January 6, 2012
CIS men's hockey Friday roundup: Axemen start 2012 off with win over No. 6 Moncton
Photo credit Acadia Athletics
||No. 1 UNB
FREDERICTON – Friday night the top-ranked University of
New Brunswick men's hockey team got off to a good start to the
second half of the AUS season with a 5-2 win over StFX in front of
2376 fans at the Aitken University Centre, sparked by two goals by
first-year forward Thomas Nesbitt.
The first period got off to a bit of a tentative start, as the two
bitter playoff foes looked for an advantage. The Varsity Reds
scored their first goal of 2012 at 4:56 when Thomas Nesbitt
(Ottawa, ON) took advantage of a turnover in the neutral zone to
fly down the left side of the ice and snap a shot from the top of
the circle that beat Joey Perricone (San Juan Capistrano, CA) high
on the short side and sent his water bottle flying through the air.
Shayne Wiebe (Brandon, MB), playing in his first game as a V-Red,
appeared to score at 11:41 on a lacrosse-style tip-in off the shaft
of his stick, but the goal was waved off as Wiebe's stick was ruled
to be too high. The fans didn't agree. There were no more goals in
the close checking first period that saw UNB edge StFX 10-9 in
shots on goal. The X-Men's best scoring chance came three-quarters
through the period when Dan LaCosta (Labrador City, NL) stopped
StFX captain Murdoch MacLellan (Mabou, NS) on a
Early in the second period Dion Campbell had a breakaway from
centre ice, but he couldn't beat Perricone's glove. A few minutes
later Jason Bast (Reginsa, SK) forced LaCosta to make a big save
just after the X-Men killed off a checking from behind penalty to
Derek Claffey (Red Deer, AB). At 7:14 X d-man Gabriel O'Conner
(Beloeil, QC) rang a heavy shot off the post. A couple of minutes
later Campbell had another breakaway, this time shorthanded, but
again he was stopped by Perricone's glove.
Midway through the period UNB was the beneficiary of a quick
whistle when the puck trickled through LaCosta's squeezed pads but
a goal was waved off by referee Thayer Doyle. After the game,
StFX head coach Brad Peddle was not happy with the decision on the
play. “You want to watch the video, it was in. Everybody in
the rink knew it was in. In a game like this that is a pivotal
call.” After dodging that bullet, UNB extended their lead at
16:15 when, after losing an edge in the V-Reds zone, defenceman
Josh Kidd (Sundridge, ON) from his knees passed the puck to Antoine
Houde-Caron (Trois-Rivières, QC) in the neutral zone, who
then quickly got the puck to Nesbitt who in turn beat Perricone
with another top shelf shot for his second goal of the game. Shots
in the second period favoured StFX 8-6.
After killing off a penalty to start the third period, UNB extended
their lead to 3-0 at 3:33 when Tyler Carroll (Strathroy, ON) was at
the bottom of the faceoff circle to redirect a slap-pass from
Bretton Stamler (Edmonton, AB). Around 7:30 UNB's Daine Todd
(Stettler, AB) was rocked by a high hit from Marco Desveaux
(Cheticamp, NS), but there was no penalty on the play. There were
penalties a few minutes later however, when after d-man Harty had a
good scoring chance driving the net he got into a spirited tussle
with X's Bryce Swan (Alder point, NS). Both earned slashing
penalties and Harty got an extra minor for roughing after the
whistle. The X-men took advantage of the power play to get on
the board when Brett Morrison (Sydney, NS) was all alone at the
side of the net for an easy tap-in off a rebound at 9:45.
Less than a minute later UNB got that goal back when Perricone
made an initial save off new V-Red Geordie Wudrick (Abbotsford,
BC), and then an acrobatic move to twist and knock away the
bouncing rebound, only to have the puck go right out to Houde-Caron
at the edge of the blue paint for a relatively easy goal. Seconds
later UNB took another penalty and the X-Men cashed in again. This
was to be a controversial goal, as the V-Reds players on the ice,
their bench and the home fans argued that Jarrad Struthters (Glace
Bay, NS) had kicked in the puck at 11:01, but the goal stood.
It didn't take UNB long to get that goal back either, as Todd
scored at 12:55 on a great second effort mere seconds after the
V-Reds killed off yet another penalty. The rest of the period saw
the home side forced to kill off another penalty but really not
allow the X-Men to get back in the game. Shots were 12-8 for UNB in
the period, with six of the StFX shots coming on their four power
plays. Overall the V-Reds outshot X-Men 28-25 in the game. StFX was
2-for-7 with the man advantage while UNB was 0-for-3 on the power
On his two snapshot goals in the game, first star Thomas Nesbitt
said, “A lot of nights I'm just trying to get shots on net
and sometimes they go in and sometimes they don't. I think I
was just trying to get it off as quick as possible. I wasn't
wasting any time and I might have got lucky and caught the goalie
off guard.” When asked about his team's first win of the
half, Nesbitt replied, “Overall I think we're happy, but we
know we can play better.”
First place UNB will host the Saint Mary's Huskies Saturday night
while StFX will travel to Charlottetown to play UPEI.
Game Notes: Three stars – 1. Thomas Nesbitt 2. Antoine
Houde-Caron 3. Bretton Stamler. Geordie Wudrick and Shyane Wiebe
each had an assist in their first game for the V-Reds. UNB
netminder Travis Fullerton is out of the line-up with a minor
injury and Matt Davis was on the bench as backup. StFX was missing
defenceman Mark Louis, serving the first game of a three-game
suspension for a contact to the head major and match penalty for a
hit on SMU's Stephen Johnston back on November 30. UNB captain Kyle
Bailey was not dressed as he had to serve an automatic one-game
suspension for a contact to the head major when he retaliated after
being checked from behind into the boards by Ottawa's Matt White in
an exhibition game on New Year's Eve.
Source: UNB Sports Info
|No. 6 Moncton
WOLFVILLE, NS - Two goals each by veteran forward Jonathan
Laberge and second year forward Andrew Clarke catapulted the Hockey
Axemen to a 5-2 win over the CIS #6 ranked Moncton Aigles Bleus.
Both teams have met three times this season with the Axemen gaining
a 2-1 edge after their win tonight and their season opening 9-2
victory in mid-October.
Scoreless in the first period, with the Axemen posted a 12 to 7
shots on net advantage, however, things opened up in the second
period with rookie forward Alex Beaton taking advantage of a loose
puck in the blue paint, shoveling in his seventh goal of the
Pressuring the Aigles Blues back onto their heels, Moncton's
goalie Pierre-Alexandre Marion stole several opportunities away
from the Axemen during the midpoint of the second period. Acadia
eventually drew a penalty shot during a Moncton power play, which
saw Axemen sophomore defenseman Michael Ward taking his chances
against the confident Marion. Ward was stone-walled by Marion, and
the Aigles Blues would later capitalize on the same power play at
7:51 on Mathieu Labrie's first goal of the season.
Tied at one, the Axemen quickly responded with a goal coming
from veteran centerman Jonathan Laberge. Laberge potted his third
goal of the season coming from a nice pass from teammate Spencer
Jezegou. Several minutes later, Acadia's leading goal scorer Andrew
Clark scored his 11th goal of the season, extending Acadia’s
lead to 3. Moncton, however, would capitalize on another power play
chance near the end of the period, cutting the Axemen’s
two-goal lead to one on a Simon Lacroix goal.
Near the end of the second period, tempers flared after second
year defenseman Cullen Morin took a hard hit against the boards
from Moncton Christopher Guay, creating a scrum break out between
the players on the ice. Several game misconducts were handed to
both teams and Acadia would come out with a two minute power play,
with Moncton’s Guay getting tagged for boarding.
The third period would play out in Acadia’s favour with
goals coming once again from Clark and Laberge. Clark scored his
second of the night at the 13 minute mark after taking advantage of
a Moncton blunder that saw him throwing the puck into an empty net,
while Laberge scored his second of the night on the power play in
the closing minutes of the game.
Acadia out-shot the Aigles Bleus 35-21 as Axeman netminder Evan
Mosher posted his eighth win of the season and sits in third place
in the AUS goaltending ranks with a 2.80 goals against average.
The third star of the game was awarded to newcomer Chris Moulson
who offered an assist on each of Laberge's goals. Laberge would
take the first star of the game after playing confidently against
the CIS #6 ranked Aigles Blues. Andrew Clark leads the AUS in
scoring with 27 points that include 11 goals and 16 assists.
Acadia will play their second game of 2012 tomorrow night as
they host the 3-10-2 St. Thomas Tommies at 7pm. The struggling
Tommies are coming off of a 1-0 loss against Dalhousie, while
Moncton heads to Halifax to take on the Dalhousie Tigers
Game notes: Axemen rookie forward Nicolas Choinard took a hard
hit in the Moncton zone, resulting in a concussion and will miss an
undetermined amount of games. Chris Moulson posted two assists in
his first game with the Axemen after leaving Cornell University
Source: Acadia Sports Info
|No. 8 Saint
||Final - OT
KINGSTON, Ont.- Kirk Sullivan scored all of his team's goals,
completing a hat-trick with the game-winning marker just 10 seconds
into overtime, as the RMC Paladins surprised the Ryerson Rams with
a 3-2 victory on Friday evening.
Frank Carbonaro (Edmonton) tallied his first goal of the season
in the opening period to give the Rams an early lead.
However, RMC would answer just over a minute later on the
power-play with Sullivan's first of the contest.
Thornhill, Ont. native Greg Payne's team-leading ninth of the
season temporarily restored the Rams lead in the middle frame,
however Sullivan would find the goal on the power-play late in the
second to tie the game.
The Rams went 0-for-4 on the power-play, while the Paladins were
2-for-6. Ryerson outshot RMC 41-25 on the night, including 22-8 in
the second period. Troy Passingham stopped 22 shots in goal for
Ryerson, while Matt Beirnes saved 39 shots for RMC.
Ryerson will look to re-group against the East division leading
McGill Redmen on Saturday evening in Montreal. Puck-drop is
set for 7:00 p.m.
Source: Ryerson Sports Info
||No. 2 McGill
MONTREAL - Alexandre Picard-Hooper of Boucherville, Que., scored
the insurance goal and added an assist as No.2-ranked McGill
tripled the Ottawa Gee-Gees 3-1 in OUA men's hockey action at
McConnell Arena, Friday.
It snapped Ottawa's seven game-win streak and marked the 14th
consecutive Redmen victory over the Gee-Gees since a 3-2 playoff
loss in the nation's capital on Feb. 20, 2009. McGill is now
91-77-10 lifetime against Ottawa.
McGill, which had a 36-22 margin in shots, broke open a scoreless
game with a pair of goals during the first three minutes of the
They clicked of a 5-on-3 power-play at the 46-second mark when
Christophe Longpre-Poirier of Longueuil, Que., converted passes
from Picard-Hooper and point-man Marc-Andre Dorion of St. Hubert,
Team captain Evan Vossen, a fifth-year senior from Swift Current,
Sask., then beat Ottawa netminder Russell Abbott to complete a
nifty three-way passing play at the 3:10 mark. Blueliners Hubert
Genest of Quebec City and Dorion each drew assists on the goal.
Picard-Hooper gave McGill some breathing room with his fourth goal
of the season at 4:25 of the final stanza. The goal was set up by
Andrew Wright of Toronto and Ryan McKiernan of White Plains,
The Redmen maintained their slim perch atop the OUA East with a
14-1-2 record, one point ahead of UQTR (14-5-1), which defeated
The third-place Gee-Gees, coached by former Redmen defenceman and
assistant coach Real Paiement, fell to 11-7-1.
"Ottawa is a big, physical, well-coached team," said McGill head
coach Kelly Nobes. "Considering that, I thought we played a
complete game tonight. We were solid for 60 minutes, our
penalty-killing unit was not scored upon (in five shorthanded
situations) and our PP scored twice."
It was pointed out that the team was officially 1-for-8 with the
man-advantage as an apparent power-play marker by Wright was
disallowed by referee Alexandre Cote.
Nobes explained that the team's video of the disputed goal appeared
to indicate that the net did not come off the moorings at the time
the puck crossed the line and in his mind the power play unit
accomplished what they were supposed to do. A photo of the play
also appears to support the claim that the net was in its proper
place when the puck entered the net.
Senior goaltender Hubert Morin registered 21 saves for the victory,
improving his record to 8-2. He now ranks second among all OUA
goalies with a stingy 1.98 goals-against average and sits fourth
with a .922 save percentage. He owns a 42-9 lifetime record in
league play and is a dozen victories shy of the school's all-time
record of 54 regular season wins by Mathieu Poitras, who played
from 2004 to 2008.
Dorion improved his team-leading total to 27 points in 17 games,
tops among all CIS defencemen. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound senior, who
has had tryouts with three NHL teams, was voted as the most
outstanding CIS defenceman as a sophomore and looks to be the
leading candidate to win the award again this season.
McGill will complete their back-to-back home-stand then they host
much-improved Ryerson on Saturday night at 7 p.m. The Rams are
7-7-3 and expected to arrive at McConnell Arena in ill humour, in
the wake of a 3-2 overtime loss at RMC on Friday.
REDMEN RAP: Missing from the McGill lineup was sniper Francis
Verreault-Paul, who made the 6.5 hour trek home to Mashteuiatsh,
Que., on Tuesday to attend the funeral of a close friend. He is
expected back in time for the Ryerson game... While he was missing,
the Redmen welcomed back Marc-Andre Daneau, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound
senior winger from Daveluyville, Que., who was making his season
debut after suffering a knee injury in the season opener at
Lakehead. "It was great to get Marc back in the lineup," said
Nobes. "His energy and PK skill were missed and it makes us a
better team to finally have him healthy."
Source: McGill Sports Info
||No. 10 UQTR
The Carleton University Ravens men’s hockey team fell 7-5
in a high-scoring road battle with fierce rivals, the UQTR
Patriotes, on Friday night.
Felix Petit (Jonquiere, Que.) scored twice and added an assist,
while Olivier Hotte (Mirabel, Que.) and Emannuel Boudreau
(Iles-de-la-Madelaine, Que.) had three assists each to pace the
Patriotes to a home win over their division rival. Netminder
Guillaume Nadeau (St-Jean-Chrysostome, Que.) stopped 24 shots for
Ravens point leader Brandon MacLean (Burlington, Ont.) gave his
team a quick start with his ninth goal of the season just 57
seconds into the game.
The Patriotes responded furiously, getting four unanswered goals
from Petit, Charles Bety (St-Bernard-de-Beauce, Que.), Felix
Lefrancois (Baie-Comeau, Que.) and Maxime Gravel (Chateau-Richer,
Late in the second period, Joe Pleckaitis (Ottawa) scored his first
of two in the game, cutting the deficit to a pair heading into the
But the Patriotes came out firing in the third, getting three goals
and a 7-2 lead by the 13-minute mark of the final period.
The Ravens scored three straight goals in the final six minutes,
including career-firsts for off-season NCAA recruits Michael Folkes
(Burlington, Ont.) and Andrew Glass (Boston, Mass.), but it was a
matter of too little too late once again for the Ravens, who
continue to slide in the OUA East with their fifth straight
Matthew Dopud (Pointe-Claire, Que.) struggled in the loss, with 15
saves on 22 shots.
Carleton returns to action on Jan. 13 with a visit to Nipissing,
where it will continue a stretch of five straight games away from
the Ice House. The puck drops at 7 p.m.
Source: Carleton Sports Info
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - The Brock University men's hockey team
(8-8-1 OUA West) started off the second half of the OUA regular
season with a 6-2 win Friday night at the Seymour-Hannah Centre
against the UOIT Ridgebacks (3-15-1 OUA West).
Badgers fifth-year senior Ryan Allen (Fort McMurray, Alta.) scored
his first goal of the season at 10:22 of the first period, on an
assist from Josh Schram (Paris, Ont.), to stake the Badgers to a
one-goal lead that held until three minutes into the third
Then the Badgers exploded for four-straight goals to take a 5-0
lead: Sean Jones (Newmarket, Ont.) converted a pass from Matt
Abercrombie (Sarnia, Ont.) at 3:18; Thomas Stajan (Mississauga,
Ont.) scored a shorthanded goal on an assist from Derek Brochu
(Welland, Ont.) at 7:24; Kaine Geldart (Kingston, Ont.) scored a
powerplay goal on assists from Stajan and Daniel Tanel (Brampton,
Ont.) at 10:24; and Abercrombie connected on the Badgers powerplay
with assists from Kevin Christmas (Hamilton, Ont.) and Isaac
Smeltzer (Estevan, Sask.) at 13:25.
After Mike Noyes scored for the Ridgebacks less than a minute
later, Allen scored his second goal and the team's third powerplay
marker of the contest on assists from Dylan MacEachern
(Mississauga, Ont.) and Brochu to make the score 6-1 with less than
four minutes left.
The Ridebacks rounded out the scoring with a goal from Josh
In between the pipes, Badgers goaltender Kurt Jory (Brandon, MB)
made 31 saves for the win and now owns a 7-7 win-loss record. The
Ridgebacks Jeff Dawson stopped 28 shots in the loss.
With three points on the night, Stajan leads the Badgers with 20
points and sits 20th on the OUA points list.
The game was a feisty affair with both teams combining for 70
penalty minutes – 42 for UOIT and 28 for Brock
Brock went 3-for-8 with the man advantage while UOIT was
The Badgers will hit the road Saturday for a very important game
against the Laurier Golden Hawks (4-12-1 OUA) who sit eighth in the
Source: Brock Sports Info
||No. 3 Western
LONDON, Ont. – The Mustangs men’s hockey team
defeated the Laurier Golden Hawks 7-4 on Fri. Jan. 6 at Thompson
Arena with seven Western players recording at least two points.
Julian Cimadamore, Keaton Turkiewicz and Steve Reese had two
goals apiece with Turkiewicz adding two assists and Reese recording
one. Scott Aarssen had a goal and two assists on the night while
Kevin Baker, Zach Harnden and Tyler Peters each had two assists.
James Marsden scored twice for Laurier as Mitchell Good and Mike
Mascioli added the remaining goals.
Western started their first game of the 2012 half of the
season ready to go as the Mustangs lobbed the puck into Laurier
territory and forechecked hard. The Golden Hawks tried to break out
of their zone, but Turkiewicz held the puck in at the blue line and
launched a pass to Baker. Baker made a quick cross-ice pass to
Cimadamore who fired a goal home for a 1-0 lead just 22 seconds
into the game.
Reese added the Mustangs’ second goal before the
ten-minute mark. Reese cradled a pass from linemate Harnden and
deked around Laurier’s defender before beating netminder Ryan
Daniels with a backhand shot on the short side.
Laurier’s Zack Shepley was called for a high-sticking
infraction on the ensuing play and Western went to work on the
man-advantage. The Mustangs moved the puck around the offensive
zone, Aarseen jumped on an open opportunity, pinched down low and
fired a one-timer past Daniels.
The Golden Hawks made their mark on the scoreboard just
before the end of the first frame. Zack Woolford hit Mascioli with
a pass at the top of the slot. Mascioli fired a shot through
traffic and over Valiquette’s right shoulder for a 3-1 score
heading into the second.
Turkiewicz scored his first goal of the contest at 6:42 of
the second period. Western’s powerplay capitalized as Harnden
made a quick pass out to Turkiewicz who wired a shot from the slot,
Laurier brought the game within two while on the powerplay
after the puck took an unusual bounce off the glass and fell into
Turkiewicz opened the third period scoring on a scrum in
front of the net. Turkiewicz grabbed the loose puck and beat
Daniels on the second attempt.
Laurier responded and Good rushed the puck into Mustangs
territory. Good streaked down the left wing and Western defenceman
Aarssen slid to block the pass across. Good maintained possession
of the puck and roofed a shot in the top right corner for a 5-3
Marsden scored Laurier’s fourth goal while Western's
Reese notched another powerplay goal and Cimadamore added an empty
net goal for a final score of 7-4.
Both teams played a fast, physical game with Western
outshooting the Golden Hawks 38-26. Valiquette made 22 saves and
held Laurier to one powerplay goal on three
Western will travel to York University tomorrow Jan. 7 for a
7:30 p.m. match.
Source: Western Sports Info
||No. 7 Lakehead
The Lakehead Thunderwolves beat the Waterloo Warriors 5-1 on Friday
night at the Fort William Gardens in Thunder Bay, ON.
Both teams came out playing a smart game, not wanting to be the
first to make a mistake. Lakehead was looking to set a physical
tone early on as several players were throwing their body
It looked like Lakehead got on the board midway through the
first when Trevor Gamache chipped away at a rebound in front of
Waterloo netminder Keaton Hartigan. According to the home
crowd, the puck crossed the goal line but was ultimately waved off
by the officials after a short conversation.
Both teams headed to the dressing room for the first
intermission knotted at zero’s, with Lakehead leading in
shots on goal 13-8.
It was a tense second period, with both teams playing a tight,
but entertaining game. The 0-0 deadlock lasted until 9:33 of the
second, when Lakehead defenseman Chris de la Lande went
coast-to-coast, weaving his way though the entire Waterloo team,
and rifled the puck over Hartigan’s shoulder . The
assists were credited to Thomas Frazee and Lakehead goaltender Alex
Lakehead came out firing in the third period, and Jake Carrick
scored his fifth goal of the year just 55 seconds into the final
frame on a sneaky shot that found its way through Hartigan’s
legs, giving Lakehead the 2-0 lead. The assists went to Adam
Sergerie and Matt Caria. The two-goal cushion was short lived, as
Waterloo’s Chris Ray fired a perfectly placed one-timer over
Dupuis’ shoulder to cut Lakehead’s lead to 2-1 at 1:14
of the third.
Lakehead restored its two-goal lead at 6:05 on a beautiful
shorthanded effort from Trevor Gamache as he fought off a Waterloo
defender, faked backhand, and pulled it around Hartigan. The
unassisted shorthanded marker put Lakehead in front 3-1. The Wolves
added another at 16:18 when a Mike Hammond wrist shot deflected off
a couple of bodies in front and past Hartigan to increase
Lakehead’s lead to 4-1. Assists on the goal were
credited to Keith Grondin and Mitch Fillman.
Lakehead’s Keith Grondin added one last goal with 32
seconds left in the game off a nifty backhand pass from Hammond,
with the other assist credited to Frazee.
The Molson 3 Stars of the game were:
1. Mitch Maunu
2. Trevor Gamache
3. Mike Hammond
Both teams are back at in Saturday night at the Fort Williams
Gardens, with the opening face-off set for 7:30.
Source: Lakehead Sports Info
REGINA - The University of Regina's men's hockey team opened up
the second half of the Canada West schedule with a 3-2 loss to the
Manitoba Bisons on Friday night in a conference game at The
Manitoba (11-4-2) got goals from Mike Hellyer, Jared Walker, and
Blair Macaulay while goalie Joe Caligiuri stopped 15 shots in the
victory. Lucas Gore (pictured) made 34 saves for the Cougars with
Brett Leffler and Matt Strueby providing the offence for the U of
Manitoba opened up the scoring six minutes into the first period
despite being a man down. After forcing a turnover, Ian Duval came
in on a 2-on-1 and slid it over to Hellyer, who beat Gore for his
fourth of the season. The Bisons extended the lead with a power
play goal later in the opening 20 minutes, as Walker's long shot
through traffic picked the far corner and gave the visitors a 2-0
cushion going into the first intermission.
Leffler got the Cougars (4-11-2) on the board in the early stages
of the second. A shot rung around the boards was tipped out front
to the second-year forward, who found himself alone at the side of
the net and scored his fourth Canada West goal of the campaign to
cut the lead to 2-1.
Manitoba restored the two-goal lead in the opening minute of the
third as Macaulay picked off an errant Regina pass and scored his
Canada West-leading 14th of the season and what would turn out to
be the game-winning goal after holding off Gore with a move to the
forehand on the ensuing breakaway.
The Cougars pulled Gore with just under three minutes left in the
third and Matt Strueby cut the deficit to one with a goal off a
rebound with 33 seconds left, but the home side was unable to come
up with the equalizer despite heavy pressure in the waning moments
of the game.
Manitoba was 1-for-7 on the power play, while the Cougars were
scoreless on their three opportunities with the man advantage.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at The
Source: Regina Sports Info
|No. 5 Alberta
CALGARY – Greg Gardner's tally on a delayed penalty
situation late in the second period stood up as the winner as the
No. 5-ranked University of Alberta Golden Bears edged the Calgary
Dinos 3-2 Friday night in the first conference action of 2012 for
both teams Friday night at Father David Bauer Arena.
With 16:31 elapsed in the second, Gardner took a Sean Ringrose pass
toward the net with an extra attacker on the ice for the Bears and
fired it past a sprawling Calgary netminder Dustin Butler for the
eventual game winner as the Bears came back from a 2-1 deficit to
win, gaining a measure of revenge over the Dinos – who beat
Alberta by the same 3-2 score earlier this week at the SAIT
tournament and had won both previous regular season meetings
between the two clubs.
The loss drops the Dinos to 9-8-0 on the season, while Alberta
improves to 12-3-2. The two provincial rivals will do battle once
more Saturday night as they head north to Edmonton's Clare Drake
Alberta got on the board first just over eight minutes into the
opening period. Defenceman Thomas Carr fired a nifty pass into the
slot, finding Jordan Hickmott behind the Calgary defence. In tight,
Hickmott deked Butler to the stick side and slid it into the
The Dinos knotted it up just over five minutes later on their third
power play of the period. Teigan Zahn's point shot deflected to
Reid Jorgensen, who had a couple of whacks at it before roofing it
over Real Cyr for his fourth of the season to tie it up 1-1.
Just 3:22 into the second period, Brock Nixon gave the Dinos their
first lead on their second power play tally of the night, banging a
rebound past Cyr along the ice.
But the Bears replied with a pair of goals in non-5-on-5
situations. With each team having one in the penalty box, a Calgary
defender sent a blind behind-the-back pass into the slot in his own
zone. Johnny Lazo pounced on the loose puck and fired a shot on
Butler, and Sean Ringrose banged in the rebound to tie it up,
setting the stage for Gardner's game-winner.
The third period produced zero offence on either side. The Dinos
had one final opportunity on the power play with 4:11 remaining,
but despite good pressure and puck possession in the offensive
zone, the home side couldn't solve Real Cyr. As the clock ticked
down, the Bears' solid neutral-zone pressure kept Calgary at bay
and forced the Dinos to ice the puck twice in the final minute of
After the Dinos held a 10-6 advantage on the shot clock in the
opening period, the Bears dominated the final 40 minutes with 25
against just 14 for Calgary. Alberta finished with a 32-24
advantage in shots on goal.
The Dinos had most of their chances, and both of their goals, on
their seven power play opportunities. Alberta went 0-for-5 with the
man advantage, though two of those power plays were short-lived
with the Bears called for penalties of their own.
Cyr stopped 22 of the 24 shots fired his way to win his eighth game
of the season, with both Calgary goals coming on the power play.
Butler turned aside 29 shots sent his way and was charged with the
loss, his fourth of the campaign.
Saturday's game in Edmonton will be the final regular season
contest between the Bears and Dinos in 2011-12. Puck drops at 7
p.m. at Clare Drake Arena, and the game will be broadcast live on
Source: Calgary Sports Info
|No. 4 Saskatchewan
LETHBRIDGE – In a rare opportunity to earn four points in
a single evening, the Saskatchewan Huskies did just that to open
the second half of the season with a pair of victories over the
Lethbridge Pronghorns, 4-3 in overtime and 5-2 in the regularly
An unexpected Zamboni malfunction on October 1st, 2011 meant the
game would be suspended after two periods of play with the Huskies
leading 3-0 and, tonight, the two teams completed the re-scheduled
third period, prior to the start of the January 6th scheduled
Kyle Ross, Derek Hulak and Brennan Bosch scored for the Huskies way
back in October.
The ‘Horns took advantage of a rusty Huskie squad scoring
three power play goals in the third, all from the stick of Captain
Dustin Moore to record a natural hat trick in just over 6 minutes
of play, forcing overtime.
Not to be outdone, Huskie captain Ross would play hero for his
team, banging home a rebound past Horns goaltender Scott Bowles
early into the first overtime session, while on a power play of
Brent Henke released a long wrister from just inside the blue
line that was quickly redirected by Moore in front of the net, to
get the Horns on the board only three minutes in.
The ‘Horns would strike again under three minutes later as
Henke and Moore combined their efforts yet
again for another power play goal.
Moore completed the Horns comeback with another redirection,
again off a Henke shot. Taylor Gal also assisted on all three Moore
After a heated period of play, extra time was needed to
settle the score. After successfully killing a hometown power play,
Ross finally ended the contest just over two minutes in to the
After a brief intermission and warm-up, the regularly
scheduled game got underway.
Boxscore (Jan. 6th)
Riding the momentum of the overtime win 25-minutes earlier,
Kyle Bortis beat Bowles early into the first period to get the
Huskies on the board.
A great follow up effort by Andrew Bailey earned the visiting
team their second of the contest, as he managed to lift a loose
puck and over Bowles’ blocker side.
Dan Iwanksi would answer for the ‘Horns with under a
minute remaining in the first frame; firing a hard wrister top
shelf past Holfeld to bring his team within one heading into the
Just past the halfway mark in the second period the Huskies
restored their two-goal lead as Kaye notched his 7th of the
Looking to complete the rare four point night the Huskies
took the play to the ‘Horns in the third period peppering
Bowles with 24 shots in the final frame but were not rewarded until
late in the third period with a pair power play goals .
Matt Delahey blasted a shot from high in the slot while on a
two man-advantage and Bosch, too, found the back of the while the
‘Horns remained shorthanded.
Lethbridge’s Nick Hotson would add a late power play goal
of his own to cut the game to 5-2 but that is as close as the
‘Horns would get.
With the two wins the Huskies improve to 13-2-2 on the season,
while the ‘Horns do move to within in one point of the Regina
Cougars for the final playoff spot but fall to 3-11-3.
The ‘Horns and Huskies complete the season series
tomorrow night. The puck drops at Nicholas Sheran Arena at 7:00pm
and the game will also be webcast at www.canadawest.tv
Source: Lethbridge Sports Info