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Got this off the drillersfans.com website. Edmonton's big playmaker is out for the rest of the season and they are having a Championship games this year (and they have finally updated the cmisl.com website!).


This weekend will be a big one for the CMISL, with all four clubs in action. Two doubleheaders are on the schedule, and they will go a long way to deciding who will be squaring off in the recently announced, inaugural CMISL Championship game. That game will be played March 14th, 7:05 pm, at Servus Place in St. Albert.

Edmonton and Winnipeg will kick things off Friday night at Servus Place. The Drillers are heading in with a league leading 5-1 record, conversely the Alliance are still looking to break into the win column at 0-8. Two wins would guarantee Edmonton a spot in the final.

The Drillers are coming in with a short bench though, with Nikola Vignjevic suffering a season ending ankle injury in last weeks game, two or three other players also banged up and Sam Lam recently leaving the club for a try out in Hong Kong.

In other action, Calgary and Saskatoon square off in a doubleheader of their own on Sunday afternoon in Saskatoon. Calgary comes in with a 5-2 record, within reach of Saskatoon, who stand at 4-3. The games promise to hard fought and spirited affairs, as there is a lot on the line.

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Amazing how the leagues sites keep tailoring themselves increasingly like my site... yep, quite the coincidence lol

I'm not sure about their idea or placing ads at the top of their pages... doesn't exactly come off as professional when the first thing you see is an ad for a dating site, or Hillary Clinton... but what do I know

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quote:Originally posted by Kevin McMillan

Amazing how the leagues sites keep tailoring themselves increasingly like my site... yep, quite the coincidence lol

I'm not sure about their idea or placing ads at the top of their pages... doesn't exactly come off as professional when the first thing you see is an ad for a dating site, or Hillary Clinton... but what do I know

They should just have you do the league sites and run all the team sites as virtuals under it. The drillersfans.com site is the best of the bunch.

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More injuries last night, and unfortunately they looked quite bad. Winnipegs Justin Legare went down and slammed his head, looked like he probably was concussed. Very unfortunate. Then again with just five minutes left in the second game, Edmonton's captain Todd Rattee went down heavily favouring his foot, possibly ankle. Hopefully isn't ligament damage.

Edmonton is certainly a hurting unit, with two physical games left next weekend before the championship game. Vignjevic and Lemire are done for the season. Pavicic is day-to-day, no word on Rattee.

Evidently Lemire and the two Accelerators responsible for his and Vignjevic's injuries were all given one game suspensions... for whatever reason they are letting both Accelerators play the doubleheader this weekend against Calgary and not serving it until next week vs. Edmonton (perhaps wise insofar as to avoid further incident, but doesn't really sit right as in all likely hood that will be a nothing game).

Between the doubleheader format and Saskatoons questionable reputation, I'm a bit worried Calgary won't be able to escape without significant injuries of their own.... but time will tell. Hopefully at some point common sense will reign and those games will see hard fought but clean games... hopefully... sigh.

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Drillers change tactics, Alliance pays

Turn to more attacking, shooting in second half

John Korobanik, The Edmonton Journal

ST. ALBERT - The Edmonton Drillers were minus three major offensive threats Friday night, so they spread out the attack and the scoring to run to an 8-3 Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League victory over the Winnipeg Alliance.

The win, in the first game of a doubleheader, moved Edmonton, now 6-1, to within one victory of a berth in the league championship game, to be played here on March 14 between the teams finishing first and second.

Edmonton is currently first, with Calgary second at 5-3 and able to clinch a berth in the final when they play a double-header today in Saskatoon.

Nikola Vignjevic, Phil Pavicic and Chris Lemire are all out with injuries but the Drillers offence hardly missed a beat. For the opening 20 minutes they dominated Winnipeg with superb ball control and passing, but couldn't find enough cracks in a stubborn and quick Alliance defence to create many good scoring chances.

Martin Dugas opened the scoring 57 seconds into the game, taping in a goalmouth pass for his first of two goals. But despite almost total ball domination, the Drillers couldn't score again in the half, and Ivan Garcia and Matthew McLaren scored in the final four minutes to send Winnipeg to the dressing room with a 2-1 lead.

Edmonton changed its strategy in the second of the two 25-minute halves.

Instead of playing the patient, ball control offence they did in the opening 25 minutes, the Drillers turned to more direct attacking and more shots. After Dugas tied the game 73 seconds into the half, Edmonton began to wear down Winnipeg, which is playing all its games this season on the road and went into the double-header winless in eight games.

Playing before an encouraging crowd of about 500 fans at Servus Place, Edmonton outscored Winnipeg 6-1 over the final 13 minutes.

Midfielder Andrew Mataya edged Edmonton into the lead for good at 12:24 when he took a pass just inside the box, turned and rifled a shot just inside the post. About 85 seconds later, Jordan Gillespie, picked up from the University of Alberta Golden Bears as an injury replacement, scored on a brilliant individual effort.

Kyle Gibson capitalized on a brief defensive breakdown about a minute later to pull Winnipeg to within a goal, but Raul Roncov put home a great shot from outside the box to restore the two-goal margin.

From there it was all Drillers. Gillespie scored his second of the night, banging home the rebound of his own free kick, and Roncov got his second by finishing off an impressive array of passes that left him with an easy shot to the net.

Eric Pinnell, the second pickup for the game from the U of A, wrapped up the scoring with 63 seconds left.


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Calgary got a little revenge tonight posting a 8-5 win heading into next weeks final.

If having their top three scorers all out wasn't enough, looks like Edmontons captain and best defender, Todd Rattee is also done for the year with a broken foot (there is a bright spot though as Sam Lam returned, and his ability to be a trigger man was greatly needed). Seems it caught up to them finally, as Edmonton looked disorganized in both ends for most of the first half. Calgary on the other hand looked real comfortable out there and was always on the prowl.

The teams played hard, but it was apparent both were looking towards next week. Both teams rotated their 'keepers at the half. Good game though, not sure why but after letting the teams play for three quarters, the refs suddenly decided to get involved in the fourth quarter and started handing out cards like they're going out of style. I think the game would have been better served in keeping them in their pockets on four out of the five, but whatever, at least the chinzy calls went both ways. Not sure why they get so card happy though, last week was another example when one of the refs got a real big hate-on for Winnipegs Goetting and gave him three penalties for stuff that were fouls at worst.... but what do I know?

Won't bore you with all my rantings, but if you want them I put up a recap, doesn't look like any highlights made the news for that's as good as it'll get... http://drillersfans.com/content/view/158/32/

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Calgary United defeats Drillers

Calgary Herald

Published: Saturday, March 08, 2008

The Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League's Calgary United FC scored an 8-5 victory over the Edmonton Drillers at St. Albert's Servus Place Friday night.

United FC's third consecutive road victory allowed the side to move into top spot in the CMISL standings. Calgary finished the 10-game regular season with an 8-2 record.

The Drillers had their record slip to 7-2. However, Edmonton holds the tie-breaker advantage over Calgary and can still finish first overall with a win against the Saskatoon Accelerators at Credit Union Centre on Sunday.

Should Calgary and Edmonton finish with 8-2 records, the Drillers would be awarded first place by virtue of their superior points for/allowed differential in the four head-to-head meetings between the sides this season.

But the Drillers and United FC meet again in the one-game, winner-take-all championship on March 14. They secured their berths in the championship with doubleheader sweeps in Week 7.

© The Calgary Herald 2008

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