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THE University of Manitoba Bisons men's hockey team, ranked No. 10 in Canada, upset the No. 1-ranked Alberta Golden Bears 4-2 on Saturday night at the Max Bell Arena.

In the first game of the two-game series on Friday, Alberta edged Manitoba 3-2 in a shootout.

With Saturday's win, the 9-4-3 Bisons stopped 14-4-0 Alberta's winning streak at 11.

Blair Macaulay scored the game-winner at 9:27 of the third period. Ian Duval scored a pair of goals, including a short-handed marker in the first period.

"We looked at this weekend as an opportunity to take a big step forward as a team," Bisons head coach Mike Sirant said in a statement. "We felt like we should have won last night and we knew that we could give more today."

SPEED skater Kyle Parrott of Minnedosa won gold in the men's 500-metres on Sunday at the Canada Cup 1 meet at the Gaétan-Boucher Oval in Quebec City.

On the final day of the three-day event, Parrott shared the gold in the 500m race with Muncef Ouardi of Quebec City as they finished tied with identical times of 37.24 seconds. The Canada Cups are key events throughout the season as they are used to determine national rankings for positions on the national junior and development teams. The next Canada Cup event is at Calgary, Jan. 3-6, 2013.

THE Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League players of the month are Devin Muir of the Central Plains Capitals, Travis Sanheim of the Yellowhead Chiefs and Hayden Dola of the Interlake Lighting.

Muir scored seven goals and added 10 assists for Central Plains during November to earn the WHL Offensive Player of the Month honours. Sanheim was named the MNP Defensive Player of the Month as he recorded four goals and four assists in nine games and had a rating of plus-10. Dola, named the Century 21 Goaltender of Month, posted a .917 save percentage last month and in his last four starts, stopped 170 of 181 shots he faced.

KARINA Durupt of the Louis Riel Voyageurs and Sydney Valiquette of the River East Kodiaks were selected as the Winnipeg Women's High School Hockey League's players of the week.

Durupt earned the CTV Division A award after she scored a goal and had an assist in the Voyageurs' 4-1 win over the Oak Park Raiders.

Valiquette, the Kodiaks' goaltender, was chosen in the Winnipeg Free Press Division B after she posted a pair of shutouts. She had a 28-save performance in a 6-0 win over the Westwood Warriors and stopped 25 shots in a 1-0 win over the Miles Macdonell Buckeyes.

IN the CurlManitoba Junior Men and Women Regional Playdowns last weekend, male and female berths were awarded for the Junior Provincials on Jan. 3-7 at the Brandon Curling Club.

In the Junior Men's division, berths went to Sean Davidson of Portage in Central, Curtis Kaatz of Springfield and Jordan Smith of East St Paul in Interlake Eastman, Carter Watkins of Swan River and Steffan Adamchuk of Swan River in Parkland, Braden Calvert of Carberry in Westman, Cole Peters of West St. Paul, JT Ryan of Assiniboine and Randy Greig of Deer Lodge in Winnipeg and Nicholas Martin of Flin Flon in Norman.

In Junior Women, berths were won by Carly Angers of Miami in Central, Rebecca Lamb of Stonewall in Interlake Eastman, Jesse Iles of The Pas in Norman, Kylin Alm of Dauphin and Raina Syrnyk of Gilbert Plains in Parkland, Jennifer Curle of Minnedosa and Janelle Schwindt of Brandon in Westman, Beth Peterson, Abby Ackland and Kristy Watling of Victoria in Winnipeg.

IN senior men's curling playdowns last weekend, berths were awarded for the Strathcona Senior Men's Provincials set for Feb. 21-25 in Killarney.

Berths were earned by Curtis McCannell of Manitou and Bill North of Carman in Central,

Murray Woodward of St. Adolphe in Eastman, Carl German of East St Paul and Bill Stewart of Stonewall in Interlake, Sam Antila of Burntwood in Norman, Jim Todoruk of Dauphin in Parkland, Shawn Taylor and Brian Fowler of Brandon in Westman, Bob Sigurdson of West Kildonan, Mike Mahon of Deer Lodge, Scott Furevick of Fort Rouge and Lionel Walz of Pembina and Ian Beavis of Fort Rouge in Winnipeg.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 3, 2012 C3

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