- Another big domino toppled over for coach Dave DeAveiro's Ottawa Gee-Gees last night when No. 5 Windsor was upset 71-66 by Western in the OUA West semi-final (see cishoops.ca for a more in-depth recap). It's the second time this week the No. 5 team in the country was ousted -- first Toronto at the hands of the Gee-Gees on Sunday, and now Windsor.
Understandably, you wouldn't hear boo from the Gee-Gees about who they'd rather face in the play-in game for a Final 8 that will be held if Carleton wins on Saturday. Ottawa's trying to find a way to beat the Ravens, of course. However, Ottawa probably matches up better with Western than it does against Brock, who's now become the favourite to win the OUA West.
The Badgers won beat Ottawa by 11 in the regular season and that was with their dynamic fifth-year guard, Brad Rootes, having a 1-for-12 shooting night. In contrast, Ottawa beat Western by 17 at home. Both games, though, were before Christmas, so they're ancient history.
Some small consolation for coach Rob Smart and the Queen's Golden Gaels: This season, they beat all three teams who are vying for the two OUA berths.
- Carleton and their 'tender Amanda Mulhig kept it close last night in a 3-0 loss to McGill in Game 1 of the Quebec women's conference final. It was a noble effort.
- Our teams of interest in the men's league are done for the season, but anyone between Toronto and the Quebec border who's interested in CIS hockey is usually interested in seeing UQTR go down. McGill, behind some solid netminding from Mathieu Poitras of Gatineau, snatched the opener 4-1 last night in Trois-Rivières' barn and will be home for the next game.
A longer post is over at The CIS Blog, where T.K. can cut it to ribbons.