Men's hockey Top 10:Waterloo ousted

It's a quiet week, since four Top 5 ties are enjoying first-round byes and Alberta has one-third of its roster a continent away playing in the Universiade in China
  1. UNB — Will play Acadia in a best-of-5 AUS semi-final; winner qualifies for the University Cup.
  2. Alberta — Beat Lethbridge twice (5-4 shootout, 2-1) to wrap up the regular season and cut the Pronghorns out of third place (although as the fourth-place team, Lethbridge draws a UBC team which didn't get in until the final weekend).

  3. Laurier — Will play Lakehead in an OUA conference semi-final.
  4. Saint Mary's — Will play Moncton in a best-of-5 AUS semi-final; winner qualifies for the University Cup.
  5. Trois-Rivieres — Will play Carleton in the second round of the playoffs; UQTR will start on the road and have Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) at home. Both East first-round series went the distance.
  6. Western — Forward Aaron Snow scored the first and last Mustangs goals in their series-deciding 4-1 win over Guelph, on top of his OT winner in Game 1, putting Western into a second-round series vs. York.

    Each of the first two games went to overtime, with the victors also having to tie late in regulation. Zach Lillie, scored both goals in Guelph's 2-1 win Saturday.

    Both games have been cliffhangers; Western scored twice inside of the three-minute mark in its eventual 4-3 overtime win in Game 1. In that one, Yashar Farmanara, who seems to have been around a lot of big Mustangs goals, forced OT with a goal with 10 seconds left.

    Western lost by four goals to York the first time they met this season and won the second game in OT.
  7. Moncton — The Aigles Bleu scored three in the final period, including Ian Mathieu-Girard's winner with 7:14 left, to put away UPEI with a 4-3 win on Sunday.

    UPEI extended the series with a 3-1 win Friday thanks largely to goalie Wayne Savage who stopped 32-of-33 shots, bouncing back after he got the hook in the series opener (which might have been more of a mercy pull, considering his team was getting outshot).

  8. Saskatchewan — Huskies forward Casey Lee had four points in the Huskies' sweep of Regina (4-3 and 4-0).
  9. Waterloo — The Warriors are done for the season being swept by Lakehead, 5-4 in OT and 6-2. Sean Roche, a top-end forward, was scratched from Game 2 after being injured early in Game 1 overtime.

    Pier Pelletier made 56 saves in the series opener. That was the high point of the series for Waterloo.
  10. Lakehead — The Thunderwolves have won four straight, over Western and Waterloo. They took it to Waterloo in that 6-2 win, with Kris Hogg applying the hammer with a first-period shortie with opened a 2-0 lead and goal 3:57 into the second.

    The Thunderwolves play Laurier.
    Lakehead is in the University Cup no matter what since they're hosting. Does anyone know what happens on the off-chance the Thunderwolves win the OUA West?
Beyond the Top 10:
  • Let the record show UBC got the last playoff spot in the country by sweeping Calgary to cop the last Canada West berth.

    UBC scored only 59 goals in a 28-game season, but somehow eked out 11 wins. This weekend was nice turnout for a team which was thumped 10-1 by Calgary at the start of the season.
  • McGill, which presumably moves back into the Top 10 now that Waterloo's done for the year, shaded Ottawa 2-1 in the decider of its series on Sunday. Alexandre Picard-Hooper was the big scorer for the Redmen, who peppered Ottawa goalie Riley Whitlock
    (who made 46 saves in the Gee-Gees' Game 2 win) throughout the series.

    Toronto and McGill meet this week.
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1 comment:

  1. If Lakehead wins the OUA West and plays for the Queen's Cup; then I believe the losing West and East semifinalists play in a 3rd place bronze medal game to qualify for the nationals. They have the bronze medal game listed in playoff schedule but I think it's contingent if Lakehead wins OUA West. If Lakehead doesn't win; the Q Cup finalists go to nationals.

    Mike at Lakehead