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  1. #26

    July 23: BISONS ADD A GAME



    The Bison schedule has been updated with an additional exhibition game on Sunday, October 7th in Omaha against the UNO Mavericks. That makes for a double-header that weekend, following a Saturday night game in Grand Forks against the UND Fighting Hawks. I do not see any space for more games for the Bisons this season, unless they add something in the Christmas/New Year's season.

    The updated Bison schedule is now like this:

    Aug 21 Manitoba at Manchester Storm (EIHL)
    Aug 23 Manitoba at Fife Flyers (EIHL)
    Aug 25 Manitoba at Belfast Giants (EIHL)
    Aug 26 Manitoba at Belfast Giants (EIHL)
    Sep 14 Manitoba v TBD (in Regina)
    Sep 15 Manitoba v TBD (in Regina)
    Sep 21 Regina at Manitoba (MTS Iceplex)
    Sep 22 Regina at Manitoba
    Oct 06 Manitoba at North Dakota (NCAA)
    Oct 07 Manitoba at Nebraska-Omaha (NCAA)

    Note that regular season games will be played September 28-29 in the Town of Bedrock against the Dinos.

    Links:
    ► [Manitoba Bisons - Schedule]
    ► [UNO Team Site]
    ► [UND Schedule]




    MRU now has the 2018-19 team schedule posted, but without exhibition games. From what other teams have posted, we have these three exhibition games:

    Sep 15 Mount Royal at Alberta
    Oct 06 Mount Royal at Minnesota State (NCAA)
    Oct 07 Mount Royal at St. Cloud State (NCAA)

    The team also had the only recruiting announcement of the week, coming from the Okotoks Oilers' Twitter. Goaltender Riley Morris has been added to the lineup.

    Also, from the MRU site we have this announcement:

    Mount Royal's men's hockey Director of Hockey Operations, Nathan Higgins, was named as the Equipment Manager for the U SPORTS Women's Hockey All-Star team. The team is set to attend Hockey Canada's Summer Showcase in Calgary, Aug. 2-11.
    Links:
    ► [MRU Cougars - Schedule] (regular season only)
    ► [Okotoks Oilers Tweet]
    ► [Higgins joins staff for U SPORTS Women's Hockey All-Star team]

  2. #27

    July 27: A FEW LINKS TO END THE WEEK



    The Bison website posted a story which contained nothing new and had errors.

    The story points out the Bison trip to the UK, which is accurate, and says they'll play in England and Northern Ireland, which is accurate, but omits their game in Scotland! No haggis for the author!

    It also says the team record was 17-14 last year. I don't know how they get that. The records were:
    Conference record: 16-10-2
    Non-conference record: 4-4-1
    Playoff record: 0-2-0
    Overall record: 20-16-3

    The story also has the regular season starting in Calgary on October 5th, when in fact it starts one week earlier on September 28th. Also, the team schedule has the opening tour game on August 22nd, but the Manchester Storm have it scheduled for August 21st.



    There is one fewer Mutt in the doghouse. Defenceman MacKenzie Johnston is going back to the Rosetown Redwings after one season in Saskatown. He played for Mount Royal in 2014-15 and 2015-16, redshirted for a season (where he played for Rosetown), then went to Saskatchewan last year.



    The Ottawa Gee-Gees have no schedule page on their site. They are the only team in USports which links to their conference site for their team schedule. That schedule has just one game (Sept 22 against St. F.X.), but their Twitter announced two games in the Big Lemon, against Ryerson on Sept 14 and Toronto on Sept 15.



    Episode 9 of the on-line radio show of Breakin News 'N Crackin Brews is up, but I haven't heard it yet.

    Links:
    ► [Bison Men’s Hockey Team heading to the UK]
    ► [MacKenzie Johnston - Elite Prospects]
    ► [Rosetown Tweet]
    ► [Ottawa Gee-Gees Team Site]
    ► [Ottawa Team Schedule at OUA.ca]
    ► [Ottawa Twitter Announcement]
    ► [Breakin News 'N Crackin Brews: Ep. 9]

  3. #28

    July 30: THE NEWS CONTINUES TO TRICKLE IN



    There are a couple of links coming in now, from sources outside the CW. The Alberta Golden Bears and Manitoba Bisons remain the only CW teams with non-conference games on their schedule and no team has a 2018-19 roster page. The UBC Thunderbirds are the only team to have made official recruiting announcements.

    So what news is there?

    First, Bison pre-season opponent Belfast Giants have re-signed their captain, Blair Riley. He's a 32-year-old Canadian boy who peaked at the AHL before heading to Europe. This will be his 3rd season over there.

    Second, Red Deer College and the ACAC schedules have announced that the Red Deer Kings will visit the Lethbridge Pronghorns on Sept 7-8. Other sources have the 'Horns off to Lakehead Sept 21-22, starting the regular season against UBC on Sept 28-29, then going to the States Oct 6-7 to wrap their non-conference season. That just leaves Sept 14-15 empty, and Edmonton and Regina appear to be hosting events that same weekend.

    Third, Monkey graduate Jamie Crooks is off to the EIHL. He will just miss the Bisons because he's playing for the Guildford Flames.

    Links:
    ► [ITV: Blair Riley returns to captain Belfast Giants]
    ► [Elite Prospects - Blair Riley]
    ► [Red Deer College Schedule]
    ► [ACAC Schedule]
    ► [Flames Add Offence with Crooks]

  4. #29

    Aug 1: UBC SCHEDULING, PLAYER MOVEMENT IN BANJOLAND



    Welcome to August!

    This is the month where the Bisons will start playing hockey again. Finally! No news from the Bisons, but there is some news from elsewhere.

    First, the UBC T-irds have updated their schedule to include exhibition games. However, they did not include the Sep 7-8 games announced by the Evil Monkeys to be played in Penticton. The announced games are:

    Sep 14 N.A.I.T. (ACAC) at U.B.C.
    Sep 15 N.A.I.T. (ACAC) at U.B.C.
    Sep 21 Simon Fraser (BCIHL) at U.B.C.

    The Regina Cougars have a new recruit, but not announced by them. Keith Anderson's commitment was announced by the Battlefords North Stars on Twitter. The right winger previously played in the WHL where he had 1 goal and 5 assists in 46 games. In 43 games in the SJHL he was 18-20-38.

    Meanwhile, the doghouse continues to empty up the road in Saskatown. The Rosetown Redwings have landed another defenceman, Jordan Fransoo, from the Saskatchewan Huskies. He had used up 4 years of eligibility.

    Links:
    ► [UBC Team Schedule]
    ► [Battlefords North Stars Twitter]
    ► [Elite Prospects - Keith ANderson]
    ► [Rosetown Redwings Twitter]
    ► [Elite Prospects - Jordan Fransoo]
    ► [Allan Cup Hockey West]

  5. #30

    Aug 3: THE HŎRNY ONES NEED A COACH



    I wasn't expecting much in new news as we head into the long weekend, but instead there is shocking news from Lethbridge. The Hørny Ones are in the market for a new head coach because Spiros Anastas has tendered his resignation. Despite hosting the University Cup this year, the team is now having to find a new coach at the last minute. This might also explain the slow rumour mill on new acquisitions for the Hørny Ones.

    I have searched high and low but don't see where Anastas is going. Before Lethbridge, he was an assistant with Grand Rapids in the AHL.

    In four seasons since taking the helm from Greg Gatto, Anastas had a spotty record. They were in a prime position to make a playoff run last year but folded in sthe stretch to finish 7th yet again. Anastas has not devoted full time to the Horns. In his first two seasons, he also worked with South Korea and in the last two seasons he has helped out with Estonia, not to mention Alberta youth squads.

    Here's Anastas's record with Lethbridge:

    2015 05-23-0 10 8th
    2016 11-15-2 24 7th
    2017 11-14-3 25 7th
    2018 09-16-3 21 7th (got 2 points for Calgary forfeit)

    So was Anastas mailing it in this off-season? Does that explain the lack of recruits for the U-Cup host team? Or did he jump ship after failing to land some quality recruits he wanted? Did the UofL issue an ultimatum? Did the UofL try to convince him to stay? Or are they ticked off? Lots of questions and speculation.



    Meanwhile, the Regina Cougars have added their pre-season games. The games are:

    Sep 14 Saskatchewan at Regina
    Sep 15 S.A.I.T. (ACAC) at Regina
    Sep 20 York v Regina (in Lumsden)
    Sep 22 Regina at Manitoba

    Since the Bisons are in Regina for the tournament on Sep 14-15, I infer that the Bisons will be facing S.A.I.T. on Sep 14 and Saskatchewan on Sep 15. Unless, of course, somebody like Lethbridge is also included in the tournament.

    The York game on Sep 20 is odd. What's happening for the previously announced Bison home game against Regina on Sep 21? The Banjo Cats likely won't be coming. Will York come instead? They have yet to announce a schedule.



    The Belfast Giants announced two signings of AHLers, Kyle Baun and Francis Beauvillier. Baun was with the Toronto Marlies and Berauvillier was with the Manitoba Moose. Previously, Beauvillier played for the UNB Varsity Reds of the AUS.

    Also, Kendall McFaull (recruited from Sask) will be wearing #27 in honour of the late Troy Gasper, deceased in a vehicle collision.



    Over at CUSN the Tuesday Morning Skate was delayed to Thursday. It runs down the recruiting news, including the blue-chip 6-pack of recruits at St. F.X. The only new part from a CW perspective is the news that Colton Bobyk will not be on his way to the Town of Bedrock. The Dinos announced him a year ago and he had to red-shirt last year.

    Links:
    ► [UofL: Anastas resigns as Pronghorns coach]
    ► [Victor Findlay's Tweet]
    ► [Wikia: Lethbridge Pronghorns Page]
    ► [Elite Prospects: Spiros Anastas]
    ► [Elite Prospects - Greg Gatto]
    ► [Regina Cougars Schedule]
    ► [Belfast Giants announce double signing as Kyle Baun and Francis Beauvillier agree deals]
    ► [Giants #27 Jersey To Be Worn In Memory Of Troy Gasper]
    ► [Thursday Morning Skate: August 2nd, 2018]

  6. #31

    Aug 7: ANASTAS IS OFF TO SOUTH CAROLINA



    Spiros Anastas is off to be the head coach of the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL, farm team to the Washington Capitals and Hershey Bears. They had been coached by Ryan Warsofsky, who got an AHL job in Charlotte.

    No further word on a replacement for the Hørny Ones.

    Links:
    ► [SCS Press Release: Spiros Anastas Named Stingrays Head Coach]
    ► [Post & Courier: South Carolina Stingrays’ next head coach will be Spiros Anastas]
    ► [Post & Courier: South Carolina Stingrays coach Ryan Warsofsky leaving for AHL’s Charlotte Checkers]
    ► [Live 5 News: Spiros Anastas Named Stingrays Head Coach]
    ► [ECHL.com: Anastas named Stingrays head coach]

  7. #32

    Aug 8: LISOWAY GOING PRO



    Quintin Lisoway is leaving after two years to join former Bison teammate Shaq Merasty with the Rapid City Rush of the ECHL.

    Since the Bisons are laden with forwards, this loss won't hurt too badly. His stats were Cy Young-like, 11 goals and 3 assists last year.

    So who all is coming back? This is the last thing we find out every year. No team has a 2018-19 roster page up yet. At Elite Prospects, the only returning player to be listed is defenceman Blake Heinrich. It is always great news to see returning defencemen, especially those from the WHL. With pre-season just two weeks away, my hope is that we'll see a Bison roster, or at least a tour roster, up soon.

    Links:
    ► [Elite Prospects - Quintin Lisoway]
    ► [Elite Prospects - Manitoba Bisons]
    ► [Rapid City Rush - Tweet]

  8. #33

    Aug 9: HEINRICH ALSO GOING PRO



    Just a day after Elite Prospects listed defenceman Blake Heinrich as a returning player, he was announced as a new recruit for the Rapid City Rush, aka Bison Alumni Squad. He just finished his 2nd season in 2017-18. The Bisons now have two defencemen gone from last year's squad with three recruits coming in (one of which is F/D). They now need a stay-at-home defenceman, preferably from the WHL, to round out the roster.



    The Banjo Mutts uploaded their 2018-19 schedule, albeit without any pre-season games. They also had three stories, which are in the links. First, they have a pitch for season tickets for their brand new arena. Rumour has it the building will be Saskatown's 3rd with indoor plumbing! Second, Chris Pronger is the speaker for their Off the Leash Luncheon fundraiser. And third, four Mangy Mutts are off to Europe. Jordon Cooke (Gap in France), Connor Cox (Dundee in the EIHL), and Kendall McFaull and Josh Roach (both to Belfast in the EIHL) are no doubt thrilled to be leaving Sask.



    The Bluegars added their pre-season games to the schedule. Here's what they have:

    Thu Sep 13 Calgary at Mount Royal
    Sat Sep 15 Mount Royal at Alberta
    Wed Sep 19 Mount Royal at Minnesota State
    Fri Sep 28 Mount Royal at Regina (regular season)
    Sat Sep 29 Mount Royal at Regina (regular season)
    Thu Oct 04 Mount Royal at St. Cloud State

    The game on Sep 13 is new, and completes the 3-team round-robin that weekend. Their games in the States were to be on Oct 6 and 7. Quite a strange twist to be going two separate trips, and to have a game NOT on the designated weekend.

    Links:
    ► [Elite Prospects - Blake Heinrich]
    ► [Elite Prospects - Manitoba Bisons]
    ► [Rapid City Rush - Tweet]
    ► [Saskatchewan Schedule]
    ► [Exclusive Founders Club deal for season tickets in Merlis Belsher Place expires August 15]
    ► [Chris Pronger to headline 2018 Off the Leash Luncheon]
    ► [Four Huskies turn pro with degrees in hand]
    ► [Mount Royal Schedule]

  9. #34

    Aug 12: ROSTER LINKS



    We should be getting roster pages uploaded as the next phase in the off-season as players officially re-enroll. Thus far, no CW team has a 2018-19 roster page. I have the links to roster pages here for future reference.

    Links:
    ► [Alberta Roster]
    ► [Calgary Roster]
    ► [Lethbridge Roster]
    ► [Manitoba Roster]
    ► [Mount Royal Roster]
    ► [Regina Roster]
    ► [Saskatchewan Roster]
    ► [UBC Roster]
    Last edited by Hollywood; 08-13-2018 at 01:46 PM.

  10. #35

    Aug 16: AROUND THE CW



    Even though the Bisons start play in just 5 days, there have been no updates on their team page. The schedule page needs to be updated for the Manchester game (Aug 21 instead of 22). The Regina game on Sep 21 has been scrubbed, so they are coming just for the one game on Sep 22.

    There are a few links from Manchester. The links include the Facebook Event page and a promo video. Those should also have updates, even if after the game for news and information. I'm not sure if there is an on-line radio link for play-by-play, through their linked radio partner or otherwise.

    The Storm have signed a promising young UK player, 19 year-old Adam Barnes. He seems to be a small forward, and hopefully he'll do well. Another Brit, and an Aussie, got NHL rookie camp invites this year.



    The CUSN updated with another Tuesday Morning Skate this week, giving recruiting news from around all conferences. One point brought up was that the CW programs are not gettign as much WHL recruits as before, because the players seem to be taking the ECHL offers this year. Speculation is that December could be busier than usual with returning players claiming their scholarship packages.



    First, UBC announced one more exhibition game, that being on Sep 22 against Holy Trinity, the defending BCIHL champions. This gives them 6 games in the three weeks before the regular season, two each against the CW, the ACAC, an the BCIHL. They are not facing NCAA teams it would seem.

    Second, their grad Neil Manning signed an AHL contract with the Rockford Ice Hogs. He had been playing in Italy.



    In the Town of Bedrock the Dinos have announced their exhibition schedule:
    Sep 07 MacEwan (ACAC) at Calgary
    Sep 08 Calgary at MacEwan (ACAC)
    Sep 13 Mount Royal at Calgary
    Sep 14 Calgary at Alberta
    Sep 19 Mount Royal at Calgary
    Sep 21 Calgary v York (at Humboldt)
    Sep 22 Calgary at Saskatchewan

    The newly announced games are the latter three. Sep 19 conflicts with the MRU schedule, where they claim to have a game scheduled in the USA!



    The Evil Monkeys' schedule has not been updated but the ACAC schedule has added a game on Sep 23 between the Monkeys and the NAIT Ooks in the Athabasca tournament. I suspect a game will be added between the Monkeys and MacEwan to complete that event.



    The UQTR Patriotes released their schedule, and it includes a trip to France from Aug 24-29 against opponents TBD, or "à déterminer" since those French have a different word for everything. I haven't been able to find out more about that.

    Links:
    ► [Manitoba Bisons Roster]
    ► [Manitoba Bisons Schedule]
    ► [Manchester Facebook Event]
    ► [Manchester Ticket Promo Video]
    ► [Manchester Radio]
    ► [Barnes returns home to sign for Storm]
    ► [Tuesday Morning Skate: August 14th, 2018]
    ► [Former T-Bird Neil Manning inks AHL contract]
    ► [UBC Team Schedule]
    ► [Calgary Team Schedule]
    ► [MRU Team Schedule]
    ► [ACAC Schedule]
    ► [UQTR Schedule]

  11. #36

    Aug 16: SUPPLEMENTARY UPDATE



    Former Bison coach Barry Trotz is bringing the Stanley Cup to Dauphin! That's the only major trophy the Bisons have never won.



    The Horny Ones have now released their exhibition schedule, leaving the Banjo Mutts as the only dilatory bunch. Here it is:

    Sep 07 Red Deer (ACAC) at Lethbridge
    Sep 08 Red Deer (ACAC) at Lethbridge
    Sep 21 Lethbridge at Lakehead
    Sep 22 Lethbridge at Lakehead
    Oct 06 Lethbridge at Western Michigan (NCAA)
    Oct 07 Lethbridge at Ferris State (NCAA)
    Dec 29 Lethbridge at New Brunswick
    Dec 30 Lethbridge v Moncton (in Fredericton)

    All of these games were previously announced elsewhere except for the game against Moncton. It seems odd that they are not playing on Sept 14-15, when there are open events in Regina and Edmontown.



    Time for a new logo at York. The old one was kind of busy. However, would it not make more sense for sports departments to put additional funds into programs rather than logos? Most of what I have seen in new logos have been good, but so were the old ones.

    Links:
    ► [Former Bison men's hockey coach Barry Trotz bringing Stanley Cup to Manitoba]
    ► [Lethbridge Team Schedule]
    ► [NEW ERA FOR YORK UNIVERSITY LIONS BEGINS WITH LOGO LAUNCH]

  12. #37

    Aug 18: BISONS ADD D-MAN FROM NIPAWIN



    The Bisons are going to play their first exhibition game of the season in just three days. However, since school doesn't even start until they return from the overseas tour. So there is no roster page, nor an official team announcement of recruits. But other sources confirm one more blueliner.

    Carter Doerksen - Nipawin Hawks (SJHL) - D

    Whenever a Saskatchewanite moves to Manitoba the average IQ of both places decreases. Hopefully this young man's desire to improve his life by leaving behind moonshine, banjo music, and possum shanks in order to have electricity, indoor plumbing, and footwear in summer will show that he is ready for this step up the evolutionary ladder. If he marries a local girl who can civilize him we may see a young man really turn his life around.

    Doerksen was the captain of the Hawks, winners of the SJHL championship. He does not run up the offensive numbers, which suits me just fine. The Bisons need good-in-their-own end defencemen, and hopefully he fits the bill. He is smaller than the typical Bison recruit, at 5'10" and 187 lbs. He is the second Bison recruit from Nipawain, joining Thomas Lenchyshyn, a LW/D.

    Here's what the SJHL story says:

    Carter Doerksen, the Hawks Captain for the past 2 years secured a commitment from the Universtiy of Manitoba and they are getting arguably the best leader the Hawks have ever seen. His bone crunching hits and selfless play will be tough to replace along with his whatever it takes to win attitude. Carter is leaving Nipawin with the Hawks all time games played in playoffs record.

    Thomas Lenchyshyn will also be attending the University of Manitoba. “Lench” will take his abrasive on ice play along with his ability to make the highlight reel play with him to the U of M. A true competitor Thomas’ community service and infectious smile will be missed within the community and locker room.
    The Hawks are sending quite a few players to other teams in USports, plus one to the BCIHL and two to the NCAA:
    - Brandan Arnold - to Mount Royal
    - Brett Harasymuk - to UOIT
    - Michael Grant - to Lethbridge
    - Tyler Adams - to Regina
    - Josh McDougall to Mercyhurst
    - Logan Casavant - to Trinity Western
    - Grant Baetsen - to Adrian College

    That's a lot of grads to move in one season.

    Links:
    ► [SJHL: Nipawin Hawks Commitments]
    ► [SJHL: Player Profile Story] : [Stats Page]
    ► [Carter Doerksen at Eliteprospects.com] : [at HockeyDB.com]






    The Banjo Mutts became the last CW to release their exhibition schedule. Their games are:

    Sep 14 Saskatchewan at Regina
    Sep 15 Manitoba v Saskatchewan (in Regina)
    Sep 22 Calgary at Saskatchewan
    Sep 23 York at Saskatchewan

    They will not leave the province of Saskatchewan. The few players who like toilet paper will have to wait for a road trip where they can stock up.

    All teams have now released schedules, although some alterations will no doubt be made. Here's what I suspect:

    - The Evil Monkeys have not announced anything for Sep 21-23, but they do appear on the ACAC schedule with a game against NAIT on Sep 23 in the Athabasca Tournament. I suspect they will add a game against MacEwan on Sep 21.

    - The Bedrock Dinos claim they play the Bluegars on Sep 19, but the Bluegars say they are playing Minnesota State that same day. I find it odd that an NCAA team would be allowed to play that day. So my guess is that the MRU schedule will be altered so that the Minnesota State game goes to Oct 5 or 6.

    - Manitoba's schedule does not list their opponents for the Regina tournament Sep 14-15. Since the Bisons face Sask on Sep 15, and since Regina plays Sask on Sep 14 and SAIT on Sep 15, my guess is that the Bisons will face the SAIT Condoms on Sep 14. Regina's trip to civilization will then consist of just the one game on Sep 22, due to the York tour.

    - The York tour deserves a mention. It is not yet on their website. But from the CW teams we have this:
    Sep 20 York v Regina (in Lumsden)
    Sep 21 Calgary v York (in Humboldt)
    Sep 23 York at Saskatchewan

    Links:
    ► [Saskatchewan Schedule]
    ► [Saskatchewan Team Page]
    ► [York Schedule]

  13. #38

    Aug 19: TWO DAYS UNTIL PUCK DROP



    On Tuesday the Bisons will start their exhibition schedule against the Manchester Storm. When I think of Manchester I think of the greatest continuous stretch of bands that one city has ever produced. Their hockey history is not quite so accomplished, so far anyhow.

    Although Tuesday's game will be Manchester's first of the season, there were 8 games this weekend, and 4 games last weekend. All of those games featured an EIHL team facing a team from elsewhere in Europe, execpt for a pair of games between Nottingham and Cardiff.

    The stories being generated are about ticket sales and meeting the players. Hopefully there will be more pre-game news and access to stats. Last year all of the EIHL teams had loads pf pictures but nothing on stats/rosters/summaries. Here's the links and a couple of videos.

    Links:
    ► [Manchester Storm Team Site]
    ► [Manchester Storm Twitter]
    ► [Manchester Storm - Facebook] : [- Event Page]
    ► [Elite Prospects - Manchester Storm]
    ► [EIHL Official Site]
    ► [EIHL - Manchester Storm Page]
    ► [EIHL: EIHL Preseason Gets Underway Saturday]
    ► [EIHL Pointsreak Site]


    Manchester videos:

    Joy Division: Shadow Play
    https://youtu.be/juD4ayBbHdY

    The Smiths: Ask
    https://youtu.be/zoo9Vu1a9bU




    In other news, CUSN has an interview with Spiros Anastas, the recently-departed coach from Lethbridge.



    Also, 3 out of 4 games on the UQTR tour of France are now known:
    Aug 24 U.Q.T.R. at Gothiques d'Amiens
    Aug 25 U.Q.T.R. at Ducs d'Angers
    Aug 26 U.Q.T.R. at Jokers de Cergy-Pontoise
    Aug 29 U.Q.T.R. at TBA (France)

    The Jokers are hosting the tournament and they are a 2nd tier French team. The other two teams in the round-robin tournament are 1st tier French teams. Last time over there UQTR were in the Napoleon Cup, hosted by the Goths.

    Links:
    ► [Canadian University Sports Network - Interview - Spiros Anastas ]
    ► [HCCP Jokers - Summer Cup] : [Google Translate]
    Last edited by Hollywood; 08-20-2018 at 03:07 AM.

  14. #39

    Preview: BISONS AT MANCHESTER


    MANITOBA BISONS (2018: 16-10-2, 20-14-3, OHT35 #10)
    MANCHESTER STORM (2018: 35-16-5, EIHL 2nd)


    Aug 21 @ 1:30 CT at Altrincham Arena [/COLOR][/I]

    Live Links:

    • Video: [ManchesterStorm.tv] (all games)
    • Audio: none
    • Live stats: none

    Manitoba Links:
    • GoBisons: [Bison men's hockey in Europe for four exhibition games against U.K. opponents]
    • Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
    • Global TV: [Bisons men’s hockey team off to United Kingdom for team-building preseason tour]

    Manchester Links:
    • Team: [Team Site]
    • Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook] ∞ [Facebook Event]

    Other Links:
    • [EIHL]


    The only new information is in the pre-game stories from GoBisons.ca an GlobalNews.ca. There is a live video link, which costs £10. I have not yet found live stats or audio.

    The Bisons are touring with just 5 veterans and 12 rookies. Thus far I have only heard about 8 recruits, which means there are four more. Also, they have fund-raised half the cost. Which may explain why some vets are waiting for September to play hockey. The veterans mentioned are Kamerin Nault, Brett Stovin, and Byron Spriggs.

    Manchester Tunes:

    Oasis: Wonderwall
    https://youtu.be/bx1Bh8ZvH84

    The Stone Roses: I Wanna Be Adored
    https://youtu.be/4D2qcbu26gs


  15. #40

    Aug 21: BISONS LOSE OPENER


    MANITOBA BISONS 3
    MANCHESTER STORM 4


    Links:

    Manchester: [Preview] : [Twitter]


    I can't find a summary, or a game story even. I did find one more preview story and the Twitter was updated. The Bisons were down 2-0 and 3-1 but rallied in the 3rd to tie the game. A late goal won it for the Storm. There were quite a few tussles as well. Newcomer Keaton Jameson was Bison Man-of-the-Match and will be wearing #15.

    Next up:
    Aug 23 Manitoba at Fife Flyers

    OTHER NEWS



    The Banjo Cats had their official announcement of three WHL recruits:

    Conner Chaulk - Swift Current/Calgary - centre
    James Hilsendager - Kelowna - defence
    Brennan Riddle - LethbridgeVancouver - defence

    In a season where major junior recruits seem to be down, this is a decent haul for the Kittens.

    Link:

    ► [Trio of WHLers highlight men’s hockey recruiting class for 2018]

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