CIS men's hockey Friday roundup
Photo credit McGill Sports Info
|AUS quarterfinal 1 - Game 1|
|Scott Tregunna's goal with 4:12 remaining in the
second period was all the run support Kris Westblom needed as the
Acadia Axemen hung on to a 1-0 win Friday night to take a 1-0 lead
in the best of three series against the visiting UPEI Panthers.
It was a back and forth tilt the entire 60 minutes as Darren Burns was able to get a full effort from all four offensive lines.
The game started with a dramatic UPEI goal that was immediately waved off as Westblom was interfered with on the play. Although Acadia was given a powerplay after the non-goal, they were unable to convert with the man advantage.
Previously injured forwards Spencer Jezegou and Chris Bruton hit the ground running in their returns, as both contributed to the game physically, winning key battles along the boards as the clock ran down late in the third.
Graham Bona was issued a controversial (at best) 2 minute checking-from-behind minor and a ten minute misconduct with 6:28 remaining in the final period.
The two teams are right back at it Saturday night as the Axemen look to sweep the series with a win when they visit Charlottetown.
Source: Acadia Sports Info
|OUA East quarterfinal 3 - Game 2|
|The Carleton University Ravens men's hockey team
has forced a third and deciding game in their OUA East quarterfinal
series as they defeated the University of Toronto Varsity Blues 7-3
on home ice Friday night.
The third game in the best-of-three series will take place tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at the Ice House.
Ryan Berard (Niagara Falls, Ont.) capitalized on an early two-man advantage for the Ravens as he beat Varsity Blues goalie Garrett Sheehan (Cremona, Alta.) just over a minute in for his second goal of the series.
The Ravens continued to pressure the Varsity Blues and their intensity paid off midway through the period when Joey Manley (Ottawa) scored off a rebound, giving Carleton a 2-0 lead.
With Carleton on a powerplay early in the second, Sheehan made an initial save off the Ravens' shot but lost sight of the loose puck and Manley put it away for his second of the night.
Blake Boddy (Ajax, Ont.) got Toronto on the board after he let go of a rocket from the point that beat Ravens goalie Matthew Dopud (Pointe-Claire, Que.) on the powerplay with under six minutes to play in the second.
The goal gave the Varsity Blues some life and Paul Dupont (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) made it a 3-2 game with a shorthanded marker.
But the Ravens regained their two-goal lead less than 30 seconds later when Andrew Self's (Peterborough, Ont.) shot went off a Varsity Blues player and into the back of the net.
Third-period goals by Brandon MacLean (Burlington, Ont.) and Jeff Hayes (Ottawa) put the Ravens up 6-2.
Matt Walters (Winnipeg) cut the Ravens lead in half before Manley responded seconds later with his third of the night, rounding out the scoring in the game.
Dopud made 31 saves for the win.
Source: Carleton Sports Info
|OUA East quarterfinal 4 - Game 2|
|NORTH BAY, Ont. - Despite a strong start to the
game which saw the Gaels hold two leads, a short bench and penalty
trouble ultimately caught up with Queen's as they were eliminated
from the OUA playoffs at the hands of Nipissing by a 6-3 score.
Nipissing struck first in this game as Dorian Peca of Oakville, Ont. scored the first goal roughly ten minutes into the game. The lead would not last for long though as Gaels' sniper Jordan Mirwaldt of Winnipeg evened the game 30 seconds later. Queen's would pull ahead for the first time when Jordan Soquila of Maple Ridge, B.C. scored a minute after Mirwaldt. The Lakers would tie the game before the period expired as Brogan Bailey of Lunenberg, N.B. scored with three minutes remaining in the period.
Queen's would jump ahead once again as Ben Munroe of Kingston, Ont., scored a power play goal eight minutes into the second period. That goal would be as close as the Gaels came to extending this series however, as Nipissing dominated for the remainder of the game. Andrew Marcoux of Rockwood, Ont., Dan Watt of Winnipeg, and Sam Hopewell of Almonte, Ont., all scored prior to the end of the second period, and Watt's goal would stand as the eventual game winner.
Halfway through the third period Lucas McKinley of Fredricton, N.B., would ice the game for Nipissing with the second Laker power play goal.
Steele De Fazio of Georgetown, Ont., played the duration of the game in net for the Gaels and stopped 29 of 35 shots on goal. Kelly Jackson of Toronto contributed two assists to the Gaels effort, while Colin Bergman of Calgary, Brock Ouellet of Lindsay, Ont., and Stephane Chabot of Rockland, Ont. would add the others. Chabot was later ejected from the game for hitting from behind.
The Gaels are now eliminated from the OUA playoffs after losing two consecutive games in the three game series. Queen's fell in the series opener by a 7-0 score.
Source: Queen's Sports Info
|OUA West quarterfinal 8 - Game 2|
|ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - The Brock University men's
hockey (13-9-6 OUA West) evened their best of three OUA
quarter-final series 1-1 as they defeated the Guelph Gryphons by
the score of 4-3 at the Seymour-Hannah Centre Friday night. Brock
opened the scoring 9:10 into the opening period on the powerplay as
senior Steve Mullin (Guelph, Ont.) setup Matt Abercrombie (Sarnia,
Ont.) who beat Gryphons goaltender Andrew Loverock for his first of
Guelph would tie the game 6:26 into the second period as Andrew Merret slid a shot past Kurt Jory (Brandon, Man.) for the shorthanded marker.
Just over a minute later, Brock would regain their one goal lead, as senior Ryan Allen (Fort McMurray, Alta.) slid a two-on-one pass across to Abercrombie who buried a wrist shot over the glove of Loverock.
Before the end of the second period, freshman Jake LaPlante (Mississauga, Ont.) blasted a slapshot from the high point over the shoulder of Loverock for the 3-1 lead.
Midway through the third period, Guelph would cut the lead to one as Justin Gvora beat Jory on the wraparound. Just 17 seconds later, the Gryphons tied the game 3-3 with a one-timer from Cale Jefferies which beat Jory five-hole.
With a 1:46 left in regulation, Brock freshman Kaine Geldart (Kingston, Ont.) would find freshman Jordan Gignac (Hamilton, Ont.) on the corner of the crease who slid it past Loverock for the game winner and his third of the postseason.
Jory recorded 24 saves for his first postseason victory of his career while Loverock added 19 saves in the loss.
The third an deciding game of this best 2-of-3 series will be at Guelph on Sunday, February 20th at 7:30 pm.
Source: Brock Sports Info
|OUA East quarterfinal 1 - Game 2|
First period penalty trouble cost the Gee-Gees men’s hockey team any hope of forcing a third game in the OUA East quarter final Friday night as they dug themselves into a deep six-goal hole against the McGill Redmen, who bounced the uOttawa from the postseason in a 10-5 win.
As tensions were already high, a series of small fights found two Gee-Gees occupying the penalty box for most of the first period. McGill capitalized on the Gee-Gees unruly play, scoring six unanswered goals in the first period alone.
“It was a real unfortunate start,” said head coach Dave Leger, “There were too many breakdowns at critical times.”
The second period saw the Gee-Gees bounce back and pick up some momentum. Third-year defensemen Scott Ashton, Ottawa, Ont., opened scoring in the second for uOttawa, getting the puck past third-year McGill goalie Hubert Morin to put the score at 7-1. From that point on, the Gee-Gees played a defensively and offensively sound game, outshooting the Redmen 10-9 in the second and 12-6 in the third.
“I think the school should be proud,” added Leger, “but I’m proud of how our guys battled right to the end.”
First-year forward Kyle Ireland, Rosetown, Sask., also made his mark in the game, scoring a hat-trick with two goals coming on the power play. Ireland was also named the game’s third star.
“It’s bittersweet,” said Ireland, “We fell into that hole really early and we battled back with a lot of heart. I think that’s the most important thing.”
This concludes the 2010-2011 season for the Gee-Gees. Look for a season wrap-up on www.geegees.ca in the coming days.
Source: Ottawa Sports Info
|OUA West quarterfinal 5 - Game 2|
|The Lakehead Thunderwolves season was abruptly
ended by the Waterloo Warriors Friday night in Thunder Bay, ON in
game two of the west division quarterfinals by the score of 3-0.
Both teams came out a little timid early-on, not wanting to make any mistakes. Lakehead seemed intent on playing physical, especially Andy Hyvarinen and Brock McPherson, who both delivered some jarring hits early on. McPherson was all over the ice in the first, ripping a shot off the post towards the end of the period.
Waterloo's Josh Schappert scored just 31 seconds into the second period, deflating the Thunderwolves and killing their first period momentum. Lakehead goaltender Alex Dupuis was strong, and made some big saves including one on a partial breakaway to keep Lakehead in the game.
The third period saw a flurry of action, with Lakehead dominating the Warriors. But the Wolves were unable to solve Waterloo goalie Keaton Hartigan, who was great all night, especially in the final minutes of the game. Waterloo captain Chris Ray high on the short side of Dupuis at 17:37 of the third to seal the game. Waterloo then added an empty-netter with barely any time on the clock.
This was the first time in ten years that Lakehead has been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs
Source: Lakehead Sports Info
|Laurier||2||UOIT||1||Final - SO||Boxscore|
|OUA West quarterfinal 7 - Game 2|
|OSHAWA, Ont. – Matthew Reid scored at the
2:19 mark of the second overtime period to lead the Laurier Golden
Hawks to a 2-1 victory over the UOIT Ridgebacks in OUA men's hockey
action, forcing a game three in their opening round play off
The third and deciding game will take place on Sunday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Waterloo, Ont.
Game two was a mirror image of the opening game one night earlier, as both teams played a gritty game with excellent goaltending stealing the show.
After fighting off a Laurier power play early in the second, Scott Baker (Mactier, Ont.) would find Jeremy Whelan (Pickering, Ont.) coming out of the box with a home run pass to send the third year forward in on a breakaway. Whelan would make no mistake as the buried a backhand past Laurier goalie Ryan Daniels to put the Ridgebacks ahead 1-0.
This was the second time in as many nights in which Whelan would score the game's opening goal.
Laurier would bounce back with a goal of their own midway through the second period, as Zack Wollford scored his second goal of the series, leveling the score at 1-0.
In the third frame, Jason Guy (Whitby, Ont.) and Daniels combined to make 18 saves, shutting down both offences and forcing the game into overtime for the second straight night.
In the first overtime period, both teams had good scoring opportunities with five shots apiece, but the goaltenders would stand strong and not allow a goal to force another overtime period.
The Ridgebacks opened up double OT with three shots in the opening minutes, but were unable to net the series clincher. Minutes later, Laurier's Garrett Sinfield was able to beat the UOIT defence to the loose puck, as he sent in Reid all alone who beat Guy through the five-hole to score the game winner and send the series back to Waterloo.
Guy made 37 saves for UOIT, allowing just the two goals in the game. Jeff Daniels was just as impressive as he stopped 42 of 43 Ridgeback shots to pick up the win. Daniels and Guy have posted a goals against average of 1.25 in the playoffs, tied for the second best average in the OUA.
Both power plays were shutout on Friday night as Laurier went 0-for-3 and UOIT went 0-for-4.
The 2-1 double overtime decision was the longest game in UOIT men's hockey program history going over 72 minutes.
Source: UOIT Sports Info
|OUA West quarterfinal 6 - Game 2|
|The Lancer men's hockey team ended their 2010-11
season with a 4-2 loss to the No. 6 Western Mustangs on Friday
night at Windsor Arena.
With the loss the Lancers went 0-2 over two nights and lost the best of three series to end their season.
The Blue & Gold struggled to find their footing in the first period, giving up 3-0 goals to the Mustangs in the opening twenty minutes.
Head coach Kevin Hamlin's intermission talk had a positive effect on the Lancers as came out strong and focused. Down a man only a few minutes into the period, the Lancers did not let that stop them as they scored their first goal of the game on the short hand.
Tom Craig scored his first goal of the post season after accepting from Brett Vandehogen to put hte past behind Western's Josh Unice to bring Windsor within two.
Heading into the third, Windsor was still down a pair of goals and despite a tremendous effort and a number of scoring chances, the puck did not bounce in the Lancers favour, keeping the team down by two. Windsor out-shot the Mustangs 14-5 in the final frame.
After a Windsor time-out with less than two minute remaining, the home team pulled goaltender Jim Watt in favour of the extra man.
The strategy worked as captain Kyle Lang scored his first of the playoffs with less than a minute remaining to put the Lancers within one.
The Lancers kept Watt on the bench in favour of the extra man with eyes on the tying goal. Unfortunately off the ensuing face-off, Western squeaked one past the Lancer defence into the empty net.
Source: Windsor Sports Info
|CALGARY – Led by a first period goal and
assist from Walker Wintoneak, the no.8 Calgary Dinos took care of
business at Max Bell Arena in Calgary, beating the Regina Cougars
by a score of 2-0.
Aaron Richards had two assists as well to help the Dinos, who received a 19 save shutout effort from Kris Lazaruk. Regina goaltender A.J. Whiffen had 29 saves in a very nice game despite the loss.
Calgary's victory was made all the more important after hearing Friday's result between Lethbridge and Saskatchewan, where the Pronghorns beat the Huskies by a score of 5-3. This puts Calgary in a tie for second place at 32 points with Saskatchewan with just three games to go for each squad. Alberta beat Manitoba 4-3 in the shootout in the other Friday game, shortening the distance between Manitoba and Lethbridge for fourth place.
The first period was all Dinos, as they jumped out to a one goal lead early in the game on a Jerrid Sauer blast from the point with Regina's Cody Thoring in the box for holding. Calgary would add to their lead a little later on in the period with a re-direct by the rookie Wintoneak in front of Whiffen.
Aaron Richards assisted on both first period goals, bringing his season point total to eight. The Dinos led 11-5 in shots in the period, with Regina only receiving one realistic chance shortly after the Dinos' first goal, where the puck sat untouched in Calgary's crease before being swept away.
Regina would come back stronger in the second period, generating two terrific chances in the later stages, which Lazaruk would deny in dramatic fashion. Using a poke-check on a shorthanded breakaway by Lucas Isley, Lazaruk snapped the puck into the air and then into his glove which stopped the play. Shortly thereafter the rookie netminder would stack the pads to deny Adam MacPherson an open look on the right side of the net to once again keep the Cougars off of the scoresheet.
Brock Nixon hit a post in the second period for Calgary after beating Whiffen, while Reid Jorgensen and Cory Pritz couldn't finish a 2 on 1 opportunity to help pad the Dinos' lead. The Dinos took three penalties in the second period, which seemed to boost the spirits of the Cougars.
Neither team would generate much of anything in the third period, where Regina would get only four shots in total. The Cougars couldn't get a shot on goal during the only power play of the final stanza, which was a six on four opportunity in the last minute and a half with Whiffen on the bench.
Head coach Mark Howell was pleased with the victory, but knows that they must play more disciplined.
"I thought we were fairly sloppy defensively tonight, and we need to have better control of the puck," said Howell. "But those are games we have to win, and we found a way to do it."
"Two points is two points, and at this time of year we'll take them however we can get them."
Calgary and Regina will play the weekend rematch tomorrow night, with the game once again going at Max Bell Arena at 7 p.m. MT.
Source: Calgary Sports Info
|Manitoba||3||Alberta||4||Final - SO||Boxscore|
|Derek Ryan and Chad Klassen combined for four
points to lead the No.4 ranked University of Alberta Golden Bears'
hockey team to a 4-3 shootout win over the Manitoba Bisons, Friday
night at Clare Drake Arena in Edmonton.
The two former Spokane Chief teammates have now banked 12 points combined in their last five games, and they co-lead Canada West in scoring with 44 points each, after Ryan notched a goal and assist against Manitoba, while Klassen added a pair of helpers. Ryan's goal, his 16th on the season, ties a career single-season high, and he has already set a new personal standard for most points in a regular season. Klassen, on the other hand, is three points shy of setting a new single-season high for himself, which he set last year when he was named the conference MVP and league leader in points with 46. With two assists tonight, the Warman, SK native earned a new personal best in single-season assists with 30.
Team captain Eric Hunter also scored for Alberta, as did sophomore Sean Ringrose, and freshman goalie Kurtis Mucha made 32 saves for his 11th win of the year.
Jeremy Schappert, formerly of the Seattle Thunderbirds, scored on the power-play for Manitoba, while Jared Walker and captain Mike Hellyer scored in the third period to send the game into extra time.
Bisons' goalie Steve Christie, the 2010 CIS goalie of the year, made 33 saves in the loss.
Schappert, who hails from Winnipeg, opened the scoring by blowing a shot past Mucha at 8:50 of the first period, while Alberta defenceman Jesse Craige was in the box for goaltender interference.
Manitoba took it to the Golden Bears in the opening period, outshooting them 16-6, and spending a majority of their time skating through the Alberta zone. The Golden Bears, winners of two straight now, and four of their last five, were on their heels through the opening 20 minutes, but escaped only one goal down.
They rebounded nicely in the second period, outshooting Manitoba 15-7, and scoring twice as Hunter picked up his 10th goal of the season, and 23 point, at 11:34, just five seconds after a power-play opportunity expired. That was followed by Ringrose's 12th on the season, and Alberta skated into the second intermission up by one.
Early in the third, Alberta expanded their lead to 3-1 thanks to Ryan's snipe, and seemed assured the easy victory.
But, two quick goals by the Bisons, Walker snapping a wrist-shot top corner, glove side on Mucha on a two-on-one at 5:59, and Hellyer scoring at 7:14, meant the two teams would have to settle their differences in extra time.
Both teams had chances in overtime, including a howitzer by Klassen that found the side of the net, but neither team could score.
In the shootout, Manitoba's Greg Beller shot first, but lost control of the puck and never got an attempt off. Hunter cashed in as Alberta's first shooter, going forehand-backhand on Christie and sliding the puck into the empty cage. Mucha made a nice glove save on Tyler Dittmer to preserve the lead, and Christie followed suit, stopping Ryan's five-hole attempt. However, with the result on the line, Bison leading scorer Blair Macaulay tried to go high, glove side on Mucha, but missed the net, ending the contest in favour of Alberta.
With the win, the Bears remain in top spot in Canada West with 37 points, five up on the second place Saskatchewan Huskies and Calgary Dinos. Manitoba continues to sit in fourth place; the playoff cut line, with 29 points.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday night in Clare Drake Arena, with a start time of 7:30 pm. Prior to the game Alberta will honour their fifth-year players, Klassen and defenceman Derek Price, who are making their final regular season appearances at Clare Drake Arena. Klassen has earned 152 career Canada West points as a Golden Bear, good enough for 15th place all-time in team history.
Source: Alberta Sports Info