Huskies Ranked No. In the closest inaugural poll in recent memory, the reigning CIS champs and the New Brunswick Varsity Reds both received points from the member media panel but the Bears merited No. Saskatchewan earned the remaining vote for first place. The top-ranked Golden Bears, who last March defeated UNB in the CIS championship final in Halifax to add a 15th University Cup title to their record collection, opened the new Canada West schedule this past weekend with a two-game set at Lethbridge, winning the opener on Friday before dropping the rematch in double overtime the following night. Alberta, which had maintained a overall mark in preseason action including a record versus CIS competition, hits the road again this week for a Friday-Saturday doubleheader at Regina
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The quarter-final matchups include Carleton vs. Saskatchewan 4 p. StFX 8 p.
Western 4 p. UQTR 8 p. The Golden Bears, crowned a year ago at the Scotiabank Centre and in in Saskatoon, have achieved the University Cup three-peat once in their storied history, from to The only other program to accomplish the feat is Toronto, which claimed a remarkable five straight banners under legendary coach Tom Watt from to UQTR earned the No.
Led by third-year right-winger Guillaume Asselin, the OUA player of the year who led the country in goals 27 and points 47 in league play, UQTR posted the best offensive record in the nation with five goals per game and ranked third on the power play, clicking at a Sophomore goaltender Jordon Cooke 2.
The X-Men are led by league MVP Eric Locke, who missed the conference scoring title by three points after posting in 28 games.
The Mustangs advanced to their first University Cup tournament since thanks to a convincing win in the third and decisive game of the OUA West final against conference champion and CIS bronze medallist Guelph.
The top eight teams in the nation are here in Halifax for this tournament so we will have to bring our very best. Despite back-to-back losses to StFX in the conference final, the Varsity Reds have to be considered among the favourites going into the CIS championship after placing second in the nation in both offence 4.
The powerhouse from Edmonton also boasts the most efficient power play unit in the country Led by rookie phenom Brett Welychka, who finished one point behind OUA MVP Guillaume Asselin in the CIS scoring race thanks to a tally in 27 contests, the Ravens settled for third place behind their rivals in conference play before sweeping the Redmen in the OUA East semis and dropping back-to-back decisions against the Patriotes in the division final.
Carleton and its CIS-leading defence 2.
Anything can happen in single-elimination play. We will have to be ready to go against the very best in the country. The Huskies won 10 of 13 league games after the December break and then swept Moncton in the first round of the AUS playoffs before losing to StFX in four in the best-of-five semis.
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