2017-18 Manitoba Bisons/USports Thread

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  1. RED ARMY EAST

    RED ARMY EAST Registered User

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    Yes, that would be a great building for hosting Nationals.
    A Calgary upset over USask is possible, but the Cougars beating Stauffers Bears, at Claire Drake is only a dream!
     
  2. Hollywood3

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    Feb 18-Mar 9: Catch-Up Time

    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

    Ahhh, a mid-season break I did not plan on. I have multiple injuries but now need to make a catch-up post in advance of the U-Cup.

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    Feb 18 Calgary 3 U.B.C. 2 (Calgary wins 2-1)
    Feb 22 Calgary 4 Saskatchewan 6 (game 1)
    Feb 23 Calgary 2 Saskatchewan 1 (series tied 1-1)
    Feb 23 Mount Royal 3 Alberta 4 (ot) (game 1)
    Feb 24 Mount Royal 1 Alberta 6 (Alberta wins 2-0)
    Feb 24 Calgary 1 Saskatchewan 3 (Sask wins 2-1)
    Mar 02 Saskatchewan 2 Alberta 5 (game 1)
    Mar 03 Saskatchewan 1 Alberta 5 (Alberta wins 2-0)

    Alberta advances to U-Cup as conference champion.
    Saskatchewan advances to U-Cup as conference runner-up.

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    Feb 18 Lakehead 1 York 5 (York wins 2-1)
    Feb 18 Ottawa 4 Carleton 2 (Ottawa wins 2-1)
    Feb 18 W. Ontario 3 Ryerson 6 (Ryerson wins 2-1)
    Feb 18 Windsor 1 Guelph 6 (Guelph wins 2-1)
    Feb 21 Ottawa 3 McGill 2 (game 1)
    Feb 21 Ryerson 3 York 6 (game 1)
    Feb 21 Concordia 4 Queen's 2 (game 1)
    Feb 22 Brock 4 Guelph 3 (ot) (game 1)
    Feb 23 Queen's 3 Concordia 0 (series tied 1-1)
    Feb 23 McGill 4 Ottawa 1 (series tied 1-1)
    Feb 24 York 3 Ryerson 2 (York wins 2-0)
    Feb 24 Guelph 4 Brock 5 (ot) (Brock wins 2-0)
    Feb 25 Concordia 3 Queen's 2 (ot) (Concordia wins 2-1)
    Feb 25 Ottawa 3 McGill 6 (McGill wins 2-1)
    Feb 28 Concordia 3 McGill 1 (game 1)
    Feb 28 Brock 6 York 2 (game 1)
    Mar 02 York 4 Brock 3 (ot) (series tied 1-1)
    Mar 02 McGill 3 Concordia 2 (ot) (series tied 1-1)
    Mar 03 Brock 3 York 2 (Brock wins 2-1)
    Mar 04 Concordia 2 McGill 6 (McGill wins 2-1)
    Mar 09 York 2 Concordia 3 (bronze game)

    Concordia advances to U-Cup as OUA 3rd place team.

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    Feb 18 U.P.E.I. 2 Saint Mary's 5 (SMU wins 2-1)
    Feb 22 Saint Mary's 2 New Brunswick 3 (ot) (game 1)
    Feb 22 Acadia 4 St. F.X. 2 (game 1)
    Feb 23 Saint Mary's 0 New Brunswick 1 (UNB leads 2-0)
    Feb 23 Acadia 0 St. F.X. 3 (series tied 1-1)
    Feb 25 St. F.X. 0 Acadia 1 (Acadia leads 2-1)
    Feb 26 New Brunswick 6 Saint Mary's 2 (UNB wins 3-0)
    Feb 26 St. F.X. 4 Acadia 3 (series tied 2-2)
    Mar 01 Acadia 5 St. F.X. 6 (SFX wins 3-2)
    Mar 05 Saint Mary's 3 Acadia 6 (game 1)
    Mar 05 St. F.X. 3 New Brunswick 6 (game 1)
    Mar 07 Acadia 2 Saint Mary's 3 (series tied 1-1)
    Mar 07 New Brunswick 5 St. F.X. 0 (UNB wins 2-0)
    Mar 09 Saint Mary's 1 Acadia 6 (Acadia wins 2-1)

    New Brunswick advances to U-Cup as AUS champion.
    St. F.X. advances to U-Cup as AUS runner-up.
    Acadia advances to U-Cup as AUS 3rd place team.

    NEXT UP

    Ontario
    Mar 10 McGill at Brock (Queen's Cup final)

    U-Cup
    Mar 15 two quarter-final games
    Mar 16 two quarter-final games
    Mar 17 two semi-final games
    Mar 18 bronze and final games

    Links:
    • [US/CIS Playoff S&R]
    • [CW All S&R]
    • [OUA LS S&R]
    • [AUS Playoff S&R]
    • [U-Cup S&R]


    Probable U-Cup Match-Ups

    OUA 2nd v Saskatchewan
    New Brunswick v Concordia
    Alberta v Acadia
    OUA 1st v St. F.X.
     
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  3. AUS Fan

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    Another person who has UofS seeded higher than SFX. Why is that?
     
  4. northvanman

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    Just confirming that is a rhetorical question.
     
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    Nope. A serious question considering the rankings.
     
  6. Hollywood3

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    In the final OHT35 ranking I had St. F.X. at #4 and Sask at #5. I also had UNB at #1 and Alberta at #2. They usually gerrymander the rankings to put the top 2 from a conference on opposite sides. So I expect them to put UNB and Sask on one side, and Alberta and St. F.X. on the other.
     
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    IMO, the seedings should be:
    1 UNB
    2 Alberta
    3 McGill
    4 St. F.X.
    5 Sask
    6 Acadia
    7 Concordia
    8 Brock

    Pairings would be:
    UNB v Brock
    St. F.X. v Sask.
    Alberta v Concordia
    McGill v Acadia
     
  8. Hollywood3

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    Preview: March 15-18: University Cup

    The U-Cup starts on Thursday, from Fredericton, N.B. The Saturday semi-finals and Sunday final will be shown on SportsNet.

    SCHEDULE

    Mar 15 Brock v St. F.X. - 11:00 CT/1:00 AT
    Mar 15 New Brunswick v Concordia - 5:00 CT/7:00 AT
    Mar 16 Alberta v Acadia - 11:00 CT/1:00 AT
    Mar 16 McGill v Saskatchewan - 5:00 CT/7:00 AT
    Mar 17 winners from Mar 15 - 10:00 CT/12:00 AT
    Mar 17 winners from Mar 16 - 2:00 CT/4:00 AT
    Mar 18 losers from Mar 17 - 8:00 CT/10:00 AT
    Mar 18 winners from Mar 17 - 12:00 CT/2:00 AT

    QUARTER-FINALS

    Note: Team records are in sequence of regular season, playoffs, and overall.

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    ST. FRANCIS XAVIER X-MEN (22-4-4, 3-4, 27-10-5, OHT35 #4)
    BROCK BADGERS (14-9-5, 6-2, 20-14-5, OHT35 #21)

    Links:

    St.FX: [Team Site]
    Brock: [Team Site]

    Brock got into the U-Cup for the 2nd time in their existence. While an underdog, the OUA West is the weakest grouping in the country. Winning the division did not call for a major upset. But noiw they step up to big leagues. The X-Men spent some time at #1 in the OHT35.

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    CONCORDIA STINGERS (18-7-3, 6-3, 28-12-4, OHT35 #8)
    NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS (24-2-4, 5-0, 34-3-4, OHT35 #1)

    Links:

    Conc: [Team Site]
    UNB: [Team Site]

    Concordia has not been in the U-Cup for a while. At one time they, and their predecessors from Sir George Williams and Loyala, won the Ottawa-St. Lawrence Conference 19 out of 22 seasons, and then the QUAA 15 times in 16 seasons. The last of those titles was in 1984. Meanwhile, UNB are in the midst of their golden years.

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    ACADIA AXEMEN (18-10-2, 6-4, 26-17-2, OHT35 #7)
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (23-4-1, 4-0, 34-5-1, OHT35 #2)

    Links:

    AcaU: [Team Site]
    UofA: [Team Site]

    The Evil Monkeys will not like the morning game. They also played an early game last year, against the same Cajun squad that beat them 4-1. Face it: Everybody not affiliated with one of the other teams wants to see the Monkeys v the Squirrels for the national title.

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    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (20-7-1, 2-3, 23-13-1, OHT35 #5)
    MCGILL REDMEN (22-4-2, 7-2, 33-8-2, OHT35 #3)

    Links:

    UofS: [Team Site]
    McG: [Team Site]

    In a scheduling quirk, the Mutts and Monkeys would face each other in round 2 IF they both win. Seems funny for them to go so far to face the neighbour next door. Goaltender Jordon Cooke is expected to miss the tournament for Sask, thus making McGill the slight favourite.


    Links:

    • [US Presto S&R]
    • [US U-Cup]
    • [CW S&R]
    • [CW LeagueStat]
    • [OUA S&R]
    • [OUA LeagueStat]
    • [AUS S&R]
     
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  9. FreddtFoyle

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    Cooke is wearing a sizeable knee brace right now. He is done for awhile.
     
  10. Hollywood3

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    Mar 15: OUA gets skunked by AUS

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    ST. FRANCIS XAVIER X-MEN 6
    BROCK BADGERS 2


    Links:

    USports: [Game Story] : [Boxscore]

    I like the way the USports site calls this an "upset". Was there anybody following CIS hockey who thought Brock had anything better than a goalie-steals-one chance? This result really points out how ridiculous it is to seed the OUA #2 team 4th, when they are typically 7th in reality. And that only because the OUA gets to send three teams. In fact, given the status of the OUA West, the OUA #2 was not as good as the OUA #3!

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    CONCORDIA STINGERS 1
    NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS 8


    Links:

    USports: [Game Story] : [Boxscore]

    The stats on this game look like those from a 2nd tier country playing in a world championship against pros, hoping to avoid relegation. I thought Concordia would have been better after the regular season they had. Clearly, that does not count for much against a powerhouse. The shots were 52-17 (for the Squirrels, in case you ask).

    So the first semi-final on Saturday will be a reply of the AUS final: The Jeremies vs The Squirrels!

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    NEXT UP

    Mar 16 Alberta v Acadia - 11:00 CT/1:00 AT
    Mar 16 McGill v Saskatchewan - 5:00 CT/7:00 AT
    Mar 17 St. F.X. v New Brunswick - 10:00 CT/12:00 AT

    Links:

    • [US Presto S&R]
    • [US U-Cup]
    • [CW S&R]
    • [CW LeagueStat]
    • [OUA S&R]
    • [OUA LeagueStat]
    • [AUS S&R]
     
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  11. Hollywood3

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    Mar 16: Friday was the CW's Day

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    ACADIA AXEMEN 6
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 8


    Links:

    Stories: [USports] : [Acadia]
    Stories: [UofA] : [rp @CW]
    Boxscores: [USports]
    Alberta: [Preview] : [Fram DotY]
    CW: [Preview] : [Fram/McFaul Awards]
    CW: [WHL Scholarships]

    The Monkeys sure blitzed the Cajuns in this one. The held period leads of 2-1 and 5-2, then scored 3 more in the 3rd period. Turn out the lights, the party's over. Then a consolation goal for the Cajuns after 12 minutes. "So what?" said the Apes. The best thing about a 5-goal lead is that when there is only 1:03 left in the game, you can give up 3 goals and still win comfortably. Riley Keiser scored twice for the Monkeys, and Stephane Legault had a 5-point night. Brendan Burke stopped 23 of 29 shots for the win. Robert Steeves took the loss with 24 saves on 32 shots in less than 47 minutes. Dawson Carty finished in the Cajun net, stopping all 6 shots he faced.

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    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4
    MCGILL REDMEN 1


    Links:

    Stories: [USports] : [UofS] : [McG]
    Boxscores: [USports] : [McG]
    Sask: [Preview] : [Tourny Preview]
    Sask: [McFaull/Roach/Cooke Awarded]
    CW: [Preview] : [Fram/McFaul Awards]
    CW: [WHL Scholarships]

    With everybody sick and tired of one-sided games, it was time for the most anticipated game of the opening round on Friday night. This was not a nail-biter but was at least reasonably close. The McGilla Gorillas outshot the Banjo Mutts 34-33. Sask never trailed and in fact were up by two for most of the game. Taran Kozun stopped 33 of 34 shots for the win, helping all the Bumpkins forget about Jordon Cooke. Louis-Philip Guindon suffered the loss, with 29 saves on 32 shots.

    So in the end we are left with two intra-conference semi-finals, which is not what we really want. The Squirrels just finished beating the Jeremies in the AUS final, and the Monkeys just finished beating the Mutts in the CW. I'd sooner see a criss-cross, but there you go. It might be a little early for post mortem laments, but the CIS/USports people need to do something about nationals. Three teams for the OUA is a joke. The BCIHL and ACAC may as well get berths, too.

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    NEXT UP

    Mar 17 St. F.X. v New Brunswick - 10:00 CT/12:00 AT
    Mar 17 Alberta v Saskatchewan - 2:00 CT/4:00 AT
    Mar 18 losers from Mar 17 - 8:00 CT/10:00 AT
    Mar 18 winners from Mar 17 - 12:00 CT/2:00 AT

    Links:

    • [U-Cup Site]
    • [US U-Cup]
    • [CW S&R]
    • [CW LeagueStat]
    • [OUA S&R]
    • [OUA LeagueStat]
    • [AUS S&R]
     
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  12. Hollywood3

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    An interlude with links and commentary ...

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    Time for a post with a news round-up. Here it is, on a segment-by-segment basis.

    CW AWARD WINNERS

    Links:
    GoBisons: [St. Croix named as CW First Team All-Star, Henry Second]
    CW: [Philp, Cooke headline CW major award winners]
    CW: [Former WHL standouts highlight CW all-star and all-rookie teams]

    Here are the CW all-stars:

    1st team:
    G Jordon Cooke - Saskatchewan
    D Jason Fram - Alberta
    D Jesse Lees - Mount Royal
    F Luke Philp - Alberta
    F Josh Roach - Saskatchewan
    F Michael St. Croix – Manitoba

    2nd team:
    G Matt Hewitt - UBC
    D Kendall McFaull - Saskatchewan
    D Adam Henry - Manitoba
    F Logan McVeigh - Saskatchewan
    F Mitch Maxwell - Lethbridge
    F Chris Collins - Calgary

    The remaining award winners can be found at the links.

    MEN'S NATIONALS

    Links:
    CUSN: [Tuesday Morning Skate: Week 19, U Cup Preview]
    SportsNet: [U Sports men’s hockey trophy renamed David Johnston University Cup]

    As usual, CUSN had their Tuesday morning story, which is linked here.

    As for SportsNet, how long do you think they will be the broadcaster for USports? Remember when their website had "SportsNetU"? And daily stories about the games in the tournaments they are televising? No more. All they have about men's hockey is the naming of the trophy. And they have nothing on women's hockey.

    WOMEN'S NATIONALS

    Links:
    USports: [Women's S&R]
    GoBisons: [Bison Broads 4 Queen's 0]

    The Bison Broads were seeded #1 for the nationals, and won their opener. They packed the Wayne Fleming Arena for their conference championship clincher.

    Quarter-final Results
    Mar 15 Saskatchewan 3 Saint Mary's 2
    Mar 15 Montreal 0 W. Ontario 4
    Mar 16 Queen's 0 Manitoba 4
    Mar 16 St. F.X. 1 Concordia 8

    Remaining Schedule
    Mar 17 Montreal v Saint Mary's (Consolation Semi #1)
    Mar 17 Queen's v St. F.X. (Consolation Semi #2)
    Mar 17 Saskatchewan v W. Ontario (Semi-Final #1)
    Mar 17 Concordia v Manitoba (Semi-final #2)
    Mar 18 Consolation Final
    Mar 18 Bronze Medal Game
    Mar 18 Gold Medal Game

    USPORTS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

    There has been increased talk this year about the silliness of the ranking system for the men's hockey nationals this year. Hopefully, the bizarre results this year will prompt more debate on the qualifying criteria as well. I have summarized excerpts for each sport tom highlight the differences from sport to sport.

    Links:
    USports: [Index of Playing Regs] : [Policies & Procedures]
    USports hockey regs: [Men] : [Women]
    USports basketball regs: [Men] : [Women]
    USports volleyball regs: [Men] : [Women]

    Here's what "Policies & Procedures" has to say about select sports:

    20.20.4.1 Men’s Basketball Championship
    8 Team Format, Single Elimination
    4 Regional Association Champions
    1 Host
    1 Assigned Berth to the OUA Regional Association
    1 Assigned Berth to the Canada West Regional Association
    1 At-Large Berth (see Playing Regulations for the approved selection process)

    20.20.4.2 Women’s Basketball Championship
    8 Team Format, Single Elimination
    4 Regional Association Champions
    1 Host
    1 Assigned berth to the OUA Regional Association
    1 Assigned berth to the Canada West Regional Association
    1 At-Large Berth (see Playing Regulations for the approved selection process)

    20.20.4.7 Men’s Ice Hockey Championship
    8 Team Format, Single Elimination
    4 Regional Association Champions
    1 Host
    1 Assigned berth OUA Regional Association
    1 Assigned berth CWUAA Regional Association
    1 Assigned berth AUS Regional Association

    20.20.4.8 Women’s Ice Hockey Championship
    8 Team Format, Single Elimination
    4 Regional Association Champions
    1 Host
    3 Assigned berths (Rotational Format to ensure 2 teams per Regional Association)

    20.20.4.9 Women’s Rugby Championship
    8 Team Format, Single Elimination
    4 Regional Association Champions
    1 Host
    3 Rotational berths between CWUAA, OUA, RSEQ and AUS (1 berth per 3 of the 4 Regional Associations)
    Note 1: The above berths will be reviewed after four years (first review to be completed prior to the 2019-2020 season)

    20.20.4.10 Men’s Soccer Championship
    8 Team Format, Single Elimination
    • 4 Regional Association Champions
    • 1 Host
    • 1 Assigned berth OUA
    • 2 Assigned berths (Rotational Format as per the following:
    - When Canada West Hosts, AUS 1 additional berth and RSEQ 1 additional berth.
    - When Quebec Hosts, AUS 1 additional berth and Canada West 1 additional berth.
    - When AUS Hosts, Canada West 1 additional berth and RSEQ 1 additional berth.
    - When OUA Hosts, the 2 assigned berths would go to 2 of the 3 other Regional Associations that averaged the highest finish from the previous 3 year’s National Championships. In the event a tie still occurs; based upon points from the previous 4 year’s National Championships would be used.

    20.20.4.11 Women’s Soccer Championship
    8 Team Format, Single Elimination
    • 4 Regional Association Champions
    • 1 Host
    • 1 Assigned berth OUA
    • 1 Assigned berth CWUAA
    • 1 Assigned berth (Previous Medalists – Assigned berth from the same Regional Association
    as the gold medalist at the previous year’s National Championship.)
    NOTE:
    a) No Regional Association may have more than 3 berths. If the assigned berth for previous year’s champion gives one Regional Association four berths, the next highest ranked Regional Association is awarded the previous year’s champion berth.
    b) No more than one Regional Association may have 3 berths. If the assigned berth for previous year’s champion gives a second Regional Association three berths, the next highest ranked region is awarded the previous year’s champion berth.

    Men's Hockey

    Each season they come up with "Playing Regulations" for each sport. Those links are above.

    3.1 TEAMS
    The participating teams shall be:
    • OUA Representative
    • RSEQ Representative (Participates in the OUA Sport Conference – East Division)
    • Canada West Representative
    • Atlantic University Sport Representative
    • Host (University of New Brunswick)
    • Assigned berth rotating (CWUAA)
    • Assigned berth rotating (OUA)
    • Assigned berth rotating (AUS)
    (Refer to Policy 20.20.4.7 for more details)

    4.2.2 SEEDING CRITERIA
    1. The three (3) Sport Conference champions will be seeded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd based on their respective team national ranking in the final Top Ten of the season. The last Top 10 ranking will be done after the Sport Conference playoffs are completed.
    2. The OUA finalist (either the OUA East or OUA West divisional champion) will be seeded #4.
    3. The remaining 4 qualifying teams will be seeded using the final Top Ten of the season as a guiding tool.
    4. Results of regional playoffs must be respected.
    5. Once the seeding has been completed, teams 5 through 8 can be flipped no more than two spots (up or down) to try to avoid first round match-ups of teams from the same sport conference. (This means teams seeded 1 through 4 cannot be flipped).
    6. The Host may flip the brackets to ensure a local team plays at a preferred time to assist with ticket sales. However, the structure of the brackets must be maintained (i.e. 1 vs. 8 and 4 vs. 5 must always stay together and 2 vs. 7 and 3 vs. 6 must stay together) so that common rest times are protected and the integrity of the draw is maintained.
    7. Without affecting the integrity of the draw, games in the upper half of the draw can be switched to accommodate travel and time zone adjustment (i.e. Canada West teams traveling East). If the teams playing are not impacted by the time zone change then there can be no switching of game times.

    The oddities here are:
    1. The RSEQ has no league, yet gets a berth.
    2. There is no regulation by which the RSEQ gets to assign its berth to the OUA.
    3. There is no regulation by which no other conference can challenge RSEQ teams for their berth.
    4. There is no means by which rule 7 could ever be implemented.

    Women's Hockey

    The women's is different in that the RSEQ actually runs a league. I quote their salient "Playing Regulations".

    3.1 TEAMS
    · Atlantic University Sport Representative
    · RSEQ Representative
    · OUA Representative
    · Canada West Representative
    · Host (Western University)
    · Assigned berth CWUAA
    · Assigned berth AUS
    · Assigned berth RSEQ
    (Refer to Policy 20.20.4.8 for more details.)

    4.2.2 SEEDING PROCESS AND COMPLETION OF DRAW
    1. Seeds 1 through 4 will be the four sport conference champions from that year. They will be seeded as per the final Top 10 rankings of the season.
    2. The four teams that are not conference champions will be placed on the opposite half of the draw as the champion from their sport conference.
    3. The two teams that are placed in the top half of the draw will be seeded based on the final Top 10 ranking of the season. The lower ranked team of the two will face the higher seeded conference champion, and the higher ranked team will face the lower seeded conference champion. The same process is followed on the bottom half of the draw.

    The oddities here are:
    1. The host berth is deducted from, rather than added to, the conference allocation, i.e. each conference gets two berths, and must assign one of those berths to the host.
    2. The conference's two teams are on opposite sides of the draw.

    Men's Basketball

    There are additional lengthy criteria for both selection and ranking. I have niot quioted everything. Here's the highlights:

    3.1 TEAMS
    The participating teams shall be:
    • Atlantic University Sport Representative
    • RSEQ Representative
    • OUA Representative
    • Canada West Representative
    • Host (Acadia University)
    • One (1) assigned berth OUA
    • One (1) assigned berth Canada West
    One at-large berth

    4.2.4 SEEDING CRITERIA
    ...
    3. Conference champions must be seeded in the top 6 spots (1 through 6).
    4. Once the seeding has been completed, teams 5 through 8 can only be flipped one spot (up or down) to try to avoid first round match-ups of teams from the same sport conference. (Note: A conference champion seeded 6 cannot be flipped to 7th.)
    (This means teams seeded 1 through 4 cannot be flipped). This can only happen once (i.e. if there are 4 teams from one sport conference a flip can take place once but not twice.)
    ...

    The oddities here are:
    1. There is an "at large" berth, which has extensive (unquoted) regulation which governs the selection process.
    2. The conference champions (there are 4) must be in the top 6, not the top 3 (4) as in hockey.

    Women's Basketball

    3.1 TEAMS
    The participating teams in the W-Final 8 shall be as follow:
    • Atlantic University Sport Champion
    • OUA Champion
    • RSEQ Champion
    • Canada West Champion
    • Host (University of Regina)
    • One (1) assigned berth to OUA
    • One (1) assigned berth to CW
    • One (1) at-large berth
    (Refer to Policy 20.20.4.2 for more details.)

    4.2.4 SEEDING CALL
    ...
    2. Conference champions must be seeded in the top 6 spots (1 through 6).
    3. Once the seeding has been completed, teams 5 through 8 can only be flipped one spot (up or down) to try to avoid first round match-ups of teams from the same sport conference. (Teams seeded 1 through 4 can NOT be flipped.) This can only happen once (i.e. if there are 4 teams from one sport conference a flip can take place once but not twice.)
    ...

    The oddities here are:
    1. Though worded completely differently, it is set up exactly like men's basketball, albeit with a less formal outline of selection and ranking criteria.

    Men's Volleyball

    Note from "Policies and Procedures" that three berths are defined as coming from the prior year's medalists at nationals. Here's what the annual "Playing Regulations" provide:

    3.1 TEAMS
    The composition of the eight (8) team format shall include:
    • Canada West Representative
    • OUA Representative
    • RSEQ Representative
    • Atlantic University Sport Representative
    • Host (McMaster University)
    2 assigned berths Canada West
    1 assigned berth OUA
    (Refer to Policy 20.20.4.13 for more details.)

    4.2.2 SEEDING CRITERIA
    The purpose of the seeding call is to first determine the seeding of teams participating in the championship. Seeding is defined as reflecting current strength of the 8 teams qualified for the championship. The VRS system (volleyball ranking system) will be used to seed the teams. Process includes the following two steps:
    1. Teams will be seeded 1-8 using the VRS system, however conference champions must be seeded between 1-6. The following seeding principle must be respected in the final determination of the championship draw:
    1. Results of regional playoffs must be respected (order of finish).
    2. Conference champions must be seeded in the top 6 spots (1 through 6). The VRS will consider the following: ....

    The oddities here are:
    1. The ranking system is like in basketball, with slightly different formal criteria.
    2. The three "assigned berths" are based on the prior year's medalists at nationals.

    Women's Volleyball

    Basically like the men's!

    3.1 TEAMS
    The composition of the eight (8) team format shall include:
    • Canada West Representative
    • OUA Representative
    • RSEQ Representative
    • Atlantic University Sport Representative
    • Host (Université Laval)
    3 assigned berths from Canada West
    (Refer to Policy 20.20.4.14 for more details.)

    4.2.2 SEEDING CRITERIA
    ...
    2. Conference champions must be seeded in the top 6 spots (1 through 6).
    3. Once the seeding has been completed, teams 5 through 8 can only be flipped one spot (up or down) to try to avoid first round match-ups of teams from the same sport conference. (Teams seeded 1 through 4 can NOT be flipped.)

    The oddities here are:
    1. The system is set up like men's volleyball, with differently worded ranking criteria.
    2. The "VRS" used in men's is not used in women's.

    Consistent format?

    IMO, there should be one format for all. In an 8 team format, that would be:

    • CW Representative
    • OUA Representative
    • RSEQ Representative (except men's hockey)
    • AUS Representative
    • Host - unless is already qualified as conference champion
    • assigned berths to conference with medalists from prior year
    • Any remaining berths would go to the Regional Association(s) that averaged the highest finish from the previous 3 year’s National Championships. In the event a tie still occurs; based upon points from the previous 4 year’s National Championships would be used. (Unless they utilize a basketball-style "at-large" system.)

    And conference winners would be seeded within the top 6.

    So in men's hockey, this year's allocation would have been:

    CW rep: Alberta
    OUA rep: McGill
    RSEQ rep: none
    AUS rep: New Brunswick
    Host: none, already qualified
    AUS assigned for gold: St. F.X.
    CW assigned for silver: Saskatchewan
    AUS assigned for bronze: Acadia
    1st remaining berth to AUS: St. Mary's
    2nd remaining berth to CW: Calgary

    Seedings:
    1 New Brunswick
    2 Alberta
    3 McGill
    4 St. F.X.
    5 Saskatchewan
    6 Acadia
    7 St. Mary's
    8 Calgary

    Brackets:
    St. F.X. v Saskatchewan
    New Brunswick v Calgary
    Alberta v St. Mary's
    McGill v Acadia
     
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    Mar 17: Lots of Overtime on Rematch Day

    Both semi-finals were rematches of conference finals and went into overtime. But where one underdog had his day, the other dogs met their typical demise.

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    ST. FRANCIS XAVIER X-MEN 5
    NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS 4

    (in overtime)

    Links:

    Stories: [USports] : [rp @UNB] : [rp @SFX]
    Boxscore: [USports] : [USports-alt]

    The Squirrels held leads of 1-0 and 3-2, and the Jeremies held leads of 2-1 and 4-3. But by the end of regulation it was 4-4 and St. F.X. held the only lead that mattered. Each side had 3 powerplay goals in a very undisciplined game. Chase Marchand got the win with 42 saves, and Alex Dubeau made 24 saves in the loss. Nine different players scored the goals. This game will be remembered for the penalties, and perhaps one which ought to have been called. St. F.X. recorded 18 minutes on 9 infractions, whilst UNB were assessed 35 minutes on 12 infractions, including a 5-and-10 to Olivier Leblanc in the 3rd period. Mark Simpson of the Squirrels leveled a head shot in the 3rd period with the Squirrels down 4-3. Not long after the non-call he scored the goal which sent the game into overtime. The hockey Gods were not impressed, I suppose, and the home side was bounced by their Atlantic rival.

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    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 3
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 2

    (in overtime)

    Links:

    Stories: [UofA] : [rp #CW]
    Stories: [USports] : [Sask]
    Boxscore: [USports] : [USports-alt]

    The Mutts have met their demise at the hands of the Monkeys far too often to count. It usually happens in the finals of conference playoffs, and twice at the U-Cup. So maybe they thought that a semi-final match-up would be different. And with a 2-0 3rd period lead, the odds looked pretty good. Ultimately, Sask killed themselves with too much kitty-bar-the-door. They were too defensive in the 2nd and 3rd periods, being outshot 26-12 in that period, and 36-22 on the night. Zach Sawchenko continued Alberta's goaltender rotation and stopped 20 of 22 shots for the win. Taran Kozan took the loss, despite 33 saves.

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    NEXT UP

    Mar 18 New Brunswick v Saskatchewan - 8:00 CT/10:00 AT
    Mar 18 St. F.X. v Alberta - 12:00 CT/2:00 AT - on SportsNet

    Links:

    • [U-Cup Site]
    • [US U-Cup]
    • [CW S&R]
    • [CW LeagueStat]
    • [OUA S&R]
    • [OUA LeagueStat]
    • [AUS S&R]


    WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT

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    MANITOBA BISONS 2
    CONCORDIA STINGERS 1

    (in shoot-out)

    Links:

    Stories: [USports]
    Boxscore: [USports]

    The Bison Broads are on their way the gold medal game! They outshot the Stingers 29-22 on the night, but there were some close calls in OT. They will face the Western Ontario Urban Cowgirls in Sunday's final.
     
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    Mar 18: Monkeys Win Another

    So another year is in the books. In the end, nothing too shocking. Here we go ...

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    NEW BRUNSWICK VARSITY REDS 5
    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4

    (in overtime)

    Links:

    Stories: [USports] : [rp @UNB] : [rp @CW]
    Stories: [UofS]
    Boxscore: [USports]

    This one was not on TV. It started so early, it could have brought back memories of the Olympic coverage. The Mutts probably had just enough time after last night's game to have a quick drink from the toilet and some kibbles-and-bits. Still, they put in a credible effort, much different from the last time they played a bronze game. Once again, the Mutts built a 2-0 lead and were unable to hang on. Alexandre Goulet scored twice for the Squirrels, including the winner. Alex Dubeau got the win, with 18 saves on 22 shots. Taran Kozun got the loss, with 33 saves on 38 shots. There were a load of penalties, 14 for Sask and 11 for UNB, with one 10 minute misconduct for each side.

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    [​IMG] [​IMG]
    ST. FRANCIS XAVIER X-MEN 2
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4


    Links:

    Stories: [USports] : [SFX]
    Stories: [UofA] : [rp #CW]
    Boxscore: [USports] : [USports-alt]

    Once again, the Monkeys fell behind 2-0, and once again they won. This was not the usual type of win for the Monkeys. In fact, they played more of a shut-down style than I have ever seen from them. The entire 3rd period was played that way, leading to little excitement for a casual observer. Zach Sawchenko was back in goal to claim the win, stopping 24 of 26 shots. Meanwhile, Chase Marchand stopped 23 pf 26 to suffer defeat. The final goal was an empty-netter.

    In the end, there was little to choose amongst the Top 4. Of concern should be that the OUA, which encompasses Ontario and Quebec, is out of their depth. It is quite possible that a team which catches fire and has a hot goaltender could pull off an upset. But if you need to be 26-1-1 to be a true national contender, things are going to be tough. And with the coverage of SportsNet being somewhat lame, they have little reason to change when the biggest provinces seem ages away from being prime contenders. So, next year in Lethbridge it is. And I suspect we'll see the top two from the CW and top two from the AUS playing for the medals whilst the Hørny Ønes (as host) and OUA teams just make up the numbers.

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    NEXT UP

    Nothing until September!


    Links:

    • [U-Cup Site]
    • [US U-Cup]
    • [CW S&R]
    • [CW LeagueStat]
    • [OUA S&R]
    • [OUA LeagueStat]
    • [AUS S&R]


    WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT

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    MANITOBA BISONS 2
    WESTERN ONTARIO MUSTANGS 0


    Links:

    Stories: [USports*]
    Boxscore: [USports] : [USports-alt1] : [USports-alt2]

    They did not televise the women's tournament this year. Too bad for Manitoba fans. I listened on the radio (UMFM). This title was a program first, so congratulations to the BISON BROADS!
     
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    The Other Leagues

    The U-Cup has been awarded but that's not it for news. Last weekend saw the final two university/college titles up for grabs, and both were won by CW schools.

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    ALBERTA COLLEGES ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

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    MacEwan Griffins 4
    NAIT Ooks 1

    (MacEwan wins series 2-1.)

    • [ACAC]
    • [MacEwan]
    • [NAIT]

    After many decades of mediocrity, MacEwan has now won back-to-back conference titles, both over their cross-town rival in the process. That's a lot of good scholastic hockey in Edmontown. Pity Concordia University of Edmonton trying to fight for recognition amongst that group.

    Of note, in pre-season games NAIT lost 4-3 in overtime to the Alberta Evil Monkeys and a combined NAIT/MacEwan team beat the Edmonton Greasers Rookies 2-0.

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    FINAL STANDINGS
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    PLAYOFF RESULTS

    Quarter-finals

    • Mar 02 Concordia 1 Red Deer College 8
    • Mar 03 Red Deer College 4 Concordia 3
    Red Deer College Kings defeated Concordia Thunder 2-games-to-0.

    • Mar 02 Augustana 3 SAIT 0
    • Mar 03 SAIT 2 Augustana 5
    Augustana Vikings defeated SAIT Trojan 2-games-to-0.

    Semi-finals

    • Mar 09 Augustana 3 NAIT 4 (2OT)
    • Mar 10 NAIT 4 Augustana 1
    NAIT Ooks defeated Augustana Vikings 2-games-to-0.

    • Mar 09 Red Deer College 1 MacEwan 4
    • Mar 10 MacEwan 4 Red Deer College 2
    MacEwan Griffins defeated Red Deer College Kings 2-games-to-0.

    Championship Final

    • Mar 16 MacEwan 7 NAIT 3
    • Mar 17 NAIT 3 MacEwan 2
    • Mar 18 MacEwan 4 NAIT 1
    MacEwan Griffins defeated NAIT Ooks 2-games-to-1.


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    BRITISH COLUMBIA INTERCOLLEGIATE HOCKEY LEAGUE

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    Trinity Western Spartans 4
    Selkirk Saints 1

    (TWU wins series 2-0.)

    • [BCIHL]
    • [Trinity Western]

    After losing in the finals the last two seasons, Holy Trinity turned it around this year and won the whole thing. It is their first title since 2005-06. Simon Fraser had a boatload of points deducted for use of an ineligible player earlier in the season, which cost them a playoff berth. The new program at Vancouver Island University must be satisfied with their debut season.

    Of note, in non-conference play, TWU and Selkirk went a combined 1-5 against ACAC teams. Also, SFU lost twice to NCAA teams and UBC beat TWU and SFU.

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    FINAL STANDINGS
    [​IMG]

    PLAYOFF RESULTS

    Semi-finals

    • Mar 09 Trinity Western 8 Victoria 1
    • Mar 10 Victoria 3 Trinity Western 4
    Trinity Western Spartans defeated Victoria Vikings 2-games-to-0.

    • Mar 09 Vancouver Island 3 Selkirk 5
    • Mar 10 Selkirk 4 Vancouver Island 3 (ot)
    Selkirk Saints defeated Vancouver Island Mariners 2-games-to-0.

    Championship Final

    • Mar 15 Selkirk 1 Trinity Western 5
    • Mar 16 Trinity Western 4 Selkirk 1
    Trinity Western Spartans defeated Selkirk Saints 2-games-to-0.
     
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    Note on image links: postimg.org has changed to postimg.cc. I changed the last couple pages but some of the earlier posts will not have images from that site.
     
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    It is time to start the 2018-19 thread. But that will need to wait until I get home from hospital.

    In Bisons news, they are again going to Northern Ireland and Scotland, as they did last year. They announced a fundraiser golf tournament:
    MHKY: Golf fundraiser invites golfers, sponsors to June 15 tournament - The Official Site of University of Manitoba Bisons Athletics

    In CW news, schedules are coming soon:



    Legendary Clare Drake passed away:
    Remembering Clare Drake

    And UBC and Alberta will play in the Canucks' Young Stars event, though just against each other:
    MHKY: Alberta, UBC invited to Canucks Young Stars Classic
     
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