Here are five matchups to watch. This will also serve as an open discussion thread for the weekend.
1. Windsor 2 at Guelph 1, Windsor at Brock (women's hockey)
Sunday at 3:15pm ET
Last year's top goalie and a bunch of players named Candace will travel to try to pick up some ground on these teams in front of them. The Lancers won the first game, 2-1, with all three goals coming in the third (and the eventual winner being a shorthanded goal, ouch).
2. Manitoba 5-2 at Saskatchewan 3-5 (men's hockey)
Our Evan Daum previewed this series, and it turned out to be a split. Friday's game "mirrored" a recent game that hockey fans might remember. U of S head coach Dave Adolph mused that a three-goal lead might be the worst lead in hockey--not to nitpick, but isn't a one-goal lead always the worst lead?--as his Huskies went up 3-0 but lost 5-3. Saturday, the Huskies won 5-2 (4-2 with an empty-netter) after, this time, not giving up a three-goal lead.
3. Laurier 91-84 at Lakehead 82-90 (men's basketball)
The men's hoops matchup of the week. It's been "almost two months" since Lakehead last played at home, and they're probably hoping their second game back goes better than the first. Here are the highlights; you can see a number of defensive breakdowns (54 second-half points), and that's exactly what coach Scott Morrison points out in the postgame release. Big win for Laurier; Max Allin had 21 on 12 shots and added ten assists. They went at it again Saturday, and for a while it looked like more trouble for the Great Group of Dudes, but a second-half rally overcame the 56 (!) first-half points they surrendered.
4. Laurier 3 at RMC 0 (women's volleyball)
While I haven't forgot about this Chase For The Fourth Seed, it will not be easy for RMC to attain. They lost 25-21, 25-17, and 25-16. Next up for RMC on their yet-to-be-officially-nicknamed quest: Windsor, on the road on Saturday.
5. Lakehead 1-1 at Western 3-4 (men's hockey)
Not a living soul, aside from Lakehead themselves, appears to have previewed this series, but it should be a good one. Turns out it was good for Western in terms of points (4, or 8 if you want to count that way) but bad in terms of players injured and out for eight months (1). Aaron Snow went into the boards and came away with two major ligaments torn in his knee. Apparently Friday's was a chippy game that the officials let get out of hand, not that either coach is saying so on the record. Saturday's game sounds like an easy win, but the 0-for-7 on the powerplay might be a worry in the 4-1 Western win.
Honourable mention: SMU at UNB, otherwise described by Bill McLean as Colley vs. Colbourne; UPEI at UNB (men's hockey).