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09-27-2012, 10:10 PM
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Sept. 27: Bisons @ Monkeys

WEEKEND PREVIEW


MANITOBA BISONS (0-0-0, 3-1-0)
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (0-0-0, 8-0-0)


Friday, September 28th, 8:00 p.m. CDT @ U of A
Saturday, September 29th, 7:00 p.m. CDT @ U of A


Live Links:
|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
|> [Live Video – Both Nights – CanadaWest.tv]

Manitoba Links:
|> [Team Site] : [Roster] : [Schedule/Results]
|> [LS Roster] : [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
|> [Twitter] : [Facebook]

Alberta Links:
|> [Team Site] : [Roster] : [Schedule/Results]
|> [LS Roster] : [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
|> [Twitter] : [Facebook]

Other Links:
|> [CIS Site] : [CIS Schedule/Results/Links]
|> [CW Site] : [CW Schedule/Results/Links]
|> [LeagueStat Daily]
|> [Every Link Re: CIS Hockey]


Last year the Bisons had four one-goal games with the Evil Monkeys. They won 3, bit one was reversed. The Monkeys scored with too many Monkeys on the ice in OT, after which the goal was waived off and a penalty assessed. The bad karma ultimately pushed them down the standings and out of first place for the first time in eons. In fact, their ill-gotten extra point against the Bisons is all that enabled them to finish second, just ahead of Sask.

FWIW, the CW coaches poll has a tight 3-way race for first this year with Manitoba at #2 and Saudi Alberta at #3.

Three monkeys have escaped the zoo: forwards Jean-Pierre Szaszkiewicz and Lindsay Nielsen, and defenceman Ian Barteaux. A very low turnover for a university hockey team. The replacements are forwards Burke Gallimore, Rhett Rachinski, and Torrie Dyck, and defenceman Brennan Yadlowski. Gallimore and Rachinski are both WHL grads with over 30 goals last year. Dyck is an Augustana transfer.

My overall impression is that both teams should have similar records to what they had last year. Every point will be vital.

ELSEWHERE:


CALGARY DINOS (0-0-0, 3-3-0)
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (0-0-0, 2-2-0)


Links:
|> [Live Stats Thursday] : [Live Stats Friday]
|> [Live Video - Thursday]
|> [Calgary Captains Named] : [Calgary Preview Story] : [Calgary Twitter]
|> [Lethbridge Site] : [Lethbridge Twitter]


This series is a home and home and, unlike the others, starts Thursday (in Lethbridge) and finishes Friday (in Calgary).

Brock Nixon will be the Captain of the Dinos this year. Both sides split their pre-season games, but the H0rny Ones' only wins were over ACAC teams. Calgary was a disappointment last year. Only a late spurt allowed them to stem a strong challenge from UBC and hang on to 4th place. They rallied in the playoffs to edge the Bisons and then lose game 3 in OT to Sask in the final. IMO, the Dinos look to be a strong 4th place team again. Their recruits seem to be a notch below their departures.

The H0rny Ones were desperately short of Viagra last year. Only Regina's ineptitude and a return to the 6-team playoff format allowed them to make the playoffs. IMO, they have a decent crop of recruits, but those only replace the quality departees.


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (0-0-0, 2-1-1)
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (0-0-0, 2-1-1)


Links:
|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
|> [Live Video – Both Nights]
|> [Sask Site] : [Sask Twitter]
|> [Mount Royal Site] : [Mount Royal Twitter]


This series will be of interest because it represents Mount Royal's conference debut. They jump into the deep end by facing the defending champions. I am interested in seeing just how Sask will look with some turnover at the upper end of the depth chart. Gone are forwards Kyle Ross, Shaun Vey, Travis Brisebois, and Brenden Dowd, and defencemen Dylan Hole, Curtis Kulchar, and Jesse Zetariuk. The replacements are forwards Jesse Ross, Kenton Dulle, Jordan Peddle, Brandon Herrod, and Marc-Andre Carre, and defencemen James Bubnick and Andrew Blanke. They also now have a third goaltender, Blake Voth.


UBC THUNDERBIRDS (0-0-0, 2-0-0)
REGINA COUGARS (0-0-0, 1-4-0)


Links:
|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
|> [no on-line audio or video]
|> [UBC Site] : [UBC Twitter]
|> [Regina Preview Story] : [Regina Twitter]


It is the opening weekend, yet IMO this is a crucial series for the Banjo-Cats. If they get swept at home in this series it could be a long, cold winter in Regina.

My only question: Has UBC prepared adequately? All they have played is two exhibitions against SFU from the BCIHL.

OUT EAST

Sept 27
Moncton at St. Francis Xavier
Laurier at Windsor

Sept 28
Brock at Lakehead
Ryerson at York (York Tournament)
UOIT v Toronto (York Tournament)
Queen's at Acadia
New Brunswick at McGill
UQTR at Saint Mary's (at Truro, NS)
St. Francis Xavier vs UPEI (at North Sydney, NS)

Sept 29
Brock at Lakehead
Western Ontario at Nipissing
York Tournament 3rd place game
York Tournament 1st place game
Queen's at Saint Mary's
UQTR at Acadia
New Brunswick at Concordia
UPEI at Dalhousie (at Liverpool, NS)

Sept 30
Ottawa at RMC

* all are non-conference games


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