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    MANITOBA BISONS 2009-10

    Next year country has started early in the university off-season. Two announcements have already been made. In addition, the league announced that four, rather than six, teams will qualify for this year's playoffs.

    SAINTS GRAD RECRUITED

    BLAIR MACAULAY (formerly of Tri-City and Saskatoon of the WHL and the Saints of the MJHL) has committed. The [LINK] at GoBisons.ca has his stats and also points out that Mike Sirant is back to coach after 3 years in Denmark. Frankly, I would not mind if Don McGillivray stuck around. Recruiting seemed to be going well under him. A blurb is also at [CJOB.COM] and at [WINNIPEGSUN.COM]. The 2008-09 thread is [HERE] and [HERE].

    GOALTENDER AND D-MAN RECRUITED

    The Bisons have announced the commitment of two more WHL grads for 2009-10 [LINK]. The goaltender is JESSE DECKERT, who played 4 games in the CIS for Lethbridge back in 2007-08. In the WHL he played for Prince Albert, Tri-Cities, and Regina. The d-man is BRANDON LOCKERBY, who played for Edmonton and Brandon. He is seemingly somewhat of an offensive d-man (35 points in 72 games).

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    FROM MEMORIAL CUP TO BISONS

    The Bisons have landed IAN DUVAL from the Kelowna Rockets [LINK] and at [CJOB.com]. He is from Winnipeg and played for Central Plains in AAA midget before going on to the WHL. His stats are at the link. He had a good playoff:
    Duval was tied for ninth in 2009 WHL playoff scoring with 18 points (ten goals – tied for fifth highest in WHL, eight assists) in 22 games. In the 2009 WHL playoffs, he added a +14 plus/minus rating while notching two game winning goals and two power play goals.
    This and the Bisons' off-season recruiting is also discussed at [CISBLOG.CA].

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    TWO MORE RECRUITS

    The new recruits are TROY CROWLEY and TRAVIS MEALY. Their stats and background are at the [U OF M LINK].

    Crowley is a former Saskatoon Blade but played with the Phoenix Polar Bears in the Western States Hockey League. He scored lots down there but seems like a shot-in-the-dark. He was coached by former Bison Harry Mahood.

    Mealy is a d-man who played for the UPEI Panthers and is a grad of the QMJHL.

    Meanwhile, Don MacGillivray will be GM/Coach of the Winnipeg South Blues. [FREE PRESS LINK]

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    BISONS GET WHEAT KING D-MAN

    The Bisons announced the commitment of CHAD ERB from the Brandon Wheat Kings. His numbers are at the [U OF M LINK]. He was a high +/- d-man for the Wheat Kings.

    This is a lot of new recruits in a year where not many spots should be open. I expect the next announcement should be for pre-season and non-conference exhibition games. Two usual opponents - Nebrask-Omaha and Bemidji - have been confirmed as WCHA teams commencing in 2010-2011.

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    NON-CONFERENCE GAMES ANNOUNCED

    The complete Bison schedule is [HERE]. The newly added non-conference games are:
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    Sep. 11	v Regina @ Whitewood, SK
    Sep. 18	v Carleton (7:00pm @ Max Bell Arena)
    Sep. 19	v Carleton (12:00pm @ Max Bell Arena)
    Sep. 25	@ Brock
    Sep. 26	@ Brock
    Oct.  4	@ UND (this follows a home series against Sask)
    Nov. 27	v Iowa State (3:00pm @ Max Bell Arena)
    Nov. 28	v Iowa State (1:00pm @ Max Bell Arena)
    Dec. 29	@ Lakehead
    Dec. 30	@ Lakehead
    There is no Bisons v Moose game in Steinbach this year. Also gone are trips to Bemidji and Nebraska-Omaha.

    However, the nice new feature is that they will play two new opponents at home (Carleton and Iowa State). I don't care for that 3rd game in 3 nights game at UND. It is too bad that on Sept 19 they will be playing Carleton whilst at 2:00 pm the Bison football homecoming game will be played next door. No doubt Carleton has a tight travel schedule.

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    CONFERENCE RECRUITING SUMMARY

    With all due credit to Berrcave at HF Boards, here is a compiation of what has transpired so far in Canada West:
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    REGINA COUGARS
    
    Carter Smith F Red Deer Rebels WHL
    Craig Cuthbert F Bonneyville Pontiacs AJHL
    
    MANITOBA
    
    Ian Duval F Kelowna Rockets WHL
    Blair Macaulay F Winnipeg Saints MJHL
    Chad Erb D Brandon Wheat Kings WHL
    Travis Mealy D UPEI CIS
    Brandon Lockerby D Edmonton Oil Kings WHL
    Jessie Deckert G University of Lethbridge CIS
    Troy Crowley F Phoenix Solar Bears WSHL
    
    UBC
    
    Justin McRae F Spokane Chiefs WHL
    
    CALGARY
    
    Eric Frere D Kootenay Ice WHL
    Graham Potuer D Everett Silvertips WHL
    Luke Egener D Red Deer Rebels WHL
    
    LETHBRIDGE
    
    i have not heard anything from Lethbridge
    
    SASKATCHEWAN
    
    Kyle Bortis F Calgary Hitmen WHL
    Brennan Bosch F Medicine Hat Tigers WHL
    Brendan Dowd F Edmonton Oil Kings WHL
    Andrew Bailey F Kootenay Ice WHL
    
    ALBERTA
    lots of rumours
    My suspicion is that the Evil Monkeys will make a host of announcements all at once.

    I also see that Alberta is hosting an exhibition series on September 18th and 19th and Sask hosts a similar event September 25th and 26th. The Bisons will be playing Carleton and Brock on those weekends.

    To follow up you can click the logos for the other CW hockey websites:
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    LAKEHEAD DITCHING CHRISTMAS TOURNAMENT

    It seems that Lakehead is scrapping the 4 team round-robin tournament format. They had two players injured last year. [TB NEWSWATCH STORY] The teams played a round-robin over 3 days and then 1st played 2nd in the final, for a 4th game in 4 days. I know that when the Bisons won the tournament one year they were dead the next weekend.

    So this year's 2 game series between the Bisons and Thunderwolves may become a regular feature.

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    EVIL MONKEYS ANNOUNCE RECRUITS

    [Thurston adds six to the Golden Bear mix] - The story comes from the U of A site. Thurston is the head organ grinder for the Evil Monkeys. No word on how many of these 6 guys make a living stealing wallets in the off-season, or if that's a skill they will now have to learn. Anywho, the story says that Sorochan is gone from the Monkeys' net. The replacement goaltender, Travis Yonkman, is coming off a 4 year WHL stint with Swift Current. The juice of the story is this:
    Faced with the loss of eight players, including two CIS All-Canadians, University of Alberta Golden Bears’ hockey coach Eric Thurston has added six players for the upcoming 2009-10 season, five hailing from the province of Alberta and five with Western Hockey League experience.

    Recruited to the program are three defencemen, two forwards, and one goalie, including five players from the Edmonton area, five former WHL skaters, and one former NCAA student-athlete.

    Joining the Bears’ blue-line will be Colin Joe, Ian Barteaux, and Reade Wolansky. Sean Ringrose and Michael MacAngus add to the forward core while Travis Yonkman becomes Alberta’s new netminder.
    I also see that the Evil Monkeys' non-conference action starts with the usual game against the Greasers' prospects, followed by the usual two pre-season exhibition quasi-tournaments (in Edmontown and Saskatown).

    The unique addition is a home Christmas series against the McGilligutties. In the 2008 nationals it was an upset by the already eliminated McGilligutties over Moncton which vaulted Saudi Alberta into the final.

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    PRE-SEASON UPDATE

    The various team sites are slowly confirming the pre-season schedules. Here's a synopsis:

    Sept 11 Edmonton Oilers @ Alberta
    Sept 11 Manitoba @ Regina (at Whitewood)

    Sept 12 Regina @ Saskatchewan (at Yorkton)

    Sept 15 New York Islanders @ Saskatchewan (at Prince Albert)

    Sept 18 Carlton @ Manitoba
    Sept 18 Regina @ Alberta
    Sept 18 TBA @ Lethbridge (at Edmontown)

    Sept 19 Carlton @ Manitoba
    Sept 19 Regina @ Lethbridge (at Edmontown)
    Sept 19 TBA @ Alberta

    Sept 25 Manitoba @ Brock
    Sept 25 Lethbridge @ Regina (at Saskatown)
    Sept 25 Alberta @ Saskatchewan

    Sept 26 Manitoba @ Brock
    Sept 26 Regina @ Saskatchewan
    Sept 26 TBA @ Alberta (at Saskatown)
    Sept 26 TBA @ Lethbridge (at Saskatown)

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    MORE NEWS


    The Evil Monkeys have added an exhibition game against the Vancouver Canucks rookies on September 9th. No update on the Brick Invitational being hosted by them September 18th and 19th.


    Jered Aulin is trying out for the Columbus Blue Jackets. [LINK] He had a big year for the Dinos 2 years ago. They may have won the CW had he not been injured in the playoffs.


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    GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS IN BLOGGERS' RANKING OF BISONS

    I came across a CIS blog from Edmontown called The Pipeline Show [LINK]. They ranked the top 5 recruiting classes in CIS hockey this season.

    The good news is that an outside observer ranks the U of M Bisons 4th in all of Canada! The bad news is that the traditional top two in the CW (Sask and The Evil Monkeys) rank 2nd and 3rd. UNB (with a crop of WHLers) and St F-X rank 1st and 5th respectively.

    It is hard for me to comment on the strength of recruits across the country, but where did the Ontario players go?

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    UPDATED PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE

    The UBC and Lethbridge sites don't yet have schedules posted. And the "Huskie Invitational" in Saskatown has not released a full schedule (they just have their own games). But here's what there is:

    Sept 9 Vancouver Canucks @ Alberta

    Sept 11 Edmonton Oilers @ Alberta
    Sept 11 Manitoba @ Regina (at Whitewood)

    Sept 12 Regina @ Saskatchewan (at Yorkton)

    Sept 15 New York Islanders @ Saskatchewan (at Prince Albert)

    Sept 18 Carlton @ Manitoba
    Sept 18 Regina @ Alberta
    Sept 18 Saskatchewan @ Lethbridge (at Edmontown)

    Sept 19 Carlton @ Manitoba
    Sept 19 Regina @ Lethbridge (at Edmontown)
    Sept 19 Saskatchewan @ Alberta

    Sept 25 Manitoba @ Brock
    Sept 25 Lethbridge @ Regina (at Saskatown)
    Sept 25 Alberta @ Saskatchewan
    Sept 25 SAIT @ Calgary

    Sept 26 Manitoba @ Brock
    Sept 26 Regina @ Saskatchewan
    Sept 26 TBA @ Alberta (at Saskatown)
    Sept 26 TBA @ Lethbridge (at Saskatown)
    Sept 26 Mount Royal @ Calgary

    Oct 3 Calgary @ Colorado College
    Oct 4 Calgary @ Denver
    Oct 5 Calgary @ Air Force
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    September 9, 2009

    THE PUCK HAS DROPPED!


    VANCOUVER CANUCKS 4
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 3

    |> [GAME STATS]

    The Canuckleheads' rookies edged the Evil Monkeys in a game at Edmontown. The Evil Monkeys have played the Greasers' rookies for several years now and this year add the Canuckleheads. Kind of a slap in the face for UBC.

    The Canuckleheads had two goals each from Kellen Tochkin and Kevin Connauton. Also dressed were P.C. Labrie and Mario Bliznak, both of whom played lots for the Manitoba Moose last year.

    Next up:
    Sept 11 Edmonton Oilers @ Alberta
    Sept 11 Manitoba @ Regina (at Whitewood)
    Sept 12 Regina @ Saskatchewan (at Yorkton)
    Sept 15 New York Islanders @ Saskatchewan (at Prince Albert)

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    September 11, 2009

    HERD NETS VICTORY


    MANITOBA BISONS 3
    REGINA COUGARS 2

    |> [U OF M STORY]

    I can't find stats anywhere and the U of R site does not even have a score, let alone a story. So all I know is what the blurb says, which is basically that Bison goals were scored by Tyler Dittmer, Stewart Thiessen and Riley Dudar.

    It's only exhibition, sure, but still counts as a measure of revenge after last season's playoff defeat.

    The Bisons will have an inter-squad game on Sunday at 12:00 noon at the Max Bell Arena. They then host the Carleton Ravens of the OUA next Friday and Saturday. I won't be able to attend on Saturday but hope to be there Friday. It's high time the hockey season started!


    EDMONTON OILERS 3
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4

    |> [GAME STATS] ~ [U OF A STORY]

    The Evil Monkeys took apart the Greasers' rookies in this one. They oiutshot them 43-24, including 17-9 in the 3rd period where the Evil Monkeys scored 3 goals. The links have good in-depth coverage of the game.

    NEXT UP:
    • Sept 12 Regina @ Saskatchewan (at Yorkton)
      Sept 15 New York Islanders @ Saskatchewan (at Prince Albert)
      Sept 18 Carlton @ Manitoba
      Sept 18 Regina @ Alberta
      Sept 18 Saskatchewan @ Lethbridge (at Edmontown)
      Sept 19 Carlton @ Manitoba
      Sept 19 Regina @ Lethbridge (at Edmontown)
      Sept 19 Saskatchewan @ Alberta
    OTHER NEWS:
    • The UBC Thunderbirds will host the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL on September 30th. [LINK]
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    September 13, 2009

    INTER-SQUAD GAME


    BROWN 3
    GOLD 4

    |> [U OF M STORY (link not active as I post)]

    What better way to spend a sunny afternoon than watching inter-squad hockey! My son and I got some chores done and decided to take this one in and got there with about 3 minutes left in the first period.

    The Bisons had nice practice jerseys. The Gold were light gold (NOT yellow) and would look great as a regular jersey.

    One surprise is that former captain Rob Smith (who played pro in Germany last year) is on the training camp roster. He also was at the Manitoba Moose camp in 2006.

    Here's the roster (since it is not on-line :x )
    • GOLD

      Goaltenders:
      1 Jessie Deckert (PA, WHL)
      34 Steve Christie
      35 Sonny Albert (Dryden, SIHL)

      Defensemen:
      2 Chad Erb (Brandon, WHL)
      3 Travis Mealy (UPEI, CIS/AUS)
      4 Kip Workman
      5 Stewart Thiessen
      9 Patrick Flynn (Phoenix, WSHL)
      12 Stephane Lenoski

      Forwards:
      8 Terrance Delaronde
      11 Riley Dudar
      14 Joey Moggach (Bemidji, NCAA)
      15 Troy Crowley (Phoenix, WSHL)
      16 Jared Walker - did not play
      18 Travis Kornelsen
      19 Ian Duval (Kelowna, WHL) - did not play
      20 Steve Obelnicki (Twin City, SPHL)
      22 Kyle Howarth
      23 Tyler Dittmer


      BROWN

      Goaltenders:
      1 Gavin McHale
      35 Ben Lobb

      Defensemen:
      2 David Brown
      3 Brandon Lockerby (Edmonton, WHL)
      4 Rob Smith (German pro) - did not play
      6 Dane Crowley (Houston, AHL)
      8 A.J. Spiller
      9 Bryn Lindsay

      Forwards:
      11 MIke Hellyer
      14 Greg Beller
      15 Cole Hunter
      16 Nick Stelmack (Neepawa, MJHL)
      17 Chris Benias
      18 Blair Macaulay (Saints, MJHL)
      19 Nolan Waker
      21 Calin Wild
      22 Jon Cara
      23 Rick Wood - did not play

    The Gold went with 5 d-men per period, loaning Mealy to the forwards in the 2nd period and Thiessen in the 3rd. They then rotated the 5 d-men. The Gold forward lines were:
    Howarth - Kornelsen - Moggach
    Delaronde - Crowley - Obelnicki
    Dittmer - Dudar - d-man

    The Brown also rotated their 5 d-men, though Crowley ahd at least one shioft at forward. Brown and Lockerby were togther a lot. The forward lines were:
    Hellyer - Beller - Hunter
    Macaulay - Wild - Waker
    Stelmack - Benias - Cara

    The first period was scoreless, and I only saw the ending. Christie was in goal for the Gold and McHale for the Brown.

    The Brown scored two late 2nd period goals, by Lockerby and Lindsay. Both were shots from d-men at the point and may have been deflected. (There was no PA announcement.) Albert was in goal for the Gold and Lobb came in goal for the Brown mid-way through.

    The Gold broke the game wide-open with a four goal third period outburst. They really dominated the whole period and scored 3 times to take the lead, with Delaronde, Dudar, and Moggach getting the goals. Stelmack for the Brown equalized. Deckert played goal in the 3rd period for the Gold and preserved the tie in the late-going when he made a pair of great saves off Macaulay and Waker. It looked like a draw was going to happen but Delaronde scored with about 16 seconds left for the win.

    Delaronde was active, scoring twice and getting into a fight with newcomer Dane Crowley (there are 2 Crowleys on the roster). Crowley's stats are [HERE]. He seems to be a grinder and a decent enough d-man.

    The players not returning this year are few and far between. They are:
    Myles Rumsey
    Mark Olafson
    Nick Hotson
    Pierre-Paul Lamoureaux
    Tyler Mistelbacher

    On balance, I would say that the newcomers are better than the players they are replacing. There is a load of competition for spots. Therefore, I would expect some strong effort from the on-the-bubble players next weekend against Carleton.


    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2
    REGINA COUGARS 3

    (in overtime)

    All I have on this one is the score from the U of R site. [LINK]

    NEXT UP:
    • Sept 15 New York Islanders @ Saskatchewan (at Prince Albert)
      Sept 18 Carleton @ Manitoba
      Sept 18 Regina @ Alberta
      Sept 18 Saskatchewan @ Lethbridge (at Edmontown)
      Sept 19 Carleton @ Manitoba
      Sept 19 Regina @ Lethbridge (at Edmontown)
      Sept 19 Saskatchewan @ Alberta

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    COACHES ANNOUNCED

    Links: [CJOB LINK] ~ [U OF M LINK]

    - They are Larry Bumstead and Brent Zelenewich. Both have local roots and are teaching-oriented. In contrast, Calgary has two new coaches with NHL playing experience and not much in the line of coaching, namely Cory Cross and Brad Isbister. [LINK]

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    September 15, 2009

    EXHIBITION UPDATE


    NEW YORK ISLANDERS 5
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 3

    |> [U OF S STORY]

    There are no stats posted so all I know is what the story says.

    NEXT UP:

    UBC has updated their web site and have included their exhibition schedule. Nothing yet from Lethbridge. Here's the remainder of what's known of the exhibition schedule.
    • Sept 18 Carleton @ Manitoba
      Sept 18 Regina @ Alberta
      Sept 18 Saskatchewan @ Lethbridge (at Edmontown)
      Sept 18 NAIT @ UBC

      Sept 19 Carleton @ Manitoba
      Sept 19 Regina @ Lethbridge (at Edmontown)
      Sept 19 Saskatchewan @ Alberta
      Sept 19 NAIT @ UBC

      Sept 25 Manitoba @ Brock
      Sept 25 Lethbridge @ Regina (at Saskatown)
      Sept 25 Alberta @ Saskatchewan
      Sept 25 SAIT @ Calgary

      Sept 26 Manitoba @ Brock
      Sept 26 Regina @ Saskatchewan
      Sept 26 TBA @ Alberta (at Saskatown)
      Sept 26 TBA @ Lethbridge (at Saskatown)
      Sept 26 Mount Royal @ Calgary

      Sept 30 Abbotsford Heat @ UBC

      Oct 3 Calgary @ Colorado College
      Oct 3 UBC @ Minnesota-Duluth
      Oct 4 Calgary @ Denver
      Oct 4 UBC @ Minnesota
      Oct 5 Calgary @ Air Force

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    SERIES PREVIEW

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    CARLETON RAVENS (2009: 13-11-4)
    MANITOBA BISONS (2009: 13-9-6)


    Friday, September 18, 2009 at 7:00 pm at Max Bell Arena
    Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 12:30 pm at Max Bell Arena


    The Bisons have played one exhibition game, a 3-2 win over Regina. This is Carleton's first game. They follow with games against Windsor and UOIT next weekend.

    Carleton is a relative newcomer, having rekindled their hockey program. Though the OUA is weaker than the CW and the AUS, Carleton played in the tougher Far East Division, which included the Quebec teams and Ottawa and it traditionally produces either the conference champion or runner-up. Though they were 4th in the regular season, they beat Concordia in one playoff series and then lost to UQTR in overtime in the 2nd round.

    The Bisons played two OUA teams last year. They beat Laurier (22-5-1) by a 6-3 score and lost to Lakehead (18-8-2) by 3-2 in overtime.

    The roster page at the U of M site is incomplete, only containing 16 names. I'll be checking for updates.

    One unfortunate thing is that Saturday's game is being played in the afternoon whilst the football homecoming game starts at 2:00 p.m. I'll be missing both to be at my son's baseball game. Oh well, at least I'll see one hockey game this weekend.

    LINKS:

    [Sirant brings back new ideas from overseas] - Ken Wiebe has a story in the Sun.

    [Free Press Roiund-up] - Ashley Prest has a blurb where Sirant is quoted as saying he would keep 24 to 26 players. No cuts were announced.

    [Carleton: 2009-2010 Men’s Hockey Preview] - This is from Carleton's web site.

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    September 18, 2009

    BISONS TRAMPLE RAVENS IN O.T.

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    CARLETON RAVENS 5
    MANITOBA BISONS 6

    |> [U OF M STORY] ~ [SUMMARY] ~ [SCORE SHEET]



    This was a crazy exhibition game. First off, they used the 2 referee, 2 linesmen system and it resulted in a bit of penalty-calling contest. In fact there were three extended 2-man advantage situations (2 in favour of Carleton).

    The 1st period was a standard exhibition game. Carleton notched a PP goal by Derek Wells when the Bisons were slow to react to a rebound. Carleton was chippier than the typoical Bison opponent and there were slashes and pushes at every whistle.

    Things went off the rails in the 2nd period. Robert Smith of Carleton scored on a penalty shot about 5 minutes in. Thereafter the Bisons went on a stretch where they controlled play. Greg Beller scored on a PP to make it 2-1. Rick Wood scored on a delayed penalty to make it 2-2.

    Then came a stretch of 2-man advantages. Wells for Carleton restored their lead at 3-2. Then Carleton took 4 penalties on top of one another (in a space of a minute and a half), during which time the Bisons scored two PP goals on separate 2-man advantages. Newcomer Travis Mealy scored first, and Kyle Howarth second. That made it 4-3 Bisons heading into the 3rd period.

    I thought the Bisons might be able to assert control of the game in the 3rd period. But the parade to the penalty box made it impossible for the game to develop any flow. Mike Byrd flew out of the penalty box and tied the game 4 minutes in. Then an exchange of two more PP goals (Howarth by the Bisons and Shane Bakker by the Ravens) finished regulation time at 5-5.

    Thankfully, after all penalties were over an even-strength goal ended the game when Howarth completed his hat-trick, scoring the 4th, 5th, and 6th goals on the night.

    Each side dressed over-the-limit, meaning there were excess players. In general, the alignment was like this:
    • BISONS
      GOAL:
      Christie (Deckert)

      DEFENCE:
      Thiessen - Lenoski
      Lindsay - Workman
      Mealy - Flynn
      Spiller - Lockerby

      FORWARDS:
      Cara - Kornlesen - Howarth
      Delaronde - Benias - Hunter
      Beller - Wood - Hellyer
      Waker - Wild - Macaulay

      RAVENS
      GOAL:
      Archibald (Dube)

      DEFENCE:
      Smith - Loikets
      Carrie - Klassen
      Halstead - Good
      Stanley - Miffen

      FORWARDS:
      MacLean - Wells - Berard
      Bakker - Self - Caruana
      Bastien - Cipparone - Byrd
      Barrett - Medel - Downey

    ELSEWHERE:

    • SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 5
      LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4

      |> [SUMMARY]

      This was the afternoon game out in Edmontown to open The Brick Invitational. Seems like an evenly matched game from the summary. Sask supposedly had a great recruiting class and nothing was heard from Lethbridge but they seemed to do just fine. Sask is now 1-2 and Lethbridge 0-1 in the pre-season.


      REGINA COUGARS 1
      ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5

      |> [U OF A STORY] ~ [SUMMARY]



      The Evil Monkeys can be tough at home and evidently throttled the Puddy-Tats out in Edmontown. Regina is now 1-2 in the pre-season and Alberta is 2-1, having split against NHL rookie squads.


      NAIT OOKS -
      UBC THUNDERBIRDS -

      |> [UBC SITE] ~ [NAIT SITE]

      There are as yet no results from the west coast. So check the team sites at the links and the score should be at one of them. I see that NAIT has two Portage Terrier grads, Kyle Fisher and Riley Nixdorf.

    NEXT UP:
    • Sept 19 Carleton @ Manitoba
      Sept 19 Regina @ Lethbridge (at Edmontown)
      Sept 19 Saskatchewan @ Alberta
      Sept 19 NAIT @ UBC
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    September 19, 2009

    BISONS TAKE ANOTHER IN O.T.

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    CARLETON RAVENS 3
    MANITOBA BISONS 4

    |> [U OF M STORY] ~ [SUMMARY] ~ [SCORE SHEET]



    The Bisons had a big edge in shots (42-26) and made several line-up changes. Deckert and McHale split the goaltending. McHale had a shut-out. Erb, Walker, Dudar, Dittmer, and Brown were all added to the line-up. Oddly, Carleton used the same goaltender from Friday night.

    ELSEWHERE:

    • REGINA COUGARS 3
      LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 4

      |> [SUMMARY]

      A mild surprise, I guess. Hilton was in goal again for Regina.


      SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2
      ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5

      |> [U OF A STORY] ~ [SUMMARY]



      The Evil Monkeys were outshot but took their own tournament with the win. Harvey was in net again for Sask.


      NAIT OOKS 5
      UBC THUNDERBIRDS 3

      |> [UBC STORY]

      It transpires that this series is Saturday-Sunday, so there was no game last night. UBC falls victim to an ACAC team. They have quite the pre-season, playing teams from the ACAC, NCAA, and AHL.

    NEXT UP:
    • Sept 20 NAIT @ UBC

      Sept 25 Manitoba @ Brock
      Sept 25 Lethbridge @ Regina (at Saskatown)
      Sept 25 Alberta @ Saskatchewan
      Sept 25 SAIT @ Calgary

      Sept 26 Manitoba @ Brock
      Sept 26 Regina @ Saskatchewan
      Sept 26 TBA @ Alberta (at Saskatown)
      Sept 26 TBA @ Lethbridge (at Saskatown)
      Sept 26 Mount Royal @ Calgary

      Sept 30 Abbotsford Heat @ UBC
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    September 20, 2009

    OUT OF TOWN SCOREBOARD:


    NAIT OOKS 2
    UBC THUNDERBIRDS 7

    |> [UBC STORY] ~ [SUMMARY]

    UBC gained a measure of revenge and salvaged a split of this series. UBC enjoyed statistical dominance over NAIT with a 39-21 shots advantage.

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    SERIES PREVIEW AND MID-WEEK UPDATES

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    MANITOBA BISONS (2009: 13-9-6)
    BROCK BADGERS (2009: 9-14-5)


    The Bisons wrap up their pre-season non-conference schedule with a pair of games in St. Catharines against the Brock Badgers this coming weekend.

    The Bisons are 3-0 in the pre-season, but not one win is by more than a single goal. Meanwhile, Brock started on the road with a pair of shut-out losses in New Brunswick, by 4-0 and 5-0 scores. However, it must be noted that UNB are defending national champions.

    In the 2007-08 season the Badgers surprised everybody when they went on a playoff run which gained them a berth in the nationals. They won best-of-three series against the Western Ontario Urban Cowboys and the Lakehead Thunderwolves, taking the deciding game in overtime in both cases. I guess they used up too much karma, because they fell out of the playoff race in 2008-09.

    Here are some Brock links: The pre-season records (including all opposition from CIS to colleges to NHL rookies) are as follows:
    Code:
    CW team        W  L  T (teams beaten)
    Alberta        3  1  0 (Oilers, Regina, Sask)
    Manitoba       3  0  0 (Regina, Carleton, Carleton)
    Lethbridge     2  2  0 (Mt Royal, Regina)
    UBC            1  1  0 (NAIT)
    Regina         1  3  0 (Sask)
    Saskatchewan   1  3  0 (Lethbridge)
    Calgary        0  0  0
    I know it is only pre-season, but the Evil Monkeys are off to a much better start than the Banjo Dogs.

    NEXT UP:
    • Sept 25 Manitoba @ Brock
      Sept 25 Lethbridge @ Regina (at Saskatown)
      Sept 25 Alberta @ Saskatchewan
      Sept 25 SAIT @ Calgary

      Sept 26 Manitoba @ Brock
      Sept 26 Regina @ Saskatchewan
      Sept 26 Alberta @ Lethbridge (at Saskatown)
      Sept 26 Mount Royal @ Calgary

      Sept 30 Abbotsford Heat @ UBC

      NEXT BISON HOME GAMES:
      *** SEASON OPENER ***
      Oct 2nd & 3rd v Saskatchewan (7:00 pm at Max Bell Arena)
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    September 25, 2009

    BISONS CLAIM ROAD WIN

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    MANITOBA BISONS 4
    BROCK BADGERS 1

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    The Brock site had an audio webcast so I heard the ending of the game. By the sounds of it the Bisons had quite an edge in play. Neither the Ontario or the CW web sites have links to any summaries. So all we know is this:
    MHKY Pre-Season: Manitoba 4 Brock 1 at Brock University...

    Manitoba scorers: Jared Walker, Rick Wood, Greg Beller and Mike Hellyer
    with Steve Christie and Jesse Deckert in nets...

    Both teams play again on Sat., Sept. 26 at 3 pm CT

    Watch Manitoba Bisons men's hockey at Brock with live broadcast on ustream.tv (audio) for Saturday, September 26 game.

    Web Channel
    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/brock-badgers
    ELSEWHERE:

    • REGINA COUGARS 1
      LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 3



      ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 3
      SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2

      (in overtime)

      All I could get were the scores. Both games are part of the Huskie Classic in Saskatown. I guess they are reeling from their unexpected football loss to the Evil Monkeys in Edmontown.


      MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 0
      CALGARY DINOS 4


      I got a score this morning. Mount Royal College just became Mount Royal University effective this season.

    NEXT UP:
    • Sept 26 Manitoba @ Brock
      Sept 26 Regina @ Saskatchewan
      Sept 26 Alberta @ Lethbridge (at Saskatown)
      Sept 26 SAIT @ Calgary

      Sept 30 Abbotsford Heat @ UBC
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    September 26, 2009

    BISONS SWEEP TO GO 5-0 IN PRE-SEASON

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    MANITOBA BISONS 3
    BROCK BADGERS 2

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    The information on the game is sparse so read the short articles at the links. A basic summary is here:
    Code:
    Scoring Summary
    
    First Period
    3:25 Manitoba – Mike Hellyer (Jared Walker, Greg Beller) PP
    12:56 Brock – Derek Brochu (Stephen Miller)
    19:35 Manitoba – Chris Benias (Kip Workman, Stewart Thiessen)
    
    Second Period
    0:32 Manitoba – Rick Wood (Mike Hellyer, Greg Neller) PP
    18:04 Brock – Ryan Allen (George Bradley)
    
    Third Period
    No Scoring
    This gives the Bisons a clean sweep of their pre-season schedule. However, four of the five games were decided by one goal.

    Next weekend is the home opener against the Saskatchewan Huskies, who have struggled in the pre-season. However, they are the perennial #2 team in the league and recruited well in the eyes of most observers. The oddity of next weekend is that the Bisons will then head down to play at UND on Sunday. It seems that every year they play UND as a 3rd game in 3 days.

    ELSEWHERE:

    • ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5
      LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 6

      |> [U OF A LINK]


      REGINA COUGARS -
      SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES -


      The U of A site is the only source with any information as I post. The Saskatchewan telegraph office must be running slow this weekend.

      Anyhow, Lethbridge wins the weekend series with a rare win over the Evil Monkeys.So they must be happy.


      SAIT TROJANS 5
      CALGARY DINOS 1

      |> [SAIT STORY]

      SAIT also defeated Mount Royal earlier in this round-robin tournament to take the title. All three teams are from the City of Calgary. The story at the SAIT link also contains speculation regarding the CIS and CCAA (colleges) joining forces at some level.

      The odd things is that Alberta colleges have a very good league but nobody else has such a league in Western Canada. The fledgling Manitoba Colleges Athletic Association had 3 teams last year (Assiniboine, CMU, and Providence) and my guess is that most of the players in that league played elsewhere. This year they have four teams with the addition of Saint Boniface (CUSB). [MCAC SCHEDULE]

    NEXT UP:
    • Sept 30 Abbotsford Heat @ UBC *
      Oct 2 Saskatchewan @ Manitoba
      Oct 2 Regina @ Alberta
      Oct 3 Saskatchewan @ Manitoba
      Oct 3 Regina @ Alberta
      Oct 3 Calgary @ Colorado College *
      Oct 3 UBC @ Minnesota-Duluth *
      Oct 4 Manitoba @ North Dakota *
      Oct 4 Calgary @ Denver *
      Oct 4 UBC @ Minnesota *
      Oct 5 Calgary @ Air Force *

      * indicates non-conference game
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    UPDATE


    REGINA COUGARS 3
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 1

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    The courier pigeons sent to deliver results from Banjoland arrived today, bringing news that the Kittens beat the Puppies. Somewhat surprisingly, Sask ends the pre-season at only 1-5.

    The CW exhibition records look like this:

    MANITOBA (5-0)
    - beat Regina, Carleton twice, Brock twice

    LETHBRIDGE (4-2)
    - beat Mount Royal, Regina twice, Alberta
    - lost to SAIT, Saskatchewan

    ALBERTA (4-2)
    - beat Oilers Rookies, Regina, and Sask twice
    - lost to Canucks Rookies, Lethbridge

    REGINA (2-4)
    - beat Saskatchewan twice
    - lost to Manitoba, Alberta, Lethbridge twice

    SASKATCHEWAN (1-5)
    - beat Lethbridge
    - lost to Islanders Rookies, Regina twice, Alberta twice

    CALGARY (1-1)
    - beat Mount Royal
    - lost to SAIT

    UBC (1-1)
    - beat NAIT
    - lost to NAIT

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