Wednesday, February 11, 2009

SMU Applying The Pressure

With their 6-3 win over Acadia on Wednesday night, SMU sits at 39 pts, just 2 back of UNB for top spot the in AUS. SMU has one game remaining against last place Dalhousie. UNB on the other hand has a pair of tough games on the road this weekend vs. UPEI on Friday, and Moncton on Saturday.

If things go as expected and SMU wins their game, UNB will need put together 1 point this weekend in order to finish with 42 on the season. If UNB were to tie SMU at 41 pts each, first place will be decided by the season series which went in favor of SMU, three games to one.

First place is critical, not just for the first round bye, but also because it secures home ice advantage throughout the playoffs, and guarantees a match-up against the lowest standing team remaining in round 2.

Just as important, every team wants to head into the playoffs on a high note, and losing a pair of games to possible playoff opponents would leave the team carrying some baggage into the post season. This weekend should provide the V-Reds with a taste of playoff-style pressure and intensity before their first round bye.

Go Reds Go!

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