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02-09-2013, 10:35 PM
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Originally Posted by northvanman View Post
With UQTR's win over Queen's and Toronto's win over Concordia this afternoon, 2 of the 4 OUA EAst first round playoff series have been settled.

Ryerson vs. UQTR
Queen's vs. Carleton

The other two series will be settled tonight, but we know that McGill and Ottawa will have home ice in the first round and that the two road teams will be U of T and Ottawa. BTW, if McGill and Ottawa end up tied for 3rd (would require a McGill loss against RMC and an Ottawa win against Nipissing), Ottawa has the tie breaker.

In the West, on the other hand, going into the final game for most (and final two for Windsor and Waterloo), the only thing that is certain is that Western will finish first - every other slot is in flux, including the eight and last slot that is currently held by Brock but will go to UOIT if they beat Laurier tonight. It's great - I don't ever remember there being this much playoff uncertainlty at this point in the season - every game tonight, and the game tormorrow, matters.
Highlights of Laurier vs Guelph from earlier this week:



You are right that the standings are close, one game left in the entire OUA West schedule, and places 3-6 have yet to be established. Western now set to play UOIT, Lakehead to play York, and Guelph/Windsor to play Laurier/Waterloo. Laurier lost 6-5 against UOIT tonight in their opportunity to clinch 5th.

While Laurier has been hot, they have struggled with injury. The team over the past 2 years have leaned heavily on their top trio of RW Mitch Good, LW Tyler Stothers and C Mitch Lebar. Two weeks ago, their leading scorer (only player PPG or better on the team) Tyler Stothers suffered what is being labeled as a season ending knee injury. Mitch Lebar, their top centre has not played since Jan25, and has only played 5 of the 12 games following the Christmas break. Despite this, Laurier still managed to finish strong 9-3 in the second half.

Laurier is a structured team with a strong goaltender, but sometimes struggles to score, as they are are not a high flying offensive team (their 83 goals for is tied for worst in the OUA West). Injuries to these key players are not good. Hopefully at least Lebar is back for the playoffs. As well, last year's key second half player and former Kitchener Ranger Mike Mascioli has now officially missed every game this season. They will have to hope their all rookie second line of Greg Cerlli, Ryan Lopes and Trent Hawke can come through. After 1 point in the first 8 games, Hawke developed well in his first year with Laurier, finishing his final 16 games with 21 points.

For the rest of the OUA, this year's playoffs is anybody's guess. So far I take Western in 2 against UOIT and Lakehead in 3 against York.


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