CIS men’s hockey Sunday roundup: Late goal by Alberta’s Foster sinks Dinos


Jan 04, 2015

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Source: Reynold Beniza, Manitoba Sports Info

WINNINPEG – The Manitoba Bisons (9-11-0) men’s hockey team fell to the visiting UBC Thunderbirds (8-9-3) on Sunday, January 4 in Wayne Fleming Arena with a final score of 8-6 after taking their first game 3-1.

“It’s disappointing to not get any points out of tonight,” said Bisons Head Coach Mike Sirant.

“At times we played very well to our identity, but a lot of times we didn’t. If we’re supposed to be a team that’s hard to play against defensively, we can’t expect to win if we’re giving up 43 shots on goal.”

Aaron Lewadniuk led Manitoba with one goal and two assists for a three-point afternoon, while Chad Robinson had a two-goal game and Shaquille Merasty and Justin Augert each had two assists on the afternoon.

Cole Wilson had a hat-trick on the afternoon for the visiting Thunderbirds, and UBC’s Manraj Hayer had three points, while Anthony Bardaro and Greg Fraser each had two points. UBC outshot Manitoba 43-29 after three periods of play, and scored on their only powerplay opportunity.

UBC controlled the puck for most of the first period and were rewarded with an early goal after Jessi Hilton found the back of the net with a shot through traffic off a pass from Dillon Wagner at the 2:52 mark of the first period.

Manitoba looked to even things up on the powerplay, but UBC did an excellent job of killing the penalty. After the Bisons powerplay was over, Thunderbirds forward Joe Antilla jumped out of the box and used his fresh legs to cut through the Manitoba defense and buried another goal to extend the UBC’s lead to 2-0 with help from Fraser and Ben Schmidt at 9:34 in the first.

The Thunderbirds added another goal on the powerplay after Bardaro found a streaking Hayer in front of the net at the 14:34 mark. Manitoba finally got on the board late in the first frame after Brett Dudar finished off a juicy rebound with help from Jory Coates and Augert at 16:52 in the first, but UBC quickly answered with an unassisted breakaway goal from Wilson at 17:17.

Manitoba scored again in the final minute of the first period to cut the deficit to 4-2 after a goal from Darren Bestland with assists from Augert and Dudar at the 19:37 mark of the first period. After 20 minutes, the Thunderbirds outshot the Bisons 14-7.

The Bisons started the second period with freshman Byron Spriggs between the pipes after Deven Dubyk let in four goals off 14 shots. Manitoba cut the lead to 4-3 early in the second after Robinson buried a shot top corner against a sprawling Matt Hewitt with help from Lewadniuk and Merasty.

The Bisons tied the game at 6:57 in the second after Lewadniuk shook off a defender buried one on his backhand with an assist from Josh Elmes. Robinson scored his second of the night to give the Bisons their first lead of the night at 9:59 in the second with help from Lewadniuk and Merasty. After letting in his fifth goal of the afternoon, UBC pulled Hewitt to put in their own freshman goaltender, Eric Williams.

Manitoba’s lead was short-lived as Nate Fleming put a puck past the freshman Spriggs off a Luke Lockhart assist. The score remained tied for the rest of the second period, but the Thunderbirds still outshot the Bisons 30-15 after 40 minutes of play.

Both teams came out of the gate flying in the final frame eager to break the tie. Manitoba’s Dudar had a chance to take the lead for Manitoba after a bouncing pass gave him a breakaway, but his shot rang off the top right post.

UBC retook the lead off an unassisted goal by Wilson, who had a free run at the net for his second goal of the afternoon after Manitoba was caught out of position, but Manitoba tied the game again on their first powerplay goal of the night. Jordan DePape put one past Williams with help from Channing Bresciani and Brock Sutherland to tie the game at six goals apiece.

The Bisons defense was caught out of position again and Wilson made them pay to complete the hat-trick off passes from Bardaro and Hayer to retake a one-goal lead at the 14:14 mark of the final frame. Greg Fraser tacked on an empty net goal for UBC to make the final score 8-6 for the visiting Thunderbirds.

“On a positive side, we scored some goals. We showed a lot of resiliency coming back from a 4-1 deficit,” said Sirant. “But at the same time, we can’t be putting ourselves in that position.”

With the loss, the Bisons drop to 9-11-0 on the season, and will host Lethbridge at 7 PM on Friday, January 9 in Wayne Fleming Arena.

With the win, the Thunderbirds improve to 8-9-3 on the season and will travel to Calgary to face off against the Mount Royal Cougars at 6 PM on Friday, January 9.

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Regina 2 Mount Royal 3 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: Mount Royal Sports Info

Calgary — Entering the day tied for second in Canada West, the Mount Royal University Cougars picked up a huge 3-2 home victory over the Regina Cougars. The win moves Mount Royal two points clear of the U of C Dinos before the Dinos’ game tonight.

Just 38 seconds into the first period, Regina captain Liam Brennan fired a laser from the right circle that beat MRU goalie Cam Lanigan blocker side to give the Saskatchewan team an early 1-0 lead. About seven minutes later, Tyler Jewitt took a pass in the slot, outwaited Regina’s tender Lucas Gore and wrapped the puck around behind the net for his second goal in as many nights. In the last 20 seconds of the frame, Lanigan had to sprawl out and stop several chances a the mouth of the goal. His big saves resulted in a rush for Mount Royal, and Jewitt fed a nice pass across the Mackenzie Johnston, who tried to tip it by Gore with no avail.

Starting the second period on the penalty kill, Mount Royal found themselves in more trouble as they would pick up three-straight penalties and find themselves facing back-to-back five-on-threes. Regina finally cracked the CIS’s best penalty kill as defenceman Mark Schneider fired a one-timer through the five hole of Lanigan. Mount Royal answered back short-handed as Zack Henry recorded his first CIS goal off the rebound of Johnston’s shot. Midway through the second, MRU’s second line struck again with Sebastian Pare scoring off assists from Cody Cartier and Tyler Fiddler.

Despite four powerplays in the third, Mount Royal could not solve Gore. The Regina netminder stopped everything thrown his way and his team blocked numerous shots. In a one goal game, Regina again had to pull their goalie, but they could not get anything past Lanigan in the final period. Some key saves and blocks gave the Cougars a weekend sweep.

Jewitt, Cartier and Johnston had three points each across the two weekend games. MRU’s powerplay finished 0-6, while Regina went 1-6.

MRU is now 14-6 on the year and 7-1 at home, while Regina falls to 6-13-1. Next weekend, Mount Royal hosts the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds for a two-game set.

Lethbridge 5 Saskatchewan 2 Final Box Score| Recap

Source: Saskatchewan Sports Info

University of Lethbridge’s Brandon Clowes tallied a hat trick to lead the visiting Pronghorns 5-1 over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Sunday night in Saskatoon’s Rutherford Rink.

Clowes scored at 16:20 in the first, at 4:18 in the second and 2:32 in the third in the three-goal performance.

With the weekend split, Lethbridge improves to 4-16-0 on the season. Saskatchewan drops to 9-10-1. A night earlier, the Huskies won 5-3. It was the first series of the second half of the Canada West men’s hockey season for both teams.

A turnover in the Huskie zone put Artsiom Kalashnikov alone in front of the net. His quick shot beat Saskatchewan netminder Jordon Cooke five-hole at 5:32 to give the ‘Horns a 1-0 lead. Clowes scored his first of the game five-hole at 16:20.

Lethbridge added a third goal on a power play at 4:18 in the second period when Clowes’ second goal of the game beat Cooke glove slide on the cross-ice pass on the power play.

Jesse Ross cut the ‘Horns lead to two on a quick rush into the Lethbridge zone in the second frame. The cross-ice pass from Josh Roach on the power play landed in the back of the net past Warren Shymko at 6:58.

Clowes restored the three-goal lead at 2:33 into the third period on a partial breakaway. Cass Mappin scored just 58 seconds later when he snatched his own rebound at 3:31.

Saskatchewan’s Craig McCallum started a bid for a comeback with a power play goal at 12:54 but the Huskies couldn’t find the net again.

Shymko made 39 saves in the win for Lethbridge, while Cooke stopped 25 at the other end of the ice for the Huskies.

The Huskies remain at home to host the No. 4 ranked University of Calgary Dinos next weekend, while Lethbridge travels to Winnipeg to meet the University of Manitoba Bisons.

Alberta 5 Calgary 3 Final Box Score| Recap

Source: Calgary Sports Info

CALGARY – After racing out to a two-goal lead in the first period, the No. 4 University of Calgary Dinos were unable to hold on against the top-ranked University of Alberta Golden Bears, falling 5-3 on Sunday evening at Father David Bauer Arena.

Looking to rebound after a 6-1 loss a night ago in Edmonton, Calgary played a game deserving of a victory but was met by an Alberta team that worked its way back into the match with a strong power play and timely scoring in the third period.

“Everyone was embarrassed last night and the guys came out today and got two in the first. We usually have a good first and a poor second, but I thought we had a good second period, we just made a couple of mistakes and they had timely scoring,” commented Calgary head coach Mark Howell. “We have lost three in a row now, it is a huge wakeup call that we are in a dog fight for second place.”

The win lifts the Golden Bears to 17-3-0 as they remain six points ahead of second place. The Dinos, now with a 13-7-0 mark, give up second place and slip into the third behind the Mount Royal Cougars.

During a power play 2:06 into the game, the Dinos converted to take an early lead. Davis Vandane sent the puck towards the net where Dylan Walchuk managed to get the puck across to Chris Collins. The Calgary native quickly sent a shot past Lucas Siemens for his eighth goal of the season.

In a game ridden with neutral zone play and a lack of quality scoring chances, neither team could convert again until the final minute of the first. An Alberta turnover led to an odd man rush by Collins and Walchuk. With the puck at the right side, Walchuk waited patiently before feeding Collins for his second of the period.

“I thought Walchuk skated really well in the practices after Christmas and was one of our standout players on Saturday. Tonight he was really good and has turned the corner and is taking it to another level,” noted Howell.

A pair of power play goals in the middle frame allowed the Golden Bears to tie the game. Jordan Rowley got the visitors on the board when his hard shot went off Kris Lazaruk and in for his third of the year at 8:07. At 17:06, the conference’s top scorer Jordan Hickmott tied the game with assists going to T.J. Foster and Brett Ferguson.

A two-on-one by the Golden Bears resulted in their first lead of the game in the third. With the puck, Foster was completely covered by a Dino defender but skillfully got the puck across to Levko Koper who made no mistake netting his sixth of the season. The lead did not last long, though, as Adam Kambeitz responded with a wicked shot less than a minute later, fooling Luke Siemens for his fifth of the campaign to tie it up at 3-3.

With less than six minutes left in the game, Alberta regained the lead on an unusual goal. Taking the puck from Koper behind the net, Foster’s shot from the side of the net somehow sneaked through a hole on Lazaruk – one that did not seem to exist – to light the lamp. The goal was Foster’s 14th of the season.

In the final minutes, the Dinos struggled to generate chances in the offensive zone as the Golden Bears shut the game down. After a timeout and a faceoff in the attacking end, Calgary could not keep the puck in, allowing Hickmott to skate in alone and fire the puck into the empty net to round out the scoring.

Alberta outshot Calgary 25-23. The Dinos went 1-for-4 on the power play, while the Golden Bears went 2-for-3.

Next weekend, the Dinos travel to Saskatoon for a pair of games against the Saskatchewan Huskies from Jan. 9-10. The Golden Bears will host a pair of games from Jan. 9-10 when they take on the Regina Cougars.

Scott Harrigan
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