(Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)
By: Henry Whitfield
With sweltering heat pounding Halifax and unseasonal highs reaching across the Maritimes, the best hockey of the season is only just arriving.
Despite the heatwave on the East Coast, hockey buffs are getting ramped up for a bevy of playoff battles heading their way.
This may just be the best weekend of hockey the Maritimes will see all year, why not check out all the action?
The Saint John Sea Dogs kicked off their playoffs with a 7-4 win over Cape Breton and will continue that series this weekend, while the Halifax Mooseheads will play host to the Moncton Wildcats in their first round season.
Hot off their Memorial Cup triumph last year, the Sea Dogs are looking to find their way back to defend their title and win back-to-back championships.
Turn the dial to CIS Hockey and the UNB Varsity Reds play host to the nation with the CIS Men’s Hockey University Cup dropping the puck Thursday afternoon, the tournament includes the second ranked McGill Redmen and four-time champion AUS Runner-ups Moncton Aigles Bleus.
As always, SSNCanada will be covering the CIS action and if you’re looking for the QMJHL games and can’t make it to the rink, you can always watch the TELUS Live broadcasts online.
Need some help keeping track of all the action? See below for all your weekend Maritime hockey needs:
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CIS University Cup
Pool A – UNB (1), Western (4), UQTR (6)
Pool B – McGill (2), Saskatchewan (3), Moncton (5)
Thursday, March 22
Pool B #1: McGill vs. Moncton, 2pm
Pool A #1: UNB vs. UQTR, 7pm
Friday, March 23
Pool B #2: Loser Pool B #1 vs. Saskatchewan, 2pm
Pool A #2: Loser Pool A #1 vs. Western, 7pm
Saturday, March 24
Pool B #3: Winner Pool B #1 vs. Saskatchewan, 11:30am
Pool A #3: Winner Pool A #1 vs. Western, 4:30pm *Also on Sportsnet
Sunday, March 25
University Cup Final, 8pm *Also on Sportsnet
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QMJHL First Round: Saint John Sea Dogs – Cape Breton Screaming Eagles *SJ Leads 1-0
Friday, March 23 – Cape Breton @ Saint John, 8pm
Saturday, March 23 – Cape Breton @ Saint John, 7pm
Tuesday, March 27 – Saint John @ Cape Breton, 7pm
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QMJHL First Round: Halifax Mooseheads – Moncton Wildcats
Friday, March 23 – Moncton @ Halifax, 7pm
Saturday, March 24 – Moncton @ Halifax, 7pm
Monday, March 26 – Halifax @ Moncton, 7pm
Tuesday, March 27 – Halifax @ Moncton, 7pm
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Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU every Thursday Morning at 9am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield , where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads game.