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11-06-2012, 12:08 PM
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Just a question about tickets, can you buy them at Max Bell on gameday?

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Just a question about tickets, can you buy them at Max Bell on gameday?
Yes!

And if you bring a Jet ticket from last year they have a promotion for a free ticket to a future game. Details:
http://www.gobisons.ca/index.php?page=news&id=2488

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Nov. 9-10: 'Horns @ Herd

WEEKEND PREVIEW


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (0-7-1, 2-12-1, OHT35 #35)
MANITOBA BISONS (4-3-1, 7-5-1-1, OHT35 #7)


Friday, November 9th, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Max Bell Arena - U of M
Saturday, November 10th, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Max Bell Arena - U of M


Live Links:
|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
|> [no on-line audio or video, but check back at CanadaWest.tv just in case]

Manitoba Links:
|> [U of M Preview Story] : [Roster] : [Schedule/Results]
|> [LS Roster] : [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
|> [Twitter] : [Facebook]

Lethbridge Links:
|> [U of L Preview Story]
|> [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] : [CW Weekly Media Notes #6]
|> [Every Link Re: CIS Hockey]


Finally, the Bisons have come back to the Max Bell. After back-to-back weekends in Calgary, they had a bye week. That's 3 weekends in a row without a home game. But this weekend marks the beginning of 3 home weekends out of 4 to wrap up the first semester.

If anything can temper my enthusiasm for these games, it is the fact that the H0rny Ones have been dreadful so far this year. And they seem to be getting worse. They started out being outplayed by Calgary, but forced overtime to escape with a point. That result has been followed by 7 consecutive losses in conference play, and 3 more non-conference losses on a horrid trip through the NCAA. Their leading scorer, Chase Schaber, has 3 goals and 6 assists in 8 games. Nobody else has more than 4 points.

What positives are there for the H0rny Ones? Well, if Viagra isn't working then maybe Cialis or Levitra could work. Or maybe all they needed was an extra week's rest.

The Bisons really need a four point weekend. They are one of 5 teams with 3 losses so far. Before the week off they seemed to be down in numbers, so I'll be interested to see just who dresses for the series.

ELSEWHERE:


CALGARY DINOS (5-3-0, 8-6-0, OHT35 #12)
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (7-3-0, 15-3-0, OHT35 #3)


Links:
|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
|> [Live Video – Friday – CanadaWest.tv]
|> [U of C Preview : [reposted at CW]
|> [U of A Preview]


This home-and-home series could tell us a lot about the Evil Monkeys. They started hot but then fell upon a 3 game losing streak. Then in the last two weekends they steamrolled Lethbridge and Mount Royal. The Dinos seem to be on their way to a traditional solid 4th place finish and will serve as an excellent measuring stick. The Primates have severely outshot their opponents even in their losses, which gives the impression that Calgary may have to "steal" whatever points they might be able to muster.


UBC THUNDERBIRDS (4-3-1, 7-4-1-1, OHT35 #15)
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (2-8-0, 3-10-1, OHT35 #27)


Links:
|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
|> [Live Video – both nights – CanadaWest.tv]
|> [UBC Preview Story] : [Mount Royal Site]


MRU's weak record is somewhat attributable to a tough schedule. They are 1-7 against the Big Three (1-3 v Alberta and 0-2 against each of Sask and Manitoba). Against those teams, UBC have thus far played only Sask and went 0-2. Their only other common opponent is Regina, and they both split. The question is whether MRU are feeling shell-shocked in their first season of CIS hockey.


REGINA COUGARS (5-3-0, 6-9-0, OHT35 #25)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (7-1-0, 9-2-1, OHT35 #1)


Links:
|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
|> [Live Video – Friday Only – CanadaWest.tv]
|> [U of S Preview Story] : [U of R Site]


The Battle of Banjoland will be a home-and-home series and features two possibly over-achieving teams. Sask is off to a good start and rank 1st in both the OHT35 rankings and the CIS official top ten. Good fortune smiled upon them when they wrangled a split against Manitoba, and even moreso when they swept the Monkeys. Is more good fortune coming their way?

But what about Regina? They were hopelessly outclassed in pre-season games against Manitoba and Sask. They have yet to face either of those teams, or Alberta. So their schedule has not been a tough one. However, they have split their series with UBC, Calgary. and MRU. And they swept Lethbridge.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:

Wednesday, November 7 [CIS Wednesday Round-Up]
Saint Mary’s 7 Dalhousie 4
Ryerson 4 Brock 6

Thursday, October 25 [CIS Thursday Round-Up]
Toronto 4 Guelph 7

OUT EAST:

Friday, November 9
Acadia at Saint Mary’s
New Brunswick at St. Thomas
Dalhousie at St. Francis Xavier
UPEI at Moncton
McGill at Western Ontario
Concordia at York
Ryerson at Nipissing
Toronto at Brock
Queen’s at UOIT
Ottawa at Waterloo
UQTR at Lakehead
Carleton at Laurier
RMC at Windsor

Saturday, November 10
Moncton at St. Thomas
Acadia at St. Francis Xavier
New Brunswick at UPEI
Nipissing at York
Ottawa at Western Ontario
McGill at UOIT
Queen’s at Guelph
Carleton at Waterloo
UQTR at Lakehead
Concordia at Laurier
RMC at Windsor

NEWS:

Other than the usual Top Ten release, the only other news story making the rounds was a kerfuffle over officiating in the AUS.
Links: [CIS] : [reposted at CW] : [reposted at Boxscore News] : [OHT35]
CIS Blog: [AUS Players and Fans Deserve Better]


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Nov. 9: Bisons 4 Pronghorns 1

November 9, 2012

BISONS OPEN WITH WIN


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1
MANITOBA BISONS 4


Links:
|> [CIS Friday Round-Up] : [CW Friday Stories]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [U of M Story] : [reposted at U of L Site]


The Bisons achieved a tidy victory on Friday night. The `Horns clearly utilized their bye week to regroup and recharge. In general they left the impression that they played as well as they could. Problem is, they were still outshot 39-22 and, but for a period of 3-4 minutes in the 2nd period, were dominated.

The Dittmer-Duval-Macaulay line scored three goals to pace the Bison attack. The line notched the only goal in the first period when Ian Duval scored after a period of sustained pressure and a pass from Tyler Dittmer.

Despite being outplayed, the H0rny Ones seemed to get a dose of momentum in the 2nd period when Hayden Rintoul scored a softy. Jesse Deckert seemed to take his eye off a bouncer, and suddenly it was 1-1. However, on a PP Bison captain Dane Crowley took a shot from the point which picked off the water bottle to put the Bisons in front to stay.

After Lethbridge had their moments the Bisons once again took control. Dittmer set up Blair Macaulay with a perfect pass and all Macaulay had to do was dump it into a wide-open net. That goal gave the Bisons a 3-1 lead heading into the 3rd period.

There was not much activity in the 3rd period. Whistles were few and far between and the Bisons appeared to like it that way. There was no scoring until there were less than 4 minutes to go.

The rematch goes Saturday night at 7:00 pm at the Max Bell Arena.

Here's how they lined up:

Manitoba

Goal:
35 Deckert (1 Caligiuri)

Defence:
4 Schappert - 20 Lockerby
5 Christensen - 2 Crowley
3 Mestery - 24 Bobbee

Forwards:
23 Dittmer - 19 Duval - 26 Macaulay
10 Rowinski - 21 Cowan - 9 Lowry
29 Cain - 11 Henry - 27 Feakes
18 Kelly - 25 Ciarelli - 17 Lauder

Scratches:
G: 34 Dubyk
D: 12 Sutherland - 22 Bestland
F: 14 Green - 15 Scott - 16 Paradis - 28 Chartier

Lethbridge

Goal:
29 Ketlo (35 Tait)

Defence:
24 Machacek - 15 Campbell
55 McDougall - 7 McMullen
10 Hlookoff - 4 Lund

Forwards:
14 Chikie - 19 Schaber - 9 Hutt
26 Conway - 17 Fraser - 44 Hall
27 Henke - 12 Iwanski - 18 Letts
21 Mappin - 22 Rintoul - 11 Kalinski

Scratches:
G: 1 Wenham
F: 16 Skauge - 25 McLachlan - 77 Cumiskey

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:


REGINA COUGARS 1
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2

(in overtime)

Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [U of S Story]


The Battle of Banjoland went to the Mutts over the Kittens, but not before it went into overtime. The Mutts enjoyed a generous lead on the shot clock. But there was no scoring until the 3rd period. The nightcap of the series shifts south to Regina on Saturday.


CALGARY DINOS 2
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5


Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [U of A Linescore - Story to come] : [reposted at U of C Site]


I caught the ending of this game on CanadaWest.tv. This was odd: There were only 5 minor penalties in the game but those produced 3 power play goals. The Dinos went 2-for-2 with the man advantage. It would appear that the Evil Monkeys held the edge throughout. The series shifts to Calgary for game 2 on Saturday.


UBC THUNDERBIRDS 7
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2


Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [MRU Story] : [reposted at UBC Site]


This decisive win for UBC has to raise a few eyebrows. MRU really needs a win in Saturday's rematch if they want to stay at least close to a playoff spot. UBC started fast, outshooting MRU 10-4 whilst building a 2-0 lead after the 1st period. The 2nd period must have been wild, with UBC outscoring MRU 3-2 and outshooting them 16-15. Cole Wilson fired a hat-trick for the Tweety-Birds. Saturday night's rematch is the only game on CanadaWest.tv, but without play-by-play.

OUT EAST:

Friday, November 9
Acadia 3 Saint Mary’s 2 : [CIS boxscore]
New Brunswick 6 St. Thomas 1 : [CIS boxscore]
Dalhousie 4 St. Francis Xavier 5 (ot) : [CIS boxscore]
UPEI 6 Moncton 3 : [CIS boxscore]
McGill 4 Western Ontario 8 : [CIS boxscore]
Concordia 0 York 5 : [CIS boxscore]
Ryerson 3 Nipissing 4 : [CIS boxscore]
Toronto 5 Brock 2 : [Live Stats]
Queen’s 5 UOIT 2 : [CIS boxscore]
Ottawa 2 Waterloo 3 (ot) : [CIS boxscore]
UQTR 3 Lakehead 2 (ot) : [CIS boxscore]
Carleton 1 Laurier 4 : [CIS boxscore]
RMC 0 Windsor 5 : [CIS boxscore]

UP NEXT:

Saturday, November 10
Alberta at Calgary
Lethbridge at Manitoba
Saskatchewan at Regina
UBC at Mount Royal : canadawest.tv

Moncton at St. Thomas
Acadia at St. Francis Xavier
New Brunswick at UPEI
Nipissing at York
Ottawa at Western Ontario
McGill at UOIT
Queen’s at Guelph
Carleton at Waterloo
UQTR at Lakehead
Concordia at Laurier
RMC at Windsor


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11-11-2012, 08:09 AM
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Saskatchewan loses game two to Regina.
Outside of Alberta,Saskatchewan,Manitoba and Calgary, is this conference weaker?
Regina and UBC are 6-3-1, but most of their wins are from beating Lethbridge and Mount Royal.
Then again, Regina looks to have a better team this year.
OUA, looks to be more competitive, top to bottom.
AUS, has only one weak link in STU, but everyone else is capable of beating anyone on any given night, that's including Dalhousie.

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Big weekend for Lakehead. The team took 3 of 4 points from uqtr.a couple thoughts on the weekend.

- uqtr is a skilled but classless team. Chirpy, chippy, and bad losers. They started fights after their loss last night and did not shake hands... Sad too see I hate classless hockey.
-Lakehad is coming around under the new coach. 2 best games they have played in years.
- Lakehead is winning although guys are missing, jay Gilbert and Mitch fillman 2 of our top 4 dmen are hurt and did not play. Mike macdonald who a dinamic freshmen with a big role on this team also didnt dress. Not sure if he is hurt or not. Jeff Bosch is also out hurt so dupuis got both starts and played great in net.
-Lakehead still takes way too many penalties 200 ft from their net. They also pass up lots of decent shots on net. Right now I see this as their two biggest issues. They could easily have 35-45 shots a game if they would shoot the puck. Lots of skill sometimes means too fancy.

This team has the potential to play with any team in the country as long as they tighten up a few things and get healthy over Christmas. Speaking of Christmas.... It's about this time of year we hear of new commitments with guys choosing to come and play in the new year.... Who's available and might choose school?

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Nov. 10: Bisons 4 Pronghorns 2

November 10, 2012

BISONS SWEEP A CHIPPY ENCOUNTER


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2
MANITOBA BISONS 4


Links:
|> [CIS Saturday Round-Up (yet to be posted)] : [CW Saturday Stories]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [U of M Story] : [reposted at U of L Site]


Saturday's game was very similar to Friday's. The Bisons dominated play (shots were 40-18) and could have really run up the score had they capitalized on their abundant chances. At no point in time did Lethbridge ever give the impression that they would even come close to winning the hockey game.

It is true that the H0rny Ones gave it all they had. They just lack talent to mount a threat. They played it quite chippy and by the last half of the game there were scrums after every whistle. After a bye week they were no doubt prepared for this series. As the season marches on I can easily see them being stomped.

Both sides switched goaltenders, the Bisons replaced Eric Mestery with Brock Sutherland, the `Horns juggled their 3rd and 4th lines, and otherwise the lineups were identical to Friday night.

The Bisons took a 2-0 lead 13 minutes into the 1st period. Jeremy Schappert scored (his 3rd) unassisted from along the boards immediately after a sustained scramble in fron of the Lethbridge net. A few minutes later Luke Cain cashed in (also his 3rd) on a wide-open net.

Tyler Dittmer scored (his 4th) only 9 seconds into the 2nd period, following which the game deteriorated with the pushing, shoving, and cheap shots coming in droves. And the puck seldom leaving the Lethbridge end of the rink.

A mini-comeback was launched 44 seconds into the 3rd period when Hayden Rintoul scored (his 3rd) on a crazy rebound off the glass behind the Bison goal. Thereafter, however, the 'Horns only had 3 more shots on goal. Each team had one more score. Ian Duval cashed in (his 3rd) on the best passing play of the night. Killian Hutt notched his 2nd of the season on a PP for Lethbridge's only orthodox goal of the weekend. Bison Matthew Lowry was snakebit, and even hit the post on an empty-net chance.

The Bisons are off to British California next weekend before coming home for their final two series of the semester, against Regina and Saudi Alberta. Lethbridge plays home-and-away with Mount Royal.

Here's how they lined up:

Manitoba

Goal:
1 Caligiuri (35 Deckert)

Defence:
4 Schappert - 20 Lockerby
5 Christensen - 2 Crowley
12 Sutherland - 24 Bobbee

Forwards:
23 Dittmer - 19 Duval - 26 Macaulay
10 Rowinski - 21 Cowan - 9 Lowry
29 Cain - 11 Henry - 27 Feakes
18 Kelly - 25 Ciarelli - 17 Lauder

Scratches:
G: 34 Dubyk
D: 3 Mestery - 22 Bestland
F: 14 Green - 15 Scott - 16 Paradis - 28 Chartier

Lethbridge

Goal:
35 Tait (29 Ketlo)

Defence:
24 Machacek - 15 Campbell
55 McDougall - 7 McMullen
10 Hlookoff - 4 Lund

Forwards:
14/8 Chikie - 19 Schaber - 9 Hutt
26 Conway - 17 Fraser - 44 Hall
22 Rintoul - 12 Iwanski - 27 Henke
21 Mappin - 11 Kalinski - 18 Letts

Scratches:
G: 1 Wenham
F: 16 Skauge - 25 McLachlan - 77 Cumiskey

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 1
REGINA COUGARS 2


Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [U of R Story] : [reposted at U of S Site] : [U of R Friday Story]


Normally when a contender loses to Regina they outshoot them by a wide margin but Regina's goaltender steals the show. However, the Banjo-Mutts had only 20 shots on the Banjo-Cats as the Felines clamped down on the Canines Saturday in Regina.

This win, IMO, makes it official that Regina is a mid-pack team in the CW. They looked gawd-awful in the pre-season, soundly beaten by Manitoba, Sask, and Alaska.

Lucas Gore was in goal for Regina, after Andrew Hayes played Friday. Ryan Holfield started again for Sask, as he has for every game this season. Last year he split games with David Reekie every weekend. Reekie is injured now.

Matt Strueby scored his 5thand Ryan Deck his 1st for the Cougars. Strueby, Tyler Henry, and Troy Hunter account for the vast majority of Regina's goals. D-man Zach Stebner had the Huskies' goal.

IMO, Sask's record is deceptive. They were badly outshot and outplayed in their split with Manitoba and sweep of Alberta. Had they lost those games they would be 5-5 and tied with Calgary for #5. But, wins are wins and so they (justifiably) entered the weekend ranked #1 in both the national CIS Official Top Ten and the OHT35.


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4
CALGARY DINOS 4


Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [U of C Story] : [reposted with linescore at U of A Site]


The Evil Monkeys shut down the Dinos in the Town of Bedrock to sweep the home-and-home. But for a 3-game losing skid, the Monkeys have run the table thus far. It seems that the teams replayed Friday's game. Both sides shifted goaltenders, the Dinos using Dustin Butler Friday and Jacob DeSerres Saturday, and Alberta using Kurtis Mucha Friday and Real Cyr Saturday.

Next weekend Alberta is off to Regina and Calgary hosts Sask. IMO these games will help us gauge all four of those teams a little better.


UBC THUNDERBIRDS 3
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2


Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [MRU Story (both games)] : [reposted at UBC Site]


This was a series Her Majesty's Royal Kittens could not afford to lose, but the did. They did outshoot UBC but that is small consolation. This puts MRU a distant 7th in league standings. They need something dramatic, like a sweep of Lethbridge next weekend, if they want back into the race.

UBC will host the Bisons next weekend. This is traditionally a tough road-trip for the Bisons.

OUT EAST:

Saturday, November 10
Moncton 3 St. Thomas 2 : [CIS boxscore]
Acadia 2 St. Francis Xavier 1 : [CIS boxscore]
New Brunswick 3 UPEI 2 : [CIS boxscore]
Nipissing 1 York 2 : [CIS boxscore]
Ottawa 0 Western Ontario 4 : [CIS boxscore]
McGill 3 UOIT 1 : [CIS boxscore]
Queen’s 0 Guelph 4 : [CIS boxscore]
Carleton 3 Waterloo 1 : [CIS boxscore]
UQTR 2 Lakehead 3 : [CIS boxscore]
Concordia 4 Laurier 7 : [CIS boxscore]
RMC 0 Windsor 3 : [CIS boxscore]

UP NEXT:

Thursday, November 15
Waterloo at UOIT
Queen’s at Ryerson
Western Ontario at Laurier

Friday, November 16
Alberta at Regina
Saskatchewan at Calgary
Mount Royal at Lethbridge : canadawest.tv
Manitoba at UBC : on-line audio

Moncton at Saint Mary’s
Dalhousie at New Brunswick
St. Thomas at St. Francis Xavier
Acadia at UPEI
Ottawa at Carleton
Toronto at Nipissing
Ryerson at RMC
Lakehead at Brock
York at Windsor
Guelph at Waterloo
McGill at UQTR

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Saskatchewan loses game two to Regina.
Outside of Alberta,Saskatchewan,Manitoba and Calgary, is this conference weaker?
Regina and UBC are 6-3-1, but most of their wins are from beating Lethbridge and Mount Royal.
Then again, Regina looks to have a better team this year.
OUA, looks to be more competitive, top to bottom.
AUS, has only one weak link in STU, but everyone else is capable of beating anyone on any given night, that's including Dalhousie.
Compared to last year I would say:
Alberta - better
Sask - weaker
Manitoba - almost the same
Calgary - same
UBC - same
Regina - better
Lethbridge - weaker

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- uqtr is a skilled but classless team. Chirpy, chippy, and bad losers. They started fights after their loss last night and did not shake hands... Sad too see I hate classless hockey.
Can there be punitive repercussions because of the refusal to shake hands?
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-Lakehad is coming around under the new coach. 2 best games they have played in years.
I know the fanbase has been disappointed with the last couple of years. It would be nice to see them in the nationals again.


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Thoughts on Canada West

Here are some thoughts on the Conference through the first third or so of the season.

Saskatchewan-Talented but quiet offensively. Nonetheless made the most of a home ice advantage sweeping Alberta. Food for thought... the Huskies have won the last 4 games that matter against the Golden Bears. The Huskies got the results, but do they have the process? The Huskies have a better record than I thought they would have right now, but haven't impressed as much as I thought they could.

Alberta-The Golden Bears have unbelieviable numbers so far this season. They have outshot their opposition by at least 10+ shots in every game and are +36 in GF/GA. This suggests they are actually better than their 9-3 record indicates.The Bears third line is now scoring and they have depth in case of injury. My prediction is Alberta will be first place in the Conference after the 2nd week in January, when Saskatchewan comes calling.

Manitoba-I saw both games in Edmonton played between Alberta and Manitoba. The Bears dominated them. I do think the Bisons will at least split with Alberta in December, because they are a "home show". I don't think Manitoba is as good as they were last season.

Calgary-They are well coached but lack depth at forward and struggle to transition the puck out of their own zone.

UBC-Best team they have had on paper in years. Can they keep up a pretty good start?

Regina-Can a team full of JR' A players run with the big boys? I think water will seek it's level shortly!

Mount Royal-Stole a game against the Bears earlier this season. We're out-classed in a return series. A big physical team that lacks scoring and needs saves.

Lethbridge-Greg Gatto is at the place that Dave Adolph, Doug Irwin and Bill Peters have been at before...coming to the realization that is almost impossible to win consistently in Lethbridge.

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Compared to last year I would say:
Alberta - better
Sask - weaker
Manitoba - almost the same
Calgary - same
UBC - same
Regina - better
Lethbridge - weaker
Hollywood et al

i am not sure how Saskatchewan can be regarded as weaker when they have the record they do and they have added some serious firepower and depth. their roster is improved over last year (admittedly losing Kyle Ross is huge). I understand they have been outplayed this year in several games and have been fortunate to win but as you say a win is a win. their goaltending seems to be very good this year.

I also wonder about the Bisons. I think they are a better team (at least up front and in the pipes) this year but last year were so ready to start the regular season after the powerful team-building Europe trip. This year they met a very ready Alberta team in Edmonton in week 1 and then had Sask back home in week two before heading to Calgary back to back weekends for weeks 3 & 4. very tough schedule.

They are starting to round into form. Here is my take.

Dittmer - DuVal - Macaulay (outstanding first line - even improved over Dittmer - Walker - Macaulay last year, a faster line i do not know of)
Rowinski - Cowan - Lowry (snake bit and still finding chemistry but very good line - not yet at where Hellyer - DuVal - Lowry were last year - Rowinski and Lowry need to find their past form esp Rowinski, Lowry has been exceptional despite the lack of scoring)
Cain - Henry - Feakes (fantastic third line - I like them better than Rowinski - Benias - Cowan from last year, and there is more offensive potential here - Henry is going to be a star in CIS, Cain is very smart and effective and Feakes is an experienced, gritty player with a bit of an offensive side - even if he missed two breakaways last night)
Kelly - Ciarelli - Lauder (very impressive fourth line and a big improvement over last year's Bestland - Davis/Lauder - Flynn trio)

Depth with Green, Paradis, Chartier and Scott is very good. Last year we had to keep moving dmen up front.

Losing Walker, Hellyer and Benias up front is tough but with Cain, Henry, Feakes, Kelly, Ciarelli, Paradis and Green we have not only reloaded we have upgraded our weaponry - both in calibre and size. As the year goes along my thinking is we will be putting the puck in the net more often than we did last year.

Defence is not as big or mean as last year but this year's version is a bit more adept at moving the puck and joining the rush. We miss Erb, Rumsey, Mealy and Schmidt but the new group is very solid and returning vets are better than last year. Mestery is coming along nicely, Bestland is much improved, Christensen is a real player and Sutherland will be good. Bobbee and Lockerby are really smart and move the puck well. Crowley and Schappert are all-stars.

Deckert and Caligiuri have 1 more year of experience and it seems Deckert is healthy and focused.

All in all, I think the Bisons are at least as good if not better than last year.

Last year at the 10 game mark we had scored 31 goals and allowed 22 with a record of 6-2-2 for 14 points (and had played both Regina and Lethbridge at that point).

This year we 6-3-1 with 29 GF and 24 GA for 13 points and are 5-0-1 in the last 6 games, 6-1-1 in the last 8). we scored 4 and allowed 11 in the first series in Alberta. And, we have played 6 on the road and 4 at home. Admittedly we have a long way to go to match the 20-5-3 record of last year.

this weekend is huge in Vancouver. Last year we split this series to go to 7-3-2. If we can manage two victories (tough i know as we seem to struggle there) we will be 8-3-1 and on a serious roll. My prediction is that Matt Lowry breaks out this weekend, Rowinski gets a nice goal and the second line finds some serious chemistry. I also think the Cain - Henry - Feakes line will do some damage as well. Henry goes back to his Junior home to play in front of a lot of friends and former teammates.

After UBC two home series to round out the first half. It really emphasizes the very small margin of error in a very tough conference and a 28 game regular season.

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Got to thinking about home games after Bob's comment about Manitoba being a home team.

here is the breakdown of home and away games for each team in Canada West to this point. Maybe helps to explain a bit of Regina's success and does not bode well for Mount Royal or Calgary. The three top teams have all played more road games than home games.

Alberta 5 home - 7 away
Sask 3 home - 7 away (their record is all the more amazing considering this)
Manitoba 4 home - 6 away
Regina 7 home - 3 away
UBC 4 home - 6 away
Calgary 6 home - 4 away
Mount Royal 8 home - 4 away
Lethbridge 5 home - 5 away


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Here are some thoughts on the Conference through the first third or so of the season.

Saskatchewan-Talented but quiet offensively. Nonetheless made the most of a home ice advantage sweeping Alberta. Food for thought... the Huskies have won the last 4 games that matter against the Golden Bears. The Huskies got the results, but do they have the process? The Huskies have a better record than I thought they would have right now, but haven't impressed as much as I thought they could.

Alberta-The Golden Bears have unbelieviable numbers so far this season. They have outshot their opposition by at least 10+ shots in every game and are +36 in GF/GA. This suggests they are actually better than their 9-3 record indicates.The Bears third line is now scoring and they have depth in case of injury. My prediction is Alberta will be first place in the Conference after the 2nd week in January, when Saskatchewan comes calling.

Manitoba-I saw both games in Edmonton played between Alberta and Manitoba. The Bears dominated them. I do think the Bisons will at least split with Alberta in December, because they are a "home show". I don't think Manitoba is as good as they were last season.

Calgary-They are well coached but lack depth at forward and struggle to transition the puck out of their own zone.

UBC-Best team they have had on paper in years. Can they keep up a pretty good start?

Regina-Can a team full of JR' A players run with the big boys? I think water will seek it's level shortly!

Mount Royal-Stole a game against the Bears earlier this season. We're out-classed in a return series. A big physical team that lacks scoring and needs saves.

Lethbridge-Greg Gatto is at the place that Dave Adolph, Doug Irwin and Bill Peters have been at before...coming to the realization that is almost impossible to win consistently in Lethbridge.
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i am not sure how Saskatchewan can be regarded as weaker when they have the record they do and they have added some serious firepower and depth. their roster is improved over last year (admittedly losing Kyle Ross is huge). I understand they have been outplayed this year in several games and have been fortunate to win but as you say a win is a win. their goaltending seems to be very good this year.

I also wonder about the Bisons. I think they are a better team (at least up front and in the pipes) this year but last year were so ready to start the regular season after the powerful team-building Europe trip. This year they met a very ready Alberta team in Edmonton in week 1 and then had Sask back home in week two before heading to Calgary back to back weekends for weeks 3 & 4. very tough schedule.

They are starting to round into form. Here is my take.

Dittmer - DuVal - Macaulay (outstanding first line - even improved over Dittmer - Walker - Macaulay last year, a faster line i do not know of)
Rowinski - Cowan - Lowry (snake bit and still finding chemistry but very good line - not yet at where Hellyer - DuVal - Lowry were last year - Rowinski and Lowry need to find their past form esp Rowinski, Lowry has been exceptional despite the lack of scoring)
Cain - Henry - Feakes (fantastic third line - I like them better than Rowinski - Benias - Cowan from last year, and there is more offensive potential here - Henry is going to be a star in CIS, Cain is very smart and effective and Feakes is an experienced, gritty player with a bit of an offensive side - even if he missed two breakaways last night)
Kelly - Ciarelli - Lauder (very impressive fourth line and a big improvement over last year's Bestland - Davis/Lauder - Flynn trio)

Depth with Green, Paradis, Chartier and Scott is very good. Last year we had to keep moving dmen up front.

Losing Walker, Hellyer and Benias up front is tough but with Cain, Henry, Feakes, Kelly, Ciarelli, Paradis and Green we have not only reloaded we have upgraded our weaponry - both in calibre and size. As the year goes along my thinking is we will be putting the puck in the net more often than we did last year.

Defence is not as big or mean as last year but this year's version is a bit more adept at moving the puck and joining the rush. We miss Erb, Rumsey, Mealy and Schmidt but the new group is very solid and returning vets are better than last year. Mestery is coming along nicely, Bestland is much improved, Christensen is a real player and Sutherland will be good. Bobbee and Lockerby are really smart and move the puck well. Crowley and Schappert are all-stars.

Deckert and Caligiuri have 1 more year of experience and it seems Deckert is healthy and focused.

All in all, I think the Bisons are at least as good if not better than last year.

Last year at the 10 game mark we had scored 31 goals and allowed 22 with a record of 6-2-2 for 14 points (and had played both Regina and Lethbridge at that point).

This year we 6-3-1 with 29 GF and 24 GA for 13 points and are 5-0-1 in the last 6 games, 6-1-1 in the last 8). we scored 4 and allowed 11 in the first series in Alberta. And, we have played 6 on the road and 4 at home. Admittedly we have a long way to go to match the 20-5-3 record of last year.

this weekend is huge in Vancouver. Last year we split this series to go to 7-3-2. If we can manage two victories (tough i know as we seem to struggle there) we will be 8-3-1 and on a serious roll. My prediction is that Matt Lowry breaks out this weekend, Rowinski gets a nice goal and the second line finds some serious chemistry. I also think the Cain - Henry - Feakes line will do some damage as well. Henry goes back to his Junior home to play in front of a lot of friends and former teammates.

After UBC two home series to round out the first half. It really emphasizes the very small margin of error in a very tough conference and a 28 game regular season.
Against Manitoba, Sask's first line did well but their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th lines never raised a fuss. Manitoba's 1st line also does most of their scoring but at least the other lines can apply pressure.

Regina is hard to figure. When I saw them in pre-season they looked as grim as they did last year. Their other exhibitions against Sask and the Alaskans produced similar results. But splits with UBC, Calgary, and Sask (all without fluky wins after being outshot by loads) have to be respected.

As for the Bisons, they might consider switching Cowan and Henry if the current alignment doesn't work out. However, the current alignment might be based on the theory that Cowan adds a checking component to the 2nd line and Henry adds some speed and skill to the 3rd line. Lowry and Rowinksi need to score more. They are getting chances and generally make their opponents scramble. So I would say they will eventually start to rack up the points.

The new Bisons are better on paper (as a group) than the players they are replacing. But experience and chemistry take time.

If I had to predict, I'd pick Alberta to host Manitoba in the final.

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Nov. 16-17: Bisons @ `Birds

WEEKEND PREVIEW


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


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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.

ELSEWHERE:


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


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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)


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|> [Live Video – both nights – CanadaWest.tv]
|> [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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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.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:

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

OUT EAST:

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

NEWS:

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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"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."

Two-thirds of that top line will be missing this weekend in Calgary as both Derek Hulak and Jimmy Bubnick won't be playing against the Dinos. I'll guess we'll see what the rest of the team can do ... And Calgary has not been a happy place for the Dogs to play in recent years. They have not done well there.

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this feels like the 2012 Canada West Playoffs, a Manitoba Loss and no Game Recaps and stories in sight?

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Nov. 16: Thunderbirds 5 Bisons 2

November 16, 2012

THUNDERBIRDS TAKE THE OPENER


MANITOBA BISONS 2
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 5


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The Bisons walked into British California and outshot their hosts 41-19 yet lost 5-2 in a game they once trailed 4-0. I listened to the first period on-line before falling asleep. So all I know is from the summary.

The 1st period was scoreless and the Bisons outshot the 'Birds 15-6, so all seemed well.

The 2nd period saw the Bisons outshoot UBC 16-8. However, UBC scored on 3 of those 8 shots to chase starting goaltender Jesse Deckert from the Bison goal.

After scoring early in the 3rd, UBC allowed the Bisons to again control the 3rd period. The Bisons scored twice (Dane Crowley scored his 4th and Paul Ciarelli his 1st as a Bison) before an empty-netter on a PP sealed the deal for UBC.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:


MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4


Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [U of L Game Story] : [reposted at MRU Site]


The H0rny Ones have done it! Victory at last. This is their finest hour.

The New Kittens on the Block rolled up a 2-0 lead after the 1st period and Lethbridge could have folded their tent. Instead, they outshot MRU 20-10 in the 2nd period and levelled the score. The 3rd period was for all the marbles and Lethbridge was not to be denied on home ice.

Saturday's rematch is the only game available on CanadaWest.tv.


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 3
REGINA COUGARS 2

(in overtime)

Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [U of R Game Story] : [reposted with linescore at U of A Site]


The Banjo-Cats now have too many good results to be taken lightly after their dismal pre-season. The Evil Monkeys were forced to endure a trip to Regina and found themselves down 2-0 on goals from Tyler Henry (7th) and Sanfred King (3rd). The bananas for goals incentive program worked as Primates Rhett Rachinski (2nd) and Jordan Hickmott (11th) tied the game before Kruise Reddick (3rd) scored a PP goal in OT.


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 0
CALGARY DINOS 8


Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [U of C Game Story] : [reposted at U of S Site]


The Banjo-Mutts were flattered by their good record thus far, and they really fell back to Earth with a massive thud on Friday night. Jimmy Bubnick and Derek Hulak were both missing from the Sask line-up and this result may show just how little depth they have. Jacob DeSerres was in goal once again for the Bedrock Boys, for the 2nd game in a row. Ryan Holfeld was pulled 5 minutes into the 3rd period, once it was 6-0. Blake Voth saw his first action of the season.

OUT EAST:

Friday, November 16
Acadia 4 UPEI 2 : [CIS boxscore]
St. Thomas 1 St. Francis Xavier 4 : [CIS boxscore]
Moncton 3 Saint Mary's 2 - OT : [CIS boxscore]
Dalhousie 3 UNB 6 : [CIS boxscore]
Ottawa 3 Carleton 6 : [CIS boxscore]
Ryerson 4 RMC 2 : [CIS boxscore]
Toronto 1 Nipissing 2 - OT : [CIS boxscore]
Lakehead 5 Brock 2 : [CIS boxscore]
Guelph 2 Waterloo 1 - SO : [CIS boxscore]
York 0 Windsor 2 : [CIS boxscore]
McGill 1 UQTR 3 : [CIS boxscore]

UP NEXT:

Saturday, November 17
Saskatchewan at Calgary
Alberta at Regina
Lethbridge at Mount Royal : canadawest.tv
Manitoba at UBC : audio at CITR.ca

Acadia at New Brunswick
St. Thomas at Saint Mary’s
Moncton at St. Francis Xavier
Dalhousie at UPEI
Carleton at Concordia
UOIT at Guelph
Brock at Western Ontario
York at Windsor
Nipissing at Queen’s
Lakehead at Laurier
RMC at Toronto

Sunday, November 18
Concordia at Ottawa

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Nov. 17: Thunderbirds 2 Bisons 1 (2ot)

November 17, 2012

BISONS LOSE MARATHON


MANITOBA BISONS 1
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 2

(in double overtime)

Links:
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|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
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The Bisons and 'Birds played this one tight to the vest. Each side scored once in the 1st period and then nothing at all until the 2nd overtime was almost ready to give way to a shoot-out. While the Bisons cannot be happy about the sweep, they at least escape with a point. With the first trip around the league coming to a conclusion next weekend, there exists a very tight race for places 2-6.

Of note, Joe Caligiuri was the Bison goaltender, Dylan Kelly scored his first goal as a Bison, Austin Lauder did not dress and the Bisons played one man short, and the Macauly-Duval-Dittmer line was 0-for-11 in shots on goal.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3

(in double overtime)

Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [MRU Game Story] : [reposted at U of L Site]


The New Kittens on the Block needed a win (actually, the same can be said for the H0rny Ones). Anyhow, this split was likely warranted and also denies both sides the sweep they needed to get in the same time zone as a playoff race. Lethbridge took a 1-0 lead after the 1st period. But Mount Royal amassed 36 shots over the 2nd and 3rd periods and pulled into a draw. On the night the shots were 52-31 for MRU, a rather incredible total. Here's an interesting quip:
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Prior to Saturday’s game Mount Royal University honoured their military history with an on-ice ceremony. The Cougars also wore throw-back jerseys that had poppies emblazoned on the front.

The school’s campus is built on the former site of the Number 3 Flying Training School for pilots. Since the institution’s founding in 1910, 28 members of the Mount Royal community have given their lives while serving Canada. The school remembers those service people with 28 military memorial bursaries, each in the name of a fallen soldier.

ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5
REGINA COUGARS 2


Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [U of R Game Story] : [reposted with linescore at U of A Site]


After the Banjo-Cats threw a scare into the Evil Monkeys on Friday night, the rematch was more according to script. Still, the shots were 37-28, not the one-sided butt-kicking we might have seen in the pre-season had these two played. Torrie Dyck scored a hat-trick for the Apes (giving him 9 on the year).

These teams will be the Bisons opponents the next two weekends, the last games the Bisons will have this semester, and both at home.


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5
CALGARY DINOS 4


Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [U of C Game Story] : [reposted at U of S Site]


After an 8-0 drubbing on Friday, one has to give the Banjo-Mutts credit for rallying their troops and, in the end, escaping with a split.

Calgary seemed to pick up where they left off, leading 2-0 after the 1st period and outshooting their Hillbilly guests 18-6 in the process. What makes the Sask rally more remarkable is that they scored 5 goals on only 17 shots over the 2nd and 3rd periods. Dustin Butler was back in Calgary's goal while Ryan Holfeld was yet again in the Doghouse.

OUT EAST:

Saturday, November 17
Acadia 2 New Brunswick 4 : [CIS boxscore]
St. Thomas 0 Saint Mary’s 4 : [CIS boxscore]
Moncton 3 St. Francis Xavier 4 (ot) : [CIS boxscore]
Dalhousie 4 UPEI 1 : [CIS boxscore]
Carleton 3 Concordia 2 : [CIS boxscore]
UOIT 1 Guelph 3 : [CIS boxscore]
Brock 4 Western Ontario 5 : [CIS boxscore]
York 1 Windsor 4 : [CIS boxscore]
Nipissing 4 Queen’s 3 : [CIS boxscore]
Lakehead 2 Laurier 4 : [CIS boxscore]
RMC 0 Toronto 7 : [CIS boxscore]

UP NEXT:

Sunday, November 18
Concordia at Ottawa

Thursday, November 22
Calgary at Mount Royal : canadawest.tv
Laurier at York
Western Ontario at Guelph

Friday, November 23
Regina at Manitoba
Lethbridge at Saskatchewan
UBC at Alberta : canadawest.tv
Mount Royal at Calgary

Dalhousie at Acadia
St. Thomas at Moncton
St. Francis Xavier at Saint Mary’s
UPEI at New Brunswick
Toronto at McGill
Queen’s at Ottawa
Waterloo at Western Ontario
Ryerson at UQTR
RMC at Carleton
UOIT at Brock
Windsor at Lakehead
Nipissing at Concordia


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Nov. 23-24: Cougars at Bisons

WEEKEND PREVIEW


REGINA COUGARS (6-4-2, 7-10-2, OHT35 #16)
MANITOBA BISONS (6-4-2, 9-6-2-1, OHT35 #9)


Friday, November 23rd, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Max Bell Arena - U of M
Saturday, November 24th, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Max Bell Arena - U of M


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|> [LeagueStat Daily] : [CW Weekly Media Notes #8] : [CW Preview Story]
|> [Every Link Re: CIS Hockey (newly updated this week!)]
|> [Jesse Deckert - WHL Grad of the Month] : [also at CW]


This weekend wraps up the first half of the season in the CW, after which every team will have played one series against each other team. (Except that MRU and Alberta played their second series early in a bye week.)

The Banjo-Cats are coming into the Max Bell Arena for the second time this season, the first coming in pre-season. At that time they looked every bit as bad as they were last season. The Bisons whipped them three times in pre-season, as did Sask. and the two Alaskan teams.

But somehow this rag-tag collection has pulled it together. Maybe not showing enough to be a contender but at least enough to get back to the mid-pack level at which they have typically been over the years.

Both sides are 6-4-2 in conference play, which makes this series a big one. Regina's record may be overstated, but not by much. The Bisons have the potential for a much better record. After a bad opening weekend in Edmontown, they have either picked up points or lost a game where they outshot their opponent. The Bisons have the 2nd best defensive record in the league. Their offence is generating shots but not yet getting the goals. A slightly higher conversion ratio on their scoring chances would vault them into 2nd place. That, however, could be easier said than done.

ELSEWHERE:


UBC THUNDERBIRDS (8-3-1, 11-4-1-1, OHT35 #5)
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (11-3-0, 19-3-0, OHT35 #1)


Links:
|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
|> [Live Video - both nights – CanadaWest.tv]
|> [UBC Preview Story] : [Alberta Preview Story]


The Tweety-Birds have been solidly moving up the standings and now face the Evil Monkeys. This weekend could tell us whether they will be mounting a threat to at last move into the hgh rent district. However, I tend to think that any points they get will be a bonus. The Monkeys lead the league in both offence and defence.


CALGARY DINOS (6-6-0, 9-9-0, OHT35 #19)
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (3-11-0, 4-13-1, OHT35 #30)


Links:
|> [Live Stats Thursday] : [Live Stats Friday]
|> [Live Video – Thursday – CanadaWest.tv]
|> [MRU Preview Story] : [Calgary Preview Story]


Calgary seem to be spinning their wheels. The New Kittens on the Block will be up for a series against their cross-town rivals. These match-ups are always fraught with danger. This series, along with the match-ups between these schools in other sports, are part of the Crowchild Classic. So expect some fireworks. I know that the Duckworth Challenge between Manitoba and Winnipeg always draws extra attention.


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (1-9-2, 3-14-2, OHT35 #35)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (9-3-0, 11-4-1, OHT35 #2)


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


So, have the H0rny Ones finally found themselves? After a bye week, they found some intensity against Manitoba, and then a win against Mount Royal. I know the rest of the conference would love to see them steal a point or two this weekend. After Sask lost 8-0 to Calgary, they must be considered a possibility to lose on any given night.

OUT EAST:

Thursday, November 22
Laurier at York
Western Ontario at Guelph

Friday, November 23
Dalhousie at Acadia
St. Thomas at Moncton
St. Francis Xavier at Saint Mary’s
UPEI at New Brunswick
Toronto at McGill
Queen’s at Ottawa
Waterloo at Western Ontario
Ryerson at UQTR
RMC at Carleton
UOIT at Brock
Windsor at Lakehead
Nipissing at Concordia

NEWS:

The usual rankings releases are accompanied by a story on Torrie Dyck, an Evil Monkey acquired from the ACAC.
Links: [CIS] : [reposted at CW and Boxscore News] : [OHT35]
Edmonton Journal: [Evan Daum's story on Torrie Dyck]
Quote:
“Any time you get to play with Ringrose and Lazo, you could put Elmer Fudd on their line and he’d score goals. That definitely factors into a lot as well,” Dyck said of his impressive offensive numbers.

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Yes!

And if you bring a Jet ticket from last year they have a promotion for a free ticket to a future game. Details:
http://www.gobisons.ca/index.php?page=news&id=2488
At Max Bell, is it just festival seating or do the tickets have corresponding bench spots? I'm probably picking up a new goalie stick at Source for Sports and was interested in checking out the game tonight. Can I bring in a Timmies?

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At Max Bell, is it just festival seating or do the tickets have corresponding bench spots? I'm probably picking up a new goalie stick at Source for Sports and was interested in checking out the game tonight. Can I bring in a Timmies?
It is rush seating. And I am sure you can take a timmies in with you as well

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Nov. 23: Bisons 6 Cougars 0

November 23, 2012

BISONS SEND KITTENS TO INGLORIOUS DEFEAT - REMATCH GOES SATURDAY AT 2:30 PM


REGINA COUGARS 0
MANITOBA BISONS 6


Links:
|> [awaiting upload: CIS Friday Round-Up] : [CW Friday Stories]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [U of M Game Story]


The Banjo-Cats looked like they were overwhelmed by their trip to civilization. The Bisons scored early and often leaving the Kittens looking as sad and disheartened as a feline can be.

Frankly, based on tonight's performance I am wondering how Regina managed 6 wins and 2 OTLs against the rest of the league. They looked like the same sad-sacks the Bisons trampled twice in pre-season, and last year as well. They also surrendered quite meekly without the chippiness (or intensity) of the H0rny Ones two weeks ago.

Six different Bisons scored on the evening. James Henry (2nd) and Luke Cain (4th) gave the Herd a 2-0 lead before the crowd was even settled. The 1st period was then mostly one-way traffic with the Bisons doubling the Cougars 18-9 on the shot clock. A last-minute goal by Tyler Dittmer (5th) made it 3-0.

The only goal of the 2nd period came early from Brandon Lockerby (1st) on a point shot which at first they thought was deflected by Henry for his second of the night. The Bisons outshot the Hillbillies 14-5. By the end of the period each side only had one minor penalty each.

There was absolutely no threat pf a 3rd period comeback. Dylan Kelly (2nd) scored after 3 minutes and then Matthew Lowry (4th) scored shorthanded after 6. Jesse Deckert stopped 22 shots, including a breakaway from Carter Selinger in the final 2 minutes.

Here's how they lined up:

Manitoba

Goal:
35 Deckert (1 Caligiuri)

Defence:
4 Schappert - 20 Lockerby
5 Christensen - 2 Crowley
3 Mestery - 24 Bobbee

Forwards:
23 Dittmer - 19 Duval - 26 Macaulay
21 Cowan - 9 Lowry - 10 Rowinski
29 Cain - 11 Henry - 27 Feakes
18 Kelly - 25 Ciarelli - 16 Paradis

Scratches:
G: 34 Dubyk
D: 12 Sutherland - 22 Bestland
F: 14 Green - 15 Scott - 17 Lauder - 28 Chartier

Regina

Goal:
35 Gore (30 Hayes)

Defence:
8 Friedel - 5 Reeves
4 Sonntag - 18 Nielson
7 Schneider - 2 Deck

Forwards:
29 Strueby - 10 Henry - 17 Selinger
13 Appleyard - 14 Cuthbert - 9 Penny
16 Nargang - 15 Murray - 19 King
24 Szucki - 12 Brennan - 20 Sawka

The Bisons' 3rd line was the most productive, with 3 goals. Henry (with a goal and two assists) was the 1st star, followed by Deckert and Lockerby.

Please note that Saturday's game starts at 2:30 p.m.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 3
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4


Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [U of S Game Story] : [reposted at U of L Site]


The H0rny Ones came close to pulling an upset. They walked into Saskatown and staked themselves to a 2-1 lead after the 1st period. But they could not hang on. They were outshot 30-11 over the final two periods and only a last minute goal by themselves made it close.


UBC THUNDERBIRDS 0
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 2


Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [U of A Game Story with Linescore (to be posted)] : [UBC Game Story]


This one was on CanadaWest.tv, as will be the Saturday rematch. The Evil Monkeys had to fight hard for the win. Kurtis Mucha needed only 21 saves for the shutour. The final goal was an empty-netter.


Thursday:
CALGARY DINOS 2
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3


Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [MRU Game Story] : [reposted at U of C Site]


Friday:
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 1
CALGARY DINOS 4


Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [U of C Game Story] : [MRU Gmae Story]


These cross-town rivals played a home-and-home series in the Town of Bedrock as part of the Crowchild Classic multi-sport competition. This one went Thursday-Friday, with the New Kittens on the Block taking game 1 before the Dinos rallied to salvage a split.

Thursday's game was a defensive one. MRU built up a 3-2 after two periods, while edging Calgary 15-14 in shots. MRU then played cling on in the 3rd, being outshot 13-4 in a scoreless period.

The Dinos had the edge throughout Friday's rematch. Only a goal with 5+ minutes left broke the shutout for MRU.

Calgary once again split the games between goaltenders Jacob Deserres (Thursday) and Dustin Butler (Friday). Neither one seems to be hitting full stride.

OUT EAST:

Thursday, November 22
Laurier 2 York 4
Western Ontario 2 Guelph 1

Friday, November 23
Dalhousie 1 Acadia 4
St. Thomas 4 Moncton 1
St. Francis Xavier 2 Saint Mary’s 5
UPEI 3 New Brunswick 4
Toronto 2 McGill 3
Queen’s 1 Ottawa 2
Waterloo 5 Western Ontario 6
Ryerson 3 UQTR 7
RMC 3 Carleton 5
UOIT 4 Brock 6
Windsor 2 Lakehead 4
Nipissing 5 Concordia 6

UP NEXT:

Saturday, November 24
Regina at Manitoba
UBC at Alberta
Lethbridge at Saskatchewan

St. Francis Xavier at Dalhousie
Saint Mary’s at Acadia
New Brunswick at Moncton
UPEI at St. Thomas
Ryerson at Concordia
Toronto at UQTR
Queen’s at Carleton
Nipissing at McGill
RMC at Ottawa
York at UOIT
Brock at Waterloo
Windsor at Lakehead
Laurier at Guelph

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Nov. 24: Bisons 7 Cougars 2

November 24, 2012

BISONS SWEEP BANJO-CATS


REGINA COUGARS 2
MANITOBA BISONS 7


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|> [awaiting upload: CIS Saturday Round-Up] : [CW Saturday Stories]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [U of M Game Story] : [U of R Series Story]


The Banjo-Cats opened and closed the scoring, which would normally be a good sign. Problem is that in between there were 7 unanswered goals by the Bisons.

Darren Bestland made his return to the Bison line-up and got a penalty right off the bat. Carter Selinger then scored the first goal of the weekend and the Hillbillies had broken the goose egg. James Henry (3rd) and Brendan Rowinski (2nd), both scoring with set-ups from defencemen, gave the Herd the lead heading into the intermission.

The 2nd period was where the Bisons turned out the lights for their Hillbilly neighbours. They outshot them 20-8 and outscored them 4-0. Blair Macaulay (6th) scored a sniper's goal on a PP, Henry (4th) converted a 3-way passing play, Travis Bobbee (2nd) scored on a PP point shot, and Jeremy Schappert (4th) picked a rebound out of mid-air on another PP.

The 3rd period was just an exercise in letting the clock tick down. Tyler Dittmer (6th) converted a nice passing play and it was 7-1. The period was grinding to a halt with the Kittens rarely doing anything when suddenly Mark Schneider scored in the last minute.

Here's how they lined up:

Manitoba

Goal:
35 Deckert (1 Caligiuri)

Defence:
4 Schappert - 20 Lockerby
22 Bestland - 2 Crowley
3 Mestery - 24 Bobbee

Forwards:
23 Dittmer - 19 Duval - 26 Macaulay
21 Cowan - 9 Lowry - 10 Rowinski
29 Cain - 11 Henry - 27 Feakes
18 Kelly - 25 Ciarelli - 16 Paradis

Scratches:
G: 34 Dubyk
D: 5 - Christensen - 12 Sutherland
F: 14 Green - 15 Scott - 17 Lauder - 28 Chartier

Regina

Goal:
30 Hayes (35 Gore)

Defence:
8 Friedel - 5 Reeves
4 Sonntag - 18 Nielson
7 Schneider - 2 Deck

Forwards:
29 Strueby - 14 Cuthbert* - 17 Selinger
16 Nargang - 12 Brennan* - 24 Szucki
13 Appleyard - 15 Murray* - 9 Penny
11 Lange - 14 Cuthbert* - 20 Sawka
* the three centres rotated with the four pairs of wingers
6 - Sawa - listed at LeagueStat but was not seen out there

Scratches:
G: 1 Kilgore
F: 10 Henry 19 King 21 Hladun 22 Hunter

The two teams have now played one series against each team in the league. The Bisons are 8-4-2 and are in 3rd place, while Regina must be happy with a 6-6-2 record and a tie for 5th place.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 9


Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]
|> [U of S Game Story] : [reposted at [U of L Site]


After the H0rny Ones threw a scare into the Banjo-Mutts on Friday night, the Banjo-Mutts put the boots to their guests on Saturday. I see that Lethbridge had to play two men down. Despite the one-sided win, Ryan Holfield again went the distance in the Husky goal, as he has done every game this year. The Huskies amassed 50 shots on goal to 25 by Lethbridge.

Here's an interesting stat: With the two games this weekend the Huskies have now only outshot their opponents in 6 of 14 games. They are also 8-1-0 in one-goal games.


UBC THUNDERBIRDS 2
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6


Links:
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore (check for upload)]
|> [to be updated: U of A Game Story with Linescore] : [UBC Game Story]


This one was on CanadaWest.tv. However, it was a very one-sided game. However, the boys from British California were hanging in after two periods, trailing only 2-1. In the 3rd period the Evil Monkeys outshot the Tweety-Birds 15-4 and scored four unanswered goals. Saudi Alberta has now outshot their opponents in every game so far.

OUT EAST:

|> [AUS Box Scores] : [OUA Box Scores]

Saturday, November 24
St. Francis Xavier 5 Dalhousie 2
Saint Mary’s 3 Acadia 2 (ot)
New Brunswick 6 Moncton 2
UPEI 4 St. Thomas 3
Ryerson 0 Concordia 4
Toronto 2 UQTR 6
Queen’s 2 Carleton 4
Nipissing 3 McGill 4
RMC 0 Ottawa 2
York 5 UOIT 1
Brock 2 Waterloo 3 (ot)
Windsor 7 Lakehead 4
Laurier 0 Guelph 2

STANDINGS:

``Team``````````GP`` W`` L``OL PTS

1 Alberta`````` 16``13`` 3`` 0``26
2 Saskatchewan``14``11`` 3`` 0``22
3 Manitoba``````14`` 8`` 4`` 2``18
4 UBC`````````` 14`` 8`` 5`` 1``17
5 Calgary`````` 14`` 7`` 7`` 0``14
6 Regina````````14`` 6`` 6`` 2``14
7 Mount Royal`` 16`` 4``12`` 0`` 8
8 Lethbridge````14`` 1``11`` 2`` 4


UP NEXT:

Thursday, November 29
Lethbridge at Calgary
Western Ontario at York
Laurier at UOIT

Friday, November 30
Alberta at Manitoba
Mount Royal at Saskatchewan
Regina at UBC

Saint Mary’s at St. Thomas
New Brunswick at Dalhousie
St. Francis Xavier at Moncton
UPEI at Acadia
UQTR at RMC
Waterloo at Brock
McGill at Ryerson
Guelph at Windsor
Ottawa at Toronto
Concordia at Queen’s
Carleton at Nipissing

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should be an interesting series with the Bears and Bisons next weekend, I picked Manitoba to be the most solid team in the West this year, Alberta keeps surprising me so far, but Manitoba seemed to finally gain some fire power in the weekend sweep of Vegina, after some fairly mediocre games.

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I fully expect a split next weekend in WPG.
In the 13 years I did the Bears pxp they probably split there nine times.
Manitoba got out-played in Edmonton in the first two games earlier this season. But, the Bisons are healthier are playing better and will be at home now.
Alberta has won 10 straight and IMO the team hasn't played this well on a consistent basis since the mid 2000's which is saying something when your program has won 5 of last 7 Conference Titles.
That being said, when you are 21-3 overall and won 10 in a row, you are do for a loss.

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