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01-23-2011, 03:19 PM
puck passion
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My oh my. The Canada West conference is truly up for grabs. Finally there is some real parity, not the pretend kind we've seen in past years. While Alberta takes a nose-dive, Calgary and Saskatchewan are both on an up-trend and Manitoba is holding its own. Hey, look out, UBC is trying to up-size and join the league's upper echelon. The Birds work real hard and are within striking distance of that fourth and final playoff berth. Their goaltending remains suspect, however, and they're not real deep in the scoring and skill department. It's scary to think that maybe one or two of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan could not advance to the CIS national championship in Fed Rock, NB.
Not overly surprised at Alberta. Their drop in play is finally reflecting the drop in talent at the forward position. They no longer have the scoring depth (the big edge that used to be the envy of all ) up front and it doesn't look good for next season with their projected losses there. Don't know how they managed to win as many games as they did up front but Klassen, Ryan and Hunter really carried this team for as long as they could.
Still think Calgary and Saskatchewan could be the scariest to play in postseason, yet they could end up meeting one another, which would probably be what Alberta and Manitoba can hope for.

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