Monthly Archives: February 2014
Some of Dis N’ Dat on a Friday morning…
The U of S men’s Huskies elimination from the play-offs prior to their own University Cup tournament has reiterated to me the desperation that there is in Saskatoon for a champion. The biggest marketing tool in any sports league is winning and it could be tough sledding around here until there is a winner.
Staying with the Huskie Hockey program for a moment and I will stand by my words on Tuesday. Should the University want to keep the hockey program viable and competitive they need a new facility now. CTV’s Kevin Waugh has been calling for the replacement of the Rutherford since I arrived in Saskatoon more than a decade ago and the time is now. Truthfully, with the upgrades coming to Gordie Howe Bowl this season the Rutherford is now the biggest black-mark on the Saskatoon sporting scene.
To the Riders and some in Rider Nation are getting a little antsy with the continuing departures from the team. Yes there have been some big names leave, however, it’s a testament to the Rider roster that won the Grey Cup. The Green and White went “all-in” to win a championship at home. The subsequent departures were to be expected. The one thing I don’t get is how teams are managing their salaries as there is no collective bargaining agreement in place. So, who knows where the salary cap will end up.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that import quarterback Seth Doege and import receiver Brett Swain have signed with the team. As per club policy financial details of the contracts were not released.
Doege (6’1 – 197) joins the Riders following a standout career at Texas Tech University. The 25-year-old completed his collegiate career with a school record 69.0% completion rate while ranking second all-time in school passing yards with 8,646 and touchdown passes with 69. He finished his 2012 senior season second in NCAA touchdown passes with 39 and passing yards with 4,215, while being named the Meineke Car Care Bowl Most Valuable Player.
PHOTO COURTESY: Steve Hiscock
Moose Jaw scored three times early in the third period to turn a tie game into a 5-2 decision
The Blades let a few minutes in the third period cost them the game on Tuesday night in Saskatoon. The Warriors scored three times in a span of 2:07 early in the third period to turn a 2-2 game into a 5-2 decision, with Brayden Point’s 3-assist night helping lead the way.
It had been a while since these teams met as the Blades and Warriors clashed for the first time since early November. There wasn’t much of a feeling out period, as shots were flying and chances were happening early. The Blades had two good chances in the first 8 minutes with a Nick Zajac shot-pass toward the net being turned aside and an Ayrton Nikkel blast also being stopped by Warriors goaltender Zachary Sawchenko. After those attempts the Warriors generated their own good looks with Tyler Brown firing from the slot with 11:58 to play and Bryson Gore being turned aside by Troy Trombley seconds later, with the big Blades goalie making a great stop with his glove on the play. Following some more back and forth play, the Blades were able to open the scoring at 14:39 when Connor Sanvido sent a slow pass toward the net and a hard-charging Logan Harland was able to tip it home off the post and in to make it 1-0. But the lead didn’t last terribly long with a Jesse Forsberg shot from the point beating a screened Trombley at 16:04, making it a 1-1 game. Neither team would find the net in the final 3:56 of the period as it headed to the intermission sitting at 1-1 with the shots 11-8 for Saskatoon.
The exodus from Riderville continues….
Calgary Stampeders head coach and general manager John Hufnagel is pleased to announce the signing of free-agent import kick returner and running back Jock Sanders. As per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Sanders, 25, spent the past two seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders after making his CFL debut with the BC Lions in 2011.
Moose Jaw Warriors @ Saskatoon Blades – February 25th, 2014
The Saskatoon Blades kick off a 4-game week tonight by playing host to the Moose Jaw Warriors. The Blades are coming off of a 6-3 home loss to the Victoria Royals on Saturday night. The Blades fell behind 2-0 early in the game before attempting a comeback, falling short after getting offence from Ryan Graham, Nikita Scherbak and Brett Stovin. Alex Moodie surrendered 5 goals on 26 shots before leaving in the 2nd intermission with a lower-body injury. Troy Trombley replaced him, stopping 13 of 14 shots in the 3rd period. The Blades were 1 for 3 on the PP and 3 for 4 on the PK.
2013-14 Season Series
Tonight’s game is the fith of the season between the Blades and Warriors. Season series results are as follows:
September 28th – Blades 2 – Warriors 5 – Cameron Hebig had 1G, 1A while Troy Trombley made 30 saves
October 14th – Blades 2 – Warriors 1 – Collin Valcourt/Nathan Burns had 2 points each while Alex Moodie made 40 saves
November 8th – Blades 4 – Warriors 3 – Nathan Burns had 1G, 2A while Alex Moodie made 39 saves
November 9th – Warriors 4 – Blades 3 (OT) – Stovin, Millar, Coghlan had 1G each while Alex Moodie made 22 saves
Here is a smattering of thoughts on this Top 10 Tuesday:
10 – The Sochi games have now officially come and gone and while I admittedly wasn’t as invested as I have been in previous games I was disappointed with the coverage provided by the CBC. The country’s national broadcaster didn’t seem to have the commitment to covering the actual sports as they did our athletes. I know in the previous games on CTV the announcers prided themselves in getting inside the sport that they were covering. One Saskatoon broadcaster told me about the time he spent learning the sports that he was to cover. The CBC, in my opinion, lacked that insight. Heck the curling analysts seemed dazed and confused at the rules that were in play at the games.
9 – For many north of the 49th the highlight of the games will undoubtedly be the Canadian hockey teams winning gold. For me the tournament seemed to be lacking something. I’m not sure if it is because I PVR’d the games or if the lack of offense didn’t captivate me. I was extremely excited about the larger ice surface and the opportunity it presented to show off individual skill. Unfortunately that didn’t come to be.
Montreal Alouettes owner Bob Wetenhall is pleased to announce Tom Higgins as his selection to be the 21st Head Coach of the Football Club.
“As I’ve expressed to the media in recent weeks, I wanted to continue with the formula which has brought us the success we’ve enjoyed these past 17 years; having a full-time Head Coach and a full-time General Manager to fill each of these positions,” declared Wetenhall. “The criteria we established for our next head coach was to find an individual familiar with the CFL; someone with success in that position and a background as a position coach. In addition, we sought an individual with a record for molding and delivering championship teams. In Tom’s seven years as a head coach he won three Division Championships along with a Grey Cup, and twice earned recognition as the CFL’s Coach of the Year. His head coaching record of 72-53-1 speaks for itself. We welcome Tom to the Alouettes family.”
PHOTO COURTESY: Steve Hiscock
The Saskatoon Blades kick off a stretch of 5-straight games on home ice tonight by closing out their season-series with the Regina Pats. The Blades are coming off a 4-1 win in Red Deer on Saturday night. In that game, the Blades surrendered the opening goal of the game before getting tallies from Chase Clayton, Brett Stovin and Ryan Graham (2) to pick up three out of four points during their weekend trip to Alberta. Nikita Scherbak and Dylan Busenius added two assists each in the win while Troy Trombley stopped 41 shots. On special teams the Blades were 1 for 2 on the PP and 4 for 4 on the PK.
It’s another collection of my Top 10 Thoughts on this Tuesday monring plus a special plug for an amazing event coming up this week!
10 – Love the move by General Manager Brendan Taman to bring in Non-imports Josh Bartell and Showmari Williams, not to mention moving up a spot in the Canadian College draft all for a second round pick. Yes folks that’s two players, and a better first round player for a second round pick. Oh and when you consider that the Riders now have two picks in the top 8 in the draft and things are looking good moving ahead.
9 – More on the deal, while Showmari is no Craig Butler his salary is nowhere in the ball park of what Butler got but keep in mind his versatility is a huge upside for the Riders in their defensive scheme.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced the acquisition of non-import linebacker Shomari Williams, non-import punter Josh Bartel and the eighth overall selection in the 2014 CFL Canadian Draft in exchange for the ninth overall selection and the eleventh overall selection.
Williams (6’1 – 232) returns for his second stint with the Green and White after originally being selected by the team in the first round (1st overall) in the 2010 Canadian Draft. The Toronto native spent three seasons with the Riders before signing with the Tiger-Cats as free agent prior to last season. In 2013 the Queen’s product played just six games, missing the majority of the season due to injury.