Helping elevate their teams to victory this past weekend, Riley Lamb from men’s hockey and Nicole Davis from women’s soccer have been named the Boston Pizza Bison Sports Athletes of the Week for the week ending September 29, 2019.
First-year goaltender Riley Lamb is just one of many fresh faces on Bisons men’s hockey this season, with the team hoping to acclimate new players to the U SPORTS level as quickly as possible. If Saturday was any indication, Lamb is starting off just fine.
In his first career start for the Bisons, Lamb recorded a 26-save shutout against the Lethbridge Pronghorns, helping Manitoba win their home and season opener 2-0.
The Rivers, MB native played all 60 minutes in net for the Herd, making half of his saves in the second period alone. In that same period, the Bisons got their game-winner of the stick of Jeremey Leipsic, with Mitchell Dyck providing insurance early in the third. Fellow rookie Tyler Brown got the start against the Pronghorns on Sunday.
Lamb, 21, was a veteran of the Western Hockey League (WHL) before joining Manitoba. He played 88 games with the Swift Current Broncos and Red Deer Rebels, most recently recording an .898 save percentage with Red Deer in 2018-19.
Bisons men’s hockey now look forward to their annual non-conference weekend south of the border, as they play UND on Saturday and Omaha Nebraska next Monday. Conference action resumes on the road October 11-12 against Mount Royal.
Bisons women’s soccer extended their run of matches without a loss to four, as they continue to battle in a competitive Prairie division. Key to their success was the performance of second-year midfielder Nicole Davis.
Davis scored the opening goal in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Saskatchewan, putting Manitoba on the board just eight minutes in. She had another shot on goal during the match.
The day before, Davis was not in the box score, but her presence was felt on the field as her speed created many dangerous opportunities against the Regina Cougars. In what was eventually a 2-1 Bisons win, Davis had three shots — all of which were on goal.
The Winnipeg native, who also competes with Bisons track and field, was a U SPORTS All-Rookie last season. So far this year, Davis is tied for 10th in the conference with five points — three goals, two assists.
Bisons women’s soccer play on the road again next weekend, in two more pivotal Prairie matchups against the Alberta Pandas (Oct. 5, 1 p.m.) and MacEwan Griffins (Oct. 6, 1 p.m.). Both matches can be streamed on CanadaWest.TV presented by Co-op.