Starting Wednesday night, the Brock Badgers and York Lions men’s hockey teams will begin a best of three series to determine the OUA West division champion – the winner will get a date with the winner of the McGill vs. Concordia series in the OUA East division.
Looking at the stats:
- The Lions hold the highest penalty kill percentage from the regular season at 89.1 per cent – Brock ranked fifth for the season with 84.8 per cent.
- York allowed the least amount of goals on their penalty kill of all OUA teams (13) while Brock ranked second (16).
- York ranked first (along with McGill) in short-handed goals in the regular season with eight, while Brock ranked 14th with two.
- Brock ranked second in goals against (70) behind only McGill, while York ranked seventh (79).
- Brock ranked first in save percentage (.931), while York ranked third (.915).
Both Brock and York have the best save percentage and goals-against average through two rounds of the playoffs. Both teams are allowing less than two goals a game, while York has scored 20 goals in five games, and Brock has scored 14 in four games.
York won their first series against Lakehead in three games, losing game one 3-2, and winning games two and three by a score of 4-2 and 5-1. York swept their second round series against Ryerson, with 6-3 and 3-2 wins.
Brock is on a six game win streak dating back to their final two regular season games. The Badgers have swept both Laurier (3-0 and 2-1 wins), and Guelph (4-3 and 5-4 wins in overtime) in the OUA playoffs thus far.
The U Sports hockey top ten rankings this week currently have Brock at 10th and York at ninth. This is the first time this season the Badgers have been ranked nationally.
Brock will return home on March 2 for game two of the series at 7:15 p.m. at the Seymour-Hannah Centre . Should a game three be needed, it will be played at Canlan Ice Sports-York on Mar. 3 at 7:00 p.m.