Monthly Archives: October 2013

Blades Cue The Comeback In Cranbrook:

The Saskatoon Blades picked up a huge come from behind, 4-2 win over the Kootenay Ice on Friday night. The win was made possible thanks to Saskatoon scoring three unanswered goals in the third period in Cranbrook, with Collin Valcourt scoring the winner with under 7 minutes to play.

It was a bit of a back and forth opening period from Cranbrook between the Ice and Blades.  The two teams had a fairly substantial feeling-out period, with few chances in the first several minutes.  The best early chance in the game went to Kootenay when a 2 on 1 feed from Sam Reinhart just missed the stick of Landon Peel, who couldn’t get a stick on it with Blades goalie Troy Trombley sliding across to attempt the save.  Saskatoon had their own good chance about 3 minutes later when the 4th line created a chance.  It came after a battle in the corner as the puck ended up on the tape of Austin Calladine.  His pass from the corner to the front of the net just missed the stick of Logan Harland as he couldn’t get tip it past Wyatt Hoflin.  After those chances, the Blades finally capitalized on one.  It came when Matt Revel won an offensive zone faceoff to Nelson Nogier, who fired the puck on net.  Winger Cory Millette was on the doorstep, and slid the puck home to make it 1-0 at 15:25.  The 2nd of the season for Millette was the only scoring of the period as Kootenay held a 9-7 shot advantage in the frame.  The Blades were 1 for 1 on the PK in the period, without getting a chance to have their own PP.

Is This The Last We See Of A-C?

The Alouettes announced on Friday that veteran quarterback Anthony Calvillo will miss the remainder of the 2013 season.

Calvillo suffered a concussion in the second quarter against Saskatchewan on August 17 and was placed on the nine-game injured list for precautionary reasons. He would have been eligible to return to the Alouettes’ active roster in time for the regular season finale against the Toronto Argonauts on November 1, but Calvillo suffered a minor setback this week.

Huskies Set To Battle Bisons

HUSKIES BATTLE BISONS FOR HOME PLAYOFF DATE

Game Date: Friday, October 18, 2013, 7pm

Game Location: Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park

Live Webcast: canadawest.tv
Live Stats:
canadawest.tv

THE GAME

Looking to lockup a home postseason date for the first time since 2010, the University of Saskatchewan will battle the University of Manitoba Bisons in their second meeting of the season Friday in Saskatoon’s Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park.

BROADCAST INFO

Kickoff is 7 p.m. local time on Friday. The game is available on webcast at canadawest.tv.

THE HEADLINES

A Smattering Of Dave’s Dis N’ Dat To Wrap Up The Week

Well here with go with some scattered thoughts I like to call Dave’s Dis N’ Dat…

The biggest game of the Riders season goes tomorrow afternoon at Mosaic Stadium. This is going to be a dandy! The Riders in my opinion need to host a play-off game in order to make it to the Grey Cup on their own field and victory will all but secure that. The Lions truth be told don’t want to come back to Regina before the Grey Cup so they need a home play-off game just as much. .

I’ve been asked numerous times this week, “Why would the CFL/Riders schedule a late October game for 5pm in Regina?” The answer I think is simple. 5 o’clock in Regina is 7 o’clock in the East and the other sports program on at 7 eastern on a Saturday night is???? Hockey Night in Canada. TSN is attempting to give the CBC a ratings run for their money with their consistently largest television audience (whenever the Riders play) providing the ammo.

I find the debate interesting between Jon Cornish and Kory Sheets as to who is the best running back in the CFL. At this point I would have to give the edge to Cornish given his body of work. I honestly don’t know where Sheets would be if he wasn’t injured. I do know that we should know the answer in the next couple of weeks as both backs will be looking to carry their teams in a pair of big games, including a head-to-head match-up next week.

Hitmen Slash Blades Winning Streak

The game got underway with a back and forth opening period.  The Hitmen came out with a good start, outshooting Saskatoon 7-5 through 20 minutes of play.  Possibly the best chance of the frame for either team came with 14 minutes remaining in the period as Hitmen forward Jake Virtanen cut around his defender, across the crease of Alex Moodie, lifting a shot off the crossbar.  After that, Saskatoon created their own PP chance as defenceman Clayton Kirichenko let a low wrist shot go off the toe of Mack Shields, but the big goalie held on to the rebound.  Saskatoon followed that up with another good chance as Matt Revel fed Ryan Graham in front, and the young forward lifted a backhand off Shields and wide.  A pair of penalties put Saskatoon down a pair of men late in the frame with both Nogier and Craig in the box, but the Hitmen couldn’t make it count.  Included in the chances was a good look from Pavlo Padakin right in front of Moodie, but the backhand with the nearly open net wouldn’t go as the puck rolled off his stick.  The frame ended scoreless, with the shots sitting at 15-11 for the Hitmen through 20 minutes.

Week 17 CFL Picks:

OK the great predictor is faltering worse than the Edmonton Eskimos…  A .500 week sees my record stay at 39-21 for the season. Week 17 won’t be any easier. Here are my thoughts:

 

Calgary Stampeders at Edmonton Eskimos:

Stamps: LW 40-24 win vs. BC. Record 12-3 (1st West)

Eskies: LW 14-9 loss at SK. Record 3-12 (4th West)

This is an important game for both teams for very different reasons. The Stamps need the win to stay ahead of the Riders in the race for first in the West. While the Eskimos need to legitimize their football operations staff in front of a their home fans.

THREE KEYS:

Lick Some Stamps… Fred Stamps was all but shutout last week against the Riders as the Saskatchewan secondary made it a priority to be physical with the talented receiver. The Eskimos need him to fight through those battles.

Four WHL Teams Land In Top 10

The Prince Albert Raiders have fallen out of the CHL’s top ten after spending the first four weeks of the campaign in the ranking. Meantime, Medicine Hat and Seattle slipped into the national ranking.

Here’s a look at the latest from the CHL.

The Canadian Hockey League today announced the fifth 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.

 

Week 16 CFL Power Rankings:

While things are starting to somewhat fall into place in the Canadian Football League’s West Division, the East appears to be up in the air more than at any other point this season after 16 weeks. Here’s my rankings of the teams entering week 17.

1 Calgary Stampeders: (12-3 LW: 40-24 win vs. BC) – Last Week Ranking #1 (2nd Week In A Row)

The Stamps continue to roll and with a dominating win over BC on Friday night it’s hard to argue against them. The only thing that might stop the Stamps is the Stamps themselves. A small explosion between Drew Tate and Jon Cornish on the field Friday may be a sign of some bubbling emotions under the surface. The Stamps need to keep those in check if they want to stay atop the ranking and win the ultimate prize.

2 Saskatchewan Roughriders: (10-5 LW: 14-9 win vs. EDM) – Last Week Rank #3

Well this is my most reluctant ranking of the week. The Rider offence is starting to become very problematic. Scoring 14 points won’t win you many games but it somehow did against Edmonton. The ball controlling, big play threatening Rider offence seems to have gone the way of the Dodo Bird. This week’s ranking is less about what the Riders have done and more about those who have faultered below them.

Former/Current Blades Names POTW:

The Western Hockey League announced today that Everett Silvertips’ defenceman Matt Pufahl is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 13, 2013.

Pufahl recorded six points on four goals and two assists along with a +5 rating over four games in the last week, helping lead the Silvertips to a 3-0-1-0 record on the road in that span.

Week 9 In The PFC:

The final weekend of regular season play in the Prairie Football Conference did not disappoint. It even featured a cross-town team cheering for their rivals.

Here’s a rundown of the week’s action;

We begin with Saturday afternoon in Edmonton where the Wildcats hosted the Regina Thunder. The math seemed simple enough, a Wildcat win and the secured a play-off spot a loss and they were in danger of missing the post-season. On the other hand Regina didn’t have a lot to play for already assured that they would host a semi-final next Sunday at Mosaic Stadium.

The teams traded punches throughout the contest. Edmonton’s running back Levon Hawerliak was dominant carrying the ball 40 times for a new single game record, 383 yards on the ground. The cats had to lean on him because their passing game came up stale committing 5 interceptions between the three players who threw a ball. In the end with the score tied at 24 Ideen Samadi would come onto the field to attempt a last-minute field-goal, his 8th of the game. However, he would fall short in his attempt to get the game winning points.