Ron & Don: Canucks’ Dorsett making most of increased playing time

If you look at the Vancouver Canucks‘ scoring leaders right now, you’ll find an unexpected name at the top: Derek Dorsett.

The 30-year-old winger has four goals and an assist on the season, including two markers against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night and one against the Boston Bruins one night prior.

According to Don Cherry, there’s a simple explanation.

“You know why? Travis Green is playing him,” Cherry said during Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday.

Dorsett has averaged 14:18 in ice time through seven games this season, and reached 18 minutes in Friday’s high-shooting 4-2 victory in Buffalo.

Dorsett (smiling) before a question is asked….”yeah I’m a sniper. I score goals.”

— Dan Murphy (@sportsnetmurph) October 21, 2017

“Every place he had played on before, he was just a dummy to go out and fight and stuff like that. Travis knows he’s a pretty good hockey player. When those guys like that play, he’s a tough guy,” Cherry said. “Dorsett, the reason he’s getting all those goals is because Travis Green’s playing him.”

Dorsett’s best offensive season came back in 2011-12, when he registered 12 goals and eight assists for 20 points in 77 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He spent one season with the New York Rangers before joining the Canucks in 2014-15.

Cherry also noted a few of Green’s other decisions early in this season, including limiting the Sedin twins’ ice time and sitting rookie Brock Boeser for the first two games of the year. Boeser has five points in five games so far in his career.

It’s still very early in the season, but Cherry is liking what he sees so far from the rebuilding club.

“He’s got them playing his style, they’ve got a little jump,” said …read more


U Sports Football: Western beats Ottawa to remain undefeated

LONDON, Ont. — The Western Mustangs stayed undefeated in Canadian university football action with a 63-10 win over the Ottawa Gee-Gees on Saturday.

Western capped the regular season with an 8-0 record while the Gee-Gees were 5-3.

Harry McMaster caught three touchdown passes and Cedric Joseph ran for 137 yards and two TD’s to help lead Western’s explosive offence.

The Mustangs scored an OUA-high 386 points while limiting their opponents to just 105 all season.

Western quarterback Chris Mercahnt was 10 for 15 for 168 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

Ottawa’s Alex Lavric was 11 for 22 for 94 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions.


QUEBEC CITY — Gabriel Ouellet had four of Laval’s (6-1) six interceptions and quarterback Hugo Richard threw for one touchdown and ran in another as the Rouge et Or handed Montreal (5-1) its first loss of the season.


WINDSOR, Ont. — Sam Girard threw for 285 yards with four touchdown passes as the Lancers (1-7) beat York (1-7) to earn their first win of the season.


WATERLOO, Ont. — Tristan Arndt threw three TD strikes and ran in a score himself as Laurier (6-2) snapped McMaster’s (6-2) five-game winning streak.


TORONTO — Nate Hobbs was 32 of 40 passing for 436 yards and five touchdowns to lead Queen’s (4-4) over the Varisty Blues (1-7).

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