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10-06-2011, 09:24 PM
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Bye Week Stuff


The Bisons will be concentrating on turkey this weekend since they are off on a bye. The CW starts the season in an odd fashion, with two series last weekend and two more this weekend. From here on in a full slate will be played each weekend. The non-conference/exhibition/pre-season games are also done now.

REGINA COUGARS (0-0-0, 3-3-2)

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The Evil Monkeys had last weekend off whilst the Banjo-Cats were getting ripped in the States. It looks like UND and Bemidji peppered Regina goaltending like the Bisons did, only this time there were no 49 save performances in Regina's arsenal. Any points Regina could deny Saudi Alberta would be a bonus to the rest of the league.

CALGARY DINOS (0-2-0, 1-6-2)
UBC THUNDERBIRDS (0-0-0, 2-4-0)

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British California has yet to face a CW opponent so it is hard to gauge just where they are. They swept aside the SAIT Condoms then lost to the Abbotsford Heat (AHL), and were swept in 3 games in States. These results compare to their historical pre-season results. This, combined with a so-so recruiting class, has me thinking they will be roughly the same as last year. I'll be interested to see if either of these offensively-challenged teams can mount an attack. After being swept at home, the Dinos will feel some pressure on the road.


Goaltender Joe Caligiuri was named Canada West male athlete of the week for his two shutouts in Calgary. Seems reasonable. He was then named CIS male athlete of the week as well.

Also, Former Bison goalie Steve Christie agrees to terms with ECHL's Idaho Steelheads. He will join last year's team-mate Greg Beller on that squad.

South Campus Sports' Lethbridge Preview is up now. There are some interesting quotes from Coach Gatto:
On finishing strong: “We don’t want to save it until the second half. Seven of our first ten are at home, and one and a half are done. We want to be better in the first half, so we’re not always coming from behind in that second half and making a late run.” ...

On going 0-3 against Mount Royal during the preseason: “It’s tough. It’s their Stanley Cup as an ACAC team, and they battle, and want to win that game. Just like we do, but we’re still trying to get the kinks out of the armour, and find the right mix of guys, so sometime it’s a little misleading.”

“When I used to play ACAC teams, our guys wanted to beat them 10-1. These guys here it’s like ‘aww jeez, we’ve got to play an ACAC team’… We played well enough to win, we just didn’t. They’re going to be a really good team.”...
Hmmmm. It is pretty clear that they cannot continue to dig a hole and then mount a late charge. But their early performance has been bad. They were 0-4-0 in preseason and well on their way to going 0-2-0 in the regular season. That all adds up to what looks like a slow start from here.

South Campus Sports' Sask Preview is also up. In the off-season I posted about the players leaving the team in order to play senior hockey. Here's a quote from the story:
On DaSilva - "We're more serious than Steven wanted to be. There was no hard feelings, he thought about it, and we both drew a line in the sand, and mutually agreed that senior was probably a better thing for him, as long as he got his schooling."

"Everybody was looking to throw hatchets at one another, but there was really nothing going on. Sometimes you want to maintain, or get to another level, and it's at the expense of someone sometime."

"He wasn't blaming me, he wasn't blaming his teammates. He didn't have the same competitive drive he once did, and there's nothing wrong with that - it takes a man to admit it."

New on the scene: Chad Suer, Matthew Spafford, Kyle Aschim, Zak Stebner

As mentioned above these recruits pale in comparison to those from Alberta, Calgary, and Manitoba. There's not a top end recruit in this class, with Stebner the highlight offensively in a group that sports three defenceman, but that's slightly misleading given the addition Derek Hulak and Matt Delahey mid-season a year ago.
The Mangy Mutts have been the winner of the "best on paper" award in recent years and have fallen short on the ice. Maybe this year will be the opposite. They went 4-1-0 in pre-season and are almost 2-0-0 in the regular season.

The CIS is running a set of stories in their 50th anniversary series. This week they post about Andy Murray, who played for and coached the Brandon Bobcats. He was rumoured to be behind a plan to rekindle the program.

The CIS also ran an OUA Preview.

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