1. If there were any doubts after a few early losses this season that the UNB Varsity Reds could be as good as they were last year, those should virtually be erased now as UNB continues to roll right along in the AUS. Cameron Braes returned to the lineup and immediately had an impact, registering six points over UNB's two wins against UPEI and Moncton. Chris Clapperton has scored in three straight, Cameron Brace recorded a hat-trick against UPEI, and of course all the usual suspects are producing for UNB. It's always worth watching to see if UNB adds another body over Christmas, but at this point, you'd be hard-pressed to find a player who can make them better. Maybe UNB looks for another d-man. Without Colin Suellentrop right now, they're a little shorthanded on the back-end.
2. Just like that the UPEI Panthers have lost four games in a row and are starting to seriously slide as the end of the semester approaches. Cody Payne was held off the scoresheet this week, but the Panthers continue to score at roughly the same rate they did in the first semester. Their .805 SV% in the month of November is dreadful, and the PK% is also a lowly 58.8% in their last six games. The Panthers need to figure out their defensive deficiencies before they hope to regain the success they had early beating teams like UNB.
3. While the Panthers struggle, the Saint Mary's Huskies may be starting to turn a corner. They've won three games in a row, including a dominant 5-1 win over StFX on Friday night. Ben Duffy is getting some serious traction again with nine points in his last five games, and with Hunter Garlent, Calder Brooks, and Taylor Burke stepping up lately too, the Huskies definitely aren't a bad offensive team by any stretch. Goaltender Eric Brassard seems to be putting it together lately too, with four consecutive starts under his belt. SMU's lack of bodies on defence is still hurting them, but look for them to add over the Christmas break with four roster spots open at the moment. Miles Liberati would be a real nice fit on the Huskies' blueline if they manage to get him.
4. Is Robert Steeves the new number one goalie for the Acadia Axemen? There's definitely no telling for sure just yet, but he has the best numbers of any goalie on the team. That's saying something considering this Acadia team features both Devin Williams and Brandon Glover in the crease, but Steeves' was an ex-CHL starter in his own right with the Gatineau Olympiques and Acadie-Bathurst Titan back in his day. If anything, Acadia's crease flexes their recruit muscles, with goalies from the QMJHL, WHL, and OHL on one team. The Axemen split this weekend after losing a tight one in OT to StFX, but bounced back with a 5-2 win over Dalhousie. Stephen Harper and Remy Giftopoulos continue to produce, but Matt Pufahl has exploded for eight points over a five game point streak.
5. The StFX X-Men split this weekend, taking down Acadia on Wednesday, but losing to SMU on Friday. Defenceman Cole MacDonald had the OT winner on Wednesday and the former Everett Silvertip is slowly but surely beginning to fill up the stat columns. Brandon Hope was pulled after allowing four goals to SMU on Friday and has been all over the map lately, so expect Chase Marchand to see some starts this week coming. Holden Cook sat out Friday's game against SMU which isn't a great sign, but StFX's depth is among the best in the conference. Perhaps this will give Nathan Pancel a better opportunity up front, as the ex-42 goal season man with the Sudbury Wolves is still searching for his first this year.
6. Allain Saulnier has just one goal on the season, yet leads in the country in points. That's ridiculous in every sense of the word. Even more so when you factor in Moncton has the country's leading goal scorer in J.F. Plante, yet still find themselves dead last in the AUS. Defence and goaltending issues continue to persist, and it's quite simply killing the Aigles Bleus. Moncton pulled off a 4-2 win against UPEI on Friday, but were quickly dismissed by UNB, 9-1. The good news is, they are comfortably under the roster cap and have a lot of flexibility in terms of adding players. But the question is, can they find anyone willing to commit mid-season?
7. Disappointing week for the Dalhousie Tigers who emerge with a pair of regulation losses. Corbin Boes is always a talking point when it comes to the Tigers, but it's extremely important they find some more production from the offence if they want to hold down their playoff spot. Yes, missing Phil Gadoury hurts, but good teams in this league are able to push through absences like that. Dalhousie should be pushing for another player addition over the break, and although the reacquisition of Chad Duchesne and/or Danny Moynihan is a possibility, the Tigers can't wait much longer.
8. The Aaron Berisha sweepstakes are really heating up. He's been visiting campuses across the country lately and his list begins to narrow. UPEI is an obvious contender with his brother Beni playing there, but Acadia could also very well be in on Berisha. From the OUA, Western is always poking away at available forwards, but Carleton and Ryerson are two other schools who have recruited well out of the OHL and pro ranks.
***Matt Pufahl: D Acadia Axemen
On a team with a plethora of offensive weapons up front, Matt Pufahl's five point week was an unexpected surprise. But it's less of a surprise when you consider he's just a season removed from 28 points, and totalled 49 points in his OA season with the Everett Silvertips in the WHL. Acadia has a lot of threats on their forward unit, but Pufahl is proof you can't forget about their blueline either.
**Cameron Braes: F UNB Varsity Reds
Another week, and another UNB Varsity Red on the three stars list. But this position is well deserved for Cameron Braes, who returned from injury this week, and then promptly posted six points over his two games played, including a hat-trick against Moncton on Saturday. Braes is another great example of a guy who made the jump from the WHL to the AUS and is paying big-time dividends for his team.
*Ben Duffy: F SMU Huskies
Ben Duffy is one of the highest scoring QMJHL recruits to ever play AUS hockey. After a fairly slow start to the season, you had to figure it was only a matter of time before Duffy got the ball rolling this year. Six points this week, three in each game, highlight a nice 2-0 weekend for the SMU Huskies. Look for more to come from a former 100+ point scorer in the QMJHL.
Key Games This Week:
UPEI vs Saint Mary's, Fri. Nov. 25th, 7:00pm AST
UPEI is a team that needs to turn things around pronto, while Saint Mary's is starting to gather some momentum. This game will either see UPEI get back on track or Saint Mary's continue their mini-roll. On the adverse side, either UPEI's struggles will continue, or Saint Mary's will have issues preventing goals again.
UNB vs Acadia, Fri. Nov. 25th, 7:00pm AST
The UNB Varsity Reds look unstoppable lately, especially after the way they've run over StFX. They've already taken out Acadia once this year, 5-1, but if the Axemen get some timely goaltending, this game should be a lot closer. Both teams have deadly offences, so if neither side has sharp goaltending, this could quickly turn into a slobber-knocker.
1. Having registered a point in eight consecutive games, the McGill Redmen are now tied on top of the OUA East with the Queen's Gaels. The Redmen had a close contest with the York Lions on Friday night, which saw OT determine the victor, but a night later, the Redmen bulldozed through the Brock Badgers 6-1. Dominic Talbot-Tassi is really starting to take over, as a five point week including two game-winners make him the highest scoring d-man in the OUA. Some news broke this week that McGill have an LOI from Nikolas Brouillard, a small but highly skilled defenceman currently with Orlando in the ECHL. McGill is short-staffed on the blueline without Etienne Boutet at the moment, and if Brouillard does indeed want to come to McGill, he helps them the second he steps on the ice.
2. This week saw the UOIT Ridgebacks slip to third in the East after a pair of losses in-conference to the Concordia Stingers and UQTR Patriotes. It's not a good sign for the Ridgebacks because if they have any intention of remaining a top three OUA East team, those are the teams they are going to need to beat. Concordia and UQTR both have high power offences, so it's imperative that UOIT plays well defensively and gets very good goaltending in order to win. That didn't exactly happen this week. The Ridgebacks faceoff against the McGill Redmen next week, which will be a huge test for a UOIT team who have already beaten the Redmen once this season.
3. The Queen's Gaels had their win streak snapped this week when they ran into the UQTR Patriotes. The Gaels certainly made a game of it going into the third period, but the Patriotes looked really, really good this week. Queen's held the Concordia Stingers to just one goal in the 2-1 win on Saturday night, and it signified another rock solid start for Jacob Brennan who has been very serviceable for the Gaels this year. Slater Doggett and Eric Ming both continue to fill the net for Queen's, and both should get serious consideration in the roster selection for the U Sports Selects team set to play against Team Canada in December.
4. The UQTR Patriotes looked like the Patriotes from last season all over again, taking down UOIT and Queen's this weekend. The Patriotes now lead the OUA with 61 goals, and Guillaume Asselin has made the offence look totally unstoppable. It's easy to say that even without Asselin, the Patriotes have the depth to compensate for his loss, but now that he's back, it really shows how much they've missed his presence. The Patriotes are 4-4 all-time when Asselin isn't in the lineup, and although that's not a terrible record, by UQTR standards over the last few seasons, that's below expectation. This week UQTR runs into both RMC and Carleton. Two wins put them right back among the leaders in the OUA East.
5. The Ottawa Gee-Gees nearly pulled off a six game win streak had it not been for the York Lions on Saturday night in a great back and forth OT game. But the point remains, the Gee-Gees have been a far better team in the month of November than they were to start the year. They're still not scoring all that much, but goaltending has combined for a .930 SV% this month, and the Gee-Gees possession numbers are starting to rise. These are all encouraging signs for Ottawa who seem to be a brand new team ever since Marc Beckstead joined their lineup seven games ago. But you can also see players like Kevin Domingue and Jacob Harris are playing a much more confident game, and their teammates are following suit.
6. After losing three straight games, the Laurentian Voyageurs immediately respond by rattling off another three consecutive in the win column. The win over Carleton on Friday has to be huge for their confidence, but a narrow double OT win over RMC on Saturday nearly saw them lose three straight games to the Paladins. Joel Vienneau finally captured his first career OUA win this week after going 0-12 to start his OUA career. That's not a particularly great record, but still, Vienneau can be a big difference maker for Laurentian in net when he's playing well like he did this weekend.
7. The Carleton Ravens continue to flip-flop as they lose to Laurentian on Friday, and then take down Nipissing on Saturday night. Carleton surprisingly mustered just 23 shots on net against Laurentian, and given Carleton's offensive talent, that's a disappointment. They spent the first part of the game against Nipissing in the penalty box, but once the Ravens got back to 5-on-5, they looked like the much better team. Corey Durocher broke a mini-goalless drought with a nice hat-trick on Saturday that carried Carleton to victory, but Carleton's inconsistency issues continue to plague them throughout the first semester.
8. After getting off to a very hot start in October, the Concordia Stingers are starting to look a lot more normal in November. They split this weekend, beating UOIT, but then lost 2-1 to Queen's a night after. The Stingers' offence has dropped by about a full goal-per-game this month, and the goals against average has risen by about the same margin. Anthony De Luca continues to be one of the hottest players in the conference, but Concordia would like to see more from guys like Dominic Beauchemin, Philippe Hudon, and Scott Oke, all of who have been relatively quiet so far this month.
9. RMC and Nipissing both find themselves out of the playoff picture as the Ottawa Gee-Gees start to heat up. Steve Deeg, Brock Morrison, and Colin Campbell all put up some nice numbers over two wins for Nipissing, but they were clearly outmatched again this week by Carleton. RMC comes away with a point from their game against Laurentian, but it's clear to see that stringing multiple wins together will be tough for them this season.
***Joel Vienneau: G Laurentian Voyageurs
Joel Vienneau not only recorded his first two wins in the OUA this week, but he also recorded his first career OUA point. Sure, it was just an assist on an empty net goal, but it was a fantastic pass that found Dylan Fitze and sealed the deal against the Carleton Ravens. Of course, Vienneau did a pretty good job stopping the puck this week too, holding Carleton and RMC to just one goal each.
**Guillaume Asselin: F UQTR Patriotes
Guillaume Asselin has missed half the season with injury, yet he still has the second most goals in the OUA with 11. That's ridiculous. The Patriotes just seem to be a different team with Asselin in the lineup, as they mowed down the competition this week behind three goals and five points courtesy of Asselin.
*Dominic Talbot-Tassi: D McGill Redmen
If there was such thing as a perfect week for a defenceman in the OUA, this would be pretty darn close. Dominic Talbot-Tassi scored two game-winners this week for McGill, and added another four assists to his total, solidifying his position as one of the best offensive defencemen in the whole country. Whatever the Redmen lost in the departure of Sam Labreque they seem to be getting out of Talbot-Tassi this season.
Key Games This Week:
UOIT vs McGill, Fri. Nov. 25th, 7:30pm EST
The UOIT Ridgebacks already beat the McGill Redmen once this season, but the way McGill has been playing lately, UOIT won't be seeing the same team they saw earlier this year. However, McGill will likely be without Christophe Lalonde and Jasmin Boutet due to suspensions out of the Brock game, so UOIT could catch a break there, but there's a lot more to worry about on McGill's roster than just those two.
UQTR vs Carleton, Sat. Nov. 26th, 7:00pm EST
UQTR tore through their opposition this week, and with RMC coming up, that appears to be a mismatch. But Saturday could be a real good test for the Patriotes who already lost to Carleton this year back in October. For the Ravens, they certainly have the personnel to beat UQTR again, but will it all come to fruition? This should be anyone's game, and has all the makings of a classic.
1. The Ryerson Rams continue to sit on top of the OUA West and possess the best offence in the West by a fair margin. They've strung five wins together now since a disappointing loss to York, and Ryerson's top unit of Matt Mistele, Michael Fine, and Chris Marchese have found their game lately. The trio have combined for 21 points on their five game streak, but the Rams are finding serious contributions from their bottom six players too. Ryerson's ability to roll an effective four-line unit has been separating them from the pack this season, and make this Ryerson team arguably the deepest they've had in recent memory. Taylor Dupuis and Charlie Graham have both started to fare better in net too, improving the OUA's worst save percentage in October to a .911 SV% in November.
2. If you were wise enough to place a wager at the start of the year on the U of T Varsity Blues getting their first regular season win against the Western Mustangs, you're a very rich person. Western's seven game losing streak is the worst they've had in the Clarke Singer era as head coach, and losing to U of T on home ice rubs more salt in the wound. When I saw Western play Ryerson on Thursday, I didn't think they looked that bad, but their lack of offence was evident. Even with Matt Marantz and Andrew Goldberg back in the lineup, the Mustangs didn't have much to offer, and their offence is among the worst in the OUA, with just 28 goals to show through 13 games.
3. On the U of T Varsity Blues side, they'll be very happy about not just beating Western, but scoring a whopping seven goals in the process. Aidan Wallace is having a very productive season for the Varsity Blues, and with Matt Campagna and Charlie Connell stepping up, U of T definitely has some talent up front, although it's still not as much as last year. U of T turned around the following night from Western and then lost a close one, 5-4, to Laurier, but the Varsity Blues are starting to find ways to score. Much like last year, it doesn't matter how badly U of T is being outplayed, they always seem just one or two bounces away from being within striking distance again.
4. The York Lions have to be happy after coming away from a northern road trip with three out of a possible four points. They came very close to taking down the McGill Redmen on Friday, and went down to the wire with Ottawa too the next night. Alex Fotinos has looked very impressive lately, keeping the Lions close against some great teams. His .932 SV% shows that even though the Peruginis are gone, York hasn't seen much change in terms of quality netminding. Greg Milner has eight goals on the season now and continues to be one of the most underrated players in the OUA West, while the rest of the York Lions have been business as usual, playing as one of the hardest teams to score goals against.
5. The Brock Badgers are a really feisty team. Considering how their preseason went, I'm probably a month or two late to this conclusion, but the folks up in Quebec know it now too after the Badgers and Redmen had a penalty-filled contest on Saturday night. Clint Windsor remains on the shelf, and Brock has been forced to turn to their backups, but despite losing both games this weekend, Adam Beukeboom continues to fill in fairly well. His 45 saves on Friday kept Brock close against Ottawa, but Alex Brooks-Potts looked a little softer, allowing six goals to McGill on Saturday. Brock is on a bit of a roller coaster right now, but if they stick with the system and trust their coaching, there's no reason they can't stay inside the OUA West top five.
6. The Guelph Gryphons and Lakehead Thunderwolves had a real battle up north this weekend, with a combined 22 goals between the teams in a pair of Gryphon wins. Guelph's Rob Lepine lead the way with six points against Lakehead and headlines a Guelph offence which has looked really good at times this season, but at others, not so much. For Lakehead, Kelin Ainsworth continues to be one of the best players in the conference, but Lakehead's team save percentage is now tied with UPEI for second worst in the country. Lakehead has some consistency issues on defence too despite a talented group back there, but definitely need their goaltending to be better too.
7. The Laurier Golden Hawks come away from the weekend with a sweep to their credit after a couple of hard fought wins against Windsor and U of T. The Golden Hawks are actually starting to show some good signs as a team capable of poking around in the OUA West top five, but consistency will certainly determine whether or not they are worthy of that spot by the end of the semester. While Derek Schoenmakers continues to score at a steady pace, Andrew Fritsch has been a point-per-game player too, and Danny Hanlon doesn't sit far behind at nine points through 13 games.
8. The Windsor Lancers are looking to string together some consistency in the month of November, as they still hover around the .500 mark after splitting another weekend. The offence had gone quiet before their game against Waterloo, but goalie Kris Joyce has been supplying some good starts for them lately. Windsor had a bit of a tough time against OUA East opponents, but now that two straight in conference games against Brock and York, two wins could go a long way in placing themselves in a good position before the Christmas break.
9. The month of November hasn't been very kind to the Waterloo Warriors, especially offensively. The Warriors have just eight goals so far this month, three of which came against Windsor in their last game. Waterloo are losers of four straight games now and continue to search for any kind of offensive consistency. Before their two powerplay goal outburst against Windsor, the Warriors' powerplay was sitting at a dismal 1%. They haven't been getting a lot of bounces, but it's clear to see there isn't much finishing on this team either.
***Matt Mistele: F Ryerson Rams
Part of one of the deadliest lines in the league right now, Matt Mistele is finally starting to get his game going in the OUA. Injuries hampered his progress at the start of the season, but there's clearly chemistry with himself, Chris Marchese, and Michael Fine. Mistele netted five points this week for Ryerson, including a goal against Waterloo.
**Aidan Wallace: F U of T Varsity Blues
The second member of the 2015 Memorial Cup Champion Oshawa Generals on this list, Aidan Wallace factored a big part into U of T's 7-3 win against Western, and added another point against Laurier to cap his week off at four points. Wallace produced well for U of T at the start of the season, but after a few games without much to offer on the scoresheet, it looks like Wallace could be back to his early season form.
*Robert Lepine: F Guelph Gryphons
I always believed Robert Lepine was the best kept secret on a Guelph team that featured the likes of Robbie De Fulviis, Dylan Gilbert, Kyle Neuber, and Carlos Amestoy last season. But now that those players are gone, it's Lepine's time to shine. An impressive six point showing this week lead the Gryphons past the Lakehead Thunderwolves as Lepine's contributions will be a big part of Guelph's success moving forward this season.
Key Games to Watch This Week:
U of T vs York, Fri. Nov. 25th, 7:00pm EST
I get the sense Chris Dennis doesn't like playing the Varsity Blues. This was the team that knocked his York Lions out of the playoffs last year, and in their first meeting this year, the Lions just barely scraped past U of T by a score of 1-0 at home. Don't be at all shocked if Darren Lowe has something up his sleeve for York again this week.
Windsor vs Brock, Fri. Nov. 25th, 7:15pm EST
We saw last week how chippy the Brock Badgers can play, and we know that the Windsor Lancers aren't a fun team to play against either. With the way both teams have been playing lately, this one could be a real bruiser of a matchup. The Badgers are on a bit of a slide without their starting goalie, Clint Windsor, and the Windsor Lancers need to muster some offence. It's a combination for success for the Lancers, but the Badgers have surprised more than a few opponents already this season.
1. The Lethbridge Pronghorns are seriously stepping up against nationally ranked opponents this season. With their surprise 2-0 sweep of the Mount Royal Cougars this week, the Pronghorns are 3-1 against nationally ranked opponents. It's been the midrange to basement teams in Canada West that are giving them trouble. All the while, Justin Valentino continues to be a great story. A fourth-line centre just two seasons ago, the former Swan Valley Stampeder leads Lethbridge in goals, but his nine markers are also tied with Jamie Crooks for second most in Canada West. Tim Campbell has been rock solid, and a big five point week for Mitch Maxwell contributed to Lethbridge's success.
2. The Mount Royal Cougars received a bit of a shock this week, but going through some adversity early in the season might help this team out a little in the long-run. The Cougars were simply outplayed by Lethbridge, and had a hard time beating Garrett Hughson. They also long to get their captain Matt Brown back, who missed more time this weekend. The two losses to Lethbridge don't constitute a slide yet, but if they drop a pair to UBC next week, you can bet some eyebrows will be raised.
3. The Regina Cougars nearly forgot what the win column looked like, but thanks to a pair of big wins against UBC this weekend, are back in the mix. When I last spoke with coach Todd Johnson, he told me that he expected Cody Fowlie could be in store for a better season. His five point week for Regina was certainly an encouraging sign for a former 40-point player with Everett and Kelowna in the WHL. J.J. Coleshaw's return was huge for Regina too, as he added four points this weekend. But it was the breakout from Tristan Frei that really has people talking. The first year forward registered six points, including three goals against UBC, and suddenly leads the Cougars in points. Don't expect the offence to produce at this rate consistently, but if Regina can continue to beat opponents like UBC, they won't be far out of the playoff picture.
4. Elgin Pearce continues to prove my statement that he's the most clutch forward in Canada West. Pearce beat Canada West's most clutch goalie, Jordon Cooke, in the shootout on Saturday night to solidify Calgary's 2-1 victory over Saskatchewan. The Dinos got great goaltending again from Matt Greenfield, but apart from Elgin Pearce, the offence hasn't been finishing much lately. For Saskatchewan, they continue to receive consistent production from guys like Michael Sofillas, Logan McVeigh, and Jesse Forsberg. It's going to be that type of consistency that lends itself to a deep run for Saskatchewan. They handled Calgary fairly easily on Friday with a 5-0 shutout victory, but the Huskies need to keep their momentum going if they want to hold off the Alberta Golden Bears.
5. The Alberta Golden Bears are 8-2 in their last 10 games, and are really starting to look like they've found their game early in the season. That's a crucial component to their success with such a large roster turnover, but so far, things are moving faster than I expected. You had to figure the Golden Bears would piece together their roster at some point, but players like Luke Philp, Tyson Baillie, and Trevor Cox are settling right in. That's a testament to Alberta's recruiting. Not only do they get talented hockey players, but they get guys who can adapt to the Canada West game quickly. It also helps that Jamie Crooks and Jayden Hart continue to put up crooked numbers, as their success is key to Alberta all season long. They sweep away the Manitoba Bisons this week and take on Lethbridge in a pair of games next week.
6. The Manitoba Bisons continue to lose games, but their roster makeup really makes you believe they can be a team that contends for a top three spot. Manitoba has been scoring right on par with most teams in the league, but they've sputtered going 5-5 in their last 10 games. Their 42 goals against definitely isn't a great number, as they still search for consistency in net, but I really do believe this team should be capable of turning themselves into a real threat throughout the second semester.
7. This was an awfully forgettable week for the UBC Thunderbirds who drop a pair of games to the lowly Regina Cougars. UBC has a strong cast of defenders and a netminder in Matt Hewitt who is capable of playing very well too, so there's really no excuse for giving up 10 goals this weekend. UBC has struggled with some consistency issues out of the gate, but we've seen when they play well they are capable of being a playoff team. Given the landscape of that program over the last few years, it's not a surprise to see them have a weekend like this, but they'll be afforded the opportunity to bounce back as they face Mount Royal and Calgary at home to close out the semester.
***Mitch Maxwell: F Lethbridge Pronghorns
On a big weekend where Lethbridge got contributions from all over their lineup, Mitch Maxwell prevails with a five point weekend. It had been a fairly quiet season for Maxwell up to this point, so perhaps this outburst is a sign of things to come later on this semester. It's definitely not a stretch to imagine, especially after Maxwell posted 21 points for Lethbridge a year ago.
**Jayden Hart: F Alberta Golden Bears
It was business as usual for Alberta this week as they cruised to another 2-0 sweep, but Jayden Hart really stood apart this week, as his three goals against Manitoba boost his season total up to 11. Hart never really got prime playing time with last year's cast of veterans on Alberta's roster. But now with the roster turnover, Hart is seeing big minutes, and he's making the most of them, as evidenced by his five point weekend.
*Tristan Frei: F Regina Cougars
Seeing six points come from one of Regina's freshest recruits this week wasn't something many could have seen coming. Tristan Frei wound up being a huge reason the Regina Cougars came away with a pair of wins against UBC. In addition to his six points, Frei had both game-winners. This is a promising sign for a Regina team who will take scoring from anyone in the lineup at this point.
Key Games This Week:
Saskatchewan vs Manitoba, Fri. Nov. 25th, 7:00pm CST
The Saskatchewan Huskies are still one of the best teams in Canada West, and the Manitoba Bisons could really use a few wins before the semester ends. We keep waiting and waiting on the Bisons to breakthrough, but if they do it this week, it's a great source of confidence for them moving into the Christmas break. Expect Saskatchewan to be as good as usual, but I'm really itching to see Manitoba break through.
Lethbridge vs Alberta, Sat. Nov. 26th, 7:00pm MST
Lethbridge has picked up three of a possible four points against nationally ranked opponents this year, and after Alberta lost to UBC earlier this season, another multi-point weekend for the Pronghorns is definitely within sight. The Pronghorns have been playing to their competition all season long, but with the way the Golden Bears are playing right now, this may be the best team they've seen to this point.