Defender Sarah Haiko and goaltender Chloe Werle, both fourth-year athletes with the Bisons, were named as team captains for the 2013 season.
The Bisons opened their season at home, hosting the Saskatchewan Huskies Sept. 6 and the Regina Cougars Sept. 7.
Saskatchewan outshot Manitoba 20-4, but the Bisons struck first; Daniella Scerbo served up a cross to Gillian Sidon, who put it past the Huskies goalie in the fifth minute. From there it was all Saskatchewan. Erica Parenteau tied it up for the Huskies in the 43rd minute, and the Huskies took the lead early in the second half as Ali Goodman set up striker Jenelle Zapski. Goodman would later score, making the final 3-1 in Saskatchewan’s favour.
On Saturday, the Bisons dropped their second game of the season against the Cougars 1-0. The lone, unassisted goal came in the 89th minute from Jayde McFee.
The Bisons (0-2-0) travel west this upcoming weekend to play Calgary (1-0-1) on Sept. 14 and Lethbridge (0-2-0) on Sept. 15.
A pair of Bison hockey alumni recently signed professional contracts.
Forward Blair Macaulay agreed to terms with the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL. The two-time Canada West men’s hockey MVP will have an opportunity to play alongside his younger brother Scott, who will also skate for the ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers. Blair Macaulay finished his four-year CIS career with 118 points (56 goals and 62 assists) in 112 regular season conference games.
Meanwhile, former Bison goaltender Jesse Deckert, who spent last season in the ECHL playing for the Florida Everblades, recently signed a two-way AHL contract with the Charlotte Checkers. Deckert went 9-1-1 with 2.40 GAA in the 2012-13 season.
Synchronized Skating Tryouts
Ice Intrepid, the U of M’s synchronized skating team, will be holding open tryouts at Max Bell Arena on Sept. 16, 18, and 20 at 6:30 a.m.
Tryouts are open to all genders. The team requires prospective skaters to have completed the Junior Silver skating test or have equivalent synchronized skating experience. Ice Intrepid trains out of the Max Bell Arena with on-ice practices scheduled at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays, and alternating Mondays. Off-ice training is on alternating Sunday evenings.
The team intends to qualify for nationals, which are being held in Burnaby, B.C. in February.
Last season, Ice Intrepid qualified for the 2013 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships in Calgary, where they finished ninth in a field of 12 teams.