Cyber Monday…. Morning Water Cooler

Do we care that it’s Cyber Monday? Did you blitz the stores for Black Friday and, if so, was it any good in Canada?

I ventured out on Friday for a couple of hours and scored some good savings but nothing spectacular. I am also doing some online browsing today and hoping I can wrap up my Christmas shopping early for once!


It was a tough weekend for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies men’s hockey team as they dropped a pair in Calgary against the Mount Royal Cougars.

On Friday night the Cougars scored with just 1:16 remaining to send the game to extra time and completed the comeback by winning in a shootout 4-3. MRU outshot the Huskies 39-25 including 18-6 in the third period.

Saturday night with the game tied at one, the Cougars scored with 39 seconds remaining to take a 2-1.  Saskatchewan went 0-7 on the power play.

The good news from the weekend is that the Huskies’ penalty kill continues to be good. The Huskies PK unit was a perfect 6/6 on Friday night and 5/5 on Saturday night. If the power play cashes in on Saturday this team comes away with 3/4 points on the weekend.

So as we break for the holidays in Canada West, here is a look at the updated standings in men’s hockey:

GP W L (Reg) L (OT) Strk Pts
Alberta 18 15 3 0 Won 2 30
Calgary 18 13 5 0 Lost 1 26
Mount Royal 18 12 6 0 Won 2 24
Saskatchewan 18 8 9 1 Lost 2 17
UBC 18 7 8 3 Won 1 17
Manitoba 18 8 10 0 Lost 2 16
Regina 18 6 11 1 Won 3 13
Lethbridge 18 3 15 0 Lost 7 6
The Huskies are in good shape and if they can find some scoring things could be very interesting in the second half of the season.
The Saskatoon Blades have hit the road for their big BC road trip and the team won’t play on home ice until December 12th.
Although they are coming off a loss in Moose Jaw and an overtime loss to Brandon, the team is playing their best hockey of the season and this road trip could define their season. The key, for me, is that captain Brett Stovin has elevated his game and starting to shoulder some of the offensive load.
This morning Hockey Canada unveiled the 29 names that have been invited to Team Canada’s evaluation camp ahead of the WJHC. Here are a few notes on the roster:
  • Of the 29 players selected, 14 come from the Western Hockey League.
  • With Zach Fucale and Eric Comrie being the only two goaltenders named, Oil Kings netminder Tristan Jarry is on the outside looking in.
  • Of the 27 skaters named, 22 are left-handed shots while just 5 are right-handed shots. I remember, being a young left-handed shooting player, that shooting left handed was rare while being a right-handed shot was the norm. The times are changing.
  • Saskatoon’s Rourke Chartier (Kelowna Rockets) was a nice surprise addition to the camp roster. Chartier is leading the WHL in scoring and has 29 goals and 48 points in 27 games played.
  • Other SK connections: Haydn Fleury (Carlyle, SK/Red Deer Rebels), Josh Morrissey (Prince Albert Raiders), Dillon Heatherington (Swift Current Broncos), Morgan Klimchuk (Regina Pats)

The full camp roster is here:


Grey Cup thoughts?

I thought it was a very entertaining game and nearly one of the greatest finishes in the game’s history but sadly it ended with a penalty. Maybe it’s fitting that, with all the talk of officiating throughout the season, that the championship ended with a penalty call.

I don’t disagree that the block in-the-back happened but it didn’t need to. Obviously Banks was gone already and some argue that the penalty didn’t affect the play and shouldn’t have been called. Others would have argued the opposite if there was no flag thrown. Either way, the Calgary Stampeders were clearly the class of the CFL in 2014 and are very deserving champions. Congratulations.


Movember has come to an end and this morning I said goodbye to my moustache. We had a good run. On the final day of Movember, while shovelling some snow, my moustache took on some frost and I got a snap to celebrate the final day.


That’s all I have for this morning. Back at ya later in the week.



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