Splitting heads

By Darren Friesen

The trials and tribulations of the University of Calgary men’s hockey team continue as they move one step closer to the end of the regular season. With only four games left, the Dinos have yet to display any signs of team consistency after a split last weekend at Father David Bauer Arena.

Hosting the number four-ranked University of Manitoba Bisons, the Dinos looked to close the gap on their current division rivals, the University of Lethbridge, and gain home ice advantage come playoff time.

Calgary’s Matt Holmes opened the scoring Friday for the Dinos with his first of two on the night. The U of C remained in command for most of the game with netminder Aaron Baker stopping 19 of 22 shots. Ultimately, the Dinos put the game away in the third when goals by Mike Muzechka and Colin Embley sealed the 6-3 victory.

Unfortunately, the Calgary team that so handily beat the Bisons the previous evening couldn’t manufacture a repeat performance the following night.

"On Friday night everyone was executing perfectly," stated veteran forward Matt Holmes. "However, on Saturday we just weren’t as crisp. It became an uphill battle and we let frustration get the better of us."

Calgary suffered a 5-1 loss which now puts them four points behind second-place Lethbridge and keeps them four games below .500 for the season. They will now face the U of L next weekend in a crucial home-and-home series.


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