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Over the weekend the Bisons split games with Lethbridge as they took the first one with a high scoring 7-4 affair and suffered a lose in a tight 5-4 match-up on Saturday night. Goaltender Joe Caligiuri
started in both games. Caligiuri and Bison Women's goaltender Leiette Klassen recently received the 2011-12 Mike Ridley Award.
The Bisons have just six games left before they head into the playoffs, and the next games will definitely be a test for the team. Facing UBC for four games and Calgary for two completes the final games for the team as they face some serious competition.
Canada West MHKY Quarter-Finals start February 24th .
In the WHL:
The second place Moose Jaw warriors looked to hold their conference standing
and not allow the Blades to get any higher as were at home against Saskatoon. Luke Siemens defended the net for the Warriors and held out 29 of 30 shots fired his way to pick up the 2-1 win for his team
Saturday night Brandon Wheat Kings goaltender Corbin Boes helped his team to a much needed 3-2 victory
. Boes was peppered throughout the game as he faced 39 shots on net. The Wheaties look to continue their winning ways next Friday as they meet Lethbridge. In another game on Saturday night the Spokane Chiefs went head-to-head in battle against the Kootney Ice. In a storm like game that was back and forth Kootney attempted to "ice" the Chiefs into a loss, but were struck with a difficult task of holding the lead. Finding a way to climb their way back from a 3-0 deficit and then taking the game into overtime is no easy task. The Chiefs threw a flurry of shots at Nathan Lieuwen as he faced 46 bullets of rubber on the night. In the end the Chiefs found a way and grabbed a 5-4 Overtime victory. Eric Williams
picked up the win in net for the team.
On Sunday Chris Driedger
picked up his 15th win of the season as he helped the Calgary Hitmen to a 4-1 thumping
over the Tri-City Americans. Driedger was recently selected to this years CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game
. As the only WHL goaltender being selected it is definitely an honor for the Winnipeg native to be selected. For the game Driedger will be playing on Team Orr.
In the SJHL:
LaRonge Ice Wolves goaltender Myles Hovdebo picked up another victory for his team over the weekend as they took down the Melfort Mustangs with a 8-3 win.
The Ice Wolves currently sit in 4th place in the Bauer Division.
The Estevan Bruins Tyler Ross was able to capture a close 3-2 "W" Friday
night against the Nipawin Hawks. Ross stopped 22 of 24 on the night.
Brett Tesky of the Weyburn Red Wings was an honorable mention is this past weeks goaltender of the week award. Tesky has a current 10-4 record on the year.
In the MBAAA:
Battle of the leagues best hit the ice on Sunday afternoon. The Winnipeg "Winning" Wild faced off against the highly skilled and disciplined Southwest Cougars. With the Winnipeg team bus breaking down on the way down to the Souris Glenwood Memorial Complex the Wild found a way of leading the game at 2-1 heading into the 3rd period. Typically playing great at home, a big 360 happened to the game as the Cougars found some way to get a spark and put three past the Wild to notch a big comeback 4-2 victory. Brian Archibald picked up the win for Southwest as the team went 3 for 3 over the weekend to grab a big six points. Both Southwest goaltenders - Brian Archibald and Gage Murray - are 2nd and 3rd within the goaltender statistics as they both hold low goals against average below 2 and save percentage above .910.
In other news, the Winnipeg Thrashers went 1-1 over the weekend as they trucked through a blizzard in game 1 against the Norman Northstars. Suffering a 3-2 shootout loss on Friday night the team looked to rebound Saturday. Goaltender Brenden Fiebelkorn stepped up to the occasion and took a 5-2 win as he stopped 27 of 29 on the night.