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Thursday, March 7, 2002
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Winning the Queen's Cup will be a battle royale

The Friday night fights

Queen's Cup Information

Winning the Queen's Cup will be a battle royale

By Ryan Dixon
Gazette Staff


The final, fantastic, fabulous – no matter what adjective you use to describe the four Ontario University Athletics hockey teams still standing, the point remains the same – it's time to get it on.

This Friday and Sunday at Thompson Arena, the University of Toronto, York, defending national champions Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and the hometown Western Mustangs will all battle for the Queen's Cup, the symbol of OUA hockey supremacy. Here's how the combatants break down:

Brianna Mersey/Gazette

UQTR Patriotes

Record: 15-8-1

Finished: Second in the OUA Far East Division

How they got here: UQTR upset the Far East champions from the University of Ottawa in two straight games in their best of three series to get to London.

Top Scorers: Jean-Philippe Paré finished with 43 points, good for fifth in the OUA. Alexandre Tremblay was second in team scoring with 35 points.

Watch out for: UQTR has been here before – twice, in fact. Les Patriotes defeated Western in the OUA final the past two seasons and have that experience to draw upon. UQTR has top-end talent, meaning that while they might not match up with a lot of teams top to bottom, they often can beat them with the few slippery snipers they heavily depend on.

University of Toronto Varsity Blues

Record: 13-7-4

Finished: First in OUA Mid East Division

How they got here: U of T defeated Ryerson in two straight games.

Top Scorers: The Blues attack is centered around Ian Malcom, who had a terrific season of 20 goals, 23 assists for 43 points. Malcom finished third in the OUA scoring charts.

Watch out for: Team speed. Toronto is a very speedy group, headed by Ian Malcom who led the team with four game winning goals. The Blues also get tremendous goaltending from go-to man Jamie Bruno

University of Western Ontario Mustangs

Record: 22-0-4

Finished: First on planet earth, including winning the OUA West

How they got here: By the skin of their teeth. Western survived a huge scare from Lakehead, beating them in last game of their three game series.

Top Scorers: Matt Dzieduszycki led the OUA and the Mustangs with 47 points. Ryan Held and Joe Talbot had tremendous seasons of 42 and 41 points respectively.

Watch out for: Western is the best team in this tournament hands down. They have unparalleled depth and talent, but we all know that being the superior team does not guarantee success (hi there, Team Sweden). Western must ensure they take their game to new heights starting Friday night.

York Yeoman

Record: 17-4-3

Finished: First in the OUA Mid West

How they got here: York dusted off Brock in two straight games.

Top Scorers: Scott Corbett and Sal Letteiri lead the team with 37 points a piece.

Watch out for: York is a feisty team that plays with confidence. A lot of that confidence stems from their goalie Jason Gaggi, who despite his slight frame, stands very tall in the York net. In a do-or-die format like this, Gaggi could very well steal an entire tournament.

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