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Manitoba 2 Regina 1 (SO)

Post by Hollywood2 » Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:36 pm

January 29, 2011

BISONS ESCAPE HILLBILLY COUNTRY WITH SHOOTOUT VICTORY

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MANITOBA BISONS 2
REGINA COUGARS 1

(in shoot-out)
|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
|> [C.W. SATURDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF R STORY] ~ [U OF M]


The Bisons left Regina with a great sense of relief on Saturday. Not that leaving Regina is ever anything short of a relief, but this time there was an added element. In a game which was apparently a replay of Friday night's 1-0 loss, the Bisons were down 1-0 on a Dillon Johnstone goal when, with 36 seconds left, Dane Crowley scored their first goal of the weekend. After a scoreless OT session, Tyler Dittmer scored in the shootout whilst Steve Christie made three stops and there you go, 2 points. The Herd outshot them 34-22 on the night. A.J. Whiffen was in net for Regina.

This dramatic turn of events has the Bisons and Sask tied for 2nd place only 2 points behind the Evil Monkeys.

The Puddy-Tats are likely going to pick up a few points here and there, and more than likely in their home games. Next weekend they visit Alberta. Can they help the Evil Monkeys stay in their slump? I think the rest of the CW would be thrilled if Regina could hold them to anything less than 4 points.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD:
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    CALGARY DINOS 0
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3


    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
    |> [C.W. SATURDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF S STORY]


    The Dinos hopes of a charge to 1st place went extinct on Saturday night. Sask have racked up a pair of decisive wins. This was maybe not the kind of game one would have expected. Calgary outshot Sask 26-24. Dustin Butler's stats in the Calgary goal will take a hit this week.

    The Banjo-Mutts are now tied with Manitoba at 26 points, only 2 points out of first. Calgary is alone in 4th with 24 points, only 2 ahead of Lethbridge and UBC.

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    UBC THUNDERBIRDS 1
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 5


    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
    |> [C.W. SATURDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF L STORY]


    This weekend has to be hard for UBC to swallow. They were beaten soundly, twice, in a series against a beatable opponent. They outshot the Horny Ones 34-26. Maybe it was the goaltending? Hard to tell from what's on-line. The two sides are now deadlocked, with Lethbridge holding a game in hand.

    UBC is at home against Sask next weekend and Lethbridge has a bye. UBC will need a better performance to pull out a split. I believe they are capable of it. But if they want to make up ground they need sweeps, not splits, after going 0-for this weekend.

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    The CIS schedule and the CIS standings are mostly updated as I post. The CIS Saturday Recap is not up as I post but may be as you read. Here's what happened out east:

    Jan. 29
    UNB 3 UPEI 1
    Dalhousie 2 Saint Mary's 8
    Acadia 2 StFX 5
    Moncton 3 St. Thomas 2 OT
    Queen's 2 Nipissing 3 OT
    McGill 0 Carleton 4
    UQTR 4 Ottawa 1
    Ryerson 2 RMC 3 OT
    Laurier 4 York 2
    Lakehead 2 Guelph 3 OT
    Waterloo 3 UOIT 4
    W. Ontario 3 Windsor 1

    In the AUS, it was noteworthy that SMU broke their slump by a massive margin over Dal-lousy. There is suddenly a race for the 6th and final playoff berth. Moncton edged the Pids to pull into a tie. SMU and St FX are now 2 points up on UPEI and Acadia. Much like the CW, the conference could change dramatically each week.

    In the OUA, it is always big news when the RMC wins a game, so good for them. McGill is missing some players for the Universiade, but still we must acknowledge Carleton's win and 3rd straight win over teams in the top half of the division. And Lakehead at least got a point in their trip to Guelph. It seemed they had it together when they won 9 straight before playing the Bisons.

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    The Canada West Women's Site has a Saturday night report in progress as I post. Here's the scores:
    Regina 2 Manitoba 1
    UBC 5 Lethbridge 0
    Calgary 2 Sask. 1
    Bye: Alberta

    Manitoba and Regina finish their series Sunday at 2:00 pm at Max Bell Arena.
UNIVERSIADE:
  • Image Team Canada lost to Belarus 3-2 in a shootout. This is one of those stolen-by-the-goalie games for Belarus. Canada plays Korea to finish their pool and should then advance to the quarter-finals.
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  • Feb. 4-5
    Saskatchewan at UBC
    Manitoba at Calgary
    Regina at Alberta
    Bye: Lethbridge
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Re: 2010-2011 Manitoba Bisons Hockey Thread

Post by Hollywood2 » Tue Feb 01, 2011 9:07 pm

February 1, 2011

MID-WEEK UPDATE

Image Last weekend's games are reviewed at the CIS Blog and South Campus Sports.

Image The Cougars played short in their series with the Bisons last weekend. The Regina Leader-Post had two links and had this to say:
Leader-Post wrote:Due to discipline issues and a couple of injuries, Sautner dressed only 14 skaters (instead of the 18 permitted) and two g o a l - tenders for his squad's Canada West men's hockey game against the Manitoba Bisons at the Co-operators Centre.

...

Sautner declined to discuss his reasons for sitting out six players -"We handled it within the team," was all he would say -but he noted that none of them will play in tonight's rematch.

"They'll keep practising and try to get back in the lineup next weekend," Sautner added.
Hmmmm. Let's see if the Cougars get along well enough to challenge the Evil Monkeys.

Image There was a story on Saturday's Sask win over Calgary in the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. The story has a number of quotes. The U of C Site also posted the Sask game story.

Image The UBC Site posted the Lethbridge game story. They also have a Preview Story which is also at the C.W. Site of their upcoming series against Sask. The 'Birds have hit an injury bug:
UBC wrote:The UBC Thunderbirds had the opportunity to take a leap up the incredibly tight Canada West standings last weekend, beginning their series against Lethbridge two points out of second place. But a host of injuries caught up to the ‘Birds in Lethbridge and the Pronghorns swept UBC - marking the first time all season that the T-Birds have gone without a single point in a series.

UBC came into the game with four defencemen but early into Friday’s game, they were down to three when Matt Pepe went down with an injury. Forwards Ben Schmidt and Scott Wasden manned the blueline for the duration of the weekend.

The ‘Birds also lost forward Wyatt Hamilton in Lethbridge. Hamilton could be out for the season, which puts considerable strain on an already ailing team. Hamilton is one of the most physical Thunderbirds and will be missed.
Surely, there is UBC student with even some junior "B" experience who could fill in. Otherwise, it could be a tough weekend against Sask.

Image The CIS Site has released their Official Top Ten and it is discussed at the CIS Blog. In a bizarre vote, the lowly Nipissing Lakers were given 10th place. They'd be lucky to finish top 7 in either the CW or the AUS.

Image As always, it makes sense to check out the AUS update at the CIS Blog.

Image There is also an OUA update at the CIS Blog, which reviews the Brock Badgers.

Image The Winnipeg Sun reports that Bison Broad Addie Miles had 4 assists on Canada's 9-0 win over the USA. In men'splay, Canada had a 3-2 win over South Korea. Yikes! That was close. But the shots were 61-16 for Canada. Russia beat Turkey 26-0!!! The best place for standings etc. is Wikipedia. Quarter-finals go Thursday:
  • Canada v United States
    Slovakia v Kazakhstan
    Russia v Czech Republic
    Belarus v Japan
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WEEKEND PREVIEW: BISONS @ DINOS

Post by Hollywood2 » Thu Feb 03, 2011 6:37 pm

WEEKEND PREVIEW

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MANITOBA BISONS (11-5-4, #3 in OHT34)
CALGARY DINOS (11-8-2, #10 in OHT34)

Friday, February 4th, 8:00 p.m. CST @ Calgary
Saturday, February 5th, 8:00 p.m. CST @ Calgary


MANITOBA LINKS: [TEAM SITE] : [STATS] : [ROSTER] : [SCHEDULE/RESULTS]
CALGARY LINKS: [TEAM SITE] : [STATS] : [ROSTER] : [SCHEDULE/RESULTS]
CANADA WEST LINKS: [MEN'S HOCKEY SITE] : [LEAGUESTAT DAILY] : [STANDINGS]
CIS LINKS: [MEN'S HOCKEY SITE] : [SCHEDULE/RESULTS] : [STANDINGS]

To set this one up, the Bisons are tied with Sask for 2nd with 26 points through 20 games. Calgary sits in 4th place with 24 points in 21 points. The Evil Monkeys lead the lot with 28 points, and UBC and Lethbridge trail with 22 points. So a 4-point swing could radically change fortunes for any team.

There is no on-line audio or video so all that is available is Leaguestat Live Updates. There is a preview at the U of C Site. The C.W. Site has a preview which covers all three series.

These teams played their first series in Winnipeg, and both games went to shoot-outs. Calgary won the first game 2-1 and the Bisons won on Saturday by the same 2-1 score. The teams have played lots of tight games in recent years and I would not be surprised to see them share 5 or 6 points this weekend. Last year Calgary won 2-1 and 6-1 whilst Manitoba won a pair of 3-2 games.

The teams boast the top two goaltenders in the CW. Dustin Butler of Calgary had taken the #1 spot until a rough last weekend. Steve Christie is showing once again why he was voted the #1 goaltender in all of Canada last year. He leads in GAA (1.91 to 2.23) and in save percentage (92.6 to 92.3).

Calgary is top-heavy with blue-chip goal-scorers. Their top 5 are solid: Reid Jorgenson (14-9-23), Torrie Wheat (6-10-16), Brock Nixon (5-10-15), Cory Pritz (3-10-13), and Jerrid Sauer (5-7-12). Oddly, at #6 is Christmas addition Walker Wintoneak (4-5-9 in only 7 games) and shortly behind him is the returning Aaron Richards (3-2-5 in 6 games). The big drop-off after their top 2 lines makes them the lowest scoring team in the conference outside Regina.

The Bisons had their own scoring difficulties in Regina last weekend. They severely outshot the Hillbillies but were stoned by hot goaltenders, registering only 1 goal in 125 minutes. The Macaulay-Beller-Howarth line had been hot. The Dittmer-Walker-Hellyer line is always a threat, though their numbers could be better. I'd like to see if maybe they'll try to get more mileage from a third line centered by Jordan Cyr. We'll see.

ELSEWHERE:
  • Image Image This could be UBC's last stand. They are very much in the race but they seem to have a severe injury bug. No doubt there would be several smiles on other teams if they can somehow manage to hold Sask to 2 points. I cited the UBC Preview, where they lament their injury situation, in my mid-week update. It is quite a season where the #6 team (UBC) is only 6 points out of 1st place this late in the year. Keep in mind that there will be internet audio available at CITR.ca. Sask has split 7 out of 10 series so far this year. There have been doubts and optimism about that team so far this year. If they are going to fulfill their promise they need to take advantage of the wounded 'Birds. Otherwise, it will be a long tractor ride home over the mountains.

    Image Image The series is previewed at the U of A Site. Webcasts are also available on Friday and Saturday on SSN. The Evil Monkeys are beside themselves with angst over a 3-game losing streak. They are also worried having 2 teams within 2 points this late in the season. Last weekend they had a week off when they needed it and now they have the Cougars on a weekend prowl. Last weekend Regina chose to play short rather than play guys who had "issues". While they did get 3 points they also had to ride their goaltenders after being outshot. It remains to be seen whether they can duplicate this plan on the road in Saudi Alberta. I think everybody else would send them champagne if they could hold Alberta below 4 points.


UNIVERSIADE UPDATE:
  • Image Canada beat Slovakia 9-1 in today's quarter-finals. Wiki leaked the wrong schedule! The Slovaks, Yanks, and Kazakhstan were all tied in their pool and Wiki must have applied the wrong tie-breaker. Can't blame them. The Universiade Site is hard to navigate. In other games, Russia beat the Czech Republic 6-1, Kazakhstan beat Japan 5-1, and Belarus beat the USA 6-3. In Saturday's semi-finals, it is Canada v. Russia and Belarus v. Kazakhstan. They have pdf-style pages for the Playoffs and one for the Round-robin if you want more detail. On the women's side the semis go on Friday and it will be Canada v. USA and Finland v. Slovakia.
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Calgary 6 Manitoba 2

Post by Hollywood2 » Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:22 pm

February 4, 2011

HERD SUFFERS DEFEAT IN COW-TOWN

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MANITOBA BISONS 2
CALGARY DINOS 6


|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
|> [C.W. FRIDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF C STORY] ~ [U OF M SITE - STORY TO COME]


The Bisons could have watched the Dinosaurs go extinct with a Friday night win. But as I was following along with live updates while watching and listening to other games on-line, it was a night of suffering. Calgary broke the ice with an early and a lat goal in the 1st period. Although the Bisons mounted a bit of a 2nd period comeback, each time they scored the Dinos notched one of their own shortly thereafter. The Bisons did hold a 21-19 lead in shots heading into the 3rd. But it appears that the 3rd was a snore-fest as the Bisons only rallied with 4 shots against 6 for Calgary. This would be an off night for Christie, giving up 5 goals on 20 shots. Jesse Deckert got some mop-up work, and stopped 4 of 5 shots.

Of note, Ian Duval was back in the Bison line-up. He only played the first four games before being hurt. However, Myles Rumsey was out for the 3rd straight game. Mike Hellyer and Blair Macaulay scored for the Herd.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD:
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    REGINA COUGARS 3
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5


    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
    |> [C.W. FRIDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF A SUMMARY - STORY TO COME]


    From what I saw of this one, Alberta is vulnerable. Although Regina was down 4-1, they came back and Alberta only sealed it with an empty-netter. Regina pounded goalie Mucha (or Mu-u-ucha in Evil Monkey) with 20 3rd period shots, which is about all they could muster in 3 periods against the Bisons.

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    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3
    UBC THUNDERBIRDS 0


    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
    |> [C.W. FRIDAY RECAP] ~ [UBC STORY]


    The Tweety-birds gave it all they had, but tonight they frankly had little to give. The game was pretty even but Sask tallied one goal per period en route to a solid road win. The UBC announcers lamented UBC's playoff predicament as a result of this loss. They dressed a full roster of 20, but only 4 were proper defencemen.
Here's how the CW home stretch looks:

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                Feb 4-5      Feb 11-12   Feb 16   Feb 18-19  Feb 25-26   
Alberta     28  Regina    2  @ Sask               Manitoba   @ UBC       30
Sask.       26  @ UBC     2  Alberta              @ Leth.    @ Manitoba  28
Manitoba    26  @ Calgary 0  UBC                  @ Alberta  Sask.       26
Calgary     24  Manitoba  2  bye         @ Leth.  Regina     Lethbridge  26
Lethbridge  22  bye       -  @ Regina    Calgary  Sask.      @ Calgary   22
UBC         22  Sask.     0  @ Manitoba           bye        Alberta     22

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    The CIS schedule and the CIS standings are all updated. The CIS Friday Recap is not up as I post but may be as you read. Here's what happened out east, including the early start games from Thursday:

    Feb. 3
    Waterloo 3 Guelph 5
    Toronto 5 Ryerson 2

    Feb. 4
    Dalhousie 3 Moncton 4
    UNB 2 StFX 1
    UPEI 3 Saint Mary's 6
    Acadia 4 St. Thomas 2
    Carleton 6 Ottawa 2
    Ryerson 1 Queen's 3
    UOIT 3 Brock 1
    Windsor 3 W. Ontario 4
    York 4 Lakehead 2

    This is weird. No overtime games in any conference. I saw a bit of UNB v StFX on-line. Could StFX do it to UNB again in the playoffs? One has to wonder. SMU broke out with a win over UPEI, who now rate as the coldest contender from the AUS. Moncton has really rallied and Dal-lousy is now out of the playoffs.

    Of, poor Lakehead. Losing at home to York. They must be happy that everybody with a pulse makes the OUA playoffs. Carleton seems to be making a bit of a rally. That's not only 4 straight wins, but 4 straight by 5, 3, 4, and 4 goal differences.

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    The Canada West Women's Site has a full Friday night report. Here's the scores:
    Manitoba 2 Calgary 3 (SO, completion of appealed game)
    Calgary 2 Manitoba 1 (SO)
    UBC 2 Sask. 3
    Alberta 3 Regina 1
    Bye: Lethbridge

    The Bison Broads and Wilmas finished the shoot-out from the earlier protested game, then played their regular game which also ended in a shoot-out. So 4 points to Calgary and 2 to Manitoba on the night. Odd!
UNIVERSIADE NEWS:
  • Image The men had the day off. In women's play, Canada beat the USA 8-1 and Finland beat Slovakia 5-1. So it will be Canada v Finland for gold. In Saturday's men's semi-finals it will be Russia v Canada and Belarus v. Kazakhstan.
NEXT UP:
  • Feb. 5
    Saskatchewan at UBC
    Manitoba at Calgary
    Regina at Alberta
    Bye: Lethbridge

    Feb. 11-12
    UBC at Manitoba
    Alberta at Sask.
    Lethbridge at Regina
    Bye: Calgary
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Calgary 3 Manitoba 2

Post by Hollywood2 » Sun Feb 06, 2011 9:39 am

February 5, 2011

DINOS COMPLETE SWEEP

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MANITOBA BISONS 2
CALGARY DINOS 3


|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
|> [C.W. SATURDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF C STORY] ~ [U OF M STORY]
|> [BOXSCORE NEWS FRIDAY STORY]


This was a big loss for the Herd. They came out dead, being outshot 17-7 in the 1st period. However, Steve Christie held them in and it was only 1-0 for Calgary, and that was a short-handed goal by Torrie Wheat. There were also loads of penalties called in the 1st period. The game settled in, with few PPs being awarded, and Calgary notched the only goal in the 2nd period, from Teagan Moore. This makes the Dinos the only team in organized male hockey to register goals from players named Torrie and Teagan.

All seemed lost for the Bisons, being outshot 29-16 on the road through two periods. However, they did mount a tremendous rally. Tylet Dittmer scored his 7th and d-man Travis Mealy scored his 3rd and the game was tied 2-2. But Colton Grant salvaged things for the Dinos in a period where they only recorded 5 shots on goal.

Calgary now leads the Bisons by 2 points, but the Bisons have a game in hand. Calgary is entering a bye-week and the Bisons return home to play UBC.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD:
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    REGINA COUGARS 1
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4


    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
    |> [C.W. SATURDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF A STORY]
    |> [U OF R FRIDAY STORY] ~ [LEADER-POST PREVIEW]


    This one was available for on-line viewing and it was not pretty. The Evil Monkeys looked vulnerable on Friday night, not so on Saturday. The Puddy-Tats were flattered by the score and were outshot 51-13. With them being out of the race I would expect them to have poor performances in their away Saturday games. I still do expect them to pick up another win. It is kind of like Bumpkin Roulette for the rest of the CW. The Regina Carillon also had a profile on Matt Strueby and his adjustment to CIS hockey.

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    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4
    UBC THUNDERBIRDS 1


    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
    |> [C.W. SATURDAY RECAP] ~ [UBC STORY] ~ [U OF S STORY]


    I haven't been UBC's biggest fan this year but they deserve some credit for going down fighting against Sask. I was listening on-line as well. They had devastating losses on their blue-line and only had 4 d-men in uniform, with 14 forwards. You would think that with so many forwards they could have scored more than one goal in two games. They did rack up 42 shots on goal (compared to 29 for Sask) and so they were doing something right. This result puts Sask 4 points ahead of Manitoba.


Here's how the CW home stretch looks:

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           pts  Feb 11-12   Feb 16   Feb 18-19  Feb 25-26   
Alberta     32  @ Sask               Manitoba   @ UBC
Sask.       30  Alberta              @ Leth.    @ Manitoba
Calgary     28  bye         @ Leth.  Regina     Lethbridge 
Manitoba    26  UBC                  @ Alberta  Sask.   
Lethbridge  22  @ Regina    Calgary  Sask.      @ Calgary 
UBC         22  @ Manitoba           bye        Alberta 

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    The CIS schedule is updated but for boxscores from Nipissing and Lakehead, which are available at the OUA Leaguestat Daily . The CIS standings are updated for all games. The CIS Saturday Recap is up and loaded with stories and some links to video highlights. Here's what happened out east:

    Feb. 5
    UNB 1 Saint Mary's 3
    Acadia 3 Moncton 2
    Dalhousie 6 St. Thomas 4
    UPEI 1 StFX 4
    McGill 0 Carleton 3
    Queen's 5 RMC 2
    Toronto 3 Nipissing 0
    Laurier 2 Guelph 4
    Brock 2 Windsor 1 OT
    UOIT 3 W. Ontario 0
    York 6 Lakehead 7 OT

    The CIS Blog has a year-to-date review of the OUA East. They also have a story on McGill's loss to Carleton, which took away their "we-never-lost-in-regulation" label. Now they have a second loss to Carleton. Granted, they are missing more players for the Universiade.

    Heads also have to be shaking about simultaneous losses for the Squirrels and Urban Cowboys. UNB was due for a loss against the tough competition in the AUS. And, like the McGilligutties, UWO has lots of guys away at the Universiade.

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    The Canada West Women's Site has a full Saturiday night report. Here's the scores:
    Calgary 0 Manitoba 2
    UBC 3 Sask. 4
    Alberta 6 Regina 2
    Bye: Lethbridge

    The Winnipeg Sun reports some heat between the Bison and Dino coaches after the replayed shoot-out debacle. They also previewed the series. It was kind of bush but, hey, it was ordered. The Winnipeg Free Press also picked up on the Pawluk brother-sister combo at the U of M, as previously linked by me in this thread to The Interlake Spectator.
UNIVERSIADE NEWS:
  • Image Image In the women's final, Canada beat Finland 4-1 to win the gold medal. In the men's semi-finals, Canada lost to Russia 4-2 and Belarus beat Kazakhstan 3-1. The event wrapped up early Sunday just before I started posting and I see that Canada beat Kazakhstan for bronze, 3-1. Russia defeated Belarus 1-0 for the gold. You can check the Games Hockey Page for further links.
NEXT UP:
  • Feb. 11-12
    UBC at Manitoba
    Alberta at Sask.
    Lethbridge at Regina
    Bye: Calgary
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WEEKEND PREVIEW: T-BIRDS @ BISONS

Post by Hollywood2 » Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:16 pm

WEEKEND PREVIEW

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UBC THUNDERBIRDS (9-11-4, #15 in OHT34)
MANITOBA BISONS (11-7-4, #8 in OHT34)

Friday, February 11th, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Max Bell Arena
Saturday, February 12th, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Max Bell Arena


MANITOBA LINKS: [TEAM SITE] : [STATS] : [ROSTER] : [SCHEDULE/RESULTS]
UBC LINKS: [TEAM SITE] : [STATS] : [ROSTER] : [SCHEDULE/RESULTS]
CANADA WEST LINKS: [MEN'S HOCKEY SITE] : [LEAGUESTAT DAILY] : [STANDINGS]
CIS LINKS: [MEN'S HOCKEY SITE] : [SCHEDULE/RESULTS] : [STANDINGS]

The Saturday game is on radio at 101.5 and UMFM.com and there is always the Leaguestat Live Updates. There is a preview at GoBisons.ca. I'll be at Mike Keane Night on Saturday, so a radio that could pick up 101.5 at a Moose game would sure be nice.

There is no UBC update as I post so I am not certain as to their injury situation. They were in desperate shape last weekend when they hosted the Banjo-Mutts. Although they were swept, they flooded the Sask net with shots which implies that they had the potential to pull an upset. The question now is their frame of mind. They are virtually eliminated from playoff contention, and a loss on Friday would put a nail in their coffin, to be hammered in by a fat lady getting ready to sing an opera. Manitoba sits 4th with 26 points and UBC is 6th with 22, and only have 4 games remaining.

These two locked horns in British California back in November, and UBC swept the series with both games decided in extra time. The first game was 3-2 in a SO and the second was 4-3 in OT. Until last week's sweep at the hands of Calgary, that was Manitoba's only sweep against. And, you will note, it was one where they nevertheless acquired 2 points.

So this series will be a chance for the Bisons to show what they are made of. Their only other home series this semester was against Lethbridge, and they swept that one convincingly. Will they be down after their first 0 point weekend of the year?

The Bisons saw the return of forward Ian Duval last weekend. From the summaries and recaps, I could not tell how he was used. I will be looking for that on Friday night. Also, d-man Myles Rumsey was MIA last weekend. I'll be checking to see if he's back, also.

Evan Daum previews this series, and the Lethbridge-Regina one, at South Campus Sports.

ELSEWHERE:
  • Image Image There are previews at U of S Site and the C.W. Site. There is a video webcast being provided by the U of S, and they usually do a pretty good job. Sask has pulled within 2 points of the Evil Monkeys. The Banjo-Cats went to Saudi Alberta last weekend and were swept. They pushed the Primates on Friday but on Saturday were squashed. Sask has been on a hot-streak, but I have some questions about their performance against UBC. They caught UBC at a low point and yet lost every stat except the one on the scoreboard. They have won 8 of their last 9, and 5 straight since they lost to the Bisons. Since the CW has operated on the theory that what goes up, must come down I have a hunch that the Evil Monkeys may just sweep the series. The series is also the subject of commentary by Evan Daum at South Campus Sports. He's impressed with Sask's 14 goals against since Christmas. I look at giving up 42 shots in a game to UBC and scratch my head. The Star-Phoenix story should be read if you like reading coaches' quotes.

    Image Image The series is previewed at the U of L Site and at the U of R Site. The series will close out the Cougars' home schedule so they will likely have some incentive to close out on a positive note. That's not what the Horny Ones want to hear. They are sitting 5th with 22 points and need to rack up some points. They close with 3 games against Calgary and two against Sask. So they have a chance to make up some ground all by themselves.
OTHER NEWS:
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    There were a whole lotta mid-week games out east this week. Here are the scores:

    Feb. 8
    Moncton 4 UPEI 5 OT
    Acadia 4 Dalhousie 5

    Feb. 9
    St. Thomas 1 UNB 3
    Concordia 2 UQTR 3

    Feb. 10
    Ryerson 2 RMC 6
    UOIT 2 Laurier 3

    This weekend will mark the end of regular season play in both conferences. 6 of the 8 teams in the AUS will qualify for playoffs. The quarter-finals and semi-finals are best-of-3 and the final is best-of-five, so they need four weekends. In the OUA, 16 of 19 teams qualify (ugh!) so they have four rounds of playoffs. So their first two weeks of playoffs will correspond with the last 2 weeks of the CW regular season.

    The CIS Blog has stories on the AUS, OUA West, and OUA East.
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UBC 5 Manitoba 2

Post by Hollywood2 » Sat Feb 12, 2011 2:57 pm

February 11, 2011

TWEETY-BIRDS PICK UP MAJOR VICTORY

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UBC THUNDERBIRDS 5
MANITOBA BISONS 2


|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
|> [C.W. FRIDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF M STORY] ~ [UBC STORY]


This was a tough loss but don't let the scoreline deceive you. The shots were even and the Bisons, in general, carried the play. However, their recent goal-scoring drought stems from an inability in cash in on the chances they have been generating. This game could have been over early wityh the chances the Bisons generated. UBC was satisfied to pounce on turnovers and counter-attack, and wait for a PP. It worked. Two goals came when Bison d-men made a play to keep the puck in the UBC zone while the forwards were in deep and UBC was scrambling under pressure. However, UBC was able to knock the puck out and break out quickly.

Also, UBC was at full health with 6 d-men dressed and 4 full lines.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD:
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    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 1
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2

    (in overtime)
    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
    |> [C.W. FRIDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF A SUMMARY & STORY] ~ [U OF S STORY]


    This win for the Banjo-Mutts allows them to pull within a point of the Evil Monkeys. Look for another close one Saturday night.

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    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4
    REGINA COUGARS 5

    (in shoot-out)
    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
    |> [C.W. FRIDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF R STORY] ~ [U OF L STORY]


    The Horny Ones thought they had this one when they broke a 3-3 tie with a last-minute goal. But they took a penalty and the Banjo-Cats tied it with 10 seconds left, then won the shoot-out.

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    The CIS schedule and the CIS standings are all updated. The CIS Friday Recap is not up as I post but may be as you read. Here's what happened out east, including the early start games from Thursday:

    Feb. 10
    Ryerson 2 RMC 6
    UOIT 2 Laurier 3

    Feb. 11
    UNB 4 Acadia 0
    StFX 5 Moncton 1
    Saint Mary's 4 St. Thomas 1
    UPEI 2 Dalhousie 5
    UQTR 4 Carleton 1
    Ottawa 0 McGill 7
    Guelph 7 York 8 2OT
    W. Ontario 4 Brock 6
    Nipissing 4 Toronto 3 OT
    Lakehead 3 Waterloo 4 OT
    Ryerson 2 Queen's 3 2OT

    Way to go RMC!!! That's win #5. Lakehead continues a gruesome season, Nipissing eaks out another win over a lesser-light, and Carleton came back to Earth. With Universiade players back, McGill was blazing but the Urban Cowboys were not. And just when Guelph started getting some national attention, look where they go.

    Dal's win and Moncton's loss eliminates the French Eagles and allows Dal to back into the playoffs over a below-strength UPEI side.

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    The Canada West Women's Site has a full Friday night report. Here's the scores:
    Manitoba 4 UBC 2
    Alberta 3 Sask 2
    Regina 5 Lethbridge 4
    Bye: Calgary

    The Bison Broads are now one point behind the Wilmas with a game in hand in the fight for 2nd. They look headed for a first round match-up.
NEXT UP:
  • Feb. 11-12
    UBC at Manitoba
    Alberta at Sask.
    Lethbridge at Regina
    Bye: Calgary

    Feb 16
    Calgary at Lethbridge (make-up of postponed game)

    Feb 18-19
    Manitoba at Alberta
    Sask at Lethbridge
    Regina at Calgary
    Bye: UBC
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Manitoba 4 UBC 3 (OT)

Post by Hollywood2 » Sun Feb 13, 2011 12:20 am

February 12, 2011

BISONS SALVAGE SPLIT

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UBC THUNDERBIRDS 3
MANITOBA BISONS 4

(in overtime)
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|> [C.W. SATURDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF M STORY] ~ [UBC STORY]


The Bisons must have been feeling the heat in this game and responded with a clutch overtime victory. The Bisons seem to be doing things right, but for some reason cannot score on their chances. I see that they outshot UBC 45-29. Although the teams traded goals in each period, there was a real ebb and flow on the shot clock. Manitoba held the edge in the 1st, UBC in the 2nd, and then Manitoba bombarded UBC by a margin of 23-10 in the 3rd period and 5-0 in 2:27 of OT.

I was at the Moose game (Mike Keane Night) on Saturday, but the Friday line-ups looked like this:

MANITOBA

Goal:
Christie (Deckert)

Defence:
Erb - D Crowley
Mealy - Lockerby
Schappert - Tully

Forwards:
Howarth - Beller - Macaulay
Dittmer - Walker - Hellyer
Duval - Cyr - Dudar
T Crowley - Cowan - Waker

UBC

Goal:
White ( Rodwell)

Defence:
McGurk - Schmidt
Lineker - Gordichuk
Pepe - Kakoske

Forwards:
Hamilton - Ruel - Kimber
Desloges - McCrae - Wasden
Inglis - Pajak - Schneider
Grassi - Lamb - Campos

On Saturday it appears that the Bisons subbed in Pawluk for Crowley up front and shuffled the defence pairings so that Crowley and Mealy were together and Schappert and Erb were together.

The Bisons' scoring problems are clearly not due to a lack of chances. I suppose one could say that concerns only arise when scoring chances are not being generated. But here's the numbers following their sweep of Lethbridge:
Jan 28th: 0 goals on 34 shots
Jan 29th: 1 goal on 33 shots (other than shoot-out)
Feb 4th: 2 goals on 25 shots
Feb 5th: 2 goals on 28 shots
Feb 11th: 2 goals on 32 shots
Feb 12th: 4 goals on 45 shots

I guess Saturday night can be seen as a bit of a breakthrough. In the 5 prior games they had 7 goals on 152 shots, or a .954 save percentage for opposing goaltenders.

We'll have to see if the Bisons can cash their chances in their upcoming games against the Evil Monkeys and Banjo-Mutts. One thing you can say for the Bisons is that they have been a consistent team this year. Their sweep in Calgary last weekend was their only whitewash weekend of the year. They have two 4-point weekends, two 3-point weekends, and seven 2-point weekends. Every point will be of great value.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD:
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    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 0


    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
    |> [C.W. SATURDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF A SUMMARY & STORY] ~ [U OF S STORY]


    I opined in my weekend preview that the Evil Monkeys might just sweep the series, which was counter to most opinions. I based it on the "what-goes-up-must-come-down theory" in the CW this year. It appears to have happened. I also see that Sask switched goaltenders. It looks like Ryan Holfeld let in 3 of 14 shots before being yanked. He was in large measure responsible for Sask's hot streak, where they won games in which they were outshot. Alberta is not the offesnive juggernaut of years past. The Bisons visit them next weekend.

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    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4
    REGINA COUGARS 1


    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
    |> [C.W. SATURDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF R STORY] ~ [U OF L STORY]


    Just as the Evil Monkeys reversed their fortunes in Banjoland, so too did the Horny Ones. I expected the Puddy-Tats to come up with another home win, and they got it Friday night. The rest of the conference can be grateful for that small mercy. So Lethbridge, outscored 82-94 on the season, remains very much alive in the playoff race with no fewer than 3 head-to-head games against Calgary.

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    The CIS schedule and the CIS standings are surprisingly NOT updated as I post. Hopefully, they will be when you read. So I went to the AUS and OUA schedule/results pages for scores. The CIS Saturday Recap is also not up as I post, but neither is the CIS Friday Recap. I wish they would post their recaps on a dependable basis. Here's what happened out east:

    Feb. 12
    Saint Mary's 4 Moncton 1
    StFX 6 St. Thomas 3
    UPEI 5 Acadia 1
    UNB 5 Dalhousie 2
    Carleton 5 Concordia 2
    Ottawa 2 UQTR 3
    Toronto 2 Queen's 4
    Guelph 3 W. Ontario 2 SO
    Lakehead 4 Waterloo 2
    Windsor 4 Laurier 3 OT

    The AUS regular season is now complete, and Sunday's Concordia-McGill match-up will conclude the OUA's regular season. The AUS standings are now official and the OUA standings are almost there. Here are the matchups:

    AUS quarter-finals:
    St. Francis-Xavier v Dalhousie
    Acadia v UPEI
    byes: New Brunswick and Saint Mary's

    OUA East quarter-finals:
    McGill v Ottawa
    UQTR v Concordia or Toronto*
    Carleton v Toronto or Concordia*
    Nipissing v Queen's
    * Concordia is one point behind Toronto pending their game v McGill

    OUA West quarter-finals:
    Western Ontario v Windsor
    Laurier v UOIT
    Lakehead v Waterloo
    Guelph v Brock

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    The Canada West Women's Site has a full Saturday night report. Here's the scores:
    Manitoba 4 UBC 2
    Sask 1 Alberta 0
    Regina 3 Lethbridge 2
    Bye: Calgary

    The Bison Broads now jump into 2nd place and are within 2 points of the Fat Pandas. The top 4 pulled away from the pack, but the playoff match-ups are far from settled. With each side having 4 games left, Alberta has 37 points, Manitoba 35, Calgary 34, and Sask 31. It is unlikely that Sask could take 1st or Alberta 4th, but otherwise the teams could finish in any order.
NEXT UP:
  • Feb 16
    Calgary at Lethbridge (make-up of postponed game)

    Feb 18-19
    Manitoba at Alberta
    Sask at Lethbridge
    Regina at Calgary
    Bye: UBC

    Feb 25-26
    Sask at Manitoba
    Alberta at UBC
    Lethbridge at Calgary
    Bye: Regina
    (end of regular season)

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Current standings:
Alberta     35
Sask.       32
Calgary     28  
Manitoba    28
Lethbridge  25
UBC         25 
Regina      18  
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WEEKEND PREVIEW AND UPDATE: BISONS @ EVIL MONKEYS

Post by Hollywood2 » Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:01 pm

WEEKEND PREVIEW

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MANITOBA BISONS (12-8-4, #7 in OHT34)
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (16-5-3, #2 in OHT34)

Friday, February 18th, 8:30 p.m. CST @ Edmonton [ON-LINE WEBCAST]
Saturday, February 19th, 8:30 p.m. CST @ Edmonton [ON-LINE WEBCAST]


MANITOBA LINKS: [TEAM SITE] : [STATS] : [ROSTER] : [SCHEDULE/RESULTS]
ALBERTA LINKS: [TEAM SITE] : [STATS] : [ROSTER] : [SCHEDULE/RESULTS]
CANADA WEST LINKS: [MEN'S HOCKEY SITE] : [LEAGUESTAT DAILY] : [STANDINGS]
CIS LINKS: [MEN'S HOCKEY SITE] : [SCHEDULE/RESULTS] : [STANDINGS]

Off the ice, there was a lot of interest happening to the Bisons this week. First, Blair Macaulay was named the CW's WHL grad of the month for January. Second, Greg Beller was named the U of M's male athlete of the week. Finally, Steve Christie signed an ATO to be backup goaltender for the Toronto Marlies for two games against the Manitoba Moose this week. (He saw no game action.)

The Bisons slightly outplayed the Evil Monkeys when these teams played at the Max Bell at the end of November. The Bisons won on Friday 4-2 and then on Saturday Alberta won 3-2.

The Bisons' results have been disappointing since they escaped Regina with a split. They went into that weekend with a chance to catch Alberta for first, but instead are realistically going for 3rd or 4th. The CW Standings see the Bisons sitting in 4th place, 2 point behind Calgary and 3 points ahead of Lethbridge and UBC.

Weekend previews are not yet up as I post. However, last week is wrapped up at the CIS Blog.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD:
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    CALGARY DINOS 4
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2


    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
    |> [C.W. RECAP] ~ [U OF C STORY] ~ [U OF L STORY] ~ [U OF L PREVIEW]


    The Horny Ones are a wild and crazy bunch. They have had some wild games but seem to have their best success when they are outshot and win with a rope-a-dope technique and a hot goaltender. Well, Wednesday night they came out like gangbusters in their must-win make-up game against Calgary. In the first period, they outshot Calgary 17-7 yet trailed 2-1. In the end, a last-minute goal by Lethrbidge made the scoreline look closer than it really was. The Dinos made good use of the PP, going 2-for-5.
BACK TO PREVIEWS:
  • Image Image Since Calgary was playing a make-up game Wednesday night, the on-line sources are not yet looking ahead to their series with Regina. In my opinion, Regina will come out and play one decent game and one stinker. Any points they can deny Calgary would be greatly appreciated by the rest of the conference.

    Image Image Lethbridge is somewhat surprisingly still alive but must be considered to be huge underdogs as they head into Banjoland. They are only 3 points behind the Bisons, and the Huskies are only 4 points ahead of the Bisons. The Bisons hold the tie-breaker over both teams, and also have two games left with Sask. When these teams last met, Lethbridge won the first game 4-2 and Sask took the second 10-1. That perfectly illustrates just how unpredictable are the Horny Ones.
EASTERN PLAYOFFS:
  • Image In the AUS, UNB and Saint Mary's get byes through the quarter-finals. St FX plays Dalhousie Thursday, Saturday, and Monday if necessary. Meanwhile, Acadia plays UPEI on Friday, Saturday, and Tuesday if necessary. The CIS Blog also has another AUS Weekly Update..

    Image The OUA started their playoffs Wednesday night, and here are the scores:

    OUA East
    Ottawa 1 McGill 2
    Concordia 2 UQTR 5
    Carleton 1 Toronto 2
    Nipissing 7 Queen's 0

    OUA West
    Lakehead 0 Waterloo 5

    The other three series begin Thursday, with Windsor at Western Ontario, UOIT at Laurier, and Brock at Guelph.

    The CIS Blog has a Playoff Preview for the OUA West
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Re: 2010-2011 Manitoba Bisons Hockey Thread

Post by Hollywood2 » Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:14 pm

SUPPLEMENTARY WEEKEND PREVIEW

Image The weekend in Canada West is previewed at both the C.W. Site and at South Campus Sports. I'd recommend SCS first.

Image The CIS site has released their latest travesty of a Top Ten. Three teams from the OUA East? Ya, right. They also have the Weekend Broadcast Schedule for on-line viewing and listening.

Image The U of C has a Series Preview of their battle with Regina. They have had to switch from their usual Father David Bauer Arena to their Max Bell Arena. Hmmm. Maybe not such a home ice advantage. Also odd that FDB had a big Winnipeg connection through the Nats back in the day and now they go to another Winnipeg-sounding arena. Hmmm.

Image The U of L site has also done a Series Preview of their series with the Northern Hillbillies. They bring up that Sask has the best d-record, and Lethbridge the worst, in this clash of styles.

Image The U of A site has now got their Weekend Preview of the Bisons-Monkeys series, which is also at the Boxscore News. They point out that each of the last 5 series between these teams have been split. Don't forget, if you are at home the game is on SSN.

Image The Bison Broads host Hayley Wickenheiser and the Wilmas in the playoffs this weekend. The U of M Site has a preview. Games go Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (if necessary) all at the Max Bell Arena at 7:00 p.m. Saturday's game is also on 101.5 UMFM,com. The women's league plays 24 instead of 28 games and start their playoffs with the easterners.

Image The AUS playoffs have started and you can check the CIS Thursday Recap. St. FX beat Dalhousie 4-0 in game 1. Acadia v UPEI goes Friday night.


Image The CIS Wednesday Recap has now been posted for the OUA'S opening night match-ups. The other 3 series started Thursday and here are the scores:

OUA West
UOIT 2 Laurier 1 OT
Windsor 1 W. Ontario 4
Brock 2 Guelph 3

Laurier's opening night loss would be a mild surprise.

For all conferences, check the CIS Playoff Schedule and Results Page for updates, including links to boxscores etc.
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Alberta 4 Manitoba 3 (SO)

Post by Hollywood2 » Sat Feb 19, 2011 8:22 am

February 18, 2011

HERD EDGED OUT IN SHOOT-OUT

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MANITOBA BISONS 3
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4

(in shoot-out)
|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
|> [C.W. FRIDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF A SUMMARY & STORY] ~ [U OF M STORY]


I got home from the Moose game just in time to see the shoot-out. The Bisons sure could have used the extra point. The 1st period seemed typical of recent Bison games. They outshot the Evil Monkeys 16-6 yet led only 1-0. Jeremy Schappert scored their goal on a PP. The Monkeys then took a 3-1 lead before 3rd period goals by Jered Walker and Mike Hellyer tied it up.

The results of the evening make a top two finish for the Bisons unlikely. Their magic number for a playoff berth over the Horny Ones is 4. Alberta has almost clinched first.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD:
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    REGINA COUGARS 0
    CALGARY DINOS 2


    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
    |> [C.W. FRIDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF C STORY]


    The Dinos had a battle but Regina had a real lack of offence, with only 19 shots and 4 in the 3rd period. I suspect Regina may just surrender meekly on Saturday as their season ends.

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    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 5


    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
    |> [C.W. FRIDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF L STORY] ~ [U OF S STORY]


    Remember my what-goes-up-must-come-down theory? Well, the Banjo-mutts may have had their day. They seem to be showing some signs of weakness as they lose a big game to the Horny Ones. The last goal was into an empty net. Still, Lethbridge showed they can score on Sask.

    There are many scenarios at play in the CW. While it looks like Alberta-Manitoba and Sask-Calgary will be the match-ups, if Manitoba and Lethbridge win out they will finish 2nd and 3rd and meet at the Max Bell in a playoff series.

    Image The CIS Playoff Schedule and Results are updated but there is as yet no CIS Friday Recap.

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    OUA East
    McGill 10 Ottawa 5 (win series 2-0)
    Toronto 3 Carleton 7 (series tied 1-1)
    UQTR-Concordia did not play (UQTR leads 1-0)
    Queen's 3 Nipissing 6 (win series 2-0)

    OUA West
    W. Ontario 4 Windsor 2 (win series 2-0)
    Laurier 2 UOIT 1 OT (series tied 1-1)
    Waterloo 3 Lakehead 0 (win series 2-0)
    Guelph 3 Brock 4 (series tied 1-1)

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    St. FX - Dalhousie did not play (SFX leads series 1-0)
    UPEI 0 Acadia 1 (lead series 1-0)

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    The Canada West Women's Site has a full Friday night report. Here's the scores:
    Manitoba 3 Calgary 2 (OT) (lead series 1-0)
    Alberta 3 Sask 0 (lead series 1-0)

    The Bison Broads win! SUMMARY and STORY
NEXT UP:
  • Feb 19
    Manitoba at Alberta
    Sask at Lethbridge
    Regina at Calgary
    Bye: UBC

    Feb 25-26
    Sask at Manitoba
    Lethbridge at Calgary
    Alberta at UBC
    Bye: Regina
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Alberta 4 Manitoba 3 (OT)

Post by Hollywood2 » Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:34 pm

February 19, 2011

ANOTHER OTL FOR THE HERD

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MANITOBA BISONS 3
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4

(in overtime)
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|> [C.W. FRIDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF A SUMMARY & STORY] ~ [U OF M SITE - STORY TO FOLLOW]


The Bisons fought hard but once again came up just short. Still, it was another 2-point weekend. And, it was webcast on SSN, which was nice. To put things into perspective, here are the standings with only 2 games left:

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TEAM         PTS (status)
ALBERTA       39 (clinched 1st)
CALGARY       34 (clinched 2nd or 3rd)
SASKATCHEWAN  32 (could be 2nd to 5th)
MANITOBA      30 (could be 3rd to 5th)
LETHBRIDGE    29 (could be 3rd to 5th)
UBC           25 (eliminated)
REGINA        18 (eliminated) 
Of note, the Bisons hold the tie-breaker over both Sask and Lethbridge but not against Calgary.

The bad news came early in this one as Bison captain Mike Hellyer took the pre-game skate but was unable to play. The injury bug has hit the team once again and they had no subs available.

Nevertheless, the Bisons played a strong physical game. The only glaring problem in the game was that the surrendered a great number of short-handed opportunities to the Primates. The Bisons gave up a short-handed goal and Steve Christie made 3 stops on 2-on-1s in the 1st period alone. It was a wild period. The shots were not particularly abundant but they arose from excellent scoring chances. Therefore it was 2-2 with Bison goals coming from Tyler Dittmer and Greg Beller. Ben Lindemulder and Ian Barteaux scored for the Evil Monkeys.

Things calmed down in the 2nd period, yet the Evil Monkeys scored yet another shorthanded goal (by Shawn Ringrose) to take a 3-2 lead into the 3rd. Oddly, they went 0-for-6 on the PP on the night without generating much in the way of good scoring chances.

The Bisons had the only goal of the 3rd when Jordan Cyr cashed in on a turnover when Alberta was monkeying around in their own end. That forced OT and assured the Bisons of a valuable point, and first place for Saudi Alberta.

However, with time running out in OT a crazy bounce from the right wing corner set up the winning goal for Colin Joe of the hosts.

BTW, the Bisons are now 3-6 in extra time this season. The Bisons close at home against Sask whilst Alberta visits British California.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD:
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    REGINA COUGARS 1
    CALGARY DINOS 3


    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
    |> [C.W. SATURDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF C STORY] ~ [U OF R SITE - STORY TO FOLLOW]


    Regina put up a good fight and clearly were able to at least Calgary. The shots were only 22-21, in Regina's favour. The weekend results may not strike fear into the Dinos' opponents. But a 4 point weekend was a must and assures them a playoff berth, and in fact a top 3 placing. That is 5 straight wins. They do not hold the tie-breaker over Sask so need at least 3 points against Lethbridge to guarantee themselves 2nd place.

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    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4


    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
    |> [C.W. SATURDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF L STORY] ~ [U OF S SITE - STORY TO FOLLOW]


    The script did not change for the Horny Ones. A tight game which was iced on an empty-net goal. Not many expected them to sweep the Hillbillies, but there you go. Just like that, they have closed to within one point of the Bisons. Even though they have now been outscored 103-93 on the season. The big question for them is: Can they win on the road in Calgary next weekend? They are 3-7-2 on the road so far this year.

    Image The CIS Playoff Schedule and Results are updated but there is as yet no CIS Saturday Recap, though the CIS Friday Recap was up by Saturday afternoon so maybe check the link when you read.

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    OUA East
    McGill already beat Ottawa 2-0
    UQTR 3 Concordia 5 (series tied 1-1)
    Toronto 0 Carleton 4 (Carleton wins series 2-1)
    Nipissing already beat Queen's 2-0

    * Concordia @ UQTR on Sunday in game 3. If Concordia beats UQTR then they would play McGill and Carleton would play Nipissing. If UQTR beats Concordia then they would play Carleton and McGill would play Nipissing.

    OUA West
    W. Ontario already beat Windsor 2-0
    Laurier - UOIT did not play (series tied 1-1)
    Waterloo already beat Lakehead 2-0
    Guelph - Brock did not play (series tied 1-1)

    * On Sunday it is UOIT @ Laurier and Brock @ Guelph. If UOIT wins then they would play the Urban Cowboys and Waterlo0o would play the Brock/Guelph winner. If Laurier wins then they would play the Brock/Guelph winner and the Urban Cowboys would play Waterloo.

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    St. FX 3 Dalhousie 2 (SFX wins series 2-0)
    Acadia 1 UPEI 0 (Acadia wins series 2-0)

    * New Brunswick will play Acadia and St. FX will play Saint Mary's in the AUS semi-finals.

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    The Canada West Women's Site has a full Saturday night report. Here's the scores:
    Manitoba 3 Calgary 2 (win series 2-0) SUMMARY and STORY
    Alberta 1 Sask 0 (win series 2-0)

    The Bison Broads have slain Hayley Wickenheiser and the rest of the Wilmas! After the jawing back-and-forth this will have to rate as a nice one for them. So, once again, it is off to Edmontown to face the Fat Pandas for the bazillionth season in a row for the conference title.
NEXT UP:
  • Feb 25-26
    Sask at Manitoba
    Lethbridge at Calgary
    Alberta at UBC
    Bye: Regina
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WEEKEND PREVIEW AND UPDATE: HUSKIES @ BISONS

Post by Hollywood2 » Fri Feb 25, 2011 12:42 am

WEEKEND PREVIEW

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (16-10-0, #6 in OHT34)
MANITOBA BISONS (12-8-6, #7 in OHT34)
Friday, February 25th, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Max Bell Arena
Saturday, February 26th, 7:00 p.m. CST @ Max Bell Arena : [101.5 UMFM.com]


MANITOBA LINKS: [TEAM SITE] : [STATS] : [ROSTER] : [SCHEDULE/RESULTS]
SASKATCHEWAN LINKS: [TEAM SITE] : [STATS] : [ROSTER] : [SCHEDULE/RESULTS]
CANADA WEST LINKS: [MEN'S HOCKEY SITE] : [LEAGUESTAT DAILY] : [STANDINGS]
CIS LINKS: [MEN'S HOCKEY SITE] : [SCHEDULE/RESULTS] : [STANDINGS]

This series marks the end of the regular season and may well end the season for one of the teams. A look at the CW Standings illustrates the import of this series. In a nutshell, the Bisons cannot catch Alberta or Calgary. They trail Sask by 2 points and lead Lethbridge by 1 point. Two of those three teams will qualify for the playoffs.

The Bisons hold the tie-breaker over both. The Bisons have a 3-1 edge over the Horny Ones (6-2 on points) and are 2-1-1 over the Banjo-Mutts (5-4 on points). Also, all four meetings with Sask have been in Hillbilly country. Back in October the Bisons won 2-0 before Sask won the rematch 4-3 in OT. Then in January the Bisons also won the opener, 5-3, before Sask leveled the series with a 5-2 win of their own.

The Bisons would finish ahead of Sask if they beat them twice, in regulation or overtime.

The Bisons would finish ahead of Lethbridge if they get 4 points, or Lethbridge loses 4 points, or any combination thereof which adds to 4 points.

Lethbridge holds the tie-breaker over Sask so they would finish ahead of them if they can gain 3 points.

OUT OF TOWN:
  • Image Image The C.W. Site, U of C Site, and the U of L Site all serve up previews. Calgary is 4-0-0 against Lethbridge, with the first two wins having come in OT. Lethbridge cannot catch Calgary. Calgary can wrap up 2nd over Sask if they get 3 points, Sask loses 3 points, or any combo of the two.

    Image Image The Evil Monkeys will finish 1st and UBC will finish 6th. So this is play-out-the-string time. UBC did better than expected but a decimated D killed their chances of knocking off Sask a couple weeks ago and that was basically it for them. The Primates are vulnerable, no matter who they host in next week's playoffs.


EASTERN PLAYOFFS:
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    AUS Semi-Finals (best-of-five)

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    UNB Varsity Reds v Acadia Axemen
    Game 1: Feb 25
    Game 2: Feb 26
    Game 3: March 3
    Game 4: March 4
    Game 5: March 8

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    Saint Mary's Huskies v St. Francis-Xavier X-men
    Game 1: Feb 25
    Game 2: Feb 27
    Game 3: March 1
    Game 4: March 6
    Game 5: March 8

    The AUS semis are previewed at the CIS Blog.

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    OUA East Semi-Finals (best-of-three)

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    McGill Redmen v Nipissing Lakers
    Game 1: Feb 23: McGill 4 Nipissing 1
    Game 2: Feb 26
    Game 3: Feb 27

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    UQTR Patriotes v Carleton Ravens
    Game 1: Feb 23: Carleton 2 UQTR 4
    Game 2: Feb 25
    Game 3: Feb 27

    Both games are covered in the CIS Wednesday round-up.

    OUA West Semi-Finals (best-of-three)

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    Western Ontario Mustangs v Waterloo Warriors
    Game 1: Feb 24: Waterloo 2 W. Ontario 4
    Game 2: Feb 26
    Game 3: Feb 27

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    Laurier Golden Hawks v Guelph Gryphons
    Game 1: Feb 24: Guelph 3 Laurier 0
    Game 2: Feb 26
    Game 3: Feb 27

    Both games are covered in the CIS Thursday round-up.
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Saskatchewan 6 Manitoba 3

Post by Hollywood2 » Sat Feb 26, 2011 8:01 am

February 25, 2011

BISONS SUFFER UGLY LOSS

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 6
MANITOBA BISONS 3


|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
|> [C.W. FRIDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF M STORY] ~ [U OF S STORY]
|> [STAR-PHOENIX]


This was an ugly game for the Bisons. Not that they were completely and hopelessly dominated or outplayed, but how could they give up 4 goals in the 2nd period? Yikers.

The 1st period was a fairly even affair. However, the Bisons had trouble pulling the trigger. They were outshot 15-9 but the territory was fairly even. Kyle Ross opened scoring for the Inbreds before Tyler Dittmer tied it up. Then the Bisons missed a wide open net when Wes Pawluk somehow missed an empty-netter. Oh well, 1-1 and a tight game we all thought.

But before the Zamboni's motor had cooled down after intermission Craig McCallam gave Sask a 2-1 lead. A minute or so later Chris Durand gave them a 3-1 lead. Both goals were softies where the Bisons watched a bouncing puck and Steve Christie somehow missed it. So, surprisingly, Jesse Deckert was hauled into goal to finish the 2nd period. He gave up two more goals and it was all over.

Christie was back in goal for the 3rd period, and gave up one more from behind the net. Riley Dudar and Kyle Howarth scored consolation goals for the Herd.

Myles Rumsey was back on the Bison D but Brandon Lockerby was out. Up front, Mike Hellyer and Chris Benias were out still out, as expected. I have not heard their status but they aren't expected back. Here's how they lined up:

MANITOBA

Goal:
Christie and Deckert

Defence:
Rumsey - Schappert
Mealy - D Crowley
Erb - Flynn

Forwards:
Howarth - Beller - Macaulay
Dudar - Walker - Waker
Duval - Cyr - Dittmer
Cown - T Crowley - Pawluk

SASKATCHEWAN

Goal:
Reekie (Holfeld)

Defence:
Zetariuk - Funk
Delahey - Ward
Hobbs - Sim

Forwards:
McCallam - Bosch - Bailey
Ross - Bortis - Hulak
Kaye - Durand - Gillen
Brisebois - Wagar - Smuk

Saturday's game is also online at 101.5 UMFM.

Here's where the teams stand going into the season finale: Sask could take 2nd place from Calgary if they win and Calgary loses in regulation. Otherwise, Sask is 3rd. Manitoba can't finish higher than 4th. Manitoba will get 4th if they win or lose in overtime. Lethbridge can only bump the Bisons out of the playoffs if they win and Manitoba loses in regulation.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD:
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    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2
    CALGARY DINOS 5


    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
    |> [C.W. FRIDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF C STORY] ~ [U OF L STORY]


    The Bisons were no doubt scoreboard-watching after they finished their game. They needed this result. They have not been lower than 4th all season and would not want to get there at the end. This game was tied 1-1 after the 1st period but then Calgary opened up a 3-1 in the latter half of the 2nd period to win going away. That is now 6 in a row for the Dinos. And they are 5-0 against Lethbridge on the season.

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    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 2
    UBC THUNDERBIRDS 3


    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
    |> [C.W. FRIDAY RECAP] ~ [UBC STORY] ~ [U OF A STORY]


    This is UBC's consolation prize. One has to wonder about the Evil Monkeys. Although it might be hard to gauge much based on this game, they are hardly stiking fear into their opponents. IMO, they may be more vulnerable to a home ice loss than Calgary right now. Saturday's game is also online at CITR.ca.
EASTERN PLAYOFFS:
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    Only two series out east saw action Friday night. The rest resume Saturday. All six continue Sunday, if required. The CIS Friday Night Recap is up. The page for CIS Playoff Schedule and Results also is updated. The UNB-Acadia series was to start Friday as well, but was pushed back due to weather.

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    Saint Mary's Huskies v St. Francis-Xavier X-men
    Game 1: Feb 25: Saint Mary's 3 St. F-X 5
    Game 2: Feb 27
    Game 3: March 1
    Game 4: March 6
    Game 5: March 8

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    UQTR Patriotes v Carleton Ravens
    Game 1: Feb 23: Carleton 2 UQTR 4
    Game 2: Feb 25: UQTR 1 Carleton 4
    Game 3: Feb 27
WOMEN'S PLAYOFFS:
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    Manitoba Bisons v Alberta Pandas
    Game 1: Feb 25: Manitoba 2 Alberta 0
    Game 2: Feb 26
    Game 3: Feb 27

    The Bison Broads win! The Canada West Women's Site has a full report. And the Leaguestat Summary and U of M Story are also posted. Both teams will be going to the nationals.
NEXT UP:
  • Feb 26
    Sask at Manitoba
    Lethbridge at Calgary
    Alberta at UBC
    Bye: Regina
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Manitoba 6 Saskatchewan 2

Post by Hollywood2 » Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:07 am

February 26, 2011

HERD BOUNCES BACK ... EVIL MONKEYS ARE NEXT
. . . . . . . . . AND BISON BROADS ARE CHAMPS!


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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2
MANITOBA BISONS 6


|> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
|> [C.W. SATURDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF M STORY] ~ [U OF S STORY]


First, the bad news (for me). My son hurt his shoulder towards the end of his playoff game this afternoon and was in no condition to attend a hockey game tonight. So we stopped off for burgers then listened to the game on UMFM 101.5 on our way home and then watched Blues Brothers. I guess when one has to miss a game it may as well be on a night that it is at least on radio.

Second, the good news (for everybody who is not a booze-soaked inbred hillbilly) Manitoba wiped the floor with the Banjo-Mutts, smacked them on the nose with a rolled up newspaper, then threw them into their tractors and told them to hit the highway back to their sod shacks on the wind-blown prairie. I hope their 8-track players never broke down so they could soothe themselves with some relaxing banjo music on the trip home.

The only line-up change for the Herd was that Brandon Lockerby replaced Pat Flynn on the blueline.

The Bisons came out strong in the 1st period, bombarding Sneaky Reekie with 20 shots. However, Reekie came up big and kept his team in the game so that when they cashed in on a PP in the last minute, they were only down 2-1. Greg Beller scored the first goal and then it was Crowley from Crowley for the 2nd.

Sask leveled the score when Chris Durand jumped on a bobbled rebound and it was 2-2. But then the Bisons got rolling. Ian Duval notched his first of the season and Beller (with his 8th) made it 4-2 after two.

The Bisons salted it away early in the 3rd when Jared Walker notched his 9th after only 43 seconds. Kyle Howarth (with his 13th) scored shorthanded to conclude the scoring. Sask had only 4 shots on net in the 3rd period.

One thing not discussed on radio was the injury status of Mike Hellyer and Chris Benias. My assumption is that neither will be playable.

This means that the Bisons finish 4th with 32 points, down 2 points and one notch in the standings from last year. They will also visit the Evil Monkeys for a best-of-three series in Edmontown next weekend. After losing twice there last weekend, once on a shoot-out and once in overtime, I believe that the Bisons have a great chance to knock the Primates out of the nationals for the first time since King Kong was dancing with an organ grinder.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD:
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    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2
    CALGARY DINOS 1

    (in overtime)
    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
    |> [C.W. SATURDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF C STORY] ~ [U OF L STORY]


    Too little, too late for the H0rny Ones this year. When all is said and done, they miss the playoffs by one point. Lethbridge took a 1-0 lead after 22 seconds and then nobody scored until Calgary tied it up with just over 6 minutes left. Lethbridge won in OT. But when combined with the other scores, Calgary still kept 2nd place and Lethbridge kept 5th. Still, Lethbridge was outscored 109-97 on the season. So IMO they got the most possible mileage from their performance this year.

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    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4
    UBC THUNDERBIRDS 0


    |> [LEAGUESTAT SUMMARY] ~ [CIS BOXSCORE]
    |> [C.W. SATURDAY RECAP] ~ [UBC STORY] ~ [U OF A SUMMARY & STORY]


    The Evil Monkeys bounced back nicely with a convincing win in British California. However, it did follow an unconvincing loss on Friday night. It all adds up to a situation where the Bisons will head into next weekend thinking of winning the series.

    I also heard via HF Boards that T-Bird Mike Liambas (the infamous OHL grad who almost crippled another player with a hit from behind, then turned pro and was suspended from the IHL) was reinvolved and injured Eric Hunter, Alberta's captain, on Friday night. The Globe and Mail is the only source I could find for this story.
    Allan Maki wrote:Alberta head coach Eric Thurston said the incident occurred late in the second period after Hunter had tripped Liambis, a first-year Canada West player who was suspended the balance of the 2009-2010 OHL season for running 16-year-old Kitchener Ranger Ben Fanelli into the boards. Fanelli suffered a fractured skull.

    “Liambis goes right after Hunter and drops his gloves and hits him from the side and behind then plants him into the ice,” Thurston said Saturday. “(Hunter) had cuts under his (right eye) and stitches and he’s had headaches and dizziness. Our trainers were with him all night and the doctor will be examining him today.

    “He didn’t play the rest of the game and won’t be playing (in Saturday’s second game at UBC).”
EASTERN PLAYOFFS:
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    AUS Semi-Finals (best-of-five)

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    UNB Varsity Reds v Acadia Axemen
    Game 1: Feb 26: Acadia 0 New Brunswick 4
    Game 2: Feb 27
    Game 3: March 3
    Game 4: March 4
    Game 5: March 8

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    Saint Mary's Huskies v St. Francis-Xavier X-men
    Game 1: Feb 25: Saint Mary's 3 St. F-X 5
    Game 2: Feb 27
    Game 3: March 1
    Game 4: March 6
    Game 5: March 8

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    OUA East Semi-Finals (best-of-three)

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    McGill Redmen v Nipissing Lakers
    Game 1: Feb 23: McGill 4 Nipissing 1
    Game 2: Feb 26: Nipissing 4 McGill 6
    Game 3: Feb 27: not required - McGill wins series

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    UQTR Patriotes v Carleton Ravens
    Game 1: Feb 23: Carleton 2 UQTR 4
    Game 2: Feb 25: UQTR 1 Carleton 4
    Game 3: Feb 27

    OUA West Semi-Finals (best-of-three)

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    Western Ontario Mustangs v Waterloo Warriors
    Game 1: Feb 24: Waterloo 2 W. Ontario 4
    Game 2: Feb 26: W. Ontario 1 Waterloo 2
    Game 3: Feb 27

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    Laurier Golden Hawks v Guelph Gryphons
    Game 1: Feb 24: Guelph 3 Laurier 0
    Game 2: Feb 26: Laurier 3 Guelph 0
    Game 3: Feb 27
WOMEN'S PLAYOFFS:
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    Manitoba Bisons v Alberta Pandas
    Game 1: Feb 25: Manitoba 2 Alberta 0
    Game 2: Feb 26: Manitoba 2 Alberta 1
    Game 3: Feb 27: not required - Manitoba wins series

    The Bison Broads win! The Canada West Women's Site may have a full report by the time you read. And the Leaguestat Summary, U of M Story, and U of A Story are posted. This game was tied 1-1 going into the 3rd and then the Bison Broads scored on one of their two 3rd period shots to pick up the victory and their second conference title. This would have to go down as an unexpected title. So good for the gals!
NEXT UP:
  • March 4 - 6
    Sask at Calgary
    Manitoba at Alberta
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BUFFALO BILLS 21
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