Saturday, 5 January 2008

Saturday's CIS Games and Media

Morris Dalla Costa reviews Western's struggles with injuries in the London Free Press Mustangs men see season on the mend

Wayne Kondro's piece on last night's Ottawa victory over York Gee-Gees solidify their hold on second place

A full slate of games today including the unofficial start of the OUA West second half on four fronts.

OUA West
1 PM McMaster (4-4) at Laurier (3-5) 6'9" Terry Licorish makes his OUA debut for the Marauders in a battle of two young teams. Laurier will look for more consistent production from 6'5" Matt Walker and 6'2" Jesse MacDonald, both of who picked up their games in the second half of last season while Mac's stable of solid freshmen enter their first season of playing tough road games in the second half of the OUA season.

4 PM Brock (5-3) at Western (3-5) This game pits two of the hottest teams in Canada at Alumni Hall in London as the Mustangs come off an impressive tournament victory at Ryerson but have some work to do in the second half of the season after an inconsistent first half. The Badgers also are playing very well as they get healthy and bring in 6'8" forward Mike Muir. Expect 6'2" Rohan Steen to return albeit likely playing on a bad ankle.

7 PM Guelph (6-2) at Windsor (5-3) In a rematch of last season's OUA West semi-final in Windsor in which the Gryphs led late before imploding after an ill-advised technical foul on 6'9" Duncan Milne, Windsor looks to continue their stellar play at the St. Denis Center. Guelph will probably be without 6'4" Jonathan Moscatelli who is expected back in the lineup sometime in January after injury his knee in the first half finale against Carleton. LIVE VIDEO web cast via SSN

8 PM Waterloo (4-5) at Lakehead (4-5) The teams meet again tonight in Thunder Bay after last night's dramatic Warrior victory. Listen LIVE! on Lakehead Radio plus videowebcast ppv

2 PM ET/3 PM AT Memorial (0-7) at Saint Mary's (4-3) Both teams have a quick turnaround after last night's losses to Dal and Acadia respectively. These teams had a double overtime thriller in St. John's in October.

3 PM ET/4 PM AT UPEI (3-3) at StFX (4-2) X comes off a victory at the Shoveller tournament while the young Panthers look to stay in touch with the top of the AUS as the teams meet for the second time this season in Antigonish after X's ten point win at the St. FX NIKE Invitational in October. LIVE VIDEO web cast via SSN

3 PM ET/4 PM AT UNB (0-7) at Cape Breton (6-1) The Capers look to stay close to Acadia atop the AUS standings while UNB is searching for their first AUS victory of the season.

7 PM ET/8 PM AT Dalhousie (4-3) at Acadia (6-1) The Tigers look for that big signature road win at Wolfville but are likely to be without 6'1" Simon Farine while Acadia tries to bounce back strong after a solid win at St. Mary's last night.

4 PM McGill (3-2) at Concordia (4-1) The cross-town rivals meet for the second time this season after the Stingers thrashed the Redmen by 19 at Love Hall in the first half. Concordia hopes to have 6'7" Jamal Gallier back in the lineup this afternoon against the Redmen who went 1-2 during their three-game trip to Toronto for the Ed Dearmon tournament over the holidays. Concordia comes off a two point win last night at home against Bishop's with 6'1" Damian Buckley leading the way after making the game-winning shot with 6 seconds remaining.

OUA East
8 PM Ryerson (4-5) at Queen's (5-4) The most interesting game on tonight's OUA East slate as the Rams have a chance to join the battle for fourth place in the division and a possible playoff home game by snatching a road win in Kingston. The Gaels did not shot the ball particularly well last night against Toronto and that rarely happens two games in a row. 6'7" Boris Bakovic is the leading scorer in the CIS with over 29 points per game.

Other OUA East games
8 PM Toronto (7-2) at RMC (0-9)
8 PM Laurentian (1-8) at Ottawa (8-1) LIVE VIDEO web cast via SSN
8 PM York (1-8) at Carleton (9-0) Listen to the game on CKCU-FM via Internet The game is also available in Ontario on Rogers Television; check your local listings.

Canada West

9 PM Thompson Rivers (1-12) at Brandon (10-1) The Cats rebounded nicely from a mediocre weekend at the Wesmen Classic to dominate Fraser Valley last night from the start. TRU is reeling with some injuries and were thrashed at Regina last night.

9 PM UCFV (5-8) at Regina (6-5) The Cascades make the tough trip from Brandon to Regina to face the Cougars. LIVE STATS!

9:15 PM Winnipeg (5-6) at Manitoba (1-10) In the second of a home-and-home, the Wesmen will for all intents and purposes clinch a playoff berth with a win at U of M tonight as the cross-town rivalry continues.

10 PM Calgary (9-2) at Alberta (8-3) In another must-win for Alberta, the Bears look to keep the momentum rolling after a solid defensive effort last night. Live audio for the game is also available at U of A Athletics

10 PM Saskatchewan (6-5) at Lethbridge (0-11) After the Huskies easy win last night, the teams meet again in Lethbridge.

11 PM Victoria (9-4) at Trinity Western (5-8) The Spartans moved into a tie for the fourth and final playoff spot last night with their dramatic win while the Vikes look to bounce back. Spartan Web Radio

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