Huskies aim for first round bye heading into final weekend

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies have a shot for a first round bye as they head into Lethbridge for the final weekend of the Canada West regular season.

Here is what we know heading into this weekend’s action:

  • The Alberta Golden Bears have clinched first place and a first round playoff bye
  • Manitoba and Saskatchewan will finish second and third. Bisons hold second by a single point heading into final two games.
  • Should the Huskies finish third, they will host either UBC or Regina in the first round. Interesting discussion on that in a second.
  • With just a single game remaining (against Mount Royal), the Calgary Dinos can clinch fourth place with a win and one UBC loss against Alberta. It will give them home ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs.

The interesting discussion regarding who the third place team will face in the opening round is that UBC and Regina are so close I am not sure who holds the tie-breaker should they remain deadlocked in points.  It is a bit of a long-shot but if Regina beats Manitoba twice and UBC fails to pick up a point against Alberta the two teams will be tied for fifth place.

The two teams split the season series.  The goals for/goals against in the season series were a dead even 11-11. The W-L-OTL records would be identical at 14-11-3.

Ok, as I type this up, I notice that one of the Regina wins came in extra time. That would make Regina’s record 2-2-0 while UBC went 2-1-1 in the series and picked up 5 points while the Cougars picked up 4.  UBC would win the tie-break so this whole piece is irrelevant.  Good thing I typed it all up!

So we know the scenarios.  Saskatchewan/Manitoba will host Regina and UBC will play Calgary but we still need to decide who will have home ice advantage.

Whew!

So, here is a question for you. The Huskies haven’t exactly been flexing their muscles this season but we know this team is very deep.  With that in mind, do the Huskies need the first round bye to have a break and a little extra practice? Or do they need a few extra games to get on a roll heading towards the University Cup?

The Huskies are a perfect 2-0 against the horns this season with wins of 4-3 and 9-4.

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