Game over

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:38 AM ET

PLAYERS OF THE GAME:

OFFENCE -- Lions quarterback Dave Dickenson proved again why he's one of the best pivots to ever play in the CFL. The former Stampeder completed 18 of 27 first half passes for 151 yards and one touchdown. In the second half he added a TD pass to Ryan Thelwell as the Lions extended their record to 5-0 this season.

Stampeders running back Joffrey Reynolds enjoyed another fantastic night, piling up 74 yards on just six carries in the first half alone, to earn honourable mention.

DEFENCE -- Not a stellar night for defences wearing either colour, with 34 first-half points. Demetrious Maxie led the Stampeders pass rush, collecting one sack on Lions quarterback Dave Dickenson.

SPECIAL TEAMS -- Stampeder Ronney Jenkins was dangerous on kickoffs and almost went the distance returning a wayward Duncan O'Mahony field goal on the last play of the first half. O'Mahony, the last man back, sprinted across the field to make the tackle. Reynolds ended the first 30 minutes of play with 59 yards on three kickoff returns.

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TURNING POINT:

Lions wide receiver Ryan Thelwell caught a 35-yard TD pass from Dave Dickenson with 11 minutes left, then made good on a two-point convert, as B.C. opened a 37-27 lead.

CATCH OF THE GAME:

Stampeders non-import receiver Mike Juhasz made a diving grab early in the first quarter. The crucial catch on second-and-six kept alive the Stampeders' first scoring drive of the night, allowing Jeremaine Copeland to haul in an easy TD grab two plays later.

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HIT OF THE GAME:

Stampeders cornerback Jermaine Chatman, covering illusive Geroy Simon, lowered his shoulder into the Lions receiver from behind just as he grabbed a 27-yard Dave Dickenson pass at the Stampeders goal-line. The ball squirted loose forcing B.C. to settle for a field goal.

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NOTABLES:

Announced attendance at B.C. Place Stadium was 28,714 ... Lions receiver Geroy Simon left the game in the second half with a leg injury ... It was centre Jamie Crysdale's 210th consecutive regular-season start, despite needing a cortisone shot in his left knee earlier in the week ... The Stampeders fielded the identical lineup that beat the Saskatchewan Roughriders last Saturday at McMahon Stadium, the first time this season head coach Tom Higgins didn't make a change ... The Lions have sold more than 48,000 tickets for the 2005 Grey Cup game.

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UP NEXT:

The Stampeders host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Saturday, Aug. 6 at 5 p.m., McMahon Stadium.


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