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  1. #26

    Sept 1: More UK Links


    Some new links have been found about the Bison trip to the British Isles.


    BBC story: [Keefe Interview]

    I still have not found a good game story on either Belfast game which at least says who scored for the Bisons. I don't think UK teams ever upload boxscores or summaries, at least for pre-season games. But lots of photos and links to buy tickets, which is good.


    Edinburgh Reporter: [Khristich Pre-Game] : [Khristich Post-Game] : [Calum Robertson Profile] : [Robertson MOM]
    Student Newspaper: [Game Story]

    We now know that the Bison scorers were Zach Franko and Michael St. Croix. In goal, Byron Spriggs started and Dasan Sydora came in mid-way in the 2nd period.


    The Herald: [Coach John Tripp]
    Evening Times: [Clan Page] : [Potulny Signing]
    Team Site: [Game Story]

    The team's game story tells us all the Bison scorers. Here they are, in order:
    1st period: Jonah Wasylak, Zach Franko, Adam Henry, Nick Zajac
    2nd period: Blake Heinrich
    3rd period: Michael St. Croix, Shawn Bowles

    Byron Spriggs went the distance in goal. I have not seen in photos nor mentioned in a story last season's back-up goaltender Justin Paulic, nor any new recruit in net. The Bisons (and all teams for that matter) really need to upload roster pages for 2017-18.

  2. #27

    Tour highlight videos


    Just click and watch in a new window ...

    Bisons @ Giants - game 2

    Bisons @ Capitals

    Bisons @ Clan

    Bisons' 2016-17 highlights

  3. #28

    Sept 4: Labour Day Media Search


    Any player recruited should be known by now. There has been a trickle of last-minute announcements, none from the CW. Elite Prospects compiles a list at the link. CUSN has been the best source so far and their link is here, too.


    Elite Prospects: [CIS Confirmed Transfers]
    CUSN: [Transactions Page]

    I found some media stories about the recruits already announced through official sources. The WHL also sent out team-specific stories on recruits, some of which were re-posted and previously linked.


    Saskatchewan: [CKOM Recruits Story]
    Lethbridge: [Lethbridge Herald Recruits Story]
    WHL: [Man] : [MRU] : [Sask] : [Alta] : [Cal] : [UBC] : [Leth] : [Reg]

    Even after the Bison tour of the UK ended, there was a continuing trickle of stories, posted here.


    BBC: [Edinburgh Capitals turn to Russian recruits]
    Edinburgh Reporter: [Capitals sit-out as Clan re-group]
    Belfast Telegraph: [Manitoba-Belfast Game Story (problems loading in Firefox)]

    Instead of playing the Evil Monkeys, the Edmonton Greasers prospects will face a combined team of NAIT and MacEwan players. Will they be called the Oookins?


    Edmonton Journal: [The time-honoured Edmonton Oilers rookies vs. University of Alberta Golden Bears game will change on the fly next month]

    Dinos' coach Mark Howell was amongst those interviewed for a Bedrock U story on "trash talk". Basically, they conclude that venting helps a-holes vent.


    The Gauntlet: [Trash-talk an unavoidable part of sport]

  4. #29

    Sept 6: Schedules & Rosters

    First, dealing with schedules, MRU has updated theirs to include the 3 games previously noted. However, they have changed opponents on Sept 27, so that they will play the Evil Monkeys instead of Bedrock U. However, Alberta does not list the game, and Calgary still does.

    Second, regarding rosters, not one team has 2017-18 posted. Here are the links to follow along:

    And here is the link to Canada West's Hockey Tech roster page.

  5. #30

    Sept 8: Lots of Goals on Opening Night


    U of L: [S&R] : [Tweet1] : [Tweet2]
    U of C: [S&R] : [Tweet]

    Not much for links on this game. The Lethbridge Tweets tell us that their goal scorers were Sanvido (with 2), White, and Moser.

    N.A.I.T. OOKS 3

    (in overtime)

    U of A: [S&R] : [Tweet]
    NAIT: [Team Site] : [Twitter]
    ACHC: [Event Site] : [Tweet]

    The Evil Monkeys and Ooks started with what seems to have been quite a game. There are no game stories out there. All I know is that "Sanford got the winner". The Athabasca College Hockey Challenge continues with NAIT v Augustana on Saturday and Augustana v Alberta on Sunday.


    Concordia 1 UQTR 6 : [CU Tweet]
    Minot State 2 Briercrest 2 (ot tie): [ACAC S&R]

  6. #31

    Sept 9: The Night of the Split



    U of L: [S&R] : [Tweet1] : [Tweet2] : [Tweet3] : [Tweet-Post]
    U of C: [S&R] : [Twitter]

    So the Hørny Ønes take the weekend 9-8 on total goals. There are no summaries nor boxscores. The Lethbridge Twitter had regular updates and tells us that they held period leads of 1-0 and 2-0, and their goals came from Sward, Moser, Merkley, Sanvido, and Clowes. Ty Edmonds was player of the game. Nice turn-around for Lethbridge.

    N.A.I.T. OOKS 1


    ACHC: [Event Site] : [Tweet]

    Though both teams are in the ACAC, this was game 2 of the Athabasca College Hockey Challenge, which includes the Evil Monkeys. Neither team had any links on their sites or Twitter, but for a retweet of the ACHC Tweet.

    Augustana and Alberta now have two points each and their game on Sunday will be for the tournament title.




    ➔ [BCIHL S&R]
    ➔ [Tweet] : [Opening Faceoff]
    ➔ [VIU Team Site]

    Perhaps the most significant game of the night was on Vancouver Island, where the VIU Mariners played their first game. Their opponent was the South Island Knights, a Senior AA team. They tweeted out a gif of the opening faceoff, and it is linked. The game was not final as I post.

    UQTR 1 Concordia 4 : [CU S&R] : [CU Tweet]
    RMC 0 McGill 8 : [LeagueStat]
    Minot State 4 Briercrest 3 : [ACAC S&R]

    Just as Lethbridge turned things around in game 2, so too did the Stingers. Both UQTR and Bedrock U had highly touted recruiting classes.

    Kudos to McGill for uploading their game updates and other data into LeagueStat. All teams should follow suit.

    Minot State was up to face the Clippers, perennial cellar-dwellers in the ACAC. A competitive series is something nice for Briercrest. They were outscored 144-73 last year.


    Sep 10 Alberta v Augustana (ACAC) (at Athabasca)

    Sep 12 Brock at Western Ontario
    Sep 14 Saskatchewan v Regina (at Ochapowace, Sask)
    Sep 14 Laurier at Waterloo
    Sep 15 Calgary at Regina
    Sep 15 Guelph at Brock
    Sep 15 Lethbridge at Western Ontario
    Sep 15 Manitoba v Saskatchewan (at Regina)
    Sep 15 McGill at U.Q.T.R.
    Sep 15 Moncton at St. F.X.
    Sep 15 Ottawa at Nipissing
    Sep 15 Simon Fraser (BCIHL) at U.B.C.
    Sep 15 U.O.I.T. at Ryerson
    Sep 15 U.P.E.I. v New Brunswick (at Montague, PEI)
    Sep 16 Laurier at Windsor
    Sep 16 Lethbridge at Western Ontario
    Sep 16 Manitoba v Calgary (at Regina)
    Sep 16 New Brunswick at U.P.E.I. (at Montague, PEI)
    Sep 16 Ottawa at Laurentian
    Sep 16 Queen's v R.M.C. (at Gananoque)
    Sep 16 Saint Mary's at Dalhousie
    Sep 16 U.Q.T.R. at McGill
    Sep 17 Nipissing at Laurentian

  7. #32

    Sept 10: Monkeys Win Tournament



    ACHC: [Event Site] : [Tweet]
    UofA: [Tweet1] : [Tweet2] : [Tweet3]

    Through a series of Monkey Tweets we can see that their goals were scored by Magee, Bredo, Legault, Kieser, Nichols, Lange, and Carroll. The period scores were 2-2 and 5-2. They also had a 7-2 lead in the 3rd period. So after a big-time scare in game 1, the Primates managed to avoid slipping on a banana peel and claim the ACHC title.

    The picture below was tweeted out and it appears there is no Monkey logo on their white jersey as there was last year. And no yellow highlights.

    Also, VIU piled on 3 more goals and won their late Saturday game 13-1.

  8. #33

    Preview: Sept 15-16: Bisons off to Regina

    The only CW teams sitting at home and eating popcorn are the Bluegars and Evil Monkeys. Here's what the rest are doing.

    MANITOBA BISONS (3-0-1, 2016-17: 14-12-2)
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (0-0-0, 2016-17: 21-5-2)
    CALGARY DINOS (1-1-0, 2016-17: 18-9-1)
    REGINA COUGARS (0-0-0, 2016-17: 3-22-3)

    Sep 14 Saskatchewan v Regina 8:00 CDT at Ochapowace, Sask.
    Sep 15 Manitoba v Saskatchewan 5:00 CDT at Regina
    Sep 15 Calgary at Regina 8:00 CDT
    Sep 16 Manitoba v Calgary 3:30 CDT at Regina


    Regina: [Team Site] ∞ [S&R] ∞ [Twitter]
    Manitoba: [Team Site] ∞ [Twitter]
    Saskatchewan: [Team Site] ∞ [Twitter]
    Calgary: [Team Site] ∞ [Twitter]

    None of the teams has anything new to report. Bedrock U are the only team with a 2017-18 roster uploaded. Regina usually posts updates about their own tournament.

    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (1-1-0, 2016-17: 11-14-3)
    WESTERN ONTARIO MUSTANGS (1-0-0, 2016-17: 8-16-4)


    UWO: [Team Site] ∞ [Twitter]
    Lethbridge: [Team Site] ∞ [Twitter]

    The Hørny Ønes will carry the CW's colours all the way to London, Ontario where they will face future insurance salesmen, the UWO Urban Cowboys. This is a Friday-Saturday double-header. Neither team made the playoffs a year ago. That is nothing unusual for the Hørny Ønes, but the Urban Cowboys are usually near the top of the OUA West.

    SIMON FRASER CLAN (0-0-0, 2016-17: 18-4-2)
    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (0-0-0, 2016-17: 12-13-3)


    UBC: [Team Site] ∞ [Twitter]
    SFU: [Team Site] ∞ [Twitter]

    The battle to be the toast of the coast begins in British California on Friday night when the T-irds face The Clown. Those two are being joined by Holy Trinity in a pre-season series for the Captains' Cup.


    Sep 12 Brock 3 W. Ontario 7 (or 5-9) : [UWO S&R] : [BU S&R]

    Sep 14 Laurier at Waterloo
    Sep 15 Guelph at Brock
    Sep 15 McGill at U.Q.T.R.
    Sep 15 Moncton at St. F.X.
    Sep 15 Ottawa at Nipissing
    Sep 15 U.O.I.T. at Ryerson
    Sep 15 U.P.E.I. v New Brunswick at Montague, PEI
    Sep 16 Laurier at Windsor
    Sep 16 New Brunswick v U.P.E.I. at Montague, PEI
    Sep 16 Ottawa at Laurentian
    Sep 16 Queen's v R.M.C. at Gananoque
    Sep 16 Saint Mary's at Dalhousie
    Sep 16 U.Q.T.R. at McGill
    Sep 17 Nipissing at Laurentian


    ¶ [OUA LeagueStat]
    ¶ [OUA S&R]
    ¶ [AUS S&R]


    Sep 13 MacEwan/NAIT v Oilers Rookies
    Sep 15 Innisfail Eagles at SAIT
    Sep 15 Lacombe Generals v Red Deer College @ SAIT
    Sep 15 MacEwan at Concordia Edmonton
    Sep 15 Selkirk College at Eastern Washington
    Sep 16 Augustana at Portage College
    Sep 16 Eastern Washington at Selkirk College
    Sep 16 Innisfail Eagles v Red Deer College @ SAIT
    Sep 16 Lacombe Generals at SAIT
    Sep 16 MacEwan at NAIT
    Sep 16 South Island Knights at Vancouver Island
    Sep 16 Trinity Western at Simon Fraser
    Sep 17 Portage College at Augustana


    ¶ [ACAC S&R]
    ¶ [BCIHL S&R]

  9. #34

    Sept 14: Bison Roster Uploaded


    ¶ [Roster Page]
    ¶ [Geordie Keane @Elite Prospects]

    The Bison website has finally uploaded a 2017-18 roster page. I expect/hope the rest of the dominoes to fall this week. The team has one new previously unannounced recruit, Geordie Keane from the Winnipeg Blues of the MJHL. His stats and the roster page are linked. His uncle is 3-time Stanley Cup champion Mike Keane and I believe former Bison assistant coach Billy Keane is his father. Geordie was the Blues' captain last year.

    My concern is the lack of blue-line recruits. The Herd has 3 goaltenders, 7 defencemen, and 18 forwards. Just like last year. Here's the breakdown:


    1 Justin Paulic
    34 Dasan Sydora
    35 Byron Spriggs

    This is the 3rd season for the exact same group of three. Spriggs won the starting job from Paulic and Sydora is a #3. In the past, Coach Sirant has shown that the back-up one year will be given a shot at being the #1 the next.



    2 Adam Henry
    3 Sean Christensen
    4 Channing Bresciani
    9 Rene Hunter
    16 Blake Heinrich

    11 Victor Sharonov
    25 Lucas Skrumeda

    5 Lee Christensen
    20 Garrett Johnston

    Sharonov was on the roster for the 2nd semester but never dressed. The big Russian is an enigma. He somehow wound up in Florida. Maybe if we read Hillary Cinton's new book we will find out how he cost her the election. Johnston is gone after just one year, which is too bad. Christensen played 5 years and became a solid defender. On paper, the quality should be at least as good, with the benefit of added seasoning for the 5 returnees. Last year, several forwards played stretches on defence and that may be necessary again.



    8 Liam Bilton
    10 Brett Dudar
    12 Nick Zajac
    13 Remi Laurencelle
    14 Kamerin Nault
    15 Shawn Bowles
    17 Warren Callis
    21 Brett Brooks
    22 Brad Bowles
    23 Joel Schreyer
    24 Justin Augert
    26 Quintin Lisoway
    28 Brett Stovin
    29 Jonah Wasylak

    18 Michael St. Croix
    19 Calvin Spencer
    20 Geordie Keane
    27 Zach Franko

    16 Jesse Paradis
    19 Hudson Friesen
    25 Shaq Merasty
    27 Jordan Depape

    Despite losing their 1st and 4th leading scorers, the recruits are likely a slight upgrade on paper. Depape and Merasty were CW superstars, but St. Croix and Franko are great replacements. Paradis and Friesen seldom played so anything from Spencer and Keane would be a bonus. The question I have is: Which of these players can play the point? It is hard to scratch 6 forwards every game. There are a load of returning 2nd year Junior A players, and often those players improve greatly as they become veterans.

  10. #35

    Sept 15: Bisons Lose in Regina



    UofM: [S&R] : [Twitter]
    UofS: [S&R] : [Twitter]

    The only information on this is the score listed at the Saskatchewan Schedule/Results page. Hopefully something more will pop up at one or more of the links.




    UofR: [S&R] : [Tweet]
    UofS: [S&R]

    This one was played Thursday night in Ochapawace. The only detail comes from the Regina tweet. Their goals came from King, Frei, Langford and Fowlie. So Felines beat Canines in the opening salvo of this rivalry.



    UofR: [S&R] : [Tweet]
    UofC: [S&R]

    No details are available anywhere on this one either. The tournament wraps up on Saturday with the Bisons facing Bedrock U. If Calgary wins the game, they win the tournament. If the Bisons win, all 4 teams will be 1-1.



    UWO: [S&R]
    UofL: [S&R] : [Tweet1] : [Tweet2] : [Tweet3]

    The tweets tell us that the Hørny Ønes led 3-0 after the first period and scoring was:
    - Merkley (PP) (Maltby,Valentino)
    - Valentino (Merkley)
    - Wardley (M.Maxwell, Clowes)
    - M.Maxwell (Valentino)
    - Valentino (Orban, Hughson)

    Nice to see the Hørny Ønes waltz into nerdville and whip the Urban Cowboys. The faux westerners from UWO will always try in vain to act non-eastern. But really they all look like this:



    UBC: [Live Stats] : [Tweet]
    SFU: [Tweet]

    I was able to watch a lot of this one on, which was nice. Quite a good broadcast. The T-irds were being held to a 3-3 draw entering the 3rd period and then exploded with 5 unanswered goals. Each side will now play Holy Trinity to finish the Captains' Cup tournament.


    Sep 14 Laurier at Waterloo - cancelled
    Sep 15 Guelph 5 Brock 3 : [BU Story]
    Sep 15 McGill 3 U.Q.T.R. 2 (so) : [BU Story]
    Sep 15 Moncton 2 St. F.X. 5 : [AUS S&R]
    Sep 15 Ottawa 5 Nipissing 4 : [NU Tweet]
    Sep 15 U.O.I.T. 2 Ryerson 6 : [RU S&R]
    Sep 15 U.P.E.I. 1 New Brunswick 2 : [AUS Boxscore]


    Sep 13 NAIT/MacEwan 2 Oilers Rookies 0 : [Game Story]
    Sep 15 Innisfail Eagles 2 SAIT 5 : [Boxscore]
    Sep 15 Lacombe Generals 5 Red Deer College 4 (so) : [ACAC S&R]
    Sep 15 MacEwan 6 Concordia Edmonton 0 : [ACAC S&R]
    Sep 15 Selkirk College 3 Eastern Washington 2 (ot) : [BCIHL S&R]


    Sep 16 Laurier at Windsor
    Sep 16 Lethbridge at Western Ontario
    Sep 16 Manitoba v Calgary (at Regina)
    Sep 16 New Brunswick at U.P.E.I. (at Montague, PEI)
    Sep 16 Ottawa at Laurentian
    Sep 16 Queen's v R.M.C. (at Gananoque)
    Sep 16 Saint Mary's at Dalhousie
    Sep 16 U.Q.T.R. at McGill
    Sep 17 Nipissing at Laurentian

  11. #36

    Sept 16: Bedrock Beats Bisons, Win Tournament



    UofM: [S&R] : [Twitter]
    UofS: [S&R]

    Once again, no details anywhere. The win for the Dinos leaves the tournament standings like this:
    Calgary 2-0
    Regina 1-1
    Saskatchewan 1-1
    Manitoba 0-2

    The Bisons have to be concerned about giving up 11 goals on the weekend. However, without access to summaries/boxscores it is hard to gauge just what the games were like.

    Next weekend the Herd has their only home action of the pre-season against Regina Friday night at Seven Oaks and Saturday afternoon on campus.



    UWO: [S&R]
    UofL: [S&R] : [Tweet1] : [Tweet2] : [Tweet3]

    The tweets tell us it was 1-1 after one and 3-2 after two, and Valentino notched another. So its back-to-back splits for the Hørny Ønes.


    Sep 16 Laurier 0 Windsor 2 : [UW S&R]
    Sep 16 New Brunswick at U.P.E.I. : cancelled
    Sep 16 Ottawa 4 Laurentian 3 : [UfO Results]
    Sep 16 Queen's 0 R.M.C. 4 : [QU Story]
    Sep 16 Saint Mary's 4 Dalhousie 0 : [AUS S&R]
    Sep 16 U.Q.T.R. 3 McGill 2 : [LeagueStat]


    Sep 16 Innisfail Eagles 5 Red Deer College 6 (so) : [ACAC S&R]
    Sep 16 MacEwan 1 NAIT 2 : [ACAC S&R]
    Sep 16 Augustana 8 Portage 0 : [ACAC S&R]
    Sep 16 Lacombe Generals 4 SAIT 2 : [ACAC S&R]
    Sep 16 Eastern Washington 1 Selkirk College 8 : [BCIHL S&R]
    Sep 16 Trinity Western 2 Simon Fraser 1 : [BCIHL S&R]
    Sep 16 South Island Knights 2 Vancouver Island 7 : [BCIHL S&R]


    Sep 17 Nipissing at Laurentian
    Sep 19 R.M.C. at Ryerson
    Sep 20 Saint Mary's v Acadia (at Truro)
    Sep 21 Mount Royal at Calgary (Brick)
    Sep 22 Carleton at Western Ontario (E-W tournament)
    Sep 22 Concordia v Moncton (at Matane, Que.)
    Sep 22 Dalhousie at New Brunswick
    Sep 22 Laurier at U.O.I.T.
    Sep 22 McGill at York
    Sep 22 Moncton v Concordia (at Matane, Que.)
    Sep 22 Queen's at U.B.C.
    Sep 22 Red Deer College (ACAC) at Lethbridge
    Sep 22 Regina at Manitoba (at Seven Oaks Arena)
    Sep 22 Saskatchewan at Alberta (Brick)
    Sep 22 U.P.E.I. at Acadia
    Sep 22 U.Q.T.R. v St. F.X. (at New Glasgow, NS)
    Sep 22 Windsor vs Waterloo (E-W tournament at London, Ont.)

  12. #37

    OHT35 - Coming Soon


    It is not yet time for an official ranking, but that day is coming soon. Time to start a thread just to put out the scores thus far. Funny thing, almost every game has been won by the higher seeded team from last year.


    Aug 24 Keio University 0 Toronto 5 Japan/OUA
    Aug 26 Manitoba 6 Belfast Giants 4 CW/EIHL
    Aug 27 Manitoba 6 Belfast Giants 7 (ot) CW/EIHL
    Aug 29 Manitoba 2 Edinburgh Capitals 1 CW/EIHL
    Aug 31 Manitoba 7 Braehead Clan 1 CW/EIHL
    Sep 08 Concordia 1 U.Q.T.R. 6
    Sep 08 Lethbridge 4 Calgary 7
    Sep 08 N.A.I.T. 3 Alberta 4 (ot) ACAC/CW
    Sep 09 Calgary 1 Lethbridge 5
    Sep 09 R.M.C. 0 McGill 8
    Sep 09 U.Q.T.R. 1 Concordia 4
    Sep 10 Alberta 7 Augustana 4 ACAC/CW

    Sep 12 Brock 3 W. Ontario 7
    Sep 14 Saskatchewan 3 Regina 4
    Sep 15 Calgary 7 Regina 0
    Sep 15 Guelph 5 Brock 3
    Sep 15 Lethbridge 5 W. Ontario 3 CW/OUA
    Sep 15 Manitoba 2 Saskatchewan 5
    Sep 15 McGill 3 U.Q.T.R. 2 (so)
    Sep 15 Moncton 2 St. F.X. 5
    Sep 15 Ottawa 5 Nipissing 4
    Sep 15 Simon Fraser 3 U.B.C. 8 BCIHL/CW
    Sep 15 U.O.I.T. 2 Ryerson 6
    Sep 15 U.P.E.I. 1 New Brunswick 2
    Sep 16 Laurier 0 Windsor 2
    Sep 16 Lethbridge 2 W. Ontario 3 CW/OUA
    Sep 16 Manitoba 5 Calgary 6
    Sep 16 Ottawa 4 Laurentian 3
    Sep 16 Queen's 0 R.M.C. 4
    Sep 16 Saint Mary's 4 Dalhousie 0
    Sep 16 U.Q.T.R. 3 McGill 2


    * 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

    This is NOT a ranking. The teams are listed alphabetically by conference/division.



    EAST 0
    WEST 0

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