Monthly Archives: October 2014
Well a 3-for-4 week 18 has improved my overall record on the season to 49-and-24. An Ottawa loss at home on an emotional night at TD Stadium was the lone setback.
This week will be an interesting one especially in the East with play-off positions still up for grabs. Meanwhile, in the west there are very different motivators for week 19. Given all that here is what I see happening in the second to last week of regular season CFL action.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats: (7-9 T2nd in East) LW: 26-24 loss at Toronto
Ottawa REDBLACKS: (2-14 4th in East) LW: 23-17 loss vs. Montreal
After a shortened week due to an ugly flu bug here is a look back at the week that was in sports.
For the 16th time since 1977 the Saskatoon Hilltops are tops in the Prairie Football Conference thanks to a 27-7 win over the Calgary Colts last Sunday at Saskatoon Minor Football Field. Full marks to the players and coaches for playing their best game of the year to date in capturing the championship. Next stop for the team is in Langley next week for the Canadian Bowl, a rematch of the 2012 game.
The post-season continues meanwhile for High School football teams in the city. No matter where your affiliation lies one thing is for sure. Isn’t it neat to actually see yard lines on the field at the Bowl at this time of year? Additionally, the safe surface is an achievement that the Friends Of The Bowl Campaign should be very proud of.
Now A Wish:
The push is on to finish the project at Saskatoon Minor Football Field at Gordon Howe Park in time for next spring! That push, hopefully, will be aided by the provincial government and a $1.5-million contribution to the project. The numbers are staggering, since the field re-opened in the first week of September over 280 football games with over 3,000 athletes have been on the surface OR 600 hours of football have been played which is more than triple the hours that the grass field used to accommodate in an entire season. The final step is finishing the club house facility to truly complete the makeover. Call an MLA, send an e-mail, let’s get this thing done!
Well some more bouncing around the rankings in the middle of this week’s list. Agree or disagree the prerogative is yours.
However, with each passing week I am not sure whether the East is getting sorted out or more muddled.
Take a peek at this week’s CFL Power Rankings:
9 – Ottawa REDBLACKS (2-14) LW: 23-7 loss vs. Montreal – Last Ranking #9 (9 weeks)
I would love to tell you that the Ottawa REDBLACKS are improving. Unfortunately, they have flat lined and I’m not sure what they can do to get themselves over the hump. One thing that is for sure is that the number 8 spot is getting farther and farther away from them.
(ALL PHOTOS Courtesy: Steve Hiscock)
The Saskatoon Hilltops for the 16th time since 1977 are Prairie Football Conference Champions. The Toppers downed the visiting Calgary Colts 27-7 at Saskatoon Minor Football Field, Sunday.
The Toppers took control early on scoring on their first possession of the game when Jared Andreychuk would find Davis Mitchell open for a 22 yard touchdown. The Colts, however, would answer on their third possession of the game when Quarterback Brett Hunchak would plunge across the goal line to tie the game at 7.
The Saskatoon Hilltops and Calgary Colts are set to square off for the Prairie Football Conference Championship this afternoon. I’ll have the call on CJWW radio starting with pre-game coverage at 12:30.
Here is the tale of the tape:
The Saskatoon Hilltops and Calgary Colts will square off for the fourth time in the franchise’s history this afternoon for the Prairie Football Conference Championship.
The Hilltops advanced to the final with a 43-13 win over Winnipeg last week. While, Calgary upset the defending champion Regina Thunder with a last-second field goal to silence the Thunder 20-17.
The No. 10 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies used a strong second half to break away from the visiting University of Alberta Golden Bears en route to a 41-23 playoff-clinching win Saturday at Saskatoon’s Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park.
The Huskies scored 24 straight second half points, outscoring Alberta 24-9 in the half to improve to 5-2. Alberta drops to 3-4 with the loss.
The combination of a Saskatchewan win, Alberta loss and a Manitoba loss solidifies second place in the Canada West for the Huskies. Saskatchewan will host a Canada West semi-final November 7.
BLADES vs. WINTERHAWKS
7:05pm – SaskTel Centre
OFF THE TOP: The Saskatoon Blades (4-8-0) continue a season-long six-game homestand tonight as they face off against the Portland Winterhawks (4-9-2). The defending Western Conference Champions are off to a rocky start, but are coming off a 5-2 victory last night over the Prince Albert Raiders. … Layne Viveiros led the way offensively, recording one goal and two assists, while Bolton Pouliot made 29 saves in the win. … Chase De Leo leads the Winterhawks in scoring this year, tallying eight goals and nine assists for 27 points in 13 games.
LAST TIME OUT: Carter Folk recorded a hat trick, while Stuart Skinner made 32 saves as the Lethbridge Hurricanes knocked off the Blades 7-2 on Friday night at SaskTel Centre. … Cameron Hebig and Sam McKechnie scored for the home side, while Alex Moodie was on the hook for the loss, allowing all seven goals on 29 shots. … In the loss, the Blades lost a couple key contributors to injury. Rookie Wyatt Sloboshan suffered a broken jaw and could miss as many as eight weeks, while Alex Forsberg also left due to injury (upper body), but he will need to be reevaluated before a timeline can be given.
PHOTO COURTESY (Steve Hiscock)
HUSKIES LOOK TO LOCKUP PLAYOFF SPOT
Game Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014, 1:30 p.m.
Game Location: Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park
Live Stats/ Live Webcast: canadawest.tv
The No. 10 University of Saskatchewan Huskies will look to secure a 2014 Canada West football playoff spot and move one step closer to a home playoff date with a win over the University of Alberta Golden Bears Saturday at Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park.
PHOTO COURTESY (Steve Hiscock)
The Prairie Football Conference announced their All-Stars, and CJFL Award nominees this afternoon prior to Sunday’s Championship game between the Saskatoon Hilltops and the Calgary Colts.
PFC 2014 Outstanding Player & All Canadian Nominees
CJFL Outstanding Offensive Player #22 Wayndel Lewis Saskatoon Hilltops
CJFL Outstanding Defensive Player #22 Jakub Jakoubek Calgary Colts
CJFL Most Valuable Player #81 Preston Brews Regina Thunder
CJFL Rookie Of The Year #66 Zack Williams Winnipeg Rifles
CJFL Outstanding Offensive Lineman #59 Terry Thesen Saskatoon Hilltops
CJFL Outstanding Quarterback #13 Jaeden Marwick Regina Thunder
CJFL Outstanding Running Back #22 Wayndel Lewis Saskatoon Hilltops
CJFL Outstanding Receiver #88 Kurt Goodrich Winnipeg Rifles
CJFL Outstanding Defensive Lineman #53 Matt Korun Saskatoon Hilltops
CJFL Outstanding Linebacker #22 Jakub Jakoubek Calgary Colts
CJFL Outstanding Defensive Back #2 Vince Greco Calgary Colts
CJFL Outstanding Special Teams #26 Jonathan Heidebreht Edmonton Huskies
PHOTO COURTESY (Steve Hiscock)
OFF THE TOP: The Saskatoon Blades (4-7-0) continue a season-long six-game homestand tonight as they face off against the Lethbridge Hurricanes (2-8-1). … The Hurricanes are coming off a stunner, defeating the defending Memorial Cup Champion Edmonton Oil Kings 2-1 in a shootout this past Wednesday night at Rexall Place. Stuart Skinner made 46 saves, in addition to a perfect, three-for-three effort in the shootout, stoning Lane Bauer, Brett Pollock and Edgars Kulda. … Jamal Watson scored the shootout winner. … Riley Sheen leads the Hurricanes in scoring, tallying three goals and five assists for eight points in 11 games.
LAST TIME OUT: Nik Amundrud recorded his first-career win in the Western Hockey League, posting 31 saves in a 5-2 victory over the Kootenay Ice. Offensively, Alex Forsberg scored twice, while Cameron Hebig (first of the season), Isaac Schacher (first as a Blade) and Josh Uhrich (first as a Blade) did the rest, securing the Blades’ fourth win in five games. … For the second straight game, Forsberg tallied a pair of goals, extended his lead in team scoring to 10 points (6G, 4A) in 11 games. … The Blades are now only two points out of the eighth and final playoff spot, trailing the Eastern Division rival Prince Albert Raiders.