2021-22 Manitoba Bisons/CW Hockey

Sept 17: A Night of Big Scores


MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 5
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 2

Links:
➤ UofA: Golden Bears fall to impressive Cougars
➤ Summary: LeagueStat : CW : UofA
➤ Game report: LeagueStat : CW

It is only exhibition but an away win over the Evil Monkeys has to make the Bluegars feel good. The U of A's athletic department has a game story up and results were uploaded just like in the regular season, so credit to them.

The Bluegars have a commanding lead in the "Players Named Riley" category, with four. Two of them were goaltenders. Morris played the first half, stopping of 10 shots for the win, and and Sims stopped 18 of 19 for the save in relief. Former H0rny0ne, Taz Burman, took the loss with 17 stops on 21 shots.

Although the Bluegars were outshot, it must be noted that the Evil Monkeys had 8 power plays (and went scoreless), to just two for MRU (also scoreless). The Bluegars also had two 10-minute misconducts. Their penalties included kneeing, boarding, and roughing after the whistle. Maybe the Evil Monkeys need some big gorillas for protection.

The two sides travel to Calgary for Saturday's rematch.


CALGARY DINOSAURS 7
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2

Links:
➤ UofC: Schedule & Results
➤ UofS: Huskies fall to Dinos in pre-season opener

Mike Babcock's return to the bench did not turn out well. The Banjo Mutts never uploaded stats, but did submit a game story (which is linked). The rematch is a Saturday matinee.


SIMON FRASER CLAN 2
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 8

Links:
➤ Summary: LeagueStat : CW : UBC : BCIHL
➤ Game report: LeagueStat : CW

UBC did not post a game story but did upload the stats. This was a solid win to open the Captain's Cup out in British California. Rylan Toth started in goal bit played just one period and stopped 2 out of 3 shots. Reliever Ethan Anders stopped 16 of 17 for the win. Meanwhile, Michael Lenko stopped only one shot for the Clown and was pulled after 34 seconds. I sense an injury. Cale Dolan took the loss with 20 saves on 28 shots.


TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS 6
VICTORIA VIKINGS 0

Links:
➤ TWU: SPARTANS OPEN CAPTAINS CUP WITH 6-0 VICTORY OVER VICTORIA
➤ Summary: BCIHL

Good for Holy Trinity, being on the road but still posting a game story. The BCIHL summaries are missing most data. The story says TWU split the game amongst three goaltenders.

OUT EAST


Dalhousie 1 St. FX 3

Links:
➤ AUS: Schedule & Results

NEXT UP

Sept 18 Moncton at Saint Mary's
Sept 18 Regina at Briercrest College
Sept 18 Alberta at Mount Royal
Sept 18 Calgary at Saskatchewan
Sept 18 Trinity Western at Vancouver Island
Sept 19 UNB at Moncton

Sept 18: Saturday Splits in the CW


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3

Links:
➤ UofA: Schedule & Results

The Bluegars uploaded neither stats nor stories for this game.


CALGARY DINOSAURS 4
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 6

Links:
➤ UofC: Schedule & Results
➤ UofS: Schedule & Results

The Huskies did upload a game story on Friday night, but not tonight. So two CW series this weekend, and both were splits.


REGINA COUGARS 6
BRIERCREST CLIPPERS 1

Links:
➤ ACAC: Boxscore
➤ ACAC: Video
➤ UofR: Schedule & Results

Briercrest supplied a video stream, without play-by-play commentary, for this game and did upload a boxscore, both through the ACAC site. I couldn't get the stream to come in until it was already 3-0 for the Banjo Cats. The Kittens dominated most of the game, although the shots ended up being just 35-24 in their favour. Six different Cats scored one goal each. Curtis Meger started in goal and got the win with 14 saves. Donovan Buskey came in mid-way through the 2nd period and came within 20 seconds of a shutout.

Next weekend Regina hosts a 3-way dance with the Bisons and Saskatchewan. Oddly, Briercrest now has a month off before they face SAIT.


TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS 4
VANCOUVER ISLAND MARINERS 2

Links:
➤ TWU: SPARTANS WIN 4-2 OVER VIU IN CAPTAINS CUP
➤ BCIHL: Summary

Once again, Trinity got a game story posted from the road. This gives the Spartans a 2-0-0 record and 1st place in the Captain's Cup. UBC is 1-0-0 and the rest are 0-1-0. The BCIHL summary includes just goals scored and penalties taken by VIU players.

NEXT UP

Sept 23 Regina at Saskatchewan
Sept 24 Calgary at Alberta
Sept 24 MacEwan at Mount Royal
Sept 24 Manitoba at Regina
Sept 24 Vancouver Island at Victoria
Sept 25 Alberta at Calgary
Sept 25 Manitoba at Saskatchewan
Sept 25 Trinity Western at UBC
Sept 25 Simon Fraser at Alaska Fairbanks
Sept 25 Vancouver Island at Okanagan
Sept 26 Mount Royal at MacEwan

OUT EAST


Sept 18 Moncton at Saint Mary's - no results posted at AUS site nor by either team

Links:
➤ AUS: Schedule & Results

NEXT UP

Sept 19 UNB at Moncton
Sept 21 Saint Mary's at Acadia
Sept 24 Acadia at New Brunswick
Sept 24 St. FX at Moncton
Sept 25 Dalhousie at New Brunswick
Sept 25 Saint Mary's at St. FX
Sept 25 Carleton at North Dundas Rockets

Sept 19: AUS Updates

CANADA WEST

no games

OUT EAST


Sept 18 Moncton 5 Saint Mary's 1
Sept 19 New Brunswick 3 Moncton 0

Links:
➤ AUS: Schedule & Results

Sept 23-26: Weekend Preview: Bisons Are Off to Banjoland!

The ACAC teams have no games scheduled the next two weekends for some reason, so we have a 3-way round-robin in Sask, two double-headers in Alberta, some BCIHL/Captain's Cup games, and a few games out east.


REGINA COUGARS (1-0-0)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (1-1-0)
MANITOBA BISONS (0-0-0)

Links:
➤ UofR: Schedule & Results
➤ UofS: Schedule & Results
➤ UofM: Schedule & Results
➤ UofS: PREVIEW: Huskies back on home ice Thursday in tune-up against Cougars
➤ UofS: Huskies bounce back, take down Dinos
➤ Star-Phoenix: 'We'll figure it out here': Babcock's first impressions on U of S Huskies hockey

This is the schedule for this mini-round-robin:
Sept 23 Regina at Saskatchewan
Sept 24 Manitoba at Regina
Sept 25 Manitoba v Saskatchewan (at Regina)

The Bisons have yet to update their roster page so there's not much I can say about their roster. Regina does not normally upload exhiition stats to LeagueStat, so we likely won't get much feedback on these games. Maybe some updates will happen Thursday or Friday.


MACEWAN GRIFFINS (0-0-0)
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (1-1-0)

Links:
➤ MacU: Schedule & Results
➤ MRU: Schedule & Results

This is one of two Alberta home-and-home series on the weekend. It appears that no arrangements exist for live stats reporting, nor does there appear a plan for CanadaWest.tv coverage of any games. These former ACAC rivals meet for the first time as CW rivals.


CALGARY DINOSAURS (1-1-0)
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (3-1-0)

Links:
➤ UofC: Schedule & Results
➤ UofA: Schedule & Results

The Evil Monkeys usually have a preview story and uploaded live stats, even for exhibition games. We'll see if that happens.


TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (2-0-0)
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (1-0-0)

Links:
➤ TWU: Schedule & Results
➤ UBC: Schedule & Results
➤ BCIHL: Schedule & Results
➤ SFU: SFU Hockey and the BCIHL have announced that SFU will face off against the Okanagan Lakers on Sept. 25th in Merritt, BC.
➤ OKL: Okanagan Team Site
➤ UVic: Team Site
➤ VIU: Schedule & Results

This will be Holy Trinity's first game against a CW opponent as a CW hockey team. A win would pretty much get them a place in the Captain's Cup final. They are currently 2-0-0, UBC 1-0-0, and the other three teams are all 0-1-0. UBC usually provides live stats, but no links are currently set up for that. SFU's trip to Alaska was cancelled. They added a game with Okanagan, and the VIU v Okanagan game scheduled for Sept 25th got shifted to Sept 26th. Okanagan's games are not part of the Captain's Cup. Here's the weekend schedule on (or beyond) the coast:

Sept 24 Vancouver Island at Victoria
Sept 25 Trinity Western at UBC
Sept 25 Simon Fraser at Okanagan
Sept 26 Vancouver Island at Okanagan

OUT EAST

Sept 21 Saint Mary's 4 Acadia 3 (ot)
Sept 24 Acadia at New Brunswick
Sept 24 St. FX at Moncton
Sept 25 Dalhousie at New Brunswick
Sept 25 Saint Mary's at St. FX

Sept 21 Quebec University All-Stars 3 Montreal Canadiens Rookies 5
Sept 25 Carleton at North Dundas Rockets (Senior AA)

The Queec University All-Stars included players from McGill, Concordia, and UQTR. The complete roster is located in the McGill preview link.

Links:
➤ AUS: Schedule & Results
➤ McG: Eight McGillians to play for Quebec university all-stars vs Habs prospects
➤ McG: McGill's Tremblay scores but Quebec University All-Stars fall to Habs rookie squad
➤ NHL: U Sports @ MTL: Rookie Game recap
➤ Summary: LeagueStat
➤ NDR: Team Site

NEWS

The upcoming Vanier Cup and all national championships will be on the various services through 2025. It is not clear whether any games will be on the usual TV channel. Let's get Don Cherry on for the hockey finals!

Links:
➤ CBC: CBC Sports to broadcast U Sports national championships for next 4 years
➤ USports: CBC Sports becomes exclusive English-language digital broadcaster of U SPORTS National Championships through 2025

Sept 23: Canines Crush Felines in the Battle of Banjoland


REGINA COUGARS 1
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 12

Links:
➤ UofR: Schedule & Results
➤ UofS: Team Twitter
➤ UofS: Loschiavo’s hat-trick leads Huskies past Cougars

This must have been a severe mauling, like Sylvester the Cat being pounded upon by that big bulldog. I followed along on the Banjo-Mutts' Twitter feed (linked), which serves as a haphazzard game summary. They got their game story uploaded quickly.

The Mutts are now 2-1-0 and the Cats are now 1-1-0 in the pre-season. Surely Regina is not THAT bad, so I expect them to be better against the Bisons on Friday night.

Sept 24: Banjo-Cats Rebound to Beat Bisons


MANITOBA BISONS 1
REGINA COUGARS 7

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW : UofM : UofR
➤ Game reports: LeagueStat : CW
➤ CW: Manitoba Bisons Roster

My prognostication of a bounce-back for the Kittens proved prophetic. Leading 1-0 after the 1st period, they scored three times in 6 minutes of the 2nd. After that it was pretty much put away. Turner Ripplinger and Tyler Adams each had 2 goals and an assist to lead the Kitties. Brandon Holtby went the distance for the win in net. Hayden Ostir scored for the Bisons. Jeremy Link played two periods in goal, stopping 15 of 20 shots. Brett Murphy stopped 11 of 13 shots in the 3rd.

More importantly, I got a look at the Bison roster. They have 30 players in camp, 4 of whom are goaltenders. Of the 26 skaters, the 8 who were scratched are projected to be starters when the regular season begins. Liam Hughes, the projected starting goaltender, was also scratched. My guess is that they won't keep all 30 players in camp and were giving a hard look at those fighting for spots. They will likely keep as a #3 goaltender either Brett Murphy (from the Junior A SIJHL) or Austin DeBoer (who played one game for the Junior B Selkirk Fishermen last year, and had a shutout, after playing for the Junior A Selkirk Steelers).

Of the 6 unannounced newcomers who do not play goal, three have major junior experience. Brett Davis played just 5 games for Manitoba Moose in the AHL last year. That followed 4 seasons in the WHL with Lethbridge, Kootenay, and Red Deer. He wore the "A" twice in that tour of duty. Duncan Pierce split time between the Regina Pats and Brandon Wheat Kings. He split two seasons between the Junior A Portage Terriers and WHL before two full seasons in the WHL. Garrett Sambrook played just three games for the Junior A Virden Oil Capitals last year. The previous 4 years were split between the Oil Kings, Brandon Wheat Kings, and Swift Current Broncos. I'll do a complete roster review and delve into the new recruits a bit more ASAP.

Here's the Bison roster, along with a list of departures:

1 Jeremy Link G - returnee
2 Samuel Stewart D - 2020 recruit
4 Tyler Anderson D - new - several players with this name at Elite Prospects
5 Liam Schioler D - returnee
6 Mitch Dyck D - returnee
8 Connor Barley F - returnee
9 Dylan Thiessen F - returnee
10 Devon Skoleski F - returnee
11 Ryan Carlson F/D - returnee
13 Andre Sutter F - new from Switzerland: Elite Prospects
15 Ben Dalke F - returnee
20 Tony Apetagon F - returnee
21 Noah Basarab F - 2020 recruit
22 Hayden Ostir F - 2020 recruit
24 Duncan Pierce F - new from Brandon Wheat Kings: Elite Prospects
25 Garrett Sambrook D - new from Virden Oil Capitals: Elite Prospects
27 Carter Doerksen D - returnee
28 Codey Behun F - new from Steinbach Pistons: Elite Prospects
29 Mike King F - 2021 recruit
35 Brett Murphy G - new from Dryden Ice Dogs: Elite Prospects

Scratches
3 Reese Harsch D - 2020 recruit
12 Keaton Jameson F - returnee
14 Geordie Keane F - returnee
16 Chase Hartje D - 2020 recruit
17 Colton Veloso F - returnee
19 Nate Halvorsen F - returnee
23 Brett Davis F - new from Manitoba Moose: Elite Prospects
26 Linden McCorrister F - 2020 recruit
30 Liam Hughes G - 2020 recruit
34 Austin DeBoer G - new from Selkirk Fishermen: Elite Prospects

Departures - from 2020-21
13 Nicholas Labossiere F
28 Brady Pouteau D
29 Alec Malo - 2020 recruit

Departures - from 2019-20
2 Adam Henry D
3 Sean Christensen D
4 Matthew Stanley D
16 Josh Tripp F
18 Bradley Goethals F
21 Brian Harris F
22 Jeremey Leipsic F
25 Lucas Skrumeda D/F
26 Matthew LeBlanc F
29 Jonah Wasylak F
30 Riley Lamb G
35 Tyler Brown G


CALGARY DINOSAURS 1
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ Game reports: LeagueStat : CW

The Evil Monkeys seem to have hit their stride. Matt Berlin got the win, stopping 22 of 23 shots. Brodan Salmond went the distance and took the loss, stopping 32 of 35 shots. The scene shifts to the Town of Bedrock for Saturday's rematch.


MACEWAN GRIFFINS 1
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 6

Links:
➤ MacU: Schedule & Results
➤ MRU: Schedule & Results

Nothing but the score uploaded so far. The rematch on Sunday in Edmontown will have live stats.


VANCOUVER ISLAND MARINERS >
VICTORIA VIKINGS >

Links:
➤ BCIHL: Schedule & Results

Neither team has posted anything yet. My guess is that the BCIHL site will be first off the mark.

OUT EAST

Sept 24 Acadia 0 New Brunswick 4
Sept 24 St. FX 3 Moncton 2 (ot)

Links:
➤ AUS: Schedule & Results

no games

Sept 25: Bisons Come Up Short In Improved Performance


MANITOBA BISONS 1
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3

Links:
➤ UofS: Schedule & Results
➤ UofM: Schedule & Results

This game was played on neutral ground in Regina, so we had no home team. All we have on this one so far is a neat picture uploaded on Sask's Twitter.


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 3
CALGARY DINOSAURS 2

Links:
➤ UofA: Schedule & Results
➤ UofC: Schedule & Results

In the Town of Bedrock they do not upload stuff, so this is all we have for now at least.


TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS 2
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 3

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ UBC: Team Site
➤ TWU: 2019 Game Story

Through two periods of play, Holy Trinity held a 2-0 lead in the first match-up of these teams as CW conference-mates. However, UBC poured it on in the 3rd, outshootin TWU 14-4 and outscoring them 3-0. This gives UBC a 2-0-0 record in the Captain's Cup, whilst TWU falls to 2-1-0. This was only the second confrontation for these two. In 2019, UBC won 5-3 (game story linked).


VANCOUVER ISLAND MARINERS 1
VICTORIA VIKINGS 3

Links:
➤ BCIHL: Schedule & Results

This was a Friday night game, where the result was not made available until Saturday. Victoria is now 1-1-0 in the Captain's Cup, and Vancouver Island falls to 0-2-0.


SIMON FRASER CLAN 5
OKANAGAN LAKERS 1

Links:
➤ BCIHL: Boxscore

This was a schedule addition prompted by SFU's cancelled trip to Alaska. It was not part of the Captain's Cup.

OUT EAST

Sept 25 Dalhousie 0 New Brunswick 7
Sept 25 Saint Mary's 3 St. FX 2

Links:
➤ AUS: Schedule & Results

Sept 25 Carleton at North Dundas Rockets - nothing posted

Links:
➤ Carlton: Team Site
➤ North Dundas: Team Site

Sept 26: Bison Recruiting Class

The Bisons have yet to make any announcements and have not yet updated their roster page. So I rely on the roster page accompanying the CW summary on Friday night. Since the players recruited in 2020-21 never played any games, I will repost what was in last year's thread about those guys.

2020-21 recruiting class:

Chase Hartje - D - Moose Jaw/Winnipeg (WHL)

Hartje is another WHL defenceman on the Bison roster, having played in Moose Jaw, Brandon, Kootenay, moving to Winnipeg with the franchise, then back to Moose Jaw. He is originally from Bemidji, Minnesota. At 5'11" and 172 lbs he is smaller than the usual Bison d-man.

Links:
➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects
➤ Our Sports Central: ICE Acquire '99-Born Defenceman Chase Hartje from the Wheat Kings

Hayden Ostir - C/RW - Swift Current (WHL)

Ostir is a Winnipeg boy coming home after making the rounds in the WHL, covering Spokane, Medicine Hat, and Swift Current over the last four years. His numbers in 2019-20 were 10-14-24. He is also 6'1" and 194 lbs. He also got a gold medal in the U-17s.

Links:
➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects
➤ SC Broncos: Graduation: Hayden Ostir
➤ Our Sports Central: Broncos Sign Hayden Ostir to SPA
➤ YouTube: Feb 2nd/17

Liam Hughes - G - Winnipeg Ice (WHL)

But for one game in the AJHL, Hughes has played in the WHL for the last four years. After stops in Edmonton, Seattle, and Lethbridge, he backstopped the Winnipeg Ice in 2019-20. He had a 2.53 GAA, and a .914 S%.

Links:
➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects
➤ Lethbridge: Hughes Leaves Team
➤ WHL: ICE add Liam Hughes & Ty Ettinger to roster

Noah Basarab - F - Johnstown (NAHL)

Basarab is a Gimli boy who went south after having played for Swan Valley and Selkirk in the MJHL. His stats were 16-12-28 in 2019-20.

Links:
➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects
➤ Johnstown Tomahawks: Noah Basarab Named NAHL Bauer Division Star of the Week
➤ Daily American: Athlete of the Week
➤ Tribune-Democrat: Tomahawks trio clicks in win over Black Bears

Reece Harsch - D - Winnipeg Ice (WHL)

Having a WHL team in town is paying some recruiting dividends this year, as the Bisons land another d-man in Harsch. He is 6'4" and 201 lbs and wore an "A" in 2019-20.

Links:
➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects
➤ Winnipeg Ice: Winnipeg ICE acquire 2019 second overall pick and Reece Harsch in multi-team trade
➤ YouTube: Feb 25/18 : Sept 19/17

Sam Stewart - D - Tri-City/Edmonton (WHL)

Stewart is another big d-man (6' 190 lbs) from Manitoba coming home for university. He finished 2019-20 with the Edmonton Oil Kings after four years with the Tri-City Americans, with a couple of stints with the Neepawa Natives in the MJHL.

Links:
➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects
➤ WHL: MJHL-WHL Prospect Watch - Sam Stewart, Neepawa Natives

Linden McCorrister - LW - Brandon (WHL)/Regina (CW)

The Bisons needed better forwards in 2019-20 and here's one. He's 6'1" and 190 lbs. As a teen, he played on Team Manitoba in aboriginal hockey. In four seasons with the Wheat Kings he ended as an assistant captain for two seasons. Articles describe a strong 2-way player, but he has decent offensive numbers in the WHL. In 2017-18 he played 59 games and was 20-23-43, plus 5-9-14 in 11 playoff games. In 2018-19 he played 45 games and was 14-15-29. For some reason, the Peguis native went to Regina to play for the Banjo-Cats in 2019-20, where he only played 4 games and had one assist. So I guess 2020-21 was his redshirt season.

Links:
➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects : Hockey DB
➤ Wheat Kings: McCORRISTER LOOKING TO MAKE AN IMPRESSION

One other player, Alec Malo, was recruited via the Flin Flon Bombers (SJHL) and Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL). He is not on this year's roster.

2021-22 recruiting class:

Michael King - C - Spokane (WHL)/Steinbach (MJHL)

I posted about him on June 28th (above) when he was the only new Bison listed on Elite Prospects and 49-sport.com.

Links:
➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects : Hockey DB
➤ Spokane Chiefs: Chiefs Acquire Forward Michael King from Kootenay
➤ Spokane Chiefs: Meet the Chiefs: #19 Michael King
➤ Spokane Chiefs: Michael King and James Porter Released
➤ Steinbach Pistons: King Commits to University of Manitoba
➤ Hockey Fights: Michael King vs Kaden Kohle Dec 31, 2019 : YT

Brett Davis - RW - Manitoba Moose (AHL)

Davis is a 6'1" winger from Oak Bank, Manitoba. He played just 5 games last year with the Manitoba Moose on an ATO, after having a productive career with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Kootenay Ice, and Red Deer Rebels of the WHL. He wore the "A" in both Kootenay and Red Deer. In his final junior season (2019-20) he was a combined 25-24-49 in 57 games. He had been drafted by the Dallas Stars in the 6th round of the 2017 entry draft. His uncle Kelly Davis once playd for the Cincinnati Stingers in the WHA.

Links:
➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects : NHL.com
➤ Media: Hockey Reference : Hockey Fights
➤ Game On: Local Product Brett Davis Rewarded With Amateur Tryout From Moose

Duncan Pierce - RW - Regina/Brandon (WHL)

Pierce is a 6'1" Winnipeg boy coming home. He never played last year. He had two full seasons in the WHL, preceded by two seasons split between the WHL and MJHL and one split between the WHL and Midget AAA. There are lots of fight videos in the links. In his last season of junior his stats were 8-14-22 in 58 games. It seems from the press clippings that his hard-nosed style was viewed quite favourably.

Links:
➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects
➤ Media: HockeyFights : YouTube
➤ Our Sports Central: Pats Acquire Caiden Daley from Brandon for Duncan Pierce
➤ Leader-Post: Regina Pats' Duncan Pierce finding his niche
➤ Leader-Post: Pats prospect Duncan Pierce in the right place at the right time

Garrett Sambrook - D - Virden Oil Capitals (MJHL)

Samrook is a 6'0" defenceman from Medora, Manitoba. He broke into the WHL with the Brandon Wheat Kings as a 16 year-old in 2016-17. He then split 2017-18 between Brandon and Virden, and 2018-19 between the Swift Current Broncos and Virden. He spent 2019-20 in Swift Current before coming home last year for the abbreviated season. Earlier in his junior days he had health issues, later diagnosed as epilepsy.

Links:
➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects
➤ Empire-Advance: Oil Caps, Leslie play big roles in Sambrook’s career
➤ Oilcaps: Sambrook joins Oil Caps
➤ YouTube: Manitoba Sports Network (interview)
➤ YouTube: Virden Oil Capitals (interview)

Tyler Anderson - D - St. Cloud State (NCAA)

So I did a search of this name and found a long list of players born in the late '90s and early 2000s. I narrowed the list to two possible players.

Tyler Anderson #1 is a 6'2" 24 year old defenceman from Winnipeg. He played Junior A for the Steinbach Pistons, followed by 4 years at St. Cloud State (NCAA), one of which he played no games.

Tyler Anderson #2 is a 6'4" 25 year old defenceman from Niverville. His junior was split between the SJHL and BCHL, followed by three seasons with Lake Superior State (NCAA). He did not play last year.

I searched the various articles and Tyler #1 is the correct one. He wanted to attend med school this year, but did not get in.

Links:
➤ Career Stats for #1: Elite Prospects
➤ Career Stats for #2: Elite Prospects
➤ Centre Ice View: Former Husky Tyler Anderson Now a Manitoba Bison
➤ SCSU: Player Page
➤ SC Times: Winnipeg defenseman plans to join SCSU this fall

Cody Behun - F - Steinbach (MJHL)

Behun is a Winnipeg native who split his junior career between the Winnipeg Blues and Steinbach Pistons. He played just 8 games last year, and racked up 10 points.

Links:
➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects
➤ Game On: Pistons, Blues Make Monster 10-Player Trade

Brett Murphy - G - Dryden Ice Dogs (SIJHL)

Murphy is a Winnipegger who came up through the AAA ranks, played one season for thye Fort Garry/Fort Rouge Twins in the MMJHL (.930 S%, 2.56 GAA) before heading east to play Junior A in Dryden. He only got two games last year. He is listed as a "returning player" in Dryden.

Links:
➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects
➤ CKDR: Ice Dogs July Preview: Returning Players

Andre Sutter - F - Ramperswil (U20-Top) & EHC Seewen (MSL))

This is not an Alberta Sutter. This one has roots in BC and Switzerland. He last played in Canada in 2017-18 in the Junior B VIJHL. I do not know where the Swiss leagues fit into hockey's scheme of things. Last year he had 16 points in 10 junior games and no points in 4 senior games.

Links:
➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects
➤ NCSA: Andre Sutter - ‘18 Recruiting Profile
➤ YouTube: Andre Sutter Highlight Video 2018-19

Austin DeBoer - G - Selkirk Fishermen (CRJHL)

My guess is that DeBoer is trying to become the 3rd string goaltender. He played just one game last year for the Junior B Fishermen, and recorded a shutout. He had previously played for the Junior A Selkirk Steelers.

Links:
➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects : CRJHL

Here is the Bison Training Camp Roster, which includes the highest level league in which he has played:

Sept 26: MacEwan Chalk Up First CW Win


MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 4
MACEWAN GRIFFINS 5
(in overtime)

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ MacU: Comrie's OT winner delivers 5-4 win for Griffins over MRU in first preseason home game

I was able to catch this game on CanadaWest.tv. There was no commentary for the first few minutes. Mac held leads of 2-0 and 4-2, with MRU rallying both times. In fact, they scored with just over 2 minutes left to make it 4-3 and then with 14 seconds left to force overtime. This was a wide-open game, with MRU holding a 42-32 edge in shots.


VANCOUVER ISLAND MARINERS 9
OKANAGAN LAKERS 0

Links:
➤ BCIHL: Schedule & Results
➤ VIU: Facebook

Remember, the Lakers are not part of the Champions Cup, so this was a stand-alone exhibition game.

Preview: Oct 1-2: Border closure means no trip to North Dakota


This was supposed to be the weekend with a massive amount of Usports teams heading to the Excited States to face NCAA opposition. The Bisons were to have faced the North Dakota Flickertails /Fighting Sioux / Fighting Hawks on Saturday. But the border issues have put the kybosh on that plan. Some teams were able to line up alternative opposition, but some (like the Bisons) will just get an unwanted bye. Regina and Trinity Western will also have weekend byes, though I never saw either one on an NCAA schedule.

The next exhibition games for the Bisons will be on October 8th and 9th when Regina comes to town to end the pre-season.

ELSEWHERE IN THE CW


CALGARY DINOSAURS (2-3-0)
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (2-1-1)

Links:

➤ UofC: Schedule & Results
➤ MRU: Schedule & Results
➤ Seven Chiefs: Web Site
➤ Winsport: Web Site
➤ Live video: Saturday Game

In the Town of Bedrock the cross-town rivals have two games scheduled, both on neutral ice. Friday's game will be at the Winsport Arena (last year's Covid-inspired home of curling) and Saturday's will be at the Seven Chiefs Sportsplex located in the Tsuut'ina Nation (to the immediate west of Calgary). Check out the links.

The Seven Chiefs Complex looks better than what many universities have. Two indoor hockey rinks, one outdoor covered rink, and facilities for basketball and other gym sports. It is just an 11 minute car ride from Mount Royal University.

Winsport has also hosted lots of Hockey Canada events, including Team Canada Juniors vs. Usports All-stars games. It is a massive facility and our winter Olympians train there for several different sports.

Calgary beat SAIT, split with Saskatchewan, then were swept by Alberta. MRU split with both Alberta and Macewan (with an OTL).

I have not seen any links for live stats as yet. However, the stream of the Saturday game is a nice bonus.


Seven Chiefs Arena


Winsport Arena


MACEWAN GRIFFINS (1-1-0)
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (5-1-0)

Links:
➤ MacU: Schedule & Results
➤ UofA: Schedule & Results

This is the weekend of battles of cross-town rivals in Saudi Alberta. The Evil Monkeys and Mythical Mutants will battle for glory in Edmontown. As far as I know, no special venues for either contest. I have not seen any links for live stats or CanadaWest.tv coverage. Alberta usually does do live stats at least, and both teams have streamed home games on CanadaWest.tv.


BRIERCREST CLIPPERS (0-1-0)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (3-1-0)

Links:

➤ BC: Team Web Site
➤ UofS: Schedule & Results

Briercrest is traditionally in the lower echelons of the ACAC and this weekend the step up a couple of levels to face their interprovincial rivals. The ACAC has a rather disjointed pre-season. Lots of teams are playing then taking back-to-back weekends off. Expect local news stories from Saskatown quoting Babcock!


VANCOUVER ISLAND MARINERS (3-2-0)
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (2-0-0)


VICTORIA VIKINGS (1-2-1)
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (2-0-0)

Links:

➤ UBC: Schedule & Results
➤ VIU: Team Site
➤ LiveStats Friday: CW Hockey Tech : LeagueStat
➤ UVic: Team Site
➤ LiveStats Saturday: CW Hockey Tech : LeagueStat

These games are part of BC's Captain's Cup series. Simon Fraser and UBC basically just swap opponents from Friday to Saturday. Here's the event in a nutshell:

UBC will be uploading live stats for both of their games. No word on CanadaWest.tv coverage yet.


ACAC
Oct 2 Augustana at Red Deer Poly

Links:

ACAC S&R

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ONTARIO

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ATLANTIC

Sept 28 Moncton 4 UPEI 3 (ot)
Sept 29 Acadia 3 Saint Mary's 2

Sept 30 Acadia at Dalhousie
Oct 1 UPEI at Moncton
Oct 2 Saint Mary's v St. FX (at Truro)
Oct 2 Moncton at New Brunswick

Links:

USp Presto S&R
OUA LS Daily
AUS S&R

Back in 2019 there was a report about the Molson family donating $1 million to UQAM to get a hockey team going. I did a follow-up search and found a story about them getting ready for as early as 2022. One problem is finding a league. The OUA does not want them. They have some hopes of re-forming a Quebec league and are also talking to the AUS.

... the Ontario league warned UQAM that their team could not join its ranks.

"When we came up with our project in 2019, the Ontario league was undergoing a deep restructuring, and their goal was to reduce their number of teams, not increase them," explained the coordinator of the sports program. excellence of the citizens of UQAM, Daniel Methot.

Asked about the possibility of creating a division in Quebec, the RSEQ's hockey development and operations manager, Stephane Auger, did not want to go too far.

"Everyone agrees that the ideal would be to have a Quebec university league eventually, but it is perhaps more of a medium-term objective", according to him.

The former National Hockey League referee did not want to further detail the target schedule, nor the criteria that would be essential to the creation of such a division, but he is of the opinion that a Quebec university league would be beneficial for the development of players in the province.

In addition to working with the RSEQ, Daniel Methot confirmed that UQAM has also had discussions with teams from the Maritimes, which have their own league.

So, the OUA wants to downsize? This is crazy. We need more teams on more campuses. The provincial bodies in BC and now Quebec are seemingly doing their part. Time for Hockey Canada to wield some influence.

Links:

➤ UQAM: 2019 in French : Translation: Towards the creation of a hockey team
➤ UQAM: 2021 in French : Translation: No hockey at UQAM before 2022

Update:

Sept 25 Carleton Ravens 2 North Dundas Rockets 6

October 1st: Lots of Action Out West


MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 4
CALGARY DINOSAURS 1

Links:

➤ MRU: Schedule & Results
➤ UofC: Schedule & Results
➤ Live video: CanadaWest.tv

Wilma!

The Dinos now have a 4-game losing streak. Mr. Slate won’t be happy in the Town of Bedrock. The disappointment will be tempered somewhat with the fact that the losses were to their top 3 conference opponents from 2019-20 (Sask, Alberta, now MRU). The Bluegars are now 3-1-1.

Saturday’s game starts at 7:00 MT, 8:00 CT and the streaming video is at the link above.


MACEWAN GRIFFINS 1
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 7

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ UofA: Schedule & Results
➤ MacU: Schedule & Results

There are a few statistical twists to this game. In the first period, the shots were 10-10, and the Evil Monkeys led 2-0. In the second period, the shots were 14-5 for the Evil Monkeys, and they outscored Mac 5-1. There was no scoring in the third, although that was where the shots went crazy, 19-7 in favour of Alberta.

Now, without seeing the game it is hard to picture 5 goals on 14 shots on a solid goaltender. James Porter took the loss for the Mutants, with 17 saves on 24 shots through two periods. Thomas Davis stepped in and made 19 third period saves. Taz Burman played the first half and stopped 11 of 12 for the win, while Matt Berlin stopped 10 out of 10 in relief. The Apes are now 6-1-0 and MacEwan falls to 1-2-0. Saturday’s rematch shifts to MacEwan. Live stats updates are not yet confirmed.


BRIERCREST CLIPPERS 3
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5

Links:
➤ UofS: Schedule & Results
➤ Twitter: Team Account

In the Twitter feed, it was described as “Team White” vs. “Team Black” and was described as a “split game”. So whether this is a valid win is questionable at this stage. Looking at the logos, maybe this was a BS game.


VANCOUVER ISLAND MARINERS 1
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 4

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ UBC: Schedule & Results

This was part of the Captain’s Cup, where UBC is now 3-0-0 (their entire pre-season record), and are now guaranteed a berth in next weekend’s championship game. The Mariners fall to 0-3-0 in the tournament, and 3-3-0 overall.

UBC outshot VIU 11-3 in the first period, and had a 3-0 lead. After that each team scored once on 21 shots. Michael Clark scored twice for T-irds, and Dorrin Luding picked up the win in goal. Saturday’s game against UVic will have live stats, but no video announced at this moment.


VICTORIA VIKINGS 1
SIMON FRASER CLAN 5

Links:
➤ Summaries: BCIHL
➤ SFU: SFU vs VIC, VIU Preview: Oct. 1st + 2nd, 2021

This result lifts SFU to 1-1-0, and drops UVic to 1-2-0. UVic could still make the final if there occurs a series of improbable upsets, as follows:

  • UVic defeats UBC on Saturday;
  • VIU defeats SFU on Saturday;
  • SFU beats TWU next weekend;
  • UVic wins the 3-way tie-breaker between themselves, TWU, and SFU.

On the other hand, The Clown are in a good position. They need to win Saturday against VIU to set up a winner-take-all battle with TWU for second place and a trip to the final against UBC.

OUT EAST


ONTARIO

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ATLANTIC

Sept 30 Acadia 1 Dalhousie 0
Oct 1 UPEI 1 Moncton 4
Oct 2 Saint Mary's v St. FX (at Truro)
Oct 2 Moncton at New Brunswick

Links:

USp Presto S&R
OUA LS Daily
AUS S&R

October 2nd: Weekend Wrap-Up


CALGARY DINOSAURS 4
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3

Links:

➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ MRU: Schedule & Results
➤ UofC: Schedule & Results
➤ Live video: CanadaWest.tv

I saw most of this game on CanadaWest.tv. It was a good watch, however their scoreboard did not have the scores or game time on it. The shots on goal were also not kept. Brodan Salmond got the win in goal, and Riley Morris took the loss. Josh Tarzwell was the only player to get two goals. Calgary is now 3-4-0 and MRU is 3-2-1 in the pre-season. MRU is off until the regular season on October 15th, whilst the Dinos play MacEwan next weekend.


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5
MACEWAN GRIFFINS 2

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ UofA: Schedule & Results
➤ MacU: Schedule & Results

The Evil Monkeys came out with a flurry before coasting to a win. The Mythical Mutants hung in at 0-0 after the 1st period, despite being outshot 14-6. However, the Apes built a 3-0 lead in the 2nd period with a 19-10 lead in shots. Mac did rally in the 3rd, with a 13-8 edge in shots, and pulled within 4-2. An empty-netter then salted it away for the Monkeys. Quite a chippy game. Alberta 3-for-8 on the PP, Mac was 1-for-5. There were three 10-minute misconducts and a total of 68 PIMs. Alberta is now 7-1-0 in the preseason, and finishes next weekend hosting Sask. Mac is now 1-3-0 and finishes with a Calgary series next weekend.


BRIERCREST CLIPPERS 3
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4
(in a shoot-out)

Links:
➤ UofS: Schedule & Results
➤ Twitter: Team Account

This appears to have been an intersquad game, like on Friday.


VICTORIA VIKINGS 2
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 5

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ UBC: Schedule & Results

This was a nice comfy win for the T-irds. They have quite a rivalry with UVic in other sports. However, these teams have not played since 1973 in hockey. UVic played just four seasons in the WCIAA/CW, and had three winless seasons. Their best season was 3-17-0 in 1970-71. So by inference their record against UBC must have been poor. UBC held UVic shotless in the 1st period, and outshot them 31-10 overall. Both sides have now finished the Captain's Cup round-robin, UBC going 4-0-0 and UVic going 1-3-0. UBC will host the final on October 9th.


VANCOUVER ISLAND MARINERS 5
SIMON FRASER CLAN 1

Links:
➤ Summaries: BCIHL
➤ SFU: Team Web Site

VIU needed this win to avoid being skunked in the Captain's Cup. They are finished at 1-3-0 and SFU is still alive at 1-2-0. If SFU can beat TWU in regulation time on October 8th, they could still qualify for the tournament final.

OUT EAST


ONTARIO

no games


ATLANTIC

Oct 2 Saint Mary's 6 St. FX 4
Oct 2 Moncton at New Brunswick - cancelled

Links:

USports Presto S&R
OUA LS Daily
AUS S&R

Preview: October 8-9: Regina at Manitoba


REGINA COUGARS (0-0-0, 2-1-0, OHT35 #n/a)
MANITOBA BISONS (0-0-0, 0-2-0, OHT35 #n/a)

Friday, October 8th at 7:00 CT at Seven Oaks Arena, Winnipeg
Saturday, October 9th at 2:00 CT at Wayne Fleming Arena, Winnipeg

Live Links:
➤ Video/Audio: none
➤ Friday: Live StatsHockey Tech
➤ Saturday: Live StatsHockey Tech

Manitoba Links:
➤ GoBisons: Schedule & Results
➤ CW: StatsSchedule/Results/LinksRoster
➤ LeagueStat: StatsSchedule/Results/Links

Regina Links:
➤ UofR: Team Site
➤ CW: StatsSchedule/Results/LinksRoster
➤ LeagueStat: StatsSchedule/Results/Links

Other Links:
➤ USports: Schedule/LinksStandings
➤ CW: Home PageSchedule
➤ LeagueStat: Media Stats

But for the Bluegars, all CW teams are in action this weekend as the exhibition season wraps (except for the Sask Huskies, who have the bye in round 1 of the regular season).

The Bisons have had a sparse pre-season schedule. Their trip to North Dakota was cancelled last weekend. They opened with a 7-1 loss to the Banjo-Cats, now have a chance at revenge. That big win for Regina followed a win over Briercrest (big whoop-dee-doo) and a 12-1 loss to the Banjo-Mutts. All-in-all, it is hard to gauge them.

As of this post, the official Bison roster page has not been updated. I suspect that the CW training camp 30-man roster (linked) will have been pared down to maybe 3 goaltenders and 24 or 25 skaters.

The Banjo-Cats have their training camp roster up at the CW site (also linked). Here's the summary:

Returnees (17)

Forwards (12)
9 Conner Chaulk - 17 Turner Ripplinger - 20 Ben Duperreault
15 Tanner Nagel - 14 Tate Coughlin - 32 Ty Barnstable
11 Connor Odelein - 19 Bryce Platt - 12 Scott Mickoski
29 Tanner Campbell - 21 Tyler Kreklewich - 18 Tyler Adams

Defence (3)
27 Brennan Riddle - 10 Michael Eskra - 2 James Hilsendager

Goaltenders (2)
30 Brandon Holtby - 35 Curtis Meger

New (13)
1 Donovan Buskey - G - Trail Smoke Eaters (BCHL)/Regina Pats (WHL)
3 Dylan McCabe - D - Battlefords North Stars (SJHL)
4 Christian Reimer - D - Steinbach Pistons (MJHL)
5 Carson Sass - D - Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
7 Tyler Heidt - D - Merrimack College (NCAA)
8 Jayden Davis F - Estevan Bruins (SJHL)
13 Jackson Doucet - F - Alberni Valley Bulldogs (BCHL)
16 Randen Schmidt - D - Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
22 Tanner Sidaway - F - Cowichan Valley Capitals (BCHL)
23 Austin King-Cunningham - D - Estevan Bruins (SJHL)
24 Riley Krane - F - Dawson Creek (NMJHL) / Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
2 Tanner Pochipinski - F - Selkirk Steelers (MJHL)
28 Brady Pouteau - D - Manitoba Bisons (CWUAA)

Departures (9)

Forwards (3)
13 Tristan Frei - 23 Arthur Miller - 16 Linden McCorrister

Defence (5)
28 Landon Peel - 7 Tyler King - 4 Isaac Schacher
24 Zach Hicks - 22 Clayton Eisler

Goaltender (1)
31 Dawson McAulay

The Cats lost their top two scorers (Frei and Miller) and four of their top six defencemen. While their recruiting class is not going to make the Evil Monkeys jealous, they did more or less replace what they lost. Overall, I would expect them to end up roughly at the same level as 2019-20.

One unique off-season move is that former Bison defenceman Brady Pouteau went to Banjoland, while Linden McCorrister left Regina for Friendly Manitoba. Pouteau played the bulk of his junior career with the Regina Pats and McCorrister was a Brandon Wheat King.

The Seven Oaks Arena is a nice facility. Maybe I will be allowed in! I doubt that there will be live stats, and certainly no video stream.

ELSEWHERE IN THE CW


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (0-0-0, 3-1-0, OHT35 #n/a)
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (0-0-0, 7-1-0, OHT35 #n/a)

Links:

➤ UofS: Schedule & Results
➤ UofA: Schedule & Results
➤ Friday: Live StatsHockey Tech
➤ Saturday: Live StatsHockey Tech

As I post, this is the only series to have confirmed live stats. This battle of the traditional powerhouses in the conference would be interesting to watch on a video stream. The Banjo-Mutts played a mixed inter-squad series with Briercrest last weekend. I see that those results have now been scrubbed from their S&R page, which seems proper.


CALGARY DINOSAURS (0-0-0, 3-4-0, OHT35 #n/a)
MACEWAN GRIFFINS (0-0-0, 1-3-0, OHT35 #n/a)

Links:

➤ UofC: Schedule & Results
➤ MacU: Schedule & Results

This is a home-and-home series, starting Friday in Edmontown before shifting to the Town of Bedrock on Saturday. The Mythical Mutants are only 1-3-0, but their opponents have been two of the top three CW teams in this pre-season (Alberta and MRU). Too bad there is no word on live stats or video as I post.


TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (0-0-0, 2-1-0, OHT35 #n/a)
SIMON FRASER ATHLETICS (0-0-0, 2-2-0)
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (0-0-0, 4-0-0, OHT35 #n/a)

Links:

➤ TWU: Schedule & Results
➤ SFU: Team Website
➤ BCIHL: Schedule & Results
➤ UBC: Schedule & Results
➤ 49-sport: UBC Men?s Hockey Preseason Preview

The TWU v SFU game on Friday is the final round-robin game in the Captain?s Cup series. UBC then hosts the championship game on Saturday night.

In the Captain's Cup games, Holy Trinity is 2-1-0 and SFU is 1-2-0. Victoria and Vancouver Island are both 1-3-0 and eliminated. The winner of the Friday night game will therefore be UBC?s opponent on Saturday.

The BCIHL site should have Friday updates on it. On Saturday, I expect UBC will have live stats going. Maybe even a video stream since no fans are allowed to attend.

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ONTARIO

no games


ATLANTIC

The AUS regular season is underway now. 49-sport has a preview article of the whole conference at the links. There is also a story on UNB.

Wed Oct 6 Moncton 0 New Brunswick 3
Fri Oct 8 St. F.X. Saint Mary's
Fri Oct 8 Dalhousie Acadia
Fri Oct 8 New Brunswick U.P.E.I.
Sat Oct 9 Acadia St. F.X.
Sat Oct 9 Saint Mary's Dalhousie
Sat Oct 9 U.P.E.I. Moncton


Links:

➤ USports: Presto S&R
➤ OUA: LeagueStat Daily
➤ AUS: Schedule & Results
➤ 49-sport: With the U CUP in Halifax, the stakes are extra high for AUS MHKY teams in 2021-22
➤ 49-sport: Eyeing March, the UNB Reds are thrilled to get back to AUS hockey

October 8, 2021: Herd Loses Squeaker


REGINA COUGARS 2
MANITOBA BISONS 1

Links:

➤ UofM: Schedule & Results
➤ UofR: Twitter
➤ Saturday Live Stats: Live StatsHockey Tech

There will be live stats for Saturday afternoon’s rematch. The two links are above. On Friday night, the Banjo-Cats Twitter feed was the only source for the game from Seven Oaks. Here’s the summary:

1st period:

  • Unnamed Bison scores PP goal less than 2 minutes into the game.
  • Cougar Riley Kane tied it on the PP four minutes later.
  • Bisons led shots 11-10.

2nd period:

  • Ben Duperreault gave Regina the lead after 6 minutes.
  • Cougars led shots 9-5.

3rd period:

  • No scoring.
  • From the start of the period to 1:12 to go took just 23 minutes.
  • Bisons led the shots 10-3, 26-22 on the night.

No word on goaltenders or the Bison line-up. Saturday’s rematch goes at 2:00 pm CDT at the Wayne Fleming Arena.


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 1

Links:

➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ UofS: Schedule & Results
➤ UofA: Schedule & Results

This was a tidy win for the Banjo-Mutts. They held period leads of 2-0 and 3-1, and out-shot the Evil Monkeys 37-29 on the night. Owen Hardy led the way to victory with 2 goals. Roddy Ross started and got the win in goal with 17 saves on 18 shots. Declan Hobbs came on in relief mid-way and stopped all 11 shots he faced. There was a bit of a kerfuffle with 10 seconds left. Each side had three 10-minute misconducts. The rematch starts at 4:00 MT/5:00 CT and live stats will be available.


MACEWAN GRIFFINS 1
CALGARY DINOSAURS 7

Links:

➤ UofC: Schedule & Results
➤ MacU: Schedule & Results
➤ Live Video: CanadaWest.tv

Nothing but the score on this one from the Town of Bedrock. This was the Dinos’ best result, and the Mythical Mutants’ worst result, of the pre-season. The scene shifts to Edmontown for Saturday’s rematch, which starts at 5:00 MT/6:00 CT. The live stats and live video will be available.


TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS 5
SIMON FRASER ATHLETICS 4

Links:

➤ BCIHL: Schedule & Results (summary not uploaded as I post)
➤ TWU: SPARTANS BEAT SIMON FRASER 5-4 IN CAPTAINS CUP MATCH
➤ SFU: YouTube Live Stream

This was the final game of the Captain’s Cup round-robin.The win gave Holy Trinity a 3-1-0 record, good for 2nd place and a berth in Saturday’s championship game against UBC. Meanwhile StFU fell to 1-3-0, the same record as their BCIHL brethren from UVic and VIU. Using GF-GA as a tie-breaker, VIU was 8-12 (-4), SFU was 12-19 (-7), and UVic was 6-17 (-11).

The final game at UBC starts at 3:00 PT/5:00 CT and live stats will be available.

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ONTARIO
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ATLANTIC
Fri Oct 8 St. F.X. 5 Saint Mary's 4
Fri Oct 8 Dalhousie 2 Acadia 5
Fri Oct 8 New Brunswick 3 U.P.E.I. 2 (ot)

Sat Oct 9 Acadia St. F.X.
Sat Oct 9 Saint Mary's Dalhousie
Sat Oct 9 U.P.E.I. Moncton

Links:

➤ USports: Presto S&R
➤ OUA: LeagueStat Daily
➤ AUS: Schedule & Results

October 9, 2021: Three Splits and a Trophy As Pre-Season Concludes

Saturday marked the final night of the CW pre-season. There were three traditional two-game series, all of which were split, and the winner-take-all Captain's Cup for the championship of British California. Here's what happened.


REGINA COUGARS 1
MANITOBA BISONS 3

Links:

➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ Game reports: LeagueStat : CW
➤ UofM: Schedule & Results
➤ CW: Manitoba Roster

After three-straight losses, the Bisons needed a win. A covid-induced sparse schedule of just four games has probably left the team less prepared than usual. I see that their posted roster (linked) is not yet whittled down. I suspect that this has already been done though not announced.

Colton Veloso led the way with 2 goals and an assist. Liam Hughes went the distance in goal, stopping 24 of 25 shots for the win. Brandon Holtby suffered the loss for the Banjo-Cats, with 25 saves on 28 shots.

Through the plus-minus feature my inference is that the Bison line-up was like this (19 skaters were dressed for each team):

Goal
30 Hughes (1 Link)

Defence
3 Harsch - 16 Hartje
2 Stewart - 6 Dyck
4 Anderson - 25 Sambrook - 27 Doerksen

Forwards
17 Veloso - 10 Skoleski - 23 Davis
26 McCorrister - 9 Thiessen - 19 Halvorsen
21 Basarab - 22 Ostir - 13 Sutter
20 Apetagon - 28 Behun - 15 Dalke

Scratches
35 Murphy (G) - 34 DeBoer (G) - 5 Schioler (D)
8 Barley (F) - 11 Carlson (F) - 14 Keane (F)
12 Jameson (F) - 29 King (F) - 24 Pierce (F)

The second and third lines would be guesses. The Veloso-Skoleski-Davis line scored all three Bison goals, and all of the assists on those goals.

The Bisons are off to the Town of Bedrock next weekend to face the Dinos, while Regina hosts MacEwan.


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 3

Links:

➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ UofS: Schedule & Results
➤ UofA: Schedule & Results

Even in exhibition games, a sweep over the Evil Monkeys in Edmontown is rare. However, it is also rare to see the Monkeys outshot in both games. Now the final total on Saturday was just 33-27 for Sask, and it was 16-8 in a third period where Sask was playing catch-up. But still, this is rare. Taz Burman started for the Monkeys got the win with 16 saves on 16 shots in the first half of the game. Nick Schneider stopped 15 of 17 shots in relief. The Mutts also split their goaltending duties. Starter Travis Child stopped 15 of 16 shots, and reliever Declan Hobbs stopped 9 of 11 to take the loss.

Next weekend Alberta faces MRU. Sask has a bye but will face Red Deer Poly of the ACAC in a non-conference series.


CALGARY DINOSAURS 2
MACEWAN GRIFFINS 3

Links:

➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ UofC: Schedule & Results
➤ MacU: Schedule & Results

I caught a bit of this on CWTV in between watching football, hockey, and baseball on TV, not to mention the heavyweight fight. The Mythical Mutants bounced back from Friday's kicking to claim a hard-fought win over the Dinos. There was a severe ebb-and-flow to this one, as reflected by the period scores and shots.
1st period: 1-0 for Mac, 21-7 shots
2nd period: 2-0 for Cal, 13-7 shots
3rd period : 2-0 for Mac, 10-5 shots

In goal, James Potter stopped 23 of 25 for the win, and Brodan Salmond stopped 35 of 38 for the loss. Chase Thudium scored twice for Mac, including the winner.

Next weekend, Mac faces Regina and Calgary hosts the Bisons.


TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS 2
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 7

Links:

➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ UBC: T-Birds clinch third straight Captains Cup

The T-irds ended the Captain's Cup in style with a decisive win over their newly minted inter-provincial rival. For some reason, the stats end at 49:53 into the game. Rylan Toth got the win for UBC (wasn't he supposedly leaivng?) but only faced 11 shots. Talor Joseph stopped 28 of 35 in Trinity's net. These teams will play their first two of six games against one another next weekend.

Although UBC went 5-0-0 in the pre-season, since these wins came over current BCIHL teams and a team just promoted from the BCIHL, it is hard to gauge just where they stand in comparison to their traditional rivals.

NEXT UP
Fri Oct 15 Manitoba Calgary
Fri Oct 15 MacEwan Regina
Fri Oct 15 Alberta Mount Royal
Fri Oct 15 Trinity Western U.B.C.

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ONTARIO
Wed Oct 13 Concordia at U.Q.T.R. (exh)
Wed Oct 13 Queen's at McGill (exh)
Wed Oct 13 Toronto at Ryerson (exh)
Thu Oct 14 Brock at Waterloo (exh)
Thu Oct 14 Laurier at Ontario Tech (exh)


ATLANTIC
Sat Oct 9 Acadia 1 St. F.X. 2
Sat Oct 9 Saint Mary's 3 Dalhousie 4
Sat Oct 9 U.P.E.I. 4 Moncton 1

Wed Oct 13 Acadia New Brunswick
Wed Oct 13 Dalhousie St. F.X.

Links:

➤ USports: Presto S&R
➤ OUA: LeagueStat Daily
➤ AUS: Schedule & Results

October 12, 2021: Cuts Made, Bison Roster Updated

The Bison official team roster page was updated. They kept 27 players. The cuts were forwards Connor Barley and Andre Sutter and goaltender Austin DeBoer. Barley played in 2019-20 where he had 1 assist in 4 games. He excelled in the MJHL, peaking at 67 points in 58 games in 2017-18. He had two brief WHL call-ups, playing 3 games with the Kootenay Ice in 2015-16 and then a stint with the Portland Winterhawks in 2017-18 where he saw no game action. Sutter and DeBoer were newcomers.

There was also a write-up in The Manitoban on the weekend series. No line-ups were posted but on Friday Keaton Jameson got the goal, Jeremy Link played goal, and Saturday scratches Barley, Duncan Pierce, and Liam Schioler also played.

Finally, on Thanksgiving the Bisons had a scrimmage against the AHL's Manitoba Moose. Neither side has reported on it, so this was not considered an actual game. The teams have played 6 games before with the Moose holding a 4-2 edge.

Links:

➤ UofM: Roster Page
➤ The Manitoban: Bisons and Cougars collide in exhibition series
➤ Illegal Curve: Manitoba Moose reduce training camp roster by eight players


Liam Schioler knocks down a Cougar.

Preview: October 15-16: MANITOBA at CALGARY

After a missed season, I am excited for the return of hockey. Only Bugs Bunny and his pals can bring the true level of excitement this moment deserves. You can sing along to the video!

https://youtu.be/F-t8PngHgWY

Overture, curtain, lights
This is it, the night of nights
No more rehearsing and nursing a part
We know every part by heart
Overture, curtain, lights
This is it, we'll hit the heights
And oh what heights we'll hit
On with the show this is it.

Tonight what heights we'll hit.
On with the show, this is it.

So here we go ....


MANITOBA BISONS (0-0-0, 1-3-0, OHT35 #14)
CALGARY DINOSAURS (0-0-0, 4-5-0, OHT35 #8)

Friday, October 15th at 7:00 MT/8:00 CT at FDB Arena, Calgary
Saturday, October 16th at 2:00 MT/3:00 CT at FDB Arena, Calgary

Live Links:
➤ Video: CanadaWest.tv
➤ Friday: Live StatsHockey Tech
➤ Saturday: Live StatsHockey Tech

Manitoba Links:
➤ GoBisons: SEASON PREVIEW | Bisons men's hockey energized in return to the ice
➤ CW: StatsSchedule/Results/Links
➤ LeagueStat: StatsSchedule/Results/Links

Calgary Links:
➤ GoDinos: 10 new recruits, 10 days until the season begins
➤ GoDinos: The puck drops with a battle against the Bisons
➤ CW: StatsSchedule/Results/Links
➤ LeagueStat: StatsSchedule/Results/Links

Other Links:
➤ USports: Schedule/LinksStandings
➤ CW: Home PageSchedule
➤ LeagueStat: Media Stats

I gave a synopsis of the Bison roster in a prior post. Here’s a look at the Dino roster:

Returnees (10)

Forwards (5)
11 Kaden Elder - 15 Tim Vanstone - 23 Ryan Graham
18 Jordan Xavier - 26 Bradley Schoonbaert

Defence (3)
3 Ryan Gagnon - 29 James Shearer - 20 Brendan De Jong

Goaltenders (2)
31 Brodan Salmond - 30 Tyler Gutenberg

Newcomers (17)
1 Carl Stankowski - G - Winnipeg Ice (WHL)
2 Dakota Krebs - D - Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
4 Sean Strange - D - Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
5 Matt Quigley - D - Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
7 Noah King - D - Spokane Chiefs (WHL) / Stockton & Manitoba (AHL)
8 Connor Gutenberg - F - Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
9 Zach Wytinck - D - Regina Pats (WHL)
10 Arjun Atwal - C/LW - Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL)
17 Brad Ginnell - F - Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
19 Jaeger White - F - Kootenay Ice (WHL)
21 Josh Maser - F - Allen Americans (ECHL)
22 Josh Rieger - D - University of North Dakota (NCAA)
27 tyson upper - F - Prince George Cougars (WHL)
28 Colson Gengenbach - F - Drayton Valley Thunder (AJHL)
33 Max Patterson - F - Everett Silvertips/Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
41 Jake Gricius - F - Portland Winterhawks (WHL) / Allen (ECHL)
42 Riley Stotts - F - Calgary Hitmen (WHL)

Departures (17)

Forwards (10)
16 Matt Alfaro - 17 Coda Gordon - 22 Mitch Cook
9 Graham Black - 21 Logan Fisher - 27 Chris Rauckman
24 Luke Harrison - 39 Lane Zablocki - 10 Robbie Fisher
28 Josh Uhrich

Defence (6)
44 Dallas Hines - 7 TJ Brown - 41 Sahvan Khaira
42 Dane Gibson - 2 Jake Kearley - 5 Jordan Henderson

Goaltender (1)
1 Matthew Greenfield

The Dinos are losing not only way more players than most, they are losing upper level players, including the league’s leading scorer (Alfaro), their top two scorers (Alfaro and Gordon), and three of their top five (Alfaro, Gordon, and Cook). They also lose five of their top seven defencemen and Matthew Greenfield (a goalie who split the load). The 17 recruits have lot of holes to fill. While some good players have been recruited, this team (on paper) is not as good as the 2019-20 team.

Also, the Dinos have an exceptionally tough schedule. The CW season has been reduced to 20 games. Everybody gets a two game series against each of the other eight teams, for 16 games. The four additional games are done regionally. Manitoba gets two games against each of Regina and Saskatchewan. Calgary gets two against Mount Royal and one against each Edmonton team (Alberta and MacEwan). UBC gets an additional four games against Holy Trinity. Thus, Calgary and Mount Royal have very unforgiving schedules.

For the Bisons, this is an opportunity to avenge their playoff loss to the Dinos in 2020. Over the past 5 years, Calgary has a 9-7 edge with an OTL for each team in those totals.

The main thing I’ll be checking out is the Bison powerplay. Last year it was a major weakness, largely because they gave up so many shorthanded goals. I compiled the following chart at the end of the last season:

On their own powerplay, the Bisons just outscored their opponents 21-11. When killing penalties, they were outscored 32-1. Add that all together and they were -21 in 28 games. Even a break-even season would significantly boost their standing.

ELSEWHERE IN THE CW


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (0-0-0, 6-2-0, OHT35 #2)
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (0-0-0, 3-2-1, OHT35 #6)

Links:
➤ UofA: Team Site
➤ MRU: 2021 Season Preview

Some of the best games I have seen have featured the Bluegars. Yet they always seem to not quite reach their full potential. For example, in the 2020 playoffs they were upset by UBC. That is something they have in common with the Evil Monkeys. I have not yet been able to do a full roster review of these two teams. However, they both played well in the pre-season and split a pair of games between them. The games start at 7:00 MT/8:00 CT on Friday and 6:00 MT/7:00 CT on Saturday.


MACEWAN GRIFFINS (0-0-0, 2-4-0, OHT35 #13)
REGINA COUGARS (0-0-0, 3-2-0, OHT35 #11)

Links:
➤ MacU: With strong mix of experience and youth, Griffins ready for Canada West debut at Regina
➤ UofR: Team Site

This series is the maiden voyage in the big leagues of university hockey for the Mythical Mutants. They experienced some rough nights and some fine rebounds in the pre-season. The games I caught on CWTV were reasonably good. But their worst games were not streamed. The Banjo-Cats seemed to be making a playoff push in 2020. They came out strong in the new year, going 4-0 including a sweep of UBC. They even rose up the standings into 6th place ahead of UBC. However, they closed at 2-5-1 and UBC coasted to a playoff berth. The games start at 7:00 CST/8:00 CDT on Friday and 3:00 CST/4:00 CDT on Saturday. I’ll be trying catch some of this series.


TRINITY WESTERN (0-0-0, 3-2-0, OHT35 #16)
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (0-0-0, 5-0-0, OHT35 #9)


Links:

➤ TWU: TWU FINISHES SECOND IN CAPTAINS CUP
➤ TWU: SEASON PREVIEW I SPARTANS READY TO PROVE THEMSELVES IN U SPORTS DEBUT
➤ UBC: T-Birds host Spartans in long-awaited season opener

For the first time in over 40 years, the T-irds have an intra-provincial rival due to Holy Trinity’s cross-over from the BCIHL. Nevertheless, these teams played only within British California against one another and BCIHL teams in the pre-season. Therefore, they may well face a baptism of fire when they venture beyond the Rocky Mountains. UBC already has two pre-season wins over TWU with six more regular season games to go. Of note, the UBC linked story says Friday’s game is sold out. These games start at 7:00 PT/9:00 CT on Friday and 3:00 PT/5:00 PT on Saturday. So I will likely be able to catch the 3rd periods.


RED DEER POLY KINGS (0-0-0, 0-3-0, ACAC)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (0-0-0, 4-2-0, OHT35 #4)


Links:

➤ RDP: Scheudle & Results
➤ UofS: Team Site

With 9 teams in the CW, somebody always has a bye. The Banjo-Mutts draw the opening bye this year, and fill the space with games against Red Deer Poly. The Kings were formerly coached by new Mutt coach Mike Babcock. They lost 4-1 and 6-3 to the Evil Monkeys earlier this pre-season. They then had three weeks off before losing 2-0 to Augustana last weekend.

OUT EAST


ONTARIO
Wed Oct 13 Concordia 2 U.Q.T.R. 3
Wed Oct 13 Queen's 4 McGill 2
Wed Oct 13 Toronto 2 Ryerson 4

Wed Oct 13 Windsor at W. Ontario
Thu Oct 14 Brock at Waterloo
Thu Oct 14 Laurier at Ontario Tech
Fri Oct 15 Ontario Tech at Laurier
Fri Oct 15 U.Q.T.R. at Concordia
Sat Oct 16 R.M.C. at McGill
Sat Oct 16 Toronto at Guelph
Sat Oct 16 Waterloo at Western Ontario


ATLANTIC
Wed Oct 13 Acadia 1 New Brunswick 4
Wed Oct 13 Dalhousie 2 St. F.X. 5

Fri Oct 15 St. F.X. U.P.E.I.
Fri Oct 15 Moncton Acadia
Sat Oct 16 U.P.E.I. Dalhousie
Sat Oct 16 Saint Mary's Moncton
Sun Oct 17 Saint Mary's New Brunswick


Links:

USports Presto S&R
OUA LS Daily
AUS S&R

October 15: Bisons Downed in the Town of Bedrock


MANITOBA BISONS 2
CALGARY DINOSAURS 5

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ Game reports: LeagueStat : CW
➤ UofM: Bisons men's hockey ranked sixth in preseason coaches' poll
➤ UofC: Rookies shine in season-opening win (includes video and box score
➤ CW: MHKY: Golden Bears take top spot in preseason poll

This game certainly had its ebbs and flows, and in the end it was a comfortable win for Bedrock U. Here is roughly how the teams lined up:

MANITOBA
Goal
30 Hughes (31 Link)

Defence
16 Hartje - 3 Harsch
2 Stewart - 6 Dyck
5 Schioler - 27 Doerksen

Forwards
10 Skoleski - 23 Davis - 17 Veloso
20 Apetagon - 12 Jameson - 19 Halvorsen
26 McCorrister - 9 Thiessen - 22 Ostir
11 Carlson - 15 Dalke - 29 King

Scratches
14 Keane - 21 Basarab - 24 Pierce
28 Behun - 4 Anderson - 25 Sambrook
35 Murphy

CALGARY
Goal
31 Salmond (1 Stankowski)

Defence
7 King - 3 Gagnon
9 Wytinck - 20 DeJong
22 Rieger - 4 Strange

Forwards
23 Graham - 18 Xavier - 15 Vanstone
28 Gengenbach - 11 Elder - 26 Schoenbaert
21 Maser - 33 Patterson - 8 Gutenberg
10 Atwal - 12 Upper - 44 Stotts

Scratches
14 Gricius - 17 Ginnell - 2 Krebs
5 Quigley - 29 Shearer - 30 Gutenberg

The Bisons got off to a good start, drew a penalty, and generated some chances. However, after Bedrock killed the penalty they took control of the 1st period and built a 3-0 lead. The Bisons gradually worked their way back into the game and in the end were outshot 12-8.

The 2nd period was a pretty good one. The Herd narrowed the gap to 4-2, and the shot clock to 20-17, and things were looking up. However, in the 3rd the Bisons were outshot 17-3

Although the Bisons generated some chances, they were 0-for-5 and gave up a shorthanded breakaway. Last season?s bug-a-boo may be back. Conversely, Bedrock went 1-for-2 on minors and 0-for-1 on a late major taken by Ben Dalke.

Also, the Bisons were constantly icing the puck. This allowed Calgary to get set up in the offensive zone all the time.

Goals:
Calgary: Rieger, Elder, Maser, Schoonbaert, Gutenberg
Manitoba: Veloso, Jameson


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 1
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 3

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ MRU: Cougars Catchup: October 15, 2021
➤ UofA: Top-ranked Bears kick off 2021 campaign on Friday

Maybe this will be the break-through season for which the Bluegars yearn. They have more quality returnees than anybody else, and they performed well in the opener. They held the Evil Monkeys to three shots in the 2nd period. I cannot remember that happening before. Riley Morris got the win with 24 saves and Taz Burman took the loss with 27 saves on 29 shots (the final goal was an empty-netter).


MACEWAN GRIFFINS 4
REGINA COUGARS 3

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ MacU: Season preview: Griffins ranked seventh in CW coaches poll
➤ MacU: Griffins claim historic first Canada West win in debut after 4-3 victory over Regina
➤ UofR: Cougars drop season opener 4-3 against Griffins (with box score)

MacEwan must be proud that they won their CW debut. They built an insurmountable 3-0 lead in a 4 minute stretch of the 2nd period then hung on for the win. James Porter stopped 29 of 32 shots for the win, and Brandon Holtby stopped 19 of 23 in the loss. Due to the timing of the games, I was unable to catch any of this one.


TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS 1
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 5

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ TWU: Team Website
➤ UBC: T-Birds strike first in newest rivalry with home opening win (with boxscore)

I was able to see a good chunk of the 2nd period and all of the 3rd period of this game. Holy Trinity could carry the play when they had a two-man advantage but otherwise it was all in favour of the T-irds. Rylan Toth stopped 25 of 26 shots for the win and Talor Joseph stopped 39 of 44 for the loss. Jonathan Smart had a goal and two assists for UBC.


RED DEER POLYTECHNIC KINGS 4
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 7

Links:
➤ UofS: 2021 Huskie Men's Hockey Season Preview
➤ UofS: Schedule & Results

This was a non-conference game in Wainwright, Alberta. Nothing but the score to report.

NEXT UP

Sat Oct 16 Manitoba Calgary (2 MT/3 CDT)
Sat Oct 16 MacEwan Regina (2 CST/3 CDT)
Sat Oct 16 Trinity Western U.B.C. (3 PT/5 CDT)
Sat Oct 16 Alberta Mount Royal (6 MT/7 CDT)
Sat Oct 16 Red Deer Poly v Saskatchewan (3 MT/4 CDT)

OUT EAST


ONTARIO - all exhibition games
Thu Oct 14 Brock 5 Waterloo 1
Thu Oct 14 Laurier 1 Ontario Tech 2
Fri Oct 15 U.Q.T.R. 3 Concordia 6
Fri Oct 15 Ryerson 0 Western Ontario 1

Fri Oct 15 Ottawa at Carleton ???
Sat Oct 16 R.M.C. at McGill
Sat Oct 16 Toronto at Guelph
Sat Oct 16 Waterloo at Western Ontario
Sat Oct 16 Ontario Tech at Laurier
Sat Oct 16 York at Windsor
Sat Oct 16 Carleton at Ottawa


ATLANTIC
Fri Oct 15 St. F.X. 3 U.P.E.I. 4
Fri Oct 15 Moncton 2 Acadia 3
Fri Oct 15 Saint Mary's 2 New Brunswick 5

Sat Oct 16 U.P.E.I. Dalhousie
Sat Oct 16 Saint Mary's Moncton

Links:
➤ USports: Presto S&R
➤ OUA: LeagueStat Daily
➤ AUS: Schedule & Results

October 16: Bisons Beat Dinos in Hockey and Football


MANITOBA BISONS 4
CALGARY DINOSAURS 1

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ Game reports: LeagueStat : CW
➤ UofM: Veloso, Jameson find net for Bisons men's hockey in 5-2 loss to Dinos (Friday story)
➤ UofC: Bisons bounce back to split opening weekend (with box score and YouTube video)

First, a correction from Friday's game. The 5-minute major penalty to the Bisons was against #16 Chase Hartje, and it was served by #15 Ben Dalke. Therefore, today's line-up saw Hartje suspended for the mandatory one game. He was replaced by #4 Tyler Anderson. Otherwise, neither side made any changes.

There was also a major penalty in this game. Dino forward Jordan Xavier was assessed a 5-minute major and game misconduct for a head shot on Bison defenceman Sam Stewart, who did not return. I suspect more than a one-game suspension for Xavier on that one.

The injury to Stewart meant that the defence was very mix-and-match the rest of the game. Anderson and Harsch were a pair before the injury, and often after as well. Up front, Apetagon-Dalke-King were used as a forward line and they made an impact.

The 1st period was a continuation of Friday's game. Bedrock U held an 11-6 lead in shots and Tim Vanstone scored on the PP to give the Dinos a 1-0 lead. However, the Bisons turned things around in the 2nd. Brett Davis scored his first as a Bison on the PP to tie the game, Colton Veloso scored shorthanded, and the Bisons outshot the Dinos 15-4. The only downside was Bison forward Hayden Ostir's 4-minute highsticking penalty.

In the 3rd period, Tony Apetagon scored once early and once late. Both goals came with the same five players on the ice: Apetagon-Dalke-King up front and Anderson-Harsch on defence.

New Bison goaltender Liam Hughes stopped 26 of 27 to get the win and even his record. Meanwhile, Brodan Salmond stopped 26 of 30 for the loss.

To make the day perfect for Manitoba, the football team also beat Bedrock U (defending Vanier Cup champions) by 28-20 in games that largely overlapped.


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 7
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ MRU: Team Website
➤ UofA: Team Website

I managed to see a lot of this game. A late 1st period allowed the Evil Monkeys tie the game headed into the intermission. Shots 10-10, score 2-2. Fair enough. Then Bluegar Nolan Yaremko took a high-sticking penalty on the opening face-off of the 2nd period. The Monkeys went bananas from that point forward, outshooting the Bluegars 33-17 and scoring three powerplay goals. The teams combined for 90 minutes of penalties in a chippy encounter. Nick Schneider made his first start in goal for the Apes, and stopped 25 of 27 shots. Riley Morris took the loss, stopping 28 of 34 shots before being yanked in the 3rd. Riley Simms mopped up, stopping 8 of 9 shots. Dyland Plouffe had two goals and an assist and Daneel Latigan had two goals himself to lead Alberta.


MACEWAN GRIFFINS 5
REGINA COUGARS 2

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ MacU: Griffins score huge 5-2 win over Cougars to complete first Canada West weekend sweep (with boxscore)
➤ UofR: Cougars come up short versus Griffins, lose 5-2 (with boxscore and Twitter video)

The Mythical Mutants achieved a sweep on the road, and that could prove to be very useful to their playoff ambitions. In this year's schedule format, their four extra games are vs. Alberta (for two games) and vs. Calgary and Mount Royal (one game each). So a sweep like this will certainly keep them in the race. From Regina's point of view, this result really puts the pressure on them.

Once again, MacEwan scored the first three goals then hung on for victory. Despite outshooting MacEwan 30-14 over the last two periods, Regina could not pull level. Brecon Wood and Riley Brandt each scored twice for MacEwan. James Porter stopped 37 of 39 shots for his 2nd straight win. Regina switched goaltenders from Friday, and Curtis Meger stopped 27 of 32 for the loss. After the Bison game, I was bouncing between two football games and two hockey games but did manage to see the end of the 2nd period. I must say that Regina was dominating play in that time. Trailing 3-1, Regina was stifled on a Tanner Nagel penalty shot which could have turned the game around. (BTW, Nagel did have three goals in the series.)


TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS 0
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 4

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ TWU: SPARTANS FALL 4-0 TO UBC (with boxscore)
➤ UBC: Toth earns first career shutout as 'Birds sweep Spartans (with boxscore and Twitter video)

I did not see much of this one but from what I did see Holy Trinity is a team working very hard to keep scores respectable in a higher level league than they can handle. For now, that is. The last two goals were empty-netter shorthanded goals, which means that the scoreline is a bit deceptive. The Spartans had 22 minutes of penalties, to UBC's eight, so UBC being shorthanded was rare. Rylan Toth got the shutout win with just 17 saves. Berk Berkeliev stopped 31 of 33 shots for the loss.


RED DEER POLYTECHNIC KINGS 3
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5

Links:
➤ UofS: Schedule & Results

This concluded Sask's non-conference series in Wainwright, Alberta. Nothing but the score to report.

NEXT UP

Fri Oct 22 UBC at Manitoba (7 CDT)
Fri Oct 22 Regina at Saskatchewan (7 CST/8 CDT)
Fri Oct 22 Calgary at MacEwan (7 MDT/8 CDT)
Fri Oct 22 Mount Royal at Trinity Western (7 PDT/9 CDT)
Bye: Alberta

OUT EAST


ONTARIO - all exhibition games
Sat Oct 16 R.M.C. 2 McGill 10
Sat Oct 16 Toronto 3 Guelph 6
Sat Oct 16 Waterloo 1 Western Ontario 2
Sat Oct 16 York 5 Windsor 4 (so)
Sat Oct 16 Ontario Tech 2 Laurier 3 (ot)
Sat Oct 16 Carleton 1 Ottawa 3

Wed Oct 20 Toronto at Nipissing
Thu Oct 21 Ontario Tech at Guelph
Thu Oct 21 York at Waterloo


ATLANTIC
Sat Oct 16 U.P.E.I. 3 Dalhousie 4
Sat Oct 16 Saint Mary's 3 Moncton 2 (ot)

Wed Oct 20 U.P.E.I. Saint Mary's
Wed Oct 20 St. F.X. Acadia

Links:
➤ USports: Presto S&R
➤ OUA: LeagueStat Daily
➤ AUS: Schedule & Results