Pandas Hockey earns top seed for U SPORTS Championship

    Pandas to play host UPEI Panthers on Friday night in Charlottetown

    By U SPORTS Communications on March 8, 2020

    TORONTO (U SPORTS) – The Alberta Pandas were named tournament favourites on Sunday, as the seeding and quarterfinal matchups were announced for the 2020 U SPORTS Cavendish Farms Women’s Hockey Championship.

    The puck drops on the national championship in Charlottetown on Thursday and concludes Sunday with the gold medal game at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT.

    All games will be played at MacLauchlan Arena on the UPEI campus for the second consecutive year.

    The Pandas will open their tournament against the host UPEI Panthers, playing in a quarter-final on Friday night in Charlottetown. 

    Livestreaming in English is available for free worldwide on CBCSports.ca, CBC Gem, the CBC Sports App for iOS and Android devices, with French digital coverage carried on USPORTS.LIVE.


    QUARTER-FINAL SCHEDULE (THURSDAY, MARCH 12)

    QF#1: #2 Toronto vs #7 Mount Royal, 12:00 p.m. MST
    QF#2: #3 St. FX vs #6 Montreal, 4:00 p.m. MST

    QUARTER-FINAL SCHEDULE (FRIDAY, MARCH 13)

    QF#3: #4 McGill vs #5 York, 12:00 p.m. MST
    QF#4: #1 Alberta vs #8 UPEI, 4:00 p.m. MST

    FULL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

    TEAM PROFILES

    Seed

    Team

    Playoff Finish

    Records

    Last/Total Titles

    Team Offence Team Defence

    1

    Alberta

    CW Champions

    20-8-0 / 4-0 2017 / 8 2.89 / 6th 1.11 / 1st

    2

    Toronto OUA Champions 18-4-2 / 5-1 2001 / 1 2.33 / 14th 1.20 / 2nd

    3

    St. FX

    AUS Champions

    22-5-1 / 4-0 Never 3.04 / 2nd 1.55 / 6th

    4

    McGill RSEQ Champions 11-5-4 / 4-0 2014 / 4 2.65 / 8th 1.83 / 13th

    5

    York OUA Finalists 14-8-2 / 4-1 Never 2.71 / 7th 1.89 / 16th

    6

    Montreal RSEQ Finalists 9-6-5 / 2-3 2016 / 2 2.00 / 18th 2.05 / 18th

    7

    Mount Royal CW Finalists 14-14-0 / 4-3 Never 1.65 / 25th 1.59 / 8th

    8

    UPEI

    Hosts

    20-7-1 / 2-3 Never 2.93 / 4th 1.49 / 5th


    TEAM PREVIEW 

    ALBERTA PANDAS
    CANADA WEST CHAMPIONS

    The Alberta Pandas head to the 2020 U SPORTS Championship in prime position to capture their record ninth National Championship.

    The Pandas led Canada West with a 19-8-1 record, finishing first in the conference for the second straight season. Alberta led CW with 81 goals, while only allowing 31, with their 1.11 goals against average leading the nation.

    Alberta is led by Autumn MacDougall, who earned her second scoring title with 31 points in 28 games. Her 17 goals were also tops in CW. The Pandas will also rely on Canada West all-stars Cayle Dillon (defence), Kennedy Ganser (forward), and Kirsten Chamberlin (goalie), while also having 2019 U SPORTS Player of the Year Alex Poznikoff returning in time from injury for the U SPORTS Championship.