Monthly Archives: May 2017

Green Flag Flies At WGR

A pesky wind blew in a new season of racing at Wyant Group Raceway on Saturday night. An enthusiastic crowd was on hand as four divisions kicked-off their season.

The Market Tire Western Speed Association Series was the first feature on the track. The Swan Rentals 150 saw top qualifiers Kelly Admiraal and Rob Janzen volunteer to start at the back of the pack. They both were after the Propane Plus $500 come from behind incentive, a prize that Janzen said he would donate to Saskatoon’s Big Brothers and Big Sisters should he claim the prize and his fans match which they were more than willing to do.

With that in mind Admiraal and and Janzen started quickly making their way up through the pack. However, Admiraal would get caught up in traffic and a couple of collisions that would hamper his chase. Janzen on the other hand had a fast car and he made his way up through the field. While, he was doing that Trent Seidel who had the third fastest qualifying time with a time of 14.156 seconds was building a lead after passing early leader Kenny Heintz. In the end the two would battle the final few laps but in the end Seidel would hang on to take the first first checkered-flag of the season in the Super Late Model Division. Janzen would hang on to finish second while Howard Crossman would come in third.

Next up was the Tiger Automotive Pro-Truck Feature race. As always, there was bumping and banging throughout the night with Brennan Kirton posting the fastest qualifying time of the evening at 15.691 seconds. However, that didn’t materialize into success for the rest of the night. Shantel Kalika, who was third in qualifying, would take the Pro Truck Heat race while Aaron Anderson who tweaked his truck after time trials took the qualifier. In the Feature you couldn’t afford to look away as there was action all over the track “Mad-Cat” Alex Leschenko started fast and pushed the pace early with both Anderson and Kalika climbing through the field. Leschenko wouldn’t be able to hold on this night as he would surrender the lead to Anderson late in the race and the number 19 truck would go on to a hard fought victory on night number one.

Next up was the Law Enforcement Guardians Bandolero Feature.

Rush Are Best In The West

The two-time defending National Lacrosse League champion Saskatchewan Rush will get their chance at a threepeat after winning the West Division Final on Saturday night in Saskatoon.

Two goals early in the fourth quarter pushed the Rush in front to lead that the Colorado Mammoth couldn’t overtake, and Saskatchewan captured Game 2 of the West Final 11-10 before a rowdy crowd of 14,052 at the SaskTel Centre. The Rush completed the series sweep and now move on to the Champion’s Cup best-of-three championship series against the Georgia Swarm. The league final begins June 4th in Georgia with Game 2 of the series in Saskatchewan on June 10.

“Our goals all season were first to finish first in the division, then win the West and then win another championship so we’re almost there,” said Rush forward Robert Church, who finished the night with two goals and three assists.

“It was great to have our defence shut them down late and we have a lot of confidence going into the final.”

The Rush jumped ahead 9-8 with only six seconds left in the third quarter when Robert Church snared a rebound off the endboards and whipped a shot into the Mammoth net. Just 45 seconds into the fourth quarter, Ryan Keenan pushed the Rush ahead 10-8 when he latched onto a terrific pass from Mark Matthews and while lunging at the net, he bounced a shot to the far corner past Colorado goalie Dillon Ward. A coach’s challenge video review by the Mammoth proved unsuccessful.

Saskatchewan went ahead 11-8 when Mike Messenger, who like Keenan was a first-round pick in this past year’s NLL Entry Draft, steamed into the Colorado zone, bulldozed his way past two Mammoth defenders, and then slipped a shot past Ward. The brilliant individual effort gave the Rush a three-goal bulge that the Mammoth couldn’t overcome.

“I think we showed a lot of composure and we’re really happy with the way those young guys performed,” said Rush GM/head coach Derek Keenan.

Rush A Win Away From Advancing To Champions Cup Final

An explosive second-half performance, highlighted by six goals from Adam Jones, paced the Saskatchewan Rush to an 18-9 win over the Colorado Mammoth in Game 1 of the NLL West Division Final.

The two-time defending NLL champion Rush are now just one win away from reaching the Champion’s Cup Final for a third straight season, and they have that opportunity next Saturday on their home turf at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon.

Saskatchewan outscored Colorado 13-4 in the second half, silencing the Mammoth fans at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The 13 goals in the second half, as well as the nine goals in the fourth quarter, were both playoff records for the Rush, eclipsing marks previously set in their 15-3 victory over Minnesota in the 2012 West Division Final.

Jones, playing in his first career West Final, finished with nine points as he put on an impressive, and at times emotionally charged, offensive display against his former club.

“Our defence was so strong in the second half and that just trickled the confidence toward the offensive end,” said Jones. “Anyone on our offence can get the hot stick and it happened to be me tonight. We got some key defensive stops early in the third. It was a good team win.”

The second half belonged to Jones, the former Colorado star who was acquired by Saskatchewan in an off-season trade. Jones notched his first of the night as he went airborne into the Mammoth crease and beat Dillon Ward to make the score 6-6 early in the third quarter. The two-time All-Pro put the Rush ahead 9-6 with a rocket on the power play before the Mammoth fought back with two straight goals.
But from that point on, it was all Rush.

New Voice Coming – Huskies Introduce Recruits

The 17th Annual Dogs breakfast was held yesterday in front of almost 1500 supporters at Prairieland Park.

With a classy salute to outgoing Head Coach Brian Towriss, new bench boss Scott Flory introduced his coaching staff and then his 2017 recruiting class.

In addition to those introductions, CJWW made one of our own:

In 2017 we are proud to welcome a new analytical voice to our coverage…

This four year Huskie was a 1st team all-Canadian in his second season with the Green and White.

Through his career he hauled in 136 passes for 1804 yards and 12 touchdowns. CJWW is proud to welcome Huskie Alumnist Kit Hillis to our broadcast team, joining yours truly.

Now for the recruits:

University of Saskatchewan Huskie football head coach Scott Flory announced his first recruiting class Thursday at the 17th annual Dogs’ Breakfast.

Huskies Round Out Coaching Staff Naming D Coaches

University of Saskatchewan football head coach Scott Flory announced his defensive coaching staff for the 2017 season Wednesday highlighted by coordinator and former teammate Warren Muzika.

A graduate of the College of Education, Muzika played for the Huskies from 1994-98 before spending five seasons in the CFL with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Winnipeg Blue Bombers, winning the 1999 Grey Cup with the Tiger-Cats. He won the Vanier Cup with the Huskies in both 1996 and 1998.

“Warren is an amazing addition to our staff,” said Flory.  “His competitive desire coupled with his high energy demeanour and passion will transcend our defence.  Warren is as tough as they come and will bring a hard-nosed and aggressive edge to our defence.”

As a Huskie, Muzika was named an All-Canadian three times and was a conference all-star four times. Leading the Canada West in tackles in both 1997 and 1998, Muzika was named the conference’s defensive player of the year in both seasons and won the national award in 1998. He also won the Bruce Coulter Award as the Most Outstanding Defensive Player in the 1996 Vanier Cup.

Muzika also played junior football with the Saskatoon Hilltops winning the Canadian Bowl in 1991 and was named the CJFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1993.

Rounding out the defensive coaching staff is Paul Woldu (defensive backs), Cody Halseth (defensive backs), Tye Mountney (linebackers) and Tony Michalchuk (defensive line).

“This is an energetic group who collectively bring experiences from all levels of football,” said Flory.  “They have won and know what it takes to win championships.  No matter the level, champions know how to win.  I can’t wait to watch our defence compete on the field in 2017!”

Huskies’ 2017 Spring Camp kicks off Thursday with the 17th annual Dogs’ Breakfast featuring guest speaker Henry Burris.


Defensive Staff

Warren Muzika – defensive coordinator

Paul Woldu – defensive backs

Cody Halseth – defensive backs

Tye Mountney – linebackers

Tony Michalchuk – defensive line


Full Defensive Coach Biographies

Warren Muzika – Defensive Coordinator
Two-time Vanier Cup champion and 1998 President’s Trophy winner Warren Muzika returns to the Huskies as defensive coordinator.

Huskies Introduce New-Old Special Teams Face

University of Saskatchewan football head coach Scott Flory announced his special teams staff for the 2017 season Tuesday morning highlighted by veteran coach Jerry Friesen.

A member of the University of Saskatchewan Athletic Wall of Fame and the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame, Friesen joins the Huskies with 25 years coaching experience in both U SPORTS and the Canadian Football League.
“Jerry coming back to Saskatoon is a huge win for the city, our program and our athletes,” said Flory.  “His experience and knowledge is second to none.  With Jerry having been a head coach, he will be a great resource for me as a new head coach.  I am thrilled he’s decided to rejoin the Huskie family!”

Friesen joined the Huskies’ coaching staff in 1986, staying for 10 seasons and winning the 1990 Vanier Cup. After a year with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the CFL as linebacker coach, Friesen joined the Calgary Dinos as defensive coordinator. He spent the next 10 seasons as head coach of the Alberta Golden Bears and was named national coach of the year in 2004.

As a player, Friesen spent five seasons with the Huskies before being drafted by the Montreal Alouettes in 1978. He played nine seasons in the CFL with the Alouettes and Roughriders.  As a Huskie, the linebacker was a conference all-star for three straight seasons and an All-Canadian twice.

Friesen will also serve as a senior advisor to Flory.

Joining Friesen on the special teams’ staff is former Huskies’ kicker and 2016 staff member Braden Suchan.

“Braden will work exclusively with our kickers,” said Flory.  “What he did last year was nothing short of remarkable.  Sean Stenger had an All-Canadian season in large part to Braden.  He is a trusted ear for our kickers who is also technically as good as it gets when it comes to kicking the football.”

Flory also announced Joel Lipinski as the team’s Strength and Condition Coordinator, as well as Attila Nadori as the recruiting coordinator.

Lipinski played university football for the Saint Mary’s Huskies and Regina Rams, as well as in the CJFL with the Vancouver Island Raiders. He spent time in the CFL with the Edmonton Eskimos and Saskatchewan Roughriders.  As an athlete, Lipinski was named an All-Canadian cornerback with the Rams and an All-Canadian at halfback with the Huskies. He also played for Team Canada in the IFAF World Championship in Austria.

Huskies Set To Go Camping

Huskie football returns to the turf in Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park as the University of Saskatchewan squad hits the field for its 2017 spring camp.

Spring camp kicks off early Thursday morning with the 17th annual Dogs Breakfast at Prairieland Park and wraps up Sunday with the Green and White scrimmage.

The Dogs Breakfast helps raise scholarship funds for the team. The guest speaker is former CFL quarterback Henry Burris. At the event, Huskie head coach Scott Flory will make an official announcement of new recruits to the team.

The players will then hit the field that night at 5 p.m. in the first practice of the weekend. They suit up again Friday at 5 p.m., 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Saturday and finally 10:30 a.m. Sunday for the green and white scrimmage. All fans, supporters, alumni, family and friends are invited to attend any of the practices during the camp. The camp will feature more than 100 returning Huskies, new recruits and walk-on players.

 Thursday, May 4

Flory Names Offensive Coaches

University of Saskatchewan football head coach Scott Flory announced his offensive coaching staff for the 2017 season Monday afternoon highlighted by coordinator Marcus Crandell.

Crandell joins the Huskies as offensive coordinator after a 11-year career as a quarterback in professional football and a five year coaching career. Crandell played in the Canadian Football League for the Edmonton Eskimos, Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders from 1997 to 2008, he also spent time in NFL Europe and the XFL. He was named the 2001 Grey Cup Most Valuable Player in 2001 with the Stampeders, and also added another championship in 2007 with the Roughriders.

“Marcus Crandell’s experience as an elite quarterback and coach in the CFL will help our team grow immensely,” said Flory of his new offensive coordinator. “His knowledge and skill set will develop our quarterbacks and advance our offence as a whole.  Marcus is a kind, caring and patient man who knows how to develop players and teach the game.  We are honoured to have him on board.”

Calgary Tops Saskatchewan: Rush Ready For The Play-Offs

Four unanswered goals in the third quarter paced the Calgary Roughnecks to a 14-7 win over the Saskatchewan Rush on Saturday night, ending the Rush’s eight-game regular-season winning streak over their Prairie rivals.
The Rush end the campaign with a 12-6 record and will now begin the chase for their third consecutive Champion’s Cup title. Saskatchewan will get a bye for the opening round and watch the Vancouver Stealth take on the Colorado Mammoth in the one-game division semifinal. The winner of that game will meet the Rush in the West Division Final.
Calgary (8-10) missed the playoffs for the first time in 14 seasons, but find some solace in finally bringing an end to their run of futility against the Rush. The eight-game slump was further enhanced by the Rush’s also beating the Roughnecks in four straight playoff games as well.
The Roughnecks took a 5-4 lead just before halftime and then blew the game open in the third with four goals in a row. Jeff Shattler welcomed Rush backup goalie Tyler Carlson to the net and beat him with a shot from close-in to put the Roughnecks up 6-4. Tyler Digby tipped a shot home to put Calgary up three, and former Rush Riley Loewen burned his old teammates with a hot shot coming down the wing.