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Bisons tame Huskies in preseason tilts in Dauphin

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Hockey fans in Dauphin were treated to a pair of exciting preseason university hockey games at Credit Union Place this past weekend.
The University of Manitoba Bisons women’s hockey team, the defending U SPORTS national champions, hosted the University of Saskatchewan Huskies at Credit Union Place in a pair of exhibition games, Saturday and Sunday.
The Bisons won both games, 3-1, Saturday night, and 1-0, Sunday afternoon.
The weekend also included a panel discussion with players and coaches from both teams and athlete testing and on-ice skating instruction with guest coaches.
Phil Fafard, director of female hockey for Parkland Minor Hockey Association (PMHA), said the weekend went well.
“We were pleasantly surprised with the attendance of the fans. I know the parents and players of our minor female programs enjoyed watching the elite level university hockey,” he added.
“And, by all accounts, close games and very entertaining hockey.”
Fans may have been surprised at the high level of skill displayed in the two games. Fafard said even the referees were surprised at how good the hockey was.
“The speed of it and even the skill level of the players, they were quite surprised by,” he said.
The athlete testing and panel discussion were well attended. Fafard said they were expecting about 50 people and that is what they got.
The panel discussion involved what it takes to play at the university level and what it takes to get there.
“It was very informative, actually,” Fafard added.
This was not the first time PMHA hosted a pair of university preseason games as they did it several years ago. Fafard said they hope to do it again in two or three years.
“It takes the university teams wanting to come out. And so we certainly appreciate the fact that they came out, made the trip and spent some time with us on the ice and off the ice, as well,” he said.

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Doug Zywina
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