So long ...

Mid-February seems like an early time to be ending a hockey season. But that's the way it is for 8 CIS teams, two from each division/conference. For some teams it might be a case of relief. A long, sad season coming to a merciful end just in time to allow time to concentrate on exams. Others will watch in envy as other pereceived lesser teams are going to the playoffs. Others will be in the middle, perhaps somewhat satisfied with the progress made.

Here is the table for the teams eliminated:

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`````````````` |`` A``|`` B``|``C/D | Conf. |Conf-X|Oth-CX|``CIS``|OtherX| TOTAL``|
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|`` B``````````|``````|``````|``````|`````` |``````|``````|`````` |``````|````````|
|22 REGINA```` | 0 8 0| 8 6 2| 3 1 0|11 15 2|2 4 0 | 0 0 0|13 19 2|1 0 0 |14 19 2 |
|`` B-```````` |``````|``````|``````|`````` |``````|``````|`````` |``````|````````|
|27 WATERLOO`` | 0 0 0|7 11 3| 5 1 1|12 12 4|2 1 0 | 0 0 0|14 13 4|1 0 0 |15 13 4 |
|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|`` C``````````|``````|``````|``````|`````` |``````|``````|`````` |``````|````````|
|28 ST.THOMAS``| 1 7 0|1 13 2| 4 0 0| 6 20 2|0 4 0 | 1 1 0| 7 25 2|0 0 0 | 7 25 2 |
|30 LAURIER````| 0 0 0|5 16 2| 4 1 0| 9 17 2|2 3 0 | 0 0 0|11 20 2|0 1 0 |11 21 2 |
|`` C-```````` |``````|``````|``````|`````` |``````|``````|`````` |``````|````````|
|33 LETHBRIDGE | 0 7 1|4 14 2| 0 0 0| 4 21 3|0 4 0 | 0 0 0| 4 24 2|0 2 0 | 4 27 3 |
|`` D``````````|``````|``````|``````|`````` |``````|``````|`````` |``````|````````|
|34 DALHOUSIE``| 0 8 0|3 12 1| 0 4 0| 3 24 1|2 2 0 | 1 1 0| 6 27 1|0 2 0 | 6 29 1 |
|35 LAURENTIAN | 0 0 0|3 15 1| 2 7 0| 5 22 1|1 2 0 | 0 0 0| 6 24 1|0 3 0 | 6 27 1 |
|36 RMC````````| 0 0 0|1 17 1| 2 5 2| 3 22 3|2 2 0 | 0 1 0| 5 25 3|0 1 0 | 5 26 3 |
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Here is a team-by-team breakdown, with a link to a Google docs document which has a complete list of all scores for each team.


REGINA COUGARS
v CW-x````````2-4-0
v SJHL-x``````1-0-0
Exhibition``````````````3-4-0

v A`````````` 0-8-0
v B`````````` 8-6-2
v C/D```````` 3-1-0
Conference```````````` 11-15-2
Total``````````````````14-19-2```````````````` B


Complete: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...it?usp=sharing

The Banjo-Cats were in serious contention for 3rd place early in the season. This followed a pleasant surprise season in 2012-13 when they comfortably made the playoffs in a season where they started ranked in a dog-fight with Lethbridge and the new Mount Royal team. They gradually sank down the standings but never hit 7th place until the final night of the season. Though tied with UBC on points, they lost out based on head-to-head records. Their only positive weekend of the second half was a road sweep of the Bisons. I suspect that their off-season shopping list would be one large body for each position. They were definitely under-sized to compete in the CW.


WATERLOO WARRIORS
v OUA-x`````` 2-1-0
v NCAA-x``````1-0-0
Exhibition``````````````3-1-0

v A`````````` 0-0-0
v B`````````` 7-11-3
v C/D```````` 5-1-1
Conference```````````` 12-12-4
Total``````````````````15-13-4```````````````` B


Complete: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...it?usp=sharing

Waterloo started slow and gradually closed the gap. But in the end they lost a playoff berth based on a tie-breaker. Last year the Warriors surprised one and all by winning the OUA West and going to nationals. I suspect their hockey karma account was overdrawn after that run and so perhaps a backslide was to be expected. Though the OUAW lacks really weak teams, they also lack a true powerhouse. One would think that a good team would be able to win enough games to at least be in the playoffs ahead of the many so-so teams who did make the playoffs.


ST. THOMAS TOMMIES
v AUS-x`````` 0-4-0
v OUA-x`````` 1-1-0
Exhibition``````````````1-5-0

v A`````````` 1-7-0
v B`````````` 1-13-2
v C/D```````` 4-0-0
Conference``````````````6-20-2
Total`````````````````` 7-25-2```````````````` C


Complete: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...it?usp=sharing

The STU Pids looked head for disaster. Their coach left suddenly during the off-season and it appeared they were scrambling just to stay afloat. And with the AUS being very unforgiving this could have been a season to forget. To their credit, the Tommies actually improved. They swept Dal-lousy and even knocked off the Squirrels. But in the new year they never beat a team not named Tiggers. They appear to be a fair distance away from being a B level team, which they would have to be in order to qualify for AUS playoffs, but I think they would count this season as a step forward.


LAURIER GOLDEN HAWKS
v OUA-x`````` 2-3-0
v NCAA-x``````0-1-0
Exhibition``````````````2-4-0

v A`````````` 0-0-0
v B`````````` 5-16-2
v C/D```````` 4-1-0
Conference``````````````9-17-2
Total``````````````````11-21-2```````````````` C


Complete: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...it?usp=sharing

This appears to a program on the down escalator. They often played short-staffed. They were far from being relegated to a D level ranking, but they seem ensconced in the C level for now.


LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS
v CW-x````````0-4-0
v NCAA-x``````0-2-0
Exhibition```````````` 0-6-0

v A`````````` 0-7-1
v B`````````` 4-14-2
v C/D```````` 0-0-0
Conference```````````` 4-21-3
Total``````````````````4-27-3``````````````````C


Complete: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...it?usp=sharing

The H0rny Ones may have been the worst CW team I have witnessed. Even so, they are a hard-working team and so it was good to see them show some life at the end, sweeping playoff-bound MRU on the final weekend. That sweep moved them out of D level and intio C level. But if they want to be a playoff team they need to be a B level team.


DALHOUSIE TIGERS
v AUS-x`````` 2-2-0
v OUA-x`````` 1-1-0
v NCAA-x``````0-2-0
Exhibition``````````````3-5-0

v A`````````` 0-8-0
v B`````````` 3-12-1
v C/D```````` 0-4-0
Conference``````````````3-24-1
Total`````````````````` 6-29-1```````````````` D


Complete: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...it?usp=sharing

What a disappointment for Dal-lousy. They seemed to be on their way back and in fact looked good in pre-season. And what happened to that CIS “investigation” that was supposed to wrap up by the end last season? Is that still hanging over their heads?


LAURENTIAN VOYAGEURS
v OUA-x`````` 1-2-0
v NCAA-x``````0-3-0
Exhibition``````````````1-5-0

v A`````````` 0-0-0
v B`````````` 3-15-1
v C/D```````` 2-7-0
Conference``````````````5-22-1
Total`````````````````` 6-27-1```````````````` D


Complete: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...it?usp=sharing

First year programs always have low expectations. Especially for a team which did not even start in a lower league. But the Voyageurs started out OK, and perhaps capable of a playoff berth against the lowly bottom half of the OUA East. They lost their last 11 games and seemed to fade away as the season progressed.


RMC PALADINS
v OUA-x`````` 2-2-0
v AUS-x`````` 0-1-0
v NCAA-x``````0-1-0
Exhibition``````````````2-4-0

v A`````````` 0-0-0
v B`````````` 1-17-1
v C/D```````` 2-5-2
Conference``````````````3-22-3
Total`````````````````` 5-26-3```````````````` D


Complete: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...it?usp=sharing

The record looks bad and they were definitely #36 in the rankings. But 5 wins is a sign of progress. I would think that their rivalry games against Queen's and West Point are the season highlight. They beat Queen's but I think Canadians would like to see them beat the US Army again.