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11-26-2012, 04:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Bob Stauffer View Post
From 1999 thru 2007 no team that flew to University Cup won the National title.
Travel is a factor.
The Canada West also has not hosted a University Cup since Alberta's back-to-back Championships in Edmonton in 2005 and 2006.
The Bears performance at the 2011 Nationals was poor, and a sign that the program was cycling down. Calgary put in a better showing on the UNB side of the pool (I am sure some you remember). The same Dinos who were obliterated by the Bears in the CW Final that year.
Saskatchewan split last year beating eventual Champion McGill.
If the Bears make it out of the West you will see a different Golden Bears team then you have in the last several years.
If you closely examine Alberta's #'s you can see that the Bears are playing on a level that haven't had in years.
That said no one is underestimating a team from the AUS
Calgary came within a tread of upsetting UNB on home ice in 2011, that is the reality of a single knock out tournament. Yes, the same team that UNB defeated by almost double digits in Calgary earlier that same season. Never be surprised by results in a single elimination tournament.

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