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03-11-2013, 12:54 PM
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Bob Stauffer
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Here are some thoughts on Saskatchewan

#1. There might be a method to Saskatchewan's madness in opening up the first night and against perennial power UNB!
As lower seed of the opening game the Huskies will have last change.
Had Saskatchewan done the traditional Friday/Saturday/Sunday thing-three games in three nights and allowed UNB to play UQTR on ...it would have meant the V-Reds would have had last change...assuming the V-Reds would've beat UQTR.
Saskatchewan has more fire power, but are less physical than than some of their teams of the past. Saskatchewan also posseses a deeper line-up and are more capable of playing a four line game, and that is more useful in a game NOT on TV.
The games that are televised have :90 breaks after the 14/10/6 minute marks. These TV games at the CIS level allow a coach to play basically three lines and hide a D as well.
The Huskies also have better PP forwards than in the past. Derek Hulak and Kyle Bortis were legitimate 80+ point scorers in the WHL.
My experience (and I went to 10 of 11 Nationals from '98 to 2008 and sat on the orgnanizing committee in '04 and '05) is that there are more penalty calls early in the tournament as the teams try to figure out the standard that the officals have "elected" to impose...
Of course there is also the travel factor. The CIS tends to be a homeshow!
No team that flew to the University Cup from 1999-2007 won the Championship.
UNB has to be favored in their pool based on the strength of the AUS over the last several years, but the Huskies CAN pull off an upset.

Bob Stauffer
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