This week on the show, we look ahead to the Bison men’s upcoming weekend series with Lethbridge. We also discuss whether the Bisons have underachieved to this point in the season.
Listen in as Nolan Kowal and Rob Mahon discuss the Bison men’s previous two games against UBC. Nolan also conducted an exclusive interview with Sven Butenschon, the former Manitoba Moose defenceman and current UBC head coach.
This week on the show, Rob Mahon and Nolan Kowal discuss the Bison men’s two big wins in Regina last weekend and look ahead to their weekend series against UBC.
This week on the Bison Men’s Hockey Podcast, Rob and Nolan discuss the tough opening weekend for the Bisons and look ahead to this weekend against Regina.
On our first episode, we discuss the improvements that the Bisons made in the off-season, and we look ahead to their season opener Friday night against Mount Royal.
By Nolan Kowal
After an off-season of aggressive recruiting and a strong pre-season in which they went 7-2, the Bison men’s hockey team is ready to start playing for keeps.
The Bison men open their regular season this Friday night at Wayne Fleming Arena against the Mount Royal Cougars at 7 p.m.
“The guys are ready to go, we’ve had a long pre-season,” said Brett Stovin, a second-year forward. “We have a lot of confidence coming out of pre-season.”
The Bison men were inconsistent last season, finishing the year with a record of 13-13-2 and losing in the first round of the playoffs. Stovin says the biggest difference from last year’s team to this year’s team is more depth at forward.
“We’re going to have that secondary scoring,” he said. “We might even have three lines, four lines that can put the puck in the net.”
Manitoba wrapped up their pre-season schedule this past weekend with two wins over Lakehead University. Head coach Mike Sirant says winning in the pre-season can certainly carry over into the regular season.
“It’s good to win in pre-season,” said Sirant. “It gets that momentum going into the regular season. It creates confidence in the players and belief, and we beat some good teams.”
The Bison men lost all four meetings with Mount Royal last season. Sirant says they will be a tough first opponent.
“They’re a very hard-working team. They play at a very high pace, they really push the pace,” he said. “They have skill and they’re very disciplined.
Manitoba has not won a season opener since 2011. After Friday night’s game, the Bisons and Cougars will play the rematch on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.