The Stampeders took what the Roughriders gave them yesterday...and that was enough to win a game. Green and White bossman Chris Jones wanted to have nine men in coverage and he never blitzed once. As a result, Bo Levi Mitchell had one of his least-productive passing days...but Calgary got enough out of Jerome Messam running the ball to kick five field goals and win. No touchdowns allowed is good...but it wasn't good enough for Saskatchewan!
On the other side of the ball, the Stamps won the battle in the trenches. The Riders had no running attack and their pass protection was chewed up and spit out by the Calgary front four. Four pass rushers continually put pressure on against five...and more often six...blockers. That's not good enough!
I haven't checked to see if all W-H-L teams were doing it, but it looks the league intends on enhancing their live game statistics package. During Friday's Saskatoon Blades' season opener against Swift Current, the crack local minor officials crew, headed up by Bernie Burtney, had individual shots on goal and faceoff wins updated after each period. Plus, they were doing hits on their own! I saw where Kootenay didn't have faceoff wins calculated, but I just hope the league is able to maintain these extras...not just for fans, but broadcasters as well!