Tuesday, March 8, 2011

AUS Finals Schedule Update

We've received word that final details on the format and schedule of the AUS Finals are still being ironed out.  Friday night at 8pm will go ahead for sure, so plan to be there in all your Red glory when the V-Reds hit the ice in pursuit of an AUS Championship.  Final details on the series will be announced likely sometime Wednesday morning. 

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Think they're going to a best of three?

Eric said...

I was thinking the same thing.

Both teams are going to nationals so why kill yourself over a 5 game series.

I wonder if they would go FTN, HFX, FTN? The NS travel rule is to play one game there and two here, but they have the time to go H V H.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

NS travel rule?? What's that about? The last two times UNB and SMU played in the AUS Finals (in 2008 and 2009) they were both best of 3 and both went Fredericton/Halifax/Fredericton...

Also, there was a mention in the Gleaner today that the series could start as soon as Thursday with the next game on Saturday...but I can't imagine either X or SMU would go along with that...

Eric said...

There is, or was, an AUS Playoff Scheduling rule that changes the order of games based on the location of the two teams (NB/PEI vs NS or NB/PEI vs NB/PEI) - when a best of 3.

In '97 & '98 they played one game at 'A' then two at 'B' for a best of three.

I'm all for back and forth (in a 3 game series). If they are scheduling two games at UNB for this weekend - it's a best of five. Not sure that makes much sense for UNB - just more chances to get hurt.

Anonymous said...

I have mixed feelings about changing the best of 5 to best out of 3.

First of all if it is a best of 3 then anything other then Fred - Away - Fred is atrocious. Why fight all year to win home ice advantage for the playoffs if game 1 or game 3 which could be the deciding game is played away defeats the purpose. The only advantage I see to a 3 game series is less likely to get hurt.

In a best out of 5 series you maximize your revenue with a guaranteed 2 games at home and also with the quality of hockey expected it is a real treat for fans of both teams. The other great thing about a best of five series is the ability to fine tune powerplays, penalty kills etc etc. This close to the nationals precision and execution are key. Both St FX and St Marys are quality opponents and represent the stiffest competition we are likely to see at the nationals.

My vote is for a 5 game series

Scott

Ken C. said...

Scott, I agree with you. I'd prefer the best of 5. To me, the AUS Championship means something, even if you don't win Nationals. It deserves a 5 game series. That #1 seed could be significant this year, forcing AUS #2 and Alberta to play earlier in the tournament. Tough draw for someone.

I can appreciate the chance of fatigue and injury making the decision tough for coaches though. So best of 3, while not my preference, isn't the worst decision they could make.

david ritchie said...

Like Ken, can understand both positions. But they fought like tooth and nail to get a best of five, and now they've got it, they should honour the schedule. Perhaps in the future they can add a caveat suggesting in circumstances where both teams advance, the length of the final be up to the two teams involved. Injuries can happen any time. Winning the conference title should mean something, and imagine the potential gate residuals as well. Very much in favour of playing a five game series, although can certainly understand the rationale of going with a three game set. Heck, if the injury factor was so profound, copy the ontario model and play a single elimination game.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

My only concern with the 5 game series isn't so much centered around injury concerns but time. If it goes the distance there isn't going to be much time off before a possible 5th game and the first games of Nationals. Consider in 2009 UNB/SMU played the third and deciding game of the AUS finals on March 18th and UNB opened Nationals on the 26th. If you allow for a week between the two this season that means 5 games between the 11th and 17th, which makes for a pretty tight schedule...I don't know if there is going to be enough time.

Of course the AUS teams won't be traveling half way across the country to get to Nationals like they had to in 2009 so that helps a bit...

David Ritchie said...

john keeffe from the AUS says the two teams have until March 20 to declare a champion...so that leaves plenty of time to play a best of five.....friday and saturday at the auc, tuesday and wednesday in antigonish with a game 5 back here friday.....that gives them 6 days before the start of the nationals...plenty of time....