Thursday, 29 October 2009

Final Weekend of Extensive Non-Conference Play

The highlight of the CIS non-conference schedule this weekend is the Stu Aberdeen Memorial tournament in Atlantic Canada which this season sees York Lions (0-1) and the injury-riddled RMC Paladins (0-6) play at Acadia, St. Mary's and Dalhousie. John DeCoste of novanewsnow previews the tournament held annually in honour of the legendary AUS coach from the late 50's and early 60's.

Stu Aberdeen Tournament Schedule (all games Atlantic time):
Thursday Night:

RMC at Acadia 7 PM AT (Kings-Edgehill in Windsor)
York at St. Mary's 7 PM (Tower)
Friday Night:
York at Acadia 7 PM
RMC at Dalhousie 7 PM
Saturday Night:
York at Dalhousie 3 PM
RMC at St. Mary's 3 PM

To finish the weekend off in Atlantic Canada (although not part of the Stu Aberdeen Classic), historical rivals St. Mary's and St. FX will meet in Halifax at the Tower in a pre-season game beginning at 3 PM.

A pair of other AUS teams take to the road again as UPEI and Cape Breton tour into Quebec for games against UQAM, Bishop's and McGill. Schedule as follows:

Friday Night:
Cape Breton at UQAM 7 PM
UPEI at Bishop's 7 PM (these teams met two weeks ago at the House-Laughton tournament at Carleton with the Gaiters coming back to squeeze out their only win of the season)
Saturday Night:
Cape Breton at McGill 2 PM
Sunday afternoon:
Cape Breton at Bishop's 1 PM (these teams played last Saturday night at the Jack Donohue tournament in Ottawa with the Capers winning comfortably)
UPEI at McGill 2 PM

We put this in last week's preview one week too early (thanks to those who pointed it out) so you can be forgiven if you feel like you've read this before... The Windsor Lancers cross the border into Michigan this weekend for the Jamieson-Allen Agency Tip-Off Tournament in Spring Arbor, MI which includes NAIA's Spring Arbor Cougars, Madonna University Crusaders (NAIA) and NAIA division I perennial power Robert Morris College, who the Lancers face in Friday evening's opening round at 6 PM. A year ago Robert Morris reached the NAIA Final Four and garnered national attention when they upended Big Ten Conference member Northwestern University in an exhibition game... Virtually the Ottawa Gee-Gees roster and coaching staff has been adversely affected by the flu permeating through the Nation's Capital and at this time it is not known whether or not the Gee-Gees can travel to Clarkson College on Sunday to meet the NCAA Division III side. Ottawa has a date at home against Prokom Development team from Poland which is scheduled to begin at 3 PM... Ryerson Rams have a pair of games highlighted by a meeting in Buffalo, NY at Daemen College. The Rams also play at Brock on Saturday at 2 PM in the Bob Davis Gym as they visit the "Region" this weekend. Peter Campbell's Laurier Golden Hawks also take a trip to Buffalo to face Daeman College on Saturday afternoon, the day prior to Ryerson playing there... The Guelph Gryphons host the Guelph Phoenix senior men's team on Friday night in Guelph... Brock also hosts U.S. school Point Park at 1 PM on Sunday... Rob Smart's Queen's Gaels, off to an impressive 5-0 start including 4-0 at home, play their first road game of the young season just over the border in Canton, NY against St. Lawrence College in a 1 PM start on Saturday afternoon... Regina Cougars play at Minot State in Minot, N.D. over the weekend... Western Mustangs have a pair of games in Rochester, NY, a trip they seem to make every other year or so, playing at Nazareth College at 7 PM on Friday and then RIT in Rochester on Saturday...Head coach Scott Morrison's Lakehead Thunderwolves men's basketball will head south of the border this week as they tune up for their OUA regular season with two games and a scrimmage session with American competition. The Wolves start their trip with a Wednesday scrimmage at Rainy River Community College in International Fall, MN before heading to North Dakota to play the Valley City State Vikings on Thursday, and the Jamestown College Jimmies on Friday. Lakehead has posted a 4-1 preseason record and is coming off a tournament win at the Brandon Super 8 at Brandon University. This trip will be their last opportunity to prepare for their OUA season opener, November 6 at Queen's. The Thunderwolves have faced their share of injuries during the preseason and coach Morrison has juggled his lineup in recent weeks to adjust. Making their Thunderwolves debuts two weekends ago at the Super 8 Tournament were guards Cam Hornby and Matt Nagy, and forward Anthony McIntosh. Post Brendan King is out, however, and will not play after sustaining a foot injury in practice. Four Wolves players missed practice last week with H1N1-like symptoms but are expected back for the roadtrip. Thunderwolves' Thursday night game at Valley City State University will be webcast/video streamed online Tipoff is at 7pm Central Standard Time.

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