WINNIPEG – A road-weary Manitoba Bisons women’s hockey team (2-6-0) returns to Wayne Fleming Arena this weekend, as they put a stretch of three road series in four weeks behind them to host the Regina Cougars (2-6-0). The games take place on Friday, November 8 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, November 9 at 2 p.m.
Both games can be watched on CanadaWest.TV (fee required) or listened to on UMFM’s second stream.
Challenges with scoring have plagued the young Bisons to start the season, but the team is hoping a home-friendly stretch of games before the winter break can help right the ship. After three of their first four weekends were on the road, that story flips in the month of November — with three of their next four weekends in the friendly confines of Wayne Fleming Arena.
Still, Manitoba is last in the conference with just nine goals scored in eight games this season, with two of those coming in their last win — Oct. 18 at Calgary. They’ve been led in scoring by fourth-year defenceman Jenai Buchanan, who has two goals and three assists from the blue line. Three of those points have come on the power play for the Crystal City native.
Despite their lack of offensive production, Manitoba has been more than solid in their own end. Their 95.7% penalty kill percentage is the best in the conference, eight percentage points ahead of Mount Royal in second. In fact, they’ve given up just one power play goal over 23 opportunities for the opposition.
Regina, meanwhile, are near the bottom of the pack in penalty kill (82.4%, 7th), presenting an opportunity for the Bisons in this weekend series. The Cougars have been led in scoring by Jaycee Magwood (four goals, one assist) and Tamara McVannel (one goal, four assists).
After this weekend, the Bisons host the Saskatchewan Huskies next weekend (November 15-16) at Wayne Fleming Arena, with the Saturday matchup serving as Alumni Night and Skate with the Bisons — where kids in attendance can skate with the team after the game.
Friday, November 8 vs. Regina Cougars – 7 p.m.
Wayne Fleming Arena
Saturday, November 9 vs. Regina
Cougars – 2 p.m.
Wayne Fleming Arena
- Massé Making Mark: Third-year forward Emilie Massé has had an excellent start to the season, leading the Bisons with four goals scored — one of those on the power play. Two of those goals came in the team’s season opener against Lethbridge.
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