Concordia clinched first place in the QUBL this weekend thanks to their second straight home-and-home sweep, this week against Bishop's. The Stingers got off to a slow start in the second game at Bishop's, but used a 30-5 third quarter to come back from a 45-24 deficit at halftime. The two losses end Bishop's season as they will miss the playoffs. Bishop's have no games remaining and are tied with McGill who own the tiebreaker.
Laval swept their home-and-home series against McGill. That sets up a very interesting home-and-home series with UQAM next weekend. The two teams are tied in the standings and are fighting for home court advantage in their semi-final matchup. The season series is tied which plays into Laval's hands in the case of a tie. Laval holds the advantage in points for and in points differential. Concordia plays a home-and-home with McGill in a weekend of playoff previews.
Concordia and McGill did nothing to separate themselves in the battle for the final playoff spot, as they both got swept by Bishop's and Laval respectively.
Laval's sweep meant they clinched first place, while Bishop's two wins mean they clinched home court in their semi final matchup.
Concordia now has to beat McGill twice next weekend to make the playoffs. Laval and UQAM are going through the motions in their final matchup, although McGill can finish third if Laval beats UQAM handily in their two games and McGill sweeps Concordia.
The playoff matchups in the Montreal-Ottawa conference are set after a weekend that saw McGill beat Ottawa and Carleton by unconvincing 4-2 scores (compared to the rest of their season). In the win against Carleton on Sunday, Ann-Sophie Bettez tied the Quebec record with her 22nd goal. She already has the record for assists (28) and points (50) in only 16 games.
Ottawa and Carleton both beat Concordia this weekend 4-2 and 3-2 in a shootout respectively.
In the first round of the playoffs - in three weeks - Ottawa will play Carleton and McGill will play Concordia.
UQTR has not looked good the past month, and their slump continued as they lost 6-5 to Concordia in overtime after having leads of 4-1 and 5-4. They will enjoy a bye in the first round and other than a 10-1 win over Carleton, have not looked good against Far East opponents lately.
In the OUA East Quarterfinals, McGill enjoys home-ice advantage against Ottawa and Concordia has home-ice over Carleton. Both matchups get underway on Wednesday, continue Friday and conclude (if necessary) on Sunday.