By Ali Lee, with files from Canada West
The number of matches has also changed for each team, with the women decreasing from 14 to 12. The men’s six-team Prairie Division will play 15 matches, while the five-team Pacific Division will play 14 games. Both MRU and UNBC will join the Pacific Division.
The conference season will begin with 10 men’s games and 12 women’s games on the weekend of Sept. 7-9.
The 2011 men’s CIS Champions, the University of Victoria Vikes, will get hosting duties on opening weekend with a double-header against the UNBC Timberwolves on Sept. 7 and Sept. 8, both games at 7:15 p.m. at Centennial Stadium. The Vikes men will then travel to the lower mainland to play Trinity Western on Sept. 14 (6:00 p.m.) and UBC on Sept. 15 (7:00 p.m.).
The top team in men’s conference play will host a six-team playoff tournament, with cross quarter-finals on Nov. 1, followe by semifinals on Nov. 2 or 3. Medal matches will take place on Nov. 4, followed by the CIS National Championship Nov. 8-11, hosted by Université Laval in Quebec City.
Pacific Division: UBC, Fraser Valley, UNBC, Trinity Western, Victoria
With the addition of Winnipeg, UNBC and Mount Royal, the women’s division will boast a record 13 schools and the number of post-season qualifiers doubles from four in 2011 to eight in 2012. All schools will face off only once during the upcoming regular season.
The University of Victoria Vikes women will host the Alberta and MRU on opening weekend, Sept. 7-8. Both games will take place at 5:00 p.m. at Centennial Stadium. The Vikes will then travel to play UNBC on Sept. 15 at 12:00 p.m.
The top eight teams following the 12-game schedule will play quarter-final matches on Oct. 27, with the highest seed winner hosting a Final Four event on Nov. 3-4. The Vikes women automatically earn a berth to the CIS National Championship, as the UVic side will host from Nov. 8-11 at Centennial Stadium.
Note: All home games for the UVic Vikes men and women have moved to a Friday and Saturday schedule for 2012.