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11-13-2011, 09:34 PM
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I sent them an email expressing my displeasure with the shoddy reporting.

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I sent them an email expressing my displeasure with the shoddy reporting.
well that outta do it!

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well that outta do it!
Haven't heard from you for a while! Missed your pithy humor.

The Western Huskies are looking good. A trip to Fredericton would be good fodder for next year's hosting.

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Haven't heard from you for a while! Missed your pithy humor.

The Western Huskies are looking good. A trip to Fredericton would be good fodder for next year's hosting.
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the Bisons look good. They absolutely dominated Lethbridge this past weekend. The scores flattered Lethbridge given the shot totals and the number of goal posts and cross bars the Bisons hit.

the Bisons are generating so many scoring chances and shots on goal, I wonder what the average is but they have had multiple games now this year that they have peppered more than 50 shots in an evening. If they can find their range and start hitting the spot between the goalie's chest and the cross bar or post things could get ugly for their opposition. If not they will continue to generate all kinds of activity in the opposition's end and get 4 or 5 goals a night. not bad. Duval has started to hit his stride, Rowinski is averaging better than a point a game as a rookie since coming back from injury. Lowry is finding his range as well. Walker, Macaulay, Dittmer and Hellyer are almost always good. Cowan is underrated, a great PK guy and has a bit of offence to offer as well. Benias is a heart and soul player. The top three lines can all score.

A bit of a concern I have is the goaltending. Deckert and Caligiuri have some great strengths (Deckert handles the puck better than anyone in the league and Caligiuri is technically sound and very focused) but they do not inspire absolute confidence.

Penalties have also hurt the Herd this year, they are the most penalized team in CW, but their PK has been generally very good except for a complete collapse in the Friday night home game against Regina.

The defence is about as good as it gets. Crowley and Schappert are a dominant pairing, IMO, the best in the league, maybe in the country. Erb is scary and defensively dependable if not dominant - his open ice hits change games. Rumsey is solid and now enjoying an offensive experimentation stage, he has to be one of the best PK dmen in university hockey. Mealy has been very solid and good in every situation, whether it be PK or PP or even strength, he has come along way during his time as a Bison and is a mature and responsible leader this year. Schmidt is young, tough and talented and shows signs of future brilliance but will have to earn his playing time behind all the veterans. Bobbee is smooth as silk, smart and a real pleasant addition to the team. I can see him emerging as a top offensive dman in years to come.

This weekend is big for the Bisons. Coming out of Vancouver with some points is a must for this team. The Bisons have not been very successful there in the past few years and UBC has had a very solid start to the season. CW is so tight and competitive. It will be interesting this weekend with Saskatchewan in Calgary and Lethbridge playing Regina.

Boy, university hockey is so good out West, it is a shame there are not a few more bums in the seats.

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11-18-2011, 09:24 PM
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Preview: Bisons @ Thunderbirds: Nov 18-19

WEEKEND PREVIEW



MANITOBA BISONS (6-2-2, 3rd in OHT34)
UBC THUNDERBIRDS (4-4-2, 12th in OHT34)

Friday, November 18th, 9:00 p.m. CDT @ UBC
Saturday, November 19th, 9:00 p.m. CDT @ UBC


LIVE LINKS: [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday] : [Live Audio Saturday]
MANITOBA LINKS: [U of M Site] : [LS Roster] : [LS Schedule/Results] : [LS Stats]
UBC LINKS: [UBC Site] : [LS Roster] : [LS Schedule/Results] : [LS Stats]
OTHER LINKS: [CIS Site] : [CW Site] : [LS - Live Updates] : [CW Weekly Notes (pdf)]
OTHER STORIES: [CIS Top Ten - at Boxscore News] : [CUP: Fighting in CIS]

UBC usually has a preview story up when they host a series, but not this time. So, all I have is the usual links to post. I have added the pdf format Canada West Weekly Notes. There is also the Canadian University Press Story on the aspect of almost no fighting in the CIS.

Anyhow, the Bisons have had trouble with weak UBC teams the last two years. They often pick this trip to lay an egg. Points on the road are tough, and UBC has shown an ability to compete with and even on occasion defeat good teams. So the Bisons should be well focused for the double header in British California.

ELSEWHERE:


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (7-1-1, 2nd in OHT34)
CALGARY DINOS (7-5-0, 7th in OHT34)


|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
|> [U of C Preview]


The Banjo-Mutts have exceeded expectations thus far, after having been under-achievers the last couple of years. Meanwhile, the Flintstones were everybody's pick to challenge for a national title. There is clearly a difference between looking good on paper and on the ice. If Calgary wants to mount a challenge then they need to win the series on home ice.


REGINA COUGARS (3-6-1, 22nd in OHT34)
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (2-8-1, 25th in OHT34)


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


This series may not be generating national interest. But with the CW returning to the 6 team playoff format, this is a key series. These two seemed destined to be in a battle for that 6th and final playoff berth. Regina has mastered
the art of being pounded mercilessly and still scrounging a split on the weekend.

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11-19-2011, 11:02 AM
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November 18: Thunderbirds 2, Bisons 1

November 18, 2011

BISONS EDGED IN NIGHT OF UPSETS


MANITOBA BISONS 1
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 2


|> [UBC Story - at GoBisons.ca] : [CW Friday Recap]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore*] : [CIS Friday Round-up*] : [CW Standings]


The Bisons suffered a tough loss on the coast. However, it was a game whre they seemed to gain momentum as it went on. UBC outshot the Bisons 13-7 in the 1st period, but it was a 1-1 draw. The Tweety-Birds notched the only goal in the 2nd period, although they were outshot 15-9. So the shots were 22-22 entering the 3rd period.

It appears that UBC played the dangerous "go into a shell" plan in the 3rd. The Bisons outshot them 19-4 in the period. But Jordan White stopped all those shots so the game ended 2-1 for UBC. Here's how the UBC writer saw it:
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... “I thought Whitey was great tonight,” said UBC head coach Milan Dragicevic of White. “I thought he was the difference. We need goaltenders to steal us games. Tonight, he stole us a game.”

Wyatt Hamilton (3rd, Cochrane, AB) scored the game-winning goal in the second period after UBC's Marc Desloges (5th, Vancouver, BC) and Manitoba's Matthew Lowry traded first period tallies.

Hamilton's goal came at 10:16 of the second period on a partial 2-on-1. Skating down the right side, he snapped home a Scott Wasden (3rd, Westbank, BC) pass from the leftcircle.

The goal came against the flow of play as Manitoba dominated puck possession in the second and third periods, outshooting UBC 35-13 after the Thunderbirds had a 13-6 advantage in the opening frame. ...
Matt Lowry was the only Bison to score. Jesse Deckert got the start in goal. It appears that he and Joe Caligiuri are rotating for now.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2
CALGARY DINOS 3


|> [U of C Story - at U of S]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


This was a key win for the Dinos. The fact that only 2 points were awarded no doubt suits the Bisons and Alberta just fine. Calgary has been struggling to make their mark as a contender, while Sask had the best record in the west. This was a defensive battle, with shots favouring Calgary by 21-19. I wish this was on CanadaWest.tv.


REGINA COUGARS 2
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 5


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|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


I saw bits of this on CanadaWest.tv, even though Lethbridge had no play by play announcer for it. The H0rny Ones exploded for 3 goals in the 3rd period in a must-win game. They had experienced 7 straight losses. This should be a battle for 6th place all season long.

NEXT UP:

Nov. 19
Saskatchewan at Calgary : [Live Stats Saturday]
Regina at Lethbridge : [Live Stats Saturday] : [Live Video both nights]
Manitoba at UBC : [Live Stats Saturday] : [Live Audio Saturday]

OUT EAST:

Nov. 17
Guelph 0 Waterloo 4

Nov. 18
Saint Mary's 5 StFX 1
Acadia 4 Dalhousie 2
Moncton 3 St. Thomas 2
UNB 2 UPEI 3
Toronto 2 UQTR 3 - 2OT
Ryerson 3 Ottawa 4 - 2OT
Laurier 0 Brock 3
York 2 Waterloo 6
Nipissing 6 Concordia 7 - 2OT
Lakehead 4 Windsor 3
Western Ontario 5 UOIT 3
Carleton 0 Queen's 1

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11-20-2011, 12:17 AM
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November 19: Bisons 4, Thunderbirds 2

November 19, 2011

BISONS GAIN A SPLIT


MANITOBA BISONS 4
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 2


|> [UBC Story*] : [U of M Story] : [CW Saturday Recap]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore*] : [CIS Saturday Round-up*] : [CW Standings]


The Bisons got the needed split with a convincing win. They had a 3-1 lead heading into the 3rd period, where they outshot the Tweety-Birds 17-7 and mounted a 4-1 lead. A goal with 30 seconds left embellished the scoreline for UBC.

Brenden Rowinski opened scoring for the Bisons with his 4th of the season. Then Blair Macaulay scored his 8th, 9th, and 10th. Jesse Deckert started in goal. This was the first time he has ever started both games in a weekend in his 5 years in the league.

The results set up a tight finish to the first semester. With two weeks left Alberta and Calgary now have 18 points, and Sask and Manitoba have 16. Due to games in hand, Calgary would fall from 2nd to 4th by winning percentage.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3
CALGARY DINOS 4

(in overtime)

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


Just when the Hillbillies seemed set to adopt the "Team to Beat" monicker they walk into Calgary and leave with one point for an OTL in two games. After a sputtering start, the two wins raise the Dinos to 9-5-0. And they have done so against a good team.

The Dinos will visit the Bisons next weekend. It appears that the top four will battle it out all season.


REGINA COUGARS 3
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2

(in overtime)

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


I saw some of this one on CanadaWest.tv. Regina built a 2-0 lead but a quick shot of Viagra and the H0rny Ones came back to force OT. Though Regina won, the bonus point gave Lethbridge a 3-2 points edge on the weekend. Regina pulls a point ahead of Lethbridge in the race for 6th.

NEXT UP:

Nov. 25-26
Calgary at Manitoba : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday] : [Live Audio Saturday]
UBC at Saskatchewan : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
Alberta at Regina : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]

OUT EAST:

Nov. 19
RMC 3 UQTR 8
Toronto 7 Concordia 3
UOIT 3 Guelph 2
Ryerson 3 Carleton 5
Dalhousie 3 StFX 5
St. Thomas 3 UPEI 6
Acadia 4 Saint Mary's 2
Nipissing 1 Ottawa 7
Queen's 0 McGill 6
Lakehead 4 Windsor 2
Western Ontario 4 Laurier 5

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Sunday morning links:

UBC Game Story - The U of M link now incorporates this story as well.

Free Press: U of M webcasts announced
Saturday, November 26: vs. Calgary, 6:45 p.m.
Friday, January 20: vs. Saskatchewan, 6:45 p.m.
Friday, February 3: vs. UBC, 6:45 p.m.
Saturday, February 18: vs. UBC, 6:45 p.m.

CIS Boxscore: Manitoba @ UBC: Nov 19

U of S Game Story

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11-21-2011, 09:26 PM
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Look now and you see the "average Bears" in first place. It's the Wildabeasts and Banjo Mutt's who have stalled in the pasture! Drop your c.... and pick up your socks!
Think before thou speaks!

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11-25-2011, 10:50 PM
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November 25: Bisons 9, Dinos 1

November 25, 2011

BISONS PUT BOOTS TO @$$E$


CALGARY DINOS 1
MANITOBA BISONS 9


|> [U of M Story] : [CW Friday Recap]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore] : [CIS Friday Round-up*] : [CW Standings]
|> [CW Weekly Notes (pdf)] : [South Campus Sports] : [CIS Top Ten]


My son was under the weather so I had to miss this one. He should be good to go on Saturday night, and hopefully we will see the Bisons play at full throttle yet again.

The one thing to determine for sure is the score. The CIS is reporting it as 8-1 instead of 9-1, and record only one Bison goal in the 2nd period. I was following the live updates on LeagueStat and can verify that the 2nd period goals were credited at the time.

It appears that the crowded net in Calgary has not had the desired effect. Dustin Butler had been one of the best goaltenders in the CIS the last two years. But on Friday night he gave up 9 goals on 31 shots. Meanwhile, Jese Deckert seems to be the new #1 for the Bisons as he started yet again.

After sweeping the Banjo-Mutts last weekend one had to think that Calgary had rebounded from their sweep by the Bisons to open the season. Nevertheless a 2-1 win on Saturday would see the teams go level on the weekend.

Blair Macaulay had a hat-trick and Del Cowan a pair for the Bisons. Singles were tallied by Brandon Lockerby, Tyler Dittmer, Mike Hellyer, and Matt Lowry. Macaulay now has 13 goals in 13 games. (Unless that 2nd period goal disappears.)

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:


UBC THUNDERBIRDS 2
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4


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


After last weekend the Banjo-Mutts entered the weekend feeling feeling pressure for a sweep. They are now half-way there. UBC is tough to sweep. However, it is a home series for Sask and their opponents often have a hard time adapting to the outhouses, horse-drawn buggies, and other rustic elements of life in hillbilly-land.

UBC did manage to outshoot their hoists 29-26 on the night, which is unusual. There were also only 5 minor penalties in the game.


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6
REGINA COUGARS 1


|> [U of R Preview] : [U of A Story]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


It is no surprise to see the Evil Monkeys beat Regina. However, Regina's MO thus far has been to be outshot on Friday but still scrounge a point or two somehow. It did not work tonight. However, The Banjo-Cats were not outshot as badly as normal (42-31). Maybe there is hope for them in the rematch.

NEXT UP:

Nov. 26
Calgary at Manitoba : [Live Stats Saturday] : [Live Audio Saturday]
UBC at Saskatchewan : [Live Stats Saturday]
Alberta at Regina : [Live Stats Saturday]

OUT EAST:

Nov. 24
Waterloo 3 UOIT 2

Nov. 25
Acadia 4 StFX 3 - OT
UNB 5 St. Thomas 3
Saint Mary's 4 Dalhousie 3 - OT
UQTR 5 RMC 2
Windsor 2 York 3
Guelph 6 Brock 0
UOIT 2 Western Ontario 5
Ottawa 5 Queen's 3
Laurier 0 Lakehead 6
Concordia 3 Ryerson 6
Carleton 3 Toronto 4 - OT

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hahaha that is the best description of the banjo mutts you have penned in awhile. but dont forget we have the only brown road jerseys in organized hockey. we have got to get those threads addressed.

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hahaha that is the best description of the banjo mutts you have penned in awhile. but dont forget we have the only brown road jerseys in organized hockey. we have got to get those threads addressed.

represent fellas come on
Those brown sweaters are nice, IMO. They look like chocolate. Mmmmmm, chocolate. They should have white numbers on them, though. They were apparently quite popular in Europe. The fans liked seeing advertising-free uniforms.

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November 26, 2011: Bisons 4, Dinos 2

November 26, 2011

BISONS BRING OUT THE BROOMS IN THE WEEKEND OF THE SWEEP


CALGARY DINOS 2
MANITOBA BISONS 4


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In a season where the top four seem to pulling away (again), it is rare to see a 4-0 whitewash in points in a series between two of the contenders. Yet that is what the Bisons have accomplished against Calgary for the second time this season.

However, the Bisons gained no ground because Sask edged out UBC and the Evil Monkeys scraped out four points in Regina's toughest performance of the season. More about those games later.

After suffering an embarrassing whipping on Friday night I fulled expected the Flintstones to be loaded for bear. They did come out strong in the first period. But I must say that I found them to be a petulant team of hackers and whackers. Instead of playing physical, they were much more inclined to take cheap shots after the whistle, hack the goalie, and basically use their stick as much as possible. The referees kind of let that stuff go which was a bit of a pain to watch.

One time they did give Chad Erb a penalty for pushing one hacker away from the goaltender whilst killing a penalty. The referee gave him another 2 minutes. It was at that time that Calgary scored their only two goals of the game, and a 2-0 lead.

The one call I did not like was a major and game misconduct against Chris Benias 15 minutes into the 2nd period. It was announced as a head-shot against Calgary's Teagan Zahn (a 6' 2" defenceman). Benias is listed as 5' 6", but that is generous. I doubt he could reach Zahn's head. Zahn was down like he was dead. But in the end never missed a shift.

In my view, teams that play "***** hockey" never succeed in the end. Calgary has to take off the skirts and develop some toughness to maintain a "big four" in the west.

Anyhow, back to the game.

Down 2-0 in the 2nd period, the Bisons had their own PP and Jeremy Schappert scored when pinching in from the point to narrow the gap to 2-1. They outshot Calgary 14-6 in the period, and 25-15 on the night. So although trailing, it seemed that a comeback had a pretty good chance.

Brenden Rowinski scored early in the 3rd period to tie it up and the Bisons never looked back. Ian Duval set him up as a line change was in progress. Jered Walker gave the Bisons their first lead 11 minutes in, finishing a 3-way passing play by going top shelf. Ian Duval closed the scoring on a nice play by Mike Hellyer. He and Duval were alone in front of the net and Hellyer waited to the last possible second to freeze the goaltender then dish off to Duval, who had nothing but net in front of him.

Calgary is now the first team to finish their first half conference schedule. They are off to Thunder Bay next weekend to face the Lakehead Thunderwolves.

Here's how they lined up:

MANITOBA BISONS

Goal:
Deckert (Caligiuri)

Defence:
Schappert - Crowley
Erb - Rumsey
Mealy - Bobbee
(Mealy mostly played with others in what was largely a 5 man rotation)

Forwards:
Dittmer - Walker - Macaulay
Hellyer - Duval - Lowry
Rowinski - Benias - Cowan
Bestland - Lockerby - Flynn
(the 4th line was an all d-man line!)

Scratches:
Friesen (G) Schmidt (D) Lauder (F) Davis (F)

CALGARY DINOS

Goal:
DeSerres (Butler)

Defence:
Bartman - Frere
Zahn - Egener
Eisenkirch - Pritz

Forwards:
Ross - Moore - Grant
Hood - Robinson - Nixon
Wintoneak - Stefishen - Jorgensen
McNaught - sometimes on Robinson line
Gillen - listed as d-man but had a shift or two as forward
Rovatti - never saw him out there

Scratches:
Lazaruk (G) DeCock (F) Stojan (D)
Copp (F) Clement (F) Fiddler (F)

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:


UBC THUNDERBIRDS 2
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4


|> [U of S Story - at UBC Site] : [UBC Friday Story]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


After losing to the Dinos last weekend, the Banjo-Mutts needed this sweep. UBC played them close, and even had a 30-27 lead in SOG. UBC seem entrenched in 5th place now. Sask is tied with Manitoba for 2nd, although both IMO are better than Alberta thus far. Sask has 2/3 of a win v Lethbridge and Manitoba had a win over Alberta reversed.


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4
REGINA COUGARS 3

(in overtime)

|> [U of R Story] : [U of R Friday Story] : [U of A Story]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


Regina is full value for having gotten a point against Alberta. This may have been their best weekend of the season. They were not grotesquely outshot (for a change). IMO Alberta is somewhat flattered by their record. They will be in Winnipeg to face the Herd next weekend.

NEXT UP:

Dec. 2-3
Alberta at Manitoba : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
Regina at Saskatchewan : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday] : [Live Video both nights]
Lethbridge at UBC : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday] : [Live Audio both nights]
Calgary at Lakehead (non-conference) : [L.U. Site] : [Possible Video - SSN Canada]

OUT EAST:

Nov. 26
UPEI 5 Moncton 3
Concordia 11 RMC 4
Windsor 5 York 3
McGill 4 Nipissing 1
UQTR 10 Queen's
Guelph 1 Waterloo 3
Laurier 3 Lakehead 4 - OT
Ottawa 2 Toronto 1
Brock 0 Western Ontario 5

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What's the scouting report on Calgary? What type of team are they? Who are some players to watch for etc?

I'm looking forward to seeing how we match up with them. We will likely have some trouble scoring with Caria, and likely Beljo, still out of the lineup, but it will be a good test to see where our defense is at as well. All I hope is that nobody ends up getting injured in this series. It's always fun to play the teams from out West, but they are typically big and the games have tended to get dirty. At least this year we have a bigger team than usual.

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Preview: Evil Monkeys @ Bisons: Dec 2-3

WEEKEND PREVIEW



ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (10-2-2, 5th in OHT34)
MANITOBA BISONS (9-3-2, 3rd in OHT34)

Friday, December 2nd, 7:00 p.m. CDT @ Max Bell Arena U of M
Saturday, December 3rd, 7:00 p.m. CDT @ Max Bell Arena U of M


LIVE LINKS: [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
MANITOBA LINKS: [U of M Site] : [LS Roster] : [U of M Roster] : [LS Schedule/Results] : [LS Stats]
ALBERTA LINKS: [U of A Site] : [LS Roster] : [LS Schedule/Results] : [LS Stats]
OTHER LINKS: [CIS Site] : [CW Site] : [LS - Live Updates] : [CW Weekly Notes (pdf)]
OTHER STORIES: [CIS Top Ten - at Boxscore News] : [CISBlog: Top 10 Tracker - CW Weekly Round-Up]
WORLD JUNIOR STORIES: [Czechs bail on Monkeys]
PRIOR GAMES: [Bisons win 5-4] : [Bisons win 2-1 (reversed)]

This is a big series which actually starts the second half of the regular season schedule for both teams. These two and the Saskatchewanites are pulling away from the pack.

The last series they had was in Saudi Alberta. I was able to see the games on CanadaWest.tv. The Bisons took the opener despite being assessed 75 minutes in penalties to 8 for Alberta. Then things got crazy on Saturday. The game went into overtime and Alberta scored with too many monkeys on the ice. The linesman never blew the play down but told the ref. So the goal was waived off and Alberta got a penalty. Manitoba scored and won. But the decision was reversed. Rather than apply the "get the call right" principle, it was thought better to allow too many monkeys to get away with one.

Alberta has been able to blitz the bottom three in the CW so far, going 8-0-0. However, against the top four they are only 1-2-3 (2-2-2 after the reversal). Conversely, Manitoba is 6-1-1 against the top four (5-1-2 after the reversal) and 4-2-0 against the minnows.

This series will be the last games for the Bisons until the new year. The team will disband for exams and then a Christmas break. Meanwhile, Alberta will play Denmark's world junior team in two games. They were also to face the Czechs, but due to scheduling problems that game has been cancelled as per the above link.

ELSEWHERE:


REGINA COUGARS (4-7-3, 23rd in OHT34)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (9-2-2, 2nd in OHT34)


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The news from Regina is that goaltender A.J. Whiffen left school. This has forced them to recruit another goaltender for the second half. For this weekend they will have either a senior leaguer of a junior "B" goaltender serving as a backup.

Regina has been severely outplayed all year, yet have managed to scrounge points on most weekends. They did manage to do reasonably well against Alberta last weekend, so maybe they have some life. The contenders would be happy if Sask comes with something less than 4 points.


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (3-8-2, 25th in OHT34)
UBC THUNDERBIRDS (5-7-2, 12th in OHT34)


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There was some big off-ice news for Lethbridge and Calgary. They will combine to face Team Canada's world junior team. They beat TC a few years back. Here is the lineup for the Dinohorns:

FORWARDS
Winston Day Chief, Standoff, Alta. (Univ. of Lethbridge)
Tyler Fiddler, Calgary, Alta., Calgary Hitmen (Univ. of Calgary)
Taylor Gal, Lethbridge, Alta., Medicine Hat Tigers (Univ. of Lethbridge)
Dylan Hood, Osoyoos, B.C., Moose Jaw Warriors (Univ. of Calgary)
Nick Hotson, Winnipeg, Man., Lethbridge Hurricanes (Univ. of Lethbridge)
Dan Iwanski, Calgary, Alta., Everett Silvertips (Univ. of Lethbridge)
Reid Jorgensen, Vancouver, B.C., Kamloops Blazers (Univ. of Calgary)
Dustin Moore, Red Deer, Alta., Red Deer Rebels (Univ. of Lethbridge)
Teegan Moore, Thompson, Man., Brandon Wheat Kings (Univ. of Calgary)
Brock Nixon, Russell, Man., Calgary Hitmen (Univ. of Calgary)
Taylor Stefishen, North Vancouver, B.C., Prince George Cougars (Univ. of Calgary)
Walker Wintoneak, Thunder Bay, Ont., Saskatoon Blades (Univ. of Calgary)

DEFENCEMEN
Brett Bartman, Medicine Hat, Alta., Spokane Chiefs (Univ. of Calgary)
Luke Egener, Calgary, Alta., Red Deer Rebels (Univ. of Calgary)
Brent Henke, Edmonton, Alta., Edmonton Oil Kings (Univ. of Lethbridge)
DJ McDougall, Fort MacLeod, Alta. (Univ. of Lethbridge)
Cory Pritz, Red Deer, Alta. (Univ. of Calgary)
Teigan Zahn, Bethune, Sask., Saskatoon Blades (Univ. of Calgary)


CALGARY DINOS (9-7-0, 10th in OHT34)
LAKEHEAD THUNDERWOLVES (OUA: 13-3-0, 13th in OHT34)


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Calgary is using the bye week to head east and play a former GPAC team. Calgary has nestled into 4th place. Their pre-season ranking as a contender, both in the CW and the CIS as a whole, now seems a little off.

Lakehead has what appears to be a good record. However, even by OUA standards they have had a soft schedule. Their only wins over decent teams have been against Ottawa and Windsor (ranked 17th and 26th in the OHT34). They are 3-1 against #30 Laurier, and 2-0 against each of #29 York, #33 UOIT, and #31 Guelph. So these games with Calgary are a rare opportunity to play a team in the top half of the CIS. I would like to see Lakehead return to be a contender. Their program seemed to be set back by hosting the nationals. Instead of being a boost, they started a decline which has continued.

The Bisons used to go out to T-Bay between Christmas and New Year's for a tournament, which then became a two game series. This year Lakehead will be hosting Carleton.



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What's the scouting report on Calgary? What type of team are they? Who are some players to watch for etc?

I'm looking forward to seeing how we match up with them. We will likely have some trouble scoring with Caria, and likely Beljo, still out of the lineup, but it will be a good test to see where our defense is at as well. All I hope is that nobody ends up getting injured in this series. It's always fun to play the teams from out West, but they are typically big and the games have tended to get dirty. At least this year we have a bigger team than usual.
Sorry I missed your message. I only saw the Saturday game last weekend but Calgary was pushed around real bad and retaliated by being chippy. They would hack the goalie and that kind of stuff, but were still dominated in both games. Their coaches are sharp so I suspect you might see a team try to assert itself physically.

I'll be interested to see what they do with goaltending. Butler was an all-star last year with Lazaruk as backup. Then they brought in DeSerres when he was cut by Phoenix. That's 3 WHL guys in one net. I get the impression that they have too many guys and lack chemistry.

You can check their stats [HERE].

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GoBisons.ca announced that both games with the Monkeys will be on CanadaWest.tv this weekend.

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What's the scouting report on Calgary? What type of team are they? Who are some players to watch for etc?

I'm looking forward to seeing how we match up with them. We will likely have some trouble scoring with Caria, and likely Beljo, still out of the lineup, but it will be a good test to see where our defense is at as well. All I hope is that nobody ends up getting injured in this series. It's always fun to play the teams from out West, but they are typically big and the games have tended to get dirty. At least this year we have a bigger team than usual.
With the addition of Frazee, Lakehead's top 4 scorers on paper are Caria, Frazee, Beljo and McDonald. It may hurt having 3 of their 4 out, especially considering Lakehead does not have a ton of depth up front. A few years ago Lakehead had more depth, but less high end talent. I think the first option is better, but not as fun when your top players are all out of the lineup. I am looking forward to seeing how they match up against Calgary. Lakehead has been a bit all over the map against the CW, pounding the Bisons one year, but losing both to them convincingly the next.

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No problem. It was a bit of an odd game tonight.

Lakehead 4 Calgary 2

Calgary came out strong in the 1st period and we did nothing for about 7-8 minutes. We limited Calgary to 4 shots in that time though, and then we picked it up and began outplaying them in the second half of the period. It was 0-0 after 1. Shots were 9-8 Lakehead.

The 2nd period was all Lakehead. We had it all over them but couldn't score until late in the period when McDonald scored on a one timer from the slot. Shots were 15-8 Lakehead.

The 3rd was the total opposite as Calgary was dominating in terms of having it in our end almost non-stop. Even though it was in our end the whole time, we did a great job of keeping them to the outside. Neither team got a shot for almost 10 minutes.

Eventually, Maunu baited Calgary into taking a penalty. Quesnele made a perfect pass from his own end, sending Hammond in on a breakaway and he made it 2-0. Hammond was hooked on that play, so we remained on the PP. Quesnele was tripped shortly after, making it a 5 on 3 PP. Calgary ended up getting a 2 on 1 while down two men and scored to make it 2-1 Lakehead. McDonald got his 2nd of the night on that PP with a nice passing play. Gamache later made it 4-1 with a short handed goal. One of the Dinos hit him as he was celebrating the goal. Calgary then scored in the final minute to make it 4-2. I'm not sure what the shots ended up being and don't see a box score anywhere.

Overall, I'm quite happy with the performance. Our best player, Caria, was out as expected. Beljo missed the game as well. Sergerie was also out, which was unexpected, leaving us without 3 of our top 6 forwards. I'm not sure who scored or who was in/out of the lineup for the Dinos since I'm not familiar with them

EDIT- Added in the game story http://www.tbnewswatch.com/sports/17...s-double-Dinos


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With the addition of Frazee, Lakehead's top 4 scorers on paper are Caria, Frazee, Beljo and McDonald. It may hurt having 3 of their 4 out, especially considering Lakehead does not have a ton of depth up front. A few years ago Lakehead had more depth, but less high end talent. I think the first option is better, but not as fun when your top players are all out of the lineup. I am looking forward to seeing how they match up against Calgary. Lakehead has been a bit all over the map against the CW, pounding the Bisons one year, but losing both to them convincingly the next.
Agreed on lacking the depth in terms of pure finishers. The Caria & Beljo injuries may end up being a blessing in disguise though. Some of the young guys have gotten a ton of ice time and have really improved. Grondin has been playing really well and Grecica has been getting better as well. The defense is what will carry this team in my opinion. We are as deep as ever on the back end.

Forgot to mention this in my last post. They were enforcing the no change rule on icings which was really killing us in the 3rd. Our guys were getting stuck out there for 2-3 minutes. Is this a rule in Canada West play? It's the first time that I have seen it used, so I was little confused as to why we were using it.

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I really think that when lakehead gets healthy after christmas they will have as much skill and depth as anyone in the OUA. The D are top notch. Deep in net. They have arguably what could be considered one of the top lines in the country sitting in the stands right now. With all the injuries, they still beat a Canwest team that a month ago I am pretty sure everyone thought would crush Lakehead.

As for Calgary I was not overly impressed with them. I think they caught LU off gaurd the first 10 min of the game but After that I think LU was the better team. There was a Lull in the third that and we got caught napping and icing the puck too much. All in all I am pretty excited for the rest of the season to see how things shake them selves out. I wonder if we can get LU out of the OUA and into canwest???

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Forgot to mention this in my last post. They were enforcing the no change rule on icings which was really killing us in the 3rd. Our guys were getting stuck out there for 2-3 minutes. Is this a rule in Canada West play? It's the first time that I have seen it used, so I was little confused as to why we were using it.
The AUS uses the rule...I am kind of surprised all leagues haven't started using it yet.

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The AUS uses the rule...I am kind of surprised all leagues haven't started using it yet.
I would be fine with the OUA using it. Some of the weaker teams take advantage of it not being in place and will ice the puck non stop in the 3rd period if they manage to get a lead. It ruins the game

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I really think that when lakehead gets healthy after christmas they will have as much skill and depth as anyone in the OUA. The D are top notch. Deep in net. They have arguably what could be considered one of the top lines in the country sitting in the stands right now. With all the injuries, they still beat a Canwest team that a month ago I am pretty sure everyone thought would crush Lakehead.

As for Calgary I was not overly impressed with them. I think they caught LU off gaurd the first 10 min of the game but After that I think LU was the better team. There was a Lull in the third that and we got caught napping and icing the puck too much. All in all I am pretty excited for the rest of the season to see how things shake them selves out. I wonder if we can get LU out of the OUA and into canwest???
I wouldn't be shocked at a Lakehead win over CanadaWest competition (Calgary). CanadaWest went 0-4 at the U Cup in 2010, including Mcgill over Alberta and Western over calgary in convincing fashion. Yes, Canadawest is more competitive top to bottom, no question! Regarless, the elite OUA teams proved many wrong last year and continue to be taken for granted. Maybe we will see a return to the show from the Lakehead, as it looks like they have improved with the addition of several key recruits in Frazee and Caria. There will be 3 OUA teams in this years University Cup.

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I wouldn't be shocked at a Lakehead win over CanadaWest competition (Calgary). CanadaWest went 0-4 at the U Cup in 2010, including Mcgill over Alberta and Western over calgary in convincing fashion. Yes, Canadawest is more competitive top to bottom, no question! Regarless, the elite OUA teams proved many wrong last year and continue to be taken for granted. Maybe we will see a return to the show from the Lakehead, as it looks like they have improved with the addition of several key recruits in Frazee and Caria. There will be 3 OUA teams in this years University Cup.
I would not be surprised to see lakehead make it to the Ucup this year. I would not have the highest expectations but the great thing about lakehead is that they have a young team. They have at least another 2 years after this season with the core of the team they have now. They may not win it this year... they will be in contention for the next 3 ucups.

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