Gryphs seeded 2nd for U Sports women’s hockey tourney

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons have been seeded second for this week’s U Sports national university women’s hockey championship tournament at Napanee.

The Gryphs, who won the OUA’s McCaw Cup championship game on home ice Saturday afternoon, are 25-4-1 this season in regular season and playoff play.

They’re seeded behind the Canada West champion UBC Thunderbirds (27-6-1).

Third seeds are the Atlantic champion Saint Mary’s Huskies (22-5-3) while the Quebec champion McGill Martlets (20-5-0) are seeded fourth.

The conference champions do get the top four seedings in U Sports national championship events.

Seeded fifth are the Atlantic finalist St. Francis Xavier X-Women (21-11-0) while the Canada West finalist Alberta Pandas (24-6-3) are seeded sixth, Quebec finalist Concordia Stingers (12-11-1) are seeded seventh and the host Queen’s Gaels (15-10-2) are seeded eighth.

All games are to be played at Napanee’s Strathcona Paper Centre.

The tournament is to start with a pair of quarter-final games Thursday. McGill is to play StFx at 3 p.m. and UBC is to play Queen’s at 7 p.m.

The Gryphs are to play their quarter-final against Concordia Friday at 3 p.m. after Saint Mary’s and Alberta tangle at 11 a.m. Thursday’s losers are to play in a consolation semifinal Friday at 7 p.m.

Saturday’s schedule has Friday’s quarter-final losers meeting in a consolation semifinal at 11 a.m. The championship semifinals are slated for 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Gryphs will play in the 7 p.m. game if they win Friday.

Sunday has the fifth-place game (or consolation final) at 11 a.m., the bronze-medal game involving the championship semifinal losers at 3 p.m. and the gold-medal game at 7 p.m.

The Gryphs are looking to hoist the Golden Path Trophy as national champions for the first time in school history.

Alberta has won the national title seven times, McGill four times and Concordia won it the first two years it was contested in 1998 and 1999. The Western Mustangs, Montreal Carabins, Calgary Dinos, Laurier Golden Hawks and Toronto Varsity Blues have won it once each.

  • Guelph Sports Journal