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01-12-2012, 09:07 PM
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Preview: January 13-14

NEWS AND PREVIEWS

The Bisons have a bye week, their last of the year. So I bring you the news and previews from the CW and across the CIS.


|> [CIS Standings] : [CIS Schedule/Results/Links]
|> [Top 10 - at CIS - at Boxscore News]
|> [OHT34] : [CUP: Would we miss hockey fights?]
|> [AUS Weekly Update]
|> [OUA and Bulldogs - Outdoor Classic] : [Brock beat Urban Cowboys]


|> [CW Weekly Notes #12 (pdf)] : [League Stat Schedule]
|> [CIS Blog - Weekly Roundup] : [South Campus Sports Weekend Preview]



ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (13*-3-2, 5th in OHT34)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (13-3-2, 2nd in OHT34)


|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday] : [Live Video both nights]
|> [U of S Preview - Boxscore News] : [CW Preview]


This is a big series since the two teams are tied for first and are two points ahead of the Bisons. The Bisons' primary goal would be that only 4 points be awarded to these two over the weekend. Second, since the Bisons don't play the Evil Monkeys again, they would likely prefer either a split or a Sask sweep.

Sask had a better-than-expected first half. The scoring attack which had been touted for two years has paid off finally. They have the top three scorers and 4 of the top 9 (Hulak, Bortis, Ross, and Bailey). They lead the conference with 72 goals (the Bisons are second with 61). They are also third best in goals against (behind Alberta and Manitoba).

Of note, the series is being played at the CUC in Saskatown. Since the building is one of 5 in Saskatown with indoor plumbing (what progress!) the teams should enjoy the luxury. Also, Saturday's game will be at 2:00 p.m.


CALGARY DINOS (9-9-0, 13th in OHT34)
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (4-13-3, 22nd in OHT34)


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


The H0rny Ones managed to scoop 3 points last weekend and vaulted past the Banjo-Cats into the 6th and final playoff spot. Will this be another year where they close strong? They are far enough back that they are likely just interested in securing a playoff berth. The Flintstones look like they will not be bursting into the top three. They will want to stay ahead of UBC in order to play the quarter-final round at home. It would be quite a disaster if they were to drop to 5th this year.


REGINA COUGARS (4-12-2, 25th in OHT34)
UBC THUNDERBIRDS (7-7-2, 16th in OHT34)


|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday] : [Live Audio Friday]
|> [UBC Preview] : [Vancouver Province SFU Preview] : [The Record SFU Preview]


Regina stinks. If the Banjo-Cats want to catch the Tweety-Birds they will need to not only avoid the little old lady with an umbrella, they will need to surrender fewer than 40 shots and find some goal scoring. They are last in offence and defence.

Meanwhile, UBC had an inglorious split against SFU. So they should have learned not to take anybody lightly.

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01-14-2012, 08:25 AM
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January 13, 2012

BANJO-MUTTS TAKE OUT EVIL MONKEYS

With the Bisons having their final bye week of the season, the rest of the CW soldiers on. Here is what happened.

|> [CW Friday Recap] : [CW Standings]
|> [CIS Friday Round-up] : [CIS Standings]


OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 2
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5


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


This was actually a good result for the Bisons. Sask kept on taking two goal leads and then salted it away with an empty-netter. The game never got particularly close to OT, so only two points were awarded. The Hillbillies racked up their 5 goals on only 23 shots. So not a stellar night for Real Cyr in the Monkey goal. David Reekie was hot for the Inbreds, stopping 35 of 37 shots. The rematch is Saturday at 2:00 CST and is available on canadawest.tv.


CALGARY DINOS 2
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 3

(in overtime)
|> [U of C Story] : [U of L Story]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


The Flintstones blew a 2-0 lead and are now sub-.500.Perhaps 4th place is becoming a lofty ambition. And could this be yet another second half rally for the H0rny Ones? They looked exceptionally weak in the 1st half. But 3 points in 2 1/3 games last weekend, plus this win, have vaulted them into a playoff spot.

Calgary took a 2-0 lead into the 1st intermission after having outshot Lethbridge 15-4. But then Lethbridge outshot them 31-17 over the last two periods. Very much a tale of two games. The overtime goal was scored by Tyler Hlookoff, his first of the season. Saturday's rematch will be in Calgary.


REGINA COUGARS 2
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 4


|> [UBC Story] : [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


I tried getting the audio at the CITR link, but there was nothing there. This has happened before. So what's up with UBC's links? The scoreline was affected by a last minute PP/EN goal by Regina, scored after they were down 4-1.Regina is now 3 points out of 6th and UBC is 1 point out of 4th. Will the Puddy-Tat catch that bloody Tweety-Bird? The rematch goes Saturday night. Regina needs wins badly or else they will fade quickly. If UBC can lose to SFU, they can lose to anybody.

NEXT UP:

Jan. 14
Regina at UBC : [Live Stats]
Alberta at Saskatchewan : 2:00 CST [Live Stats] : [Live Video] : [Live Audio]
Lethbridge at Calgary : [Live Stats]

OUT EAST:

Jan. 8
Toronto 1 Ottawa 2

Jan. 11
Western 1 Brock 2

Jan. 12
Laurier 0 York 1

Jan. 13
Acadia 3 Moncton 6
UNB 1 Saint Mary's 2
UPEI 7 StFX 3
Dalhousie 7 St. Thomas 4
Carleton 5 Nipissing 4
McGill 5 RMC 0
Ottawa 1 UQTR 5
York 3 Waterloo 2
Lakehead 8 UOIT 5
Concordia 2 Queen's 9
Windsor 1 Guelph 6
Ryerson 6 Toronto 3

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01-15-2012, 10:58 AM
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January 14, 2012

EVIL MONKEYS SWEPT, BANJO-MUTTS AND BISONS NOW ON COLLISION COURSE

The bye weeks has wrapped up and the Bisons are now in a position to finish first without any help from others. Here is how Saturday's games went.

|> [CW Saturday Recap] : [CW Standings]
|> [CIS Saturday Round-up*] : [CIS Standings]


OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5

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


The Matinee in Bumpkinville was a game of rather extreme ups and downs. Kyle Ross scored his first of three in the night (he now has 14 on the season) to give Sask a 1-0 lead. However, a 3-goal outburst by the Evil Monkeys had them nursing a 3-1 lead by the 1st intermission.

The 2nd period was perhaps the pivotal point in Sask's season. They scored 4 goals on 12 shots to take a commanding 5-3 lead.

But, as the rollercoaster continued going up and down, things changed dramatically once again in the 3rd period. It was all one-way traffic as the Monkeys outshot the Mutts 17-3. But all they could score was one goal, and that with only 1:38 left. At the end of the game the head Organ-Grinder got a double 10 minute misconduct, likely upset about not being able to use more players than his opponent. Rumour has it he looked like his cousin:




LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1
CALGARY DINOS 4

(in overtime)
|> [U of C Story] : [U of L Story]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


The Flintstones returned to Bedrock and got the two points they needed as they cling to 4th place. I would guess that the H0rny Ones will be satisfied with their two point weekend.


REGINA COUGARS 0
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 4

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


The Banjo-Cats are redefining the term "surrender meekly". Down 2-0 entering the third period, all they could do was amass 3 shots on the Tweety-Birds i the 3rd period. Ugh. Granted, it remained only 2-0 until UBC padded their lead with 2 goals in the last 2 minutes. UBC is now one point out of 4th and Regina is 3 points out of 6th.

NEXT UP:

Jan. 20-21
Saskatchewan at Manitoba : [Live Stats Friday : Saturday] : [Live Audio Friday]
UBC at Calgary : [Live Stats Friday : Saturday]
Lethbridge at Alberta : [Live Stats Friday : Saturday] : [Live Video both nights]

OUT EAST:

Jan. 14
RMC 1 Concordia 6
Dalhousie 5 Moncton 1
Acadia 3 St. Thomas 1
UPEI 3 Saint Mary's 5
UNB 4 StFX 5 - OT
Laurier 2 Waterloo 1 - OT
Carleton 2 Ryerson 3
McGill 3 Toronto 4
Lakehead 5 UOIT 8
Brock 5 Guelph 2
Western Ontario 5 Windsor 2

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Preview: Huskies @ Bisons: Jan 20-21

WEEKEND PREVIEW

The Bisons have a must-win series at home with Sask. The two teams are involved with the Evil Monkeys in a 3-way battle for first. Also, UBC and Calgary face each other in their battle for fourth. Lethbridge is at Alberta, trying to hold off idle Regina in their battle for 6th. Here is your series-by-series look at everything.



SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (15-3-2, 1st in OHT34)
MANITOBA BISONS (12-4-2*, 3rd in OHT34)

Friday, January 20th, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Max Bell Arena - U of M
Saturday, January 21st, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Max Bell Arena - U of M


LIVE LINKS: [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday] : [Live Audio Friday - UMFM 101.5]
MANITOBA LINKS: [U of M Site] : [LS Roster] : [U of M Roster] : [LS Schedule/Results] : [LS Stats]
SASK LINKS: [U of S Site] : [LS Roster] : [LS Schedule/Results] : [LS Stats]
OTHER LINKS: [CIS Site] : [CW Site] : [LS - Live Updates] : [CW Weekly Notes #13 (pdf)]
OTHER STORIES: [Winnipeg Sun Preview (with audio)] : [Star-Phoenix Preview]
MORE STORIES: : [Ridley Awards Press Release - ChrisD video] : [CW Weekly Round-Up]
PRIOR GAMES: [Huskies win 5-4 (ot)] : [Huskies win 2-1]

This is one big series. Sask leads Manitoba by 6 points, but the Herd has two games in hand, to be made up next weekend. In between, the Evil Monkeys trail the Banjo-Mutts by 4 points. The Mutts will no doubt enjoy having indoor plumbing on this cold January weekend. Hopefully, they will get too comfortable and not be able to deal with the Bison onslaught.

The Bisons and Sask can both finish first in the CW without any help. It is now late enough in the season that we could talk about a team running the table. After this weekend the Bisons have only 8 games left, and none against either Sask or Alberta.

One thing we must consider is the head-to-head records, in the event of a tie at the end of the year. The Mutts lead 4-1 on points after last weekend. After last week's sweep of the Monkeys they took that series 7-3 on points. Manitoba beat the Monkeys 5-4 on points.

The Mutts rely on their top 4 scorers, who are all in the conference's top 10. In fact, the top three scorers in the CW (Derek Hulak, Kyle Bortis, and Kyle Ross) are all Mangy Critters. However, Bison Blair Macaulay leads the conference in goals with 15, one ahead of Bortis and Ross.

Both sides have also utilized two goaltenders. Bisons Jesse Deckert and Joe Caligiuri are ranked 2nd and 4th in goaltending stats, whilst Banjoboys Ryan Holfield and David Reekie rank 3rd and 7th.

After not getting much in the name of big recruits this off-season, Sask was ranked 4th in the pre-season coaches' poll. However those under-performing recruits from prior years have come on this year. Look for two hotly contested games. Friday's game is on UMFM 101.5 if your car won't start.

ELSEWHERE:


UBC THUNDERBIRDS (9-7-2, 15th in OHT34)
CALGARY DINOS (10-9-1, 13th in OHT34)


|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
|> [UBC Site]


According to the pre-season coaches' poll and most pundits, there was supposed to be a "Big Four" in the CW, which included Calgary. Instead, the Dinos have struggled. They appeared to get it together when they swept Sask in November. But then it was back to mediocrity.

On the other hand, UBC was supposed to be fighting it out with Regina for 6th, or maybe Lethbridge for 5th. Instead, they go into this weekend only one point behind Calgary, and with two games in hand. This really does shock me.

Although these teams seem destined to meet in the quarter-finals, this weekend should decide who will host that series.


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (5-12-3, 22nd in OHT34)
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (13-5-2*, 5th in OHT34)


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


One would imagine that the Monkeys will be seeking a rebound after last week's sweep in Saskatown. On paper, this should be a relatively easy home ice sweep over the H0rny Ones. Lethbridge is #6 in offence and defence, ahead of only Regina in both categories.

However, in the last couple of years Lethbridge has come up with a better than expected second half and could be doing the same this year. It really doesn't make any sense. But maybe it is a side-effect of all that Viagra.

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|> [CIS Standings] : [CIS Schedule/Results/Links]
|> [Top 10 - at CIS - at Boxscore News]
|> [OHT34] : [Wiebe goes from Ice Caps to UNB]
|> [AUS Weekly Update]

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January 20, 2012: Bisons 4 Huskies 2

HERD TRAMPLES THE MONGRELS


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2
MANITOBA BISONS 4


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


The Bisons racked up a solid victory Friday night. So now they are four points behind the Banjo-Mutts, with two games in hand.

The Bisons were decisively the stronger team in the opening period. They outshot the Mutts 15-8 and led 2-0 on goals from Jared Walker (his 6th) and Matthew Lowry (his 4th). Each side had two minor penalties. Sask seldom had two shots in a row on the Bison goal. It was one shot then out.

The Bisons really took control of the game in the first half of the 2nd period. The play was very one-sided and it was only some strong goaltending by David Reekie that kept the score close. But with no goals being allowed, Sask still had a chance to steal a point or two with a break. The Bisons outshot Sask 21-11 in the period.

The 3rd period was a back and forth affair. Sask usually got one chance on their rushes before the Bisons would get the puck out, and at the other end the Bisons were happy to get the puck deep, maybe get one shot on goal, and then have at least three men back to prevent any fast breakouts.

Sask did get a break mid-period on a chintzy tripping call to Del Cowan. On such calls, it always seems the fortunate side scores, and that happened here. But within a minute of Shaun Vey celebrating his goal, Brenden Rowinski scored (7th goal in 14 games) to restore the two goal margin.

Sask did manage to close the gap with their goaltender pulled, when Derek Hulak scored on a deflection moments after a missed tripping call behind the Bison goal. But an empty-netter shortly after by Blair Macaulay (16th) closed the scoring at 4-2.

Here's how they lined up:

Manitoba

Goal:
Caligiuri (Friesen)

Defence:
Schappert - Crowley
Schmidt - Rumsey
Mealy - Lockerby - Bobbee

Forwards:
Dittmer - Walker - Macaulay
Hellyer - Duval - Lowry
Cowan - Benias - Rowinski
Bestland - Flynn

Saskatchewan

Goal:
Reekie (Holfield)

Defence:
Delahey - Hobbs
Thiessen - Zetariuk
Ward - Funk

Forwards:
Bortis - Ross - Hulak
McCallum - Bosch - Bailey
Smuk - Brisbois - Vey
Neigum - Durand - Kaye

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 0
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5


|> [U of A Story - at U of L]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore*]


After suffering a sweep last weekend one had to assume that the evil Monkeys would rebound against the H0rny Ones, and that is just what they did. Most people feel safe calling the UBC-Calgary series a quarter-final preview. Could we do the same with this series? The Monkeys put this away with a 4 goal 2nd period.


UBC THUNDERBIRDS 2
CALGARY DINOS 1


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


With all their firepower the Dinos chose to play a defensive game against UBC and, in the end, it cost them. It was 2-1 for UBC after two periods, and Calgary only had 5 shots on goal in each of the first two periods. They then threw what they could at the Tweety-Birds in the 3rd, but could not score. This gives UBC at least temporary hold of 4th place. Now there's a shocker.

NEXT UP:

Jan. 21
Saskatchewan at Manitoba : [Live Stats]
UBC at Calgary : [Live Stats]
Lethbridge at Alberta : [Live Stats] : [Live Video]

OUT EAST:

Jan. 18
UNB 5 St. Thomas 1
Moncton 4 UPEI 2
Acadia 3 Dalhousie 2 - OT
Queen's 4 RMC 1
UQTR 6 Concordia 4

Jan. 19
Guelph 3 UOIT 1
Toronto 0 Ryerson 3

Jan. 20
Saint Mary's 3 Dalhousie 4 - OT
UNB 1 Moncton 5
UPEI 4 St. Thomas 3 - SO
StFX 3 Acadia 4
Ryerson 4 RMC 0
Carleton 0 McGill 1 - SO
York 4 Brock 5 - OT
Nipissing 4 Queen's 3 - SO
Windsor 2 Waterloo 3 - SO
Laurier 3 Guelph 5
Ottawa 4 Concordia 8
Western Ontario 1 Lakehead 0

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January 21, 2012: Bisons 3 Huskies 1

BISONS SWEEP BUMPKINS


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 1
MANITOBA BISONS 3


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


After a weekend in civilization, the Banjo-Mutts had to hop in the bus and return to Bumpkinville without any points. They'll have to be satisfied chewing on some rawhide, and maybe having a refreshing drink from a toilet.

My son had a game so I missed the first two periods. We arrived in the second intermission, grabbed a burger, and readied ourselves for the third period of a game the Bisons led 2-0. I had looked up the Live Stats and knew that the Bisons had Ian Duval (his 8th) and Chris Benias (his 3rd) and had outshot Sask 29-23.

The third period was fairly uneventful. It was a period perfectly designed to hold a two goal lead. Each team only had one power play and there were very few good scoring chances. The Bisons outshot Sask 8-6 and the best scoring chances were a pair of goalposts hit by Travis Mealy and Austin Lauder, seeing his first action since October 21st. Then Jered Walker put the game away mid-way through. He came down the right wing and picked the lower left hand corner with a hard shot. Chris Durand Durand was hungry like a mutt, and spoiled Joe Caligiuri's shut-out bid with just over a minute left.

So the Herd is now 2 points behind Sask and Alberta, but with two games in hand over each actually have the best winning percentage in the CW.

Here's how the teams lined up:

Manitoba

Goal:
Caligiuri (Friesen)

Defence:
Schappert - Crowley
Schmidt - Rumsey
Mealy - Bobbee

Forwards:
Dittmer - Walker - Macaulay
Lowry - Duval - Rowinski
Cowan - Benias - Lockerby
Bestland - Lauder - Flynn

Saskatchewan

Goal:
Holfield (Reekie)

Defence:
Funk - Hobbs
Delahey - Seur
Thiessen - Ward

Forwards:
Bortis - Ross - Hulak
McCallum - Bosch - Bailey
Neigum - Durand - Brisebois
Spafford - Stebner - Vey

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6


|> [U of A Story - at U of L]
|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore*]


The H0rny Ones mounted no serious challenge to the Evil Monkeys over the weekend. In the first period of this game, the Monkeys outshot the Horns 20-4 and grabbed a 3-0 lead. The rest of the game was academic. The win moves Alberta back into a tie with Sask, to whom they lost twice last weekend. Lethbridge remains 3 points ahead of idle Regina in the race for 6th.


UBC THUNDERBIRDS 3
CALGARY DINOS 2


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


The anticipation that the Dinos would be part of the CW Big Four this is a page right out of his-to-ry. Not only did they slip behind the Big Three, but now the Tweety-Birds have flown right past them as well. UBC has a 3 point lead in the race for 4th, with two games in hand.

The last time UBC hosted a playoff series Liberals thought a policy of official bilingualism would ensure that Quebec separatism would never gain traction, that short-term deficit spending would stimulate the economy so much that the ensuing debt would be paid from the profits, and that invoking The War Measures Act in peace time made sense. Let's just hope there are no riots out in British California!

This game seems to have been another defensive battle. The Dinos gave their supposed 3rd goaltender Kris Lazaruk the start. Not that he is a bad goaltender, but it is impossible for a CIS team to get enough playing time for three goaltenders. Taylor Stefishen, another of the Calgary late recruits, notched his 11th goal in 19 games.

NEXT UP:

Jan. 27-28

Manitoba at Lethbridge : [Live Stats - Friday - Saturday] : [Live Video Both Nights]
Alberta at UBC : [Live Stats - Friday - Saturday] : [Live Audio Saturday]
Regina at Calgary : [Live Stats - Friday - Saturday]

OUT EAST:

Jan. 21
Carleton 5 Concordia 4
Windsor 2 Laurier 4
St. Thomas 2 Moncton 7
Dalhousie 4 Saint Mary's 6
UPEI 8 UNB 7
UOIT 3 York 5
RMC 2 Nipissing 3
Toronto 3 Queen's 0
Western Ontario 1 Lakehead 0

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Wow. I though Calgary would have a shot of coming back here for the Nationals this year.

Nice to see Manitoba doing so well. Hope they take the West. Good to have change at the top.

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Wow. I though Calgary would have a shot of coming back here for the Nationals this year.

Nice to see Manitoba doing so well. Hope they take the West. Good to have change at the top.
Bisons looked strong.
didnt see saturday but bisons had more jump than the sask boys friday. the last 25 minutes were getting interesting but they held on.
wow how important is home ice in the west.
and what the heck cowboy is going on in dino town . is that 6 wins in a row for UBC?

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Bisons looking good...would love to see them get to Nationals, but it is going to be tough this year with only one CW entry.

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Bisons looked strong.
didnt see saturday but bisons had more jump than the sask boys friday. the last 25 minutes were getting interesting but they held on.
wow how important is home ice in the west.
and what the heck cowboy is going on in dino town . is that 6 wins in a row for UBC?
UBC has swept Lethbridge, Regina, and Calgary. But now they close with home series against Alberta and Sask and two away series at Manitoba. I don't see them losing all 8, and I don't see them losing all 4 at home. Also, Manitoba, Alberta, and Sask are all finished with one another. So those UBC games could decide first place.

As for Nationals, I don't count my chickens. But last weekend Sask scored 10 on Alberta. This weekend they scored 3 on Manitoba, and every one of those goals came when they were trailing by at least 2 goals.

The Bisons could be 20-0 right now. Their only losses have been a game v Regina (where they outshot them 35-19), v UBC (where they outshot them 41-26), and their one goal toss-up games against Sask and Alberta. I am not saying they should be 20-0, because a team never expects to win every 50-50 game. I am just pointing out that they still have upward potential.

Also, the last three opponents I have seen them play are Calgary, Alberta, and Sask. They physically dominated all three teams. Now, it is not like in past years when the Bisons would slap around an inferior team like Brock or Iowa State. But it is very noticeable, and unusual since CW opponents are usually big, strong teams as well.

To be honest, I could not imagine the Bisons losing a best-of-seven against a CW team. But, they only play best-of-threes. And those are tough to win, especially away from home.

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Preview: Bisons @ Pronghorns: Jan 27-28

WEEKEND PREVIEW

The home stretch starts this weekend. There are three races: Manitoba, Sask and Alberta are fighting for first; UBC and Calgary are fighting for fourth; and Lethbridge and Regina are fighting for 6th.

Unfortunately, there are no games remaining between Manitoba, Sask and Alberta. So their battle will be one of avoiding losses to the bottom four. Sask and Alberta each have 32 points, but have only 6 games left. Manitoba has 30 points and has 8 games left. So, the Bisons have the edge. Here's how the various series shape up.



MANITOBA BISONS (14-4-2*, 1st in OHT34)
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (5-14-3, 27th in OHT34)

Friday, January 27th, 8:00 p.m. CST @ Lethbridge
Saturday, January 28th, 8:00 p.m. CST @ Lethbridge


LIVE LINKS: [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday] : [Live Video both nights]
MANITOBA LINKS: [U of M Site] : [LS Roster] : [U of M Roster] : [LS Schedule/Results] : [LS Stats]
LETH. LINKS: [U of L Preview] : [LS Roster] : [LS Schedule/Results] : [LS Stats]
OTHER LINKS: [CIS Site] : [CW Site] : [LS - Live Updates] : [CW Weekly Notes #14 (pdf)]
OTHER STORIES: [Chevy at Bison Fundraiser] : [Rumsey Athlete of the Week]
PRIOR GAMES: [Nov 11 Bisons win 5-2] : [Nov 12 Bisons win 5-2]

The Bisons are off to Lethbridge needing a sweep, which is never easy on the road. The H0rny Ones may not have a great home record, but 4 of their 5 wins have been at home. They also have had 2 wins over Sask.

The H0rny Ones have been a disappointment this year. They sputtered in the pre-season and it continued into the regular season. But they are clinging to a 3 point lead over the Banjo-Cats in the race for the 6th and final playoff spot.

In past years Lethbridge has bounced back from a slow start to close strong and make a playoff run. They started the new year with 3 points against Sask (including the suspended game) and 2 points against Calgary. But last weekend the Evil Monkeys thrashed them.

Last weekend Bison goaltender (and former Pronghorn) Jesse Deckert did not dress for either game. Joe Caligiuri played well in both games. Also, captain Mike Hellyer did not dress on Saturday. Jordan Davis, who had only dressed for 8 games, is no longer listed on the roster.

ELSEWHERE:


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (15-5-2*, 6th in OHT34)
UBC THUNDERBIRDS (11-7-2, 13th in OHT34)


|> [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday] : [Live Audio Saturday]
|> [UBC Site] : [U of A Site]


The Evil Monkeys should have a tougher task than the Bisons when they head out to British California to face the Tweety-Birds. No preview story has been posted yet, so maybe check the UBC site link as you read to see if it is now up. The Birds are coming off a big sweep of Calgary in the race for 4th. So now that they are heading home, they need to perform if they want to host a quarter-final.

Just as this is usually where UBC falters, this is usually where the Monkeys bury a lesser opponent. This series should tell us a lot about whether UBC is ready to make a jump. The audio link to CITR has not worked lately. So attempt it at your peril.


REGINA COUGARS (4-14-2, 29th in OHT34)
CALGARY DINOS (10-11-1, 14th in OHT34)


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


Th lowly Banjo-Cats are off to Calgary in the battle of the sinking ships. Regina has somehow managed to squeeze out a few points this season. This despite being badly outplayed all the time. If Calgary cannot sweep this series they will likely be resigned to 5th place.

LINKS AND STORIES:
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|> [Top 10 - at CIS - at Boxscore News]
|> [OHT34] : [AUS Weekly Update]
|> [CIS LINKS] - one post with every link you need to bookmark

* Alberta's OTL to Manitoba was converted to a W


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Unfortunately, there are no games remaining between Manitoba, Sask and Alberta.
That's too bad - the top three picking on the bottom three for the last three weekends. Any upsets will be devastating to the loser in the standings. Looks for you UMan with the extra two games.

If they end up in a 3-way, what's the tie-breaker?

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That's too bad - the top three picking on the bottom three for the last three weekends. Any upsets will be devastating to the loser in the standings. Looks for you UMan with the extra two games.

If they end up in a 3-way, what's the tie-breaker?
I am not sure but I believe they use head-to-head records. So Sask would get the 3-way. But in 2-ways, Manitoba has the edge over Sask and Alberta (5-4 over both). Sask has the edge over Alberta (7-3).

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January 27, 2012: Bisons 7 Pronghorns 4

BISONS SCORE DECISIVE WIN


MANITOBA BISONS 7
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4


|> [U of M Story and Stats] : [U of L Story] : [CW Friday Recap]
|> [LS Summary] : [CW Standings] : [All Links]
|> [CIS Boxscore] : [CIS Friday Round-up*] : [CIS Standings]


The Bisons walked into Lethbridge and picked up a decisive win. The Bisons built a 6-2 lead mid-way through the 3rd period. But a pair of late goals by the H0rny Ones made the scoreline less embarrassing. This was a fairly dominant performance on the road for the Herd.

Blair Macaulay scored his 17th and 18th goals of the season, and his linemates (Tyler Dittmer and Jered Walker) also had goals of their own. Additionally, Dane Crowley scored his 3rd (shorthanded), Brenden Rowinski had his 8th, and Ian Duval his 9th.

Scratched from the Bison line-up were Chad Erb, Mike Hellyer, Tyler Schmidt, and Jesse Deckert. Jordan Davis was back on the roster and played for the first time since November 12th, when he also faced Lethbridge.

Saturday's rematch can also be seen on-line at canadawest.tv. I saw the end of Friday's game. I wish the Bisons had white numbers on their road jersey. The Bisons and Sask should both work on that for next year.



OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:


REGINA COUGARS 1
CALGARY DINOS 2


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


The Dinos were obviously tense about this one. They were desperate and the lowly Kittens had to be a free square on the bingo card. The Dinos played very defensively (shots were 33-12). What can you say about a Regina team that mounts only three shots in a 3rd period when they enter down 2-1?


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 3
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 1


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This was a tight one throughout. UBC is a typical middle-of-the-road team in a season where the others have all disappointed. The shots were 29-25 for the Evil Monkeys. UBC must be thought of to have some chance at salvaging a split on Saturday night. The win gives the Monkeys first place, by two points over the Bisons and Mutts. However, the Bisons have two games in hand, and the Mutts now have one.

NEXT UP:

Jan. 27
Manitoba at Lethbridge : [Live Stats] : [Live Video]
Alberta at UBC : [Live Stats] : [Live Audio]
Regina at Calgary : [Live Stats]

OUT EAST:

Jan. 24
Queen's 3 Carleton 2

Jan. 25
Concordia 4 UQTR 3 - OT
Waterloo 2 Brock 4

Jan. 26
Guelph 1 York 2 - OT
Western Ontario 1 Windsor 2 0 SO
Nipissing 7 Ryerson 0

Jan. 27
Moncton 2 StFX 1
Dalhousie 2 UPEI 4
Acadia 1 UNB 7
St. Thomas 2 Saint Mary's 3 - OT
Ottawa 2 McGill 7
Lakehead 2 Brock 3
Laurier 2 UOIT 4
Queen's 2 Ryerson 1
RMC 3 Toronto 4

OUA LeagueStat Page - has all summaries
AUS schedule/results : AUS stats

Note: The schedule for the nationals has been set. [Press Release]

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Can you imagine the Bisons with Andrew Clarke (Acadia) and Shane Wiebe (UNB)? Clark leading the AUS in points so far.
Two highly skilled Manitoba boys, that would have added that much more pop into the Bison lineup.

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Can you imagine the Bisons with Andrew Clarke (Acadia) and Shane Wiebe (UNB)? Clark leading the AUS in points so far.
Two highly skilled Manitoba boys, that would have added that much more pop into the Bison lineup.
The Bisons would be a serious contender if those two where added.

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The Bisons would be a serious contender if those two where added.
we think we are!
can you imagine how good lookin you would be you had a dental plan out there and your wig fit better!!
what are you doing takin a dig like that you two little pretenders

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January 28, 2012: Bisons 4 Pronghorns 5

BISONS BLOW ONE


MANITOBA BISONS 4
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 5


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I was able to follow this one on canadawest.tv. It looked like the Bisons were on their way to a sweep which would have given them sole control of first place. Instead, they blew a 4-2 lead by surrendering three unanswered third period goals, including two goals 26 seconds apart in the final two minutes. The Bisons had won each of their first three games against the H0rny Ones by three goals every time.

While it was not a stellar performance from Joe Caligiuri in the Bison goal, a collapse like this cannot be pinned on one player. It seemed that in the 3rd period the Bisons took things for granted.

The events of the weekend also spell out a fundamental truth in the CW: It is never easy to sweep a series on the road.

OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:


REGINA COUGARS 0
CALGARY DINOS 2


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Pity the Banjo-Cats. They were not exactly striking fear into their conference foes before Christmas, now they have surrendered. Don't let the scoreline fool you. They only had 10 shots on goal the entire game. (Calgary had 38 shots on poor old Lucas Gore.) Yet it was 0-0 after two periods. The Dinos needed the sweep in order to keep their hopes alive to catch UBC for 4th place.


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 0
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 1


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|> [LS Summary] : [CIS Boxscore]


I was able to listen to this one after the Bison game ended. Both games in this series were very close, so a split was in order. The loss for the Evil Monkeys keeps them 2 points ahead of the Bisons. But the Bisons have 2 games in hand over them, and hold the tie-breaker, meaning that they remain in the driver's seat in the race for first.

The Monkeys have their final bye week next weekend, whilst UBC will be in Manitoba.

NEXT UP:

Feb. 3-4
UBC at Manitoba : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday] : [Live Audio UMFM 101.5]
Calgary at Saskatchewan : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
Lethbridge at Regina : [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]

Alberta sits 2 points ahead of both Manitoba and Saskatchewan, but have played 24 games to the 22 played by Manitoba and Sask. Therefore, Alberta could fall to third while watching the out-of-town scoreboard. It is ironic that both Manitoba and Sask will be hosting the two teams fighting it out for 4th.

OUT EAST:

Jan. 28
Windsor 3 Laurier 1
Acadia 3 UPEI 4 - OT
Moncton 0 Saint Mary's 5
St. Thomas 2 StFX 1 - OT
Dalhousie 2 UNB 3 - OT
RMC 1 Nipissing 2 = OT
McGill 2 Carleton 4
York 2 Guelph 3
Western Ontario 4 Lakehead 0
UOIT 2 Waterloo 5
Queen's 0 Toronto 1

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Funny, I pictured you as a little man, sitting in his high chair, chewing on a box of Mike and Ike's!

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The Bisons would be a serious contender if those two where added.
Yeah I am with Mike on this one...I think Manitoba already is a serious contender (along with Alberta and Sask.).

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The Bisons would be a serious contender if those two where added.
I agree - they are a contender.

My point is, had these two players chosen UMan instead of their current teams - I think we would be seeing UMan 'clear and away' at the top of the CW and potentially in that position for 2-3 years.

As it stands now - it's a log jam between UA, USask and UMan with two weekends to play with no clear title holder to place a bet on.

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I agree - they are a contender.

My point is, had these two players chosen UMan instead of their current teams - I think we would be seeing UMan 'clear and away' at the top of the CW and potentially in that position for 2-3 years.

As it stands now - it's a log jam between UA, USask and UMan with two weekends to play with no clear title holder to place a bet on.
Exactly, the point was that they would have been that more potent up front!
I also agree that they have a serious chance at winning the West and Nationals, but there are other teams including Alberta who they will have to beat first!

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The Bisons have a very solid defence and goaltending returning next year. They will need forwards.

Also, their line-up is an all-Manitoba one this year. They have not had to recruit "foreigners" so as long as they get most of the local boys they are going to do just fine.

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My Opinion is Manitoba has a team built this year to do more well at Nationals than Alberta or Saskatchewan would.

Regardless of whether UNB wins the AUS this year or not, they will be in the mix at nationals, and Manitobas style gives them a better chance at knocking off UNB than Albertas or saskatchewan would. It's been proved over and over, any team that tries to go toe to toe in a offensive game with UNB will lose, its the teams with a Good Defense and system that have a chance

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It's been proved over and over, any team that tries to go toe to toe in a offensive game with UNB will lose, its the teams with a Good Defense and system that have a chance
Agree - the more a UNB opponent plays 'run-and-gun' the less chance they will defeat them. The defense first teams have closer games with UNB (Calgary was a 1 goal game while UWO and McG were 4-0 shutouts) the more you try and play offense, the more you fall behind and if you fall behind early - the harder it is to be Defense first).

UNB's Team Defense isn't as solid as last year's, they have some 'running round' moments, but if the other team doesn't capitalize - it can be long game waiting for the next counter-attack opportunity (DAL in OT had zero shots)

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