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Herd Claims 2 Big Points

January 16, 2010

BISONS WIN ... AND GET LOTS OF HELP


UBC THUNDERBIRDS 2
MANITOBA BISONS 5

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Not only was this a big win for the Bisons (halting a 3 game losing streak to the Tweety-Birds) but they received BIG HELP on the out-of-town scoreboard. That wonderful combination made Saturday night an excellent night for the Herd.

While the game was somewhat of a comfortable win for the Bisons, it has to be said that UBC skated hard and hit hard over the weekend and were full value a split. They are clearly not ready to throw in the towel on the season. And when one looks at the wins by Lethbridge and Regina we could yet see a good race for at least one playoff berth.

The Bisons came out strong, no doubt wanting to avoid a home sweep at all costs. Jered Walker scored 2 minutes into the opening frame (his 3rd of the year). He played strong throughout and was named 2nd star. It was a strong period for the Bisons and I had full confidence that Saturday was going to turn out better than Friday.

The 2nd period had a 3 goal explosion that turned the game around. The Bisons started strong and eventually had a PP. Rick Wood from inside the left wing point made a beautiful cross ice pass to Tyler Dittmer (named 1st star) who was camped by the net on the right wing side and he found the top shelf faster than you could say "where did Momma hide the whiskey?" (his 5th of the season). But 30 seconds letter Matthew Schneider (not Mathieu, the Canuck/Moose d-man) made it 2-1 with his 7th goal. Then another 20 seconds later Greg Beller notched his 4th and it was 3-1 Bisons. (Beller was strong all weekend and got some PP time.)

After the Bisons opened the lead, UBC rallied and carried the play for most of the remainder of the period. However, they ran into penalty trouble and while 2 men short surrendered a goal by Ian Duval (his 3rd). (It must be noted that UBC also had a 2-man advantage but it was killed off by the Bisons. The Bisons killed 9 penalties and scored on 2 of 8 UBC penalties. The Bisons were also dangerous whilst shorthanded a couple of times.)

Despite trailing, UBC did not mount a serious 3rd period threat. They scored with about 6 minutes left but that was it. (They announced Hamilton as the scorer but LeagueStat says Wasden.) Mike Hellyer's empty-netter closed the scoring.

Steve Christie was very good in the Bison goal and was 3rd star. He now leads the conference in GAA and save percentage.

Here's how they lined up:
  • MANITOBA BISONS

    Goal:
    Christie (Deckert)

    Defense:
    Mealy - Workman
    Erb - Flynn
    Brown - Lockerby

    Forwards:
    Hellyer - Wood - Duval
    Macaulay - Walker - Dittmer
    Beller - Benias - Howarth
    Crowley - Wild - Waker

    UBC THUNDERBIRDS

    Goal:
    White (Thuot)

    Defense:
    Lineker - Kakoske
    Flatters - Gordichuk
    Brodie - Pepe

    Forwards:
    Lynch - Schneider - Ruel
    Campos - McCrae - Grassi
    Inglis - Wasden - Hamilton
    Sonne - May - Bauer
Jered Walker had a strong game.

ELSEWHERE:


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4
CALGARY DINOSAURS 2

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|> [U OF C STORY] ~ [U OF L STORY]


After beating the Dinos Friday night in Lethbridge, the smart money had to be on the Dinos on home ice in the Saturday night rematch. And for 2 periods, that's how it looked. Calgary held a 2-0 lead and were out-shooting the Horny Ones by 27-14. But the 3rd period must have been a monumental collapse. Lethbridge scored 3 even strength goals followed by an empty-netter. All told, 4 goals on 8 shots. Meanwhile, the Dinos could only scrounge a paltry 6 shots on goal in the 3rd period.

To lose in such a fashion does not bode well for the Dinos. The Bisons have to wonder what sort of Dino team they will face. It seems they are capable of beating anybody (they have wins over Alberta, Manitoba, and Sask) and then pulling off a game like this one. Lethbridge is now only 2 points behind Sask, however Sask has 3 games in hand. Calgary is within 2 points of Manitoba, who have 2 games in hand.


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2
REGINA COUGARS 3

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Holy Banjos Batman! The Banjo Cats defeated the Banjo Dogs. The loss by Sask is indicative of the tough time teams are having establishing themselves as top-ranked threats. After a tough start, Sask appeared to have found their groove. Then over the holidays they swept Lakehead, combined with Regina to beat the Team Canada juniors, then hammered the Slovakian juniors.

In this game, Regina earned a 2-0 1st period lead and then held on. Former South Blue Brant Hilton was in goal for the Puddy-Tats. The teams now switch home ice for Sunday's rematch in Saskatown. A win for Regina would pull them within even with UBC and within 4 points of Sask.

NEXT UP:

Jan 17 Regina @ Saskatchewan
Jan 22 Alberta @ Saskatchewan
Jan 22 Manitoba @ Calgary
Jan 22 Lethbridge @ UBC
Jan 23 Alberta @ Saskatchewan
Jan 23 Manitoba @ Calgary
Jan 23 Lethbridge @ UBC
bye: Regina

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