Saturday, 5 February 2011

Saturday's action in the CIS

OUA West
Laurier at Windsor 1:00 PM EST   The reeling Lancers need a win to stay in the hunt for the OUA West regular season crown, a possibility that improved with last night's Waterloo victory over first-place Lakehead.  The Golden Hawks hope to push to the top in the first of two meetings between these 2 teams who will fight for a first round playoff bye.

McMaster at Brock 3:00 PM EST   Marauders won the first game convincingly with 6'8" Scott Brittain in the lineup but the Badgers have played much better since then.  Both teams have injury issues with the Badgers still without 6'6" Mark Gibson.  Brock must find an answer for 6'6" Cam Michaud, who has exploded offensively in recent games.
Guelph at Western 3:00 PM EST   Another must-win for the scrappy Gryphons who are now just one game out of fourth when it appeared that they may be buried in the West basement a couple of weeks ago.  Western took the first meeting earlier in Guelph.
Lakehead at Waterloo 8:00 PM EST  Warriors continue to fight for their playoff lives but last night's solid win was encouraging as Waterloo turned the tables on the Thunderwolves with their own lock-down fourth quarter effort.

Cape Breton at Saint Mary's 4:00 PM AST   Expect lots of shots getting up and the score in the 100's for both teams with these explosive sides.  Capers have all but locked up top spot in the AUS and Saint Mary's still has asperations of a first round AUS tournament bye.
UNB at Acadia 8:00 PM AST  Both teams are comfortably in the playoffs but likely will finish 5 or 6 in the AUS
Memorial at UPEI 8:00 PM AST  Bottom two teams in the league meet in Charlottetown.
StFX at Dalhousie 8:00 PM AST   Feature game of the evening as both teams are battling for second place and a first night bye in the AUS tournament.  Dal defeated X in Antigonish before Christmas in the only other league game between these two teams.  Dal has 5 league losses:  3 to first place Cape Breton and 2 to fourth-place Saint Mary's.  X will likely again be without fifth-year 6'3" forward Dwayne Johnson.

Bishop's at Laval 8:00 PM EST   Rouge et Or need a win to maintain their hold on first place after last night's loss at McGill.  The Gaiters are fighting for their playoff lives and desperately need to win likely all of their remaining 5 games, starting tonight in Ste. Foy.

OUA East
Carleton at York 8:00 PM EST   Lions defeated Carleton at home around this time last year and are looking for some more magic to keep them in the race for a first-round home playoff game.
Ottawa at Laurentian 8:00 PM EST  Gee-Gees appear to be hitting their stride, getting a tough character win at York last night.  The Vees have lost 7 consecutive games, falling into sixth place but still comfortably in the playoffs at this point.
Ryerson at Queen's 8:00 PM EST   It is final call for the Gaels in terms of playoff contention.  Tonight is must-win; a loss virtually eliminates Queen's with Laurentian coming to town next weekend to play RMC on Friday night.
Toronto at RMC 8:00 PM EST

Canada West
UBC at Regina 8:00 PM CST  Thunderbirds showed how much disparity there is between the top 3 teams in CW and the rest of the league although Cougars were without 6'7" fifth-year all-conference forward Kris Heshka.
Alberta at Saskatchewan 8:00 PM CST   Bears get one more chance to show that they can contend/are Top 10 worthy tonight in Saskatoon.
UFV at Winnipeg 8:00 PM CST   A second loss tonight in Winnipeg will all but shatter Cascades playoff hopes.
Manitoba at Calgary 8:00 PM MST   Dinos big win last night coupled with UFV loss gives Calgary a resurgent playoff possibility.  Bisons are reeling, having won just 3 of their past 11 games.
Brandon at Trinity Western 7:00 PM PST 
Victoria at Thompson Rivers 8:00 PM PST

Canada West Standings
UBC x 17-2 .895 W13
TWU x 18-3 .857 W1
Saskatchewan x 15-4 .789 W2
Alberta x 14-7 .667 L1
Victoria x 14-7 .667 W7
Regina x 12-7 .632 L1
Manitoba 9-10 .474 L1
Calgary 7-12 .368 W2
UFV 6-13 .316 L4
Lethbridge 5-15 .250 L4
Brandon 4-15 .211 L9
TRU 4-17 .190 L2
Winnipeg 3-16 .158 W1


Anonymous said...

You really need to re-examine the AUS playoff race. Its not as clear-cut as you're making it appear.

Anonymous said...

Anon 8:41....
Ok, if you disagree with Mark's assessment, isn't it incumbent upon you to explain why?
Since you obviously are in the know, please share some of your insights into the the AUS playoff race.