2021-22 Manitoba Bisons/CW Hockey

Preview: December 3-4: BISON BYE WEEK

This is a bye week for the Bisons, Calgary and Regina. The other six teams all had a bye week already, in addition to the conference-wide bye week into which Covid postponements were rescheduled. Brett Davis was awarded the CW’s Player of the Week honours. The schedule resumes on January 14th. There was supposed to be a Universiade starting next week, but that fell victim to Covid.

Links:
➤ GoBisons: Brett Davis named CW Men's Hockey Player of the Week

ELSEWHERE IN THE CW


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (7-2-1, 15-4-1, OHT35 #3)
MACEWAN GRIFFINS (3-7-0, 5-11-0, OHT35 #23)

Links:
➤ UofA: Team Website
➤ MacU: NHL draft pick and NCAA transfer Taylor rediscovering top form with more playing time at MacEwan
➤ MacU: Three Stars: Roach, Walisser, Murray earn honours

This is the home-and-home Battle of Edmontown. Evil Monkeys vs. Mythical Mutants. The Apes need a four-point weekend to stay in the top two and be in a position for a first round bye. Although most USports fans would like to see them earn a berth at the nationals on the road for a change. Mac suffered an embarrassing loss to Holy Trinity and their reaction should say something.

MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (6-3-1, 9-5-2, OHT35 #6)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (7-3-0, 13-5-0, OHT35 #5)

Links:
➤ MRU: Yaremko named Canada West Men's Hockey Player of the Week
➤ UofS: Huskies Drop Saturday Night Game Against T-Birds (late game story)
➤ UofS: PREVIEW: #4 Huskies return to Merlis Belsher Place for matchup with Mount Royal
➤ Star-Phoenix: FISU Universiade Winter Games cancelled due to new COVID variant

On paper, this is the best match-up. Let’s see what happens on the ice. The Bluegars have been showing occasional flashes of an ability to become a solid upper echelon team. The Banjo-Mutts were at one time looking like the best team in the league, then folded against UBC. Both sides have a lot to prove. The local paper in Saskatown posted a story about the FISU announcement.


U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (8-1-1, 13-1-1, OHT35 #2)
TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (1-9-0, 4-11-0, OHT35 #35)

Links:
➤ UBC: Team Website
➤ TWU: THIS WEEK IN SPARTA I MHKY, WHKY, MBB, WBB, MVB, WVB

So, will the Holy Trinity have a hard time finding motivation after achieving a victory last weekend? Is there mission now complete? In any event, the T-irds are on a roll and know darn well they need all six wins for offer in the Battle of British California.

OUT EAST


ONTARIO

Sun Nov 28 Queen's 5 Ontario Tech 1
Sun Nov 28 McGill 2 Ottawa 3
Wed Dec 1 U.Q.T.R. 4 Concordia 3
Thu Dec 2 Ontario Tech 4 R.M.C. 0
Thu Dec 2 Guelph 2 Laurier 1

Fri Dec 3 Nipissing Queen's
Sat Dec 4 Nipissing R.M.C.
Sat Dec 4 Windsor Waterloo
Sat Dec 4 Queen's Ontario Tech
Sat Dec 4 McGill Concordia


ATLANTIC

Wed Dec 1 Acadia 2 Dalhousie 4
Wed Dec 1 U.P.E.I. 4 Moncton 2
Wed Dec 1 St. F.X. 8 Saint Mary's 6

Fri Dec 3 Moncton New Brunswick
Fri Dec 3 Saint Mary's Dalhousie
Sat Dec 4 New Brunswick U.P.E.I.

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

OUT WEST


A.C.A.C.

Fri Dec 3 Concordia-Edmonton SAIT
Fri Dec 3 Portage Red Deer
Fri Dec 3 NAIT Augustana
Sun Dec 5 Concordia-Edmonton Augustana


B.C.I.H.L.

no games

Links:
➤ ACAC: Schedule & Results
➤ BCIHL: Schedule & Results

December 3: The Penultimate Game Night


MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 7

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ UofS: Hot-starting Huskies ride early lead en route to win over Cougars (with boxscore)
➤ MRU: Team Website

After their west coast debacle, the Banjo-Mutts rebounded with a dominating win over the Bluegars. They outshot MRU 16-5 in the first period, built a 2-0 lead, then cruised the rest of the night. Sask is now 8-3-0, MRU is 6-4-1.

Quick summary:
MRU: R. Sawchuk (09:31 3rd) , T. Helgesen (15:12 3rd)
Sask: J. Dmytriw (01:06 1st) , G. Ballhorn (05:27 1st) , D. Neuls (03:32 2nd) , J. Kaluski (11:23 2nd) , V. Loschiavo (08:18 3rd) , O. Hardy (14:14 3rd) , J. Kaluski (19:17 3rd)
Goalies-Mount Royal, Morris 4-2-1-0 (37 shots-30 saves). Saskatchewan, Ross 5-1-0-0 (17 shots-15 saves).


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5
MACEWAN GRIFFINS 0

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

The score is deceptive here. It was just 2-0 when the Evil Monkeys scored an empty-netter in the last two minutes. Two more late goals produced a flattering scoreline. However, it must be added that the Mutants had but three shots in a third period where they trailed. Alberta is now 8-2-1 and Mac is 3-8-0.

Quick summary:
AB: J. Freadrich (08:17 2nd) , J. Freadrich (07:07 3rd) , D. Lategan (18:17 3rd) , D. Savenkov (19:02 3rd) , J. Prokop (19:50 3rd)
Mac: none
Goalies-Alberta, Burman 4-1-0-0 (21 shots-21 saves). MacEwan, Taylor 1-5-0-0 (48 shots-44 saves).


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

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ TWU: SPARTANS BLANKED BY UBC (with boxscore)
➤ UBC: Potent power play powers ‘Birds to win over Spartans (with boxscore)

This game actually went on Thursday night. UBC is now 9-1-1 and TWU is 1-10-0. Polar opposites in the standings, clearly.

Quick summary:
UBC: C. McNabb (03:55 2nd) , J. Kryski (07:09 2nd) , T. Sandhu (17:14 2nd) , J. Kryski (03:56 3rd)
TWU: none
Goalies-UBC, Toth 8-1-1-0 (23 shots-23 saves). Trinity Western, Joseph 1-5-0-0 (37 shots-33 saves).

NEXT UP

Sat Dec 4 Mount Royal at Saskatchewan (7:00 CT)
Sat Dec 4 MacEwan at Alberta (7:00 MT/8:00 CT)
Sat Dec 4 U.B.C. at Trinity Western (7:00 PT/9:00 CT)

(end of semester)

OUT EAST


ONTARIO
Fri Dec 3 Nipissing 3 Queen's 6
Sat Dec 4 Nipissing R.M.C.
Sat Dec 4 Windsor Waterloo
Sat Dec 4 Queen's Ontario Tech
Sat Dec 4 McGill Concordia


ATLANTIC
Fri Dec 3 Moncton 1 New Brunswick 3
Fri Dec 3 Saint Mary's 5 Dalhousie 6 (so)

Sat Dec 4 New Brunswick U.P.E.I.

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

OUT WEST


A.C.A.C.
Fri Dec 3 Concordia-Edmonton 2 SAIT 2 (2ot-tie)
Fri Dec 3 Portage 2 Red Deer 4
Fri Dec 3 NAIT 7 Augustana 2

Sun Dec 5 Concordia-Edmonton at Augustana


B.C.I.H.L.
no games

Links:
➤ ACAC: Schedule & Results
➤ BCIHL: Schedule & Results

December 4: The First Semester Has Ended


MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 4
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 7

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ UofS: Huskies score five in third, come back from three down in win over Cougars (with boxscore)
➤ MRU: Team Website

The Bluegars blew this one badly. They were up 4-1 late in the 2nd period, and 4-2 with just over 8 minutes left. Sask is now 9-3-0 and MRU is 6-5-1, tied with Regina for 5th.

Quick summary:
MRU: R. Holmes (04:11 1st) , R. Lindgren (11:40 1st) , R. Holmes (01:05 2nd) , K. Walker (09:23 2nd)
Sask: W. Johnson (10:01 1st) , D. Holt (11:39 2nd) , S. Collins (11:55 3rd) , W. Johnson (15:11 3rd) , J. Dmytriw (15:38 3rd) , J. Ball (17:44 3rd) , C. Folk (18:14 3rd)
Goalies-Mount Royal, Sims 2-3-0-0 (27 shots-21 saves). Saskatchewan, Ross 6-1-0-0 (33 shots-29 saves).


MACEWAN GRIFFINS 0
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ UofA (Friday late): Third period surge sends Bears over Griffins
➤ MacU (Friday late): Taylor stands tall, but wheels fall off late for Griffins' defence in 5-0 loss to Golden Bears

For the second night in a row the Evil Monkeys shut out their cross-town rivals and held them to just three shots in the third period. The Apes are now 9-2-1 and the Mutants are 3-9-0.

Quick summary:
AB: E. Florchuk (03:59 1st) , T. Preziuso (05:48 2nd) , R. Hughes (07:16 2nd) , J. Freadrich (09:28 2nd) , T. Preziuso (13:03 3rd) , T. Preziuso (18:41 3rd)
Mac: none
Goalies-MacEwan, Porter 2-4-0-0 (36 shots-30 saves). Alberta, Schneider 5-0-1-0 (19 shots-19 saves).


U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 2
TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS 0

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ TWU: Team Website
➤ UBC: Team Website

Like the Battle of Edmontown, the Battle of British California saw back-to-back shut-outs. Although the score was close, this wasn't much of a battle. These teams still have two games against one another. I doubt Holy Trinity will win one of those, unless UBC has no chance to move in the standings on the final weekend. UBC heads into Christmas first at 10-1-1 and TWU is last at 1-11-0.

Quick summary:
UBC: C. McNabb (06:21 1st) , C. Douglas (12:07 1st)
TWU: none
Goalies-UBC, Toth 9-1-1-0 (25 shots-25 saves). Trinity Western, Joseph 1-6-0-0 (43 shots-41 saves).

NEXT UP

Fri Jan 7 U.B.C. at Simon Fraser (BCIHL ex)
Sat Jan 8 Red Deer Poly at Mount Royal (ACAC ex)

OUT EAST


ONTARIO
Sat Dec 4 Nipissing 4 R.M.C. 2
Sat Dec 4 Windsor 3 Waterloo 2
Sat Dec 4 Queen's 5 Ontario Tech 1
Sat Dec 4 McGill 7 Concordia 3
Sat Dec 4 Ryerson 4 Toronto 3 (ot)

Note: Ryerson v Toronto was not on original schedule.


ATLANTIC
Sat Dec 4 New Brunswick 1 U.P.E.I. 3
Wed Dec 29 McGill at U.P.E.I. (OUA ex)
Thu Dec 30 McGill at New Brunswick (OUA ex)

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

OUT WEST


A.C.A.C.
Sun Dec 5 Concordia-Edmonton at Augustana


B.C.I.H.L.
no games

Links:
➤ ACAC: Schedule & Results
➤ BCIHL: Schedule & Results

December 6: Remaining CW Schedule

Every team has 8 games left, in a 5-week span.

December 10th: C.W. Non-Conference Games

There are, all of a sudden, a host of schedule additions in the CW. This makes sense because no games were scheduled for the weekend of January 7th-8th. Here's the schedule:

Wed Jan 5 MJHL All-Stars at Manitoba
Thu Jan 6 Regina at Briercrest College (ACAC)
Fri Jan 7 U.B.C. at Simon Fraser (BCIHL)
Fri Jan 7 Calgary at Alberta
Fri Jan 7 MacEwan at N.A.I.T. (ACAC)
Fri Jan 7 S.A.I.T. (ACAC) at Saskatchewan
Sat Jan 8 Red Deer Poly (ACAC) at Mount Royal
Sat Jan 8 Regina v Manitoba (at Virden)
Sat Jan 8 Alberta at Calgary
Sat Jan 8 N.A.I.T. (ACAC) at MacEwan
Sat Jan 8 S.A.I.T. (ACAC) at Saskatchewan
Fri Jan 14 Red Deer Poly at Alberta - now cancelled
Sat Jan 15 UA-Augustana (ACAC) at Alberta

Alberta has the bye on January 14th-15th. It will be good to see non-conference games against other conferences.

December 10th: Team Alberta v Team Canada

With last-minute changes to the USports International Schedule due to cancellation of the Universiade, there have been delays in getting the annual Junior v University games solidified. The Hockey Canada links are tough to figure out. It looks like one USports team will play the Team Canada Juniors on Saturday and Sunday this weekend, and possibly another team (or maybe the same team) will face them Friday and Saturday next weekend. Check the links and see what you think about next weekend.

For now, Team Alberta (goaltenders will come from the Juniors) looks like this:

Defencemen
3 Tyson Helgesen - Mount Royal
4 Clayton Kirichenko - Alberta
5 Ryan Gagnon - Calgary
7 Dylan Plouffe - Alberta
8 Kyle Walker - Mount Royal
18 Sean Comrie - MacEwan

Forwards
10 Josh Prokop - Alberta
11 Tyler Preziuso - Alberta
13 Riley Sawchuk - Mount Royal
14 Eric Florchuk - Alberta
15 Matthew Fonteyne - Alberta
16 Grayson Pawlenchuk - Alberta
17 Ryley Lindgren - Mount Royal
19 Kaden Elder - Calgary
20 Nolan Volcan - Alberta
21 Jake Gricius - Calgary
23 Nolan Yaremko - Mount Royal
25 Riley Brandt - MacEwan

That's 8 Monkeys, 5 Bluegars, 3 Dinos, and 2 Griffins.

No word on any streaming yet.

Links:
➤ USports: Mount Royal's Yaremko and Sawchuk headline roster for 2021 U SPORTS Men's Hockey All-Star Series
➤ UofA: Eight Bears named to U SPORTS All-Star squad
➤ UofC: Dinos named to 2021 U SPORTS Men's Hockey All-Star Series at WinSport
➤ MRU: Five players & three coaching staff to represent MRU in U SPORTS Men's Hockey All-Star Series
➤ MacU: Brandt, Comrie and Ringrose named to U SPORTS all-star team going against World Junior squad
➤ Hockey Canada: Schedule and Scores
➤ Hockey Canada: National Junior Team Selection Camp Practice Schedule
➤ Hockey Canada: National Junior Team Training Camp Schedule

Preview: January 14-15: MACEWAN at MANITOBA


MACEWAN GRIFFINS (3-9-0, 5-13-0, OHT35 #29)
MANITOBA BISONS (3-8-1, 4-11-1, OHT35 #21)

Friday, January 14th at 7:00 CT at Wayne Fleming Arena, Winnipeg
Saturday, January 15th at 3:00 CT at Wayne Fleming Arena, Winnipeg

Live Links:
➤ Video: CanadaWest TV
➤ Audio: UMFM 101.4 stream
➤ Friday: Live Stats Hockey Tech
➤ Saturday: Live Stats Hockey Tech

Manitoba Links:
➤ GoBisons: Changes to Bisons men’s and women’s hockey schedules in January
➤ GoBisons: Game day update regarding fans at Bisons home games
➤ CW: Stats Schedule/Results/Links
➤ LeagueStat: Stats Schedule/Results/Links

MacEwan Links:
➤ MacU: Griffins set to resume playoff chase with road doubleheader at Manitoba
➤ CW: Stats Schedule/Results/Links
➤ LeagueStat: Stats Schedule/Results/Links

Other Links:
➤ USports: Schedule/Links Standings
➤ CW: Home Page Schedule
➤ Chris D: Manitoba Bisons Allowing Up to 250 Fans at Home Games
➤ LeagueStat: Media Stats

Welcome to 2022!

The good news is that the CW starts play as scheduled. Last weekend’s non-conference games were cancelled, but most of this weekend’s schedule is going ahead as planned. This contrasts with the lockdowns out east. I see from the USports schedule that the AUS is saying “cancelled” and the OUA is saying “postponed”. What will happen there, I don’t know. In any event, that jackboot government enforcement in Montreal is a scary sight.

There are some minor tweaks. The Bison road series against Holy Trinity slated for January 21-22 will now be January 29-30 in Friendly Manitoba, due to exams at TWU. Also, there is hard cap of 250 fans at games, for the Bisons and all sporting events in Manitoba. So I guess we’ll see the first sell-out crowds on campus in a long time. Maybe a few more viewers on CanadaWest.tv, too.

This scheduling uncertainty has driven away dozens of players from out east, and a handful from the CW. This includes Bison goaltender Liam Hughes. He’s off to the Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL. The NHL taxi squads have had a ripple effect on ECHL rosters. Hughes is off to a 1-1-1 start, 2.97 GAA, .890 S%, so good luck to him.

There are just 8 games remaining on the schedule for each CW team. Four home games against the bottom two teams in the next four games is an opportunity for the Bisons to bounce back.

ELSEWHERE IN THE CW


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (9-3-0, 15-5-0, OHT35 #5)
REGINA COUGARS (6-5-1, 9-7-1, OHT35 #8)

Links:
➤ UofR: Cougars revise spectator policy for on-campus and off-campus events to start 2022
➤ UofS: Update Regarding January 14 & 15 Huskie Athletics Home Games
➤ Star-Phoenix: Long wait: New U of S Huskies goalie Jordan Kooy ready to play again

The 250 fans at a Bison game will be a massive throng in comparison to Banjoland, where no fans are allowed. Just some tumbleweeds sadly blowing through both arenas in this home-and-home series. The Banjo Mutts picked up another goaltender (an AHL cut) for their crowded crease. (Story at the link.) Meanwhile, all is quiet for the surprising Kittens. They have a tough schedule to close, starting this weekend.


TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (1-11-0, 4-13-0, OHT35 #33)
CALGARY DINOSAURS (7-4-1, 11-9-1, OHT35 #7)

Links:
➤ UofC: Dinos set for debut clash on ice with Spartans
➤ TWU: THIS WEEK IN SPARTA I WBB, MBB, WHKY, MHKY

Holy Trinity closed out 2021 with a Big W and must be delighted to avoid a whitewash. Although Bedrock U has had ups and downs, I suspect they’ll get it together.


U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (10-1-1, 15-1-1, OHT35 #3)
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (6-5-1, 9-7-2, OHT35 #11)

Links:
➤ UBC: Winter Classic Postponed
➤ MRU: HCKY: UBC-Mount Royal series postponed
➤ CW: VB / HKY: Games postponed

First, UBC announced that their annual Winter Classic scheduled for January 21st is off. The game against Calgary will proceed, but without the festivities. This weekends’ games have been postponed because UBC never had enough players.

However ....


The CW schedules have cancelled Alberta’s non-conference game against Red Deer Poly and replaced it with a game against MRU on Friday, and have left their non-conference game against Augustana on Saturday. The Bluegars were already done their season against the Evil Monkeys so maybe Friday’s game is an exhibition tilt. I'm not convinced any of these games are scheduled due to lack of common listings amongst the teams and the ACAC.

OUT EAST


ONTARIO

Everything postponed.


ATLANTIC

Everything cancelled.

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

OUT WEST


A.C.A.C.

Sat Jan 8 Briercrest 2 Concordia-Edmonton 4 (from Nov 27)
Fri Jan 14 Augustana at Concordia-Edmonton
Fri Jan 14 NAIT at Portage
Fri Jan 14 SAIT at Briercrest
Sat Jan 15 SAIT at Briercrest
Sat Jan 15 Portage at NAIT


B.C.I.H.L.

Fri Jan 14 Victoria at Simon Fraser
Sat Jan 15 Victoria at Simon Fraser
Sat Jan 15 Powell River Regals at Vancouver Island (Senior AA)

Links:
➤ ACAC: Schedule & Results
➤ BCIHL: Schedule & Results

Jan 14, 2022: Bisons Ring in the New Year with a "W"


MACEWAN GRIFFINS 2
MANITOBA BISONS 4

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ Game reports: LeagueStat : CW
➤ UofM: Bisons men use four unanswered goals to beat MacEwan, 4-2 (with boxscore & highlights)
➤ MacU: Team Site

After some slow patches in the 1st and 2nd periods, the Herd rallied for a solid home win after their lengthy lay-off. Here's how they lined up:

MANITOBA
Goal
31 Link (30 Hughes)

Defence
16 Hartje - 3 Harsch
5 Schioler - 6 Dyck
4 Anderson - 2 Stewart

Forwards
10 Skoleski - 23 Davis - 17 Veloso
14 Keane - 12 Jameson - 21 Basarab
26 McCorrister - 9 Thiessen - 20 Apetagon
11 Carlson - 24 Pierce - 28 Behun

Scratches
15 Dalke - 19 Halvorsen - 22 Ostir
25 Sambrook - 27 Doerksen - 29 King
35 Murphy

MACEWAN
Goal
1 Taylor (33 Davis)

Defence
2 Donohoe - 7 Comrie
3 Trott - 27 Davies
13 Schauffer - 17 Roach

Forwards
9 Webb - 19 Kope - 23 Gable
20 Thudium - 10 Reagan - 26 Taupert
8 Price - 15 Wood - 18 Correale
4 Ray - 14 Smithies - 21 Appelt

Scratches
5 Magee - 6 Kartusch - 11 Lamb
12 McLean - 16 Schmidt - 24 Mohr
25 Brandt - 30 Parkinson - 31 Porter

Quick summary:
Mac: C. Thudium (14:11 1st) , L. Schaufler (19:24 1st)
Man: R. Harsch (16:05 2nd) , N. Basarab (16:23 2nd) , L. McCorrister (08:41 3rd) , C. Hartje (10:56 3rd)
Goalies-Mac, Taylor (36 shots-32 saves). Man, Link (23 shots-21 saves).

This was tied 2-2 and the shots were 22-22 after two periods. But then the Bisons dominated the 3rd period, out-shooting the Mythical Mutants 13-1 to win comfortably.

Jeremy Link got his first win a a starting goaltender. I was not expecting Liam Hughes to be listed as the backup goaltender.


SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4
REGINA COUGARS 7

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ UofR: Team Site
➤ UofS: Huskies hockey set for home-and-home with Cougars (preview)

Quick summary:
Sask: V. Loschiavo (07:06 1st) , C. Petruic (13:22 1st) , A. Zawatsky (03:45 2nd) , C. Hobbs (10:36 3rd)
Reg: R. Schmidt (06:13 1st) , T. Ripplinger (05:29 2nd) , B. Platt (11:41 2nd) , B. Riddle (17:38 2nd) , B. Pouteau (04:55 3rd) , T. Heidt (08:03 3rd) , A. King-Cunningham (09:09 3rd)
Goalies-Saskatchewan, Kooy (29 shots-23 saves); Child (1 shots-0 saves). Regina, Meger (49 shots-45 saves).

The Felines have defeated the Canines for the first time in 18 regular season games in the Battle of Banjoland. There will be mass consumption of possum shanks, crawdads, and moonshine tonight in Regina. The Kittens played two men short, but that was no problem. Trailing 3-1 in the 2nd, they scored 6 straight goals to take control. A late goal for the Mutts improved the look of the scoreline. Sask's new goalie (Kooy) took the loss, and was yanked after the 6th goal. Saturday night's rematch goes in Saskatown.


TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS 2
CALGARY DINOSAURS 5

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ UofC: Crowchild Classic Saddledome games called off for 2022
➤ TWU: SPARTANS DROP ROAD CONTEST TO DINOS (with boxscore) (with boxscore and video)

Quick summary:
TWU: T. Verveda (10:48 3rd) , J. Bogress (17:50 3rd)
CGY: K. Elder (18:23 1st) , K. Elder (04:19 2nd) , T. Vanstone (12:05 2nd) , C. Gutenberg (17:14 2nd) , J. Shearer (01:46 3rd)
Goalies-Trinity, Joseph(50 shots-45 saves). Calgary, Stankowski(11 shots-9 saves).

The Bedrock Boys had a 5-0 lead until two late goals by Holy Trinity made this look respectable. The shots were 50-11 and TWU's two 3rd period goals came on 3 shots.

Bedrock U and the Bluegars have announced that their annual Crowchild Classic at the Saddledome is cancelled. It was slated for February 3rd.


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ UofA: Team Site
➤ MRU: HCKY: UBC-Mount Royal series postponed
➤ MRU: 2022 Crowchild Classic Saddledome games cancelled
➤ MRU: Team Site

This was an exhibition game required because UBC could not ice a team against MRU. This was not shown on CW.tv. MRU is done for the weekend whilst the Evil Monkeys play Augustana Saturday night.

UP NEXT

Sat Jan 15 MacEwan at Manitoba (3:00 CST)
Sat Jan 15 Regina Saskatchewan (7:00 CST)
Sat Jan 15 Trinity Western Calgary (2:00 MST/3:00 CSY)
Sat Jan 15 U.B.C. Mount Royal (postponed)
Sat Jan 15 Augustana at Alberta (6:00 MST/7:00 CST)

OUT EAST


ONTARIO

No games.


ATLANTIC

No games.

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

OUT WEST


A.C.A.C.

Sat Jan 8 Briercrest 2 Concordia-Edmonton 4 (from Nov 27)
Fri Jan 14 Augustana at Concordia-Edmonton
Fri Jan 14 NAIT 3 Portage 1
Fri Jan 14 SAIT 3 Briercrest 2

Sat Jan 15 SAIT at Briercrest
Sat Jan 15 Portage at NAIT


B.C.I.H.L.

Fri Jan 14 Victoria 1 Simon Fraser 3
Sat Jan 15 Victoria at Simon Fraser
Sat Jan 15 Powell River Regals at Vancouver Island (Senior AA)

Links:
➤ ACAC: Schedule & Results
➤ BCIHL: Schedule & Results

Jan 15, 2022: Herd Completes a Sweep


MACEWAN GRIFFINS 2
MANITOBA BISONS 5

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ Game reports: LeagueStat : CW
➤ UofM: Skoleski pots two in third, Bisons stay hot with 5-2 win over Griffins (with boxscore & highlights)
➤ MacU: Griffins can't hold early lead as Bisons storm back with four unanswered goals for 4-2 win (late Friday with boxscore)
➤ MacU: Short-handed Griffins grit out solid effort in rematch but fall 5-2 to Bisons (with boxscore)

This was very similar to Friday's game. All tied 2-2 after two, then the Bisons took control in the 3rd.

There were a few lineup changes. Mac was 3-men short with Trott, Comrie, and Correale scratched and not replaced. Sometimes teams do not travel with subs, so they may yet have a full roster next game. The Mac game story said the scratches were covid-related.

Meanwhile, the Bisons switched Doerksen in for Anderson on defence (a common roster move) and they listed Murphy in for Hughes as backup goaltender. I never got a look at the bench Friday, so I believe there is a good chance they just misprinted the Friday game sheet.

Quick summary:
Mac: J. Taupert (06:56 1st) , Z. Webb (17:33 1st)
Man: N. Basarab (12:19 1st) , G. Keane (09:03 2nd) , D. Skoleski (10:13 3rd) , N. Basarab (12:54 3rd) , D. Skoleski (17:52 3rd)
Goalies - MacEwan, Taylor (33 shots-28 saves). Manitoba, Link (22 shots-20 saves).

While the Mutants lost three players after Friday, the Bisons lost three of their own on Saturday. Davis is their best forward and he injured his ankle early in the 2nd period and did not return. Veloso and Keane were injured later, but did return.

Basarab entered the weekend with no goals, and left with three. With Davis down, linemate Skoleski picked up the pace and recorded his 6th and 7th goals.

I would say that the results extinguish Mac's playoff dreams, while the Bisons pull within two points of the Cougars. And not the Regina Cougars, the MRU Bluegars!

I also thought that the uniform colours went well together, as an added bonus. Both teams uploaded nice pictures.


TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS 2
CALGARY DINOSAURS 9

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ UofC: Elder scores twice as Dinos dominate Spartans (late Friday with boxscore and highlights)
➤ UofC: Dinos net nine to sweep Spartans (with boxscore and highlights)
➤ TWU: SPARTANS DROP SECOND STRAIGHT AGAINST DINOS (with boxscore)

Quick summary:
TWU: J. Klessens (07:53 1st) , J. Klessens (04:24 2nd)
Cal: N. King (03:03 1st) , J. Shearer (10:59 2nd) , M. Patterson (15:49 2nd) , J. Shearer (00:44 3rd) , M. Patterson (05:03 3rd) , T. Vanstone (08:39 3rd) , B. Schoonbaert (10:49 3rd) , J. Rieger (18:50 3rd) , A. Atwal (19:55 3rd)
Goalies - TWU, LaBelle (57 shots-48 saves). Calgary, Stankowski (16 shots-14 saves).

What can you say about this one? I just caught the very ending since this one and the Bison game started at the same time. When I tuned in it looked like Holy Trinity was looking for a while flag.


REGINA COUGARS 3
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 11

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ UofR: Shorthanded Cougars take out No. 4-ranked Huskies in Regina (late Friday with boxscore)
➤ UofS: Huskie Men's Hockey Fall to Regina Cougars (late Friday with boxscore)
➤ UofS: Ball, Kaluski record hat tricks, as Huskies win big over Cougars (with boxscore)

Quick summary:
Reg: R. Krane (11:10 2nd) , T. Coughlin (13:12 3rd) , D. McCabe (18:42 3rd)
Sask: D. Neuls (14:09 1st) , J. Ball (19:53 1st) , J. Ball (00:48 2nd) , C. Petruic (03:10 2nd) , C. Hobbs (05:08 2nd) , J. Ball (07:21 2nd) , J. Kaluski (04:42 3rd) , J. Kaluski (08:54 3rd) , Z. Franklin (15:02 3rd) , A. Bulych (18:25 3rd) , J. Kaluski (19:35 3rd)
Goalies - Regina, Meger (22 shots-16 saves); Buskey (19 shots-14 saves). Saskatchewan, Ross (20 shots-17 saves).

With a light NHL schedule I was hoping that my CWTV subscription would satisfy my yearnings for hockey variety. While the score was just 2-0 after one, the Banjo Mutts were dominating the Banjo Cats. Three goals in 5 minutes of the 2nd period put this away, so I switched games. Things were no better in Saudi Alberta. (See below.) Good thing the only HNIC early game was a dandy. (Leafs beat Blues 5-4, BTW.)

Of note, Regina had a full roster after having won shorthanded on Friday. In fact, both teams had 19 skaters listed at LeagueStat. Heidt was penalized 2 minutes for ?ineligible player?. Was this related? And did Regina not have their own counter? Where did Professor Jethro Bodine go after that Grey Cup fiasco a few years back? Maybe this will be explained when the Regina game story is uploaded.

Of note, the Doggies were 6-for-6 on the power play.


AUGUSTANA VIKINGS 1
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 14

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ UofA: Team Site
➤ UAA: Team Site

Yikes! As I mentioned, I flipped over here when the Battle of Banjoland got out of hand. But this followed suit, and then some. UAA is 1-5-0 in the ACAC, so I was not expecting them to win. But Yeesh!

UP NEXT

Fri Jan 21 Alberta at Saskatchewan
Fri Jan 21 Regina at Mount Royal
Fri Jan 21 Calgary at U.B.C.
Fri Jan 21 Manitoba at Trinity Western - rescheduled to Sat Jan 29 in Manitoba

OUT EAST

Note to fans of OUA and/or AUS teams: I have faith that you will get some hockey yet, so I am continuing to include your segments. To look on the positive side, when your teams do come back you will likely just appreciate it that much more. If you will follow the CW more closely than usual in the meantime, hopefully you will find these posts and links useful. Cheers!


ONTARIO

No games.


ATLANTIC

No games.

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

OUT WEST


A.C.A.C.

Fri Jan 14 Augustana 1 Concordia-Edmonton 6 (late result)
Sat Jan 15 SAIT 3 Briercrest 4
Sat Jan 15 Portage 2 NAIT 8

Fri Jan 21 Red Deer at Briercrest
Fri Jan 21 Concordia-Edmonton at NAIT
Fri Jan 21 Portage at Augustana


B.C.I.H.L.

Sat Jan 15 Victoria 3 Simon Fraser 5
Sat Jan 15 Powell River Regals (Senior AA) at Vancouver Island ppd
Fri Jan 21 Alaska-Fairbanks (NCAA) at Simon Fraser
Sat Jan 22 Victoria at Vancouver Island
Sat Jan 22 Alaska-Fairbanks (NCAA) at Simon Fraser

Links:
➤ ACAC: Schedule & Results
➤ BCIHL: Schedule & Results

January 19: News & Notes

After just one week of the semester, the Bisons have their final bye week of the schedule this coming weekend. The Bisons were originally scheduled to head off to Beautiful British Columbia for their inaugural encounter with Holy Trinity. However, those with influence out there thought that their exam schedule took priority. So they made the Bisons an offer they couldn't refuse: Move the games to January 29-30 (a Saturday/Sunday doubleheader) in Friendly Manitoba. So when the Spartans do arrive, their GPAs will be a few points higher, even if they do have just one win.

I have linked a weekend wrap-up from The Manitoban (with picture) and the announcement that Noah Basarab was male AOW at the U of M.

Links:
➤ GoBisons: Noah Basarab and Autumn Agar are Boston Pizza Bison Sports Athletes of the Week
➤ The Manitoban: Men's hockey dominant over Griffins

In another schedule adjustment, the Crowchild Classic between MRU and Calgary was originally moved from February 3rd (at the Saddledome) to February 4th (at the Father David Bauer Arena) because of crowd restrictions. It has now been moved to February 12th to complete a typical weekend double-header between those two teams. The latter move was to accommodate UBC's cancelled trip to MRU scheduled for January 14th-15th. UBC will now visit MRU on February 4th and 5th.

The CW left some slack in the schedule, cutting back from 28 to 20 games. I don't see any further slack, so I wonder if they would push back the season. While I hope for nationals, it really doesn't look good out east. Therefore, why not play CW playoffs a week or two later?

Links:
➤ CTV Calgary: Crowchild Classic postponed, games won't be played at Scotiabank Saddledome
➤ UofC: Dinos hockey games rescheduled
➤ MRU: UBC-Mount Royal series rescheduled to Feb. 4/5

Regina has now posted their Saturday night game story. There was nothing mentioned about that "ineligible player" penalty against them. Each side had 21 names on the game sheet. This looks like it will remain a mystery.

Links:
➤ UofR: Cougars finish with weekend split after road loss to Saskatchewan

So what is Ontario doing with the lockdown nonsense? They have deemed university and college teams to be non-elite and deserving of lockdown, whereas other leagues can play on. I thought this would be a short-term thing but I guess not. The SportsNet story I linked is from January 5th, but apparently nothing's changed. The OUA president weighed in (also linked). A complete slap-in-the-face to all OUA athletes. This doesn't bode well for the OUA going forward. Maybe they should open campuses in Florida! Lakehead University at Key West has a nice ring to it.

Links:
➤ SportsNet: Ontario student athletes shut out from indoor play face more disruptions
➤ SportsNet: Why is the OUA not considered an 'elite league' by Ontario? (video)
➤ OUA: OUA is ELITE - An Open Letter

Anybody checked USports' website lately? It remains horrible and lacking in content. I was checking in on the Top Ten. It stopped with December 6-12, 2021. To be fair, the CW website has also trimmed back on content a lot.

Links:
➤ USports: Men's Hockey Site

Preview: January 21-22: BISON BYE WEEK

To cut to the chase, one table summarizes the CW home stretch.


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (9-2-1, 19-4-1, OHT35 #2)
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (10-4-0, 16-6-0, OHT35 #5)

Links:
➤ UofS: PREVIEW: 'There's a history here': Huskies set to play host to rival Golden Bears
➤ UofA: Bears and Pandas Catch-Up: Men's Hockey

This is the annual highlight of the season series for these teams. This year, just 2 points separate the top 4 teams, all of whom are paired off this weekend. Oddly, the Evil Monkeys do not have a top 10 scorer so far. However they have two games left against each of Mac and Trinity. The Mutts seem to veer off course once in a while. Both sides, though, have lost to Regina already.


CALGARY DINOSAURS (9-4-1, 13-9-1, OHT35 #8)
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (10-1-1, 15-1-1, OHT35 #3)

Links:
➤ UBC: Conference leading 'Birds return to host Dinos
➤ UofC: Team Website

With this series in Pacific Time, and the Sask series in Central Time, Friday will make for a nice double-header on CWTV. I'm still not sure about UBC. They have 6 games against non-expansion teams. All 4 games against Alberta and Manitoba were one-goal games (1-1 in regulation and 1-1 in overtime). Their two wins against Sask were impressive but were also the Mutts' low point. Calgary is similar. 5-0-0 against expansion teams and 4-4-1 against the rest.


REGINA COUGARS (7-6-1, 10-8-1, OHT35 #7)
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (6-5-1, 9-8-2, OHT35 #11)

Links:
➤ MRU: Team Website
➤ UofR: Team Website

This could be the most intriguing Cougar fight in years. If one side could sweep this they would almost seal a playoff berth whilst the other fights tooth-and-nail down the stretch. The Bluegars have been a disappointment. Their Yaremko-Sawchuk duo is the best in the league. However, they had a missing ingredient in the first semester. The Banjo Cats have been a shocker. They have managed to get splits when being blown away in a loss. That is bound to catch up with them.

OUT EAST


ONTARIO

All games postponed.


ATLANTIC

All games cancelled.

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

OUT WEST


A.C.A.C.

Fri Jan 21 Red Deer at Briercrest
Fri Jan 21 Concordia-Edmonton at NAIT
Fri Jan 21 Portage at Augustana
Sat Jan 22 Red Deer at Briercrest
Sat Jan 22 NAIT at Concordia-Edmonton
Sat Jan 22 Augustana at Portage


B.C.I.H.L.

Sat Jan 22 Victoria at Vancouver Island

Links:
➤ ACAC: Schedule & Results
➤ BCIHL: Schedule & Results

January 21,2022: Crazy Cat Fight Highlights Eventful Evening


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ UofS: Huskies fall to visiting Golden Bears (with boxscore)
➤ UofA: Team Website

Quick summary:
Alta: N. Philp (15:55 1st) , E. Florchuk (07:03 2nd) , N. Philp (16:26 2nd) , L. Smith (17:07 2nd)
Sask: W. Johnson (00:12 2nd) , V. Loschiavo (05:38 3rd)
Goalies-Alberta, Schneider 6-0-1-0 (42 shots-40 saves). Saskatchewan, Ross 7-2-0-0 (29 shots-25 saves).

This was a game where the PP decided the outcome. The Evil Monkeys were 3-for-3 and the Banjo-Mutts were 0-for-5. Sask outshot them 42-29 on the night, so I would hold out some hope for a split.


REGINA COUGARS 3
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 4

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

Quick summary:
Reg: T. Sidaway (12:32 1st) , J. Doucet (15:24 2nd) , C. Chaulk (07:57 3rd)
MRU: R. Lindgren (00:27 2nd) , N. Yaremko (10:52 2nd) , K. Walker (18:55 3rd) , J. Tarzwell (19:35 3rd)
Goalies-Regina, Holtby 5-5-1-0 (43 shots-39 saves). Mount Royal, Morris 5-2-1-0 (33 shots-30 saves).

This was a cat fight with a crazy ending. I watched the 3rd period. It started tied at 2-2. The Banjo-Cats came out like gang-busters and took the lead. However, the Bluegars mounted a serious rally, yet could not score for the longest time. They finally tied it with just 1:05 left, on a PP and with their goalie pulled. Then with 0:25 left they got the win. This loss for Regina, without even a bonus point which seemed assured, has got to sting. The two teams now have 15 points each, and Regina has five games remaining while MRU has seven (including two against Mac). During the last CW season, Regina was pipped by UBC for the final berth in the closing stages.


CALGARY DINOSAURS 0
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 3

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ UofC: Team Website
➤ UBC: Team Website

Quick summary:
Calg: none
UBC: C. McDonald (06:06 2nd) , C. Douglas (19:04 3rd) , A. Glover (19:19 3rd)
Goalies-Calgary, Stankowski 2-1-0-0 (18 shots-17 saves). UBC, Toth 10-1-1-0 (36 shots-36 saves).

The T-irds were quite outplayed in this one. The last two goals were empty-netters, and accounted for 2-out-of-3 3rd period shots on goal. Rylan Toth’s 36-save shutout was the story. Bedrock U had 4 straight PPs in the 3rd period and had sustained pressure the whole time.

NEXT UP

Sat Jan 22 Regina at Mount Royal (3:00 MST/4:00 CST)
Sat Jan 22 Calgary at U.B.C. (2:00 PST/4:00 CST)
Sat Jan 22 Alberta at Saskatchewan (7:00 CST)

OUT EAST


ONTARIO

All games postponed.


ATLANTIC

All games cancelled.

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

OUT WEST


A.C.A.C.

Fri Jan 21 Red Deer 3 Briercrest 0
Fri Jan 21 Concordia-Edmonton at NAIT - ppd
Fri Jan 21 Portage at Augustana - ppd
Sat Jan 22 Red Deer at Briercrest
Sat Jan 22 NAIT at Concordia-Edmonton - ppd
Sat Jan 22 Augustana at Portage


B.C.I.H.L.

Sat Jan 22 Victoria at Vancouver Island

Links:
➤ ACAC: Schedule & Results
➤ BCIHL: Schedule & Results

January 22, 2022: Monkeys & Bluegars Sweep, Dinos Salvage a Split


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 1

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ UofS: Three goal third period lifts Golden Bears over Huskies
➤ UofA: Bears top Huskies in Top 10 clash (late Friday with boxscore)

Quick summary:
Alta: J. Freadrich (05:19 1st) , G. Haden (09:05 3rd) , N. Philp (09:29 3rd) , T. Preziuso (19:18 3rd)
Sask: J. Ball (07:17 1st)
Goalies-Alberta, Burman 5-1-0-0 (31 shots-30 saves). Saskatchewan, Ross 7-3-0-0 (25 shots-22 saves).

This was a pretty good battle. The Mutts outshot the Monkeys but once again lacked the finish. I'm guessing another 1st place finish for the Monkeys, given their closing schedule. The Mutts look like they'll have to get through a quarter-final series, which won't be easy.


REGINA COUGARS 1
MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 5

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ MRU: Cougars Catchup: January 21, 2022 (late Friday)
➤ UofR: Cougars come up just short against Mount Royal (late Friday with boxscore)
➤ MRU: Cougars Catchup: January 22, 2022
➤ UofR: Cougars suffer road loss to Mount Royal (with boxscore)

Quick summary:
Reg: T. Sidaway (02:30 1st)
MRU: R. Sawchuk (08:49 2nd) , E. Regnier (18:18 2nd) , B. Kennedy (06:17 3rd) , B. Kennedy (13:13 3rd) , B. Kennedy (16:14 3rd)
Goalies-Regina, Meger 2-3-0-0 (37 shots-32 saves). Mount Royal, Morris 6-2-1-0 (34 shots-33 saves).

After that disappointing collapse on Friday night, the Banjo-Cats came out strong, holding a 1-0 lead after one. The game was generally close. However, the Bluegars were 3-for-6 on the PP, Regina was 0-for-7. Bradley Kennedy also recorded a natural hat-trick in the 3rd period. MRU thus launches themselves ahead of Regina and into 5th place. The collar is tightening in Regina.


CALGARY DINOSAURS 7
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 4

Links:
➤ Summaries: LeagueStat : CW
➤ UofC: Dinos stoned by hot goaltending (late Friday with boxscore)
➤ UBC: Toth ties CW record with third straight shutout as 'Birds down Dinos (late Friday with boxscore)
➤ UofC: Dinos score five in third to beat conference-best T-Birds (with boxscore)
➤ UBC: Dinos score five unanswered to end T-Birds' home unbeaten streak (with highlights and boxscore)

Quick summary:
Calg: J. Gricius (00:54 1st) , J. White (18:34 1st) , T. Upper (04:09 3rd) , A. Atwal (10:47 3rd) , J. Gricius (16:17 3rd) , C. Gutenberg (17:09 3rd) , T. Upper (19:28 3rd)
UBC: T. Sandhu (10:53 2nd) , S. Atkinson (12:07 2nd) , C. McNabb (16:53 2nd) , T. Sandhu (19:21 2nd)
Goalies-Calgary, Stankowski 3-1-0-0 (28 shots-24 saves). UBC, Toth 10-2-1-0 (27 shots-21 saves).

The ice must have been slanted to the one end in this one. Bedrock U scored two in the 1st, the T-irds scored four in the 2nd, then Bedrock U rallied with five in the 3rd. The last goal was an empty-netter, but still those save percentages took a pounding here. Shots were 28-28.

STANDINGS

NEXT UP

Fri Jan 28 U.B.C. at Regina (7:00 CST)
Fri Jan 28 Mount Royal at MacEwan (7:00 MST/8:00 CST)
Fri Jan 28 Calgary at Alberta (7:00 MST/8:00 CST)
Sat Jan 29 U.B.C. at Regina (3:00 CST)
Sat Jan 29 Mount Royal at MacEwan (5:00 MST/6:00 CST)
Sat Jan 29 Trinity Western at Manitoba (7:00 CST)
Sat Jan 29 Calgary at Alberta (7:00 MST/8:00 CST)
Sun Jan 30 Trinity Western at Manitoba (1:00 CST)

OUT EAST


ONTARIO

All games postponed.


ATLANTIC

All games cancelled.

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

OUT WEST


A.C.A.C.

Sat Jan 22 Red Deer 3 Briercrest 0
Sat Jan 22 NAIT at Concordia-Edmonton - ppd
Sat Jan 22 Augustana 4 Portage 2


B.C.I.H.L.

Sat Jan 22 Victoria 0 Vancouver Island 4 (after two periods)

Links:
➤ ACAC: Schedule & Results
➤ BCIHL: Schedule & Results