This last weekend for the men's hockey squad was one mallet stroke away from a complete gong show. Against the University of Manitoba Bisons, they earned only one of a possible four points and accumulated 99 minutes in penalties over two games, so it is not surprising the Dinos no longer find themselves in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport top 10.
The Dinos cannot give up lopsided 8-2 victories to opponents who are undeniably weaker and expect to be respected. A lot of character shown Sat., Jan. 31, when the Dinos squeezed out a 3-3 tie, but to be considered an elite team requires a consistent effort.
A great example would be the play of veteran goalie Aaron Baker who has always been a consistent performer during the past couple seasons. This year, however, has been nightmarish for a supposed starting goalie. His goals against average of 3.64 is nearly a full goal higher than last season--a number that simply won't cut it for a team hoping to be a contender.Â
The team must have carried the frigid weather with them to Winnipeg, because in the first period on Fri., Jan. 30 they were ice cold. The Bisons exploded for five goals in the first frame, setting the tone for the rest of the night. The Dinos finally found the scoresheet in the third as Ken McKay and Wes Reid each added singles, but it was way too little, never mind too late.
Seeking some revenge Saturday the team threw out the game plan and threw off the gloves as the two teams combined for an astonishing 172 minutes of penalties--many of which came courtesy fighting majors. After the proverbial dust had settled, the teams skated to a 3-3 draw, and Dinos captain Sean Robertson was named second star.