October 11, 2013, Winnipeg (ISN) – After not scoring in the conference home opener weekend against #1 Alberta, the Manitoba Bisons men’s hockey team found the back of the net in the second period and proceeded to score four unanswered goals to earn their first win of the 2013-14 Canada West season.
Manitoba won 4-1 against #6 Saskatchewan Huskies at the newly named Wayne Fleming Arena at the Max Bell Centre on Friday, October 11. Manitoba now improves to 1-2-0 while Saskatchewan is now 1-2-0 in the young season.
The Bisons welcomed back fifth year forward and alternate captain Ian Duval as he did not play in the first weekend series and he produced a hat trick in his first conference game of 2013-14.
“He is shooting the puck!” stated Bison men’s hockey head coach Mike Sirant. “That is one of the areas that he recognized that he has to shoot more and he got rewarded tonight. A big contribution by Ian and a solid overall team win and the first game all year that we had all four forward lines together.”
The first period was a ‘feeling out’ 20 minutes as both teams had one chance each when Manitoba Jordan DePape was stopped on a in-close rebound shot by Huskies’ goalie Ryan Holfield with seven minutes gone and then Jesse Ross was in the slot and Bison netminder Joe Caligiuri blocked the quick wrister to keep it 0-0.
In the middle frame, Ross, named third star of the game, notched his third of the season when he stuffed the puck after a scramble in front of Caligiuri at 4:26. Derek Hulak and Kenton Dulle added the assists. Duval brought the hometown crowd to its feet when he rifled home a shot on a quick 2-on-1 to break the Bisons conference scoreless streak at 147:21. DePape and Taylor Dickin added assists on the play. Before the end of the period, defenceman Travis Bobbee, and second star of the game, scored on a rebound on the power play for the eventual game-winner. Saskatchewan outshot Manitoba 12-9 in the period.
The Duval show continued in the third with a goal-scorer snipe as he beat Holfield over his shoulder to the top corner and then ended his three goal night with an empty netter to complete the hat trick. This was his first-ever hat trick as a Bison in his five year career.
Duval was first star of the contest and commented after the game, “I’m usually a pass first player but if I get the chances then I will shoot the puck. The legs and lungs were not 100% but it felt good as we needed the win and now we have to be prepared for another tough battle tomorrow.”
The final shots were Manitoba 34-29 with Caligiuri making 28 saves for his first victory of the season and Holfield with 30 saves in the loss. On the power play, the Bisons were 1-4 and the Huskies were 0-3.
Both teams square off again on Saturday, October 12 at 6 p.m. CT at the Wayne Fleming Arena (with live webcast on canadawest.tv). All Canada West hockey games now have livestats, found on www.leaguestat.com/canadawest/mens/en/stats/schedule.php