Hockey: McGill, Western advance to University Cup

It's really come to the point where we can just do a quick summary on each series, since there are only 14 men's teams still playing:

  • The OUA final will be a matchup of No. 3 seeds (our kingdom for realignment) after Western beat Laurier 3-2 on Saturday to complete a two-game sweep. Both contests were one-goal games, with Western's Brad Topping making 11 of his 29 saves in the third period.

    Only one University Cup berth is still up in the air, the Canada West rep. McGill, Western, Lakehead, UNB and Saint Mary's will be headed to Thunder Bay.

    The Mustangs' Yashar Farmanara has four goals in the playoffs. Is he actually a defenceman or just listed as one?

  • McGill, which scored twice in the final period Friday to beat Trois-Rivières 2-1 and qualify for the University Cup with a two-game sweep, must have come up with a great game plan for the No. 5 Patriotes.

    Redmen rookie goalie Kevin Desfosses stopped 61-of-63 shots over the two games, and McGill's Guillaume Doucet scored the series-winning goal with 9:21 remaining. It is especially striking that the No. 5-ranked Patriotes' trio of Jonathan Boutin, Alexandre Demers and Mathieu Gravel, the forwards who wear letters on their sweaters, were shut out in the series.
  • UNB and Saint Mary's, which still have to play the best-of-3 AUS championship series, each sealed University Cup berths on Thursday.
  • Lethbridge, unlike Manitoba, was able to avoid being swept at home with a 3-2 win over UBC Saturday, forcing a Game 3 (9:30 Eastern, UBC was a minute away from advancing before Tyler Feakes tied the game with :49 left. Jason Roberts scored the winner.

    UBC took the opener 5-4, on Dalton Pajak's OT goal (former Kitchener Rangers captain Matt Pepe also had a hand in a couple goals for the Thunderbirds).
  • Regina beat Manitoba 3-2 and 1-0 to sweep despite being the road team. The sixth-place Cougars' reward is a semi-final series vs. Alberta.

    Caine Pearpoint's two goals helped Regina outwork Manitoba in the opener.
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  1. The McGill sweep at the hands of UQTR doesn't surprise me in the least having seen both teams late in the season. Those teams have been polar opposites since January. As well as McGill had been playing down the stretch is as poor as The Patriotes had been playing.

  2. There were 7 playoff games involving OUA Far West teams against each other and 6 of them were decided by one goal (3 of those in overtime). It's hard to figure who is best in this group...Western, Laurier, Lakehead and Waterloo are really, really close. Kudos to Western who seem to have put it all together at the right time.

    When the strength of this division became evident early in the season I thought that the team that ended up coming out of it would be better prepared for the Nationals that any team from the OUA in years, simply because they finally have had a lot of quality competition to go through. It will be interesting to see what happens in Thunder Bay...

  3. As for Farmanara, he is most definitely a forward. He has been playing wing on a line with Sal Peralta and Kyle Lamb for a while now.

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