Feb 13: Bisons Win, Finish 4th
Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2016 2:22 am
MANITOBA BISONS 5
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 2
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW] : [UofM*]
Stories: [UBC] : [rp @CW*] : [rp @UofM*]
While attending a show by Winnipeg punk rockers Propagandhi, I was following the LeagueStat scoreboard, much to my delight. Coach Sirant must have shipped his last bottle of Viagra to the H0rny Ones to help them beat the Dinos. Then his own charges took care of the rest.
The striking aspect of the summary is that Justin Paulic had a great night. He was first star and made 23 saves on 25 shots through two periods. Then the Bisons slammed the door in the 3rd, yielding just 5 shots whilst holding a 3-2, then a 4-2, and finally a 5-2 lead.
Jordyn Boyd (his 2nd) and Jordan DePape (his 19th) gave the Bisons a 2-0 1st period lead. Jessi Hilton (his 6th) put the Birds on the board before the period was over.
In the 2nd period, Kyle Becker (his 4th) made it a 2-2 game. However, Liam Bilton (his 9th) restored the lead for the Bisons. At that point, the shots were 25-14 in favour of UBC.
The 3rd period saw the Bisons go into shutdown mode. Giving up only 5 shots will usually preserve a lead. Brett Stovin scored his 12th and Shaw Merasty his 14th to insure the victory, and 4th place. When your best players are your best players, you usually win.
UBC also went away from their goaltending rotation, starting Eric Williams once again. He stopped 17 of 22 shots. In contrast, the Bisons continued their rotation, switching from Spriggs to Paulic.
As an added bonus, Jordan DePape wrapped up the conference scoring title.
CALGARY DINOSAURS 2
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 5
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofL] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofC]
After Friday's loss the Bisons needed some help from the H0rny Ones. And it looks like they have Dylan Tait to thank. He backstopped the Horns to victory by stopping 43 of the 45 shots he faced. The game turned around in the 2nd period when Bedrock U outshot the Horns 20-10, yet were outscored 3-0. Steven Stanford took the loss for the Dinos. Lethbridge was led offensively by Mitch Makin, who scored his first two goals of the season to be the unlikely leader. Bedrock also dressed just 19 players for the game. Mr. Slate will not be happy with this.
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 0
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 2
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW*]
Stories: [UofA] : [rp @CW] : [rp @MRU]
This was a very atypical victory for the Evil Monkeys. It was a low scoring, low shots on goal kind of a game. The shots were just 22-20 in favour of the Monkeys. The only goals were a powerplay goal in the last minute of the 1st period and an empty-netter. Luke Siemens got the shutout victory and Chris Collins took the loss for the Bluegars. MRU is a good defensive team, so they should have been comfortable with this style of play. There must be some level of disappointment for MRU, after losing the race for 2nd to Calgary last year and Alberta this year, and having the lead in both cases late in the season.
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3
REGINA COUGARS 4
Boxscores: [CIS] : [CW*]
Stories: [UofR] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofS]
There is joy in Regina as a dismal season ends with a win in the Battle of the Banjos. I hear that for the win the Regina campus will get one roll of store-bought toilet paper for each outhouse, courtesy of Premier Wall. Combined with new kazoos for their symphony orchestra, things are really looking up in Regina.
In goal, Mitch Kilgore got the win and Blake Voth took the loss, each making 27 saves in a very tight game. Regina built a 3-0 lead in the 1st period but by the end of the 2nd it was 3-3. The Mutts tied the game at the 19:32 mark and there must have been quite the brouhaha afterwards. Each team had two players get 4 minutes for roughing and a 10 minute misconduct.
Sat Feb 13
Waterloo 5 W. Ontario 2
Laurier 3 Lakehead 4
R.M.C. 0 Carleton 8
Nipissing 2 U.O.I.T. 3 (ot)
York 1 Toronto 4
Laurentian 0 Queen's 4
Playoff schedules are TBA. The match-ups are like this:
Byes: Saskatchewan and Alberta
Mount Royal v UBC
Manitoba v Calgary
York v Toronto
W. Ontario v Laurier
Huelph v Ryerson
Waterloo v Windsor
UQTR v Laurentian
McGill v Concordia
Carleton v Nipissing
Queen's v UOIT
Byes: New Brunsiwck and St. FX
Acadia v UPEI
Saint Mary's v Moncton