FREDERICTON -- The University of New Brunswick Reds are the top seeds and looking for their second CIS mens hockey title in three years. But head coach Gardiner MacDougall knows all too well the dangers the Reds face if they look past the Calgary Dinos, their opening-round opponents. New Brunswick and Calgary met twice in the pre-season, with the Reds winning both and outscoring the Dinos by a 16-3 margin. "Its step one in the process and weve got a good opponent," said MacDougall. "Weve just got to make sure our team is ready and prepared. "We just had a game Friday and thats a short turnaround, but I think thats going to be a positive for our hockey club." Last year, the Reds seemed poised to successfully defend their University Cup title. They posted a 27-1 regular-season record and were favoured to capture the Atlantic title before being swept by St. Francis in the semifinals. Reds fifth-year veteran Josh Hepditch said its important his teammates not forget about what happened last season. "It would be a lie to say no one thought about that this year," he said. "I think we just learned that youre not invisible and no matter what your record is when it comes to this time of year its a one-game deal. "Youve got to bring your best." New Brunswick took its first step towards avenging that loss, downing St. Francis 5-4 in overtime last weekend in the fifth and decisive game of the Atlantic championship series. Joining the Atlantic conference-champion Varsity Reds in the six-team event are the second-ranked McGill Redmen, No. 3 Alberta Golden Bears, No. 4 Western Ontario Mustangs, fifth-ranked St. Francis Xavier and No. 6 Calgary. New Brunswick, Western and Calgary will battle in Pool A during the preliminary round while McGill, Alberta and St. Francis are in Pool B. The first-place finishers from each group advance to the gold medal final. McGill and St. Francis kick off tournament action with a matinee Thursday before Calgary and New Brunswick square off later in the evening. St. Francis edged McGill 6-5 in overtime in their only meeting this season. On Friday, Alberta and Western will meet the losers of Thursdays games. One positive working in New Brunswicks favour should be home-ice advantage. In fact, MacDougall boldly described Fredericton as "the best CIS environment in Canada." And Hepditch believes playing in Fredericton will be huge for his team. "The energy from our last game in the AUS was just amazing," he said. "Whenever you need a lift as a player or a team, they just come behind us and lift us like theyve done all year." Players, coaches and CIS officials gathered Thursday at Aitken University Centre for the events opening news conference. Sheila-Ann Newton, CIS manager of events and programs, encouraged all to look "beyond the hockey." "Take in the quality of individuals we have with us this week," she said. Western coach Clarke Singer had nothing but praise for Frederictons Canadian university hockey prowess. "In my travels in the CIS, I have not found many cities that embrace CIS hockey like the city were in right now," said Singer. http://www.ramssportsfansshop.com/Nike- ... te-Jersey/
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