Bisons hot start continues with sixth straight win

Dan Marcinkowski is the Strathmore Standard's Sports and Wheatland County council reporter. Contact him with any and all information, story tips or concerns at 403-934-3021 ext. 308.

By Dan Marcinkowski, Strathmore Standard

The CFR Bisons are off to a tremendous start to their season with a 6-0-0 record.

The Bisons won their first two games at home to start the season and just finished a four game road trip where they beat last year’s Alberta champions Lloydminster 6-2, in Alberta Midget AAA Hockey League (AMHL) action.

The Bisons visited Lloydminster on Oct. 15 and fell into some adversity in the second period when one of their players was called for a questionable slew footing penalty.

Kadan Hanas was called for slew footing and received a 5 minute major and a game misconduct. Slew footing now carries a 3-game-suspension as well.

Bisons coach Sandy Henry disagreed with the call and questioned the officials and also received a 2-minute unsportsmanlike penalty. Lloydminster scored on the 5 on 3 and then on the major penalty and took a 2-0 lead.

The Bisons however stuck to their game plan and came out firing after that scoring 4 times with goals from Cole Clayton, Brett Trentham, Peyton Krebs and Tyler Petrie.

The Bisons then played some solid defense and had good goaltending from Ben Laidlaw, who made 27 saves in the win. Blake Wells and Zach Huber added the insurance goals as the Bisons won 6-2 against last year’s champs.

The next day the Bisons visited Edmonton to take on the SSAC Boston Pizza Athletics and won 11-2. Peyton Krebs scored 5 points and recorded a hat-trick. Tyler Petrie and Zach Huber each had two goals in the win, while Hunter Young made 33 saves.

The Bisons are off to their best start ever and the coach is enjoying the hard work his team is putting in day in and day out to be the best they can be.

“Our strength and conditioning coaches are doing a good job with our players and it is showing in our games,” said Bisons coach Sandy Henry.

“We are also outworking the other team and we are able to make these dynamic plays because these guys are so skilled.”

The Bisons have scored a lot of goals, but their defense and goalies have also been great.

“Our defense has been playing very aggressive, where in the past we might have been a little too passive,” said Henry.

“In the neutral zone, we are causing turnovers of the puck, because guys are staying up in the play.”

“I think they are getting a lot of confidence. They are really starting to move the puck well and we’re hard to play against in our own end, we get on pucks quick and we are big.”

“Our goaltenders are making the big stops when we need them as well.”

The Bisons will take on Leduc at 8 p.m. on Oct. 21 at the Family Centre and then SSAC on Oct. 22, also at the Family Centre at 5:15 p.m.


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