Linking the country ... Laurier coach tears strip off of Stripes

  • Laurier coach Kelly Nobes did not hide his emotions after a 10-4 loss at Lakehead on Friday night.
    "There are ample calls the other way that are there that aren’t being called, and it’s the double standard that frustrates me, and it frustrates other guys in our league when we come up here. It’s embarrassing."
    Calling the officiating "embarrassing" usually gets a coach's knuckles rapped, in any league. The rub is those rants often serve a purpose a hockey (tbnewswatch)

  • Ryan Dube is expected to get the start in goal for Carleton tonight vs. Nipissing; he played in the North Bay Memorial Gardens a few times in his Junior A days. (North Bay Nugget)

  • Former McGill coach Guy Boucher has the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs off to a great start, with just one regulation-time loss in their first 12 games. (The Canadian Press)
  • Regina doesn't have prayer vs. Saskatchewan if it can't keep pass rushers off QB Marc Mueller. (Regina Leader-Post)

  • Not so long ago, there was another Queen's football team which was out to wash away the stain of a playoff humiliation: A loss in the 1991 Churchill Bowl motivated the '92 team to come back and win in the following season (and they probably weren't as talented as the team from the season before).

    Eleven Queen's starters could be playing their final CIS game today in the semifinal vs. McMaster. (Kingston Whig-Standard)

  • Western won't have centre Andy Rady (concussion) vs. Laurier.

    It's said in football, the ball always bounces for the team with the better quarterback. Western has fifth-year Michael Faulds and Laurier has first-year starter Evan Pawliuk, so ipso facto ... (London Free Press)

  • Laurier's recent poor fortunes vs. Western are unlikely to improve in Saturday's semifinal (4:30, The Score), so says Always OUA.

  • Queen's wide receiver Scott Valberg, fifth-year player vs. a young McMaster secondary, could be in a for a big day. (Always OUA)

Remember, both OUA football semifinals will be liveblogged, starting at 1 p.m. with McMaster-Queen's.

  • Trinity Western gave Brigham Young one of its closest preseason games in quite some time earlier in this week. Small wonder the Spartans are a darkhorse Final 8 team. (Little Man on Campus)

  • Again, 5-of-8 opening night men's games in the OUA were one-possession contest. The Brock-Ottawa women's game went to OT. Why are you not getting out to these games?

  • The upshot of participating in the Masters University Basketball League: Queen's lost its OUA opener 75-74 to Lakehead (Andrew Hackner hit a three-pointer with three-10ths of a second left). However, the Golden Gaels' Mitch Leger had 29 points, 18 rebounds, was 100% from the foul line and had four assists from the forward spot, so it was all good, except for the part about forgetting which conferences start their schedules later.
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