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Jan 16: Bisons Fail to Clinch

Post by Hollywood2 » Sat Jan 17, 2015 11:01 am

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MANITOBA BISONS 3
REGINA COUGARS 5


Links:
:. [CIS Friday Round-Up]
:. [LeagueStat Summary] : [CIS Boxscore] : [CW Boxscore]
:. [U of R Game Story] : [repost at CW]
:. [repost at U of M] : [UM Boxscore]


The Bisons failed in an opportunity to secure a playoff berth with a Friday night loss in the land of mule-drawn buggies. Through two periods the game was pretty normal. Each side scored once (Ian McNulty for Regina scored in the 1st and Shaq Merasty for Manitoba scored in the 2nd) and Manitoba had a 20-19 edge in shots. Then things went nuts in the 3rd as the teams scored in pairs. The first pair from Sanfred King gave Regina a 3-1 lead. Taylor Dickin and Dustin Bruyere then tied it up. Dylen McKinley and Cody Fowlie finally put the game away for Regina.

The rematch goes Saturday at 2:30 and will be on CanadaWest.tv. Once again, the Bisons will be able to secure a playoff berth with a win.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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CALGARY DINOSAURS 5
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 4

(in a shoot-out)

Links:
:. [LeagueStat Summary] : [CIS Boxscore] : [CW Boxscore]
:. [MRU Game Story/Boxscore] : [repost at CW]
:. [U of C Game Story/Boxscore]


The Dinos needed this to avoid a sweep. They now enjoy a 1 point lead over MRU in the fight for 2nd place with just 4 games left in the season. Jacob DeSerres (for UC) and Dalyn Flette (for MRU) were the goaltenders.

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1


Links:
:. [LeagueStat Summary] : [CIS Boxscore] : [CW Boxscore]
:. [U of L Game Story/Boxscore] : [repost at CW] : [repost at UA]


This gets the award for the most predictable result of the season. 'Nuff said.

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 3

(in overtime)

Links:
:. [LeagueStat Summary] : [CIS Boxscore] : [CW Boxscore]
:. [UBC Game Story/Boxscore] : [repost at CW]
:. [U of S Game Story]


UBC blew a 3-0 lead in the 3rd period to lose this Friday night showdown. The win gives Dave Adolph of Sask the CW coaching wins record. UBC needs to shke their tendency to lose these big games. They could have buried Sask and had them right where they wanted them.

OUT EAST

OUA
York 2 Western Ontario 3 (ot)
Carleton 0 McGill 2
Brock 4 Guelph 6
Waterloo 7 UOIT 2
Toronto 7 Ryerson 4
Concordia 3 Windsor 6
Laurier 3 Queen's 2
UQTR 7 Lakehead 3

AUS
St. Thomas 1 Acadia 6
Saint Mary's 5 Moncton 2
UPEI 1 Dalhousie 2
St. F-X 0 New Brunswick 3

NEXT UP

Sat Jan 17 Manitoba at Regina - 2:30 CST CanadaWest.tv
Sat Jan 17 Alberta at Lethbridge - 7:00 MST CanadaWest.tv
Sat Jan 17 Saskatchewan at UBC - 7:00 PST

Sat Jan 17 St. Thomas at Dalhousie
Sat Jan 17 St. F-X at Moncton
Sat Jan 17 Saint Mary's at New Brunswick
Sat Jan 17 UPEI at Acadia
Sat Jan 17 Guelph at York
Sat Jan 17 Laurentian at Carleton
Sat Jan 17 McGill at RMC
Sat Jan 17 Western Ontario at Toronto
Sat Jan 17 Waterloo at Queen's
Sat Jan 17 Concordia at Windsor
Sat Jan 17 Laurier at UOIT
Sat Jan 17 UQTR at Lakehead
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Jan 17: Bisons Are In!

Post by Hollywood2 » Sat Jan 17, 2015 4:08 pm

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MANITOBA BISONS 5
REGINA COUGARS 3


Links:
:. [LeagueStat Summary]
:. [[other links to come]]


Saturday's game in this series was a matinée affair, thus enabling the Bisons a chance for an eary escape of the outhouses and manure piles dotting the streets of Regina.

The trip home will be nice for the Bisons. First, because they get to leave Saskatchewan. Second, because they are now assured of a playoff berth. Of course, they would have liked all 4 points from the weekend so as to improve their odds of a 4th place finish. Heading into tonight's action, the Bisons are tied with UBC and 3 points ahead of Sask.

This game was on CanadaWest.tv and I must say they did a reasonable job. It was a comfortable win for the Herd, usually holding leads of 2 or 3 goals throughout.

Aaron Lewadniuk (his 8th) opened scoring in the 1st minute of play. Brett Dudar (playing well lately and scoring his 5th) made it 2-0 mid-way through. Austin Bourhis narrowed the lead before Taylor Dickin (his 7th) made it 3-1 at the 1st intermission.

In the 2nd period, Sanfred King (with his 3rd of the weekend) gave the Banjocats some hope. However, by the time the period was over Aaron Lewadniuk had completed his hat-trick (his 9th and 10th goals of the season) to make it 5-2 and basically put the game ion ice.

The Kittens put up a bit of a tussle in the 3rd period, but only scratched their way to one goal, Bourhis' 2nd of the night.

Both sides switched goaltenders from Friday night, the Bisons going with Byron Spriggs and the Cougars with Mitch Kilgore.

The Bisons' final homestand of the regular season goes next weekend against the Saskatchewan Banjomutts. After that, who knows what the playoffs have to offer. This season has really slipped away quickly to me. Maybe it is because we had no home pre-season games, maybe because my son's team created 4 head-to-head conflicts, and most likely because it is only mid-January. Curses to the Universiade being in February, I guess.
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Jan 17: The Evening Results Are In

Post by Hollywood2 » Sun Jan 18, 2015 10:01 am

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MANITOBA BISONS 5
REGINA COUGARS 3


Links:
:. [CIS Saturday Round-Up]
:. [LeagueStat Summary] : [CIS Boxscore] : [CW Boxscore]
:. [U of R Game Story/Boxscore] : [repost at CW]
:. [repost at U of M] : [UM Boxscore]


My last post contained my report, this one has all the links.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 7
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2


Links:
:. [LeagueStat Summary] : [CIS Boxscore] : [CW Boxscore]
:. [U of L Game Story/Boxscore] : [repost at CW] : [repost at UA]


This decisive win gives the Evil Monkeys 1st place in the CWUAA. Of concern, the H0rny Ones were three healthy bodies short of a full roster. On home ice yet. When they visited Friendly Manitoba last weekend they had a full roster and played hard. One would hope they would be able to close the season at least putting their best hoof forward.

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 0
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 5


Links:
:. [LeagueStat Summary] : [CIS Boxscore] : [CW Boxscore]
:. [UBC Game Story/Boxscore] : [repost at CW] : [repost at U of S]
:. [CIS: Dave Adolph Record]


Once again, UBC took a big lead over the Banjo-Mutts, but this time they did not blow it. They just rolled up a newspaper, smacked the Mangy Ones on the schnozz, and sent them back to the dog house.

As usual, the Mutts continued their goaltender rotation, going to Jordon Cooke on Saturday after starting veteran Ryan Holfeld on Friday. In a bit of a surprise, UBC went to veteran Matt Hewitt after starting their rookie #1 Eric Williams on Friday. Hewitt got the shut-out, so it all worked out. The shots were 37-22 for the 'Birds, including 13-4 in a 1st period where they took a 2-0 lead.

The weekend results put the CWUAA standings in focus with just two weekends left. Alberta is 1st, Calgary and MRU are 2nd/3rd. UBC and Manitoba are assured playoff berths. Lethbridge is in next year country. The question is which green-clad group of banjo-playing inbreds will complete the playoff picture. The Banjo-Mutts could finish anywhere from 4th to 7th, the Banjo-Cats could finish either 6th or 7th. One would think that Sask's 5 point lead over Regina is safe. Regina plays at UBC and then hosts Calgary. Sask is at Manitoba and then hosts Alberta. Sask needs just 3 points, or Regina to drop 3 points, to eliminate Regina.

OUT EAST

OUA
Guelph 4 York 3
Laurentian 0 Carleton 5
McGill 4 RMC 3
Western Ontario 4 Toronto 3
Waterloo 2 Queen's 3 (ot)
Concordia 4 Windsor 8
Laurier 5 UOIT 2
UQTR 4 Lakehead 3

AUS
St. Thomas 6 Dalhousie 2
St. F-X 3 Moncton 2
Saint Mary's 1 New Brunswick 3
UPEI 2 Acadia 4

NEXT UP

Wed Jan 21 Acadia at Saint Mary's
Wed Jan 21 Dalhousie at St. F-X
Wed Jan 21 UOIT at RMC
Wed Jan 21 Western Ontario at Brock

Thu Jan 22 Waterloo at Ryerson
Thu Jan 22 Guelph at Laurier

Fri Jan 23 Saskatchewan at Manitoba - 7:00 CST
Fri Jan 23 Mount Royal at Alberta- 7:00 MST CanadaWest.tv
Fri Jan 23 Calgary at Lethbridge- 7:00 MST CanadaWest.tv
Fri Jan 23 Regina at UBC - 7:00 PST

Fri Jan 23 Moncton at Acadia
Fri Jan 23 Saint Mary's at St. Thomas
Fri Jan 23 New Brunswick at Dalhousie
Fri Jan 23 St. F-X at UPEI
Fri Jan 23 Western Ontario at York
Fri Jan 23 Queen's at McGill
Fri Jan 23 Laurentian at Nipissing
Fri Jan 23 Windsor at Brock
Fri Jan 23 Lakehead at Toronto

NEWS

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Links:
:. [CIS Blog: Fall Story]
:. [Chronicle-Herald: Outcome Story]


In the off-season recruiting wars, UQTR made accusations of improprieties against UNB's recruiting practices. The gist of Coach Hubert's complaint:
“When I met with other coaches in the OUA conference, they all, and particularly in the Toronto region, are truly outraged by the situation and the quality of players who, despite the same quality of instructional programs here, chose to go to university in the Maritimes. If these universities follow the rules and do not give money to the players, it would be a lot more expensive to go to the Maritimes rather than stay home with Dad and Mom. If I need milk, I go to the convenience store close by; I don’t go 25 km and look for it in Shawinigan.”
The decision was $2,000 in fines and fees and 24 months of probation for both UQTR and Coach Hubert.

Even so, the rumours have been circulating for years that under-the-table payments are an integral part of AUS recruiting.
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Jan 18: News and Stuff

Post by Hollywood2 » Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:12 pm

STANDINGS AND HOME STRETCH

Code: Select all

Team           W   L  OL  Pts   23/24  30/31  Pos
Alberta	    21   3   0   42   MRU    Sask   1st
Calgary       16   8   0   32   Leth   Reg    2nd-3rd
Mount Royal   15   8   1   31   Alta   Man    2nd-3rd
UBC           11   9   4   26   Reg    Leth   4th-6th
Manitoba      12  12   0   24   Sask   MRU    4th-6th
Saskatchewan  10  13   1   21   Man    Alta   4th-7th
Regina         7  15   2   16   UBC    Cal    6th-7th
Lethbridge     4  20   0    8   Cal    UBC    8th
The final column shows the range of positions in which each team could finish. If I were forced to place a bet I would have this for brackets:

Quarter-finals:
Manitoba at UBC
Saskatchewan at Mount Royal

Semi-finals:
Sask or Manitoba/UBC winner at Alberta
MRU or Manitoba/UBC winner at Calgary

NEWS

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Links:
:. [CIS sanctions UQTR for accusing UNB hockey of recruitment cheating]
:. [Discipline and Appeal Decisions]


The CIS Blog has come up with a story on the UQTR/UNB matter. That story provided the hidden link to the list of CIS discipline and appeal decisions. So it basically took a month for the story on this decision to become widely disseminated.

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Links:
:. Class Action: [Sportsnet U] : [CBC] : [National Post] : [Metro News]
:. Suspension: [Sportsnet U] : [CBC] : [National Post] : [Metro News]
:. Background: [National Post: Kelly McParland: Allan Rock punishes the innocent on U of Ottawa hockey team] : [CBC: UOttawa hockey team suspension not just about police charges: Allan Rock]


There are two new aspects to the ongoing saga of the UfO debacle. First, on January 13th an application was made for a class action lawsuit filed for the players who were not charged but still suspended. Second, on January 16th the UfO brass suspended the program for 2015-16 and stated plans to re-start in 2016-17.

Regarding the lawsuit, from CP via Sportsnet:
The University of Ottawa and its president, Allan Rock, face a class action lawsuit over the suspension of the school’s men’s hockey team in connection with a sexual assault investigation.

The legal proceeding was launched Tuesday in Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice by lawyer Lawrence Greenspon — an alumnus of the university — on behalf of student Andrew Creppin and 21 other members of the varsity hockey team....

The court filing, which seeks $6 million in damages, is necessary because the university wrongly tarnished the reputation of every member of the 2013-14 hockey squad, Greenspon said.

"It was launched against the University of Ottawa for the way they treated the members of that 2013-14 men’s varsity hockey team," Greenspon told a news conference.

"We seek to have all of the 2013-14 players, except the two that have been charged, certified as a class in order to pursue the University of Ottawa for damages caused to the team members."
And from the National Post:
Many are hesitant to be named in the suit because they have suffered from being publicly identified as team members, Mr. Greenspon said.

The university “punished Andrew and the rest of the students on the team before any due process was carried out,” he said. “It’s unconscionable for the university to tarnish the reputation of its student athletes in the manner that they did when they knew that these students were not involved.

“There is a right way and a wrong way to go about investigating sexual assault. This was the wrong way.”
Regarding the further suspension of the program, from CP via Sportsnet:
"The university does not wish to field a less-than-competitive team whose performance would not meet the expectations of the university community," the university said in a statement.

Following the initial suspension of the team, the school launched an internal investigation and said it would implement new behaviour guidelines. That probe was in addition to a wider report on respect and equality on campus, which the university said it was looking forward to.

"Even though we have reviewed some of our practices and procedures, we feel it is essential to wait for the Task Force on Respect and Equality to submit its report, which is expected shortly," University President Allan Rock said in a statement on the team’s extended suspension.

"Given these circumstances, we feel that this is the best decision."

The announcement came as a shock to team members who were part of the class action against the university, their lawyer said.

"It’s a vindictive decision which adds more damage to the injuries they’ve already caused to these young men’s lives and careers," said Lawrence Greenspon.

"There’s a number of the players who stayed at the University of Ottawa on the understanding and on the word of Mr. Rock that there would be a 2015-2016 hockey season. And the university has now gone back on its word."

Greenspon added that he thought the university’s reasons for not allowing the team to play for another season were "spurious at best."
And from CBC:
"The defendants were more concerned with their fundraising and the image of the University of Ottawa than the damages they would cause to the individuals in the class when they wrongfully suggested to the national media that the plaintiff and the class were involved in criminal activity," the lawsuit said.

It claims the team's coach, Réal Paiement, was "made aware" of the identities of the two team members involved, as was Rock a month later, but the team was suspended during a nationally televised news conference on March 3.

The announcement cast "a dark shadow" over all of the players, some of whom couldn't go to class because of anxiety, some of whom who lost summer jobs and all of whom were "uninvited" from year-end banquets and receptions, according to the lawsuit.
The background stories were pretty good, somewhat given away by their titles. I am likely biased, because I always found Allan Rock to be a spineless weasel who would kiss any @$$ necessary to be a good little liberal. He likely thought that a hockey team would be a safe target, predominantly straight white males who do not listen to Jian Ghomeshi. It would be nice if this were to backfire on him.
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Preview: Jan 23-24: Sask at Bisons

Post by Hollywood2 » Thu Jan 22, 2015 8:54 pm

BISONS HOST MUTTS IN FINAL HOMESTAND

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (10-13-1, 12-14-3, OHT36 #18)
MANITOBA BISONS (12-12-0, 17-14-0, OHT36 #15)


Friday, January 23rd, 7:00 CST
Saturday, January 24th, 6:00 CST


Live Links:
:. [Live Stats Friday] : [Live Stats Saturday]
:. [Video: CanadaWest.tv]

Manitoba Links:
:. [U of M Preview] : [Mike Ridley Awards]
:. [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
:. [Twitter] : [Facebook]

Saskatchewan Links:
:. [U of S Site]
:. [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
:. [Twitter] : [Facebook]

Other Links:
:. [CIS Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links] : [Standings]
:. [CW Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links]
:. [Every Link Re: CIS Hockey]
:. [CIS Top Ten] : [at CW]

Prior games:
:. Oct 10: Man 4 Sask 1: [Game Story] : [LS Summary] : [CW Story/Boxscore]
:. Oct 11: Man 5 Sask 2: [Game Story] : [LS Summary] : [CW Story/Boxscore]


The Bisons are at home this weekend for what may be the final time this hockey season. The guests are the Banjo-Mutts from the land of moonshine and bad grooming. The Bisons are in 5th place, 3 points ahead of the 6th place Mutts.

The two teams faced off back in October at the Rutherdump Arena in Saskatown. The Bisons laid down a couple of sound beatings on the Mutts. It seemed like a big deal at the time, since the Mutts were the reigning runner-up in the University Cup. As it turned out, the Mutts have not been the contender they usually are. The pre-season coach's poll had them #3 in the CW.

The Bisons have clinched a playoff berth. They are now trying to improve their seeding so that they could host a quarter-final series. Sask is one bad weekend away from a nail-biting finish to fend off 7th-place Regina.

Here are a smattering of interesting facts:
• Over the last 5 years, each team has 10 wins against the other. All 10 Bison wins have been in regulation, whilst Sask has 7 regulation and 3 extra time wins.
• Sask has been outscored (badly) this season, 58-72.
• Manitoba has outscored their opponents 71-67.
• Sask has not lost in regulation when holding a period lead. (7-0-1 after the 1st, 6-0-1 after the 2nd.)
• Sask's Coach Adolphe will be the head coach and Manitoba's Coach Sirant the assistant on Team Canada's Universiade team.

Players to watch for the Mangy Ones are Craig McCallum (8th in scoring) and Josh Roach (14th). They have also rotated goaltenders all year with veteran Ryan Holfeld starting game 1 and rookie Jordon Cooke starting game 2 each weekend.

On Saturday night the Bisons will be honouring their seniors. However, sometimes even a senior can return if they re-enroll like Darren Bestland did this year. Other than him, the rest still have eligibility remaining.

ELSEWHERE:

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CALGARY DINOSAURS (16-8-0, 20-10-1, OHT36 #5)
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (4-20-0, 6-24-0, OHT36 #30)


Links:
:. [Video: CanadaWest.tv - Friday only]
:. [U of L Preview Story]
:. [U of C Preview Story]


This series is a home-and-home series, and for Bedrock U it represents their last home game of the season. The H0rny Ones also have an announcement of significance:
The Pronghorn men's hockey program has started a head shave fundraiser campaign in support of teammate Dylan Tait and athletic therapist and equipment manager Brennan Mahon, who were both diagnosed with testicular cancer this year.

On January 30th, 2015 the Men's Hockey Team will be shaving their heads in support of their brothers, Dylan and Brennan in their fight. All donations received will be put towards testicular cancer research and awareness. Donations can be made online at: http://convio.cancer.ca/site/TR?team_id ... vJpGtd9gpA
The Dinos are 1 point ahead of MRU in the race for 2nd place and need all 4 points up for grabs in this series. For Lethbridge, they are playing spoiler. They have been tough at home all year and in fact have 3 home games left, one here and two next weekend against UBC. I suspect they have one win left in them.

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (21-3-0, 27-6-0, OHT36 #1)
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (15-8-1, 20-8-1, OHT36 #9)


Links:
:. [Video: CanadaWest.tv]
:. [MRU Preview Story]
:. [U of A Preview Story]


This is another home-and-home series. The teams meet in Edmontown Friday night and in Calgary on Saturday. The Evil Monkeys have sewn up 1st place. MRU is a point behind Bedrock U and needs points here to have a shot at catching them for 2nd. I am thinking that with the closing schedules at hand, the Dinos have a bigger edge than the one point would imply. It is hard for a team playing Alberta to gain ground on a team playing Lethbridge.

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REGINA COUGARS (7-15-2, 9-21-2, OHT36 #21)
UBC THUNDERBIRDS (11-9-4, 14-10-4, OHT36 #13)


Links:
:. [[no on-line video]] : [CITR]
:. [UBC Preview Story]
:. [Regina Preview Story]


Once again, I have to say it is too bad this series is not scheduled for CanadaWest.tv. Maybe CITR will have on-line audio for us. Since these games will be the last to end, everybody from other time zones could wrap up the evening by following these games.

Much credit has to go out to UBC. They have answered the bell with good results at every challenge so far. Last week they blew one game against Sask but then rebounded with a convincing win. Now their fate is in their hands. If they sweep their final two series against Regina and Lethbridge they will finish at least 4th and will host a quarter-final series.

Whilst Regina cannot catch UBC, they still have a faint hope of catching Sask for a playoff spot. The two teams split their series in Regina, and over the years have split more often than not. Regina and Manitoba will no doubt be cheering for one another this weekend. The Bisons would likely be grateful if the Cougars could hold UBC to 2 points on the series.

OUT EAST:

AUS

Wed Jan 21 Acadia 3 Saint Mary's 4 (ot)
Wed Jan 21 Dalhousie 1 St. F-X 3

Fri Jan 23 Moncton at Acadia
Fri Jan 23 Saint Mary's at St. Thomas
Fri Jan 23 New Brunswick at Dalhousie
Fri Jan 23 St. F-X at UPEI

Sat Jan 24 Moncton at Dalhousie
Sat Jan 24 New Brunswick at Acadia
Sat Jan 24 St. F-X at St. Thomas
Sat Jan 24 Saint Mary's at UPEI

OUA

Wed Jan 21 UOIT 4 RMC 2
Wed Jan 21 Western Ontario 7 Brock 3
Wed Jan 21 Concordia 8 UQTR 5

Thu Jan 22 Waterloo 5 Ryerson 4
Thu Jan 22 Guelph 7 Laurier 2

Fri Jan 23 Western Ontario at York
Fri Jan 23 Queen's at McGill
Fri Jan 23 Laurentian at Nipissing
Fri Jan 23 Windsor at Brock
Fri Jan 23 Lakehead at Toronto

Sat Jan 24 Lakehead at Ryerson
Sat Jan 24 Guelph at Waterloo
Sat Jan 24 Nipissing at Carleton
Sat Jan 24 York at Toronto
Sat Jan 24 UQTR at UOIT
Sat Jan 24 Windsor at Laurier
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Jan 23: Bisons Win On Overtime Night

Post by Hollywood2 » Sat Jan 24, 2015 12:58 am

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 1
MANITOBA BISONS 2

(in overtime)

Links:
:. [CIS Friday Round-Up]
:. [LeagueStat Summary] : [CIS Boxscore] : [CW Boxscore]
:. [U of M Game Story] : [repost at CW] : [repost at U of S]
:. [UM Boxscore (not yet uploaded)]


The Bisons have opened their final homestand of the season with their very first overtime game of the season, and won it!

This was very much like a playoff game. Both sides played sound defence and were very physical. The Bisons had the better of the play, outshooting the Mangy Ones 46-31 on the night. Rookie Byron Spriggs was awarded the start, based on his recent strong performances, over Deven Dubyk. As expected, Sask used their usual Friday night starter, veteran Ryan Holfeld.

On the downside, instead of wearing the first-rate green iniforms they had last year, tonight the Banjo-Mutts wore their crappy all black look, with nearly impossible to read green numbers on the back.

Here's how they lined up:

MANITOBA

Goal:
1 Spriggs (34 Dubyk)

Defence:
22 Bestland - 12 Sutherland
3 Elmes - 6 Paulsen
5 Christensen - 2 Bresciani

Forwards:
20 Lewadniuk - 15 Robinson - 25 Merasty
16 Paradis - 21 Dickin - 27 DePape
10 Dudar = 18 Kelly - 24 Augert
17 Callis - 23 Schreyer - 29 Bruyere

Scratches:
8 Coates - 9 Hunter
11 Mospanchuk - 28 Rous

Saskatchewan

Goal:
31 Holfeld (32 Cooke)

Defence:
3 Cox - 13 Stebner
2 McFaull - 22 Suer
21 Stumborg - 4 Delahey

Forwards:
23 McCallum - 15 Sofillas - 7 Roach
9 Spafford - 10 Thompson - 25 Borstmayer
18 Margeson - 28 Lawrence - 24 Thomas
17 Blair - 20 Aschim - 16 Ross

In the opening period the Mutts got off to a quick start, scoring on their very first shot on goal. Their leading scorer, Criag McCallum, did the honours. His line was on the ice an awful lot throughout the game, often every second or third shift. The period was fairly close on the whole, with shots favouring the Bisons 11-10.

The Bisons took control of the game in the 2nd period, outshooting Sask 14-7. However, it was beginning to look like a night where they would be snake-bit. Holfeld was at the top of his game. And the Mutts managed a couple of good chances on counter-attacks of their own. Then with just 5 seconds left in the period, Jordan DePape tied the game with his 12th goal of the season.

There was no scoring in the 3rd period, where hugh quality scoring chances were few and far between. The Bisons had maybe 3 close calls and Sask one.

In overtime the Mutts never had a sense of urgency. It seemed they would have been happy with a shootout. Instead, with just 11 seconds left in the 3-on-3, Taylor Dickin's one-timer (his 8th) on a loose puck ended the game.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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CALGARY DINOSAURS 9
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1


Links:
:. [LeagueStat Summary] : [CIS Boxscore] : [CW Boxscore]
:. [U of L Game Story/Boxscore] : [repost at CW] : [repost at U of C]


Ugh. This was the final home game for the H0rny Ones, so this was expected to be their best chance at a win to close the season. Disappointing result, but at least they had a full roster. Kris Lazaruk got the in and Damien Ketlo took the one-sided loss.

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MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 2

(in overtime)

Links:
:. [LeagueStat Summary] : [CIS Boxscore] : [CW Boxscore]
:. [U of A Game Story] : [repost at CW]
:. [repost at MRU/boxscore]


The Evil Monkeys got off to dominating start. After the 1st period they led 2-0 and outshot MRU 17-6. Then they apparaently chose to take the night off. They scrounged just 4 shots in the 2nd and 5 in the 3rd as the Kittens forced the game into overtime. Cody Cartier's 2nd goal of the game ended it in overtime with an MRU victory. Cam Lanigan got the win and Kurtis Mu-u-ucha took the loss.

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REGINA COUGARS 3
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 2

(in overtime)

Links:
:. [LeagueStat Summary] : [CIS Boxscore] : [CW Boxscore]
:. [UBC Game Story/Boxscore] : [repost at CW]
:. [U of R Game Story/Boxscore]


You have to give the Banjo-Cats credit for this one. While they were thoroughly outshot throughout the game, they did hang in there and competed hard. Being rewarded with the victory, in the end, seemed appropriate. Lucas Gore got the win (with 40 saves) and Mark Hewitt suffered the loss.

The results keep Regina barely alive. They trail their banjo brethren by 4 points now.

STANDINGS AND HOME STRETCH

Code: Select all

Team           W   L  OL  Pts   23/24  30/31  Pos
Alberta	      21   3   1   43   MRU    Sask   1st
Calgary	      17   8   0   34   Leth   Reg    2nd-3rd
Mount Royal   16   8   1   33   Alta   Man    2nd-3rd
UBC           11   9   5   27   Reg    Leth   4th-6th
Manitoba      13  12   0   26   Sask   MRU    4th-6th
Saskatchewan  10  13   2   22   Man    Alta   4th-7th
Regina         8  15   2   18   UBC    Cal    6th-7th
Lethbridge     4  21   0    8   Cal    UBC    8th
OUT EAST

AUS
Moncton 4 Acadia 6
Saint Mary's 6 St. Thomas 5 (so)
New Brunswick 7 Dalhousie 2
St. F-X 5 UPEI 1

OUA
Western Ontario 0 York 1
Queen's 1 McGill 4
Laurentian 1 Nipissing 4
Windsor 2 Brock 1
Lakehead 3 Toronto 4

NEXT UP

Sat Jan 24 Saskatchewan at Manitoba - 6:00 CST CanadaWest.tv
Sat Jan 24 Lethbridge at Calgary - 6:00 MST
Sat Jan 24 Alberta at Mount Royal - 7:00 MST CanadaWest.tv
Sat Jan 24 Regina at UBC - 7:00 PST CanadaWest.tv

Sat Jan 24 Moncton at Dalhousie
Sat Jan 24 New Brunswick at Acadia
Sat Jan 24 St. F-X at St. Thomas
Sat Jan 24 Saint Mary's at UPEI
Sat Jan 24 Lakehead at Ryerson
Sat Jan 24 Guelph at Waterloo
Sat Jan 24 Nipissing at Carleton
Sat Jan 24 York at Toronto
Sat Jan 24 UQTR at UOIT
Sat Jan 24 Windsor at Laurier
Sat Jan 24 RMC at US Army (non-conference game)

Sun Jan 25 Laurentian at Concordia
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Jan 24: Bisons Bring the Brooms

Post by Hollywood2 » Sat Jan 24, 2015 10:51 pm

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SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2
MANITOBA BISONS 6


Links:
:. [CIS Saturday Round-Up]
:. [LeagueStat Summary]
:. [CIS Boxscore (not yet uploaded)] : [CW Boxscore (not yet uploaded)]
:. [U of M Game Story] : [repost at CW] : [repost at U of S]
:. [UM Boxscore - Friday] : [UM Boxscore - Saturday]


The one part of this game which was vastly superior from Friday was that Sask wore their nice green jerseys instead of those heinous black ones that should have been donated to a beer league team years ago.

Otherwise, the Bisons came out with vim and vigour and put the game away early. Sask put up a fight once down by 4 or 5 goals, but how relevant is that? When the game was close the Bisons played with speed and aggression. The Banjo-Mutts countered by standing still and avoiding contact.

Here's how they lined up:

MANITOBA

Goal:
1 Spriggs (34 Dubyk)

Defence:
22 Bestland - 12 Sutherland
3 Elmes - 6 Paulsen
5 Christensen - 2 Bresciani

Forwards:
20 Lewadniuk - 15 Robinson - 25 Merasty
16 Paradis - 21 Dickin - 27 DePape
10 Dudar - 24 Augert - 8 Coates
18 Kelly - 23 Schreyer - 17 Callis

Scratches:
9 Hunter - 11 Mospanchuk
28 Rous - 29 Bruyere

Saskatchewan

Goal:
32 Cooke - 31 Holfeld

Defence:
3 Cox - 13 Stebner
2 McFaull/25 Borstmayer - 22 Suer
21 Stumborg - 4 Delahey

Forwards:
23 McCallum - 15 Sofillas - 7 Roach
9 Spafford - 10 Thompson - 16 Ross
18 Margeson - 28 Lawrence - 24 Thomas
17 Blair - 20 Aschim

Jordon Cooke got the start for the Mutts, as has been their usual rotation. He played just one period, allowing 4 goals on 11 shots. All were tough chances. Aaron Lewadniuk (11th) converted a 3-way passing play after 2 minutes. Just over a minute later, Brett Dudar (6th) did the same. Josh Roach gave the Mutts some hope mid-way through the period when he scored a soft one on Sask's first shot on goal. (That also happened on Friday.)

IMO the turning point came when Jory Coates (1st) jumped out of the penalty box to join a 2-on-1 rush with Warren Callis. The goal was a bit of a touchdown as he bulled his way through the defence and shoved it down Cooke's throat. Jesse Paradis (5th) rounded out the scoring with a powerplay goal. The shots for the period were 15-4 in favour of the Herd and that stat accurately portrays the domination.

Joel Schreyer (2nd) and Jordan DePape (13th) scored in the 2nd for the Bisons, and Michael Sofillas (7th) scored for the Mutts in 3rd.

The Mutts outshot the Bisons 13-4 in the 3rd period as the Bisons played a "let's get this over with" style. While it makes sense when leading by 5, then 4, goals, it leaves a team vulnerable to penalties and their goaltender vulnerable to an onslaught of rubber. Byron Spriggs was able to handle the action, and gave a strong performance. But in one goal-mouth incident Darren Bestland lost his cool and speared a Mangy Mutt, this earning a 5 minute major and a match penalty. Not good. Especially when the game is well in hand.

Will the Bisons play at home again this season? Well, they must get at least one more point than UBC next weekend. If so, they will host UBC in the quarter-finals. If not, they will be off to British California.

Of note, this is the first losing season for the Mutts since 1996, also the last time they finished below 3rd in the conference. In fact, they have only been as low as 3rd on three occasions since that season. They are now assured to finish 6th, and will play an away quarter-final for the first time. In fact, after losing to the Bisons they would have been watching nervously to see if even a playoff berth was assured.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 0
CALGARY DINOSAURS 4


Links:
:. [LeagueStat Summary] : [CIS Boxscore] : [CW Boxscore]
:. [U of C Game Story/Boxscore] : [repost at CW]
:. [repost at U of L/Boxscore]


In Friday's post, I wrongly stated that Lethbridge had finished their home schedule. In fact, they are at home next weekend against UBC, a series that may decide whether UBC or Manitoba will host their quarter-final series. However, this match was the end of Bedrock U's home schedule.

One has to give credit to the H0rny Ones for showing some gumption and having a respectable score after Friday's whipping. Both sides rotated goaltenders, as Jacob Deserres claimed the shut-out win and Warren Shymko took the loss. Bedrock U has a big edge in race for 2nd. Any combination of two points for them or two points lost by MRU would do it for the Dinos.

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 7
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 1


Links:
:. [LeagueStat Summary] : [CIS Boxscore] : [CW Boxscore]
:. [MRU Game Story/Boxscore] : [repost at CW]
:. [repost at U of A]


After taking two periods on Friday to goof around, throw feces at one another, dance to their organ grinder's music, and generally behave like a monkey should, the Evil Monkeys reverted back to their hockey form to give the Kittens a sound beating and put them in their place ahead of the playoffs. Luke Siemens picked up the win for Saudi Alberta and Dalyn Flette took the loss for MRU.

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REGINA COUGARS 0
UBC THUNDERBIRDS 1


Links:
:. [LeagueStat Summary] : [CIS Boxscore] : [CW Boxscore]
:. [UBC Game Story/Boxscore (not yet posted)]
:. [U of R Game Story/Boxscore]


This was a close-fought game dominated by the goaltenders, Mark Hewitt for UBC and Lucas Gore for the Banjo-Cats. In the end, Regina's lack of scoring did them in. They are 4 points behind Sask with 2 games left, but Sask has won the season series between the teams. So dogs are in and cats are out in Banjoland. The win allowed UBC to jump one point ahead of the Bisons in the race for 4th.

STANDINGS AND HOME STRETCH

[font=financial]Team`````````` W`` L``OL``Pts`` 28/29``Pos
Alberta ``````22`` 3`` 1`` 45`` Sask`` 1st
Calgary ``````18`` 8`` 0`` 36`` Reg````2nd-3rd
Mount Royal`` 16`` 9`` 1`` 33`` Man````2nd-3rd
UBC`````````` 12`` 9`` 5`` 29`` Leth`` 4th-5th
Manitoba``````14``12`` 0`` 28`` MRU````4th-5th
Saskatchewan``10``14`` 2`` 22`` Alta`` 6th
Regina```````` 8``16`` 2`` 18`` Cal````7th
Lethbridge```` 4``22`` 0````8`` UBC````8th[/font]

OUT EAST

AUS
Moncton 10 Dalhousie 3
New Brunswick 1 Acadia 4
St. F-X 3 St. Thomas 1
Saint Mary's 1 UPEI 3

OUA
Lakehead 4 Ryerson 5
Guelph 3 Waterloo 4
Nipissing 2 Carleton 5
York 2 Toronto 3
UQTR 2 UOIT 1
Windsor 0 Laurier 3
RMC 0 US Army 8 nc

NEXT UP

Sun Jan 25 Laurentian at Concordia

Tue Jan 27 Ryerson at Toronto
Tue Jan 27 UOIT at Queen's

Wed Jan 28 St. Thomas at New Brunswick
Wed Jan 28 UPEI at Moncton
Wed Jan 28 McGill at UQTR

Thu Jan 29 Alberta at Saskatchewan - 7:00 CST CanadaWest.tv
Thu Jan 29 Calgary at Regina - 7:00 CST CanadaWest.tv
Thu Jan 29 Manitoba at Mount Royal - 7:00 MST CanadaWest.tv
Thu Jan 29 UBC at Lethbridge - 7:00 MST CanadaWest.tv

Thu Jan 29 Windsor at Western Ontario
Thu Jan 29 Laurier at York
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Jan 25: Sunday Morning Links

Post by Hollywood2 » Sun Jan 25, 2015 10:05 am

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The boxscores have not yet been uploaded to the CIS and CW sites, which is odd. Anyhow, there are some other links and pictures.

Links:
:. ChrisD: [Manitoba Bisons, Sask. Huskies Stir Up Prairie Rivalry]
:. MyToba: [Once teammates, now rivals, still friends]
:. MyToba: [Spriggs backstops Bisons to 2-1 double overtime win over Huskies]
:. MyToba: [Bisons blast Huskies in penalty-filled affair]


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This was board action, featuring Dylan Kelly, from Friday night.

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Taylor Dickin scored in overtime Friday night.

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This is the play where Coates made it 3-1 on Saturday.

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Jordan Depape, the Bisons' leading scorer, on Saturday night.

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Links:
:. [UBC Game Story/Boxscore] : [repost at CW]


The UBC Game Story was uploaded too late for me, which for a PST game is reasonable. Of note, Regina had their own story uploaded first! Good for them. Teams usually repost the home team story.

NEWS

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The news story of the week from the CIS was the resignation of Pierre Lafontaine after just two years. Was he pushed into this? Who knows.

IMO it is too early to tell if he was on the right track. There was a big TV deal with SportsNet. The last two Vanier Cups have been on SportsNet 360, which does not draw the audience of TSN. Last year's basketball and hockey nationals were also on SportsNet 360. Just after acquiring the CIS, SportsNet landed a much bigger fish with the NHL. IMO this reduced their need for CIS programming.

It could be argued that he went too long with SportsNet and, with the market changes caused by the NHL, the CIS would be sitting pretty if they could sign a deal with TSN. If the CIS is stuck on SportsNet 360 it won;t do anything to grow the brand. Do you think TSN would like to show three weeks of football? And one full weekend of basketball? And one of hockey? And one of women's sports on TSN2? Maybe even some conference finals?

I am anxious to see how SportsNet handles the "Super Weekend" with men's and women's hockey and basketball all at once. Maybe it will be a hit and grow the brand. But I think a month long of various CIS events would have done better.

Links:
:. [SportsNetU]
:. [Yahoo!]
:. [CIS Blog]
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Preview: Jan 29-30: Bisons at MRU

Post by Hollywood2 » Thu Jan 29, 2015 5:57 am

FINAL WEEKEND SEES HERD TRAVEL WEST

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MANITOBA BISONS (14-12-0, 19-14-0, OHT36 #15)
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (16-9-1, 21-9-1, OHT36 #8)


Thursday, January 29th, 7:00 MST/ 8:00 CST
Friday, January 30th, 7:00 MST/ 8:00 CST


Live Links:
:. [Live Stats Thursday] : [Live Stats Friday]
:. [Video: CanadaWest.tv]

Manitoba Links:
:. [U of M: Dickin Athlete of the Week]
:. [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
:. [Twitter] : [Facebook]

Mount Royal Links:
:. [MRU Preview Story]
:. [LS Stats] : [LS Schedule/Results]
:. [Twitter] : [Facebook]

Other Links:
:. [CIS Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links] : [Standings]
:. [CW Site] : [Schedule/Results/Links]
:. [Every Link Re: CIS Hockey]
:. [CIS Top Ten] : [at CW]

Late uploads from The Manitoban:
:. [Saskatchewan Series] : [Lethbridge Series]
:. [From there and back again (about Shaq Merasty)]

Prior games:
:. Oct 17: MRU 4 Man 0: [Game Story] : [LS Summary] : [CW Story/Boxscore]
:. Oct 18: Man 1 MRU 0: [Game Story] : [LS Summary] : [CW Story/Boxscore]


The season ends early in the CW this year. And they made it end even one day earlier by moving all the games this weekend to Thursday-Friday. Every series will have both games televised.

This match-up produces the most physical games in the CIS. Both sides tend to recruit big, physical players and when they meet it produces lots of contact. The Bisons picked up some speed this year but the basic format remains the same.

The sides met at the Wayne Fleming Arena back in October and goals were tough to come by. The first game was scoreless until late in the 2nd when MRU took control. They went 2-for-10 on the powerplay, whilst the Bisons went 0-for-8. The rematch was scoreless for 54 minutes until Josh Elmes scored one of his two goals on the season.

When the teams last met, MRU was being led by goaltender Dalyn Flette. Cam Lanigan started game 2 since it was a matinée affair. The Bisons were riding Deven Dubyk. So one thing at which we must look is the goaltending. The Bisons elevated Byron Spriggs to split duty status and then started him both games last weekend against Sask.

When these teams last me they had 10 of the top 20 scorers in the league. They now have just 7, 3 from MRU (Cody Cartier, Tyler Fiddler, and Matthew Brown) and 4 from Manitoba (Jordan DePape, Aaron Lewadniuk, Taylor Dickin, and Shaq Merasty). Cartier sits 3rd and is just 3 points out of 1st.

And for the trivia buffs, some interesting facts:
• Manitoba is 8-2-0 in regular season games against MRU since they entered the CW in 2012-13.
• Manitoba beat MRU 2-1 in the quarter-finals last year.
• The teams have almost identical plus-minus ratings. Both are +9, MRU outscoring their opponents 78-69 and Manitoba outscoring their opponents 79-70.
• Manitoba is now 10-0-0 when leading after 2 periods.
• MRU could still get 2nd place if they get 3 more points than Calgary.
• MRU could still fall to 4th if UBC wins both games against Lethbridge and MRU loses both in regulation.
• Manitoba cannot move down from 5th, but could move up if they get one point more than UBC.

All-in-all, I expect to be seeing MRU play Saskatchewan and Manitoba play UBC in 3 weeks' time.

ELSEWHERE:

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UBC THUNDERBIRDS (12-9-5, 15-10-5, OHT36 #13)
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (4-22-0, 6-26-0, OHT36 #31)


Links:
:. [Video: CanadaWest.tv]
:. [U of L Preview Story]
:. [UBC Preview Story]
:. [CIS hockey team shaving heads to support goalie]
:. [CIS goalie Dylan Tait facing cancer head on]


The eyes of the Bisons will be on this series. A win for Lethbridge would open the door for the Herd to leap-frog UBC and claim 4th place and home ice advantage in the quarter-final round. Otherwise, UBC could assure themselves of 4th place and host a playoff series for the first time since 1971.

Could the H0rny Ones do it?

Well, a couple of things work in their favour.

For one, on Friday they are having a head shave fundraiser to support goaltender Dylan Tait and athletic therapist and equipment manager Brennan Mahon (both diagnosed with testicular cancer this season). There should be some heavy duty karma on their side for that alone. (Check out the linked stories from SportsNet U for background on this.)

Second, they have been a tough team on home ice. And since this is the end of their season one would expect an all-out effort from a hard-working team.

But what about UBC?

In the past they had chances to beat out Calgary for 4th, only to blow it down the stretch. This year they have been steadily racking up the points. Their worst home stretch weekend was the one where they split with the Bisons. In their last 5 series they have 3 points against Calgary, 2 points against Manitoba, 4 points against MRU, then 3 points against each of Sask and Regina.

On the other hand, they have been fortunate beneficiaries of the "loser point" system and have excessive mileage on the goals for and against. Their 12 wins qualifies as "above .500" due to their 5 OTLs. Their GF-GA is also 72-71. Could the bad karma catch up to them?

Anyhow, I wish Dylan Tait well in his battle, which is by far the most important one.

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (22-3-1, 28-6-1, OHT36 #1)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (10-14-2, 12-15-4, OHT36 #18)


Links:
:. [Video: CanadaWest.tv]
:. [U of S Preview Story (with video)] : [repost at CW]
:. [U of A Team Site]


Unfortunately, there will also be a cancer motif to Sask's season home finale. Banjo-Mutt Cody "Marty" Smuk is being joined in his battle by his friends and team-mates, and hopefully lots of Saskatoonites. Fill the barn for Marty!

The Evil Monkeys will be 1st, and Sask will be 6th. Hence this series will not affect the final placements at all. This is Sask's first losing season since

Video: http://youtu.be/VpRnRabq1oY

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CALGARY DINOSAURS (18-8-0, 22-10-1, OHT36 #6)
REGINA COUGARS (8-16-2, 10-22-2, OHT36 #22)


Links:
:. [Video: CanadaWest.tv]
:. [Regina Preview Story]
:. [Calgary Preview Story]


There is a chance for Bedrock U to be bumped out of 2nd place, whilst Regina cannot escape 7th. MRU needs 3 more points than Calgary to catch them. Will Regina be motivated to give it 100%? I am not so sure. Had they beaten UBC last Saturday, I would have given them good odds in this series. As it stands I am guessing at best a split, and the Dinos will have earned their first round bye.

OUT EAST:

AUS

Wed Jan 28 St. Thomas 1 New Brunswick 6
Wed Jan 28 UPEI 2 Moncton 4

Fri Jan 30 Dalhousie at Moncton
Fri Jan 30 Acadia at New Brunswick
Fri Jan 30 St. Thomas at St. F-X
Fri Jan 30 UPEI at Saint Mary's

OUA

Sun Jan 25 Laurentian 4 Concordia 2
Tue Jan 27 Ryerson 2 Toronto 3
Tue Jan 27 UOIT 4 Queen's 6
Wed Jan 28 McGill 5 UQTR 2

Thu Jan 29 Windsor at Western Ontario
Thu Jan 29 Laurier at York

Fri Jan 30 Ryerson at Carleton
Fri Jan 30 Toronto at RMC
Fri Jan 30 Waterloo at Brock
Fri Jan 30 Guelph at Lakehead
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Jan 29: Bisons Blow Opportunity

Post by Hollywood2 » Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:49 pm

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MANITOBA BISONS 2
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3


Links:
:. [CIS Thursday Round-Up]
:. [LeagueStat Summary]
:. [CIS Boxscore] : [CW Boxscore]
:. [MRU Game Story/Boxscore] : [repost at CW]
:. [repost at U of M] : [UM Boxscore]


The Bisons blew a golden opportunity to jump into 4th place. The teams were tied at 1-1 entering the 3rd period. Shaq Merasty scored his second goal of the night in the opening minute of the 3rd period. However, MRU rallied to score twice and then hang on for the win. Kyle Rous replaced Darren Bestland on the Bison defence (due to the latter's match penalty last Saturday) and otherwise the Bison line-up was unchanged.

Dalyn Flette got the win, and Byron Spriggs suffered the loss. Each team had 31 shots.

The Bisons remain one point behind UBC, and MRU is now assured of 3rd place, no higher and no lower.

We'll see if Friday's webcast on CanadaWest.tv comes in. This game did not, so I watched UBC v Lethbridge while checking this one for live stats updates.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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UBC THUNDERBIRDS 3
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4


Links:
:. [LeagueStat Summary] : [CIS Boxscore] : [CW Boxscore]
:. [U of L Game Story/Boxscore] : [repost at CW]
:. [UBC Site (story not yet posted)]


One must give Lethbridge credit for this win. They did not mail it in. In fact, they started fast and at one time held a 3-0 lead. The game was 4-2 when UBC pulled their goaltender with about 2 minutes left. Lethbridge missed an open net, and UBC then scored to make the ending wild. UBC outshot Lethbridge 43-26, but gave up loads of great scoring chances amongst those 26 shots. Warren Shymko got the win and Mark Hewitt5 took the loss. Friday night's rematch should be worth a watch on CanadaWest.tv.

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 2
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 1

(in shootout)

Links:
:. [LeagueStat Summary] : [CIS Boxscore] : [CW Boxscore]
:. [Sask Game Story] : [repost at CW]
:. [Alberta Site (story not yet posted)]


The Monkeys already had 1st place assured, and the Mutts could not rise from 6th. So this was the least important game on the docket. Now lets hope the Rutherdump gets full to rim for Friday's rematch in honour of Cody Smuk and cancer research.

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CALGARY DINOSAURS 2
REGINA COUGARS 1


Links:
:. [LeagueStat Summary] : [CIS Boxscore] : [CW Boxscore]
:. [Regina Game Story/Boxscore] : [repost at CW]
:. [Calgary Site (story not yet posted)]


This win assured Bedrock U of 2nd place. Regina was stuck in 7th heading into the game, so Friday's rematch should lack some sizzle. Kris Lazaruk got the win and Lucas Gore had the loss.

OUT EAST

OUA

Windsor 1 Western Ontario 0
Laurier 5 York 3

NEXT UP

Fri Jan 30 Alberta at Saskatchewan - 7:00 CST CanadaWest.tv
Fri Jan 30 Calgary at Regina - 7:00 CST CanadaWest.tv
Fri Jan 30 Manitoba at Mount Royal - 7:00 MST CanadaWest.tv
Fri Jan 30 UBC at Lethbridge - 7:00 MST CanadaWest.tv

Fri Jan 30 Dalhousie at Moncton
Fri Jan 30 Acadia at New Brunswick
Fri Jan 30 St. Thomas at St. F-X
Fri Jan 30 UPEI at Saint Mary's
Fri Jan 30 Ryerson at Carleton
Fri Jan 30 Toronto at RMC
Fri Jan 30 Waterloo at Brock
Fri Jan 30 Guelph at Lakehead
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Jan 30: Winning Not Enough for the Bisons

Post by Hollywood2 » Sat Jan 31, 2015 1:34 am

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MANITOBA BISONS 4
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3


Links:
:. [CIS Friday Round-Up]
:. [LeagueStat Summary]
:. [CIS Boxscore] : [CW Boxscore]
:. [MRU Farewell Story]
:. [MRU Game Story/Boxscore] : [repost at CW]
:. [repost at U of M] : [UM Boxscore] (links not yet posted)


The Bisons claimed a victory in the final game of the regular season, however it did not allow them to move up from 5th place in the standings. UBC's win gave them 31 points, one more than Manitoba. So when the CW teams return to the ice in 3 weeks the Herd will be off to the Wet Coast in the first series hosted in British California since 1971. More on that later.

The Bisons iced the same line-up as on Thursday, except that Deven Dubyk started in goal. And what he performance he gave, stopping 39 of 42 shots in MRU's best offensive sdhowing against the Bisons all season.

In the 1st period the Bisons staked themselves to a 2-0 lead on goals by Brett Dudar (his 7th) and Jesse Paradis (his 6th). After getting used to the big jump from Junior A to university, Dudar has 5 goals in his last 10 games. He has improved dramtically as the season has progressed. Earlier on he was often scratched.

MRU was not content to get run out of the rink on home ice. The 2nd period was all their's, outshooting the Bisons 18-8 and scoring twice. from Matthew Brown (13th) and Mackenzie Johnston (4th).

With the game on the line in the 3rd period, there was no scoring for over 16 minutes until Aaron Lewadniuk notched is 12th of the season. With time running out, Josh Elmes (his 3rd) scored an empty net shorthanded goal. MRU made the scoreline look a little better when Tanner Olsted scored for the 2nd time this season.

So, that's it for the regular season. The Bisons finish a very respectable 15-13-0. The 5th place finish means that the only way they could play at home in the playoffs would be if they and Saskatchewan meet in the final. Next up will be a trip to UBC for games on February 20th, 21st, and (if required) 22nd.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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UBC THUNDERBIRDS 4
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 0


Links:
:. [LeagueStat Summary]
:. [CIS Boxscore] : [CW Boxscore]
:. [U of L Game Story/Boxscore] : [repost at CW]
:. [UBC Fri Story/Boxscore] : [UBC Sat Story/Boxscore]
:. [Lethbridge Twitter]


UBC's bounce-back victory nullified the Bison victory. The result boosts the 'Birds to 13-10-5. Is that over .500 or under .500? After the game the H0rny Ones all had their heads shaved. Their Twitter feed has links to many photos. Here are a couple:

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Brennan Mahon and Dylan Tait. Good luck, guys!

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Best team photo ever!

Lethbridge has to get loads of credit for a strong performance in this series. First, they achieved a split. And even though they lost this one, they battled UBC hard (only outshot 29-27) and it was a 2-0 game until it was quite late. Both sides switched goaltenders from Thursday night. Eric Williams got the shut-out and Damien Ketlo took the loss.

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2


Links:
:. [LeagueStat Summary]
:. [CIS Boxscore] : [CW Boxscore]
:. [Sask Game Story] : [repost at CW]
:. [reposted at Alberta]


The highlight of this game is that the Mutts raised $3,250 for Marty's Men (the charity drive for Cody Smuk). That's great, considering half the fans rode their tractors to the game!

Neither team could move up or down in the standings in this series, so it did not draw much attention considering these teams met in last year's University Cup final. Luke Siemens got the win and Jordon Cooke took the loss, as both sides continued their season-long rotation pattern in goal. This game was actually a bit more one-sided that it sounds. The Evil Monkeys held a 4-0 lead before Sask's late rally made the scoreline look more respectable.

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CALGARY DINOSAURS 2
REGINA COUGARS 1

(in overtime)

Links:
:. [LeagueStat Summary]
:. [CIS Boxscore] : [CW Boxscore]
:. [Regina Game Story/Boxscore] : [repost at CW]
:. [Thursday repost at U of C] : [Friday repost at U of C]


The Banjo-Cats put up yet another credible performance but still could not claim a win. One has to wonder if they could have picked up at least one win in this series had they the motivation of a playoff opportunity. Jacob DeSerres got he win, and Mitch Kilgore the loss.

OUT EAST

AUS

Dalhousie 2 Moncton 4
Acadia 1 New Brunswick 2 (ot)
St. Thomas 0 St. F-X 4
UPEI 1 Saint Mary's 5

OUA

Ryerson 2 Carleton 5
Toronto 6 RMC 3
Waterloo 4 Brock 2
Guelph 2 Lakehead 8

NEXT UP

Sat Jan 31 Acadia at Moncton
Sat Jan 31 St. Thomas at Saint Mary's
Sat Jan 31 Dalhousie at New Brunswick
Sat Jan 31 UPEI at St. F-X
Sat Jan 31 Nipissing at UQTR
Sat Jan 31 Waterloo at Western Ontario
Sat Jan 31 UOIT at McGill
Sat Jan 31 Toronto at Carleton
Sat Jan 31 Ryerson at RMC
Sat Jan 31 York at Windsor
Sat Jan 31 Guelph at Lakehead
Sat Jan 31 Brock at Laurier
Sat Jan 31 Queen's at Laurentian

Sun Feb 01 UOIT at Concordia

Canada West Playoff Schedule

Fri Feb 20 Saskatchewan at Mount Royal
Fri Feb 20 Manitoba at UBC
Sat Feb 21 Saskatchewan at Mount Royal
Sat Feb 21 Manitoba at UBC
Sun Feb 22 Saskatchewan at Mount Royal (if necessary)
Sun Feb 22 Manitoba at UBC (if necessary)

Fri Feb 27 Higher Quarterfinal Winner at Calgary
Fri Feb 27 Lower Quarterfinal Winner at Alberta
Sat Feb 28 Higher Quarterfinal Winner at Calgary
Sat Feb 28 Lower Quarterfinal Winner at Alberta
Sun Mar 1 Higher Quarterfinal Winner at Calgary (if necessary)
Sun Mar 1 Lower Quarterfinal Winner at Alberta (if necessary)

Thu Mar 5 Semifinal Winners (at higher seed)
Fri Mar 6 Semifinal Winners (at higher seed)
Sat Mar 7 Semifinal Winners (at higher seed) (if necessary)

Thu Mar 12 TBD CIS Championship at Halifax (March 12-15)

Link:
:. [CW Playoff Schedule]
August 8, 1961
HAMILTON TIGER-CATS 38
BUFFALO BILLS 21
The Tiger-Cats are the reigning champions of CFL/NFL football.

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Time for Universiade

Post by Hollywood2 » Sat Jan 31, 2015 7:50 pm

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Although I am not a big fan of the timing of this tournament and the impact it has had on the CW regular season, it is nevertheless a great opportunity for the players selected. And it presents the CIS with a chance to showcase itself as well.

The event takes place in Granada, Spain. Yes, Spain. Winter sports are now taking place in the darndest places. Therefore this tournament gives the sport a chance to make an impression in what is most assuredly a "non-traditional market".

Canada will be on Pool B against Russia, Sweden, and Korea, which seems the toughest pool. 8 of the 11 teams advance to the quarter-final round. Here is their schedule:

Tue Feb 3: Canada v South Korea (10:00 CST)
Thu Feb 5: Canada v Sweden (10:00 CST)
Sat Feb 7: Canada v Russia (10:00 CST)
Wed Feb 11: Quarterfinals (time TBD)
Fri Feb 13: Semi-finals (time TBD)
Sat Feb 14: Bronze (5:00 CST)
Sat Feb 14: Final (9:00 CST)

(all times am)

The CIS has a Twitter account and have tweeted a picture of their Saturday practice. The team was set to travel Saturday night.
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The Bisons are represented by forward Jordan DePape, defenceman Luke Paulsen, and coach Mike Sirant. The full roster and other stuff is at the links.

Links:
:. [CIS Universiade Page]
:. [Canada International Twitter]
:. [FISU Site] : [FISU Hockey] : [News]
:. [Granada 2015 Site]
:. [Tournament Men's Hockey Daily Schedules]
:. [IIHF Story] : [CIS announcement]
:. [CW Team Announcement]
:. [Wikipedia Page]
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Feb 3: Canada Crushes Korea

Post by Hollywood2 » Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:17 pm

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CANADA 11
SOUTH KOREA 1


Links:
:. [CIS Team Page]
:. [Canada International Twitter]
:. [FISU.net Daily Story]
:. [Granada 2015 Men's Hockey Daily Schedules]
:. [Game Summary]


A big win over South Korea may not be a cause for a parade. But you have to win games like this by as many goals as possible to be assured of advancing.

The game was 1-1 after the 1st period, even though the shots on goal were 25-4 in favour of Canada. So, not to worry. Eventually the shots turned into goals, 4 in the 2nd period and 6 more in the 3rd. Ryan Holfeld started in goal and replaced by Kris Lazaruk mid-way through the 2nd period.

The other scores were:
Kazakhstan 3 Japan 2
Russia 5 Sweden 1

Wednesday's schedule is:
Slovakia v Czech Republic
China v Spain
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Feb 4: Day off for TC

Post by Hollywood2 » Wed Feb 04, 2015 5:23 pm

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First, there are some new links and a photo from Tuesday's game.

Links:
:. [CIS Game Story]
:. [PDF Box Score]


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Second, this was a light day with just two men's games and one women's game. Here are the scores:

Slovakia 3 Czech Republic 6
China 0 Spain 8

Women's:
Canada 7 Kazakhstan 1

Thursday's games:

Russia v South Korea
Canada v Sweden
United States v Japan

Women's:
United States v China
Japan v Spain

Apparently, the games are on-line:
http://www.fisu.tv/

And if that is not working, the Twitter has updates:
https://twitter.com/CDNUniversiade
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Feb 5: Don Cherry Is Happy!

Post by Hollywood2 » Thu Feb 05, 2015 5:35 pm

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CANADA 7
SWEDEN 0


Links:
:. [CIS Game Story] : [PDF Box Score]
:. [Canada International Twitter]
:. [FISU.net Daily Story]
:. [Granada 2015 Men's Hockey Daily Schedules]
:. [Game Summary]


The good Canadian boys showed the Swedes what hockey is all about. I doubt that the Swedes even once went into a corner. Jordan Hickmott scored twice and Ryan Holfeld recorded the shutout. Canada dominated the shots, 59-10. Canada is 2-0 and will advance with Russia from the pool. Sweden is 0-2 and must beat South Korea.

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It was also a rough day for the Yanks. The other scores were:
Russia 13 South Korea 0
United States 2 Japan 3

Women's scores:
United States 1 China 2
Japan 11 Spain 0

Friday's schedule is:
Spain v Czech Republic
Slovakia v China

Women's:
Russia v Kazakhstan
August 8, 1961
HAMILTON TIGER-CATS 38
BUFFALO BILLS 21
The Tiger-Cats are the reigning champions of CFL/NFL football.

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