Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Easing back into Action

There are a sprinkling of games involved CIS teams over the next week or so, although no games are actually between CIS teams.  Friday night, Winnipeg Wesmen visit the state of North Dakota to face the 9-3 Jamestown College Jimmies, an NAIA program playing in the DAC (Dakota Athletic Conference).  Jamestown will also participate in the Wesmen Classic later this month at the Duckworth Center, when a first round matchup against Manitoba Bisons awaits.  Winnipeg Jamestown Live Stats are available.

Thompson Rivers WolfPack travels to Portland, OR for a pair of weekend matches against NAIA schools from the Cascade Collegiate Conference.  Saturday the Pack faces 6-5 Warner Pacific Knights and then Sunday TRU visits 4-7 Concordia-Portland Cavaliers.

Mid next week, two of the top teams in the OUA, Laurier Golden Hawks and Toronto Varsity Blues, travel to suburban Buffalo, NY to meet a pair of U.S. schools at the Can-Am Challenge at Daemen College.  The Hawks and Blues will face hosts Daemen (5-7) and Houghton College Highlanders (4-5), both members of the NAIA, Tuesday and Wednesday nights.  Incidentally, Houghton plays NCAA D1 opponent UB Bulls in Buffalo on the Monday night.

As well, the tournament draw has been released for the Dalhousie Rod Shoveller Memorial tournament in Halifax between 31 Dec and 2 Jan.  The three day affair begins with the following first round matchups:
Concordia vs. Saint Mary's
Laurentian vs. St. FX
Dalhousie vs. Queen's
Acadia vs. Laval

Here is an excellent article providing some background on Rod Shoveller including son Bruce who played five years at Queen's in the 1990's and Bruce's son 6'9" Michael, one of the top 15 year olds in Ontario and a member of the Ontario Provincial team.

Ryerson will host the RNIT (Ryerson National Invitational Tournament) in dowtown Toronto between 28 December and 30 December.  The tournament includes Toronto Varsity Blues, York Lions, Waterloo Warriors, UNB Varsity Reds and the host Rams (CIS) plus Mohawk and Algoma College (OCAA) and Walsh College (NAIA).  First round matchups are as follows:

Toronto vs. Mohawk
York vs. Walsh
Waterloo vs. New Brunswick
Ryerson vs. Algoma

Full RNIT tournament preview
We will also have more on the other tournaments over the Holiday season including Classique des Citadins, a six team affair at UQAM with 3 QUBL schools (Bishop's, McGill and host UQAM facing MUN, Ottawa and Guelph) and the annual Wesmen Classic, an 8 team affair in Winnipeg.

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