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March 6, 2020 | Hockey (M)

Colin Grannary and the Stingers will face the Western Mustangs.

Familiar strangers to meet in bronze medal hockey game

When the Concordia Stingers men's hockey team battles the Western Mustangs in the OUA bronze medal game on Saturday in London, Ont., it will be the first meeting between the teams since Oct. 26, 2018.

Twelve of the 26 players on the Stingers’ playoff roster have never played Western. But head coach Marc-André Elément and his staff have put a lot of time in watching video and game-planning. They have definitely familiarized themselves with the Mustangs.

“They have a good goaltender and they are solid on offence and defence,” said Elément who was treading carefully, keeping his cards close to his vest. “They are big and fast. It will be a good game.”

Going back 10 years the teams have met nine times. They split four preseason games, and in five regular season meetings, Western has the advantage with two wins, two overtime wins and a loss, including a 4-0 victory in the last game in 2018.

This season, Western finished in eighth place in the 10-team OUA West conference with an 11-13-4 record. The Stingers were fifth in the OUA East with a 13-10-5 performance.

In the playoffs, the Mustangs eliminated the top-seeded Toronto Varsity Blues and the Ryerson Rams - each series went to three games - in the first two rounds of the playoffs. They fell to the Guelph Gryphons in Round 3 and that was also a three-game series.

The Stingers took down McGill University in three games in the first round and then knocked off the No. 1-seeded Carleton Ravens in two straight games in the second round. The Ottawa Gee-Gees eliminated the Stingers in two straight games in Round 3.

The winner of Saturday’s bronze medal game will earn a berth at the U Sports championship in Halifax March 12-15.

Date and Location

Saturday, March 7 – 3 p.m.

Thompson Arena

1231 Western Rd., London, Ont., N6G 1H3

2020 Playoff Record

Concordia beats McGill (2-1)

Concordia beats Carleton (2-0)

Concordia loses to Ottawa (0-2)

Record: 4-3

Western beats Toronto (2-1)

Western beats Ryerson (2-1)

Western loses to Guelph (1-2)

Record: 5-4

Scorers - OUA Playoffs

West – D Sean Montgomery

GP 9 – 6 goals, 1 assist – 7 points

Con – LW Tyler Hylland

GP 7 – 6 goals – 6 points

West – F Anthony Stefano

GP 9 – 4 goals, 2 assists – 6 points

Con – LW Anthony Beauchamp

GP 7 – 2 goals, 3 assists – 5 points

Goaltending - OUA Playoffs

Con – Kyle Jessiman – 7 GP - 2.52 GAA,   .921 save pct

West – Luke Peresinni – 9 GP – 2.49 GAA,   .933 save pct

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