Women's hockey: Bisons get the better of Alberta

It's hard not to notice these scores from the weekend in women's hockey:
Friday: Manitoba 6, Alberta 2
Saturday: Manitoba 3, Alberta 2
The Pandas had never given up more than five goals in a conference game or suffered a sweep in the program's history, but it finally happened, with Tammy Brade burying the game-winner with 8:07 left Saturday in Winnipeg. (Brade is from Roblin, Manitoba, which is only significant on this end insofar as there is a Roblin, Ontario, and I used to play the odd ball game there back in the day.)

Manitoba, which got two goals from Leanne Kisil in Friday's rout, beat the perennial powerhouse Pandas in the CIS bronze medal game last March in Ottawa. They're 8-0-0 in the conference, and coach Jon Rempel's team might be one to keep tabs on over the winter months.

Speaking as a one-time 'Toban, any time Manitoba beats Alberta on ice — curling, hockey, drinking daquiris — it should be savoured.

St. Francis Xavier is hosting the nationals this year. Does anyone know how the berths into nationals will be allocated? The past two years, it was a host team, a designated wild card for the conference the previous season's champion came out of and the four league champions. McGill (Québec conference) won last year.

The Martlets were actually behind in the third period tonight before rallying to edge Ottawa 6-4. Anne-Sophie Bettez potted a pair.
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