After somewhat of a rocky start to the 2010 season, the Bisons halted a two-game losing streak in dramatic fashion, dominating the host UBC for a 40–17 victory.
With the win, Bisons quarterback Khaleal Williams secured the first CIS victory as a starter, passing for 3 TDs on 215 yards and rushing for 100 yards. Running back Matt Henry also tallied another 100-plus yard game, running for 134 yards on 27 total carries. Henry also had two TDs in the process. Manitoba was able to score consistently throughout the game, putting up 24 points in the first half before adding another 16 in the second.
Speaking after the game, head coach Brian Dobie had only words of praise for his quarterback.
“Khaleal played smart throughout and was the single biggest factor of the game for us,” said Dobie. “Plus, the defence had a tough first half but rebounded but were ‘status quo’ and played really well in the second half.”
“Really well” might even be an understatement. After UBC scored 17 points in the first half, Manitoba’s defence was able to lock down and hold the Thunderbirds to zero points throughout the remaining two quarters.
Following Saturday’s action, the Bisons are now 1–2 on the season. Manitoba will now wait to host the top ten ranked Calgary Dinos at University Stadium, Sept. 25.
Last week it was announced that the Bisons’ own Brigette Lacquette has been named as one of 64 players invited to Team Canada’s women’s hockey evaluation camp. The camp runs from Sept. 22–26 in Calgary and is the first step in selecting Canada’s national women’s team for the 2010–11 season.
“Brigette is an incredible talent and this will be a great experience to get a chance to see where she is at with the best Canadian women players in hockey,” stated Bison women’s hockey head coach Jon Rempel.
The Bison women’s soccer team earned a 0–0 tie against top-ranked UBC this past Saturday. The opposing Thunderbirds were able to get nine shots off on Manitoba goalkeeper Laura Harrison but none of them good enough to get by the third-year veteran.
The following day, Sept. 19, the Bisons lost 1–0 to rival Trinity Western. Once again, Harrison kept Manitoba in the game, turning away all but one of UBC’s shots, but the visiting Bisons just couldn’t find the equalizer.
After the loss, Manitoba now holds a record of 0–2–2 in conference play. The Bisons hit the road again next week to play back-to-back games against the Calgary Dinos and the Lethbridge Pronghorns, Sept. 25-26.