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02-23-2008, 12:29 AM
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.... in series opener

February 22, 2008

UBC Thunderbirds 0
Manitoba Bisons 6


What can you say about this royal butt-whoopin'? The Bisons took an early lead and truly dominated the T-Birds from the time the puck was first dropped to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-3 quarter-final.

Kyle Howarth opened scoring on a PP 7 minutes in on a blast from the point. Calin Wild scored on a scramble about 3 minutes later and things were looking good. Then with about a minute-and-half to go, Chris Falloon zinged home a one-timer to make it 3-0 after one. The Bisons were rolling 4 lines and each was putting sustained pressure on the T-Birds.

The pace did not slow down at all in the 2nd period. The end-to-end rushes seemed to suit the Bisons just fine. Early in the 2nd period, UBC did generate some good scoring chances, in fact a couple guys had wide-open nets. However, it just was not their day. After one of their rushes flubbed, the Bisons broke out and Jered Walker zinged one into the top shelf from the face-off dot and it was 4-0. And time for UBC netminder Gerry Festa to get the hook.

The change in net (probably Barack Obama's idea!) did not do too much. Riley Dudar cashed in on a wide-open net assisted by Walker. In a Mats Lindh-like why-shoot-when-you-can-pass kind of play, complete with crowd shouting "shoot", Dudar cashed in when all he had to do was slide it home with nobody near him. Tougher empty-net goals have been scored!

Falloon scored a late PP goal to make it 6-0 in a 3rd period that was perhaps the most one-sided of the game. Walker collected his 4th assist of the night on that one.

On that note, every member of the Walker-Wild-Dudar line scored a goal.

The only line to go goal-less was the Davison-Benias-Waker unit. However, Chris Benias doled out a good body-check pretty well every shift. He made good use of that 5'7" frame.

The Bison line-up was like this:
  • Forward lines:
    Howarth - Wood - Hellyer
    Cowan - Kornelson - Falloon
    Walker - Wild - Dudar

    Defense pairs:
    Thiessen - Lenoski
    Rumsey - Smith
    Brown - Workman

    goal: Harris
    defense: McCrimmon, Nichols
    forwards: Olafson, Lafreniere, Cara, Hunter
The UBC line-up was tough to follow. They totally changed lines in the latter stages of the game. It started like this:
  • Desloges - May - Billsten
    Jeff Lynch - Beirnes - Bartley
    Curran - Morrison - Allen
    Wasmuth - Schneider - Sheppard - Jason Lynch (yes, 4 guys shared the line and Lynch also played lots of D)

    Zanon - Seibel
    Lineker - Gordichuk
    Duff - interspersed wiuth the rest when they rotated the 5
    Jason Lynch - thrown back when not used as a forward

    Festa, followed by Thuot
Elsewhere ...

Regina Cougars 2
Calgary Dinos 5

[BOX SCORE] <> [RECAP] <> [C.W. STATS] <> [C.W. STORY]

The Dinos have a 1-0 lead in a series they were heavily favoured to win. However, read the story link for a report on a possible injury to Dino star Jered Aulin.

Next up:
  • February 23rd and 24th (if necessary):
    UBC @ Manitoba
    Regina @ Calgary
    byes: Alberta and Saskatchewan
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Manitoba Bisons 0
Alberta Pandas 2

[BOX SCORE] <> [RECAP] <> [C.W. STATS] <> [C.W. STORY] <> [U OF M STORY]

The Pandas are hosting this series and took a 1-0 lead in the series. Both teams are assured of berths in the nationals.

Ontario playoffs:

UQTR Patriotes 6
Ottawa Gee Gees 4

(UQTR wins series 2-0)

Brock Badgers 4
Western Ontario Mustangs 3

(series tied 1-1)

Queen's Golden Gaels 0
McGill Redmen 2

(McGill wins series 2-0)

Lakehead Thunderwolves 4
Laurier Golden Hawks 5

(Laurier leads series 1-0)

Atlantic playoffs:

Moncton Aigles Bleus 7
Acadia Axemen 2

(Moncton wins series 2-0)

St. Thomas Tommies 2
St Francis-Xavier X-men 4

(series tied 1-1)

byes: New Brunswick and St. Mary's

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