It was a wild weekend out west, as all three teams chasing Alberta in the standings faltered.
Calgary vs. Lethbridge
After securing only a single point last weekend in a home-and-home against Alberta, Calgary once again failed to capture more than a single point in their weekend series against Lethbridge. Friday night saw the Dinos head south to Lethbridge to take on the Pronghorns in the first half of the home-and-home series. The 'Horns had a remarkable 11 power play opportunities, but were unable to capitalize on a single chance. Down 3-2 with less than a minute to go, Lethbridge's Brian Matte found the back of the net to tie things up. The Pronghorns would take advantage of that late marker, when in overtime rookie standout Adam Chorneyko scored his second goal of the game to give Lethbridge the victory.
Saturday night in the Calgary half of the home-and-home, the Dinos would once again blow a third period lead. With a 2-0 lead heading into the third frame, Calgary looked poised to earn a weekend spllit before Lethbridge came storming back with four unanswered goals to hand the Dinos another loss.
For Calgary, their mid season struggles continue, having won only three of their last 10 contests. Next weekend Manitoba heads to the Stampede City to take on the nose-diving Dinos, while Lethbridge will head to UBC for a pair of games.
UBC @ #8 Manitoba
With a chance to make up some ground in the standings, the Herd laid an offensive egg on home ice in the opener of their two game set Friday night, as visiting UBC skated away with a 3-0 win. T-Birds 'tender Jordan White secured the 30 save shutout.
Saturday night in the rematch, Manitoba came out with a far better offensive effort including a goal only two minutes into the game when Jordan Walker scored his third of the season. Three second period goals from the Bisons, would extend the lead to 4-1, as Matthew Schneider scored UBC's lone goal of the second twenty minutes. The two sides traded markers in the final 20 minutes, as Manitoba salvaged the split in a 5-2 win.
In a key matchup next weekend, the Bisons will be looking to extend their lead over the Dinos for second place, while UBC will have a chance to leap frog Lethbridge for fifth in the conference next weekend if the T-Birds can post their second sweep of the season.
#10 Saskatchewan vs. Regina
After finally making their top-10 debut, Saskatchewan headed to Regina Saturday for a game against the lowly Cougars. The story Saturday in the Queen City was the Huskies failures on the power play, and the Cougars surprising specialty team success. The Huskies went one for 10 with the man advantage, while Regina got short handed markers from both Cody Thoring, and Tanner Shultz. On the power play, the Queen City crew got a goal from Craig Cuthbert, as Saskatchewan fell short in a 3-2 decision.
In Saskatoon Sunday, the Cougars were looking for their second series sweep of the season, but came up on the short end of a 5-3 decision. Chad Greenan lead the Saskatchewan charge, scoring a pair of goals in the contest.
With the split, and Calgary only picking up a single point against Lethbridge, the Huskies find themselves only a lone point behind the Dinos for third in the conference, with two games in hand. Saskatchewan is also only three points back of Manitoba for second in the conference.
The Huskies welcomes Alberta to town next weekend in a matchup that's key for both squads, as the Huskies will be looking to put an end to the Bears season-high 13 game winning streak. Regina is idle next weekend.