Monthly Archives: October 2013

Sheets Number One On The Week:

Saskatchewan Roughrider running back Kory Sheets has been named the CFL Gibson’s Finest Offensive Player of the Week.

Sheets received this award following Saturday’s 35-14 victory over the B.C. Lions. The second-year Rider continued his outstanding season rushing 25 times for 148 yards and one touchdown. It was his league leading ninth 100-yard rushing game of the season, tying a franchise record.

In 14 games this season, the 28-year-old Purdue product leads the CFL with 12 rushing touchdowns and has racked up 1,556 yards on 276 carries.

Some Random Thoughts On This Top 10 Tuesday

Well here we go with a smattering of Tuesday thoughts from the world of sports all nicely bound together in my weekly Top 10.

10. If you can believe it there are some “football purists,” that are upset with the Saskatchewan Roughriders using the music, Maxtron and reserve players to help entice the crowd to get loud when B.C. had the ball Saturday night at Mosaic Stadium.  The move in my opinion was ingenious! The fans at Mosaic, generally, get loud when the opposition heads to the line of scrimmage. By getting the crowd into it at the start of the 20 second clock the Green and White caused some major communication issues for the Lions who were trying to negate the noise at the line by using no huddle. This lead to some mass confusion for the Lions, who are the only team in the league that doesn’t radio in the play to the helmet of their QB instead opting for hand signals and verbal communication.

9 All seems to be well in Riderville now that the team appears to have recovered from their September swoon with three consecutive wins. The most recent streak by the Riders has secured them a home play-off date. As much as I hate criticizing a win one should point out that over this winning streak and the four games before the Riders are averaging only 7.2 points per second half. The notorious slow starters need to get back to their strong finishes down the stretch.

Portland’s Petan Is The Man

The Western Hockey League announced today that Portland Winterhawks’ forward Nicolas Petan is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 20, 2013.

Petan recorded seven points on two goals and five assists to go with a +6 rating over three games in the past week, helping lead the Winterhawks to three victories in that span.

Blades Add Hitman

The Saskatoon Blades are pleased to announce that they have acquired forward Chase Clayton from the Calgary Hitmen.

In exchange for the 1994-born centre from Abbotsford, BC, the Blades have sent a conditional 5th round selection in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft to Calgary.

Clayton is currently in his 4th WHL season, having appeared in 183 career regular season games, all of which have been with the Hitmen.  This season the left-handed centre has posted one goal and 5 points to go along with a +3 rating in 11 games.

“We’re pleased to add a player like Chase Clayton to our lineup,” said Saskatoon Blades general manager Lorne Molleken.  “Chase is a player that can play in all situations and one that we feel will be a good fit in our lineup due to his experience in the Western Hockey League.”

Hilltops Hold Off Wildcats

PHOTOS COURTESY THE AMAZINGLY TALENTED: Steve Hiscock

The Saskatoon Hilltops are off to the Prairie Football Conference Final thanks to a 41-10 victory over the Edmonton Wildcats, Sunday afternoon at Gordie Howe Bowl.

The Wildcats came out running the ball with PFC Rushing leader Levon Hawerliuk leading the way. Hawerliuk ran for nearly 100 yards in the opening quarter alone, however, all the Wildcats would have to show for a dominant opening quarter was an Ideen Samadi 28 yard-field-goal.

The Cats would extend their lead to 10-nothing off of a 63-yard rushing touchdown by Hawerliak 3:17 into the second quarter.

Hilltops Ready To Run Into Post-Season

 

PHOTO COURTESY: Steve Hiscock

The Saskatoon Hilltops will open up their play-off push this afternoon at Goride Howe Bowl as they take on the Edmonton Wildcats in the Prairie Football Conference Semi-Final.

The 7-and-1 Hilltops cruised into the play-offs with a big win over Calgary in their final regular season game last week. The 3-4-and-1 Wildcats needed a little help to get into the post-season as they tied their final regular season game 24-24 with Regina. The tie left them at the mercy of the Winnipeg Rifles who would have ended the Wildcats season with a win over the Huskies. That would not be the case and the Wildcats dream of a PFC title would be extended to this week.

The match-up that all eyes will be on is the running backs. Edmonton’s Levon Hawerliak and Saskatoon’s Andre LaLonde finished one two in rushing in the conference and both established team and league records along the way.

Riders Secure Home Play-off Game:

The Saskatchewan Roughriders jumped out to a massive first half lead and never looked back, downing the BC Lions 35-14 on a rainy Saturday night at Mosaic Stadium.

With the win, the Roughriders secured themselves a home playoff game, and prevented the Calgary Stampeders from clinching top spot in the West Division.

Weston Dressler was his old reliable self, hauling in three passes for 107 yards and a touchdown, while Kory Sheets carried the ball 23 times for 144 yards and a score of his own, leading the charge offensively for the Green and White.

Sheets, who missed almost 3 games with a knee injury, has been the main catalyst for the Riders attack since getting back into the lineup, having rushed for 330 yards and five touchdowns in his last three outings. Tonight, the Purdue product eclipsed the 1,500-yard mark on the season.

Blades Streak Comes To An End!

The Saskatoon Blades saw their 8-game point streak snapped on Saturday night by the Hurricanes in Lethbridge.  The streak came to an end despite a furious comeback, as the Blades fell 8-5 to close out a three game in three night western road swing.

The Hurricanes opened the scoring with the man-advantage in the game as Tyler Wong scored his 4th of the season at 6:38 to make it a 1-0 game.  Despite Saskatoon holding a shot advantage in the period, the Hurricanes tallied a pair more with Russell Maxwell netting his 3rd of the year at 12:21 of the frame and Macoy Erkamps netting his 2nd of the season at 17:42 with Lethbridge on the powerplay.  The Blades outshot Lethbridge 13-10 in the period, with Saskatoon goaltender Troy Trombley being replaced by Alex Moodie to start the middle period.

The change in goal didn’t change the Hurricanes offensive abilities in the middle period.  The lead was stretched to 4-0 at 10:22 of the second when defenceman Ryan Pilon scored his 2nd of the season.  Just over a minute later, Josh Derko netted his first of two goals on the night to make it 5-0 Lethbridge.  Derko’s second of the night then came at 16:57 to make it 6-0, with Tyler Wong closing out a furious offensive frame for the Canes at 18:28 when he scored his second of the game to make it 7-0 Hurricanes.  But, before the period was out Saskatoon started to gain some ground after the first career WHL goal for forward Nick Gomerich.  The goal came at 19:56 of the frame, with Collin Valcourt and Graeme Craig assisting to get Saskatoon within six goals. After being outshot in the first, Lethbridge held the shot advantage in period two by a count of 14-12.

Discovering The Kinsmen Football League:

One of Saskatoon’s jewel’s is the Kinsmen Football League.

This youth league has exploded from four teams a decade ago to more than 19 teams with communities around Saskatoon taking part.

The athletes get an opportunity to experience the game that they love while learning much more important life skills along the way.

Bisons End Drought At Griffiths

A strong offensive showing in the second half lifted the visiting University of Manitoba Bisons to a 33-26 win over the No. 7 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies Friday night at Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park.

Manitoba quarterback Jordan Yantz threw for 210 yards and three touchdowns in the second half including the game-winning touchdown with 5:50 remaining in the fourth quarter. Yantz found Alex Vitt in the end zone from 28 yards out to secure the win for Manitoba.

With the loss, Saskatchewan drops to 4-3 and sit tied for second in the Canada West with Bisons (4-3). Both the Huskies and Bisons secured a playoff spot thanks to a Regina Rams loss to the Calgary Dinos and both are still in the running for a home playoff date.

It was the first win for Manitoba in Saskatoon since October 7, 2006.