Linking the country: Lakers beat Lakers, X-Men grab brooms at Shoveller

Former Varsity Red Darryl Boyce scored his first NHL assist and goal recently, and Dustin Friesen (former UNB captain) scored the game-winner on New Year's Eve for Bridgeport of the AHL. (Daily Gleaner)

Lake Superior State University beat Nipissing 7-1, with Pickering, Ont. product and "collegiate free agent attracting NHL interest" Rick Schofield scoring 19 seconds into the game for Lake State. Nip also lost 7-3 on Saturday. Lake State, despite being six hours away and in another country, is still closer to North Bay than most of the Lakers' OUA East division-mates (and nearly all of the OUA West, of course). (North Bay Nugget)

The University of Great Falls men's basketball team plays Lethbridge tonight, and the story lists the three top scorers for Lethbridge, one of whom is 8th on the team in points per game. I'd make a joke about "Montana math" but I went through the Ontario public education system in the mid- and late-1990s so I can hardly throw stones. (Great Falls Tribune)

Christian Upshaw's "successful return" to the lineup for his X-Men not only gave them the Shoveller tourney victory, as Brian pointed out, but their three wins in three games vaulted them from 11th to 5th in the RPI. (Concordia fell from 2nd to 8th.) (The Chronicle-Herald)

Also at the Shoveller: Concordia's Kyle Desmarais scored 66 points on 30 shots, or 2.2 per shot. How good is that? Nobody averaged two points per FGA last year, and only Ross Bekkering (1.8) had more than 1.5.

Wayne Thomas lists his early shortlist of five candidates for Canada West men's basketball rookie of the year. (Dinos Hoops News)

Our Evan Daum looks at the Canada West men's hockey teams entering the second half, starting with Alberta, who "still need to find the right mix especially in their bottom six forwards to be ready come playoff time." (South Campus Sports)
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