Tonight's game will be live at 7:00 pm EDT on Sportsnet East and Pacific. Sportsnet West will be tape delaying the game until 7:00 pm MDT. I guess the Oilers take priority in Edmonton.
While the coaches were unanimous against the idea of trying to bring back the bronze medal game for the University Cup, the buzz is that they are in favour of having a true semi-finals added which would be one more day and two more games for the tourney. As I understand it we would still have the six team two-pool round-robin per usual. So that is six round robin games in total, just like the Thursday to Saturday games now, which they would probably start a day earlier if this goes through. Then the top team out of pool A would cross over and play the second best team in pool B in one semi-final while the top team out of pool B would play number two from pool A in the other semi-final; these would probably be TV games on Saturday. Then the two winners face off for the Cup on Sunday. However, this still has to be passed by the CIS and all of the athletic directors at the annual general meeting (in June?), and the coaches don't always get what they want. Which means we could still get a bronze medal game against their wishes.
So the only OUA team to win a game this year was Lakehead, and that came against UQTR. This is the seventh year in a row that either a Canada West or AUS team will win the University Cup, with UNB and Alberta splitting the last five. Not telling the OUA how to enhance their competitive balance, but ...
Have to say it. Not impressed with the crowds in Thunder Bay considering how well they draw in the regular season, and the recent sell-out for the Queen's Cup. The biggest games of the last two years and you don't fill your barn? Is it just because you don't want to buy a tournament pass or the two-game day pass they added this year? And how come the actual attendance for the afternoon games is less than half of the paid attendance?
On the other hand all of the host committee and volunteers in Thunder Bay have been great, especially the volunteer drivers. I hope the crowd numbers haven't hurt their bottom line because the folks here deserve all the accolades and thanks they might get.