2016 CIS University Cup
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Host teamSt. Mary's Huskies
ChampionsUNB Varsity Reds
VenueScotiabank Centre
DurationMarch 17–20, 2016
Number of games8
Number of teams8
Total attendance43,513 (5,440/game)
TelevisionSportsnet 360
TVA Sports
2015
2017

The 2016 CIS Men's University Cup Hockey Tournament (54th Annual) was held March 17–20, 2016 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It was the second of two consecutive CIS Championships to be held at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax.

Saint Mary's University was the designated host for this championship as St. Francis Xavier University was the host in 2015 (at the same venue). The St. Francis Xavier X-Men did qualify for this event by winning the AUS Championships.

This was the most successful tournament for attendance setting a new record of 43,513.[1] It also proved to be the last Men's University Cup that was branded as a CIS championship. On October 20, 2016, Canadian Interuniversity Sport, the country's governing body for university athletics and the organizer of the University Cup, changed its name to U Sports.[2]

Road to the Cup

AUS playoffs

Further information: Atlantic University Sport

Quarter-finals (Best of 3) Semi-finals (Best of 5) AUS Championship (Best of 3)
1 UNB Varsity Reds 3
3 Acadia Axemen 0 6 UPEI Panthers 0
6 UPEI Panthers 2 1 UNB Varsity Reds 0
2 St. Francis Xavier X-Men 2
2 St. Francis Xavier X-Men 3
4 Saint Mary's Huskies 2 4 Saint Mary's Huskies 1
5 Moncton Aigles Bleu 0

There was no Bronze Medal (3rd place) series as Saint Mary's did not advance to the AUS Finals and as such would take the host spot.

OUA playoffs

Further information: Ontario University Athletics

Division Quarter-finals (Best of 3)
OUA Sweet 16
Division Semi-finals (Best of 3)
OUA Quarter-Finals
Division Finals (Best of 3)
OUA Semi-Finals
Queen's Cup (Single Game)
OUA Championship
            
1E UQTR Patriotes 2
8E Laurentian Voyageurs 0
1E UQTR Patriotes 2
4E UOIT Ridgebacks 0
4E UOIT Ridgebacks 2
5E Queen's Golden Gaels 1
1E UQTR Patriotes 2
OUA East
3E Carleton Ravens 0
2E McGill Redmen 2
7E Concordia Stingers 0
2E McGill Redmen 0
3E Carleton Ravens 2
3E Carleton Ravens 2
6E Nipissing Lakers 0
1E UQTR Patriotes 4 OT1
2W Western Mustangs 3
1W York Lions 1
8W Toronto Varsity Blues 2
7W Toronto Varsity Blues 1
2W Western Mustangs 2
2W Western Mustangs 2
7W Laurier Golden Hawks 0
4W Guelph Gryphons 1
OUA West
2W Western Mustangs 2
4W Guelph Gryphons 2
5W Windsor Lancers 1
4W Guelph Gryphons 2
6W Ryerson Rams 1
3W Waterloo Warriors 0
6W Ryerson Rams 2
Bronze Medal (Single Game)
   
3E Carleton Ravens 4
4W Guelph Gryphons 1

Canada West playoffs

Further information: Canada West Universities Athletic Association

Quarter-finals (Best of 3) Semi-finals (Best of 3) Canada West Championship (Best of 3)
1 Saskatchewan Huskies 2
4 Manitoba Bisons 0 5 Calgary Dinos 0
5 Calgary Dinos 2 1 Saskatchewan Huskies 2
2 Alberta Golden Bears 0
2 Alberta Golden Bears 2
3 Mount Royal Cougars 2 3 Mount Royal Cougars 0
6 UBC Thunderbirds 0

University Cup tournament

The eight teams to advance to the tournament are listed below. The three(3) conference champions must be seeded 1-3 followed by the OUA Runner-up (seed #4). The remaining four seeds are for the AUS Finalist, Canada West Finalist, OUA Third-place and host. Their seedings are based on the pre-tournament rankings.

Rank Seed Team Qualified
1 1 UQTR Patriotes OUA Champion
2 2 Saskatchewan Huskies Canada West Champion
3 3 St. Francis Xavier X-Men AUS Champion
5 4 Western Ontario Mustangs OUA Finalist
4 5 UNB Varsity Reds AUS Finalist
6 6 Alberta Golden Bears Canada West Finalist
7 7 Carleton Ravens OUA Third Place
8 8 Saint Mary's Huskies Host

Tournament format

The tournament is a traditional 8 team - Single Elimination ladder with Bronze Medal game between the two Semi-final losers. Games that are tied after regulation play a 10min Overtime period following the 3rd period. If there is no score after the first overtime, the ice is cleaned and they will play 20min periods (with ice cleaned between periods) until there is a winner.

The higher seed is the 'Home' team for each game (the home team must wear their 'white' jerseys and will get the last change during stoppages of play).

The UNB Varsity Reds played as the visitor in games 1 and 3 and as the home team in game 2. St. Francis Xavier X-Men were the opposite; the home team for games 1 and 3 and the visitor in game 2.

Quarter-finals
(Single Game)
Semi-finals
(Single Game)
Championship Final
(Single Game)
         
2 Saskatchewan Huskies 3 OT4
7 Carleton Ravens 2
2 Saskatchewan Huskies 1
Thursday
3 St. Francis Xavier X-Men 2 OT3
3 St. Francis Xavier X-Men 6
6 Alberta Golden Bears 2
3 St. Francis Xavier X-Men 1
5 UNB Varsity Reds 3
4 Western Ontario Mustangs 1
5 UNB Varsity Reds 5
5 UNB Varsity Reds 4
Friday
8 Saint Mary's Huskies 0
1 UQTR Patriotes 2
8 Saint Mary's Huskies 3
Bronze Medal (Single Game)
   
2 Saskatchewan Huskies 2
8 Saint Mary's Huskies 5

Overtime

Games that ended in a regulation tie would be resolved solely on 5-on-5 overtime (5 skaters and a goalie for each side) until one team scored. The first overtime period would be 10min and would start after a 3min rest. Following this period, the ice would be cleaned and subsequent 20min periods would be played.

The first game of the tournament set a record for the longest game every played at the tournament[3] ending in a 3-2 quadruple overtime victory for the Saskatchewan Huskies over the Carleton Ravens. The total time was 116:11 (60+10+20+20+6:11), 4 minutes short of 2 complete games. The previous record was 103:17 and occurred in 2002 when Western won 4-3 in triple overtime over UQTR in the championship final. The longest game ever in the CIS[4] occurred February 27, 2011 between the host UNB Varsity Reds and visiting Acadia Axemen in game one of their best of 5 second round AUS playoff series (AUS Semi-finals). UNB won 3-2 in quadruple overtime ending at 11:53 of the 4th overtime period - 121:53 (60+10+20+20+11:53).

The semi-final match between Saskatchewan Huskies and St. Francis Xavier X-Men also went into overtime. St. Francis Xavier X-Men won 3-2 in triple overtime. The total time was 107:35 (60+10+20+17:35).

As a result of playing in the longest University Cup game in history and a subsequent triple overtime game, in game #2 (the second longest game in tournament history), the Saskatchewan Huskies finished the tournament having played 283:46 minutes (116:11+107:35+60) when including their play in the bronze medal game. This totals 4.7 games, close to 2 more games than expected in a 3-game tournament.

Bronze game

March 20, 2016
14:00 (local)
Saint Mary's Huskies #85-2
(1-1, 2-1, 2-0)
Saskatchewan Huskies #2Scotiabank Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 2,535 (24.2%)
Game MVPs: Calder Brooks (SMU) & Jesse Ross (USK)

Championship final

March 20, 2016
18:30 (local)
Sportsnet 360
TVA Sports 2
UNB Varsity Reds #53-1
(1-1, 2-0, 0-0)
St. Francis Xavier X-Men #3Scotiabank Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 9,873 (93.2%)
Game MVPs: Christopher Clapperton (UNB) & Eric Locke (SFX)

Tournament All-Stars

Philippe Halley, from the UNB Varsity Reds, was selected as the Major W.J. 'Danny' McLeod Award for CIS University Cup MVP. Halley had 6 goals and 1 assist for 7 points in 3 games. His 6 goals were scored as two consecutive hat-tricks, one each in his first two games of the tournament.[5]

Joining Halley on the tournament all-star team were:
Forward: Anthony Repaci (Saint Mary's Huskies)
Forward: Michael Clarke (St. Francis Xavier X-Men)
Defenceman: Nathan Chiarlitti (St. Francis Xavier X-Men)
Defenceman: Jordan Murray (UNB Varsity Reds)
Goalie: Jordon Cooke (Saskatchewan Huskies)

References

  1. ^ http://ucuphfx.ca/news.php?news_id=1302150 Archived 2016-03-25 at the Wayback Machine 2016 University Cup Breaks Attendance Record
  2. ^ "Introducing U Sports" (Press release). U Sports. October 20, 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-12-20. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  3. ^ http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/mice/2016/releases/qf1 Huskies edge Ravens in quadruple OT thriller
  4. ^ http://www.atlanticuniversitysport.com/sports/mice/statistics/2010-11-PLA/FEB27UNB.HTM UNB Wins 3-2 in Quadruple Overtime
  5. ^ http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/mice/2016/releases/final FINAL CIS University Cup men's hockey