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Bisons in tight matchup with Buffaloes

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

The CFR Bisons and Calgary Buffaloes are tied at 1-1 in their best-of-five South Finals series in Alberta Midget AAA Hockey League action. Here Zach Huber split the d and had a good chance ,but failed to score, as the Buffaloes won a close 2-1 game on Mar. 10 at the Cardel Rec South. The Bisons tied the series on Mar. 11 with a 2-1 win in Strathmore.

The CFR Bisons and Calgary Buffaloes are tied at 1-1 in their best-of-five South Finals series in Alberta Midget AAA Hockey League action. Here Zach Huber split the d and had a good chance ,but failed to score, as the Buffaloes won a close 2-1 game on Mar. 10 at the Cardel Rec South. The Bisons tied the series on Mar. 11 with a 2-1 win in Strathmore.

The CFR Bisons and Calgary Buffaloes are in a close best-of-five series battle, taking a one game lead after winning on 3-2 in a double overtime thriller in Calgary on Tuesday.

 

The South Alberta Midget AAA Hockey League final was expected to be a tight battle between the top two teams in the league.

The Calgary Buffaloes finished first-place in the entire league, while the CFR Bisons finished one point behind them.

In the south-semi-finals the Bisons beat the Flames 3 games to 1 in their series, while the Buffaloes swept the Calgary Northstars 3-0.

Game 1 was played in Calgary at the Cardel Rec South Arena on Mar. 10. It was a hard hitting and back and forth game. Both teams had some decent scoring chances, but the defenses and goalies played well for both teams.

The Buffaloes started the game better than the Bisons. They scored two goals in the first-period.

The Bisons then put on a lot of pressure in the second and got one back with a goal from Cole Clayton, assists going to Peyton Krebs and Jackson Salt.

And that’s how the game ended. Solid defense and goaltending in the third kept the game at 2-1 and that was the final score in favour of the Buffaloes.

Ben Laidlaw made 31 saves for the Bisons, while the Bisons had 28 shots on the Buffaloes goal.

Game 2, played on Mar. 12 at the Strathmore Family Centre was very similar to the first game. Once again great defense and goaltending.

There was only one goal in this game and it was the speedy Peyton Krebs that scored on a breakaway with a pass from Zach Huber.

“The first game was very physical and the second maybe had even more tight checking,” said Bisons coach Sandy Henry.

“I think there were less chances for both teams. We got outshot, but it was a tight game.”

“Both of our teams are fast and fairly structured and it’s really hard to find space out there.”

Laidlaw made 28 saves for the win.

The series is now tied at 1-1 and becomes a best-of-three series. The Bisons and Buffaloes are surely to change some things strategy wise to take an advantage in the series, so it should be interesting to see what happens in the next couple games.

“We won’t change anything big structurally wise,” said Henry.

“We are a certain type of team and we play a style and an identity and we are not going veer off from that too much.”

“The fatigue factor may now come in,” said the Bisons coach.

“You can mentally get a little tired from the intensity of it and then physically as well, so we try to mix in as much rest as we can to get them rested up for the next game.”

In Game 3 the Bisons and Calgary played to a draw at the end of regular time. Tyson Terretta scored the winner in the second overtime to put the Bisons up 2-1 in the Best-of-Five series.

The two teams meet again in Strathmore on Thursday, March 16 at 7 p.m. If the Bisons can't close the series out at home they'll have to head back to Calgary on Saturday at  6:45 p.m.