Hockey: Western's Singer making noise about a Final 8 format

It has come up in discussions about the women's nationals, especially after Alberta missed out, but at least one coach is on record about opening up the men's University Cup to more teams.
" 'The one thing I learned in my 10 University Cups — five participating and five observing — is that seeding doesn't mean anything,' Western coach Clarke Singer said. 'Out east, (New Brunswick) was the No. 1 ranked team for a lot of the year and they lose the final to Saint Mary's so there's a very good team that's going to be a fourth seed at best.' "

"Singer favours changing the six-team Cup to eight like the basketball nationals. If they do, they should eliminate the massive gaffe Western's hoops team had to endure — going to a Canadian championship and playing two teams from Ontario." — Ryan Pyette
Doing so runs the risk of adding too much water to the wine, but something needs to be done about the long layoff before the nationals. It's getting to the point of college-football lunacy. McGill and Western, will go 11 days without playing before the University Cup and will have each had only one game in almost three weeks. Host Lakehead's first games in March will actually come at the at the nationals, since they were ousted from the OUA playoffs on Feb. 28. UNB and Saint Mary's will be off seven days, while only the Saskatchewan-Alberta will have played the week previous. This is somewhat about students who are also athletes, but it's not helping sell the game.

Mustangs vs. Knights difficult call (Ryan Pyette, London Free Press
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