Preview: March 16-19: UNIVERSITY CUP
Thu March 16 Saint Mary's v U.Q.T.R. (12:00 ADT/10:00 CDT)
Thu March 16 Concordia v New Brunswick (7:00 ADT/5:00 CDT)
Fri March 17 Alberta v Windsor (12:00 ADT/10:00 CDT)
Fri March 17 Calgary v U.P.E.I. (7:00 ADT/5:00 CDT)
Sat March 18 Semi-final #1 (1:00 ADT/11:00 CDT)
Sat March 18 Semi-final #2 (7:00 ADT/5:00 CDT)
Sun March 19 Bronze Game (1:00 ADT/11:00 CDT)
Sun March 19 Gold Game (7:00 ADT/5:00 CDT)
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SAINT MARY’S HUSKIES (20-9-1, 4-2-1, 26-12-2, OHT35 #11)
U.Q.T.R. PATRIOTES (21-4-1, 5-1-0, 31-8-1, OHT35 #2)
➤ UQTR: Team Website
➤ SMU: Team Website
➤ 49 Sport: UQTR tops Windsor in 3OT thriller, defending OUA title
This is the curtain-raiser on what might be the best field of U-Cup teams in ages. UQTR was climbing and the SMUskies were falling in the rankings. However, the gap between teams is very slight.
Record v. A & B teams in the OHT35: UQTR 6-2-0, SMU is 6-7-0.
U-Cups in 2000s:
UQTR has won the title in 2001, 2003, and 2022 and have made eight additional U-Cup appearances.
The SMUskies last won the title in 2010 and have five additional appearances.
CONCORDIA STINGERS (19-7-0, 4-1-1, 29-9-1, OHT35 #8)
NEW BRUNSWICK REDS (24-4-2, 5-1-1, 34-5-3, OHT35 #3)
➤ Concordia: Stingers men's hockey team seeded No. 6 for U Sports nationals
➤ UNB: REDS No. 3 Seed At U Cup
The Stinkers have been impressive in the playoffs. However, the Squirrels cruised through the AUS, which still must be considered the top conference in USports. And they have the pedigree.
Record v. A & B teams in the OHT35: UNB 8-3-2, Concordia 4-11-1.
U-Cups in 2000s:
UNB has seven titles (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2019) and seven additional U-Cup appearances.
Concordia has just once appearance, in 2018. They and their predeccessors (Loyola and SGW) qualified for every U-Cup from 1964 to 1984.
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (20-5-3, 3-2-1, 30-8-5, OHT35 #4)
WINDSOR LANCERS (18-7-2, 4-0-2, 27-9-4, OHT35 #6)
➤ UofA: Bears seeded 5th, to play Windsor in national quarter-final
➤ CW: Prokop named WHL Grad of the Month for February
➤ 49 Sport: Young faces lead Alberta’s U SPORTS hopes after 2022 heartbreak
➤ Windsor: Men's Hockey seeded No. 4 heading into National Championships
Speaking of pedigree, here come the Evil Monkeys. They had to scramble to get 2nd place, a quarter-final bye, and home ice in the semi-finals. But they did it whilst showing flashes of their primate nature. Windsor’s record against good teams cannot be over-looked. Their only playoff losses were in overtime and a schedule of Brock, Lakehead, and UQTR was much tougher than the usual OUA path to the nationals.
Record v. A & B teams in the OHT35: Alberta 9-7-2, Windsor 8-3-4.
U-Cups in 2000s:
Alberta has seven titles (2000, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2014, 2015, 2018) and 12 additional U-Cup appearances.
Windsor has two appearances, in 2014 and 2015.
U.P.E.I. PANTHERS (17-10-3, 1-2-0, 20-13-3, OHT35 #12)
CALGARY DINOSAURS (25-3-0, 4-1-1, 33-8-1, OHT35 #1)
➤ UPEI: UPEI hosts 2023 Cavendish Farms University Cup Men’s Hockey Championship
➤ 49 Sport: Brassard’s return buoys Panthers ahead of U SPORTS
➤ UofC: Top-seeded Dinos get hosts at U Cup
➤ USports: Calgary named top seed going into 2023 Cavendish Farms University Cup
Bedrock U has had a regular season which far exceeded expectations. They were just 3-3-0 in pre-season, and 2-3-0 to start the season. Then came 23 consecutive wins and two 3-game playoff series victories. Will this intimidate Bud the Spud in the Bright Red Mud? UPEI faded as the season went on. They’ll need their best effort in a long time to win this. However, this is the closest 1-8 matchup on paper in quite some time.
Record v. A & B teams in the OHT35: UPEI 4-5-1, Calgary 15-4-1.
U-Cups in 2000s:
Calgary has never won a U-Cup but has appeared in 2000, 2011, and 2015 where they went an accumulative 0-5.
UPEI has no appearances since 1991.
N.A.I.T. OOKS (10-7-7, 4-1-0, #5)
RED DEER POLY KINGS (17-6-1, 2-0-1, #1)
This is a best-of-five series spread over two weekends. The Ooks’ streak of 9-straight 1st place finishes came to an end this year. They also won the playoff championship four times. In 2017, 2018, and 2019 they finished 1st but lost to 2nd place MacEwan in the final every season. There are no recent titles for Red Deer Poly. The program came back to life in 2013 and has been building.
Fri March 17 N.A.I.T. at Red Deer Poly (7:00 MDT/8:00 CDT)
Sat March 18 Red Deer Poly at N.A.I.T. (6:00 MDT/7:00 CDT)
Fri March 24 N.A.I.T. at Red Deer Poly (7:00 MDT/8:00 CDT)
Sat March 25 Red Deer Poly at N.A.I.T. (6:00 MDT/7:00 CDT)*
Sun March 26 N.A.I.T. at Red Deer Poly (7:00 MDT/8:00 CDT)*
VANCOUVER ISLAND MARINERS (13-6-1, 2-1-0, #2)
SIMON FRASER RED LEAFS (19-1-0, 2-0-0, #1)
This is a rematch of last year’s final. It was a 4-team tournament with a sudden-death final. SFU won 2-0. SFU held a 4-1 edge over VIU this season. That was their only loss. This is not a foregone conclusion, but the Red Leafs are heavy favourites.
Fri March 17 Vancouver Island at Simon Fraser (7:00 PDT/9:00 CDT)
Sat March 18 Vancouver Island at Simon Fraser (3:45 PDT/5:45 CDT)
Sun March 19 Vancouver Island at Simon Fraser (7:00 PDT/9:00 CDT)*
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