Monthly Archives: September 2015
The high-scoring University of Calgary Dinos are the top-ranked team in CIS football for the third consecutive week.
For the second straight week, the Dinos (4-0) were a near unanimous choice for No. 1 in the national media poll as they received 28 out of a possible 30 first-place votes and 295 points from the Football Reporters of Canada panel. Calgary had earned 26 first-place nods last Tuesday.
The rest of the Big Five once again remains unchanged in the fifth poll of the campaign with the Laval Rouge et Or (4-0 / 260 points), Western Mustangs (5-0 / 244), Montreal Carabins (3-1 / 208) and Guelph Gryphons (5-0 / 190) following in order. Laval and Western split the remaining first-place votes, meriting one apiece.
Rounding out the new Top 10 are the No. 6 Manitoba Bisons (2-2 / 114 / up two positions), No. 7 McMaster Marauders (3-1 / 113 / no change), No. 8 Saskatchewan Huskies (2-2 / 82 / previously unranked), No. 9 Sherbrooke Vert & Or (2-2 / 69 / previously unranked) and No. 10 UBC Thunderbirds (2-2 / 46 / down four).
After setting a single-game Canada West scoring record two weeks ago in an 80-18 rout of Alberta, top-ranked Calgary travelled to Regina on Saturday and crushed the Rams 72-8 thanks in large part to the stellar play of fifth-year quarterback Andrew Buckley, who had 478 yards and four touchdowns through the air. At the midway point of the regular schedule, the reigning Hec Crighton Trophy winner is averaging a conference-best 369 passing yards per outing – good for second in the nation – and has yet to throw an interception.
Meanwhile in Quebec City, No. 2 Laval and its top-ranked defence (8.8 points per game) had their most convincing performance of the season in a 64-0 interlock success against StFX. For its part, No. 3 Western dominated visiting Carleton 70-14 to keep its status as the highest-scoring team in the country (65.4 ppg vs. 61.8 for Calgary).
Another Tuesday is here and here is a smattering of my thoughts from the last seven days in the world of sports. From the Huskies to Riders, Blades to Jays they all make an appearance in this week’s top ten.
In no particular order:
10 – The University of Saskatchewan Huskies showed what momentum and confidence. The Dogs played their best game of the season, thus far, scoring a big win in Vancouver over the sixth ranked team in the nation the UBC Thunderbirds. Despite having six different starters on defence from week one the Huskies played a dominant 60 minutes. Never out of control the team made plays when opportunity presented itself and proved that they are a team to be reckoned with.
9 – One thing I have learned covering sports teams is that surrounding yourself with winners is a huge intangible. For example, linebacker Justin Filteau, who drew into the starting line-up last week, has won at every level of football he has played not to mention his prowess on the judo mat. That ability to win culminated in him being the Canada West Defensive Player of the week.
For the second consecutive week, Calgary Dinos quarterback Andrew Buckley is the Canada West offensive player of the week.
Buckley, who led the Dinos to a Canada West record 80-point performance two weekends ago against Alberta, posted another remarkable outing on Saturday. The fifth-year veteran led the No. 1-ranked Dinos to a 72-8 win over the Regina Rams.
Calgary’s 72-point effort is the fifth most in Canada West history.
Also earning a conference honour this week is Manitoba Bisons running back/returner Jamel Lyles, who earns his second special teams player of the week award this season after sparking the Bisons’ 42-32 come-from-behind win over Alberta with a 73-yard punt return touchdown on the final play of the third quarter.
Lyles has now won a player of the week award in three of his first four weeks, as he was also the offensive player of the week to open the season.
Rounding out this week’s winners is Saskatchewan linebacker Justin Filteau, who is the defensive player of the week after helping the Huskies earn their second consecutive victory.
Filteau racked up 13.5 tackles, a forced fumble, and an interception return for a touchdown in Saskatchewan’s 45-29 win over UBC.
OFFENCE – Andrew Buckley
6-0, 201, 5th-year
Andrew Buckley was at it again on the weekend, leading the No. 1 University of Calgary Dinos to another lopsided victory – this time 72-8 over the Regina Rams.
Playing three quarters, the fifth-year pivot completed 21 of 29 passes for 478 yards and four touchdowns as the Dinos’ air attack took hold at Mosaic Stadium. It was the fifth-best single game passing performance in school history and just 24 yards off his career high of 512 yards.
Now second in the nation in passing yards per game, Buckley will look to keep the Dinos’ undefeated streak intact when they host the Saskatchewan Huskies Saturday afternoon at McMahon Stadium.
DEFENCE – Justin Filteau
There is a lot happening in the world of sports. Here’s my weekly take in no particular order in another edition of the Top 10 Tuesday:
10 – The Saskatchewan Huskies were able to break into the win column in week 3 of the Canada West season against Regina. Is there room for improvement? Absolutely! However, the team found their finish scoring in the red zone on four of five trips. Additionally, the team didn’t let Regina off the matt when the Rams moved the ball.
9 – I have received some flak for our post-game segment Honk For A Huskie. The premise is that fans have a chance to vote for their game star using their car horn. The flak came in nominating punter Sean Stenger for a player of the game award with some asking how could a kicker possibly be nominated as a game star. If you look back at Friday night’s game he twice hemmed the Rams inside their 10 yard line, including placing the ball on the Rams one-yard-line. Additionally, the hang time and directional kicking didn’t allow Regina to set up their return game. Masterful job!
8 – Staying with the Huskies and some in Regina are discrediting the Saskatchewan win instead pointing to a rebuilding Rams team under the direction of new Head Coach Mike Gibson. What should be considered is that the Huskies forced the Rams into three giveaways and were able to score 21 points off of those turnovers. That speaks to solid team play as opposed to rebuilding.
Race fans couldn’t ask for anything better. Sunny skies, no wind (by Saskatchewan standards), perfect temperature and 550 laps of racing around the Auto Clearing Motor Speedway. Such was the case Saturday as the Saskatoon Stock Car Racing Association wrapped up the season for all the full size Divisions. The Sask Legends and Crimestoppers Bandoleros will finish up their season next weekend.
At the end of the night, Jim Gaunt, Rob Janzen, Matthew Shirley, Kevin Dyck, Brennan Forseille and Jamie Tataryn all went home with championship trophies and a little more cash in their pockets. Craig Katelnikoff also went home with the Rick Fredrickson Memorial trophy.
Starting with the Golf’s Car Wash Mini Stocks, Jamie Tataryn had a perfect night in the #41 Streetwise Service Neon, winning all three races. #25 Tanner Reimer and #23 Cole Nixey took second and third in both the heat race and the Golf’s Car Wash feature, while #92 Brennan Kirton took second in the qualifier, with #37 Scott Kozak third.
In the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stock division heat race, #34 Always Towing Camaro of Mike Schroeder was chased across the line by the #18 Monte Carlo of Mike Rea. #3 Craig Katelnikoff was third. #28 Brennan Forseille took top spot in the street stock qualifier, chased by the #43 Eric McIntosh and the #18 of Mike Rea.
It was double feature night for the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stocks, with the #28 Ghost Transportation Camaro of Brennan Forseille taking home the first ACMS commemorative flag, with the #18 of Mike Rea second and #34 Mike Schroeder third. In the second feature, the Rick Fredrickson Memorial, carried over from the August 22 rainout, Craig Katelnikoff, who just recently took over driving duties in the #3 BDI-Canada Firebird owned by Ron Eby, was first to the line for the flag and the biggest trophy. Mike Schroeder was second in the #34 Always Towing Camaro and the #28 of Brennan Forseille was third.
The Tiger Automotive Pro Truck Division has been a battle between the top five or six trucks all year. As with anything, consistency often pays off as much as winning. One bad race can knock you out of the contention for the championship.
Such was the case in the pro truck division. Coming into the night Kevin Dyck had a six point lead over Andrew Hardy. With three races on the night, that lead can easily evaporate.
Kevin Dyck did gain a couple of points as the #10 Sierra picked up the first heat, ahead of the #19 of Aaron Anderson and #21 Kade Thompson.
Andrew Hardy was in the second heat, where he finished third, behind #01 Alex Leschenko and the winner #94 Speedtech Racing Tundra of Ben Pogoda.
Hardy and Dyck were in the same qualifier, which was won by Andrew Hardy in the #15 D&S Developments Dodge Ram. Ben Pogoda was second and Kevin Dyck was third. Advantage: neutral.
The honeymooning Shantel Firth took the win in the second qualifier in the #49 Prairie Dodge Dealers Association Ram, with #88 Brad Wrennick in second and #18 Bill Zubrecki third.
In the Tiger Automotive Pro Truck points final feature, it was Aaron Anderson leading the way in the #19 Ens Auto Group Toyota Tundra. The
#49 of Shantel Firth was second and #94 Ben Pogoda was third.
Hardy and Dyck ended up fourth and fifth. In the end the math worked against Hardy. Hardy picked up two points in the heats, only to have that wiped out in the qualifiers, so it was still a six point lead for Dyck going into the feature. Hardy would have to finish at least three positions ahead of Dyck to steal the championship away. Kevin Dyck ended winning the year by four points.
The No. 1-ranked Calgary Dinos were big winners on the field Week 3 of the Canada West season, and were rewarded Monday for their 80-18 win over the Alberta Golden Bears with a pair of conference player of the week awards.
Quarterback Andrew Buckley and kicker Johnny Mark are the Week 3 offensive and special teams players of the week respectively, while Saskatchewan’s Dane Bishop is the defensive player of the week.
OFFENCE – Andrew Buckley
6-0, 201, 5th year
Reigning Hec Crighton Trophy winner Andrew Buckley displayed the form that won him Canadian university football’s highest honour a year ago in a record-breaking offensive performance Week 3, as the No. 1 University of Calgary Dinos put up a dominant 80-18 win over Alberta Thursday night.
Buckley completed 27 of 33 passes for 452 yards and three touchdowns – all in just over three quarters of work.
After losing the services of running back Mercer Timmis to injury after the first quarter, Buckley took on added responsibility for the offence and behind a strong offensive line, continually found open receivers. The Calgary native helped the Dinos engineer touchdowns on their first five possessions on a night Calgary broke their own Canada West single game scoring record, which they had previously set with a 78-54 win over Manitoba back in 2012.
Buckley and the Dinos (3-0) put up an unbelievable 975 yards of total offence in the game, with Buckley, who also rushed for 29 yards, accounting for nearly 500 yards on his own.
Calgary now heads on the road Saturday to face the Regina Rams (0-3). That game can be seen live on local Shaw TV, Shaw HD, Shaw Direct 299, on Access Communications’ channel 7/70 and online at canadawest.tv starting at 4 p.m. Saskatchewan time.
DEFENCE – Dane Bishop
6-0, 218, 5th year
Sherwood Park, AB
HUSKIES LOOK TO GET ON TRACK AGAINST PROVINCIAL RIVAL
Game Date: Friday, September 18, 2015, 7pm
Game Location: Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park
Live Television Broadcast: SHAW TV
Live Radio Broadcast: CJWW, www.cjwwradio.com
Live Stats/ Live Webcast: canadawest.tv
The University of Saskatchewan Huskies look to get into the win column in a meeting with provincial rival, the Regina Rams Friday night in Saskatoon.
Kickoff is 7 p.m. local time on Friday. The game can be watched live on Shaw Cable. It is also available live on CJWW at www.cjwwradio.com or via webcast at canadawest.tv.
? Saskatchewan is 0-2 for the first time since 2002. In that season the Huskies finished 4-4 and advanced to the Vanier Cup. The Huskies lost to Saint Mary’s University in the championship.
? Neither team holds a spot in the CIS Top 10.
? It will be the first visit to Griffiths Stadium as head coach for the Rams’ Mike Gibson.
· The Regina Rams have the top defensive unit in the Canada West giving up only 399 yards per game.
· Saskatchewan has won three straight regular season meetings with the Rams.
? At Friday’s game, the Huskies will Support Our Troops for the sixth straight season. The pregame ceremony will include a colour guard, a moment of silence, a flyover, a ceremonial coin toss and kickoff. The Huskies’ traditional pregame flag plant and raising will honour the contributions of our Canadian Forces. Postgame fans are treated to special fireworks dedicated to the Canadian Forces.
? · Inside the Wyant Group Rally Alley for fans and supporters, as well as military personnel and their families, live entertainment will be on tap. The event will be hosted by the Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce with all proceeds of the event going toward the Soldier On Fund.
? · Gainer the Gopher visits this week in the Wyant Group Huskie Rally Alley
It was a week of football, football and more football. To say the least there is some concern with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, who are oh-and-2 to start a season for the first time in a decade.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders suffered a season defining loss, perhaps. The Saskatoon Hilltops are rolling and the Jays are rolling in injury on the field.
That and more in this week’s random thoughts in no particular order in this edition of the top 10 Tuesday.
So here we go;
10 – The panic button has not been pressed but the finger is on the button with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies football team. The Green and White for a second straight week coughed up a halftime lead and fell in Canada West Football action. The Huskies will be the first to admit that they haven’t played a full 60 minutes this season. That being said the team is closer than some would like to admit. That being said this group needs to overcome the mental hurdle that it will take to lift them to a win. Yes I am implying that the team needs to learn to win.
The Western Hockey League announced today, at a media conference in Regina, a series of rule changes that have been implemented for the League’s 50th Season this year at a media conference in Regina. The rule changes include the adoption of the three-on-three overtime format.
Most of the rule changes have also been adopted by the National Hockey League and have been tested throughout the pre-season schedule.
Similar to the NHL, the WHL will adopt a three-on-three overtime format during the regular season. If two teams are tied following regulation time, a two minute break will be followed by five minutes of overtime where teams will be permitted to use only three skaters and a goaltender each when at even strength. As in previous years, if two teams remain tied after the five minute overtime period, a shootout will be used to determine the winner.
September is always an exciting month as the racing gets even more intense at the Auto Clearing Motor Speedway. Drivers know they are running out of time to get that elusive checkered flag, that extra few inches that will gain them a point or two, or sometimes, payback for something that happened four races ago.
The day started before 9:00am as street stock drivers and crews met at the A&W in Martensville to have breakfast and chat with race fans. The race cars sat on display as others from around the Valley area carefully moved their old Dodges and Chevys, Fords and even the odd Studebaker into place for Martensville’s annual Show & Shine.
By noon the race cars are packed up and on their way south, back to ACMS for an afternoon of fine tuning (sometimes with a sledge hammer).
Drivers are not only looking for that extra tenth of a second, but they’re looking for things that will keep these street stocks from making it through their longest race of the year. 100 laps. It doesn’t help that the temperature reaches 29 degrees.
As it rolls around to race time, the fans are loving the heat. The drivers are starting to get a little testy. All day in driver suits and coveralls isn’t exactly fun under the hot sun. But they have a goal in mind; their name forever etched on the Martensville A&W Valley Street Stock Invitational trophy.
Mike Schroeder had a good start to the day in the #34 Always Towing Camaro, timing in fastest and setting a new track record in the street stock invitational category, at 16.098 seconds, shaving .045 seconds off his 2014 time. Craig Katelnikoff was back on the track, this time behind the wheel of the #3 BDI Canada Firebird of Ron Eby, timing in second at 16.215 seconds. Nicole Sheetka finally turned a couple of good laps, timing in third at 16.461 seconds in the #42 Rainbow International Restoration Malibu.
The top three were off to the trophy dash, a four lap run to test who is best off the line. Nicole started on pole, but Craig quickly pulled away into the lead. A lap and a half later, Schroeder was in Katelnikoff’s mirror, but there would be no catching him. The prize I’m sure was appreciated, two large A&W mugs, filled with ice cold A&W Root Beer. The win would also put Craig in the pole position for the start of the 100 lap feature race.
The remaining 14 cars were split into two heats, with the top three in each advancing to the next six spots in the main feature. In Heat A that would be the #18 Daou Auto Monte Carlo of Mike Rea, followed across the line by the #18x of Bill Zubrecki and #1 of Scott Barrand. Moving to the feature from the second heat would be the #28 Ghost Transportation Camaro of Brennan Forseille, chased across the line by
#43 Eric McIntosh and #81 of Curtis Houben.
The remaining eight cars would go into the B Main to determine their spot in the starting grid for the Martensville A&W Valley Street Stock 100. First up went to the #22 Globe Excavating Camaro of Ryan Fredrickson, followed by #0 of Chris Gaeveart and Wayne Osbourne, making the trip up from Regina.
By the time we got to the start of the Martensville A&W Valley Street Stock 100, the temperature had dropped to a bearable 21 degrees. We were about to heat things up though. Remember, Craig Katelnikoff and Mike Schroeder had earned the front two positions in the starting grid for the feature race. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers and race fan Dave Nagy put $400 on the table if they would start from the back, and win! Mike reminded fans he wrecked his car last year trying this challenge, while Craig was hesitant as it’s not his own car he is driving. After a little encouragement from fans and a little chat with their wives, both decided to take up the challenge. Craig even reasoned, maybe it’s smarter to start at the back away from traffic.
With Nicole Sheetka now on the pole and Mike Rea to her right, Mike gets the better start and pulls away for the lead on the green flag. In the first lap Mike Schroeder gains five positions and Craig moves up three from the back. Mike Rea looked unstoppable.
Oh, oh, though. As Rea crosses the line to put lap 14 in the books he sees that familiar yellow Always Towing Camaro in his mirror. 14 laps and Shroeder has already taken over second spot. A little lapped traffic gives Rea some breathing room and its lap 27 before Schroeder takes over the lead. Schroeder would hang onto the lead and when the lap 50 competition caution comes out he leads Mike Rea, Curtis Houben and Craig Katelnikoff down the fuel line.
The rules are pretty stringent. Water to the drivers, spray radiators, clean windshields and add fuel only. Mike Schroeder opted to check something else on his car, so he was moved all the way to the back again for the restart. It may have paid off though.
Talking to Mike Rea after the race he says as he exited pit road he heard that all too familiar click, click, click of something in a tire.
The car felt fine though and the noise went away as the green flag came out and the cars were brought up to speed.
It was only three laps though and Mike felt that little slip in his car, a sure sign a tire was going down. His laps times dropped off a second and he knew he was sunk. Lap 62 he would have to pit for a tire.
Not quite ready for Sprint Cup action, it took his team seven laps to change the right rear tire. Coming back out, Mike could only hope for a huge attrition issue to gain back spots.