Hockey: Sunday, Not the best day ever for CIS vs. NCAA

If you read my post yesterday, I predicted Sunday probably wouldn't go as well for the CIS teams travelling in the States. It didn't. Fresh NCAA Div I hockey teams turned most of the games into shooting matches against hapless CIS goalies.

I should have mentioned yesterday that the CIS teams are facing a couple of rule differences in the NCAA. In Hockey East (and maybe in all of the NCAA conferences) instead of the automatic icing rule, they use a unique rule more similar to touch icing. They draw an imaginary line across the slot from the two circle dots, and if the icing team player can win the race to that imaginary line, then icing is waved off. This is supposed to provide the "excitement" of racing to avoid icing, without the nasty collisions behind the goal line we see in the NHL.

Also this year there is an experimental rule for exhibition games in the NCAA: teams on the penalty kill don't get to ice the puck for free; they have to follow the standard icing rules (see above). Of course the other major difference is that all NCAA hockey players are required to wear a full cage or shield, while AUS and Canada West players wear visors. When I watch NCAA teams, they do seem to have reckless disregard for their sticks ...

Anyways, let's look at yesterday's results, with more detail thanks to some help from posters on HFBoards:

CIS Winners
UNB 3 at Vermont 2 (shots 30-21 for UNB, UVM scores 2 goals in last 26 seconds)
Lethbridge 5 at Denver 2 (shots 36-22 for Denver)

Competitive Games
Wilfrid Laurier 3 at Bowling Green 4 (shots 31-25 for BG)
Carleton 2 at Clarkson 5 (shots 33-27 for Clarkson, who had 2 empty netters)
Guelph 3 at Notre Dame 5 (shots 37-32 for Notre Dame)
Manitoba 2 at North Dakota 5 (shots 32-24 for North Dakota)

The Usual Blowouts
St. Thomas 3 at Quinnipiac 7 (shots 40-12 for Quinnipiac)
Nipissing 0 at Northern Michigan 11 (shots 43-18 for NMU)
St. Francis Xavier 0 at UMass-Lowell 3 (shots 45-14 for UML)
Acadia 1 at Maine 5 (shots 38-16 for Maine, Axemen take 130 PIM)
UOIT 2 at Western Michigan 5 (shots 61-15 for Western Michigan)
York 4 at Canisius 11 (shots 52-30 for Canisius)
Waterloo 0 at Miami (Ohio) 6 (shots 46-10 for Miami)
Western Ontario 2 at Michigan 4 (shots 61-15 for Michigan)
Toronto 0 at Boston College 8 (shots 43-13 for BC)
Queen's 1 at Mercyhurst 8 (shots 33-30 for Mercyhurst)
UBC 0 at Minnesota 6 (shots 48-24 for Minnesota)

A few CIS teams are extending their weekend roadtrip. Tonight UBC is at Minnesota State and Lethbridge is at Air Force. Tomorrow night UNB is at RPI.

UPDATE: Playing their third game in three nights the two Canada West teams acquitted themselves well last night. Lethbridge was outshot 41-25 but Air Force needed overtime to beat them 4-3. UBC for their part outshot Minnesota State 40-32, but gave up a third period goal to lose 1-0.

UPDATE #2: Hunter Tremblay stole the puck to put UNB up just 7 seconds into their game with RPI, and UNB added two more before the Engineers got a power play goal. Tremblay got an empy netter to make it a 4-1 final with shots 31-26 favouring UNB.
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