Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Plenty of Thanksgiving weekend CIS action

Ordinarily a weekend where the action is sparse, this year's Thanksgiving Day weekend offers the most matchups in recent memory with games all across the country.  In Edmonton, the Alberta Golden Bear Invitational includes RMC, Saskatchewan, Grant MacEwan (ACAA), Concordia College (ACAA).  The three CIS teams will play each other and RMC and the Golden Bears will play a third game each against ACAA opponents.  In Montreal, the traditional tournament season kick-off tournament, the Concordia NIKE Tournament welcomes Winnipeg Wesmen and new coach Mike Raimbault, Ryerson Rams and New York Institute of Technology (NYIT).  The action kicks off Friday at 6 PM with Winnipeg facing the hosts while Ryerson meets NYIT in the night cap.  The winners play off in the championship on Saturday just after the consolation game.  Maybe the strongest tournament field in the pre-season convenes at UNB Eric Garland Memorial tournament as likely pre-season Top 10 programs St. FX, Cape Breton and Lakehead play a three-day, three-game round-robin tournament at the Aiken Center, home of the hockey Varsity Reds, with a floor being brought in to cover the ice in a nice arena setting.  Also, UBC, Fraser Valley and Manitoba make trips in Ontario to face OUA West competition with McMaster, Laurier, Guelph and Brock hosting multiple games.

Exhibition games this week:

Wed Oct 6
Briercrest College (ACAA) at Regina
Bishop's at Ottawa 6 PM

Thurs Oct 7
Manitoba at Brock 7:30 PM
Fanshawe at Laurier
Bishop's at Carleton 7 PM

Fri Oct 8
St. FX vs. Cape Breton (Eric Garland UNB) 4 PM AT
Lakehead at UNB (Eric Garland UNB) 8 PM AT
Guelph Phoenix (Men's) at Toronto 7 PM
RMC at Alberta (Golden Bear Invitational)
C├ęgep Limoilou at Laval
Manitoba at McMaster
UBC at Laurier
Bishop's at Queen's 6 PM
Acadia at Crandall U. (Moncton)
Fraser Valley at Guelph
Winnipeg at Concordia (NIKE Tournament) 6 PM ET
NAIT vs. Ryerson (NIKE Tournament) 8 PM ET

Sat Oct 9
Lakehead vs. Cape Breton (Eric Garland UNB) 4 PM AT
St. FX at UNB (Eric Garland UNB) 8 PM AT
Saskatchewan at Alberta (Golden Bear Invitational)
Grant MacEwan vs. RMC (Golden Bear Invitational)
Acadia at Mt. Allison (Sackville) 7:00 PM

Manitoba at Guelph
Fraser Valley at Brock 3 p.m.
Lethbridge at University of Great Falls
Consolation NIKE Tournament 5 PM ET

Championship NIKE Tournament 7 PM ET

Sun Oct 10
Lakehead vs. St. FX (Eric Garland UNB) 11 AM AT
Cape Breton at UNB (Eric Garland UNB) 3 PM AT
Fraser Valley at McMaster

UBC at Guelph
NYIT at UQAM
RMC vs. Saskatchewan (Golden Bear Invitational)
Concordia College at Alberta (Golden Bear Invitational)

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