Saturday, March 25, 2006

2006 men's university hockey championship

UPDATE Lakehead books a ticket for the final with a 4-2 win over Saskatchewan. Alberta and McGill face off in the other semi-final tonight at 6 p.m. on TSN, so if you're averse to watching another dozy Maple Leafs game, have a look at this one.

Just a quick note that the CIS men's hockey championships get underway today with the second-seeded Acadia Axemen facing the fifth-ranked Saskatchewan Huskies. The No. 4 McGill Redmen also play the No. 6 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks later tonight.

From The Globe and Mail preview:
Doug Orr
McGill Redmen
Hometown: Newmarket, Ont.
Position: Centre
Age: 24

Doug Orr certainly has the pedigree of a hockey player. But the nephew of Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr hasn't played since suffering a concussion during a game in January.

Despite the injury, the heart-and-soul captain of the Redmen says he wouldn't dream of missing the 129-year-old program's first appearance at the national championship. "There wasn't a question in my mind," he said. "It's been a frustrating year, but I stayed around the team and helped as much as I could off the ice. I'll definitely be ready to play."
(Orr's just one of the interesting stories in the tournament.)

Two of the championship's games will be shown on TSN, although the first will be going head to head with Hockey Night in Canada's early game on Saturday night. Sunday's final will be played at the Edmonton Oilers rink, Rexall Place.

Most are picking the defending champs, the Alberta Golden Bears, to win this thing, although I have a feeling that the Huskies will avenge their loss in last year's finals.

1. Alberta Golden Bears (21-5-2, Canada West champs)
2. Acadia Axemen (19-7-1-1, Atlantic champs)
3. Lakehead Thunderwolves (13-9-2, OUA champs)
4. McGill Redmen (20-1-3)
5. Saskatchewan Huskies (17-7-4)
6. Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (13-8-2-1)

Schedule & Results
Saskatchewan 5, Acadia 1
McGill 4, Wilfrid Laurier 3 (OT)

Lakehead 4, Acadia 3
Alberta 8, Wilfrid Laurier 2

Lakehead 4, Saskatchewan 2
6 p.m. Alberta v. Winner G2 (TSN)

9 p.m. Championship final at Rexall Place (TSN): Lakehead v. Alberta/McGill



At 10:23 a.m., March 24, 2006, Anonymous ken said...

my money is on Lakehead to win it all...but I am a 'homer'

At 11:18 a.m., March 24, 2006, Anonymous Arcanas said...

Three words...


At 8:49 p.m., March 24, 2006, Anonymous Ken said...

Arcanas...I guess we're getting a semi-final showdown between your dogs and my wolves. Thanks to Lakehead's victory over AUS Champs Acadia, Saturday's should be a real barn burner.

At 9:04 p.m., March 24, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Ken, I only wish that game was on TV (aside from the PPV online variety). The only way the country's going to get to see the Thunderwolves play is if they make the finals.

At 7:41 a.m., March 25, 2006, Anonymous Ken said...

James, it certainly is a shame there isn't more television coverage, but as you say, CIS hockey is just not on the media's radar.

At 3:32 p.m., March 25, 2006, Anonymous Ken said...

Well, there we go James, 4-2 Lakehead over Saskatchewan.

The wolves downed the dogs for a date on TSN.


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