Bears hit the road

The Bears have a weekend coming up, that I know some of them have been looking forward to for a while. They’ll be playing the Lethbridge Pronghorns who have had a very difficult start to the season (standings) with only one win, which came against the second-last place Thunderbirds. The Pronghorns are in last place. This weekend’s game will be in Lethbridge and can be seen for free online on Canada West tv. The Pandas are sitting back and relaxing all weekend, as they scared off all competition after their victories against the Pronghorns last weekend.

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Bears Prospect

This week after interviewing all the rookies, it’s time for a special edition interview with a potential future prospect for the Bears hockey program. William is eight and three quarters, and currently wearing red and blue, representing Hockey West Island. He’s earned one goal in one game so far this season, an impressive start for the young defenseman. I start off by asking him to describe his first goal of the season.

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William is number 14 and Sydney is number 6. This picture was taken during their first game of the season, the same game that included the goal Will describes in the interview.

Stats Update

The Pandas had a great bounce-back weekend, although unable to move up in the standings, they did make up lost ground. They were on home ice against the Lethbridge Pronghorns skating to a 6-2 victory on Friday and a 3-0 win on Saturday. Kampjes picked up four points on the weekend, and Deanna Morin netted two goals (both assisted by Kampjes). The Pandas are now tied for third in the standings, with Skoye still leading the team in scoring as she has 11 points in 10 games! She’s currently tied for third highest scorer in Canada West.

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The Bears didn’t have any official games this weekend so their spot in the standings went unchanged. All other Canada West teams also had the weekend off, with the exception of UBC and Lethbridge who split the battle of the basement. The Pronghorns won 4-3 in OT on Friday and the UBC Thunderbirds won 7-4 on Saturday. The Bears did play two exhibition games against the Lakehead ThunderWolves (10th in CIS). They won both games with Jordan Hickmott leading the way getting five goals on the weekend! They won 7-2 and 7-5 (Hickmott’s hat-trick game) solidifying their place atop the CIS National Rankings.

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The National Rankings are based on a voting system compiled from members all across Canada. They submit their top ten varsity hockey teams, and points are given accordingly. If a team is voted for first place they receive 10 points, second place is 9 points, and so on until tenth place team which receives 1 point per vote.

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Pandas Play at Home

The Pandas are on home ice against the Lethbridge Pronghorns this weekend. The Pandas are coming off a rough finish from last weekend and are looking to rebound against a team that’s right on their heels in the standings. The Pronghorns have a really good chance at becoming a playoff contender this weekend, if they can win. It should be some really exciting hockey!

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The Bears don’t have any Canada West games this weekend. They are however playing an exhibition game against the Thunderwolves in ThunderBay. This will be a chance for them to see how they rank Nationally, as they’ve been dominating all the teams out here!

Jamie Crooks

Today, I’m playing the second of the Bears two rookie interviews. Jamie Crooks comes from the Victoria Royals in the WHL, where he was both the team MVP and top scorer. This year with the Bears he’s performing exceptionally well. A lot of players struggle in their first year, with the combined demands of University studies and Varsity Hockey. But both rookies that I’ve talked to have been playing very well. Jamie is currently 18th in the league with seven points (five goals and two assists) and seventh on the team. Here’s Jamie!

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Photo Credit: http://graham1260.blogspot.ca/2011_12_01_archive.html

Stats Update!

The Bears were at home against the UBC Thunderbirds this past weekend. The Thunderbirds came into the weekend sitting in second last place whereas the Bears were up in first. Therefore, it was not a huge shock when the Bears emerged the victor in both games. Winning 5-3 on Friday and 6-2 on Saturday. The Dinos also won both their games, so the race for first place is still very tight with both teams tied at 16 points. The Bears top scorer is still Koper, holding a one point lead over Ferguson and last week’s interview, TJ Foster. Mucha is sitting in third place for goaltending in Canada West with a 1.75 Goals Against Average and a solid save percentage of 92.2%. And the Bears rookie goaltender, Siemens, is in first place among Canada West Goaltenders with a 1.25 goals against average, plus he’s saving 94.7% of the shots he faces.

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The Pandas didn’t have quite as joyful a weekend. Going into the matchup the Pandas were in second and the Thuderbirds in fifth. After a loss on Friday 2-1 the Pandas earned a point on Saturday with another 2-1 loss, this time in the shoot out. Now the Pandas sit one spot below the Thunderbirds in fourth place. Skoye continues to lead the Pandas with a consistent 8 points in 8 games. Casorso and Rafter, from the Thunderbirds, lead the league in scoring with 10 points each. Lindsey Post is currently saving 92.8% and allowing an average of 1.17 goals per gam. Michla Jeffries is just below Post in the rankings saving 94.3% and allowing an average of 1.26 goals per game.

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TJ Foster

The Bears, this season, only have three active rookies on the roster. All of whom are very skilled and have been performing very well. Today I talk to TJ Foster! TJ comes to the Bears from the Oil Kings. He currently has nine points in his first six games of the season. The second most points on the team and the fifth most points in the league. An interesting part of his stat line is that 8 of his 9 points are for assists. Highlighting his pinpoint passing ability. He says there’s another reason for his assist numbers as well. I start by asking him how he got off to such a great start with the Bears.

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Photo Credit: thepipelineshow.blogspot.com

Rankings and Stats Update!

The Pandas had a very close to perfect weekend. They were facing the Saskatchewan Huskies who, prior to Friday night, were tied with the Pandas for second place in Canada-West. The Pandas won the first game in a thrilling 3-1 victory. It was 2-1 until Lindsey Cunningham scored an empty netter with exactly 1 second left. The fun would not last though. The next night the Pandas were swarmed by the Huskies and lost in overtime 3-2. Skoye is currently the Pandas’ top contributor with 6 points (3 goals and 3 assists) in the first 6 games, she’s tied for third in the league. Post is currently saving 92% of the shots fired at the net and Michala Jeffries is saving 95%, and allowing an average of only one goal per game. She already has an assist after playing only three games.

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The Bears were once again unstoppable over the weekend, keeping their streak alive at six wins and zero losses. They beat the Huskies 3-2 and 4-2 allowing them to hold onto first place. Calgary also remains undefeated and sits behind the Bears based on a weaker Goals for/Goals Against ratio. The Bear’s scoring is lead by Levko Koper who has 10 points (3 goals and 7 assists) in his first 6 games, he currently sits in third place in the league for scoring. Mucha is currently saving 94% of the shots he faces, and rookie Luke Siemens is currently ranked the best goalie in the league with a save percentage of almost 96%, allowing only one goal per game.

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The Morin Twins

To start off the 2013/14 season I decided to do something I’ve never done before: interview two players at once! The Morin twins grew up in Fort Saskatchewan and have always played hockey together. Ashley Morin (#6) is currently nursing a shoulder injury and is out of the lineup. Deanna has been playing steady minutes with the Pandas and despite her six shots on net has no goals or assists as of yet.

Season Starts Back-Up

With the season already in full swing for both the Bears and Pandas, I will be on air tomorrow with the first 2013-14 edition of Cam Meets the Bears and Pandas. I’m going to start off by speaking to some of the rookies about their initial experience with the team.

The Bears have had an insane start to their season pilling up the wins! They’ve won every single one of their games by at least four goals. In addition to that, only six Bears on the active roster haven’t scored a goal, meaning 14 out of 20 skaters have scored! In just the first four games of the season! Goaltending is once again looking like a strong suit for the Bears this season. Kurtis Mucha is saving over 94% of the shots he faces and only allowing one goal a game. Luke Siemens has played the other two games and has exceptional numbers so far, saving 97% and has allowed a total of only one goal. The Calgary Dinos have also had an amazing start and are looking like the Bears top competitors so far this season.

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The Pandas have also experienced a fair amount of success early on this season, not to the same extent as the Bears, but a very respectable first two weeks. The Pandas have one loss which came at the hands of the Manitoba Bisons. After beating the Bisons 5-1 the night before, the Pandas fell 1-0 off a second period goal from Anderson. Last week-end the Pandas were back to their winning ways beating the MRU Cougars 4-1 in Calgary and 1-0 at Clare Drake. Kampjes, Houston, Skoye, and Stewart have all been the biggest offensive contributors with four points each. Michala Jeffries has been excellent overall in her first two games saving almost 96% and only allowing one goal per game. Lindsey Post is saving 96.6% and allowing an average of one goal every two games.

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