Winnipeg – Friday Night represented “almost” the worst of all times for the U of M Bisons Football Team. The Herd went to Calgary with high hopes of knocking off the Dinosaurs to remain among the top four teams in the Canada West Conference Standings. But had any and all of that positivity was trampled in a demoralizing 63-6 loss to the U of C.
The trouble began early- and never ended- as the Dinos led 28-6 at halftime before adding 35 unanswered points over the final 30 minutes.
Calgary had 32 first downs and rolled up 619 yards total offense- compared to just 200 on the night for the U of M who didn’t help themselves at all with a fumble deep in their own zone, as well as having a 77 yard interception returned to account for two of the Dinosaurs eight touchdowns in the game.
The 2-4 Bisons now trail 3-3 Saskatchewan and UBC for the final two post-season berths in the Canada West Conference. The U of M will try to bounce back next Saturday afternoon in Edmonton against the winless Alberta Golden Bears.
On the ice- the Men’s Hockey team lost 3-1 to Mount Royal in their home and season opener at Max Bell Arena. Justin Augert scored less than 6 minutes into the game for Manitoba, but the Cougars added a pair of powerplay goals along with an empty netter for the come from behind win. Special teams were the difference as the visitors went 2 for 7 with the extra skater while the Bisons failed to convert any of their 7 chances.
The teams play again this afternoon at 1 p.m. on the Fort Garry Campus.
It was a much different story for the U of M Women’s Hockey team. They are now 3-0 to start the season after a 2-0 win at Calgary based Mount Royal.
Lauryn Keen broke a scoreless tie with a pair of goals just 3:41 apart in the opening 4:08 of the third period. And goalie Rachel Dyck continued her fine start to the season – stopping all 20 shots she faced for her second shutout in as many starts.
The Bisons will try to make it 4 for 4 when they wind up the weekend series this afternoon at 4 p.m.