Canada's University hockey season will come to an end this weekend, as six teams take to the ice in Thunder Bay, Ontario to compete for the Cavendish Farms University Cup.
The tournament got underway on Thursday evening with the University of Alberta Golden Bears topping the University of Quebec Trois Rivieres Patriotes by a score of 4-2, earlier in the day the University of Manitoba Bisons required overtime to knock off the McGill Redmen by a score of 5-4.
University hockey in Canada at times seems to fly under the radar, but has grown in stature over the last few years leading to more coverage of this weeks wrap up tournament.
Much like last weeks University Basketball championships, the early rounds are available via a webcast hosted on the CIS site, Thursday's games were provide for viewing as will the two games scheduled for Friday.
Saturday's semi finals and Sunday's Championship game will be broadcast across Canada on Rogers Sportsnet.
The full broadcast schedule can be found here.
Some background on the participating teams can be found from the links below:
Further information, results and statistics from the University Cup can be found on the CIS website.
News items on the tournament:
March 26-- Montreal Gazette-- Redmen let game slip away
March 26-- Winnipeg Free Press-- Big comeback gives Bisons momentum
March 26-- Winnipeg Sun-- Bisons in driver’s seat
March 26-- Globe and Mail-- Alberta beats UQTR in CIS hockey
March 25-- Cape Breton Post-- Huskies, Redmen to open CIS hockey finals
March 24-- CBC Sports-- Cavendish University Cup preview: Take 5
The above first appeared on the HockeyNation blog