Most of the favorites won rather easily this week – other than McMaster which lost twice up at Lakehead.
#1 Ryerson (14-2, 10-1) (LW #1)… Rams swept a pair of games this weekend against sub .500 competition in Northern Ontario, defeating Laurentian and Nipissing comfortably. 6’4″Ammanuel Diressa had another monster effort on Saturday night off the bench. Rams retain #1 seed in the OUA and continue to be the favorite to host the OUA Wilson Cup Final 4, a circumstance that could be tested this Wednesday at home against #5 Brock.
#2 Ottawa (21-3, 11-1) (LW #2)… A pair of 30+ point games from fifth-year 6’1″ Mike L’Africain confirmed that Gee-Gees are in good hands without 6’3″ Caleb Agada. While Queen’s hung around a bit on Friday and on Saturday Gee-Gees got off to a terrible start against the under-manned York (Lions were without 5 rotation players including 2 starters out with injuries/illness), L’Africain made sure that any thought of upset was quickly extinguished. Agada should be ready to play in this Friday’s Capital Hoops Classic game at Canadian Tire Center against #3 Carleton. Gee-Gees then embark on a two-game swing at #10 McMaster and at #5 Brock.
#3 Carleton (15-3, 10-2) (LW #3)… A dominant effort on Friday against York was followed by an inconsistent showing against Queen’s including allowing 6’3″ Sukhpreet Singh to score 39 on them. The Gaels rallied from a 19 point deficit to tie the game at 69 early in the fourth before 6’2″ Kaza Keene and 6’6″ Ryan Ejim took over to engineer a 20 point win. Capital Hoops Classic on Friday provides Ravens a chance at some redemption after their home loss to the Gee-Gees in mid-January.
#4 Calgary (19-6, 12-3) (LW #4)… Idle this week: Calgary, leaders in Canada West Pioneer Division, take an 8 game winning streak into this weekend’s games at home against Lethbridge (9-5). While a playoff spot is assured, Dinos hope to clinch top spot and home floor for Canada West Final Four assuming they get there.
#5 Brock (16-2, 9-2) (LW#6)… Brock dominated visiting Guelph this past Wednesday night and now gets a shot at #1 Ryerson this coming Wednesday night in Toronto. Badgers toughest stretch of the season continues at U of T on Saturday and then home to #3 Carleton and #2 Ottawa the following weekend. McMaster’s pair of losses at Lakehead provides a two-game cushion atop OUA Central.
#6 UBC (15-5, 12-4) (LW #7)… T-Birds dominated in a pair of easy wins at UVic this past weekend. In Friday night’s victory, Head Coach Kevin Hanson moved into 2nd place on the all-time list for victories in Canada West. T-Birds have an outside shot at the #1 seed in Canada West playoffs but need Calgary to lose at least 2 of their final 5 games while UBC wins their final four games at Brandon and home against Winnipeg.
#7 Thompson Rivers (13-2, 12-2) (LW: HM) Idle. WolfPack lead the Explorer Division by 3 games with 6 remaining. Second place Fraser Valley Cascades and TRU meet in two weeks in Abbotsford.
#8 Dalhousie (16-5, 10-4) (LW #9) Tigers continue to elevate their defensive effort with another strong performance on Saturday night at Scotiabank Place against Acadia. Dal has now won 5 of their past 6 by guarding the ball, changing defensive looks, taking care of the ball and making perimeter shots (14 of 28 from 3 last night). 6’6″ Sven Stammberger was on fire again from the perimeter last night while defensive presence pg 6’0″ Ritchie Kanza-Mata had 16 of his 23 points in the final frame when Tigers pulled away. Dal travels to Memorial (5-9) next weekend for a pair of games Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
#9 McGill (15-4, 7-3) (LW #10)… Redmen gutted out a pair of wins vs. a young but improving Bishop’s team, finishing Saturday’s game in Lennoxville on a 17-4 run led by reserve 6’8″ center Noah Daoust, who had three 3’s down the stretch as McGill temporarily shook off a post-Holiday shooting slump that has seen Redmen shoot just 23% from downtown. McGill hosts UQAM Thursday and then moves across town to meet Citadins on Saturday. UQAM (5-5) is coming off a triple OT home win vs. Laval this weekend.
#10 McMaster (13-5, 9-4) (LW #5)… Giving up late double digit leads twice this weekend, the Marauders had an 8 game winning streak snapped by Manny Furtado’s Lakehead Thunderwolves in Thunder Bay. Marauders generally struggled guarding the paint and played Saturday without 6’4″ Leon Alexander, who hurt his ankle on Friday and much of Saturday’s game without 6’3″ Rohan Boney. Now having to play their way in to a chance for an OUA quarter-final home game, Mac has two weeks to regroup before hosting #1 Ottawa and #3 Carleton in Hamilton during the weekend of February 12th and 13th.
HM UPEI (18-9, 10-4) (LW #HM) Panthers got a split this weekend at Cape Breton, bouncing back with a 19 point win earlier today behind 6’6″ Brad States who had 29 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists including 2 of 5 from 3. The explosive forward continues to author a 1st Team All-AUS type season. Panthers are now two points behind Dal in the case for the AUS regular season title with 4 of their last 6 games away from home. Panthers have 2 more road games next weekend at last place St. FX in Antigonish.
Manitoba (15-10, 11-5) (LW #HM),
Lethbridge (14-7, 9-5) (LW #HM).