Parker Van BuskirkWindsor netminder Parker Van Buskirk has posted a .952 save percentage and 1.75 goals-against average through the playoffs heading into the University Cup tournament today.

Lancers looking forward to national men’s hockey championship tourney

The Lancer men’s hockey team is making its first University Cup appearance since 1999, and members are looking forward to the challenge, says head coach Kevin Hamlin.

“We’re pleased to be representing the University of Windsor at this year’s national tournament,” he says. “Our journey has had many interesting turns and I imagine there are some yet to come.”

The Canadian Interuniversity Sport championship tournament opens today, with six teams from across the country competing to hoist the University Cup. Joining the third-seeded Windsor in Pool B are the Atlantic University Sport champion Acadia Axemen and the host Saskatchewan Huskies. Windsor will meet Acadia in its first match today at 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

The Lancers have already enjoyed a remarkable post-season. After finishing the regular season fourth in the Ontario University Athletics West standings, they went 7-1 in the conference playoffs, including upsets over higher-ranked Western, Lakehead and McGill to claim a provincial title and a berth in the national tournament.

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