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Jan. 4-5: Bisons @ Huskies

WEEKEND PREVIEW


MANITOBA BISONS (9-4-3, 12-6-3-1, OHT35 #9)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (13-3-0, 15-4-1, OHT35 #3)


Friday, January 4th, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Saskatoon
Saturday, January 5th, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Saskatoon


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

Manitoba Links:
|> [U of M Site - check for preview story]
|> [LS Roster] : [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
|> [Twitter] : [Facebook]

Saskatchewan Links:
|> [Sask. Site (New Link)]
|> [LS Roster] : [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
|> [Twitter] : [Facebook]

Prior Games:
|> [Oct 12: Manitoba 3-1] : [Oct 13: Sask 2-1]

Other Links:
|> [CIS Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links]
|> [CW Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links] : [Standings]
|> [LeagueStat Daily] : [CW Weekly Media Notes #10]
|> [Every Link Re: CIS Hockey]
|> [Brody Melnychuk Career Stats]


So the break is over and time to get back to the grind. The CW has by coincidence three close match-ups, and the primary one is between the Bisons and Banjo-Mutts. The #2 and #3 teams in the CW and #3 and #9 teams in the CIS.

Of note, the Bison roster page, on both their site and LeagueStat, has verified the addition of defenceman Brody Melnychuk. He is a grad of the Brandon Wheat Kings. They now have 16 forwards, 9 defencemen, and 3 goaltenders on the roster. Hopefully there will be a preview story at GoBisons.ca on Thursday or Friday which deals with this acquisition.

The end of the season comes quickly and suddenly. Christmas just ended and now we are in the final drive to the playoffs. After this weekend, both sides will have only 10 games remaining. So this trip to that 70's town is of major importance to the Bisons. The Herd trail the Bumpkins by 5 points. IMO the Bisons need to win the weekend series by a minimum margin of 4-1 if they want to make a charge for 2nd place.

When these teams met in Friendly Manitoba the Bisons were able to shut down the Hillbillies. But nobody else has. The Moonshiners are 2nd to Alberta in goals scored. Both games can be seen on-line at CanadaWest.tv.

ELSEWHERE:


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (1-13-2, 3-18-2, OHT35 #35)
REGINA COUGARS (7-7-2, 8-13-2, OHT35 #20)


Links:
|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
|> [no live audio or video]
|> [U of R Preview Story - reposted at CW Site]
|> [U of L Preview Story]


Both of these teams have released preview stories right on time. From Regina:
Quote:
Second-year forward Tyler Henry continues to lead the Cougars in both goals (8) and points (13), while Matt Strueby is tied for the team lead with seven assists and ranks second on the squad with 12 points. Troy Hunter has 11 points in 11 games this season, but missed the final five games of the first half of the schedule due to an injury suffered against Alberta back on Nov. 16.

John Sonntag leads Regina's blueline corps with five points on the season, while Mark Schneider and rookie defenceman Ryan Dech have both chipped in with four points apiece. Andrew Hayes and Lucas Gore have split the netminding duties equally, as both goalies have started eight games so far. Hayes is 4-4 with two shutouts and a .909 save percentage, while Gore's top outing of the season came after stopping 28 shots in a 2-1 win over Mount Royal. ...

The Cougars come into the weekend series with an all-time record of 60-43-7 against Lethbridge and have won four of the last five meetings with the Pronghorns. ...
And from Lethbridge:
Quote:
It has been a struggle at both ends of the rink for the ‘Horns through the first 16 games. The ‘Horns rank last in both goals for and goals against, scoring only 32 times, while allowing 82 goals against. While it has been a trying first half of the season, it has not been all doom and gloom, 36 of the 82 goals allowed have come in four games and of their 13 losses, the ‘Horns have lost six time by two goals or less, with two of those losses coming in overtime.

Freshman forward Chase Schaber has also been a bright spot offensively for the ‘Horns, Schaber is tied for the conference scoring lead among freshmen with six goals and nine assists.

For the Cougars (7-7-2 CW), transition under first-year head coach Todd Johnson has relatively smooth and while they are sitting at 500, they have already surpassed their win total from last season. The Cougars finished the 2011-12 season in last place with a 5-20-3 record.

CALGARY DINOS (9-7-0, 12-10-0, OHT35 #17)
UBC THUNDERBIRDS (9-6-1, 14-7-1-1, OHT35 #13)


Links:
|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
|> [Live Audio - Saturday - CITR.ca]
|> [UBC Site - check for preview story]


Only one point separates these two teams in the race for 4th place. Last year the Bedrock Boys chased down the Tweety-Birds and then eliminated them from the playoffs. These two look to be on a collison course for a rematch.

The Dinos have had some major offensive explosions this year, 8-0 over Sask and 10-1 over Lethbridge. Could they repeat this against UBC? I suspect not. In fact, I suspect a split, just like they had when they met in Bedrock.


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (14-4-0, 23-4-0, OHT35 #1)
NAIT OOKS (13-0-1-1, 14-3-1-1, ACAC #1)


Links:
|> [no on-line live stats]
|> [no on-line audio or video]
|> [Alberta Site - check for preview story]
|> [NAIT Preview Story] : [NAIT Schedule/Results]


The Evil Monkeys played their series against the New Kittens on the Block during the first half bye week, thus freeing up this coming weekend. Therefore, a space was created for them to play their cross-town rivals in a home-and-home series. NAIT is unbeaten in ACAC conference play. In their only game against a CW team they lost 3-0 to the H0rny Ones.

OUT EAST:

Thursday, January 3
Waterloo at Laurier

Friday, January 4
Acadia at New Brunswick
St. Thomas at Saint Mary’s
Moncton at St. Francis Xavier
Dalhousie at UPEI
Carleton at McGill
Ryerson at Nipissing
Queen’s at RMC
Western Ontario at Brock
Windsor at UOIT
York at Waterloo
Guelph at Lakehead

NEWS:

There are some additional links from the holiday goings-on across the CIS. Also, there is a pro-roster cap story from the STU-Pids.
Links:
UNB v MHL: [VarsityReds.ca] : [Hockey Scene Game 1] : [Hockey Scene Game 2]
Moncton v UPEI: [Hockey Scene]
Toronto v Acadia: [Axemen Hockey] : [Hockey Scene] : [Boxscore News]
AUS Roster Cap: [The Aquinian - reposted at C.U.P.]

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