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The McGill University Redmen will be gunning for their first University Cup in program history this week when they open the 50th anniversary edition of the CIS men's hockey national championship tournament at the Aitken Centre in Fredericton.
Sophie Normandin scored twice on breakaways as Sherbrooke upset the McGill Martlets 2-1 in an RSEQ indoor soccer sudden-death semifinal at the Centre Sportif Marie-Victorin, Sunday.
Dalyce Emmerson and Katie Miyazaki each pulled off a "double-double" as the sixth-seeded Saskatchewan Huskies rallied from a 16-point deficit to defeat No.7-McGill 58-53 in the consolation round of the CIS women's basketball championship tournament at the Jack Simpson gymnasium in Calgary, Sunday.
Zara Huntley scored a game-high 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as No.2-seeded UBC defeated No.7-McGill 65-43 in the opening quarter-final game of the CIS women's basketball championship in Calgary, Saturday. The Huskies advance to the semifinal round, where they will play the winner of Saturday's Ottawa-Saskatchewan matchup. McGill will play the loser of that game in the consolation round.
Dianna Ros of the McGill women's basketball team earned CIS all-rookie honours during the All-Canadian Gala held at the Sheraton Suites Eau Claire in downtown Calgary, Friday night.
For the second consecutive year, the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds and McGill Redmen head into the CIS men's hockey championship as the No. 1 and 2 seeds, respectively.
When the Windsor Lancers triumphed on home court a year ago, they not only captured the first Bronze Baby Trophy in school history, they also put an end to a 19-year Canada West domination of CIS women's basketball. This week, the seventh-seeded McGill Martlets will be looking to snap the Windsor streak at one and win their first ever national title.
The McGill University Redmen remained No.2 in the 18th and final CIS men's hockey Top 10 rankings of the 2011-12 campaign.
Ann-Sophie Bettez of Sept-Iles, Que., scored three points and Charline Labonté of Boisbriand, Que., made 23 saves to post her 81st career shutout as No.2 McGill grounded the top-seeded Laurier Golden Hawks to a halt with a 4-0 victory in the CIS women's hockey bronze medal contest at Clare Drake Arena, Sunday.
The McGill Martlets, champions of the RSEQ conference, are seeded seventh for next weekend's CIS women's basketball Final 8 in Calgary. The tournament is set to kick off Saturday at the Jack Simpson Gym in Calgary. The Martlets will open the tourney against No. 2-seeded Canada West champion UBC Thunderbirds on Saturday at 12 noon (Mountain).
Francis Verreault-Paul scored once and added two helpers as No.2-ranked McGill skated to a 4-1 victory over the No.3 Western Mustangs to capture the 101st edition of the Queen's Cup, emblematic of the OUA men's hockey championship before 1,751 at Thompson Arena, Saturday.
The reigning national champion UNB Varsity Reds top the CIS men's hockey rankings for the 14th time in 17 polls this season, and for the fourth week in a row. The V-Reds (20-5-3 / 3-0 playoffs) received 14 first-place votes and 166 points this week to remain at No. 1 in front of the McGill Redmen (22-4-2 / 6-0), who earned the remaining first-place nods and 151 points in the new poll.
McGill's Charlène Puel snared a couple of bronze medals on Friday at the CIS indoor track and field championship, a three-day competition at the University of Manitoba’s Max Bell Fieldhouse in Winnipeg. The mathematics senior from Lyon, France, who celebrated her 22nd birthday on Thursday, ended up third in a photo finish in the 1000m. Her other podium finish came as anchor of the 4x800 relay.
Leslie Oles of Beaconsfield, Que., scored a pair of third-period goals as McGill skated to a 4-0 victory over Alberta at the CIS women's hockey championship at Clare Drake Arena, Friday. The Martlets, who finished pool play at 1-1, can advance to Sunday's CIS gold medal game for the sixth consecutive year if Alberta (0-1) defeats Calgary (1-0) Saturday. Otherwise, McGill will play for bronze.
Sinead Tracey, a native of St. Albert, Alta., who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in the spring of 2010, scored at 11:47 of the opening period to give the third-seeded Calgary Dinos a 1-0 upset over second-seeded McGill at Clare Drake Arena on opening day of the CIS women's hockey championship, Thursday.