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11-16-2012, 04:12 PM
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Nov. 16-17: Bisons @ `Birds


MANITOBA BISONS (6-3-1, 9-5-1-1, OHT35 #6)
UBC THUNDERBIRDS (6-3-1, 9-4-1-1, OHT35 #14)

Friday, November 16th, 9:00 p.m. CST @ ubc
Saturday, November 17th, 9:00 p.m. CST @ UBC

Live Links:
|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
|> [On-Line audio - CITR]

Manitoba Links:
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|> [LS Roster] : [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
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Other Links:
|> [CIS Site] : [CIS Schedule/Results/Links]
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|> [LeagueStat Daily] : [CW Weekly Media Notes #7] : [CW Preview Story]
|> [Every Link Re: CIS Hockey]

The Herd is thundering off to British California this weekend, a place where they have underperformed in the not-so-distant past. The Tweety-Birds have been, as expected, a solid opponent thus far. At issue is whether they can finally break through into the upper echelons of the CW. While they don't look like a conference champion thus far, they certainly are capable of beating teams. The only teams UBC has yet to play this season are the Bisons and the Monkeys. So a week from Monday we will know all about what kind of team UBC has this year.

For the Bisons, will they split the goaltending duties? Joe Caligiuri had one game against Lethbridge last weekend, but Jesse Deckert had the other and has started 8 of the 10 regular season games thus far. I suspect that if the Macaulay-Duval-Dittmer unit is firing on all cylinders the Bisons could earn a sweep. I will also wonder if the #2 unit, Rowinski-Cowan-Lowry, can convert their good opportunites into goals.


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (9-3-0, 17-3-0, OHT35 #3)
REGINA COUGARS (6-3-1, 7-9-1, OHT35 #17)

|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
|> [no on-line audio or video]
|> [U of R Preview Story]

The official CIS rankings have Alberta replacing Sask as #1. Now, I agree that Alberta is the better team. But Sask beat them, twice, already. So the OHT35 has Sask at #1 and Alberta at #3.

But will any of this scare the Banjo-Cats? These cute little kitties looked like they were begging to be euthanized at an over-crowded animal shelter when I saw them in pre-season. In the pre-season coaches' poll they were a consensus #8 in the CW. Once the regular season started these guys found another gear. They have split with Sask, Calgary, UBC, and MRU, and swept Lethbridge. They started the season playing mostly the bottom half of the conference, but last weekend the then #1 Banjo-Mutts had to fight for a split.

The Evil Monkeys have, incredibly, already played 20 games. They lost 3 straight, and in all of those outshot their opponent by a wide margin. If anybody can set the Puddy-Tats back in their place, it is the Primates. Can they succeed where Sask failed? This series will tell us a lot.

MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (2-10-0, 3-12-1, OHT35 #28)
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (0-9-1, 2-14-1, OHT35 #35)

|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
|> [Live Video both nights]
|> [U of L Preview Story] : [Mount Royal Site]

The New Kittens on the Block have been off to a rough start. However, they have been able to say, "just look at our schedule". They have played 4 games against Alberta and 2 each against Manitoba and Sask. Winning one of those 8 games is not so bad. But last weekend's sweep at the hands of UBC, coupled with an earlier split against Regina, leaves them in a desperate state as they visit Lethbridge.

After a Viagra-less start, the H0rny Ones seemed to have some vigour when they visited Manitoba last weekend after a bye week. Unfortunately, vigour does not substitute for talent. Can Lethbridge use last weekend as a stepping-stone? This weekend has a "last-chance" feel to it, even this early in the season.

SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (8-2-0, 10-3-1, OHT35 #1)
CALGARY DINOS (5-5-0, 8-8-0, OHT35 #18)

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|> [no on-line audio or video]
|> [U of C Preview Story] : [U of S Site]

Whilst Sask holds the #1 place in the OHT35, they are on somewhat wobbly ground. Their top line is one of the best, but after that not so much. They are lucky to be hosting the Nationals this year and get the host team berth for that reason.

Calgary is, as always, a solid opponent. Especially on home ice. The Bisons escaped the Town of Bedrock with 3 points, and Sask would glady take such a result for themselves. The rest of the league has but one request: To have only 4 points allocated over the weekend. After they went to triple overtime in game 3 of last year's championship series, one always has to be concerned about overtime and 3 point games.


Thursday, November 15 [CIS Thursday Round-Up - if they upload it!]
Queen's 4 Ryerson 1
Waterloo 6 UOIT 3
Western Ontario 4 Laurier 3 - OT


Friday, November 16
Acadia at UPEI
St. Thomas at St. F-X
Moncton at Saint Mary's
Dalhousie at UNB
Ottawa at Carleton
Ryerson at RMC
Toronto at Nipissing
Lakehead at Brock
Guelph at Waterloo
York at Windsor
McGill at UQTR


The CIS Blog throws in a "games to watch" story in addition to the Top Ten news release from the CIS.
Links: [CIS] : [reposted at CW and Boxscore News] : [OHT35]
CIS Blog: [Suggestions for games to watch this weekend ]

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