York University Lions
(First Place in Mid West Division)
PLAYOFFS: Defeated Wilfrid Laurier University in divisional championship
The York Lions return to the Queen’s Cup for another year,
and just like last year they will face the Lakehead Thunderwolves
in their semi-final game. Similar to last year, they will be looking
to upset the T-Wolves and earn another birth in the University
Cup (CIS championships).
“I give full credit to the players,” says York head
coach Graham Wise. “Our goal was to win first place. After
our weekend series with Western and the University of Waterloo
we knew we had to put our nose to the grindstone. But we accomplished
our goals and showed that we can do it, and did it in a mature,
After last year’s win over Lakehead, the Lions know what
they have to do to defeat them again this year, despite their lack
of success against them earlier in the season. In a weekend series
with Lakehead in Thunder Bay, the Lions struggled in a 9-2 loss,
followed by an 8-3 loss.
“Lakehead is a very strong team and they handled us easily
this year,” Wise says. “We are just going to have to
battle as hard as we can against a very formidable opponent.”
Like the other teams in the tournament, York has a very deep team
with a number of veterans who have been to the Queen’s Cup
and beyond. Defenseman and captain Sean Murphy was selected as
an Ontario University Athletics West first team All-Star this season,
his third All-Star selection. The Lions also have high scoring
defensemen in Steve Chabbert and Jonathon Hedberg.
When the defense fails to make the stop, the York goaltender is
there. Derek Dolson was among the league leaders in games played,
save percentage and wins. His 12 wins ranked fourth in the OUA
“Up front, the combination of [Daryl] Bat, [Julian] Smith
and [Shane] Nash are capable of putting the puck in the net and
are great competitors,” Wise explains.