2015 NCAA Men’s Division I Ice Hockey Championship on TSN

The top sixteen NCAA ice hockey teams compete beginning today for the championship and all games will be broadcast by TSN. The regional semifinals run today until Sunday and then the Frozen Four semifinals plus championship takes place April 9–11.

ESPN’s lead hockey play-by-play commentator John Buccigross and lead hockey analyst Barry Melrose call the action from the Frozen Four, with reports from Quint Kessenich.

Here is the full schedule. All times are Eastern. Subject to change.

Friday, March 27

Yale vs. Boston University @ 2pm on TSN2
St. Cloud State vs. Michigan Tech @ 4:30pm on TSN GO
Minnesota vs. Minnesota Duluth @ 5:30pm on TSN3
Quinnipiac vs. North Dakota @ 8pm on TSN3

Saturday, March 28

Boston College vs. Denver @ 3pm on TSN2
RIT vs. Minnesota St. Mankato @4 pm on TSN1
Northeast Regional Final @ 5:30pm on TSN2
Harvard vs. Omaha @ 7:30pm on TSN GO
Providence vs. Miami (Ohio) @ 8pm on TSN2 (joined in progress)
West Regional Final @ 9pm on TSN2

Sunday, March 29

East Regional Final @ 5pm on TSN4
Midwest Regional Final @ 7:30pm on TSN2

Thursday, April 9

NCAA Frozen Four Semifinal #1 @ 5pm on TSN2
NCAA Frozen Four Semifinal #2 @ 8:30pm on TSN2

Saturday, April 11

NCAA Frozen Four Championship @ 7:30pm on TSN2

2015 IIHF World Junior Championship Coverage on TSN Begins Tonight

The annual tournament that Canadians either love or hate is back for another year and is on home soil. Split between Toronto and Montreal (and again in 2017), TSN will cover every game of the tournament from December 26 to January 5. Coverage includes the pre-competition games which begin tonight with Canada playing Russia in Toronto. Canada’s three warm-up games will be on TSN and the games featuring other nations streamed on TSN GO.

James Duthie and Bob McKenzie will be in Montreal for the Canada round-robin games and in Toronto for the playoff and medal games. Calling the Montreal-based games and playoffs will be Gord Miller, Ray Ferraro and Ryan Rishaug. Bryan Mudryk and Craig Button with host in Toronto during the prelim round with Dennis Beyak, Dave Reid and Tessa Bonhomme on the call.

A 60-minute preview show will screen Christmas Eve at 7pm ET on TSN.

TSN Radio across the country will broadcast every pre and regular tournament game, select quarters and semi games and the gold medal game. Pre- and post-game shows are hosted by Jim Tatti and Todd Hlushko. Play-by-play commentator Elliott Price and analyst Jack Miller deliver the call for all games.

TSN.ca and TSN GO will feature a multi-angle option for Canada’s and the medal games allowing streamers to choose from four unique camera angles as well as a stack of other content and options online during the tournament.

The full schedule is below. All times are Eastern and subject to change.

— Dan, @SportsonCanadianTV

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TSN Broadcasting 37 NCAA Hockey Games This Season Including Frozen Four

ncaa-hockeyIn previous seasons, the only college hockey TSN has broadcast was the NCAA Frozen Four — and that was usually on tape delay. This year though, beginning this past weekend, TSN will broadcast 37 games in total which includes the eastern division playoffs and all the action of the Frozen Four championship. Details from the release follow.

“This partnership will allow TSN to deliver Canadian fans unprecedented access to the excitement of NCAA Hockey,” said Mike Snee, Executive Director, College Hockey Inc. “Canadians have always had a strong presence in college hockey and currently make up 30% of all Division I players. TSN will provide fans in Canada the chance to see for themselves why so many skilled Canadian hockey players are choosing college hockey, and why NCAA Hockey is the fastest growing development path to professional hockey.”

With live coverage of NCAA Hockey all season long, TSN’s five feeds shine the spotlight on the game’s next generation of star players, among them Boston University centre Jack Eichel and Boston College defenceman Noah Hanifin, as well as the best college hockey teams from across the United States, including the #1-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers and the 2014 FROZEN FOUR champion Union Dutchmen.

In addition to the network’s live broadcast coverage, TSN delivers news updates and analysis of NCAA Hockey on multiple platforms including TIM HORTONS THAT’S HOCKEY, SPORTSCENTRE, and TSN.ca.

The full schedule is below and subject to change. All times Eastern.

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World Juniors Begin Boxing Day

I probably don’t really need to tell anyone that the World Junior Hockey Championship starts in one week. Fans who can’t make it out to their local rink have been waiting since June for meaningful hockey. Undoubtedly Canadians will wake up at 5:30am (that’s for those in the maritimes) and earlier to watch Canada obliterate Germany on Boxing Day. This is the first time since 2008 (no that is not a typo) that the tournament has taken place outside of North America. And it isn’t just in Europe, but its in Ufa, Russia; 11 hours ahead of Toronto. While that should result in lower ratings for TSN, I’m still betting they will do just fine.

TSN is producing the world feed for the 2013 World Juniors. That, in itself, is not odd. However, this is the first time ever that TSN has produced the world feed for an event taking place in Russia. You can see TSN producer Paul Graham talk more about this below:

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TSN will broadcast sixteen games from Russia, along with four pre-competition games this week from Finland. TSN will also have pre and post game shows for all Team Canada games. Encores will air later in the day as well. A sixty minute preview show will air on Christmas Eve. James Duthie and Bob McKenzie will host TSN’s World Juniors coverage from Toronto, while Gord Miller and Ray Ferraro will provide play-by-play from Ufa.

TSN.ca is also offering live streaming; however, it is pay-per-view. I’m disappointed that TSN is doing this. For years they have offered free live streaming of the World Juniors. At the cost of $4 a game, or $20 for the entire tournament, paying for TSN itself is a cheaper option. With most of Canada’s games on before people go to work (and again at night), I have to wonder how many will be willing to pay the steep price.

Continue after the break for the complete schedule.

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Memorial Cup Audiences Up 28% from 2011

While NHL playoff ratings have mostly been down on CBC and TSN, the other major hockey event in Canada, the Memorial Cup, saw increases over last year. An average of 306, 000 viewers tuned in to the 9 games on Sportsnet, while I’m sure many others watched the local Shawinigan team play in TVA Sports in Quebec. The final, which went to OT, attracted an average audience of 575, 000 viewers.

Here is Sportsnet’s press release.

Sportsnet’s wall-to-wall coverage of the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup, which wrapped up last night with a riveting Championship Final decided in overtime, was one of the most-watched Memorial Cup tournaments in network history, featuring an average of 575,000 (2+) viewers tuning in to Sunday’s final and an average audience of 306,000 (2+) tuning into the full nine-game tournament broadcast on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific.

The 575,000* average audience for the Championship Final marks a 7 per cent increase over the 2011 final, and is the second highest Memorial Cup Championship Final average audience in Sportsnet history. Audience levels peaked at 966,000* viewers at 11:01 p.m. ET during overtime. The largest Memorial Cup Championship Final audience was recorded in 2005 (806,000 viewers, 2+) during the 2004-05 NHL Lockout and featured Sidney Crosby’s Rimouski Oceanic.

Sportsnet’s coverage of the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup Round Robin (six games) attracted an average audience of 265,000* viewers, marking a 32 per cent increase over the 2011 Round Robin average audience of 201,000*. This was also the second-highest Memorial Cup Round Robin average audience in network history, with the 2005 Memorial Cup recording the most-watched Round Robin with an average of 531,000 viewers (2+).

Memorial Cup Tiebreaker Alert

There will be a tiebreaker game at the Memorial Cup tomorrow night. The loser of tonight’s QMJHL showdown between Saint John and Shawinigan will play Edmonton for a spot in the semifinal. Sportsnet will broadcast it.

Sportsnet will provide live coverage of the pivotal Tie-Breaker game from the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup tomorrow (Thursday, May 24) at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific.

The two scenarios for Thursday’s Tie-Breaker, pending the outcome of tonight’s final Round Robin game featuring Shawinigan vs. Saint John (7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT; Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific) are as follows:

· If Saint John defeats Shawinigan, the Edmonton Oil Kings will face Shawinigan

· If Shawinigan defeats Saint John, the Edmonton Oil Kings will face Saint John

HOCKEY CENTRAL host Daren Millard and analysts Nick Kypreos and John Garrett are live on location at the Centre Bionest in Shawinigan, providing pre-game, intermission and post-game analysis for all of Sportsnet’s broadcasts. Play-by-play commentator RJ Broadhead and analyst Sam Cosentino are calling all of the games, alongside host Rob Faulds.

Sportsnet’s wall-to-wall coverage of the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup culminates on Sunday, May 27 at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT with live coverage of the highly-anticipated Championship Final.

2012 Memorial Cup: Starts Friday on Sportsnet

The NHL isn’t the only league with playoff hockey this may. The Canadian Hockey League postseason wraps up in the next week with the Memorial Cup. Sportsnet will show complete coverage of every game. Here are more details.

With the Canadian Hockey League Championship up for grabs, Sportsnet heads to Shawinigan, Que. for comprehensive coverage of the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup. Sportsnet is there every step of the way to the Championship Final with multiplatform coverage across television, radio, digital, mobile and print, kicking off on Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific as the host team Shawinigan Cataractes battle the Edmonton Oil Kings.

From the first puck drop to the hoisting of the Memorial Cup, HOCKEY CENTRAL host Daren Millard and analysts Nick Kypreos and John Garrett will be live on location at the Centre Bionest in Shawinigan to provide pre-game, intermission and post-game analysis. Play-by-play commentator RJ Broadhead and analyst Sam Cosentino will call all of the games, alongside host Rob Faulds.

Sportsnet primes fans for the highly-anticipated CHL tournament with the MasterCard Memorial Cup Preview Show on Thursday, May 14 at 8 p.m. ET on Sportsnet ONE. The one-hour special, hosted by Millard, Kypreos and Garrett, will feature predictions from the panel, introduction to the stars playing the MasterCard Memorial Cup and the top plays of the year from Friday Night Hockey. Broadhead and Cosentino will also appear with analysis and Faulds will look back at the history of the tournament

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Friday Night Hockey Heads to London

The final Friday Night Hockey broadcast before the Memorial Cup is in London this Friday as the Knights host Niagara in game 5 of the OHL final.

Sportsnet’s Friday Night Hockey continues to pave the way to the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup with Game 5 of the Rogers OHL Championship series on Friday, May 11 featuring the London Knights hosting the Niagara IceDogs at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific.

HOCKEY CENTRAL host Daren Millard and analyst Nick Kypreos set the stage for the pivotal match-up from the Sportsnet studio, while play-by-play announcer RJ Broadhead, analyst Sam Cosentino and host Rob Faulds will be at the John Labatt Centre in London to call the game.

Friday Night Hockey on Sportsnet provides CHL playoff game coverage Friday nights throughout the post-season, culminating with wall-to-wall coverage of the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup beginning Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m. ET through to the Championship Final on Sunday, May 27 at 7 p.m. ET. (Full MasterCard Memorial Cup broadcast schedule to be released at a later date).

Friday Night Hockey Returns to Saint John

Sportsnet’s Friday Night Hockey will return to Saint John for the third time in as many months this week. The Sea Dogs will host Rimouski in game 1 of the Presidents Cup final on national TV beginning at 8pm Atlantic. This is the penultimate Friday Night Hockey telecast of the year. The final Friday night broadcast of the year, on May 11, will feature game 5 in the OHL final between Niagara and London.

Here is the press release with details of Friday’s broadcast.

Sportsnet’s Friday Night Hockey kicks off the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s President’s Cup Championship Series when the defending MasterCard Memorial Cup champion Saint John Sea Dogs host the Rimouski Oceanic. Coverage begins on Friday, May 4 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific.

HOCKEY CENTRAL host Daren Millard and analyst Nick Kypreos set the stage for Friday’s series opener from the Sportsnet studio, while play-by-play announcer RJ Broadhead, analyst Sam Cosentino and host Rob Faulds will be at the Harbour Station arena in Saint John to call the game.

Friday Night Hockeyon Sportsnet provides CHL playoff game coverage Friday nights throughout the post-season, culminating with wall-to-wall coverage of the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup beginning Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m. ET through to the Championship Final on Sunday, May 27 at 7 p.m. ET. (Full MasterCard Memorial Cup broadcast schedule to be released at a later date).

Friday Night Hockey Returns to the Q This Weekend

As the first round of the NHL playoffs comes to an end, the Quebec League semifinals are heating up. Rimouski leads Halifax 2-1 (game 4 is tonight). Meanwhile, defending Memorial Cup champions Saint John are up 2-1 on Chicoutimi.

With just three weeks remaining until the puck drops on the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup Tournament, Sportsnet’s Friday Night Hockey fuels fans with playoff action from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League as the Rimouski Oceanic host the Halifax Mooseheads in Game 5 of the President’s Cup Semifinal Series at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific.

HOCKEY CENTRAL host Daren Millard and analyst Damien Cox set the stage for the showdown from the Sportsnet studio, while play-by-play announcer RJ Broadhead, analyst Sam Cosentino and host Rob Faulds bring viewers all of the live playoff action from the Colisée de Rimouski.

Friday Night Hockey provides CHL playoff game coverage Friday nights throughout the post-season, culminating with wall-to-wall coverage of the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup beginning Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m. ET through to the Championship Final on Sunday, May 27 at 7 p.m. ET. (Full MasterCard Memorial Cup broadcast schedule to be released at a later date).

Also of note, the 2nd round of the NHL playoffs begins Friday night when the Predators visit the Coyotes. Puck drop is 9pm ET. This series will likely be on TSN in Canada. The rest of the 2nd round schedule will be released late Thursday night.

World U18 Hockey Championship Starts Tomorrow on TSN

The 2012 World Under-18 Hockey Championship starts tomorrow in the Czech Republic. TSN and RDS will broadcast it in Canada. Here is TSN’s press release.

As Canada’s next generation of hockey stars go for gold at the 2012 IIHF WORLD UNDER-18 CHAMPIONSHIP, TSN delivers live coverage of the tournament from the Czech Republic beginning Tuesday, April 17.

TSN’s coverage of the 2012 IIHF WORLD UNDER-18 CHAMPIONSHIP features at least four games, including Team Canada’s final preliminary round match-up against the United States along with one quarter-final and one semifinal game, and the Gold Medal final (see broadcast schedule below).

All games are also available live on TSN Mobile TV and on-demand at TSN.ca. French-language coverage of the 2012 IIHF WORLD UNDER-18 CHAMPIONSHIP is available on RDS, RDS2 and RDS INFO.

TSN’s Dave Randorf calls the action from the broadcast booth alongside game analyst Craig Button. Nabil Karim hosts the coverage and is joined in the TSN studio by analyst Dave Reid.

Team Canada is headlined by a host of elite 2012 NHL Draft prospects including defenceman Mathew Dumba of the Red Deer Rebels and forward Brendan Gaunce of the Belleville Bulls. Dumba serves as captain of this year’s squad as it looks to improve on its fourth place finish at last year’s tournament in Germany. Canada is a two-time gold medallist at World Under-18 Championship, winning in 2003 and 2008.

TSN is the official broadcaster of all Hockey Canada events.

Here is the broadcast schedule. All times ET. All games are on TSN. RDS will show every game except the final, as far as I can tell.

Tuesday 4/17, 2:00pm – Canada vs. United States
Thursday 4/19, 9:00am – Quarterfinal
Friday 4/20, 1:00pm – Semifinal
Sunday 4/22, 6:00am – Bronze Medal Game*
Sunday 4/22, 10:00am – Championship Game

*TSN will only show the bronze medal game is Canada is playing in it.

Friday Night Hockey in Ottawa for 2nd Straight Week

Sportsnet has announced that their Friday Night Hockey broadcast will originate from Ottawa for the second consecutive week. This week features game 1 of the OHL semifinal series between Ottawa and Barrie. Here is their press release.

Sportsnet’s Friday Night Hockey drops the puck on Game 1 of the Ontario Hockey League’s Eastern Conference semifinal series as the Ottawa 67’s host the Barrie Colts on Friday, April 6 at 7 p.m. (ET)/4 p.m. (PT) on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific.

HOCKEY CENTRAL host Jeff Marek and analyst Damien Cox set the stage for the showdown from the Sportsnet studio, while play-by-play announcer RJ Broadhead, analyst Sam Cosentino and host Rob Faulds bring viewers all of the live playoff action from the Ottawa Civic Centre.

Friday Night Hockey on Sportsnet provides CHL playoff game coverage Friday nights throughout the post-season, culminating with wall-to-wall coverage of the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup beginning Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m. ET through to the Championship Final on Sunday, May 27 at 7 p.m. ET. (Full MasterCard Memorial Cup broadcast schedule to be released at a later date).

CIS University Cup: This Weekend in Fredericton

It’s not often that I get to write about a major Canadian sports event taking place in my hometown. This weekend I do. The CIS University Cup is Canada’s national university hockey Championship. This is the second straight year the tournament is in Fredericton. Last year the host UNB Varsity Reds won. Coming in as the top team in the country, they are favoured to do so again. The other five teams who are competing in Fredericton this weekend are OUA champs McGill Redmen (ranked 2nd), Canada West champions Saskatchewan Huskies (ranked 3rd), the Western Mustangs (ranked 4th), Moncton Aigles Blues (ranked 5th), and the UQTR Patriotes (ranked 7th).

The Varsity Reds will play in the final group stage game against Western Ontario tomorrow afternoon at 4:30pm Atlantic (TV: Sportsnet East/Ontario/Pacific). With a win, UNB would advance to Sunday’s final. The Reds are led by Kyle Bailey, who has 16 goals and 17 assists this season. The Reds also have a strong defence that includes Jonathan Harty (7 goals, 20 assists), Bretton Stamler (8 goals, 11 assists) and Luke Gallant (5 goals, 20 assists). Travis Fullerton will likely start in net for the Reds. He was second in the CIS this season with a 1.67 GAA. Keaton Turkiewicz is the star player for the Mustangs. He led the CIS in points with 47 this season. Western’s goalie, Josh Unice, gave up slightly over 2 goals per game this season.

Pool B is a bit messy. The McGill Redmen (1-0) can clinch a spot in the final with a win over Saskatchewan tomorrow. However, a Huskies win would result in a 3-way tie between Moncton, McGill and Saskatchewan (all 1-1).

Sportsnet will broadcast two games from the University Cup. Rob Faulds will host the broadcasts from the Aitken Centre and report from ice level. RJ Broadhead will call the games with analyst Sam Cosentino. Here is Sportsnet’s broadcast schedule (all times Atlantic)

Saturday 3/24, 4:30pm – UNB vs. Western Ontario (East/Ontario/Pacific)
Sunday 3/25, 8:00pm – Championship Final (East/Ontario/West/Pacific)

The Sea Dogs are on Sportsnet Again

Defending Memorial Cup champions Saint John Sea Dogs will appear on Sportsnet for the second time this season. The Sea Dogs playoff opener against Cape Breton Screaming Eagles from Harbour Station is on Sportsnet Ontario and Pacific Friday night at 8pm AT. The game is also on Sportsnet Sens, for those in the East region. Here is Sportsnet’s press release with more information.

Sportsnet’s Friday Night Hockey kicks off the 2012 Canadian Hockey League playoffs – and the 65 day-long road to the MasterCard Memorial Cup in Shawinigan, QC – with the QMHJL’s No.1-ranked Saint John Sea Dogs hosting the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on Sportsnet Ontario and Sportsnet Pacific. For viewers in the east, the game will also be available on the Sportsnet ONE companion channel, Sportsnet Sens.

HOCKEY CENTRAL host Jeff Marek, alongside analyst and former NHL GM and player Brian Lawton, set the stage for Friday’s playoff game from the Sportsnet studio, including a closer look at the defending MasterCard Memorial Cup champion Sea Dogs who finished the 2011-12 campaign with the best record in the CHL. Play-by-play announcer RJ Broadhead, analyst Sam Cosentino and host Rob Faulds will be front and centre at the Harbour Station arena in Saint John to bring viewers all of the live action from the QMJHL’s playoff opener.

This shouldn’t come as a major surprise to hockey fans in New Brunswick. The same broadcast crew is covering the CIS University Cup in Fredericton on the weekend. Logistics likely played a bigger role in the game choice than anything else.

5 More CHL Regular Season Games on Sportsnet

Sportsnet announced their CHL Friday Night Hockey schedule for the remainder of the regular season today. 5 games will air on Sportsnet on Friday nights in February and March. Coverage will continue through the playoffs as well. There are 2 OHL games, 2 QMJHL games and 1 WHL game on the schedule. The highlights include Patrick Roy and the Quebec Remparts visiting the defending Memorial Cup champion Sea Dogs in Saint John and two appearances for the top ranked London Knights, including a game against top prospect Nail Yakupov and the Sarnia Sting. Here is Sportsnet’s press release with more information.

Sportsnet today announced the remaining regular season broadcast schedule for Canadian Hockey League games on Friday Night Hockey, featuring five hard-hitting match-ups as teams gear up for the 2012 CHL Playoffs and 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup. (Please see full broadcast schedule below).

Sportsnet’s Friday Night Hockey resumes on Friday, Feb. 17 with two of the QMJHL’s top teams as the Quebec Remparts visit the Saint John Sea Dogs at 7 p.m. ET on Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet East, Sportsnet Ontario and Sportsnet Pacific. The defending MasterCard Memorial Cup champion Sea Dogs, which include 2011 third overall NHL Entry Draft pick and Canadian World Junior bronze medalist Jonathan Huberdeau, will host 2012 top prospect and leading QMJHL rookie scorer Mikhail Grigorenko who earned silver with Russia at the World Junior Championship.

Sportsnet’s Friday Night Hockey broadcasts will be handled by play-by-play announcer RJ Broadhead, analyst Sam Cosentino and host Rob Faulds. Each broadcast features a pre-game studio show with analysis, scores, interviews and features. CHL coverage also extends to Sportsnet Connected and HOCKEY CENTRAL with all the latest news and highlights. On sportsnet.ca, columnist Patrick King will take a deeper look each week at the Ontario Hockey League, Western Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Cosentino will also appear on the website with a weekly blog and discuss CHL news on Skype chats with fans, while Sportsnet magazine will continue to feature regular coverage of key CHL issues, topics and players. On Radio, Sportsnet 590 The FAN and Sportsnet 960 The FAN will provide regular updates on game results and stats.

Sportsnet’s CHL coverage will continue through the 2012 Playoffs leading up to and including the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Shawinigan, Quebec. The 2012 playoff broadcast schedule will be announced once matchups are confirmed. Sportsnet has been the exclusive media partner of the CHL since 1998.

And here is the broadcast schedule:

Friday 2/17, 7:00pm – Quebec @ Saint John (East, Ontario, Pacific, One)
Friday 2/24, 8:00pm – Kootney @ Saskatoon (One, West)
Friday 3/2, 7:00pm – Oshawa @ London (East, Ontario, Pacific)
Friday 3/9, 7:00pm – Rimouski @ Shawinigan (East, Ontario, Pacific)