Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Wednesday OUA Action

A rare mid-week OUA East game with playoff implications plus the usual set of Wednesday night games in the OUA West are on the CIS calendar for tonight. All four games can be followed in some manner using the internet.

8:00 pm York (4-20, 2-12) at Laurentian (3-20, 2-12) In Sudbury, the Lions and Voyageurs face off for their first of two regular season games with the sixth and final playoff spot on the line. York aims to build on a pair of encouraging efforts against Carleton and Ottawa at home over the weekend while the Vees need this home win as, after this weekend, Laurentian's final 5 games of the regular season are on the road, including the season finale at York. York/Laurentian preview LIVE STATS

8:00 pm Western (13-9, 6-7) at McMaster (11-9, 6-7) A pair of teams with identical 6-7 records meet with playoff positioning/implications on the line. The Stangs and Marauders are either tied for fifth place or seventh place (out of playoffs) depending upon how you want to look at it. Key matchups include 6'6" Brad Smith, Western's leading scorer, against the Mac front line which includes 6'8" Mouchtar Diaby and 6'9" Terry Licorish. Smith's solid big-man perimeter skills will contrast to Diaby and Licorish inside. As well, 6'2" Tyrell Vernon, looking to find his consistency from game-to-game as a freshman, potentially matched up against 6'1" Hamilton-native Matt Curtis. The game is available on CFMU/Mac radio and can be followed using LIVE STATS!

8:00 pm Guelph (13-7, 8-5) at Waterloo (7-16, 4-10) The Jekyll and Hide Gryphs (five game home losing streak; undefeated on the road) look to keep pace with Windsor and Brock in the battle for a first round bye in the OUA West playoffs. Guelph hopes to have 6'4" Jonathan Moscatelli back in the lineup very soon. The Warriors have lost 5 of 6 league games after the holidays. Waterloo audio webcast

8:00 pm Laurier (9-13, 6-7) at Brock (13-11, 8-5) The Badgers are in the midst of their stretch of 8 of their last 11 games at home and are 1-1 thus far with a pair of sluggish efforts leading off. Brock welcomed back 6'3" Rohan Steen, who had an immediate impact but typically the play of 6'7" Owen White and 6'8" Michael Muir up front is a proxy for how Brock plays. When their talented pair of big men are going well, the Badgers usually win. Laurier is hanging tough but is winless (0-4) in league games on the road and has yet to play away from home after the holidays. Six of their final nine games are on the road including the next 4 consecutive. 6'6" Kale Harrison continues to lead the Hawks as a freshman. Video webcast available via Streaming Sports Network.

Windsor 9-4
Brock 8-5
Guelph 8-5
Lakehead 7-7
Western 6-7
McMaster 6-7
Laurier 6-7
Waterloo 4-10

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