalhousie 4
UQTR 5 Ottawa 3
Toronto 3 RMC 1
York 2 Western Ontario 1
Waterloo 3 Windsor 6
Brock 4 Lakehead 6
Nipissing 6 Queen's 4

The eastern playoffs will begin next weekend. Here's a brief capsule:

AUS quarter-finals:
Byes: #1 New Brunswick and #2 Saint Mary's
#3 Moncton v #6 St. Francis-Xavier
#4 UPEI v #5 Acadia

OUA East quarter-finals:
#1 McGill v #8 Concordia
#2 UQTR v #7 Ryerson
#3 Nipissing v #6 Ottawa
#4 Toronto v #5 Carleton

OUA West quarter-finals:
#1 Western Ontario v #8 Laurier
#2 Lakehead v #7 Guelph
#3 Waterloo v #6 Brock
#4 York v #5 Windsor

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Postby Hollywood2 » Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:41 pm

Manitoba gets 3 or 4 points:
1st assured

Manitoba gets 2 points:
2nd if Sask gets 4 and Alberta gets 4
3rd if Sask gets 4 and Alberta gets 3
1st if Sask gets 4 and Alberta gets 2 or less
2nd if Sask gets 3 or less and Alberta gets 4
1st if Sask gets 3 or less and Alberta gets 3 or less

Manitoba gets 1 point:
3rd if Sask gets 4 and Alberta gets 3 or 4
2nd if Sask gets 4 and Alberta gets 2 or less
2nd if Sask gets 3 or less and Alberta gets 3 or 4
3rd if Sask gets 3 and Alberta gets 2
1st if Sask gets 3 or less and Alberta gets 1 or less

Manitoba gets 0 points:
3rd if Sask gets 3 or more and Alberta gets 2 or more
2nd if Sask gets 3 or more and Alberta gets 1 or less
2nd if Sask gets 2 and Alberta gets 2 or more
3rd if Sask gets 2 and Alberta gets 1
1st if Sask gets 2 or less and Alberta gets 0
1st if Sask gets 1 or less and Alberta gets 1 or less
2nd if Sask gets 1 or less and Alberta gets 2 or more
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Postby Hollywood2 » Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:10 am

WEEKEND PREVIEW

We enter the final weekend of the regular season on the CW schedule with the top 3 spots up for grabs. What is known is that Calgary will be 4th, UBC 5th, Lethbridge 6th, and Regina 7th when the season ends on Saturday night. Meanwhile, the playoffs are starting out east. Here's how the CW series shape up:

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UBC THUNDERBIRDS (12-11-3, 15th in OHT34)
MANITOBA BISONS (18-5-3*, 2nd in OHT34)

Friday, February 17th, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Max Bell Arena U of M
Saturday, February 18th, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Max Bell Arena U of M


LIVE LINKS: [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday] : [UMFM 101.5 Saturday]
MANITOBA LINKS: [U of M Site] : [LS Roster] : [U of M Roster] : [LS Schedule/Results] : [LS Stats]
UBC LINKS: [UBC Site] : [LS Roster] : [LS Schedule/Results] : [LS Stats]
OTHER LINKS: [CW Site] : [LS - Live Updates] : [CW Weekly Notes #17 (pdf)]
PRIOR GAMES AT UBC: [Nov 18 UBC wins 2-1] : [Nov 19 Bisons win 4-2]
PRIOR GAMES AT MANITOBA: [Feb 3 Bisons win 3-2] : [Feb 4 Bisons win 5-3]
OTHER STORIES: [Calgiuri Player of the Week]

So, here we are at the end of the regular season and the Bisons can assure themselves of 1st place with 3 points in 2 games against the British Californians. After last weekend's results the Tweety-Birds are assured of 5th place and a quarter-final series in Calgary next weekend. If the Bisons finish 1st or 2nd they will enjoy a bye to a semi-final which they would host. However, if they fall to 3rd they would host Lethbridge in a quarter-final.

The Bisons will be paced by two forwards with "Cy Young Numbers", Blair Macaulay (22-9 31) and Brendan Rowinski (11-8 19 in 21 games). The Bisons also have three more players in the top 20 scorers: Tyler Dittmer (6-15 21), Jeremy Schappert (4-17 21), and Ian Duval (9-11 20).

UBC has three top 20 scorers of their own: Max Grassi (9-16 25), Jordan Inglis (10-10 20), and Scott Wasden (10-9 19).

UBC was riding high after the Jan 20-21 weekend. They just swept the Bedrock Boys as part of a six game winning streak and it seemed they could be hosting a quarter-final series. But then they split a home ice set against Alberta, were swept in Manitoba, then were swept at home by Sask. That means they cannot catch idle Calgary.

One question for UBC is goaltending. Jordan White was a one-man show. However, he gave up 3 goals on 8 shots in the first 9 minutes of last Friday's game and was yanked. Kraymer Barnstable finished up, and started Saturday's game (his first start of the season). However, he too was yanked when he gave up 4 goals on 18 shots in 27 minutes. They will need to sort out this position for next weekend.

Any way you look at it, this is a very important weekend for the Bisons. Alberta has finished first in the CW every season since 1999-2000 when were 2 points behind Sask. (The time before that was 1996-97.) They have already set a CW team record for points (have 39, old record 36) and have tied the team record for wins (18). Their GPAC records were 39 for points and 19 for wins. The Bisons have not finished first since rejoining the CW in 1986.

ELSEWHERE:

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (17-6-3, 5th in OHT34)
REGINA COUGARS (5-18-3, 31st in OHT34)


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|> [U of R Site] : [U of S Preview]


The Battle of Bumpkinville has been a one-sided affair this year. So the Banjo-Mutts are assured that they will be the ones wearing the Melonhead Crown this off-season after winning all four games so far. The first home-and-home in October was decided by scores of 5-2 and 5-4. But in December in Saskatown the scores were 10-2 and 6-0. Regina has been, by far and away, the worst team in the CW this year. However, they came perilously close to a win over the Evil Monkeys last weekend which would have radically altered the outlook for this weekend.

I suspect that the Banjo-Cats will rally to have one close game on the weekend. The question is whether they can prevent Sask from picking up 4 points. It is hard to beat a team 6 times in a row.

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LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (7-16-3, 25th in OHT34)
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (18-6-2*, 6th in OHT34)


|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday] : [Live Video Both Nights]
|> [U of A Preview - at Boxscore News] : [U of L Preview]


It is possible that the same two teams could meet again next week, provided that Lethbridge denies at least one point to the Monkeys. The Monkeys won 3-1 and 2-1 in Lethbridge and 5-0 and 6-1 in Edmontown.

Also, every point that the H0rny Ones can deny the Evil Monkeys reduces the points the Bisons will need to clinch first. So expect the Herd to send a crate of Viagra to their locker room for this series.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:

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Feb. 15

QUEEN'S GOLDEN GAELS 2
MCGILL REDMEN 3

(McGill leads OUAE quarter-final 1-0.)
|> [Boxscore]


UQTR PATRIOTES 2
RYERSON RAMS 9

(Ryerson leads OUAE quarter-final 1-0.)
|> [Boxscore]


TORONTO VARSITY BLUES 2
CARLETON RAVENS 6

(Carleton leads OUAE quarter-final 1-0.)
|> [Boxscore]


NIPISSING LAKERS 2
OTTAWA GEEGEES 5

(Ottawa leads OUAE quarter-final 1-0.)
|> [Boxscore]


LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES 4
GUELPH GRYPHONS 5

(Guelph leads OUAW quarter-final 1-0.)
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* Alberta's OTL to Manitoba was converted to a W
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