THUNDER BAY, Ont. - The Manitoba Bisons put on an impressive display as they defeated the CIS No. 5 Laurier Golden Hawks 6-3 in Day 3 action at the TBaytel Varsity Cup Tournament Monday afternoon in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The Bisons skated hard throughout the game and had the speedy Hawks back-pedalling for much of the game. Manitoba's power play has been on fire at the Varsity Cup tourney; and it stayed red hot again Monday with the Bisons going 4-of-12 while Laurier was 0-of-10 with the man advantage.

Greg Beller led the Bisons with two goals and an assist while Mike Hellyer and Rick Wood had a goal and an assist each. Single tallies came from Ryley Dudar and Kyle Howarth. Calin Wild added two assists for Manitoba. Jean-Michel Rizk, Curtis Pettapiece and Luke Dubbin scored for Laurier. Nathan Peacock had a pair of assists for the Hawks.

Steve Christie notched the win for the Bisons; stopping 19 Laurier shots while Mike Thomson recorded the loss; turning aside 23 Manitoba shots.

Laurier came out fast in the first and entered the intermission with a 1-0 lead but the Manitoba power play came alive in the second and the Bisons went into the second intermission with a 5-1 lead. Laurier had a number of power play chances in the third and got two goals back but the Bisons speed and strong checking carried the play for most of the final frame to get the win.

The Three Stars were:

1) Manitoba: Greg Beller

2) Manitoba: Mike Hellyer

3) Manitoba: Stephane Lenoski

Manitoba, defending tourney champions, finish this year's Varsity Cup with three points while Laurier ends with two points.

The night game of the TBaytel Varsity Cup features No. 3 Saskatchewan taking on No. 7 Lakehead. The game will serve as a preview of Tuesday night's tourney final which will go at 7:30 pm EST.

Live stats for all TBaytel Varsity Cup games can be found at http://www.leaguestat.com/tbaytelvc/varsitycup/en/stats/schedule.php.

All games are webcast live with ordering info available at http://events.news-cast.com/events/Lakehead.

Video game reports for the night games can be found at www.thunderwolves.ca and www.thunderwolveshockey.com.

TBayTel Varsity Cup Schedule

Dec. 29:
7:30 pm EST: Saskatchewan vs. Lakehead

Dec. 30:
7:30 pm: Championship Final

Game Summary:

University of Manitoba Bisons 6 at Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks 3
Dec 29, 2008
1st Period
Scoring - 1. Wilfrid Laurier U, J. Rizk (2) 11:12 SH
Penalties - D. Brown Umb (cross checking) 0:10, T. Townsend Wlu (interference) 10:26, P. Lamoureux Umb (cross checking) 13:13, C. Pettipiece Wlu (high sticking) 15:36, C. Hunter Umb (boarding) 15:48

2nd Period
Scoring - 2. U of Manitoba, C. Beller (3) (K. Workman, C. Wild) 0:10
3. U of Manitoba, R. Dudar (1) (N. Holston, S. Thiessen) 6:05 PP
4. U of Manitoba, K. Howarth (1) (C. Beller, C. Wild) 6:35 PP
5. U of Manitoba, C. Beller (4) (M. Olafson, A. Spiller) 11:03 PP
6. U of Manitoba, M. Hellyer (1) (J. Walker, R. Wood) 19:47 PP
Penalties - P. Lamoureux Umb (roughing) 1:09, K. Workman Umb (cross checking) 3:01, P. Lamoureux Umb (roughing) 4:16, D. Jarram Wlu (roughing, roughing, inter. on goaltender) 4:16, G. Sinfield Wlu (roughing) 4:49, G. Sinfield Wlu (high sticking) 9:45, M. Hellyer Umb (interference) 12:03, J. Borrows Wlu (hooking) 19:04, M. Voakes Wlu (hooking) 19:47

3rd Period
Scoring - 7. Wilfrid Laurier U, C. Pettipiece (1) (N. Peacock) 4:08
8. U of Manitoba, R. Wood (1) (M. Hellyer, D. Brown) 8:22 SH
9. Wilfrid Laurier U, L. Dubbin (1) (P. Magistrale, N. Peacock) 17:23
Penalties - C. Wild Umb (hooking) 0:59, T. Kornelsen Umb (interference) 1:26, J. Borrows Wlu (hooking) 4:54, B. Lindsay Umb (slashing) 7:26, C. Beller Umb (hooking) 9:30, C. Pettipiece Wlu (slashing) 13:59, C. Voakes Wlu (hooking) 18:42, C. Kennedy Wlu (roughing) 19:39

UMB Shots: 5 12 12 TOTAL: 29
WLU Shots: 10 3 8 TOTAL: 21

Power Play Conversion
University of Manitoba Bisons 4-12.

Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks 0-10.

University of Manitoba Bisons
Christie 1-0-1-0 Start: 1st 0:00 Min: 59:39 SV: 18 GA: 3 [W]
Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks
Thomson 0-1-0-0 Start: 1st 0:00 Min: 59:39 SV: 23 GA: 6 [L]

Source: Thunderwolves Athletics