Men's hockey heads to Winnipeg for weekend set with the Bisons

Men's hockey heads to Winnipeg for weekend set with the Bisons

GAME DATE: Oct. 14 at Manitoba
LOCATION: Winnipeg, MB – 6:00pm CST

GAME DATE: Oct. 15 at Manitoba
LOCATION: Winnipeg, MB – 3:00pm CST

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The Cougars and Bisons clash in the first weekend of the season. Both sides boast an impressive crop of recruits and will look to challenge Alberta and Saskatchewan for top billing in the conference. Each team suffered some personnel losses from last season and it will be curious to see who steps up in their absence.

THE SERIES:

Manitoba owns a slight advantage in the lifetime series, going 7-8-1 over the past four seasons. The Cougars did however manage to sweep all four games against the Bisons last season.

MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS (0-0-0)
2015-16 CW regular season record: 17-8-3, 3rd
2015-16 post-season record: 2-2, lost to ALB in SF

Last CW championship / total CW championships: N/A
Last CIS championship / total CIS championships: N/A 

2015-16 CW regular season ranks:
Offence: 100 GF, 3rd  
Defence: 73 GA, 3rd
Power play: 21.4%, 3rd
Penalty kill: 79.8%, 4th 

2015-16 CW regular season leaders:
Goals: 14 – Cam Maclise, F
Assists: 24 – Tyler Fiddler, F
Points: 36 – Tyler Fiddler, F
Wins: 13 – Colin Cooper, G
Shutouts: 1 – Colin Cooper, G

Key additions:
Devin Gannon / F / 4 / Kamloops, BC / Amiens Hockey (FRA)
Taylor Green / D / 1 / Port Coquitlam, BC / Coquitlam Express (BCHL)
Wyatt Hoflin / G / 1 / St. Albert, Alta. / Kootenay Ice (WHL)
Jesse Lees / D / 1 / Calgary, Alta. / Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
Luke Simpson / F / 2 / Canmore, Alta. / Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (NCAA)
Maddison Smiley / D / 3 / Airdrie, Alta. / UMass Minutemen (NCAA)
Dominic Thom / D / 1 / Calgary, Alta. / Alberni Valley Bulldogs (BCHL)
Colton Waltz / D / 1 / Vermillion, Alta. / Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
Jamal Watson / F / 1 / Calgary, Alta. / Swift Current Broncos (WHL)

Key losses:
Cody Cartier / F / Sylvan Lake, Alta. / 4
Tyler Fiddler / F / Prince Albert, Sask. / 5
Mackenzie Johnston / D / Swift Current, Sask. / 2
Jordan McNaughton / D / Komoka, Ont. / 1

Key performer:
Cam Maclise
Forward
3rd-year
Lacombe, Alta.

The former CJHL Player of the Year came into his own in the second half of last season, leading the Cougars in goals with 14. Maclise showed his dominance on special teams scoring eight times on the power play. Maclise will be counted on to shoulder most of the scoring load with the departure of Cartier and Fiddler.

 

MANITOBA BISONS (0-0-0)
2015-16 CW regular season record: 13-13-2, 4th
2015-16 post-season record: 1-2, lost to CGY in QF

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 1964-65 / 2
Last CIS championship / total CIS championships: 1964-65 / 1

2015-16 CW regular season ranks:
Offence: 92 goals, 4th
Defence: 96 goals against, 6th
Power play: 17.6%, 6th
Penalty kill: 72.4%, 8th

2015-16 CW regular season leaders:
Goals: 19 – Jordan DePape, F
Assists: 22 – Jordan DePape, F
Points: 41 – Jordan DePape, F
Wins: 7 – Justin Paulic, G
Shutouts: 0

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
Remi Laurencelle / F / 1 / Winnipeg, MB / Everett Silvertips
Nick Zajac / F / 1 / Headingley, MB / Saskatoon Blades
Garrett Johnston / D / 1 / Winnipeg, MB / Moncton Wildcats
Brad Bowles / F / 1 / Elkhorn, MB / Portage Terriers
Shawn Bowles / F / 1 / Elkhorn, MB / Portage Terriers
Quinton Lisoway / F / 1 / Neepawa, MB / Brandon Wheat Kings
Brett Dudar / F / 2 / Winnipeg, MB / Selkirk Steelers
Hudson Friesen / F / 3 / Winnipeg, MB / Univ. of Alaska Anchorage

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
Luke Paulsen / D / Winnipeg, MB / 3

Key performer:
Brett Stovin
Forward
2
Stony Mountain, MB

In the 2015-16 season, Stovin, 22, was selected to Canada West All-Rookie Team. He finished his rookie campaign at Manitoba with 26 points (12g, 14a), good for a tie for 15th in Canada West scoring and tied for third best among rookie scoring. The Stony Mountain, MB native also tied for the second longest point streak in 2015-16 with 11 games (started on Oct. 31/15 to Jan. 9/16) as he played in all 28 conference regular season games.