EDMONTON – Saturday was the final day of Canada West regular season play in hockey and basketball and the second-last volleyball weekend, as some teams gear up for the playoffs while for others, their season has come to an end.
For the 4th-ranked Bisons women’s hockey team, the regular season ended with a second straight loss at 7th-ranked Alberta. The Pandas won their 11th straight 2-1 over the visitors as Manitoba mustered just 13 shots. The Bisons will now host Mount Royal in a best-of-three quarterfinal series.
The men’s team capped their regular season with a 2-1 home win over the 6th-ranked Golden Bears. Byron Spriggs made 34 saves in the win. Manitoba will start the playoffs at Mount Royal February 17.
Basketball: Wesmen Women Finish With Best Record In Conference
VICTORIA – A big second half propelled the Winnipeg Wesmen women to an 80-69 win in Victoria to wrap up the regular season with an 18-2 record.
Faith Hezekiah led the 7th-ranked Wesmen with 29 points and 10 rebounds on 13/17 shooting. Winnipeg outscored the Vikes 45-28 after halftime. While the Wesmen finish in first in terms of record, their RPI (which is based on strength of schedule) puts them in third, still good enough for a first-round bye.
The Wesmen men’s team lost an intense affair 79-78 to the Vikes, allowing the winning bucket with just five seconds left. Sean Tarver led the team again with 23 points off the bench. Winnipeg finishes 12-8, and their two-game losing streak may have cost them home court advantage in the first round. They will need to wait to see the result of tonight’s Alberta-Lethbridge to determine their final ranking.
The Manitoba Bisons men’s team also finished with a 12-8 record thanks to a 71-68 win over Mount Royal. The Bisons finish the season on a roll, having won 10 of their last 12 games. Justus Alleyn led the team with 20 points. Their RPI puts them in 5th and into a first-round matchup with Regina.
The Bisons women finished their season with a 79-69 loss to Mount Royal. Manitoba finishes with a 4-16 record and out of the playoff race.
Volleyball: Top-Ranked Bisons Roll Into Playoffs
EDMONTON – The number one team in the country finished their regular season with another easy win as the Bisons men’s volleyball team rolled over MacEwan in straight sets. The Bisons finish 21-1 and will host the Canada West Final Four March 10-11.
For the second straight night the Bisons women lost in five sets to the Griffins. Manitoba falls to 6-16 and will miss the playoffs.
The Winnipeg Wesmen men’s team stayed alive in the playoff race with a straight-sets win over Thompson Rivers. With two games to go, Winnipeg sits at 11-9 and in a tie for 6th with Saskatchewan. The top seven teams make the playoffs.
The women’s squad fell in straight sets to Thompson Rivers for the second straight night, dropping their record to 2-18.