SSN signing on for Final 8

It appears all championship round games at Final 8 will be available for viewing.

Mark Masters of Streaming Sports Network Canada (and Rogers 22 here in Ottawa) passed along word today that SSN will webcast the quarter-finals on Friday, with Mark and the Ottawa Citizen's Wayne Kondro at the mikes for the 11:30 a.m. ET Western-Saint Mary's contest.

Mark related that SSN's viewership for last weekend's women's Final 8 in Saskatoon by far exceeded expectations.

Shawn McCart will do the play-by-play for the 2 p.m. UBC-Brock game. (If McCart's name sounds familiar, he did play-by-play for the Triple-A Ottawa Lynx in 2006.)

It would be remiss not to point to the story on Acadia's Achuil Lual and Leo Saintil, the two Ottawa products on the Axemen, in the dead-tree medium. Lual, the AUS defensive player of the year, was everything you want in an interview; laid-back, able to poke fun at himself and quick with names. He made sure I didn't get off the phone without him pointing out that since the AUS began recognizing a top defender three years ago, the honour has gone to a graduate of the Ottawa Phoenix club program -- Garry Gallimore, then with St. FX, for two seasons, and now him.

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