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Ryan GreenRyan Green and the Lancer men’s hockey team will open a first-round playoff series against the Guelph Gryphons on Thursday. [photo: Michael P. Hall]

Lancers skate into post-season play

The Lancer men’s hockey team will meet the Guelph Gryphons in a best-of-three series this week to open the 2016 playoffs.

Game one is at the Gryphon Centre Arena, Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Game two, Saturday at South Windsor Arena, is the only varsity competition at home this weekend. Face-off is at 7:30 p.m. and the action is available via live webcast on www.oua.tv. The teams will return to Guelph for game three Sunday, if necessary.

Admission is $10 with a youth and senior rate of $8, UWindsor students just $3 with valid ID. The gates will open Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Women’s hockey will take on the York Lions in its final game of the regular season, Saturday in Toronto. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.; fans can watch on www.oua.tv.

Volleyball will close out its regular season with games in Toronto, playing the Ryerson Rams on Friday and the Varsity Blues on Saturday. The women will play at 6 p.m. and the men at 8 p.m. both days. All four games will be webcast on www.oua.tv.

Lancer basketball will head up Hwy 401 Saturday to play against the Western Mustangs in London. The women are just behind Western for first place in the Ontario University Athletics west division. Windsor’s men have ridden a six-game winning streak to the division lead. OUA TV will produce a live webcast as the women tip off at 1 p.m. and the men at 3 p.m.

Both the men’s and women’s track and field squads are ranked nationally, with the men at no. 1 and the women no. 7 in Canadian Interuniversity Sport. They will compete in Michigan’s Hillsdale Tune-Up in preparation for the OUA championship meet in the St. Denis Centre, February 26 and 27.

Read a full preview of the weekend’s varsity sports action at goLancers.ca.