Five to Ponder, and your weekend open thread

Updated throughout the weekend...

1. Toronto 73 at Carleton 93 (men's basketball)

Can't do much better than #1 vs. #4. The Blues didn't get the memo, though, building a 10-point deficit by the end of the first quarter. And it appears only the Ottawa Citizen bothered to cover this, and there's no evidence they sent anyone to the game.

2. Cape Breton 79-64 at Dalhousie 93-57 (men's basketball)

It's one of Bill McLean's can't-miss matchups for the next few months, and CBU's still #2 in RPI, so of course we have to include it this week. Bill previews this two-gamer, and other parts of the AUS schedule, in this piece.

Game 1 went Dal's way, and Joe Schow led the way with 26 and 11. Game 2 is just a final score so far, but if the Capers are no longer undefeated in AUS play, at least they're not saddled with two losses (yet).

3. Moncton 2 at StFX 6 (men's hockey)

I guess a 5-8-2 team really is a 5-8-2 team after all. Les Aigles Bleus added a few QMJHL grads, but the three of them combined for zero points, two shots, and a minus-2.

4. Dalhousie 0 at UNB 5 (men's hockey)

Yet another great AUS matchup on paper, but not in practice. Note to Hunter Tremblay: you're supposed to get a 10-minute misconduct when you're losing by five goals late in the third. (Or, ideally, not at all.)

5. StFX 6 at Moncton 3 (women's hockey)

Looks like quite a bit of punch was added to that second Moncton line: Marie-Michelle Poirier scored twice on the powerplay, both times giving Moncton a short-lived lead. It was 4-3 for 15 minutes in the third before the X-Women put it away.
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  1. Dal-Mount A (women's hockey) went to overtime, with neither team scoring in the third. The Mount A goalie Jenelle Hulan stopped 38 of 40. (The Mounties themselves had just 10 shots.) Sounds like a good one...

  2. Give credit to Dal hockey coach Pete Belliveau. You're facing the top team in the AUS and you keep your top forward, Ben Breault, and your top Christmas recruit, Zach Harnden, out of the line-up for "breaking team rules". Apparently there might have been some partying involved and being late for practice? Talk about sending a message to your team to start the second half.

  3. Nice reference to the Leafs game. The Buds score 9 goals and V-Reds hero Darryl Boyce can't earn a point?! Btw, Boyce is technically still a UNB student, as he has been taking classes on campus in the summer to finish his degree. Speaking of Boyce and his Fredericton fan club, he got the front-page, above-the-fold love from the Daily Gleaner today:

  4. Did I reference a Leafs game? If so it was by accident...doing so on purpose would require following the Leafs.

  5. Great info there David, I did'nt know that Pete sat Breault and Harnden. It's Belliveau's way or the highway at Dalhousie.

  6. UNB beat Acadia 6-0 in a hockey game that was much. much closer than the score between two big rivals. Pressbox was unanimous that the referee was over his head in this one - he had his whistle buried so deep in his pocket he wasn't even protecting the players, with two separate checking from behind incidents not called ratcheting up the intensity that eventually boiled over in second period. Fortunately cooler heads prevailed in the third period.

  7. Tigers beat Capers in battle of the top 2 teams in AUS men's bball. Joe Schow had 26 and 11 on 13-16 shooting for the Tigers. In Wolfville, Tyler Lutton had 23, 8 rebs, and 5 assists on 9-11 shooting to lead Acadia over SMU.

  8. Please remove all small children from the room: the Laurier women beat Waterloo 70 to 19 yesterday. 40 turnovers against nine made baskets is...well, it's bad.

    What is it about Waterloo playing at Laurier in January? Three years ago the men's team had a terrible first quarter, and of course lost, with the coach apparently panicking and trying everyone on the roster at PG.

  9. Got a headache, so watching the SMU-UNB women's volleyball game SSN webcase from the comfort of home. The teams are tied 2-2 in sets right now, and SMU star Kerri Smit is almost singlehandedly winning if for the Huskies.

  10. SMU just won the fifth set 16-14, with Kerri Smit the difference at the end. UNB was at match point at one point, but Smit made three or four kills, and a big block, to get the win for the Huskies. Exciting game.

  11. Huge road trip for the Volleyball Huskies winning in Moncton and UNB, creating some separation at top of the standings. Stat line of the day without a doubt was Joey Haywoodof the the Huskies putting up 46 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 assists vs UPEI.