Monthly Archives: March 2016

Mooner Eclipsed In Vancouver

The Vancouver Giants announced on Friday that Lorne Molleken has been relieved of his duties as Head Coach, effective immediately.

“We would like to thank Lorne for his time with our club,” said Giants majority owner Ron Toigo. “We wish him all the best in the future.”

Molleken took over behind the bench for the G-Men at the start of the 2015/16 season. Under his watch, Vancouver went 23-38-5-4.

Assistant Coach Tyler Kuntz

Huskies Set To Hit The Ice At University Cup

The University of Alberta Golden Bears are looking for a rare three-peat at this week’s CIS men’s hockey championship in Halifax but if they are to add to their record collection of 15 University Cup titles, they’ll have to upset a few higher-seeded opponents along the way.

The eight-team competition, hosted by Saint Mary’s University, gets under way Thursday at the Scotiabank Centre and culminates Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Atlantic Time (5:30 p.m. Eastern) with the gold-medal final, live on Sportsnet 360 and TVA Sports 2. Saturday’s semifinals are also live on Sportsnet 360 and TVA Sports (noon & 4 p.m. Atlantic), while the quarter-finals and the bronze-medal match are set to air on Eastlink TV. All eight games from the championship will be webcast on www.CIS-SIC.tv.

The OUA champion UQTR Patriotes head into the tournament as the top seed, followed by the No. 2 Saskatchewan Huskies (Canada West champs), No. 3 St. Francis Xavier X-Men (AUS champs), No. 4 Western Mustangs (OUA finalists), No. 5 UNB Varsity Reds (AUS finalists), No. 6 Alberta (Canada West finalists), No. 7 Carleton Ravens (OUA bronze medallists) and No. 8Saint Mary’s Huskies (hosts).

The quarter-final matchups include Carleton vs. Saskatchewan (4 p.m.) and Alberta vs. StFX (8 p.m.) on Thursday, followed by UNB vs. Western (4 p.m.) and Saint Mary’s vs. UQTR (8 p.m.) on Friday.

The Golden Bears, crowned a year ago at the Scotiabank Centre and in 2014 in Saskatoon, have achieved the University Cup three-peat once in their storied history, from 1978 to 1980. The only other program to accomplish the feat is Toronto, which claimed a remarkable five straight banners under legendary coach Tom Watt from 1969 to 1973.

Among this week’s contenders, UNB (5), UQTR (4), Saskatchewan (1), StFX (1), Western (1) and Saint Mary’s (1) have also hoisted the coveted trophy over the years, while Carleton is looking for its first triumph.

Huskies Add To The Wall

Huskie Athletics is proud to announce the induction of two athletes, two builders and one team who will be inducted into the University of Saskatchewan Athletic Wall of Fame on April 1, 2016 at TCU Place.

Andrew Spagrud (basketball) and Karlyn (Serby) Wells (track & field) will be inducted into the athlete category. Michael P.J. Kennedy and Gil Wist will be inducted into the builder category and the 1998-99 men’s volleyball team will go into the team category.

“We are pleased to honour and recognize these four individuals and one team for their contributions to the history of Huskie Athletics,” said athletic director Basil Hughton. “Each, in their own way, have made outstanding contributions to our program, our university and our city.”

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Andrew Spagrud

Top Ten Tuesday: Back In The Saddle Again!

Call it a momentary lapse of creativity. Call it trying to sit back and quietly observe. Call it trying to figure out stuff.

Call it what you want but a refocus and rededication for ToonTown Sports.Net is here!

No better way to kick things off than with a look back at the week that was with a Top Ten Tuesday.

So, as always, in no particular order here are my random thoughts from the past seven days in the world of sports:

10 – Kevin Koe wins the Tim Horton’s Brier in Ottawa. The Alberta skip is having a dominant year with the old Kevin Martin rink. Am I the only one that has a hard time cheering for Koe? After winning the 2014 Brier he left his team, news that broke mid-week at that Brier, leaving them without a skip and having to come back and defend as Team Canada the following year without their anchor. To me you knew the stakes going in so you have to fulfill your obligation!

9 – If I had a magical broom and could change curling. The sport has to long at the number of blank ends that are being scored. Additionally, when a team gives up a steal for trying to be aggressive it’s almost lights out as even the free-guard zone has been trumped by curlers. So, with all that being said to remove the snooze-fest that some games have become it’s time to consider one of two options. First change from ten end to seven or eight end games. OR secondly, have the hammer alternate every end. Teams will at least then be forced to be aggressive.

Rams Have Their Man

The University of Regina Rams announced Monday morning that Stephen Bryce has been named head coach. Bryce becomes the third head coach in the program’s history at the CIS level.

“Coach Bryce is a strategic thinker, a great leader and communicator, and someone who knows how to get the best out of his student-athletes,” Rams president Dan Johnston said. “All of these factors attracted us to Steve and we believe he will continue to build the football program and is the right person to help us achieve our goals.”

Bryce’s longest coaching stint was at Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. where he spent seven seasons as head coach of the Eagles. Taking over a team that had just had a winless season, it didn’t take Bryce long to guide Etiwanda to the top of the Baseline League. The Eagles had 4-1 league records in 2006, 2007, and 2009 and won California Interscholastic Federation playoff games in both 2009 and 2010. Several of Bryce’s former Etiwanda players were on NFL rosters last season, including Christian Barker (New England), Marvin Jones (Cincinnati), J.J. Unga (Baltimore), and Uani Unga (New York Giants).