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Preview: Feb 9-10: Manitoba at Calgary

Post by Hollywood2 » Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:11 pm

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MANITOBA BISONS (16-8-2, 20-12-3, OHT35 #6)
CALGARY DINOS (13-8-5, 10-13-3*, 19-10-6, OHT35 #12)
(*Record adjusted for Calgary's forfeits.)

Feb 9 7:00 MST/8:00 CST at Father David Bauer Arena
Feb 10 2:00 MST/3:00 CST at Father David Bauer Arena


Live Links:

• Video: [CanadaWest.tv] (all games)
• Friday: [Live Stats] ∞ [Hockey Tech]
• Saturday: [Live Stats] ∞ [Hockey Tech]

Manitoba Links:
• GoBisons: [Team Site]
• Manitoban: [Bisons stampede over Pronghorns at home]
• Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
• CW: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
• LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

Calgary Links:
• Team: [Dinos eye playoff spot in final weekend of the season]
• Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
• CW: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
• LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

Prior Games:
Nov 24: UofM 3 UofC 2: [UofM Game Story] ∞ [LeagueStat]
Nov 25: UofC 4 UofM 0: [UofM Game Story] ∞ [LeagueStat]

Other Links:
• [USports] ∞ [US Schedule/Links]
• [US Standings] ∞ [Top Ten]
• [CW Site] ∞ [CW Schedule]
• [CW Stats] ∞ [Media Access]
• [Tuesday Morning Skate: Week 14, February 6th 2018]

So the final weekend of the regular season is upon is, and the Bisons are off to the Town of Bedrock. And precious little suspense awaits us. The Bisons are 3rd, and could move up to 2nd only if they win both, and Saskatchewan loses both in regulation time. On the other hand, if UBC sweeps Alberta, and the Bisons lose both in regulation. Meanwhile, Bedrock U will hang on to 6th if they get one point, or if Lethbridge drops a point. Or with two wins they could vault over MRU if they can gain 3 points on them. So movement in the standings is possible, but only with a lot of sweeps.

Over the last 5 years, the Bisons are 8-7-3 against the Dinos, so I guess a split is the expected result. If so, the Dinos will visit the U of M for a playoff series next weekend.

On a side note, Michael St. Croix (12-22-34) sits just 3 points off the league lead in the scoring race.

ELSEWHERE

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REGINA COUGARS (3-21-2, 5-25-2, OHT35 #34)
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (7-16-3, 8-15-3*, 11-21-3, OHT35 #24)
(*Record adjusted for Calgary's forfeits.)

Links:

UofL: [Pronghorns face must win and need help]
UofR: [Team Site]

What can you say about these two disappointing teams? They have both hit the skids in the 2nd semester. Regina is now on a 12-game losing streak. Lethbridge is on an 8-game losing streak. Ugh.

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (22-3-1, 29-4-1, OHT35 #1)
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (13-12-1, 15-10-1*, 16-13-1, OHT35 #13)
(*Record adjusted for Calgary's forfeits.)

Links:

UBC: [‘Birds host top-ranked Alberta in regular season finale]
UofA: [Team Site]
CW: [Alumni Spotlight: Fate took Antons to Kamloops, then UBC]

After a mid-season push from the Banjo Mutts, the Evil Monkeys have rebounded with style and have now wrapped up first place. They now have 9 of the top 20 scorers in the CW. So can UBC stop them? Well, Saudi Alberta has nothing at stake this weekend, whilst British California could still vault into 3rd place with a sweep and some help. So the impetus lies with the T-irds.

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MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (12-12-2, 13-14-2, OHT35 #18)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (18-7-1, 19-10-1, OHT35 #5)

Links:

UofS: [Men's hockey closes season against Mount Royal at home]
UofS: [Game Notes (pdf)]
MRU: [Team Site]

After a 10-1 roll, the Banjo Mutts have hit a 4-game skid. They vaulted into contention for 1st place and now need a point to be assured 2nd place and a quarter-final bye. The Bluegars are a capable team. However, they have not quite hit their stride this year. I have seen a number of their games on-line and they can play with anybody.

OUT EAST

Ontario
Feb 04 U.Q.T.R. 0 Ottawa 4
Feb 07 Laurier 4 Waterloo 2
Feb 08 Windsor at W. Ontario
Feb 08 York at Guelph
Feb 09 Guelph at Ryerson
Feb 09 Laurentian at U.O.I.T.
Feb 09 McGill at Concordia
Feb 09 Queen's at Ottawa
Feb 09 Toronto at Brock
Feb 09 U.Q.T.R. at Carleton
Feb 09 Waterloo at Lakehead
Feb 09 R.M.C. at Nipissing
Feb 10 Brock at Ryerson
Feb 10 Carleton at Concordia
Feb 10 Laurier at Lakehead
Feb 10 Nipissing at Queen's
Feb 10 R.M.C. at Laurentian
Feb 10 Toronto at York
Feb 10 U.O.I.T. at Ottawa
Feb 10 W. Ontario at Windsor

Atlantic
Feb 08 Saint Mary's at Moncton
Feb 09 Dalhousie at U.P.E.I.
Feb 09 St. F.X. at New Brunswick
Feb 09 Saint Mary's at Acadia
Feb 10 Acadia at Moncton
Feb 10 Dalhousie at New Brunswick
Feb 10 St. F.X. at U.P.E.I.

Links:

• [US Presto S&R]
• [OUA S&R]
• [AUS S&R]
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Supplementary Preview: Feb 8

Post by Hollywood2 » Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:26 pm

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• GoBisons: [No. 9 Bison men’s hockey team remains in third place and travel to Calgary on Feb. 9-10 in last two games of regular season]

The UofM got a weekend preview story posted. Still nothing from Regina, Alberta, or MRU.

OUT EAST

Since we are headed into the final weekend of the season, here are the standings out east:

Atlantic

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Ontario

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NOTE: UQTR forfeited 8 wins and 3 OT losses (19 pts) for using an ineligible player. The teams that benefited are: Lakehead (4 pts), Laurentian (4), Nipissing (3), Carleton (2), Queen's (2).
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Feb 9: Bisons Mail One In, Playoff Picture Almost Complete

Post by Hollywood2 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:25 am

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MANITOBA BISONS 1
CALGARY DINOSAURS 5


Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [Coach's View] : [UofM*]
Stories: [UofC (with videos)] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofM*]

I never got to see much of this due to driving around and trying to catch some of the Jets' game. However, from what I saw the Bisons mailed this one in. The shots on goal were 36-33 for Bedrock U, so the gap was not as large as the score might indicate. Of note, Shawn Bowles played for the first time since Nov 24th (against Calgary) and Brett Dudar returned for the first time this season. He hasn't even been on the roster until now. Byron Spriggs started and took the loss (24 saves on 28 shots) but was removed in favour of Dasan Sydora (7 saves on 8 shots) to start the 3rd period.

Bedrock U was led by Drydn Dow (with two goals) and Jordan Papirny got the win with 32 saves on 33 shots.

Saturday's rematch goes at 2:00 MST or 3:00 CST.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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REGINA COUGARS 2
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 5


Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofL] : [rp @CW] : [UofR]

One slump had to end in this one, and the Hørny Ønes were the fortunate ones. But since Calgary won, Lethbridge is toast. The Banjo Cats dressed just 16 players. Dawson MacAuley stopped 48 of 53 shots to take the loss. Garret Hughson stopped 37 of 39 for the win.

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MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4


Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofS] : [rp @CW] : [rp @MRU]

This win wrapped up second place for the Banjo Mutts, and by extension third place for the Bisons. It also left the Bluegars' hold on fifth place vulnerable to a challenge by the Dinos. Josh Roach scored two for the winners, and Jamal Watson scored twice for the losers. Jordon Cooke stopped 25 of 27 shots for the win. Cam Lanigan stopped 34 of 37 shots in the loss.

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 4

(in overtime)

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UBC] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofA*]

The Evil Monkeys came out and dominated the T-irds, outshooting them 22-4 in the 1st period. But they only had a 2-1 lead. UBC evened the score at 3-3 by the end of the 2nd, wherein they outshot Alberta 10-7. So the stage was set for a good 3rd period. The Monkeys reverted to form and dominated with an 11-4 shots advantage. Yet after each side scored once, it was off to overtime. Graeme Craig scored twice for Apes, and Carter Popoff did likewise for the T-irds. Zach Sawchenko got the win, and Matt Hewitt took the loss. The loss also means that UBC will remain stuck in 4th place.

STANDINGS

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OUT EAST

Ontario
Feb 08 Windsor 5 W. Ontario 3
Feb 08 York 2 Guelph 6
Feb 09 Guelph 6 Ryerson 2
Feb 09 Laurentian 1 U.O.I.T. 5
Feb 09 McGill 3 Concordia 4 (so)
Feb 09 Queen's 1 Ottawa 4
Feb 09 Toronto 1 Brock 3
Feb 09 U.Q.T.R. 2 Carleton 4
Feb 09 Waterloo 4 Lakehead 5 (ot)
Feb 09 R.M.C. 4 Nipissing 3 (ot)

Atlantic
Feb 08 Saint Mary's 5 Moncton 1
Feb 09 Dalhousie 3 U.P.E.I. 6
Feb 09 St. F.X. 2 New Brunswick 5
Feb 09 Saint Mary's 0 Acadia 3

Links:
• [US/CIS S&R]
• [OUA S&R]
• [AUS S&R]


NEXT UP

Canada West
Feb 10 Alberta at U.B.C. (2:00 PST)
Feb 10 Manitoba at Calgary (2:00 MST)
Feb 10 Mount Royal at Saskatchewan (7:00 CST)
Feb 10 Regina at Lethbridge (1:00 MST)

Atlantic
Feb 10 Acadia at Moncton
Feb 10 Dalhousie at New Brunswick
Feb 10 St. F.X. at U.P.E.I.

Ontario
Feb 10 Brock at Ryerson
Feb 10 Carleton at Concordia
Feb 10 Laurier at Lakehead
Feb 10 Nipissing at Queen's
Feb 10 R.M.C. at Laurentian
Feb 10 Toronto at York
Feb 10 U.O.I.T. at Ottawa
Feb 10 W. Ontario at Windsor

end of the regular season

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Feb 10: Bisons Lose, Host Playoffs Friday

Post by Hollywood2 » Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:24 am

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MANITOBA BISONS 1
CALGARY DINOSAURS 4


Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [Coach's View] : [UofM*]
Stories: [UofC] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofM*]
Friday late stories: [rp @UofM]
Friday late boxscore: [UofM]

This was a non-event. A blah matinee where the CanadaWest.tv feed went AWOL in the 2nd intermission. The Herd was not playing with the edge they need. They went with backup goaltender Dasan Sydora, who was so-so with 24 saves on 28 shots. Chris Collins and Logan Fisher had two goals each for Bedrock U, and Michael St. Croix had the sole marker for the Bisons. Matthew Greenfield faced just 18 shots for the win. Entering the night, all that was left to be decided in the final standings was 5th and 6th places. This win vaulted Calgary into 5th (where they would face UBC instead of Manitoba in the quarter-finals) pending MRU's evening game.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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REGINA COUGARS 6
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4


Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofL] : [rp @CW] : [UofR]

Well, each team broke their slump this weekend. And this win for the Banjo Kittens helped them avoid a 2nd half whitewash. They were short-staffed (down 3 bodies for this one) yet again. The Hørny Ønes outshot Regina 47-28. However, Michael Herringer stopped 43 of those shots and Cody Fowlie racked up a hattrick (to give him 11 goals on the season) to lead the way. Meanwhile, Lethbridge gave back-up Ty Edmonds a start, and he stopped 13 of 18 shots. Regina led the game 5-3 entering the 3rd period. But Lethbridge showed some resolve, outshooting them 19-5. Howvever, all they could do was claw to within 1 goal before an empty-netter put it away.

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ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 3
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 4


Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UBC] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofA]

The T-irds successfully fooled themselves into thinking they were a good team once their embarassing losses to Bedrock got turned into forfeit wins. They managed a split against the Evil Monkeys, against whom they are on a playoff collision course. The CanadaWest.tv audio was MIA, and then was gone altogether. But the Monkeys did outshoot them 39-23. Rylan Toth got the win, and Brendan Burke took the loss.

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MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 7


Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UofS] : [rp @CW] : [rp @MRU]

This was the CW's only evening game on this the final day of the regular season. Sask was assured of 2nd place and MRU knew they would get 5th with a win (and play UBC) or 6th with a loss (and play Manitoba). The shots were closer than the score, at 33-28 in favour of the Banjo Mutts. Each side got their backup goaltender some playing time. The Bluegars went with Wyatt Hoflin and the Mutts with Taran Kozun. Carson Stadnyk scored the Mutts' first two goals, then John Lawrence scored the next two. Combined, those goals gave the Mutts a 4 goal lead just 5 minutes into the 2nd period.

STANDINGS

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OUT EAST

Ontario

Feb 10 Brock 3 Ryerson 0
Feb 10 Carleton 2 Concordia 4
Feb 10 Laurier 4 Lakehead 1
Feb 10 Nipissing 0 Queen's 5
Feb 10 R.M.C. 2 Laurentian 5
Feb 10 Toronto 1 York 6
Feb 10 U.O.I.T. 3 Ottawa 4 (ot)
Feb 10 W. Ontario 1 Windsor 7

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Atlantic

Feb 10 Acadia 3 Moncton 2
Feb 10 Dalhousie 1 New Brunswick 4
Feb 10 St. F.X. 0 U.P.E.I. 5

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Links:
• [US/CIS S&R]
• [OUA S&R]
• [AUS S&R]


NEXT UP

Canada West

Feb 16 Mount Royal at Manitoba
Feb 16 Calgary at U.B.C.
Feb 17 Mount Royal at Manitoba
Feb 17 Calgary at U.B.C.
Feb 18 Mount Royal at Manitoba (if necessary)
Feb 18 Calgary at U.B.C. (if necessary)

Byes: Alberta and Saskatchewan

Atlantic

TBA

Ontario

TBA

Links:
• [US/CIS Playoffs S&R]
• [CW All S&R]
• [OUA Playoffs S&R]
• [AUS S&R]


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Update

Post by Hollywood2 » Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:00 pm

STANDINGS

The conference sites differ from the USports site in the OUA West and AUS tiebreakers in the final standings. Here are the revisions.

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NEXT UP

We also have a quarter-final playoff schedule from the AUS, also added to the USports site. Here's the revised "Next Up" section:

Canada West

Feb 16 Mount Royal at Manitoba 7:00 CST
Feb 16 Calgary at U.B.C. 7:30 PST
Feb 17 Mount Royal at Manitoba 7:00 CST
Feb 17 Calgary at U.B.C. 7:30 PST
Feb 18 Mount Royal at Manitoba 6:00 CST (if necessary)
Feb 18 Calgary at U.B.C. 5:30 PST (if necessary)

Byes: Alberta and Saskatchewan

Atlantic

Feb 14 U.P.E.I. at Saint Mary's 7:00 AST
Feb 14 Dalhousie at Acadia 7:00 AST
Feb 16 Saint Mary's at U.P.E.I. 7:00 AST
Feb 16 Acadia at Dalhousie 7:00 AST
Feb 18 U.P.E.I. at Saint Mary's 7:00 AST (if necessary)
Feb 18 Dalhousie at Acadia 7:00 AST (if necessary)

Byes: New Brunswick and St. F.X.

Ontario

TBA

Links:
• [US/CIS Playoffs S&R]
• [CW All S&R]
• [OUA Playoffs S&R]
• [AUS S&R]
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Week #15 - Feb 10/18

Post by Hollywood2 » Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:04 pm

THE OFFICIAL HOLLYWOOD TOP 35 #15
to Feb 10/18 (end of regular season)
Being the final ranking of the regular season, it was necessary to re-evaluate a lot of results and move teams to their final resting place. Two teams went up a level, and four moved down. The race for 1st was as close as possible. And most teams wound up being ranked as called for by the average of averages (“AOA”) ranking.

THE SCORES:

Feb 07 Laurier 4 Waterloo 2
Feb 08 Saint Mary's 5 Moncton 1
Feb 08 Windsor 5 W. Ontario 3
Feb 08 York 2 Guelph 6
Feb 09 Alberta 5 U.B.C. 4 (ot)
Feb 09 Manitoba 1 Calgary 5
Feb 09 Mount Royal 2 Saskatchewan 4
Feb 09 Regina 2 Lethbridge 5
Feb 09 Dalhousie 3 U.P.E.I. 6
Feb 09 St. F.X. 2 New Brunswick 5
Feb 09 Saint Mary's 0 Acadia 3
Feb 09 Guelph 6 Ryerson 2
Feb 09 Laurentian 1 U.O.I.T. 5
Feb 09 McGill 3 Concordia 4 (so)
Feb 09 Queen's 1 Ottawa 4
Feb 09 Toronto 1 Brock 3
Feb 09 U.Q.T.R. 2 Carleton 4
Feb 09 Waterloo 4 Lakehead 5 (ot)
Feb 09 R.M.C. 4 Nipissing 3 (ot)
Feb 10 Alberta 3 U.B.C. 4
Feb 10 Manitoba 1 Calgary 4
Feb 10 Mount Royal 2 Saskatchewan 7
Feb 10 Regina 6 Lethbridge 4
Feb 10 Acadia 3 Moncton 2
Feb 10 Dalhousie 1 New Brunswick 4
Feb 10 St. F.X. 0 U.P.E.I. 5
Feb 10 Brock 3 Ryerson 0
Feb 10 Carleton 2 Concordia 4
Feb 10 Laurier 4 Lakehead 1
Feb 10 Nipissing 0 Queen's 5
Feb 10 R.M.C. 2 Laurentian 5
Feb 10 Toronto 1 York 6
Feb 10 U.O.I.T. 3 Ottawa 4 (ot)
Feb 10 W. Ontario 1 Windsor 7

THE TABLE:

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* indicates total includes a tie game
Conf. indicates overall conference record
Con-x indicates exhibition record within conference
CIS-x indicates exhibition record within CIS but outside conference
CIS indicates regular season and exhibition record against CIS teams
Other indicates record against non-CIS teams
Total indicates record against all teams
∞ In the official standings, Calgary were penalized 2 wins against UBC, a win and OTL against Lethbridge, and an OTL against Alberta for use of an ineligible player. And UQTR was penalized 2 wins against Nipissing, Lakehead, Laurentian, a win and OTL against Queen's, two OTLs against RMC, and a win over Carleton.


Table for interconference play.

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Table for comparative rankings skew.

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Lethbridge tumbled from C+ to C and this change had reverberations throughout the CW, and caused UBC to tumble from B to C+. Also dropping from B to C+ were Ryerson and Queen's. Those dropping teams are in red. The promoted teams (in green) are Ottawa and UPEI.

There are a few notable exceptions to the AOA rankings. Concordia, Carleton, and Ottawa get knocked down a bit in the OUA East. Guelph makes a major jump and Brock takes a tumble in the OUA west. The AUS and CW, with balanced schedules, generally get a reasonable internal ranking by the AOA calculation.

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Preview: Feb 16-18: Mount Royal at Manitoba (qf)

Post by Hollywood2 » Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:57 pm

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MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (12-14-2, 13-16-2, OHT35 #17)
MANITOBA BISONS (16-10-2, 20-14-3, OHT35 #10)

Feb 16 7:00 CST at Wayne Fleming Arena
Feb 17 7:00 CST at Wayne Fleming Arena
Feb 18 6:00 CST at Wayne Fleming Arena (if required)


Live Links:

• Video: [CanadaWest.tv] (all games)
• Audio: [101.5 UMFM] ∞ [second stream]
• Friday: [Live Stats] ∞ [Hockey Tech]
• Saturday: [Live Stats] ∞ [Hockey Tech]

Manitoba Links:
• GoBisons: [Bison men’s hockey team host Mount Royal ...]
• Free Press: [Plenty of ice for playoff-bound Bisons] (story on Adam Henry)
• Manitoban: [Bisons welcome Mount Royal to town for playoffs]
• Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
• CW: [Alumni Spotlight: Cara maximizing lessons learned on and off the ice]
• CW: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
• LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

M.R.U. Links:
• Team: [Team Site]
• Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
• CW: [Stats]∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
• LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

Prior Games:
Oct 27: UofM 4 MRU 1: [UofM Game Story] ∞ [LeagueStat]
Oct 28: UofM 3 MRU 2: [UofM Game Story] ∞ [LeagueStat]
Jan 19: MRU 4 UofM 3: [UofM Game Story] ∞ [LeagueStat]
Jan 20: UofM 1 MRU 0: [UofM Game Story] ∞ [LeagueStat]

Other Links:
• [USports] ∞ [US Playoff Schedule/Links]
• [US Standings] ∞ [US Schedule/Links][Top Ten]
• [CW Site] ∞ [CW Schedule]
• [CW Stats] ∞ [Media Access]

The playoffs have arrived, and as always it seems so soon. The Bisons face the Bluegars for the third time in a playoff series. Last year the Bluegars hosted and won 2-1 and in 2014 the Bisons hosted and also won 2-1.

This season was significant for the Bisons in this rivalry as it turned around two years of Bluegar dominance. In 2015-16 and 2016-17 the Bluegars won all 8 games, plus the aforesaid playoff series. This season, the Bisons reversed the trend and won 3 out of 4.

The Bisons improved somewhat in the 2nd half of the season, going from 7-5-2 to 9-5-0. MRU was a steady 6-7-1 in both halves.

The series is not a foregone conclusion, however it is one the Bisons should be able to win.

ELSEWHERE

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CALGARY DINOS (15-8-5, 12-13-3*, 21-10-6, OHT35 #9)
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (14-12-2, 16-10-2*, 17-13-2, OHT35 #15)
(*Record adjusted for Calgary's forfeits.)

Links:

UBC: [‘Birds host Dinos to open Canada West playoffs]
UofC: [Streaking Dinos hit the west coast for playoffs]

If not for the Dinos' forfeitures, they would be hosting this series in the Town of Bedrock. So I guess in the end all is fair. The odd thing is that once the T-irds got their two free wins over the Dinos, they suddenly thought themselves to be worthy and started playing like a winner. They went from 5-8-1 in the 1st half to 9-4-1 in the 2nd half. And that 2nd half started with two losses to the Bisons. Calgary was fairly consistent, going 7-4-3 in the 1st half and 8-4-2 in the 2nd half. Although UBC is the host, and although they have been hot down the stretch, IMO the Dinos are the favourites in this one.

OUT EAST

All series are best-of-three.

Ontario
Feb 14 Concordia 4 U.O.I.T. 1
Feb 14 McGill 5 Laurentian 2
Feb 14 Ottawa 2 Carleton 3 (ot)
Feb 14 Queen's 4 Nipissing 3 (ot)
Feb 14 Brock 3 Laurier 0
Feb 14 W. Ontario 2 Ryerson 4
Feb 15 Windsor at Guelph 7:30 EST
Feb 15 York at Lakehead 7:00 EST
Feb 16 Carleton at Ottawa 7:30 EST
Feb 16 Laurier at Brock 7:15 EST
Feb 16 Nipissing at Queen's 7:30 EST
Feb 16 Ryerson at W. Ontario 7:00 EST
Feb 16 U.O.I.T. at Concordia 7:30 EST
Feb 17 Guelph at Windsor 7:30 EST
Feb 17 Lakehead at York 7:00 EST
Feb 17 Laurentian at McGill 7:00 EST
Feb 17 Nipissing at Queen's 7:30 EST
Feb 17 U.O.I.T. at Concordia 7:30 EST
Feb 18 Brock at Laurier 7:07 EST
Feb 18 Lakehead at York 7:00 EST
Feb 18 Laurentian at McGill 7:00 EST
Feb 18 Ottawa at Carleton 7:00 EST
Feb 18 W. Ontario at Ryerson 7:15 EST
Feb 18 Windsor at Guelph 7:30 EST

Atlantic
Feb 14 Dalhousie 2 Acadia 5
Feb 14 U.P.E.I. 2 Saint Mary's 6
Feb 16 Acadia at Dalhousie 7:00 AST
Feb 16 Saint Mary's at U.P.E.I. 7:00 AST
Feb 18 Dalhousie at Acadia 7:00 AST
Feb 18 U.P.E.I. at Saint Mary's 7:00 AST

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• [US Presto S&R]
• [OUA S&R]
• [AUS S&R]
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HAMILTON TIGER-CATS 38
BUFFALO BILLS 21
The Tiger-Cats are the reigning champions of CFL/NFL football.

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Feb 16: Bluegars edge Bisons in Game 1

Post by Hollywood2 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:10 pm

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MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3
MANITOBA BISONS 2


Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [Coach's View] : [UofM]
Stories: [UofM] : [rp @CW] : [rp @MRU]

This was a tough loss, determined by a goal in the final minute of play. There was a fair amount of tension in typical playoff fashion. The Bisons "fine motor skills" appeared lacking. Maybe they were too tense, but they had trouble putting passes on sticks and hitting the net with shots. These teams had many hard-hitting games in the past, when they were IMO the two biggest teams in the conference. The teams are not as big as they once were but still could use the body.

Here's how they lined up:

Manitoba

Goal
35 Spriggs (34 Sydora)

Defence
2 Henry - 3 Christensen
16 Heinrichs - 4 Bresciani
25 Skrumeda - 28 Stovin

Forwards
17 Callis - 22 B Bowles - 26 Lisoway
12 Zajac - 13 Laurencelle - 24 Augert
14 Nault - 27 Franko - 18 St. Croix
8 Bilton - 21 Brooks - 23 Schreyer

Scratches:
1 Paulic - 9 Douglas - 19 Spencer
20 Keane - 29 Wasylak

Not on roster:
10 Dudar - 11 Sharonov - 15 S Bowles

Mount Royal

Goal
29 Lanigan (31 Cooper)

Defence
21 Pankewicz - 7 Lees
27 Baker - 22 Smiley
4 Green - 5 Poulsen

Forwards
13 Bly - 11 King - 12 Lipon
15 Olstad - 24 Allan - 23 Watson
8 Henry - 10 Stephens - 18 Kennedy
28 Pare - 9 Zandee - 16 Adamson

Scratches:
3 Roberts - 6 MacPherson - 14 Rozdeba
17 Lindgren - 19 Zulinick - 20 Simpson
26 Rankin - 35 Hoflin

Scorers:
1st 05:29 Man Zach Franko
1st 07:33 MRU Jesse Lees
3rd 10:20 MRU Jamal Watson
3rd 15:44 Man Liam Bilton
3rd 19:17 MRU Jamie King

The Bluegars didn't mind holding the puck and attempting passes in tight situations. It did provide some good scoring chances, and the Bison defence will need to counter with a more physical presence, especially in the slot.

Also, the Bisons rolled four lines and three pairs. This usually pays off in the event 9 (or more) periods are needed to decide the series. The Bluegars had three lines and two pairs most of the time.

There were only four minor penalties in the game, and only one to the Bluegars.

Cam Lanigan got the win for MRU with 24 saves, and Byron Spriggs got the loss with 33 saves.

Finally, the Bisons put in new scoreboards. They had a big 4-sided one above centre ice. But several bulbs were going out. They put a smaller scoreboard at each end of the arena. I am wondering what they'll do for next year. It's funny what a difference it makes.

Game two goes Saturday at 7:00 p.m., which is my favourite start time.

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OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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CALGARY DINOSAURS 1
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 4


Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UBC*] : [rp @CW*] : [rp @UofC*]

I saw the ending of this one on CanadaWest.tv. By the time I tuned in it was 3-0 for the T-irds. Bedrock U made a concerted attempt at a comeback in the 3rd, which in the end proved futile. Bedrock outshot the T-irds 19-9 in the 3rd period, and 45-36 overall. This was by far a much more wide-open game then the one played at the Wayne Fleming Arena. Matt Hewitt got the win and Matthew Greenfield took the loss. This game started late due to the UBC women's game going overtime.

OUT EAST

Ontario
Feb 15 Windsor 1 Guelph 3 (game 1)
Feb 15 York 2 Lakehead 3 (ot) (game 1)
Feb 16 Carleton 0 Ottawa 5 (series tied 1-1)
Feb 16 Laurier 1 Brock 2 (BU wins 2-0)
Feb 16 Nipissing 1 Queen's 6 (QU wins 2-0)
Feb 16 Ryerson 1 W. Ontario 5 (series tied 1-1)
Feb 16 U.O.I.T. 2 Concordia 3 (ot) (CU wins 2-0)

Atlantic
Feb 16 Acadia 4 Dalhousie 2 (AU wins 2-0)
Feb 16 Saint Mary's 1 U.P.E.I. 2 (series tied 1-1)

NEXT UP

Canada West
Feb 17 Calgary at U.B.C. 7:30 PST
Feb 17 Mount Royal at Manitoba 7:00 CST
Feb 18 Calgary at U.B.C. 5:30 PST (if necessary)
Feb 18 Mount Royal at Manitoba 6:00 CST (if necessary)

Atlantic
Feb 18 U.P.E.I. at Saint Mary's 7:00 AST

Ontario
Feb 17 Guelph at Windsor 7:30 EST
Feb 17 Lakehead at York 7:00 EST
Feb 17 Laurentian at McGill 7:00 EST
Feb 18 Lakehead at York 7:00 EST (if necessary)
Feb 18 Laurentian at McGill 7:00 EST (if necessary)
Feb 18 Ottawa at Carleton 7:00 EST
Feb 18 W. Ontario at Ryerson 7:15 EST
Feb 18 Windsor at Guelph 7:30 EST (if necessary)

Links:
• [US/CIS Playoff S&R]
• [CW All S&R]
• [OUA LS S&R]
• [AUS Playoff S&R]


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BUFFALO BILLS 21
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Saturday Morning Links

Post by Hollywood2 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:53 am

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Free Press: [Cougars scratch out opening-game win]
CW: [Playoff Preview Video]

The Winnipeg Free Press ran a story from Mike Sawatzky, complete with this picture of Zach Franko battling Bluegar defenceman Grant Baker along the boards.

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Stories: [UBC] : [rp @CW]

The late start, combined with the Pacific time zone start time, meant that the stories were posted late. Bedrock U is still waiting for a slate to arrive from the coast. The UBC link includes video highlights.
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Feb 17: Bluegars Ward Off Onslaught to Eliminate Bisons

Post by Hollywood2 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:22 pm

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MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 5
MANITOBA BISONS 3

(MRU wins series 2-0.)

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [Coach's View] : [UofM]
Stories: [UofM] : [rp @CW] : [rp @MRU]

This was a frustrating end for the Bisons. They dominated the 2nd and 3rd periods, yet fell behind 4-0. They then mounted an impressive rally which was ultimately stunted by an empty-net goal. The teams aligned the same as the did on Friday night's Game 1. Here's who scored:

1st 01:38 MRU Josh Bly (SH)
2nd 03:38 MRU Tanner Olstad
2nd 12:08 MRU Jamal Watson
2nd 15:07 MRU Austin Adamson
2nd 19:20 Man Justin Augert
3rd 03:22 Man Brett Stovin
3rd 18:08 Man Brett Stovin
3rd 19:47 MRU Jamal Watson

The shots on goal described perfectly how the flow of the game changed throughout. The Bisons outshot the Bluegars every period, by 10-9, 17-9, and 10-3. Cam Lanigan made the saves needed for a win, and Byron Spriggs did not.

So that's another quarter-final exit, something the program will want to address in coming seasons. Next week the 1st place Bison Broads will be at home in the semi-finals. They would also host the conference final if they win.

Next week, MRU will be off to Edmontown to visit the Evil Monkeys in the semi-final round.

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OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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CALGARY DINOSAURS 6
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 3

(Series tied 1-1.)

Links:

LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
Stories: [UBC] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofC]

In a twist of fate, Riley Sheen led the way with two goals for the Dinos. It was his illegal participation in the first six games of the season which led this series to be played in British California instead of the Town of Bedrock. Matthew Greenfield got the win, and Matt Hewitt took the loss, in a game where Bedrock had a 31-30 edge in shots. Game 3 goes Sunday night at 5:30 PST, or 7:30 CST and is available on CanadaWest.tv.

OUT EAST

Ontario
Feb 17 Guelph 3 Windsor 4 (series tied 1-1)
Feb 17 Lakehead 2 York 4 (series tied 1-1)
Feb 17 Laurentian 1 McGill 9 (McGill wins 2-0)

Atlantic
no games

NEXT UP

Note: All of these games are Game 3 in a tied series.

Canada West
Feb 18 Calgary at U.B.C. 5:30 PST

Atlantic
Feb 18 U.P.E.I. at Saint Mary's 7:00 AST

Ontario
Feb 18 Lakehead at York 7:00 EST
Feb 18 Ottawa at Carleton 7:00 EST
Feb 18 W. Ontario at Ryerson 7:15 EST
Feb 18 Windsor at Guelph 7:30 EST

Links:
• [US/CIS Playoff S&R]
• [CW All S&R]
• [OUA LS S&R]
• [AUS Playoff S&R]


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HAMILTON TIGER-CATS 38
BUFFALO BILLS 21
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