MANITOBA BISONS 1
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4


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Manitoba Post: [Manitoba Bison Mens Hockey is Ranked 9th]
Star-Phoenix: [U of S Huskies hosting red-hot Bisons ...]

The Bisons needed a sweep to turn their faint hope of a top-2 finish into a possibility. Instead, the sweep leaves them safely perched in 3rd, which is where they now hope to finish.

In roster notes, Nick Zajac was scratched and the Bisons played with 19, as did Saskatchewan. Also, Justin Paulic dressed as backup goaltender for the first time this season.

Here are the scorers:

1st 02:42 Sask Collin Shirley (5)
1st 19:31 Sask Michael Sofillas (8)
3rd 10:10 Man Blake Heinrich (2)
3rd 18:21 Sask Jesse Forsberg (5) (PP)
3rd 19:15 Sask Parker Thomas (6) (EN)

The first period was end-to-end action (shots 17-12 for Sask, likely a season high). Sask's late goal somewhat distorted the flow of play.

The second, in contrast, was more like a playoff game. The shots were a more normal 10-8 for Sask.

The Bisons came out in the 3rd period full of vigour but had a hard time generating shots until Heinrich scored on a delayed penalty call. Eventually, a late powerplay goal, followed by an empty-netter, led to an inflated scoreboard.

Justin Augert had 8 minutes in minor penalties, which really hurt. The 3rd Mutt goal came on one of those powerplays.

The final shots were 43-25 for Sask. Jordon Cooke replaced Taran Kozun in goal for the Banjo Mutts to get the win, and Byron Spriggs took the loss.

The announcers on CanadaWest.tv stated that the new rink in Saskatown is not expected to be ready until January 2019. So the Bisons might have a playoff series AND a 2018-19 regular season series back at the Rutherdump. When a high shot prompted a whistle, they were also wondering if any rust fell to the ice. Rutherdump, indeed.

On the positive side, the Bisons get to leave Banjoland. Their team bus can leave any roadkill for the locals.

For the next two weeks the Bisons will face nothing but Cougars. They are off to M.R.U. next weekend, to stave off their challenge for 3rd place, then return home on January 26-27 when Regina comes for a visit.



OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 3
REGINA COUGARS 1


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The T-irds were lucky to get two big losses turned into wins due to forfeiture, but they have capitalized by gaining a split last weekend and a sweep this weekend in Regina. The score was one-sided but the shots were level at 33-33. (Oddly, the shots were 28-28 on Friday.) Mark Hewitt got his 2nd win of weekend. The Banjo Cats started Michael Herringer, but he was pulled after allowing 4 goals on 23 shots through two periods. Dawson MacAuley finished the game. No word on whether an old lady with an umbrella went nuts when the Tweety-Birds thought they saw a Puddy Tat.


MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 2
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 1

(in overtime)
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After watching the Bisons, then catching the end of the Dinos-Monkeys, I tuned into this one. It was a playoff-like atmosphere, as well it should be. There was no scoring until almost 13 minutes into the 3rd period, when the Bluegars took the lead. Cam Lanigan (with 35 stops) won the goaltenders' duel over Garret Hughson (with 42 stops).


ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 3
CALGARY DINOSAURS 5


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This looked like a runaway for Bedrock, as they rolled to a 4-1 lead in the 1st period. But a healthy dose of bananas during intermission must have been found because the Evil Monkeys cam roaring back to make it a nail-biter. The Monkeys pulled starter Zach Sawchenko after the 3rd goal (on 8 shots), but Brendan Burke gave up one goal on 23 shots for the loss. The Dinos continued their goaltender rotation, going with Matthew Greenfield who won with 23 saves on 26 shots.

STANDINGS



OUT EAST

Ontario
Jan 13 Carleton 3 Nipissing 4 (ot)
Jan 13 Lakehead 1 Guelph 5
Jan 13 Laurier 7 Windsor 2
Jan 13 Ottawa 4 Laurentian 3 (ot)
Jan 13 Queen's 2 Concordia 4
Jan 13 U.O.I.T. 4 R.M.C. 1
Jan 13 W. Ontario 3 York 1

Atlantic
Jan 13 Acadia 4 Moncton 2
Jan 13 New Brunswick 2 St. F.X. 1 (so)
Jan 13 U.P.E.I. 1 Dalhousie 4

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NEXT UP

Canada West
Jan 19 Calgary at Saskatchewan
Jan 19 Lethbridge at U.B.C.
Jan 19 Manitoba at Mount Royal
Jan 19 Regina at Alberta

Ontario
Jan 14 Brock at Toronto
Jan 17 Queen's at R.M.C.
Jan 18 Laurier at Guelph

Atlantic
Jan 17 Dalhousie at St. F.X.

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