- The bulk of the Carleton Ravens are new to university hockey, so they should relax and know that not every goalie they'll face in their yearling season will be as tough as Queen's Ryan Gibb, who made 28 saves for a 3-0 shutout in the pre-season opener for each team last night.
- Sounds like the U of O Gee-Gees' 3-1 win over Carleton was the kind of well-fought soccer game that was perfectly fitting for one of those beautiful late summer/early fall afternoons. Nearly 500 people turned out — on a weekday, no less — to see the No. 2-ranked Gee-Gees stay unbeaten.
Amber Prosia got the first goal in the 59th, but the Gee-Gees' Valerie May set up teammate Trinidad Ruiz five minutes later, then the two reversed roles for the winner in the 88th. Ottawa added a clincher when Carleton pushed up to try and get the tie. So there was a little drama, a well-played game, and the size of the crowd suggests that Ottawa is realizing its potential as a good town for university sports, like other big small towns such as Halifax, Hamilton, London or Kitchener-Waterloo. The Carleton-Ottawa rivalry that seemed kind of dormant toward the end of the '90s, but it's picking up again, and not just in men's basketball.
- It's good to learn Jared Aulin, the former NHLer and world junior team member, has joined the Calgary Dinos.
Aulin said he was "done" with hockey after being involved in a stick-swinging incident in a summer-league game in Calgary. is a former Kamloops Blazers captain, so naturally James Mirtle has covered this off over at The CIS Blog.