Graphic by Andy Che

The giant within

At only 15 years old, the second goaltender taken in the 2013 draft took one step closer to the NHL. His numbers during his final year of midget hockey were outstanding, producing a 1.40 goals against average and 0.947 save percentage in 21 games for the 2013-14 season.

Jamel Lyles was the 2015 Can West rookie of the year. 
Photo credit to Jeff Miller

The best of Bisons football

The University of Manitoba Bisons football team didn’t end 2015 quite the way they wanted – falling in the conference semi-final. There were, however, a number of bright spots during the season. Below are the Manitoban’s top 10 stories and moments from this year’s campaign.

Selina Speranza. Photo by Tara Miller.

The best of Bisons soccer

The 2015 women’s soccer season was quite memorable. Below are the Manitoban’s top 10 stories and moments from the pitch.

Photo by Will McDonald for the Ubyssey.

Beatdown in B.C.

For the second week in a row, the University of Manitoba Bisons football team travelled to UBC looking not only to defeat the Thunderbirds for the first time in 2015 but also defend their conference title.

Photo by Chantal Zdan.

Serving up opposite seasons

This weekend, both the Bisons men’s and women’s volleyball teams went head to head against the Mount Royal Cougars. The men swept their two matchups against the visitors, maintaining their perfect record. The women didn’t fare so well, as they dropped both of their games.

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Bisons get a split in Saskatchewan

The University of Manitoba Bisons men’s basketball team kicked off their regular season on the road this past weekend, looking to accomplish two things. The first was to knock off a top-10 nationally ranked team, in Saskatchewan. The second and more substantial goal was to defeat the Huskies for the first time since the 2012-13 season.

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Bears and Bisons do battle in Alberta

The University of Manitoba Bisons men’s hockey team was back on the road in Alberta this weekend to face off against the defending CIS champion Alberta Golden Bears. The visitors lost a heartbreaker on Friday night in overtime by a score of 3-2. They then bounced back and won 3-2 in the rematch.

Wyatt Anders swats down a shot. Photo by Jeff Miller

Looking to conquer the Canada West

After falling to Calgary in a Canada West Play-In series last February, the University of Manitoba Bisons men’s basketball team is hungry to return to the postseason this coming year. With a number of critical players from squads across the conference graduating, the parity is as high as it’s been in years, giving the herd an opportune chance to rise in the standings for 2015-16.

The homecoming

To say that Joey Nitychoruk was highly touted coming out of high school would be an extreme understatement. Along with being a significant contributor on the U17 provincial squad, the six-foot-six wingman was also named the top high school basketball player in Manitoba in the Winnipeg Sun coaches’ poll during his senior year with St. Paul’s High School in 2010-11.

Photo by Jeff Miller

Season-ending shutout

When the final whistle blew in Manitoba’s playoff opener at Grant MacEwan, they accepted a bittersweet fate – a 2-0 loss to the home side, putting an end to one of the most exciting Bisons soccer seasons in recent memory.