Down east, UNB has matched the 2002-03 Mustangs as the only team to start league play 24-0-0, and they won them all on the ice.
- UNB Varsity Reds (160, all 16 first-place votes) (36-1, 26-0-0 AUS, 1st RPI) — Won 4-1 at Dalhousie on Saturday, although it was tied until the midway point of the third period.
Friday's 5-3 comeback victory over St. FX included three short-handed goals, two by the X-Men. Who gives up two shorties and still wins? UNB, that's who.
Wednesday, Luke Gallant had a three-point night in a 5-1 win over Moncton.
- Alberta Golden Bears (144) (25-5, 20-3-1 CW, 2nd RPI) — It seems like the Golden Bears always have a couple losses late in the season once the hay is in the barn.
They split with Lethbridge, losing 5-4 on Saturday after an 8-6 comeack win. Their other two remaining foes are UBC and Regina .
- UQTR Patriotes (112) (22-7, 20-3-2 OUA-E, 7th RPI) — Beat Ottawa 8-2 on Friday.
UQTR got the two points vs. Concordia the hard way, winning 4-3 in a shootout after the Stingers' Maxime Joyal made 65 saves. Alexandre Blais had the equalizer with 3:50 left in the third and made good in the second round of the shootout.
- Acadia Axemen (104) (21-12, 18-6-2 AUS, 5th RPI) — Had a six-point week, twice winning in overtime. Jonathan Laberge scored the decider in a 4-3 win at Moncton on Saturday.
Acadia beat St. Thomas 6-4 Friday in a game which got a little hairy at the end, with six goals in the final period.
Andrew Clark scored the winner in an 4-3 overtime win over Dalhousie on Wednesday. The goal came 6:43 into overtime, or 1:43 after every other league would have gone to a shootout. Bless the AUS for marching to its own drum.
- Western Mustangs (85) (21-10, 19-7-0 OUA-W, 4th RPI) — Lost 4-3 at Guelph on Thursday and are no longer in control of their destiny as far as finishing first is concerned. They should make Destiny run a 5K before practice on Monday.
Western whipped up on Windsor 6-2 on Wednesday, as Keaton Turkiewicz became the first OUA West player to hit 20 goals for the season.
- McGill Redmen (81) (25-10-1, 20-5-0 OUA-E, 3rd RPI) — Had a pretty nice weekend in the nation's capital, winning 4-1 at Ottawa and 5-1 at Carleton.
- Lakehead Thunderwolves (81) (21-10, 18-6-2 OUA-W, 8th RPI) — A home split with UOIT (6-5 loss, 8-2 win) left them tied for second place with Western. There were only 16 penalty minutes assessed in the second game, which might be a record low for the second game of the weekend at the Fort Williams Gardens.
The Ridgebacks have scored 18 goals in four games vs. Lakehead this season and have averaged 2.8 in their other 22 games.
- Manitoba Bisons (50) (21-11, 14-8-2 CW, 9th RPI) — Split at Regina (3-2 win after a 4-0 loss). Saskatchewan is three points back with two games in hand.
- Waterloo Warriors (27) (22-9, 19-6-1 OUA-W, 5th RPI) — Wins over Brock (6-4 at home) and York (2-1 in OT at home) put the Warriors in first place heading into the final weekend, where they get two winnables vs. Windsor and UOIT (consider that a kiss of death, knowing this division).
Shane Hart and Chris Ray factored in both goals in Friday's 2-1 OT win over York.
- Saint Mary's Huskies (21) (19-14, 14-8-4 AUS, 11th RPI) — Beat St. Thomas 5-2 on Saturday, putting the Tommies on the cusp of elimination in AUS. SMU would face Dalhousie in the first round if the playoffs were starting on Sunday.
Friday, Justin Munden scored 6:35 into OT to lift the eastern Huskies to a 3-2 win over Moncton. That's two AUS games this week where the winner was scored after the five-minute mark of overtime.
Mike Danton had the tying goal with 3:27 to go.
- The ARV teams: Laurier (8), Saskatchewan (6), Calgary (2).
- Toronto (32 points with two games left) has the inside track on third place in the OUA East. Carleton (31, still has go to UQTR) and Queen's (30) are close behind.
- If the playoffs were starting Sunday in the OUA, the matchups would be: Concordia-UQTR, Nipissing-McGill, Ryerson-Toronto, Queen's-Carleton in the East; UOIT-Waterloo, Windsor-Western, York-Lakehead, Guelph-Laurier in the West.
- Queen's beat RMC 3-0 in the annual Carr-Harris Cup between the Kingston rivals on Thursday. The Gaels are running out of road (only two games left), so they might need further help from the Paladins.
- Ryerson is wreaking havoc for the teams ahead of them in the OUA East. The sixth-place Rams, who lit Queen's up for nine goals last week, cut Toronto out of a point with a 3-2 OT win on Wednesday.