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Postby Hollywood2 » Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:56 am

WEEKEND PREVIEW

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UBC THUNDERBIRDS (13-8-3, 18-9-3-1, OHT35 #16)
MANITOBA BISONS (15-5-4, 18-7-4-1, OHT35 #5)


Friday, February 1st, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Max Bell Arena, U of M
Saturday, February 2nd, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Max Bell Arena, U of M


Live Links:
|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
|> [Live Audio Saturday: UMFM 101.5]

Manitoba Links:
|> [U of M Preview Story]
|> [Ridley Awards] : [Claude Noel at Banquet]
|> [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
|> [Twitter] : [Facebook]

UBC Links:
|> [UBC Preview Story]
|> [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
|> [Twitter] : [Facebook]

Prior Games:
|> [Nov 16: UBC 5-2] : [Nov 17: UBC 3-2 (ot)]

Other Links:
|> [CIS Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links]
|> [CW Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links] : [Standings]
|> [LeagueStat Daily] : [CW Weekly Media Notes #14]
|> [Wikia.com Standings Archive]
|> [Every Link Re: CIS Hockey]


All of a sudden, the final home series of the season is upon us. The Bisons cling to 2nd place, one point up on Sask. Meanwhile, UBC is one point behind 4th place Calgary. A simple look at the standings puts it all into perspective:
Code: Select all
                W  L OT  P Feb1 Feb8
1 Alberta      19  4  1 39 Reg  UBC
2 Manitoba     15  5  4 34 UBC  Reg
3 Saskatchewan 16  7  1 33 Cal  Leth
4 Calgary      15  9  0 30 Sask MRU
5 UBC          13  8  3 29 Man  Alta
6 Regina       12  9  3 27 Alta Man
7 Mount Royal   5 18  1 11 Leth Cal
8 Lethbridge    1 21  2  4 MRU  Sask
In 2011-12, Manitoba won all four home games against UBC, and Saskatchewan lost both home games against Calgary. But in the playoffs Sask beat Calgary in three lengthy games. I doubt that only 4 points will be awarded in that series.

The Bisons have had some of their worst games out in British California. But at home it has been a different story. Therefore the Bison target for the weekend is 4 points. They did suffer a 5-2 loss to UBC back on November 16th. But since then the Bisons have gone 9-1-3, the only regulation loss being 3-2 at Sask when they outshot their hosts 40-27.

In last week's preview I went over some stats, and those haven't changed much. However, a tight battle in a scoring race always add quite a touch to the late season. Here are the CW's scoring leaders:
Code: Select all
                          GP  G  A  P
1  Blair Macaulay   Man   24 11 21 32
2  Kyle Bortis      Sask  24 10 21 31
3  Ian Duval        Man   24  8 23 31
4  Jordan Hickmott  Alta  24 14 16 30
5  Johnny Lazo      Alta  24 11 17 28
6  Tyler Dittmer    Man   22 13 12 25
7  Brock Nixon      Calg  24  9 16 25
8  Walker Wintoneak Calg  24 12 12 24
9  Eric Galbraith   MRU   22 14  9 23
10 Brennan Bosch    Sask  22 12 11 23
11 Brad Hoban       UBC   24 11 12 23   
12 Sean Ringrose    Alta  24 10 13 23
13 Max Grassi       UBC   24  7 16 23
14 Cole Wilson      UBC   21 14  8 22

I was going to stop at the top ten, but lots of guys are tied and I wanted to list UBC's big three scorers.

UBC is a capable side. They took 3 points off Sask two weeks ago. Yet they remain a vulnerable side, too. They dropped two points at home against MRU just last weekend. They are, in all respects, your usual mid-rank team. They are 4th in GA and 5th in GF, very mid-pack.

It has been a remarkable stretch for UBC. The top 4 in the CW get to host playoff series. UBC just failed in that goal last year. In fact, UBC has not hosted a series since the 1970s. They did finish 3rd in 1989-90. But that was during a period when only 4 teams made the playoffs, meaning they played away against Alberta (and lost 2-0). In 1974-75, 1976-77, and 1977-78 they finished 2nd, but that was in the GPAC era so the CW was only a 4 team league, and they lost to Alberta in each of those years. So the last time they hosted a series was 1970-71, when they hosted and beat Calgary in the semi-finals and then Manitoba in the final. The link to Wikia.com has links to all past CW standings.

The links include two additional stories from GoBisons.ca. First, 15 men's players got $750 awards from Mike Ridley's endowment fund. Maybe Stu "The Grim Reaper" Grimson will start a fund for the best fighters! Second, Jet coach Claude Noel will be the guest speaker at this year's fundraiser banquet.

This series is not listed on the CanadaWest.tv line-up. But Saturday's game is on UMFM 101.5, and on-line at the link.

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Bison action from Lethbridge last weekend.

ELSEWHERE:

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CALGARY DINOSAURS (15-9-0, 18-12-0, OHT35 #12)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (16-7-1, 18-8-2, OHT35 #6)


Links:
|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
|> [no on-line audio or video]
|> [U of S Preview Story] : [reposted at CW Site]
|> [U of C Preview Story]


One would expect at least one game in this series to go into overtime. But, maybe they'll do the rest of the league a favour and decide things in regulation time. The last time they played the Bedrock Boys won 8-0 on Friday and the Banjo-Mutts took the rematch 5-4. Quite a turn-around.

Calgary is a tough call. They had a 7 game winning streak halted by the Bisons. Those 7 wins were against MRU, Lethbridge, UBC, and Regina. Still, OTWs against the Bisons and Monkeys gave them 4 points in their last 4 games.

Sask was flirting with a #1 national ranking at one time. IMO that was largely due to smoke and mirrors. They won early games against Manitoba and Alberta when they were badly outplayed. Now the worm has turned. They are 3-4-1 since Christmas, and their only regulation win came when they were outshot 40-27 by the Bisons but won 3-2. Their record could be much worse. They will be in the nationals as host. But they need to pick it up a notch otherwise they will be entering the nationals after about a month of inactivity.

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REGINA COUGARS (12-9-3, 13-15-3, OHT35 #20)
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (19-4-1, 30-4-1, OHT35 #1)


Links:
|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
|> [Live Video both nights]
|> [U of A Preview Story] : [U of R Team Site]


The Evil Monkeys have a 5 point lead over the Bisons so may not be feeling a great sense of urgency in this series. The Banjo-Cats looked like crap when I saw them (twice), yet their results have been solidly mid-pack against everybody else. Also, the Kittens have guaranteed themselves a playoff spot. Will they continue to play with the edge they need to cause an upset?

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LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (1-21-2, 3-26-2, OHT35 #35)
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (5-18-1, 6-20-2, OHT35 #30)


Links:
|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
|> [Live Video both nights]
|> [MRU Team Site] : [U of L Preview Story]


MRU has a new site. So news stories are not at a separate link from the team site. But, no preview story on it for this week.

The H0rny Ones have only one win this year - and it was against the New Kittens on the Block. These teams are both out of playoff contention. So my interest here is to see whether or not these teams look intent to close strong and maybe cost a contender valuable points next weekend.

And will Lethbridge finally get some injured players back?

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:

Links:
|> [OUA LeagueStat Daily - Wednesday]
|> [OUA LeagueStat Daily - Thursday]


Wednesday, January 30
Brock 4 UOIT 1

Thursday, January 31
Laurier 3 York 1
Queen’s 7 RMC 2
Guelph 3 UOIT 6

NEWS:

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The Halifax Chronicle-Herald reports that a decision on the Dalhousie case is not imminent. This must be more complicated than I thought.
Link:
|> Chronicle-Herald: [Dal men’s hockey decision not imminent]


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The CIS Blog has been slow for a while but business was picking up this week, with an AUS Update.
Link:
|> CIS Blog: [AUS Update]


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It looks like TRU is happy being in the BCIHL and is not interested in moving to the CIS. Good idea. While I would like there to be more teams in the CW, hockey as a whole needs the BCIHL.
Link:
|> The Omega: [WolfPack Athletics introduces new CIS programs]


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The CUP has a story about the off-field problems in the CIS with hazing, drugs, and eligibility issues (a big problem in football every year). IMO, too many rules exist on eligibility issues. One set of rules for all sports would help as well.

I normally couldn't give a crap about CIS front office appointments. But the Mop & Pail story had this little blurb:
[Pierre] Lafontaine outlined his priorities as building the CIS brand and raising the profile of the organization and national championships.

One of his first priorities will be to land a new national television deal for the CIS.

The Vanier Cup national football championship is always broadcast live, but national TV coverage in other sports is almost non-existent.

Richard Peddie, the former CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, is a CIS board member at large who has been working to secure the organization a new television deal.

In an interview earlier this week, Peddie said that a new TV deal is almost in place but he was not ready to divulge any details yet pertaining to it.

“It will be a great deal for college sports in Canada,” Peddie said. “It’s a huge home run for them.”

Peddie said the new deal will not only increase television coverage of a broader range of men’s sports, but women’s university sports as well.

A CIS source said that the organization is on the verge of announcing that this year they have a deal in place for live national TV coverage of the women’s basketball championship in Regina, the men’s Final 8 in Ottawa and the men’s hockey championship in Saskatoon.
It never hurts to get some heavy hitters behind the program.

And, as usual, the only press release about hockey from the CIS was the latest official top ten (which is not as good as the OHT35).

Links:
|> Canadian University Press: [CIS athletics departments slipping ...]
|> Globe and Mail: [Pierre Lafontaine named new head of CIS] : [CIS Press Release]
|> CIS Top Ten: [CIS Press Release] - reposted at [CW Site]
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Postby Hollywood2 » Sat Feb 02, 2013 3:03 am

BISONS BLOWN OPPORTUNITY

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UBC THUNDERBIRDS 3
MANITOBA BISONS 2


Links:
|> [CIS Friday Round-Up] : [CW Friday Stories]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [U of M Game Story] : [UBC Game Story]
|> [Macaulay WHL Grad of the Month] : [reposted at CW Site]
|> [UMFM 101.5]


The Bisons could have taken a huge step to wrapping up 2nd place on Friday night, but blew it. There were loads of raucus rez students in attendance, as well as the Engineer's Symonized Marching Band complete with a Sasquatch, to add some atmosphere. But that was not enough to boost the Bisons.

In the 1st period the Bisons held a minor edge in carrying the play. The 1st goal came when Luke Cain outmuscled the UBC defence to slam home a rebound (his 5th). The Tweety-Birds evened the score when Justin McCrae scored (his 4th) from the slot.

After two minutes of the 2nd period James Henry scored (his 8th) to restore the Bison lead. But just over a minute later Mike McGurk's point shot must have hit a skate because Jesse Deckert appeared to jump out of the way of the point shot. It was McGurk's first goal of the season. At mid-period the Birds took the lead for the first time when Scott Wasden (his 11th) took a shot from the right wing hash marks by the boards which somehow eluded Deckert in the Bison goal. That was only UBC's 13th shot of the night, but their 3rd goal.

The abundance of goals seemed to inspire UBC. They were well behind on the shot clock but suddenly carried the play for a good period of time. In the end, shots were 21-21 headed to the 3rd.

The game turned once again in the 3rd period. UBC seldom ventured out of their end with the puck and had only one legit scoring chance. The Bisons generated a few good chances, only to be stymied by Jordan White, who was minding the bird cage.

Here's how they lined up:

Manitoba

Goal:
35 Deckert (1 Caligiuri)

Defence:
22 Bestland - 2 Crowley
3 Mestery - 4 Schappert
6 Melnychuk - 24 Bobbee

Forwards:
23 Dittmer - 19 Duval - 26 Macaulay
9 Lowry - 11 Henry - 21 Cowan
27 Feakes - 10 Rowinski - 29 Cain
18 Kelly - 25 Ciarelli - 16 Paradis

Scratches:
G: 34 Dubyk
D: 5 Christensen - 12 Sutherland - 20 Lockerby
F: 15 Scott - 17 Lauder

UBC

Goal:
30 White (35 Stanford)

Defence:
4 McGurk - 13 Schmidt
7 Wall - 15 Yee
5 Saip - 18 Manning

Forwards:
26 Hoban - 17 MacDonald - 10 Grassi
9 Wilgosh - 16 Wilson - 19 Wasden
27 Antilla - 23 Pruden - 33 Hilton
20 Hamilton - 11 Fleming - 12 McCrae

Scratches:
G: 1 Barnstable
D: 2 Smith - 6 Brkich - 8 Cumberbirch
F: 14 Kimber - 21 Wray - 22 Toye - 24 Juneau - 29 Wagner

The Bisons basically rolled four lines. The new line of Feakes-Rowinski-Cain generated some good chances. The Dittmer-Duval-Macaulay combo did not play all that much. I would expect them to play more on Saturday.

Saturday night's rematch is available on radio at UMFM 101.5 and on-line at the link.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:

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CALGARY DINOSAURS 2
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 1


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


The Bedrock Boys went back to the 70s (aka Saskatown) and claimed two points. They took a 2-0 1st period lead and then hung n for dear life. Dustin Butler gave up only one goal on 35 shots.

The combination of results leaves Manitoba one point ahead of Sask, but Calgary is now 2 points behind and UBC 3 points behind. A win for the Bisons on Saturday would make it very difficult for anybody else to catch them.

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REGINA COUGARS 0
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6


Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [U of A Linescore] : [check for story at U of R Team Site]


The Banjo-Cats were no match for the Evil Monkeys on Friday night. The win officially gives the Monkeys 1st place, and unofficially gives the Kitties 6th. Regina played one man short.

The Saturday rematch is available for on-line viewing at CanadaWest.tv.

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LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 3
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 4

(in overtime)

Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [MRU Game Story] : [U of L Game Story]


In the series which means nothing, the New Kittens on the Block took a double OT win over the H0rny Ones. For those of you who had Lethbridge dressing 18 players in the pool, you win! Saturday's rematch is on CanadaWest.tv.

OUT EAST:

Links:
|> [OUA LeagueStat Daily]
|> [AUS Schedule/Results Page]


Friday, February 1
Dalhousie 2 Saint Mary’s 6
Acadia 2 St. F-X 3
New Brunswick 5 St. Thomas 1
UPEI 0 Moncton 5
Concordia 1 Nipissing 0
Laurier 3 Brock 2 (ot)
McGill 2 Toronto 1 (ot)
Western Ontario 7 Windsor 3
Waterloo 3 Lakehead 4 (ot)
UQTR 1 Ryerson 3

UP NEXT:

Saturday, February 2
Regina at Alberta : CanadaWest.tv
UBC at Manitoba : UMFM 101.5
Calgary at Saskatchewan
Lethbridge at Mount Royal : CanadaWest.tv

Saint Mary’s at Acadia
St. F-X at Dalhousie
UPEI at New Brunswick
Concordia at Ryerson
York at Western Ontario
McGill at Nipissing
Carleton at RMC
Ottawa at Queen’s
Windsor at Guelph
Waterloo at Lakehead
UQTR at Toronto

Sunday, February 3
Moncton at St. Thomas
Ottawa at RMC
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Postby Hollywood2 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:43 am

HERD DOMINATES TO MAINTAIN GRIP ON 2ND PLACE

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UBC THUNDERBIRDS 1
MANITOBA BISONS 5


Links:
|> [CIS Saturday Round-Up] : [CW Saturday Stories]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [U of M Game Story - with stats] : [UBC Game Story]


On Senior Night the Bisons bounced back from a lacklustre performance on Friday night to give the Tweety-Birds a sound thrashing on Saturday night. Combined with the results on the out-of-town scoreboard, the Bisons stay one point up on the Banjo-Mutts in the race for second and the Tweety-Birds stay one point in arrears of the Bedrock Boys in the race for 4th.

The opening frame was fairly evenly contested, with shots being 10-a-piece. However, the only goal was scored by UBC when Cole Wilson scored his league-leading 15th after the Bisons missed several chances to clear a loose puck.

At the intermission I was wondering about the Bisons. They were not really being out-played over the weekend but they were not putting their foot down on their visitors, the way they have done with every opponent thus far.

All of that changed in period #2. The Bisons started on a powerplay which carried over from the 1st period. Matthew Lowry notched his 12th. Before the crowd could settle, the Bisons took a lead they would never surrender. Del Cowan used Lowry as a decoy and scored on a 2-on-1 break. Inside two minutes, and the game had turned.

Though there was no more scoring until the 17 minute mark, the Bisons were carrying the play, including on many of the abundant UBC powerplays. (BTW, each team had 7 powerplays. The Bisons went 3-for-7 and the `Birds were 0-fer.) Anyhow, Blair Macaulay deflected a Jeremy Shappert point shot for goal #3 (his 12th). Then 30 seconds later Dane Crowley's point blast needed no help finding the back of net for goal #4 (his 5th). The shots were 19-6 for the Bisons, and those accurately portrayed the flow of play. If there was a hitting stat it, too, would have been lop-sided. There were Tweety-Birds constantly getting tossed from their nests.

The 3rd period was a let-the-clock-run kind of period for the Bisons. There was occasional post-whistle shoving but mostly the Herd wanted the game over ASAP. The only goal was Tyler Dittmer's team-leading 14th when he deflected another Schappert point blast on a powerplay.

So, that's it for the Bison regular season home schedule. Gosh, that went by fast. Next weekend the Bisons will be forced to return to Banjoland's southern outpost to play the Banjo-Cats. The `Birds will be flying to Saudi Alberta to confront the Evil Monkeys.

Line-up-wise, Manitoba made no changes from Friday night. UBC added a 7th defenceman (#2 Kevin Smith) and dropped a forward (#9 Mike Wilgosh). Their forward lines looked like this:

17 MacDonald - 10 Grassi - 26 Hoban
16 Wilson - 19 Wasden - 33 Hilton
11 Fleming - 20 Hamilton - 12 McCrae
27 Antilla - 23 Pruden

Incidentally, Macaulay also had an assist and leads CW scorers with 34 points, one ahead of Primate Jordan Hickmott and three up on line-mate Ian Duval and the Mangy Kyle Bortis.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:

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CALGARY DINOSAURS 0
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3


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


With 3rd place squarely on the line, the Mangy-Mutts from Banjoland's northern outpost responded with what must have been a tremendous defensive effort. They outshot the Bedrock Boys 37-17 on the night. In fact, they held the Extinct Ones to only 4 shots in a 3rd period. This shows dominance because Calgary was down 3-0 entering the period and should have been throwing everything they had at the Banjo-Mutts.

Jimmy Bubnick scored his 9th and 10th goals, and Brandon Herrod his 10th for the Gap-toothed Inbreds. Ryan Holfield recorded the shutout. Jacob Deserres started again for the Dinos.

This gives Sask a 3-point lead over the Dinos. IMO the Dinos will have waived so-long to 2nd or 3rd places and will simply want to stay in 4th so they can host UBC in the quarter-finals. Sask is off to Lethbridge next weekend, whilst the Dinos face the New Kittens on the Block in a cross-town showdown.

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REGINA COUGARS 0
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 2


Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [U of A Linescore] : [check for story at U of R Team Site] : [U of R Friday Story]


Once website leaders, the Evil Monkeys have become laggards this year when it comes to uploading game stories. Maybe the linescore link will have added a story by the time you read this.

This series shows how a weekend sweep can be difficult. Friday was a 6-0 blow-oiut and on Saturday the Monkeys outshot the Banjo-Cats 52-19, including 14-3 in the 3rd period, yet it was only 1-0 until 16:43 of the 3rd period.

Monkey markers were recorded by Levko Koper (his 10th) and Brett Ferguson (his 8th). Lucas Gore was in Regina's goal, and Real Cyr in Alberta's. Regina lost one more player on Friday, so dressed only 18 for this one.

The Old Cougars host the Bisons next weekend, while Sask visits the H0rny Ones.

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MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4

(in overtime)

Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [U of L Game Story] : [check for story at MRU Team Site]


THE H0RNY ONES HAVE WON!!!!! Stop the presses!!!!!

As usual, the H0rny Ones played short (this time with 17 players). But they must have scrounged all the Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra they could find to get them through this one. This gives Lethbridge a 2-0-2 record against the New Kittens on the Block this year.

Now everybody is wondering if one or both of these teams will come out ready for an upset next weekend. Lethbridge hosts Sask, and MRU faces Calgary.

OUT EAST:

Links:
|> [OUA LeagueStat Daily]
|> [AUS Schedule/Results Page]


Saint Mary’s 3 Acadia 0
St. F-X 2 Dalhousie 1
UPEI 2 New Brunswick 5
Concordia 4 Ryerson 5 (ot)
York 2 Western Ontario 1 (ot)
McGill 1 Nipissing 2 (ot)
Carleton 5 RMC 1
Ottawa 4 Queen’s 3 (ot)
Windsor 1 Guelph 4
Waterloo 3 Lakehead 9
UQTR 8 Toronto 2

UP NEXT:

Sunday, February 3
Moncton at St. Thomas
Ottawa at RMC

Thursday, February 7
Brock at Western Ontario
UOIT at York
Guelph at Laurier
Mount Royal at Calgary

Friday, February 8
Manitoba at Regina
Saskatchewan at Lethbridge : CanadaWest.tv
Calgary at Mount Royal : CanadaWest.tv
Alberta at UBC : Live Audio CITR

Dalhousie at Acadia
Moncton at New Brunswick
St. F-X at Saint Mary’s
St. Thomas at UPEI
Ryerson at McGill
Toronto at Ottawa
Nipissing at Carleton
RMC at UQTR
Lakehead at Brock
Windsor at Waterloo
Queen’s at Concordia

Saturday, February 9
Manitoba at Regina
Saskatchewan at Lethbridge : CanadaWest.tv
Alberta at UBC

Toronto at Concordia
Queen’s at UQTR
Ryerson at Carleton
Nipissing at Ottawa
Windsor at Western Ontario
RMC at McGill
York at Guelph
Lakehead at Waterloo
Laurier at UOIT
(end of regular season)
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Postby Hollywood2 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:32 pm

WEEKEND PREVIEW

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MANITOBA BISONS (16-6-4, 19-8-4-1, OHT35 #5)
REGINA COUGARS (12-11-3, 13-17-3, OHT35 #23)


Friday, February 8th, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Regina
Saturday, February 9th, 2:30 p.m. CST @ Regina


Live Links:
|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
|> [no live audio or video]

Manitoba Links:
|> [U of M Team Site]
|> [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
|> [Twitter] : [Facebook]
|> [Manitoban: Bison men’s hockey team ...]

Regina Links:
|> [U of R Preview Story]
|> [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
|> [Twitter] : [Facebook]
|> [Regina Leader-Post: U of R men's hockey ...]

Prior Games:
|> [Sept 15: Man 5-0] : [Sept 21: Man 6-2] : [Sept 22: Man 6-2]
|> [Nov 23: Man 6-0] : [Nov 24: Man 7-2]

Other Links:
|> [CIS Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links] : [Standings]
|> [CW Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links] : [Standings]
|> [CW Weekend Preview]
|> [LeagueStat Daily] : [CW Weekly Media Notes #15]
|> [Every Link Re: CIS Hockey]


Here we are on the eve of the end of the regular season. And the Bisons are on their way to Banjoland, this time to the southern outpost. Of course, they hope for one further trip to the Sticks (for the University Cup in Saskatown).

A weekend preview at this time of year requires a look at the standings:
Code: Select all
  Team          W  L OT PTS PCT   GF  GA
1 Alberta      21  4  1  43 .827 110  44
2 Manitoba     16  6  4  36 .692  97  64
3 Saskatchewan 17  8  1  35 .673  92  79
4 Calgary      16 10  0  32 .615  83  62
5 UBC          14  9  3  31 .596  82  77
6 Regina       12 11  3  27 .519  69  85
7 Mount Royal   6 18  2  14 .269  68 108
8 Lethbridge    2 21  3   7 .135  51 133

The Bisons can assure themselves of 2nd place with a pair of wins over the Banjo-Cats, or fewer if Sask manages a loss in Lethbridge. Regina, however, is in 6th and staying there. So, will they have incentive? They were rolled by the Monkeys last weekend.

I have mentioned before that the Kittens failed to impress me during both trips to the Max Bell. In fact, they seemed to be the weakest opponent the Bisons faced all season. However, maybe the Max Bell is the only arena in the league without catnip. The Kittens have surprised every other team throughout the season. They were the overwhelming choice for last place in the pre-season coaches' poll. Yet here they are, in a playoff position with 13 points to spare.

The linked Leader-Post story tells how Chris Cuthbert was pushed back to play defence due to injuries. I checked my posts from the pre-season and note that he also played defence at times in those games. In any event, the story explains that the Banjo-Cats were down to two regular defencemen when they faced the Monkeys in Edmontown last weekend. According to the Regina preview story, they will have 3 of their regular 6 defencemen available this weekend.

The Kittens may also have a preference for playing the Banjo-Mutts in the playoffs. Just two weeks ago the sides exchanged 5-4 OTWs. All-in-all, the Bisons are by far the team with the most incentive.

Of note, Bisons Blair Macaulay and Ian Duval continue to fight for the scoring title. And their line-mate Tyler Dittmer is tied for the lead in goals. Check out the scoring leaders:

Code: Select all
   Player           Team     GP  G  A PTS
1  Blair Macaulay   Manitoba 26 12 22 34
2  Jordan Hickmott  Alberta  26 14 19 33
3  Kyle Bortis      Sask     26 10 21 31
4  Ian Duval        Manitoba 26  8 23 31
5  Johnny Lazo      Alberta  26 12 18 30
6  Tyler Dittmer    Manitoba 24 14 13 27
7  Levko Koper      Alberta  26 10 15 25
8  Brock Nixon      Calgary  26  9 16 25
9  Eric Galbraith   MRU      24 14 10 24
10 Brennan Bosch    Sask     24 12 12 24
11 Walker Wintoneak Calgary  26 12 12 24


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Bison home action v UBC last weekend.

ELSEWHERE:

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (17-8-1, 19-9-2, OHT35 #8)
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (2-21-3, 4-26-3, OHT35 #33)


Links:
|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
|> [Live Video both nights]
|> [U of L Preview Story] : [U of S Site]
|> [Saskatoon Star-Phoenix: [Six stars emerge ...]


The H0rny Ones finally picked up a win in a 3-point weekend last week. Will they now relax? Or will they want to go out with a bang and give the Banjo-Mutts a stiff challenge? I suspect that if they can finally ice a full roster they just might have the desire to close strong. I suspect that there will be one decisive win for the Mutts, and one toss-up game.

The six stars story is about the naming of all-time Mutt squads for each decade. The linked story is for the 1960s.

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (21-4-1, 30-4-1, OHT35 #1)
UBC THUNDERBIRDS (14-9-3, 19-10-3-1, OHT35 #15)


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


The Tweety-Birds need an upset or two if they want to reach the promised land of a home playoff series, which has not happened since 1971. The Monkeys had first place wrapped up last weekend but still found the incentive to crush the Kittens. Will they continue to play with an edge on the road in British California? Neither side has yet posted a preview story.

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CALGARY DINOSAURS (16-10-0, 19-13-0, OHT35 #12)
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (6-18-2, 7-20-3, OHT35 #31)


Links:
|> [Live Stats Thursday] : [Live Stats Friday]
|> [Live Video both nights]
|> [MRU Team Site] : [U of C Preview Story]
|> [U of C Crowchild Story reposted at CW Site]


This Cowtown Derby will go Thursday/Friday, and the Thursday game is dubbed the "Crowchild Classic" and will be played at the Saddledome. It should be a wild scene. This is not good for the Dinos. They need the points and the New Kittens on the Block are in 7th with no hope of rising higher. Normally, there could be some letdown for the underdogs. But with a big crowd and loads of hype, the Thursday game at least becomes a bit of a toss-up.

NEWS:

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Former Mutt and Team Canada coach Dave King will be at the University Cup to give out some coaching awards.
Links:
|> Dave King stories: [at CW Site] : [at U of S Site]


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The CIS Blog has another AUS Update. Oddly, their teams only have one final game to play this weekend.
Link:
|> CIS Blog: [AUS Update]


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The Laurentian Voyageurs will be competing in the OUA next season. So it is appropriate that they have started getting commitments from players. Alain Valiquette, former goaltender for the Urban Cowboys, is the first.
Link:
|> Sudbury Star: [Valiquette to suit up for Voyageurs]


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And, as usual, the CIS released a top ten list which has a few deficiencies. Which is why the Good Lord giveth the OHT35.
Links:
|> CIS Top Ten: [CIS Press Release] - reposted at [CW Site]
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Postby Hollywood2 » Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:12 pm

CROWCHILD CLASSIC PRODUCES UPSET

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CALGARY DINOSAURS 1
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3


Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [U of C Game Story] : [MRU Game Story]
|> [CIS Thursday Round-Up]


I suspected that the Bedrock Boys would at least get a scare from the New Kittens on the Block, and that is exactly what happened Thursday night at the Saddledome. The fact that the Calgary Flames promoted the game and a big crowd was drawn out made for a "big game" atmosphere.

The Dinos outshot the Kittens 14-5 in the 3rd period, but the Kittens scored the only two goals, the last into an empty net. Of note, the shots were only 14-10 after two periods. The lack of a consistent offence has hurt the Dinos.

This result means that Calgary cannot finish 2nd or 3rd, which makes Manitoba and Saskatchewan happy. It also means that Calgary and UBC will be 4th and 5th, or 5th and 4th, and face each other in the quarter-finals. UBC has received all the help they need and can claim home ice for the playoffs by beating the Monkeys.

OUT EAST:

Links:
|> [OUA LeagueStat Daily]
|> [AUS Schedule/Results Page]


Brock 4 Western Ontario 3 (ot)
UOIT 4 York 2
Guelph 0 Laurier 3

UP NEXT:

Friday, February 8
Manitoba at Regina
Saskatchewan at Lethbridge : CanadaWest.tv
Calgary at Mount Royal : CanadaWest.tv
Alberta at UBC : Live Audio CITR

Dalhousie at Acadia
Moncton at New Brunswick
St. F-X at Saint Mary’s
St. Thomas at UPEI
Ryerson at McGill
Toronto at Ottawa
Nipissing at Carleton
RMC at UQTR
Lakehead at Brock
Windsor at Waterloo
Queen’s at Concordia
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Postby Hollywood2 » Sat Feb 09, 2013 1:02 am

BISONS CRUSH KITTENS

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MANITOBA BISONS 6
REGINA COUGARS 3


Links:
|> [CIS Friday Round-Up] : [CW Friday Stories]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [U of R Game Story] : [may get reposted at U of M Team Site]


Six different Bisons connected en route to a convincing road win in Banjoland. Going into Saturday's matinee rematch the Bisons are one point ahead of the Banjo-Mutts in the race for 2nd place.

The Bisons used the same line-up as the one which played UBC last weekend. With no on-line audio or video I have no idea how the Banjo-Cats covered their ailing defence. They dressed 19 players.

In the 1st period Brodie Melnychuk scored his 1st as a Bison and fellow point-man Dane Crowley scored his 6th of the season to give them a 2-1 lead. Shots were 15-5.

Darren Bestland (his 2nd) and Del Cowen (his 6th) gave the Bisons a commanding 4-1 leading into the 3rd. The shots in the period were an amazingly one-sided 20-3.

In comparison, the 3rd period was a nail-biter where each team scored twice. Bison markers came from Ian Duval (his 9th) and Dylan Kelly (his 7th). But the Bisons again dominated the shot clock, 24-8 for 59-16 on the night.

Jesse Deckert got the start for the Bisons and Andrew Hayes was worked over in the Kitten goal. Since the rematch goes Saturday at 2:30 p.m., I would not be surprised to see goaltending switches.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1

(in overtime)

Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [U of L Story] : [reposted at U of S Team Site]


The Banjo-Mutts waltzed into Lethbridge and pounded away for two periods, outshooting the H0rny Ones 40-9. But the score was 0-0. Dylan Tait was once again the overworked goaltender for the 'Horns.

Things got really interesting when Kyle McLachlan scored for the 'Horns 7 minutes into the 3rd. The celebration was short-lived because less than a minute later Jimmy Bubnick made it 1-1. The game then went into OT. Brennan Bosch scored after 35 seconds to give the Mangy Ones the two points they needed to stay one point behind Manitoba.

I suspected that there would be one close game in this series, and maybe Friday's encounter was it. I somehow doubt that Lethbridge has enough to throw a second scare. IMO the Bisons will be thinking they must win to get 2nd, and a loss will mean 3rd.

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CALGARY DINOSAURS 5
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 1


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


After losing on Thursday, the Bedrock Boys got it together in the rematch. The shots were 28-15 for the Dinos. The result, combined with UBC's loss, means that the Dinos will host the Tweety-Birds in next weekend's quarter-final round.

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 2
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 0


Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [UBC Game Story] : [U of A Linescore]


This loss for UBC dashed their hopes for a home playoff series yet again. In what was becoming a trend, the shots were very one-sided (39-16 for the Evil Monkeys). Although it should be pointed out that 19 of those Monkey shots came in the final frame.

Jordan Hickmott had an assist for the Monkeys to stay one point behind Blair Macaulay in the scoring race.

OUT EAST:

Links:
|> [OUA LeagueStat Daily]
|> [AUS Schedule/Results Page]


Friday, February 8
Dalhousie 5 Acadia 8
Moncton 0 New Brunswick 2
St. F-X 4 Saint Mary’s 3 (ot)
St. Thomas 1 UPEI 5
Ryerson 1 McGill 4
Toronto 4 Ottawa 5 (so)
Nipissing 3 Carleton 4
RMC 2 UQTR 5
Lakehead 4 Brock 3 (ot)
Queen’s 2 Concordia 3 (so)
Windsor at Waterloo - postponed to Feb. 10

UP NEXT:

Saturday, February 9
Manitoba at Regina
Saskatchewan at Lethbridge : CanadaWest.tv
Alberta at UBC

Toronto at Concordia
Queen’s at UQTR
Ryerson at Carleton
Nipissing at Ottawa
Windsor at Western Ontario
RMC at McGill
York at Guelph
Lakehead at Waterloo
Laurier at UOIT
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Postby Hollywood2 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 1:49 am

BISONS BLOW CHANCE AT SECOND

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MANITOBA BISONS 2
REGINA COUGARS 4


Links:
|> [CIS Saturday Round-Up] : [CW Saturday Stories]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [U of R Game Story] : [reposted at U of M Site] : [Friday Story]
|> [Winnipeg Free Press Preview Story]


The Bisons blew a gift-wrapped opportunity to finish second, and get the quarter-final bye and hosting rights for the semi-final that go along with that. As usual, they outshot the Kittens (42-27) but most of that margin came in the 3rd period.

Dylan Kelly (his 8th) opened scoring in the 1st period and all seemed well. But the Kittens rallied to take the lead before the period ended, and extended the lead to 3-1 after two periods.

Tyler Dittmer scored his 15th of the season in a late charge in the 3rd period.

So, next weekend the Banjo-Cats will be in town for the quarter-finals. The good news is that the Bisons have dominated them at the Max Bell. A win there would then mean a trip to Saskatown to play the Banjo-Mutts. At one time the Rutherford Dump was bad news for the Herd. But in recent years the Bisons have become a big team and the tiny rink suits their style.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 6
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2


Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [U of L Story] : [reposted at U of S Team Site]


I do not believe that anybody thought there was the slightest chance in He!! that Lethbridge would win this one, and the didn't. They did manage to show some fight and stage a bit of a comeback. But falling behind 5-0 after two periods limits your options. The 1st period remained scoreless until the last couple minutes and then the floodgates opened.

Indeed, Friday was their chance at the upset, and it nearly happened. My theory that in most series the underdog will make at least one game close was borne out in this series. I guess that the Regina performance also bears this out.

The CanadaWest.tv broadcast was better than usual because the Lethbridge College student techs were doing a project with multi-cameras, replays, and the whole bit.

Once again, the H0rny Ones were short-staffed. Only 17 players were dressed.

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 2


Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [UBC Game Story] : [U of A Linescore]


This game was a play-out-the-string affair for both sides. The Monkeys were destined to finish #1 and the Tweety-Birds #5, yet again.

The scoeline might be a bit misleading. It was a 3-2 game when the Monkeys scored an empty-netter in the final minute, and then scored yet another.

Next weekend the Monkeys will stay in Saudi Alberta whilst the 'Birds will travel to the Town of Bedrock to face the Dinosaurs. UBC would have to rank as an underdog, but one with a significant chance at an upset. However, Calgary would have a much better chance against Alberta in the semi-final round.

OUT EAST:

Links:
|> [OUA LeagueStat Daily]


Saturday, February 9
Toronto 2 Concordia 1
Queen’s 3 UQTR 7
Ryerson 5 Carleton 2
Nipissing 2 Ottawa 3
Windsor 3 Western Ontario 2
RMC 1 McGill 2 (ot)
York 2 Guelph 5
Lakehead 3 Waterloo 5
Laurier 5 UOIT 6
Manitoba 2 Regina 4
Saskatchewan 6 Lethbridge 2
Alberta 5 UBC 2

UP NEXT:

Sunday, February 10
Windsor at Waterloo
(end of regular season)

Playoffs

Wednesday, February 13
Moncton at Acadia
UPEI at StFX

Friday, February 15
Regina at Manitoba
UBC at Calgary
Acadia at Moncton
StFX at UPEI

Saturday, February 16
Regina at Manitoba
UBC at Calgary

Sunday, February 17
Regina at Manitoba*
UBC at Calgary*
Moncton at Acadia*
UPEI at StFX*

Note - OUA schedules are TBD
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Postby Hollywood2 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:22 am

WEEKEND PREVIEW

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REGINA COUGARS (13-12-3, 14-18-3, OHT35 #21)
MANITOBA BISONS (17-7-4, 20-9-4-1, OHT35 #5)


Friday, February 15th, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Max Bell Arena, U of M
Saturday, February 16th, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Max Bell Arena, U of M
Sunday, February 17th, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Max Bell Arena, U of M (if required)


Live Links:
|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday] : [Live Stats Sunday]
|> [Live Video (all games)]

Manitoba Links:
|> [U of M Preview]
|> [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
|> [Twitter] : [Facebook]

Regina Links:
|> [U of R Team Site]
|> [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
|> [Twitter] : [Facebook]

Prior Games:
|> [Sept 15: Man 5-0] : [Sept 21: Man 6-2] : [Sept 22: Man 6-2]
|> [Nov 23: Man 6-0] : [Nov 24: Man 7-2]
|> [Feb 8: Man 6-3] : [Feb 9: Reg 4-2]

Other Links:
|> [CIS Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links] : [Standings]
|> [Playoff Schedule/Results/Links] : [University Cup]
|> [CW Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links] : [Standings]
|> [LeagueStat Daily] : [CW Weekly Media Notes #16]
|> [Every Link Re: CIS Hockey]


Hey, it is playoff time already. Last week there were permutations and combinations galore in every conference. Now, it is all so simple. Win 2-out-of-3 and move on. Otherwise it is season over.

As usual in the CW, the whole series is hosted by one team. So all three games are slated for the Max Bell Arena. If the Bisons win then they will make a trip to Saskatown next weekend to face the Banjo-Mutts.

No detailed preview of this series is really necessary - Just read last week's and add the two post-game posts. The one point to make is that it is hard to whip a team 7 straight times in a season. So after getting 6 one-sided wins the Banjo-Cats were bound to steal one. Could the Hillbillies actually steal two in one weekend? They would need spectacular goaltending. They have split duties down the middle between Lucas Gore and Andrew Hayes. Like all six playoff teams, they are blessed with capable goaltenders.

While the Bisons have a clearly superior defence, and a vastly superior set of forward lines, it is always possible for goaltending to equalize. Frankly, it is Regina's only chance.

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Goaltending will be the key to any Regina upset.

ELSEWHERE:

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UBC THUNDERBIRDS (14-11-3, 19-12-3-1, OHT35 #18)
CALGARY DINOSAURS (17-11-0, 20-14-0, OHT35 #14)


Links:
|> [Live Stats Thursday] : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Sunday]
|> [no live audio or video]
|> [U of C Preview Story reposted at CW Site] : [UBC Team Site]


As I post there are still no plans to stream this series on CanadaWest.tv. But sometimes arrangements are made on short notice.

These two teams are traditional quarter-final opponents. In fact, they met just last year. UBC won game one before the Bedrock Boys came back to win games two and three, before they went on to finish as conference runner-up for the second consecutive season.

This season, UBC won the first match-up 4-2 on October 12th. Calgary then won the rest: 7-4 on October 13th, 6-2 on January 4th, and 2-1 in overtime on January 5th.

UBC's playoff woes are well-documented. Perhaps it is time that they rolled all past disappointments up into a ball and made up for it with one completely remarkable unexpected roll to a University Cup. But I very much doubt that will happen. The Tweety-Birds are a solid mid-pack team. They are ranked #18 in the OHT35, which means there are 17 teams ahead of them and 17 others behind them. IMO they have about a 35% chance to beat the Dinos. And if they were to do so they would be even less likely to win another round.

OUT EAST:

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Links:
|> [OUA LeagueStat Daily]
|> [AUS Playoff Schedule/Results Page]


All games are game one in a best-of-three quarter-final series.

Wednesday, February 13
Moncton 7 Acadia 5
UPEI 4 St. F-X 3
UQTR 5 Ryerson 2
Queen's 2 Carleton 10
McGill 2 Nipissing 4
Ottawa 3 Toronto 2 (2ot)
Windsor 3 York 2 (2ot)
Lakehead 2 Waterloo 7

UP NEXT:

Thursday, February 14
UOIT at Western Ontario
Laurier at Guelph

Friday, February 15
Acadia at Moncton
St. F-X at UPEI
Carleton at Queen's
Toronto at Ottawa
York at Windsor
Waterloo at Lakehead
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Postby Hollywood2 » Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:54 am

HERD CLAIM CONVINCING WIN IN OPENER

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REGINA COUGARS 2
MANITOBA BISONS 6


Links:
|> [CIS Friday Round-Up] : [CW Friday Stories]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [U of M Game Story] : [U of R Game Story]


The Bisons racked up a convincing, though at times lacklustre, win in game one of their quarter-final series against the Banjo-Cats. With the Jets hosting the Penguins, the crowd was the smallest I have ever seen. Even smaller than the crowds these teams drew to their pre-season series. My guess is there will be a much bigger audience for game two on Saturday.

The Bisons kicked the Kittens from pillar to post for most of the first 25 minutes en route to a 3-0 lead. Each of the Duval-Macaulay-Dittmer line scored a PP goal in that time (and in that order). Though the lead was nice, it killed any prospect for stimulating hockey. The Herd led on the shot clock 19-10 at the 1st intermission, and that was extended early in the 2nd period.

Once ahead 3-0 it was kitty-bar-the-door hockey. The Bisons rarely attempted to commit to offence. Troy Hunter scored a PP goal for the Cougars mid-way through the 2nd period. However, Del Cowan replied for the Bisons to make it 4-1 by intermission.

The Bisons played kill-the-clock for most of the 3rd period. However after 5 minutes Hunter notched his 2nd of the night to make it 4-2. Macaulay's empty-netter followed by Paul Ciarelli's cherry-on-top rounded out the scoring.

Although the Bisons gave up a record 37 shots on goal, Jesse Deckert had precious few difficult saves to make. On the other hand, Lucas Gore had loads of tough shots in the Kitten net.

Here's how they lined up:

Manitoba

Goal:
35 Deckert (1 Caligiuri)

Defence:
3 Mestery - 4 Schappert
22 Bestland - 2 Crowley
6 Melnychuk - 24 Bobbee

Forwards:
23 Dittmer - 19 Duval - 26 Macaulay
9 Lowry - 11 Henry - 21 Cowan
27 Feakes - 10 Rowinski - 29 Cain
18 Kelly - 25 Ciarelli - 16 Paradis

Scratches:
G: 34 Dubyk
D: 5 Christensen - 12 Sutherland - 20 Lockerby
F: 15 Scott - 17 Lauder

Regina

Goal:
35 Gore (30 Hayes)

Defence:
8 Friedel - 5 Reeve
7 Schneider - 18 Nielsen
24 Szucki - 2 Dech

Forwards:
20 Sawka - 14 Cuthbert - 17 Selinger
16 Nargang - 15 Murray - 19 King
25 Czerwonka - 12 Brennan - 9 Penny
13 Appleyard - 10 Henry - 22 Hunter

Scratches:
G: 1 Kilgore
D: 4 Sonntag
F: 11 Lange - 21 Hladun

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:

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UBC THUNDERBIRDS 1
CALGARY DINOSAURS 3


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


The Bedrock Boys chalked up a convincing win of their own. UBC has been nipping at their heels the last two years. But on Friday night the Extinct Ones prevailed with style. The Tweety-Birds were outshot 16-3 in the 1st period, yet the Dinos held only a 1-0 lead on a goal from Brock "Milhouse" Nixon.

In the 2nd the Dinos pulled away with Nixon's 2nd a PP marker from Corey Banfield. UBC tried to make a 3rd period comeback, outshooting their hosts 13-5. But all they got was one goal, from Max Grassi.

In a bit of a surprise, the Dinos went with Dustin Butler in goal, whilst the British Californians answered with Jordan White.

In a scheduling note, Calgary has had to play games 1 and 2 of the series at their Max Bell Arena, rather than their usual digs at the Father David Bauer Arena.

OUT EAST:

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Links:
|> [AUS Playoff Schedule/Results Page]


Friday, February 15
Acadia 5 Moncton 2 (series tied 1-1)
St. F-X 4 UPEI 5 (ot) (UPEI wins 2-0)

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Links:
|> [OUA LeagueStat Daily]
|> [TB Newswatch Story]


Thursday, February 14
UOIT 1 Western Ontario 8 (game 1)
Laurier 4 Guelph 3 (ot) (game 1)

Friday, February 15
Carleton 2 Queen's 1 (Carleton wins 2-0)
Toronto 4 Ottawa 0 (series tied 1-1)
York 2 Windsor 4 (Windsor wins 2-0)
Waterloo 4 Lakehead 2 (Waterloo wins 2-0)

UP NEXT:

Saturday, February 16
Regina at Manitoba (Manitoba leads 1-0): CanadaWest.tv
UBC at Calgary (Calgary leads 1-0)

Ryerson at UQTR (UQTR leads 1-0)
Nipissing at McGill (Nipissing leads 1-0)
Toronto at Ottawa (tied 1-1)
Western Ontario at UOIT (UWO leads 1-0)
Guelph at Laurier (Laurier leads 1-0)
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Postby Hollywood2 » Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:07 am

DITTMER'S FOUR GOALS KILL THE KITTIES

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REGINA COUGARS 0
MANITOBA BISONS 5

(Manitoba wins series 2-0.)

Links:
|> [CIS Saturday Round-Up] : [CW Saturday Stories]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [U of M Game Story] : [U of R Team Site]


The Bisons were, by far, the better team on Saturday night. Their 8 one-sided victories over the Banjo-Cats really make the one loss (last Saturday) stand out. A win there and the Bisons would be hosting a semi-final series next weekend.

While the Banjo-Cats exceeded everybody's expectations this year, going a respectable 13-12-3, it is clear that they went as far as they could have hoped. To put it bluntly, there are very few Kittens who could have even cracked the Bison line-up had they attended training camp. So 2012-13 has to be considered a success at the U of R.

The Bisons established dominance from every line from the opening whistle. Shift after shift produced a quality scoring chance. However, most were wasted when the Bisons failed to even hit the net. The 1st period shots were 12-7 for the Bisons. They could have doubled that total by hitting the net. The one chance which connected was a deft cross-crease pass from Ian Duval which landed the puck on Tyler Dittmer's stick to be buried behind Andrew Hayes.

The 2nd period followed the 1st period blueprint, but this time the Bisons scored twice. Dittmer converted another Duval pass before the fans had even settled in with their popcorn. Then Tyler Feakes whipped one in from the right side of the slot, on a pass from Duval.

Dittmer then scored twice more in the 3rd period. The 4-0 goal was the easiest goal ever. Jeremy Schappert passed from the left wing boards and hit a wide-open Dittmer no more than a few inches from the gaping net.

Here's how they lined up:

Manitoba

Goal:
35 Deckert (1 Caligiuri)

Defence:
3 Mestery - 4 Schappert
22 Bestland - 2 Crowley
6 Melnychuk - 24 Bobbee

Forwards:
23 Dittmer - 19 Duval - 26 Macaulay
9 Lowry - 11 Henry - 21 Cowan
27 Feakes - 10 Rowinski - 29 Cain
18 Kelly - 25 Ciarelli - 16 Paradis

Scratches:
G: 34 Dubyk
D: 5 Christensen - 12 Sutherland - 20 Lockerby
F: 15 Scott - 17 Lauder

Regina

Goal:
30 Hayes (35 Gore)

Defence:
8 Friedel - 18 Nielsen
14 Cuthbert - 5 Reeve
24 Szucki - 2 Dech

Forwards:
21 Hladun - 20 Sawka - 17 Selinger
16 Nargang - 15 Murray - 19 King
13 Appleyard - 10 Henry - 22 Hunter
25 Czerwonka - 12 Brennan - 9 Penny

Scratches:
G: 1 Kilgore
D: 4 Sonntag - 7 Schneider
F: 11 Lange

So next weekend the Bisons will visit Saskatown to face the Banjo-Mutts at the Rutherford, provided it is still standing by then.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:

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UBC THUNDERBIRDS 4
CALGARY DINOSAURS 2

(Series tied 1-1.)

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


Three goals on 5 shots turned around game two for the Tweety-Birds and allowed them to tie the series and force game three on Sunday night.

Game two was to my surprise available on CanadaWest.tv, and game three on Sunday is also slated for broadcast. Puck drop is 6:00 MST, or 7:00 CST.

Jordan White has started both games in goal for UBC. After Dustin Butler was somewhat of a surprise starter in game one, the Bedrock Boys went back to Jacob Deserres in game two.

OUT EAST:

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Links:
|> [OUA LeagueStat Daily]


Saturday, February 16
Ryerson 3 UQTR 7 (UQTR wins 2-0)
Nipissing 1 McGill 4 (series tied 1-1)
Toronto 2 Ottawa 3 (ot) (Ottawa wins 2-1)
Western Ontario 5 UOIT 2 (W.Ont. wins 2-0)
Guelph 3 Laurier 2 (series tied 1-1)

UP NEXT:

Note: all series playing on Sunday are tied 1-1.

Sunday, February 17
UBC at Calgary : CanadaWest.tv
Moncton at Acadia
Nipissing at McGill
Laurier at Guelph

Semi-final match-ups:

Alberta v Calgary/UBC winner
Saskatchewan v Manitoba
Western Ontario v Waterloo
Windsor v Guelph/Laurier winner
UQTR v Ottawa or Nipissing
Carleton v McGill or Ottawa
New Brunswick v UPEI or Moncton
Saint Mary's v Acadia or UPEI
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Postby Hollywood2 » Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:10 pm

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There were a couple of new stories I found from Examiner.com, a Calgary site. For those in Calgary, tonight's game goes at 7:00 MST and the series shifts back to the Dinos' usual digs at the Father David Bauer Arena. For everybody else, the game is on-line at CanadaWest.tv.

Since the winner of this series will face Alberta, there has been no impediment to setting the semi-final schedule. And the CWUAA has done just that:

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Friday, February 22, 2013 - 7:00 MST - CanadaWest.tv
Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 6:00 MST - CanadaWest.tv
Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 6:00 MST - CanadaWest.tv

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Friday, February 22, 2013 - 7:00 CST
Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 7:00 CST
Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 7:00 CST

I suspect that the games from the Rutherdump Arena will be shown on CanadaWest.tv, since they have done so in each of the past few years. Of course, with the Rutherdump one always has to be concerned about the roof caving in. For the Bisons, the place is contoured perfectly for a big physical team. Hopefully, they can still fit cameras into the place.

Links:
|> [On-line video: CanadaWest.tv]
|> [Examiner.com: Dinos beat Thunderbirds 3-1 Friday night]
|> [Examiner.com: Thunderbirds force game three in CIS men's hockey action Sunday]
|> [CIS Playoff schedule/results/links]
|> [CW schedule/results/links]
|> [OUA schedule/results/links]
|> [AUS Playoff schedule/results/links]
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Postby Hollywood2 » Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:15 am

SEMI-FINALS ARE SET

With the Bisons having booked their ticket to the semi-final round, all we have on Game Three Sunday is a round-up from the four game threes played in four different provinces.

All of the games were on-line, and I was able to see at least a bit of each. It was actually a bit of a treat.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:

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UBC THUNDERBIRDS 1
CALGARY DINOSAURS 4

(Calgary wins series 2-1.)

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


UBC came out to play what was a key game for their program. They are the CW's #5 program, up against the #4 program to whom they lost a quarter-final series last season. Instead of coming up with a big effort they absolutely crapped the bed.

UBC was outshot 13-1 in the 1st period but were still tied 0-0. Problem was they had a 5 minute major to kill to start the 2nd period. The Bedrock Boys scored and that was that. UBC managed only 8 (yes, single digit) shots in the whole game.

Due to a loading problem with the CanadaWest.tv feed I missed Calgary's first two goals. What I did see emphasized just how bad UBC was. An unfortunate end to the season for them.

OUT EAST:

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MONCTON AIGLES BLEUS 3
ACADIA AXEMEN 4

(in overtime)
(Acadia wins series 2-1.)


Links:
|> [AUS Boxscore] : [CIS Boxscore]


After game one was a bit of a disaster for the Cajuns, they rallied for the win. They were outshooting the Aigles 34-11 after two periods, but only led 2-1 on the scoreboard. Moncton turned things around in a wild 3rd period where the shots were 17-17. The Cajuns finally won in OT, and the shots were 68-39.

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NIPISSING LAKERS 2
MCGILL REDMEN 1

(Nipissing wins series 2-1.)

Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


McGill joined Moncton as 2012 University Cup qualifiers to get the shoe in the quarter-final round. The game had a good pace but many players on both sides looked like Junior "B" calibre grads. The Nippers carried the play for the better part of the evening, outshooting the McGilligutties 37-28. McGill did pour it on late, to no avail.

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LAURIER GOLDEN HAWKS 2
GUELPH GRYPHONS 3

(in overtime)
(Guelph wins series 2-1.)


Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


I saw less of this one than the others. The game was quite slow-paced. Like the other games out east, the team with the edge in shots won in the end, In this case 41-24.

QUARTER FINAL RECAP:

Canada West
Byes: Alberta and Saskatchewan
Manitoba beat Regina 2-0
Calgary beat UBC 4-1

OUA - West
Western Ontario beat UOIT 2-0
Windsor beat York 2-0
Waterloo beat Lakehead 2-0
Guelph beat Laurier 2-1

OUA - East
UQTR beat Ryerson 2-0
Carleton beat Queen's 2-0
Nipissing beat McGill 2-1
Ottawa beat Toronto 2-1

AUS
Byes: New Brunswick and Saint Mary's
Acadia beat Moncton 2-1
UPEI beat St. F-X 2-0

UP NEXT:

Friday, February 22
Calgary at Alberta
Manitoba at Saskatchewan

OUA and AUS schedules are TBA.
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Postby Hollywood2 » Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:13 pm

NEWS AND UPDATES

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The U of R released their game story. It did not add much but there is this little ray of sunshine for the Banjo-Cats:
The Cougars made huge strides during the 2012-13 campaign under first-year head coach Todd Johnson, collecting 29 points in conference play after finishing with 13 points just a year ago. The team qualified for the postseason this year for the first time since 2009, and expects to return everyone to next season's roster with the exception of fifth-year defenceman Russ Nielsen and graduating fourth-year forward Ryan Sawka.


I also found links to some media stories. The Free Press just had a small blurb on the hockey team.

It seems the Kitties got some false hope from their 4-2 win last weekend. And d-man John Sonntag had quite an injury to his forearm. He was injured in a game against the Monkeys on February 1st.

Links:
|> [U of R Game Story]
|> Winnipeg Free Press: [All-Sport Preview]
|> Regina Leader-Post: [Regular Season Story] : [Preview Story]


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Links:
|> [OUA LeagueStat Schedule]


Wednesday, February 20
UQTR at Nipissing
Ottawa at Carleton

Thursday, February 21
Waterloo at Western Ontario
Guelph at Windsor

Friday, February 22
Carleton at Ottawa

Saturday, February 23
Nipissing at UQTR
Western Ontario at Waterloo
Windsor at Guelph

Sunday, February 24
Waterloo at Western Ontario*
Guelph at Windsor*
Ottawa at Carleton*
Nipissing at UQTR*
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Postby Hollywood2 » Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:55 am

WEEKEND PREVIEW

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MANITOBA BISONS (17-7-4, 2-0, 22-9-4-1, OHT35 #7)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (19-8-1, 21-9-2, OHT35 #6)


Friday, February 22nd, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Rutherford Arena, U of S
Saturday, February 23rd, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Rutherford Arena, U of S
Sunday, February 24th, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Rutherford Arena, U of S (if required)


Live Links:
|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday] : [Live Stats Sunday]
|> [Live Video (to be confirmed)]

Manitoba Links:
|> [U of M: Dittmer Athlete of the Week]
|> [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
|> [Twitter] : [Facebook]
|> [Winnipeg Free Press: All Sport Preview]

Saskatchewan Links:
|> [U of S Preview Story]
|> [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
|> [Twitter] : [Facebook]
|> [Saskatoon Star=Phoenix: Dave King Story]

Prior Games:
|> [Oct 12: Man 2-1] : [Oct 13: Sask 2-1]
|> [Jan 4: Man 4-2] : [Jan 5: Sask 3-2]
|> [Head-to-Head Stats]

Other Links:
|> [CIS Site] : [Playoff Schedule/Results/Links] : [University Cup]
|> [CW Weekend Preview] : [Schedule/Results/Links]
|> [LeagueStat Daily] : [CW Weekly Media Notes #17]
|> [Every Link Re: CIS Hockey]


Now, the playoffs get serious. It would be nice if the Herd was hosting this series. But if they have to play away, no better place for them than the Rutherdump Arena. Back in the day, the tiny rink was a big edge for the Banjo-Mutts. But now that the Bisons have more than their share of big recruits, this venue helps them. Provided, of course, that no chunks of roof break and land on them.

The Bisons have held the edge over the Mutts this year. Each team won twice. However, the Bisons outshot them every game. The Bison D was able to stifle the Mutts' forwards, who usually barely broke the 20 shot barrier each game. The most shots they had was 27 in game 4, when the Bisons had 40. Check out the "head-to-head" link for a plethora of interesting facts. There is one error. They claim the teams have met 14 times in the last 5 years. I believe they must have played 26 times in the regular season (4 times the last 2 seasons, 6 times the years before that).

In the overall standings, Sask was one point ahead. In offence the Bisons ranked 2nd with 105 goals while the Mutts were 3rd with 100. In defence, the Bisons were 3rd with 71 goals against and the Mutts were 4th with 82.

In all 4 games these teams played, the goaltenders were Jesse Deckert for the Bisons and Ryan Holfield for Sask. Expect that to continue.

As usual, the big weapon for the Bisons is the 1st line, Dittmer-Duval-Macaulay. They were 3 of the top 6 scorers in the CW and had the Banjo-Cats reeling last weekend. However, the other lines were also adept at applying pressure. When the Banjo Boys visited Manitoba they had very little pressure applied by their 2nd-4th lines. They just scrambled to get the puck out of their end then do a line change.

One has to consider what impact playing host to the University Cup is having on Sask. Some would say it takes away a bit of an edge. Others would say it helps to relax and just play the game without thinking of the consequences.

Final note: The CanadaWest.tv broadcast is not yet confirmed but I suspect it shall be. Keep checking!

ELSEWHERE:

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CALGARY DINOSAURS (17-11-0, 2-1, 22-15-0, OHT35 #14)
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (23-4-1, 34-4-1, OHT35 #1)


Links:
|> [Live Stats Thursday] : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Sunday]
|> [Live Video (all games)]
|> [U of A Preview Story] : [U of C Team Site]
|> [Head-to-Head Stats]


The Bedrock Boys have lost the last two CW finals. To make it 3 in a row they need a win over the Evil Monkeys. While they have a chance, I would say they are a longshot. The Dinos only beat the Monkeys once out of four games this year, and that was in a shootout.

Although it took the Dinos 3 games to eliminate UBC, they did dominate game 3. This makes me wonder if they are peaking at the right time, like last year. The Butler/Deserres rotation in goal has them 2nd in goals against. But the Monkeys are 1st, with the Mucha/Cyr rotation. Not to mention, the Monkeys are also 1st in goals scored.

IMO the Dinos chance is to lay the body on the little Monkeys and hope they run out of gas in game 3. They will also need stellar goaltending.

OUT EAST:

The weekend started early out east with three games Wednesday, and more coming on Thursday. Note that the AUS is playing best-of-five in the semi-finals while the OUA sticks to best-of-three.

Links:
|> [OUA LeagueStat Daily]
|> [AUS Playoff Schedule/Results Page]
|> [CIS Wednesday Round-up]


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ACADIA AXEMEN 3
SAINT MARY'S HUSKIES 2

(in overtime)
(Acadia leads series 1-0.)


Links:
|> [AUS Boxscore] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [Game Story]


This series is a toss-up. Game one proved that theory. Expect lots of overtime in this match-up.

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UQTR PATRIOTES 3
NIPISSING LAKERS 1

(UQTR leads series 1-0.)

Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


Due to distance, game one was in Nipperland and games 2-3 will be in Trois-Rivieres. I would make UQTR heavy favourites to finish this one off.

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OTTAWA GEEGEES 1
CARLETON RAVENS 3

(Carleton leads series 1-0.)

Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [Ottawa Citizen Preview]


This cross-town derby match-up is drawing lots of attention. Carleton took game 1 with a sound win. I fully expect them to provide a stiff challenge to UQTR for the OUA East title.

UP NEXT:

Thursday, February 21
Acadia at Saint Mary's
UPEI at New Brunswick
Waterloo at Western Ontario
Guelph at Windsor

NEWS:

There were four sets of stories in the news this week. First, the CIS issued another top ten poll which was unchanged. Not surprising, since 4 teams had byes.

The Regina Leader-Post gave good coverage to the Banjo-Cats down the stretch. The story claims they are only losing two Kittens next year, Russ Nielson and Ryan Sawka.

The Canadian University Press found a couple of questionable stories. In one, Concordia claims to have a new computer program which gives their team an edge. Maybe they meant to say "... when we play Xbox ...." Hockey IntelliGym is "an online program which uses cognitive simulation technology to improve players’ performance in team sports". We'll see.

The other doozy was a typical feminist junk story common in university publications. The author cites bland stats to form the basis for a whine. "[F]rom all 54 universities included under the CIS roster, out of 480 head coaches, 408 of them were male." Well, duh! Ever think that men like sports way more than women do and therefore there would be a much larger pool of male candidates? Ever think that there exists a link between the low numbers of volunteer female coaches at all levels and the low numbers of paid female coaches at higher levels?

Links:
|> CIS Top Ten: [Press Release] - reposted at [Boxscore News] and [CW Site]
|> Cougar season recap: [Regina Leader-Post]
|> Concordia's technology: [The Concordian] - reposted at [CUP]
|> Women coaches: [The Carillon] - reposted at [CUP]
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Postby Hollywood2 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:25 am

UPDATED WEEKEND PREVIEW

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The away teams for the CW semi-finals posted their preview stories on Thursday. And it was confirmed that CanadaWest.tv will carry the on-line video for the Manitoba-Saskatchewan series.

Links:
|> [U of M Preview Story]
|> [U of C Preview Story]
|> [Live Video (all games)]


OUT EAST:

The favourites racked up a grand slam on day 2 of the eastern playoffs.

Links:
|> [OUA LeagueStat Daily]
|> [AUS Playoff Schedule/Results Page]
|> [CIS Thursday Round-up (to be posted)]


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ACADIA AXEMEN 2
SAINT MARY'S HUSKIES 4

(Series tied 1-1.)

Links:
|> [AUS Boxscore] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [Hockeyscene Game Story]


It figured that this series would be level after two games. The teams now play Saturday and Sunday at the home of the Cajuns.

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UPEI PANTHERS 2
NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS 7

(UNB leads series 1-0.)

Links:
|> [AUS Boxscore] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [Hockeyscene Game Story]


Half-way through the game it was only 1-0 for the Squirrels. Then came the @** kicking. Game two goes Friday night in Fredericton. The teams will then take the weekend off (no need to rush a playoff series!) before shifting to the Island.

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WATERLOO WARRIORS 1
WESTERN ONTARIO MUSTANGS 3

(UWO leads series 1-0.)

Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


Napoleon met his Waterloo, but the Urban Cowboys have not. Waterloo scored the first goal 7 minutes into the 3rd period. There were only 3 penalties in the game. Game two goes Saturday in Waterloo.

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GUELPH GRYPHONS 1
WINDSOR LANCERS 2

(Windsor leads series 1-0.)

Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore


This is one of the closest match-ups, on paper, in the semi-final round. Windsor only had 22 shots on goal. Game two goes Saturday in Guelph.

UP NEXT:

Friday, February 22
Manitoba at Saskatchewan
Calgary at Alberta
UPEI at New Brunswick
Carleton at Ottawa
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