While most of the 12 participants in the OUA playoffs have been decided, there remains some mystery as to a couple of the final spots, specifically in the OUA Central and East. Guelph’s shocking win at home over #1 Ryerson on Wednesday pushed the Gryphons (8-8) to within a game and a half of third place Lakehead (9-6). Both teams are in action this evening with Lakehead hosting the first-place Rams in Thunder Bay while Guelph hosts U of T Varsity Blues. Guelph owns the tie-breaker with Lakehead after the teams split a pair of games in Thunder Bay in November but Gryphs have the point spread. The teams have completed their head-to-head schedule in the regular season.
The Blues are in their own race for the final playoff spot in the East, 2 1/2 games ahead of York with the Lions in Sault Ste. Marie to face Algoma – which needs to win every one of their remaining games and hope Laurier loses their final 3 including Hawks finale at home to Waterloo. Toronto needs two wins in their final 4 games to clinch the spot – Toronto travels to Tait McKenzie at York next Friday.
Laurentian holds a two-game lead on Nipissing in the East. Both teams are in Southern Ontario tonight and tomorrow facing Brock/McMaster and each complete the regular season next weekend at home with games against #2 uOttawa and #3 Carleton.
The Gee-Gees and Ravens host Waterloo and Laurier as Golden Hawks coach Peter Campbell makes what likely will be the final visit of his career to Ottawa as Head Coach.
We will be watching closely the Ryerson/Lakehead and U of T/Guelph games, which are likely to bring the most clarity to playoff positions (and potentially RPI standings) of any of the games this evening.