Tuesday, March 3, 2015

News And Notes: Top 10, CIS Playoff Update, Culligan

A few stories to pass along as the V-Reds and Axemen prepare for game 2 of the AUS Finals tomorrow night.

- The CIS released their latest men's hockey rankings today and for the 19th time in as many polls the defending champion Alberta Golden Bears claimed the top spot. Meanwhile, the Varsity Reds picked up all 16 2nd place votes to remain in 2nd spot for the 5th consecutive week, and 13th week overall this season. Other AUS teams to make the rankings this week include Acadia (3rd, up two spots), St. FX (8, up two spots), and Saint Mary's (9th, down 6 spots).

- With CIS playoff action winding down across the country we now know 7 out of the 8 participants for next week's University Cup in Halifax. In the AUS, conference finalists UNB and Acadia will be joining host St. FX at the tournament. Out west the Alberta Golden Bears and Calgary Dinos have both advanced by virtue of their semi-final victories last weekend. They will play one another Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (if necessary) to determine the Canada West champion. The OUA playoffs produced a pair of upsets. The 19-4-3 UQTR Patriotes defeated the East division regular season champion McGill Redmen (21-5-0) in the East final and the 11-13-3 Guelph Gryphons shocked the West division regular season champion Windsor Lancers (22-4-1) in the West final. The Patriotes and Gryphons have both advanced to the University Cup and will play Saturday in the Queen's Cup to decide the OUA Champion. The Redmen and Lancers will also play on Saturday to determine the 3rd OUA berth.

- Former V-Reds captain Chris Culligan, now playing for the Cardiff Devils in the British Elite Ice Hockey League, has received some publicity in the hockey world after scoring a highlight-reel goal last week. Check it out below (video courtesy www.cardiffdevils.com).