Our weekly OUA preview comes to you a little early this week. That’s because the weekend of Thanksgiving tends to have an odd schedule. The week starts with one Thursday night game in Hamilton and the remaining three games on Saturday afternoon. Last week saw the OUA tossed on its head as Toronto upset Ottawa to take over the final playoff spot while Laurier beat the nationally ranked Guelph Gryphons.
Guelph Gryphons (3-2) at #9 McMaster Marauders (4-2) [Thursday 7:00 PM]
Can we officially say that Guelph is not a top ten team? We’ve all been saying that (except DJ Bennett but that’s likely due to concussions) and Laurier finally gave us definitive proof. Now Guelph has to go on the road to redeem themselves. They almost seemed to believe their own hype and it nearly cost them against Queen’s and did against Western and Laurier. Meanwhile, McMaster is riding high after a close game against Ottawa and big wins over Windsor and York. These are two teams with their heads in very different places. Guelph just had their self-image shattered while Mac should be looking to keep sending statements with blood in the OUA water.
Radio: CHML 900 AM (Hamilton), CFMU 93.9 FM (Hamilton)
#10 Laurier Golden Hawks (3-2) at #6 Ottawa Gee-Gees (5-1) [Saturday 1:00 PM]
This game will be fun for so many reasons. Ottawa has looked on the edge of a loss a couple of times this season (against Western and Queen’s) but it took lowly Toronto to topple the OUA’s top squad. Meanwhile, Laurier, a Yates Cup darkhorse at the start of the season, are finally living up to their potential after ringing up three straight wins. Hell, they put up a bigger win over Guelph (they are who we thought they were) than they did over U of T. But every team needs a wake up call at some point of the season. For the Gee-Gees, it has to have been last week. If a loss to U of T doesn’t turn them into a dominating powerhouse, all the hype for this season was for naught.
It’s also important to note that Laurier may be a 2-3 team before too long. David Montoya was declared an ineligible player by the CIS and Laurier will forfeit their win over Toronto. However, this decision is under appeal to the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada. Until that appeal is heard, Laurier and Toronto’s records will remain the same in the official standings.
University of Toronto Varsity Blues (2-3) at Queen’s Gaels (1-4) [Saturday 1:00 PM]
This game intrigues me the most this week. It has the potential to be both the best and worst game of the week at the same time. The important thing to remember is this: The winner of this game moves into the top six and is unlikely to be bumped from the playoffs. Well, if U of T wins, they’re almost guaranteed to be in. And given the Montoya situation mentioned above, they’ll still have a decent shot if they lose their last three games. Queen’s are more likely than not to be in with a win. So both teams have everything to play for in this one. But this is U of T we’re talking about. You can’t help but wonder if their win over Ottawa was a fluke or a show of their potential. I guess the same goes with Queen’s drubbing at the hands of Western. We have two inconsistent teams heading into action on Saturday and we have no idea which one will show up at Richardson Stadium.
An Upset in the Rearview (Always OUA)
Radio: CFRC 93.3 FM (Kingston)
York Lions (0-5) at Windsor Lancers (1-4) [Saturday 1:00 PM]
This one has the potential to be ugly. The worst team in the country battles one of the worst in the province. Windsor’s only win of the year came over Toronto who are now in a playoff spot. The Lancers also looked halfway decent against Ottawa and Western but didn’t show anything against Queen’s and Mac. York, meanwhile, is hopeless. But let’s have some fun here. If these teams play to their season averages, the final score will be York 9 – Windsor 13. That likely won’t be too far off reality.
Radio: CJAM 99.1 FM (Windsor)
1. Ottawa Gee-Gees 5-1
2. Western Mustangs 5-1
3. McMaster Marauders 4-2
4. Laurier Golden Hawks 3-2
5. Guelph Gryphons 3-2
6. Toronto Varsity Blues 2-3
7. Queen’s Gales 1-4
8. Windsor Lancers 1-4
9. York Lions 0-5
Note: Information on broadcasters has been pulled from athletic department websites, the OUA website, and various articles read during the week. We make no guarantees over the completeness or accuracy of the listings.