By Katie Mueller
(HAMILTON, ON) – The Ontario University Athletics (OUA) announced on Tuesday its league schedule for the upcoming 2014-15 men’s and women’s hockey season.
Women’s hockey will open on October 10 with the Waterloo Warriors visiting the Windsor Lancers while six more games are scheduled a day later to kick off the year.
The defending OUA champion Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks will be one of those six teams in play on October 11 with Laurier visiting the Windsor Lancers. A week later on October 18th, the Golden Hawks will host Nippising in their home opener.
The much anticipated rematch of the 2014 OUA championship series will see the Queen’s Gaels travel to Wilfrid Laurier on November 22. The Golden Hawks bested the Gaels 2-1 in the best of three championship series to earn a spot at the 2014 CIS championship. The rivalry between the two teams continues to grow with the Gaels and Laurier trading titles since 2011. The two teams will clash again on February 7 in Kingston.
Semi-final re-matches will highlight the opening month of the schedule with the Toronto Varsity Blues facing off against Laurier on November 7. Laurier won that three game series 2-1. The Guelph Gryphons, who were the top team in the 2013-14 regular season, will aim to avenge their semi-final loss to Queen’s on November 8 when they host the Gaels at home. Last year’s semi-final saw all three games won by the score of 2-1 with Queen’s winning the deciding game.
The 2014-15 regular season concludes on Sunday February 15 with two games on tap with Guelph visiting Laurentian in Sudbury, and Brock facing Nipising in North Bay.
The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs with the quarterfinal, best-of-three series kicking off on February 18 followed by two semi-final series beginning on February 25.
The OUA championship presented by ArcelorMittal Dofasco will be played on March 7, 2015 in a one game battle and hosted by the remaining team with the best record.
The return of men’s hockey is set for October 1.
The puck will drop with one game on October 1, where the 2014 Queen’s Cup champion Windsor Lancers will open up their title defence as they host the Guelph Gryphons. The Lancers who finished with an impressive 7-1 OUA playoff record took home their first Queen’s Cup in 16 seasons defeating the McGill Redmen 3-2 in the 103rd Queen’s Cup Final.
The Lancers do not meet the Redmen during the 2014-15 regular season campaign but will see their 2014 West Division final foe in the Lakehead Thunderwolves. That battle sees Windsor visit Lakehead on October 24-25 for a two game set in Thunder Bay.
Other regular season highlights include:
- The Brantford Civic Centre will play host to an OUA matchup between the Ryerson Rams and Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks on Saturday, November 8 – The Golden Hawks have a satellite campus in Brantford.
- The Carleton Ravens will visit McGill in an East Division final rematch on November 29. The Redmen captured the series 2 games to 1 advancing to the Queen’s Cup last season.
- This year’s Annual Frosty Mug Game is set for Friday, January 16 at the Sleeman Centre in Guelph. It will see the Brock Badgers battle the Guelph Gryphons.
- The Toronto Varsity Blues will host a special School Day Game for elementary students kicking off at 11:00 am on January 27 when they face off against the Ryerson Rams.
- The oldest hockey rivalry in the world will be renewed during the 29th Carr Harris Cup set for Thursday, February 5 as the Queen’s Gaels meet the Royal Military College Paladins. The rivalry between the two Kingston squads has been going since 1886; in last year’s Carr Harris Cup game, the Paladins won for the first time since 2007.
- The annual Corey Cup, will see McGill take on the Concordia Stingers at Concordia on Friday, February 6 in a challenge game for Montreal hockey supremacy. The Redmen won last year’s game and improved to a 15-7-3 lifetime record while the Stingers hold a 8-16-3 in the annual showdown including a 1-1 record against UQTR.
The OUA men’s regular season will conclude on February 8 with Ottawa meeting Concordia in Montreal while the Nippissing Lakers will visit Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury.
Playoffs will commence beginning February 11 with the top eight teams in each division advancing to the post-season. The first three rounds of the playoffs will go from February 11 to March 1 with each round consisting of a best of three series.
The 104th Queen’s Cup presented by ArcelorMittal Dofasco will be played on March 7, 2015 in a one game battle and hosted by the remaining team with the best record.