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Hollywood3
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January 28, 2011

BISONS UPSET AS HOME SIDES SWEEP THE NIGHT


MANITOBA BISONS 0
REGINA COUGARS 1


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This was a golden opportunity for the Bisons to solidify a hold on 2nd place and to come within 2 points of the idle Evil Monkeys. Instead, they seem to have dominated play by out-shooting the Banjo-Cats 34-17, only to be held scoreless.

Oddly, the 3 home teams this weekend all started the weekend as underdogs (at least on paper) yet emerged victorious on Friday night. The effect is to seriously tighten the standings. The Bisons, Calgary, and Sask are all tied and lead UBC by 2 points and Lethbridge by 4.

My weekend forecast was that one game would be tight and the other a decisive Bison victory. Looking at the shots total, I figure this may prove accurate.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD:

  • CALGARY DINOS 3
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 6


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    The Banjo-Dogs would have been feeling the heat and responded with a decisive victory. Now it is the Dinos asking questions since they were so decisively beaten. It also appears that Dustin Butler had his problems in goal, surrendering 6 goals on 27 shots. Of course, it is always hard to gauge a weekend series until after game 2. The way the standings look, the winner of game 2 will be looking at a 1st place possibility and the loser will be fearful of missing the playoffs.

    There were some pre-series stories in the Star-Phoenix, one about former Blades Walker Wintoneak and Derek Hulak facing each other and a Series Preview.

    Last week's sweep of the Evil Monkeys drew some media attention in Calgary with stories in The Gauntlet and the Calgary Herald.


    UBC THUNDERBIRDS 2
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 5


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    After being swept by the Bisons the Horny Ones were feeling the heat themselves. And, like Regina and Sask, they responded with a victory. They were paced by Andrew Courtney, who scored a hat-trick in the 3rd period. I will go out on a limb here: If UBC loses Saturday's rematch they will be toast.



    The CIS schedule and the CIS standings are all updated. The CIS Friday Recap is not up as I post but may be as you read. Here's what happened out east:

    Jan. 27
    Windsor 0 Laurier 2

    Jan. 28
    Dalhousie 2 Acadia 4
    UPEI 2 Moncton 4
    StFX 2 Saint Mary's 0
    UNB 7 St. Thomas 1
    Concordia 5 Ottawa 6 OT
    Queen's 2 Nipissing 5
    UQTR 3 Carleton 5
    York 4 Brock 5 OT
    Ryerson 3 Toronto 2
    Lakehead 1 Guelph 2
    W. Ontario 7 UOIT 3

    In the AUS, the news has to be that UPEI and SMU have hit the skids. Could Moncton catch Dal? Are Acadia and StFX now UNB's chief rivals?

    In the OUA, Windsor's ascent to the upper echelons has stalled. I was kind of hoping to see a new team bolt to the top. Lakehead's and UQTR's seasons continue to disappoint. And the Nippers continue to rack up wins over the weaklings of the OUA East.



    The Canada West Women's Site has a full Friday night report. Here's the scores:
    UBC 4 Lethbridge 1
    Sask. 4 Calgary 3 (OT)
    Manitoba Regina - play Saturday and Sunday afternoons
    Bye: Alberta
OTHER NEWS:
  • The debate about the relative merits of the CW and AUS were discussed at South Campus Sports. IMO, UNB is a cut above and STU is a cut below. Dal, Moncton, and Regina are just below average. Then the rest can all be viewed as varying degrees of national contenders.

    The 2011 Universiade is taking place in Turkey. The CIS sent a national women's team and the OUA sent a men's team. (The conferences take turns sending a men's team to this tournament.) The CIS Universiade Site has links to all sports. The Canadian men's team opened with a 9-0 win over Slovenia. They play Belarus Saturday and Korea Monday before the quarter-finals begin on Thursday. The women's team beat Finland 2-1 (in a shoot-out) and followed with a 3-0 win over Slovakia. They play a 6-team round-robin and will also face Britain, USA, and Turkey. This event is a big deal in Turkey. You might want to check out the story and pictures of the opening ceremony at Today's Zaman. The Hurriyet Daily News has stories on Turkey's losses and Istanbul's new arena. The Official Site is hard to navigate but does have summaries, line-ups, etc.
NEXT UP:
  • Jan. 29
    Manitoba at Regina
    Calgary at Saskatchewan
    UBC at Lethbridge
    Bye: Alberta

    Feb. 4-5
    Saskatchewan at UBC
    Manitoba at Calgary
    Regina at Alberta
    Bye: Lethbridge

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