SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2
MANITOBA BISONS 5
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On a night when the whole CW hit the season's mid-point, the Bisons were faced with the prospect of having to scramble to just eek out a playoff berth. They responded with a strong effort and, though hardly ready to coast, at least have some breathing room, and a shot to move into the top 4.
The alignment shifted somewhat, a natural occurrence when the Bisons have loads of forwards and apparently an injury to Jordan DePape. It looked like this:
35 Spriggs (1 Paulic)
2 Henry - 20 Johnston
3 S Christensen - 9 Hunter
4 Bresciani - 5 L Christensen
12 Zajac - 13 Laurencelle - 28 Stovin
25 Merasty - 24 Augert - 10 Dudar
26 Lisoway - 22 B Bowles - 17 Callis
29 Wasylak - 21 Brooks - 8 Bilton
6 Heinrich (D) - 14 Nault (F) - 15 S Bowles (F)
16 Paradis (F) - 19 Friesen (F) - 23 Schreyer (F)
27 DePape (F) - 34 Sydora (G)
32 Cooke (30 Wapple)
4 Harmsworth - 2 McFaull
3 Cox - 6 Fransoo
8 Lishchynsky - 5 Forsberg
15 Sofillas - 14 McVeigh - 7 Roach
22 Johnson - 19 Bauml - 10 Cable
18 Yakubowski - 23 Thomas - 28 Lawrence
20 Sutter - 9 Tkatch - 16 Stadnyk
12 Gay (F) - 17 Blair (F) - 21 Stumborg (D)
25 Borstmayer (D) - 26 Johnson (F) - 29 Forsberg (F)
And here's a quick summary:
15:55 Man Lisoway (3) ASST: Callis (3), Bresciani (4)
9:55 Man Zajac (3) ASST: Laurencelle (6), Bresciani (5)
10:37 Sask Thomas (3) ASST: Yakubowski (3)
12:56 Man Dudar (2) ASST: Bresciani (6), Merasty (9) (PP)
5:57 Man Laurencelle (2) ASST: Zajac (3), Stovin (6)
14:14 Sask Tkatch (3) ASST: Thomas (5), Fransoo (4) (PP)
17:32 Man Hunter (2) ASST: Laurencelle (7), Zajac (4)
The shots on goal were 43-30 in favour of the Banjomutts, which is a bit misleading. The shots were pretty even throughout two periods. Sask piled on the shots by a 17-7 margin in the 3rd period, during which the Bisons had a 3 or a 4 goal lead most of the time.
Byron Spriggs appears to be the starting goaltender now. He had two very strong games over the weekend, stopping 74 of 78 shots. I would expect Spriggs to start at least next Friday.
On the other hand, Jordon Cooke did not look like the CW's leading goaltender. He stopped 25 of 30 shots.
One feature of the Bison scoring is that the goals were not scored by their leaders. DePape was injured. The Merasty-Augert combination threatened lots but did not score. The Zajac-Laurencelle-Stovin line sure had it going (even though they were the only line to give up an even-strnegth goal). Stovin had just the one point but was a force out there. His size was a big factor assisting his smaller linemates. He and Laurencelle centred the line at various times.
All the Bison lines did well. Of note was the line of players who did not suit up on Friday night, Wasylak-Brooks-Bilton, all put in a good effort. They never scored, but were not scored upon either. (No Bison was a "-" on the night.) The checking line was re-jigged so as to include Lisoway-Bowles-Callis. They got the opener.
The Bisons are off Calgary to face MRU next weekend before breaking for exams and Christmas. They return home in the new year to face the Regina Banjocats. Meanwhile, Sask had a drink from the toilets, ate some slop off the floor, peed on a fire hydrant, then hopped in the bus and rode home with their heads out the window.
No photos from Saturday (when Sask was wearing their awesome green jerseys) are up yet. But we have some with their blah blah black ones from Friday night.OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 0
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A sweep of the Evil Monkeys may have been asking too much for the Hørny Ones. Graeme Craig scored twice and Brendan Burke had a 27 save shutout. Garret Hughson stopped 28 of 33 in the loss.
REGINA COUGARS 1
CALGARY DINOSAURS 6
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The Pussycats strutted into Bedrock on a high after a sweep and had a good game Friday. But Saturday's 1st period brought them back to Earth. Four goals on 17 shots gave the Dinos an insurmountable lead. Coda Gordon scored twice and Matthew Breenfield stopped 33 of 34 shots to claim the win. Andy Desautels was yanked after 4 goals, Mitch Kilgore finished it off.
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 5
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 3
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The Bluegars secured a sweep in British California with a decisive win. Cam Lanigan stopped 17 of 20 shots for the win and Matt Hewitt stopped 25 of 29 in the loss.STANDINGSOUT EAST
Nov 26 Moncton 2 St. F.X. 6
Nov 26 New Brunswick 2 Saint Mary's 3
Nov 26 U.P.E.I. 2 Acadia 5OUA
Nov 26 Lakehead 4 Laurier 3
Nov 26 Laurentian 3 Guelph 4 (ot)
Nov 26 McGill 0 Queen's 4
Nov 26 Nipissing 3 W. Ontario 1
Nov 26 Ottawa 1 U.O.I.T. 4
Nov 26 R.M.C. 1 Concordia 7
Nov 26 U.Q.T.R. 3 Carleton 1
Nov 26 Waterloo 6 Brock 1
Nov 26 Windsor 2 York 3 (ot)[CIS Schedule/Results]
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