A weekend to forget for the Bison men’s hockey team, as they dropped both games against the Mount Royal Cougars. They lost a close one on Friday by a score of 4-3, and were dominated 5-1 on Saturday.
The Bisons head into the break with a 6-9-1 record and sit in sixth place in the Canada West, six points back of fifth-place Lethbridge.
The game on Friday saw the Cougars explode in the first period, as they scored four goals with two on the power play. The Bisons fought back admirably; they scored a goal in the second, and two in the third to draw within one.
It wouldn’t be enough, as the herd dropped a hard-fought contest. Brad Bowles got his second goal of the season in the contest, his first goal since Oct.22 against Regina.
Byron Spriggs took the loss, but made 29 saves. Nick Zajac continued his hot streak, scoring in his third straight game, Remi Laurencelle earned two assists on the night.
The second game of the weekend was a tough one for the herd, as once again special teams was the difference. Mount Royal scored two on the power play and even managed a short-handed goal in the first.
It was a penalty-filled affair, as the Bisons and the Cougars both took 17 minors. The Bisons got their only goal of the day on the power play via the stick of Jordan DePape.
DePape is now 13th in the Canada West scoring with 14 points in 11 games (8G, 6A). Despite missing five games so far this season the Bisons captain is stringing together a great year so far, averaging over a point per game.
The Bisons head into the winter break on a two game losing streak and will open conference play again on Jan. 6-7 at home against the Regina Cougars.