The Bison men’s and women’s basketball teams were on a bye from conference play this past weekend. They resume play Nov. 26-27 when they host the University of Brandon Bobcats.
For the second straight year the Calgary Dinos will be heading to the Desjardins Vanier Cup after defeating the Saint Mary’s Huskies 35-8 in the CIS national semi-final, Mitchell Bowl this past Saturday.
Calgary will face off against the number one ranked Université Laval Rouge et Or for the CIS championship Nov. 27. Laval advanced to the finals by defeating Western 13-11 in the Uteck Bowl.
The Bison men’s and women’s hockey teams were in action over this past weekend, as both took on the UBC Thunderbirds. The women’s team had home ice advantage as they looked to extend their unbeaten regulation streak to eight games. On Friday, the Bisons dominated UBC, shutting the Thunderbirds out 4-0. The Bisons leading scorer Nellie Minshull got things started with a power play goal 8:30 into the first period.
While the Thunderbirds applied ample pressure early, Bisons goaltender Tara Lacquette was perfect between the pipes and earned her third shutout of the season. In the follow-up game the next day, Manitoba continued their dominate play and climbed to the top of the Canada West standings (tied with the University of Alberta, 17 points) with a 4-1 victory.
The men’s hockey team was on the road, looking to extend their own unbeaten regulation streak. On Friday, the Bisons battled back from a 0-2 deficit to push the Thunderbirds to a shootout, but could not beat the UBC goalie Jordan White, falling by a score of 3-2. Manitoba looked to exact some revenge the following evening but would have to settle for one point again, as they gave up a 3-1 lead in the third period and fell to the Thunderbirds in overtime 4-3. Although the men’s team ultimately lost both games over the weekend, they still managed to extend their unbeaten regulation streak, as well as their team point streak to seven games.
The Bisons currently sit in second place, behind only Alberta, in the Canada West men’s hockey standings. Both Manitoba hockey teams play Alberta next weekend, with huge standings implications on the line.
The Bisons men and women’s volleyball teams hosted the UBC Thunderbirds in Canada West Conference play on Nov. 19-20. The women’s team had a rough weekend, losing both of their games to rival UBC, falling to fourth in the Canada West Conference standings.
For the men’s team, it was a different story all together. After dropping the first set, the Bisons won the next three to take their Friday match 3-1 (16-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-23). Looking to build off of their win, the Bisons managed to defeat the UBC Thunderbirds again on Saturday night, 3-2 (23-25, 25-19, 25-21, 24-26, 15-10). With the two victories, the men’s team now sits in second place in the Canada West standings, still with only one loss on their season record thus far. Both teams will be playing in Brandon next weekend.