With mere seconds remaining in regulation time and the game tied, this season’s edition of the OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour looked like it was headed to overtime, just like the last two years.
The 2016-17 CCHL Playoffs kicked off on March 15th, and for the fourth year in a row, the Carleton Place Canadians are the clear favourites. With the Cornwall Colts and Ottawa Jr. Sens also playing terrific hockey, the Canadians could face their biggest challenge of the year—provided they get past Nepean Raiders in the first round.
There’s no question about it, the WHL’s regular season belonged to the Regina Pats, but standout defenceman Connor Hobbs knows as well as anyone that it only gets harder from here.
The second time was a charm for Canadian goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens of the Wisconsin Badgers. The La Malbaie, Que. native, who was a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award as the top player in NCAA Division 1 women's hockey last season, was named winner of the prestigious award on March 18 during the women's Frozen Four in St. Charles, Missouri.
Senior forward Cayley Mercer from Exeter, Ont. scored twice to power the Clarkson Golden Knights to a 3-0 victory over the top-ranked Wisconsin Badgers in the NCAA Division 1 women's championship final on March 19.
Victors were crowned for both men’s and women’s U SPORTS hockey this past weekend. On the female side, the sixth-seeded University of Alberta Pandas shocked the eight-team women's field, including a thrilling 2-1 double overtime victory over the No. 4 seed McGill Martlets in the championship final.
The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds defended their U SPORTS (formerly CIS) men's hockey championship crown on home ice by downing the University of Saskatchewan Huskies 5-3 in the title game in Fredericton, N.B.
For the third year in a row, the Foothills CFR Chemical Bisons are in the Alberta Midget AAA Hockey League (AMHL) Finals, and after last year’s loss, they’re looking for redemption.
A pair of Canadians remain in the hunt for the 2017 Hobey Baker Memorial Award as top player in NCAA Division 1 men's hockey. The initial field of more than 60 nominees was reduced to 10 hopefuls on March 16 and that grouping included Union College Dutchmen junior forward Spencer Foo from Edmonton, Alta. and Harvard Crimson senior forward Alexander Kerfoot from West Vancouver, B.C.
The Mississauga Reps and Toronto Nationals are headed to this year’s OHL Cup final after earning their berth the hard way. The Reps to work their butts off and face top notch opponents to earn their spots in the final as wild card entries with impressive quarterfinal and semifinal wins against the top ranked teams in the province.
If the current run the Coquitlam Midget AAA Chiefs are on is a dream, they’d prefer not to wake up. After going undefeated in the regular season and only losing once in the final four, the Chiefs find themselves in Provincial Championships looking to capture their third Provincial banner and complete an unforgettable season putting the season accomplishments into elite status.
The Charlottetown Islanders have been playing in another team’s shadow all season—namely, the star-studded Saint John Sea Dogs (say that five times fast!). Spoiled with a few upper-tier talents of their own, the Islanders aren’t just an obstacle in the path of any QMJHL team with Memorial Cup aspirations.
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