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Canada West Leading Goaltenders
(3-2 SO win vs Ateerta)
Mark Howell (1st year)
MB CHRISTIE. Steve
RG WARD, Adam
Dust n Butler Starting Goaltenders
October 10, 2009
(9-2 win vs Calgary)
Er c Thurston (Stn yea-'
(6-0-0, V97 GAA)
HOME COOKING The Bears return to Clare Drake Arena for the first time in two weeks to face provincial rival Calgary.
Ice Bears ready to return home
EVAN DAI \l
After two weekends on the road, the
Golden Bears hockey squad returns to
the friendly confines of Clare Drake
Arena diis weekend for a pair of games
against the Calgary Dinos.
Back-to-back road sweeps over the
UBCThunderbirds and rhe Lethbridge
Pronghorns improved the Bea rs record
to 10—I—I. stretching their lead in the
Canada West to four points over sec¬
Alberta, the number-two ranked team
in the nation, comes into the weekend
riding a season-high five-game winning
streak, thanks in large part to the confer¬
ence’s top power play.
The Bears have been lethal with the
man advantage all season long, click¬
ing at 41.7 per cent through 12 games.
A Uteri a converted on over 50 per cent
of their power play opportunities
during their four-game road swing,
as head coach Erie Thurston’s crew
went a remarkable l3-for-2! com¬
bined against UBC and Lethbridge.
"One thing that I’ve really been
impressed with on our power play is
that when we lose the puck, our puck
pursuit has just been tremendous,"
"It’s something that were going to
Canada West Standings
Canada West Leading Scorers
G A Pts.
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SK DaSILVA. Steven S 9 17
continue to work on. and I think if
you stick to fundamentals and let your
skilled players be skilled guys—move
the puck, understanding they have to
shoot with traffic in front — with
those principles, you’ll have success."
’‘We have to play to our
tempo and our level.
When we do that we
have more than a fair
chance to win It's a
tough tiring for teams
to do — to play to our
level and our tempo.
BEARS HOCKEY HEAD COACH
When the Bears and Dinos met ear¬
lier in die season for a home-and-bome
series. Calgary kept Alberta’s power
[day in check for die most part, holding
the Green a nd Gold to three power play
goals on 14 chances over the course of
two games. The Bears and Dinos split
that weekend series, widi the Bears suf¬
fering a 3—2 shootout loss in Calgary.
Iieforelxiiincing back at lionie with an
impressive 9-2 victory.
lt was a season to forga in Cowtown
last year, as the Dinos missed die
playoffs for the first time in over two
decades, but that’s well in the rear view
mirror for this edition of the Dinos. as
they’ve been a vastly improved hockey
squad to start the year. Former Bear
Mark Howell has guided Calgary to a
6—2—2 record in his first season behind
the bench as head coach.
"They’re strong system-wise; they're
going to try to and outwork you. be
tough on the attack by driving die lanes
and getung pucks to the net. but our
focus is to play hard and smart against
After letting Calgary, at rimes, dic¬
tate the pace of the game in die two
teams’ first meeting of the season liack
on October 9 in the Stampede City, a
key for the Bears will be to maintain
their up-tempo game.
“We have to play to our tempo and
our level. When we do dm. we have
more dian a fair chance to win. It's a
tough thing for teams to do — to play
to our level and our tempo."
The weekend series will be the Bears
final home games of the first half of
the regular season, as both games get
underway at 7:30 p.m. Friday and
Saturday night at Clare Drake Arena,
with die broadcast available online at
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(14 points 3rd 'n Canada
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Reid Jorgenson (2-8-10)
Torrie Wheat (6-2-8)
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(21 points, 1st n Canada
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Chad Kiassen (9-12-2')
Sean Ringrose (4-13-1 ?.•
Eric Hunter (8-8-16)