Toronto Varsity Blues
(First Place Mid East Division)
PLAYOFFS: Defeated Queen’s University in divisional championship
The Varsity Blues come into this weekend’s Queen’s
Cup as the underdog. They won the Mid East Division despite having
a record that was below .500, which would lead most to write them
However, don’t tell that to the Blues. If history repeats
itself, Friday night’s match-up with the Western Mustangs
should be a nail-biter. In the only regular season meeting between
the two teams in November, Toronto held a 7-3 lead after two periods,
only to fall apart in the third and lose to the Mustangs 9-8 in
Despite the role of underdog, Toronto head coach Darren Lowe is
“It doesn’t matter. It’s one game; [anything
can happen]. There’s no question that we are the underdog.
Western has been one of the best teams in the country all year.
We are just happy to be here,” he says.
“In the first part of the season, we had a lot of young
guys that didn’t grasp what it takes to win,” Lowe
says. “We lost six or seven games by one goal, and when you
start the season like that it’s hard to get back in it in
the second half.”
The Varsity Blues offense is led by one of the top goal scorers
in Ontario University Athletics – Ian Malcolm. Malcolm tied
with Jeff Richards of Lakehead for the league lead in goals with
22. Toronto has a number of other high scoring forwards including
Tyler Middlebrook, Mike Nason, George Trifon and Simon Barg.
“Our defense as a whole has been pretty good. We have a
couple of young goaltenders, but we’ve got contributions
from everyone this season and it’s been an overall team effort,” Lowe
Toronto defenseman Mark Hynes was named an OUA West second team
All-Star and Lowe also pointed to Ben Barrett as one of his top
In goal, Tim Knight and Ryan Grinnell split most of the work load
this season. Both had save percentages over 90 per cent.
Even though the events of the Nov. 21 game will be on the minds
of most, Lowe says he and his team will try not to think about