It’s All About the Money

This week we talk to the Bears’ top earner for money donated to Movember. Kruise Reddick has raised a total of $460 with his sole-patch and ‘stache combo. He has amassed 43% of total donations to the entire team, and he shares how he did it. Kruise has scored 12 points so far, putting him in a tie for the 19th place in the scoring race. With nine assists (and great line mates) Kruise has made it clear in his 16 games that he is able to set up his fellow players. Giving them great looks at wide open nets. Here’s top-earner Kruise!

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An Amazing Start

A great Video by “bearsandpandas” recognizing Torrie Dyck’s efforts so far this season. (Notice the great movember ‘stash as well!)

He deserves the recognition!

Moving onto a completely different topic. Sadly, there will be no radio show this week. Luckily I still have the final Movember interview, it will be uploaded tomorrow (Wednesday the 28th).

Movember Madness

Time for some Movember madness! Levko Koper and I sat down to talk about Movember and hockey. Koper currently is seventh in the Canada-West scoring race with 14 points in his 14 games. He has 10 assists and 4 goals, on track to tie his 28 points in 28 games from last year. However there will be one major difference in his stats over the past two years. This year he’s on track to have 75% less penalty minutes than last year. A solid improvement! Koper and other Bears are on Movember.ca. The team page has currently raised $890 while Koper alone has raised $40.

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Double Dose of Defense

This week we talk to two amazing defensemen form the Pandas. Kayla Lavallee and Kirsten Toth. Both of whom have been top performers for the team so far this season. Kayla Lavallee is boasting a solid +8 (best rating for a defensemen on the team) in her ten games. She’s also got 25% shooting from the blue line so far this season. Kirsten Toth has not been able to keep up quite as good a record as Lavallee, but she is still second best defensemen for +/- rating on the team. With +6 and four points in her ten games she’s not only a huge defensive contributor for the team but key on offense as well. Here’s the two super star defenders!

Kayla Lavellee 
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Kirsten Toth
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Bears Pull Ahead

The Bears had another amazing week-end, after a shaky start they seem to have found their footing under Ian Herber’s coaching. They beat the formerly third placed Calgary Dinos twice in a row both times by three goals. On Friday they won 5-2 and then followed that up with a 4-1 win on Saturday. Sean Ringrose scored two and Torrie Dyck got his fifth goal of the past four games, and his first four games of the season. The Bears now sit atop the rankings, they have however played two more games then the second place Huskies.

The Pandas were not in action, in fact no women’s CIS teams were. They will play the Regina Cougars next weekend at Clare Drake. The standings are the same as last week.

 

Pandas Injury Update

Today I talked with Meg Omand and Sarah Hilworth in the hallway outside the Pandas dressing room. Meg tore her left ACL in the pre-season. She expects to be back up and skating by the end of this week. She has ordered a yellow brace that she hopes to get by tomorrow. Playing this week-end is possible but unlikely, and she hopes to get back in the action two weeks form now when the Pandas play the UBC Thunderbirds in Vancouver.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News isn’t quite as good for Sarah Hilworth, who recently played her 100th conference game and that night earned her 100th conference point on her 50th conference goal. All that happened shortly before she “blew up her knee”. She said she hopes to be back in action after Christmas for the January third and fourth games against the MRU Cougars. Although she did also say that that was the earliest possible comeback, likely we won’t see games suited-up for a while longer.


The First Says It All!

Last Saturday night, the Bears didn’t really need to show up for the last two periods, they showed MRU not to mess around by the end of the first. The Bears had a clear 5-0 lead after the first period buzzer sounded. The Bears scored just over three minutes in, and rounded-out the period their fifth goal which came with only 26 seconds to play. To add to these opening and late frame heroics, their other three goals would come in a span of 1 minute 17 seconds, two of which were on the powerplay. Sadly, not much more came after the mayhem of the first period. The Bears continued to dominate but they didn’t get nearly as many break-aways and the goalie wasn’t second-guessing any saves. Two out of 24 of the second and third period shots would make it by MRU’s Flette. Leaving the Cougars to think about the 7-0 final on the four hour drive home.

The Pandas had an intense week-end against a very good team. They played the U of C Dinos, who were first going into the game on Friday. The Pandas won on Friday 4-2, giving them a one point lead on the Dinos. This would not last though, the Dinos shut out the Pandas 1-0 on Saturday. During Saturday’s game, the Pandas had 5 power-plays in the first period, including a 5-on-3 opportunity, but they couldn’t capitalize. In fact, the Dinos penalty kill was so good that with 10 minutes of power play the Pandas only managed 10 shots in the entire 20 minute period! Both teams had a time to shine this week-end, and when it was their turn they showed off some great hockey ability.

Rhett Rachinski

Rhett Rachinski will be the final interview of rookie month. Rhett scored last week-end on Friday before dropping to the ice hurt on Saturday. He’s also earned one assist with the Bears. The main reason he’s such a great player is because he’s so easy to work with. Born and raised in Edmonton, Rhett, after SSAC, played for the Oil Kings. He was on the team last season when they had that amazing run and won the WHL championship. He’s currently an Arts student and used to play drums for “the haze.” Here’s Rhett!

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The Bears Don’t Need Forwards

When you have a goalie who can score all your goals for you it doesn’t matter wether or not you have Johnny Lazo and Jordan Hickmott. You can just have your goalie do all the work!

On Friday night Mucha broke a CIS record becoming the first ever goalie to score a goal during a game. He stopped the shot by sticking to his post, then the Lethbridge player skated around for a while before rifling the puck down the ice into his own net. Mucha told me on Monday that he has been racing from interview to interview since the goal. The video doesn’t make it completely clear what’s happening as the shot on Mucha is right at the beginning (0:04). This is an amazing accomplishment for the Bears top-ranked goalie! Well done Mucha, now for number two!

Jessica Kampjes

Jessica Kampjes is the second rookie form the Pandas for this month and she’s already got a few solid stats this season. She’s scored two goals this season on her 8 shots. Jessica really prides herself on being a hardworking, fast skating forward who gets there first and buries the puck whenever given the opportunity. Last year she played in the Canada winter games scoring 12 points in her 12 games. She’s a strong forward who you can expect to see scoring a lot more goals this season. Here’s Jessica!

A great Youtube video about Jessica and other Pandas rookies!