Conference showdown for first-place heads to Saskatoon

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First-place in Canada West will be on the line this Friday in Saskatoon, as the Calgary Dinos (2-0, No. 2 in CIS top 10) travel to Griffiths Stadium to take on the Saskatchewan Huskies (2-0, No.10).

Both teams enter Week 3 of the conference regular season after convincing wins a week ago. Calgary’s 35-8 win over the defending Hardy Cup champion UBC Thunderbirds (1-1) put to rest any early season questions as to who the top team in the conference is, as the host Dinos pulled away from the T-Birds in front of more than 7,500 at McMahon Stadium in the Stampede City.

Meanwhile Saskatchewan, who pulled into the CIS top 10 this week, comes into the contest after a solid 29-17 win over Alberta (0-2) on the road. The Huskies took the lead midway through the second quarter and never looked back.

The meeting between the Huskies and Dinos is the first since Calgary’s 37-29 win in last year’s Hardy Cup semifinal. Calgary went a combined 2-0 against Saskatchewan a year ago, as the Dinos also won the only regular season meeting between the two programs (59-19 CGY – Oct. 3, 2015). The game can be seen live on local Shaw TV, Shaw Direct 299, Shaw HD where available, and Access Communications’ channel 7/70, along with Canadawest.tv.

On the opposite end of the standing spectrum is another Friday night contest, as the Manitoba Bisons (0-2) host the Bears. Both teams enter the night looking for their first wins of the season. Despite it only being Week 3, a loss for either side would be a significant setback for their playoff hopes.

Rounding out Week 3 action is an intriguing matchup between the Regina Rams (1-1) and UBC Thunderbirds (1-1). Regina is coming off the program’s first win of the season, which snapped a nine-game regular season losing streak, while UBC looks to rebound after their letdown in Calgary. In terms of storylines, keep your eyes on Regina’s aerial attack led by Noah Picton.

The Rams pivot tossed for 499 yards last week in a 41-38 win over Manitoba. The T-Birds have averaged 252 YPG against through the air this season and will look to keep Picton south of the 300-yard plateau.

CANADA WEST STANDINGS

W-L PF PA PTS.

1. CGY 2-0 58 22 4

2. SSK 2-0 70 56 4

3. REG 1-1 80 79 2

4. UBC 1-1 47 59 2

5. MAN 0-2 52 64 0

6. ALB 0-2 41 68 0

 

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