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Re: 2010-2011 Manitoba Bisons Hockey Thread

Post by Hollywood2 » Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:47 pm

NEWS AND UPDATES

NEWS:
  • Image Regarding the Man-Sask series, the Star-Phoenix's report on Friday and Saturday and The Boxscore News' story on Saturday are all up now.

    Image The Mike Liambas story has been generating a lot of press across the country. Here are a whole pile of links for you to check out: The story from Vancouver gets more of the UBC side to the story:
    The Vancouver Sun wrote:According to T-Birds head coach Milan Dragicevic, Liambas punched Hunter from the side in retaliation for a spear to the groin. Dragicevic said the UBC program does not condone Liambas's actions but emphasized it was not a Todd Bertuzzi-Steve Moore type incident.

    Liambas received two minutes for instigating, five for fighting and a game misconduct.

    "There was no pre-meditation," Dragicevic explained Sunday. "Our player got speared, there was no call and he retaliated. That's what happened. The two players were jostling, they were skating together, side-by-side and Mike dropped his gloves. Their player got knocked to his knees, both players dropped their gloves, there was a tussle and then they were separated.

    "Their player skated off on his own and, from accounts, he had a concussion. He sat out Saturday's game for precautionary reasons."

    Dragicevic called Liambas 'a character player' and said he is welcome to continue playing for the Thunderbirds. This was Liambas's first year in the program. He is studying human kinetics. The 22-yearold Toronto native finished last season in the International League where, at one point, he received a five-game suspension for a hit that ruptured an opponent's spleen. He was earlier kicked out of the OHL for a hit that fractured the skull of Kitchener's Ben Fanelli.

    Dragicevic doesn't feel this latest incident should be viewed as a stain on the UBC hockey program.

    "We don't condone what Mike Liambas did to Eric Hunter," said Dragicevic. "That's an action on the ice that nobody is going to condone. However, as a person, Mike Liambas is someone who has character, grit, leadership qualities, volunteers in the community and does a lot of outside activities that don't necessarily get recognized.

    "We want Mike Liambas back. He had an 87-per-cent average coming out of high school and was an honours student. Those players are had to find. Sometimes the perception out there is not right. We support Mike Liambas as a person 100 per cent and we are going to support him through this as well."

    Dragicevic, who has coached the T-Birds for nine seasons, said he has witnessed incidents worse than the one that went down Friday night.

    "I've seen eye-gouging and hair-pulling," he noted.
    I wish that there was some video of this. Hopefully we will also be getting an injury update in advance of the Bisons v Primates series.

    Image The weekend updates on CW hockey at The CIS Blog and South Campus Sports also goes into the Liambas situation while also recapping the three series splits which occurred on the weekend.

    Image The big championship win for the Bison Broads is covered at The Boxscore News, The Winnipeg Free Press, and The Winnipeg Sun. The nationals go from March 10-13. The CIS Tournament Site has information on women's playoffs across the country.
WESTERN PLAYOFFS:
  • C.W. Semi-Finals (best-of-three)

    Both semi-final winners will be off to the nationals. No previews are up yet and I'll be posting mine later in the week, but ITM the schedules are out and here they are:

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    Alberta Golden Bears v Manitoba Bisons
    Game 1: March 4 [SSN Webcast 8:30 CT]
    Game 2: March 5 [SSN Webcast 8:30 CT]
    Game 3: March 6 [SSN Webcast 8:00 CT]

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    Calgary Dinos v Saskatchewan Huskies
    Game 1: March 4
    Game 2: March 5
    Game 3: March 6
EASTERN PLAYOFFS:
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    For more links on the Eastern Playoffs check the CIS Playoff Schedule & Results Page, the CIS Sunday night recap, and the OUA and AUS conference sites. Here's a quick look at the complete picture:

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    AUS Semi-Finals (best-of-five)

    Since UNB is hosting the nationals, and gets an automatic berth, SMU and SFX will be hoping that UNB wins their series so that their winner will be off to the nationals.

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    UNB Varsity Reds v Acadia Axemen
    Game 1: Feb 26: Acadia 0 New Brunswick 4
    Game 2: Feb 27: Acadia 2 New Brunswick 3 (4 OT)
    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: St. F-X 3 Saint Mary's 4
    Game 3: March 1
    Game 4: March 6
    Game 5: March 8

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

    When all is said and done, the favourites went 6-0 in the OUA East playoffs. So we will once again see an all-Quebec final in the OUA East.

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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: Carleton 0 UQTR 4

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

    The OUA West saw two mild upsets, Lakehead going in the first round and Laurier in the second. The Urban Cowboys have won as expected and Guelph appear to be fulfilling their long-awaited promise.

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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: Waterloo 0 W. Ontario 6

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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: Guelph 2 Laurier 1

    OUA East Final (best-of-three)

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    McGill Redmen v UQTR Patriotes
    Game 1: March 2
    Game 2: March 4
    Game 3: March 6

    OUA West Final (best-of-three)

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    Western Ontario Mustangs v Guelph Gryphons
    Game 1: March 2
    Game 2: March 5
    Game 3: March 6
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WEEKEND PREVIEW AND UPDATE: BISONS @ EVIL MONKEYS

Post by Hollywood2 » Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:19 pm

WEEKEND PREVIEW

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MANITOBA BISONS (13-9-6, #7 in OHT34)
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (19-6-3, #2 in OHT34)
Friday, March 4th, 8:30 p.m. CST @ Edmonton : [SSN Webcast]
Saturday, March 5th, 8:30 p.m. CST @ Edmonton : [SSN Webcast]
Sunday, March 6th, 8:00 p.m. CST @ Edmonton : [SSN 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]

There was a time when defeating the Evil Monkeys in a must-win series to qualify for nationals was a daunting task. This year, not so much. They have the pedigree and are favoured but this one will come down to power plays and breaks.

There are the usual pre-series articles posted at the U of A Site and GoBisons.ca. The U of M offered up a second story ominously entitled "Bison men’s hockey seeks first playoff series win over Alberta for the first time in 40 years".

The Evil Monkeys have won more titles than anybody. They have 13 national and 47 conference titles, The Bisons have won one national title (1965), two CW titles (1920 and 1965), and four GPAC titles (1976, 1977, 1984, 1985). They also have a Memorial Cup (1923), an Allan Cup (1928), and a World Championship (1931).

The stories point out that the Bisons are 1-7 in series against Alberta with the last win coming 40 years ago. They do miss out one further loss, in 1985. That year the Bisons won the GPAC title and Alberta won the CW. In a "Western Regional Playoff" Alberta won 2-1 with the last game in OT. This information is at the Bison History Page. This is worth pointing out because back then the honchos out east made the conferences have a preliminary playoff rather than let both winners qualify for nationals. Now, since the three Quebec teams joined the OUA, however, they have deemed that the Quebec conference keeps its berth which has been merged with the OUA. This means that the OUA gets at least two berths in a field of six teams every year. (I blame Trudeau, Chretien, and Mulroney who all deserved torture.)

I digress. In more recent times the Bisons have closed the gap with the Primates. Going into their series in Edmonton two weeks ago, the teams had split 5 straight series, and Alberta eaked past the Bisons 2-1 in last year's final. This year's games have been tight battles as well. In Winnipeg, the Bisons won the opener 4-2 before Alberta took the rematch 3-2. In Edmontown, the Evil Monkeys took both games,4-3 in a shootout and then 4-3 in overtime.

One thing not mentioned is the injury status of both sides. Alberta captain Eric Hunter was beat up in the infamous incident with Mike Liambas, and Manitoba captain Mike Hellyer was last seen on crutches.

Also, the Bisons announced their Mike Ridley Award winners. Most players get $1,000 smackers!

OUT OF TOWN:
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    Saskatchewan Huskies at Calgary Dinos

    This series has previews at both the U of C Site and the U of S Site. Calgary was #4 in the OHT34 whilst Sask was #6. There is no on-line audio or video. Calgary closed the season strong, going 10-3-1 after Christmas. However, two of the losses were to Sask, by decisive 6-3 and 3-0 scores. Sask took 3 of 4 games against the Dinos on the year. Here's an interesting tidbit:
    GoDinos.com wrote:The second-place finish is Calgary’s best since the 1996-97 season when the Dinos posted a sparkling 22-3-3 record to win the pennant. The Dinos have finished third seven times since 1997, but this will be the first semi-final series hosted at Father David Bauer Arena in 14 years.

    Two Canada West teams will get a shot at the six-team tournament this year, with the other being the winner of the Alberta-Manitoba series in Edmonton this weekend. Host UNB is already in and will be joined by two from the OUA and one more from the AUS.

    The Dinos last participated in the national tournament in 2000 and have nary a red-and-white banner to their name, while Saskatchewan was last a part of the dance in 2008. The Huskies have to look all the way back to 1982-83 for their last (and only) CIS title, when former Calgary Flames head coach Dave King was at the helm and current Huskies coach Dave Adolph was in the Saskatchewan line-up.

    Calgary (17-8-3) has not won a Canada West title in 15 years, and this weekend’s battle with Saskatchewan (17-11-0) at home gives them an opportunity to change that in the comforts of their own Olympic-sized rink.

EASTERN PLAYOFFS:
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    For more links on the Eastern Playoffs check the CIS Playoff Schedule & Results Page and the OUA and AUS conference sites. Here's an update on this week's games:

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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: Acadia 2 New Brunswick 3 (4 OT)
    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: St. F-X 3 Saint Mary's 4
    Game 3: March 1: St. F-X 3 Saint Mary's 2
    Game 4: March 6
    Game 5: March 8

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    OUA East Final (best-of-three)

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    McGill Redmen v UQTR Patriotes
    Game 1: March 2: UQTR 3 McGill 5
    Game 2: March 4
    Game 3: March 6

    I saw a bit on game 1 on-line. McGill should cruise to a win in the series. UQTR is NOT a top 10 team. Against the AUS these teams went 2-4-1, including a UQTR split with the STUpids.

    OUA West Final (best-of-three)

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    Western Ontario Mustangs v Guelph Gryphons
    Game 1: March 2: Guelph 1 W. Ontario 4
    Game 2: March 5
    Game 3: March 6

    The series is previewed at the CIS Blog. Guelph is now in the official top 10. (Oops, I puked.) They were 4th in the OUA West. They were 7-4-1 after Christmas. Not bad, but hardly UNB-like against mostly C level teams. Expect the Urban Cowboys to win and qualify for the nationals.
MISC NEWS:
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    The official CIS Top Ten has been released and is discussed at the CIS Blog. It is a curious poll, as always.

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    Former Jet Mike Eagles has stepped down as coach of the STUpids, as discussed at CIS Blog. He remains the AD.
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Re: 2010-2011 Manitoba Bisons Hockey Thread

Post by Hollywood2 » Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:04 am

NEWS UPDATE

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The Winnipeg Sun has a Bison story.
Kirk Penton wrote:The Bisons will be without captain Mike Hellyer, who suffered what is believed to be a season-ending injury two weeks ago against the Bears.
I suspected as much. The story also has a link to a fabulous SUNshine Girl! There is also a story in the Edmonton Sun (which mostly looks back at last year's series) and The Gateway. The latter story implies that Hunter is out this weekend but could be back later if the Primates advance. There is also a story in the Brandon Sun stating that former Wheat King Matt Lowry is red-shirting for the Bisons and will be playing next year.

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The Saskatoon Star-Phoenix also has a preview of the Mutts-Dinos. The Mutts have had a flu bug. They should stop drinking out of toilets!

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In OUA women's hockey, Queen's beat Guelph in 6 OT periods, setting a record for the longest university game ever. The game came within 9 minutes of the NHL record from 1936. Stories are at the Boxscore News, CTV, and lots of others via Google.

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: Acadia 2 New Brunswick 3 (4 OT)
Game 3: March 3: New Brunswick 1 Acadia 3
Game 4: March 4
Game 5: March 8

Acadia staved off elimination with the win, to the chagrin of SMU and SFX. The rest of the series pick up on Friday.
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Alberta 4 Manitoba 0

Post by Hollywood2 » Sat Mar 05, 2011 9:59 am

March 4, 2011

BISONS LOSE OPENER

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MANITOBA BISONS 0
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4


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


Game one of the series was a bit of a surprise in that the teams played extremely defensive and surrendered very few shots on goal. The Evil Monkeys took a 2-0 lead in the first, where they outshot the Bisons 9-4. Most of those shots came in a brief spurt just past the mid-way point during which Alberta scored both goals.

The Bisons generally carried the play in the 2nd and 3rd, largely due to the fact that Alberta was clinging to a lead and seemed happy to defend it. Nevertheless, the Bisons were unable to cash in on their chances and Alberta ended up scoring an empty-netter when the Bisons pulled their goalie with about 3 minutes to go.

The Bisons were without captain Mike Hellyer but Alberta did dress Eric Hunter.

My guess is the Bisons will try to play the same type of game on Saturday (and hopefully Sunday) but hope they cash in on their chances and that Steve Christie makes the stops at their end.

SSN Canada will have on-line viewing of both Saturday's game (starting at 8:30 CT) and Sunday's game (starting at 8:00 CT, if necessary).

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD:
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    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2
    CALGARY DINOS 4


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


    The Banjo-Mutts took control of the game in the 2nd period and took a 2-1 lead over the Dinos. However, 3 goals in 90 seconds mid-way through the 3rd period turned the game around and gave the Dinos a game one victory.

    Game two goes Saturday at 8:00 CT and game 3, if necessary, will go Sunday at 8:00 CT. There is no on-line audio or video, so we have to rely upon LeagueStat for live updates.

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    The CIS Playoff Schedule and Results are updated and the CIS Friday Recap has reports from everywhere except Acadia.

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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: Acadia 2 New Brunswick 3 (4 OT)
    Game 3: March 3: New Brunswick 1 Acadia 3
    Game 4: March 4: New Brunswick 3 Acadia 2
    Game 5: March 8: not required, UNB wins series 3-1

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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: St. F-X 3 Saint Mary's 4
    Game 3: March 1: St. F-X 3 Saint Mary's 2
    Game 4: March 6
    Game 5: March 8

    Since UNB will host the nationals, the AUS berth will go to the winner of the SMU-SFX series.

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    OUA East Final (best-of-three)

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    McGill Redmen v UQTR Patriotes
    Game 1: March 2: UQTR 3 McGill 5
    Game 2: March 4: McGill 1 UQTR 6
    Game 3: March 6

    McGill's goalie had a rough night. He only faced 26 shots! This snapped McGill's 9 game playoff winning streak over UQTR.

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    Western Ontario Mustangs v Guelph Gryphons
    Game 1: March 2: Guelph 1 W. Ontario 4
    Game 2: March 5
    Game 3: March 6
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Alberta 2 Manitoba 1

Post by Hollywood2 » Sun Mar 06, 2011 9:23 am

March 5, 2011

BISONS ELIMINATED ON STRANGE BOUNCE

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MANITOBA BISONS 1
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 2


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


Ugh! This was a pretty good playoff game with a fast pace and lots of hits. The Bisons had a rough patch in the 2nd period where they were outshot and outplayed for about a 10-12 minute stretch. But otherwise it was end-to-end all night. The winning goal was a shot going wide that hit Jordan Cyr in either the back of the head, butt, or skate and into the net. The announcers and game report saw it differently but I thought it was off the butt. Any way you slice it, it was not a "called shot".

The lone Bison goal was a 2-on-1 which started while the Bisons were short-handed and finished as Chad Erb just stepped out of the box. Nolan Waker fed Del Cowan a nice pass which was converted. Incidentally, Cowan narrowly missed another shorthanded chance earlier on.

On the weekend, neither side had a PP to speak of. Manitoba went o-5 on Friday and 0-4 on Saturday. Alberta was 1-5 on Friday and 0-5 on Saturday. That combines for 1-19.

But the story for the Bisons was the same as for most games after Christmas: they could generate but not convert scoring chances. One goal on 50 shots won't do it. Was Mucha hot? Maybe. But the stats have been the same most weekends lately. Not every goaltender they face can be on a hot streak.

The off-season shopping list for the Herd will be a goaltender to replace Steve Christie and as many scorers as possible. I would like to see Sidney Crosby rest up from the NHL for a season and play for the Bisons!

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD:
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    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3
    CALGARY DINOS 2


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


    This series is as expected. The teams have exchanged 3-2 wins and game 3 goes Sunday night at 8:00 CT. There is no on-line audio or video so it will be LeagueStat for live updates.

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    The CIS Playoff Schedule and Results are updated and the CIS Saturday Recap has reports from all three games.

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    AUS Semi-Finals (best-of-five)

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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: St. F-X 3 Saint Mary's 4
    Game 3: March 1: St. F-X 3 Saint Mary's 2
    Game 4: March 6: SSN WEBCAST
    Game 5: March 8

    Sunday's game would complete the field for the nationals if St. F-X wins. In any event, the winner will play UNB for the AUS title and both finalists will be at the nationals. The game starts at 5:00 CT and is available at the SSN on-line link.

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    OUA East Final (best-of-three)

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    McGill Redmen v UQTR Patriotes
    Game 1: March 2: UQTR 3 McGill 5
    Game 2: March 4: McGill 1 UQTR 6
    Game 3: March 6

    I have been unable to locate a link for a webcast of game 3. The McGilligutties would host the Urban Cowboys for the Queen's Cup with a win, whilst the Patties would visit the Urban Cowboys.

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    Western Ontario Mustangs v Guelph Gryphons
    Game 1: March 2: Guelph 1 W. Ontario 4
    Game 2: March 5: W. Ontario 4 Guelph 2
    Game 3: March 6: not required, W. Ontario wins series 2-0

    The Urban Cowboys breezed through the OUA West and have a berth at the nationals tucked away. With Lakehead going for a dump this year, and the rest of the teams playing at a homogenized Brock-level, there really was no other contender in this division.
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Re: 2010-2011 Manitoba Bisons Hockey Thread

Post by Hollywood2 » Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:31 am

March 6, 2011

DINOS TO MEET EVIL MONKEYS

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 1
CALGARY DINOS 4


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|> [C.W. SUNDAY RECAP] ~ [U OF C STORY] ~ [U OF S SITE - STORY NOT YET POSTED]


The Dinos are finally returning to the nationals. Their last trip was in 2000. They grabbed a 2-0 1st period lead and then hung on until an empty-netter salted it away. So next weekend Calgary will visit the Evil Monkeys to fight for the conference title in a best-of-three before both sides take a weekend off before heading to the nationals in Fredericton, NB.

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The Winnipeg Sun has a story by Ken Wiebe on the Bison loss to the Evil Monkeys.

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The CIS Playoff Schedule and Results are updated. There is no CIS Sunday Recap as yet.

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AUS Semi-Finals (best-of-five)

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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: St. F-X 3 Saint Mary's 4
Game 3: March 1: St. F-X 3 Saint Mary's 2
Game 4: March 6: Saint Mary's 4 St. F-X 1 [BOXSCORE]
Game 5: March 8: NewsCast Link : EastLink

So, it all comes down to a one-game showdown for a spot in the nationals and a championship series against The Squirrels. The teams have been taking turns so far but it seemed that SMU really controlled game 4 (shots were 37-17). You can check the links at game time for on-line viewing, i.e. 5:00 CT on Tuesday.

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OUA East Final (best-of-three)

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McGill Redmen v UQTR Patriotes
Game 1: March 2: UQTR 3 McGill 5
Game 2: March 4: McGill 1 UQTR 6
Game 3: March 6: UQTR 1 McGill 6 [BOXSCORE]

This was a disappointing series. The teams took turns beating each other 6-1, which really defies all logic. So the McGilligutties will face the Urban Cowboys for the OUA title, aka Queen's Cup. Frankly, I am disappointed that they only play a one-game series for this. Come on, people. The problem your OUA teams have at nationals is the lack of competition against A level teams and then you do this to them. IMO with nationals not set to start until March 24th these teams could use a 3 game series.

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The field for the nationals is taking shape. Once the conference winners have been decided we will know the top 3 seeds, and then the rest will be rigged to split the conference reps into separate pools.
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Re: 2010-2011 Manitoba Bisons Hockey Thread

Post by Hollywood2 » Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:25 pm

March 8, 2011

ST. F-X COMPLETES FIELD FOR NATIONALS

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AUS Semi-Finals (best-of-five)

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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: St. F-X 3 Saint Mary's 4
Game 3: March 1: St. F-X 3 Saint Mary's 2
Game 4: March 6: Saint Mary's 4 St. F-X 1
Game 5: March 8: St. F-X 3 Saint Mary's 2 (2OT) [BOXSCORE] : [RECAP]

I caught the ending of the game on-line when the teams were really worn out. Last year, SMU won the national title and St. F-X knocked UNB out of contention in the semi-finals.

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The six qualifiers for the nationals all have conference finals starting this weekend. Alberta-Calgary is a best-of-three, McGill-W.Ontario is a one game winner-take-all, and UNB-St.F-X is a best-of-five.
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Re: 2010-2011 Manitoba Bisons Hockey Thread

Post by Hollywood2 » Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:10 am

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Re: 2010-2011 Manitoba Bisons Hockey Thread

Post by Hollywood2 » Sat Mar 12, 2011 4:00 pm

March 11, 2011

EVIL MONKEYS POISED TO WIN ANOTHER

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CALGARY DINOS 0
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 3


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This game was fairly evenly played. However. Mu-u-u-cha (that's how monkeys pronounce it) was stellar in goal. IMO, it might be better for Calgary to go to nationals as #2. That way they would likely end up playing the Squirrels and the Urban Cowboys.

Saturday's game is on SSN for your on-line viewing pleasure.

Image AUS Final (best-of-five)

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UNB Varsity Reds v St. Francis-Xavier X-men
Game 1: March 11: St. F-X 2 UNB 3
Game 2: March 12: St. F-X @ UNB [SSN WEBCAST]
Game 3: March 15: UNB @ St. F-X
Game 4: March 16: UNB @ St. F-X
Game 5: TBD

Image Queen's Cup (one game)

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McGill Redmen v Western Ontario Mustangs
Game 1: March 12: [SSN WEBCAST]
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Re: 2010-2011 Manitoba Bisons Hockey Thread

Post by Hollywood2 » Sat Mar 12, 2011 4:17 pm

BISON BROADS SUFFER BIG LOSS

Friday Games

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Laurier Golden Hawks 4
Manitoba Bisons 0

[CIS STORY, SUMMARY & HIGHLIGHTS]

This loss pretty much finishes the Bison Broads. If they can beat St FX by 7 goals then each team would have a win and a loss and then they'd win on +/-. So it looks like they'll either be playing for bronze, or 5th.

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Queen's Golden Gaels 2
Alberta Pandas 1

(in shoot-out)
[CIS STORY, SUMMARY & HIGHLIGHTS]


Yes, they do have shoot-outs in the round-robin portion of the nationals. So the Fat Pandas will play for 5th. McGill and Queen's will decide on Saturday which will play for gold and which will play for bronze.

Saturday Games

3:00 CT
McGill Martlets v Queen's Golden Gaels
[LIVE STATS] : [VIDEO]

6:30 CT
St. F-X -Women v Manitoba Bisons
[LIVE STATS] : [VIDEO]
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Re: 2010-2011 Manitoba Bisons Hockey Thread

Post by Hollywood2 » Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:43 am

March 12, 2011

EVIL MONKEYS DEMOLISH DINOS

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CALGARY DINOS 1
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 8


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I saw some of this on-line while watching the Leafs take another step towards the Stanley Cup on TV. Calgary sucked. Are they suffering from being happy to get this far?

Alberta outshot Calgary 18-5 in the 1st period but were only up 2-1. Rather than take satisfaction that they dodged a bullet and pick themselves up for the 2nd, instead Calgary fell apart. Alberta racked up 5 unanswered goals in the 2nd. Calgary started their back-up goaltender Kris Lazaruk before yanking him after giving up 4 goals.

Alberta is looking stronger as the season progresses. However, it also seems clear that Manitoba was their toughest opponent.

Image AUS Final (best-of-five)

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UNB Varsity Reds v St. Francis-Xavier X-men
Game 1: March 11: St. F-X 2 UNB 3
Game 2: March 12: St. F-X 2 UNB 1 (ot) : [BOXSCORE]
Game 3: March 15: UNB @ St. F-X
Game 4: March 16: UNB @ St. F-X
Game 5: TBD

Image Queen's Cup (one game)

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McGill Redmen v Western Ontario Mustangs
Game 1: March 12: McGill 6 W. Ontario 2 : [BOXSCORE]

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The three conference winners will be seeded 1, 2, and 3 for the nationals. And since there are 2 teams per conference there will be one team from each conference in each pool.

Therefore, I believe that the pools will be like this if UNB beats StFX:
A: UNB, Calgary, W. Ontario
B: McGill, Alberta, St. FX

But, if St FX beats UNB I bet they'll look like this:
A: McGill, UNB, Calgary
B: Alberta, St. FX, W. Ontario
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Re: 2010-2011 Manitoba Bisons Hockey Thread

Post by Hollywood2 » Sun Mar 13, 2011 10:17 am

BISON BROADS LOSE, PLAY FOR 5TH

Saturday Games

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Manitoba Bisons 3
St. Francis-Xavier X-Women 4

[CIS STORY, SUMMARY & HIGHLIGHTS]

After a bad game on Friday the Bison Broads had only an outside chance to advance even with a win. The reason was hat if all sides had a 1-1 record, that 4-0 loss would kill them in the +/-. IMO, they still overachieved by winning the CW and getting to nationals ahead of Sask and Calgary. And, is it just me or does the nickname "X-Women" conjure an image of a woman wearing nothing but a lacy thong and high heels?

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McGill Martlets 3
Queen's Golden Gaels 1

[CIS STORY, SUMMARY & HIGHLIGHTS]

This was a closely contested pool and McGill will play for gold, as expected, and Queen's will play for bronze.

Sunday Games

11:00 CT
Manitoba Bisons v Alberta Pandas

3:00 CT
Laurier Golden Hawks v Queen's Golden Gaels

6:30 CT
St. F-X X-Women v McGill Martlets
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Re: 2010-2011 Manitoba Bisons Hockey Thread

Post by Hollywood2 » Sat Mar 19, 2011 11:24 am

UPDATE

WOMEN'S NATIONALS

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Manitoba Bisons 2
Alberta Pandas 5

[CIS STORY, SUMMARY & HIGHLIGHTS]

It is kind of odd that they have a 5th place game in the women's nationals and don't even play a 3rd place in men's. Anyhow, the Bison Broads are probably happy they even made nationals this year.

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Laurier Golden Hawks 0
Queen's Golden Gaels 1

[CIS STORY, SUMMARY & HIGHLIGHTS]

Queen's got the bronze with this one. Which makes sense since they beat Laurier in the OUA playoffs.

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St. Francis-Xavier X-Women 2
McGill Martlets 5

[CIS STORY, SUMMARY & HIGHLIGHTS]

McGill went unbeaten and one must say are deserving of a national title. It seems that after them the next 7 or 8 teams in the CIS are of relatively equal strength but McGill are clearly #1 in broad hockey.

Image AUS Final (best-of-five)

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UNB Varsity Reds v St. Francis-Xavier X-men
Game 1: March 11: St. F-X 2 UNB 3 : [BOXSCORE]
Game 2: March 12: St. F-X 2 UNB 1 (ot) : [BOXSCORE]
Game 3: March 15: UNB 2 St. F-X 0 : [BOXSCORE]
Game 4: March 16: UNB 3 St. F-X 6 : [BOXSCORE] : [RECAP]
Game 5: March 18: St. F-X 4 UNB 5 (ot) : [BOXSCORE]

So #1 ranked UNB gets a real scare by their nemesis from St. F-X. This means that UNB will get the #1 seed and be in one pool whilst McGill and Alberta are in the other pool. Since St. FX must be in an opposite pool, they will be in with Alberta and McGill whilst Calgary and the Urban Cowboys will join the Squirrels.

I'll be interested to see how the schedule will work for the nationals. UNB will likely play Thursday and crush either Calgary or W-Ontario, leaving the loser disheartened and basically eliminated heading into Friday's game.

St. FX reminds me of the Bisons. And the Bisons have been able to play the Evil Monkeys dead even the last 3 years. Everybody will also want to see how McGill stacks up after dominating the OUA all year.
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Day 1

Post by Hollywood2 » Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:36 am

March 24, 2011

CLOSE BATTLES ON DAY 1

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ST. FRANCIS-XAVIER X-MEN 1
MCGILL REDMEN 2


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This was the afternoon game so I was unable to watch. St. FX had beaten McGill in OT in a non-conference game earlier this year so it figured to be a tight one. McGill dominated the OUA-E this year and St. FX was considered a rising star due to their win over SMU and tight loss to UNB in the AUS playoffs.

St. FX now plays the Evil Monkeys on Friday afternoon whilst the McGilligutties will face them on Saturday. This always figured to be the "Pool of Death" and I find it hard to make one side a big favourite.

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CALGARY DINOS 1
NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS 2


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I saw this one on-line from mid-1st period onwards. Calgary was unlucky to lose. The Squirrels scored with only 4 seconds left from a face-off.

Calgary now faces the Urban Cowboys on Friday night. Like St FX, they must win and then hope that the team they beat can come back and win the next day, then hope to win the pool on +/-.

NEXT UP:

Friday
12:00 CDT St. FX v Alberta : [SSN WEBCAST]
5:00 CDT Calgary v W Ontario : [SSN WEBCAST]

Saturday
12:00 CDT Alberta v McGill : [SSN WEBCAST] Image
5:00 CDT W Ontario v New Brunswick : [SSN WEBCAST] Image

Sunday
6:00 CDT Final : [SSN WEBCAST] Image
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Day 2

Post by Hollywood2 » Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:13 am

March 25, 2011

DINOS, MONKEYS LOSE SQUEAKERS

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Before going into the nationals, I should mention that Bison d-man Jeremy Schappert won a pair of awards. First, he won CW rookie (freshman) of the year. Then before the nationals started he was named to the CIS All-Rookie Team. Hopefully he will have several more seasons. The Bison blue-line may well return intact in 2011-12.

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ST. FRANCIS-XAVIER X-MEN 3
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 1


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|> [CIS STORY]


This result throws the pool into a bit of disarray heading into Saturday afternoon's finale. McGill is 1-0 (+1), SFX 1-1 (+1), and the Monkeys 0-1 (-2). So, if McGill beats Alberta they will go to the final. But if Alberta wins by 1 or 2 goals, SFX goes to the final. If Alberta win by 4 or more then they go to the final. But if Alberta wins 3-0 I think they have to have a shoot-out with SFX. Ugh.

This pool was expected to be a toss-up and this is proving true. The fact that Alberta could not get a second goal is costly. SFX took the 3-1 lead early in the 3rd and then shut 'er down. IMO, SFX looks very similar to the Bisons.

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CALGARY DINOS 2
WESTERN ONTARIO MUSTANGS 3


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|> [CIS STORY]


I know that Calgary would have telling themselves that with a win they could hold out hope that the Urban Cowboys would upset the Squirrels and land themselves a berth in the final. But really? This has been an evenly matched tournament thus far but if any game is going to change that it will be Saturday night's round-robin finale. I see that UWO had only 4 shots in the 3rd period. Yikes. Too bad for the Dinos. Had they beaten UNB I believe that they would have been on their way to the final.

NEXT UP:

Saturday
12:00 CDT Alberta v McGill : [SSN WEBCAST] Image
5:00 CDT W Ontario v New Brunswick : [SSN WEBCAST] Image

Sunday
6:00 CDT Final : [SSN WEBCAST] Image

MEDIA REVIEW:

Of course, start with the sources that cover the CIS all year, namely The CIS Blog, where they have live blogs during each game. (Which is nice when you are watching on SportsNet!) They also have a Day 1 Recap. They also have loads of links to other media stories.

And, South Campus Sports has a story about the 0-2 start after Alberta's loss.

Here's a summary of the stories from other media that you can check out:
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