Weekend preview: Badgers look to solidify playoff spots

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It’ll be a busy weekend in St. Catharines with Brock basketball, hockey and volleyball all having home games over the next three days.

Women’s volleyball will host the Windsor Lancers on Friday night, with a game-time of 6:00 p.m. The Badgers enter the weekend with a 2-6 record and on a five-game losing streak, while the Lancers at 4-7 have lost their last three. It’s an important game for Brock, as they are currently chasing Windsor for the fourth and final playoff spot in the OUA West Division. With three less games played at this point of the season, this could be a turning point for the Badgers in their quest for a playoff appearance.

For the men’s volleyball team, they’re still in search of their first win of the season. Sitting at 0-8, they are one of just two winless teams remaining in the OUA, while a playoff berth seems less likely each passing week. The Lancers come into this game currently in third place in the division with a record of 6-3. The two play Friday night and are currently scheduled for 8:00 p.m. but could start a bit later depending on the outcome of the women’s game. The Badgers have shown glimpses of what the team could be, but with a tough opponent their next two games it’s more likely the Badgers will find their way into the win column next Sunday when they host Trent.

Both basketball teams are in action this weekend, travelling to Guelph on Friday night before returning home to play Windsor on Saturday. Friday is a big matchup for the women’s team, who at 5-9 currently see themselves on the edge of the playoff picture and just one win behind the Gryphons (6-9). As we head into the final stretch of the season, the Badgers can’t afford to lose many more games if they hope to be involved in the OUA playoffs later this year. Their game against Windsor will be a much bigger challenge, as the Lancers sit second place in the West with an 11-4 record heading into this weekend.

In men’s basketball, the Badgers are sitting at the top of the West division with a 12-2 record. Playoffs are a sure thing for the Badgers, but with sights set on a national championship the team must continue to rack up wins. Friday night against Guelph should be a relatively easy game, as the Gryphons are near the bottom of the OUA with a 3-12 record. Saturday looks to be a bigger challenge for the Badgers against the third place team in the West, but the Lancers still have a losing record at 7-8. The Badgers are the team to beat in their division, and should win the remaining games on their schedule.

This looks to be a tough weekend for the men’s hockey team, with games against Guelph and York. The Gryphons are first place in the division and second in the OUA with a 16-4-1 record, while Brock has a 10-6-4 record, but are 7-3 in their last ten games. The Badgers are heating up at the right time with the season beginning to wind down, but with playoff positioning still on the line they look to continue their recent stretch of excellent play for the remainder of the year. While Guelph could be a challenge, the game against York on Saturday is one that could see the Badgers move up a spot in the standings. Just one point behind York at this point, the Badgers could jump ahead with a win. Despite the outcome Friday night against Guelph, the game at York on Saturday can be looked at as a must-win for the Badgers.

Women’s hockey is looking to justify their spot in the national rankings this week as they play two homes games, first against Waterloo on Saturday at 2:15 p.m. before facing Ryerson at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday. The Badgers are currently fourth place in the OUA, but are also ranked #10 in the country right now. With seven games left in the regular season, playoff positioning is still very much on the line for the Badgers. Just four points behind first place Queen’s, the Badgers are more than capable of catching up to them. But Brock has struggled against some of the top teams in the OUA this year, specifically the Gaels who shut out the Badgers in both meetings this season. The Badgers have been plagued by their inability to find the back of the net this season, but their defence and goaltending has helped them out, only giving up 29 goals through 17 games this season.

 

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