Monthly Archives: October 2013

Winds Of Change Blow In PFC

PHOTOS COURTESY: Steve Hiscock

For the first time in team history the Regina Thunder are the Prarie Football Conference Champions thanks to a 21-16 win over the defending champion Saskatoon Hilltops, Sunday atfternoon at Griffiths Stadium.

Both teams came into the contest nicked up, however, injury would see the Hilltops without a pair of 5th year starting offensive lineman in Kyle Gordon and Tanner Cooke. Meanwhile, Regina was once again without receiver Mitch Thompson who was shaken up in a Saskatchewan Roughrider practice three weeks ago.

Hilltops – Thunder Set To Collide For PFC Title

For the third time in four seasons the Saskatoon Hilltops and Regina Thunder will meet in the Prairie Football Conference Final.

This will be the third meeting of the inter-provincial rivals as the teams split there season series.

I will have the call this afternoon on CJWW. Pre-game coverage starts at 11:30am.

Here’s a complete look at the match-up:

The Prairie Football Conference title will be claimed on Sunday afternoon in Saskatoon as the Hilltops (7-1) host the Regina Thunder (5-2-1) for the second consecutive season in the Conference championship game and second time in three years.

Huskies Top Regina Headed On The Road

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies won their final game of the regular season in Regina yesterday. However, Manitoba’s 60-18 thrashing of Alberta means that the Dogs will travel to the U of M next week in a Canada West Semi-Final.

Here’s the complete recap from yesterday at Mosaic Stadium:

The University of Regina Rams’ season ended on Saturday afternoon with a 33-15 loss to No. 10-ranked Saskatchewan in a sloppy Canada West game at Mosaic Stadium.

The two teams combined for 14 turnovers, including eight for the Rams alone as they gave up the ball six times on interceptions, once on a fumble, and once on downs. Four of Saskatchewan’s six turnovers came off fumbles, while the other two were off interceptions.

Saskatchewan (5-3) will now wait for the outcome of Saturday night’s Manitoba/Alberta game. A win for the Bisons will put the Huskies in third place and send them to Manitoba next weekend for the Canada West semifinals, while a win by the 0-7 Golden Bears will give Saskatchewan a home playoff game against UBC.

Blades Road Trip Ends On Losing Note:

The Saskatoon Blades closed out their stretch of 7-consecutive games away from home ice with a loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday night. The Blades held a second period lead in the game, and had it slip away against the offensively-skilled Tigers club.

The game opened up with consistent offensive pressure by the Medicine Hat Tigers.  The first good scoring chance of the frame came when a Steven Owre centering pass to Chad Butcher just failed to click near the 5:00 mark.  After that chance, the Blades got on the board first.  After retrieving a dump-in, Matt Revel found himself some space as he walked out of the corner.  He got a hard shot away from the left circle, beating Daniel Wapple high off the post and in for his second of the season.  The unassisted goal came at 6:48.  The Blades had a chance to double the lead a few minutes later when Collin Valcourt centered the puck to Brett Stovin from behind the net, but Wapple was there for the save.  Then the Tigers found their chance to get on the board on the powerplay.  With Ryan Graham in the penalty box, a quick centering pass from Dylan Bredo to Curtis Valk was jammed home to make it 1-1 at 13:07.  A late diving play with his stick by David Nemecek broke up another good Tigers scoring chance with 5 seconds left in the first, as the period ended sitting at 1-1.  Shots were 15-11 in the frame for Medicine Hat, with Blades goalie Alex Moodie having a solid frame with 14 stops.

Dogs Set To Fight To Return Home:

HUSKIES HUNT FOR SLIM HOME PLAYOFF CHANCE

Game Location: Mosaic Stadium, Regina

Live Television Broadcast: Shaw Cable
Live Webcast:
canadawest.tv
Live Stats:
canadawest.tv

THE GAME

With a slim chance for a home playoff date, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies will look to do what they can in the three piece puzzle against provincial rival the University of Regina Rams in the final regular season game of the 2013 Canada West football season at Mosaic Stadium in Regina.

BROADCAST INFO

Kickoff is 1 p.m. local time on Saturday. The game is also available live on webcast at canadawest.tv. It can also be watched on Shaw Cable.

Wrapping Up The Week With Dave’s Dis N’ Dat

Time to wrap up the week with a little of Dave’s Dis N’ Dat… So here we go:

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are in Calgary to take on the Stamps tomorrow night. All eyes will be on the running backs, Kory Sheets and Jon Cornish. Perhaps the focus should be on the defensive line and which can exert their will and not only stop the running game but also keep the quarterbacks in the pocket.

Phil Andrews will join me on the pre-game show tomorrow and one point up for discussion will be who the game is more important to. I’m leaning towards agreeing with Phil that the pressure is on Calgary to come up with a dominant performance to not only clinch first place in the west but also to send a message to the Green and White entering the post season.

More from the CFL and Ricky Ray completed 21 straight passes en route to the Argos win over Winnipeg last night. With a meaningless game coming up next week for the Boatmen, Head Coach Scott Milanovich has already said that Ricky Ray won’t play in the finale. That means that his 77.7% completed passes percentage will go down as the best single season mark in league history.

PFC Announces Award Winners: 12 Hilltops And 2 MVPs

The Prairie Football Conference is pleased to announce their Major Award winners and All Stars for the 2013 regular season.

The defending Canadian Bowl Champion Saskatoon Hilltops lead the 12 Major Award categories winning five of them.  They also have seven players named to the All-Star team, most in the PFC.

The Edmonton Wildcats have the second most All-Stars with six.

There are 27 All-Stars that have been named and nine players named to thePFC Rookie Team. 

PFC Major Award Winners:

The CFL Predictor Is Back: Still Stuck On The Hump Though

Well yet another .500 week for me is in the books. For the record I did predict an upset in week 17 just not the one in Montreal. My season record is now at 41-23. Undeterred, here are my week 18 picks:

Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Toronto Argonauts:

Bombers: LW 26-20 loss vs. TOR. Record 3-13 (4th East)

Argos: LW LW 26-20 win at WPG. Record 10-6 (1st East)

One team is trying to right the ship while the other is scrambling for life boats to save themselves from impending changes. Those different types of motivation could make for an interesting battle at Rogers Centre.

THREE KEYS:

Big guys need to find their groove… Chad Owens and Ricky Ray have not returned to their dominant form since returning from injury. The Argos need it if they are going to be successful down the stretch.

A Trio Of WHL Teams Crack The Top 10

The WHL and CHL released their weekly Top 10 rankings and from four down to three. That’s the story when it comes to ranked WHL teams. Here’s the official word from the dub!

The Canadian Hockey League today announced the sixth edition of the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings for the 2013-14 regular season.  The
weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts;

 

CFL Week 17 Power Rankings:

The teams have turned the corner and are coming down the stretch of the Canadian Football League season. How do they stack up with two weeks to go? Here are my thoughts;

1 Calgary Stampeders: (13-3 LW: 27-13 win at EDM) – Last Week Ranking #1 (3rd Week In A Row)

What more can you say about the Stampeders! The team continues to play consistently week in and week out no matter the opponent or the adversity the team faces due to injury. The Stamps are the class of the week and have all but cemented their top spot here.

2 Saskatchewan Roughriders: (11-5 LW: 35-14 win vs. BC) – Last Week Rank #2 (2nd Week In A Row)

The Riders showed a ferocity on defence that they haven’t shown in weeks. And while the numbers weren’t big on offence (mainly due to playing with excellent field positions) the Green and White put up some numbers on defence. All positive signs as this team gets set for the post season.

3 Toronto Argonauts: (10-6 LW: 26-20 win at WPG) – Last Week Rank #3 (2nd Week In A Row)