2014 Scotiabank CIS women’s hockey championship: Defending champ Carabins seeded No. 1 for second straight year

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OTTAWA (CIS) – The defending national champion Universityof Montreal Carabins have been established tournament favouritesheading into the 2014 Scotiabank CIS women’s hockeychampionship in Fredericton.

The seeding and pools were announced Sunday for the six-teamcompetition, hosted for the first time by St. Thomas University.The tourney gets under way on Thursday at the Grant Harvey Centreand culminates next Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Atlantic Time with thegold-medal final, live on Sportsnet 360.

All nine games from the championship will also be webcast liveon www.CIS-SIC.tv.

The Carabins, who a year ago captured their first CIS title inonly their fourth season in the league, are seeded No. 1 for thesecond straight campaign. They will be joined at the event by theNo. 2 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (OUA champs), No. 3 MonctonAigles Bleues (AUS champs), No. 4 Saskatchewan Huskies (Canada Westchamps), No. 5 McGill Martlets (RSEQ finalists) and No. 6 St.Thomas Tommies (hosts).

Reigning champion Montreal will compete in Pool A withSaskatchewan and St. Thomas in the round-robin portion of thecompetition. The Carabins open their title defence Thursday at 7p.m. AT against the Huskies. The local favourite Tommies face thelosers of that match-up on Friday and the winners on Saturday.

In Pool B, Laurier and McGill square off in the tournamentopener Thursday at 2 p.m. Moncton takes on the losers on Day 2 andthe winners on Day 3.

Montreal has been a remarkable story since joining the CISwomen’s hockey circuit in 2009-2010, reaching the nationalfinal in its third campaign before claiming its first CIS bannerlast winter. The Carabins defeated archrival McGill in three gamesin the 2014 best-of-three RSEQ final, which concludedyesterday.

The Martlets are the most decorated program at this week’schampionship with three CIS titles. Laurier has one, while Moncton,Saskatchewan and St. Thomas are looking for their first trophy.

NOTES: A complete championship preview will follow on Tuesday…A meet-the-teams media conference is scheduled for noon AT onWednesday at the Grant Harvey Centre… The CIS major award winnersand all-Canadians will be announced at a banquet Wednesdaynight.

SEEDING &POOLS

1. Montreal Carabins (RSEQ champions: 17-3-0 regular season /4-1 playoffs)
2. Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (OUA champions: 18-3-3 regularseason / 6-2 playoffs)
3. Moncton Aigles Bleues (AUS champions: 14-9-1 regular season /6-2 playoffs)
4. Saskatchewan Huskies (CWUAA champions: 18-4-6 regular season /4-2 playoffs)
5. McGill Martlets (RSEQ finalists: 18-2-0 regular season / 3-2playoffs)
6. St. Thomas Tommies (Hosts: 12-7-5 regular season / 0-2playoffs)

Pool A
1. Montreal
4. Saskatchewan
6. St. Thomas

Pool B
2. Wilfrid Laurier
3. Moncton
5. McGill

CHAMPIONSHIPSCHEDULE (all times ATLANTIC TIME)

Wednesday, March 12
19:00 All-Canadian Banquet (Fredericton Inn – BicentennialBallroom)

Thursday, March 13
14:00 Pool B #1: No. 5 McGill vs. No. 2 Wilfrid Laurier(www.CIS-SIC.tv)
19:00 Pool A #1: No. 4 Saskatchewan vs. No. 1 Montreal (www.CIS-SIC.tv)

Friday, March 14
14:00 Pool B #2: Loser Pool B #1 vs. No. 3 Moncton (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
19:00 Pool A #2: Loser Pool A #1 vs. No. 6 St. Thomas (www.CIS-SIC.tv)

Saturday, March 15
14:00 Pool B #3: Winner Pool B #1 vs. No. 3 Moncton (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
19:00 Pool A #3: Winner Pool A #1 vs. No. 6 St. Thomas (www.CIS-SIC.tv)

Sunday, March 16
10:00 5th Place (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
14:00 Bronze (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
18:30 Final (Sportsnet 360 & www.CIS-SIC.tv)

* The webcast of the championship final will be on pay-per-viewbasis.

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

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