Teams duke it out for playoff spots in busy sports weekend

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Mustangs men's hockey

Jon Purdy

CRAZY ACTION, SANS THEO FLEURY. The men and women's hockey teams are in action this weekend, although skate stabbings and broken beer bottles will be few and far between without the diminutive ex-NHLer.

As we head into the final stretch of Ontario University Athletics regular season play, many Mustangs teams will be jockeying for playoff positions this weekend.

In volleyball action, the third place women’s volleyball team will host the Ryerson Rams this Friday at Alumni Hall. The Mustangs hope to take advantage of their visitors, who find themselves in the cellar of the OUA East division with eight points. Game time is 6 p.m.

Immediately following the women’s match, the men’s volleyball squad will hope to gain some ground on the visiting Rams, who currently sit four points back of Western, occupying sixth place in the OUA West.

The men’s and women’s basketball teams will both be in action against the Laurier Golden Hawks this Saturday afternoon.

The women tip-off at 4 p.m., hoping to increase their six-point lead in the standings over the third place Hawks. The men, currently in a three-way tie for fifth, hope to improve upon their record when they face Laurier at 2 p.m. Both games are at Alumni Hall.

At the Canada Games Aquatic Centre, the Mustangs swimming team will host Brock, Waterloo, Trent and York universities in OUA competition. This will be the final meet before the OUA title in Toronto in two weeks time.

In men’s and women’s squash, the defending OUA champion Mustangs will head to Toronto this weekend to participate in the Crossover Tournament. Both teams currently sit atop the standings in the OUA West division as they prepare for the finals in early February.

Coach Ray Takahashi and the wrestling team will be competing in the Jr. Provincial open this weekend in Orillia. They will have one more tune-up the following week in Toronto, before returning home to host the Western Open on Feb. 2.

In men’s and women’s hockey action this weekend, the Mustangs will be trying to solidify playoff positions in a few key matchups.

The men travel to Windsor on Friday to face the Lancers before returning home to take on Far West divisional rival Laurier, where they will try to avenge last week’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Golden Hawks. Game time is 7:05 pm at Thompson Arena.

After sustaining a few losses over the past few weeks, the men’s team is no longer ranked in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport top 10.

On the women’s side, with their playoff lives hanging in the balance, the ’Stangs host the third place Guelph Gryphons in a 4 p.m contest at Thompson. Immediately afterward, the team will travel to Toronto for a tilt with the Varsity Blues on Sunday afternoon. The Blues are currently second place in the OUA with a 17-3-0-1 record.

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