Week four of the CUFLA marked the end of the September slate of games as we move into October with week five. Coming into week five, McGill (6-0) is the only team in the East left undefeated while Brock (3-0) and Western (3-0) are the only two teams in the West that remain unbeaten. Also in the East, Trent (5-1) sits in second place with their only loss coming to McGill. Continue reading “CUFLA Week Four: Nipissing Outlast Ottawa, Undefeateds Rolling Into October”
Following week three of the 2019 CUFLA season, Western (3-0), McGill (4-0), and Brock (2-0) are the only three teams that are still sporting undefeated records. Each of those three played at least one game this weekend as Western devoured Toronto, McGill beat Ottawa and Queens, and Brock escaped in a one-goal victory over Guelph.
Trent 11, Nipissing 9
In a battle between two very strong offenses, Trent (5-1) was able to subdue a late game comeback and defeat Nipissing (2-2) on the road. This one really was a game of runs as each team seemed to just continuously go back-and-forth at each other all game.
While Trent was able to get ahead 5-1 heading into the second quarter, Nipissing fought back and cut the lead to 6-3 heading into the half after a more defensive heavy second quarter. Trailing 10-5 heading into the fourth, Nipissing went on a four-goal in the final period but could not complete the comeback as Trent escaped with the 11-9 victory.
Queen’s 11, Bishop’s 10
What looked to be a blowout in the making at the half turned out to be a very tight contest that came right down to the wire. Queen’s (2-2) was able to escape with the narrow victory over Bishop’s (1-4).
After trailing 5-2 at the half, Bishop’s was able to put it together on both ends of the field late in the third. A four-goal midway through the fourth helped them come all the way back and get within one. However, Queen’s was able to hang on and escape with the narrow 11-10 victory.
McGill 4, Queen’s 3
It was a low scoring defensive battle as McGill (4-0) was able to edge Queen’s (2-2) on Sunday afternoon.
Cameron McGinnis got McGill on the board early in the first and Emmet Donahoe finally broke the ice for Queen’s early in the second, tying things up at 1. Hunter Zawada found the back of the net just minutes later to put McGill up 2-1 heading into the half. McGill ultimately won this one in the third as they were able to get ahead 4-2 heading into the fourth. Carter McKenzie scored the final goal of the game for Queen’s, making it a 4-3 final score.
WEEK TWO SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, September 18th
Guelph @ McMaster – 11-8
Friday, September 20th
Toronto @ Western – 2-14
Saturday, September 21st
Western @ Laurentian – 22-3
Trent @ Nipissing – 11-9
Bishop’s @ Queen’s – 10-11
McGill @ Ottawa – 11-4
Bishop’s @ Trent – 8-10
Brock @ Guelph – 12-11
McGill @ Queen’s – 4-3
McMaster @ Laurentian – 17-6
ADAM KITCHEN, A, TRENT
Again, Kitchen put on a show as he was a catalyst for the Excalibur’s offense as they went 1-1 in week two, moving to 3-1 on the season. Kitchen was a key figure on the offensive end in both of Trent’s games over the weekend, doing much of the heavy lifting on that end of the field.
Kitchen had eleven points in week two, tallied three points (2G/1A) in Trent’s overtime loss against McGill and had put up eight points (3G/5A) in Trent’s blowout win over Carleton.
Tanner Poole, Nipissing
Poole was one of the key figures on the Lakers’ offense last week, helping them get their second win of the season to move to 2-1. He really made his mark as a goal scorer in Nipissing’s game on Saturday.
In Nipissing’s 8-4 win over Bishop’s, Poole made his mark as the Lakers’ primary goal scorer with five goals. He also added one assist to total six points in the win.
Cody Ward, A, Western
Ward got his 2019 campaign off on a very high note, helping Western, the defending champions, to a win against Guelph. Ward really took charge as the ‘QB’ of the Mustangs’ offense, dishing out assist left and right.
The attackman put up five points (1G/4A) in Western’s season opening 14-3 win at home against Guelph.
Kurtis Woodland, M, Brock
The midfielder helped Brock kick their 2019 season off with a huge road win over Toronto. Woodland picked right back up where he left off last season, making an impact as both a goal scorer and feeder in Brock’s win.
Woodland tallied five points (2G/3A) in Brock’s 16-4 road win against Toronto.
Ryan Kent, G, Queen’s
It was the impressive play from Kent that helped Queen’s secure their first win of the season on Saturday, moving to 1-1 through two weeks of the season. Kent absolutely stood on his head against Ottawa, only allowing one goal in Queen’s 7-1 win.
While only allowing one goal is impressive enough, Queen’s was also in the penalty box multiple times in the game and Kent was still able to command the defense and keep the ball out of the net even with a shorthanded defense, at times.
With week two of the CUFLA season in the books every team has gotten their season underway. During week two, defending champs Western started their quest for a fourth title as they blew out Guelph. 2019 runner-ups Brock also got their season underway, taking down Toronto in a blowout win on Saturday. In addition, McGill moved to 2-0 on the year after coming from behind to defeat Trent in a double overtime thriller.
McGill 8, Trent 7 (2OT)
McGill moves to 2-0 on the season after coming back from a 6-3 deficit to defeat Trent 8-7 in double overtime. Defenseman Tanner Baldin scored the shorthanded game winner for McGill.
While things were tied at the end of the first quarter, Trent took over in the second and was able to secure a 6-3 lead heading into halftime. A second half hat-trick from Andrew Chase and some great defensive play helped spark a comeback from McGill in the third and through the fourth. Chase scored McGill’s final goal in the fourth to send things to overtime. Following a defensive led first overtime, Tanner Baldin netted the game winner for McGill in the second overtime period.
McGill was led by Andrew Chase with four points (3G/1A) while Trent saw Nick Chaykowski and Adam Kitchen lead the way with three points (2G/1A).
Brock 16, Toronto 4
The 2018 Baggatway Cup runner-ups started the 2019 season on a very strong note, defeating Toronto in a blowout victory. Brock got out to a 9-0 halftime lead and very looked back as they routed Toronto 16-4.
Western 14, Guelph 3
Three-time defending Baggataway Cup champions Western Mustangs started their 2019 season with a dominating 14-3 win against Guelph. Western got up early and never looked back as they sprinted to victory.
WEEK Two SCOREBOARD
Friday, September 13th
Sunday, September 15th
Each week during the CUFLA regular season we will release the CUFLA Ballers of the week. This list will include four to six players that really stood out on the field over the past week.
Scott Dominey, A, Nipissing
The reigning CUFLA MVP and East Scoring Champion started the 2019 season off with a bang, scoring ten points in two games and helping Nipissing get off to a 1-1 start to the season. Dominey was The Guy for Nipissing in both of their games this weekend, making things happen all over the field.
Dominey tallied seven points (3G/4A) in Nipissing’s 13-6 loss against McGill and put up three points (2G/1A) in their 15-7 win over Carleton.
Adam Kitchen, Trent
Kitchen got his 2019 campaign off on a high note, putting up nine points over two games and helping the Excalibur get off to a 2-0 start to the season. Kitchen helped his team get out to big leads in both their games, and start pull away early.
Kitchen put up five goals (3G/2A) in Trent’s 11-5 win over Queens and four points (2G/2A) in their 12-8 win over Bishop’s.
Jason Barnable, A, Toronto
The attackman looks to be a key piece of the Blues’ offense once again this season, helping them get off to a 1-0 start to the season over the weekend. The 2018 All-Canadian selection showed up and showed out in the win, being a catalyst for the Blues on the offensive end.
Barnable tallied six points (4G/2A) Toronto’s 14-8 road win over Laurentian on Saturday.
Nick Chaykowski, M, Trent
Chaykowski helped Trent get off to a hot 2-0 start, putting up six points over two games in week one. The midfielder was a big piece of both wins, showing off his ability to both feed and score.
Chaykowski tallied four points (1G/3A) in Trent’s 11-5 win over Queens and put up two points (1G/1A) in the Excalibur’s 12-8 win over Bishop’s.
The 2019 CUFLA season got underway this past weekend with five games going down on Saturday and two games being payed on Sunday. While just week one a few teams made some noise and turned some heads with their play on the field to start the season.
McGill 13, Nipissing 9
In a very back-and-forth battle, McGill was able to pull out the win over Nipissing with a very strong second half effort. McGill a slim 7-5 lead into the half, but put up three points in the third and the fourth while also warding off an impressive offense from Nipissing to secure the win.
Maxime Murdoch led the way for McGill with five points (3G/2A) in the win. In addition, Cameron McGinnis also put up four points (3G/1A) for McGill in the win. Nipissing was led by Scott Dominey who put up a whopping seven points (3G/4A).
Trent 8, Bishop’s 5
With both teams coming off wins on Saturday, Trent was able to subdue a Bishop’s comeback and secure the win. Trent started the game off very strong, leading 5-0 at the end of the first and 6-1 at the end of the second. Bishop’s started to get things together in the second half, and especially in the fourth with a 4-0 run. However, their comeback would be stopped short as Trent secured the win to move to 2-0 after the first week of the season.
Trent was led by Cody McMahon with four points (3G/1A) in the win. Cheeto Andreoli and Adam Kitchen each had four points (2G/2A) for Trent, as well. Bishop’s saw Devlin Kauffeldt and Hank Wulder lead the way with two points (1G/1A) each for the Gaiters.
Week One Scoreboard
Saturday, September 7th
Trent @ Queens – 11-5
Ottawa @ Bishops – 6-13
Toronto @ Laurentian – 14-9
McGill @ Nipissing – 13-9
Laurier @ Guelph – 6-12
Sunday, September 8th
Trent @ Bishops – 8-12
Carleton @ Nipissing – 7-15