While the casual observer might wonder what all this noise from the Maritimers is about regarding their self-proclaimed title of "most competitive conference," what with UNB and SMU getting all of the attention lately, but it is worth noting that in last year the AUS had six of the top 13 teams as per RPI, and in the last 10 years six of the eight AUS teams have won the AUS championship. The last two times UNB won the University Cup they were there thanks to the rotating wildcard ticket.
While one might be willing to concede UNB first place, SMU is not a lock again for second and the other first round playoff bye, with Acadia showing a lot of improvement. The middle of the pack is always difficult to sort out and predict, and while it may look easy to put STU and Dal out of the playoffs again, everything is easy on paper.
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St. Thomas Tommies
'08-'09 Recap: The young Tommies started the season with a nine game winless streak, won a few, and then dropped the first seven games of the second half. G Matt Davis was never able to find his groove that saw him steal several games the previous season. The good news is that STU was 5-1 in their last six games, and finished on a high note despite missing the playoffs.
STU announced today the addition of F Kenton Dulle (Kamloops - WHL) who had a change of heart after signing a pro contract with an ECHL team. He had 25 goals and 59 points last year.