October 9, 2009
WIN PUTS BISONS IN FIRST!
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LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2
MANITOBA BISONS 3
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The Bisons racked up their 3rd straight win over a solid Pronghorns side. Combined with the results on the out of town scoreboard, the Bisons now have an early start on 1st place.
Lethbridge gave a textbook example of how they like to steal points. They were outshot and outplayed but kept the score down. They were then able to capitalize and grab a short-lived lead. Sure, the Bisons came back to win. But the result could have been otherwise. That's exactly what Lethbridge did on their 3-game road trip against NCAA teams, losing 3 straight one goal games last weekend.
The 1st period was all-Bisons. I had to question the shot count which stated 10-7 for Bisons. They had at least that many excellent scoring chances which were stopped by Bowles. In fact, they generated more offence than in the 2nd period where they were credited with 16 shots. Anyhow, rookie Troy Crowley potted the only goal of the period (his 2nd of the season).
The 2nd period was a goal-fest. The H0rny ones generated two goals (from Moore and Roberts) during a frame where they continued to be outplayed. However, just over 30 second after Lethbridge took the lead, Manitoba then equalized on Rick Wood's first of the season. Mike Hellyer's goal with less than 3 seconds to play gave the Bisons a 3-2 lead.
Although the 'Horns were trailing, they generated few shots or scoring chances until late in the 3rd. The period was scoreless and the Bisons outshot Lethbridge 12-8. Steve Christie made some nice saves to preserve the win. But 8 saves in a period is a cakewalk for the Bison goalie.
The game was not at all chippy and both sides skated hard and looked sharp. The Bisons seemed to have a bit more of everything (size, skill, speed) but Lethbridge cannot be counted out of the rematch.
One annoying factor was Bowles pushing the net off its moorings, by "accident" of course. Ya, right. It happened at least a dozen times when 2-3 is the norm. If the teams have the same ref for the rematch I would not be surprised to see a call.
Here's how the teams lined up:
Erb - Lenoski
Mealy - Workman
Brown - Lockerby
Beller - Wood - Hellyer
Waker - Wild - Dudar (switched with Macaulay in 3rd)
Duval - Walker - Dittmer
Crowley - Benias - Macaulay (switched with Dudar in 3rd)
D Thiessen, Flynn
F Moggach, Cara, Howarth
Bowles (St. Goddard)
Pottruff - Cooper
Gilbert - Jones
Marshall - Davenport
Wuchteri - Chorneyko - Moore
Shefchyk - Roberts - Courtney (sometimes Davenport)
Lavorato - Snopek -Feakes
Nargang - - Pucci-Daniele - Moore or Courtney
D McDonald, Lee
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 2
CALGARY DINOS 3
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The Evil Monkeys lost the Battle of Saudi Alberta to Barney and His Friends. Since the game went to a shoot-out they at least escape with a point to stay only one point behind the Bisons after both sides 4 points last weekend. Goaltender Dustin Butler for Calgary stopped 13 of 14 shots in the 3rd period and all 6 in overtime.
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 4
REGINA COUGARS 1
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After being swept by the Evil Monkeys last weekend, the Puddy-tats should have been ready to regroup for this one. They outshot the Tweety-=Birds 20-8 in the first period, yet trailed 2-0. They outshot UBC 13-7 in the 2nd period, yet trailed 4-1. It was that kind of night.
- Oct 10 Calgary @ Alberta
Oct 10 Lethbridge @ Manitoba
Oct 10 UBC @ Regina
Oct 15 Calgary @ Lethbridge
Oct 16 Regina @ Saskatchewan
Oct 16 Manitoba @ UBC