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AB RING ROSE Sean A 13 17 

Canada West Leading Goaltenders 
GAA SV% 


October 9.2009 
(3-2 SO win vs Ateerta) 

Mark Howell (1st year) 


Last Victory 
in Series 

Head Coach 


ABriONKMAN.Travis 

1.97 

.941 

MB CHRISTIE. Steve 

2,17 

925 

RG WARD, Adam 

226 

.925 


Dust n Butler Starting Goaltenders 

(6-1-1.2.60 GAA) 


October 10, 2009 
(9-2 win vs Calgary) 

Er c Thurston (Stn yea-' 


Real Cyr 
\4--‘. 2.97GAA) 
Travis Vonkman 
(6-0-0, V97 GAA) 


DANIELLE JENSON 

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 

Sports Editor 


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¬ 
ond-place Manitoba. 

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," 
Thurston said. 

"It’s something that were going to 


Canada West Standings 



G 

w 

L 

OL 

Pts. 

Alberta 

12 

10 

1 

1 

22 

Man. 

12 

8 

3 

1 

17 

Calgary 

10 

6 

2 

2 

14 

Sasfc. 

12 

6 

5 

1 

13 

Regina 

12 

•1 

S 

0 

8 

UBC 

10 

3 

6 

1 

7 

leth. 

12 

3 

8 

1 

7 


Canada West Leading Scorers 

G A Pts. 

ABKlA.5SEN.Cnad 9 12 21 

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. 

ERIC THURSTON 

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 
them.” 

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 
bears.ualberra.ca. 


TALE OF THE TAPE 


Calgary 

Dinos Vgs, 


Alberta 

Golden Bears 


6 - 2-2 

(14 points 3rd 'n Canada 
West) 


-4 (30 tor. 34 against) 


Reid Jorgenson (2-8-10) 
Broek-Nixon (5-4-9) 
Torrie Wheat (6-2-8) 


Record 

(W-L-T) 


Goal Differential 


Leading Scorers 
(G-A-PTS) 


10 - 1-1 

(21 points, 1st n Canada 
West) 


* 37 (66 for. 29 against) 


Chad Kiassen (9-12-2') 
Sean Ringrose (4-13-1 ?.• 
Eric Hunter (8-8-16)