Women's hockey student-athlete, Addie Miles and men's hockey student-athlete, Blair Macaulay have been named the Smitty's Bison Sports Athletes of the Week for the week ending February 5/12.
Captain Addie Miles, playing both on the blueline and forward, had another huge weekend for the Bison women’s hockey team as they kept their playoff hopes alive with a road sweep of the UBC Thunderbirds during the February 3-5 weekend.
The converted defenceman scored four goals (one game-winner, one power play and one game-tying goal) with a +3 plus/minus rating plus 12 shots along with a first and second star selection.
On Friday, Feb. 3, the fifth year forward/defenceman had two goals with the game-winner and power play tally, eight shots, +2 rating and named first star in a 4-0 shutout win. The next game, Miles registered another multi-goal game with two goals as one being the game-tying marker with four shots and named second star in a 4-2 victory while the Bisons rallied from a two goal deficit.
Miles is tied for eighth in Canada West scoring with 20 points (nine goals and 11 assists) in 22 conference games so far this season.
This is the third time that Miles has been named Smitty’s Bison Sports female athlete of the week in the 2011-12 season (December 4, January 22).
Manitoba (12-7-3) finishes the conference regular season this weekend and is three points out of a playoff spot and needs to sweep Canada West leaders and No. 3 ranked Calgary Dinos (18-4-0). The home weekend series will be on February 10-11 at Max Bell Arena with puck drop both nights is 7 p.m. CT.
The No. 7 ranked Manitoba Bisons men’s hockey team rallied from two goal deficits in both weekend games at home versus the UBC Thunderbirds on February 3-5 weekend. With the weekend sweep, Manitoba vaulted into first place in the highly competitive Canada West standings and now holds a 17-5-2 record.
Third year forward and conference leading goal scorer Blair Macaulay was the star of the weekend sweep as he notched three goals (one game-winner on the power play, one game-tying goal) plus a spectacular shootout goal and added six shots while being named first star in both contest.
On Friday, Feb. 3, Manitoba found themselves down by 2-0 before a come-from-behind 3-2 (SO) victory and the Winnipeg native started the rally with his conference-leading 19th goal of the season and then after two overtime sessions, scored a similar “Patrick Kane” shootout goal being the first shooter as the Bisons completed the comeback. The next night, the home side had another two goal deficit and Macaulay had a multi-goal game when he not only scored the game-tying goal with less than nine minutes left but fired home the game-winner on the power play with less than four minutes in the third as Manitoba won 5-3. In both close games, he was also named first star.
Macaulay is now third in Canada West scoring and top Bison scorer with 29 points (21 goals and eight assists) and has the lead in conference goals with 21. He also has the most game-winning goals in Canada West this season at five.
Manitoba (17-5-2) will go on the road and play the Calgary Dinos (14-11-1) on February 10-11 in another important weekend series with two weeks left in the conference regular season.