Thanks to last night's UBC's victory at Victoria, Regina's trouncing of Manitoba and Fraser Valley hammering Brandon, the Canada West first round playoff matchups are set as follows:
#1 UBC hosts #8 Manitoba
#2 Trinity Western hosts #7 Fraser Valley
#3 Saskatchewan hosts # 6 Regina
#4 Alberta hosts #5 Victoria.
All series are Best-of-3 affairs with all games in the home gyms of the top seeds.
Victoria at Alberta series begins Thursday in Edmonton (7 p.m. MST). The Bears were forced to bump the start-date of the series back to Thursday as they are also hosting women's basketball and men's and women's volleyball playoffs the same weekend. Game 2 goes Friday afternoon and Game 3, if necessary, Saturday afternoon (both games 3 p.m. MST). Fraser Valley at Trinity Western also begins Thursday at 7 PM PT with subsequent games in the series on Friday (7 PM PT) and then Saturday at 7 PM PT if necessary. Both Alberta and Trinity Western had byes this past weekend and will be rested and await the arrival of their opponents although UFV and TWU are only about 32 km. apart. UBC hosts Manitoba on Friday, February 26 and Saturday, February 27, both games at 8 p.m. PST, with a third game going on Sunday if necessary. Saskatchewan hosts Regina, also on Friday and Saturday, with both games at 8 p.m. CST, with a third game going on Sunday if necessary, also at 8 PM CST.
The highest remaining seed after this coming weekend's quarter-finals will host the Canada West Final Four during the weekend of March 5th and 6th with the two semi-final victors advancing to the CIS Final 8 in Halifax the following weekend.
Wayne Thomas Canada West report from last night.
Ron Rauch's article from the Victoria Times-Colonist on last night's UBC win over the Vikes.