Source: AUS Communications

HALIFAX, N.S.) – Atlantic University Sport is pleased toannounce the 2014-15 men’s and women’s regular season hockeyschedules. The men’s regular season is set to begin Thursday, Oct.9, 2014, and the women’s Friday, Oct. 17.

The men’s regular season format will once again see all teams playa 28-game schedule while the women’s format will consist of 24regular season contests for each team.

The men’s and women’s teams will play in a single division, withthe top six qualifying for postseason play. The top two regularseason finishers will receive byes to the conferencesemifinals.

The 2014-15 season will also see the continuation of the AUSwomen’s hockey championship format as a three-round playoff serieswhere teams will play each other in best two-of-three series.

Last season was the first year for the new women’s championshipformat, which was previously played as a four-day tournament at asingle venue.

In its inaugural year, the playoff series format was met with awarm reception with record-breaking attendance in the best-of-threefinal series between the Moncton Aigles Bleues and the MountAllison Mounties.

Link to full 2014-15 AUS men’s hockey schedule here.

Link to full 2014-15 AUS women’s hockey schedule here.

MEN

All eight AUS men’s hockey teams will see action during the openingweek of regular season play.

Looking to rebound after missing the 2013-14 postseason with aseventh-place finish in the AUS standings, the St. Thomas Tommieswill host the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus on openingnight, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, at the Grant Harvey Centre inFredericton, N.B. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.

The remaining six AUS teams will see action Saturday, Oct. 11 at 7p.m. The defending champion Acadia Axemen visit the DalhousieTigers while the UPEI Panthers host the UNB Varsity Reds.

The StFX X-Men, hosts of the 2015 CIS University Cup next March inHalifax, will play host to the Saint Mary’s Huskies. Last season,the Huskies entered the postseason in fifth place and upset thetop-seeded Varsity Reds to make it all the way to the AUSchampionship finals. They eventually lost out to the championAcadia Axemen.

The Axemen will raise their championship banner during their homeopener Friday, Oct. 17 at the Acadia Arena when they play host tothe UPEI Panthers.

Of note, the 2014-15 season is set to open a week earlier than inprevious years to allow for more breathing room in the regular andpostseason schedules.

The regular season schedule will wrap up Saturday, Feb. 7 and willbe followed by the 2015 Subway AUS men’s hockey playoffs.

This year’s AUS playoff format will feature a pair of best-of-threequarterfinal series, followed by a best-of-five format in thesemifinals and a best-of-three final round.

AUS is guaranteed three berths in both the 2015 and 2016 CIS men’shockey championships, being hosted at the Halifax Metro Centre byStFX and Saint Mary’s, respectively.

Should the X-Men advance to the 2015 AUS final round, abest-of-three consolation final series will be held to determinethe third team from the Atlantic conference to compete in the CISchampionship.

The 2015 CIS University Cup will be held March 12 to 15.

WOMEN

The 2014-15 AUS women’s hockey schedule will kick off on Friday,Oct. 17 with a pair of games in
Sackville and Charlottetown.

Finishing fifth in the 2013-14 regular season standings, the MountAllison Mounties were impressive in two playoff upsets, taking outthe St. Thomas Tommies in the quarterfinals and the No. 1-seededand defending AUS champion StFX X-Women in the semifinals.

The Mounties will look to build on last season’s success andrunner-up finish as they kick off their regular season by playinghost to the Dalhousie Tigers at 7 p.m. at the Tantramar VeteransMemorial Civic Centre in Sackville on opening night.

The Tigers will look to redeem themselves after missing the 2013-14postseason.

After being taken out by the eventual champion Moncton AiglesBleues in triple overtime in last season’s quarterfinal playoffseries, the UPEI Panthers will look to impress in their own Fridayhome opener when they will play host to the 2013 CIS bronzemedalling StFX X-Women at 7 p.m.

The Panthers will then play host to the Saint Mary’s HuskiesSaturday night at 7 p.m. The Huskies were also taken out by theAigles Bleues last season, in three games of a semifinalseries.

Moncton’s own home opener will take place Saturday at 7 p.m. whenthey raise their AUS championship banner and play host to the 2013champion StFX X-Women.

The women’s hockey season will once again consist of 24 games withall seven teams playing the other teams in the conference fourtimes, twice at home and twice away.

The 2014-15 regular season wraps up on Friday, Feb. 6 and the topsix teams in the standings will move on to postseason play. Threerounds of playoff series will be played with the top two seedsreceiving byes into the semifinal round.

Quarterfinals will feature the third place team taking on the sixthplace finisher, while the fourth place team will face off againstthe fifth place team.

The quarterfinal, semifinal and final rounds will all again bebest-of-three affairs using a ‘home-away-home’ format where thehigher seeded team will host the opening game of the series as wellas the third and deciding game, if necessary.

The 2015 CIS women’s hockey championship will be hosted by theUniversity of Calgary March 12 to 15.

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