Saturday, 22 January 2011

Saturday's CIS Action

Plenty of interesting games across the country today and tonight.  Check SSN Canada and CIS program websites for coverage which continues to span wider with video and/or live stats.

OUA West
Western at Laurier 3:00 PM EST   The first of back-to-backs between these two teams which will meet again Wednesday night in London.  Western has been without 6'8" Adam Jespersen and 6'6" Garrett Olexiuk missed 'Stangs loss on Wednesday at Windsor.  Laurier's strength is their size and front three so Mustangs will have to get it done with strong guard play.  Hawks need a victory at home to keep pace with Lakehead in the battle for second place after T-Wolves last seconds win at Mac last night.  First meeting of the season between the Mustangs and Laurier.

Guelph at Waterloo 3:00 PM EST  Warriors look to avenge a loss a couple of weeks ago at Guelph and themselves broke off a three game losing skid with a win at Brock on Wednesday.  The return of high-scoring wing Cam McIntyre and the continual development of 6'5" forward Alan Goodhoofd has helped Waterloo.  Guelph continues to scrap but has trouble scoring and would benefit offensively from the return of 6'4" Jonathan Moscatelli, out with a wrist injury.
Windsor at Brock 4:00 PM EST   Brock is just 1-4 vs. OUA West teams and has not won on the road after the holidays.  Lancers hope to extend their grip on first place as 6'3" Isaac Kuon continues to push for POY status in the conference.  Badgers need to get more out of slumping 6'1" fifth-year guard Andrew Kraus.
Lakehead at McMaster 8:00 PM EST  Marauders look to gain a split from the weekend series and put themselves back into consideration for second place which is a fleeting goal currently.
Dalhousie at Cape Breton 8:00 PM AST   Feature games of the AUS weekend as two Top 10 teams meet in Sydney.  Tigers may be the strongest overall defensive team in the conference but have struggled to score in key spots of big games.  Capers had a come-from-behind win at X on Wednesday that had numerous twists and turns.  The teams split a pair of games in early January at DalPlex.
UPEI at Memorial 8:00 PM AST   Two currently non-playoff teams meet in St. John's for the first of two on the weekend.
UNB at StFX 8:00 PM AST   V-Reds get another chance to push into the discussion as AUS contenders as they visit Antigonish to meet X-Men coming off an emotionally-draining 2 OT loss at home to Cape Breton on Wednesday.

McGill at UQAM 7:00 PM EST   Both teams come off important road wins that have tightened up QUBL standings as the Citadins appear to be turning things around with their relentless athleticism and physicality, especially on the offensive glass.  McGill is quickly becoming arguably the top overall defensive team in the Q.  Expect contrasting styles at UQAM tonight with the Redmen's patient offensive sets and lock-down team "d" vs. a Citadins group that wants to run, get to the rim and attack the glass.

OUA East
Queen's at Toronto 8:00 PM EST
  For all intents and purposes, the Gaels playoff lives are on the line tonight in Toronto.  Blues want to maintain some distance between themselves and improving York for second place in the division.
RMC at Ryerson 8:00 PM EST  Ryerson have won 3 in a row and have sights set on a first round home playoff game at a minimum.
Laurentian at Ottawa 8:00 PM EST  Both teams come off disappointing losses and the Gee-Gees desperately need this home win to maintain reasonable thoughts of hosting a first round playoff game.
York at Carleton 8:00 PM EST  Always an entertaining affair between teams with contrasting styles.  The still-young Lions are maturing group that seem to usually test the undefeated Ravens.

Canada West
Regina at Winnipeg 8:00 PM CST
UBC at Brandon 8:00 PM CST
Thompson Rivers at Saskatchewan 8:00 PM CST
Trinity Western at Calgary 8:00 PM MST 
Manitoba at Alberta 8:00 PM MST 
Lethbridge at Victoria 7:00 PM PST 

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