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  1. #76

    Nov 11 Part 2: Saturday Night Round-up

    The Bisons won their matinee encounter, and in the evening Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Calgary won their games. The CW is somewhat returning to its roots. The results leave the traditional “Big Four” in the top 4 positions in the standings for the first time in a while, with UBC and MRU falling just behind.


    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 2
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5


    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
    Stories: [UofS] : [rp @CW] : [UBC]
    UBC Friday late link: [Game Story]

    The scoreboard is a bit deceptive in this one. The T-irds led 2-1 after the 1st, and in fact the Mutts did not tie the game until over 12 minutes into the 2nd. Sask did not get a 2-goal lead until there was less than 5 minutes left, then an empty-netter sealed it. Jordon Cooke stopped 26 of 28 shots to win (now 7-1-1) and Michael Sofillas scored twice to lead the Mutts to the promised land of fire hydrants. After Matt Hewitt's hot streak, UBC switched goaltenders and Rylan Toth stopped 36 of 40 in taking the loss. So on the weekend Saskatchewan gets their sweep, and UBC has to settle for a bonus point.


    CALGARY DINOSAURS 5
    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 1


    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
    Stories: [MRU] : [rp @CW] : [UofC]
    MRU Friday late link: [rp Game Story]

    The crosstown rivals both won their away game in this home-and-home series. Bedrock U surrendered the first goal but that was it. In the end, Jordan Papirny backstopped them to the win, stopping 25 of 26 shots, and Coda Gordon scored twice. At the other end of the ice, Cam Lanigan stopped 24 of 28 in the Bluegars' goal. This was also maybe closer than the score would indicate. It was a a 3-1 game with less than 2 minutes left when the Dinos scored an empty-netter to make it 4-1 and then one more with 4 seconds left for good measure.


    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6


    Links:

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

    This was Clare Drake Night in Edmontown. And the Evil Monkeys once again crushed the Hψrny Ψnes. The stats were not as one-sided as from Friday night, but still not exactly close. The opening period set the stage, with Alberta outshooting Lethbridge 12-3, and outscoring them 2-0. On the night the shots were 35-21. Zach Sawchenko stopped 20 of 21 to get the win, while Trevor Cox scored his first two goals of the season to lead the way. Ty Edmonds was in the Hψrny Ψnes' net, and stopped 29 of 35 shots. The Primates are now a perfect 10-0-0. Lethbridge will be quite happy to have the road games there done for the season.

    STANDINGS



    OUT EAST

    Ontario
    Nov 11 Carleton 4 Queen's 1
    Nov 11 Concordia 6 Laurentian 1
    Nov 11 Lakehead 2 York 4
    Nov 11 McGill 4 Nipissing 1
    Nov 11 Ottawa 4 U.O.I.T. 5
    Nov 11 U.Q.T.R. 1 R.M.C. 4
    Nov 11 Waterloo 3 Guelph 6
    Nov 11 W. Ontario 2 Toronto 4
    Nov 11 Windsor 1 Laurier 2

    Atlantic
    Nov 11 Dalhousie 1 New Brunswick 3
    Nov 11 Moncton 1 Saint Mary's 7
    Nov 11 St. F.X. 4 U.P.E.I. 2

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


    NEXT UP

    Nov 12 Lakehead at Ryerson
    Nov 15 Acadia at Saint Mary's
    Nov 15 Waterloo at Ryerson
    Nov 17 Alberta at Saskatchewan
    Nov 17 Manitoba at Lethbridge
    Nov 17 Mount Royal at U.B.C.
    Nov 17 Regina at Calgary


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  2. #77

    Week #6 - Nov 12/17

    THE OFFICIAL HOLLYWOOD TOP 35 #6
    to Nov 12/17

    It gets late early in Usports/CIS hockey. Remembrance Day is considered early in the hockey season. But in two more weeks we will hit the mid-point of the schedule. This was an extremely “by-the-book” week. MRU split with Calgary, which is not a huge surprise, and RMC swept UQTR, which is amazing. While UQTR was a Top Ten team in offical rankings, they were only 14th in the OHT35 due to their weak schedule to date.

    This week I had completed a ranking and then on further review saw the need for a major shift. First, the A level had to be expanded, because two teams of Huskies were in a dead heat with Acadia. This would have left the B level fairly sparse. However, Carleton, Concordia, and Manitoba had comparable records to the remaining B teams.

    I also expanded the C- level, which does not affect the rankings. (The “-” teams remain in the same level on the tables.)

    THE SCORES:

    Nov 06 Saint Mary's 4 Dalhousie 1 (this was included last week)
    Nov 08 Saint Mary's 4 Acadia 3
    Nov 08 Ryerson 3 Brock 4
    Nov 08 Toronto 4 W. Ontario 1
    Nov 10 Lethbridge 2 Alberta 7
    Nov 10 Manitoba 6 Regina 1
    Nov 10 Mount Royal 3 Calgary 2
    Nov 10 U.B.C. 3 Saskatchewan 4 (ot)
    Nov 10 Dalhousie 4 U.P.E.I. 5
    Nov 10 Moncton 1 Acadia 6
    Nov 10 St. F.X. 3 New Brunswick 5
    Nov 10 Brock 4 Laurier 5
    Nov 10 Carleton 4 Ottawa 2
    Nov 10 Concordia 4 Nipissing 1
    Nov 10 Lakehead 1 Guelph 3
    Nov 10 McGill 8 Laurentian 3
    Nov 10 Queen's 2 U.O.I.T. 4
    Nov 10 Ryerson 5 Toronto 2
    Nov 10 U.Q.T.R. 1 R.M.C. 2
    Nov 10 Windsor 1 Waterloo 2
    Nov 10 York 5 W. Ontario 4
    Nov 11 Calgary 5 Mount Royal 1
    Nov 11 Lethbridge 1 Alberta 6
    Nov 11 Manitoba 6 Regina 5 (2ot)
    Nov 11 U.B.C. 2 Saskatchewan 5
    Nov 11 Dalhousie 1 New Brunswick 3
    Nov 11 Moncton 1 Saint Mary's 7
    Nov 11 St. F.X. 4 U.P.E.I. 2
    Nov 11 Carleton 4 Queen's 1
    Nov 11 Concordia 6 Laurentian 1
    Nov 11 Lakehead 2 York 4
    Nov 11 McGill 4 Nipissing 1
    Nov 11 Ottawa 4 U.O.I.T. 5
    Nov 11 U.Q.T.R. 1 R.M.C. 4
    Nov 11 Waterloo 3 Guelph 6
    Nov 11 W. Ontario 2 Toronto 4
    Nov 11 Windsor 1 Laurier 2
    Nov 12 Lakehead 2 Ryerson 4

    THE TABLE:



    * 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




    Starting at the top, there is no doubt about Alberta and UNB taking the top two spots, although one could argue which is #1 and which is #2. SFX is clearly the bronze team.

    The expanded A level includes the 3 A- teams. Acadia was newly promoted a week ago, and both teams of Huskies have approximately equivalent records to them.

    Concordia, Carleton, and Manitoba have now jumped to the B level. Ryerson is clinging on, but the other teams are closely ranked.

    The strange thing is the AUS has separated into extremes. They have 4 teams at A level, one at C+ and two at C. Conversely, the CW has 2 teams at each level. I decided to once again include the skew table.

    Last edited by Hollywood; 11-13-2017 at 03:09 PM.

  3. #78

    Preview: Nov 17-18: Manitoba at Lethbridge


    MANITOBA BISONS (6-4-0, 10-8-1, OHT35 #12)
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (1-8-1, 5-13-1, OHT35 #31)


    Nov 10 7:00 MST/8:00 CST at Lethbridge Nicholas Sheran Arena
    Nov 11 1:00 MST/2:00 CST at Lethbridge Nicholas Sheran Arena


    Live Links:

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

    Manitoba Links:
    • GoBisons: [Team Site]
    • Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
    • CW: [Stats]∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
    • LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

    Lethbridge Links:
    • Team: [Operation Rednose] : [Greatest 'Horns: 31-40]
    • Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
    • CW: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
    • LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

    Other Links:
    • [USports] ∞ [US Schedule/Links]
    • [US Standings] ∞ [Top Ten]
    • [CW Site] ∞ [CW Schedule]
    • [CW Stats] ∞ [Media Access]
    • [CUSN Week 5]

    This weekend and last are/were weekends where the Bisons needed/need sweeps if they want to finish in the upper echelons of the CW this year. They are now 6-4-0 and sitting in 4th place, just one point behind 3rd place Calgary. Lethbridge sits dead last at 1-8-1, a point behind Regina. The Herd has just two series left in the first half, this one and next weekend at home against Calgary.

    Last year the Bisons went 3-1-0 against the Hψrny Ψnes, and are 10-6-0 over the last four seasons.

    But beware. Lethbridge was just pipped by UBC for the final playoff berth each of the last two seasons, and they seemed ready to once again be a playoff contender this year. So-so pre-season, and a split with Calgary started their season. Then things fell apart. Eight straight losses. Worse, the first of those was in overtime against Sask. In the last 7 games, one was by two goals and the rest were by three or more.

    Lethbridge has two good scorers, Mitchell Maxwell is 4-7-11 and Justin Valentino is 3-4-7. Nobody else has more than 4 points. As a team, they have scored just 18 goals, last in the CW. Regina is next-worst, at 26. In goal they have sophomore Garret Hughson and rookie Ty Edmonds, playing roughly a 60/40 split. Their numbers are not stellar. Hughson is 1-4-1, 4.17 GAA, and .889 S%. Edmonds is 0-4-0, 5.32 GAA, and .832 S%. Overall, they have given up 48 goals, only 3 goals better than Regina's 51.

    The Bisons are on a four-game winning streak. Byron Spriggs has rallied in goal so that his numbers are now quite respectable, 5-4-0, 3.22 GAA, .894 S%. Scoring is being led by Michael St. Croix, 4-7-11 (tied for 7th in the CW) and defenceman Adam Henry, 4-6-10 (tied for 13th).

    Last weekend, 2016-17 CW Rookie-of-the-Year Remi Laurencelle made his return to the line-up. He had a goal and an assist and transformed the 3rd line into an offensive threat. There are still several players who remain on the shelf yet to see their first action of the regular season: goaltender Justin Paulic, defencemen Rene Hunter and Victor Sharonov, and forward Jonah Wasylak. One thing I will want to check out is whether the Zajac-Stovin-Augert line returns to form, if in fact they stick together.


    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (10-0-0, 15-1-0, OHT35 #1)
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (8-1-1, 9-4-1, OHT35 #6)


    Links:

    UofS: [Series Preview] ∞ [Secret Santa Program] ∞ [Series Notes (pdf)]
    UofA: [Team Site]

    This is the feature series of the weekend, nation-wide and not just in the CW. If the Evil Monkeys win this series, they will likely assure themselves of first place. The Rutherdump can be a tough place to win, however. While Saudi Alberta has been clearly the better team all season, one cannot discount the possibility that they are due for a loss. The numbers paint the picture. The Monkeys lead the CW with 52 goals scored (Sask is 2nd with 44), and with just 18 goals allowed (Sask is tied for 2nd with 21). This would be worth a watch at CanadaWest.tv.


    REGINA COUGARS (1-7-2, 3-11-2, OHT35 #30)
    CALGARY DINOSAURS (5-2-3, 11-3-4, OHT35 #7)


    Links:

    UofC: [Team Site]
    UofR: [Teaam Site]

    The Bisons would love to see the Feline Bumpkins hold Bedrock U to something less than 4 points. Could they do it? Well, in all likelihood there will be one comfortable win for the Dinos and one tight game. The Dinos had a massive, and high-end, recruiting class. However, even high end major junior players take time to adjust to a tougher league. That appears to be happening here. I would suggest most pundits had them winning more than 5 games so far. I was a bit leary. From what I have seen, they will likely be competing hard with the Bisons for 3rd place.


    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (4-5-1, 5-7-1, OHT35 #18)
    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (5-4-1, 8-5-1, OHT35 #16)


    Links:

    UBC: [Series Preview]
    MRU: [Team Site]

    This is the Battle for Fifth! Probably not the best marketing slogan. Both sides would like to challenge for 4th place, and the right to host a playoff series. MRU has recently achieved that level, but have now slipped back. UBC has made it to that level just once since, well, roughly around Moses' trip to Sinai. Both sides wrap up the first half next week with tough opponents. (MRU plays Sask and UBC plays Alberta.) I strongly suspect a split this weekend. The UBC preview story cites two factoids of interest. UBC has the top PP in the CW at 27.5%. And they are tied with Regina for the most shots allowed per game, 38.5. Their #1 goaltender, Matt Hewitt, stole two games for them against Lethbridge. His numbers are 5-1-1, 3.14 GAA, .922 S%. The Bluegars have been using all three goaltenders. Colin Cooper has been a good #1 in the past, but this year his numbers are 3-2-0, 2.92 GAA, and .884.

    OUT EAST

    Ontario

    Nov 15 Waterloo 4 Ryerson 6
    Nov 17 Concordia at McGill
    Nov 17 Guelph at W. Ontario
    Nov 17 Laurier at Brock
    Nov 17 Ottawa at Carleton
    Nov 17 Queen's at Laurentian
    Nov 17 R.M.C. at U.Q.T.R.
    Nov 17 Ryerson at Windsor
    Nov 17 Toronto at Lakehead
    Nov 17 U.O.I.T. at Nipissing
    Nov 17 York at Waterloo
    Nov 18 Carleton at U.Q.T.R.
    Nov 18 Guelph at Brock
    Nov 18 McGill at Concordia
    Nov 18 Queen's at Nipissing
    Nov 18 R.M.C. at Ottawa
    Nov 18 Toronto at Lakehead
    Nov 18 U.O.I.T. at Laurentian
    Nov 18 W. Ontario at Laurier
    Nov 18 York at Windsor

    Atlantic
    Nov 15 Acadia 2 Saint Mary's 3
    Nov 17 Acadia at Moncton
    Nov 17 New Brunswick at St. F.X.
    Nov 17 U.P.E.I. at Dalhousie
    Nov 18 New Brunswick at Dalhousie
    Nov 18 Saint Mary's at Moncton
    Nov 18 U.P.E.I. at St. F.X.

    Links:

    • [US Presto S&R]
    • [OUA S&R]
    • [AUS S&R]

  4. #79

    Nov 17: Bisons a Victim on Upset Night


    MANITOBA BISONS 3
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4

    (in overtime)

    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
    CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [Coach's View] : [UofM*]
    Stories: [UofL] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UM]
    UofL links: [Tweet] : [CTV] : [Canes Blog]

    This was a night of upsets in the CW, one of which was this one. The Bisons took the lead 3 times, and 3 times the Hψrny Ψnes tied it up, before stealing it in OT. No doubt the 'Horns were overdue.

    Scorers:
    1st – 14:30 – Man Justin Augert (2)
    2nd – 12:07 – Leth Evan Wardley (2) (PP)
    3rd – 05:17 – Man Channing Bresciani (2)
    3rd – 08:26 – Leth Spenser Jensen (2) (PP)
    3rd – 09:41 – Man Michael St. Croix (4)
    3rd – 16:47 – Leth Mitchell Maxwell (5)
    4th – 01:16 – Leth Ryon Moser (1)

    The Bisons had some line-up changes from last game. On defence, Skrumeda was out (due to getting a major penalty against Regina), and so they were back to dressing just 5 defencemen. Up front, Laurencelle was again out of the line-up whilst Spencer and Bowles were in.

    Byron Spriggs stopped 29 of 33 shots and was run over twice while I was watching. (My mobile data ran out, and I was not at home.) Garret Hughson was the difference in the game, as he stopped 38 of 41 shots at the Lethbridge goal.

    In the links there were stories about former UofL goaltender Dylan Tait, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer while with the team. He is now doing some fundraising for the cause. And in Movember, Dalton Sward is their nominee for 'stache of the year.

    The rematch goes Saturday at 2:00 CST.





    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 1


    Links:

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

    This game did not live up to the hype. The Evil Monkeys seem to truly be in a class of their own. They are now 11-0-0 and this score should scare away everybody. Jamie Crooks had a hat-trick and Dylan Bredo scored twice. Brendan Burke stopped 27 of 28 shots to claim the win. Jordon Cooke was shelled, making 29 stops of 35 shots. We'll see what sort of impact a night in the doghouse will have on the Mutts.


    REGINA COUGARS 3
    CALGARY DINOSAURS 2


    Links:

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

    The Banjo Cats completed the set of stunning upsets with this win in the Town of Bedrock. The Kittens switched starters and went with Dawson MacAuley. He stopped all 14 shots he faced in the 1st period but then could not start the 2nd. Michael Herringer stopped 20 of 22 to claim the win. Meanwhile, Matthew Greenfield stopped 31 of 34 to take the loss. This upset allowed the Bisons to move into a tie with Bedrock U for 3rd place, despite their own disappointing loss. How about that?!?


    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 4
    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 1


    Links:

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

    This was a big win for the Bluegars. They pulled even with the T-irds. Goaltender Matt Hewitt was unable to steal another for UBC. He stopped 34 of 37 shots before an empty-netter put the game away. MRU went with veteran Cam Lanigan at the other end, and he stopped 23 of 24 to achieve victory. MRU scored once on a penalty shot and twice on the power play.

    STANDINGS



    OUT EAST

    Ontario
    Nov 17 Concordia 1 McGill 2
    Nov 17 Guelph 6 W. Ontario 4
    Nov 17 Laurier 2 Brock 3 (ot)
    Nov 17 Ottawa 4 Carleton 3
    Nov 17 Queen's 8 Laurentian 2
    Nov 17 R.M.C. 2 U.Q.T.R. 1 (so)
    Nov 17 Ryerson 2 Windsor 7
    Nov 17 Toronto 2 Lakehead 3 (ot)
    Nov 17 U.O.I.T. 4 Nipissing 3 (so)
    Nov 17 York 4 Waterloo 6

    Atlantic
    Nov 17 Acadia 9 Moncton 1
    Nov 17 New Brunswick 2 St. F.X. 3 (ot)
    Nov 17 U.P.E.I. 4 Dalhousie 2

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


    NEXT UP

    Nov 18 Alberta at Saskatchewan
    Nov 18 Manitoba at Lethbridge
    Nov 18 Mount Royal at U.B.C.
    Nov 18 Regina at Calgary
    Nov 18 New Brunswick at Dalhousie
    Nov 18 Saint Mary's at Moncton
    Nov 18 U.P.E.I. at St. F.X.
    Nov 18 Carleton at U.Q.T.R.
    Nov 18 Guelph at Brock
    Nov 18 McGill at Concordia
    Nov 18 Queen's at Nipissing
    Nov 18 R.M.C. at Ottawa
    Nov 18 Toronto at Lakehead
    Nov 18 U.O.I.T. at Laurentian
    Nov 18 W. Ontario at Laurier
    Nov 18 York at Windsor

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  5. #80

    Nov 18: Bisons Back-to-Back Bonus Points


    MANITOBA BISONS 3
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4

    (in overtime)

    Links:

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

    Two identical scores but very different games. The Hψrny Ψnes were short two players but the rest must have been downing Viagra like candy for the first two periods, as they outshot the Bisons 19-9 and 18-8. The 3rd period was closer (13-11). So while this was a lost weekend, the Bisons still got two points and held their place in the standings. Here's what happened:

    Scorers:
    2nd – 03:49 – Man Zach Franko (4)
    2nd – 15:04 – Leth Dalton Sward (2)
    3rd – 01:19 – Leth Justin Valentino (4)
    3rd – 04:20 – Man Joel Schreyer (1)
    3rd – 08:38 – Leth Justin Valentino (5)
    3rd – 19:56 – Man Kamerin Nault (6)
    4th – 00:17 – Leth Mitchell Maxwell (6)

    The Bisons are becoming no stranger to the empty-net goal. Kamerin Nault scored his 6th of the season, which followed a faceoff taken with just 12 seconds left and 6 Bison skaters on the ice. Both sides played their Friday night starters on short rest, which sometimes causes a fairly wild game. So again Garret Hughson gets the win and Byron Spriggs got the OTL.

    Next week the teams both play the team beside them in the standings. The Bisons host Calgary and Lethbridge visits Regina.



    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


    REGINA COUGARS 2
    CALGARY DINOSAURS 3


    Links:

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

    This was exactly the inverse score from Friday night. Bedrock U had a tough time with the Kittens, the shots were 28-27. After Regina and Lethbridge appeared to be falling apart, they both played extremely well on the weekend. These scores also tighten the CW standings in a major way. Jordan Papirny started for Bedrock and got the win, and Michael Herringer took the loss for Regina. I saw the ending of this one after the Bison game, and Regina looked pretty decent. They and Lethbridge are the weakest teams in the CW but will claim some scalps as the season progresses.


    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3
    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 1


    Links:

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

    This series had split written all over it. But the Bluegars' sweep here could be a major turning point for both teams. Rather than challenging the league leaders, UBC could be in the familiar position of a life and death battle for a playoff berth. The first three goals were on the PP, and the final one into an empty net. Rylan Toth started for the T-irds, and stopped 21 of 23 shots, and Cam Lanigan got the win, stopping 30 of 31. It looks like MRU may run with the veteran goaltender now.


    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 0
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4


    Links:

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

    The Evil Monkeys finally taste defeat! No doubt they are now swinging from the vines and throwing feces at one another. The final goal was an empty-netter, so the Monkeys never went down without a fight. Jordon Cooke had a 29-save shut-out for the win, and Zach Sawchenko stopped 31 of 34 to take the loss. The Mutts remain 3 points behind the Apes. Sask wraps their first half of the schedule at Mount Royal next weekend, while Alberta hosts UBC.

    STANDINGS



    OUT EAST

    Ontario
    Nov 18 Carleton 2 U.Q.T.R. 4
    Nov 18 Guelph 4 Brock 2
    Nov 18 McGill 3 Concordia 2 (ot)
    Nov 18 Queen's 4 Nipissing 3 (ot)
    Nov 18 R.M.C. 1 Ottawa 2 (ot)
    Nov 18 Toronto 1 Lakehead 3
    Nov 18 U.O.I.T. 5 Laurentian 3
    Nov 18 W. Ontario 2 Laurier 3
    Nov 18 York 3 Windsor 5

    Atlantic
    Nov 18 New Brunswick 4 Dalhousie 3
    Nov 18 Saint Mary's 7 Moncton 2
    Nov 18 U.P.E.I. 1 St. F.X. 6

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


    NEXT UP

    Nov 21 OUA Laurentian at Nipissing
    Nov 22 AUS Moncton at U.P.E.I.
    Nov 22 AUS St. F.X. at Saint Mary's
    Nov 24 CW Calgary at Manitoba
    Nov 24 CW Lethbridge at Regina
    Nov 24 CW Saskatchewan at Mount Royal
    Nov 24 CW U.B.C. at Alberta

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  6. #81

    Week #7 - Nov 19/17

    THE OFFICIAL HOLLYWOOD TOP 35 #7
    to Nov 19/17

    For the first time in a long time, no teams switched categories. Lethbridge and Regina lose their “-” but that does not affect their status for rankings purposes. The AUS teams have reached their mid-point, after next week the CW teams will have reached their midpoint, and the OUA teams will reach their midpoint sometime between now and then. Here's the week that was.

    THE SCORES:

    Nov 15 Acadia 2 Saint Mary's 3
    Nov 15 Waterloo 4 Ryerson 6
    Nov 17 Alberta 6 Saskatchewan 1
    Nov 17 Manitoba 3 Lethbridge 4 (ot)
    Nov 17 Mount Royal 4 U.B.C. 1
    Nov 17 Regina 3 Calgary 2
    Nov 17 Acadia 9 Moncton 1
    Nov 17 New Brunswick 2 St. F.X. 3 (ot)
    Nov 17 U.P.E.I. 4 Dalhousie 2
    Nov 17 Concordia 1 McGill 2
    Nov 17 Guelph 6 W. Ontario 4
    Nov 17 Laurier 2 Brock 3 (ot)
    Nov 17 Ottawa 4 Carleton 3
    Nov 17 Queen's 8 Laurentian 2
    Nov 17 R.M.C. 2 U.Q.T.R. 1 (so)
    Nov 17 Ryerson 2 Windsor 7
    Nov 17 Toronto 2 Lakehead 3 (ot)
    Nov 17 U.O.I.T. 4 Nipissing 3 (so)
    Nov 17 York 4 Waterloo 6
    Nov 18 Alberta 0 Saskatchewan 4
    Nov 18 Manitoba 3 Lethbridge 4 (ot)
    Nov 18 Mount Royal 3 U.B.C. 1
    Nov 18 Regina 2 Calgary 3
    Nov 18 New Brunswick 4 Dalhousie 3
    Nov 18 Saint Mary's 7 Moncton 2
    Nov 18 U.P.E.I. 1 St. F.X. 6
    Nov 18 Carleton 2 U.Q.T.R. 4
    Nov 18 Guelph 4 Brock 2
    Nov 18 McGill 3 Concordia 2 (ot)
    Nov 18 Queen's 4 Nipissing 3 (ot)
    Nov 18 R.M.C. 1 Ottawa 2 (ot)
    Nov 18 Toronto 1 Lakehead 3
    Nov 18 U.O.I.T. 5 Laurentian 3
    Nov 18 W. Ontario 2 Laurier 3
    Nov 18 York 3 Windsor 5

    THE TABLE:



    * 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 was a tough week for the B level. McGill swept Concordia (4-1 on points), Calgary split with Regina (2-2 against a C team), Manitoba had two OTLs against Lethbridge (a C team), Carleton went 0-2-0 aginst C+ teams, York went 0-2-0 against C teams, and Ryerson went 1-1-0 against C teams. So Manitoba had a bad weekend and moved up. Very peculiar, and goes to prove that adage that “it's all relative”.

    For now, all teams stand pat within their level. That may change. There are a lot of C+ teams just a shade behind the B teams.

    The OUA West is hard to figure. How is it that Laurier and Guelph have yet to play? And how do you explain Windsor's record? (3-1-1 against B teams and 1-4-0 against C teams.) Are York and Ryerson really B level teams? They are staying put for now but they really are now no better than Guelph and Laurier.

    Due to the blurring between B and C+, I have not really distunguished between results against those teams this week. To see how close the C+ teams are, see that MRU and UBC have played almost identical schedules and are 1 game apart in the standings, yet they are 14th and 20th.

    @USPORTS_Hockey
    @USPORTSca
    @CanadaWest
    @umbisons

  7. #82

    Preview: Nov 24-25: Calgary at Manitoba


    CALGARY DINOSAURS (6-3-3, 12-4-4, OHT35 #8)
    MANITOBA BISONS (6-4-2, 10-8-3, OHT35 #11)


    Nov 10 7:00 CST at Wayne Fleming Arena
    Nov 11 1:00 CST at Wayne Fleming Arena


    Live Links:

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

    Manitoba Links:
    • GoBisons: [Preview Story]
    • Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
    • CW: [Stats]∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
    • LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

    Austin Douglas:
    • Stats: [Elite Prospects] ∞ [Hockey DB] ∞ [Wiki]
    • Video: [Shaw Kamloops]

    Calgary Links:
    • GoDinos: [Team Site]
    • Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
    • CW: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
    • LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

    Other Links:
    • [USports] ∞ [US Schedule/Links]
    • [US Standings] ∞ [Top Ten]
    • [CW Site] ∞ [CW Schedule]
    • [CW Stats] ∞ [Media Access]
    • [CUSN Week 7]

    The Bisons are finally back on home ice! After a conference bye week they had two weekends on the road, so it will be about a month between home games when the puck drops Friday night. The opponent will be Bedrock U. Although not battling extinction, they appear to be a Bison rival in the mid-pack race for 3rd and 4th places. Both sides typically occupy the space just below the Monkeys and Mutts. Last year the Bisons held a slight edge (2-1-1, 5-4 on points) but over the last 4 seasons are just behind (7-6-3, 17-18 on points).

    In the off season Mr. Slate spent a load of money getting some new recruits to play for the Bedrock Dinos. However, their top players have been their veteran players. So far, their top newcomer has been Riley Sheen (5-3-8 in just 6 games). They also have a handful of other newcomers with 5 points each. The team is paced by two veteran forwards, Cain Franson (6-7-13) and Chris Collins (4-8-12), and two defencemen, Dylan Busenius (2-8-10) and Drydn Dow (3-6-9). Their goaltenders have posted really good numbers so far. It is a 2/3, 1/3 split with veteran Matthew Greenfield (3-3-2, 2.32 GAA, .926 S%) the starter and rookie Jordan Papirny (3-0-1, 1.75 GAA, .937 S%) as backup.

    The Bisons continue to be led by their top line. Michael St. Croix (4-9-13), Kamerin Nault (6-5-11), and Zach Franko (4-6-10) have been perhaps the top line in the CW. Adam Henry (4-8-12) is the CW's leading scorer amongst defencemen.

    As always, the questions for the Bisons are whether the goaltending will hold, whether the 2nd line will get going, and the health of the guys MIA. In goal, Byron Spriggs has had some excellent games but overall has been a decent starter (5-4-2, 3.27 GAA, .899 S%). The second line (Augert-Stovin-Zajac) had combined for just 6 goals, and average a -7. The typical third line (Bilton-Brooks-Lisoway) have combined for 7 goals, and average a -1. Remi Laurencelle dressed for the first and only time against Regina and boosted the 4th line but whether he can play, I do not know.

    One roster note is that the Bisons have recruited a new defenceman, Austin Douglas, and he has taken Rene Hunter's #9 jersey. Other players yet to hit the ice in the regular season are goaltender Justin Paulic, defenceman Victor Sharonov, and big forward Jonah Wasylak. Douglas played for Seattle and Kamloops of the WHL in 2013-14 before moving to 7 different teams over 3 seasons in Manitoba, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. In the last 4 seasons he has yet to play more than 30 games per season. He spent all of last year with the Dauphin Kings, playing just 20 games.

    This got me thinking about Manitoba boys with WHL scholarships who are enrolled at the U of M but not on the team. Quite a list of players, listed with a link to their Elite Propspects page:
    • [Denis Bosc] - lw/d
    • [Jordyn Boyd] – f, played in 2015-16
    • [Reid Gow] – d, played in 2014-15
    • [Stephen Hak] – d
    • [Austin Lotz] - g, played ECHL last year
    • [Meyer Nell] – lw
    • [Christian Stockl] – rw, on roster but did not play in 2015-16
    • [Spencer Tremblay] - g

    Not everybody in Bedrock is a Dino fan. Fred and Barney are Bison fans!




    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (3-8-1, 7-13-1, OHT35 #23)
    REGINA COUGARS (2-8-2, 4-12-2, OHT35 #27)


    Links:

    UofR: [Preview Story]
    UofL: [Greatest Horns 21-30] : [Maxwell 1st Star] : [Academic All-Canadians]

    At one time it seemed that this series would be a rare opportunity for these teams to get a win. However, both played very well last weekend. Both sides had pretty good pre-seasons before hitting the skids. Regina was 2-2 in pre-season then were blitzed in the States and against Sask. But they have recovered and are playing well. In their last 4 series they are just 2-6-2, but only their 6-1 loss to the Bisons was a “bad game”. The Hψrny Ψnes were 4-5-0 in pre-season then split with Bedrock U. Then came an 8 game losing streak, snapped with their sweep of the Bisons in a pair of overtime games. While it seems likely that these will be the two teams to miss the playoffs again, they will both claim some wins as the season enters the 2nd half.


    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (5-6-1, 8-7-1, OHT35 #20)
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (11-1-0, 16-2-0, OHT35 #2)


    Links:

    UofA: [Preview Story]
    UBC: [Team Site]
    Hamber Trophy: [Wikia]

    The Evil Monkeys' incredible winning streak came to a crashing halt last weekend. Did they just slip on a banana peel? Or have they just crashed to Earth? I strongly believe that the Monkeys will recover and not lose more than a handful of games the rest of the season. What about the T-irds? They opened the season against the Bisons and were physically punished. They in fact played several games short-staffed and their record suffered. If they lose twice this weekend they could be feeling the heat for the final playoff berth for the 3rd straight season. These teams used to play for the Hamber Trophy starting in the days before UBC started conference hockey. Check out the Wikia link for the whole story on that.


    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (9-2-1, 10-5-1, OHT35 #4)
    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (6-5-1, 7-7-1, OHT35 #14)


    Links:

    MRU: [Team Site]
    UofS: [Team Site]

    Last week was pretty good for these two. The Bluegars swept UBC in the Battle for Fifth, and Sask split with Alberta to snap the Monkeys' winning streak. MRU dipped from last season, but still have a solid nucleus and could well take some points from this series. The Banjo Mutts looked like two different hockey teams last Friday and Saturday. Hard to figure what they will look like.

    OUT EAST

    Ontario

    Nov 21 Laurentian 2 Nipissing 6
    Nov 24 Concordia at Laurier
    Nov 24 Lakehead at U.O.I.T.
    Nov 24 Laurentian at Guelph
    Nov 24 McGill at Waterloo
    Nov 24 Nipissing at Brock
    Nov 24 Ryerson at Ottawa
    Nov 24 Toronto at U.Q.T.R.
    Nov 24 W. Ontario at Queen's
    Nov 24 Windsor at R.M.C.
    Nov 24 York at Carleton
    Nov 25 Concordia at Waterloo
    Nov 25 Lakehead at U.O.I.T.
    Nov 25 Laurentian at Brock
    Nov 25 McGill at Laurier
    Nov 25 Nipissing at Guelph
    Nov 25 Ryerson at Carleton
    Nov 25 Toronto at U.Q.T.R.
    Nov 25 W. Ontario at R.M.C.
    Nov 25 Windsor at Queen's
    Nov 25 York at Ottawa

    Atlantic
    Nov 22 Moncton 8 U.P.E.I. 5
    Nov 22 St. F.X. 4 Saint Mary's 2
    Nov 24 Acadia at St. F.X.
    Nov 24 Dalhousie at Saint Mary's
    Nov 24 U.P.E.I. at New Brunswick
    Nov 25 Acadia at Dalhousie
    Nov 25 New Brunswick at Moncton

    Links:

    • [US Presto S&R]
    • [OUA S&R]
    • [AUS S&R]

  8. #83

    Nov 24: Bisons Bounce Bedrock for 3rd place


    CALGARY DINOSAURS 2
    MANITOBA BISONS 3


    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
    CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [Coach's View] : [UofM*]
    Stories: [UofM] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofC]
    Stories: [Fleming Family Hockey Coach Scholarship]

    The Herd achieved a key victory over Bedrock U, and are now alone in 3rd place in the CW, at least for a day. The rematch goes Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Here's the skinny:

    Manitoba

    Goal
    35 Spriggs (34 Sydora)

    Defence
    2 Henry - 16 Heinrichs
    3 Christensen - 4 Bresciani
    25 Skrumeda – 9 Douglas

    Forwards
    27 Franko - 14 Nault - 18 St. Croix
    26 Lisoway - 22 B Bowles - 12 Zajac
    24 Augert - 28 Stovin - 8 Bilton
    21 Brooks - 23 Schreyer - 17 Callis

    Scratches:
    1 Paulic - 9 Hunter - 11 Sharonov
    13 Laurencelle - 15 S Bowles
    19 Spencer - 20 Keane - 29 Wasylak

    Calgary

    Goal
    1 Greenfield (34 Papirny)

    Defence
    6 Dow – 33 Hauf
    7 Sherbinin – 3 Gagnon
    42 Gibson – 44 Busenius

    Forwards
    12 Franson – 16 Alfaro – 9 Kambeitz
    17 Gordon – 13 Collins – 24 Harrison
    15 Vanstone – 27 Rauckman – 29 Forster
    21 L Fisher – 10 R Fisher – 22 Cook

    Scratches:
    2 Gibb – 8 Lofthouse – 11 Maiolino
    19 Sheen – 23 Graham – 26 Pickett
    28 Uhrich – 30 Gutenberg

    Scorers:
    1st – 16:09 – Man Kamerin Nault (7)
    1st – 18:03 – Cal Logan Fisher (1)
    2nd – 01:01 – Cal Luke Harrison (3) (SH)
    2nd – 12:41 – Man Quintin Lisoway (3) (PP)
    3rd – 13:59 – Man Michael St. Croix (5)

    This was quite a good game. Lots of hits, but very few penalties. Just the way people like it. Kamerin Nault opened scoring on a 3-way passing play with his linemates, Michael St. Croix and Zach Franko. That should not be too surprising.

    Calgary's two goals were softies. Byron Spriggs had a stellar performance, but both goals were to his right on an extreme angle. I had a great view of the first goal from my seat and it was like a Penn & Teller trick. It looked like Spriggs had it stopped yet it trickled through his padding somehow.

    Quinton Lisoway's goal in the 2nd period was the end result of extreme pressure on the power play. St. Croix had a very strong game, creating havoc whenever he was on the ice. It was deserving that he got the winner.

    Spriggs stopped 25 of 27 shots to claim the win, and Matthew Greenfield stopped 22 of 25 in the loss. Both goaltenders and St. Croix were named as 3 stars.

    Before the game a new award was revealed in honour of former Bison coach, Billy Robinson. It goes to the most improved player returning to the line-up. Sean Christensen was named the inaugural winner. He has become a top-4 defenceman in his 3rd season, after coming to the Bisons from the MMJHL. It is not too often that somebody from the MM makes it to this level.

    And between the 1st and 2nd periods, Brett Stovin was awarded the Fleming Family Hockey Coach Scholarship, which is for his commitment to coaching. He works on this during the off-season.







    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 6
    REGINA COUGARS 2


    Links:

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

    The Battle for the Wooden Spoon was won by the Hψrny Ψnes in convincing fashion. The goal-scoring difficulties which plagued Lethbridge have now seemingly vanished and playoffs are now just 2 points away. There were eight different scorers in this game. Garret Hughson stopped 29 of 31 for the win, and Michael Herringer stopped 32 of 38 in defeat.


    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3
    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2


    Links:

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

    This was a tight battle all the way through and, in the end, the Banjo Mutts had just enough to win. Taran Kozun had a rare start for Sask, and made the most of it with a 26 save victory. Cam Lanigan started and lost for the Bluegars, and stopped 31 of 34. It was military night at MRU, and they wore a commemorative uniform.




    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 0
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4


    Links:

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

    Four different Primates scored and Brendan Burke registered the shutout to get the Evil Monkeys back on the winning track. The T-irds went back to Matt Hewitt in goal, and he stopped 28 of 32 shots in an attempt to rekindle the magic he supplied earlier this season. The T-irds are now clinging to 6th place, just 2 points ahead of Lethbridge.

    STANDINGS



    OUT EAST

    Ontario
    Nov 24 Concordia 3 Laurier 1
    Nov 24 Lakehead 1 U.O.I.T. 3
    Nov 24 Laurentian 5 Guelph 9
    Nov 24 McGill 6 Waterloo 3
    Nov 24 Nipissing 1 Brock 2
    Nov 24 Ryerson 3 Ottawa 4 (so)
    Nov 24 Toronto 1 U.Q.T.R. 8
    Nov 24 W. Ontario 4 R.M.C. 5 (ot)
    Nov 24 Windsor 2 Queen's 4
    Nov 24 York 3 Carleton 2 (so)

    Atlantic
    Nov 24 Acadia 1 St. F.X. 2
    Nov 24 Dalhousie 1 Saint Mary's 3
    Nov 24 U.P.E.I. 1 New Brunswick 8

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


    NEXT UP

    Nov 25 CW Calgary at Manitoba – 1:00 CST
    Nov 25 CW Lethbridge at Regina – 7:00 CST
    Nov 25 CW Saskatchewan at Mount Royal – 6:00 MST
    Nov 25 CW U.B.C. at Alberta – 5:00 MST

    Nov 25 AUS Acadia at Dalhousie
    Nov 25 AUS New Brunswick at Moncton
    Nov 25 OUA Concordia at Waterloo
    Nov 25 OUA Lakehead at U.O.I.T.
    Nov 25 OUA Laurentian at Brock
    Nov 25 OUA McGill at Laurier
    Nov 25 OUA Nipissing at Guelph
    Nov 25 OUA Ryerson at Carleton
    Nov 25 OUA Toronto at U.Q.T.R.
    Nov 25 OUA W. Ontario at Queen's
    Nov 25 OUA Windsor at R.M.C.
    Nov 25 OUA York at Ottawa

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  9. #84

    Nov 25: Dinos Get a Split, back to 3rd place


    CALGARY DINOSAURS 4
    MANITOBA BISONS 0


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

    In this matinee rematch, neither side many any line-up changes, even keeping their lines the same. Bedrock did switch starting goaltenders, going with Jordan Papirny, who got his first shutout. Here's the deal:

    Scorers:
    3rd 00:29 – Cal Chris Collins (5)
    3rd 08:11 – Cal Drydn Dow (4)
    3rd 12:02 – Cal Robbie Fisher (1)
    3rd 19:35 – Cal Tim Vanstone (4) (EN)

    When teams play an afternoon game after a night game it can often be a crap-shoot. This one was not like that. However, the physicality was more stop-start and at times it looked like a playoff overtime game in that there was a load of effort from somewhat worn out players.

    Despite having consistent pressure throughout most of the game, none of that resulted in goals. All three non-empty net goals were on hit-and-run breakouts. To start the period, Chris Collins had a one-man effort. He split the defence and neither Adam Henry nor Blake Heinrich played the body. The Bisons were pushing for a game-tieing goal when what looked like a cross-check or interference penalty on a point-man sprung a Dino breakaway which ultimately led to the 2nd goal. The 3rd one was on an occasion where the Bisons lacked hustle making a line-change, allowing the Dinos a chance to pounce.

    On the night, Byron Spriggs took the loss, stopping 35 of 38 shots.

    Thus ends the Bison stint in 3rd place, at one game. There is not much difference between 3rd and 4th places, since both host quarter-final series. After Saturday's games, every team in the CW has played every other team twice as the mid-point of the season has been reached. But the semester has one more series, and for the Bisons that means a trip to British California next weekend.



    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2
    REGINA COUGARS 5


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

    I am not sure how many of their nine lives the Banjo Cats have used this far, but a loss in this one would have been one more. They desrve credit for responding with a convincing performance which stopped the Hψrny Ψnes' winning streak at 3. Zak Zborosky led the way for Regina with 2 goals and 2 assists. Tristan Frei scored twice more, once shorthanded and once into the empty net. Both sides stuck with their Friday night starter. Michael Herringer stopped 26 of 28 for the win and Garret Hughson stopped 35 of 39 in the loss.


    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4
    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 1


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

    The score might look one-sided, bit the stats say a different story. It seems that each period was a vastly different affair. MRU scored the only goal in the 1st, where they outshot the Mutts 10-6. Sask put the boots to the Bluegars in the 2nd, outshooting them 12-7 and scoring all 4 goals in the period. The 3rd period was all-MRU, as they outshot Sask 16-3 but could not make a dent in the deficit. Jordon Cooke stopped 32 of 33 shots for the win. The Bluegar goaltending duties were split. Cam Lanigan was yanked after two, stopping 14 of 18. Wyatt Hoflin played the 3rd and stopped all 3 shots he faced. Somebody should have given him a box of popcorn.


    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 1
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5


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

    The script was eerily similar to the one from Friday night. Five different scorers for the Evil Monkeys paced them to a convincing 4-goal victory. The T-irds' only goal was a shutout buster with less than 3 minutes to play. Saudi Alberta continued the goaltending rotation, as Zach Sawchenko made 22 saves for the win. UBC started Rylan Toth, but he was pulled after surrendering 3 goals on just 7 shots in less than half a period. Matt Hewitt was back in there and stopped 25 of 27 shots.

    STANDINGS



    OUT EAST

    Ontario
    Nov 25 Concordia 6 Waterloo 1
    Nov 25 Lakehead 1 U.O.I.T. 3
    Nov 25 Laurentian 1 Brock 4
    Nov 25 McGill 2 Laurier 5
    Nov 25 Nipissing 4 Guelph 8
    Nov 25 Ryerson 5 Carleton 3
    Nov 25 Toronto 2 U.Q.T.R. 5
    Nov 25 W. Ontario 4 Queen's 1
    Nov 25 Windsor 3 R.M.C. 4 (so)
    Nov 25 York 3 Ottawa 4 (so)

    This was the 2nd interlocking weekend between the OUA's East and West divisions. The first weekend was 11-9 in favour of the East. Friday was 7-3 in favour of the East, and Saturday was a 5-5 split.

    Atlantic
    Nov 25 Acadia 3 Dalhousie 1
    Nov 25 New Brunswick 5 Moncton 3

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


    NEXT UP

    Nov 29 AUS St. F.X. at Dalhousie
    Nov 29 OUA Queen's at R.M.C.
    Nov 30 OUA Ryerson at W. Ontario
    Nov 30 OUA Waterloo at Laurier
    Dec 01 CW Alberta at Mount Royal
    Dec 01 CW Calgary at Lethbridge
    Dec 01 CW Manitoba at U.B.C.
    Dec 01 CW Regina at Saskatchewan


    NOTE: The next home games for the Bisons are Jan 5-6 against Alberta.

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  10. #85

    Week #8 - Nov 26/17

    THE OFFICIAL HOLLYWOOD TOP 35 #8
    to Nov 26/17

    This was a big shake-up. Last week, for rankings purposes, I lumped B and C+ together but kept all teams where they were. This time I did the same thing but allowed teams to shift. And there were many shifts. Let's look.

    THE SCORES:

    Nov 21 Laurentian 2 Nipissing 6
    Nov 22 Moncton 8 U.P.E.I. 5
    Nov 22 St. F.X. 4 Saint Mary's 2
    Nov 24 Calgary 2 Manitoba 3
    Nov 24 Lethbridge 6 Regina 2
    Nov 24 Saskatchewan 3 Mount Royal 2
    Nov 24 U.B.C. 0 Alberta 4
    Nov 24 Acadia 1 St. F.X. 2
    Nov 24 Dalhousie 1 Saint Mary's 3
    Nov 24 U.P.E.I. 1 New Brunswick 8
    Nov 24 Concordia 3 Laurier 1
    Nov 24 Lakehead 1 U.O.I.T. 3
    Nov 24 Laurentian 5 Guelph 9
    Nov 24 McGill 6 Waterloo 3
    Nov 24 Nipissing 1 Brock 2
    Nov 24 Ryerson 3 Ottawa 4 (so)
    Nov 24 Toronto 1 U.Q.T.R. 8
    Nov 24 W. Ontario 4 R.M.C. 5 (ot)
    Nov 24 Windsor 2 Queen's 4
    Nov 24 York 3 Carleton 2 (so)
    Nov 25 Calgary 4 Manitoba 0
    Nov 25 Lethbridge 2 Regina 5
    Nov 25 Saskatchewan 4 Mount Royal 1
    Nov 25 U.B.C. 1 Alberta 5
    Nov 25 Acadia 3 Dalhousie 1
    Nov 25 New Brunswick 5 Moncton 3
    Nov 25 Concordia 6 Waterloo 1
    Nov 25 Lakehead 1 U.O.I.T. 3
    Nov 25 Laurentian 1 Brock 4
    Nov 25 McGill 2 Laurier 5
    Nov 25 Nipissing 4 Guelph 8
    Nov 25 Ryerson 5 Carleton 3
    Nov 25 Toronto 2 U.Q.T.R. 5
    Nov 25 W. Ontario 4 Queen's 1
    Nov 25 Windsor 3 R.M.C. 4 (so)
    Nov 25 York 3 Ottawa 4 (so)

    THE TABLE:



    * 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




    Since this was the second weekend of OUA interlocking games, I have updated their table.



    And since many teams shifted about, here is the conference comparative rankings skew:



    Starting at the A level, Acadia is barely hanging on. It is rather extreme in the AUS to have 4 of 7 teams at the A level. We'll see.

    The big transition this week was in B and C+. At this stage most every team has enough games at each level so that we can meaningfully compare them based on winning percentages against category. For this week, B and C+ were lumped together. Next week I should be able to “re-split” the levels. In any event, UQTR, MRU, and Laurier deserved a boost, and Ryerson went the other way. The question was where to put Guelph and York. Guelph was ahead of York, but were in C+ whilst York was in B. I chose to move them to B, for now. After one more week that may change.

    Also, UOIT and Ottawa won promotion from C to C+. Ottawa was in C+ earlier. UOIT is on a 6-game winning streak, and Ottawa on a 4-gamer.

    One could argue that the OUA West should not have 6 games in the C level. However, look what those 6 teams have done against B and C+ teams:
    Brock 2-5-1
    Lakehead 0-8-1
    Waterloo 1-5-1
    Windsor 4-4-1 (but are 1-3-1 against C level)
    Toronto 1-7-0
    W. Ontario 2-5-0

    None of those look ready to move to C+ in the near future.

    @USPORTS_Hockey
    @USPORTSca
    @CanadaWest
    @umbisons

  11. #86

    Dec 1-2: Preview: Manitoba at UBC


    MANITOBA BISONS (7-5-2, 11-9-3, OHT35 #11)
    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (5-8-1, 8-9-1, OHT35 #20)


    Nov 10 7:00 PST/9:00 CST at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre - Vancouver
    Nov 11 2:00 PST/4:00 CST at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre - Vancouver


    Live Links:

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

    Manitoba Links:
    • GoBisons: [Team Site]
    • Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
    • CW: [Stats]∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
    • LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

    UBC Links:
    • GoThunderbirds: [Series Preview]
    • Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
    • CW: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]
    • LeagueStat: [Stats] ∞ [Schedule/Results/Links]

    Prior Games:
    Oct 7: UBC 6 UofM 4: [UofM Game Story] ∞ [LeagueStat]
    Oct 8: UofM 3 UBC 2: [UofM Game Story] ∞ [LeagueStat]

    Other Links:
    • [USports] ∞ [US Schedule/Links]
    • [US Standings] ∞ [Top Ten]
    • [CW Site] ∞ [CW Schedule]
    • [CW Stats] ∞ [Media Access]
    • [CUSN Week 8]

    The 1st semester ends this weekend, however the 1st half of the season ended last weekend. Thus begins the home stretch. These two teams opened the regular season by splitting a pair of games in Friendly Manitoba. The T-irds are flush with small, quick personnel. They seemed to be worn out from the physicality and, in fact, had very little left at the end of that series. The T-irds then played several games without a full roster.

    The T-irds enter this series on a 6-game losing streak (two losses to each of Sask, MRU, and Alberta). The Bisons split last weekend, and their Saturday afternoon loss followed 7 straight games where they had at least a point. The 4th place Bisons lead the 6th place T-irds by 5 points. So a sweep would likely all but ensure the Herd of a playoff berth.

    Easier said than done. These two teams have played some good games in recent seasons. They split this season (so far) and last season. Over the last 5 years the Bisons hold the edge, 11-7-0. I anticipate that UBC will have major incentive to avoid falling out of a playoff berth heading into the Christmas break.

    When UBC came to town in the first series, Austin Vertterl scored twice in each game. He is their leading scorer (8-5-13). Other noted scorers for the T-irds are forward Tyler Sandhu (4-7-11) and defenceman Jerrett Smith (1-10-11). But their key player (by far) is veteran goaltender Matt Hewitt (5-3-1, 3.15 GAA, .918 S%). Prior to their 6-game losing streak, UBC won 4 straight games against Regina and Lethbridge. They were outshot in every one of those games.

    The Bisons continue to be led by their top line, all of whom are in the top 25 scorers, and defenceman Adam Henry (4-9-13). Michael St. Croix (5-10-15), Kamerin Nault (7-5-12), and Zach Franko (4-7-11) are one of the top lines in the CW. Byron Spriggs continues to shoulder the load in goal, starting all but one game so far. His numbers are solid at 6-5-2, 3.15 GAA, and .903 S%.

    ELSEWHERE


    REGINA COUGARS (3-9-2, 5-13-2, OHT35 #28)
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (11-2-1, 12-5-1, OHT35 #4)


    Links:

    UofS: [Series Preview] : [Game Notes (pdf)]
    UofR: [Team Site]

    As is the case with all series this weekend, other than Manitoba-UBC, this is a home-and-home format series. The Battle of Banjoland has not had much lustre in recent years. The Banjo Mutts swept the opening series of this season, and swept the four games they played last year. Over the last five years the tally is 14-4 for the Canines. Does this mean that the Banjo Cats are due? Well, I think the Kittens will purr with contentment if they can win once here. Sask has a nice pdf package of notes in the links.


    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (13-1-0, 18-2-0, OHT35 #3)
    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (6-7-1, 7-9-1, OHT35 #12)


    Links:

    MRU: [Team Site]
    UofA: [Preview Story]

    The Evil Monkeys' preview story says that they have not reached the 15 win mark by the Christmas break since 2004-05. I am not sure many teams have ever reached that level. The good thing about this series for the Bluegars is that they will get this series out of the way for the home stretch. Any points here would be gladly welcome at MRU.


    CALGARY DINOSAURS (7-4-3, 13-5-4, OHT35 #9)
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (4-9-1, 8-14-1, OHT35 #26)


    Links:

    UofL: [50 Greatest Horns: 11-20]
    UofC: [Series Preview]

    The Hψrny Ψnes managed a split with the Bedrock Dinos to start the season, however the tally stands at 16-2 in favour of the Dinos over the last five years. Can the Hψrny Ψnes finally land a playoff berth? Well, a couple of points this weekend would certainly help. After that split with Bedrock to start the season, they also had a good series against Sask, but got just one point. Two weeks ago against the Bisons they emerged from the doldrums to once again play very well. The Dinos have split their last 4 series, against Manitoba, Regina, MRU, and Sask.

    OUT EAST

    Ontario

    Nov 29 Queen's 5 R.M.C. 4 (ot)
    Nov 30 Ryerson at W. Ontario
    Nov 30 Waterloo at Laurier
    Dec 01 Carleton at Ottawa
    Dec 01 Guelph at Toronto
    Dec 01 Laurentian at McGill
    Dec 01 Laurier at York
    Dec 01 Nipissing at Concordia
    Dec 01 U.Q.T.R. at U.O.I.T.
    Dec 01 Waterloo at Brock
    Dec 01 Windsor at W. Ontario
    Dec 02 Carleton at R.M.C.
    Dec 02 Guelph at Windsor
    Dec 02 Laurentian at Concordia
    Dec 02 Nipissing at McGill
    Dec 02 Ottawa at Queen's
    Dec 02 Toronto at Brock
    Dec 02 U.Q.T.R. at U.O.I.T.
    Dec 02 York at Ryerson

    Atlantic
    Nov 29 St. F.X. 2 Dalhousie 0
    Dec 01 Dalhousie at Moncton
    Dec 01 New Brunswick at Saint Mary's
    Dec 01 U.P.E.I. at Acadia
    Dec 02 New Brunswick at Acadia
    Dec 02 St. F.X. at Moncton
    Dec 02 U.P.E.I. at Saint Mary's

    Links:

    • [US Presto S&R]
    • [OUA S&R]
    • [AUS S&R]
    Last edited by Hollywood; 11-30-2017 at 03:48 AM.

  12. #87

    Dec 1: Five Goal 3rd Period for the Bisons


    MANITOBA BISONS 7
    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 3


    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
    CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [UofM*]
    Stories: [UBC] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofM*]
    Manitoban: [Kamerin Nault Profile] : [Calgary Series]
    Others: [CUSN Week 8]

    This was an enormous win in British California for the Herd. The result allows the Bisons to vault over Bedrock U into 3rd place, while the T-irds fall into a tie with Lethbridge for 6th place.

    Captain Brett Stovin scored his 2nd and 3rd goals of the season, while linemates Liam Bilton and Justin Augert also scored. Dasan Sydora posted his 2nd win in as many starts, and stopped 27 of 30 shots on goal. Matt Hewitt took the loss, with 22 saves on 29 shots. He missed just over 5 minutes of play when briefly injured, and Rylan Toth made 2 more saves in that segment.

    The game was tied 2-2 after the 1st and 2nd periods. The Bisons exploded for 5 consecutive goals in the 3rd period. Another encouraging aspect of the stats for the Bisons is the spread of goals throughout their lines. Here's the list:

    Scorers
    1st 02:30 – Man Brett Stovin (2)
    1st 02:54 – UBC Michael Stenerson (6)
    1st 09:45 – UBC Michael Stenerson (7) (SH)
    1st 18:00 – Man Brett Stovin (3) (SH)
    3rd 00:18 – Man Justin Augert (3)
    3rd 01:36 – Man Brett Brooks (4)
    3rd 12:25 – Man Sean Christensen (2)
    3rd 12:49 – Man Liam Bilton (3)
    3rd 17:06 – Man Kamerin Nault (8)
    3rd 18:27 – UBC Riley Guenther (2)

    The Saturday matinee rematch starts at 4:00 CST.

    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


    REGINA COUGARS 2
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3


    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
    Stories: [UofS] : [rp @CW] : [UofR]
    Preview: [UofR Preview Story] : [Zborosky WHL GoM]

    The latest round in the eternal struggle between Canine and Feline banjo-lovers once again goes to the Canines. But not without a severe struggle. Zak Zborosky scored his 9th of the season at 3:57 of the 3rd period to give Regina the lead. But the lead lasted just 19 seconds, and in due time the Mutts took the lead and secured yet another “W”. Regina went with backup goaltender Dawson MacAuley, and he stopped 34 of 37 shots in a credible performance. Sask went with all-star starter Jordon Cooke, and he made 21 stops for the win. The scene shifts from Saskatown to Regina for Saturday's rematch.


    CALGARY DINOSAURS 1
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4


    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
    Stories: [UofL] : [rp @CW] : [UofC]
    Preview: [UofL Preview Story]

    The Hψrny Ψnes have been rolling since that last shipment of Viagra arrived before they played the Bisons. They have now won 4 of their last 5 games. Also, they are a combined 4-1-0 against the Bisons and Bedrock U on the season. The Dinos now need a win in Saturday's rematch for a 5th consecutive weekend split. Combined with the Bison victory, this is the 3rd consecutive game day where the Bisons and Dinos switched spots in the standings. Ryan Chynoweth scored his first two goals of the season to lead the Horns offensively. But the bigger story was the goaltending of Garret Hughson, who stopped 46 of 47 shots he faced. At the other end, Matthew Greenfield started for Bedrock U and was yanked early in the 2nd period, allowing 3 goals on 13 shots. Jordan Papirny finished and stopped 18 of 19 shots. Lethbridge is now tied for 6th place with UBC. This series continues in the Town of Bedrock on Saturday.


    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 3
    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 1


    Links:

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

    This was a tough battle, perhaps showing a sign that the Bluegars are capable of a 2nd semester surge. Jamie Crooks scored twice for the Evil Monkeys in their winning effort. Brendan Burke got the win with 32 saves, and Cam Lanigan suffered the loss, albeit with 35 saves. The scene shifts to Edmontown on Saturday for Game Two.

    STANDINGS



    OUT EAST

    Ontario
    Nov 29 Queen's 5 R.M.C. 4 (ot)
    Nov 30 Ryerson 5 W. Ontario 2
    Nov 30 Waterloo 0 Laurier 9
    Dec 01 Carleton 7 Ottawa 2
    Dec 01 Guelph 6 Toronto 4
    Dec 01 Laurentian 3 McGill 6
    Dec 01 Laurier 1 York 4
    Dec 01 Nipissing 4 Concordia 6
    Dec 01 U.Q.T.R. 3 U.O.I.T. 4 (ot)
    Dec 01 Waterloo 4 Brock 5 (ot)
    Dec 01 Windsor 3 W. Ontario 7

    Atlantic
    Nov 29 St. F.X. 2 Dalhousie 0
    Dec 01 Dalhousie 1 Moncton 6
    Dec 01 New Brunswick 4 Saint Mary's 5 (so)
    Dec 01 U.P.E.I. 3 Acadia 6

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


    NEXT UP

    Dec 02 Lethbridge at Calgary – 6:00 MST/7:00 CST
    Dec 02 Manitoba at U.B.C. - 2:00 PST/4:00 CST
    Dec 02 Mount Royal at Alberta – 5:00 MST/6:00 CST
    Dec 02 Saskatchewan at Regina – 7:00 CST

    Dec 02 New Brunswick at Acadia
    Dec 02 St. F.X. at Moncton
    Dec 02 U.P.E.I. at Saint Mary's
    Dec 02 Carleton at R.M.C.
    Dec 02 Guelph at Windsor
    Dec 02 Laurentian at Concordia
    Dec 02 Nipissing at McGill
    Dec 02 Ottawa at Queen's
    Dec 02 Toronto at Brock
    Dec 02 U.Q.T.R. at U.O.I.T.
    Dec 02 York at Ryerson

    end of the first semester

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    Last edited by Hollywood; 12-03-2017 at 02:32 AM.

  13. #88

    Dec 2: Bisons End 2017 on a High Note


    MANITOBA BISONS 6
    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 3


    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
    CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [UofM*]
    Stories: [UBC] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofM*]
    GoBisons Friday: [Game Story] : [Boxscore]

    The final game of 2017 for both sides could well set the stage for two teams heading in opposite directions. The T-irds are now on an 8-game losing skid and face a life-and-death struggle down the stretch just to make the playoffs. The Bisons will open their Christmas presents and ring in the New Year as a 3rd place team.

    In roster notes, the Bisons were back to 5 defencemen as Austin Douglas was out, and Calvin Spencer in. The T-irds dressed just 19 bodies. After being short-staffed several times earlier in the season, they are once again having injury troubles. They could use some big prairie boys.

    The Bisons' top line were the three stars and that says a lot about them. Here's the goals:

    Scorers
    1st 06:13 – Man Kamerin Nault (9)
    2nd 05:09 – Man Blake Heinrich (1) (PP)
    2nd 14:12 – Man Lucas Skrumeda (1)
    2nd 17:11 – UBC Chase Clayton (3)
    3rd 03:17 – UBC Jerret Smith (2)
    3rd 06:32 – Man Kamerin Nault (10)
    3rd 09:24 – UBC Tyler Sandhu (5) (PP)
    3rd 12:17 – Man Michael St. Croix (6)
    3rd 17:50 – Man Liam Bilton (4) (EN)

    The Herd built a 3-0 lead, oddly with two first-of-the-season goals from defencemen. Through two periods, the Bisons held a 27-22 lead in shots and were more-or-less controlling the play.

    To give the T-irds credit, they must have sensed their predicament and threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Byron Spriggs in the Bison net. Yet each time they scored, the Bisons replied with their own goal about 3 minutes later, then threw in an empty-netter to boot.

    So who had Kamerin Nault scoring 10 goals by Christmas? Who had him dressing for 10 regular season games? Each player on the line had a 3 point night (Nault 2G 1A, Michael St. Croix 1G 2A, Zach Franko 3A).

    There was a ton of action in this game. Spriggs got the win with 39 saves on 42 shots. UBC also switched starters from Friday night, going with Rylan Toth, who made 33 saves on 38 shots.

    Since this was an afternoon encounter, the teams had to shower up, grab some snacks, and tune in to see what was happening elsewhere. The Bisons knew they'd be in 3rd place, and UBC was either going to be tied for 6th, or alone in 7th.

    After a month off for exams and Christmas holidays, the teams return to action on January 5th. The Bisons will host the Evil Monkeys, whilst the T-irds fly to the Town of Bedrock to face the Dinos.





    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 6
    REGINA COUGARS 5


    Links:

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

    Once again, the Banjo Cats gave the Banjo Mutts all they could handle but came up a goal short. Their celebratory moonshine will have to stay in the still for another year, I guess. Sask got off to a quick 3-1 lead, causing the Kittens to yank starting goaltender Michael Herringer after barely 5 minutes. He gave up 3 goals on 8 shots. Regina came back to tie it at 3-3, and the game was later tied 4-4 and 5-5. Sask got the winner with just 92 seconds left. Jordon Cooke got the win, but 5 goals on 28 shots will damage his save percentage. Dawson MacAuley lost from the bullpen, and stopped 36 of 39 shots. Mutt forward Andrew Johnson was the only one with 2 goals. Regina packed in a crowd of 1,020! That offer of a free pair of used socks for a lucky fan sure drew them in.


    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4
    CALGARY DINOSAURS 3

    (in overtime)

    Links:

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

    The Hψrny Ψnes were down 4 men in their roster and 3-0 in the 2nd period before they rallied for an OTW. The win vaults them into 6th place and that elusive final playoff berth. Mitch Cook had 2 goals for the Dinos, and goaltender Jordan Papirny was working on a shutout, but in the end gave up 4 goals on 23 shots. The rally was sparked by 2 goals (including the winner) from Connor Sanvido and the goaltending if Garret Hughson (who stopped 29 of 32 shots). The single point leaves the Dinos two points in arrears of the Bisons in the race for 3rd.


    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4


    Links:

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

    After the Bison game was done, I was able to watch most of this one. It was one of the better games of the season so far. It doesn't hurt that the crew in Edmontown puts out an extremely high quality broadcast, either. The Bluegars held leads of 1-0 and 2-1 in a very close-fought encounter. The last goal was an empty-netter, but the rest were all on the powerplay. Zach Sawchenko got the win with 19 saves, and Cam Lanigan took the loss with 25 saves. Don't be surprised to see the Bluegars close the season strong. This was anybody's game.

    STANDINGS



    OUT EAST

    Ontario
    Dec 02 Carleton 3 R.M.C. 0
    Dec 02 Guelph 1 Windsor 4
    Dec 02 Laurentian 4 Concordia 9
    Dec 02 Nipissing 3 McGill 4
    Dec 02 Ottawa 2 Queen's 3 (ot)
    Dec 02 Toronto 2 Brock 4
    Dec 02 U.Q.T.R. 2 U.O.I.T. 3
    Dec 02 York 2 Ryerson 5

    Atlantic
    Dec 02 New Brunswick 3 Acadia 2 (ot)
    Dec 02 St. F.X. 3 Moncton 2
    Dec 02 U.P.E.I. 4 Saint Mary's 5

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


    NEXT UP

    Non-conference Games
    Dec 09 N.A.I.T. (ACAC) at Alberta
    Dec 10 Team Poland at New Brunswick
    Dec 28 Guelph at Lakehead
    Dec 29 Guelph at Lakehead
    Dec 29 Ryerson at New Brunswick
    Dec 30 McGill at Clarkson (NCAA)
    Dec 30 Ryerson at New Brunswick
    Dec 30 Windsor at Miami of Ohio (NCAA)

    New Year Regular Season Openers
    Jan 03 AUS Saint Mary's at Moncton
    Jan 04 OUA Toronto at Guelph
    Jan 05 CW Alberta at Manitoba
    Jan 05 CW Mount Royal at Regina
    Jan 05 CW Saskatchewan at Lethbridge
    Jan 05 CW U.B.C. at Calgary

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  14. #89

    Sunday Morning Links

    SUNDAY MORNING LINKS

    A load of stories and links were not updated as I closed down on Saturday night. Here they are now!

    MANITOBA BISONS v U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS

    Boxscores: [UofM]
    Stories: [rp @UofM]

    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES v REGINA COUGARS

    Stories: [rp @UofS]

    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS v CALGARY DINOSAURS

    Stories: [UofC] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofL]
    Other: [Greatest Pronghorns: #1-#10]


    1ST SEMESTER STANDINGS

    Here are the various conference standings, outside of the CW, as at the end of the 1st semester:



    Atlantic University Sports


    Ontario University Athletics


    Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference


    British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League

  15. #90

    Week #9 - Dec 3/17

    THE OFFICIAL HOLLYWOOD TOP 35 #9

    to Dec 3/17

    This week leads to the exam and Christmas breaks. I have reviewed all the standings and scores and found that a lot of games first reported as decided in regulation time actually went into overtime. Those results had only a minor impact on the rankings.

    THE SCORES:

    Nov 29 St. F.X. 2 Dalhousie 0
    Nov 29 Queen's 5 R.M.C. 4 (ot)
    Nov 30 Ryerson 5 W. Ontario 2
    Nov 30 Waterloo 0 Laurier 9
    Dec 01 Alberta 3 Mount Royal 1
    Dec 01 Calgary 1 Lethbridge 4
    Dec 01 Manitoba 7 U.B.C. 3
    Dec 01 Regina 2 Saskatchewan 3
    Dec 01 Dalhousie 1 Moncton 6
    Dec 01 New Brunswick 4 Saint Mary's 5 (so)
    Dec 01 U.P.E.I. 3 Acadia 6
    Dec 01 Carleton 7 Ottawa 2
    Dec 01 Guelph 6 Toronto 4
    Dec 01 Laurentian 3 McGill 6
    Dec 01 Laurier 1 York 4
    Dec 01 Nipissing 4 Concordia 6
    Dec 01 U.Q.T.R. 3 U.O.I.T. 4 (ot)
    Dec 01 Waterloo 4 Brock 5 (ot)
    Dec 01 Windsor 3 W. Ontario 7
    Dec 02 Lethbridge 4 Calgary 3 (ot)
    Dec 02 Manitoba 6 U.B.C. 3
    Dec 02 Mount Royal 2 Alberta 4
    Dec 02 Saskatchewan 6 Regina 5
    Dec 02 New Brunswick 3 Acadia 2 (ot)
    Dec 02 St. F.X. 3 Moncton 2
    Dec 02 U.P.E.I. 4 Saint Mary's 5
    Dec 02 Carleton 3 R.M.C. 0
    Dec 02 Guelph 1 Windsor 4
    Dec 02 Laurentian 4 Concordia 9
    Dec 02 Nipissing 3 McGill 4
    Dec 02 Ottawa 2 Queen's 3 (ot)
    Dec 02 Toronto 2 Brock 4
    Dec 02 U.Q.T.R. 2 U.O.I.T. 3
    Dec 02 York 2 Ryerson 5

    THE TABLE:



    * 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




    Acadia was teetering and have now tipped over into the B level, whilst Lethbridge's two wins over Calgary and elevation into the playoff picture warrants a boost for them. Nobody else shifted a level.

    There are two groups of teams (in blue) which are now teetering between levels. The bottom of the B level (from #13-#16), namely MRU, Laurier, Guelph, and UQTR, could be characterized as C+ level teams. And at the bottom of C+ and top of C (from #22-#25), we have four teams who could interchange in the near future, namely UBC, PEI, Windsor, and Nipissing.

    And since many teams shifted about, here is the conference comparative rankings skew:



    The OUA West should probably have a better curve. They have 6 of 10 teams at the C level. Windsor's record makes no sense A decent record against the C level would have them well into C+ level, at least. Brock has had a funny schedule, with just one game against a C+ team.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



    @USPORTS_Hockey
    @USPORTSca
    @CanadaWest
    @umbisons

  16. #91

    Dec 9-14: Preview: Exhibition Games

    NEWS AND NOTES

    These links would normally be shared as part of my weekly Bison preview, so here they are all by their lonesome. It is nice to see Brett Stovin, Bison captain, have a big weekend against UBC last week. If his line can match the output of the St. Croix-Nault-Franko line, the Bisons could mount a threat to knock off Sask for a spot at the nationals.

    Links:
    • Manitoban: [Manitoba-UBC Story]
    • GoBisons: [Stovin CW 2nd Star]
    • GoBisons: [Stovin UofM AoW]
    • ISN: [Sask-Regina Story]
    • CW: [Mid-season Report]
    • CUSN: [Week 9]
    • USports: [Top 10]


    THIS WEEKEND


    N.A.I.T. OOKS (11-2-1, 12-6-2, ACAC #1)
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (15-1-0, 20-2-0, OHT35 #3)


    Links:

    UofA: [Preview Story]
    NAIT: [Preview Story]

    This charity match is the closer for the Northlands Coliseum, so it should draw a good crowd for nostalgia purposes.


    POLAND NATIONAL TEAM (IIHF #20)
    NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS (15-0-3, 17-1-3, OHT35 #1)


    Links:

    UNB: [Preview Story]
    Poland: [Wikipedia] : [IIHF]

    The Squirrels face the Meatheads! This would be quite the event to witness. Poland's national team is just outside the qualifiers for the world championship. Ted Nolan is their coach. (He formerly coached the Buffalo Sabres and Latvia's Olympic Team, amongst others.)

    WORLD JUNIOR CAMP

    In what has become an annual event, the Team Canada Juniors will face a CIS/USports team in their selection camp. The games will be played in St. Catharines, Ontario on Wednesday, Dec 13th at 7:00 EST/6:00 CST and Thursday, Dec 14th at 4:00 EST/3:00 CST.

    Here are the historical results of these encounters that I have compiled (there were some additional games played by the AUS which I don't have):

    Canada West Games
    Dec. 14, 2004 at Winnipeg: Manitoba Bisons 4, Team Canada 2
    Dec. 15, 2004 at Winnipeg: Team Canada 6, Manitoba Bisons 3
    Dec, 15, 2006 at Calgary: Calgary/Lethbridge 5, Team Canada 4
    Dec. 15, 2009 at Saskatoon: Sask./Regina 4, Team Canada 2
    Dec. 17, 2011 at Calgary: Team Canada 7, Calgary/Lethbridge 4
    Dec. 12, 2012 at Edmonton: Alberta Golden Bears 4, Team Canada 1
    Dec. 13, 2012 at Calgary: Team Canada 2, Calgary/Lethbridge/MRU 0

    CW teams are 4-3-0 overall.

    OUA and AUS Games
    Dec. 14, 2002 at Acadia: AUS Selects 2, Team Canada 5
    Dec. 15, 2002 at Acadia: AUS Selects 2, Team Canada 3
    Dec. 14, 2010 at Toronto: Team Canada 6, OUA Selects 2
    Dec. 14, 2013 at Toronto: Team Canada 3, Toronto Selects 0
    Dec. 13, 2014 at Toronto: Team Canada 10, Toronto Selects 3
    Dec. 14, 2014 at Toronto: Team Canada 3, Toronto Selects 0

    OUA and AUS teams are 0-6-0 overall.

    CIS/U Sports Nation-wide Games
    Dec. 12, 2015 at Toronto: CIS 5, Team Canada 4 (SO)
    Dec. 13, 2015 at Toronto: Team Canada 5, CIS 0
    Dec. 12, 2016 at Toronto: Team Canada 5, USports 3
    Dec. 13, 2016 at Toronto: Team Canada 3, USports 0

    CIS/Usports teams are 1-3-0 overall.

    I would sooner see the defending champion of either USports or the host conference stage this game. It seems a lot of expense for USports, which could be better spent on boosting travel for inter-conference games. Still, I'll be interested to see what I can of these games.

    Links:
    • [Wikia CWUAA]
    • [USports Press Release] : [rp @CW] : [rp @ISN]
    • [Hockey Canada]

  17. #92

    Dec 9-10: Monkeys and Squirrels Win

    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

    December 9, 2017


    N.A.I.T. OOKS 0
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4


    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
    Boxscores: [CW*]
    Stories: [Edmonton Sun Pre-Game]

    There are no game stories for this one but the LeagueStats are posted. The Evil Monkeys outshot the Furbies (why would they name their team after stuffed owls that look like Furbies?) 40-27. Four different players scored goals for the Apes, and each side split their goaltending duties.

    December 10, 2017


    POLAND NATIONAL TEAM 1
    NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS 4


    Links:

    UNB: [Game Story] : [Boxscore]
    AUSTV: [Video]
    Poland: [PZHL News (use Google Translate)]
    IIHF: [Poland Page] : [2017 Div 1A] : [Highlights v Austria]
    International: [Ice Hockey 24] : [Flashscore] : [Scoreboard]

    I logged in to my computer to see if this game was on AUSTV and it was a good news-bad news scenario. Yes, it was streamed. But it was an afternoon game by Atlantic time and was over. The final goal was an empty-netter and statistically it was a reasonable game.

    I checked out the Polish site using Google Translate. They opened the tour losing 5-2 to the Stony Creek Generals (a AAA Allan Cup team), and will conclude with a game against the New Brunswick Senior All-Stars. It seems that this team is drawn from the Polish league, so it would not include any players in foreign pro leagues, if any are out there.

    This made me think of past occasions where CIAU/CIS/US teams have played senior national teams in the past (not the junior teams as previously posted). Off the top of my head, such games have been played by the Manitoba Bisons, Lakehead Norwesters, and UBC Thunderbirds. So here's what I compiled:

    January 18, 1931: Manitoba 0, Czechoslovakia 0
    February 1, 1931: Manitoba 9, France 0 (wc)
    February 4, 1931: Manitoba 2, Czechoslovakia 0 (wc)
    February 5, 1931: Manitoba 3, Poland 0 (wc)
    February 6, 1931: Manitoba 0, Sweden 0 (wc)
    February 7, 1931: Manitoba 8, Austria 0 (wc)
    February 8, 1931: Manitoba 2, U.S.A. 0 (wc)
    February 12, 1931: Manitoba 4, Czechoslovakia 0
    February 15, 1931: Manitoba 3, Switzerland 0
    February 21, 1931: Manitoba 11, Switzerland 1
    March 1, 1931: Manitoba 2, Czechoslovakia 1
    March 4, 1931: Manitoba 7, England 0
    March 7, 1931: Manitoba 7, England 1
    March 11, 1931: Manitoba 2, England 1
    March 12, 1931: Manitoba 3, England 2
    March 13, 1931: Manitoba 11, Scotland 1
    November 18, 1965: Canada Nats 13, Manitoba 2
    December 13, 1967: Lakehead 7, Romania 3
    January 5, 1969: Sweden B 7, Lakehead 2
    December 7, 1973: UBC 5, China 0
    December 9, 1973: UBC 7, China 0
    February 10, 2010: Norway 4, UBC 1

    In 1931 the Manitoba Bisons represented Canada at the World Championship in Poland and they toured extensively both before and after the tournament. The games against their national teams are included here. The complete list is at [Wikia].

    So now the Squirrels have joined the fold of Canadian universities to have played against, and beaten, a national team.

    NEXT UP

    Dec 13 USports All-Stars v Team Canada Jrs.
    Dec 14 USports All-Stars v Team Canada Jrs.

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  18. #93
    I just remembered one more international game:

    Mar 14, 2014: Ryerson 13, Israel 6

    [LINK]

  19. #94

    Dec 13: USports beat Team Canada




    TEAM CANADA 0
    USPORTS ALL-STARS 3


    Links:

    Game stories: [TSN] : [CBC] : [Sportsnet] : [National Post]
    USports: [Event Info] : [Media Guide (pdf)]
    USports: [Harper Profile] : [Monday Morning]
    Boxscore: [Hockey Canada]

    The U Sports All-Stars blanked the Juniors Nats with the use of two goaltenders on loan from TC, namely Colton Point and Carter Hart. That was because TC needed to look at all 4 goaltenders in their camp. Luke Philp (of the Alberta Evil Monkeys) scored the winner less than 3 minutes into the game, followed by empty netters by Michael Clarke (of the Acadia Axemen) and Logan McVeigh (of the Saskatchewan Banjo Mutts). The Juniors had the edge in shots, 32-24, after piling on the shots in the 3rd period.

    The rematch on Dec 14th will be a matinee affair. TC will then face Denmark in an exhibition game on Dec 15th. The USports calendar will then be blank until non-conference play takes place after Christmas.

    NEXT UP

    Dec 14 USports All-Stars v Team Canada Jrs. - 3:00 CST - TSN GO






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